Additional Articles/Posts by Dan Myers

  • Introducing Kalettes, a Kale and Brussels Sprout Hybrid
    There’s a new vegetable coming to a grocery store near you, and The Daily Meal can report that it’ll be called “kalettes,” a hybrid between kale and Brussels sprouts. The new food product is “a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty...

  • The 30 Best Brunches in America
    For many of us, there’s no meal more sacred than brunch. Not only is it a celebration of the leisurely weekend afternoon, it’s a time to get together with friends, shake off the events of the night before, and consume far more calories (in...

  • What is Imitation Crab?
    One of the more exasperatingly ambiguous food items you’re ever likely to come across, imitation crab (also known as krab or crab stick), can be found at just about every supermarket and neighborhood sushi spot. But what exactly is it, anyway? And...

  • Snapshots from Pok Pok Ny's Tastemakers NY Dinner
    Pok Pok Ny, located on Brooklyn’s Columbia Street Waterfront, is one of the hottest restaurants in town, and on Thursday night Pepcid and Eater.com co-sponsored a dinner there as part of their Tastemakers NY dinner series. Seven dishes were served (...

  • 10 People Who Eat Bicycles, Glass, and Other Crazy Stuff
    While most of us spend mealtime eating, well, food, there are those who walk amongst us who prefer to eat the place setting. Yes, there are people out there who indulge in such delicacies as silverware, glass, bicycles, drywall, and even a whole private...

  • What is Scrod?
    Throughout the Northeastern coast of the United States and into Canada, hundreds or thousands of menus feature a rather confounding food item: scrod, also sometimes called schrod. If you order it, you’ll be served a plate bearing a decent-tasting...

  • The History of Trader Joe’s
    The history of Trader Joe’s, a popular grocery store chain with 415 locations nationwide, begins with, as you might expect, a man named Trader Joe: Joe Coulombe, to be exact. In 1958, Coulombe launched a small chain of convenience stores in the...

  • The 20 Worst Things You Can Eat and Why
    Every couple of years, it seems like another "groundbreaking" report is issued, proving once and for all that one food or another is either good for you, bad for you, or somewhere in between. And while the health benefits of certain foods, like...

  • 14 Things You Didn’t Know about Chipotle Mexican Grill
    For many, Chipotle is what fast food should be: tasty, ethically responsible, not too expensive, and reasonably healthy. While you might think that you know everything there is to know about this mega-chain, there’s actually a lot out there that you...

  • Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic: A Culinary Hole in One
    There’s a private peninsula jutting out from the Mexican mainland about 26 miles north of Puerto Vallarta in the Mexican state of Nayarit. It’s called Punta Mita, which translates to “point of the arrow” in the area’s native...

  • How to Make a Lamb Roast Restaurant-Style
    It’s not easy to replicate a restaurant-style dish in your home kitchen, for a variety of reasons. First, and most importantly, the equipment that restaurants have is oftentimes completely different from what you have at home. Second, the quantity...

  • America's 30 Best French Fries
    Even though the name may sound foreign-inspired, French fries are about as American as any food can be — they're deep-fried, they're the quintessential vehicle for ketchup (America's favorite condiment, hands down), and they're...

  • What is Carne Guisada?
    Beef stew is one of the most classic dishes around, but after a while chunks of beef and carrots in a simple brown sauce can get boring. Enter carne guisada, a Latin staple that kicks the traditional American beef stew up by about 15 notches. [related]...

  • Want a Great Complimentary Breakfast? Stay at Hyatt Place
    There are plenty of hotels that are geared toward business travelers and many offer the same types of accommodations: a comfortable bed, free Wi-Fi, a big television, a nice work station, and in the morning, a little something to eat before you check out...

  • Shark Tank Season 5: Food Pitches Funded and Not Funded
    From a modernized chef’s hat to a reinvented lunchbox, or a de-boned baby back rib “steak” to cookie dough that’s safe to eat right out of the jar, ABC's Shark Tank saw a whole host of food products ranging from the...

  • Easter Ham: Where to Order it Online
    Easter dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year for many, brimming with fresh spring vegetables, hot cross buns, and for many, an Easter ham. The first choice for many is to head to the supermarket and buy the nicest-looking water-added...

  • America’s Best Fish and Chips
    On the surface, fish and chips sounds like a pretty easy dish to make. You batter up a piece of fish and toss it into the deep fryer with some frozen French fries, what could be easier? Well, it’s actually a rather tricky dish to get right, because...

  • Sorry, But You're Not a Celebrity Chef
    A couple weeks ago, I was browsing Twitter when I encountered a profile belonging to a chef who hailed himself (via his profile blurb) as a “world renowned celebrity chef.” I ran a quick Google search on the guy, who had just under 100...

  • The 10 Unhealthiest Fast-Food Breakfasts
    It wasn’t so long ago when few would consider fast-food restaurants to be breakfast destinations, places to relax over a hearty platter of pancakes, sausage, eggs, and the like. But over the years the majority of major chains have gotten in on the...

  • What Is a Passover Seder?
    As the Jewish holiday of Passover approaches, matzah and Manischewitz are on the shelves at grocery stores, jelly candies are in the seasonal aisle, and kosher seltzer bottles with yellow Hebrew-inscribed caps crowd the shelves. For millions of...

  • America’s 25 Best Asian Restaurants
    Not too long ago, Asian cuisine in America was in a sorry state of affairs. There were plenty of Americanized Chinese restaurants but if you wanted the real deal, you had to seek out a Chinatown or travel to a newfangled sushi restaurant, which made many...

  • 15 Food and Drink Slogans You’ll Never Forget
    Unless you live in a house in the middle of nowhere with no outside contact, you’ve encountered a food product’s slogan in one form or another, and it has most likely permeated your mind in more ways than you think. We’ve assembled 15 of...

  • Philadelphia's 15 Best Restaurants
    When it comes to eating in Philadelphia, most of the country thinks of one thing: cheesesteaks. And that’s a tragedy. The City of Brotherly Love happens to be one of the finest and most underrated restaurant towns in America, and we’re ranking...

  • The 15 Unhealthiest Foods at Starbucks
    Starbucks holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans, a place reserved for things we either can’t live without or would prefer never existed. Yes, Starbucks is one of those chains that you either love or hate, and for those who love it, a...

  • Where to Order the Best Meatballs in America
    Whether tucked into a crusty Italian loaf, resting atop a mound of spaghetti, or served on their own with a ladle of marinara sauce, there are few dishes more comforting than those that include meatballs. From a hundred year-old deli in Baltimore to a...

  • America’s 10 Best In-N-Out Burger Outposts
    Of all the burger chains in America, the one with arguably the biggest cult following may be In-N-Out Burger, with Shake Shack at a close second. There are 295 locations of the beloved chain nationwide, and while it may appear as if they’re all...

  • 10 Novels Every Food-Lover Should Read
    For many of us, food is life and life is food. We spend our days thinking about where we’ll be enjoying our next meal, and our nights dreaming of meals we’ve enjoyed in the past. So why not fill your non-eating waking hours with stories...

  • America’s 50 Best Casual Restaurants
    Each year when we set out to compile our ranking of America’s 101 Best Restaurants, we’ve been hit with a dilemma: Do restaurants like the legendary Frank Pepe Pizzeria, as stellar as they are, really belong in the same category as Eleven...

  • America’s 12 Best Italian Restaurant Chains
    Like Irish pubs and Chinese takeouts, you’d be hard-pressed to find a moderately-populated town without an Italian restaurant. And for much of the country, that Italian restaurant is a chain. We canvassed the country, and from corporate behemoths...

