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Deleyla Dreams of Jiro’s Sushi

Posted on July 29th, by Foodio54 in Michelin Award Restaurants. No Comments

If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a 2011 documentary directed by David Gelb, then it is time to put that Netflix subscription of yours to use. The film is centered around 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the owner of three-star Michelin award winning sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro . It follows Jiro as he dedicates every waking moment of his life to create and perfect some of the most beautiful and enticing pieces of sushi that anyone would give their left hand to devour (seriously, I would give my left hand). It is a masterfully done film and has given me a new-found appreciation for the dedication and workmanship that goes into a master chef’s craft.

Jiro Ono in Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

According to the film, when a restaurant is designated … Read More »

Burro Cheese Kitchen – Austin

Posted on May 19th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

A month ago I was in Austin at the Lonestar Round Up enjoying my cigars and sipping bourbon while I watch Rat Rods of all kinds cruise up and down South Congress. I happened to be parked in front of a bright yellow shipping container with a spotted burro logo on it, but I never gave it a second thought. Word on the street was that the Burro Cheese Kitchen had some killer eats, but the last thing I wanted with my bourbon was a grilled cheese sandwich.

Now my buddy, who was at the Round Up with me had different ideas. He was hungover like a sailor on shore leave, so he rolled the dice and checked the place out. That was the last that I thought I was going to hear about the place because my palette has evolved … Read More »

Cinco de Mayo in Austin, TX

Posted on April 29th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday that celebrates the victory over invading French forces in 1862. Today it’s celebrated all over the world with parades, traditional Mexican food and drinks.  It’s often confused as the Mexican equivalent of the Fourth of July, but it is actually more of a moral victory.  Mexico declared it’s independendence on September 16, 1810.  You may already be planning where you want to go out and get some drinks on Cinco de Mayo here in Austin, but you may not have started thinking about where you want to grab something great to eat.

Here in Austin we have a lot of great options available to us for great Mexican food, but we have put our critical taste buds to the test to provide you with a list of the best in town.


Taqueria Arandas


The service is … Read More »

Detroit Restaurant Week, kicking off April 19 and running through Sunday, April 28.

Posted on April 19th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Detroit restaurant week is about to kick off.  This years experience will feature a small number of fine dining restaurants located around the city.  For just $30 you can go to any of these restaurants and sample some of their finest dishes and anywhere from 2 to 8 courses.  The $30 does not include tips or drinks.  Make sure you make reservations for prime dining hours as those will fill up quickly.

This year’s participants are:

24 Grille
Andiamo Detroit Riverfront
Angelina Italian Bistro
Atlas Global Bistro
Cliff Bell’s
Coach Insignia
Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille
Detroit Seafood Market
Fountain Bistro
Iridescence at Motor City Casino
La Dolce Vita
Rattlesnake Club
Roma Café
Santorini Estiatorio
Whitney and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria
Cucina at MGM Grand Detroit

Restaurant: Impossible Visits Woodstock, IL

Posted on April 18th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Restaurant: Impossible is about turning around a failing restaurant.  Now this is a difficult enough task, but show host Robert Irvine attempts to do this in just 2 days with less than $10,000.  Mr. Irvines track record is more than just good – it’s down right amazing.

Out of the 74 restaurants that he has attempted to “turn-around” on the show he has succeeded in all but 9!

This week Restaurant: Impossible will attempt to turn around Angelo’s Restaurant in Woodstock, IL. Angelo’s restaurant was actually featured in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ with Bill Murray.  Surprisingly, this information was not mentioned anywhere by the restaurant themselves.  Images like the one here were provided by their customers.

Robert had some serious advice to people considering opening up their own restaurant.

Learn the business using somebody else’s money. Go to a place and work for somebody. … Read More »

Taste of Alpharetta

Posted on April 17th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

The city of Alpharetta, GA is lining up restaurants for it’s anual Taste of Alpharetta.  Right now, more than 50 restaurants have already signed up for the city’s 23rd running of the event.  This year the crowds are expected to reach over 40,000 people to came and try some of the area’s most unique food.  Admittance will be free this year, but patrons will need to purchase tickets in order to try the food at a cost of 10 tickets for $5.

