Newport Beach Journal: Local Developer Blends SoCal with New England to Achieve a Design and Culinary Gem

The glass-enclosed open kitchen at The Mayors Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen at the  Lido House, a new hotel in Newport Beach, CA (photo Joanna Tricorache)

By Ron Bernthal Located on the site of the old Newport Beach City Hall, on Balboa Peninsula, Lido House is one of southern California’s newest and most modern hotels. Opened in May, 2018, the Orange County hotel property, and its … Continue reading

Review: Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Los Angeles

Bar at Kimpton La Peer Hotel, Los Angeles  (photo Joanna Tricorache)

 By Ron Bernthal I have always liked the Kimpton brand when it comes to urban boutique hotels, and the new Kimpton La Peer Los Angeles property, opened in 2018 in West Hollywood’s Design District, did not disappoint. For this property … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Westward, Seattle

Communal tables, fresh fish and swaying bright lights feel more like small Greek island than high-tech Seattle  (photo Sarah Flotard)

By Ron Bernthal In 2014 Bon Appétit magazine named Westward one of the best new restaurants in the U.S., but even before I had anything to eat I had reason to love it. Located on the north shore of Seattle’s … Continue reading

The Sinatra Table at Scottsdale’s FnB

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By Ron Bernthal When Emily Milic, co-owner of the newly relocated FnB restaurant in Scottsdale’s Old Town, asked me to remove my coat before going to my table for dinner, “because it was a tight squeeze,” I wasn’t sure what … Continue reading

Blackbird Kitchen, Bozeman, Montana – Restaurant Review

Visitors, local business folks, ranchers and kids mingle casually for dinners at Blackbird Kitchen on Main Street, Bozeman.  (photo Ron Bernthal)

Blackbird Kitchen, Bozeman, Montana by Ron Bernthal During the past decade Bozeman, Montana, has been quietly revitalizing its 19th-century downtown buildings and along with its stunning location in the Gallatin River Valley, surrounded by six mountain ranges, has been attracting … Continue reading

Cube Restaurant – Stuttgart, Germany

Kunstmuseum-Stuttgart illuminated at night.  Cube restaurant is located on top floor of building.    (photo courtesy Kunstmuseum-Stuttgart)

Cube Restaurant – Stuttgart, Germany Review: Ron Bernthal The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart opened in 2005 on a lovely, historic square in the middle of the city. The museum’s collection of mostly European contemporary art is outstanding, and the building itself, a … Continue reading

Row 34 Review: New oyster bar and restaurant near Boston waterfront, Financial District and Convention Center

row 34 Raw Bar

This new restaurant on Congress Street, a few minutes’ walk from Boston’s downtown financial district and the city’s Convention & Exhibition Center, was a perfect place for lunch on a bright winter day. A much-needed January sun was shining through … Continue reading