Black Pelican Seafood Co. (Kitty Hawk)

Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

For dinner,we made our way to the Black Pelican and highly recommend it for a memorable meal.  This place which is located right on the beach, get's packed so make sure you make reservations in advance. While we waited for our table, we perused the huge gift shop located in the restaurant.  There were all kinds of fun things to check out here which helped pass the time while we waited to be seated.  I found … [Read more...]

Sam and Omies (Nag’s Head)

Sam and Omies (Nag's Head)

Billed as an Outer Banks favorite, and now we know why—Sam and Omie's restaurant is nothing fancy but it's good cooking with simple fresh ingredients. Walking in to the charming but crowded little beach shack we seated ourselves as the sign told us to do.  Shortly our friendly waitress arrived with menus.  They've got all kinds of sandwiches and burgers and a host of seafood specialities. We had the Greek … [Read more...]

Bento Box Sushi Bar And Asian Kitchen (Wilmington)

Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

Wilmington is an adorable little beach town on the coast of North Carolina that is wonderfully picturesque with charming beach cottages right off the shore.  Driving in we had planned on spending some time exploring the shore but sadly a storm had blown in so our plans fell by the wayside.  After checking into our hotel to get that out of the way and kill some time, the crew was famished, so we set out to see what … [Read more...]

La Placita Dining Room (Albuquerque)

La Placita Dining Room

La Placita Dining Room is a truly authentic New Mexican dining experience.   After a hectic start to our first day, Shari and I treated ourselves to a Margarita and it was just what the doctor ordered.  Though it felt a lot like a typical Mexican restaurant back home in Los Angeles, the kids and I did notice some things that were different.  After sitting down and ordering, we were brought some "sopapillas" … [Read more...]

Route 66 Diner (Albuquerque)

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

If you’re hungry, check out the Route 66 Diner. This place was fun and super tasty, especially after a hot couple of hours with 5 kids driving us nuts. Running around all morning in the New Mexico desert heat and dealing with a couple of temper tantrums left me with a massive migraine headache.  Normally I am a super healthy eater and I make sure my kids make good choices but sometimes you need to cut loose. … [Read more...]

Starvin’ Arvin’s (Montrose)

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

There's nothing like the fresh air in the Rocky Mountains to stir up a hearty appetite and you'll find no better place satisfy that hunger and fuel the rest of your day than Starvin' Arvin's in Montrose Colorado. Out on the road this place was a godsend serving up hearty fare to satisfy everyone's cravings.  In fact, eating at Starvin' Arvin's  was one of our most memorable breakfasts of all time. The eggs were … [Read more...]

Handlebars (Silverton)

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

Silverton is just a picture perfect old western mining town high up in the Rocky Mountains.  With adorable shops and restaurants there's lots to explore from old time saloons, candy shops and tons of other stuff to check out that feels like a real trip back in history, when the West was the new frontier. We stopped for lunch at Handlebars Food and Saloon and were greeted up our arrival by an a guy dressed in late … [Read more...]

The Sport (Livingston)

Destination #3: Idaho, Wyoming and Montana

If you are looking for family dining while you are visiting the quaint and charming town of Livingston, then The Sport is the place to go.  We ate lunch here and the food was great-something to make everyone happy burgers, sandwiches, even quesadillas for the vegetarians in the group.   But what was truly special at this local establishment which has been in business since 1909, were all the taxidermy animals … [Read more...]

Smitty’s (Idaho Falls)

Destination: Idaho, Wyoming and Montana

If you are looking for a family friendly place for breakfast you won't do any better than Smitty's. They have plenty of stuff to please any palette. Eggs and such and all kinds of combos of pancakes, french toast, hash brown, you name it. Lot's of kid friendly stuff on the kids menu too. All five kids left with tummies full and big smiles... … [Read more...]

Ted’s Montana Grill (Atlanta)

Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

For a unique dining experience we opted to try media mogul and Atlanta native son Ted Turner’s Ted’s Montana Grill—Ted Turner, who started CNN and at one time owned the Atlanta Braves, is the second  largest individual  land owner in the United States.  He owns 2 million acres of ranch land in 5 states and manages 55,000 head of bison as well as cattle. This ranch style restaurant chain  showcases bison … [Read more...]