Make Mother’s Day Delicious: The 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2016 #OpenTable100

100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America 2016

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the most popular day to dine out for brunch, we’re excited to reveal the 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

From restaurants serving traditional dishes and lavish buffets to those making fried chicken and waffles and plant-forward fare synonymous with brunch, the complete list features winning restaurants in 26 states and Washington, D.C., and includes Balthazar in New York, Gracias Madre in West Hollywood, and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach. New York, arguably the birthplace of brunch as we have come to know and love it, comes out on top with 20 winning restaurants, followed by California with 16, Maryland with nine and Illinois with six. Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. boast five apiece, while North Carolina and Texas have four each. Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Virginia all have three winners, and Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, and Oregon have two each. Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington state are also represented.

American fare, which is closely associated with local farm-to-table ingredients, is extremely popular at the winning restaurants, as are French and seafood-driven menus. However, a variety of cuisines are present including dim sum, Creole, Hawaiian, Latin/Spanish, Low Country, Mexican, and vegetarian. Check out some of the tastiest brunch dishes from the winners in our slideshow below.

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Announcing the 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Groups in Canada

Best Restaurants for Groups in CanadaThe holidays are here — and you know what that means: family, friends, and food! Because we know Canadian foodies are going to be dining out in larger party sizes than ever to celebrate all month long, we’re excited to unveil the first ever 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Groups in Canada. The results reflect the combined opinions of more than 275,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 1,600 restaurants in Canada.

The list features restaurants from seven provinces which OpenTable diners have ranked as favourites when dining in groups of five or more. Ontario leads all provinces with 57 winning restaurants including Momofuku DAISHŌ in Toronto. Alberta follows with 17, such as The Italian Farmhouse in Bragg Creek, British Columbia with 16 like Bauhaus Restaurant in Vancouver, and Québec with six such as ONoir in Montreal. The 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Groups in Canada are…Continue Reading

Top Trends at the 2015 100 Best Restaurants in America

Blog Best word cloud copyEarlier today, we unveiled the 2015 100 Best Restaurants in America, and as diverse as the list is, there is an abundance of common features at the winners, from the food to the setting and beyond.

In contrast to our 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies, which showcased newer eateries serving smaller plates in more casual settings, these honorees are less chef-driven and more about the overall experience (although you will absolutely find top-flight chefs behind the burners (like Daniel Humm). Everything is on point, every moment and bite carefully orchestrated. These are the restaurants where we go to celebrate special occasions as well as to make any day seem extraordinary. Read on to discover the top trends at the 2015 100 Best Restaurants in America.

LUXE INGREDIENTS LIKE LOBSTER + FOIE GRAS
This may be the year of the wood sheep, but if the menus at this year’s winners are any indication, it was more like the year of the lobster. Maine lobster trappers have taken in another epic haul and demand is on the rise at top restaurants. And with the ban on foie gras repealed in California, it seems more fashionable than ever, despite the controversy surrounding it.
Seen at: Bouchard Restaurant and Inn,  Joseph TambelliniLaurel, Norman’s at the Ritz-Carltono yaSonoma, and Yono’s Restaurant, among others.

FORMAL WEAR
Do you like to dress for dinner? Then you’re in luck. Don your jackets and ties. Bust out that LBD. And head to one of the many honorees that indicate a jacket is required or preferred (apologies to Phil Collins).
Seen at: Addison RestaurantChez FrancoisDel PostoThe French RoomL’Auberge Chez François, and Quince Restaurant, among others.

TASTING MENUS
Nearly three years ago, writer Corby Kummer started a rhubarb of epic proportion when he came out against the so-called tyranny of the tasting menu in an article in Vanity Fair. And, yet the tasting menu is alive and well at the winning restaurants, with many offering it alongside an a la carte or prix-fixe choice. In fact, it is the only option several restaurants provide, reflecting diners’ desire for a more curated experience that tasting menus allow.
Seen at: AteraCastagna RestaurantThe CellarsFearrington House Restaurantn/naka, and Vetri, among others.

