Wintertime in Washington, D.C. is even more fabulous than spring and cherry blossoms. You know why? Because of Winter RAMW Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week! From January 13-19, you can enjoy $20.14 lunches and $35.14 dinners at the Capital’s best restaurants. The menus will fill your belly (and then some), while also keeping the contents of your wallet relatively in tact.
For example, at Acadiana, sandwiched between your choice of a selection of appetizers (Turtle soup! Gumbo!) and desserts (Lemon bars! Pumpkin bread pudding!), diners can order any entree (with a modest $9 additional charge for the jumbo lump crabcakes and the ribeye steak entrees).
At Chef Geoff’s-Downtown, the entire menu is up for grabs. Create your own restaurant week three-course meal, which can include anything from Gouda-stuffed risotto balls to slow and low beef short ribs — plus dessert.
Jaleo DC is offering up a whopping five courses, including dessert, for their $35.14 dinners. Choices include bacon-wrapped dates, savory carrot soup, pork loin with roasted onion and ‘Valdeón’ blue cheese sauce, and pan con chocolate, among many others.
It’s Meatless Monday, aka the cruelest day of the week for hardcore carnivores. But, it doesn’t have to be! Vegan cuisine has become so unbelievably delicious and inventive that it’s not just for vegans anymore. Even card-carrying meat eaters are enjoying vegan delights from time to time, some in the name of their dining partners, others in the name of health — and many in the name of culinary adventure! Find out what folks are saying about their veggie-centric dining experiences as of late in recent OpenTable restaurant reviews.
* Cafe Manna, Brookfield, Wisconsin: “Dined with friends New Year’s Eve. None of us are vegan or vegetarian, but we really enjoyed our dinner selections.”
* Candle Cafe West, New York, New York: “At Candle, you feel like being in a normal American restaurant, except you have the great opportunity to eat excellent vegan food. The menu has amazing options and the quality is really high. We really enjoyed it.”
* Crossroads, Los Angeles, California: “Three out of four of us were not vegans, but we still all enjoyed the food. Our favorites were the kale Caesar, artichoke dip, and the vegan version on chicken Parmesan.”
* The Daily Dish, Silver Spring, Maryland: “I recently stopped by The Daily Dish after hearing about their delicious vegan soups, and I must say, I was not disappointed. I started with a bowl of the butternut squash soup. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing the flavor was; I wanted to lick the bowl it was so perfect.”
* Depature Restaurant and Lounge, Portland, Oregon: “We are long-term vegans and the dishes that we ate at Departure were not just off a special vegan menu, but they were imaginative and delicious. Everything was unique and different than what we normally prepare at home.”
* Gather, Berkeley, California: “ Vegan charcuterie is always a winner as an appetizer. It’s nice to take your time with that one. Our two friends who had never been to Gather agreed it was entirely unique. For our entrees, we shared pizzas and a vegan squash dish, all of which were very tasty. The chocolate vegan desert was also very good.”
* Gobo, New York, New York: “I am not vegan, but I still love coming back. The portions are great. They are split by small plates, large plates, starters, and sides. I’ve eaten large plates by myself or ordered a few to share with friends, so we can all share the food. Any way you decide to go, you will not regret it.”
* Greens, San Francisco, California: “The food was great! We went back the next evening. I am a vegan and was very pleased with all my courses. My wife is not a vegetarian, but loved her meals.”
* Karyn’s on Green, Chicago, Illinois: “As a vegan living in southwestern Michigan, I wanted to indulge in a special treat for New Years Eve, so I looked into Karyn’s on Green, reading that it was a favorite destination for fellow vegans. My husband, who isn’t vegan, graciously accompanied me and thoroughly enjoyed the food as well. The New Year’s Eve menu was splendid: tasty, refined, creative and just the right amount so we felt satiated but not full.”
* Mi Lah Vegetarian BYOB, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Treats vegans like we are foodies too! Highly recommend whether for veggie diets or food connoisseurs!”
