Dine Like a Local: The OpenTable 2015 Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide #savortheroad

This travel season, you’re invited to dine like a local on your summer road trip with the OpenTable 2015 Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide – and enter our #savortheroad giveaway for a chance to win one of ten $100 OpenTable gift cards.

Compiled by OpenTable insiders across the nation, the guide highlights culinary destinations along some of the country’s most popular road trip routes and is designed to make sure vacationers don’t pass by a single savory stop on their summer travels. From can’t-miss, off-the-beaten path eateries to the restaurants that help make even the sleepiest towns dining destinations, these are the in-the-know picks to help make your road trip delicious.

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The OpenTable 2015 Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide includes more than 100 restaurants in quiet hamlets and bustling metros popular with road trippers, in regions including California, the Midwest, New England, the Pacific Northwest, the South, and the Southwest. Recommended restaurants include:



CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP

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SAN FRANCISCO: Zuni CaféBar Crudo, and Trestle
SANTA CRUZ: LailiLa Posta, and Oswald
CARMEL: Mundaka
MONTEREY: Sardine Factory
BIG SUR: The Restaurant at Ventana and Sierra Mar-Post Ranch Inn
SAN LUIS OBISPO: Granada Bistro
SANTA BARBARA: The Lark and Bouchon
VENICE: Gjelina and Joe’s Restaurant
LOS ANGELES: Pizzeria Mozza and The Factory Kitchen
SANTA DIEGO: Juniper & Ivy and Bottega Americano
DEL MAR: Cucina Enoteca


SOUTHWEST ROAD TRIP

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MIDWEST ROAD TRIP

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OKLAHOMA CITY: Ludivine and The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL: Heartland RestaurantSpoon and Stable, and The Bachelor Farmer
SIOUX FALLS: Minerva’s
FARGO: Mezzaluna
OMAHA: Boiler RoomModern Love, and V. Mertz
KANSAS CITY: Blvd TavernCafe Trio, and Gram & Dun
WICHITA: Wine Dive
CHICAGO: Fat RiceBoeufhaus, and Parachute


PACIFIC NORTHWEST ROAD TRIP

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BEND: DRAKEAriana900 Wall
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND: Hitchcock
SEATTLE: WestwardRockCreek Seafood & Spirits, and Brimmer & Heeltap


SOUTH ROAD TRIP

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NORTHEAST ROAD TRIP

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BOSTON: Myers + Chang
CAMBRIDGE: Alden & Harlow and Oleana
PROVIDENCE: Local 121Gracie’s, and Hemenway’s
NEWPORT: Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille, and The Mooring
EAST HARWICH: Twenty Eight Atlantic
DENNIS PORT: The Ocean House
ROCKLAND: Primo
KENNEBUNKPORT: Ocean and Earth at Hidden Pond
PORTLAND: GraceHugo’s Restaurant, and Fore Street
MANCHESTER: Hanover Street Chophouse and Cotton

Map your route, make your reservations, and start restaurant road tripping. Then, share your summer road trip eating adventures with OpenTable using the hashtag #savortheroad to enter our gourmet giveaway. Continue Reading

Nine Boozy Milkshakes to Blow Your Mind (and Freeze Your Brain)

Staying breezy and buzzy in the summertime can be difficult. Luckily, someone had the frankly brilliant idea of combining ice cream and booze to create milkshakes and floats for the over-21 set. Whoever thought of that should be given a Nobel. Or at the very least a James Beard Award. Now you can cool down as you drink up these sweet, spirituous swigs. Without further ado, here are nine boozy milkshakes that are guaranteed to blow your mind and freeze your brain.

Ted’s Bulletin – 14th Street, Washington, D.C.
Choose from one of the classic combos – such as Irish Caramel (vanilla ice cream, freshly brewed coffee and Irish Cream) or grasshopper (vanilla ice cream, Kahlúa, and crème de menthe) – or mix and match your favorite flavors. We’re partial to a PB&J&JB (peanut butter and jelly and Jim Beam), though the Millionaire Malt made with 18-year-old Glenlivet is a worthy indulgence.

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Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar, Atlanta, Georgia
You might think you hear a banjo playing if you order this spiked sipper. A few orbs of vanilla moonshine ice cream are dropped into a mason jar mug full of frosty Coke. Consider it deliverance from the usual boring old floats.

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STK Midtown, New York, New York
We believe that doughnuts make everything better. Case in point is this milkshake forged out of cinnamon liqueur and dulce de leche ice cream, which comes with a petite pail brimming with cinnamon sugar-dusted churro bites.

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Heavy Seas Alehouse, Arlington, Virginia
Beer is awesome. So is ice cream. Therefore, a beer float is totally awesome. There are five options, but our favorite is the Peg Leg float featuring the alehouse’s own imperial stout, a couple of generous scoops of vanilla ice cream, and a splash of Coke to add a little sweetness. [Photo by Laura Hayes]

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck at The Beverly Wilshire, Los Angeles, California
Studies have shown that regularly eating dark chocolate can lower the risk of heart disease. But what if you consume that dark chocolate in the form of a milkshake amped up with Buffalo Trace bourbon and coronated with plenty of sweet cream? Who cares? We’re drinking it anyway.

