Nine Foodie Celebrities to Follow on Instagram

If you believe Us Weekly, celebrities are just like us. We won’t debate the veracity of that claim (they always seem to look preternaturally pulled together even when they come out of the Jivamukti studio), but we will say that, like us, they love to eat! In celebration of the release of the 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies awards, here are nine foodie celebrities to follow on Instagram to inspire your eating and drinking adventures.

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Chrissy Teigen
A list about celebrity Instagrammers who love to eat would not be complete without model Chrissy Teigen. Married to singer John Legend, the New York City-based stunner has the most delicious IG feed of all. She chows down on fish tacos from Michael Chernow, dines decadently with friends at Meso Maya in Dallas, and snacks on cooling ice cream cones – all while maintaining a super-healthy physique.


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Rapper Action Bronson is closely associated with a catchphrase that’s unprintable here, but, if his Instagram feed is any indication, he utters it several times a day. He sinks his teeth into Ivan Shishkin’s French toast-ified pastrami on rye, sups at Marea on charred octopus, and gushes over the cous cous in Morocco as he travels the world entertaining his many fans. ICYMI, he’ll also autograph pizza crust for said fans. Also, Action, if you’re reading this, if you ever find yourself performing near Newburyport, Massachusetts, dine at BRINE.


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The driving force behind kale smoothies and good-for-you food, Gwynnie has her fair share of lovers and haters, but, whatever your feelings, you’ve got to give her props for her longtime celebration of fresh food + drink. whether she’s hobnobbing with fellow celebs or cooking with her kids. She’s got snaps of just-picked summer produce from her garden, mind-blowing ramen from Ichicoro in Tampa, and her National Oyster Day feast at The Marshall Store in Tomales Bay.


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If you’ve been to a high-profile foodie event, chances are you’ve caught sight of Questlove. A talented drummer and band leader who plays with The Roots nightly on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he is an avid foodie who hosts food salons with marquee chefs on occasion. Questlove’s reputation as a gourmand who appreciates both the highbrow and the low was the inspiration for the new Quisp Love cereal milk from Christina Tosi of the Milk Bar. Don’t miss his pic of bacon soda sips.




She was and always will be the queen of daytime TV, even tho’ she’s no longer in front of the camera every day. However, you can keep up with her healthful appetites on Instagram. She favors from-her-farm produce (which she kindly shares with her neighbors), adores the famous crab cakes from Pappas in Baltimore, and claims that Jimmy Kimmel is one helluva pizzaiolo.




Drew Barrymore
Actress-producer-entrepreneur-momma Drew Barrymore will always be associated with food in our mind (Hello, Reese’s Pieces!). She’s got a sweet tooth and a taste for rose. In her latest holiday in Japan, Barrymore hit up robatayaki in Tokyo and made her dreams of sushi with Jiro a reality. She has also been known to chill out with mint chip ice cream on a hot summer day.




Zac Posen
You can’t design a more delicious diet than designer Zac Posen’s. Sure, you might expect beautiful pictures of fashionable plates of food from a fashionista. However, Posen also makes many of the dishes featured on his Instagram stream. A master of both sweet and savory creations, Posen, pictured here at Bemelmans Bar in New York, scores extra points for canning his own preserves. Where he finds the time, we’re not quite sure.Continue Reading

2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America + 16 Delicious Instagrammable Dishes

The results of our most delicious annual awards are in! Work up an appetite and make a reservation at one of the OpenTable 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing both new and established restaurants in some of the nation’s most rapidly growing dining destinations, the complete list features winning restaurants in 22 states and the District of Columbia, and includes Al’s Place in San Francisco, La Vara in Brooklyn, and Parachute in Chicago. The honorees show a commitment to local, sustainable sourcing and the creation of craft cocktails, soulful plates, many of which are finished in wood-fired ovens, and warm hospitality. Check out these 16 dishes from the winning restaurants that should be on every foodie’s must-try list.

Newer restaurants proved most popular, with a quarter of the eateries having opened in 2015 alone, and the majority of honorees were founded in the last five years. Restaurants serving American fare dominate the awards; however, the list represents cuisines from every corner of the globe, including Asian, Basque, French, Israeli, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian. Geographically speaking, New York has 12 winning restaurants, followed by California with 11, Texas with nine, and Minnesota and Oregon with eight each. Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania each have six honorees, while Washington boasts five. Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Virginia have three each. Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all have two eateries. Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, and Ohio are also represented.Continue Reading

Enter to Win a Table for 2 at Randy Krishna’s in NYC on 9/17 in the #FantasyRestaurant Giveaway

randy_social_promo_UPDATE_croppedLucky Peach recently offered diners first-come, first-served reservations for opening night at chef Akhtar Nawab’s Randy Krishna’s Tandoori Steakhouse in New York. The restaurant will feature irreverent mash-ups of north Indian standbys and steakhouse favorites, centered around Nawab’s signature spice-rubbed, tandoori-blasted ribeyes, along with updates on classic side dishes, such as creamed saag paneer and biryani onion rings.

