On Our Plate: No Kid Hungry Month Starts Soon; US Open NYC Dining; Restaurant Weeks in Omaha, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Palm Beach + More

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Roger Federer, pictured here with a friend, is a fan favorite at the US Open.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* The U.S. Open (aka The Most Wonderful Time of the Year) begins on Monday in New York. Find dining hot spots near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with these picks from the Tennis Channel.

* Dine Tampa Bay is on. Enjoy special three-course $25, $35, and $45 dinners through August 30.

* Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week is extended. Snap up $20.13 lunches + $35.13 dinners through September 1.

* Bet on Las Vegas Restaurant Week. Book now for $20.13 or $30.13 lunches and $30.13, $40.13 or $50.13 dinners, August 23-30.

* Devour Downtown Indianapolis has kicked off. Enjoy special 3-course, prix-fixe meals through September 1.

* Dining out in the Big Easy is even easier with COOLINARY New Orleans. Enjoy 2 or 3-course lunches for $20 or less and 3-course dinners for $35 or less through August 31.

* Houston Restaurant Weeks continue! Enjoy $20 + $35 brunches, $20 lunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through September 2.

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

* Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month starts in September. Save with $33 dinners throughout the month.

* Flavor Palm Beach Restaurant Month begins September 1. Book for $20 lunches & $30 and $35 dinners through September 30.

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On Our Plate: US Open Dining; Late Summer Restaurant Weeks in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Philadelphia + More; Restaurant Industry Index

OpenHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* OpenTable has released the OpenTable Restaurant Industry Index for Q2 2013. Find out how restaurants in major cities across the U.S. have been performing.

* The U.S. Open (aka The Most Wonderful Time of the Year) begins on Monday in New York. Find dining hot spots near the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with these picks from the Tennis Channel.

* Just two more days of Costa Mesa Restaurant Week. Reserve today for up to 40% off on gourmet meals at Costa Mesa’s best eateries, through August 23.

* Dine Tampa Bay is on. Enjoy special three-course $25, $35, and $45 dinners through August 30.

* Baltimore County Restaurant Week heats up! Get charmed by $15.13-$30.13 lunches and $15.13-$35.13 dinners through August 25.

* Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week continues. Take advantage of $35 dinners for one or two through August 25.

* Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week ends soon. Book now for $20 or $30 three-course dinners, and $10 beer or wine pairings at select locations, through August 25.

* Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week has arrived. Snap up $20.13 lunches + $35.13 dinners through August 25.

* Bet on Las Vegas Restaurant Week beginning tomorrow. Book now for $20.13 or $30.13 lunches and $30.13, $40.13 or $50.13 dinners, August 23-30.

* Devour Downtown Indianapolis has kicked off. Enjoy special 3-course, prix-fixe meals through September 1.

* Dining out in the Big Easy is even easier with COOLINARY New Orleans. Enjoy 2 or 3-course lunches for $20 or less and 3-course dinners for $35 or less through August 31.

* Houston Restaurant Weeks continue! Enjoy $20 + $35 brunches, $20 lunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through September 2.

* Spice up your summer with Miami Spice. Order up special $19 or $23 lunches and $33 or $39 dinners through September 30.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Artichokes

artichokeLike many of our most interesting foods, artichokes don’t look like the most inviting of ingredients. In fact, they look downright defensive, with their armadillo-like, be-thorned outer petals. While artichokes’ exteriors belie the deliciousness inside, you can bet it’s there; it just takes a bit of work to get to the big, tasty reveals, be they the meaty goodness at the base of the prickly petals or the tender heart hidden beneath the scratchy choke. Low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C, folate, and magnesium, artichokes are also thought to help detox the liver, which is why I love grilled artichokes with a martini. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about artichokes in recent restaurant reviews.

25 Lusk, San Francisco, California: “The cocktails were great — as was the wine and food. We had a tomato and artichoke bisque and pork cheeks for our first course.”

Amada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Great tapas plate. The standouts were parmesan artichokes and bacon-wrapped dates.”

Bess Bistro, Austin, Texas: “I loved the scallops and fried artichokes. Compliments to the chef.”

Bocca, New York, New York: “My crispy-skinned salmon with artichoke hearts and fingerling potatoes was a real winner. ”

Campo 185, Palo Alto, California: “Squash blossoms with crispy Roman artichokes was outstanding.”

Catch, San Francisco, California: “Try the artichoke heart and Dungeness crab tempura appetizer — amazing.”

Core de Roma, West Chester, Pennsylvania: “The artichoke appetizer is wonderful; I recommend that to anyone.”

Crossroads, Los Angeles, California: “Artichoke oysters are the best!”

Cucina Urbana, San Diego, California: “The candy beet salad with tempura artichoke, mâché, and horseradish balsamic was AWESOME.”

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Smoked Trout

trout-saladSmoked trout has fast become one of my favorite things to find on a menu, perhaps because it seems to pair perfectly with a martini. And, also, because it’s downright delicious. Turns out, I’m not alone. While most of what we diners enjoy at restaurants are smoked in-house, the recent $4.5 million expansion of fish smoker Ducktrap River in Belfast, Maine, indicates that many of us have developed a new appetite for smoked trout. Used in salads, sandwiches, spreads, mousses, and more, smoked trout is packed with protein and has a modest calorie count. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this smoky, salty fish dish.

*Alder, New York, New York: “Must haves: the fried cauliflower and the smoked trout and asparagus huevos revueltos.”

BIX, San Francisco, California: “Caesar salad and smoked trout salad are both worth ordering. Duck is always good there. Beautiful restaurant, traditional menu imaginatively done, reasonable service, and live music.”

Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen, New York, New York: “The smoked trout salad and beef marrow appetizers were outstanding.”

Blue Ridge Dining Room-Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina: “The smoked trout and smoked shrimp are the best in the world! Worth the whole trip to Asheville.”

The Bull Valley Roadhouse, Port Costa, California: “The food is unpretentious but simply delicious.The fried chicken was the best I have ever had, and the smoked trout salad was divine.”

* The Dandelion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “Pretty much everything we ate was unbelievably delicious. Smoked trout salad is incredibly flavorful while still being subtle.”

Dovetail, New York, New York: “We devoured the ‘put up’ starter plate — lima bean hummus, bacon marmalade, pimento cheese, and smoked trout spread — before going to the main course, which was shrimp with pumpkin seed pesto on pasta. Lots of options from small plate to gargantuan, lots of variety. Fresh ingredients prepared well, excellent service. A new favorite.” Continue Reading