Entries by Valerie Foley

Restaurant Design Psychology

Satisfying growling stomachs is just the beginning. The more emotionally fulfilling a restaurant is, the more we crave a return visit. Guests want to feel in control and comfortable as they walk into your space. In just a few seconds, your guests will interpret the kind of experience they’ll have. Start with the Overall Feeling […]

a’Verde, Cary, NC

Created by Top Chef alum Katsuji Tanabe, this upscale Mexican restaurant brings fresh, vibrant, delicious, and fun flavors to the table. Leaning into North Carolina ingredients, a’Verde wants to be “your downtown restaurant closer to home.” As you listen to a lively music playlist, consider menu hits like Grandma’s Cornbread with honey truffle butter, guac […]

Restaurants that Feed Imagination

Some restaurants add a big helping of awe to a meal, taking normal dining to fantastical. Eat at any one of them and you’re part of the action. Eat-u-tainment Talk about Instagram worthy, some restaurants come with servers dressed as Robin Hood and Spiderman. They get their tiki on, or they freeze the 50’s and […]

Magerks Pub, Horsham PA

John Dolaway set out to offer the best cheesesteak outside of Philly when he opened Magerks. According to John, the secret is balancing the steak and cheese with a roll that has a crusty outside and a soft center. He’s done exactly that at every Magerks Pub. You’ll feel the Philadelphia brotherly love whenever you […]

Taking the Short, Sweet Menu Plunge

Menu length can be a hotly debated topic. Some bigger restaurant chains, for instance, would say go large. That way, there’s something for everyone from kale nibblers to steak lovers. Regulars may also feel like there’s something new to try.  It’s Tempting to Edit There’s a case to be made for a streamlined menu though. […]


As they like to say here, hangry is temporary and tacos are forever y’all. So are the good times served up at every Chuy’s, including this east Texas outpost. With enchiladas in tinga sauce, your taste buds get so happy your eyes tear up. Limited editions like the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo and the fried […]

Restaurants Make 2023 Holidays Bright

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as people gather for holiday parties and meals with family and friends. According to an OpenTable diner survey, 80% of people will dine out this holiday. It’s a busy time for everyone and going out makes life easier. Here are some tips to stay on the restaurant […]

Café Bomba, Ashville NC

This sweet spot in Ashville is a downtown favorite. It’s a place to hang out and read, catch the sun, or believe you just may be sitting in Paris. Chef Hector offers Latin and French-inspired dishes that let you breakfast or brunch all day long. Don’t miss the Nutella crepes and Bomba Benedict. Their baristas, […]

Supporting Veteran-Owned Eateries

Did you know that Taco Bell was invented by a U.S. Marine Corps cook named Glen Bell? Or that Dave Thomas was a mess sergeant in the Army and served during the Korean War before founding Wendy’s? And who knew that the Waffle House was born from a brainstorming session between two veterans who wanted […]