On Our Plate: Best Brunches in the U.S.; Mother’s Day $200 Giveaway; Soft-Shell Crabs; Arizona Restaurant Week; S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Best way to start a meal? A cold martini -- and the truffled popcorn from the Bar Room at the Modern doesn't hurt either.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of our 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Restaurants for Brunch in the U.S. Find out if your fave place to celebrate the weekend made our list!

* Enter our Mother’s Day ‘Feed the Mom Who Fed You’ Giveaway! Score one of five $200 gift certificates, plus we’re donating $100 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign in your favorite mom’s name for each winning entry.

* This week’s restaurant review trendSoft-shell crabs!

* What’s your drink when dining out? Vote in this week’s poll!

* Did you know you can book many of the 2012 Conde Nast Hot Tables right on OpenTable? It’s true!

* Congratulations to the honorees on the 2012 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Reserve your tables now!

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Restaurant Week in Arizona is coming soon. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less!

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100 Best Restaurants for Brunch: 2012 Diners’ Choice Award Winners!

This delish egg dish has me counting the days 'til the weekend!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we are thrilled to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Best 100 Restaurants for Brunch in the United States.  These awards reflect the combined opinions of nearly 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The list of winners includes Five Points in New York, Proud Bird in Los Angeles, and Town’s End in San Francisco.

Winning restaurants hail from 23 states and Washington, D.C.  Restaurants in the Northeast and Pacific regions each account for 27 places on the list, including 24 in California and 23 in New York. The Southeast boasts 12 wins, with restaurants in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina earning nods. The Mid-Atlantic region claims 18 spots, with seven wins in Washington, D.C., and six in Pennsylvania. Seven Great Lakes restaurants are among the honorees, with standouts in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Minnesota. Six Southwest restaurants are winners, five of which are in Texas. The Rocky Mountain and Central Plains regions are also represented with 2 and 1 wins, respectively.

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