On Our Plate: J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge; No Kid Hungry Month; Flavor Palm Beach; Restaurant Weeks in Louisiana, Omaha + San Diego

OT Chase Race On Our Plate: J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge; No Kid Hungry Month; Flavor Palm Beach; Restaurant Weeks in Louisiana, Omaha + San Diego
Everyone on Team OpenTable ran a pretty speedy race, leading me to believe that there were snacks at the finish line.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Despite Roger Federer’s shocking elimination, the U.S. Open continues in New York. Find dining hot spots near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with these picks from the Tennis Channel.

* OpenTable staff from our San Francisco headquarters were proud to participate in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 3.5 mile run yesterday. Runners included Caleb Tomlinson, Catherine Porter, Chip O’Connell, Chris Jocson, Chris Seidell, Christian Larwood, Cormac Twomey, Denis Scot, Evan Sutton, Galen Guilbert, Gelena Grinberg, Gregory Golphin, Irina Newman, Jennifer Song, Jeremy Barry, Jerod Keevican, Jessica Schlacter, Joe Shen, Johanna Kenrick, John Orta, Leilani Versoza, Martha Hartvickson, Mary Kate Fischer, Mee-Sun Yuk, Morgan Parker, Nikki Snowhite, Omari Robinson, Pearly Paguntalan, Raul Valadez, Sam Panoplos, Shayla Smith, Taryn Bradley, Tori Tsu, Tracy Kosolcharoen, and Wesley Cho.

* September is No Kid Hungry Month. Make a reservation at a participating restaurant to help end childhood hunger.

* 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.

* Cobb Restaurant Week kicks off in Georgia this September. Reserve now for $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners, September 7-14.

* Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week will kick off on September 7. Take advantage of $15, $25, and $35 lunches and dinners through September 15.

* Louisiana We Live to Eat Restaurant Week comes to NOLA on September 9Dinners for $35 through September 15th.

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Labor Day Weekend Is Here: Let the Brunching Begin!

brunchies 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

Michele Fed 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

NKH1 September is No Kid Hungry Month: Make a Reservation to Help End Childhood HungerNo 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

Federer 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…

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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