Time Off » Restaurants

March 26, 2014
Piaf Restaurant
Housed inside the lovely Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Resort, just north of Puerto Vallarta, Piaf Restaurant presents French fare with a nod to fresh Mexican ingredients in a stunner setting. Try Piaf’s simple yet elegant seared scallops with bacon beurre blanc and coriander or the puff pastry tartelette and duck confit over mushroom with champagne sauce. I also enjoyed the classic but not too garlicky bourguignonne escargots. On the heartier side, executive chef Claudio Hotter offered a perfect rack of French lamb marinated in Provence herbs and drizzled with foie gras sauce. For dessert, many items looked wonderful but I opted for the Grand Marnier chocolate soufflé adorned with hazelnuts and white chocolate. So decadent. This is a supremely refined space; glass sculptures accent its majestic marble floors and its walls of mauve, dark woods and black soothe the eye. Everything is spotless and impeccably designed, and the view of the gorgeous Bay of Banderas doesn’t hurt. Piaf at Grand Velas is a major find, and it welcomes anyone, not just resort guests. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it. —Bob Ecker
March 25, 2014
Las Brumas Grill & Cafe, San Salvador, El Salvador
Last year, several of our favorite travel writers reported on the finest little-known hotels and resorts they'd discovered ("11 Great Hotels and Resorts You've Probably Never Heard Of," February/March 2013). Now it's mealtime.
January 20, 2014
Don’t try this at home unless you have a industrial-strength exhaust system.
“Chicken Supreme” Lives Up to Its Name
October 3, 2013
Cafe Chloe
Like a tiny slice of Paris set in San Diego’s up-and-coming East Village neighborhood, Cafe Chloe is a charming corner setting for both locals and visitors, some of whom stop by before or after a baseball game at nearby Petco Park.
May 10, 2013
Oklahoma Joe’s
Restaurants such as Arthur Bryant’s and Gates Bar-B-Q are arguably better known among Kansas City barbecue fans, but relative newcomer Oklahoma Joe’s is nonetheless a standout.
March 15, 2013
Set in the hills above the historic and enchanting Brazilian town of Tiradentes in the southern portion of the state of Minas Gerais, Yum Yum is a charming little indoor/outdoor restaurant serving simple yet delectable fare. This unpretentious spot is widely known for its version of one of Brazil’s favorite comfort foods, coxinha (pronounced co-sheena).
February 1, 2013
Burgundy is known for magnificent vineyards, hotels and dining, and you can enjoy all three at Relais & Chateau Bernard Loiseau, a five-diamond hotel with a three-star Michelin restaurant. Located in Saulier, less than an hour from everything in Burgundy, this property offers the perfect respite after a day of wine tasting.
November 13, 2012
Tony Gemignani's award-winning pizza
Tony Gemignani–an 11-time winner of the World Pizza Championship competition–is a genius when it comes to the presentation of pizza in its many styles.
August 8, 2012
Teton Thai: Hot Dishes, Cool Ambiance
Teton Thai delivers spicy Asian culinary masterpieces in a laid-back, Jackson-Hole-cool setting. Located near the base of the famed Wyoming ski resort, it is an extraordinary find.
February 1, 2012
A Winner in Quebec
Elegant and effervescent, Quebec City’s Restaurant Le Saint-Amour is where haute cuisine meets the Moulin Rouge. (Cirque du Soleil is based nearby, after all, and its members frequently dine here.) Housed in former stables reborn in 1978 as a three-story atrium, the restaurant offers one of the most impressive dining experiences in eastern Canada.

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