10 Essential Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is on Tuesday, May 5, but we’re already craving salt-rimmed Margaritas on the rocks, chips and salsa, and every culinary creation associated with this festive holiday. To narrow things down, we’ve rounded up 10 essential dishes for Cinco de Mayo to tuck into as you celebrate this weekend or on Tuesday (or really any day because — deliciousness!). Whet your appetite and make your reservations!

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1. Blackened Fish Tacos at Chef Geoff’s Rockville, Rockville, Maryland
Ingredients: Blackened wild catfish, corn and black bean relish, and avocado crema.
Rave review for Chef Geoff’s Rockville: “We can always count on a perfect meal — from the cocktails to the appetizers to the entrees and if we are able — the desserts! We have never been disappointed and will keep coming for the delicious, enjoyable meals!”

2. Ceviche de Atun Pacifico at Oyamel Mexican Cocina, Washington, D.C.
Ingredients: Honolulu Fish Co. Hawaiian Ahi tuna with Maggi-lime marinade, scallions, avocado, toasted pecans, Fresno chiles, and crispy amaranth.
Rave Review for Oyamel Mexican Cocina: “The food and service were great. The pork belly quesadillas, guacamole, and mushrooms were terrific, as was the tuna ceviche (according to the others I was dining with).”

3. Elotes/Mexican Street Corn at Rosa Mexicano New York, New York
Ingredients: Mexican crema, Cotija cheese, chili powder, garlic, and lime.
Rave review for Rosa Mexicano: “Great take on traditional TexMex, classy environment, and attentive service. Tasty margaritas, too.”

 

4. Enchiladas de Mole Negro Oaxaqueño at Fonda, Brooklyn, New York
Ingredients: Soft corn tortillas filled with braised chicken topped with a stone-ground Oaxacan black mole, chopped onions, crema, queso fresco, cilantro, and sesame seeds.
Rave review for Fonda: “I love this place. The sauces are so good I want to completely wipe the plate clean with tortillas!”

5. Guacamole at Lola, Denver, Colorado
Ingredients: Handcrafted and served tableside with perfectly ripe avocados, Serrano peppers, cilantro, red onion, garlic, lime, Chimayo chile powder, salt, and pepper.
Rave Review for Lola: “Everything here is great, but their table-side guacamole has got me hooked!!!! Perfect for drinks and apps with girlfriends, or dinner, or brunch! I HIGHLY recommend having a Horchata with rum or Tuaca.”

6. Huevos Ranchero at HECHO in San Francisco, California
Ingredients: Eggs, spicy‏ red sauce, bacon, black beans, crema, avocado, and flour tortillas, served with Mexican hash.
Rave review for HECHO: “We found this place because our friends’ son said he heard about a fried avocado taco. Starting out, the cocktails were great. The server was very attentive, and the food was great. Fun evening.”

7. Husk Merengue with Corn Mousse at Cosme, New York, New York
Ingredients: Corn husk leaves, egg whites, sugar, corn puree, heavy cream, and Mascarpone cheese.
Rave review for Cosme: “All the hype surrounding Cosme is 100% deserved. I can’t stop thinking about the duck carnitas and the corn husk merengue. I think they’re going to haunt me for the rest of my life. The husk merengue was so good we ordered another one after we finished it.”

8. Surf + Turf Molcajetes at Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, Boca Raton, Florida
Ingredients: Skirt steak, Spanish chorizo, chicken, and shrimp in a roasted garlic verde sauce.
Rave review for Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar: “The food and service are always great. Love, love, love the slow-cooked pork! Being gluten free is never an issue with these guys. Lots of options for even picky eaters, too.”Continue Reading

Celebrating by the Numbers: Mother’s Day Dining Trends

Mother’s Day is one the busiest dining days of the year — and it’s the single most popular day for brunch! In honor of this delicious day, we’ve combed through restaurant reservations data to deliver a deep dive into Mother’s Day dining trends across America. From the most popular times to dine to the most popular cuisines and most coveted restaurant reservations, this infographic will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Mother’s Day dining.

