Perfect Pot Roast: The Roasts with the Most #slowfood

We live in a society that values speed. We push a button on our phones to conjure a ride, then stare at the screen as the car inches closer. We watch an entire season of a buzzy new show in a weekend because waiting a week between episodes would be sheer insanity. In a time when the world is moving at warp speeds, let’s pause to celebrate the things that take a little more time, starting with pot roast. Braised and simmered for hours to tender, flaky perfection, the classic pot roast is the O.G. of slow food and the antithesis of instant gratification in the best possible way. See how chefs around the country put their own signature spin on the beloved American dish that is perfect pot roast.

The Red Cat, New York, New York
Wrap up a stroll around Chelsea’s art galleries with a visit to this charming neighborhood staple. For most artists, the process is as important as the end result, and the same could be said for chef Mike Cooperman’s carefully crafted Brisket Pot Roast. Braised with onion, garlic, red wine, and veal stock, the whole brisket is cut before he adds a horseradish-bread crust to each piece and returns it to the oven for a final slow roast. He makes the accompanying spaetzle by hand-pressing dough through the holes of a colander, boiling, and then pan-crisping the deliciously irregular noodles with broccoli. Finished with a Dijon mustard sauce and broccoli puree, each bite is a work of art. (The dish is being offered as a special in March.) Make a reservation at The Red Cat.

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Washington Place, Cleveland, Ohio
By all means, order the traditional, perfectly prepared pot roast with mashed potatoes for dinner at this inviting bistro in Cleveland’s Little Italy, but if you’re visiting for brunch don’t miss the Pot Roast Hash. General manager Megan LeFebvre explains, “Brunch is a really big part of what we do at Washington Place. Tying one of our signature comfort food entrees to brunch was a priority to us, and we loved the idea of replacing the traditional corned beef with our fork tender pot roast.” Served with a poached egg, potato hash, white cheddar sauce, and toasted challah, it’s definitive proof that pot roast is a great way to start the day. Make a reservation at Washington Place.

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Mity Nice, Chicago, Illinois
On Tuesday nights at Mity Nice, two classic comfort dishes become one. The stylish spot on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile serves a Pot Roast-Stuffed Shells special — we’ll pause while your mind is blown — blanketed in fontina and Asiago cheeses and marinara sauce. With each rich, creamy bite, wonder why no one’s thought of this before. Make a reservation at Mity Nice.

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Beatrix Streeterville, Chicago, Illinois
This popular spot in Chicago’s Near North Side is open all day — from coffee and pastries to dinner and cocktails. In the morning, upgrade your breakfast BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) with the hearty Braised Pot Roast & Egg Sandwich, featuring aged white cheddar and jalapeno relish for a little kick to get your day going. Circle back for your dinnertime pot roast fix with their Slow Braised Short Rib Farrotto and a slice of the Oh My! Caramel Pie. Finally, congratulate yourself on a banner day of eating. Make a reservation at Beatrix Streeterville.

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Call of the Wild: 11 Wild Game Dishes to Try Now

As the leaves transition from green to a fiery array of blazing reds, electric yellows, and intense oranges and winter looms, the season for wild game is on. From ducks and pheasant to elk and venison, chefs showcase the bounty of the backwoods (including those at the 2015 100 Best Restaurants in America). These rusticated ingredients resonate with diners at this time of year because they evoke America’s pioneer roots and deep culinary traditions while being the kind of hearty, heartwarming fare that helps ward off the increasingly chilly days. Here are 11 wild game dishes to try now. 

Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, D.C.
It takes a full week for chef de Cuisine Brad Deboy to prepare his show-stopping roasted Rohan duck. He begins by drying the fowl and coating it with housemade Worcestershire sauce before cooking it for a day and finishing it with a spicy honey glaze. It arrives at the table whole, so you and your guest can ooh and aah, and then the succulent meat is carved for family-style service.

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Sepia, Chicago, Illinois
You know the old saying: two birds on the plate are worth four in the bush. Or something like that. Chef Andrew Zimmerman offers pheasant two ways: simply seared and tucked into a pot pie. You could call it a tasting flight if you were so inclined to employ such bad puns.

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The Wine Kitchen on the Creek, Frederick, Maryland
Time to sharpen your tusks. Executive chef Jeff Beard char-braises a wild boar shank, which comes out tender, but still toothsome. It’s served on a brushstroke of parsnip gratin with rounds of smoked pear and collard greens.

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Two, Chicago, Illinois
Looking for a beef break? Elk tastes similar, but the flavor is richer. To highlight this superior protein, executive chef Kevin Cuddihee offers a grilled loin accompanied by bacon-roasted turnips, chanterelle mushrooms, and dollops of herb butter that melt over the meat for extra oomph.

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Bastille, Alexandria, Virginia
Trust the French to do a très magnifique canard. Chefs and spouses Christophe and Michelle Poteaux offer a pepper-crusted breast in a piquant long pepper sauce. The spice is balanced out by a sweet mélange of roasted pears, figs, and grapes, along with a soothing swipe of earthy celeriac puree.

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Et Voila, Washington, D.C.
It doesn’t get more autumnal than this. Chef-owner Claudio Pirollo makes a wild boar stew enriched with chestnuts and chanterelles and served with Jerusalem artichokes. Try not to make too much noise as you scrape your spoon along the bottom for the last drop.

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Dine Like a Caveman: 6 Delicious Paleo Dishes Perfect for #CrossFit Enthusiasts

If The Flintstones were to be believed, dining like a caveman meant sinking one’s teeth into a monster rack of brontosaurus ribs. Thankfully, there’s more to Paleo dishes than that. Paleo eaters can dine on an array of lean proteins, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. But can life without the carb-y goodness of pasta or rich dairy still be satisfying? Will you still have the energy you need for endless squats? Indeed. But don’t take our word for it. Check out these six nutritious and delicious Paleo dishes to feed your inner Fred or Wilma — and to help you keep fit for Crossfit.

The New York City Cut at American Cut, New York, New York
A 20-ounce, bone-in rib eye is dry-aged for 30 days and gets a true old New York twist with the addition of pastrami spices and smoke at this sexy steakhouse from chef Marc Forgione.

Pig Tails and Cherry Agrodolce at Alla Spina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
At Marc Vetri’s Italian gastropub, pigtails are brined in water, salt, sugar, and rosemary until fork tender. They are then topped with a paleo-friendly blend of fennel, garlic, red chili, and red onion and fried for a soulful-yet-carb-free dish. [Photo by Jason Varney]

Brick Chicken at Glen Ellen Star, California
Now’s the time for Paleo diners to heat to the Glen Ellen Star. Chef Ari Weiswasser is a devoted CrossFit enthusiast and is featuring seven weeks of Paleo-focused menus to align with the Lurong Living Championship Challenge. After your WOD, sink your teeth into the roast-y chicken served with caramelized squash, summer succotash, and dill oil.

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OpenTable Restaurant Reviews Reveal #DinersChoice Top 30 Best BBQ Restaurants in America

Best BBQIn a nod to our nation’s longstanding love affair with barbecuing, we are pleased to honor the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 30 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing regional styles and techniques, including dry rubs and wet brines, the winning eateries use a balance of nuanced spices and smoke to bring forth complex flavors in their barbecue dishes. The complete list includes notable restaurants in 12 states and Washington, D.C., such as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Harlem, Lambert’s Downtown BBQ in Austin, and Wexler’s in San Francisco. California has six award winners, followed by Illinois and New York with five each, Texas with four, and Ohio with two. Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. Continue Reading