Notes from NOLA: A Jazzy Brunch at the Legendary Commander’s Palace

It’s no secret that brunch at Commander’s Palace is a New Orleans tradition. Actually, any meal at Commander’s Palace is a New Orleans tradition. And the Louisiana Seafood Blog Masters attendees were happy to honor that tradition with a jazzed up meal on a warm Sunday morning. Chef Tory McPhail, who put on a cooking demo [...]

Dining Out Is In on Mother’s Day, According to New Survey of OpenTable Diners

Forget the folklore, folks! Dining out on Mother’s Day beats breakfast in bed, according to moms. Eighty-two percent of survey respondents plan to celebrate in a restaurant, and 67 percent of those who are moms said they prefer dining out to breakfast in bed. In terms of dining companions, a quarter of respondents said they’d rather [...]

Best Brunches + Best City for Brunch in the U.S.: Diners’ Choice Award Winners

Just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day, OpenTable is pleased to announce the 50 winners of the 2011 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top Restaurants for Brunch. The list of winners is derived from 7 million+ reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. [...]

Status Salads; Meaningless Restaurant Concepts; and Other Trends in Dining

* Some upscale Manhattan restaurants, including 21 Club, The Four Seasons, Fred’s at Barney’s, and Michael’s, serve upscale “status” salads at upscale prices. [NY Post] * Eater is calling for an end to certain restaurant concept trends, decrying them as meaningless. [Eater] * San Francisco Chronicle scribe Michael Bauer ponders whether non-restaurants are justified in [...]

Steve Cuozzo Dishes Up Disses; Sexist Servers; and More

From the “State Your Complaint” files… * New York Post critic Steve Cuozzo has had enough of pizza mania, small plates, and even smaller snacks at Manhattan restaurants. Someone woke up on the wrong side of the menu this morning. [NY Post] * A diner accuses wait professionals of sexism, but critic Michael Bauer says [...]

It’s Not Too Late to Have a Happy Valentine’s Day With OpenTable

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. That’s right, procrastinators — it’s just a day away! There’s no need to panic, though. OpenTable can help you be a hero and save the day, even at the very last minute. To wit, there is availability on for two people at 7PM on Valentine’s Day at more than 50% [...]

Dining Out on Valentine’s Day Is Twice as Nice in 2010, Survey Says

OpenTable diners are enjoying twice as many dining options for Valentine’s Day this year, thanks to February 14 falling on a Sunday. According to a recent online survey of nearly 1,000 diners, just as many people are choosing to eat out on Saturday, February 13, in honor of Valentine’s Day as are dining out on [...]