Announcing the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016 #OpenTable100

As locals and travelers continue to explore cities through their dining cultures this fall, we are pleased to unveil the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016

Highlighting oft-lauded fine dining and fine casual dining restaurants in well-known and emerging food cities, the complete list features restaurants in 30 states and the District of Columbia and includes Acquerello in San Francisco, Boka in Chicago, and Zahav in Philadelphia. California has 17 winning restaurants, followed by New York with nine, Pennsylvania with eight, Virginia with six, and Illinois and New Jersey with five each. North Carolina and Texas each have four honorees, while Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C. have three each. Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington state all have two eateries. Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, and Rhode Island are also represented.

Established restaurants have a strong presence on the list, although newcomers, such as Gabriel Kreuther in New York and Shaya in New Orleans, are sprinkled throughout. The most popular cuisine is American by far; however, French and Italian fares are also prevalent. Other cuisines include Asian, Hawaiian, Israeli, and Persian.

Check out a slideshow of select winners of our awards for the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016 below.

 

The 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America list is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners between August 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “fit for foodies” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America 2016 according to OpenTable diners:Continue Reading

Fond in Philadelphia: Chef Lee Styer on Seven Successful Years

Fond in Philadelphia

In 2013, Food & Wine named Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue one of the “Ten Best Foodie Streets in America,” and leading the list of reasons why was Fond. Started by three friends, two of whom honed their skills at the celebrated French restaurant Le Bec-Fin (and are now married), the inviting spot serves contemporary American fare with French influences. Diners can order a la carte from choices like foie gras sausage with pickled lobster mushrooms and housemade mozzarella or opt for a five- or seven -course tasting menu. Either way, save room for desserts like brown butter lemon pudding cake and malted milk chocolate ice cream, expertly crafted by co-owner and pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki. 

Fond just celebrated its anniversary last week, and as one diner recently gushed, “After seven years, I am always thrilled with the creativity of chef Styer.” OpenTable talked with Fond’s co-owner and head chef Lee Styer about working with friends, keeping the menu fresh, and why they love running a restaurant in Philadelphia.

Congratulations on your 7th anniversary! How has Fond developed such a passionate and devoted following in Philly?

I think we have gained a successful following by offering a high quality of food and service while still allowing our guests to remain comfortable. We want our guests to come in and eat good food in a relaxed environment. We treat our guests at Fond like we would treat guests in our own home. I think people have realized that they can come here and enjoy a great meal and feel welcome without a pretentious vibe.

How have you kept the menu fresh and exciting over the years?

Our menu is ever changing, but we do keep a few of the popular items on the menu for a longer period of time. We also always have different specials that we run from week to week. We try to keep our product and menu consistent while changing the ingredients and techniques over the seasons.

Fond was one of the pioneers of East Passyunk Avenue, which has been called one of the best foodie streets in America by Food & Wine. What was the neighborhood like when you opened your doors, and what has changed since then?

Over 20 restaurants and food service establishment have opened in the last seven years since we opened. It’s great to see new places come into the neighborhood and offer a different dining option. The neighborhood has grown tremendously with increased foot traffic and additional families moving to the area. Services like the valet parking enable the neighborhood to sustain its steady growth.

Fond in Philadelphia

What are the benefits and challenges of working with your spouse and friend?

When we opened seven years ago, Tory, Jessie, and I worked all day in a tiny restaurant space. Since then Jessie has moved into Belle Cakery and now is at home with our two small children, and Tory and I are now at a larger location at 1537 South 11th street. Working so closely with good friends has its ups and downs. Some of the positives are: all three partners are working for a specific goal, i.e. the success of Fond. Some of the challenges are that we may have different ways of reaching those goals. It had been a great opportunity to work with Tory and Jessie, but it has been also improved when each of us has had a little bit more room to expand our individual areas of focus.Continue Reading

September 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Late Summer Savings

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Summer is coming to an end, but September 2016 restaurant weeks are still in season. 

Flavor Palm Beach has kicked off with $10 + $20 lunches and $30, $35, $40 + $45 dinners through September 30. Make a reservation.

* Charleston Restaurant Week features delightful deals on three-course dinners and lunches through September 18. Make a reservation.

Downtown Dine O’ Round Salt Lake City is almost here. Order $5 + $10 lunches and $15 + $35 dinners, September 9-25. Make a reservation.

Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week is coming with $15 + $25 lunches and brunches and $25 + $35 dinners, September 10-18. Make a reservation.

Dining Out for Life Baltimore brings you a chance to do good while you dine out. Eat at a participating restaurant and 25-100% of your bill will be donated to Moveable Feast on September 15. Make a reservation.

* Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has $15 two-course lunches + $35 three-course dinners through September 18. Make a reservation.

Restaurant Week New Orleans lets the good times roll with $20 two-course lunches + $39 three-course dinners, September 12-18. Make a reservation.

Omaha Restaurant Week is 10 full nights of belt-busting fun that benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland with $20, $30, $40 + $50 dinners, September 16-25. Make a reservation.

* Cobb County Restaurant Week has a trifecta of savings with $15, $25 + $35 brunches, lunches, and dinners, September 17-24. Make a reservation.

Center City District Restaurant Week comes to the PHL with $20 lunches + $35 dinners, September 11-16 and September 18-23. Make a reservation.Continue Reading

July 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Celebrate Your City’s Culinary Scene for Less

July 2016 Restaurant WeeksWhether you’re traveling or staying local this summer, discounted dining is coming to a metropolitan area near you, thanks to July 2016 restaurant weeks.

* NYC French Restaurant Week offers sumptuous meals for the revolutionary prices of $17.89, $35.78 + $178.90 in celebration of Bastille Week, through July 17. Make a reservation.

* Toronto Summerlicious features $18 ,$23 + $28 lunches and $28, $38 + $48 dinners, July 8-24. Make a reservation.

* Providence Restaurant Weeks brings you $14.95 lunches and $29.95 and $34.94 dinners, July 10-23. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Baton Rouge serves up $15, $20, $25, $30 + $35 prix-fixe menus, July 11-16. Make a reservation.

* Clayton Restaurant Week is your chance to enjoy three-course $25 + $35 dinners, July 11-17. Make a reservation.

* University City Dining Days in Philadelphia showcases $15, $25 + $35 dinners, July 14-24. Make a reservation.

* Charlottesville Restaurant Week in Virginia beckons with $19, $29 + $39 dinners, July 15-23. Make a reservation.

* Gwinnett Restaurant Week has three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners for just $25, July 17-21. Make a reservation.

* Mpls-St. Paul Magazine Restaurant Week lets you choose from $10, $15 + $20 lunches and $25, $30 + $35 dinners, July 17-22. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Columbus starts soon. Book now for $15, $20, $25, $30 + $35 meals, July 18-23. Make a reservation.Continue Reading