Dining with the Stars: All Stars Take NYC; Aaron Paul Breaks Bread in LA; Kanye Brunches in SF + More Celeb Sightings

shooter mcgavin Dining with the Stars: All Stars Take NYC; Aaron Paul Breaks Bread in LA; Kanye Brunches in SF + More Celeb Sightings
No word on whether Shooter McGavin checked his wedge at Social Bar.

Recent celebrity sightings at OpenTable restaurants…

Cliff Lee of the Phillies had a meal at Arlington Club Steakhouse in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Baseball players Yoenis Céspedes and 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout tucked into some steak at Benjamin Steakhouse in New York City. [NY Post]

* Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul had a date-night dinner with his wife at Beso in Hollywood. [People]

* New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ate at Caravaggio in Manhattan. [NY Post]

* Singers Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige had a drama-free dinner at Catch in New York’s Meatpacking District. [NY Post]

* America’s sweetheart Katie Couric dined at Da Silvano in NYC. [NY Post]

* TODAY host Matt Lauer feted his colleague Savanna Guthrie on her engagement at Isola Trattoria in NYC’s Soho. [NY Post]

Salma Hayek and Famke Jannsen were both spottted, separately, at the Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental. [NY Post] Continue reading…

On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks from Baton Rouge to the Big Apple — and Everywhere in Between!

Baton Rouge Restaurant Week On Our Plate: Restaurant Weeks from Baton Rouge to the Big Apple    and Everywhere in Between!Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Baton Rouge Restaurant Week is on like Donkey Kong. Don’t miss three courses for $15-$35, through July 20.

* dineLA is in full effect! Make a reservation for $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, through July 26.

* Howard County Restaurant Weeks have begun. Book for special prix-fixe menus from $10.13-$40.13, through August 5.

* University City Dining Days returns. Choose from three courses at three prices — $15, $25, or $35 – through August 1.

* Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Special three-course meals available, July 19-28.

* SJ Hot Chefs Farm to Fork Week arrives on Sunday! Order up $25-$25 four-course gourmet dinners at South Jersey’s best restaurants, July 21-July 27.

* Taste of Burlington reservations kicks off this weekend. $15-$20 lunches and $30 – $40 dinners, July 21-August 5.

* Restaurant Week Columbus is almost upon usEnjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals for $15-$35 to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, July 22-27.

* Gwinnett Restaurant Week is begins next week. Order up three-course gourmet dinners for $21.21, July 22-25Continue reading…

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Artichokes

artichoke Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: ArtichokesLike many of our most interesting foods, artichokes don’t look like the most inviting of ingredients. In fact, they look downright defensive, with their armadillo-like, be-thorned outer petals. While artichokes’ exteriors belie the deliciousness inside, you can bet it’s there; it just takes a bit of work to get to the big, tasty reveals, be they the meaty goodness at the base of the prickly petals or the tender heart hidden beneath the scratchy choke. Low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C, folate, and magnesium, artichokes are also thought to help detox the liver, which is why I love grilled artichokes with a martini. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about artichokes in recent restaurant reviews.

25 Lusk, San Francisco, California: “The cocktails were great — as was the wine and food. We had a tomato and artichoke bisque and pork cheeks for our first course.”

Amada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Great tapas plate. The standouts were parmesan artichokes and bacon-wrapped dates.”

Bess Bistro, Austin, Texas: “I loved the scallops and fried artichokes. Compliments to the chef.”

Bocca, New York, New York: “My crispy-skinned salmon with artichoke hearts and fingerling potatoes was a real winner. ”

Campo 185, Palo Alto, California: “Squash blossoms with crispy Roman artichokes was outstanding.”

Catch, San Francisco, California: “Try the artichoke heart and Dungeness crab tempura appetizer — amazing.”

Core de Roma, West Chester, Pennsylvania: “The artichoke appetizer is wonderful; I recommend that to anyone.”

Crossroads, Los Angeles, California: “Artichoke oysters are the best!”

Cucina Urbana, San Diego, California: “The candy beet salad with tempura artichoke, mâché, and horseradish balsamic was AWESOME.”

Continue reading…

Rave Review: Back to the Black Bass Hotel

There are thousands of reviews on OpenTable, but sometimes one really stands out — as is the case with this charming review. This diner visited the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville, Pennsylvania, 50 years (!) after his very first visit, during which he proposed to his companion. A half a century later, the pair are still going strong — as is the Black Bass Hotel. Congratulations to both on many years of excellence.

Black Bass Hotel Rave Review: Back to the Black Bass Hotel

Tweet of the Week: Win a Supreme Trip for Six!

