- Aquarium Restaurant — Denver, CO
- Benihana — Encino, CA
- The Brooklyn Diner Times Square — New York, NY
- Buca di Beppo — 25 winning locations nationwide
- Burger Jones — Burnsville, MN
- Burger Jones — Minneapolis, MN
- Café Pesto — Kawaihae, HI
- Crown & Crumpet — San Francisco, CA
- Deerfield — Newark, DE
- Dee’s — Forest Hills, NY
- F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House — Pismo Beach, CA
- Genji Japanese Steakhouse — Dublin, OH
- Graziano’s — Niles, IL
- The 25 weirdest food names, and what they sound like.
- The 25 weirdest food names, and what they sound like. — Bon Appétit
- Could OpenTable face new competition from Google? — San Francisco Chronicle
- Presenting Guilt Taste, Ruth Bourdain's parody of Gilt Taste. — Twitter
- Just wondering: would you buy sushi from Walgreens? — Grub Street SF
- Beware of exploding watermelons! — Guardian
- Border patrol snags 385 pounds of contraband bologna. — Dallas News
- Graduation gifts, sorted by college major. — Chow
- Are chefs to blame for America's obesity epidemic? — Time
- Bad cooking habits you should break. — Huffington Post Food
I was surprised to discover that no Bay Area establishments hit the top 10, despite OpenTable's strong San Francisco base. Still, it was fun to review it, then create my own mental list of the city's buzzed-about new restaurants. What, in your opinion, have been the most exciting openings in your town?
- Mike Tyson might be opening a kosher restaurant chain.
- Mike Tyson might be opening a kosher restaurant chain. — Eater
- Caffeinated alcoholic drink Four Loko buckles to the pressure and goes decaf. — Atlantic Food
- Why OpenTable is like iTunes, only worse. — Grub Street NY
- KFC's bestselling Double Down has mysteriously disappeared in Canada. — Globe and Mail
- NBC rolls out The Feast, another food site, in selected US cities. — The Feast
- Portland, OR, is America's new food eden. — Time
- Busting 15 food and cooking myths. — Huffington Post Food
- Robert Downey Jr. is the new voice for Planters peanuts. — Serious Eats
- Learn how to make candy corn from scratch. — Serious Eats
- Take a visual tour through the Obamas' garden. — Feast
- Meet AppleJack and Calvados, Fall's signature spirits. — The Atlantic
- Is OpenTable worth it? — Inside Scoop SF
- Find out what Iron Chef Jose Garces eats on a regular basis. — Grub Street Phillie
- Combine vanilla beans and vodka and you'll get vanilla extract. — Eatocracy
- How to deal with a drunken house guest. — Chow
- Q and A with Mario Batali. — Eater NY
- 100 dishes that make use of pumpkin. — Endless Simmer
I was entirely taken aback by the threat. This is an issue that San Francisco critic Michael Bauer has already brought to light. But here are my two cents: hadn't I already confirmed my presence when I booked the reservation? What if I'd been out of the country until the day of and couldn't call back to confirm? A gentle reminder phone call would've been more apropos. And at the end of the day, there are too many good restaurants that don't require reservations for this redundancy to be necessary. What do you think?
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- The best way to reheat leftover pizza.
- The best way to reheat leftover pizza. — Slice
- Paula Deen has been robbed by her maid. — Huffington Post Food
- The person behind Ruth Bourdain is still a mystery. — Wall Street Journal
- Yelp has partnered with Opentable. — Eater
- All salt is not created equal. — Chow
- Is seaweed the new superfood? — The Epi-Log
- The two Franks behind The Frankies Spuntino Cookbook discuss their dreams of being rock stars. — Feast
- The best places to dine outdoors in San Francisco. — Grub Street SF
While users must have an account with Yelp (and be logged into it) to access the pop-up, you do not need to have an OpenTable account to make a reservation. Just use the site as you normally would to select the date, time, and size of your party, and click to reserve.
The Open Table app for the iPhone has changed my mobile dining life, but even if you're not an iPhone user, you can now get in on this action.Open Table has launched free mobile apps for both the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry!
Open Table jumped on the mobile trend early, and I'm glad to see them making their way into non-Apple app stores as well.
If you needed another excuse to spontaneously dine al fresco this Summer, I just gave it to you.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal that reviewed online dining reservation applications prompted a discussion I had with PartySugar about the preferred method for booking reservations. If possible, I'll score a reservation online; it's convenient and sites such as OpenTable offer incentive points for doing so. Party, however, always prefers to book over the phone; she believes it's easier to get a reservation that way. I'm curious to know: how do you book your dinner reservations?