Picnic panache

Not only the sandwiches, but sides make the meal too

These Souped-Up Deli Counters Sling the Best Premade Dishes by the Pound

Seattle Magazine    11/1/2017

Skip the heat-lamped Safeway case and give your picnic some panache. These aren’t your everyday deli counters—and that’s a good thing. For the finest in premade dishes and by-the-pound sides and salads, these spots are the best.



Don't feel deprived about good bread w/eating gluten-free

Ducks & Dragons builds a business on gluten-free baked goods

San Francisco Chronicle    1/8/2018

It’s that time of year again. You know what I mean — as another new year arrives, it means that once more it’s time for the annual tradition of trying to curb carbs, sweets or any other indulgences in an effort to help combat any waistline expansion that might have occurred over the holidays. Mina...


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The heavily French stuff can be especially good...

Intent and Execution: Royal Boucherie Reviewed

Philadelphia Magazine    1/18/2018

Nick Elmi’s Royal Boucherie, his Old City restaurant opened in partnership with bar impresarios Stephen Simons and David Frank, is an undeniably fun place to hang out. It’s big, comfortable, at times raucous, with lots of dark wood and dim lighting. It’s got natural wine by the glass and beer in the...


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A large, sensibly designed menu of 3-course selections

The Boka group strikes again with Bellemore


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Have a favorite drink you want to experience. Look here

Stay the Course: Drinking Right in 2018

Portland Mercury    1/10/2018

Each New Year, as everyone makes pledges to change their behaviors in some way to improve their lives, I make the same resolution: This year I’ll drink less beer, and more gin. I’m not sure if I’ve ever succeeded in the first part, but I have a good track record on the second. Just in case you have...


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Not only the best, but some great runners-ups too!

The Best Pasta We Ate in 2017

Bon Appétit    12/22/2017

I need pasta in my life. I need fancy chef-pasta in shapes I can’t pronounce, and I need the butter-and-Parm elbows that I’m constantly pilfering from my five-year-old’s bowl at dinner. But pasta fatigue is a real thing. Noodles are everywhere—not just at Italian restaurants. Many of these pastas are quite good, but the bar is so high for pasta-making now in the United States that they've all started...


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The varied tastes of Wall Street may surprise you...

Wall Street Picks the Best New Restaurants in New York

Bloomberg Business    12/28/2017

It should come as no surprise that Bloomberg Terminal users (aka the who’s who of the financial industry) eat out a lot. After all, there’s a lot of business to be done at restaurants, and it’s been a big year for New York dining, especially with the relaunch of the former Four Seasons space. So we...


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Fiery and flavorful Pakistani dishes tucked inside a Kenner

Review: Wah Kitchen in Kenner

Gambit    1/2/2018

One of the great pleasures of exploring a suburban strip is finding new international food treasures. In Kenner, often tucked away in nondescript buildings, I've come across exciting Chinese, Honduran, Palestinian, Brazilian and Vietnamese restaurants. I always come back hungry for more. Recently,...


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It’s a killer combination of sweet, salty and umami

YuXiang’s black bean noodles are a 2018 must-try

Las Vegas Weekly    1/4/2018

It’s never too early to look for 2018’s standout dishes, right? We alert you to YuXiang Korean Chinese Cuisine, another jewel in the growing southwest-Valley empire of restaurateur David Sim. The reason you’re coming here is jajangmyeon ($7-$9), a stellar if simple noodle mashup


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Of the thousands of dishes tried, these stay on the brain

The best things we ate this year

Frolic Hawaii    12/26/2017

What was the best thing you ate this year? Collectively, the Frolic team ate literally thousands of dishes. These are our most memorable local finds.



"Exceeds Expectations" would be apt for this cafe

Vintage Heart Cafe Features Large Outdoor Patio, Food Truck Fare

The Austinot    1/16/2018

Vintage Heart Cafe has become many things to me. It’s where I can count on a delicious caffeine boost or find my productive side. On my less focused days, it’s a comfortable place to continue my quest to traverse the...


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Tea soothes the soul in cooler months - try English high tea

5 Great Spots for Tea Service in Metro Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    1/16/2018

Tea soothes the soul in cooler months. Luckily, metro Phoenix has plenty of great tea rooms. Ranging from English high tea to an opulent setting to...


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Don't knock fish, pickles, & rice porridge till you try it

The Best Meal at The LINE Hotel's Brothers & Sisters Might Not Be Dinner


Fans of Brothers & Sisters inside The LINE DC Hotel pin Chef Erik Bruner-Yang's knife-cut noodles, chicken chowder bowls, and octopus hot dogs as early favorites. These dishes can be found on the dinner menu, but the...