Do you want to win a trip for six? Of course you do! So does @BrassyLibrarian, who shared her Vacation Supremacy giveaway entry tweet. Here’s the deal: You and five friends fly out to the destination of your choice, stay three nights in swank digs, and indulge in delicious food and drink, all courtesy of AirBnB, UrbanDaddy, and OpenTable. Entering is as easy as sharing your email address and zip code; you can increase your chances of winning by sharing the contest with friends. This will also probably increase your chances of getting invited on the trip if one of those friends wins! Read more here. Then, enter here through July 29, 2013!

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On Our Plate: July Restaurant Weeks in Baton Rouge, Charlotte, LA, MSP, NYC + More; Taste of the Nation Tickets; Taste of the Twin Cities

foodspotting 4 On Our Plate: July Restaurant Weeks in Baton Rouge, Charlotte, LA, MSP, NYC + More; Taste of the Nation Tickets; Taste of the Twin Cities
Capture even more delicious dishes with Foodspotting for iPhone 4.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Save 20% on tickets to Taste of the Nation South Florida on July 25. Purchase tickets today.

* Attend the 8th Annual Taste of the Twin Cities Originals on July 25. Learn more here.

* Take advantage of a 15% discount for Taste of the Nation Orlando tickets on August 10. Buy yours now.

* OpenTable for Windows 8 is out! Find out about our latest app.

* Cheers to the winners of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars. Find out if your fave is on the list.

* We got a visit from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Peep the pics from Tech Tuesday!

* Foodspotting 4 for iPhone has hit the app store!  Check out the shiny new “Food Camera” for iPhone to capture even more mouthwatering pics.

* Toronto Summerlicious is on. Enjoy $15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners, July 5-21.

* Allez! New York City French Restaurant Week is hereBook now for amazing prix-fixe $17.89 meals at the city’s finest French restaurants, July 8-14.

* Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Restaurant Week is back in action this summer. Take advantage of $10-$20 lunches and $15-$30 dinners, July 14-19.

* Baton Rouge Restaurant Week is headed your way. Don’t miss three courses for $15-$35, July 15-20Continue reading…

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Lobster Rolls

lobster roll sams Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Lobster RollsHave you shaken off the long holiday weekend yet? Neither have I, and it’s thanks, in part, to the delicious lobster rolls I ate. I am literally having a lobster roll letdown, as though every tasty bite wasn’t enough. Feeling it was part of my patriotic duty, I was sure to try both styles — the Connecticut lobster roll, served with melted butter, and the Maine-style lobster roll, which is made with mayonnaise and celery. They’re both, obviously, delicious (Because, hello, sweet lobster meat plus bread!). However, as someone who could eat Duke’s mayo straight out of the jar, it practically pains me to admit that the buttery elegance of the Connecticut-style lobster roll is my favorite. OpenTable diners held their own quests for the very best lobster rolls during their eating adventures recently. Find out which restaurants’ rolls are receiving rave reviews. 

Atlanta Fish Market, Atlanta, Georgia: “Since lobster is in season and one of the specials, we tried the lobster roll. It was fantastic, and I highly recommend it.”

Barking Crab, Boston, Massachusetts: “By far the best lobster roll I’ve had. The ‘naked’ lobster roll is a fresh-cracked lobster dressed with melted butter on a grilled hot dog roll and served with French fries, coleslaw, and a pickle. Perfect. Don’t know that I’ll ever find a better lobster roll than this! So good. Simple and delicious.”

Castle Hill Inn, Newport, Rhode Island: “My girlfriend order the lobster roll, which, I have to say, was huge. It was made with creme fraiche instead of mayo, which she enjoyed, with plenty of lobster.”

Central Park Boathouse, New York, New York: “The lobster roll was perfect. Huge pieces of sweet lobster tossed with a bit of mayo with bits of crunchy celery, lined in a soft bun. Absolutely delicious.”

DANTE, Tremont, Ohio: “Every bite was delicious. Of particular note — the lobster rolls with a creamy buttery sauce.”

The Diving Horse, Avalon, New Jersey: “A new addition to the menu (since I was there last fall) is the lobster roll appetizer, and it is out of this world. Warm roll, packed with lobster, simply outstanding.”

