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.

Banning Food Writers: Why Do Restaurant Operators Think This Is A Good Idea?

An ex-critic steps into the debate
May 13, 2015 9:00 am

A group of restaurateurs in Portland, Maine, generated some dubious publicity this week with their decision to banish local food writer John Golden from their establishments. The proprietors had reportedly warned Golden not to write about his April visit to their newest spot, the Honey Paw. Undaunted, Golden wrote about it anyway. This is where the trouble began.

Yelp Might Be Sold. What Does This Mean For User-Generated Restaurant Reviews?

Review site is making big waves again
May 8, 2015 9:00 am

Andrew Zimmern once called it “a forum for uninformed morons.” But the forum is also raking in visitors — over 140 million of them each month, to be exact. The Wall Street Journal reports that Yelp is working with investment bankers and has been in touch with potential buyers in recent weeks. The San Francisco-based company is valued at almost $3 billion and could fetch more than $3.5 billion in a sale. But what does this all mean?

How To Blow Your Tax Refund On A Single Meal

You’re prob getting some money back. Now spend it.
Apr 13, 2015 9:00 am

As we approach mid-April, farmers’ markets are flush with spring produce, baseball season still holds promise and our pockets are heavy with annual tax rebate checks. This year, why not manifest your culinary destiny by spending that government-issued Monopoly money on one truly spectacular meal? Whether you fancy a foraged feast in the Pacific Northwest or full-tilt hedonism in Las Vegas, now is the time to eat heavily and carry a big check.

8 New Places To Eat Incredibly Well In The Washington, D.C., Area

The nation’s capital is fast becoming a food mecca
Apr 7, 2015 9:00 am

Washington, D.C.’s vibrant restaurant scene has been growing at a dizzying pace for the past few years. And it shows no signs of slowing down, as big-name chefs and promising up-and-comers alike have unveiled a flurry of high-profile projects this spring. Here are eight notable new spots to check out in and around the nation’s capital.

Brothers, Sisters, Chef-Owners: The Restaurant World Is Full Of Talented Siblings

All have two things in common: parents and food
Mar 31, 2015 1:00 pm

Family-run restaurants may not be as prevalent as they used to be, but if you look closely, family ties are still threaded throughout the industry. Beyond brothers Eli and Max Sussman, who have taken over Food Republic for today, there are a number of high-profile chefs and restaurateurs with siblings who are also highly involved in the restaurant world. Even if they don’t work in the same kitchen, their common passion for food and service is undeniable. Here’s a look at some of the more notable brothers and sisters who have been serving us sensational meals over the years.

How Pop-Ups Become Real Restaurants

Chefs seek commitment, not a one-night stand
Mar 24, 2015 9:00 am

Diners may be attracted to pop-up food events because of their ephemeral, fling-like qualities. But the chefs who advertise these casual culinary encounters arent always looking for just a one-night stand. Writer Rachel Signer examines how these seemingly one-off meals can lead to something more permanent.

Spring Preview 2015: 10 Los Angeles Restaurants Opening Soon

Jason Neroni, Bryant Ng, the Animal guys up to good
Mar 23, 2015 12:00 pm

Believe it or not, the Los Angeles restaurant scene still has room to grow. Some of the city’s leading chefs are returning to kitchens, a prominent duo is expanding their focus and out-of-towners are adding culinary heft. Learn about 10 of the most promising L.A. County concepts slated to debut between now and mid-June.


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