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Back of House: 3 Things to Remember When Dining Out This Weekend

March 13, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the freaking weekend and the chances are good that will be dining out sometime in the next three days. Or if you're leaving for a vacation, you may be looking for the best places to eat wherever you're going. But first, there are some thing to know about where to eat, what to eat and how to get a reservation there. We've got a Back of the House insider dishing tips on what you REALLY need to know when dining out. Got a question? Mail it to us!

Welcome to another edition of Back of House, where we offer three tips to help you control your experiences while dining out. It’s rare to find consistency in the culinary world – and we’re not just talking about the food. The service, the environment, the access… so much can vary, even at the same restaurant. Back of House sheds light on these dynamics and aims to help you make informed (and even strategic) dining choices.

Check out the three tips in our latest installment:

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Line Your St Patrick's Day Stomach with These 4 Must-Eat Spots in Dublin

Where: Dublin, Ireland
March 12, 2015 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Troc

It’s nearly St Patrick’s Day! And do you know what that means you should do in Dublin? Eat. Yes, eat – because otherwise you are going to discover a new meaning to the word “carnage”.

Here are 4 MUST-EAT places to enjoy before you say sláinte:

1. Trocadero (above): “The ageing queen of Dublin restaurants” as a friend said. Nearly 60 years old, it’s the restaurant of choice for theatre people, and serves “solid Irish food” in a beautiful art deco setting.

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'Bar Symon' is Now Open at Washington-Dulles Airport

March 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fans of The Chew, Cleveland, or just celebrity chefs in general need to plan a little extra time in their travels, as there’s a new restaurant doing its thing at Washington-Dulles that might just be worthy of a layover.

Michael Symon and associates recently cut the ribbon on Bar Symon, and it is now open for business within Terminal D near Gate 16. We have not had a chance to enjoy a little airport dining as of yet, but it sounds like travelers can expect sandwiches, burgers, and other goodies—complete with both Greek and Italian influences.

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4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA

March 3, 2015 at 10:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hollywood is so over. Didn’t we already tell you that? The new place to be when visiting Los Angeles is Downtown, affectionately called DTLA.

The previously disregarded area of LA is experiencing a major development boom. The building of apartment buildings and hotels has been going on for about a decade now, so it’s not a brand-new boom but Downtown has really been upping its game in terms of restaurants and bars.

Here are 4 Places to Eat Right Now in Downtown LA. And yes, these are totally worth the traffic on the 10. (But may we suggest going at lunch when possible.)

BESTIA
This is one of the hottest, and hardest, reservations to get in LA right now. One of our friends was told it was a three-month wait but then was able to get in on a day’s notice thanks to the Reserve app. So what makes this place so hot? It could be the allure of restaurant’s “gritty” location in a former industrial warehouse on E. 7th Street (which is pretty east in DTLA.) The valet stand (oh yes, they still these here) is in a back alley. But we think it has to do with the mouth-watering food and the bumpin' vibe. The menu is mostly Italian and almost all meat. Meat of all kinds. But the best dishes are the ones that combine the excellent pasta with the tender meat, like the roasted bone marrow filled with a spinach gnocchetti. As for the ambience, when we walked in, Biggie Smalls was playing. Throughout the meal, the music continued to be the early 90s rap and hip hop that we grew up on. Pasta, meat, and rap? Dream come true.

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Back of House: A Restaurant Insider Serves a Few Tips for Dining Out

February 27, 2015 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the freaking weekend and the chances are good that will be dining out sometime in the next three days. Or if you're leaving for a vacation, you may be looking for the best places to eat wherever you're going. But first, there are some thing to know about where to eat, what to eat and how to get a reservation there. We've got a Back of the House insider dishing tips on what you REALLY need to know when dining out. Got a question? Mail it to us!

Dining out can be a gamble. You really never know what you’re going to get.

Even when you find a restaurant that appears to be perfect--the fare, the service, the ambiance, the overall experience synergizes and resonates with you completely--it could be entirely different on your next visit. Chefs change, menus change, décors change, maybe there’s a screaming poopy baby at the table next to you…you get the idea.

Point being: whenever you dine out, there are forces at work impacting your experience and sometimes those forces are out of your control. That’s why we’re eager to shed light on some of these dynamics and also emphasize ways you actually can control your restaurant experiences in a new column we’d like to call, Back of House.

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The Art of Written Correspondence is Very Much Alive at This Seattle Restaurant

Where: 425 NW Market Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98107
February 19, 2015 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

At Brimmer & Heeltap, a bistro-pub in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, they’ll mail their menu in postcard form to whomever you choose. Jot down a sweet nothing, fold it up and they’ll even pay for postage. Such a cool way to reclaim the lost art of letter-writing, right? (We live for handwritten correspondence.)

The neighborhood spot is a favorite for locals and foodies. Brimmer & Heeltap’s chef, Mike Whisenhunt hails from Revel, bringing a loyal following for his locally-sourced dishes with an Asian twist. Proprietress Jen Doak, has worked some of Seattle’s best dining rooms, and brings her warm sense of conviviality to the front of the house experience.

