World’s Top 50 Restaurants; Social Media Helps Right Dining Injustices; Fish Collars + More News

Piquillos Rellenos Jose Garces-style at Amada.
Piquillos Rellenos Jose Garces-style at Amada in Philadephia.

* The World’s Top 50 Restaurants list is out. Congratulations to Eleven Madison Park (#5), Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (#7), Per Se (#11), The Ledbury (#13), Pujol (#17), Le Bernardin (#19), Daniel (#29), The Fat Duck (#33), and The French Laundry (#47). [Fox News]

* Don’t you know who I am? The daughter of a government official in Mexico misused her influence to shutter a restaurant for not seating her at the table she wanted. Enter the Twitterati. Maximo Bistrot has since reopened and apologies continue. [Washington Post]

* Restaurant bans area man. An Albany restaurant operator forgot he was in the hospitality business when he asked a diner to leave — and never return. He, too, underestimated the power of social media. [TimesUnion.com]

* So, you want to open a restaurant? Read this list of do’s and don’ts first. [Richmond.com]

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San Francisco 2013 Michelin Starred Restaurants Named: Reserve Now!

Chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood and Chef Daniel Patterson of Coi have both earned 2013 Michelin stars.

OpenTable is pleased to highlight the honorees in the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013. Forty-two restaurants are included, with two San Francisco restaurants receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, with another six achieving two Michelin stars, including Atelier-Crenn, which moved from one star to two. Thirty-four restaurants earned one Michelin star, with three new additions.

Being included in the respected MICHELIN Guide is a sign of excellence and quality. In the U.S., San Francisco is one of only three cities where Michelin publishes an annual guide. The others are New York and Chicago. The MICHELIN Guide New York 2013 was published October 3rd, and the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2013 will be announced on November 13, 2012. Honorees include:

Three Stars: The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood.

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Lunch Break: Meet OpenTable Employee … Tori Tsu

[singlepic id=19 w=300 h=400 float=right]As you may have guessed, OpenTable is a company of foodies. It’s also a pretty terrific place to work! Each week, you’ll meet another OpenTable employee and find out some of their food faves — and discover their answers to one of life’s eternal questions: “What’s for lunch?” Click image for larger view.

Name: Tori Tsu

Hometown: Menlo Park, California

Job Title: Associate Marketing Manager

What that means that I do at OpenTable: Consumer marketing, holidays, promos

Years at OpenTable: 1.5 +

I have worked in a restaurant as a: Hostess, wine attendant.

The food that I can’t live without: Really good bread.

The one food I’ll never try: nattō.

My go-to drink or cocktail: Bourbon, neat.

The delicious dessert I refuse to share: Pot de crème.

My favorite thing about dining out is: not doing dishes.

If bone marrow is on a restaurant’s menu, I almost always order it.

My last best restaurant meal was at: traif or PT in Brooklyn.

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Gluten-Free at The French Laundry; Dating for Dinner; Female vs. Male Chefs; Restaurants Seek Rx for Dining ADD; Cheers to Sommeliers, Jeers to Corkage

Sadly, Balzac was born a generation too soon to compete in the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Hold the wheat. You can dine gluten-free at The French Laundry and it is, obviously, still really, really good. [CarolFensterCooks.com]

* The war on dining ADD. It’s being waged at many restaurants, particularly in Dallas. [City of Fate]

* The difference between female and male chefs. Some folks think there is one. I’m not sure because there aren’t enough female chefs out there. Restaurant owners, please remedy this. Thank you. [Eating Our Words]

* The new rock stars. Chefs have had their moment. Farmers, too. Now, sommeliers are stepping into the spotlight. [NBC New York]

* Does your restaurant have game? No, not like wild game! Think game like Farmville. [Mashable]

* It may not pay to dine out. But it costs less than eating at home, so maybe it kind of does? [Examiner]

* Balzac, the first competitive eater? Honoré de Balzac could really pack it away, even in prison. [Wall Street Journal]

* Where do food trends come from? Wild speculation and wishful thinking? No, seriously, a food trendologist has some answers (but not really). [CHOW]

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