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Hotel | Hilton Garden Inn | Lehi, Utah

I love the Hilton Brand, but for a while I didn’t know how to feel about Hilton Garden Inn. In the past, I found them to be inconsistent from property to property, but that changed in the past two years when I believe a redesign and identity was established. I now know I can count on the Hilton Garden Inn for great breakfast, clean, minimal design, and wide open space. They also have full bars that are much appreciated by Road Warriors. As this is my first time in Utah, I was so happy to find a Hilton Garden Inn in Lehi that was in the middle of everything. I had the best room, and service. Can’t wait to come back.

Hilton Garden Inn Lehi
3150 N Hotel Loop
Lehi, Utah 84043
801 341 6333

Utah

Utah!
My first time here; the 46th state I’ve visited. I was most excited to take photos of these the lovely mountains, but it was not to be as it was either raining, snowing, or overcast, so I am not proud of the batch of outdoor photos I took. I’ll have to come back soon

- an artist and his travels

Food | The Chimes | Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is a place where I always get excited to visit because I know I will eat well. So, I was excited when people suggested The Chimes as a place to go. It was lunch time, and I love a place that offers a broad range of choices. In their About Us section, The Chimes says, ‘The Chimes Restaurant & Tap Room has been a Baton Rouge and LSU tradition serving fine patrons for over 25 years.’ With the LSU reference, I am sure this means it is a popular spot for the college crowd, so weekends must be crazy!

On this occasion, I had the Blackened Salmon with fries, pared with a Yuenling Lager. Delicious meal. I love fish any way you want to serve it, but blackened is always a nice touch. It was also filling, and me being a big guy, that’s always a great thing.

Next time you’re on Baton Rouge, make sure The Chimes is one of your stops. They have three locations:

The Chimes

3357 Highland Rd · Baton Rouge 

10870 Coursey Blvd - Baton Rouge

19130 W Front St - Covington 

Louisiana

- an artist and his travels

Food | Poor Boy Lloyd's Seafood Restaurant | Baton Rouge

As soon as I drop off my things at the hotel, I always ask the hotel staff where the locals eat. As I approached Poor Boy Lloyd’s, it looked old, and it has been my experience that that is a good sign. As I entered, the decor reminded me of a dining room that had seen many family dinners over the course of several decades; meaning, cozy, haphazard, and charming. The ladies that greeted me were warm and seeing that I was new, walked me through the menu, specials, and the ordering process. I chose the Shrimp Po Boy and went to find a seat. As I searched, I noticed an old man sitting in front of a large front window in an area that can only be described as a miniature convenience store. A rack next to him had candy galore, and a register, which told me he only takes cash. If there is a Lloyd, I have a feeling this is him.

As for the food; I don’t know what the standard is for Po Boy’s, but this was a good sandwich, though I found the bread to be too firm and crispy, but I’ve always been partial to soft bread. But, the breaded and fried shrimp were falling out of the sandwich there were so many, and the cajun style fries were the perfect accompaniment.

After I ate, I was given a ticket and told to pay up front. Of course! ‘Lloyd!’ I was so pleased with my meal that even with FOX News blaring I maintained my happy mood. I paid in cash, ‘Lloyd’ gave me a mint, and wished me well.

Hubert Neal Jr

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Poor Boy Lloyd’s Seafood Restaurant
201 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
poorboylloyds.com

 

an artist and his travels | Tucson, Arizona

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