On Our Plate: Best American Restaurants; Thanksgiving Reservations Around the Nation; Dine Around Seattle Continues; and Matchbooks as Mementos

The fabled Maxwell's Plum closed more than 20 years ago, but its bar is now housed in the Tribeca Grill, which is on OpenTable.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the 100 restaurants that have won 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best American Fare. Find out if your favorite is among the honorees.

* On Thanksgiving, leave the cooking — and the dishes — to someone else and dine out!

* Dining out was a big part of my parents’ social lives in New York City, and they saved a lot of matchbooks from their favorite restaurants. As a result, I have a pretty nifty collection, which includes Maxwell’s Plum and Toots Shor’s. While many restaurants have stopped printing matchbooks, some still do. It got me to wondering, “Should restaurants give out matchbooks?” Vote in our poll.

* Also, should wait staffers automatically serve water to diners?

* Restaurant Weeks happening this week include Dine Around Seattle.

* OpenTable is hiring! We’re growing and looking for folks to join us. We’ve got openings in field operationsfinanceoperations, and sales.

 

Top 100 American Fare Restaurants Revealed: 2011 Diners’ Choice Award Winners

Chef Thomas Keller, seen here with Chef Jonathan Waxman, won two awards for The French Laundry and Per Se.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a favorite national holiday of America’s foodies, we are pleased to announce the 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 restaurants in the United States that specialize in American food. The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The honorees, which include Anita Lo’s Annisa in New York, FIG in South Carolina, and Michael Symon’s Lola in Ohio, represent 30 states — and virtually every region of the country, including Hawaii. The South swept the awards, earning 20 spots on the list, with North Carolina and South Carolina each boasting six winning restaurants. The Northeast took 16 places among the honorees, with 11 in New York alone. Ohio and Illinois, with five nods apiece, helped the Great Lakes region earn an impressive 15 wins; meanwhile, the Lone Star State took 10 spots, giving the Southwest a total of 13 awards. States also represented on the list of winners include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Utah, among others.

View the entire list here — and let us know if your favorites are among the winners!

 

Best Restaurants for American Cuisine: OpenTable 2010 Diners’ Choice Winners

Best-American-Restaurants-2010Independence Day is just around the corner, the time of year when we celebrate everything that’s great about our nation. Since those celebrations typically involve food, we’re patriotically pleased to announce the 50 restaurant winners of OpenTable’s 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best American Restaurants. Derived from 5,000,000+ reviews submitted by OpenTable diners of more than 11,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, this list honors the restaurants that serve up a slice of the best of American cuisine at every meal.

The winners, which include A Toute Heure in New Jersey, Kansas City’s Bluestem, The French Laundry in Yountville, Manhattan’s Gramercy Tavern and Per Se, Tilth in Seattle, VOLT in Maryland, and many others, have honored our roots as a farming nation by helping renew interest in local sourcing and heritage techniques, including butchering, curing and smoking meats, canning, pickling, and preserving — as well as continuing to innovate in their kitchens.

Use this list to connect with the country’s rich culinary history and delicious future throughout the coming seasons.