Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Celery Root

Beneath this gnarly exterior lies delicate deliciousness.

I tend to think of most root vegetables as the foods of a once-desperate people. Looking at a gnarly head of celeriac, or celery root, it’s obvious that a very brave and very hungry person decided it would be dinner. But what the humble celeriac lacks in looks, it makes up for in flavor. Wildly versatile (as you can see from the dishes below), celeriac is a variety of celery — and it tastes like it. Most commonly pureed (it is fantastic with apples or potatoes) or made into a classic remoulade, celeriac dates back to ancient times and enjoyed its first wave of popularity in the Middle Ages. Low in calories, celery root is high in fiber and nutrients, including vitamin C and potassium. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about the curious vegetable.

Daryl, New Brunswick, New Jersey: “No one left anything on their plates. I had the celery root appetizer, which was outstanding.”

DBGB, New York, New York: “The celery root soup, which my wife had as an appetizer on the three-course lunch menu, was phenomenal. Seriously, it was the single best 2 spoon-fulls of soup I have ever had.”

ELEVEN, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:” The seafood platter served had a celery root sauce that was both scrumptious on its own but complemented the perfectly prepared buttery scallops and salmon and crabcake.”

The Fat Radish, New York, New York: “The food was very well prepared and delicious. Big kudos for the celery root pot pie.”

Gallery Restaurant, Charlotte, North Carolina: “The lentils with celery root was so good I am still thinking about it today.”

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Gluten-Free Dining; Gwyneth to Open Eatery; Standing-Room Only Restaurants + More News

Anything anyone can do Gwyneth can do better.

Dining news from around the world and the web…

* There and back again. Return migration is boosting restaurant culture in the Rust Belt and beyond. [Pacific Standard]

* Think gluten-free is just a trend? Think again. New York’s Del Posto restaurant now offers gluten-free versions of its famed pastas. [Gothamist]

* What to eat when you don’t eat wheat. Tips for going gluten-free when dining out. []

* Are you going to stand for this? Japan’s standing-only restaurants are set to open in New York. [Reuters]

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Dining with the Stars: Cindy Crawford at Girl & the Goat in CHI; Mad Men at NYC’s Old Homestead; Drew Barrymore at Spice Table in LA + More

We hope their recent dinner didn’t end with a missing friend and collective amnesia.

Recent celebrity sightings at restaurants on OpenTable…

* Brotherless Joe Jonas grabbed a bite at Ainsworth in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Hilary Duff and her hockey player husband dined at Andrea’s in Las Vegas. [People]

* Football player Cam Newton ate at Blue Water Grill in New York’s Union Square. [NY Post]

* Hayden Panettiere and Lucy Liu had dinner, separately, at Bond 45 in the Big Apple. [NY Post]

* Supermodel Cindy Crawford sipped her hubby’s brand of tequila at Girl & the Goat and RPM Italian in Chicago. [NY Post]

 * Uber-ubiquitous Gwyneth Paltrow stepped out for supper at Lafayette in New York City. [Just Jared]

Hangover III stars Bradley CooperEd Helms and Zach Galifianakis at McCormick & Schmick’s in New York City. [NY Post]

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Tweet of the Week: Saving the Day on Mother’s Day!

The bad news for those of you who may not be good with dates? Mother’s Day is just two days away. The good news? There are still plenty of open tables at amazing restaurants. Brunch, lunch, and dinner, await your lovely mother. Thanks to @kinecta for spreading the word that it’s never to late to find the right reservation to celebrate Mother’s Day!