On the Road Eats: Chicago

Hotel: Sheraton Grand Chicago
Would I stay again?  Maybe.  The location was not too convenient to where my client meetings were but the room was clean, I was able to grab a quick breakfast and bottled waters in the lounge and my room had a good view of the river.

Restaurants:

Lunch: Frontera Grill
Would I dine again?
Yes.  I have walked by this restaurant so many times and always thought, I must eat here.  Well, after 10 years of traveling to Chicago I did and it was great.  It was a Tuesday so I ordered the pork milanesa lunch special – Crunchy-coated pork shoulder, roasted tomato-serrano sauce, black beans, pickled red onions served with an arugula salad. Delish!

Dinner: Portsmith
Would I dine again? No.  I was underwhelmed by my whole experience.  The restaurant was empty, my meal- shellfish risotto- was just ok and there are too many other spots to try in this city.

Lunch: Tanta Chicago
Would I dine again?
Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  My lunch was fabulous and I think it is because I was able to order a sampler and try various dishes.  Order the power lunch marino which includes criollo cebiche, calamari jaleita, and criollo rice and you will not be disappointed.

On the Road Eats: Kansas City

Hotel: Residence Inn Kansas City Downtown/Convention Center
Would I stay again? Yes. I was reserved at the joint Courtyard but they did not have any non-accessible king rooms left so they moved me “next door”.  I did go into the room and they were clean which was good to know for next time.  For me, the location was convenient and the Residence Inn gives you access to a nice lounge with breakfast or to use for a common area to work. I don’t love hotel breakfasts so I stopped in just for coffee. Room was clean and they upgraded me to a two bedroom which for one person checking in at 9pm wasn’t really an upgrade.

 

Restaurants:

Dinner: Le Fou Frog
Would I dine again? Yes.  My dinner was great. I loved that they had a whole second menu with specials and during cooler weather they had a great little outdoor section. We missed happy hour but the food specials looked good.

On the Road Eats: St. Louis

Hotel: Residence Inn St. Louis West County
Would I stay again? It was fine.  The people were nice and the service was good.  Was a newer hotel.  Not the most convenient to where I needed to be but close to the highway and a mall.

Restaurants:

Lunch: J.Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks & Seafood 
Would I dine again? Nope.  I had the crab bisque and the crab melt.  The soup was better than the sandwich but not one of my better choices.  I assume dinner is better as long as you order a steak.

 

Dinner: Reeds American Table
Would I dine again? Yes.  Solo dinner, brought my laptop and got awesome service.  Plus I arrived during happy hour so I got a deal on food and wine.

 

Breakfast: Russell’s
Would I dine again? Yes.  Cute coffee shop/cafe with adult poptarts and their sandwich menu sounded great.

 

Lunch: Pastaria
Would I dine again? Yes, I have been here quite a few times and always come back. So good!!