The holidays were fun, but they probably left all our wallets feeling a little bit lighter. Never fear, however, because winter restaurant week season is here. Get ready for three months of discounted dining madness, during which you can enjoy big savings on delicious dishes! As always, we recommend you book your tables early and often as prime reservations fill up early. Happy restaurant weeking, diners!
The dilemma: You want to buy a gift card to a restaurant for your favorite foodie — only you’re not sure which restaurant he or she would enjoy most. The solution: The new OpenTable Gift Cardthat allows you to purchase the gift and leaves the choosing to the recipient.
The OpenTable Gift Card is a generic online gift card that has a specific dollar amount associated with it that customers can purchase and send to anyone they like. The recipient can then redeem this gift card for its entire cash value at any participating OpenTable Gifts restaurant of their choice. It’s that simple!
To purchase an OpenTable Gift Card, visit https://gifts.opentable.com. You’ll receive two options: Choose a restaurant, or Let your friend choose.
If you select “Choose a restaurant,” you select the city, the restaurant, and the amount. If you select “Let your friend choose,” you can buy a gift card that is good at any participating restaurant; you only choose the amount. The gifts will be delivered via email, either instantly or at a future date. You can also print the gift card to present it to the recipient.
With OpenTable Gift Cards, it’s never too late to find the perfect presents this holiday season. Buy now!
While you may think that the winter months signal a dearth of interesting, fresh ingredients, that isn’t always the case. Consider the sunchoke. Also known as Jerusalem artichokes (even though the plant does not come from Jerusalem and is not related to either the globe or the Chinese artichoke), sunchokes are available from late fall through spring in North America. According to the Oxford Companion to Food, sunchokes are a North American relative of the sunflower. The tubers, which have a flavor similar to that of Brazil nuts, can be enjoyed raw, boiled, fried, roasted, pureed, among other preparations. They are a good source of fiber and thiamine, which is important to muscles, the central nervous system, metabolism, and more. They are also purported to have some, ahem, gaseous qualities. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this in-season ingredient.
* Acquerello, San Francisco, California: ”The delights that crossed our table are too numerous to mention, but the standout dish was a creamy sunchoke soup with short rib meat. How I wish I’d ordered that instead of just stealing sips from my husband’s bowl!”
* Alma, Los Angeles, California: ”Our favorite dish was a very unusual starter — a sunchoke dish that ended up being a soup (you couldn’t tell from the description). The broth was sublime and very complex; really remarkable. I would return for just that at the counter if I could and would happily give them ‘soup of the year.’”
* Charcoal Restaurant, Denver, Colorado: ”The food is always absolutely delicious — love the Cobb and smoked salmon salads and the Sunchoke soup.”
* Cowell & Hubbard, Cleveland, Ohio: ”The food was outstanding — you must try the sunchoke salad, strip steak, and the out-of-this-world desserts.”
* Craftsman Restaurant, Minneapolis, Minnesota: “My wife had the gnocchi, and I had the roasted steelhead with sauteed sunchokes in a chervil beurre blanc. Both were terrific.”
* Daniel, New York, New York: ”I simply cannot imagine a dinner anywhere in the world that would exceed the experience we had at Daniel! Foie gras, duo of beef, sunchoke ravioli, and the squab were our choices, and everything was completely amazing.”
* The Mildred, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ”Service was attentive and friendly, and the food was absolutely delicious. The hand-spun bucatini ‘cacio e pepe’ was rich and creamy, and the roast sunchoke was perfectly seasoned. An excellent meal all around!”
* Outerlands, San Francisco, California: ”Caramelized sunchokes were beyond wonderful.”
At OpenTable, we are avid supporters of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. As a company of serious foodies, one of our favorite opportunities to join the fight against childhood hunger is by hosting an annual bake sale at our corporate offices in San Francisco. Once again, our staffers created dozens of tempting confections — and then quickly bought and ate them all up. All together, OpenTable raised $1,247! Every cent will go directly to No Kid Hungry’s efforts to connect hungry children with healthy meals.
These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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