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A flame grill behind the counter, and the aroma of chicken

A spicy jerk offers tenderness

San Diego Reader    1/12/2018

As I sat in my booth at One Love Island Cuisine in Oceanside, I watched as fellow customers entered the shop and approached the counter to order. Most of them had a story to share with the owner on how they came to be there. "I live in Carlsbad," said one man, "But I never knew this place was here...



From Columbus Park to Overland Park, great pho can be had

Pho real: These are some of KC’s best Vietnamese noodle soups


On a recent 23-degree afternoon in Columbus Park, bundled strangers sat elbow-to-elbow inside Vietnam Cafe, slurping big bowls of noodle soup. Long before paleo bone broth and chef-made ramen were hot, Vietnam Cafe...


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Treats inspired by the owners heritage and childhood

The Pastries Are On Point at Cubes Baking Company

Seattle Met    12/19/2017

IF A BAKERY IS AN EXERCISE in eating with your eyes first, then Cubes Baking Company is the kind of workout we can get behind. It’s all too easy to—with the unchecked voracity of a blue, cookie-obsessed puppet—pillage the shelves of this Wallingford bakeshop, a place where the likes of cupcakes and...


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Service is swift and exceptional, & try the Uni Pasta

Review: San Jose’s EMC Seafood & Raw Bar is near-perfect


I didn’t want to like EMC Seafood & Raw Bar. It’s a massive new restaurant on Santana Row — a Los Angeles chain’s first NorCal location — and I found the long menu, endless crowds and $65 lobster garlic noodles a bit much. Then I actually dined there and realized how completely fantastic it is. EMC takes its oceanic title seriously. The seafood is top-notch and the menu leaves nothing to be desired...


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South of S.F., along a beautiful coast w/lots to do

Family Fun in Monterey


For year-round fun, it’s hard to beat California, with its temperate climate, stunning scenery and seaside attractions. Families looking to spend their vacation in the northern part of the state will find all this and more on the Monterey Peninsula, which encompasses the attractions in...


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A stellar slate of new wintry pies - and lots of usuals too

Pizzeria Vetri Just Expanded Its Menu for the First Time Ever

Philadelphia Magazine    1/8/2018

As much as we wish we could, one can’t live on pizza alone. Pizzeria Vetri knows this — which is why they’ve expanded their menu with a slate of new antipasti dishes for the first time ever to supplement your ‘za consumption. The new dishes include seasoned Italian olives, pork meatballs in red...


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Many variations, one origin, lot's of tummy smiles

7 Best Waffle Places Across The Country To Try If You Love Them As Much As Eleven


I'm not sure it's possible for someone to love waffles as much as Eleven from Stranger Things does, and it's really not difficult to see why she's obsessed with them. They are fluffy, buttermilk goodness with tiny pockets meant simply to be filled with sugary syrup. Basically, it's dessert for...


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From renowned seafood, to a hidden bar/arcade inside of it

10 new Boston-area restaurants that turned heads in 2017

boston.com    12/19/2017

From a nationally renowned seafood spot to a restaurant with a hidden bar/arcade inside of it. Read on Boston.com.


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Several mainstays reincarnated from the Sonnier's before

Review: The return of Gabrielle Restaurant

Gambit    1/8/2018

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a bowl of game-changing gumbo. It was beyond dark. Swampy and thick, it was more reminiscent of a Mexican mole than anything Creole — and it was utterly delicious. I've had my fair share of inky, dark-roux gumbos, mostly in Cajun country at diners and corner...


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The offer familiar food with an ultra-fresh spin

Mexican spot Bandito fits into its power-lunch surroundings

Las Vegas Weekly    1/4/2018

The energy might have shifted throughout the years—out to Summerlin, back Downtown—but there remains a long tradition of Vegas doing business at the cluster of restaurants radiating out from the intersection of Flamingo and Paradise roads. This is where power-lunch and happy-hour institutions like...


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Everything you loved about the Shore Bird, w/a few changes

The Reef Bar & Market Grill opens in place of the Shore Bird Restaurant

Hawaii Magazine    12/27/2017

In early October, we learned along with all of you that the much-loved Shore Bird Restaurant in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort was closing. “Much-loved” is an understatement—we quickly received an outpouring of aloha from readers sharing their memories of the 38-year-old Waikiki fixture. On Nov. 1, the Reef Bar & Market Grill...


