Hi, my name is Andreana Petersen and I hope you love food as much as I do. A true foodie at heart. My parents owned a few Dinners in upstate New York growing up and it was then I knew I had a passion for food and a huge appreciation for the industry. I currently live in Southwest, FL and I’m a local Realtor in the area. I’ve lived and traveled to many different cities throughout the US and I’m excited to share some of my favorite restaurants with you.
I’d like to start with my hometown of Kingston, NY, the state’s first Capitol. Later moving to Albany in 1795. Kingston is packed with history and has some great restaurants that have been around for generations. The Hoffman House located at 94 N. Front St., Kingston, NY. This historic gem was built prior to October 1679 and the original structure is intact with few exceptions. Their menu has a little bit of everything to choose from and I guarantee you’ll leave full. While passing through try the French onion soup and chicken francaise.
Heading down to Florida, here are two favorites from East to West Coast. Cocoa Beach, FL, also known as the Space Coast, runs along the Atlantic Ocean. This beach side town has tons of charm and lots to see. From museums to visiting the Pier, a must stop for food is Coconuts on the Beach located at 2 Minutemen Cswy, Cocoa Beach, FL. This long-time favorite serves up delicious coconut crusted shrimp and has the best rum runners.
Do you like Italian food? I do! Our next stop is Naples, FL. Molto Trattoria is located at 368 5th Ave. S. Naples. Offering homemade Italian cuisine this local favorite serves of up some delicious meals. I love the Caprese and it’s made with local tomatoes and who doesn’t love Raviolis? They offer a ravioli special daily. Pair that with a nice white wine and you’ll feel like you're in Naples, Italy.
If you love BBQ then you want to stop by Jim Oliver’s Smoke House Restaurant, Lodge, Trading post located at 850 West Main St., Monteagle, TN. Opened in 1960, it has been serving up delicious Southern cooking for over 60 years. I’d say they have perfected the skill of smoking meat and their sauces are phenomenal. My weakness is the smoked beef brisket smothered in one of their moonshine sauce flavors and you can’t forget the cornbread.
From the smoky hills to the Rocky Mountains. Colorado is one of the most breathtaking states with panoramic views of mountains for miles. This favorite state of mine has some of the best restaurants, breweries and distilleries around. Colorado Springs is also known as Olympic USA and home to the Olympic training center. The Wobbly Olive, located at 3317 Cinema Point, Colorado Springs has the best craft cocktails and meals from their scratch kitchen. They seasonally change their menu, which I love. Some of my favs that make the menu every time is the Fried Goat Cheese appetizer, Steamed Buns and the refreshing Violet Hour cocktail.
With so many more restaurants on my list, I hope you enjoy these few gems I’ve shared. Safe travels and cheers to so many savory options from state to state.