On the Road Eats: Houston

Hotel: Courtyard Houston by the Galleria
Would I stay again? Yes. The hotel staff was great, the rooms are updated, the lobby has the standard courtyard bistro plus it is in the galleria so you can walk to numerous restaurants and the Galleria Mall.  It is off the main corridor and has a parking garage.

Standard King at the Courtyard

Restaurants:

Lunch: Pizzitola’s BBQ
Would I dine again? Maybe.  We tried to hit Truth BBQ but it had a line out the door and I had a meeting after lunch.  I googled and found Pizzitola’s close by and it had good reviews.

Brisket over a loaded baked potato

Dinner: Yauatcha Houston
Would I dine again? Probably not.  Houston has too many restaurants and especially too many options for asian.  The food was good BUT the service was terrible.  I sat at the bar with only a couple other guests,  my wine came after my food, it took a while to be able to order additional plates and the bartender never explained all of the sauces he placed in front of me which changed my experience, especially after I heard him explain to the man next to me.

Lunch:  Étoile
Would I dine again? Yes.  I have dined here before and always have a good meal.  They also have a great food happy hour.

On the Road Eats: Ohio (Cleveland, Akron and Columbus)

Restaurants:

Lunch(Cleveland suburbs):  Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
Would I dine again? Yes.  Convenient to my client’s office and a great menu for lunch and dinner.

Homemade Pastrami Sandwich with gruyére, red cabbage slaw, thousand island dressing, rye

Snack(Cleveland suburbs):  Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Would I dine again? 
Absolutely.  You cannot go wrong with ice cream.  I tried two – mango sorbet and wild berry crumble.  And it was right across from Michael’s so I didn’t have to go far!

Dinner (Akron suburb): Vaccaro’s Trattoria
Would I dine again? Yes.  I had to drive down to the Fairlawn/Medina area which is closer to Akron than Cleveland.  I found a little italian spot and had my favorite italian wedding soup along with some pasta.

Hotel: Courtyard Akron Fairlawn
Would I stay again?   
Yes.  The hotel looks old on the outside but it has a modern lobby.  I spent most of the night doing work and my room had a great living/office area and a separate room for sleeping.  The staff was nice and it was central to numerous restaurants and shopping malls.

Lunch (Akron suburb):  Swenson’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  I needed to get on the road to Columbus before the rain hit and before rush hour in Columbus.  This drive-in has been around for years so I had to make a stop.

Snack(Akron suburbs):  Malley’s Chocolate
Would I dine again? 
Yes.  A little snack for the road.  Chocolate.  Of all kinds.  Plus candy.  yum.

Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus OSU
Would I stay again? 
Yes.  It was clean, the staff was nice and my room was conveniently laid out for rest and for work.  There are some higher-end hotels in Columbus but they were over my allowed rate.

Dinner (Columbus): Third & Hollywood
Would I dine again?  
Yes.  I was staying near the Ohio State but this was a quick drive.  The menu was great and my favorite ice cream shop was around the corner.

Dessert(Columbus):  Jeni’s
Would I dine again? 
Always.  Jeni’s is my favorite ice cream shop.  My favorite flavor the riesling poached pear is seasonal so I tried two new flavors.  Churro and WOW- dairy free Roasted Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam.  If only my local Central Market would carry the DF PB&J.

Lunch (Columbus): High Bank Distillery
Would I dine again? Not sure.  I found this restaurant on Eater and I am guessing it has great energy at night.  I ordered a salad and it came out, well, let’s just say, not to chef standards.  They quickly made me a new salad and didn’t charge me.  I appreciated the fact that they made things right and it was good but….there are so many options in Columbus.  If it is close by, try it.  I’m sure the drinks will be good based on the menu I saw.

On the Road Eats: Omaha

Hotel: Element Midtown Crossing
Would I stay again? Yes!  Central location to where I needed to be, many great restaurant options within walking distance and the hotel was clean and the staff were great!

Restaurants:

Lunch:  Stokin Goat
Would I dine again? Yes.  It was close to one of my client meetings and my beet salad with fresh mozzarella was great.

Dinner: Stirnella
Would I dine again? Yes.  I was able to walk here from the hotel, sit at the bar in the front window and enjoy my meal of spätzle with oxtail. Plus I found my breakfast spot for the next morning.

Breakfast:  Early Bird
Would I dine again? Yes.  It was right next to Stirnella so an easy walk before meetings to get some steps in! Loved my breakfast.

Lunch:  Via Farina
Would I dine again? Yes.  Great spot close to the airport and downtown. The egg yolk raviolo was good but next time I would try a pizza.

On the Road Eats: Washington DC

Hotel: Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Would I stay again? Yes but would not be my first choice.  It is a huge hotel with tons of event space.  I prefer something smaller.

Restaurants:

Dinner: La Tomate Bistro
Would I dine again? Probably not.  The food was good but the service was absolutely terrible.

Dinner Day 2:  China Chilcano
Would I dine again? Yes, Yes, Yes.  All the plates we had were awesome.  Surprisingly, my favorite was the cauliflower.

Dinner Day 3: Bistro du Coin
Would I dine again? Yes, Almost every year I attend a conference at the Washington Hilton right up the street and the food is consistently good. Plus, who can turn down a great bowl of mussels?

Mussels