OpenTable Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America — with Slideshow

In celebration of our country’s progressive food and dining culture, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Newer eateries rule the list, with the majority of winners opening in the last three years. More than 20 were founded in 2012 alone, while 15 launched in 2013, and six debuted as recently as 2014. Also, 14 of the honorees have women as executive chefs. American fare is overwhelmingly popular, but French and Italian restaurants are common among the honorees.  Other popular cuisines include Japanese, Spanish, Middle Eastern, modern European, tapas/small plates, and vegetarian.

Showcasing restaurants with unique menus, easygoing ambience, and passionate chefs who have a “source local, cook global” approach, the complete list includes award winners in 29 states, including Aviary in Portland, Odd Duck in Austin, and Vedge in Philadelphia. Restaurants in Portland and Philadelphia collectively account for almost 25 percent of the list. California has the greatest number of winners with 14, followed closely by Oregon and Pennsylvania with 13 each. New York has eight honorees, while Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington all have five, and Illinois has four. Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas each have three winning restaurants. Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, and Virginia, respectively, have two award winners. Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin are also represented.

Continue Reading

App for Dining with Allergies; Bad Food Trends; Five Diamond Restaurants + More

Eatible can tell allergy sufferers which foods are edible.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Worried about food allergies when dining out? There’s an app for that. [PC News]

* Age matters. When it comes to visiting restaurants, anyway. Older folks eat out more than young adults. [Consumerist]

* Five bad food trends. Courtesy of the curmudgeonly Josh Ozersky. [Time]

* Ten neither good nor bad menu trends. Change is afoot in the coming year. [IntheCapital.com]

* A woman’s place is in the restaurant kitchen. But it isn’t always easy. [ClarionLedger.com]

* Five diamonds are a chef’s best friend. Find out which restaurants scored the coveted Five Diamond rating from AAA. [USA Today]

* So that’s why I’m a good tipper! Rich diners don’t care about wages for restaurant workers. I, being un-rich, do. [AOL Jobs]

* Will an American ever win the Bocuse d’Or? Chef Paul Bocuse can dream. [WSJ]

* Fighting the flu with a new fork. Touchless cutlery is helping diners fend off illness. [11alive.com]Continue Reading

On Our Plate: Top Female Chefs; iPad App for Restaurants; Atlanta Hotel Restaurant Week; Poutine; Pete Campbell’s Fave App; Dine Out to Fight AIDS

Pete Campbell smiles, knowing that OpenTable and his smartphone will help him outsmart Roger's recent efforts to undermine him at client lunches.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of our new Electronic Reservation Book and iPad app for restaurants. Get all the details!

* What app would Pete Campbell use if Mad Men had smartphones? Take one guess!

* There are many women making history in restaurant kitchens across the nation. We’ve rounded up 12.

* This week’s restaurant review trendPoutine!

* At which meal are you most likely to try a new restaurantLet us know in this week’s poll!

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Reserve to Dine out to fight AIDS at select DenverMinneapolisPhiladelphiaSan DiegoSan Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  restaurants on April 26th!

* Restaurant Weeks in Atlanta Hotel and Austin are happening now. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less in your city.

* Restaurant reservations are now available for additional Restaurant Weeks, including DetroitLong IslandMain LineSeattle, and Tacoma.

Continue Reading