Shapiro’s Delicatessen, Indianapolis, Indiana

What a great place! One of my fellow Fans of Roadfood, the presiding genius behind BZ Maestro Eats, had just reported on Shapiro’s, see here, and Nancy and I made Shapiro’s our first stop when we got to Indianapolis after the drive from Lansing. I’d eaten there before back when I was in Indianapolis coordinating the multi-state investigation of a church arsonist whom we eventually … Continue reading Shapiro’s Delicatessen, Indianapolis, Indiana

Where to Eat in Southwest Florida: Marco Island, Naples, and the Everglades

That cloud on the horizon is probably a harbinger of sleet, freezing rain, and a cold wind that sneers at layers upon layers of wool and down. The birds are headed south for the winter, demonstrating that “bird-brained” can mean pretty darn smart. Here at the Blog we are committed to public service. Just search “health” for public service posts. Think of the physical and … Continue reading Where to Eat in Southwest Florida: Marco Island, Naples, and the Everglades

Where to Stay in Detroit: The Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

While Liza and family went off to New Orleans for a very long weekend, Nancy and I, freed (or deprived) of our Nanny obligations, went to … Detroit. Actually we resumed our quest to complete 10k walks in all 50 state capitals, and targeted Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. That took us to Detroit on Day 1. Lansing, of course, is the capital, but we wanted … Continue reading Where to Stay in Detroit: The Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

Bruster’s Ice Cream, Hollywood, Maryland

On our way back from Stoney’s at Clarke’s Landing, Nancy and I stopped for some of our ongoing scientific research into ice cream, gelato, and frozen custard venues. Bruster’s is a chain with some 200 locations, but I don’t recall ever having seen another. Of course, the 200 are spread across 22 states, Guyana, and South Korea. I gather that there are at least two … Continue reading Bruster’s Ice Cream, Hollywood, Maryland

Stoney’s Seafood House Clarke’s Landing, Hollywood, Maryland

Fresh seafood prepared just about perfectly: that was our experience at Stoney’s Clarke’s Landing. Hollywood, Maryland, is right next to California, Maryland, just across the bridge from Solomons Island. My son-in-law Michael Boyd and I went down to see how much damage a storm and an extraordinarily high tide driven by persistent southerly winds had done on Cove Point. For us, the answer was “not … Continue reading Stoney’s Seafood House Clarke’s Landing, Hollywood, Maryland

Best Places to Eat Near I-95 between Washington, DC, and Miami, and on to Key West: 2021

I’m about to change your life for the better. I’ve updated and expanded my key to happiness on the road to Florida. Winter looms. Again we find ourselves growing grim around the mouth and feeling a damp November in our souls. It’s time to plan a trip South. Some good news: a least for now, Florida has the lowest COVID rate in the US proper, … Continue reading Best Places to Eat Near I-95 between Washington, DC, and Miami, and on to Key West: 2021

La Bise, Washington, DC

Nancy and I ventured into the wilds of downtown Washington for dinner, and what a dinner it was. As part of my extended birthday celebration, Nancy took me for dinner to La Bise. It had been recommended by Lisa and Frank McAuliffe, and you can take their recommendations to the bank. La Bise is in downtown Washington, just across Lafayette Park from the White House … Continue reading La Bise, Washington, DC

Mr. Bill’s Southern Diner, Northport, Alabama

I’ve written about the Southern institution of the Meat and Three before here, and it’s always a treat to go to one again. This time, on my lightning road trip to Tuscaloosa and back, I went back to Mr. Bill’s, across the river from Tuscaloosa in Northport. I’d managed a good night’s sleep after eating more meat than the law allows at Rusty’s — more … Continue reading Mr. Bill’s Southern Diner, Northport, Alabama