  • 16 Humiliating and Hilarious Food and Drink Product Fails
    When we go to the supermarket, we have certain expectations of the products that we’ll see there. For example, ketchup will be red, not purple. Jell-O will not be celery-flavored. Life Savers will be little round candies, not soda. When these...

  • Chef Leah Cohen on the St. Croix Wine & Food Experience
    You most likely know Leah Cohen from her very impressive showing in Top Chef ‘s fifth season. Based in New York, the show also introduced us to the likes of Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, and Stefan Richter, but it was Cohen who emerged as one of the...

  • 11 Things You Didn’t Know About SPAM
    Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam… is there any food product in existence that’s been mocked more than Spam? Twinkies, possibly, but deep down, everyone secretly loves Twinkies. We can’t say the same thing for Spam. When it comes to Spam you...

  • BACtrack Breathalyzer: The Life of Your St. Paddy's Party?
    Breathalyzers have traditionally been expensive contraptions that were strictly the domain of law enforcement officials. But there’s a new device on the market, and not only is it incredibly easy to use, it slips into your pocket and remotely sends...

  • 11 Types of Bacon Not Made from Pigs
    In the long and storied history of bacon, at no point has it enjoyed such a moment in the sun as it is right now. One of the most popular foods in existence, cured and smoked pork belly seems to be everywhere you turn. But there are plenty of other...

  • A ‘Taste of the Berkshires' Comes to New York
    On Tuesday night, some of the Berkshires’ finest chefs, farmers, and food producers set up shop inside New York’s Haven’s Kitchen and showed the city what makes the western Massachusetts region’s food culture so spectacular. [...

  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Eat
    Have you ever been sitting in class, watching the teacher write on the chalkboard, when you were overwhelmed by the sudden urge to grab the chalk out of his hands and eat it? Well there are plenty of people out there who eat chalk all the time, so don...

  • 15 Ways to Ask for the Restroom Around the World
    When traveling abroad, there are a few useful phrases that are quite useful to know how to say in the native language. How to get to the train station or pharmacy are useful questions to know, how much something costs is another. Knowing how to say...

  • The Most and Least Fattening Cuts of Steak
    As we’ve been told time and time again, “fat is flavor.” Nowhere is this more applicable than in steaks, where the fat-to-meat ratio can mean the difference between a tough, chewy steak and a tender and delicious one. We’ve ranked...

  • Ketchup Taste Test: Is Heinz Really Best?
    Ketchup is a funny food. It’s never (okay, rarely) eaten on its own, yet it’s an indispensable topping to burgers, fries, and a host of other foods. It’s also quite possibly the most divisive condiment; some people douse their scrambled...

  • Why is Bacon Called Bacon? and Other Food Name Origins
    It’s a little odd to think of the fact that every single word that we say, in any language, has its origins somewhere. From bacon to bread, the name of every single food in existence also got its start somewhere. We rounded up 10 of the most...

  • The 10 Best Barbecue Chains in America
    Barbecue is one of those foods that’s fiercely regional: beef in Texas, sweet sauce in Kansas City, and so on. But thankfully, there are plenty of chains out there that bring amazing barbecue all across the country, and we’ve rounded up 10 of...

  • The 10 Funniest Food Jokes
    What is it about food that inspires so many jokes? Maybe because there’s something universal about eating; everyone does it, everyone looks at a chicken and knows that it’s a chicken, and tries to figure out why it’s crossing the road....

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe's Chocolate Covered Pretzel Slims
    If you like chocolate-covered pretzels, listen up: the ones sold by Trader Joe’s are dynamite. To make them, they take pretzel crisps and cover them in a lavish coat of dark (but not too dark) chocolate. They’re crispy, crunchy, chocolaty, and...

  • America’s 10 Best Restaurants for Meat Eaters
    As humans, we enjoy a vaunted position at the very top of the food chain. Sure, a lion might come out of nowhere and maul us, but where our natural defenses might fail us, we’ve more than made up for it by inventing guns, bows and arrows, and the...

  • 10 Crazy Hotel Food Requests
    When you’re a stranger in a big city, the dining scene there can certainly be a bit intimidating. And when you’re visiting New York for the first time and trying to locate a comfortable place to get a meal, it can be downright daunting....

  • 11 Ways to Tell if You're in a Bad Restaurant
    We’ve all been there, standing outside a restaurant, trying to figure out if it’s going to be any good. We all know that you can’t judge a book by its cover but without even trying the food, there are a host of ways to tell if the...

  • The 10 Worst People to Sit Near in a Restaurant
    We all have a vision in our heads of the perfect restaurant experience: we float in, are greeted with a warm smile, seated promptly, and served expertly prepared food by a wait staff that caters to our every whim. But in an effort to fit as many people as...

  • 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Wrap-Up
    It was a whirlwind of a four-day festival, but the 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami, Fla. certainly was as successful, and eventful, as any in its 14-year history. On Thursday, chefs including Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Mina, Marc...

  • Taco Bell to Roll Out Brand New Breakfast Menu
    Taco Bell is dipping its toes in the breakfast pool. Hot on the heels of a limited-release Waffle Taco that was immensely popular, the chain’s President Brian Niccol joined Chief Marketing Officer Chris Brandt on a conference call Feb. 24 to confirm...

  • Michael Symon Wins People’s Choice Award at the Burger Bash
    The eighth annual Amstel Light Burger Bash was held on Friday night under the big tent at the 14th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and 31 chefs from around the country gathered to celebrate the most American of foods, the burger. Buns ranged...

  • 6 Kinds of Fat, and Which Foods are Highest In Them
    When checking out a food product’s nutritional label, you’ll notice that the fat content is listed as “Total Fat.” But sodium isn’t listed as “Total Sodium,” and Calories aren’t listed as “Total...

  • Mike Mills’ 17th Street BBQ Takes Win At South Beach’s The Q
    On Thursday night, the 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival got off to a rollicking start with its first big event under the big tent, The Q, formerly known as Bubble Q. Nearly 40 chefs staked their claim and served their best interpretation of...

  • 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Panera Bread Chain
    Panera Bread is one of the most popular, and fastest-growing chains in America today. Not only is the ‘bakery-café’ America’s favorite chain sandwich shop according to our recent poll, it’s also raking in the cash. But...

  • 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival
    Barbecue, burgers, cheflebrities — it's all happening on the beach in Miami at The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine. There's parasailing just offshore, planes pull signs through the sky, the...

  • 15 Brands You Didn’t Know Were GMO-Free
    This is one in a series of stories; visit The Daily Meal Special Report: GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) for more. In today’s day and age, it’s easier than ever to find foods that suit your specifications to a tee. Organic? You...

  • How Do Leading Chefs Feel About GMOs?
    This is one in a series of stories; visit The Daily Meal Special Report: GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) for more. There are many different types of genetically modified foods out there, serving different purposes. For example, scientists...

  • Chefs’ Tips for Conquering the South Beach Wine & Food Fest
    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is fast approaching, and whether you’re planning on attending just one event or are making a full weekend out of it, it can seem rather overwhelming — One tasting event alone can present you with more...

  • 10 Applegate Farms Products You Shouldn't Eat a Lot Of
    We’ll start by saying this: the meat products produced by Applegate Farms are undoubtedly healthier than most. Most of their offerings also happen to be delicious. But not all of their products are low in fat and calories, so we tracked down the 10...

  • America’s Best Chinese Takeout
    From a ‘pie house’ specializing in Frisbee-sized xian bing meat pies in California to a Peking duck stall in Flushing, Queens, the U.S. is chock full of life-changing Chinese restaurants, and the vast majority of them will let you take your...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
    In the past few years, peanut butter filled pretzels — little nuggets of crispy pretzel shell filled with peanut butter — have been exploding in popularity. We sampled the ones offered by Trader Joe’s house brand, and while they’re...

