Trending on Recent OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Scotch Eggs

This is hardly as pretty as the Scotch egg I remember, but I'm betting it's still darned tasty.

About a decade ago, my husband and I visited a small Jamaican-American restaurant for brunch. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs (although I’m not sure that’s true anymore), and we wound up ordering more food than any two people should, including their version of a Scotch egg. The restaurant has long since closed, unfortunately, but I remember it — and that slightly runny, boiled egg, swathed in salty, spicy pork sausage and crisp breadcrumbs — fondly. As you’ll see, Scotch eggs remain popular in the U.K., where they were invented, and have since become fashionable in restaurants on OpenTable in the U.S., as well. 

The Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, U.K.: “We absolutely love this place — it was even a place to bring the parents for dinner! It has a whole beer list and the food is delicious. Highlights are the bar snacks — pork crackling with apple sauce and the Scotch egg.”

Cedric’s Tavern-Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina: “The food at Cedric’s is excellent — the Scotch Eggs are the best in town; in fact they’re probably the best I have ever had.”

The Fat Radish, New York, New York: “They have many exciting dishes and appetizers on the menu, and also a lot of vegetarian options. I loved the Montauk diver scallops with sweet potato mash. I also tried the Scotch egg as a starter, which was amazing. Great place!”

The Gage, Chicago, Illinois: “The Scotch Egg is fantastic! Also, the stuffed peppers were a real surprise as well and the beer on tap is broad. The entree’s were elk saddle and farm chicken. Both of them were good…. I would absolutely come back here if for no other reason to order four or five Scotch eggs.”

Gram & Dun, Kansas City, Missouri: “The presentation is great here. Every dish looks like it could be in a magazine. My Scotch egg at brunch was fun and tasty; my wife said the French toast with the egg in the middle was the best French toast she ever had.”

The Hinds Head-Bray, Bray, Windsor, U.K.: “A great meal. We tried Heston’s legendary Scotch Eggs as starters. They were … legendary!”

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Congress Calls Pizza a Vegetable; Lime as Garnish or Weapon; Diabetic Chefs Share Strategies; Art Smith on Thanksgiving with Lady Gaga; Best U.K. Restaurants of ’11

A polar bear reacts to a Thanksgiving dinner invitation in Little Diomede Island, Alaska.

Dining news from around the Intertubes…

* Children of America, rejoice! Congress rules that pizza is a vegetable. [Slate]

* Waste not, want not. Chefs and farmers team up in the U.K.’s Trafalgar Square to feed 5,000 from cooking scraps alone. [Huffington Post]

* A chef reflects. Chef Dean Fearing discusses his eponymous restaurant and Dallas’s burgeoning food culture. [Pegasus News]

* Suhweet. Sam Talbot (The Surf Lodge) and other chefs discuss their strategies for creating and eating delicious food while living with diabetes. [TIME]

* Sundays with Tom. Keller, that is. The famed French Laundry chef shows off a new delicious breakfast dish. [TVNewser]

* Thanksgiving with Gaga. Chef Art Smith talks about his upcoming appearance on the Lady’s T-Day special. [Daily Beast]

* Stop or my mom will juice. A chef’s purchase of limes comes under suspicion. [News Track India]

* From the ‘Captain Obvious’ files: Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday for most chefs and restaurant workers.  [Washington Post]

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U.K. Restaurant Manager of the Year: Congratulations to David Hennigan

Photo: Courtesy of Eat Out Magazine
Photo: Courtesy of Eat Out Magazine

David Hennigan, manager of the Crown at Whitebrook and Celtic Manor, has been chosen as the 2010 U.K. Restaurant Manager of the Year. The competition, sponsored by OpenTable, is run by the Academy of Food & Wine with support from the National Skills Academy for Hospitality and the Savoy Educational Trust, aims to identify “the person who has all the skills required to be a top class restaurant manager — great business acumen, loads of personality and confidence, the ability to get on with people, and a thorough knowledge of the trade.”

Besting five other very worthy finalists, Hennigan had to prove his skills in wine tasting, wine pairings, management, menu assessment, and front-of-house service. He then had to submit a business plan for a restaurant launch, which impressed the judges for its financial soundness.

For his efforts, Hennigan has won a study-tour week in New York, during which he will complete a stage at one of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group properties. The Crown at Whitebrook will receive a complimentary 12-month subscription to the OpenTable reservation system. You can read more about Hennigan’s win in Eat Out Magazine.

Britain’s Best Restaurants for Outdoor Dining

The Times Online released a round-up of the best restaurants to grab an al fresco bite in and around London this summer. Included on the list are Auberge du Lac, The Brudenell Hotel, Ferryboat Inn, The Hoste Arms, and The New Mill. Read the full round-up and compare it to the OpenTable Diners’ Choice winners for outdoor dining in London.