A Dozen Blue Ribbon Breakfast Sandwiches to Kick Start Your Day #BetterBreakfastMonth

The humble breakfast sandwich is no longer the purview of fast food joints. Now chefs are creating gourmet versions that eschew rubbery eggs and limp rolls for high-quality ingredients in creative presentations. Whether these sandos arrive on an English muffin or a biscuit or in a tortilla or a pita, they are guaranteed to give you a sunny disposition. In honor of Better Breakfast Month, here are a dozen blue ribbon breakfast sandwiches to kick start your day.

Boqueria-Soho, New York, New York
You’ll sound super fancy when you order the bocata de huevos, but you’re really just asking for the egg sandwich. This Spanish-styled startup sammie is far from ordinary, however. It comes with a fried egg, tangy mahón cheese, pickled red onions, cilantro, peppery pimentón aioli, and your choice of avocado or housemade pork sausage.

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Zengo, Washington, D.C.
When Sir Mix-a-Lot rapped, “My anaconda don’t want none/Unless you’ve got buns, hon,” he was clearly voicing his preference for breakfast sandwiches served on steamed buns. That’s what we like to think, anyway. At this Asian-Latin fusion joint, they pile the warm white pastries with bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa verde, and white Oaxacan cheese. We’re sure the “Baby Got Back” hit maker would approve heartily.


MP Taverna, Astoria, New York
This fully loaded egg souvlaki should be known as a Greek hangover cure. The pita comes packed with spicy lamb sausage, French fries, onions, and feta. In between bites, you can rationalize your questionable choices from the night before to your understandably skeptical dining companion.

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Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, D.C.
Consider this break-of-day treat a high-end Egg McMuffin. Scrambled eggs, pork sausage, and American cheese (of course!) are packed between two halves of an English muffin gussied up with a spicy aioli. Ronald McDonald, sorry, but you are running a so-distant-we-can’t-even-see-you second in this race.

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The Garden at the Four Seasons Hotel, New York, New York
Executive chef John Johnson evokes the bagelwiches you used to put together when you had breakfast at your bubbe’s house. A sesame-speckled circlet comes with ribbons of smoked salmon, plenty of cream cheese, tomatoes, red onions, and capers. Not included: your grandmother’s constant questions about why you haven’t settled down yet and produced lots of grandchildren for her to spoil.

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Brio, New York, New York
You’ll need two hands to tackle this hefty breakfast burger. The epic edible comes piled high with a fried egg, apple wood-smoked bacon, a shroud of melted Provolone, arugula, and tomato jam. Remember, there’s no shame in requesting extra napkins.

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Save $15 on #Brunch When You Pay with OpenTable This Weekend

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There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend than with brunch (Hello, socially acceptable day drinking!), and this weekend you can save $15 on this most delicious midday meal. When you book a table and pay through the OpenTable app* at brunch on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30, you’ll save $15** on your dining experience — so go ahead and treat yourself. Here’s how it works:

* Make a reservation and dine August 29-30 at a restaurant that accepts OpenTable mobile payments.

* Add the promo code brunch in the top right when you view your check in the app. (You can only use it once!)

* And there you have it —  $15 credit toward your bill. Now, how about another Bloody Mary?

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Mother’s Day Gifts: Present Mom with a Delicious OpenTable Gift

frozen souffle mother's day blog copyNo Mother’s Day gifts? No problem! OpenTable has you covered with delicious OpenTable Gifts — up until the very last minute.

With thousands of restaurants from which to choose, OpenTable Gifts is the easiest and most convenient way to send the special mom in your life a personalized online gift card to her favorite restaurants. And, you don’t need to even do the choosing. When you visit https://gifts.opentable.com, if you select “Choose a restaurant,” you pick the city, the restaurant, and the amount. If you select “Let your friend choose,” you can buy a gift card that is good at any participating restaurant; you only decide on the amount. The gifts will be delivered via email, either instantly or at a future date. You can also print the gift card to present it to mom in person.

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Top 25 Cities that Love Celebrating Mother’s Day

Garden Court Palace Brioche French Toast Cube (1)You love your mom! You love your city! And, you love dining out! But does your hometown measures up against other U.S. cities when it comes to celebrating Mother’s Day in the most delicious of ways? Find out with our 2015 city rankings.

Based on OpenTable restaurant reservations, the top 25 cities that dine out the most on Mother’s Day per capita, in order, are:

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Washington D.C
  3. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  4. Alexandria, Virginia
  5. San Francisco, California
  6. Charleston, South Carolina
  7. Scottsdale, Arizona
  8. Boston, Massachusetts
  9. Orlando, Florida
  10. Boulder, Colorado
  11. Bellevue, Washington
  12. Las Vegas, Nevada
  13. Cincinnati, Ohio
  14. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  15. Seattle, Washington
  16. Denver, Colorado
  17. Berkeley, California
  18. San Mateo, California
  19. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  20. Tampa, Florida
  21. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  22. New Orleans, Louisiana
  23. Baltimore, Maryland
  24. Portland, Oregon
  25. Chicago, Illinois

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