Reservations were snapped up quickly, but you can still join in on the delicious fun. Enter to win one of five tables for two on September 17, 2015, in the OpenTable 2015 Randy Krishna’s NYC #FantasyRestaurant Giveaway! To enter, share your fantasy restaurant concept with us by using the hashtag #FantasyRestaurant and tagging @opentable via Facebook*, Instagram, or Twitter. Be sure to follow @OpenTable on the corresponding social network, so we may contact you via direct message if you’re a winner.

Each business day, we’ll be giving away five tables for two for a 9:30PM seating on September 17, 2015, starting Tuesday, September 1, 2015, through Saturday, September 5, 2015 (one table per day). One entry per social network per person per entry day allowed.

The #FantasyRestaurant giveaway is your opportunity to experience the restaurant that has recently been voted America’s Next Best Restaurant by Lucky Peach.

Entrants should check their direct messages on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter each morning after 10AM PT during the giveaway period so we can award your prize quickly. The full terms and conditions are after the jump.

* To enter on Facebook, upload photos from an existing album or your desktop to the OpenTable page.

PS: We love Lucky Peach, a quarterly serving of quirky recipes, food storytelling, and deliciously obscure foodie insights from some of our favorite writers. You love to dine out, so we know you’ll love it too — enjoy a subscription all your own, discounted for OpenTable diners. Just enter the promo code OPENTABLE to receive 15% off a one-year Lucky Peach subscription. Subscribe here today!

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Live the Fantasy: 17 Chefs Share Their Dream Diners

As diners, we spend a lot of time thinking about the chefs whose cuisine is on our wish lists. But, what about chefs? Surely they have folks they’d like to see grace their dining rooms. In that spirit, then, 17 chefs share their dream diners, from artists and prominent businesspeople, such as Action Bronson and Richard Branson, to famous chefs, past and present, like Auguste Escoffier and José Andrés.

Tim Maslow, Ribelle, Brookline, Massachusetts: Lamont Coleman, a.k.a. Big L
“Not because I know if the man loved to eat or not, but because of the short-but-prolific career he had that so many of our cook-generation can identify with. I would want to thank him for making me feel like less of an outsider and that it’s permissible to blaze trails outside the norm.” “A hard core life I toast to ex flaw, therefore I live raw and went to war wit the law.” – Big L, “Bring ‘em Back”


Carl Schaubhut, Café Adelaide, New Orleans, Louisiana: Chef Jamie Shannon
“The late chef Jamie Shannon has rock-star status in my world. He changed the way cuisine in the great city of New Orleans was executed. He truly put haute Creole food on the map during his tenure at Commander’s Palace in the 90s, and I remember growing up and loving eating the food at such a wonderful, fun, exciting restaurant. He was also one of the earliest local television chef personalities that I recall. So much of his influence runs through the DNA of everyone who has cooked in Commander’s kitchen or has been taught by a chef that has been there. I’d love to prepare charred jalapeno-lacquered confit duck leg over a citrus-white bean puree with crispy Brussels sprouts, bread and butter pickled beets, bacon-onion jam, spiced New Roads pecans, wilted frisée, and duck crackling. It’s a very complex dish with layers of flavors that all harmonize into a beautiful celebration of a beloved Louisiana bird and great legumes and produce.”


Suzanne Tracht, Jar, Los Angeles, California: Peter Frampton
“My dream diner would be Peter Frampton. Just like JAR, Frampton is all about nostalgia and good times. You might not think of Peter Frampton every day, but when “Baby I Love Your Way” comes on the radio it’s like – BOOM! – the volume dial immediately goes to 10 (ed. note: or 11!), and you’re singing, “But don’t hesitay-ay-ay-ate….” Jar reminds people of a swinging Rat Pack steakhouse; Peter Frampton reminds my generation of the fun days of high school in the mid-70’s. Because Frampton is a strict vegetarian, and my restaurant is famous for its steaks, chops, and pot roast, you might wonder what I would cook for him. But the truth is I have so many ideas. Depending on the time of year, I would go to the farmer’s market to choose an array of the most beautiful in-season organic vegetables. I would compose a dish with some gnocchi and let my creative juices flow.”