  • Conquering the South Beach Wine & Food Fest's Grand Tasting
    The 2014 South Beach Wine & Food Festival will be coming to Miami from February 20-23, and one of the major highlights (along with the Burger Bash) is the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village, a collection of tents and demo stages featuring some...

  • We’re Looking for City Editors!
    The Daily Meal is one of the fastest-growing food sites around, both in terms of traffic and cities that we cover. We currently have pages for more than 20 cities up and running, with more in the works. And we’re looking for folks who love food...

  • Alton Brown’s Advice for Guys on Valentine’s Day
    Valentine’s Day comes but once a year, and for many guys, the natural inclination is to go overboard. Flowers and chocolates aside, plenty of guys will spend the bulk of the evening slaving away in the kitchen, preparing an epic meal that may or may...

  • The 10 Unhealthiest Chain Restaurant Salads
    It happens all the time: A group of people are at a restaurant, deciding what to order, when someone proudly proclaims that they’ll ‘just have a salad.’ So they go ahead and order their Grilled Chicken Winter Brie Salad, completely...

  • 12 Over the Top International Fast-Food Items
    A couple times a year, a new fast food product comes along that leaves us alternately scratching our heads and blown away by the inventors’ ingenuity. Pizza with a crust that’s stuffed with cheese? Amazing! A taco shell that’s actually a...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods 365 Beef Taquitos
    A couple weeks ago, we sampled Whole Foods’ chicken taquitos, sold under their house brand, 365. We weren’t very impressed, as the corn tortilla was a bit tough and the chicken was mushy and tasteless. Unfortunately, we’re disappointed...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Natural Beef Jerky
    When you buy a new brand of beef jerky, you never really know what you’re going to get. It can be rock-solid, soft and mushy, super-peppery, sweet, smoky, fatty… the possibilities really are endless, and every brand is different. We picked up...

  • The 13 Most Fattening Foods on Earth
    What is it about fattening foods that lures us in like moths to a flame? Fat is flavor, after all, so the more fat a food has the tastier it will be. Add in copious amounts of salt or sugar, and you’ve got a prescription for addictive tastiness....

  • Recap: ‘Top Chef,” Season 11, Episode 17
    So it’s come to this: Nina Compton, an Italian chef with a mastery of Caribbean cooking; and Nick Elmi, French-trained, intensely focused, and endlessly inventive, vying for the title of Top Chef. The episode began with flash-forward of the judges...

  • 12 Regional Foods Worth Traveling For
    In today’s day and age, it seems like you can find just about any type of food you want, especially if you live in a big city. Want a super-authentic banh mi, or perhaps a traditional Belgian Liège waffle? There’s a food truck for that...

  • Chef Kerry Heffernan on the Best Way to Reheat a Steak
    Chef Kerry Heffernan, who you might remember from a recent season of Top Chef Masters, has spent time as Executive chef at acclaimed New York restaurants including Eleven Madison Park and South Gate, and he’s currently the chef at the newly-revamped...

  • 9 Foods with More Calories than You Think
    We all know that certain foods have more calories than others. It’s pretty obvious: if it’s covered in a sheen of oil, it’s most likely full of calories. But certain foods might not appear to be as caloric as they are, and the main...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ Whole Catch Coconut Shrimp
    We’ve come to the conclusion that if you want to bring frozen coconut shrimp back from the deep freeze, you’ll need to use a deep-fryer instead of an oven. We’ve sampled both Trader Joe’s and now Whole Foods’ offering, and...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Balela
    You’ve most likely not heard of the dish known as balela, but it’s apparently a Middle Eastern chick pea-based salad that also contains black beans, tomatoes, parsley, onion, vinegar, garlic, and a hint of hot pepper. We picked up an 8-ounce...

  • What Do Football Players Eat Before Games?
    Football players are some of the biggest, baddest dudes on earth. They spend hours slamming into other people, getting slammed into by other people, and running, running, running. Before each game, players are faced with the decision of what they’re...

  • Recap: ‘Top Chef,’ Season 11, Episode 16
    The three remaining chefs — Nick, Nina, and Shirley — showed up at a luau to start the Finale, where Padma introduced them to chef Sam Choy, one of Hawaii’s most renowned chefs. We then learned who won last week’s Last Chance...

  • The Ultimate Store-Bought Hummus Taste Test
    We tend to not give much thought to hummus. It’s just chick peas ground up and mixed with some other stuff, to be eaten with pita or baby carrots as a healthy snack, right? But hummus has a long history, and there are plenty of brands of it on the...

  • Tickets on Sale for Choice Eats, Coming to New York March 25
    For the past seven years, the Village Voice has thrown what can only be described as a culinary blowout, bringing some of the city’s best restaurants together with beer, wine, and spirits purveyors, throwing several thousand hungry guests into the...

  • Seamus Mullen Wins New York’s Cochon 555 Competition
    Sunday night, five hand-picked New York chefs competed for the title of ‘Prince of Porc’ in a rollicking event inside the swanky Ritz-Carlton Battery Park in New York. It was the New York branch of the nationwide Cochon 555 competition, a...

  • Dunkin’ to Release Cookie Dough Donut for Valentine’s Day
    The Daily Meal has exclusively learned that on January 28th Dunkin Donuts will be rolling out several brand new menu items created especially for Valentine’s Day: a Cookie Dough donut with buttercream filling, topped with chocolate icing and...

  • Win Tickets to South Beach Wine & Food Fest’s Grand Tasting!
    Want to have the opportunity to check out one of the upcoming South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s hottest events—The Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village—all for free? Enter The Daily Meal’s SOBEWFF Sweepstakes! [related]...

  • Midtown’s Famous Oyster Bar to Close After Service Tonight
    One of the oldest holdouts on the stretch of Seventh Avenue between Times Square and Central Park, The Famous Oyster Bar, will be closing after service tonight, according to a notice posted in their doorway. [related] “This restaurant has been here...

  • Alex Guarnaschelli on South Beach and Vegetarian Dining
    Chef Alex Guarnaschelli has been a Food Network mainstay for years, from hosting her own show (Alex’s Day Off) to winning The Next Iron Chef being a frequent judge on Chopped. But she happens to have one of the most impressive resumes in the...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ Spinach and Cheese Spanakopita
    There’s a reason why so many frozen hors d’oeuvres involve phyllo dough: they crisp up fantastically in the oven, and the frozen Spinach and Cheese Spanakopita sold by Whole Foods Market hit the nail right on the head. They’re light and...

  • The Food Almanac: Friday, January 24, 2014
    Tom Fitzmorris runs The New Orleans Menu. Music To Eat Creole Gumbo By This is the. . . wait. This doesn’t seem possible. The seventy-third birthday of Aaron Neville? He doesn’t look it. Certainly doesn’t sound like...

  • America’s 12 Wildest Wings
    When we think of a big platter of steaming hot freshly-fried chicken wings, we tend to think of them prepared Buffalo-style, slathered in a mixture of butter and Frank’s Red Hot sauce. But there’s a whole world of wing sauces and toppings out...

  • FoodNetwork.com Rolls Out Massive Redesign
    If you’ve visited FoodNetwork.com, the online home of the Food Network, within the past few years, you probably noticed something: it hadn’t changed much. Well, they’ve rolled out their first major redesign in about 5 years, and not only...

  • What’s Justin Bieber Feeding the Rats in His Jail Cell?
    Last night diminutive Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was arrested for drunken driving, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license after he was caught drag racing on a residential street in Miami Beach, and he’s been biding his time at...