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Hot Dog Day: A Dozen Delicious Must-Try Haute Dogs #nationalhotdogday

The hot dog is America’s unofficial summertime dish. Whether you’re grilling by the pool, out in the wilderness on a camping trip, or enjoying a baseball game, it’s almost certain some franks will be involved. But as we know, not all weenies are created equal. Chefs are now taking the humble hot dog to a whole new level by handcrafting every component – from the link and the bun to every type of condiment and topping imaginable. In honor of National Hot Dog Day, we present a dozen delicious must-try haute dogs from top restaurants.

The Arsenal at Bluejacket, Washington, D.C.
You might feel like you’re hanging out with your Polish relatives. Executive chef Kyle Bailey fires up kielbasa on his outdoor grill, then tops it with plenty of red peppers and onions. As your uncle Piotr is fond of saying, “To jest pyszne” (Translation: That’s delicious). [Photo by Marissa Bialecki]

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Bouchon, Beverly Hills, California
We love pretzel buns so much we’ve been known to compose haikus to them (Sample: Pretzel untwisted/Chewy, salt flecked brilliance/Tastes best with mustard). Here one of the brown rolls holds a prime chuck, apple wood-smoked hot dog crowned with cornichon relish and Dijonnaise sauce.

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Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
This ain’t your average hot dog. Executive chef Joe Palma handcrafts this showboat from A5 Wagyu and pork, and then finishes it off with mustard, relish, and a side of duck fat fries. Simply glorious.

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DBGB, New York, New York
This hot dog has a French accent. A housemade beef frank is shoehorned into a brioche bun then topped with sautéed onion, julienne radish, frisée, and pickled veggies. We say, “Oui, oui!”

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Del Campo, Washington, D.C.
Chef-owner Victor Albisu puts his spin on the choripán, a South American street food classic. His version features a spicy chorizo link loaded up with pulled pork, red cabbage slaw, and sweet pickle salsa criolla. It’s best enjoyed with a glass of the smoked pineapple-laced pisco punch. [Photo by Greg Powers]

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Dirt Candy, New York City
There’s no mystery meat in these broccoli dogs. Two of the verdant stalks are smoked, grilled, and quickly sautéed before they’re tucked into toasted buns. Condiments include broccoli kraut, mustard-vinegar sauce, and micro broccoli. Eat both and you’ve just consumed 800% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Seriously.

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Share the Love: The Best Foods to Share on a Date #datenight

You’ve put together a dashing outfit, carefully chosen a restaurant, and requested the most romantic table in the place. To pull off the perfect date night, though, you need to order wisely. Sharing the right dish with your sweetie can help create a memorable meal and give you something to reminiscence over on future evenings out. Here are 17 of the best foods to share on a date.

Arnaud’s, New Orleans, Louisiana
Your date is guaranteed to heat up with the arrival of the bananas foster. Rich with butter and cinnamon, then liberally doused with dark rum and banana liqueur, the bananas are ablaze to create a show-stopping dessert.

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Barton G. The Restaurant, Los Angeles, California
Here’s a decadently nostalgic way to kick off a romantic meal: Lobster pop tarts. Maine-sourced clawboys are pocketed inside phyllo pastry with Gruyere and a Pernod mornay sauce accompanied by Tabasco hollandaise and tarragon aioli for dipping. [Photo by Christina Peters]

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Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, Healdsburg, California
Caviar is one of the most extravagant aphrodisiacs in the world, but it’s worth every penny. These black pearls come from California white sturgeon and are accompanied by egg yolks and whites, chopped shallots, crème fraîche, lemon, and brioche toast points. Even if you don’t get lucky, you’ll still enjoy this indulgence.

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Tysons Corner, Virginia
This towering tribute to the bounty of the sea includes Maine lobster, eight shrimp, eight oysters, and jumbo lump crab. Try not to clash claws with your dining partner as you zero in on your favorites.

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Fig & Olive, Washington, D.C.
Get down to the meat of the matter with this 36-ounce Painted Hills Farm bone-in ribeye with a jus reduction béarnaise. It’s served tableside with roasted micro potatoes and your choice of two sides, such as golden beets, and sautéed kale and shallots. Then you can tear into it like a politer, less-oiled-up version of Khaleesi and Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones.

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FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Not to be cheesy, but fondue is classic date fare. This version boasts five kinds of fromage and comes topped with tomato-basil relish. Dip in the triangles of grilled flatbread, while you get cozy with your dining companion. And, yes, it’s totally fine if you feed each other bites. In fact, it’s encouraged.

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Food, Wine & Co., Bethesda, Maryland
There are fewer phrases that make our hearts thrum more than “chocolate soufflé bread pudding.” You order this decadent dessert for two at the beginning of the meal, because it takes half an hour to bake. The molten core is half dark chocolate and half milk chocolate, and it’s finished off with a warm cognac sauce.

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J&G Grill, Bal Harbour, Florida
The über-luxe black truffle is an A-list aphrodisiac. Here the fancy fungi are showcased atop a thin crust pizza with Fontina cheese and locally grown organic greens. Now that’s amore!

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