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TDN Best Bets

In town for the sales and looking for someplace new and different to eat, shop or visit? Let the TDN help! Following up on our popular Best Bets on the Jersey Shore series during Breeders' Cup week, TDN subscribers now regularly recommend dining and shopping options to our out-of-town readers. Under 'By Edition', click on the link to bring up the original article, or under 'By Location', look through the index to reference past recommendations. Click the link to view the entire writeup for that venue.

By Location (click here to view by pdf editions)

Adelaide, AUS - Dining
• ARIA GC WINEBAR + RESTAURANT  - (Wine Bar and Restaurant)
• GEORGE'S STEAK & SEAFOOD  - (Fresh seafood and great service)
• NORTHCLIFFE SURF CLUB  - (Watch the races while having a relaxing meal)
• ROOM 81 SOFITEL AT THE GOLD COAST  - (A cosmopolitan cocktail bar and kitchen)
• SHUCK RESTAURANT  - (Seafood, including great oysters!)

Ascot, England - Entertainment
• Leicester Square Theatre  - (6/18/13)

Baltimore, MD - Dining
• Mama's on the Half Shell  - (Seafood and traditional American cuisine)
• Michael’s Café Raw Bar and Grill  - (Seafood, specialty Maryland crab and happy hour!)
• THE BLACK OLIVE  - (Greek food and incredible wine!)
• The Oregon Grille  - (Enjoy classic American dining in the horse country)

Baden-Baden, Germany - Dining
• BBAG RESTAURANT “SURUMU”  - (Relaxed & comfortable atmosphere)
• CAFE KONIG  - (If coffee is your thing, Cafe Konig is a must)
• LA PROVENCE  - (Good mix of French & Italian food)
• LE JARDIN DE FRANCE  - (A true French gourmet experience)
• LEO’S  - (Popular cafe-bistro which comes alive at night)

Baden-Baden, Germany - Entertainment
• GERSHWIN’S PORGY AND BESS  - (Modern concert house; Europe's 2nd largest venue)
• THE CASINO BADEN-BADEN  - (Number one venue on any list of places to visit)

Deauville, France - Dining
• BROK CAFE  - (Relaxed atmosphere; great place to go for a drink)
• CAFE MIRABEAU  - (Quality traditional French food)
• CHEZ MIOCQUE  - (The place to be seen; food is high quality)
• LA FERME SAINT-SIMEON  - (First-class cuisine in a historic setting)
• LE CENTRAL  - (Sea-inspired cuisine; elegant 1930's decor)
• LE CIRO'S BARRIERE  - (Beautiful restaurant; superb seafood)
• LE SPINNAKER  - (Charming restaurant; regional cuisine)

New Orleans, LA - Dining
• BRENNAN’S RESTAURANT  - (Fine dining to back up its elegant setting)
• BRIGTSEN’S RESTAURANT  - (Outstanding sauces; great place & great food)
• CAMELLIA GRILL  - (Home of the best omelettes in the world)
• GALATOIRE'S RESTAURANT  - (Best restaurant in New Orleans!)
• MONKEY HILL BAR  - (Great New Orleans flavor; very casual, cool vibe)
• NOLA’S  - (One of Chef Emeril's places; middle of the Quarter)
• PASCAL’S MANALES  - (Casual after-hours place; great seafood & steaks)
• RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE  - (Great steak house; right off Veteran's Highway)
• VENEZIA RESTAURANT  - (Great Italian food; family style)

Lexington, KY - Dining
• A LA LUCIE  - (Cozy & romantic setting; award-winning restaurant)
• AZUR RESTAURANT & PATIO  - (A variety of foods, cocktails and patio dining)
• BISTRO LA BELLE  - (Creative dishes, an affordable wine list and racing shown on plasma TV’s)
• BONEFISH GRILL  - (Casual meal for all age groups)
• BUDDY’S BAR & GRILL  - (Casual; local produce and local meat)
• DUDLEY'S  - (A variety of foods, wines and patio dining)
• GIUSEPPE’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO  - (Great Italian food and atmosphere)
• GROTTO  - (Reasonably priced American cuisine)
• HEIRLOOM  - (Award-winning American cuisine)
• HOLLY HILL INN  - (Creative local cuisine, charming atmosphere and great wine)
• JALAPENO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT  - (Authentic Mexican food)
• JONATHAN  - (Great American cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere)
• LE DEAUVILLE  - (Wonderful French food and outdoor dining)
• LE MATIN FRENCH BAKERY  - (Great for lunch)
• MALONE’S FAMILY OF RESTAURANTS  - (Steak house; oyster/piano bar; American bar)
• MERRICK INN  - (Casual fine dining; entertaining atmosphere)
• METROPOL  - (Fine dining; prices are moderate)
• MIGALIA  - (Upscale lunch; in Paris)
• MULLIGAN’S GARDENSIDE CAFE  - (A great place for a casual pre-race lunch or post-race dinner)
• MURRAYS  - (A tasty variety of foods on a wonderful patio, popular with the racing crowd)
• PAZZO’S PIZZA PUB  - (The best pizza in town; large draft beer selection)
• PORTOFINO  - (Casual, fine dining experience)
• RAMSEY’S DINER  - (Broad menu of home cooking)
• TACHIBANA  - (The best Japanese food)
• THE BLACK TULIP  - (Semi-casual French bistro with wonderful patio dining)

