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Regardless if it's true NYC, all that matters is the taste

Matzoh Mania! Portland Triples Down on Its Jewish(ish) Deli Options

Portland Mercury    1/16/2020

hile Portland may have cornered the market for the best barbecue outside of Texas, we’re still a bit behind in the bagel, schmear, matzoh, and pastrami lifestyle. There have long been stalwarts like Kenny & Zuke’s and Kornblatt’s, but the opening of three new Jewish(ish) delis vastly expands our...


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Scratch Middle Eastern cooking to shopping center land

Simsim Outstanding Shawarma a hit in Carmel Mountain Ranch

San Diego Reader    1/14/2020

From a food lover’s perspective at least, good things have been happening in Carmel Mountain Ranch. Frankly, I ignored the place for years, because this is shopping center country, the sort of place populated by big box stores and other national retailers. It’s the place to go if you’re looking for...


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Grilled pizzas, tossed salads, Italian-inspired cocktails

Here’s Your First Look at Bar ‘Cino in Brookline

Boston Magazine    1/14/2020

Meet Brookline’s newest neighbor. Bar ’Cino—whose name, pronounced chee-no, is derived from the Italian word for “neighbor,” vicino—opens Friday, Jan. 17, in a well-known restaurant space in the St. Mary’s neighborhood. It’s introducing itself with fresh Italian fare and aperitivo-inspired cocktails.


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Down a dark long hallway, and quite intimate and romantic

Restaurant Review: Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar, MGM Grand Las Vegas


Ambra opened recently in August or September 2019 in the MGM Grand Las Vegas, where the former Fiamma Italian Restaurant was located. Highlights include some of the appetizers – scallops, absolutely heavenly...



The burgers are thick, the lights are low, & mug beer

The Swamp Room is back: Classic Metairie tavern finds new home just up the street    1/16/2020

Part sports bar, part tavern, always a late-night hangout, the Swamp Room was one of the enduring dives of Metairie going back more than 40 years. It closed last spring after losing its lease, but plans were quickly hatched to open a new Swamp Room just up the street.



For all manner of hidden hot toddys and spiked cider

100th anniversary of Prohibition: Seattle's coziest speakeasies to cuddle up in

SeattlePi    1/18/2020

On the heels of the 100th anniversary of Prohibition, it's time to slide on your most dapper pair of cuffed trousers, wool newsboy hat, cloche cap, or beaded evening dress. It's time to holler for your boozy, reminiscent pals, and head underground, down lengthy staircases and around the back doors...


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Enjoy with shave ice, sun, and traditional fried short ribs

12 Honolulu Restaurants—For Something Other Than Poke

Bon Appétit    1/9/2020

I grew up visiting family in Hawaii every year. I consider Honolulu my...


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While in this historic town, here’s where to fuel up

All-Day Eating and Drinking in Cave Creek

Phoenix New Times    1/10/2020

Not to patronize, but Cave Creek is one of the most adorable cities in metropolitan Phoenix. It’s tough, sure, with its biker bars and cowboy steaks. But the overall scenery coupled with the greasy spoon diners,...


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This is a “cocktail bar with mystique,” starting w/the door

Austin’s Speakeasy Secrets (Shhh): Garage

The Austinot    12/20/2019

For the latest installment of my Austin speakeasy series, I visited Garage, a cocktail bar in–you guessed it–a garage. Like so many speakeasies in Austin, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you may miss it. Look for a parking garage on Colorado Street, directly south of Dirty Sixth. There,...


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Honoring the rustic simplicity of Georgian cooking

Georgian Rarities, Served Without Fanfare, at Chama Mama

The New York Times    1/16/2020

Ekala is a prickly climber akin to North American greenbrier, often dismissed as a troublemaking weed. In the Imereti region of Georgia, its crisp young shoots are gathered in spring, before their thorns sharpen, when they’re as skinny and fragile as first asparagus, and pickled to last.



Devoted to okonomiyaki, the griddled Japanese pancake

Paul Virant serves Japanese pancakes at Gaijin in West Loop

Chicago Tribune    1/14/2020

Paul Virant opening a Japanese okonomiyaki restaurant is a bit like if Rick Bayless decided to try his hand at Polish pierogi — both surprising and off brand. Virant made his name as a proud supporter of Midwest cuisine and its ingredients. At Vistro in Hinsdale and Vie in Western Springs (where he...


