Exceptional food experiences drive many people’s vacations. Luckily, Exclusive Resorts doesn’t just offer a portfolio of incredible residences around the world. We have also amassed a collection of incredible restaurants where Members receive priority reservations and VIP treatment. Whether you’re looking for an over-the-top Michelin-star meal or farm-fresh cooking, we’ve got your dream reservation covered.
Creative chefs, boundary-pushing mixologists and visionary winemakers are planting roots beyond major metropolitan areas. Here are four smaller cities with huge food scenes.
1 PORTLAND, OREGON Start with a meal at James Beard Award-winner Naomi Pomeroy’s acclaimed restaurant Beat, where every pre-ﬁxe seating feels like you’re being hosted at a friend’s carnivorous dinner party. For haute, molecular mastery, book a seat at Castagna, where the chef forages many ingredients himself. Day trip to the nearby Willamette Valley and visit Evening Land Vineyards, Stoller Family Estate, and Antica Terra.
2 CHARLESTON Begin with a cocktail at Husk Bar (order something with bourbon, of course), then hit the oyster bar at the Ordinary before feasting on Low Country classics at Hominy Grill. If you’ve saved room, get a slice of the Peninsula Grill’s famous coconut cake.
3 NAPA Taste wine at Beaulieu Vineyard, Cade, Domaine Chandon, Corison, and Carte Blanche. If you can’t score a reservation at the French Laundry, enjoy a pre-ﬁxe dinner at Thomas Keller’s Ad-Hoc restaurant or splurge on Michelin-star meal at Meadowood.
4 NASHVILLE Every trip to Nashville should include a taste of the city’s legendary hot chicken, preferably from Prince’s or Hattie B’s. Call ahead for a reservation at the buzzy Catbird Seat restaurant and plan a morning road trip to the Loveless Café for their crowd-pleasing biscuits.
Acclaimed master sommelier Bobby Stuckey’s passion for Italian whites is rooted in the country’s storied soil. Paired with authentic seafood dishes sourced from the Adriatic Sea, his top picks call for serious wine wanderlust.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia has been the decade-long cornerstone of our inspiration at Frasca Food and Wine. Along with Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and our entire hospitality team, I’ve been traveling there since our restaurant opened. Friuli is that special culinary and viticulture hot spot; it lies atop the Adriatic Sea, and yet is just 60 miles from the enormous Alps, creating Italy’s greatest textural white wines. Herewith, a few of my favorites.
EatWith redeﬁnes dining local with pop-up inspired home chef experiences.
Any globetrotting foodie worth their fleur de sel knows that the way to experience a destination’s best culture and cuisine is to go where the locals go. But searching out those special places can be tricky. And anyone who’s been burned by the recommendation of a friend or hotel concierge, or who’s been unlucky enough to show up at a restaurant when the kitchen is having an off night, will attest to the unpredictable nature of that particular path.
Pecorino, salami, and come-hither grilled meat and pasta. An Italian mission that’s simple yet seductive: Mangia! A winter visit to Tuscany reveals off-season opportunities of lazy lunches, history buffs, and serious truffle smuggling.
“Tartufo!,” exclaims Lucca. He saunters through the forest, bright blue eyes as crisp as the morning air and a mop of curly hair, channeling a blonde Slash from Guns ‘N Roses, bounces toward us. Delicately cradled in his callused hand is a small yet pungent Tuscan truffle. His father, Luigi, the professional hunter of the bunch, only speaks Italian. With stern yet encouraging commands, Luigi leads Mora, a.k.a. Blackberry—a Labrador and Logotta Romagnolo mixed truffle-hunting dog through the Natural Reserve of Truffles, located roughly 10 miles from the tiny downtown of Certaldo. Though still hugged by rich Tuscan mud—it rained and snowed overnight—the marzo tartufo tempts one of our crew to eat straight from Lucca’s hand.
A whiskey-fueled tour of urban distilleries, top watering holes, and cocktail craftsmen reveals a serious penchant for a long-standing libation.
American whiskey was born on the frontier, a way for colonial farmers to turn their crops into a potent potable. Today, however, a visit to whiskey country no longer demands a trek to the hollows of Kentucky or Tennessee. With small craft distillers setting up shop in hip neighborhoods and former urban industrial centers, your next craft whiskey experience may lurk just an Uber ride away from your Exclusive Resorts apartment.