Lexington, KY - Shopping
• LE CHEVAL BLEU  - (Selling a variety of fine gifts)

Los Angeles, CA - Dining
• AKASAKA RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR  - (Sushi – reasonable prices, generous portions and great service)
• ARROYO CHOP HOUSE  - (Best steakhouse in Pasadena)
• CAFE 322  - (Home style Italian restaurant)
• CUT RESTAURANT  - (A chic steakhouse which is a regular of the stars, owned by Wolfgang Puck)
• IL PICCOLINO TRATTORIA  - (A cozy little spot for lunch and dinner with excellent service)
• LOZANO  - (A California eclectic blend of foods)
• PINK'S HOT DOGS  - (A Hollywood tradition since 1939)
• THE DERBY  - (Traditional steakhouse; tremendous decor)
• THE DERBY RESTAURANT  - (Steakhouse – rich racing history and incredible food)

Louisville, KY - Dining
• EL MUNDO  - (A wonderful Mexican restaurant with a fun atmosphere)
• JACK FRY’S RESTAURANT  - (Upscale, down-home food served in an atmosphere familiar to the racing fan)
• LE GALLO ROSSO  - (Delicious Italian cuisine, off the beaten track)
• LE RELAIS  - (French cuisine served in a romantic atmosphere)
• LILLY’S BISTRO  - (A rotating menu serving very fresh food)
• MOLLY MALONE’S IRISH PUB  - (An Irish Pub serving authentic food and a variety of beers)
• TWO ELEVEN CLOVER LANE  - (A place to go for an elegant meal with superb wine)

Miami, FL - Dining
• CASA TUA  - (Northern Italian food served in an old Mediterranean house)
• Coco Asian Bistro and Bar  - (An variety of Asian foods and remarkable sushi)
• Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market  - (Fresh seafood with a Latin flair)
• LE TUB  - (Casual dining offering great burgers, beer and relaxing inter-Costal views)

Newmarket, England - Dining
• BROWN'S  - (Known for its steak)
• Loch Fyne Elton  - (Fresh seafood, great wine and helpful service)
• ORANGERY RESTAURANT  - (High-class restaurant with an a la carte menu and great wine list)
• SANGDAO (Thai)  - (Wonderful Thai food with friendly service)
• Sangdao Thai  - (Wonderful Thai food with friendly service)
• Scutchers  - (Tasty food in a casual, cozy setting)
• Star Inn  - (Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine served in a 500 year-old pub with a welcoming atmosphere)
• THE CROWN AND PUNCHBOWL  - (Charming pub offers English and European meals)
• THE DABBLING DUCK  - (Pub and restaurant)
• THE DYKE'S END  - (charming pub; located at the Devil's Dyke )
• THE FIRE ENGINE  - (Traditional old-world setting)
• The Fountain  - (Share Chinese food amongst the Newmarket sales and racing regulars)
• THE FOUNTAIN (Chinese)  - (Share Chinese food amongst the Newmarket sales and racing regulars)
• THE HOLE IN THE WALL  - (Traditional English Pub)
• THE MERRY MONK  - (Traditional English fare)
• THE MIDSUMMER HOUSE  - (For a special night out, this is the place to go)
• THE OLD PLOUGH  - (Hearty pub food served in an 18th Century building)
• The Old Plough  - (Hearty pub food served in an 18th Century building, very popular amongst the sales and racing crowd)
• THE OLD SCOTCH (Indian)  - (A stone’s throw from Tattersalls, very good Indian cuisine served in an old tea room)
• THE PEKING CHINESE RESTAURANT  - (Fantastic Chinese food, family-style)
• THE PHOENIX  - (Chinese)
• THE STAR INN (Spanish)  - (Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine served in a 500 year-old pub with a welcoming atmosphere)
• THE WHITE PHEASANT  - (Locally sourced food & ale)
• THE WHITE PHEASANT  - (Traditional pub meals and good service)
• THE WHITE PHEASANT  - (Traditional pub meals and good service)
• THREE BLACKBIRDS PUB  - (Traditional pub fair, including excellent curries)
• TUDDENHAM MILL  - (Traditional watermill; six miles from Newmarket)