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Still searching for the perfect table for Mother’s Day? Find a reservation at one of the 2015 Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America!

And, don’t forget to enter the #MomsFaveMeal Mother’s Day giveaway for a chance to win one of 10 $150 OpenTable Gifts — so you can treat mom to a meal on us!

 

Celebrating National Garlic Month at The Stinking Rose (Because Where Else?)

st-portrait moonDid you know that April is National Garlic Month, and yesterday was National Garlic Day? We think it’s only fitting that the mighty clove, also known as the stinking rose, gets its very own month and day. After all, it’s been seasoning food and fighting off illness and garden pests (not to mention warding off vampires) for centuries. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, “It has been known in China since antiquity, and was an important article of diet in ancient Egypt and in classical Greece and Rome.” Despite its popularity, however, the patrician class frowned upon the accompanying smell, with the Roman poet Horace even writing that garlic is more harmful than hemlock.

While we diners only officially fete garlic and all its stinky goodness during April, Dante Serafini and Jerry Dal Bozzo, owners of The Stinking Rose in the Bay area celebrate it 365 days a year. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Italian neighborhood, the restaurant plows through about 1.5 tons of the stuff a month, featuring garlic in virtually every dish on their menu. For guests who don’t want to stop their allium sativum intake with spaghetti, there’s even garlic chocolate ice cream. Continue Reading

Easter Restaurant Reservations: Special Offers on Sunday

There’s more to Easter than eggs and candy — there are also Bloody Marys and mimosas! We jest (sort of), but, really, Easter Sunday is the ultimate dining day, with delicious options for lively brunches and dinners, specials, and super-fun extras for the under-12 set. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites in cities around the U.S. to give you an idea of how special the day can be when you spend it at a restaurant near you.

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* Local Three, Atlanta, Georgia: Kids five and under eat free at Local Three, children 5-12 dine for half price, and there are not one but TWO Easter egg hunts. See all Easter specials in the Atlanta area.

* Odyssey Cruises, Boston, Massachusetts: While adults will like raising a complimentary glass of Champagne at brunch, the kids will love a visit from the Easter Bunny, a balloon artist, goodie bags, and an ice-cream sundae bar. See all Easter specials in the Boston area.

* 676 Restaurant and Bar, Chicago, Illinois: Keep your eye on the prize at the grand buffet at 676, which includes a mimosa on the house along with the chance to win a chef’s table for two with wine pairings. See all Easter specials in the Chicago area.

* Resto Gastro Bistro at Trinity Groves, Dallas, Texas: Dine with your dog and dive into the ‘make your own Bloody Mary’ bar at Easter brunch on RGB’s canine-friendly patio. See all Easter specials in the Dallas area.

* The Corner Office Restaurant and Martini Bar, Denver, Colorado: The kids can keep busy at a free Easter egg coloring station while the adults can take advantage of bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar at brunch. See all Easter specials in the Denver area.

* MAX’s Wine Dive-Washington Avenue, Houston, Texas: The Easter Bunny is in the house, or rather, on the menu at MAX’s: A rabbit mole with mashed potatoes and green beans awaits at dinner. See all Easter specials in the Houston area.

* Foundation Room House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada: Put your hands in the air at the House of Blues gospel brunch. And keep your eye out for a visit from the Easter Bunny who’ll be bearing sweet treats and prizes for children. See all Easter specials in the Las Vegas area.

* bambu Restaurant, Newport Beach, California: The lavish buffet at bambu features a ham carving station and a chocolate waffle station. Again, a chocolate waffle station, folks! See all Easter specials in the Los Angeles area.

* Tanzy, Boca Raton, Florida: Celebrate the day  with a trip to Italy by way of chef Brian Nelson’s three-course artisan meal and “the hipster bunny.” We don’t know exactly what a hipster bunny is, but my guess is that he’s sporting skinny jeans. See all Easter specials in the Miami area.

* Faces Mears Park, St. Paul, Minnesota: There’s nowhere like Paris in the springtime, but the Easter Parisian brunch at Faces, which includes French desserts, may be the next best thing. See all Easter specials in the Minneapolis area.Continue Reading