Zach Meloy, Better Half, Atlanta, Georgia: Elvis Presley
“All of Presley’s food loves were completely over the top: fried chicken crusted in ground-up potato chips, Jell-O made with 7-Up, fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Hillbilly haute cuisine … seems like something that’d be fun for an evening. I’d imagine you’d leave with more than one amazing story.”


Tyler Kinnett, Harvest, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Chef Auguste Escoffier
“This might be a little out there into fantasy and time travel, but I would like to cook for Auguste Escoffier. The other day, Brian, the executive pastry chef at Harvest, and I were talking about Escoffier, who is sort of the father of modern cooking and is responsible for much of the technique that we use today. His recipes are ultra- complicated and have a scroll of an ingredient list involved. They are very time- consuming and technical, and many of the flavors are masked with 10 others, which back then was considered impressive. I would like to see what he would think of the simplified modern cuisine that we have today. Would he think we were hacks and simpletons? Or, would it make sense? I would serve him our summer tomato soup with a mini prosciutto-and-gruyere griddled cheese sandwich. Mainly because my recipe has about five ingredients and actually tastes like tomato.”


Jeremy Glover, Ceia Kitchen + Bar, Newburyport, Massachusetts: Lemmy Kilmister
“Lemmy Kilmister is pretty iconic in the metal world — he’s the lead singer in Motörhead. I think I’d serve him a pig head, roasted whole, no silverware, and a fifth of Jack Daniels– he likes Jack.”


Diane Kochilas, Molyvos, New York, New York: Bill Clinton/George Clooney/Tina Fey
“There are so many people I’d like to cook for, but here are a few that come to mind – Bill Clinton, because he’s vegan and Greek cooking (and our menu) has some of the most amazing, delicious vegan dishes in the world, which show off that perfectly incongruous Greek culinary characteristic of food that is both healthy and indulgent. Then there’s George Clooney, so I’d have the impetus to go on a diet before serving him! Lastly, Tina Fey because her maternal grandmother was Ikarian, and I would relish in serving her those Ikarian greens pies and telling her stories that might actually make HER laugh about the island and where her ancestors are from.”


Jon Oh, Scarpetta, New York, New York: Anyone who serves or has served in the armed forces
“These people deserve all the respect in the world. Their sacrifice is something that should never be taken for granted. In terms of dishes, I’d start off with the polenta with a fricassee of truffled mushrooms, then go into our spaghetti. For me, those two dishes are like a big, warm hug.”


Jay Murray, Grill 23 & Bar, Boston, Massachusetts: Dave Eggers
“As a once-aspiring writer, I am at least still an avid reader, and I can’t say enough good things about Dave Eggers. Two of his works – What is the What? and Zeitoun — are among my all time favorites; I devour anything out of McSweeney’s; and his two literary non-profits are visionary in how they successfully create opportunities for those who might never had them otherwise. I do know that Dave hails from a pre-Grill 23 Boston (hard to believe, but there was a time…), and spent most of his life between the Chicago and San Francisco Bay areas. So, what does that mean? Well, nothing, except that, I’m hoping he’s not some kind of non-meat eater; steak is probably a good bet. But, Chicago, you murmur. Sure, Chicago’s the land of Gene & Georgetti (great garbage salad, by the way), and Gibsons, and San Francisco has no shortage of amazing dining experiences. But neither has the 100-day aged Brandt prime rib eye. So, Dave, ship up to Boston, or just hop on a red-eye, and check this steak out! I’ll throw in some truffle tots and miso-glazed eggplant while you’re here, and you cannot miss Molly’s desserts.”


Troy Guard, TAG Restaurant, Denver, Colorado: Jon Bon Jovi
“My dream diner would be Jon Bon Jovi – I just think he’s the coolest! He came out in the 80s, and he’s still selling out 20,000 seats 30 years later. I love his music and how he’s changed over time – adapting his look, music, and songwriting. He’s innovative, he’s a family man (did you know he married his high-school sweetheart and has four kids?), he’s a smart businessman, he gives millions to charity, and he’s a big advocate in politics. He’s just the coolest guy. I would make him a menu of our bold and tasty dishes – oak-grilled octopus, heirloom tomato salad, hanger steak, and banana cream pie. We’d talk all night about business, politics, and rock n’ roll!”

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