Quentin Tarantino's love of all things Asian is well-known and obvious to anyone who's every watched his films — so it's no surprise that he'd be a co-owner of a Korean restaurant. Do Hwa is its name, it's located in the West Village, offers delivery, and features a modern interior that would serve as a fine backdrop to a samurai or kung-fu throwdown. The menu includes plenty of Bibimbop options, as well as spicy favorites like the Duk Boki and a barbecue menu featuring rib-eye, short ribs, and pork belly. The drink menu is also solid, with a selection of wines, draught and bottled beers, Korean spirits, and a cocktail menu with names like "The Flying Bicycle" and "Battle Royale" — sadly, Mr. Blue is no longer listed, although we hear they'll still mix you one up if you ask nicely.
When looking for a taste of New York, NOLA's Bywater neighborhood might be one of the more unlikely places to find it — but that's exactly what you'll find Pizza Delicious. Open every day but Monday, this unpretentious spot cooks up 18-inch, NY-style pies, with the stand cheese, pepperoni, and margherita options available at any time, alongside a brief menu of daily specials that include one-off pies, pasta, small plates, salads, and desserts. To drink, they offer a few beers on tap, ranging from PBR to local brews — and all available by the glass or pitcher — as well as a handful of wines. Feeling lazy? Not to worry, as they offer bike delivery to Marigny and Bywater from 4-10 pm.
Most people get slightly confused when they hear that Hog & Hominy is a Southern/Italian restaurant. They seem to think that means foods inspired by the southernmost regions of the European country — but in fact, this Brennan-area restaurant actually mixes Italian staples with American South sensibilities. The result is an interesting menu that includes brick oven-cooked pizzas — one sporting boudin and scrambled eggs — farm-fresh vegetables, poutine, sweetbreads, short ribs, and gnocchi — with a fantastic peanut butter pie to finish it off. There's also a tasty cocktail menu, which provides the perfect accompaniment should you decide to throw a game of bocce outside.
Odds are if you've already made it to Barbados, you're going to be eating at least a couple meals at your hotel/resort. But should you want to venture out for some food, The Cliff is the place to go. Set on the edge of the water overlooking the ocean — hence the name — this upscale eatery offers fantastic fare, with a focus on seafood (naturally), tasty libations, and fantastic ambiance. It's not anywhere close to cheap, but when you measure in the quality of the food, the service, and the world-class views, it's arguably the best meal on the island.
It might not look like much on the outside — and the inside is pretty sparse, too — but that simply allows the beauty of the food served up at Commis to shine even more. Located on Piedmont, this smallish restaurant serves up a prix fixe menu of high-end culinary delights every night, courtesy of head chef/owner James Syhabout, a veteran of such legendary culinary destinations as the Fat Duck and El Bulli. As is the case with most restaurants of its type, the menu changes often based on what's fresh/available/in season; for the best experience, try snagging one of the counter seats, which provide a birds-eye view of the mastery on display in the kitchen.
As a staple of cajun cooking, crawfish can be found all over the South. But if you're looking for the best, you'd do well to give Hawk's Crawfish a try. Located in the middle of nowhere, this hole-in-the-wall eatery's remote location allows them to use a special purging process that cleans hand-selected crawfish over a 24-hour period, resulting in a richer, more savory flavor. As fancy as that sounds, there's nothing else fancy about the place, which features family-style seating, unpretentious presentation, cold beer, and a tasty Bloody Mary.
If you're jonesing for a sweet breakfast and happen to see a red trailer set up, your morning is about to improve. That's because Carpe Donut is likely there, serving up what you crave. This charming food truck serves up delicious donuts made from organic flour, organic eggs, organic sugar, organic apple cider, organic spices, and non-aluminated baking powder, then fries them up in 100% pure soybean oil. If that weren't enough, they also offer organic coffee, Italian-style hot chocolate, fresh mulled hot cider, and heaping helpings of happiness. Oh, and NYC residents are in luck — they have a truck there, too.
Brats and beer are pretty much synonymous with the City of Festivals, so it's no surprise that you'll find plenty of both at the Milwaukee Brat House. This Bronzeville restaurant offers a full complement of regional favorites, including cheese curds, a gigantic Bavarian pretzel, beer cheese soup, burgers and sandwiches, a fish fry on Fridays, and a large selection of brats, including some specialty sausages like a Cheddar Jalapeño sausage from Usinger's across the street. Of course, this is a "Professional Drinking Establishment", and as such offers a solid selection of beer, ranging from local favorites PBR and Schlitz to imports and microbrews, as well as a full bar — and a beer garden in which to enjoy them.
The name is pretty much self-explanatory, but if you must know, Taco Boy sells... tacos. Really, really, really good tacos, in fact, topped with nearly anything you could think of — including mahi mahi, tuna, shrimp, chorizo, beef, chicken, mushrooms, and even tempura avocado. The tacos are served up with sides like guacamole, queso, beans, corn, and salad, and they also offer plenty of thirst-quenching beverages like Mexican Coke, margaritas, and a large selection of Mexican beer. With two locations, they're ready to supply your soft-shelled fix anytime, whether you're on Folly Beach or strolling downtown.
Inspired by the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy, the menu at Frasca Food and Wine does include staples like lasagna, ravioli, and gnocchi — but don't walk in expecting Olive Garden-style fare. The creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, this inviting eatery serves expertly-prepared, high-end dishes that incorporate naturally raised meats and organically grown produce and fill out the seasonally-changing menu. As for that Sommelier, you're going to be glad he's there — with over 200 options on the wine list, you might need some help pointing you in the right direction.
If restaurants were judged on height alone, Fluke Wine, Bar & Kitchen would undoubtedly be the best in town — and it's not doing too badly as it is. This three-floor downtown spot offers great views of the harbor — particularly from the third-floor bar — and serves up a variety of modern American cuisine that ranges from small plates of cheese, charcuterie, shellfish, and salad to larger servings of seafood, steak, chicken, pork, and game. Add in the sophisticated interior, above-average wine list, and tasty cocktails, and you have all the ingredients for a great meal.
Something about burgers and rock n' roll just seem to go together... and Rock That Burger is a perfect example. This Kendale Lakes spot — from the team behind Yellow Submarine — offers a music-themed menu that includes a number of burgers named after songs (Hotel California, Ring of Fire, and Oye Como Va, for instance), as well as a number of well-topped hot dogs, classic sides like chili fries and onion rings, and beverages ranging from canned soda to thick milkshakes and, of course, beer. Because what's more American that that?