On the Road Eats: Dayton, OH

Hotel:  Courtyard Dayton Beavercreek
Would I stay again?  Yes.  It was clean, convenient to where I needed to be and if I needed to be there longer, there was shopping and restaurants close by.  Unfortunately I was not very productive once I made it there after dinner due to the time change and the lack of sleep from the night before.

Restaurants:

Dinner: Mamma DiSalvo’s
Would I dine again? Yes
.  My client recommended Mamma Disalvo’s when I asked for a great local spot.  The food and service were both great and I would not hesitate to send friends here!

Lunch: City Barbeque
Would I dine again? No. 
I hate to say that I would not go back but I have eaten BBQ in North Carolina, Kansas City and in Texas where I live so I was a bit disappointed.  But the place was packed so it must be one of the better options.

On the Road Eats: Memphis Suburbs(Germantown)

Hotel:  Courtyard Germantown
Would I stay again?  Yes.  It was clean, convenient to where I needed to be and had great restaurants and shopping all within a five minute drive.

Restaurants:

Dinner: Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Wide variety of options on the menu and if I drank more beer, they have a bunch of craft beers.

 

Dessert: Sweet Noshings
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Candy, candy and more candy.  Ice cream, chocolate, popcorn…you name it.

Lunch: Huey’s
Would I dine again? Yes. 
My family loves burgers so if they came back to town with me, they would love this spot.

 

Dinner: Southern Social
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Met a friend for dinner and snagged a table on their patio early in the evening.  The food was great and I was thrilled to spend a few hours catching up with her.

Breakfast: Staks
Would I dine again? Yes. 
Actually, I was in town for two nights and ate here both mornings.  The first morning I was solo, the second with my daughter, her friend and her friend’s mom.  Food was awesome both days and the company was great the second morning.

Dinner: Central BBQ
Would I dine again? Yes. 
I love BBQ and their pulled pork sandwich was good.

 

On the Road Eats: Kalmazoo and Grand Rapids

Hotel: Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage
Would I stay again? Yes.  It felt like a newer hotel and the service was good.  There was an issue with my shower head not being the cleanest but had I caught it the night before, I am sure they would have addressed it quickly.

Courtyard Kalamazoo Portage

Restaurants:

Dinner(Kalamazoo): Principle Food and Drink
Would I dine again? Maybe.  The plan was to eat next door at Rustica but I flew through lunch and Principle opened 30 minutes earlier.  A colleague said it was a great spot so time for a super early dinner at 4:30pm.  I started with the octopus, then the shrimp entree and ended with the blueberry lemon dessert.  The whole meal was good but if in the area again, I would try Rustica.

Dessert(2nd time around):  Ritter’s Frozen Custard
Would I dine again? Yes.  There is always a need for ice cream and frozen custard.

Lunch(Kalamazoo): Food Dance Restaurant
Would I dine again?
Yes.  But I totally ordered the wrong thing.  Don’t get me wrong, the mac and cheese was good but I only was able to eat half since it was so heavy and I should have ordered the chicken dance sandwich.

Hotel: Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown
Would I stay again? Yes.  It was right downtown and close enough for me to walk to my client meeting and to grab a bite to eat.  I would recommend valet since the self parking was a bit of a walk if in a rush.

Dinner (Grand Rapids): Osteria Rossa
Would I dine again? Yes.  Technically this was happy hour as I went right after a meeting because I was super hungry.  I should have ordered more as the options were great and the food was really good but I thought I would go out for a later dinner after dealing with emails back at the hotel.  Shame on me for skipping dinner.

Breakfast(Grand Rapids):  Roots Brew Shop
Would I dine again?
Yes.  Low key coffee shop with pastries from Rise.  Sometimes you just need a donut for breakfast, especially when you skip dinner.

Lunch (Madison):  Donkey Taqueria
Would I dine again? Yes.  Yes twice.  I had one al pastor taco and one brussel sprout taco.  They were awesome and the only other place I found brussel sprout tacos was in Covington, KY.  I was also told they have great margarita’s but it was too early for me to try one!

On the Road Eats: Detroit Suburbs

Hotel:  Courtyard Detroit Southfield
Would I stay again?  Yes.  Standard Courtyard.  I have stayed here numerous times over the years.  Easy access to the highway and local restaurants.

Room 328

 

Restaurants:

Lunch: New Seoul Plaza
Would I dine again? Yes
.  Service was great and there were many options.  There is also another restaurant inside the building for Korean barbeque.

 

Dinner: Zao Jun
Would I dine again? Yes
.  The plan was to visit Adachi in Birmingham but as usual, I lost track of time and got caught up in emails.  Zao Jun is the same restaurant group but more casual and easy for me to bring my laptop with me.

Lunch: Culantro
Would I dine again? Yes
.  After a great Peruvian experience at Tanta in Chicago, I read about Culantro and decided to try it.  I had a great lunch and headed to the airport.