Opinionated About Dining Names The Top 200 Restaurants In America

Saison wins highbrow survey — again
May 20, 2015 10:00 am

A few years ago, music executive turned food blogger Steve Plotnicki set out to devise an all-new rating system for restaurants. Now in its fourth year, Plotnicki’s annual ranking of America’s best restaurants just went live. Here is the top 20.

Sweetgreen Goes Hollywood: Why The Cool Kids With The Salad Bar Are Headed West

The strawberries and avocados are better. Obvs!
May 20, 2015 9:00 am

Nicolas Jammet, one of the three founders of the extraordinarily successful salad restaurant and lifestyle brand Sweetgreen, talks about his company’s forthcoming opening in Los Angeles.

15 Gluten-Free Desserts To Know And Love

Cut the wheat and pump up the good stuff!
May 19, 2015 2:00 pm

There are lots of silver linings to gluten-free desserts, but the big one is that they don’t fill you up to the point of you can eat more! Take your pick of baked goods — cookies, crème brûlée, cake, mousse, even soufflé — and celebrate national Celiac Awareness Month like a boss. A Nutella boss who wants seconds of dessert. 

Leah Cohen Knows How To Travel! Read Her Dispatch From Thailand And Vietnam.

The NYC chef worked her way around SE Asia
May 19, 2015 1:00 pm

Leah Cohen is owner-chef of Pig and Khao, a restaurant serving Southeast Asian cuisine on New York City’s Lower East Side. The half-Filipino chef (and Top Chef alum) has traveled extensively to Southeast Asia to explore its diverse food over a career that has included stints in the kitchens of Nahm and Bo.Lan, two of Bangkok’s most acclaimed restaurants. She wrote to Food Republic about her most recent trip.

40 Ways The World Makes Awesome Hot Dogs

Check out our Ultimate Hot Dog Style Guide
May 19, 2015 9:00 am

It’s not just a sausage in a bun; it’s a beautiful blank canvas. It’s a hot dog, which is a foodstuff eaten worldwide. Here are 40 distinctive varieties from around the globe. From iconic NYC “dirty water dogs” to fully loaded South American street-cart dogs to Japanese octo-dogs. There is a tubesteak out there for every craving that ever was. 

The Reason You Crave Tomato Juice On An Airplane? White Noise.

The louder the noise, the more juice you want!
May 18, 2015 3:00 pm

Finally, a scientific explanation for why you go right for the salty, savory tomato juice once you hit cruising altitude. Still no explanation for why you make fun of anyone ordering it at any other time, though. One research study isolated everyone’s favorite indescribably savory flavor — umami — and found that “auditory conditions in air travel might actually enhance this sought-after flavor.” Science does it again!

Alabama Throws Down The Barbecue Gauntlet At Memphis in May

'Bama, the state, talking a little bit of smack
May 18, 2015 10:00 am

Memphis may be the center of the barbecue universe during the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, but the state of Alabama isn’t afraid to declare its supremacy when it comes to smoke, fire and meat.

Ludo Lefebvre And John Stage Teamed Up For A Barbecue And Fried Chicken Bash

An unlikely pairing at Harlem EatUp!
May 18, 2015 9:00 am

On Friday, Marcus Samuelsson kicked off Harlem EatUp!, a new food festival highlighting Harlem restaurants in his adopted New York City neighborhood. The weekend-long festival included seminars, cooking demos and lots of special dinners — which brought a number of well-known American chefs to cook in and around Harlem. We scored seats at the collaboration between New York pitmaster John Stage (Dinosaur BBQ) and Los Angeles chef Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois). Gabi Porter was on the scene to cover the action.

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