Restaurants currently participating in the 2013 Taste of Alpharetta


Alpine Bakery
Andretti Grill
Atlantic Seafood Company
Bagel Boys Café
Bite Bistro & Bar
Coldbrews Sports Bar
Domino’s Pizza
Egg Harbor Café
El Porton
Figo Pasta
Good Grub Subs
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden
Jilly’s Cupcakery
La Casa Italian Grill
Lobster House
Loco’s Grill & Pub
Madras Chettinaad
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
Miller’s Alehouse
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
Panda Express
Ray’s NY Pizza
Rising Roll Gourmet
Ruby Tuesday
Sage Woodfire Tavern
Shane’s Rib Shack
Sid’s Pizza
Spice Brick Oven Tapas
The Diner … Read More »

Taste Of Chicago

Posted on April 16th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

Each year Chicago offers us Taste of Chicago – a tradition that has been going on since 1980.  This year Chicago is even expanding the festival to include local food trucks which have been thriving.  It is one of the nations premier outdoor food festivals, but the problem is that not everyone can make it.  One of the best kept secrets is that even you can’t make it to Chi-town to try some of the most unique dishes in the country – many of them will ship nationally!

Here are 3 of the best that will ship their food to you no matter where you are in the U.S.

1 – Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria- The Loop

Family Owned and Operated since 1971. If you’re in chicago you won’t run out of pizza restaurants to try out.  Lou’s offers you arguably the best version … Read More »

Cleveland Is Getting A Facelift

Posted on April 15th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

It’s been a long time coming, but Cleveland is finally getting a well needed face-lift to it’s once vibrant bar and restaurant scene.  Cleveland, like many other Rust Belt cities, has struggled enormously since heavy manufacturing left the area.  For the last 20 years the downtown area has seen continual decline in every major facet of it’s existence.  Cleveland’s best known brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, came up with a genius tongue in cheek commercial about keeping Cleveland’s glass “half-full” for the last 25 years. This would signal to most people that the city itself is in an unrecoverable tailspin and that hope for recovery might be off the table.  But most people would be wrong.

The city of Cleveland is undergoing a renaissance.  A dramatic transformation that nearly no other city in the history of the country has experience outside of New York … Read More »

Top Ten Food On Film Moments

Posted on April 11th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

There are so many wonderful moments when it comes to food on film.  It just happens that some are better than others.  We’ve decided to comb through some of the classic moments on film – where food is at the forefront.  Here is (what we consider to be) 10 of those finest moments.

10. 50 First Dates (2004) – “I…Can’t…Read”

9. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) – “Ahhh, Snake – Surprise”

This dinner featured not only “snake surprise” but also chilled monkey brains, beetles, and eyeball soup.  Waiter! Check please!

8. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle (2004) – “Lets do this together.”

Unbelievably Harold and Kumar do eventually make it to White Castle!

7. Dumb and Dumber (1994) – “That sounds like a dare Harry.”

6. The Jerk (1979) – “Bring us some fresh wine”

What do you do when a bottle of 1966 … Read More »

Seattle – Restaurant Week

Posted on April 9th, by Foodio54 in General. No Comments

Well it’s restaurant week in Seattle.  Over the next 10 days over 160 restaurants will be participating in the the event.  Restaurant goers can go to each of these restaurants and get and try a three-course meal for only $28 for dinner and $15 for lunch. This is a great way to try new restaurants and also an opportunity to try some award winning food for a great price!

13 Coins Restaurant
Anchovies & Olives
Anthony’s HomePort – Kirkland
Anthony’s HomePort on Shilshole Bay
ART Restaurant & Lounge
Assaggio Ristorante
Banyan Tree
Barking Frog
Barolo Ristorante
Bastille Café & Bar
Bennett’s Bistro
bin on the lake
Black Bottle
Boat Street Cafe
BOKA Restaurant + Bar
Café Campagne
Café Flora
Café Lago
Cafe Parco
Cantinetta, Bellevue
Cantinetta, Seattle
Carmelita Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar
Chandler’s Crabhouse
Chiso Sushi
Chloé Bistrot
Crow Restaurant & Bar
Dahlia Lounge
Daniel’s Broiler – Leschi
El Gaucho-Seattle
Firenze Ristorante
Frank’s Oyster House & Champagne Parlor
Fresh Bistro
Golden Beetle
How to Cook a Wolf

Hunger 2.0
Hunt Club
icon Grill
Il Fornaio
Jimmy’s on Broadway
La Bete
La … Read More »

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