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Use Dish.Fm, never eat the wrong dish at a restaurant again!

7 Jan
We love the sound of this new startup, Dish.Fm. How many times have you gone out to dinner with your friends, only to be disappointed with what you’ve ordered? The same thing happened to the founders of this fun new app, and they are doing everything they can to make sure you always order something delicious when you go out to eat. Take a look!
Article excerpt from Mashable.com — visit this link to read the whole article!

Dish.fm Finds the Best Dishes to Order at Restaurants

Seth Fiegerman

2 days ago

The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Dish.fm

One-Liner Pitch: Dish.fm makes sure you don’t order the wrong thing on the menu at a restaurant.

Why It’s Taking Off: It’s like Yelp for meals instead of just restaurants.

Finding a good restaurant to eat at has arguably never been easier thanks to review sites like Yelp, but picking out the right thing to order from the menu can still be a challenge. That’s where Dish.fm comes in.

Dish.fm, a free iPhone app that launched in mid-December, highlights the top dishes at restaurants in San Francisco and New York by analyzing data from millions of posts on web services like Yelp, Foursquare and Instagram. The startup developed an algorithm to process natural language in restaurant reviews and perform sentiment analysis for specific dishes that are mentioned in order to find the most highly rated items on the menu.

Zhanna Sharipova, one of Dish.fm’s three co-founders, had a bad streak of eating at decent restaurants in Moscow but ordering the wrong thing on the menu. One night, she ordered “tasteless” pasta from a restaurant and started picking at the food from the plates of two of her longtime friends, which got the group to thinking about how to prevent this situation from happening with other restaurant-goers.

“I was picking food from their plates and they were laughing and saying that in the age of information technology and iPhones, this should never happen because there is so much knowledge in the world about everything,” Sharipova told Mashable. “We played with the idea and decided to make an application that could solve the problem by telling me in advance which dishes are tastier than others.”

The result is an app that’s simple to use and very visual with pictures of the recommended dishes on each menu displayed front and center.

Dish.fm launched in private beta in early 2012 and was originally more of a user-generated review service for meals, similar to apps like Foodspotting. Soon enough, the team came to the realization that it would take years to accumulate enough data this way to make the service appealing enough for the mainstream consumer so, in July, the app was reconfigured around data from other web services.

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Discover America’s Most Popular Fine Dining Locations

18 May

Urbanspoon has recently shared the results of countless hours of work with its followers: America’s most popular high-end restaurants. The list is long, thorough, and leaves you hungry for fine dining! Have you been to any of these locations? Share your experiences and list suggestions in the comments!

America’s Most Popular High-End Restaurants

by Conrad on May 15, 2012 | UrbanSpoon.com

Alinea, Chicago, ILUrbanspoon has recently undertaken the largest ever review of American dining behavior data, taking into consideration over 600,000 restaurants, millions of reviews, and a billion pageviews’ worth of user behavior. The result is a list of 250 dining establishments that received the most attention from professional food critics, food bloggers, and the general dining public across Urbanspoon’s website and smartphone apps.

The list below represents those super hot, $$$$ restaurants that received the most coverage across the the foodie community as well as from regular diners. Getting a Friday night table will require some advance planning, but the sheer popularity of these destinations ensures you’ll be treated to a memorable gastronomical event.

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This One’s For The Girls!

20 Apr

Although the world of professional chefs is still predominantly male, ladies are stepping up in greater numbers as time goes on. We love this article from Open Table – 12 female chefs making women’s history around the U.S.

Their stories are truly inspiring, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them, and other female chefs to come!

Read the full article here, and check out a sample of some of the top winners below.

12 Female Chefs Making Women’s History in Restaurant Kitchens Around the U.S.

Cheers to Kelly Liken and her fellow female culinary professionals. You've come a long way, chefs!

Atlanta: Anne Quatrano Along with husband and partner Chef Clifford Harrison, Chef Quatrano is owner of Abattoir, Bacchanalia, and Floataway Cafe, among others. At the forefront of the seed-to-stomach movement, her farm and philosophies have helped shape Atlanta’s dining dynamics for nearly two delicious decades.

Boston: Barbara Lynch Her hard-scrabble childhood is almost as legendary as her series of uber-successful restaurants, which include B&G Oysters, MentonNo. 9 Park, and Sportello. A James Beard Award winner, Chef Lynch is the only female in the United States to hold the title of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.

Chicago: Stephanie Izard Chef Izard has been on a roll since winning Top Chef. Her restaurant Girl & the Goat was named America’s Best New Restaurant by Saveur magazine in 2011, recently released a popular cookbook, and she is set to open Little Goat later this year.

Dallas: Tiffany Derry She didn’t win Top Chef, but she won kudos not just for her cooking but also for her cool confidence in the chaotic world of reality television. Chef Derry’s new restaurant, Private Social, has successfully married casual and upscale dining and was recently named one of the Top 100 Hot Spots in the U.S.

