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Where to Get Your Nacho Fix Across the Country

by in Restaurants, January 20th, 2015

by Alia Akkam

A heaping platter of crunchy, gooey nachos might be simple, yet its power to satisfy and comfort is undeniable. Whether flaunting pork, brisket or pickled onions, this cheese-shellacked blanket of tortilla chips is especially cherished during football season. To satisfy your cravings during these football-free weeks before the big game, check out 10 of of the country’s best takes on this humble staple of Tex-Mex joints in our full gallery.

Los Angeles: Border Grill (pictured above)
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the dames behind modern Mexican institution Border Grill, are known for their Skillet Nachos. At the downtown Los Angeles location — as well as in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay and the Forum Shops at Caesars — the dish arrives piled high with housemade tortilla chips, from-scratch cheese sauce, organic black beans and tender morsels of carne asada.

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Dominique Ansel to Launch Bakery-Restaurant Hybrid — Sans Cronuts

by in News, Restaurants, January 14th, 2015

Dominique AnselAfter you’ve brought the world its most-famous hybrid pastry and followed it up with several other ultra-hyped culinary mash-ups and a best-selling book, what do you do for an encore? If you’re Dominique Ansel — he of perpetual Cronut fame — you open a new bakery that is not exactly a bakery, but rather (well, of course) a bakery-restaurant hybrid.

Yup, even as exotic snack seekers still line up around the block outside his namesake SoHo bakery, the boundary-blurring baker has been lining up a new project: Dominique Ansel Kitchen, coming to New York’s West Village this spring.

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The Pitfalls of the Cheap All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

by in News, Restaurants, January 13th, 2015

BuffetThe all-you-can-eat buffet tends to bring out the gourmand in all of us. It’s hard to rein yourself in when the only limit on what you can consume is the capacity of your own stomach and you have plunked down your money and are determined to get a good ROI. Even the most-virtuous eaters among us may find themselves making their way gingerly back to their tables clutching plates heaped precariously high – only to return to the buffet line for more, and maybe more than once.

We know this glinty-eyed gluttony from experience. (Oh, the shame! The shame!) But recently scientists have shed a revealing new light on the psychology of the all-you-can-eat buffet.

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The 8 Freshest Fast-Food Spots Across the Country

by in Restaurants, January 13th, 2015

SweetgreenWhile the fast food of your past might have involved burgers, fries and a heap of grease, a new age of fast-eating chains is upon us, featuring on-the-go grub that’s fresher than ever. Next time your jam-packed schedule doesn’t allow time for a homemade meal, keep these eight innovative chains in mind. They’re changing the game and proving it’s possible to eat healthy on the run. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Sweetgreen
If you’re looking to eat healthy, chances are a salad is in your near future. While prepackaged grab-and-go salads are inevitably wilted, this D.C.-based chain (pictured above) creates your salad on the spot with fresh-as-can-be ingredients that are as local as it gets. Instead of settling on another sad kale salad, dig into the Spicy Sazbi, a good-for-you mix of baby spinach, shredded kale, quinoa, broccoli, carrots, raw beets, basil, sprouts, roasted tofu that’s dressed with a carrot-chile vinaigrette, and Sriracha. Visit one of the outposts in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania or Virginia, and don’t be surprised when you start craving salads for lunch.

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Pizza Picks for Your Wednesday-Before-Thanksgiving Dinner

by in Holidays, Restaurants, November 13th, 2014

by Cindy Augustine

One of the busiest pizza nights of the year is — wait for it — the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. It makes perfect sense: With most Americans prepping turkeys, chopping veggies and baking pies, who has time to make dinner? Fortunately, a hot and tasty meal is only a phone call, and sometimes just a delivery, away. Here are some of the best independent pizza spots across the country — no reservations required. Check out the full gallery to find the best pies near your Thanksgiving destination. Read more

Thanksgiving in a Cone? Portland Scoop Shop Reimagines the Feast

by in Holidays, Restaurants, November 4th, 2014

Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey Ice Cream

Would you try turkey-flavored ice cream? Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, to be exact – made with turkey-fat caramel and speckled with fried-turkey skin brittle? Bacon has already crossed over into dessert territory, and now at one adventurous ice cream shop, poultry is getting in the game.

