On Our Plate: Best Restaurants with a View; Chefs Fight Fracking; AC Food + Wine Festival; KRLD Restaurant Week; dineLA + Queens Feast Wind Down

Restaurant Week Boston arrives August 19th! Snap up your reservations soon!

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the release of our 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the U.S. Discover if your fave made the list!

* Join foodies in the fight against fracking in New York State at tonight’s benefit for New Yorkers Against Fracking and Chefs for the Marcellus at Brooklyn Winery. Purchase tickets now.

* The Atlantic City Food + Wine Festival starts today! Get tickets for four days of food and fun in the AC.

* Take a look at scenes from the Banana Republic + Bon Appetit Desk to Dinner party in New York last week. Click here!

* Are you going from Desk to Dinner tonight? Get some tips on making the transition from stylist Annie Ladino.

* Now trending on OpenTable restaurant reviews? Heirloom tomatoes.

How long do you wait before trying a new restaurant? Vote in this week’s poll!

* Did you send the Tweet of the Week? Find out!

* New York City Restaurant Week continues through August 10, and we’ve got the scoop on special menus from Lincoln Ristorante, Café Centro, and La Fonda del Sol. Learn what they’re serving and why it’s so special.

* dineLA is winding down. Dine on $15, $20 or $25 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, July 16-27, 2012.

* South Jersey Farm to Fork Week is in full bloom. Savor $25 or $35 four-course dinners, July 22-28, 2012.

* Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week ends soon. Save with $30 three-course dinners, July 20-29, 2012.

* Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book tables to dine on special $25 and $35 dinners, July 21-29.

* Cleveland Cool Fun in the Summertime is happening. Sample delicious dishes and pairings at Cleveland’s best restaurants thru 7/31.

* Restaurant Week Columbus continues. Enjoy gourmet prix-fixe menus for $15-$35 until July 28th.

* Hudson Restaurant Week is a hit! $13-$18 lunches and $25-$35 dinners, through August 3.

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Trendspotting: Foraging for Food; Mixology with Meals; Pigs; Pop Rocks; Pop-Up Restaurants; Sharks; Sustainable Restaurants, and More

In food-related news from the blogosphere and your favorite food sections…

* Forget singing for your supper; it’s all about searching for it these days, thanks to a renewed interest in foraged ingredients. I don’t mind the practice, but this word is beginning to crop up on menus everywhere and it’s driving me a bit batty. [Nation’s Restaurant News] [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

* New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz wants to ban the use of salt in food prep at restaurants in New York State. In other words, he wants to ruin all the restaurant food in New York State. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

* Are Pop Rocks the new truffles? Probably not, but some restaurants in New York (Klee, Kefi, and Fishtail by David Burke) are embracing this clamorous candy and other 7-11 delights as ingredients in high-end dishes. [New York Post]

* I did not know that: Eggs aren’t dairy. Whew! I recently did a cleanse that excluded dairy, but I adore eggs so it was sheer (and, in hindsight, unnecessary) torture. Thanks to Carolina Santos-Neve and Epicurious for clearing this up.  [The Epi-Log]

* It’s not easy to not eat meat, but Chow’s Roxanne Webber has some insights as to how vegetarian and vegan chefs make their meat-free dishes so delicious. [Chow]

* First craft beers, now cocktails are being paired with food at fine restaurants. Can wine get a break? [The Atlantic] [Washington Post]

* Pop-up restaurants are, well, popping up all over New York, much to diners’ great joy. [Los Angeles Times]

* Restaurateurs are embracing sustainability in ways big and small, from building materials to menu items. [Los Angeles Times]

* Shark is not sustainable, in case you were wondering. [The Atlantic]

* In news sure to shake Miss Piggy to her stilettos, whole-pig restaurants are all the rage in Southern California. [Los Angeles Times]

* Despite their appetite for whole pigs, diners want to get healthier. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

* Diners also want to eat outdoors, especially in New York. [The New York Times]

* Food is my religion, and restaurants are my houses of worship. Thankfully, I am not alone. [The Grist]