Ace Your 2013 US Open Dining Experiences with the Tennis Channel

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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…

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomato1 Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Fried Green Tomatoes
The fried green tomatoes at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan, would surely make Miss Flagg proud.

Fried green tomatoes are a longtime southern specialty, but this Yankee didn’t learn of their simple delights until seeing the movie Fried Green Tomatoes and, later, researching that recipe within Fannie Flagg’s book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. There are several schools of thought on their preferred preparation. Some folks dunk ‘em in buttermilk before dredging them in flour; others favor cracker meal or panko or a combination of all of these. At my home, we grow a variety of tomato called Fried Green Tomato that is made just for this very dish. We pluck ‘em off the vines, and, adhering closely to Miss Flagg’s original recipe, slice them, weep them with kosher salt, season with pepper and coat them in corn meal seasoned with a touch of cayenne. They are fried to golden goodness in Flying Pigs Farm bacon fat, drained, and served with Crystal Hot Sauce and Duke’s Mayonnaise. It’s high season for fried green tomatoes, and restaurants on OpenTable are creating their own versions to infuse their dishes with a seasonal southern accent. Find out what diners are saying.

Atchafalaya Restaurant, New Orleans: “I will never miss another opportunity to dine here when I visit this city known for great food. The fried green tomatoes were absolutely to die for.”

* Bayou on Penn, Washington, D.C.: “We arrived at Bayou and were greeted like royalty. Our service was great, but the outstanding part was the Grand Marshall brunch: eggs benedict with fried green tomato, tasso ham, fried oyster, and English muffin! WOW.”

The Blue Fish, Jacksonville, Florida: “The fried green tomato was done to perfection, and the addition of the goat cheese made it very special.”

Georgia Brown’s, Washington, D.C.: “I went to Georgia Brown’s with friends during restaurant week and had one of the best meals I’ve had in DC. Fried green tomatoes, gumbo, and peach cobbler — several of which were recommended by our patient, attentive server.”

The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, San Antonio, Texas: “This place likes to challenge your taste buds. First time I tried ranch ice cream with my fried green tomatoes! I enjoyed everything I ate.”

Hungry Mother, Cambridge, Massachusetts: “The pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes appetizer is a knockout highlight, as is the beef tongue with au jus, and the pork belly app has all the flavor you expect from HM.”

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On Our Plate: US Open Dining; Late Summer Restaurant Weeks in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Philadelphia + More; Restaurant Industry Index

Open On Our Plate: US Open Dining; Late Summer Restaurant Weeks in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Philadelphia + More; Restaurant Industry Index Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* OpenTable has released the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q2 2013. Find out how restaurants in major cities across the U.S. have been performing.

* 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.

* Just two more days of Costa Mesa Restaurant Week. Reserve today for up to 40% off on gourmet meals at Costa Mesa’s best eateries, through August 23.

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

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week heats up! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week continues. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week ends soon. Book now for $20 or $30 three-course dinners, and $10 beer or wine pairings at select locations, through August 25.

* Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week has arrived. Snap up $20.13 lunches + $35.13 dinners through August 25.

* Bet on Las Vegas Restaurant Week beginning tomorrow. 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.

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OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q2 2013

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the second quarter of 2013. 

“During the second quarter of 2013, the reservation-taking industry in the U.S. was flat year-over-year,” said our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “For the second quarter in a row the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a lift, but most other major metropolitan areas that we track were essentially flat with the exception of Chicago, which continued to see a bit of a headwind during the second quarter.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation. Continue reading…

On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks in Dallas, Tampa Bay, Raleigh + Vegas; Food Shaming + More

orlando On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks in Dallas, Tampa Bay, Raleigh + Vegas; Food Shaming + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re tuning in to the newest season of Top Chef. Find out which restaurants the newest batch of cheftestants hails from.

* Has anyone ever food-shamed you for how you like a particular dish? Shame on them!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues. Three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners through August 16.

* Pittsburgh Restaurant Week have arrived! Don’t miss steals on meals in the Steel City through August 18.

* Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurant Week continues. Book $25 lunches and $35 or $45 dinners through August 18.

* Costa Mesa Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Reserve today for up to 40% off on gourmet meals at Costa Mesa’s best eateries, August 16-23.

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

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week heats up! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week is on like Tron. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book now for $20 or $30 three-course dinners, and $10 beer or wine pairings at select locations, August 19-25.

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Top Chef New Orleans Cast Revealed; Debuts 10/2

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Angelina Jolie’s leg also appears as a guest judge.

