On Our Plate: Best Restaurants for Kids; Father’s Day Dining; Roast Chicken; Greenest Restaurants; Portland Dining Month; Dine Downtown San Jose

Dining out on Father's Day is a tradition that goes all the way back to olden times.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* The inner child in all of us and the parent in many of us are celebrating the release of the 2012 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 75 Kid-Friendly Restaurants. Find out where to have the family-friendliest dining experience with your brood!

* Father’s Day is Sunday! It’s not too late to score a terrific table for your favorite father!

* Speaking of Dad, what’s his favorite kind of cuisineWeigh in on this week’s 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 trend? Roast chicken.

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

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Where did the celebs dine last week? Get the scoop in this week’s edition of Dining with the Stars!

* Dine About Town San Francisco has returned! Reserve early and often to taste the best of the Bay Area’s food scene.

* The 5th Annual Coral Gables Restaurant Week is on. Dine for less through June 17, 2012. Make a reservation.

* It’s Portland Dining Month! Reserve today to enjoy $25 three-course dinners at Portland’s best restaurants.

Continue Reading

Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Roast Chicken

Of course, not *everyone* is excited about the increased interest in roasted chicken.

Roast chicken has become a staple of fine-dining menus, as Josh Ozersky has recently pointed out, thanks, in part, to the amazing roasted chickens being served at restaurants from the famous Zuni Cafe in San Francisco to new-ish New York hotspot The NoMad (see below).  Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this recently elevated — yet always appreciated — dish.

* 4580, Boulder, Colorado: “OMG! What a treat! The food (every last bit from appetizers, salads, and main course) was 5 stars! SO DELICIOUS!!! I had the red flesh trout over pea puree and my husband had the roast chicken with creamy polenta….YUM!!!!!!”

* Balaboosta, New York, New York: “Great meal start to finish. Started with red sangria, carrot and goat cheese pizza, and kataifi-wrapped shrimp. Fantastic. Skirt steak and roast chicken were possibly the best ever.”

* Campanula, San Francisco, California: “The roast chicken is great. They accomodated my special request on OpenTable.com reservation for strawberry ice cream sandwiches to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday. I really appreciated this and will be back for this gesture alone, much less the great chicken and service.”

Farmhouse Tavern, New York, New York: “The food was fantastic. I had the roasted Amish half chicken. The meat was incredibly tender and flavorful, while the potatoes and asparagus were so fresh, you could have told me they were hand picked from a garden in the back of the restaurant.”

Los Gatos Brewing Company, Los Gatos, California: “The roasted chicken is VERY good. Spit roasted over a wood fire, probably brined before. Can’t go wrong.”

Miel at the InterContinental Hotel Boston, Boston Massachusetts: “My fiance ordered the roasted half chicken in mustard sauce — it came in a skillet and was delicate and full of flavor. He asked for the recipe — which they gave.”

Millesime, New York, New York: “Superb! The romance and excellent food as if you were in Paris. The staff was outstanding, and the roasted chicken is so delicious, it’s heartwarming.”

Mon Ami Gabi, Las Vegas, Nevada: “This is a wonderful place to eat. The kids’ menu is really good. Steak was cooked exactly as ordered. Roasted chicken was full of flavor.”

Continue Reading

Best of New York Food 2010: New York Magazine Annoints the Elite

It may only be March, but it’s never too early for a list! After all, who wants to wait until December to learn what the best New York restaurants of the year are? Find out now, and start dining out at these notable eateries, courtesy of New York Magazine‘s Best of New York Food for 2010. Included, among others, are: