in Phoenix (and surrounding area)
Rancho de Tia Rosa (salmon tacos or salmon enchiladas and the BEST chips and green salsa)
Flancer's Cafe ("it's about thyme" sandwich, goat cheese bruschetta and french onion soup)
Joyride Tacos (crispy fish taco, nachos - trust me, carne asada taco, veggie taco)
La Grande Orange (roasted corn and avocado pizza, kale quinoa salad and grilled chicken wings)
Chelsea's Kitchen (howie burger and short rib tacos - cool atmosphere)
Joe's Real BBQ (pulled pork sandwich, homemade root beer, mac + cheese and chocolate chunk cookies)
Liberty Market ("best chicken sandwich", farmer pressed sandwich, white pizza, Salt River bar)
The Grind (sweet and spicy burger, Sonoran root beer and warm doughnuts with salted butterscotch)
Joe's Farm Grill (vegan farm veggie burger, great onion rings and yummy veggie flatbread pizza)

in San Diego (check out my Guide to San Diego)
Con Pane (turkey cobb on foccacia, Italian sandwich on kalamata olive bread, brioche cinnamon rolls, dark chocolate chunk cookies)
Snooze Eatery (the best breakfast - cinnamon roll pancakes, chilaquiles eggs benedict and blood orange marcaspone stuffed French toast with with orange toffee candied walnuts are my favorites)
Burger Lounge (flat out awesome burgers with all-natural grass fed beef and an epic quinoa burger)
Rincon del Mar (really good seafood tacos - I love the perron, original Ensenada taco and shrimp with red pepper)
Tacos El Paisa, Inc. (get the adobada taco)
The Cottage (cute little place in La Jolla that's great for a weekend breakfast/brunch)
Punjabi Tandoor (our favorite Indian food in SD - chicken vindalu, malai kofta, vegetable samosa)
California Burrito (best bean burrito, rolled beef tacos with guacamole and California burritos - if you're into that)
Cucina Urbana (creamy polenta board, foraged mushroom pizza, short rib burger)
the Kebab Shop (falafel doner)
Bronx Pizza (good, cheap, NYC style)
Tender Greens (any of their specials and chicken cobb salad)
Taco Surf (breakfast burritos with beans, hash browns, bacon, cheese and hot sauce)
Boney's Bayside Market (great sandwiches)
Mariposa Homemade Ice Cream (cookies and cream and chocolate peanut butter)
Pizzeria Luigi (the Frenchie and BBQ chicken pizza)
Buddies Burgers (just a really good, old fashioned burger and yummy fries)
Extraordinary Desserts (the Viking, banana cream tart or any of their other cakes and hot chocolate)

in Laguna
Laguna Thai (Ga Rhee Gai)

in New York City
Two Boots Pizza (just regular ol' amazing pizza)

Din Tai Fung (shrimp and pork wontons, sauteed green beans and awesome dim sum)
Taste of India (lamb tikka masala, chicken vindaloo, naan and mango lassi)
Chantanee Thai Restaurant (tom kha soup and the crispy garlic chicken)

Salt Lake City
Cafe Trio (creamy tomato soup and parmesan flatbread)
Sundance (amazing Sunday brunch and obviously gorgeous location)