Trending on Restaurant Reviews: Sushi Rolls That Really Rock

Untitled 2It’s National Sushi Day! How fitting that this cuisine has its own day as it has become something of a staple in the diets of most American foodies. It can straddle both sides of the nutritional fence — clean and green (hand rolls packed with veggies and brown rice) or fatty and decadent (Hello, foie gras, mayo, and uni!), meaning there’s something for all comers. We’re celebrating the day by ordering sushi, taking inspiration from what diners are saying about the inventive and delightful sushi rolls that have them raving in recent restaurant reviews. 

Blowfish Sushi, San Francisco, California: “The food was divine. We ordered a vegetarian roll that was served warm and was outstanding. The shishito peppers melt in your mouth, and they are topped with thin sliced caramelized leeks! I have never tasted leeks in a better form.”

 The Bluefish-Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas: “We drive from OKC to eat dinner at Blue Fish. The service is always the best and we’ve never had a roll there that we didn’t like. Our favorite is the rainforest.”

Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar Lodo, Denver, Colorado: “We loved the multiple orgasm roll and the rock ‘n roll spicy shrimp roll!”

Insignia Prime Steak & Sushi, Smithtown, New York: “You *have* to order some type of special sushi; the insignia roll is a favorite!”

Irori Sushi, Marina Del Ray, California: “The blue crab and salmon roll is the best sushi roll I have ever tasted!”

Katsuya Hollywood SBE, Los Angeles, California: “I had blue fin sashimi, and a version of a spicy California roll with seared ahi on top; my daughter had a roll with shrimp on top — all totally amazing! As a fan of Food Network, you always hear them talk about how in a really good dish, you can taste all the elements without anything overpowering it — this was the first time I have ever had that experience (and I just turned 50!).”

The Olde Pink House Restaurant, Savannah, Georgia: “I tried southern sushi, which was a fried roll filled with shrimp and grits…brilliant.”

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Trending on Restaurant Reviews: Ricotta

Ricotta-toast-blogRicotta is one of the easiest cheeses to make. It requires no aging, so it can be eaten — literally — minutes after it is made. The simplicity of ricotta coupled with its rich flavor and creamy texture have made it a popular choice for housemade cheeses at restaurants around the U.S. Chefs are using ricotta alongside ingredients both sweet and savory, and in courses ranging from appetizers to desserts. Like the diner at Market Table, below, I recently discovered the pleasures of ricotta cavatelli and remain positively addicted. If you have not tried them, run, don’t walk. They are that good. Find out what folks have been saying about the dishes featuring this fresh cheese in recent OpenTable restaurant reviews.

A Toute Heurre, Cranford, New Jersey: “I had the ricotta and mozzarella pasta, and two days later woke up reminiscing about it.”

ABC Kitchen, New York, New York: “A great meal! Love the ricotta and rhubarb appetizer.”

Anna Maria Pasteria, Chicago, Illinois: “We finished with the dessert of the evening — a ricotta cheese parfait with cherry sauce. Perfect.”

Belli Osteria, Berkeley, California: “Started off sharing the fresh ricotta with honey, walnuts, and arugula, and it reminds me what ‘fresh’ is all about. Perfect starter.”

Bills Sydney, Honolulu, Hawaii: “Ricotta hotcakes for dinner a new favourite.”

Cesca, New York, New York: “Ricotta fritters at dessert fabulous”

* County, New York, New York: “The ricotta honey appetizer was perfect.”

Graffiato, Washington, D.C.: “The gnocchi with whipped ricotta and crispy rosemary alone is worth the trip!”

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Trending on Restaurant Reviews: Pizza

pizza-trend-blogWhenever someone asks me what my favorite pie is, I always tell them it is pizza. Seriously, you can keep your sweet apple pie; I want savory, crispy pizza pie every time. Much to my delight and that of diners just like me, pizza has been enjoying a great revival, and some of the nation’s best chefs are getting into the pie game, serving up every variety of pizza imaginable. From pies topped with carrots, figs, potatoes, and more to a creation inspired by a classic steak dinner at Peter Luger, here’s a small slice of the pizza raves in our most recent restaurant reviews. 

ABC Kitchen, New York, New York: “I’m usually not a big pizza fan, as I try to be on the healthy side and avoid gluten, but ABC’s mushroom pizza was oh-so-worth the try! Can’t wait to go back just for that. Do yourself a favor and try it, please!”

Domenica, New Orleans, Louisiana: “We all shared four pizzas and each was delicious. The carrot pizza was especially good.”

Frantolo Ristorante, Mill Valley, California: “This restaurant is always great, and the smoked salmon pizza is worth a special visit.”

Fritti, Atlanta, Georgia: “For pizzas, the Margherita (add salami or sausage) is perfect, with the correctly crisp and golden thin crust and the proper balance of tomato sauce and cheese on top.”

Greens Restaurant, San Francisco, California: “We recently took our out-of town friends here and shared the asparagus pizza (sounds intriguing; tastes GREAT!).”

Heartwood, New York, New York: “We ended the culinary adventure with “When Peter Luger goes out for Pizza” pizza, chasing it with the duck fat potato wedges! Hey, life is too short, live it up! The pizza was amazing: chewy crust, the adding of smoked sea salt brought out the flavors even more…it is a must try!”

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Spring Restaurant Weeks in a City Near You

Austin RWRestaurant weeks continue to spring up around the nation…

* Arizona Restaurant Week starts tomorrow! Reserve for $30 and $40 dinners, May 17-26.

* Austin Restaurant Week is almost here. Book for $12-$17 lunches and $27 or $37 dinners, May 18-21.

* Buckhead Restaurant Week arrives in Atlanta this weekend. Make a reservation for $15, $25, and $35 prix-fixe lunches + dinners, May 17-25.

* Coral Gables Restaurant Week is coming soon! Snag a table for $13-$29 lunches and $29-$40 dinners June 9-29.

* Loire Valley Wine Week ends in NYC on Sunday. Book now to take advantage of $20 lunches + $30 dinners paired perfectly with a glass of Loire Valley Wine.

* New Hampshire Restaurant Week begins today! Don’t miss $10, $15 + $20 lunches and $15, $25 + $35 dinners through May 23.

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