OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the U.S.

We are thrilled to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Winning restaurants are scattered throughout 21 states. California topped the list, taking 26 places on the list of winners. Florida follows with 18 winning restaurants. New York has its share of fashionable honorees, claiming 14 spots on the list. For the second year in a row, Illinois accounts for 11 winners, followed again by Nevada with seven standouts. Georgia and Texas restaurants earned three places apiece, while Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, and Tennessee each boast two. Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are also represented.

Cuisines at the winning restaurants are as eclectic as the list itself. American, Asian, Greek, Italian, Japanese, and Mexican fares are represented, as are pizza, sushi, and tapas, among others.

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Taste of the Nation SF 2013 Raises $170,000 to Help End Childhood Hunger!

We are pleased to report that Taste of the Nation San Francisco, held on Thursday, March 22, 2013, was a resounding success! More than 800 people attended, 40 restaurants were represented, 25 beverages were poured, 14 local sponsors helped make the event possible — and $170,000 was raised! If you couldn’t attend, peep some pictures of the event — and be sure to join us next year as we continue to fight to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative.

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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington 2013 RAMMY Award Nominees

Chef Geoff, seen here at the 2012 RAMMY Awards, will be rooting on Ali Schemeck of Chef Geoff’s, New Mexico Ave., who is nominated for Employee of the Year.

Last night, the 2013 RAMMY Award nominees were announced! The so-called Oscars of the D.C. dining scene, the RAMMYs recognize excellence in 16 categories, including “Casual Dining”, “Chef of the Year”, “New Restaurant of the Year” and “Beverage/ Mixology Program of the Year”! Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on June 23, 2013, at the Marriott Wardman Park  Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Find out if your favorites were nominated, plus help pick the winners in three categories: Neighborhood Gathering Place, Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, and Power Spot of the Year. Cast your vote on the Washington City Paper, finalists’ websites, or at, April 4-18, 2013.

Congratulations to all the nominees, including:

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:
The Ashby Inn and Restaurant
Blue Duck Tavern
The Bombay Club

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:
Birch and Barley
Jaleo – Penn Quarter
KAZ Sushi Bistro

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Save 20% on Tickets to Thursday’s Taste of the Nation San Francisco Gala!

Purchase tickets to San Francisco’s tastiest event — and help end childhood hunger in America!

Join Share Our Strength in the fight to end childhood hunger in America! Attend Taste of the Nation San Francisco — and save 20% on your ticket with this exclusive offer! The nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry, Taste of the Nation San Francisco will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Enjoy delicious dishes and drinks from San Francisco’s top chefs, brewers, winemakers, and distillers. All proceeds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and local beneficiaries Children of Shelters and Three Squares.

Enter discount code SFTOTN1320 to save 20% on general admission ticketsPurchase yours today!