On Our Plate: Arizona Restaurant Week Is Here; Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining; Triangle Restaurant Week Reservations Are Live; Fava Beans + More

Enjoy $30 and $40 dinners at some of Arizona's best restaurants through May 27th!

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of the 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Restaurants for Outdoor Dining. Discover the nation’s best al fresco spots!

* Speaking of the great outdoors, do you eat lighter fare when you’re dining outsideVote in this week’s poll!

* This week’s restaurant review trendFava beans!

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Restaurant Week in Arizona is here. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less!

* Triangle Restaurant Week reservations are live. Book your tables to dine at a discount for seven tasty days!

* Dine About Town San Francisco is set to return June 1st! Reserve early and often to taste the best of the Bay Area’s food scene.

* Reservations are now open for the 5th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week, which runs June 4-17, 2012. Make a reservation.

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Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Fava Beans

Fava beans are super-easy to grow, but to peel? Not so much.

Fava beans are twice the work that other beans are — literally. You have to peel them two times! So, when I serve these straight out of the garden, I throw a peel-your-own-fava-beans cocktail party. I’m not even kidding. It seriously takes that much work to prep them, at least in the volume that we are able to harvest them. I still have nightmares about frantically peeling  them for service at L’Ecole! Thus, any time these green gems are on the menu at a restaurant, I always order them because I doubly appreciate the kitchen’s efforts. 

Aquarius-Dream Inn, Santa Cruz, California: ” Interesting food — whoever thought of a nutty mint-fava-pesto on wide noodles?”

Bistro Vendome, Denver, Colorado: “My husband had the special, Scottish salmon over pureed potatoes with corn and fava beans, that had an exquisite smokey flavor that was wonderful.”

Bistrot La Minette, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Love this place. The staff is always great with our well-behaved daughter who’s been coming here with us since she was two years old. Promises of the duck, rabbit, fava beans, bread, and, most importantly, the cassis sorbet excite her everytime we talk about Bistro la Minette. This is her, my wife’s, and my favorite restaurant.”

Camino, Oakland, California: “The egg, spring onion, farro, and fava dish was a plate of toasty spring.”

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