On Our Plate: Summer Restaurant Weeks Begin in Palm Springs, San Francisco, Portland + More

Coral-Gables-RWIt’s the most wonderful time of the year: summer restaurant week season has begun. For the next four months, most major metro areas across the U.S. will be hosting culinary celebrations of their cities, from Atlanta to San Diego and everything in between. First up, whet your appetite for steals on meals in these cities. And, remember to book your tables early as the hottest spots fill up fast!

* Palm Springs Desert Resort Restaurant Week reservations are live. Reserve to enjoy special $26 or $38 dinners, May 31-June 16.

* Dine About Town San Francisco is almost here. Book now for $18.95 two-course lunches and $36.95 three-course dinners, June 1-15.

* Portland Restaurant Month starts soon. Make a reservation for three-course gourmet meals for just $29, June 1-30.

* Triangle Restaurant Week kicks off in Chapel Hill-Durham-Raleigh area. Don’t miss $15 lunches and $20 and $30 dinners, June 3-9.

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

 

 

 

Pollan’s Rules for Sustainable Dining; Apply to Be the Next Village Voice Restaurant Critic + More

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Take a lesson from Lane Meyer; try using music to soothe your first-date nerves when dining out.

Dining news from around the web and the world…

* Sustainable supping. Michael Pollan’s rules for visiting restaurants. [The Telegraph]

* Eating out like an expert. Use these 12 insider tips to dine like a pro. [ABC News]

* Are first dates at restaurants the worst dates? Body language experts suggest just that. [Daily Mail]

* No kidding. A writer expounds on the pleasures of dining at a restaurant that has banned the 12-and-under set. [PeopleDaily.com]

* Seeking critic-al acclaim? Apply to be the Village Voice’s next restaurant critic. [Poynter.org]

* Don’t get fooled again. Tips for checking your check. [DeccanChronicle.comContinue Reading

Adria’s Brand Goes to the Dogs; A Star Chef, Defined; Restaurant Design Nominees + More

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Goats on a roof is a much safer idea than snakes on a plane, right?

Dining news from around the world and the web…

* Viva Las Vegas! Celebrity chefs are heading back to Sin City once again. [USA Today]

* Looks count. Here are the 2013 Restaurant Design Awards nominees. [Los Angeles Times]

* Food allergies are nothing to sneeze at. An expert offers some know-before-you-go tips to avoid allergic reactions at a restaurant. [CNN]

* Forget snakes on a plane. It’s all about goats on a restaurant roof. [Shakesville.com]

* How boy met grill. Bobby Flay (Mesa Grill) discusses his history with backyard barbecuing. [TheTownTalk.comContinue Reading

On Our Plate: Dine About Town SF + Palm Springs Restaurant Week; Best Outdoor Dining + More

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Cafe Sambal in Miami, Florida, is a top outdoor dining spot.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants. Find out if your fave al fresco spot made the list.

* The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q1 2013 is out. Find out how restaurants performed in major metros around the U.S.

* Palm Springs Desert Resort Restaurant Week reservations are live. Reserve to enjoy special $26 or $38 dinners, May 31-June 16.

* Dine About Town San Francisco is almost here. Book now for $18.95 two-course lunches and $36.95 three-course dinners, June 1-15Continue Reading