Dallas-Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant Week

dallas fort worth restaurant week Dallas Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant WeekDiners in the Dallas-Fort Worth areas, rejoice! This week is the start of the Dallas-Fort Worth KRLD Restaurant Week. With delicious, three-course dinners for just $35, you can’t beat this cool price during some of the hottest days of summer. Participating restaurants include Abacus, Craft Dallas, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Local, Stephan Pyles, and many more. According to KRLD, for each $35 prix-fixe dinner purchased, participating restaurants will make a $7 donation to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth to benefit families in need.

Take advantage of this opportunity to do good while you’re dining out. Reserve a table today.

At Your Service…or Not?

at your service At Your Service...or Not?This week, San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer emphasized the importance of service with a smile to the overall dining experience on his blog, and I (and his other readers) cannot agree more.

I’ve recently had a series of exceptional meals. One was more remarkable than the next. Sadly, my streak was shattered by a horrible experience at a popular New York restaurant. The food was beyond mediocre, but the fatal flaw was the poor service. Our waiter looked distracted and disinterested. Bus staff hovered and tried repeatedly to pull still-full plates from our table. Our order came out, well, in the wrong order — which they then tried to re-serve to us after it clearly had been withering under heat lamps for 20 minutes.

I could go on about this dreadful dinner, but I won’t.  The bottom line is that most restaurants are truly raising the bar in a very holistic manner. The food I’m eating has, typically, been getting better and better, and there’s a palpable emphasis on service. The wonderful wait staff I’ve encountered lately (this last experience not withstanding) have been more like culinary guides, shepherding my fellow diners and I through an evening of gastronomic delights, rather than mere order takers.

Have you experienced a higher level of service as of late? Or has poor service marred a meal for you? Let us know here or over at Facebook.

This Just In: OpenTable for iPhone 2.0 Mobile App

iphone app update This Just In: OpenTable for iPhone 2.0 Mobile AppThe new OpenTable for iPhone 2.0 mobile application is here. With this new and improved app, you’ll be able to use your iPhone to:

  • Make 1,000-point restaurant reservations to earn free meals even faster.
  • Modify reservations to change the date or party size.
  • Make “Special Requests for the Maitre ‘D.”
  • Read restaurant menus and reviews from recent OpenTable diners.
  • Invite fellow diners via email.
  • Get directions.
  • And more!

Download the latest version of this free app today to start making the most of your dining out experiences tonight.

Houston, We Don’t Have a Problem. Restaurant Week Is Here!

houston restaurant week 2009 Houston, We Dont Have a Problem. Restaurant Week Is Here!The wait is over. Houston Restaurant Week starts today. Residents — and visitors — to Space City can enjoy $35, three-course meals at some of Houston’s finest dining establishments through August 23.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to try new restaurants and revisit old favorites at a price that’s nice to your wallet. Participating restaurants include Capital Grille, Monarch, NOE, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Pesce, Ruth’s Chris, and an array of others.

Make a reservation today to take advantage of this city’s tastiest two weeks yet!

Restaurant Week Boston Starts on Sunday

restaurant week boston Restaurant Week Boston Starts on SundayThere’s never been a better time to be a diner in Boston. Restaurant Week Boston kicks off Sunday, August 9 and runs until August 14, and then from August 16-21, 2009. Many, but not all, restaurants will participate on Saturday, August 15 as well.

There are three ways to make the most of this unique Restaurant Week, with $15.09 two-course, light lunches, three-course lunches for $20.09, and three-course dinners for just $33.09. There are hundreds of participating restaurants, including Bouchee, Harvest, Masa, No. 9 Park, Olives, and Pigalle, among others.

Reserve tables at Boston’s finest restaurants to make the best of the rest of the summer.

New York City Restaurant Week Extended

nyc restaurant week extended New York City Restaurant Week ExtendedDiners in the New York City area don’t just live in one of the most delicious cities in the world. They also live in one of the most affordable ones, at least where dining out is concerned — thanks to the extension of New York City Restaurant Week. Now through Labor Day, you can take advantage of special three-course, prix-fixe $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners at participating restaurants, from Aquavit and Artisanal to La Fonda Del Sol and Lupa, and scores of others.

Fill your calendar (and your belly )with discounted meals during the best weeks of summer. Reserve today.

Baltimore Restaurant Week Begins Tomorrow

Calling all Charm City dwellers! Baltimore Restaurant Week is about to begin. You can enjoy $20.09 baltimore restaurant week 20092 Baltimore Restaurant Week Begins Tomorrowlunches and $30.09 dinners at some of Baltimore’s finest restaurants, including Aldo’s, The Black Olive, Capital Grille, Shula’s Steakhouse, The Wine Market, and many, many more.

Reserve a table today and help celebrate all the culinary charms of this charming seaport city.

Side Dish: Not Just for Steakhouses

side dish Side Dish: Not Just for SteakhousesI dined out at Perilla last night, the restaurant co-owned by Harold Dieterle, winner of the first season of “Top Chef.” Mr. Dieterle is also the restaurant’s executive chef. Accompanying me were three chef-friends, all of whom had been my classmates at the French Culinary Institute. Naturally, then, we dined in courses, with each of us making sure there weren’t any duplicates at the table.

Of course, every course was delectable, but what really made the meal beyond memorable for me were the side dishes (creamed corn and farro risotto). I don’t usually order a side unless I’m in a steakhouse — and that’s all going to change going forward. After dining at a restaurant with a carefully crafted menu, such as Perilla, I realized the side dishes are not an afterthought or filler. They’re on the menu because they’re standouts that will complement any of the main courses. You can be sure of this, in particular, when you see but a few intriguing sides listed on a menu.

Have you dined at any restaurants with to-die-for side dishes? Tell us about it here or join the discussion on Facebook.

Let OpenTable Help You Travel Smarter This Summer

summer vacation Let OpenTable Help You Travel Smarter This SummerTIME magazine offers up “50 Essential Tips for Smart Summer Traveling” — and OpenTable makes the list not once, but twice. TIME likes the fact that diners like you are behind our restaurant ratings and reviews. And, they call out the convenience of our iPhone app for travelers in search of places of to dine.

Of course, if you’re taking a “staycation” in your own city, OpenTable can help you explore new neighborhoods and find first-rate restaurants, too.