  • Wendy’s Launching Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger
    Wendy’s today announced that on Monday, January 27th, locations throughout the country will begin selling their newest menu item: a Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. [related] Unveiled this afternoon to select press, the new sandwich tops a traditional...

  • Recap: ‘Top Chef,’ Season 11, Episode 15
    Four chefs to go. The remaining competitors, Nick, Carlos, Shirley, and Nina, had certainly all more or less bonded by this point, but it was pretty clear that none of the others were quite sure how Carlos made it this far. But they forged onwards, right...

  • Colman Andrews and John Mariani to Debate Modernist Cuisine
    Over the summer, Esquire’s John Mariani issued an epic takedown of so-called ‘modernist cuisine,’ stating that “the expansion and influence of avant garde cuisine has been next to zero." Daily Meal editorial director and...

  • What’s on the Menu at the Super Bowl?
    New York City is gearing up for the Super Bowl, which will be played at MetLife Stadium, located just outside the city in New Jersey, on February 2. While the 82,000-plus fans in attendance will certainly be able to load up on hundreds of their stadium...

  • Jelly Belly Releases Beer-Flavored Jelly Beans
    Jelly Belly has produced some odd-flavored jelly beans in the past, but this one is certainly up there with the funkiest: they’ve released a beer-flavored jelly bean, called ‘Draft,’ and we’ve tasted them so you don’t have to...

  • 8 Things You Should Never Put in the Microwave
    We may think we know everything there is to know about microwaves, but we really don’t. It cooks foods fast and hot, and there are dangers lurking around every corner. We’ve rounded eight things that you shouldn’t even think about...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods 365 Chicken Taquitos
    Whole Foods offers several varieties of taquitos, rolled and fried corn tortillas with a meat filling. We sampled some of their chicken taquitos, and all agreed that while they were far from bad, they’re best when not eaten without the aid of...

  • How Taco Bell Dishes Got Their Names
    There are plenty of us who were first introduced to the wide world of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine by visiting their local Taco Bell as a child. The words we saw on the menus there—taco, burrito, nachos, and the like—are all common knowledge to...

  • Sam Sifton Announces Staff of New ‘NYT Cooking’ Section
    Back in July of 2013, former New York Times dining critic Sam Sifton announced that he’d be heading up a “new dining news product” called New York Times Cooking, telling Grub Street that they’re  “hoping to do great work...

  • America's 25 Best Pizza Chains
    Late last year, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite pizza chain, out of a list of 100 throughout the country. From the smaller guys like Jet’s Pizza and Hungry Howie’s to the big guns like Domino’s and Pizza Hut, just about...

  • Bravo Announces ‘Top Chef’ Spinoff, ‘Top Chef Extreme’
    Bravo has announced the newest Top Chef spinoff, a show with the working title of Top Chef Extreme that will premiere this summer. [related] Here’s how it’ll work, according to a press release: In each episode, two former Top Chef contestants...

  • Celebrity Cruises Gearing Up for The 50 Yard Lounge
    Celebrity Cruises is constantly on the hunt for ways to stand out from the pack, and their food and drink program does just that. Guests will have the opportunity to sample some of the line’s standout food and drink during the 50 Yard Lounge, which...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Restaurant Anniversaries The Red Fish Grill opened today in 1997. Ralph Brennan was running Mr. B’s with his sisters and cousins. He offered them the opportunity to buy into the new place he was planning for Bourbon Street, but got no...

  • Recap: ‘Top Chef,’ Season 11, Episode 14
    This episode got off to a weepy start, with the remaining chefs still reeling from Stephanie’s elimination last week. She might not have deserved it, but that’s the nature of the game at this point. But the final five competitors got it...

  • 11 Foods That Ease Heartburn
    The first time you experience heartburn it can be terrifying if you’re not sure what’s going on. A sudden, shooting pain right through your chest? No, thanks. But once you understand what heartburn is and what makes it happen, you can take...

  • Check out Panna, An App Loaded with Chefs' Cooking Demos
    Want to cook just like your favorite chefs, alongside them? Then you should consider downloading the Panna app for iPhone and iPad, the first-ever digital cooking magazine. In each of the ‘issues,’ which are released every two months, there...

  • 8 Things You Shouldn't Put on Pizza
    A plain pizza is one of the world’s perfect foods. Bread, cheese, and marinara sauce- what could be better? Certain toppings really lend themselves to that flavor combination—pepperoni, for example—but there are certain foods that really...

  • America’s 20 Best Burritos
    From a San Francisco legend to a Chicago hole in the wall, and from an under-the-radar New York behemoth to a simple bean-and-cheese masterpiece in Yuma, Ariz., there are some soul-satisfying burritos to be found all across our country. So loosen your...

  • The Ultimate Boxed Macaroni and Cheese Taste Test
    We all have an image in our mind’s eye of what the perfect bowl of macaroni and cheese should look and taste like. For some it’s a four-cheese mix in a casserole, maybe with some bacon mixed in and topped with a crumbly crust served by a...

  • America’s 25 Best Donuts
    There are few treats that are more delicious than a freshly fried donut. And from a plain glazed one in Texas that’s an essentially perfect representation of the form to a blueberry cake donut in California that has developed a legion of followers,...

  • What to Eat When You Have a Cold
    When the common cold strikes (as it tends to do this time of year), as the saying goes, you should "feed a cold and starve a fever," right? Or is it "feed a fever and starve a cold"? Either way, there are a whole host of foods that are...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 13
    This week’s episode was all over the place, starting with the chefs trying to make none other than Jacques Pépin happy and ending with what very well might be the best argument against immunity in the show’s history. In the end, though...

  • 10 Restaurant Disasters and How to Survive Them
    We all have an image in our minds of how a perfect date-night restaurant meal is supposed to go: the smiling hostess guiding you to a perfect table, a flawlessly executed meal enjoyed uninterrupted, and all that. But a great restaurant meal has so many...

  • Pat LaFrieda Reveals His Favorite Cut of Meat
    You’ve probably seen the name Pat LaFrieda around town, on the side of trucks delivering his company’s meat to restaurants, on TV as part of the Food Network show Meat Men, and as the brains behind the now-legendary Black Label Burger served...

  • There’s a Sustainable Burrito Vending Machine in Los Angeles
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  • America's 25 Best Buffalo Wings
    From a lunch counter in Brooklyn manned by two guys from Buffalo to a sports bar in Little Rock that smokes their wings for four hours before frying, there's no shortage of places to find great Buffalo wings in the U.S.  When chicken wings hit...

  • 9 Foods You Should Never Eat Raw
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  • Starbucks Sues Farm for Nearly $5 Million Over Bad Ham
    Here’s a pro tip: If Starbucks contracts you to provide food for them, don’t try to pass off an inferior product as the real thing. That’s what one New Jersey farm tried to do, and now they’re being sued by the coffee giant for a...

  • Cover, a New App That Automatically Pays Your Restaurant Tab
    In the hospitality industry, the least hospitable part of a meal usually comes right at the end, when the check arrives and everyone has to figure out who pays what, and the server has to deal with credit cards. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was an...

  • Is Peter Luger Looking to Open in Midtown Manhattan?
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  • America’s 15 Most Overrated Foods
    On the whole, humans love having things to get really excited about. Because what else is there to make life interesting if not for things to get excited about? And for a certain segment of the population, few things are more exciting than food. But for...

  • Jamba Juice Launches 'Whole Food Nutrition Smoothies'
    Jamba Juice has announced the addition of several new items to their menu, and the new products are all geared toward helping customers get their daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables as well as a host of healthier add-ons. The new offerings...

