Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Brussels Sprout Love!

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Who could resist Brussels sprouts when they’re served in a dish such as this from SPQR?

It’s no secret that Brussels sprouts have become super-popular; however, that popularity doesn’t extend to all eaters. Some folks literally swear they won’t abide them, no matter how tasty the preparation. This is likely because their only experience has been when a well-meaning but culinarily challenged loved one boiled them into mushy, soggy oblivion. Or, perhaps they suffer from lachanophobia specific to Brussels sprouts. Another possibility is genetic. Whatever the case, the good news is that chefs are helping stamp out sprout hate (or fear), dish by delicious dish. The season is just starting for these nutritious vegetables, which are a good source of fiber, manganese, and Vitamins K and C. They are also high in vital phytochemicals, which is typical of  cruciferous vegetables. Find out which restaurants are spreading the love, one plate at a time.

ACQUA, Forest Lake, Minnesota: “And, you must get the Brussels sprouts, at either location. Even if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, YOU will love these!”

Bluestem Brasserie, San Francisco, California: “The best part of my entree was the Brussels sprouts, and I don’t even like or ever order them!”

Cafe Trio, Kansas City, Missouri: “One guest, who is no big fan of Brussels sprouts, was won over by this preparation.”

The Cleveland Restaurant, New York, New York: “We had the Brussels sprout salad (never thought I would rave about a dish with Brussels sprouts in it). It was delicious!”

* eleven plates & wine, Austin, Texas: “I don’t like Brussels sprouts but was talked into trying them, and they were FABULOUS!”

* Franck’s, Salt Lake City, Utah: “The food is amazing. I hate Brussels sprouts, but they were my favorite thing on their appetizer menu.”

La Luce, Orlando, Florida: “Food was outstanding! I’m not a brave one for trying new things, but I did here and loved it all — even the Brussels sprouts!”

* Lattitude, West Springfield, Massachusetts: “Everything was delicious! We had crispy Brussels sprouts with a sweet chili sauce and butternut squash bisque for an appetizer. I don’t even like Brussels sprouts, and these were scrumptious!”

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September is No Kid Hungry Month: Make a Reservation to Help End Childhood Hunger

NKHNo child should grow up hungry in America, but more than 16 million children  — 1 out of 5  — struggles with hunger. Hunger prevents kids from reaching their full potential and it’s an epidemic that’s threatening America’s future. Join Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign in efforts to ensure every child in America has access to the nutritious food where she lives, learns, and plays. Helping is as easy as booking a reservation at a participating restaurant.

Happening throughout September in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S., Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is part of a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Bringing together thousands of restaurants and millions of diners, Share Our Strength helps participating restaurants raise funds through a variety of ways to support No Kid Hungry.

In September, you can show your support simply by making and honoring a reservation at a supporting OpenTable restaurant! Browse restaurants in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, MiamiNew York, and Washington, D.C. now — and check back as we roll out more city pages in the next week.Continue Reading

Pollan’s Rules for Sustainable Dining; Apply to Be the Next Village Voice Restaurant Critic + More

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Take a lesson from Lane Meyer; try using music to soothe your first-date nerves when dining out.

Dining news from around the web and the world…

* Sustainable supping. Michael Pollan’s rules for visiting restaurants. [The Telegraph]

* Eating out like an expert. Use these 12 insider tips to dine like a pro. [ABC News]

* Are first dates at restaurants the worst dates? Body language experts suggest just that. [Daily Mail]

* No kidding. A writer expounds on the pleasures of dining at a restaurant that has banned the 12-and-under set. [PeopleDaily.com]

* Seeking critic-al acclaim? Apply to be the Village Voice’s next restaurant critic. [Poynter.org]

* Don’t get fooled again. Tips for checking your check. [DeccanChronicle.comContinue Reading

Boomers Keeping Restaurants Busy; Nervous Diner Syndrome; Kid-Free Dining + More News

RelaxDining news from around the world and the web…

* A boom of boomers dining out. Millennials, however, are a different story. [The New York Times]

* Frankie say relax. So do all your servers. Nervous dining is a no-no. [Seattle Weekly]

* Should restaurants ban children? Depends on who you ask. [Fox News]

* Yippee, hippies! Legendary LA vegan restaurant The Source gets a revival by way of a pop-up. [Los Angeles Times]

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