Tweet of the Week: The Wind Beneath Your Reservations

This sweet tweet from diner Amy (aka @NoMeatballs) made our week! We’re so very glad to power your dinner reservations. But, we have to ask, Amy — why no meatballs?


Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Kohlrabi

kohlrabi-blogIf you’ve ever belonged to a CSA program, you are well-versed in the joys of kohlrabi. It’s a popular offering from growers, as kohlrabi is super-easy to sow and sort of foolproof when it comes to pests. A cool-weather crop and member of the cabbage family, it is fast growing and hearty. It’s also delicious and, you guessed it, nutritious. Low in calories, and high in fibers and phytochemicals, kohlrabi is also a wonderful source of vitamin C. While your average bear may be stumped as to how to treat these squat, alien-like vegetables, chefs are not! They’re taking these unique-looking gems and dazzling diners with soups, slaws, salads, and more. Find out what diners are saying about kohlrabi.

* A16, Oakland, California: “Highly recommend the house-made made pastas and the kohlrabi salad to balance all of the richness of the main dishes. The fried capers on this salad where great.”

Cascina Spinasse, Seattle, Washington: “Every dish my wife and I had was drop-dead delicious. Started with eggs scrambled with lobster mushrooms cooked in prawn butter and the kohlrabi and watermelon radish salad — outstanding!”

* flour + water, San Francisco, California: “The pastas are all house-made as are the pizzas. For appetizers, we shared the braised octopus with melon and kohlrabi. Very refreshing and delicious. ”

Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois: “Kohlrabi salad was over the top, about the best salad I ever had.”

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Boulder CU Homecoming: Game on at the Beehive Restaurant on Saturday, 10/26

Be sure to order the Beehive’s crispy gaufrette chips, in honor of Colorado Buffaloes mascot Chip!

The University of Colorado at Boulder is getting ready for homecoming weekend, as is Boulder restaurant the Beehive. Tomorrow, on Saturday, October 26th, the Buffs will square off against the Arizona Wildcats — and hungry diners will be cheering on their team at the Beehive. The Beehive specializes in feel-good, fun food from area farms, and they’ll be serving up seasonal specialities to help fuel up football fans and alums as they root for their team.

The festivities kick off early at 4PM with bar specials until 6:30PM, including $5 Moscow Mules, Margaritas, and Beehive Goodness, $5 house wines, $3 local craft beers, and special snacks from $2-$6. And, naturally, they are serving a full menu in the dining room.

Book your table at the Beehive for Saturday now, and get ready to catch a bit of Flatiron Fever!

Dining Poll: How Often Do You Speak to the Sommelier?

In honor of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Wine Lists, we’re wondering about sommeliers and wine service. If a restaurant has a sommelier and I’m ordering a bottle of wine (which is pretty much a given!), I always confer with her/him. Sure, I know what I like. However, putting oneself in the hands of a skilled sommelier always adds the elements of education and surprise. I’ve often tried wines I wouldn’t have necessarily zeroed in on, and, time and again, they have all been within my budget. Are you like me when it comes to consulting with a wine professional on your order — or do you prefer to go it alone? Weigh in on our dining poll.