Newmarket, NSW, AUS - Dining
• Balzac  - (4/19/08)
• Kim's Beach Resort  - (4/19/08)

Newmarket, England - Entertainment
• Devil's Dyke  - (This Anglo-Saxon earthwork spreads over 7 miles)
• King's College  - (College grounds are open to the public)
• National Horseracing Museum  - (Horseracing museum with permanent galleries)
• The Links Golf Course  - (Golf)
• The National Stud  - (Historic farm; 75-minute tour)

New York City, NY - Dining
• American Girl Cafe  - (Fun, feminine décor with tasty food)
• Blue Smoke  - (Great barbeque!)
• Craftsteak  - (A modern take on the traditional steakhouse)
• Gallagher's Steakhouse  - (Authentic New York cuisine)
• Joe Allen Restaurant  - (Casual dining and wonderful drinks, a favorite of the stars!)
• Mesa Grill  - (Owned by popular chef, Bobby Flay. Offers flavors of the southwest in a warm atmosphere)
• Morimoto  - (Wonderful Japanese cuisine at a restaurant offering a great dining experience)
• Parnell's  - (Authentic Irish cuisine in an authentic Irish atmosphere)
• Scarpetta  - (Italian cuisine served in an airy, sky-lit setting)
• Tavern On The Green  - (Incredible food served in an unforgettable and historic setting)
• Vivolo  - (Fine Italian dining in a turn of the century townhouse)

New York City, NY - Entertainment
• August: Osage County  - (An interesting tale of a Midwestern American family)
• November  - (An entertaining story of a presidential incumbent facing modern issues at election time)
• Spring Awakening  - (Unforgettable story of the uncontrolled emotions of adolescence, first loves and everlasting regrets)

Jersey Shore, NJ - Dining
• Amy's Omelette House  - (A cast of character of servers!)
• AMY'S OMELETTE HOUSE  - (Great breakfast destination)
• Anjelicas  - (Authentic Italian)
• AVENUE RESTAURANT  - (French bistro in Long Branch's Pier Village)
• Bay Ave. Trattoria  - (Italian-American cuisine; BYOB)
• BAY AVE. TRATTORIA  - (Resembles the traditional trattorias of Italy )
• BIAGGIO’S ITALIAN GRILLE  - (Not greatest atmosphere, but food is fantastic)
• BOBBY’S BURGER PALACE  - (Bobby Flay's fast casual burger concept)
• DISH  - (Nice, quaint country bistro)
• DONOVAN’S REEF  - (Beach, bar, bands, food & fun)
• Doris & Ed's  - (Award-winning, classy seafood.)
• DORIS AND ED’S RESTAURANT  - (Classic & Contemporary Seafood Oasis)
• DUBLIN HOUSE  - (Red Bank's answer to Cheers; A TDN staff favorite )
• GIAMANO’S  - (Old New Jersey-style restaurant)
• Giamano's  - (Old New Jersey-style with live entertainment)
• MAX’S HOT DOGS  - (World Famous Hot Dogs & More!)
• MC LOONE’S PIER HOUSE  - (Dazzling oceanfront views; delicious cuisine)
• MISTER C’S BEACH BISTRO  - (Award-winning American Bistro)
• MOONSTRUCK  - (A happening place to be; restaurant & lounge)
• PETE AND ELDA’S BAR - CARMEN’S PIZZERIA  - (Specializing in thin crust pizza)
• PIER VILLAGE  - (Superb oceanfront location; multitude of fun spots)
• PIER VILLAGE  - (Features over 30 boutiques & restaurants)
• PORTOFINO RISTORANTE  - (Elegant dining and refined Italian cuisine )
• RALLO'S RISTORANTE  - (Real-Deal Italian)
• Ristorante Giorgia  - (Home-style Italian cooking; launched June 2011)
• Rooney's Ocean Crab House  - (Oceanside patio-seating for the seafood lover)
• ROONEY'S OCEAN CRAB HOUSE  - (Located right on ocean; great Seafood )
• SALLY TEE’S GRILL  - (Diversified menu that has something for everyone)
• Salt Creek Grille  - (Along the Navesink River; great happy hour!)
• SALT CREEK GRILLE  - (Right on Navesink River; great happy hour specials)
• SAWA  - (Sushi and hibachi; by the boardwalk)
• STELLA MARINA  - (Classic Italian cuisine; breath taking views)
• STEWARTS ROOT BEER  - (Casual, 1950’s style burger & root beer restaurant)
• TEAK RESTAURANT  - (Trendy Asian fusion sushi bar & lounge )
• THE COVE  - (A fun place to have a couple beers)
• THE DOCKSIDE  - (Great outside bar down the road from The Cove)
• The Fromagerie  - (Classy dining on the Jersey Shore)