  • Man Eats Only McDonald’s for 3 Months, Loses Weight
    Anyone who watched Morgan Spurlock’s groundbreaking documentary Super Size Me — where he ate nothing but McDonald’s for a month and saw his health deteriorate — can tell you that there seems to be a direct proportion between how...

  • Walmart Recalls Donkey Meat, Contains Fox
    If you happen to have bought donkey meat at a Chinese Walmart recently, listen up: you should probably return it for a refund, because it most likely contains meat from other animals, Reuters is reporting. [related] This might all sound rather odd, but...

  • 11 Restaurants That Still Make You Wear a Jacket
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  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 12
    After a week off for the holidays, Top Chef returned right where it left off, with the remaining chefs toasting to their ability to dodge the bullet that knocked off Justin the previous episode. John Besh and a pile of crawfish were on hand to introduce...

  • 9 Foods Infused with Booze
    For some, merely drinking alcohol isn’t enough. New and exciting ways of catching a buzz are being created all the time, and that means that creative foods incorporating noticeable quantities of alcohol are popping up all over the place. And from...

  • 10 Times People Made Clothes Out of Food
    There’s an odd underbelly of both the fashion and culinary worlds, and it’s one that has been mystifying and intriguing people for years: the fine art of taking a pile of food and ending up with something that you can wear. It’s not just...

  • Sandwich Chain CEO Apologizes for Christmas Firing
    It’s incredibly poor form to fire someone via email. It’s even worse form to do it via a mass email. It’s even worse to do it a couple days before Christmas. But that’s exactly what happened to the staff of one of the locations of...

  • McDonald’s Shuts Down Tone-Deaf Employee Resource Site
    The past couple months have been a PR nightmare for fast food giant McDonald’s, as more and more details about the shocking tone-deafness of its employee resource site have come to light. Now it finally appears as if the site has been shut down....

  • 8 Foods That Shouldn’t Be Nuggets
    There’s no denying that the nugget has invaded the American culinary landscape with a vengeance. From its beginnings as a way to use chicken by-products to its modern functions as a way to get kids to eat vegetables, the nugget is one of the more...

  • Who Invented Your Favorite Foods?
    It might be hard to imagine, but there was a time when nachos didn’t exist. Or hamburgers. Or chocolate chip cookies. Every food that we eat, except for the real staples like rice, was invented at some point by someone. We rounded up ten of those...

  • 5 Top Restaurants Near New York's St. John’s Park
    Out of all the parks in Manhattan, St. John’s, bounded by Laight Street, Varick Street, Hudson Street, and Ericsson Place, might be the least known but the most heavily trafficked. That’s because most of the park (which actually has its roots...

  • Red Lobster Is for Sale
    Darden, the parent company of Red Lobster, announced this week that they’re looking to spin off or sell Red Lobster, according to The Associated Press. The seafood chain has 705 locations in the United States and Canada, with fiscal sales of $2.6...

  • McDonald’s Has 10 Million Extra Pounds of Mighty Wings
    Who wants 10 million pounds of wings? McDonald’s might have a big-time disaster on its hands, as a whopping 10 million pounds of Mighty Wings are currently sitting in cold storage, with no takers. [related] As the chain was ramping up to release the...

  • Top Food Trend Predictions for 2014
    2013 was a fascinating year in the world of food. Arguably, the biggest food item of the year was the Cronut, Dominique Ansel’s donut-croissant hybrid that’s had New Yorkers lining up for hours every morning since its debut, and it’s an...

  • Chefs Predict 2014’s Dining and Culinary Trends
    If there’s one group of people that can be counted on to make some dependable culinary and dining predictions for the year ahead, it has to be chefs. After all, they’re the ones who work closely with food every day, right? We reached out to...

  • Eating Junk Food Can Destroy Your Memory, Study Finds
    If you’ve been eating a few more cheeseburgers than usual over the past couple of weeks and have had trouble finding your keys, the two just might be related, according to a study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Apparently,...

  • Whole Foods to Drop Chobani Products
    It looks like the GMO wars are heating up. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Whole Foods is planning to drop all Chobani products from its shelves by early 2014, in an effort to clear space on the shelves for brands that are organic and don’...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 11
    Eight chefs remained as we headed into the meat of the season, the point at which even minor mistakes can end up sending you home. This week, it was three chefs who made major mistakes, and the losing dish looked nothing short of bland and simple. ...

  • 2013 Restaurant of the Year: The Ordinary
    2013 was undeniably a great year for restaurants. From low-key to high-class and from casual to upscale, new restaurants sprouted up for every mood and kept us enthralled, excited, and eager to see what lurked around the corner all year long. We assembled...

  • 2013: The Year in Sandwiches
    As 2013 comes to a close, now is the time to sit back and reflect on the year that was: the triumphs, the failures, the people we met, the friends we made, and, most importantly, the sandwiches we encountered. We came across plenty on our hunt for...

  • Panera Adding Secret Menu Items to Regular Menu in 2014
    It was almost a year ago when Panera Bread, America’s favorite sandwich chain, rolled out a "hidden menu" consisting of six off-menu items that you could still order by name, including a Power Steak Lettuce Wrap, Power Mediterranean...

  • How to Stick to Your Diet in a Restaurant
    A restaurant can be the bane of a dieter’s existence. When you’re at home, you have the ability to block out all external temptations and eat your healthy yogurt in peace. But at a restaurant, surrounded by friends scarfing down mountains of...

  • Alton Brown on Christmas Dinner and How to Roast a Goose
    Renowned TV personality and food expert Alton Brown is more than just a pretty face; he basically knows everything there is to know about food and the best way to cook it. So who better to turn to than him to see what will be on his Christmas table, how...

  • OpenTable Announces 100 Top U.S. Restaurants of 2013
    You probably best know OpenTable.com as a way to make reservations, but it’s also a great way to review restaurants that you’ve dined at. The site has combed through more than 20 million reviews, and has released their ranking of the top 100...

  • Guy Fieri Films ‘DD&D’ at New York’s Queens Comfort
    There were rumors swirling yesterday that Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, had been spotted in Astoria, Queens. A few mentioned that they saw him at quirky comfort food hub Queens Comfort, and today the restaurant...

  • Drunken Munkey to Donate Sales to Family of Killed Employee
    Shortly before Thanksgiving, an employee of the new Upper East Side restaurant Drunken Munkey was struck and killed by an SUV a few blocks from the restaurant. In his honor, the restaurant will be donating all money from food sales on Monday, Dec. 16 and...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, December 12, 2013
    Today’s Flavor Today is National Hot Cocoa Day. I never was much on cocoa–cafe au lait fills the same need in my beverage selections. But my wife loves the stuff, and on cold days she makes a very rich version of it that reminds her...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 10
    After last week’s Restaurant Wars, in which Sarah got sent home thanks to mismanaging her restaurant, this episode forced the chefs to cook dishes that meant a lot to them, and not only did the results all end up delicious, but the chefs...

  • What to Expect at Park Kitchen, Opening Dec. 17 in New York
    The Park Central Hotel reopened after a major renovation in September, and what was formerly a part of the lobby has been transformed into an attractive new bar and restaurant. The bar has opened for business, but the restaurant, called Park Kitchen, will...

  • The 11 Best Chain Restaurant All-You-Can-Eat Deals
    If there are four words that sum up the American dining ethos in one fell swoop, they would be "all you can eat." The unalienable right to eat until we burst is, at this point, engrained into our DNA as Americans, and heaven forbid you try to...