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Filled with small food stalls, clothing stores, bótanica, +

Alley in the Valley: Panorama City’s Plaza del Valle

LA Weekly    12/3/2019

It’s just minutes past noon but already the San Fernando Valley sun blinds rather than illuminates, giving the air a strange, pearly yellow sheen. The heat is immobilizing and yet the line outside the Taqueria Jerez...


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Part-restaurant, part-pantry, all delicious

San Francisco's Che Fico Alimentari Encourages the At-Home Gourmet Experience


With a career that has included stints at world famous restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in New York, Mirazur in France, and Tickets in Barcelona, chef David Nayfeld has lived, breathed and cooked the best of what food can be. Wanting to strike out on his own, Nayfeld took his vast and culturally diverse talents to San Francisco, where he opened his first restaurant, Che Fico, which celebrates both his passion for Italian food and his Jewish roots by...


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3 influential spots that flipped the script in Philly dining

The Most Important Philly Restaurants of the Decade

Philadelphia Magazine    12/31/2019

Three influential spots opened in the last decade that flipped the script in Philly dining. Here's how they changed the game.



Five blockbuster bites that ruled Portland's year in dining

Portland’s best new dishes of 2019    12/31/2019

More than any year in recent memory, 2019 began with a taste of what was to come — or at least a welcome aftertaste. On the final night of 2018, Langbaan and Hat Yai restaurateur Earl Ninsom,...


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Takeout-style restaurant serves brisket, pulled pork, & more

Brothers find the right recipe for partnership in Poway barbecue restaurant

San Diego Union-Tribune    12/31/2019

Three years ago, Jeremy George called up his big brother, Josh, with a business proposition. If Josh — a world champion wheelchair racer who was then...


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It quietly exudes an attentive kind of hospitality...

Restaurant Review: In the Lobby of the Whitney Hotel, Peregrine Soars

Boston Magazine    12/3/2019

In a way, Peregrine is a homecoming for chef Joshua Lewin and wine expert Katrina Jazayeri. Before they jointly opened Juliet, a European-style café-restaurant in Somerville, the couple met while Lewin was earning food-world notice as the chef at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. This past summer, they...



Golf is back in Las Vegas!

Best Las Vegas Golf Courses: Golf Returns To The Strip After Two Year Absence    10/11/2019

Las Vegas has a lot of very good golf, a lot of good golf, and a lot of mediocre golf. What it does not have a lot of is convenient golf, as almost every course is out in the suburbs, and every single course except one requires some sort of vehicle to get to. As they say in real estate, it’s all about location, location and location, and that one...


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You may not need many drinks to see the special residents

This New Orleans restaurant is a vessel for hauntings


If you’re anything like me, you love a good mystery and a good ghost...


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Consider these next-level chocolate shops when hungry

5 Seattle Chocolate Shops You Must Visit

Seattle Magazine    12/1/2019

It should come as no surprise that Seattle’s culture of innovation extends to the chocolate community, where Fran and Theo have been household names for years. Whether entering the world of chocolate by intention or happenstance, a devoted new group of enterprising chocolatiers have pushed the envelope in...


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Former Himitsu chef Kevin Tien goes big on the Hill

Restaurant Review: Emilie’s

Washingtonian Magazine    1/15/2020

Before Kevin Tien opened his Capitol Hill restaurant, Emilie’s, he did...


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Stepping into the lobby reveals this place’s instant magic

Finding bliss and a Hawaiian blessing at the Four Seasons O‘ahu


With her hair pulled back and her skin smelling like flowers, Auntie Nettie Tiffany leans towards me and tells me to put my forehead against hers. I close my eyes as she slowly draws her hands down my arms until she is gently clasping my palms. Whispering a Hawaiian blessing, she lets our energies flow between our two...



One of the nation’s foremost performance driving schools

Chandler woman revving up Bondurant race school


Franki Buckman has taken charge of one of the nation’s foremost performance driving schools with the energy of the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats in her stable of racing machines. Only two months in her new job as CEO and general manager of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance...


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Restaurant Review: Vixen’s Wedding

The Austin Chronicle    11/29/2019

There isn't enough space on the internet to fully discuss the infinitely intricate relationship of cuisine to culture, which is why those of us writing about what's for dinner are still employed. It's also why chefs and restaurant owners continue to dabble and dive into dishes outside their culinary...


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The three story MOIC flagship has found a permanent home

Photos: Here's A Taste Of The Permanent Museum Of Ice Cream In SoHo

Gothamist    12/13/2019

Maybe the first and definitely the most successful of the food-related Instagram funhouses that were all the rage a few years ago, the Museum of Ice Cream is opening a 25,000 square foot, three story, permanent NYC...


