Labor Day Weekend Is Here: Let the Brunching Begin!

Let’s do this!

We cannot believe it either, but the unofficial last weekend of summer is here. As bummed as we are to start bidding a fond farewell to all the best things about summer (Adieu, heirloom tomatoes!), we’re excited for the weekend — and three days to brunch out! It’s one our favorite meals of the days because, hello, cocktails plus yummy breakfast foods? Yes, please.

You can find Great for Brunch suggestions on your local Diners’ Choice lists, or to search out the best of the best, take a gander at the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in the United States.

Happy brunching, and have a happy Labor Day weekend!

On Our Plate: No Kid Hungry Month Starts Soon; US Open NYC Dining; Restaurant Weeks in Omaha, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Palm Beach + More

Roger Federer, pictured here with a friend, is a fan favorite at the US Open.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* The U.S. Open (aka The Most Wonderful Time of the Year) begins on Monday in New York. Find dining hot spots near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with these picks from the Tennis Channel.

* Dine Tampa Bay is on. Enjoy special three-course $25, $35, and $45 dinners through August 30.

* Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week is extended. Snap up $20.13 lunches + $35.13 dinners through September 1.

* Bet on Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Book now for $20.13 or $30.13 lunches and $30.13, $40.13 or $50.13 dinners, August 23-30.

* Devour Downtown Indianapolis has kicked off. Enjoy special 3-course, prix-fixe meals through September 1.

* Dining out in the Big Easy is even easier with COOLINARY New Orleans. Enjoy 2 or 3-course lunches for $20 or less and 3-course dinners for $35 or less through August 31.

* Houston Restaurant Weeks continue! Enjoy $20 + $35 brunches, $20 lunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through September 2.

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month starts in September. Save with $33 dinners throughout the month.

* Flavor Palm Beach Restaurant Month begins September 1. Book for $20 lunches & $30 and $35 dinners through September 30.

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September is No Kid Hungry Month: Make a Reservation to Help End Childhood Hunger

NKHNo child should grow up hungry in America, but more than 16 million children  — 1 out of 5  — struggles with hunger. Hunger prevents kids from reaching their full potential and it’s an epidemic that’s threatening America’s future. Join Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign in efforts to ensure every child in America has access to the nutritious food where she lives, learns, and plays. Helping is as easy as booking a reservation at a participating restaurant.

Happening throughout September in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S., Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is part of a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Bringing together thousands of restaurants and millions of diners, Share Our Strength helps participating restaurants raise funds through a variety of ways to support No Kid Hungry.

In September, you can show your support simply by making and honoring a reservation at a supporting OpenTable restaurant! Browse restaurants in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, MiamiNew York, and Washington, D.C. now — and check back as we roll out more city pages in the next week.Continue Reading

Ace Your 2013 US Open Dining Experiences with the Tennis Channel

As always, I will be rooting for Roger Federer. Allez!

The 2013 US Open Tennis Championships start today in New York. If you’re heading to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the next two weeks, as I am, you’ll likely work up an appetite. Fortunately, the folks at The Tennis Channel have put together a US Open dining guide for the competition. Click here to find a restaurant to match your appetite.

Hoping to spot some Tennis Channel stars while they’re in town? Jim Courier favors Babbo Ristorante. Martina Navratilova enjoys Pure Food and Wine. Tracy Austin is a fan of 21 Club, while Mary Carillo likes to dine at Serafina’s.Continue Reading