Cheers to the 2014 Bon Appétit America’s Best New Restaurant Nominees

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Green papaya salad from nominee Kin Khao in San Francisco.

Bon Appétit has released its annual list of nominees for America’s Best New Restaurants of 2014. While not all of them are actually restaurants (such as Grand Central Market in Los Angeles), most are — and they’re on OpenTable. Neither New York nor San Francisco restaurants dominate the list; rather, the list features eateries in dozens of upcoming culinary cities. The finalists will be announced next week, so book your tables now to sample some of the most exciting food and drink being served around the nation.

Acorn, Denver, Colorado

Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, Massachusetts

CBD Provisions, Dallas, Texas

Cured, San Antonio, Texas

Eat the Rich, Washington, D.C.

Edmund’s Oast, Charleston, South Carolina

El Camino, Louisville, Kentucky

High Street on Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kin Khao, San Francisco, California

Luksus, Brooklyn, New York

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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

Conde Nast 2012 Hot Tables on OpenTable: Book ‘em While They’re Hot!

Red Medicine in Los Angeles is known for being uber-inventive with farm-fresh herbs and veggies!

Conde Nast Traveler recently released its list of Hot Tables for 2012. To help create the list, they asked some of the world’s best chefs to name the best new restaurants from around the globe. Included are:

Restaurant: Fatty ‘Cue
Location: 50 Carmine Street, New York, New York
Chosen by: Seamus Mullen
Dish not to miss: Isaan-style duck laab
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Restaurant: Picca
Location: 9575 W. Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Chosen by: Roy Choi
Dish not to miss: Ceviche criollo
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Restaurant: Red Medicine
Location: 8400 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California
Chosen by: John Shook + Vinny Dotolo
Dish not to miss: Coconut bavrois
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Restaurant: St. John
Location: 26 St John Street, London, U.K.
Dish not to miss: Deviled pig skin and smoked herring roe.
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Restaurant: Quo Vadis
Location: 26-29 Dean Street, London, U.K.
Chosen by: Fergus Henderson
Dish not to miss: Smoked haddock broth
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