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Bagel culture is coming full circle

Where to Get East Coast-Style Bagels in Austin: Bagel culture is coming full circle

The Austin Chronicle    1/12/2018

When I moved to Austin from New York 13 years ago, I went to great lengths to bring certain foods back to Texas after visits home. I've smuggled fresh farmers' market corn and tomatoes on board from Jersey; I carried a box of Doughnut Plant goodies like a lap child. Once I even brought...


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A bakery, but a surprisingly satisfying place for breakfast

Breakfast Beat: Go Vegan Without Losing Flavor at Treehouse Bakery

Phoenix New Times    1/5/2018

The Scene: On the corner of Roosevelt and Grand Avenue sits a white building with a large art display on its side—a blue and red Phoenix rises into the sky. Two sports cars flank the bird. This building houses multiple storefronts, including Treehouse Bakery, a local business serving vegan pastries, cookies, brownies, and...


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Not just for the holidays, but anytime really

5 Brunch Spots To Take Your Family During The Holidays

Washingtonian Magazine    12/22/2017

Got family visiting for the holidays? Chances are you’re not going to want to spend the whole weekend cooking. Here are five great brunch options sure to satisfy your out-of-town visitors.



When you're ready to splurge, these places should call you

18 Best Upscale Hideaways in the Northeast USA 2017

The Huffington Post    12/13/2017

Two years ago, I compiled this list for discerning travelers who want to avoid busy, crowded places, and wrote this introduction: Right now, when the world seems to be getting scarier by the week, travelers long for...


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Starring Chef Claire Welle and the wonder women of Otway

New York City’s Best New Restaurants of 2017

Village Voice    12/30/2017

To address the champagne-swilling elephant in the room: The Grill, the Pool, and the Lobster Club are all missing from this list, even though the Major Food Group’s suite of restaurants in the Seagram Building were easily the buzziest openings of the year. And arguably the splashiest, with prices to...



You'll notice a sharp visual sense in the dining room

Portland's 2017 Rising Star restaurant: Guero

OregonLive.com    12/21/2017

Walking into Güero feels like stepping into a garden. The torta cart turned torta restaurant, which opened in February at 200 N.E. 28th Ave., is filled with an explosion of greenery. Philodendrons and euphorbia perch on every available surface. Huge vases of flowers sit on the bar. An enormous bird...



Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, K Sandwiches does too

K Sandwiches reopens to long lines, eager eaters

San Diego Union-Tribune    1/6/2018

As they counted down to the reopening last week, K Sandwiches co-owners Man Tran and sister Jennifer Tran were nervous. It had been more than two years since fire destroyed their family’s popular Vietnamese bakery and deli. They worried. Would anyone come to their reopening? Would anyone care? Turns out, loyalists had long anticipated it, circling the date. At one point on Friday, the first day back,...


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You can stay at Gianni Versace's former mansion

Take a look inside the Versace Mansion in Miami, now a hotel

USATODAY    12/14/2017

Whatever happened to the lavish Miami Beach mansion owned by legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace? The icon was gunned down outside his home on Ocean Drive on South Beach 20 years ago. Now, that mansion is one...



From fried chicken to falafel, 2017 place to try in 2018

The 20 Best Things Our Dining Critic Ate This Year

Seattle Magazine    12/13/2017

I eat out. A lot. More than I even need to for work. When I thought about compiling this list, I originally aimed for 10 dishes, but there were just too many great meals to limit myself. Instead, I’ve pulled together the top 20 things I ate this year—from small snacks to elaborate meals to memorable...


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Specializing in noodle dishes, a Japanese chain now in U.S.

New Japanese Spot 'Marugame Udon' Debuts In Stonestown

Hoodline    1/9/2018

If you've got Japanese food on the mind, a recent opening is need-to-know. Called Marugame Udon, the new addition is located at Stonestown Mall on the first level near Chipotle. This newcomer—which has another US...


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A pair of former Kitayama chefs branch out on their own

Best thing I ate: sushi omakase at Kakurega

The Orange County Register    1/3/2018

The best thing I ate this week wasn’t necessarily a single dish. It was the entire omakase at a new sushi restaurant on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa. A pair of sushi chefs from Newport’s Kitayama recently left...



You might be tempted to gorge yourself silly on the stuff...

Review: Tempesta Market making some of Chicago's best sandwiches

Chicago Tribune    1/8/2018

Everything about Tempesta Market in West Town packs a punch. The shop has room for only a deli counter, a couple of refrigerated cases of food and a few tables, but the owners have stuffed it to the breaking point with a staggering amount of meat, cheese, gelato and other goods. It's overwhelming, and that’s before you notice the giant chunk of ’nduja sitting on the deli counter.