Upcoming Flight Plan

While my wife and I can do a pretty good job of finding hole-in-the-wall places to eat or visit, we’d greatly appreciate your help in suggesting new places (or even cities) that I should visit and write about. Below is the upcoming list of cities I will be traveling to in the near future. Leave a comment with suggestions of places you think I should check out. Keep in mind our goal is to find those places a little off the beaten path that are great finds and even greater deals! Thanks in advance for your help!

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Tampa, Florida


  1. If you and Jen head to San Antonio, let me know! My mom lives there. She could give me a giant list of places to see and great amazing food to eat. And if you need a friendly face, my friends are always welcome to contact her when they are in town for advice, a friendly face, or a place to stay!

    Oh, and a couple things in Portland, OR….Powell’s Books, VooDoo Donut.

    • That’s awesome, Heather! Thanks so much. As for VooDoo Donuts, I actually just tried them the other day. I’ll be posting more about them soon, but let’s just say that the donuts were only part of the experience there!

  2. Next time you fly into LHR, let me know. We will grab dinner. Dave Jasinski

  3. A not so well kept secret is right inside our long layover in Boston. The Parker House located at 60 School St. in downtown Boston has Parker’s restaurant. It’s home of the original Boston Cream Pie and Boston schrod (baby cod). Awesome. At least try the Boston Cream Pie for a special dessert.
    Factoid – Parker’s restaurant was Emeril Lagasse’s first gig as a sous chef.

    • That’s a great suggestion! I’ve had the pleasure of going to one of Emeril’s restaurants and if this one is even half as good as his Chop House then I’ll be in for a real treat!

  4. I know this awesome place for dinner & hanging out in Seattle called the “Canseco” house. If you let them know when you plan to be in town, they will even pick you up ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously though, depending on the length of your layover we should try to catch up next time you’re here; even if it is just meeting near your hotel for dinner.

    On a “tip” note, the Copacabana restaurant in downtown Seattle is a very neat place. It is the only “Bolivian” restaurant in town, it’s across Pike’s Place market on the 2nd level and has great views of the Puget Sound and the Market. Service is…well…”Bolivian”…so don’t expect much, but the views and food should make it up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Gonzalo, thank you so much for the invite! I will be out there on Thanksgiving (24th) and leaving the 25th. Will you be around then or are you two traveling? Jen is going to try and come along with me, too.

      • Yeah we’ll be around and are planning to have a few friends at our house for dinner on Thanksgiving, so if you and Jen are around, we would love to have you join us!

  5. I was just in Chicago this week, we ate a Harry Carey’s, which is right outside the rental car area outside O’hare in the Holiday Inn. Good steak, seafood, massive lobster tail. Dessert menu was pretty awesome too. Expensive though.

    Ah, Pittsburgh. Problem there is that the airport is a hike from the city. I’m sure there’s a Primanti’s out there though. Primanti’s are always fun for the sandwiches, you won’t find fries and coleslaw on italian bread anywhere else. The classic cheese steak is interesting, but I lean towards the Pastrami, Kielbasa, or hot or sweet sausage. Throw an egg on for good measure. Add hot sauce to the cole slaw on the sandwich. Mmmm…. I’m hungry now. Good prices too.

    If you make it to the city, a short drive out to Oakland brings you to my wife’s favorite, Fuel and Fuddle. Great food, awesome sweet potato fries. Decent prices on the food there too.

    If you manage to have some time to kill in oakland, there are a couple museums and sites there too (Carnegie Natural History, Art museum, Phipps Conservatory, I think Soldiers and Sailors is a museum). Pitt’s cathedral of Learning has selfguided tours of their cultural rooms, which are classrooms that have been designed and decorated based on different cultures. I remember vividly the Israeli room and believe the Turkish room. Downtown Pittsburgh has some sites too, the Carnegie Science Center and the Sports Museum that are attached come to mind.

    • Thanks for those great suggestions, Bill!

      Now a random question about Primanti Brothers…can you name the only other city with a Primanti Brothers in it? If you guessed Fort Lauderdale, Florida you’d be correct! Jen and I happened across the southern diggs while walking the beach on our honeymoon. My wife remembers the story better than I do, but it has something to do with one of the founders having a wife or relative or something in Fort Lauderdale, so they started the shop. I totally agree about how yummy the cole slaw and fries are. Sounds a little strange, but you just have to go with it. Primanti Brothers definitely does not disappoint!

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