On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks from Baton Rouge to the Big Apple — and Everywhere in Between!

Baton Rouge Restaurant WeekHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Baton Rouge Restaurant Week is on like Donkey Kong. Don’t miss three courses for $15-$35, through July 20.

* dineLA is in full effect! Make a reservation for $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, through July 26.

* Howard County Restaurant Weeks have begun. Book for special prix-fixe menus from $10.13-$40.13, through August 5.

* University City Dining Days returns. Choose from three courses at three prices — $15, $25, or $35 – through August 1.

* Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Special three-course meals available, July 19-28.

* SJ Hot Chefs Farm to Fork Week arrives on Sunday! Order up $25-$25 four-course gourmet dinners at South Jersey’s best restaurants, July 21-July 27.

* Taste of Burlington reservations kicks off this weekend. $15-$20 lunches and $30 – $40 dinners, July 21-August 5.

* Restaurant Week Columbus is almost upon usEnjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals for $15-$35 to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, July 22-27.

* Gwinnett Restaurant Week is begins next week. Order up three-course gourmet dinners for $21.21, July 22-25Continue Reading

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.”

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Rave Review: Back to the Black Bass Hotel

There are thousands of reviews on OpenTable, but sometimes one really stands out — as is the case with this charming review. This diner visited the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville, Pennsylvania, 50 years (!) after his very first visit, during which he proposed to his companion. A half a century later, the pair are still going strong — as is the Black Bass Hotel. Congratulations to both on many years of excellence.


Tweet of the Week: Win a Supreme Trip for Six!

Do you want to win a trip for six? Of course you do! So does @BrassyLibrarian, who shared her Vacation Supremacy giveaway entry tweet. Here’s the deal: You and five friends fly out to the destination of your choice, stay three nights in swank digs, and indulge in delicious food and drink, all courtesy of AirBnB, UrbanDaddy, and OpenTable. Entering is as easy as sharing your email address and zip code; you can increase your chances of winning by sharing the contest with friends. This will also probably increase your chances of getting invited on the trip if one of those friends wins! Read more here. Then, enter here through July 29, 2013!