Dine Out, Fight AIDS: Dining Out for Life Is Happening This Week in a City Near You!

Your Dining Out for Life order can help people battling AIDS receive vital services.Today, tomorrow, and Thursday, Dining Out for Life is happening in select cities. Dine at a participating restaurant in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Indiana, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Diego, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C., and a percentage of the proceeds (from 25%-110%) will go directly to a local licensed AIDS services agency.

Founded in 1991, Dining Out For Life® was created by an ActionAIDS volunteer in Philadelphia and is now produced in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada.Continue Reading

OpenTable Releases Restaurant Industry Index for Q4 and Full Year 2012

We are pleased to release the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for the fourth quarter and full year 2012.

“As anticipated, Hurricane Sandy contributed to the decline in industry growth during the fourth quarter,” notes our own Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable. “Restaurants in the New York and Washington DC area  were hit particularly hard during the quarter, while growth in other major metro areas and the U.S. overall was essentially flat year-over-year.”

OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index

The OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index is based on data gathered from more than 9,000 reservation-taking restaurants* sampled from the OpenTable network in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each percentage indicates a year-over-year increase or decrease in the number of guests served in these reservation-taking restaurants, as recorded by the restaurants in their reservation books. Those guests include those who honored reservations made by phone or online as well as those who walked in without a reservation.Continue Reading

Winter Restaurant Weeks Continue in Boston, Cleveland, Denver + More

Don’t miss these steals on meals in a city near you.

Winter restaurant weeks continue. Revisit old favorites and try new restaurants on your to-dine list for less.

* Annapolis Restaurant Week:  $15.95 two-course lunches and $32.95 three-course dinners, February 25-March 3. Book a table.

* Atlantic City Restaurant Week: $15.13 lunches and $33.13 dinners, March 3-9. Book a table.

* Restaurant Week Boston: 2-course light lunches for $15.13, 3-course lunches for $20.13, and 3-course dinners for $38.13, March 17-22 and 24-29. Book a table.

* Buckhead Restaurant Week: $15, $25 and $35 set menus, March 9-17. Book a table.

* Calgary’s The Big Taste: $15-$25 lunches and $25-$35 and $85 dinners, March 1-10. Book a table.

* Chicago Chef Week: $22 three-course lunches and $44 three-course dinners, March 17-22. Book a table.

* Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week: $15 lunches and $30 dinners, February 22-March 3. Book a table.

* Denver Winter Restaurant Week: $26.40 dinners for one and $52.80 dinners for two, February 23-March 8. Book a table.

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Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Brisket

Researching this post inspired me to go out — for brisket! I can now say with much conviction that I embrace this trend.

Humble brisket has gotten a promotion. Not just relegated to the holidays any longer, brisket in all its homey goodness is getting another look from chefs of all cuisines and is finding its way into ravioli, empanadas, tacos, and, of course, on to plates of barbecue at some of the nation’s best restaurants. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about brisket in recent reviews — and share your fave place to serve this dish in the comments section. 

1886 Cafe & Bakery, Austin, Texas: “The brisket-burger (known as the Austin, TX) literally melted in our mouths.”

Alma Cocina, Atlanta, Georgia: “Brisket enchiladas were delicious!”

Basso, St. Louis, Missouri: “Main course consisted of the mushroom ravioli, the beef brisket rigatoni, and the emo punk pizza. All three entrees were great, especially to share and get the variety.”

Blue Smoke, New York, New York: “I had the Pit BBQ sampler and the food was great. I’m still trying to decide if I liked the brisket, pulled pork, or chicken the best. Great food and atmosphere!”

Distrito at the Saguaro Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona: “The brisket is rich and smoky.”

Dogwood Restaurant, Baltimore, Maryland: “The braised beef brisket was amazing, and I wished for more leftovers, so I could have enjoyed it for a few more meals!”

* E&E Grill House,  New York, New York: “Enjoyable dining experience. Wait staff friendly, attentive. Food excellent. Our party of four had salmon, scallops, slow roasted brisket, and the hangar steak. All done to perfection, as was the grilled asparagus.”

El Centro D.F., Washington, D.C.: “Awesome! Mango margarita, brisket enchiladas, fantastic service. A+ all the way. :)”

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