Founding Farmers (Washington, DC): I had to be at GWU and only had time for a quick bite. Many people recommended Founding Farmers, which was both convenient and delicious. I love the concept and the vibe, and would love to explore more of the menu. But as it was just me, I couldn’t resist diving into a dish of chicken and waffles, with pours of maple syrup and gravy. The mac ‘n’ cheese added to the fat content, though the greens offered a nice counterpoint.
The Tap Room (San Marcos, TX): A friend from the area said I simply had to try The Tap Room for some of the best burgers in Texas. A ton of beers (well, 42) on tap, but as I was headed to work, I believe my beer was of the root variety. Calling my name was the Hell Burger: “A fiery burger with two slices of jalapeno-jack cheese, covered in grilled onions, jalapenos & our hot wing sauce.” Pretty good.
Red Iguana (Salt Lake City, UT): Another highly recommended place. Thought I could hit it at the tail end of lunch on the way to the airport, but even at an “off” hour the line was long and I’d miss my plane. So I got what you’re seeing to go, planning to take a taste while it was hot and then eat the rest at the airport. Not a chance. It was so good that I scarfed it down in the car, doing the best I could to not stain my clothes. Looking forward to another trip to SLC so I can have a proper meal in the restaurant instead of just outside it.
Scotty’s Table (Missoula, MT): Like the website says, this is a simple yet sophisticated French bistro. Loved the interior and appreciated the friendly service. Might I mention that this was one of the better pieces of meat that I had the past year? You’re looking at a New York strip steak with blue cheese bread pudding, braised greens, braised onion, shiitake mushrooms and truffled vinaigrette.
Posh Chocolat (Missoula, MT): Shortly before my big dinner at Scotty’s Table, I stopped in at Posh Chocolat and picked up a wonderful assortment of salted caramel chocolates, really enjoying the variety within the package. This is an adorable place with lots of great books and magazines to peruse. As I struggled with what to order as a snack, the owner offered to make me the sampler plate you see pictured here. I’m ready to return for larger portions of crepes, soups and salads next time I’m in Missoula – hopefully with better spacing of meals!