GT Fish and Oyster, Chicago, Illinois: This place is simply amazing – from the amazing mixologists at the bar to the sea-salt caramel and banana dessert – AND the best lobster roll west of Pawtucket. It’s one of the most exciting seafood restaurants I have had the pleasure to visit (and I was born and raised on the shoreline of New England).”  Continue reading…

Everything But the Grill: Fourth of July Restaurant Dishes Help You Declare Your Independence

Tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S. Fireworks aren’t the only fourth of July tradition. There are a whole host of dishes and ingredients that have come to define the holiday. And, thanks to the pros, you don’t have to prepare them yourself! There are plenty of restaurants open for business on the Fourth of July. And, many serve up delightful versions of the foods that we associate so closely with this national holiday. Whet your appetite with some of our favorites, courtesy of Foodspotting, and then book a reservation!

Lobster Roll

Todd English P.U.B. prepared this delish take on the traditional lobster roll.

Strawberry Shortcake

This simple dessert gets a regal update, courtesy of Gramercy Tavern in New York City.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Keep your cool with watermelon gazpacho, such as this bowl of refreshing goodness served up by The Spence in Atlanta.

Grilled Steak

No one is saying you can’t grill, but can you grill a hangar steak like the pros at Tilth in Seattle?

Burger

The Black Label Burger by  Minetta Tavern in Manhattan.
Accept no substitutes.

Housemade Hot Dog

Cooking hot dogs is easy, but making them like the chefs at Absinthe Brasserie in San Francisco? Not so much.

Grilled Corn

The chefs at Miss Lily’s in NYC kick up grilled corn with jerk mayo and toasted coconut.

Blueberry Pie

Blueberries realize their full flavor potential in this icebox blueberry pie from Hungry Mother in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Smoked Trout

trout salad Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Smoked TroutSmoked trout has fast become one of my favorite things to find on a menu, perhaps because it seems to pair perfectly with a martini. And, also, because it’s downright delicious. Turns out, I’m not alone. While most of what we diners enjoy at restaurants are smoked in-house, the recent $4.5 million expansion of fish smoker Ducktrap River in Belfast, Maine, indicates that many of us have developed a new appetite for smoked trout. Used in salads, sandwiches, spreads, mousses, and more, smoked trout is packed with protein and has a modest calorie count. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this smoky, salty fish dish.

*Alder, New York, New York: “Must haves: the fried cauliflower and the smoked trout and asparagus huevos revueltos.”

BIX, San Francisco, California: “Caesar salad and smoked trout salad are both worth ordering. Duck is always good there. Beautiful restaurant, traditional menu imaginatively done, reasonable service, and live music.”

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen, New York, New York: “The smoked trout salad and beef marrow appetizers were outstanding.”

Blue Ridge Dining Room-Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina: “The smoked trout and smoked shrimp are the best in the world! Worth the whole trip to Asheville.”

The Bull Valley Roadhouse, Port Costa, California: “The food is unpretentious but simply delicious.The fried chicken was the best I have ever had, and the smoked trout salad was divine.”

* The Dandelion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Pretty much everything we ate was unbelievably delicious. Smoked trout salad is incredibly flavorful while still being subtle.”

Dovetail, New York, New York: “We devoured the ‘put up’ starter plate — lima bean hummus, bacon marmalade, pimento cheese, and smoked trout spread — before going to the main course, which was shrimp with pumpkin seed pesto on pasta. Lots of options from small plate to gargantuan, lots of variety. Fresh ingredients prepared well, excellent service. A new favorite.”  Continue reading…

Summer Restaurant Week Reservations Update: Save on Meals in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, LA, NYC, Toronto, Minneapolis + More

pesto Summer Restaurant Week Reservations Update: Save on Meals in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, LA, NYC, Toronto, Minneapolis + MoreSummer and summer restaurant week reservations are here! Tables typically get snapped up quick; so, start to click to make sure you can enjoy steals on meals at the finest restaurants in cities across the U.S. And, stay tuned as we roll out even more popular restaurant week reservations in the weeks to come.

* Portland Dining Month is in full swing. Make a reservation for three-course gourmet meals for just $29, June 1-30.

* Coral Gables Restaurant Week continues. Take advantage of special $17-$29 lunches and $17-$49 dinners, June 10-30.

* Dine Downtown-San Jose Restaurant Week reservations is onFeast on special three-course, prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants, June 21-30.

* Say ‘Ciao!’ to Italian Dine-Out New York City. Order up $26 lunches and $40 dinners, June 26-July 6.

* Toronto Summerlicious is less than a week away. Enjoy $15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners, July 5-21.

* Allez! New York City French Restaurant Week is coming soonBook now for amazing prix-fixe $17.89 meals at the city’s finest French restaurants, July 8-14.

* Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Restaurant Week is back in action this summer. Take advantage of $10-$20 lunches and $15-$30 dinners, July 14-19Continue reading…