The latest season of Top Chef will debut on Bravo on October 2, 2013. Set in the Big Easy, the season is sure to put cheftestants to the test by challenging them to tackle some of NOLA’s most beloved culinary specialties. If you thought risotto sent people packing their knives, can you imagine what will happen when competitors are tasked with taking on gumbo? I’m pretty sure they’ll roux the day.

The competitors include Bene Bartolotta formerly of CircoRamon Bojorquez of NINE-TENShirley Chung formerly at China PoblanoJason Cichonski of ElaNina Compton of Scarpetta Fontainebleau Miami BeachStephanie Cmar of No.9 Park, Justin Devillier of La Petite GroceryNick Elmi formerly of Rittenhouse TavernCarlos Gaytan of MexiqueBrian Huskey of PiccaLouis Maldonado of SpoonbarCarrie Mashaney formerly of Cascina SpinasseBret Pelaggi formerly of Chiara Bistro, and Patricia Vega of David Burke Fishtail. Continue reading…

Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sweet Corn

iStock 000003332943XSmall Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sweet CornSweet corn is synonymous with summer. A variety of maize that has a high sugar content, sweet corn can be found with yellow, white, or bicolor kernels. It is an ingredient whose uses are so varied that it calls to mind Bubba Blue’s lengthy ode to shrimp dishes. Sweet corn is no longer relegated to savory dishes on menus. Sure, you’ll find it starring in soups, pastas, salads, tamales, tartlets, and more, but it is also popular in desserts! A favorite of home gardeners and farmers market shoppers, sweet corn is a signal that the best days of the season have arrived. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this very yummy veggie. 

AG at The Sterling, Niagara Falls, Ontario: “The food is phenomenal. I will dream about the sweet corn tartlet appetizer.”

Barcelona Restaurant & Bar, Columbus, Ohio: “Husband had paella and sweet corn soup — scrumptious.”

Blue Smoke, New York, New York: “Two of us had the fish special — striped bass on sweet corn and sunchoke purée. It was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.”

* Bouchon, Yountville, California: “We had wonderful entrees that were oddly outshined by a corn side dish. Sauteed with bacon chunks, salty, sweet, fresh, and mouthwateringly good, corn has never made me that happy before.”

Butter, New York, New York: “The dishes I had during both visits include cavatelli pasta, goat cheese market salad, braised short ribs, saffron ravioli with mushrooms, sweet corn creme brulée and chocolate espresso ice cream cake. Everything was AMAZING!”

Byrd and Baldwin Bros. Steakhouse, Norfolk, Virginia: “The sweet corn vegetable dish was an especially satisfying side dish.”

Dovetail, Macon, Georgia: “Doug Sanneman’s menu is a foodie’s palate pleaser! Bacon marmalade, lima bean hummus, creamy risotto, dilled sweet creamed corn, grapefruit paired with whole grain mustard, and more.”

El Centro D.F., Washington, D.C.: “Love the sweet corn tamales.”

Manon, New York, New York: “Try the sweet corn mascarpone tortellini; it’s deliciously light.”

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The Fallacy of Food Faux Pas, or Why Restaurants Really Want You to Have It Your Way

Candy Bar Fork The Fallacy of Food Faux Pas, or Why Restaurants Really Want You to Have It Your WayI love the folks over at Thrillist, but this week they published a list of seven food faux pas that makes my blood positively boil. Their round up of seven deadly culinary sins includes so-called dictums like, “Don’t order a steak well-done, anywhere.” Or, don’t ever put ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago. WHAT?!

Really, though, here’s what: When you’re paying for a meal — or a hot dog or a cup of coffee or a piece of streetza — you can enjoy it however you please. Let me repeat: HOWEVER YOU PLEASE. Dunk your ‘dog in ketchup. Ask for your steak charred to a flaming crisp. Heck, eat your candy bar with a knife and fork if that’s what floats your boat.  Continue reading…

On Our Plate: Top Tables with a View; Boston + Washington, DC Restaurant Week Reservations; Snap Better Foodspotting Pics + More

DCRW On Our Plate: Top Tables with a View; Boston + Washington, DC Restaurant Week Reservations; Snap Better Foodspotting Pics + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants. Find out which restaurants have heart-stopping views and mouthwatering dishes.

* Are you a Foodspotter? Use these insider tips from Luke McKinley of Ravish to make your pics look even more delish!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues. Three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners through August 16.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week is on like Tron. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* 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.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts TOMORROW! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

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