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12 Finger Lickin’ Good BBQ Restaurants

Need an excuse to get down on some BBQ? Well, we’ve got a few. It’s May, which happens to be National BBQ Month! It’s also Memorial Day weekend, which for many means the (un)official start to summer. So, go grab a bib and a few extra napkins and prepare to drool over a few of our favorite BBQ joints across the good ol’ US of A. These restaurants use regional styles and techniques to bring us together over plates of lovingly slow-cooked, smoky dishes of deliciousness!

Annapolis Smokehouse
Annapolis, MD

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Bobby Q
Phoenix, AZ

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Bluebird Barbecue
Burlington, VT

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Carson’s Prime Steaks & Famous Barbecue – Milwaukee
Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI

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Chicago q
Chicago, IL

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – Harlem
New York, NY

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Iron Starr Urban Barbecue – OKC
Oklahoma City, OK

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Lambert’s Downtown BBQ
Austin, TX

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Montgomery Inn – At the Boathouse
Cincinnati, OH

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Percy Street Barbecue
Philadelphia, PA

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Russell’s Smokehouse
Denver, CO

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Southpaw BBQ
San Francisco, CA

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Share your favorite BBQ restaurant with us in the comments.

OpenTable App Integrates with NCR Aloha Point-of-Sale Solution to Bring Mobile Payments to More Diners

We are pleased to join with NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in consumer transaction technologies in announcing that NCR has integrated OpenTable’s ‘Pay with OpenTable’ app with the industry-leading NCR Aloha point-of-sale solution via the NCR Hosted Application Protocol Interface (API) platform. What this means for diners is that NCR Hosted APIs help provide OpenTable app users with a secure, convenient payment option.

The NCR Hosted API Platform is a cloud-based gateway that allows third parties to integrate, maintain, and deploy their services across NCR’s installed base of POS systems. This cloud offering allows payments through the OpenTable app to be tightly integrated into the NCR Aloha point-of-sale solution.

To pay with OpenTable, diners who book at participating restaurants simply add a credit card in the OpenTable app before they dine and then view and pay their check on their smartphone. There’s no separate app to download; no codes to enter; and no scanning or barcodes involved. Diners who pay with OpenTable simply get up and go whenever they’re ready.

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“The integration with the NCR Aloha point-of-sale makes the OpenTable mobile payment experience even more widely available to our customers,” said our Chief Executive Officer Matt Roberts. “We’re excited about working together to power a payment and dining experience that is intuitive and elegant for both diners and restaurants.”Continue Reading

2015 RAMMY Award Nominees: Join Us on June 7th in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 RAMMY Award nominees are out – and we’ll be in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 7 to cheer on this year’s honorees. The so-called Oscars of the D.C. dining scene, the 33rd Annual RAMMY Awards recognize hospitality excellence in multiple categories. We’ll be there when the winners are announced at the awards ceremony at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Buy tickets today to root for your favorites and to sample amazing eats and craft cocktails.

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Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2015 RAMMY Awards, including:

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year:
Bar Pilar
Cashion’s Eat Place
Evening Star Café

Upscale Casual Brunch:
Birch & Barley
Kapnos – DC
Le Diplomate
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Seasons at The Four Seasons

Everyday Casual Brunch:
The Daily Dish
DGS Delicatessen
The Liberty Tavern

Favorite Fast Bites:
G by Mike Isabella

Cocktail Program of the Year:
barmini by José Andrés
Bourbon Steak
Iron Gate
Trummer’s on Main

Beer Program of the Year:
The Arsenal at Bluejacket
Brasserie Beck
Granville Moore’s
Mad Fox Brewing Company

Wine Program of the Year:
Charlie Palmer Steak
Fiola
Iron Gate
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Employee of the Year:
Aurelio Diaz – RIS
Adnane Kebaier – Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
Evan Labb – Evening Star Café
LaGina Lewis – Farmers Fishers Bakers
David Sabbadino – ZaytinyaContinue Reading

May Restaurant Weeks: Save on Spring Dining

Steak blogMay restaurant weeks are here. A tasty tease before summer restaurant week season starts, these restaurant weeks offer big savings and big flavors.

* Downtown Atlanta Steak Week has sizzling deals on delicious steak-centric meals through May 17. Book a table.

* Arizona Restaurant Week brings you more than a week of delicious three-course dinners from $33-$44, May 15-25. Book a table.

Palm Springs Desert Resorts Restaurant Week is a dining oasis with special $26 + $38 dinners, May 29-June 7. Book a table.