  • The 10 Unhealthiest Fast-Food Hamburgers
    Nowadays it seems like every burger chain is obsessed with cramming as much food between two buns as humanly possible. Be it four burger patties, 10 strips of bacon, blue cheese, or even a fried chicken patty, it seems like we’ve lost sight of the...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Cookies
    As the air turns cold, everyone seems to gravitate toward the flavors of autumn and winter, which draw major influence from pumpkin pie: pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. All of those flavors are front and center in 365’s Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake...

  • Village Voice’s Holiday Spirits Festival Comes to Queens
    The vast majority of walk-around tasting events either revolve around small portions of food, wine, or beer, but for the first time ever, on Thursday night, Dec. 5, the Village Voice hosted their Holiday Spirits festival, where it was liquor and mixed...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 9
    It’s the time again: Restaurant Wars! The episode began with the chefs walking into the kitchen to meet Padma, who told them right off the bat the theme of the episode and then introduced them to David Chang, who offered them a bit of advice: plan...

  • 2013 Sandwich of the Year: Hinoki & the Bird’s Lobster Roll
    Every year, it seems as if more and more incredible sandwiches come out of the woodwork, and this year was no exception. While it wasn’t easy to narrow down our list of contenders to just one, there’s one sandwich that has risen head and...

  • 5th Annual Latke Festival Comes to New York City
    The fifth annual Lake Festival took over New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion on Monday evening, Dec. 2, smack-dab in the middle of Hanukkah, and 17 local restaurants got in on the action, turning out some spectacular and creative twists on the...

  • The Daily Meal Releases New 'Best in Class' E-Book and App
    The Daily Meal is pleased to announce the publication of the free Best in Class e-book and "Best in Class" app. The e-book is available through Apple and Amazon, and the mobile app can be downloaded here. [related] The Best in Class e-book...

  • 'Chinese' Food You Won’t Find in China
    When you think about Chinese food, what comes to mind? Heaping platters of lo mein, beef with broccoli, and General Tso’s chicken, most likely. But should you find yourself on a slow boat to China, when you arrived you’d be inundated with a...

  • 7 Things Shaped Like Turkeys
    On Halloween, everything is shaped like a pumpkin. On Christmas, everything is shaped like a Christmas tree. And on Thanksgiving, everything should be shaped like a turkey. We’ve rounded up seven must-have items if you really want to go all-out this...

  • The Food Almanac: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
    Feasting Through History  Today in 1789, Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving. President George Washington proclaimed the day of gratitude for a multitude of things, chief among them the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. In those...

  • Webby Awards’ David-Michel Davies on Food Social Media
    David-Michel Davies is the executive director of the Webby Awards, which honors the best of the Web every year, including social media-based hits and misses. We spoke with Davies about the current landscape of food and drink social media, where it’s...

  • Menu of the Week: Thanksgiving at the Chicago Terminal, 1899
    The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company was in operation from 1865 to 1995, and in its day was the primary provider of rail travel around the Midwest, centered around Chicago. In 1881, a new station was opened on the corner of Wells...

  • 10 '90s Foods We Really Miss
    Everyone has foods that they loved when they were a kid that are no longer around. We’re sure that there are plenty of baby boomers who look back with fondness on various canned and processed foods that at the time were considered new and exciting,...

  • 10 Foods That Are Healthier Than We Think
    Once upon a time, we could eat whatever we wanted. We’d wander around looking for fruits, vegetables, nuts, and the like, and sometimes we’d kill an animal and eat that, too. Then we started planting food and raising animals just so they could...

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Turkey
    Turkey is one of those foods that’s comparable to vanilla: it doesn’t get much respect, tends to be synonymous with "plain," and is eaten every so often but never really beloved. But there’s a lot more to the story of this...

  • Paulaner Bräuhaus Microbrewery Opens in New York
    For lovers of German beer, it doesn’t get much better than this. Paulaner, one of Germany’s most popular beers, has opened a sprawling beer hall on New York City’s The Bowery, just south of Houston Street, in the same space that once...

  • The Ultimate Breakfast Sausage Taste Test
    Along with bacon, breakfast sausage is an indispensable part of any hearty breakfast. Traditionally made from pork, breakfast sausage links can be found everywhere from a traditional English breakfast to chafing dishes at hotel buffets. We shopped around...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 8
    The episode began with last week’s losing contestants, especially Sara, realizing that maybe they’re destined to never be on top. I’m sure this must be a pretty rough realization. The next morning, the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John,...

  • What’s America’s Best Pizza Chain? You Tell Us!
    When the urge strikes to devour some pizza, what’s the first chain that comes to mind? Pizza Hut? Domino’s? Papa John’s? Or a smaller chain like Bertucci’s or Marco’s? We’ve rounded up 100 of America’s leading...

  • What Famous Chefs Eat on Thanksgiving
    It must be nice to be a professional chef come holiday season. Or, for that matter, to have one in the family. Because we spoke to a few of them, and it sounds like they’re making some to-die-for Thanksgiving dinners for their guests this year. From...

  • The Ultimate Packaged Pumpkin Pie Taste Test
    The amount of individual dishes that go into a traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be staggering. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, whatever sides people bring, and usually a few other stray dishes can make hosting...

  • Polo Steakhouse Opens Inside Long Island’s Garden City Hotel
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  • What We Are (and Aren’t) Ordering for Thanksgiving Delivery
    So you’re home alone on Thanksgiving. It’s OK, it happens to the best of us. When dinnertime rolls around, you know that you’ll be ordering up a feast for a king, because you deserve it. Whether it’s to feed a family of four or a...

  • Bobby Flay Reveals More Details on Gato, Opening Soon
    Bobby Flay’s newest New York restaurant, called Gato, has been under construction on Lafayette Street since this summer, but we haven’t learned too much about it since news first broke back in July that it would focus on "Mediterranean as...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ Pumpkin Ice Cream
    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it seems like pumpkin-flavored foods and beverages are everywhere you turn. From pumpkin spice donuts and muffins to the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte, America just can’t get enough of that heady...

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Guy Fieri
    You most likely know Guy Fieri as the host of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network, singing the praises of blue-collar, honest grub, and as the chef behind Johnny Garlic’s, Tex Wasabi’s, and Times Square’s infamous Guy’s...

  • What the Pilgrims Really Ate on Thanksgiving
    When it comes time to set the Thanksgiving table, it’s all about traditions, both familial and national. There has to be a turkey, there has to be cranberry sauce and stuffing, and for dessert there has to be a pumpkin pie. For many families, the...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 7
    Seven episodes in, the jury is still out on how this season will fit in with the others. Nina is seemingly winning every challenge, the most personable and camera-friendly chefs are getting kicked off, the past two episodes have been disappointing, and as...

  • Subway’s 10 Unhealthiest Sandwiches
    Subway has done a very good job pitching itself as a much healthier alternative to burger-based fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s, but at the end of the day, it’s still a fast-food chain. And while there are plenty of healthy...

  • Bobby Flay on How to Roast a Turkey
    Bobby Flay thinks that turkeys don’t get any respect. The famed chef, restaurateur, and TV personality met up with us in Atlantic City, N.J., last weekend for the Borgata’s Savor event, and we had the chance to ask him about what might be the...

  • 'New York Taste' Festival Returns for Its 15th Year
    For 15 years, New York Magazine has brought together many of the city’s leading chefs, restaurateurs, and mixologists under one roof, and Nov. 11’s New York Taste event, held at The Waterfront inside the far West Side of Manhattan’s...

  • What’s Really in Your Fast Food?
    One of the reasons for fast food’s enduring popularity is the fact that no matter where you are, you know exactly what you’ll be getting. A McDonald’s cheeseburger tastes pretty much exactly the same in Sheboygan as it does in Milan, and...

