On Our Plate: Best American Restaurants; Thanksgiving Reservations Around the Nation; Dine Around Seattle Continues; and Matchbooks as Mementos

The fabled Maxwell's Plum closed more than 20 years ago, but its bar is now housed in the Tribeca Grill, which is on OpenTable.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re celebrating the 100 restaurants that have won 2011 Diners’ Choice Awards for Best American Fare. Find out if your favorite is among the honorees.

* On Thanksgiving, leave the cooking — and the dishes — to someone else and dine out!

* Dining out was a big part of my parents’ social lives in New York City, and they saved a lot of matchbooks from their favorite restaurants. As a result, I have a pretty nifty collection, which includes Maxwell’s Plum and Toots Shor’s. While many restaurants have stopped printing matchbooks, some still do. It got me to wondering, “Should restaurants give out matchbooks?” Vote in our poll.

* Also, should wait staffers automatically serve water to diners?

* Restaurant Weeks happening this week include Dine Around Seattle.

* OpenTable is hiring! We’re growing and looking for folks to join us. We’ve got openings in field operationsfinanceoperations, and sales.