PHILADELPHIA
Look over your shoulder, New York. The PHL is gaining on you. Seven (!) of the 2015 100 Best Restaurants are located in the City of Brotherly Love (which we should maybe call the City of Culinary Love). From Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau’s plant-forward Vedge, which has made a national splash and ignited our appetites for vegetables, to longtime local fine dining fave Vetri, this town stands on its own merits and is no longer New York City’s sixth borough.
Seen at: LaurelVernick Food & DrinkVolverTalula’s Garden, and Zahav, also.

GAME MEATS
Moo-ve over, beef. Game meats are pushing you to the margins of the menu. Diners are finally catching on to what chefs have known all along – game’s got game. With selections such as venison, quail, rabbit, and elk staking claim to entrée offerings, steak knives just may need a new moniker.
Seen at: AmbienceArtisanal RestaurantForageMarché ModerneRestaurant Lorena’s, and Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, among others.Continue Reading

Nine Foodie Celebrities to Follow on Instagram

If you believe Us Weekly, celebrities are just like us. We won’t debate the veracity of that claim (they always seem to look preternaturally pulled together even when they come out of the Jivamukti studio), but we will say that, like us, they love to eat! In celebration of the release of the 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies awards, here are nine foodie celebrities to follow on Instagram to inspire your eating and drinking adventures.

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Chrissy Teigen
A list about celebrity Instagrammers who love to eat would not be complete without model Chrissy Teigen. Married to singer John Legend, the New York City-based stunner has the most delicious IG feed of all. She chows down on fish tacos from Michael Chernow, dines decadently with friends at Meso Maya in Dallas, and snacks on cooling ice cream cones – all while maintaining a super-healthy physique.

 

Action BronsonAction Bronson
Rapper Action Bronson is closely associated with a catchphrase that’s unprintable here, but, if his Instagram feed is any indication, he utters it several times a day. He sinks his teeth into Ivan Shishkin’s French toast-ified pastrami on rye, sups at Marea on charred octopus, and gushes over the cous cous in Morocco as he travels the world entertaining his many fans. ICYMI, he’ll also autograph pizza crust for said fans. Also, Action, if you’re reading this, if you ever find yourself performing near Newburyport, Massachusetts, dine at BRINE.

 

GwynethGwyneth Paltrow
The driving force behind kale smoothies and good-for-you food, Gwynnie has her fair share of lovers and haters, but, whatever your feelings, you’ve got to give her props for her longtime celebration of fresh food + drink. whether she’s hobnobbing with fellow celebs or cooking with her kids. She’s got snaps of just-picked summer produce from her garden, mind-blowing ramen from Ichicoro in Tampa, and her National Oyster Day feast at The Marshall Store in Tomales Bay.

 

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If you’ve been to a high-profile foodie event, chances are you’ve caught sight of Questlove. A talented drummer and band leader who plays with The Roots nightly on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he is an avid foodie who hosts food salons with marquee chefs on occasion. Questlove’s reputation as a gourmand who appreciates both the highbrow and the low was the inspiration for the new Quisp Love cereal milk from Christina Tosi of the Milk Bar. Don’t miss his pic of bacon soda sips.

 

Oprah

 

Oprah
She was and always will be the queen of daytime TV, even tho’ she’s no longer in front of the camera every day. However, you can keep up with her healthful appetites on Instagram. She favors from-her-farm produce (which she kindly shares with her neighbors), adores the famous crab cakes from Pappas in Baltimore, and claims that Jimmy Kimmel is one helluva pizzaiolo.

 

Drew

 

Drew Barrymore
Actress-producer-entrepreneur-momma Drew Barrymore will always be associated with food in our mind (Hello, Reese’s Pieces!). She’s got a sweet tooth and a taste for rose. In her latest holiday in Japan, Barrymore hit up robatayaki in Tokyo and made her dreams of sushi with Jiro a reality. She has also been known to chill out with mint chip ice cream on a hot summer day.

 

Posen

 

Zac Posen
You can’t design a more delicious diet than designer Zac Posen’s. Sure, you might expect beautiful pictures of fashionable plates of food from a fashionista. However, Posen also makes many of the dishes featured on his Instagram stream. A master of both sweet and savory creations, Posen, pictured here at Bemelmans Bar in New York, scores extra points for canning his own preserves. Where he finds the time, we’re not quite sure.Continue Reading