Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Farro

Scallop with black farro at The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Farro is an ancient grain, as old, at least, as ancient Rome. Long the food of peasants (who always seemed to be ahead of the curve when it comes to food that is sustainable, healthful, and tasty, if you really think about it), farro has been growing in popularity in this country for the last two decades and is fast becoming a staple on restaurant menus. There seems to be a bit of controversy as to what farro really is; however, according to The New York Times, “Farro is…a plant and grain all its own.” Known as emmer wheat in English, farro is nutty in flavor, toothy in texture, and a solid source of fiber, magnesium, and vitamin B. A word of caution: farro is not suitable for those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten/wheat sensitivities. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this great-for-you grain.

AOC, Los Angeles, California: “We tried multiple dishes — the black rice with farro and Spanish fried chicken were standouts, but everything we tried was top notch. ”

* Camino, Oakland, California: “Every accompanying side was incredible! The sausage was also very good, and the farro was so crunchy and flavorful; we were amazed.”

DIG, Delray Beach, Florida: “ I had one of the specials — a trout dish that came with farro and grilled vegetables. The fish, a generous portion, was cooked en cartoccio (in paper), and was very moist. The vegetables were crisp tender, and the farro was seasoned beautifully.”

Fishing With Dynamite, Manhattan Beach, California: “The beet and farro salad was lightly dressed and balanced with creamy feta, pistachios, orange, beet chip, and arugula.”

* Flora, Oakland, California: “At my last visit, I enjoyed the farro with wild mushrooms and eggs, and ended brunch with a delicious apple cake.”

Gilt Bar, Chicago, Illinois: “The grape and farro salad was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.”

Levant, Portland, Oregon: “The special of farro and chanterelles was beautiful.”

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On Our Plate: Top Chef Kitchen; Gluten-Free Dining in NY; Top Fit for Foodies Restaurants; Taste of Atlanta Tickets; Main Line Restaurant Week; Burgers + More

Don’t miss this exciting event this weekend in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Top Chef Kitchen by Bravo opens in New York in October. Reservations are fully booked, but stay tuned for reservations giveaways and more.

* We’re celebrating the winners of OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Fit for Foodies restaurantFind out if your fave made the list.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Burgers!

* In search of gluten-free dining in New York? Check out our restaurant round-up to help you dine safely and deliciously.

* Are you leaving larger tips when dining out? Weigh in on this week’s poll!

* Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon AwardsCelebrate by dining at a winning restaurant today!

* Dine out to help end childhood hunger. Book a reservation at a participating restaurant today!

* Attend Fork and the Cork wine and food tasting festival in the PoconosTickets are just $55 for this amazing event on September 29th.

* Save on Taste of Atlanta tickets! With the promo code TASTE, you can save $5 on tickets to Atlanta’s premier food festival on October 5-7.

* San Diego Restaurant Week is extended through September 28thTwo more days of $20, $30 or $40 dinners and $10, $15, or $20 lunches!

* It’s Vinings Restaurant Week in Atlanta. Enjoy gourmet $15, $25 and $30 prix-fixe meals through September 29th.

* Delaware Dines Out has arrived. Dine on $15 lunches and $30 dinners through September 30.

* Flavor, the Palm Beaches Restaurant Month, ends Sunday. Check out $20 lunches and $30 + $35 dinners.

* It’s Main Line Restaurant Week in Philadelphia. Don’t miss $15-$20 lunches and $20-$50 dinners through the 30th!

* Miami Spice comes to a close this weekend. $19 or $22 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through Sunday.

* French Restaurant Week is on in New York CitySpecial menus from $20-$30 at some of the city’s finest French eateries through 9/30.

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Tweet of the Week: Special Requests to the Maitre’d Gets Special Attention

This tweet is such a terrific example of how the Special Requests for the Restaurant Maitre D’ helped a diner communicate her needs to a restaurant well in advance of her reservation. The real kudos, though, go to New York’s Pappardella restaurant and the staffer who went above and beyond to discuss this diner’s unique dietary requirements.

Top Dining Trends for 2012: Kids at Restaurants Are Out; Bread, Spicy Foods Are In

When you think about it, is there anything that isn't fine about dining on a juicy burger, like this one from Elements in LA?

As we look back today at the top restaurants of 2011, we’re also looking ahead to next year. We recently surveyed our restaurant partners and OpenTable VIP diners to find out the top trends for 2012.

1. Babysitters are as important as reservations. You love your children, naturally, but your fellow fine diners? Not so much. Two-thirds of respondents would prefer you leave the little ones at home, even though just as many restaurants are more than glad to serve young foodies.

2. Bread is back. Carbs be damned; more than 60% of diners want to see bread on the table at the beginning of their meal — and they don’t want to have to ask for it, thankyouverymuch.

3. Almost everyone likes it hot. Nearly 90% of OpenTable diners want chefs to turn up the heat with spices.

4. Burgers are no longer rare. Three-quarters of guests surveyed welcome burgers on fine dining menus and half of fine-dining restaurants serve them.

5. Breakfast: It’s what’s for dinner. More than 80% of respondents would like to see breakfast food served all day. [Ed. note: Me, too!]

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