Melissa Falk

Member Since:
Sep 2016

I am a New Yorker born and raised. I have been living in Chicago since 2005.
I have been an avid solo traveler for over twenty years and I am a staunch mass transit proponent. Despite the fact that I do not possess a driver's license, I have traveled and eaten my way around the world without incident.
My Solo Roamer blog is dedicated to all of the avid travelers, food lovers and cultural enthusiasts who are too afraid, nervous or self-conscious to pursue their passions solo.
My Feeding Off The Rails blog began as a series on my Solo Roamer blog. As a lifelong mass transit rider, I show food lovers how to reach the best food and drink in our great cities by local trains and buses. I encourage readers to avoid traffic, parking and road rage, reduce pollution and avoid DUIs.

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Published Articles (70)

How To Spend 8 Hours in Nashville

Nashville, 8 hours in Nashville

Windy City Restaurants – Aba, Band Of Bohemia

Chicago restaurants, Aba, Band of Bohemia

5 Lessons I Learned About Myself Traveling Alone

Lessons learned about myself traveling alone, traveling alone, traveling solo, solo travel

10 Best Chicago Seafood Restaurants

Best Chicago seafood restaurants

Fogo de Chao – Brazilian Steakhouse in Chicago

Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian Steakhouse in Chicago

Windy City Smokeout: Chicago

Windy City Smokeout in Chicago, BBQ and country music festival

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 7)

Chicago food scene

Cockroach Milk | How Did We Get Here?

Cockroach milk

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 8)

Chicago restaurants, Chicago food scene

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 8)

Chicago restaurants, Chicago food scene

Your Emotional Support Animals Are Not Welcome On My Flight

Emotional support animals on planes


My latest article in Business Jet Traveler magazine about Spiaggia, Chicago’s only 4-star restaurant.

My Favorite Chicago Patios, Gardens and Rooftop Bars

Chicago, Chicago patios, Chicago rooftop bars, Chicago gardens, patio season

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 6)

Chicago, Chicago restaurants, Chicago coffee

New York Sweet Treats You Need to Try

New York City, New York sweet treats

Evanston: Eating at Found and Campagnola

Evanston, IL., Found Kitchen & Social House, Campagnola, Chicago suburbs dining

Chill Out At These Peaceful Places in New York City

New York City, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Central Park, Williamsburg, L.I.C., Rockaway Beach, N.Y. Botanical Garden, New York parks

How To Get the Most Out Of Your Vacation

How to get the most out of your vacation, travel tips, travel journal, small accommodations, solo travel.

Chicago Neighborhood Dining Options

Chicago Neighborhood Dining Options, Chicago restaurants by neighborhood, Feeding Off The Rails

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 5)

Eating Chicago in 2 Days, Chicago restaurants, Chicago food scene

Treat Yourself To These Original Chicago Sweets

Chicago sweets, Chicago candy, Chicago ice cream, Chicago chocolate

15 Great Lakeview Restaurants You Should Try

Chicago, Lakeview restaurants in Chicago

13 Great Restaurants in The Loop, Chicago

Restaurants in The Loop in Chicago

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 4)

Chicago, Chicago food, Chicago restaurants, Chicago bars

16 Essential New York Concert Venues

New York, New York concert venues, New York City, New York music

Chicago Brewpub Bucket List by Neighborhood

Chicago brewpub, brewpubs, Chicago breweries

48 Hours in Chicago Alone (Vol. 4)

Chicago sightseeing, Chicago, Chicago travel

Eating New York City – 2 Days (Vol. 4)

New York City restaurants and bars in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and L.I.C.

20 Old-School Chicago Diners By Neighborhood

Chicago diners, 20 Old-School Chicago Diners

7 Essential Chicago Steakhouses You Should Visit

7 Essential Chicago Steakhouses

48 Hours in New York City Solo – Vol. 3

Things to do in New York City in two days. New York City solo

Best Chicago Brunches – Part 2

Chicago, Chicago brunch, weekend brunch, Sunday brunch

Best British Pubs Chicago Offers

Best British Pubs in Chicago

48 Hours in New York City Solo (Vol. 2)

Chicago Restaurant Scene – Ema, Grassroots

Eating Chicago in 2 Days (Vol. 3)

Eating New York City – 2 Days (Vol. 3)

Eating New York City – 2 Days (Vol. 2)

48 Hours in New York City Solo – Vol. 1

Eating New York City – 2 Days (Vol. 1)

48 Hours in Chicago Alone – Vol. 3

9 Great Middle Eastern Restaurants in Chicago

Eating Chicago in 2 Days – Vol. 2

48 Hours Alone in Chicago – Vol. 2

Eating Chicago in 2 Days – Vol. 1

48 Hours Alone in Chicago – Vol. 1

9 Esssential Dublin Restaurants and Pubs

Veneto Restaurants and Bars You Should Visit

Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants of 2017

What the 10 Best Chicago Movie Theaters Offer

The Best Neapolitan Pizza – Chicago

Chicago Restaurants By Neighborhood

7 Fun Things to Do in Chicago During the Holdays

11 Chicago Bars You Absolutely Must Check Out

Chicago Restaurants – West Loop, South Loop

Chicago Food: Shokolad, Forbidden Root, Hoosier Mama, Chicago Cut Steakhouse

6 Packing Hacks that Will Reduce Travel Stress

Essential New York Bagels, Brunch and Bakeries

5 Best Chicago Vegetarian Restaurants

17 Best Chicago Tacos Accessible Via Mass Transit

How to Overcome Your Fear of Dining Out Alone

How I Ate My Way Through Barcelona – 50th Birthday Celebration

This article chronicles by feeding frenzy through Barcelona’s different neighborhoods and the nearby seaside town of Sitges. It appeared on my FEEDING OFF THE RAILS blog.

Where to Find the Best Restaurants in Pilsen

3 Pilsen Brewpubs, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen

7 Reasons Solo Travel is Good for You

This article explores the benefits of and lessons learned from traveling solo. I published it on my Solo Roamer blog.

Chicago Food Scene – 4 Neighborhoods

10 Best Burgers Chicago You Must Have!

After much consideration and many napkins, I give to you Chicago’s 10 best burgers as of 2017.

8 Peaceful Places to Chill Out in Chicago

This article explores eight beautiful places in Chicago where you can recharge your batteries away from the noise and the crowds.

21 Awesome Chicago Concert Venues You Should Check Out

Chicago is home to the blues, house music, and the original poetry slam. This article explores the 21 best concert venues in The Windy City.

Outstanding New York Eats You Don’t Want to Miss

On a recent trip to NYC, I stopped by some of my favorite food destinations from delis to bakeries to an Ethiopian restaurant in Harlem.