Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Artichokes

artichokeLike many of our most interesting foods, artichokes don’t look like the most inviting of ingredients. In fact, they look downright defensive, with their armadillo-like, be-thorned outer petals. While artichokes’ exteriors belie the deliciousness inside, you can bet it’s there; it just takes a bit of work to get to the big, tasty reveals, be they the meaty goodness at the base of the prickly petals or the tender heart hidden beneath the scratchy choke. Low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C, folate, and magnesium, artichokes are also thought to help detox the liver, which is why I love grilled artichokes with a martini. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about artichokes in recent restaurant reviews.

25 Lusk, San Francisco, California: “The cocktails were great — as was the wine and food. We had a tomato and artichoke bisque and pork cheeks for our first course.”

Amada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Great tapas plate. The standouts were parmesan artichokes and bacon-wrapped dates.”

Bess Bistro, Austin, Texas: “I loved the scallops and fried artichokes. Compliments to the chef.”

Bocca, New York, New York: “My crispy-skinned salmon with artichoke hearts and fingerling potatoes was a real winner. ”

Campo 185, Palo Alto, California: “Squash blossoms with crispy Roman artichokes was outstanding.”

Catch, San Francisco, California: “Try the artichoke heart and Dungeness crab tempura appetizer — amazing.”

Core de Roma, West Chester, Pennsylvania: “The artichoke appetizer is wonderful; I recommend that to anyone.”

Crossroads, Los Angeles, California: “Artichoke oysters are the best!”

Cucina Urbana, San Diego, California: “The candy beet salad with tempura artichoke, mâché, and horseradish balsamic was AWESOME.”

* Culinary Dropout, Las Vegas, Nevada: “The grilled artichoke and dip were fantastic!”

The Curious Grape, Arlington, Virginia: “The dishes were unique, especially the wild boar doughnuts and artichokes.”

Euno Ristorante, Boston, Massachusetts: “The meal started so well — grilled artichoke hearts stuffed with goat cheese and an excellent wine.”

Fat Hen, Johns Island, South Carolina: “We are hardcore foodies. I have always challenged the food writers who fawn over Husk and Ordinary and McCrady’s that Fat Hen is arguably the best restaurant in town. The mussels with artichokes would back me up.”

Fish, Charleston, South Carolina: “The edamame artichoke spread was refreshing.”

La Docle Vita, Beverly Hills, California: “For dinner, I ordered the pesto linguine with artichoke hearts and — yum!”

La Mediterranean Bistro, Fairfax, Virginia: “I had the artichoke bisque and the rockfish. The bisque was delicious.”

Le Singe Vert, New York, New York: “The food was superb. I had a wonderful fried artichoke heart and arugula salad, which was very nicely done.”

Perilla, New York, New York: “Creative, well-executed, and absolutely delicious food. We had the braised artichoke appetizer (to die for).”

Piccola Trattoria, Canyon Country, California: “The artichoke salad is clean and simple, with fresh artichoke and not the soggy canned clumps you’ll get a lot of other places.”

The Ranch Restaurant, Anaheim, California: “The artichokes were fabulous. They had a great grilled taste with lots of garlic. They’re served with two different dipping sauces, but we ate most of them without sauce.”

Rioja, Denver, Colorado: “A must have entrée is the sublime artichoke tortelloni.”

The Smith-East Village, New York, New York: “Artichoke flatbread was an amazing starter, and the jalapeño cheddar grits were so flavorful they made for an interesting ‘dip’ for the crust.”

Splendido, Beaver Creek, Colorado: “Starters were a sashimi of Colorado bass and a wood-roasted artichoke heart with house-cured bacon, poached egg, and smoked garlic infused oil. Both were stunners.”

* SY Kitchen, Santa Ynez, California: “Everything we had was exceptionally good…beet salad, pea salad, grilled artichoke; the gazpacho was the best we ever had, and the chicken was perfection.”

* Tinto-La Saguaro, Palm Springs, California: “Everything was so delicious that I can barely pick a favorite, but of the cooked dishes I would have to say either the octopus or the artichoke pasta.”







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