Denver: Kelly Liken Another Top Chef competitor, her eponymous restaurant in Vail, Colorado, has become as popular as the area’s posh ski resorts. Committed to serving the best of Colorado’s local bounty, Liken, a James Beard Award nominee, says, “ ”If I can’t find an ingredient or product from Colorado, I won’t buy it from someplace else.”

Los Angeles: Nancy Silverton. Founder of the famed La Brea Bakery and Campanile restaurant, Chef Silverton has bounced back from personal hardship to become one of the nation’s most buzzed-about chefs. Putting the simple pleasures of artisanal cheese and pizzas at the forefront of her menus at the Michelin-starred Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, Silverton is proof that there are, indeed, second acts in America.

Minneapolis: Tanya Siebenaler Sapor Cafe and Bar is in its 12th year of business and has proven a boon to Twin Cities foodies seeking an arm-chair destination dining experience. Marrying flavors from around the world with local, seasonal ingredients, Chef Siebenaler has reinvented the art of global street food.

 

Gayot’s Restaurant Review Issue Predicts Top 10 in 2012

29 Mar

Gayot.com

Gayot has recently published their list of “Top 10 New Restaurants in THE U.S. In 2012.” Each restaurant has a written review and an accompanying gallery of images, and several restaurants also have videos.
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Below is the article’s introduction, as well as the compiled list of top restaurants with corresponding links. Find the full article by following this link to Gayot’s website.

2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S.

It’s no surprise that some of the country’s best new restaurants are run by big name chefs. In the West, we see molecular artistry displayed from the likes of Dominique Crenn, while star chefs Michel Richard and Wolfgang Puck bring their polished magic to top hotels. To the East, David Bouley has teamed up with a chef from the Far East — Yoshiki Tsuji of the Tsuji Cooking Institute in Osaka — to open a rarified Japanese spot in TriBeCa. Despite challenging financial times, or perhaps because of them, we can look to these ten exceptional new restaurants to help stimulate our imaginations, our appetites and our gastronomic passions.

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1. a.kitchen
Bryan Sikora
Philadelphia, PA

2. Atelier Crenn
Dominique Crenn

San Francisco, CA
Thomas Ciszak
Morristown, NJ
David Bouley
New York, NY
Michel Richard
Las Vegas, NV
Fabio Trabocchi
Washington, DC
Giuseppe Tentori
Chicago, IL
Makoto Okuwa
Bal Harbour, FL
Soren Pedersen
Houston, TX
Wolfgang puck
Los Angeles, LA

Wine and Dine Me, S’il vous plait!

19 Jul

Wine and Dine Me, S’il vous plait!

The Pittsburgh Edition

July 19 2011
Meghan Ingram

We all thrive on a little romance, and there’s no better place to kindle it than in that particular local restaurant with just the right ambiance and your favorite kind of food and drinks. And what better cuisine than French to add that special touch to your evening?

Whether you’re single and looking for a more upscale place to take your next date, in a relationship and searching for a new restaurant to try, or married and anticipating a quiet night out for two away from the kids, the following list has a place for you.

Since we can’t all go to Paris this summer, here are three local Pittsburgh restaurants that bring Paris to you.

Isabela on Grandview

isabelaongrandview.com

1318 Grandview Avenue | Mount Washington | Pgh, PA 15211
Phone: 412.431.5882 | Monday – Saturday  5 pm – 10 pm

Voted “Best Overall and Most Romantic Restaurant in Pittsburgh” for two years running, Isabela on Grandview boasts a stunning view of Pittsburgh from high atop Mount Washington, a warm and classy decor, and a knowledgeable staff dedicated to making your experience memorable.

The restaurant offers a seasonally changing wine list and an extensive line of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The experience can be pricey (their ‘prix fix’ is $70) but natives who rave about Isabela deem it worth the price.

Online reservations available through opentable.com

Paris 66 Bistro

paris66bistro.com

6018 Penn Circle South | Pgh, PA 15206
Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm | 412-404-8166

Voted Best French Restaurant in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine, Paris66 is deserving of its French title. Daily specials include crépes, fresh soups and quiches, salads and croques, housemade pastries and desserts, and a variety of French wine, beer, and cocktails.

The inside is friendly and feels European in style and decor. Locals comment most frequently on the wonderful service, delicious crépes and soups (a house specialty), healthy dining options, and reasonable prices. With a menu that changes constantly, and an ambiance that invites you to sit and enjoy your evening, it’s no wonder Paris66 is a favorite among Pittsburgh natives and visitors!

Nine On Nine

nineonninepgh.com

900 penn avenue : Pgh pA
Dinner hours: Tuesday – Saturday 5:00pm – 10:00pm | 412.338.6463

Though not strictly French, Nine on Nine Nine retains the atmosphere of a European restaurant, and locals recommend it as an excellent option for a refined dining experience for the romantic-minded. Located in the heart of the Cultural District, close to music and performance venues, this restaurant offers a variety of old and new world wines and a scrumptious selection of regionally inspired cuisine, with a modern American theme in mind.

