OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Spots in the U.S.

As we look forward to warm summer days and balmy nights, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Winning restaurants, which include Geoffrey’s Restaurant in Malibu, California, Latitudes in Key West, Florida, and Plumeria Beach House in Kahala, Hawaii, are located in 15 states and the nation’s capital. California restaurants swept close to half the spots on the list with 42 winning restaurants. The island state of Hawaii followed with 20 top outdoor dining restaurants, and Florida was not far behind with 16 honorees. Arizona restaurants claimed five spots on the list and New York took three spots. Missouri, Rhode Island, and Texas each have two winners. Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. are also represented.

American fare was extremely popular, as were seafood and regional cuisines, including Hawaiian and Californian.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Cauliflower

CauliflowerIs cauliflower the new Brussels sprout? If these reviews are any indication, it’s certainly looking that way — and it’s unsurprising. They’re both members of the brassicaceae, or cabbage, family. And they’re both quite diverse ingredients, although cauliflower might be even more so, due to its size and texture. Used in everything from purees and soups to pasta sauces and fritters, cauliflower has gotten a promotion to standalone entree, especially in the form of savory steaks. Cauliflower’s origins in upscale cookery date all the way back to La Varenne’s Le Cuisinier François. While the most common varietal is white, green, orange, and purple cultivars are growing in popularity. They each taste very similar to one another, but the more colorful cauliflowers contain more nutrients and antioxidants. Whichever you enjoy, and however it is prepared, cauliflower is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this delicious vegetable in recent reviews. 

Bar Tartine, San Francisco, California: “Love the mason jar presentation of pickled vegetables; curried cauliflower was our favorite.”

* Brasserie Max & Julie, Houston, Texas: “I had the special, which was a grilled halibut, and my boyfriend had the salmon — both were great. The cauliflower gratin was yummy, too!”

Cerulean, Indianapolis, Indiana: “Would definitely recommend the cauliflower fritas (they look like fried mozzarella, but it’s pureed cauliflower instead).”

* Davanti Enoteca, Scottsdale, Arizona: “We enjoyed the cauliflower steak and the truffle egg toast; they both were delicious.”

The Eclectic Restaurant-Bar-Lounge, North Hollywood, California: “The fried cauliflower on the late-night menu was amazing!”

Elizabeth on 37th, Savannah, Georgia: “Delectable dinner — amazing touches! The snapper was perfect, accompanied with a heavenly, melt-in-your-mouth cauliflower-goat cheese flan.”

Etch, Nashville, Tennessee: “The roasted cauliflower appetizer was fantastic…smoky taste with a hint of truffle oil and a smoked pea pesto.” Continue Reading

EpiPens on Every Menu; Bartender vs. Mixologist; Restaurant Traffic Is Up; + More

EpiPenDining news from around the world and the web…

* Don’t mix up a bartender with a mixologist. One professional reveals why he prefers to be known as the former not the latter. [MarinIJ.com]

* An EpiPen in every restaurant. One city is taking measures to make dining out safe for food allergy sufferers. [The Spec]

* What’s in a name? A great deal because when it comes to restaurants, confusion can reign. [Philly.com]

* Five things restaurants should 86. According to the funny folks at Cracked, so, perhaps, take it with a grain of salt. [Cracked.com]

* Dining out is in. It’s always been in for us, but restaurants are now busier than ever. [USA Today]

* Celebrity chefs make great food. But maybe not all of them make the best spouses. [ExpressContinue Reading

Tweet of the Week: Clicks, Not Calls

At OpenTable, we’re all about clicking to find a restaurant reservation — not calling. It’s been that way since we started out in 1998. However, even though we’ve been around for nearly 15 years, there are still some folks who haven’t yet experienced the phone-free ease of reserving with OpenTable. Like @KallieM‘s parentals, for instance. We hope you were able to explain our service to your parents over dinner, Kallie.

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