Jersey Shore, NJ - Shopping
• THE GROVE WEST  - (Great area to shop)

Jersey Shore, NJ - Entertainment
• DIVE! A Coastal Bar  - (Voted Best Bar on the Jersey Shore )
• Eagle Oaks Golf Course  - (On the To-Do List for golf & martinis.)

Ocala, FL - Dining
• 101 DOWNTOWN  - (Nouveau eclectic cuisine served in a funky atmosphere)
• BARBIZON SPORTS BAR  - (Sports-bar food, including an awesome Philly Cheesesteak and wings)
• BONEFISH GRILL  - (A large variety of fresh fish prepared any way you like it)
• IPANEMA BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSE  - (Traditional Brazilian steak house, serving a variety of meats table-side)
• LATINOS Y MAS  - (Latin food and Mexican dishes with great daily specials)
• MARK’S US PRIME  - (A wonderful family-style steakhouse with generous portions)
• PRIMARY OVEN  - (An excellent place for lunch, serving a variety of foods in a historic atmosphere)
• SKY ASIAN FUSION  - (A collection of Asian foods served family style)
• SKY ASIAN FUSION  - (A collection of Asian foods served family style)
• THE CROSSROADS COUNTRY KITCHEN  - (Great country food, offering an especially spectacular breakfast)
• TONY’S SUSHI  - (Fresh and tasty Sushi in a casual atmosphere)

Ocala, FL - Entertainment
• DOWNTOWN BILLIARDS  - (A great place to unwind after a long day at the sales)

Palm Beach Co., Florida - Dining
• BEEF WELLINGTON STEAKHOUSE  - (Upscale Steakhouse)
• BONEFISH GRILL  - (Popular Chain Restaurant; Known for Fresh Fish)
• BUCCAN  - (Progressive American Cuisine)
• CAFFE MILANO  - (Regional Cuisine from Italy)
• CASA D’ANGELOS RISTORANTE  - (Top of the Line Tuscan-Style Restaurant )
• CHINA DUMPLING RESTAURANT  - (Wide Variety of Chinese Fare)
• ECHO  - (Upscale Asian Cuisine)
• RENATO’S RESTAURANT  - (Upscale Italian Restaurant)
• RIGGINS CRAB HOUSE  - (Maryland-Style Crab House)
• TRAMONTI ITALIAN RESTAURANT  - (Local Southern Dishes Around Italy)
• TRATTORIA ROMANA BOCA RATON  - (Upscale Italian Restaurant )

Saratoga, NY - Dining
• Beekman Street Bistro  - (Relaxing & intimate; partnered with local farms.)
• BLOOMERS  - (America Bistro)
• Cafe Capriccio  - (Excellent locally grown food for dining.)
• Chez Pierre  - (Authentic French cuisine at fair prices)
• CHEZ SOPHIE  - (Organic and high quality food )
• CHIANTI IL RISTORANTE  - (Affordable Italian cuisine)
• DINE  - (American, French and Italian cuisines)
• Harvest & Hearth  - (Water-front dining just out of town)
• LANCI’S RISTORANTE  - (Authentic Italian cuisine)
• Maestro's  - (Historic fine dining)
• Mama Mia's  - (Brick oven pizza & Italian specialties)
• MAX LONDON’S  - (Mediterranean restaurant)
• Mrs. London's  - (Fresh orange juice & a European ambiance)
• Prime (Saratoga National)  - (Takes first-class care of their customers)
• PRIME AT SARATOGA NATIONAL  - (Upscale steak house)
• SERGIO’S  - (Family style Italian restaurant)
• SIRO’S  - (Four-star cuisine adjacent to Saratoga Racecourse)
• Siro's Trattoria  - (Brand new to the Saratoga scene)
• Sperry's  - (Great staff and a fresh new menu for 2011.)
• SPRINGWATER BISTRO  - (Unique meals; dress is casual)
• SUSHI THAI GARDEN  - (The best sushi in Saratoga)
• SUSHI-NA  - (Sushi bar; pleasant atmosphere)
• THE BEEKMAN STREET BISTRO  - (Casual restaurant; moderate prices)
• The Meat House  - (Great ingredients for the avid home cooker.)
• THE OLDE BRYAN INN  - (Most charming bar in town; authentic atmosphere)
• The Wishing Well  - (Trifecta: good food, good ambiance, good friends.)
• THE WISHING WELL  - (Restaurant with a cozy, family atmosphere)
• Tiznow  - (Most underrated restaurant in town!)
• Villa Balsamo  - (Italian food at its finest)
• WINSLOW’S RESTAURANT  - (Throwback Adirondack family restaurant)
• Winslow's Restaurant  - (Craving a fresh turkey dinner? Check!)

