Top 25 Mom-friendly Dining Cities in the U.S.

[singlepic id=95 w=400 h=600 float=left]In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are pleased to release our rankings of the Top 25 Mom-friendly Dining Cities in the U.S. This list represents the best cities for moms who are also fun-seeking foodies.

The results are spread across 16 states and point to the places where it’s terrific to be both a mom and a foodie. Florida, California, and Texas cities are well represented, as is North Carolina, which boasts wins for Charlotte and Raleigh.

In order to provide this ranking, the OpenTable Mom-friendly Dining Index was calculated using four variables based on OpenTable reservation and diner reviews data from 2012: the percentage of people who dined out for Mother’s Day; the percentage of restaurants rated “kid-friendly;” the percentage of restaurants rated “romantic;” and the percentage of restaurants rated “hot spots.”

The following cities, listed in order, comprise the Top 25 Mom-friendly Dining Cities in the U.S.Continue Reading

Dining with the Stars: Leo + Tobey Celebrate at The Darby in NYC; Pharrell Williams Hangs at Hakkasan LV; Blonde Barrymore at The Pikey in LA + More

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To quote a line from the movie Tombstone, “I ain’t got the words.”

Celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…

* Politico Senator Chuck Schumer had a midday meal at ABC Kitchen in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Former first kid Chelsea Clinton revealed that she and her hubby met the parentals at the Big Apple’s Babbo early in their courtship. [NY Post]

* Erstwhile Boss Kelsey Grammer dined with his wife at BOA Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. [Daily Mail]

* Hot Topic enthusiast Axl Rose held court at NYC’s Catch Roof with Leonardo DiCaprioTobey MaguireJonah Hill, and Michael K. Williams (Omar lives!). [NY PostContinue Reading

Tweet of the Week: Keeping It Simple Since 1998

Life can be hard, but making restaurant reservations shouldn’t be. In fact, that’s how we came to be. Back in the 1990s (Good times!), Chuck Templeton observed that his wife was having an unnecessarily tough time booking a table at a restaurant — and, thus, the idea for OpenTable was born. We’re glad to continue to make finding the right reservation a simple process. Thanks to @AMLemus for the shout out. And, watch us as we work to improve your experiences with OpenTable.

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Kentucky Derby Dining; El Bulli Exhibit; Hottest Celeb Chefs; Farina Interview + More News

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About 120,000 mint juleps are expected to be served at the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Heading to Churchill Downs? Here are some Kentucky Derby dining recommendations. [WFPL.org]

* Simply the best. What makes a restaurant the best isn’t a critic’s opinion so much as your own. [Telegraph]

* Never dined at El Bulli? You can still (sort of) experience it, thanks to a new exhibit in London this summer. [ABC News]

* Some like it hot. A round-up attractive celebrity chefs. [E! Online]

* California foie gras kerfuffle. This time, it’s personal. [Daily Pilot]

* Shop talk. Top Chef alum Richard Farina of moto chats with boss Homaro Cantu. [HuffPostContinue Reading