Food gives us a reason to live and enjoy life. Like I said before, a lot goes into planning a show or multiple shows for David Victor Presents, and one of the things I plan ahead for is good restaurants so the boys can build up their protein or carbs, or whatever they need to put on a great show.
How to Find Food from the Road
I love looking at maps to find food from the road, always have, so, I jump on that necessary evil, Google Maps. I look at the path we need to take, then figure what time everyone is flying in minus 2-3 hours stomach-time for them, time to get rental van or cars, and, as a band MOM, find a few nice nutritious restaurants to choose from within 20 miles of the airport if possible.
I look at the restaurant rating which should be 4.5 or more, reviews with minimal negatives, menu for foods they like and with a vegetarian column, pics to make sure there is room for all of us and if it’s not too far out of the way to the hotel. I choose about 4-5 restaurants, and put them on our SHOW DAY SHEET so the guys can check ’em out ahead of time if they want.
One of the best and unforgettable choices was in Menomonee Falls Wisconsin in October 2019. David, Michael & I got into Milwaukee and drove right to one of my choices, The Main Mill Restaurant. We STILL talk about their whitefish dinner today, it was THAT GOOD.
I hope we stop there again in October 2021 on our way to our show in Wisconsin Rapids (please, pretty please!)
In April 2018, after we all landed in San Antonio for a private Platinum Rockstars cover band show at The Tobin, we chose La Fogata Mexican Restaurant for dinner. We overheard the family next to us say it was someone’s birthday, so, after having a few drinks, the guys couldn’t help but get up and wish her their “Lady” version of HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
I could tell ‘food from the road’ stories all day long! Here’s another. Most times we get picked up at an airport by the venue, so in Indiana where our Boston/Styx tribute band, David Victor formerly of Boston, played for a 2nd year in a row, we all piled into a van and talked our driver, Tim Tonsor, into stopping for dinner at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard just a few miles from the Indianapolis Speedway. I can’t tell you how many oyster shooters some of the guys had, but I think they had to send the boat out to catch more!!
How about one more? We have a couple of ‘roadies’ from the Detroit area that love to transport the gang from one venue to another when we’re in the area.
Three shows in April 2018 found us in San Antonio TX, Saginaw MI and Van Wert OH, so after we flew in from San Antonio, Norell and Frankie picked us up and on to way to Saginaw, we stopped at the New Hudson Inn in New Hudson MI, their friend’s bar/grill.
We were treated to the BEST American food and appetizers you could ask for. The guys even got up and sang a few songs for the patrons. It is def at the top of our list of places we’ve eaten!
Well, this blog could be another 10 pages long, but maybe I’ll work on Part II in the future. The food stories and fun are endless.