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LA Weekly Releases Its List Of 99 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants

As we start scanning Kayak for flights
Mar 4, 2015 2:15 pm

Each year LA Weekly dedicates an issue to a list of the city’s 99 Essential Restaurants. Longtime critic Jonathan Gold minded the issue for many years before switching sides to review restaurants at The Los Angeles Times. Taking his spot in 2012 was an intrepid, pulls-no-punches writer named Besha Rodell, who released her annual list once again today.

Chicago Chef Paul Kahan Is Calling All Competent Cooks

Blackbird boss talks Midwest hospitality, expansion
Mar 4, 2015 10:00 am

Paul Kahan has been on a roll lately. Beyond his celebrated Chicago newcomers Nico Osteria and Dove's Luncheonette, the chef who first elevated Chicago dining with Blackbird in 1998 now has another eight restaurant projects in the pipeline. Yet empire is not his end goal. 

For The Love Of Uni! California Restaurant Group Goes All In.

Special sea-urchin menus are in the works
Feb 25, 2015 2:30 pm

Uni is one of the most polarizing foods out there. Some just cannot get enough of its delightfully slimy texture and creamy, buttery flavor, while others shiver at the mere thought of slurping up a sea urchin’s reproductive organs. If you happen to fall into the former group — as we do here at Food Republic — you'll be thrilled to learn that West Coast mini-chain Chaya is planning a limited-time-only menu composed entirely of innovative dishes starring uni.

Meet L.A.'s Rock & Roll Prince Of Paella

Chef Perfecto Rocher has mastered the rice dish
Feb 16, 2015 2:00 pm

It's 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. The minute the doors to the venue open, fans rush in. The show is Dia de Les Paelles (Paella Day) at smoke.oil.salt in Los Angeles, and the stage is a wood-fired grill from Texas tucked into the back wall of the dining room. There's definitely a rock star working that stage, and his name is Perfecto Rocher.

London's 5 Toughest Tables

Booked by luck, fate or a well-greased connection
Feb 10, 2015 10:00 am

For a population more prone to doling out restrained praise than over-the-top plaudits, Londoners are certainly not immune to the powers of restaurant hype. Though locals express their enthusiasm with cool reserve, the clamor for tables speaks to a level of fanaticism that has turned reservation-making into a humbling game of “sweet-talk the hostess.”

Here Is A Map Of All The Kickstarter-Funded Restaurants Around The Country

Crowd-funded projects are on the rise nationwide
Feb 9, 2015 3:30 pm

Kickstarter has become an increasingly popular way for both chefs and owners to raise capital for new restaurants. Several Kickstarter-funded restaurants nationwide have already achieved acclaim. And as this handy map shows, the crowd-funding platform is hardly getting big in just large cities. While the Northeast has taken a lead in funding restaurant projects, there have been a number of openings throughout the South, Midwest, West Coast, Northwest and beyond. Get to giving, people!

5 Places To Eat And Drink In Liverpool

A sporting city gets serious about cooking
Feb 9, 2015 12:00 pm

Liverpool: It’s the hometown of the Beatles and other awesome bands like Echo & The Bunnymen and The La’s (a personal favorite). The locals are way, way serious about their football. It’s a port city that also hosts a vibrant art scene (in the form of street art and museums like the Tate). What you might not know is that the city’s dining scene is on the rise.

Staffing A New Restaurant Kitchen Is Both A Nightmare And A Crapshoot

Florida chef on the pressure to find talent
Feb 4, 2015 11:00 am

Greg Baker, chef-owner of the Refinery in Tampa, Florida, is a 20-year kitchen veteran, having worked in Portland, Oregon, and New York City before opening his James Beard Award-nominated restaurant in 2010. From time to time he writes about his life running restaurants. Today, the topic is staffing.

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