  • New Device Can Count Calories by Scanning Food
    Have you ever looked down at a plate of food and wondered exactly how many calories you’re about to consume? While dieters have been forced to keep track and tabulate individual meal components for years, a new invention, called Tellspec, allows you...

  • Shake Shack Opens First New Jersey Location
    It’s a little odd to think that Shake Shack hadn’t yet opened a New Jersey location until this past weekend, especially because it’s right across the river from their New York City home base and ones have opened as far away as London and...

  • Savor Borgata Weekend Comes to Atlantic City
    A slew of culinary events showcased the chefs behind the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J., this past weekend. From private dinners to hands-on demonstrations to a blowout tasting event, it’s hard not to think that the culinary offerings at the Borgata...

  • 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Subway
    No matter where you go, it always seems like a Subway isn’t far away, beckoning you with its unique and semi-bizarre smell, its seasonal offerings, and its guarantee that whatever you order will taste exactly the same as it did the last time you...

  • Menu of the Week: Lunch at the Greater Waco New State House
    By 1900, Waco, Texas, was a booming little city that still hadn’t shed all of its Wild West trappings. Baylor University was an integral part of the city, as was a thriving red-light district, and the cotton industry kept money rolling in, with the...

  • The Unhealthiest Fast-Food Kids’ Meals
    It’s a fact of life: kids love fast food. For kids, nothing beats a trip to McDonald’s, with its familiar smells, friendly clown-faced mascot, and, if they're lucky, a play room. But the best part? The Happy Meal, with its perfectly...

  • 10 Foods That Are Great for Your Metabolism
    Metabolism is a tricky thing. When we were younger our metabolisms seemed to be through the roof, and we could eat seemingly anything without gaining an ounce. But once we got older they began to slow down, making it harder and harder to lose weight, and...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef' Season 11, Episode 6
    After last week’s disappointing episode, in which the challenge wasn’t very well defined and nobody prepared a dish that really blew the judges away, this week once again left the judges unimpressed and viewers thinking that the crop of chefs...

  • 10 Restaurants That Serve Only 1 Thing
    In the past couple of years, restaurants have popped up all over the country that do one thing, and do it very, very well. In many cases, these are small eateries, serving well-executed versions of classic comfort fare to a cultishly devoted crowd. We...

  • 10 Things Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat
    If you are pregnant, a trip to the grocery store or a restaurant can pose some real challenges. Foods that you never thought twice about eating before are suddenly off-limits, and plenty of foods that never were a problem are now considered "risky....

  • How Much Does It Cost to Own a Chain Franchise?
    So, you want to run a restaurant of your own. How about a chain franchise? Think about it: You pay some money and delivered into your lap is a fully built-out restaurant with a built-in devoted following, a tried-and-true concept, a set menu, and a supply...

  • 10 Boar's Head Meats You Shouldn't Eat a Lot Of
    When you find yourself at the deli counter at your local supermarket, you’re faced with a couple of decisions. Ham, turkey, roast beef, salami, bologna — the options can be overwhelming. We’re here to reassure you that the vast majority...

  • America’s Healthiest Sugary Cereals
    If you happen to find yourself in the cereal aisle, the options can be overwhelming. In one corner you’ve got your "healthy" brands, loaded with fiber, whole grains, and the like; in the other corner are the sugary confections that are...

  • Dunkin’ Donuts to Release 2 New Seasonal Items
    The Daily Meal can exclusively report that on the morning of Monday, Nov. 4, Dunkin’ Donuts will roll out a host of seasonal offerings, including two new releases: Red Velvet Latte and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Returning menu items include the...

  • Village Voice’s 'Holiday Spirits' Coming to Long Island City
    The Village Voice has outdone itself once again: The people that bring New York the acclaimed Choice Eats, Choice Streets, and Brooklyn Pour have announced the newest addition to their tasting event lineup, and it’s a good one: Holiday Spirits,...

  • Las Vegas’ Top 11 All-You-Can-Eat Buffets
    Las Vegas has no shortage of unbelieveable buffets, most of which are located, conveniently, in the giant resort hotels, right next to the casino. And from sushi to prime rib, from crab legs to caviar, you can find just about any food you can imagine if...

  • Toby’s Estate Opens Manhattan Location on 5th Avenue
    Toby’s Estate has quietly been developing a reputation as one of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s finest coffee roasters, selling high-quality coffee blended and roasted in-house at their shop on North Sixth Street in Williamsburg. Their second location,...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef' Season 11, Episode 5
    The episode picked up right after Janine got the boot, with the rest of her team members having a deep existential crisis about their knowledge of Asian cuisine. After a brief attempt to humanize Travis Masar after last week’s disaster by having him...

  • Healthiest and Unhealthiest Breakfast Sandwiches
    Lately it seems as if every fast-food and fast-casual chain has introduced breakfast sandwiches, wraps, burritos, and the like to their menus. The reasons behind this move are obvious: Who doesn’t love a great handheld breakfast? But when you drop...

  • London’s Gay Hussar Is for Sale
    For the past 60 years, Gay Hussar, on Greek Street in London's Soho, has been one of the most popular meeting places for left-leaning politicians and journalists. The Hungarian restaurant has hosted such notable figures as Michael Foot, George Brown,...

  • Pidgin, The Acorn Make 'Canada’s Best New Restaurants' List
    Two restaurants and one food truck have major reason for celebration today, as they’ve been named among Canada’s top newcomers in enRoute magazine’s prestigious "Best New Restaurants" ranking: Pidgin, The Acorn, and Vij’s...

  • Seattle’s Broadway Farmers' Market to Remain Open Year-Round
    The Seattle Broadway Farmers' Market, located at Broadway Avenue East and East Pine Street, has traditionally taken a hiatus between the months of January and March. But according to Capitol Hill Seattle, the beloved farmers' market will now stay...

  • The Ultimate Shredded Cheddar Taste Test
    To paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, shredded cheese gets no respect. It’s tossed haphazardly onto pizza bagels, sits half-melted inside a crumbling Ortega taco shell, or globs up inside an omelette. But not all shredded Cheddar cheeses are equal. Some...

  • Cheese of the Week: Point Reyes’ Bay Blue
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • What’s Joe Bastianich Planning for Thanksgiving?
    Joe Bastianich is the brains to chef Mario Batali’s brawn; he's the restaurateur behind the world-famous chef’s restaurants, including Babbo, Del Posto, and Otto. The son of chef, cookbook author, and cooking show host Lidia Bastianich,...

  • Curtis Stone on His New Restaurant, Halloween, and Lindt
    You most likely know Curtis Stone as the strapping host of Top Chef Masters and assorted other shows, but you might not realize that the Australian is also a world-class chef. He cooked in London under Marco Pierre White and was head chef at his Quo Vadis...

  • 11 Things That Shouldn't Taste Like Bacon, But Do
    If one food gets more attention than any other, it has to be bacon (even to the point where many would argue that it's played out). For one reason or another, cured, smoked pork belly is one of the most beloved foods in existence, most likely because...

  • Menu of the Week: Dinner on the Concorde to Paris, 1986
    The Concorde was truly a wonder to behold. During its reign as king of the skies from 1976 to 2003, flying on Concorde was the height of luxury. With a cruising speed faster than twice the speed of sound, it could carry 100 passengers from New York to...

  • The Ultimate Canned Cranberry Sauce Taste Test
    You might think that all canned cranberry sauce tastes the same, and you’d be forgiven for it. There are, after all, only two types of cranberry sauce, jellied and whole berry, and they all contain pretty much the same ingredients: cranberries and...

