On Our Plate: Dine Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week Starts Today; French Restaurant Week Coming Soon to NYC; Rhubarb All the Rage + More

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Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Today is the longest day of the year. If you could fit in dinners at two different restaurants, where would you dine? Weigh in over on Facebook!

* Do your kids order off the children’s menu? Vote in this week’s dining poll!

* We’ve teamed up with Tasting Table and Travel + Leisure to give away a dream New York City vacation for two this fall. Enter today!

* This week’s restaurant review trendRhubarb.

* Don’t miss your chance to vote in The Nature Conservancy 2012 People’s Choice Nature’s Plate AwardsCast your vote for the best green restaurants today!

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

It’s Portland Dining MonthReserve today to enjoy $25 three-course dinners at Portland’s best restaurants.

* Dine Downtown San Jose Restaurant Week kicks off today! Don’t miss 12 days of $20, $30, $40, $50, $60 & $70 menus!

* Say Oui! to French Restaurant Week in New York. Take advantage of $17.89 set menus July 8-15 in honor of Bastille Day.

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

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Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Rhubarb

Because it is perennial and very drought resistant, rhubarb is a reliable favorite of farmers and chefs alike!

Rhubarb is on the rise in my garden — and at OpenTable restaurants. A springtime favorite, rhubarb is as diverse as it is delicious, finding its way into pies, pickles, and preserves. Two facts about rhubarb that intrigue me: Its stems are edible, though its leaves are poisonous (!), and the word rhubarb is slang for argument, something I learned from the great Charles M. Schulz in his Peanuts strip. We hope you find some of this seasonal ingredient on your plate soon!

Accanto, Portland, Oregon: “We always enjoy Accanto. The food is great, but the way they handle the small details surprises and delights us — a few rhubarb pickles with the pate. Rhubarb? Yes.”

* Bishop’s, Vancouver, British Columbia: ” A delicious showcase of regional delights. We were thoroughly impressed. The complimentary candied rhubarb gelee was a perfect way to end our meal since we were too full to order dessert.”

*  The Dorrance, Providence, Rhode Island: “The vegetables that came with the meal were unique and tasty (tiny lovely beets, rhubarb, unusual greens).”

Garces Trading Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “The food is absolutely outstanding! Try the poached rhubarb on the weekend brunch menu — a unique treat you won’t find anywhere else. Cannot recommend the food enough!”

Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois: “We shared duck, rhubarb bread (bread made with duck fat and side of duck fat andrhubarb preserves), oysters roasted with bacon, cauliflower sprinkled with spices, pine nuts, and mint, diver scallops with duck confit (and green apple, I think). All were excellent but, the best (TG&TG specialty) was the pig face.”

Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Illinois: “Our rhubarb dessert was a perfect end to the best dining experience imaginable.”

* Icehouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota: “The other really notable thing about this restaurant was the dessert menu, which is usually forgotten or an afterthought at most new ‘foodie’ restaurants. But here, it’s just as interesting as the food menu, with items like buttermilk and cardamom pie and rhubarb and pink peppercorn sundaes (Both were fantastic by the way!). I would highly recommend this place!”

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