Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Shishito Peppers

The shishito peppers we are growing are as abundant as our appetites, thankfully!

When I offered a homegrown shishito pepper plant to my chef-friend Ben for his first Brooklyn garden this past spring, his eyes lit up — and with good reason. Shishito peppers are a coveted sweet Japanese pepper, not terribly dissimilar to Padron peppers. Like Padrons, every so often, you’ll encounter a super-hot one (although that hasn’t yet happened to me). They, too, are delicious when blistered in a cast iron pan and sprinkled with sea salt. Chefs at OpenTable restaurants are serving them in this simple manner — along with other inventive methods. Find out what diners are saying!

* All Spice, San Mateo, California: “The four of us enjoyed All Spice very much and would definitely go back. For an appetizer, my husband and I shared the shishito pepper salad, which was very good, although spicy.”

Cookshop, New York, New York: “We started with the bruchetta, delicious! Next we had the cold tomato soup, now I’m not much for cold soups but we also ordered the shishito peppers. The combination of the peppers with the soup was nothing short of fantastic.”

The Corner Office, Denver, Colorado: “Shishito Peppers. If you haven’t tried them, do. If not, that’s okay, too….more for me! This alone will bring me back!!!”

Earth at Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, Maine: “The shishito peppers and the squash blossom were also noteworthy. Would definitely return!”

FINO, Austin, Texas: “Our server was very attentive and offered excellent suggestions when we asked. Some must-try dishes include fried goat cheese, muhummura, and blistered shishito peppers with sea salt; but really you can’t go wrong with anything here.”

Girl and the Goat, Chicago, Illinois: “The green beans and shishito peppers were wonderful.”

* Haven, Oakland, California: “I highly recommend the Oaktown cocktail and the shishito peppers to start. Dinner was delicious, from our first course of local squid to our brownie sundae.”

Otoro Sushi, San Francisco, California: “The kitchen constantly innovates and finds amazing combinations, such as carpaccio of hamachi with truffle oil and mango, or shishito peppers stuffed with albacore and roasted, topped with bonito flakes.”

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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Late Night Dining Restaurants

Cheers to the Diners' Choice award winners for late-night dining!

As hot summer days stretch into cool summer nights, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Late Night Dining 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.

The list of winners, which includes celebrity-magnet The Darby in New York, Top Chef winner Ilan Hall’s The Gorbals in Los Angeles, and the critically acclaimed nopa in San Francisco, covers 24 states and Washington, D.C. California, New York, and Georgia have the greatest number of winning restaurants, with 16, 12, and 11, respectively. Nevada counts 8 winners, followed by Florida with six, and North Carolina and Washington, D.C. with five each. Illinois and Texas boast four winners apiece, with Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and Tennessee with three each. Hawaii, Oregon, and Pennsylvania have two winners each. Other states represented include Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, and South Carolina. American cuisine easily proved the most popular late-night pick, with more than 30 winners serving homegrown fare.Continue Reading

Dining Poll: Does Your Resume Include a Restaurant Job?

At OpenTable, we’re passionate about restaurants, and it’s not just because we enjoy dining out. Many of the people who work here have worked at restaurants before joining OpenTable. Have you spent time behind the line or working front of house? Weigh in on today’s poll!

Dining with the Stars: Aniston + Theroux Find Their Thrill at Blue Hill; Woody Allen Dines Between Directing in San Francisco; Hoop Dreams Realized at Del Posto

Steven Spielberg demonstrates a key shark safety tip.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

* Son-of-Tom Connor Cruise and Joe Jonas filled out a table of eight at Bagetelle in Los Angeles. [People]

* Super-stylish couple Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux got engaged at Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Rod Stewart lunched at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ. [NY Post]

* Woody Allen ate his way through the Bay Area, dining at CotognaJardiniere (with Cate Blanchett), Quince, and Serpentine. [Tablehopper]

* The U.S. Olympic basketball dream team celebrated getting the gold in New York City with a private dinner at Del Posto in the Meatpacking District. [NY Post]

* Renowned shark expert Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw met Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley for dinner at Donato Enoteca in Redwood City. [Tablehopper]

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