Cheers to DC Cocktail Week, November 17-23

DC Cocktail WeekDiners in our nation’s capital take their cocktails as seriously as their politics — so you can be sure D.C. Cocktail Week is going to be seriously delicious. From November 17-23, enjoy a specially crafted cocktail paired with a delightful amuse bouche for one price to whet your appetite before dinner! Participating restaurants include America Eats Tavern, FiolaFounding Farmers, Penn Commons, STK, Wildfire, and many more. Pairings include an autumn harvest Manhattan and a roasted pumpkin arancini with a savory apple compote (Bastille), a “La Volpe” with picoletto of stracciatella with heirloom beets, house made apple butter and roasted walnuts (Casa Luca), the “Smoke on the Water” with a serrano jack sushi plate (Farmers Fishers Bakers), and a Framboise Goose draft cocktail paired with coconut shrimp (Mama Rouge), among others.

Book a table to taste these one-of-a-kind creations and toast to Washington, D.C.’s booming cocktail culture. Make a reservation.

 

Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Smoke

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I’m not sure how I feel about this, but here is a photo of a smoked salmon martini.

Smoke gets in your eyes — and it can also get in your food! While smoking fish and meats is likely as old as eating fish and meats, chefs and mixologists have been smoking other ingredients to add another layer of flavor to dishes and drinks. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this tasty technique.

Autre Monde, Berwyn, Illinois: “The braised short rib melted in my mouth, and the fresh chard accompaniment was perfect for a cool fall evening. Even better, the smoked lamb shank was to die for.”

Bar Tartine, San Francisco, California: “Standouts were roasted beets and another course of smoked potatoes — which had some of the most lovely smokey flavor I can recall.”

Cook Hall, Atlanta, Georgia: “Smoked Old Fashioned that arrives in a closed mason jar with smoke enclosed … ready to shake and infuse!”

* The Farm House, Nashville, Tennessee: “We started our night with the cornmeal-crusted quail and waffle with smoked honey, then the beet salad. Both were excellent.”

Fatty Cue, New York, New York: ” If you love smoked foods, this is the place for you — even the watermelon was smoked (and delicious)!”

Hakkasan, San Francisco, California: “Don’t miss the Shanghai dumplings and the fall-off-the-bone tea-smoked short rib.”

*  Maysville, New York, New York: “Gotta try the smoked oysters.”

Metropole, Cincinnati, Ohio: “The bread and smoked butter was very good — the highlight.”

Mile End Delicatessen, New York, New York: “Dinner stars that we tried include appetizers of fried artichokes, beet salad and chopped liver, entrees of smoked meat burger (messy to eat but worth the fight), grilled trout (who would’ve thunk!), and a sausage plate.”

Mistral, Princeton, New Jersey:  “Of the six dishes we ordered, these were the standouts: the corn arapa, which is like a cornbread pizza with a generous amount of duck confit and other delicious things as toppings, the smoked pappardelle with Brussels sprouts, which my husband wanted seconds of.”

Niche Restaurant, Clayton, Missouri: “Smoking egg, short rib, steak, cocktails, quality rolls and butter — all delicious.”

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OpenTable Reviews Reveal the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars — Cocktail Photos + Recipes!

In celebration of the nation’s growing cocktail culture, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Winners, which include Bathtub Gin in New York City, and Searsucker in San Diego, and Untitled in Chicago, are located in 23 states and the nation’s capital. California restaurants make a strong showing with 27 honorees. Florida follows with 14 top restaurant bars, trailed by Massachusetts and New York, with 10 and nine winners, respectively. New Jersey and Texas restaurants each claim five spots on the list, and Pennsylvania restaurant bars have earned four spots. Maryland, Nevada, and South Carolina each boast three winners. Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. Establishments serving American fare account for the majority of winners; Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines have a presence as well.

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Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Cucumbers

The Screaming Viking cocktail is often garnished with bruised cucumber.

As temperatures have soared around North America this summer, diners have sought relief in cool summer cocktails and fare. A favorite ingredient of chefs and foodies alike are cucumbers. Fragrant, crunchy, and easily paired with sweet and savory ingredients, cucumbers can be found in dozens of varieties, from the popular Marketmore 76 and Lemon Yellow, to Poona Khera and Suyo Long. Find out how OpenTable diners have been enjoying these refreshing vegetables during the warm weather. 

Alex Italian Restaurant, Rutherford, California: “A melon and cucumber salad was perfect for a warm summer day.”

Bannock, Toronto, Ontario: “We had the pickerel tacos, which were delicious, as usual. The pickerel was fresh-tasting and lightly cooked, so it was moist and delicate. The apple and cucumber salad continues to be a great tangy accompaniment.”

Brasserie Cognac, New York, New York: “Cucumber soup was outstanding, particularly on the sticky and stormy evening when we visited.”

* Carmichaels Steakhouse, Chicago, Illinois: “Amazing specialty drinks; had the tastiest cucumber martini — definitely recommend this as a summer drink on a warm night!”

* Founding Farmers, Washington, D.C.: “Amazing brunch; best in D.C. Get the chicken and waffles and the cranberry cucumber cooler and you will want to order it every day.”

The Foundry on Melrose, Los Angeles, California: “My wife had a cocktail with cucumber and jalapeno and said it was one of the best she has ever had.”

Garrido’s Restaurant, Austin, Texas: “I love the kiwi cucumber martini.”

La Condesa, Austin, Texas: “Venison tacos were especially tasty — with a tangy tinge from the pickled cucumbers.”

Majolica, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania: “The cucumber sorbet with basil and olive oil, served complementary as a palate cleanser, was absolutely outstanding. The sorbet is a great example of a little touch that will keep us coming back for more!”

Maloney & Porcelli, New York, New York: “Gazpacho with cucumber sorbet was a delicious surprise.”

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