Jen also contributed menus collected from her travels to the restaurant’s “Wall of Menus.” It’s one of our favorite features of Brimmer & Heeltap (aside from Chef Mike’s pork shoulder with kimchi, natch). We caught up with Jen for a quick Q&A to talk food, travel and handwritten letters.

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Don't Forget to Be Nice to Your Server Too

February 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

If this post seems a little bit shouty, it’s because it is. PSA: If you plan on going out on Valentine’s Day--or Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, or any other major holiday--please know that your server/flight attendant/grocery checker/concierge is most likely spending time away from their family and loved ones.

As a long-time restaurant widow (a term used for the significant others of those who work long, late hours in the restaurant industry), I’ve spent a decade of birthdays and holidays solo because my significant other is busy waiting on YOU.

Aside from his co-workers, he's shared these dates of significance primarily with strangers. Don't get me wrong, I know this is a conscious career decision. Just please be aware –- and extra nice -- to the folks who work holidays, because it's rarely ever a choice.

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4 Totally Casual Places to Eat in Venice, California

January 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hollywood is so over. Yes, we realize we may never lunch in this town again for saying that but we'll be ok. That's because we have these four, clutch and totally casual Venice restaurants to dine at, whether it be for lunch, breakfast, dinner or brunch. No power suits needed. And they are all a bike ride away from the beach (but you know you'll just drive anyways.)

So, see you there?


1. Superba Food & Bread: Situated on Lincoln Boulevard, just north of Venice Boulevard, Superba is the brightly colored home of the everything croissant stuffed with cream cheese. This will blow your mind (especially if you love bagels) and make you forget about any cronut or cronut spin-off that ever existed. The bakery and coffee bar open at 7am but proper table service doesn't begin until 9am. Which is probably when you should go as the place fills up in the later morning hours. Aside from the everything croissant, do not leave without ordering some avocado toast or the Moroccan eggs. Superba also serves lunch and dinner (until 10pm most nights) and you can expect the same creative mash-up of wholesome ingredients and comfort foods that you see at breakfast.

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Short on Time (and Stomach Space?) Here are 4 Must-Eat Places in New Orleans

January 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

There are so many good places to eat in New Orleans. So, so, so many. That we are only telling you just four places to eat is almost laughable. Except that if you've got just two days in New Orleans--whether it be for a short work trip, a bachelor or bachelorette party or just a weekend getaway--you can't possibly eat everywhere. Please, don't even. We'd like to leave New Orleans with our stomach intact, if not our dignity.

So pack your best stretchy pants, here are 4 MUST-EAT Places:


1. Cochon Butcher: Located in the Warehouse District, this is the casual sandwich shop adjacent to Chef Donald Link's Cochon restaurant, a tour de pork in Cajun cooking. At Butcher, the pork-heavy sandwiches, like the Pastrami with Sauerkraut on Rye ($11) are the perfect hang-over cures. You can eat in or order take-out, which is what we did, taking our sandwich with us to the airport, making all the other travelers jealous. Don't forget to grab a bag of house-made chips too. ($2.)
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
www.CochonButcher.com

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RSVP to These Five March Restaurant Weeks

March 5, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay—so it’s finally March, and that means it’s time to come out from hibernation and once again enjoy life. The clocks do their thing this weekend, and with a little more daylight to enjoy it’s time to go out to eat with friends and family. Cities around the country are looking to get a few more diners into their booths, as March is a great time to celebrate the local restaurant scene. Here’s a few cities, counties, and areas doing the restaurant week thing this month.

· Sonoma County Restaurant Week:


It cannot get much better than a restaurant week in California wine country, so make your way to Sonoma County between March 10 and March 16. This is their fifth annual event, and they have plenty of options. Three-course special dinner menus will be priced at $19, $29, or $39.

· Hudson Valley Restaurant Week:


Skip out of town for the weekend, and head to New York’s Hudson Valley for some dinner and drinks. Go ahead and start making those reservations now, as the special pricing runs between March 10 and March 23. The restaurant week features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95.

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What's Up with the Futuristic 'Theme Building' at LAX Airport?

January 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

You guys, we have a sad bit of news to share. The Encounter restaurant in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles International Airport has closed its doors, with no indication that it'll ever again welcome visitors for overpriced eats.

We previously shared our tips for making a long LAX layover a little more interesting by popping out of the terminal and heading up to this restaurant. Now that it's closed, there's no longer much reason to leave the secure side of the airport for a breath of Los Angeles air.

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Why Australia Dairy Company Should Be Your First Foodie Stop in Hong Kong

Where: 47 Parkes Street, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
November 8, 2013 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tucked away down the busy streets of Hong Kong's colorful Kowloon neighborhood sits a gem of a restaurant called Australia Dairy Co.. To experience it requires a bit of planning and patience, not to mention some rejection of Western restaurant expectations, but it will be worth the while.

The unassuming shopfront might not catch the eye amongst the the overhanging signs and neon lights, but a window filled with single-serve glass bottles of milk means you've come to the right place.

The Australia Dairy Co. isn't an Australian restaurant, but is best known for an all-day breakfast that sometimes draws a line reaching all the way back to the next block. Since the kitchen serves up food pretty late and the menu stays the same, we'd recommend to head there for some late-night eats if the line looks daunting any other time of day.

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