Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sriracha

srirachaAt OpenTable, we’re huge fans of sriracha. So devoted to this spicy delight are we that my colleagues (Angie! Jeremy! Tori!) went into collective mourning — and obsessive hoarding — when the popular Huy Fong Foods sriracha, or rooster sauce, factory in California was temporarily shuttered. Thankfully, the factory is back in business, bringing bottles of this coveted condiment to slavish aficionados. Sriracha is frequently feted by foodies around the globe, earning its own strip on The Oatmeal, and it is the subject of a recent documentary film. A hot sauce said to have originated in Sri Racha in Thaliand, sriracha brings heat and a fine balance of acidity, salt, and sweet to any ingredient it meets and has been embraced by chefs looking to add a twist to many a familiar dish. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about sriracha in recent OpenTable restaurant reviews.

Birch & Barley, Washington, D.C.: “I tried two of the Bloody Marys and ‘Enter the Dragon’ was easily the best Bloody Mary I’ve ever tasted. It had sriracha, people! Yes, your mouth will be on fire, but it will not stop you from devouring every drop.”

Homestead on the Roof, Chicago, Illinois: “Appetizers…mmmm. Chicken skins and sriracha sauce!!!”

Linger, Denver, Colorado: “The variety of menu items is outstanding, and I always love what we order. This last visit (rooftop for lunch) included the honey sriracha duck wings (drum sticks) that are out of this world delicious.”

L&W Oyster Company, New York, New York: “I went there because I’ve heard the best lobster roll in New York is there. i was not disappointed! It’s served with arugula, sriracha aioli, and bacon. How can you go wrong?”

* Max’s Wine Dive, Fort Worth, Texas: “The ketchup for the fries was enlivened with curry and sriracha.”

Myers + Chang, Boston, Massachusetts: “My dinner companions moved on to the ‘Bloodlust Margaritas.’ They were amazing, full of flavor, and perfectly complemented by a sriracha salt rim.”

The Owl House, Rochester, New York: “My husband and I each ordered the The ‘Hot Beav Burger.’ A chickpea, white bean, and chipotle Patty with sriracha strawberry jam, mayo, and crispy onions to top it off. So many flavors and just enough heat to keep it interesting.”

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Exclusive Offer: Save 15% on All Eat Drink SF Lexus Grand Tastings, August 1-3

eat-drink-sf-blogEat Drink SF is the Bay Area’s biggest and most delicious food and drink festival, and OpenTable diners are invited to save 15% on tickets to four different grand tastings with this exclusive offer.

Friday, August 1, 6:30-10:00PM — My Big Obsession: Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop. Eatin’. For the Grand Opening celebration, the Bay Area will do what it does best as chefs showoff their latest culinary obsessions. What can you expect? An evening of unforgettably unique dishes and cocktails. Grab a glass and help us kick off another year of San Francisco’s premiere food, wine, and spirits festival! A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Golden Gate Restaurant’s Scholarship Fund. Save 15% on tickets with discount code OPEN. Purchase now.

Saturday, August 2, 12:30-4:00PM — Meet My Mentor: An HomageOn Saturday afternoon, each chef will pay homage to their roots with a signature dish inspired by their culinary mentor. While you nosh on 36+ unique dishes, you will enjoy wine, beer ,and spirits from more than 50 vendors and take in the panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. Throughout the afternoon, we will cook, mix, and play on the main stage with emcee Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco and demos from some of the City’s best chefs and beverage experts. A portion of the afternoon’s proceeds will go to Share Our Strength. Save 15% on tickets with discount code OPEN. Purchase now.

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Save $10 on Taste of Toronto Tickets, July 24-27

Taste400wOpenTable diners are invited to save as they taste extraordinary! Featuring Toronto’s most celebrated chefs and rising stars, foodie entertainment and a boutique food & drink market, Taste of Toronto is the 1st annual celebration of everything we love about food.

Taste is considered the world’s greatest restaurant festival. From just one show in London 10 years ago, Taste has rapidly grown to become part of the social season for foodies, restaurant-lovers, and chef groupies in close to 20 different cities around the globe. Wherever it is in the world, Taste represents foodie heaven: stunning food prepared by the city’s greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink, and outstanding entertainment — set in stunning outdoor surroundings. Continue Reading

OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 30 Best BBQ Restaurants in America

Best BBQIn a nod to our nation’s longstanding love affair with barbecuing, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 30 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. 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.

Showcasing regional styles and techniques, including dry rubs and wet brines, the winning eateries use a balance of nuanced spices and smoke to bring forth complex flavors in their barbecue dishes. The complete list includes notable restaurants in 12 states and Washington, D.C., such as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harlem, Lambert’s Downtown BBQ in Austin, and Wexler’s in San Francisco. California has six award winners, followed by Illinois and New York with five each, Texas with four, and Ohio with two. Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. Continue Reading