10 Essential Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is on Tuesday, May 5, but we’re already craving salt-rimmed Margaritas on the rocks, chips and salsa, and every culinary creation associated with this festive holiday. To narrow things down, we’ve rounded up 10 essential dishes for Cinco de Mayo to tuck into as you celebrate this weekend or on Tuesday (or really any day because — deliciousness!). Whet your appetite and make your reservations!

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1. Blackened Fish Tacos at Chef Geoff’s Rockville, Rockville, Maryland
Ingredients: Blackened wild catfish, corn and black bean relish, and avocado crema.
Rave review for Chef Geoff’s Rockville: “We can always count on a perfect meal — from the cocktails to the appetizers to the entrees and if we are able — the desserts! We have never been disappointed and will keep coming for the delicious, enjoyable meals!”

2. Ceviche de Atun Pacifico at Oyamel Mexican Cocina, Washington, D.C.
Ingredients: Honolulu Fish Co. Hawaiian Ahi tuna with Maggi-lime marinade, scallions, avocado, toasted pecans, Fresno chiles, and crispy amaranth.
Rave Review for Oyamel Mexican Cocina: “The food and service were great. The pork belly quesadillas, guacamole, and mushrooms were terrific, as was the tuna ceviche (according to the others I was dining with).”

3. Elotes/Mexican Street Corn at Rosa Mexicano New York, New York
Ingredients: Mexican crema, Cotija cheese, chili powder, garlic, and lime.
Rave review for Rosa Mexicano: “Great take on traditional TexMex, classy environment, and attentive service. Tasty margaritas, too.”

 

4. Enchiladas de Mole Negro Oaxaqueño at Fonda, Brooklyn, New York
Ingredients: Soft corn tortillas filled with braised chicken topped with a stone-ground Oaxacan black mole, chopped onions, crema, queso fresco, cilantro, and sesame seeds.
Rave review for Fonda: “I love this place. The sauces are so good I want to completely wipe the plate clean with tortillas!”

5. Guacamole at Lola, Denver, Colorado
Ingredients: Handcrafted and served tableside with perfectly ripe avocados, Serrano peppers, cilantro, red onion, garlic, lime, Chimayo chile powder, salt, and pepper.
Rave Review for Lola: “Everything here is great, but their table-side guacamole has got me hooked!!!! Perfect for drinks and apps with girlfriends, or dinner, or brunch! I HIGHLY recommend having a Horchata with rum or Tuaca.”

6. Huevos Ranchero at HECHO in San Francisco, California
Ingredients: Eggs, spicy‏ red sauce, bacon, black beans, crema, avocado, and flour tortillas, served with Mexican hash.
Rave review for HECHO: “We found this place because our friends’ son said he heard about a fried avocado taco. Starting out, the cocktails were great. The server was very attentive, and the food was great. Fun evening.”

7. Husk Merengue with Corn Mousse at Cosme, New York, New York
Ingredients: Corn husk leaves, egg whites, sugar, corn puree, heavy cream, and Mascarpone cheese.
Rave review for Cosme: “All the hype surrounding Cosme is 100% deserved. I can’t stop thinking about the duck carnitas and the corn husk merengue. I think they’re going to haunt me for the rest of my life. The husk merengue was so good we ordered another one after we finished it.”

8. Surf + Turf Molcajetes at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, Boca Raton, Florida
Ingredients: Skirt steak, Spanish chorizo, chicken, and shrimp in a roasted garlic verde sauce.
Rave review for Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar: “The food and service are always great. Love, love, love the slow-cooked pork! Being gluten free is never an issue with these guys. Lots of options for even picky eaters, too.”Continue Reading

Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee Mike Fishman

Today’s edition of Lunch Break highlights OpenTable employee and Chicago account executive Mike Fishman. He’s never worked in a restaurant, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a restaurant expert in the Windy City. He loves ramen, is a regular at the Paramount Room, and absolutely refuses to share his dessert. Consider yourself warned, sweets stealers.

 

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To join Mike and his colleagues at OpenTable, view opportunities around the world and apply to take a seat at our table at http://www.opentable.com/careers/.

 

 

 

Top 25 Cities that Love Celebrating Mother’s Day

Garden Court Palace Brioche French Toast Cube (1)You love your mom! You love your city! And, you love dining out! But does your hometown measures up against other U.S. cities when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day in the most delicious of ways? Find out with our 2015 city rankings.

Based on OpenTable restaurant reservations, the top 25 cities that dine out the most on Mother’s Day per capita, in order, are:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Washington D.C
  3. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  4. Alexandria, Virginia
  5. San Francisco, California
  6. Charleston, South Carolina
  7. Scottsdale, Arizona
  8. Boston, Massachusetts
  9. Orlando, Florida
  10. Boulder, Colorado
  11. Bellevue, Washington
  12. Las Vegas, Nevada
  13. Cincinnati, Ohio
  14. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  15. Seattle, Washington
  16. Denver, Colorado
  17. Berkeley, California
  18. San Mateo, California
  19. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  20. Tampa, Florida
  21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  22. New Orleans, Louisiana
  23. Baltimore, Maryland
  24. Portland, Oregon
  25. Chicago, Illinois

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Celebrating by the Numbers: Mother’s Day Dining Trends

Mother’s Day is one the busiest dining days of the year — and it’s the single most popular day for brunch! In honor of this delicious day, we’ve combed through restaurant reservations data to deliver a deep dive into Mother’s Day dining trends across America. From the most popular times to dine to the most popular cuisines and most coveted restaurant reservations, this infographic will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Mother’s Day dining.

OpenTable Mother's Day 2015 Infographic

 

Still searching for the perfect table for Mother’s Day? Find a reservation at one of the 2015 Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America!

And, don’t forget to enter the #MomsFaveMeal Mother’s Day giveaway for a chance to win one of 10 $150 OpenTable Gifts — so you can treat mom to a meal on us!