Tag Archives: Restaurants

How to Make Your Own Gluten-Free Taco Shells!

17 Apr

It seems like everyone knows someone who is gluten-free if they aren’t gluten-free themselves, and more and more restaurants and grocery store products are advertising gluten-free products in an effort to win over new customers.

But what if you want to stay in and make your OWN gluten-free food? Here’s a delicious recipe for how to make gluten-free taco shells from the comfort of your own kitchen. Follow the title link to their page to get cooking! Thanks to FreeFromG.com for the tip!

Got a favorite GF recipe to share? We’d love to see it!

Hot to Make Gluten-Free Taco Shells



OpenTable Shares List of Restaurants Who Go Local

5 Dec

Locally Grown


OpenTable is trying something new, and we approve! The online rating and reservation restaurant site is forming a list of restaurants who use locally-grown ingredients. They are all over the U.S., so you can search your city for the best eats, and even make a reservation. The list is sponsored by Chase Saphire, and if you use your Saphire card you’ll get points for dining.

Check out the list and see what dining spots are going local for flavor and community support!

Restaurants using locally-grown ingredients

Where to Take Dad this Sunday

12 Jun

In case you didn’t know (but we hope you did), Sunday June 17th is Father’s Day! That means you have about 5 more days to decide what to do with the special dad in your life. We are a big fan of Gayot’s “Top” lists – here’s one with some good suggestions based on your city. Take a look!

Read the story in its original location HERE

Top 10 Father’s Day Restaurants


Give the man of the house a break from the barbecue this Father’s Day and take him out for a big breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. We’ve rounded up the best places to take Dad to dine on June 17, from eateries featuring a special Father’s Day menu to restaurants that might specialize in steaks or craft beers.

Top 10 Restaurants for Father’s Day Dining in Atlanta

Top 10 Best Restaurants to Take Dad for Father’s Day in Boston

Top 10 Restaurants for Father’s Day in Los Angeles

10 Best Father’s Day Restaurants in New York

Top 10 Father’s Day Restaurants in San Francisco

10 Best Restaurants for Father’s Day in Washington DC

Restaurants Embrace Special-Diet Menus

6 Jun

A renaissance is taking place in the restaurant industry and people on special diets can taste the benefits. From independently owned restaurants to national chains and fast food franchises, the food service industry is recognizing food allergies and sensitivities as a market that can no longer be ignored. The shift in awareness is due to the growing number of people on special diets—12 million Americans have food allergies, 3 million have celiac disease, and millions more have dietary concerns due to conditions like lactose intolerance and diabetes.”

This is the opening paragraph of a fantastic article we read this week, discussing the rising popularity of special-diet menus. Restaurant owners say they are seeing up to a 10% increase in customers after including alternative menus for those with sensitivities and allergies. With such an enormous percentage of the population in need of more particular food choices, restaurants are seeing the benefit of providing alternative solutions to the standard menu. Take a minute to read this article; it has stats, case studies, interviews with restaurant owners and restaurant-goers, and some encouraging news for those who want to dine out without compromising their dietary needs.

Restaurants With Special-Diet Menus

More restaurants are serving up special-diet menus.


Happy Mother’s Day!

9 May

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Where are you taking the special lady in your life? If you live in Pittsburgh, check out OpenTable’s list of restaurant ideas. A lot of restaurants are offering complimentary discounts and even free drinks in honor of the day. You can also search the “Mother’s Day Specials and Availability” tab, and if you see something you like, you can book it online right away. Enjoy!


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 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.
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.

View top 10

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