The no-tip restaurant movement has not been without its setbacks. Several restaurants, such as New York City’s Fedora, San Francisco’s Bar Agricole and Trou Normand, and the seafood chain Joe’s Crab Shack, which tried out a tip-free policy at 18 Midwest restaurants, have ramped back their experiments and (to one degree or another) reinstated tipping, citing customer reluctance to embrace the trend.
Here at Food Network, we think it’s time for a little tough love. So, in the spirit of Father’s Day, we’re here to inform you: Dad does not need another necktie this year. But if he’s the kind of guy who lives for summer — grilling, dinners on the patio, craft cocktails using in-season ingredients — then what he absolutely needs is a game-changing marinade, cocktail mixer or grill tool to take his summer relaxation to new levels of style and sophistication. Not sure where to begin? Check out our top Father’s Day gift picks for dads who fully embrace summer.
PitMaster Grill Tool (pictured above)
If your dad breaks out the grill on the first 50-degree day and doesn’t return it to the garage until the first snow, then this multipurpose grill tool is just the gift for him. The functionality of an entire grill kit is combined into a single, streamlined utensil: a flipper hook for turning food on the grill, an 8-inch chef’s knife for slicing, and even a bottle opener (though we don’t suggest using all three at once!).
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
As steakhouses regain popularity, cuts of meat beyond the New York strip and filet mignon are making their way onto menus. One of these cuts — the baseball steak — is made from the upper portion of a top sirloin. Once it’s cooked, you can clearly see what inspired this steak’s moniker, as the meat puffs up to resemble a baseball. This leaner cut has a rich flavor and is often less expensive than its counterparts, making it a home run for restaurants across the country.
If you thought the hot dog you bought at the ballpark, stadium or arena last time you went to a pro ball game was pricey, check this: A food truck in Australia is selling a $100 ($75 U.S.) frankfurter.
No, it’s not a sausage stuffed with gold. The “Haute Dog,” a hot item at Melbourne’s Good Food and Wine Show, a stop in the Maille Mustard Mobile’s yearlong journey across Australia, contains pure grass-fed Australian peppercorn beef.
Nothing says summer quite like food on a stick. And from simple starters to lunch ideas and hearty main dishes, every one of these mouthwatering recipes belongs on your summer bucket list.
Attention, trend watchers: Retro pastries a la France are currently very much a la mode in New York City.
New York magazine food writers Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite have detected a recent “proliferation of classic French desserts” in eateries throughout NYC, declaring, “This is a moment for meringue, for lush pastry cream, and for looming souffles.”
This week on Foodie Call, Justin considers the humble chickpea. The teeny bean is a crucial ingredient in many Middle Eastern dishes, so you’d think it wouldn’t necessarily impress Chef Einat Admony, owner of three renowned Mediterranean restaurants in New York City. And yet, with a riff on pizza in his back pocket, Justin does it.