There are plenty of photo-friendly cafes, whether they be meeting places for photographers, a makeshift art gallery, or just a picturesque spot. There aren't, however, too many cafes that actually look like cameras. Located next to the home of the family that owns it, the Dreamy Camera Cafe resembles a classic Rolleiflex camera, with large circular windows representing the twin lenses, and a variety of antique cameras and memorabilia on display. Add in some tasty coffee, tea, and sweet treats, and you've got an ideal spot to spend some time — preferably with camera in-tow.
French Canadians tend to be a fiercely nationalistic bunch, going to great lengths to recognize and honor their Gallic heritage. So you know that when a restaurant is allowed to break their language regulations, it must be something special. And special Schwartz's is. Founded by a Jewish immigrant in 1928, this landmark shop is widely known for its delicious smoked meats and sandwiches, as well as for the long lines that you'll frequently find outside — so planning to get there early is definitely recommended.
What do you get when three friends from Tijuana and California decide to open up a taco shop on the East Coast? Los Tacos No. 1, that's what. Located in Chelsea Market, this handsome stand offers up tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and mulas filled/topped with steak, chicken, pork, or grilled cactus, along with chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, and a range of drinks that includes both aguas frescas and Mexican Coke. That's pretty much it, but when you're hungry and looking for some tasty, quick Mexican, that's really all you need.
Every once in a while we run across a restaurant that looks so spectacular that we'd recommend going there anyway, even if you don't get anything to eat. The Jane would be one of those, but fortunately, it offers top-notch dining as well. Housed in the former chapel of a military hospital, the space is dominated by The Lamp, a huge multi-bulb statue created by .PS Lab, and also features faux stained glass windows designed by Studio Job and an Upper Room Bar for cocktails. But the real attraction is the fantastic food from Sergio Herman and Nick Bril, the duo behind the three Michelin star Oud Sluis. So grab a reservation — and your camera — and go enjoy. [via]
Normally when you head to a restaurant, you have a choice of one menu — the one they're serving. At The Standard Copenhagen, you have a choice of three, because the building actually houses three separate eateries. The choices include Almanak, a modern Danish joint, Verandah, a contemporary Indian restaurant, and Studio, a Nordic spot helmed by ex-Noma chef Torsten Vildgaard. Oh, and when you're done eating, head over to the namesake jazz club that's under the same roof, offers a full bar, and hosts two shows every night.
The atmosphere at 29 South might be casual, but the food is anything but. Located just a couple blocks from the ocean on Amelia Island, this farm-to-table spot serves up an eclectic menu of tasty food with a Southern slant — think shrimp and grits, terrific hash browns, the best fish tacos in the area, and even Lobster Corn Dogs. Joining the food on the menu is a large selection of wine and a decent list of beer, but whatever you choose to wash down your meal, you're sure to love it.
It might be pint-sized, but Holeman & Finch Public House has a huge reputation — just not for the reasons you might think. This Buckhead eatery serves up tasty dinner and drinks, offering everything from hot dogs to steak tartare alongside original cocktails, wine, and craft beer, but it's perhaps best known for its burgers. Every night at 10:00, they serve up 24 — and only 24 — double patty cheeseburgers, placed on house-made buns, and served with hand-cut fries, homemade ketchup, mustard, and pickles. You need to get there early to claim yours, but if you miss on your first try, don't despair — the burger is available all day on Sunday's brunch menu.
There are plenty of places in London to grab some Chinese food — but only one of them is in Europe's tallest building. Based on the Hong Kong restaurant of the same name, Hutong serves up a wide array of dishes that reflect the diverse regions and cuisines of Northern China, each as tasty and carefully prepared as the last. The cocktails are outstanding as well, but perhaps the most memorable thing about it is the view: thanks to its perch on the 33rd floor of The Shard, it offers some of the best restaurant views around.
It doesn't matter which side of the pond you're from — if you're looking for a taste of the US in the UK, Jackson & Rye is a solid pick. This new SoHo restaurant and bar features a sleek, inviting interior that recalls the golden age of cocktails, and a drink menu to match. On the food side of things, the all-day menu includes such comfort foods as cheeseburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, truffled mac & cheese, meatballs, and crabcakes, while brunch kicks things up with shrimp & grits and steak and eggs. Oh, and as the name suggests, they have quite the selection of ryes, as well. [via]
Some restaurants are easily categorizable — Mexican, Italian, Spanish, etc. Some aren't. But that doesn't mean they aren't great. Rose's Luxury falls into the latter category. This American (whatever that means) eatery lies on Barracks Row, and offers up a menu designed for sharing. Highlights include burnt romaine salad, popcorn soup with grilled lobster, and crawfish, although really, almost anything you order is going to be good. It's on the small side and doesn't accept reservations, so there might be a wait if you arrive at prime eating hours — but trust us, it's more than worth your time.
Typically, anything purchased through a back door tends to be a bit shady — bootleg liquor, narcotics, etc. — but that's not the case at Back Door Donuts. This unique secondary business of Martha's Vineyard Gourmet Café & Bakery is open every night from mid-April through the end of October, from 7:30 pm until just before 1:00 am. In addition to donuts, you can also indulge in fresh apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, croissants, and anything else listed on the menu that's taped to the inside of the back door. Just plan on getting there a little early, as the lines form well before that door opens.
"Like father, like son" goes the old saying — and that's certainly true at The Purple Pig. Helmed by Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. — with guidance from his father (of Heaven on Seven fame) and Scott Harris (of Mia Francesca), this Magnificent Mile serves up "cheese, swine, & wine" with a distinct Mediterranean flair. Highlights include the house-made charcuterie, the pork neck bone rillette, the scallop spiedini, and the Panino con Nutella. Not feeling hungry? It's still worth stopping by, as the Pig also happens to offer one of the best wine bars in the city.