Saratoga, NY - Entertainment
• Roosevelt Baths  - (A touch of the old world spa outside of Saratoga)

Tucson, AZ - Dining
• ANTHONY'S IN THE CATALINAS  - (Great atmosphere, food & service)
• ARIZONA INN AUDUBON  - (Bar/Grill with good ambiance)
• BLUEFIN SEAFOOD BISTRO  - (Fresh well-prepared seafood)
• CLUB 21  - (Best Margaritas in Arizona)
• LA PARRILLA SUIZA  - (Mexico City dining experience north of the border)
• MI NIDITO CAFE  - (Authentic Mexican cantina)
• MI TIERRA RESTAURANT  - (An authentic Arizona experience!)
• TAVOLINO RISTORANTE  - (Piedmont region of Italy)
• THE FRENCH QUARTER  - (Cajun flair in the desert)
• THE PICK SIX (LA ENCANTADA MALL)  - (Six different restaurants to choose from)
• VIVACE RESTAURANT  - (One of the best Italian restaurants in Tucson)

Tucson, AZ - Entertainment
• ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM  - (Zoo, museum & botanical garden)


By Edition

  • 08/07/2014 - TDN Best Bets at Deauville (Deauville, France)
  • 06/18/2013 - Royal Ascot Best Bets (Ascot, England)
  • 07/30/2011 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 07/28/2011 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 07/25/2011 - Saratoga (Saratoga, NY)
  • 07/23/2011 - Saratoga (Saratoga, NY)
  • 07/22/2011 - Saratoga (Saratoga, NY)
  • 02/25/2011 - Fasig-Tipton - The Florida Sale (Palm Beach Co., Florida)
  • 06/24/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 05/28/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 05/22/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 05/21/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 05/19/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 05/16/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 05/13/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 05/12/2010 - Monmouth Park (Jersey Shore, NJ)
  • 12/08/2008 - Race Track Industry Program Symposium (Tucson, AZ)
  • 11/14/2008 - Fair Grounds (New Orleans, LA)
  • 10/23/2008 - Breeders' Cup (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 09/30/2008 - Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Newmarket, England)
  • 09/08/2008 - Keeneland September (Lexington, KY)
  • 08/27/2008 - BBAG Yearling Sale (Baden-Baden, Germany)
  • 08/16/2008 - Arqana Deauville August Yearlings (Deauville, France)
  • 08/09/2008 - Saratoga Preferred & Open Yearlings (Saratoga, NY)
  • 08/03/2008 - Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings (Saratoga, NY)
  • 07/13/2008 - Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearlings (Lexington, KY)
  • 07/08/2008 - Tattersalls July Sale (Newmarket, England)
  • 06/03/2008 - 2008 Belmont Stakes (New York City, NY)
  • 05/14/2008 - 2008 Preakness S. (Baltimore, MD)
  • 05/01/2008 - Guinneas Breeze-Up (Newmarket, England)
  • 05/01/2008 - Kentucky Derby (Louisville, KY)
  • 04/19/2008 - Inglis Easter Yearling Sale (Newmarket, NSW, AUS)
  • 04/14/2008 - Tattersalls Breeze-Up (Newmarket, England)
  • 04/07/2008 - Keeneland April (Lexington, KY)
  • 03/25/2008 - Magic Millions Sale (Adelaide, AUS)
  • 03/17/2008 - OBS March (Ocala, FL)
  • 03/10/2008 - Barretts March (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 02/11/2008 - OBS February 2YO Sale (Ocala, FL)
  • 02/09/2008 - Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale (Lexington, KY)
  • 01/21/2008 - Calder 2YO Sale (Miami, FL)
  • 01/15/2008 - Ocala Winter Mixed Sale (Ocala, FL)
  • 01/11/2008 - Keeneland January (Lexington, KY)


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