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From the best airport bar you've ever seen to bike bars

2019 Beer Report: The 30 Best New Brewpubs in America

Men's Journal    10/3/2019

Gone are the days of burgers and wings at the mall. Today’s craft breweriesOpens in a new Window. are more like innovative culinary labs, serving high-end, globally influenced cuisine in dramatic, adventure-friendly locations. They’re even doing brunch. Here are the country’s best of the best.


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The enchilada plate, fajita plate, margaritas are favorites

Joe T. Garcia's: This family restaurant is the go-to spot for Tex-Mex food in Fort Worth

USATODAY    12/20/2019

The scene: In 1935, butcher Joe T. Garcia opened a barbecue stand selling smoked meats in front of his house near the stockyards in Ft. Worth, Texas. His wife made enchiladas, and the plates become very popular with...



This is a French, pub-like spot in Queen Village

The Good King Tavern

Infatuation    12/4/2019

The Good King Tavern is like a super-relatable movie quote. You know, one you can pull out at a party that never fails to get a laugh - like when your friend’s ex shows up to a party and you whisper to the people around you “He doesn’t even go here!” Similarly, you can pull The Good King Tavern out of your back pocket in pretty much any...


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They boast 50 suites, and the pool is spectacular

Ian Schrager’s West Hollywood Edition Takes on L.A.’s Hotel Stars

The Daily Beast    12/5/2019

There are few strips in the world with a more competitive row of hotels than Sunset Boulevard, which undulates along the foot of the hills overlooking greater Los Angeles. Iconic spots like the Chateau Marmont, Sunset Tower, the Standard, and just a little further down, Beverly Hills Hotel, have all been made famous by films, television, and magazines. Other people swear by other properties along the...



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The Parrot Confectionery: 81 years of the good stuff on Helena’s Walking Mall!


Recently I watched Karlee Kleinschmidt gather up freshly made eggnog wafers dusted with nutmeg, a seasonal flavor at The Parrot Confectionery on Helena’s walking mall. Kleinschmidt is the head confectioner at this Helena institution, beloved by all who step inside the...


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Get out and try a variety of BBQ in "the Austin of Oregon"

Portland Has the Best Texas Barbecue Scene Outside of Texas

Texas Monthly    12/19/2019

Kyle Rensmeyer missed Texas barbecue dearly when he left Dallas in 2014 for a job in Portland, Oregon. Finding brisket to match what he’d enjoyed at Lockhart Smokehouse and Pecan Lodge was a struggle. “There was nothing like that up here,” he said, so he bought a smoker for his backyard and started making his own barbecue. In May, he...


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No surprise chef Peternell lets quality ingredients shine

A new type of casual: Counter service meets seasonal dining at Cal Peternell’s The Lede


Cal Peternell, who spent 20 years as the chef at Chez Panisse, was focused on creative projects outside of the kitchen when he and his partners happened upon the 906 Washington St. space in Old Oakland. The location became the home of Peternell’s food-oriented podcast and a production studio for...


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Great food & raising money for pediatric cancer patients

Centre Street Kitchen Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Chicago Magazine    11/21/2019

If Centre Street Kitchen were a Hollywood movie, posters and commercials would hail it as “the feel-good film of the year.” The new concept from Big Onion Tavern Group owner Erik Baylis raises money for pediatric cancer patients and their families, serving up good vibes along the way. (Baylis...


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The grill-your-own steakhouse also has live jazz

La Mesa's Riviera Supper Club gets a refresh — but leaves retro vibe intact

San Diego Union-Tribune    12/26/2019

Retro doesn’t mean frozen in time. The Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room, La Mesa’s 10-year-old, grill-your-own steakhouse and lounge is giving the mid-century style neighborhood spot’s offerings a refresh, while keeping the cool, period vibe. A new daily happy hour features half-priced...



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We Found The Most Enjoyable Tequila Shot in D.C.


Usually if you order a second shot of tequila it's because you're punishing some sort of wrongdoing or celebrating achieving legend status. But at Republic Cantina, you'll want another "pico back" because they actually taste great. The co-owner of the Truxton Circle Tex-Mex hotspot, Chris Svetlik,...



For 87 years fulfilling our candy and popcorn cravings

Kitchen Q&A: Candyland’s Chicago Mix became overnight sensation


As we chat with Brenda Lamb, who owns Candyland with her husband Doug Lamb, she reminisces about how they came to take over the business from the original owner, how Candyland grew from one to four locations and the...