Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is high in beta carotene, a beneficial antioxidant.

Fall is in full effect around the U.S. and while I thought I might be sad to bid heirloom tomato season farewell, but one bite of a dish with butternut squash makes it easy to move on. Rich in fiber and essential vitamins, such as A, C, and E, butternut squash has long been popular in soups and stews. And, chefs are getting even more inventive with this diverse ingredient, tucking it into tacos, sprinkling it atop pizzas, and letting it shine as a simple side dish. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about butternut squash in recent reviews. 

Ad Hoc, Yountville, California: “Veal chops were cooked to perfection with a wonderful bounty of fall veggies. The roasted butternut squash gratin was heavenly, sweet, and creamy with a note of tarragon.”

Adour at the St. Regis, Washington, D.C.: “A pocket of Paris dining in DC! The butternut squash soufflé alone is reason to go again and again.”

Ai Fiori, New York, New York: “My favorite dish was the pasta course of veal with a butternut squash sauce and my boyfriendss was his fried soft shell crab appetizer. I would highly recommend this resurant for a special occasion!”

Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler, British Columbia: “Although hard to pick, our favorites were the octopus appy, the butternut squash main, and the cheesecake.”

Boitson’s, Kingston, New York: “Special butternut squash fritter appetizer was amazing.”

* Davis Street Tavern, Portland, Oregon: “My salad was a chef-inspired combination of arugula,butternut squash, pomegranate, and a smoked tomato/basil dressing. It was just heaven! This dish had pleasant offsetting notes of bitter versus sweet in an innovative combination.”

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Top Vancouver Restaurants for Medal-Worthy Meals

Top-Vancouver-Restaurants-for-Medal-Worthy-MealsHeading to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics? Get a competitive advantage over your fellow foodies with the scoop on 10 top restaurants serving meals as memorable as the games.

1. Araxi. Araxi has been satisfying Whistler diners for nearly two decades, but the name may be familiar to fans of Gordon Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” Featured on the fiery show, Dave Levey, the winning contestant, is now cooking behind the line under the expert tutelage of James Walt. Forget the fanfare, though, and go for the farm-fresh, seasonal food, their impressive wine cellar, and the stellar service.

2. Bearfoot Bistro: Known among foodies far and wide for it’s regional and seasonal menu, the Bearfoot Bistro boasts a Champagne bar with a frozen ice rail and live piano music as well as an award-winning chef. Melissa Craig is renowned for her New Canadian cuisine, served up in a romantic setting. Watch for unique ingredients: Caribou, anyone?

3. Bishop’s: Fresh seafood and local meats keep locals coming back to Bishop’s in Kitsilano regularly – as do the staff. Owner John Bishop and maitre d’ Abel Jacinto are known for their hospitality while executive chef Andrea Carlson brings her love of gardening into the restaurant’s kitchen with sustainable foods. Try the Yukon Gold potato soup to warm you up and whet your appetite.

4. The Cannery Seafood House. An institution of the Vancouver dining scene since 1971, The Cannery is set to close on March 27, 2010 – forever. Don’t miss your last chance to sample the delicious dishes at this scenic stand-by that’s situated in the Port of Vancouver. Come for the amazing sunsets and stay for the ocean-friendly seafood and deep discounts on wines of all prices from the restaurant’s impressive cellar.

5. db Bistro Moderne. Restaurateur/renowned chef Daniel Boulud brings his brand of casual culinary magic northwest from New York to Kitsilano. Traditional bistro fare, such as coq au vin, populates the menu alongside locally inspired dishes. Don’t miss the famous db Burger (sirloin filled with braised short ribs and black truffle).

6. Five Sails. Operated by husband and wife team of Chef Ernst Dorfler and Gerry Sayers, Five Sails has a view to kill for and cuisine to match it. A favorite of OpenTable diners, the restaurant is very vegetarian-friendly, but you’ll also find plenty of meat dishes, including fallow deer, on the menu.

7. Lumiere. Another restaurant with Daniel Boulud’s imprimatur on it, Lumiere literally has something for everyone. Upscale sister to db Bistro Moderne (which is adjacent to Lumiere), Lumiere has a variety of menus to please varying palates and wallets, from small plates and a seasonal prix-fixe for just $65 to vegetarian tasting menu and a specially created grand tasting experience. Lumiere seats just 45, so reserve early.

8. Maenam. Maenam boasts a terrific Thai menu and a pedigreed chef, Angus An, who worked with and was inspired by David Thompson, the renowned chef of Nahm in London, the only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in the world. Authentic dishes, such as stir-fried halibut cheeks, are served up in a casual setting with prices that won’t break the bank.

9. Market by Jean-Georges. Jean-Georges brings contemporary American cuisine to Vancouver. The restaurant itself is as dimensional as its menu, with an intimate and approachable café with a fireplace, a heated outdoor seasonal terrace with city views, a welcoming bar, and a sophisticated fine-dining room. Choose your own culinary adventure, starting with which section you dine in and whether you order from the raw menu, small plates, or sumptuous main dishes.

10. Rimrock Café. Two fireplaces set the mood at this cozy yet upscale Whistler restaurant. A favorite of locals, Rimrock’s menu features oysters served seven different ways, seafood specialties, and buffalo, caribou, and venison entrees. The wine program is paramount to Rimrock’s success. Oenophiles will enjoy the can’t-miss lit cellar that holds more than 320 labels from around the world.