This month at Portland’s Salt & Straw, the Thanksgiving feast has been reimagined as a five-course menu of ice cream flavors. Co-owner Tyler Malek and R&D manager Kat Whitehead fine-tuned their seasonal flavors for months, and when FN Dish visited Portland over the summer, they gave us a sneak peek at the process of turning the classic holiday meal into a sweet, creamy flight. Read more

From Tampa to Key West: A Taste of Southern Florida — On the Road with the Great Food Truck Race

by in Restaurants, Shows, September 30th, 2014

The Great Food Truck RaceThis past weekend, the finale of The Great Food Truck Race brought the remaining two teams to Florida. Tyler had the teams on a five-city tour of the state from Tampa to Key West, covering over 4,000 miles. Along the way he had them face challenges that even included cooking alligator in the Everglades. Luckily, they didn’t have to catch their meat first. In the end, one team brought something different to the game and came out on top, earning their own food truck and $50,000 (find out who won).

Whether you’re looking for seafood specialties in the Keys or Cuban classics in Tampa, you’ll find unique flavors that will have you going back for more in the Sunshine State. Check out all that southern Florida has to offer with these top 10 restaurant selections.

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Steakhouse Rib Eyes with Creamed Spinach — Down-Home Comfort

by in Recipes, Restaurants, September 26th, 2014

It’s a rite of passage to go to one of America’s great steakhouses. Dark knotty, wide wood; warm, well-polished brass; and banquettes upholstered in worn, creased leather set the stage. When partnered with excellent food and excellent service, it’s an all-American experience. Our attraction to the scent of meat cooking on fire is basic; the wafting smoke seems to awaken some sort of primordial urge buried deep in the recesses of our carnivorous brains. There’s not much heartier and more satisfying in terms of comfort food than a meaty, perfectly charred steak topped with mushrooms and served with a baked potato and creamed spinach. This is how the West was won — or at least west Wall Street.

Life occasionally calls for a thick, juicy steak. Those special times might be celebrating something such as a big promotion, a graduation or an anniversary. The celebrations often come with a big price tag, too. Down-home comfort steakhouse-style is a real cause for celebration, because you can do it in the comfort of your own home. No rude waiters, no dings in the car due to the careless teenager in valet and no eye-popping bill that costs as much as a house payment.

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Get Classic Southern Eats in Alabama — On the Road with The Great Food Truck Race

by in Restaurants, Shows, September 23rd, 2014

Alabama Dining on The Great Food Truck RaceThis week on The Great Food Truck Race, the route took the teams to Alabama. On their first day Tyler had the teams getting their hands dirty — picking frozen shrimp in a challenge to see who could get close to 100 pounds. One team left with their spoils but soon found the challenge of peeling and cleaning the Gulf Coast delicacy holding them back. Later in the day Tyler challenged the two teams who had cooked the best brunch dish on Day Two to a seafood cook-off. In a surprise turn of events, the team that won was actually sent home.

Some were more successful than others at selling seafood dishes, but when in the South, where the fruits of the sea are the freshest, there’s no excuse not to partake of the bounty. And the state of Alabama has a lot to offer when it comes to seafood delicacies, including shrimp po’ boys and shrimp ‘n’ grits. For the meat lovers, there’s barbecue ribs, burgers and good ol’ Southern cooking.

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Sweet and Savory Selections in St. Louis — On the Road with the Great Food Truck Race

by in Restaurants, Shows, September 16th, 2014

St. Louis on The Great Food Truck RaceThis past week on The Great Food Truck Race, the rookies rolled into St. Louis, where they’d soon learn a lesson or two about food truck ownership. In a Speed Bump challenge Tyler had them earn their seed money by selling the city’s specialty, toasted ravioli. After that, the trucks got back to selling their normal menus, but before they knew it, Tyler visited the trucks to test their food. Finding their quality lacking, he instituted a Truck Stop cooking challenge, whose winner would double their till. At the end of the two days a frontrunner was sent home, learning that it doesn’t pay to mess with quality.

Whether you’re looking for the local specialty or just want a sweet fix, St. Louis has a little bit of everything, including comfort food, international specialties, made-from-scratch doughnuts and more.

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