The MaiTai Tom Dining Guide:
In Search Of Excellence In Restaurants


If there’s anything that Tracy and I like, it’s a good meal.  We will share our restaurant experiences as we discover new restaurants and revisit some of our old favorites.  Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, we’ll give you some ideas to chew on.

April 14, 2024

Blairs – Silver Lake (Los Angeles), CA

Quintessential Neighborhood ItalianBlairs – Silver Lake (Los Angeles), CA Italian – Many times –  Last Visit – April 2024 Blairs is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant, which has been nestled in the Silverlake community for 18 years. We have visited on numerous occasions and this is a compilation that starts in […]
January 22, 2024

Azul Histórico – Mexico City, Mexico

Stunning Centro Histórico Dining Azul Histórico – Mexico City, Mexico April 2023 One of the best things about our marvelous Mexico City trip included the number of fantastic dining experiences we encountered, and we had many. After our first full day of exploring Mexico City’s Centro Histórico, it was time […]
July 10, 2023

Mariscos del Patio – Mexico City, Mexico

Fresh From The Sea Mariscos del Patio – Mexico City Seafood – April 2023 We had many excellent meals in Mexico City, and one of our favorites took place at a family run restaurant in Coyoacán called Mariscos del Patio (Patio Seafood). Our good friends, who we spend many holidays […]
July 1, 2023

Sabores ao Rubro – Tomar, Portugal

Family Affair Sabores ao Rubro – Tomar, Portugal Typical Regional Cuisine with the good taste of Ribatejo – September 2022 When visiting charming Tomar, the former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar, I remembered that a friend had recommended Sabores ao Rubro (Rua dos Moinhos 76 A). I […]
June 28, 2023

Taberna Moderna – Lisbon, Portugal

Give This Lisbon Gem A Shot! Taberna Moderna – Lisbon, Portugal Portuguese (with a modern twist) – September 2022 Before leaving for Lisbon on our 2022 fall Portugal trip, I had jotted down “Gin and Tonic” on a piece of paper next to a restaurant named Taberna Moderna, but it […]
May 23, 2023

As Velhas – Lisbon, Portugal

The Old Ones At “The Old Ones” As Velhas – Lisbon, Portugal Visited: September 2022 So many great dinners in Lisbon! We stayed at the Altis Avenida hotel, across the street from Praça dos Restauradores, the square that commemorates Portugal’s liberation from Spanish rule in 1640. It sits at the […]
August 20, 2022

L’Escargot Bleu – Edinburgh, Scotland

Ooh La La: Best Damned Steak Tartare … Ever! L’Escargot Bleu – Edinburgh, Scotland French – Visited May 2017 & May 2022 While staying at our lovely b&b in Edinburgh (Millers64, which has subsequently closed due to the pandemic), our hostess Louise told us about a French restaurant (you can […]
July 28, 2022

Dining In Northumberland, England

Bamburgh & Warenford RestaurantsDining In Northumberland, England We stayed in Bamburgh for three nights on our England/Scotland trip, and each evening we had a great dinner at three separate restaurants. Since they were so good, I thought I’d do one post that includes all three. The Lord Crewe Restaurant Although […]
July 9, 2022

Rustique – York, England

Très Magnifique! Rustique – York, England French • May 2022 Danny at our York B&B, St. Raphael Guesthouse, recommended Rustique near Clifford’s Tower for classic French bistro fare. After stopping by the restaurant, the only reservation available on Friday was for 5 p.m. and we felt lucky to get that […]
May 10, 2022

Mai Tai Tom & Tracy’s Best Burgers: 2021/2022

Caloric Burger Quest Mai Tai Tom & Tracy’s Best Burgers: 2021/2022 May is National Hamburger Month and, just for our loyal subscribers and readers, Tracy and I have consumed quite a few burgers throughout the past year, compiling a list of our favorites and adding a few extra pounds along […]
March 24, 2022

Fino Ristorante – San Francisco, California

Inviting Italian In “The City” Fino Ristorante – San Francisco, California Visited: February 2022 • Italian San Francisco definitely does not have a shortage of very good Italian restaurants, so to help us decide upon which one to visit, Tracy enlisted a friend who works in the city to aid […]
September 18, 2021

JOEY DTLA, Los Angeles, California

To Los Angeles … With Love … From CanadaJOEY DTLA • Los Angeles, California Delicious Cuisine For Everyone • Visited July & August 2021 Subscriber Garrett hit another one out of the ballpark with his recommendation for JOEY DTLA, our latest favorite restaurant. Garrett was the one who sent us […]
August 29, 2021

Parkers’ Lighthouse – Long Beach, CA

A Meal Fit For A Queen Parkers’ Lighthouse – Long Beach, CA Seafood – Last Visit: July 2021 Despite Tracy and I living in Long Beach for many years, we never made it to dinner at Parkers’ Lighthouse in Shoreline Village, located on the waterfront near the Queen Mary. Tracy […]