On the Road Eats: Bentonville, AR

Hotel: aloft Rogers-Bentonville
Would I stay again? 
Yes.  I really like the aLoft brand and it was conveniently located to my clients and to downtown Bentonville.

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Restaurants:

Lunch: The Preachers Son
Would I dine again?
Yes.  But I would try it for dinner.  My lunch was delicious but I was one of 4 tables so the experience was a bit different than a full restaurant.

Dinner: The Hive
Would I dine again?
Yes.  The restaurant is at the 21c hotel and they had their well known penguins in the restaurant.  I greatly enjoyed my pork chop for dinner and the cotton candy at the end of the meal.

Dessert:  The Spark Café/ Walton’s 5&10
Would I dine again?  Yes.  I usually like to check out the dessert menu where I have dinner but if I wanted a quick scoop, of ice cream and I was downtown, sure, I would return.

On the Road Eats: Minneapolis

Hotel: Aloft Minneapolis
Would I stay again? Possibly. I booked late and that was the option closest to the event I attended within my allowed rate. I liked the location because Izzy’s ice cream was nearby and had I been there longer in better weather, there was a park behind the property. We did enjoy our walk home from dinner but I would like to explore another area next time.

Restaurants:

Lunch:  McKinney Roe
Would I dine again? Yes.  Service was a but slow but the food was good. I opted for a burrata salad and added beets. It was the perfect meal after my flight.

Snack:  Izzy’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  I needed a pick me up after a few hours of email so I walked around the corner to this ice cream shop. I tried the sampler which is five small scoops-blueberry cheesecake, salted caramel, cookies n’ cream, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate caramel. YUM!

Dinner: Spoon and Stable
Would I dine again? Yes.  We did not have a reservation but got lucky to score three seats at the bar. I started with the tempura baby squash and ordered the half portion of spaghetti Nero. My pasta was awesome!

On the Road Eats: Chicago

Hotel: Aloft River North
Would I stay again? Yes!  Great River North location, lots of restaurants nearby with a great one connected to the lobby and easy to walk to catch a train.

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Restaurants:

Lunch:  Sushi-San
Would I dine again? Yes but I would go for dinner and order something different.  The express lunch was not for me.

Dinner: The Smith
Would I dine again? Yes.  Food, service and price point were all great!  Easy to walk to from the hotel.

Lunch Day 2:  The Dearborn
Would I dine again? Yes, but I would not order this sandwich.  I liked the one at Beacon Tavern better but the first time I was here I had a great meal.

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PASTRAMI REUBEN

On the Road Eats: South Bend, IN

Hotel:  aloft South Bend
Would I stay again?  Yes.  I stay at this hotel almost every time I visit South Bend. I can walk to my client’s office and local restaurants plus the rooms are great for solo travelers.  Plus they will make you a great egg white burrito if you ask nicely!

Have some time at night? Check out the South Bend River Lights! Although it was snowing, I took a great walk to see the lights after dinner at Render!

Restaurants:

Dinner: Render
Would I dine again?
Yes.  This is my second or third trip to Render and food and drinks are awesome!  I usually sit at the bar solo or with the right colleague, we share a bunch of plates!

Lunch: Navarre
Would I dine again?
Yes.  I have been here for lunch three times and it is always good.  Next time I am in town I will need to try dinner.