The Chuckwagon Bar and Grill, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and Zesto in Pierre

This was not the best food, but it was easily my favorite meal of the trip thus far. Nancy and I had enjoyed our 10k walk around Pierre. Pierre is a small city, about 13,000 residents, but it’s a memorable walk. One thing that I loved was there is a statue in Pierre of every governor of the state. That’s no big deal, but the … Continue reading The Chuckwagon Bar and Grill, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and Zesto in Pierre

Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse, Pierre, South Dakota

Nancy and I got up at 0 Dark 30 for our 10K walk in Bismarck, even before the morning coffee was hot at our hotel. We finished up, hopped in the car, took the back road down the Missouri River through the Sioux Reservation, across the bridge at Mowbridge, and on to Pierre. You need to take that drive. Not the fast drive, the one … Continue reading Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse, Pierre, South Dakota

Brookside Bar and Grill and ‘Nita Mae’s Scoop, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

It was a full day. We did our 10k state capital Volksmarch in St. Paul, had lunch at the Handsome Hog, and stopped at Milkweed. After a quick shower, Nancy and I hot-footed up to Marine on St. Croix to see DC expatriate Carol Ingersoll. We got the tour of Carol’s home and yard. It sits right on the St. Croix River, one of the … Continue reading Brookside Bar and Grill and ‘Nita Mae’s Scoop, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Washington Square Bar and Grill, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

After our Volksmarch in Madison, Nancy and I headed west to St. Paul, and went to our hotel, the Fairfield Inn Northeast, in the far northeastern reaches of the Metro area. I had three reasons for selecting the hotel: (1) Marriott affiliation (brand loyalty pays), (2) price, and (3) proximity to Marine on St. Croix. Once we arrived and checked, we found that there was … Continue reading Washington Square Bar and Grill, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Parthenon Gyro, Madison, Wisconsin

After our walk around Milwaukee and our bratwurst adventures at the Milwaukee Brat House and Craftsman Table and Tap, Nancy and I drove into Madison for the first of five state capital Volksmarches of this trip. Madison occupies a narrow strip of land between two lakes. There are lots of great views, particularly from the roof of the convention center. It’s just a few blocks … Continue reading Parthenon Gyro, Madison, Wisconsin

Brick Wood-Fired Bistro, Prince Frederick, Calvert County, Maryland

Brick Wood-Fired Bistro is in one of those Prince Frederick shopping centers off Route 4, the one across from the fire station, a few miles south of the Safeway. It’s a big new place with acres — well not quite — of seating, a community asset that attracts group events. It’s known as “The Brick,” according to our good friend, Dan Blankenship, who lives nearby, … Continue reading Brick Wood-Fired Bistro, Prince Frederick, Calvert County, Maryland

Martin’s Tavern, Georgetown, Washington, DC

Martin’s Tavern is famous as the place where John Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier. The booth (#3) in which he popped the question (and, incidentally, where five Supreme Court justices discussed the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case) is marked, as are other booths regularly used by Presidents Truman (36) Johnson (#24, Sam Rayburn’s booth), Nixon (#2), and George W. Bush (#12). Had … Continue reading Martin’s Tavern, Georgetown, Washington, DC

The Hunter’s Hound, Friendship Heights, Maryland

I was eager to try The Hunter’s Hound as soon as I walked by and saw they were hiring in anticipation of opening. I finally made it there with my friend, Frank McAuliffe, a stalwart of our monthly lunch group. Frank is, like the rest of us, of a certain age, and a determined athlete. That means he messed up his knee, and he was … Continue reading The Hunter’s Hound, Friendship Heights, Maryland

Cubans Be Like, Fort Myers, Florida

Nancy and I had an afternoon flight home and, having missed our beloved stop at the Rumba Cafe in Naples, decided on a Cuban place for lunch. After studying the options, we selected Cubans Be Like. Cubans Be Like is set in a nice new shopping center on the east side of Fort Myers, just off US 41. It was conveniently located on the way … Continue reading Cubans Be Like, Fort Myers, Florida