The decor is a match for the restaurant’s description of its cuisine: it focuses on simplicity and flavor. Warm floors, unique wall patterns, and white table cloths complete an elegant ambiance, and those who eat at Nine on Nine generally agree that prices are moderate, and appreciate the wait staff and Chef Richard DeShantz’s unique creations.

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Now it’s your turn – what French cuisine inspires the romantic in you? Let us know in the comments!

Square Café

9 Jun
We first heard about Square Café through Jeff Rose, who wrote on our Facebook wall to recommend one of his favorite local coffee and dining spots. Jeff, publisher and owner at The Taste of Pittsburgh, currently resides in Regent Square, and enjoys trying a variety of dining venues around the Pittsburgh area. He kindly consented to tell us more about ‘The Square’ for this week’s blog.
Thanks for your review, Jeff!
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If you have questions about Square Café, or want to add your own thoughts to the review, post your comments below!

Square Café

1137  South Braddock Ave. | Pgh, PA 15218 | 412-244-8002
Check out www.square-cafe.com to see event picture galleries, menu offerings, and other fun information!
How long have you been visiting Square Cafe?
I’ve been eating at the Square since we moved to Regent Square 5+ years ago.
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How would you describe the ambiance?
Laid back, but fun, the staff is ultra friendly, bright interior with artwork from local artists, they have outdoor seating which is packed on the weekends.
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What type of crowd or demographic is usually there?

Just like the neighborhood, very diverse: all ages, and it changes based on the day. As a local we stick to the week days, and I’m in there 2-3 days a week. On weekends, unless we get there early, it’s too busy for me.
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What fare does The Square serve?
They are open for breakfast and lunch; to describe the menu is impossible. It’s best known for breakfast ,which is not just the usual. My favorite was “White Bean Hash” on the winter menu, but it’s now “Peas and Pancetta.” I think they get overlooked as a great lunch place; the burgers are great. I know they have a good number of vegan and gluten free choices. Oh and the coffee is great!
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How is the pricing?
Pricing is fair, portions are big, and quality is top shelf. They buy a lot of local produce, making for fresh dishes.
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Would you change or add anything to The Square?
More seating would be nice, but then again the charm of The Square is in its size.
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What is your favorite thing about Square Café?
My favorite thing would be the people. The food is crazy good, but it’s the people who work there, the locals I run into, old high school and college friends I see there, and the strangers who are now friends that make it what it is.
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On the Prowl: Finding the Best Margaritas in Fort Worth, TX

19 May

Cool, refreshing, with just the right mix of sweet and sour: nothing says summer quite the way a margarita does! If you happen to be passing through Forth Worth, TX in the coming hot months, this little post may help.

We found this article on livability.com and took a few excerpts to share with you here. To see the full article in its original location, follow this link. And check out the rest of the site while you’re there – we love browsing their reviews for new ideas and suggestions.

You know what would make browsing even more fun? A margarita….

Get Your Margarita On in Fort Worth

Lance C. | Livability.com
May 6 2011

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For reference, the by-the-book margarita, carved into stone by the booze scholars at the International Bartenders Association, is composed of seven parts tequila, four parts Triple Sec (a French orange liqueur) and three parts lime or lemon juice. The mixture is poured over ice in a salt rimmed glass. With a recipe that simple, though, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

If you’re ever in Fort Worth, TX, you might want to consider trying the ‘ritas at one of these places:

Dos Gringos

In my experience, the best margaritas come from the places that don’t look like they’re trying too hard. Dos Gringos (Spanish for, uh, two gringos?) is a run-of-the-mill TexMex joint in the DFW area but they serve positively enormous margaritas served in Boracho glasses. Though their “Best Margaritas” title has been ceded to the usurpers at Joe T. Garcia’s, there’s something to be said for taking the title home at least once. Give the Gringo-Rita a try, it’s their top shelf signature.

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The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

If your tastes are quite a bit fancier than “Arlington dive bar,” The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro might be up your alley. It does have the word “bistro” in its name, after all. Located in the touristy Stockyards section of Fort Worth, Lonesome Dove is the creation of local rock star chef (and one time Iron Chef competitor/winner) Tim Love, specializing in rustic Western cuisine. But we’re not here to talk about the kangaroo nachos. One of Lonesome Dove’s signature cocktails is the Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita, which tastes more or less like it sounds – not quite spicy, not quite sweet, with a solid bite from the Casa Noble and Cointreau.

La Familia Mexican Restaurant

If you want style without the heavy price tag associated with gourmet food, La Familia will set your margarita on fire. No, literally. Their house margaritas are served with flaming sugar cubes balanced on lime wedges, like a half-remembered absinthe recipe. Reviews are mixed on the margaritas themselves, but who doesn’t like a little spectacle?