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Friday, June 28, 2013 3:31 am

Orso - Anchorage, Alaska

It was a long flight to Alaska and needless to say, we were hungry when we got to our hotel. We asked various locals (on the flight out too) where to go eat and they definitely all had their own opinions but there is one name that consistantly came up, Orso. We wanted good, fresh local seafood without paying an arm and a leg so we decided to give it a try. Orso is described as "Alaska grown whenever available then prepared in the flavors and styles of the Mediterranean." They cater to most dietery needs and even offer local brews from their sister restaraunt Glacier Brewhouse. The Brewhouse is a great place to grab a beer, or two, and even a bite to eat (we went there the next night).

Now the nice thing about going out to eat at night in Anchorage is that it stays light until well after 11:30pm in the early summer, later as the summer advances. So, it was completely light when we left our hotel and still light out when we arrived back after dinner! Orso is conveniently located in downtown Anchorage and well within walking distance of most hotels. When we arrived it was quite crowded even though it was pretty late (I guess everyone else forgot it wasn't 5 in the afternoon too), but we found a cozy spot near the bar, our favorite area. Even if you're not a lush, the bar arrangement is pretty spectacular and the entire restaraunt has a great ambiance. The wait staff were all friendly and bared with us asking them all who is actually born and raised in Alaska...our waitress was, but not many others.

We had to start with the Alaskan Seafood Chowder. Now, I've had some of the best clam chowder the east coast has to offer, but with the addition of smoked salmon and bacon this chowder gave them all a run for their money. We wanted to taste a little of their signature Mediterranean flare so we ordered the Mediterranean Sliders and were quite pleased with our selection. When we special ordered a flat bread, the manager Martin was more than accomodating and he said he might even put it on the menu it sounded so good. The creation had flash seared shrimp, oyster mushrooms, spinach, fresh basil, a 5 cheese blend and bacon! Believe or not, we still had room for more food and took Martins suggestion of the Chilled Seafood Verde, wow! It had the right amount of spice and flavor not too mention the outstanding presentation. We were barely able to stuff the delicious Flash Seared Crab Cakes in, which were accented with a pleasant dill flavor. We felt it was best to skip dessert and instead waddled back to our hotel filled to the gill and completely satisfied.  

Thank you to Martin and all the staff at Orso and the Glacier Brewhouse for showing us such a deliciously good time. We will definitely be back on our next trip to Anchorage. If you are near Anchorage be sure to grab a brew and dine here for you won't be disappointed.  Oh, and definitely let them know that On The Go Cooking Show sent you. :) 


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Saturday, July 09, 2011 12:38 pm

Wild Vines-Anthem, AZ

The portobello mushroom sandwich created by Chef Caesar Vasquez at Wild Vines in Anthem, AZ was definitely the highlight. Owners Nancy Ayers recently purchased the restaurant from previous owners and have created a relaxing atmosphere within a quaint community of friendly faces. Wild Vines has our 'On The Go' vote!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:19 pm

Weebee's - Bozeman, Montana

Weebee's Restaurant located in Bozeman, MT offers both a majestic surrounding of scenery as well as a fabulous dining experience provided by Chef Peter Kendig. This one of a kind establishment in the Bozeman area places high on our list of recommendations.

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Friday, December 16, 2011 12:00 am

Riverhorse On Main - Park City, UT

Main street in downtown Park City, Utah is packed with restaurants and trendy boutiques. One restaurant we stumbled upon was Riverhorse On Main. Although located in a very historic part of town the inside is surprisingly modern. In fact, it recently underwent some renovations. Executive Chef and part owner, Seth Adams, is top notch and runs a very tight ship. His restaurant is like a well oiled machine.  Even though he had a large private party and a packed house full of regular customers, the service was speedy and the presentation perfect. All the staff were friendly, knowledgable and prompt including our server Derrick. In any major city this would be a black tie affair, but like most mountain resort towns "mountain attire" (this means jeans and a nice shirt or sweater) is totally acceptable.I do highly recommend making a reservation because this is an extremely popular place to dine.  

Riverhorse On Main has won many awards including the DiRoNa Award continuously since 1995 and even the coveted Mobil 4 Star Award. They change their menu often but maintain a few specialties year round like their Macadamia nut crusted Alaskan Halibut with mango chutney, the trio of wild game and Utah "Leeland Farms" red trout that is breaded with panko & pistachio nuts. Try the Chardonnay poached lobster & scallops, the grilled rack of lamb or even the pan-seared Barramundi and you won't be disappointed. One of my favorite appetizers was the roasted red beet salad that seemed to just melt in my mouth. The other pre-dinner courses we had were portioned well and had a perfect balance of flavors for any palate. The wine list is vast and changes frequently allowing one to sample a variety of great wines. The white chocolate & peanut butter bread pudding they served, made me like bread pudding. In one word, Wow! From start to finish, the experience was nothing less than phenomenal! So next time you are near Park City make sure to dine here and definitely let them know that On The Go Cooking Show sent you.


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Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:33 pm

Aspen Peak Cellars - Conifer, CO

Aspen Peak Cellars at Clifton House Inn is nestled in the mountains of Bailey, Colorado. It may be a little off the beaten path but it's well worth the trip. They are also a bed & breakfast so consider this your destination and not just dinner. 

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