Chef Sean Brock prepares seasonal low country cuisine at this upscale Southern dinner spot. Try the chef’s tasting menu, which features a rotation of dishes such as local roast chicken with chow chow and morel mushrooms and South Carolina peaches dressed with creme fraiche, cinnamon and basil.
Foreign Cinema in San Francisco offers dinner and a movie with style — customers can watch classic films while enjoying dishes like oysters and fried chicken. Giada is a big fan of the brunch menu, and she thought the baguette French toast was soft, creamy and delicious.
Giada De Laurentiis, host of Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways grabs a slice of Wood-oven pizza in a Western setting at Old Yellowstone Garage.
Looking for a place to stop between wineries? Giada recommends Nappy Valley's Round Pond Estate olive mill to learn about artisanal olive oils and how they're made. Book a tour and tasting, or drop in during the summer months for a sampling of the estate's olive oils and red wine vinegars.
Sonsie is "perfect for people watching and gourmet pizza," Giada observed. The restaurant has many delicious dishes but is known for pizza made in a brick oven. Athough pies change seasonally, some are served year-round, like the Corn, Cheddar, Brie, Smoked Bacon, and Scallion Pizza that Giada ate.
If the breathtaking skyline view doesn't evoke sheer amazement, maybe the menu will. Located on top of the John Hancock Center, The Signature Room at the 95th (floor, that is) radiates art deco luxury with a menu prized for local dishes like the Roasted Amish Chicken atop a bed of creamy grits.
If the waterfront ocean view or the mahi mahi stuffed with lobster and crab in a macadamia nut crust doesn't impress you, maybe the lilikoi creme brulee will. Marc Summers calls the creme brulee the best thing ever, as you can taste the passion fruit flavor, aka lilikoi, in every bite.
With no reservations, no signs and no frills, this local restaurant can easily be missed from the road, Giada recommended the "good and simple" cayenne-dusted deviled crab and boiled peanuts, which are offered alongside other Southern staples such as she-crab soup and fried green tomatoes.
Anyone looking for great food with a great waterfront view should stop by Sam's Anchor Café on the San Francisco Bay. Sam's is nationally known for its pink lemonade cocktail, which Giada enjoyed with a bowl of hearty cioppino on her San Francisco getaway.
On her day trip to Catalina Island near Los Angeles, Giada couldn't wait to visit Avalon Seafood for its much-loved Fish and Chips, made with fresh, locally caught fish. The market makes its own tartar sauce using a recipe so secret even Giada doesn’t know it.
Giada can't get enough of the "tender" shrimp and grits at this local restaurant specializing in low country, homestyle cooking. Topped with blue crab gravy, spicy sausage and a "perfectly cooked" poached egg, Giada called this Southern breakfast staple "stick-to-your-ribs good food."
On Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada De Laurentiis orders from eclectic tapas menu from Chef José Andrés at Café Atlántico, in Washington, DC.
The Ferry Building Marketplace houses the largest farmers' market in San Francisco, attracting thousands of visitors. When Giada was preparing for a picnic, she stopped by Cowgirl Creamery for salami and cheese, and she later checked out Acme Bread Company for fresh sourdough.