Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Morel Mushrooms

morelsThere’s this great myth that when spring arrives, a bounty of ingredients comes with it. In actuality, spring ingredients find their way onto menus at a slow trickle. Outside of asparagus, peas, ramps, and other leafy greens, one spring arrival that packs amazing flavor and texture is the morel mushroom. A favorite of foragers, morel mushrooms taste downright meaty and will turn even hardcore carnivores into fans. It’s so popular that there are websites devoted solely to celebrating the sponge mushroom. Lovely with pasta and risotto or paired with almost any protein, mushrooms are an antioxidant and a good source of vitamins B2, B3, D, as well as copper, selenium, and potassium. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this fun fungi in recent restaurant reviews.

Bartlett Pear Inn, Easton, Maryland: “Dinner there was excellent. The fresh morels and truffles were a delight.”

Bistro du Midi, Boston, Massachusetts: “For dinner, we enjoyed a special of housemade tagliatelle with morels, trumpet mushrooms, asparagus, fava beans, peas, and sun-dried tomatoes. Divine!”

Bluegrass Tavern, Baltimore, Maryland: “The food was terrific, and I would classify ourselves as foodies and picky. I had the morel and fava pot pie. It was silky and really punched the flavor on the morels.”

Bouchon at The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada: “Amazing food! And the specials really are special! The morel mushroom and asparagus tagliatelle in lemon butter sauce was so good, I could have had three.”

Crush, Seattle, Washington: “Lummi Nation halibut was outstanding in a preparation of morels/nettle sauce.”

Golden Pheasant Inn, Erwina, Pennsylvania: “We shared a delicious kale salad with locally foraged morel mushrooms,  and for entrees we had the shrimp and salmon. The food was exquisite, perfectly seasoned and prepared.”

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The Best Restaurants in the US: OpenTable Diners Reveal Their Top 50 Favorites

Chef Daniel Humm's elegant cuisine helped Eleven Madison Park earn a Diners' Choice Award.

To celebrate the end of the 2010 Diners’ Choice Awards season, we’ve saved the best for last. Literally! OpenTable is pleased to announce the winners of its 2010 Diners’ Choice Award for the Best Overall restaurants. Culled from more than 7 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, restaurants from 22 states and the District of Columbia made the list, with California restaurants making the most appearances (eight!) and pushing New York into second place (just seven restaurants versus last year’s nine!).

Winners include the coveted The French Laundry and Le Bernardin as well as Bone’s in Atlanta, Chez Francois in Ohio, Joseph Decuis in Indiana, and Terrapin Restaurant in Virginia, among others. Find out if your state — and your favorite restaurant in it — are among this impressive grouping.

And, tune in early next year as the 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards season kicks off with our Most Romantic restaurants winners — just in time for Valentine’s Day!