Lia / Spring Mill Café, Conshohocken, PA "A cozy, French BYO off the beaten path in the historic Spring Mill general store and converted farmhouse — the perfect spot to enjoy great food and great company."
Mindy / Fore Street, Portland, ME "My fiancé and I went to Portland this past Labor Day, and started off our foodie weekend with dinner at Fore Street in the Old Port District. Although there are many great dining options in this charming seaside town, we can’t stop thinking about this one! With the farm-(and sea)-to-table concept, daily changing menu, wood-burning oven and a lovely selection of cocktails, Fore Street is a destination unto itself!"
Kathie / Du Jour, Haverford, PA "Du Jour is a tucked-away suburban gem just a few miles from home that is part marketplace, part café, and serves upscale comfort food in a casual atmosphere. Not only do I love the convenient location, but it is one of the few restaurants nearby where I can take my Kerry Blue Terrier, Oliver, for al fresco dining. While he sticks to a complimentary doggy bowl of water, I recommend the meatloaf or scallops."
Lisa / IN-N-OUT Burger "I know all of my coworkers will have fancy restaurants that they'll go on and on about. I have many favorite restaurants. Old and new. Living in Philadelphia, there are so many fantastic places to eat. But I must say, the first place I run to when going home to the west coast, is IN-N-OUT burger. I can truly never get enough of these. Double Double Animal style (off their secret menu of course)."
Beth / The Ahwahnee Hotel Grand Dining Room, Yosemite, CA "My husband and I honeymooned in California—spending a week in Yosemite National Park. For its grandeur and elegance, nothing beats the Ahwahnee Hotel Grand Dining Room. Built in the 20s, it reflects an era of sophistication and class—dressing for dinner was the norm and the Ahwahnee still has a dress code. For us, dining out is about the whole experience since we don’t do it often, we love a place with ambiance, good food, great service, and a little piano playing in the background—the Ahwahnee had it all."
Fred / L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, Sedona, AZ "I suppose I could have picked any of 10 restaurants in the Philadelphia area as favorites but while traveling out West last year I came across L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek. Part of the L’Auberge de Sedona Resort and located in the stunning beauty of the red rock country in Sedona, AZ, the restaurant offers outdoor seating along side a beautiful tree lined, rambling creek. The cuisine is French and they have a great wine list. It is one of those magical places where you remember every aspect of your dining experience for many years after."
Kevin / Zeppoli, Collingswood, NJ "Chef Joey Baldino was my paperboy in South Philly. He credits me with kickstarting his career, as I introduced him to Mark and Maria Farnese and got him a job bussing tables at Mr. Martino's Trattoria when he was 14. He is now a kitchen magician and served my wife and friends the best meal I've ever had. He personally prepared everything from the sausages to the gelati."
Jodee / Tinto, Philadelphia, PA "That’s a really tough question for a foodie like me. My answer would have to be Tinto in Philadelphia. There is a reason that Jose Garces is an Iron Chef! Two of my most memorable restaurant experiences in the last five years have been there. Even my kids think it’s amazing."
Kris / Kanella, Philadelphia, PA "My favorite restaurant is always changing! Lately I would say it is Kanella in Philadelphia—great authentic Mediterranean food in a simple yet charming atmosphere. Makes for a great night out with friends . . . the dining room is cozy and always busy—lots of laughter and conversation."