Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Avocado

This is a picture of the storied roasted carrot and avocado salad served at ABC Kitchen in New York moments before I devoured it.

I just ate two avocados for lunch. They were in that perfect-yet-fleeting moment — unbruised, soft, silky — so, really, it was a race against time, and I just had to eat them both. Anyway, it got me thinking about the  increasing popularity of avocado in dishes that are not guacamole (although there’s nothing wrong with guacamole). Nature’s most decadent vegetable (Yes, I know it’s technically a fruit!) because of its rich taste and texture — and high (for a veggie) fat content, avocado is very beneficial to your health. According to the California Avocado Commission, “Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. They also act as a ‘nutrient booster’ by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.” Additionally, avocado is alleged to be an aphrodisiac. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this good mood food in recent restaurant reviews.

43 North, Madison, Wisconsin: “The written menu fails entirely to describe the exceptional food. My husband and I opted to share a large salad and three small plates. Each dish was beautifully presented with surprising small flourishes, such as avocado fritters with the green salad.”

* ABC Kitchen, New York, New York: “Amazing brunch at ABC Kitchen. My wife started with the roasted carrot and avocado salad, which she loved.”

Aqua Terra Restaurant, Fallbrook, California: “We shared the garlicky baked avocado appetizer. Fallbrook is the heart of avocado country, and this was a fine presentation.”

Brigantine Coronado, Coronado, California: “I had the restaurant’s signature dish — swordfish with lemon avocado butter and blue cheese potato salad and vegetables. This was the best fish dish I have ever had in my life. It was so delicious; just perfect.”

* Candle 79, New York, New York: “Our appetizers were phenomenal — the warm Brussels sprout salad, beet salad ,and avocado tartare stood out.”

Contigo, San Francisco, California: “I love this place. I find the food to be consistently outstanding. Their little toasts are perfection — the sardine/avocado/pickled onion/salt one is my favorite.”

Eveleigh, West Hollywood: “On a 70+ degree day in LA, it was gorgeous. The food was right up our alley, too. We had the avocado toast and baked eggs, and they were outstanding. Perfect amount for sharing.”

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On Our Plate: Valentine’s Day Reservations; Winter Restaurant Weeks Begin!

Even this pup knows that Valentine's Day is on the way! Start planning today.

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Sacramento Dine Downtown and Washington D.C. Restaurant Week have started!

Winter Restaurant Week reservations are open for AlexandriaBaltimoreCenter City/PhiladelphiaCharlotte/Queen’s FeastColumbusdineLAOaklandKansas CityNew York City,  PittsburghProvidenceRaleigh/TriangleSan DiegoSan FranciscoSouth Carolina, and Virginia BeachStay tuned for additional announcements!

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Washington D.C. Restaurant Week + Sacramento Dine Downtown Start Today!

Mondays aren’t always fun days, but today certainly is in our nation’s capital and Sacramento! These two cities are celebrating the launch of their restaurant weeks.

Washington D.C. Restaurant Week runs through January 15 and features $20.12 lunches and $35.12 dinners. Participating restaurants include Art and Soul, Jaleo, and PS 7’s, among many others. Check out this piece in The Washingtonian on expert tips for making the most of D.C. Restaurant Week. Reserve now.

Sacramento Dine Downtown runs until January 18, with 30 restaurants offering three-course $30 dinners. Participants include Biba, Chops, and Ten22. Listen to the folks at Capitol Public Radio discuss this delicious event. Reserve now.

Check back for extensions and the launch of other restaurant weeks!