Best Cities for Foodies; Vegas Dining Goes to New Heights + More

I would be too terrified to eat at 180 feet in the air!

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

* Spirits in the sky. Food, too! This Vegas restaurant will lift diners up 180 feet in the air. My palms got slick with fear just typing that. [KTNV]

* Cities most fit for foodies. The 15 cities with the most restaurants per capita. [HuffPost]

* Timing is everything. When it comes to eating healthy. And, you know, almost everything else in the world. [Shape]

* Award-worthy menu. Wolfgang Puck’s menu for the 2013 Academy Awards is more delectable than George Clooney. [ABC News]

* Batali alarmed by inspectors. Someone says Chef B has secret alarms installed at his restaurants. [NY Post]

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Thomas Keller’s Last Meal; More Restaurant Menus Go Gluten Free; Flash Photography, Diaper-Changing Ruining Meals; Sifton’s Best Reviews

She portrayed the Queen of the Nile, but Elizabeth Taylor did not eat a Mediterranean diet.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Hold the gluten. More restaurants are offering menu items that are safe for celiac disease sufferers to eat. [Winston-Salem Journal]

* The game is chicken. Thomas Keller (The French Laundry) on unacceptable behavior and what his last meal would be. []

* Flashers ruining meals. If you must photograph your food, leave your flash off. Thank you. [The New York Times]

* This doo is a don’t. If you dine out with your child, please remember that the table is not a changing station. Again, thank you. [Sun Times]

* Pump up the volume. Why restaurant music is often too loud or too lame. [Austin 360]

* Speaking of music. Even if it isn’t always music to your ears, per se, it’s music and restaurants have to pay for it. [InsideScoop SF]

* Dining with the Star Trekkers. Where Captain Picard would dine aboard the Enterprise. [Geek of the Day]

* The Liz Taylor diet. You may not lose any weight, but you’ll probably enjoy yourself immensely noshing on the notorious man eater’s menu. [Village Voice]

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Cakeage Fees Explained; Licenses Not Music to Restaurant Owners’ Ears; Kids Under 18 Banned at Restaurant; Insects Are Sustainable, But Are They Tasty?

Depending on how you slice it, cakeage fees could cost you more than the cake itself!

* Cakeage fees are climbing down under. To $10! As you may have guessed, diners aren’t happy. [Sydney Morning Herald]

* Please don’t stop the music. Although, it might be cheaper if restaurants did just that. [WRAL]

* Tweeting out. How social media is serving restaurants. [Sacramento Press]

* Much depends on dinner. Which is probably why moms are the ones who decide where the family will dine. [QSR]

* Diners behaving badly. In ten different ways. [Toronto Sun]

* Local restaurant survival guide. As told by three survivors. [Hickory Daily Record]

* Sign before you dine. D.C. restaurant Rogue 24 is asking guests to sign a two-page contract prior to dining. [Consumerist]

* Dishes on a diet. Top LA chefs give popular dishes a skinny twist. [LA Times]

* The secrets to restaurateur Danny Meyer’s success. There are 17! [Business Insider]

* Don’t look back. Unless you’re Alice Waters reflecting on 40 years of Chez Panisse. [Publisher’s Weekly]

*  Kids are banned at another restaurant. This time it’s those 18 and under, and some parents are outraged. I imagine some teenagers are glad they don’t have to dine out with mom and dad on a Saturday night. [Tennessean]

* Ketchup gives American cuisine a bad name. That’s what Jose Andres thinks. I disagree. Ketchup rules. [Seattle Times]

* Can’t afford to dine at The French Laundry? Make Thomas Keller’s chicken at home! [Foodie Chap]

* Bugging out. Insects are sustainable and edible. I’ll never eat them, but, you know, feel free. [Herald Sun]

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Dining Poll: Would You Like Some Music with Your Meal?

One of diners’ most frequent complaints about a restaurant is that it’s noisy. But, what about when restaurants pipe in music? Is that noise? Do great tunes complement great food? Or, is anything over a certain decibel level annoying? Chime in on our latest dining poll!