  • 'Maple Moose' Wins Lay’s Canada’s 'Do Us a Flavor' Contest
    Back in May, Lay’s announced the winner of its "Do Us a Flavor" contest, in which three chip flavors suggested by everyday Americans — Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles, and Cheesy Garlic Bread — competed against each other to be...

  • You Can’t Make Stilton in Stilton
    If you happen to produce some stinky blue cheese in the U.K. village of Stilton, don’t even think about calling it Stilton. That’s what one pub in the little town learned recently, when they tried to market a blue-veined cheese they make as...

  • America’s 25 Best Butcher Shops
    The past few years have been nothing short of revolutionary for the world of butchery. Ten or so years ago, when we thought about a butcher shop, we most likely thought about an ancient storefront, a well-worn butcher block, a grizzled old man in a...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef' Season 11, Episode 4
    Fifteen chefs remained heading into this episode, and it’s still not clear exactly where this season will rank among the previous ones. The setting is great, for sure, but the cast of characters doesn’t really seem to have the pop that say,...

  • How 8 Restaurants Make Bugs Taste Delicious
    Insects are one of the most divisive protein sources on Earth. You’ll meet people who have no problem eating a raw cobra heart who still wouldn’t touch a fried grasshopper with a 10-foot pole. But maybe after a visit to one of these eight...

  • Darden Restaurants Entangled in Private Jet Scandal
    Life is good for the leaders of a company as big as Darden, which owns the Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and Red Lobster chains. One thing you have to be on the lookout for, however, are conflicts of interest, and the company’s top brass are under...

  • Ben and Jerry’s Releases New Flavor, 'Scotchy Scotch Scotch'
    Ben and Jerry’s has always been great at having their fingers on the pulse of American pop culture, and they’ve really nailed it this time with the release of their newest limited-time offering: Ron Burgundy’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch, in...

  • Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner If You're Not at Home
    Thanksgiving is a holiday best spent with friends and family, enjoying food around a festive table. Whether that table is inside a house or inside a restaurant? That’s up to you. If you’re inside a restaurant, you don’t have to worry...

  • Joe Bastianich: Hardest-Working Man in the Restaurant Biz?
    Joe Bastianich is a busy man. While running restaurants all over the world with partner Mario Batali, he still finds time to go running every day, and is also the new spokesman for Progresso’s new Artisan soups. He took some time to sit down with us...

  • John Besh on Oysters, Tujague’s, and Johnny Sanchez
    John Besh is one of the most legendary chefs cooking in New Orleans now. His restaurants, which include August, Luke, and Domenica, are consistently ranked among the city’s finest, and he’s constantly planning his next adventure. On Sunday,...

  • Dominique Ansel on the Best Ways to Score a Cronut
    On Saturday, October 20th, the Jets & Chefs Tailgate Party, hosted by Mario Batali and footbakk great Joe Namath, took over the roof of Pier 92 on the far west side of Manhattan, the same location as the Burger Bash the night before. While Batali...

  • The 2013 Chicken Coupe: Whoopi, Champagne, and Fried Chicken
    There are only a handful of foods on earth that inspire a fierce, loyal devotion. On Friday, October 18th, two of those foods, burgers and fried chicken, had lavish events devoted entirely to them during the New York Wine and Food Festival: the Burger...

  • Menu of the Week: Aboard the RMS Oceanic, 1900
    In 1900, the RMS Oceanic, which had its maiden voyage the previous year, was the largest ship in the world. Built by the White Star Line, which would become infamous after the sinking of their Titanic 12 years later, the 704 foot-long ship would remain...

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Exotic Animals
    It’s good being on top of the food chain. As humans, we’re lucky enough to be able to eat literally anything we want provided we have access to it. If it’s edible, we can eat it. The only thing stopping us is our own brain, telling us...

  • 2013 New York City Wine & Food Festival
    It’s that time of year again, when the country’s most renowned chefs and food personalities take center stage at the annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by Food & Wine. The weather is slated to be just about perfect,...

  • Butterfinger Releasing Peanut Butter Cups
    For decades, the term "peanut butter cup" has been synonymous with the Reese’s company, because Reese’s was the only company making them. Well, not any more: Nestlé threw its hat into the ring this week by announcing their...

  • New York’s Pulino’s to Close, French Restaurant Moving In
    Pulino’s, the pizzeria from Keith McNally that opened with much fanfare in March 2010 but failed to really catch on, will be closing by the end of the year to make way for McNally’s next project, a French restaurant that will be called Cherche...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 3
    Three episodes in, and this season is starting to shape up as one that’s full of both characters and solid chefs, even though the one who arguably rose to the top of the "character" pack, Jason, was eliminated last week. This week, we had...

  • America’s 25 Best Chain Sandwich Shops
    Throughout modern history, it’s never been particularly difficult to find a sandwich to eat. Just about every place that sells food will be able to make you one in some form or another, and if worse comes to worst it’s also pretty easy to find...

  • The 14 Wildest Fast-Food Secret Menu Items
    What is it about secret menus at fast-food joints that gets us so excited? It must be the small thrill we get when we "beat the system," when we share a knowing glance with an employee, when we’re privy to a secret that the other customers...

  • Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad Announce Thanksgiving Menus
    Feel like spending Thanksgiving dinner at one of New York City's hottest restaurants? Both Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, run by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, have finalized their Thanksgiving menus, and here they are: At Eleven Madison Park,...

  • Wear a Costume, Get a $3 Burrito at Chipotle This Halloween
    If you happen to find yourself wearing a costume this Halloween (and come on, you should be), you’d be wise to stop into your local Chipotle. That’s because it’s their annual Boorito Day and if you drop in between 4 p.m. and closing time...

  • 7 Superstar Chefs and Their Biggest Failures
    As anyone who works in a restaurant will tell you, it isn't easy. If you’re a young chef just starting out, opening a restaurant to call your own can be a Herculean task. And even if you’re a chef with the benefit of having a household...

  • Nobu Chefs Converge on Las Vegas to Create Epic Nobu Feast
    On Wednesday, Oct. 9, 28 chefs from 14 different locations of Nobu around the country gathered in Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace Nobu, the country’s largest Nobu restaurant, to create a special menu for a packed house. Click here to see the Nobu...

  • Cheese of the Week: Bellwether San Andreas
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Shake Shack Opens in New York's Grand Central Terminal
    Those Metro-North trains are about to smell a lot more like cheeseburgers. Shake Shack opened for business in Grand Central Terminal’s bustling lower-level Dining Concourse on Saturday, Oct. 5, and instantly became a flagship dining option in the...

  • The Great GoogaMooga Won’t Be Coming Back to Brooklyn's Prospect Park
    The Great GoogaMooga Festival began a dream and ended a nightmare. After its first day two summers ago was a complete disaster, with long lines for everything, even water, the Brooklyn, N.Y., food and music festival, which took over Prospect Park’s...

  • Michael Symon Looks Forward to the NYC Wine & Food Festival
    Chef Michael Symon is on his way to becoming a household name. Not only does he run Lola, one of Cleveland’s best restaurants, but he also makes regular appearances on Food Network (as an Iron Chef) and co-hosts The Chew on ABC. At this year’s...

  • 20 Surprising Facts About Food Network and Its Stars
    In his new book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, writer Allen Salkin takes a deep dive into the world of Food Network, from before it was a kernel of an idea all the way up to the latest Paula Deen scandal. For anyone who has an interest in the...

  • What’s Mario Batali Cooking for Thanksgiving This Year?
    In the Batali household, Thanksgiving is a predictably big day. We had the chance to chat with the superstar chef and TV personality, and he clued us in on his plan for this year’s festivities. "Every year I choose a different region of Italy...

  • 10 Foods That Should Never Have Been Canned
    There are some foods that are perfectly acceptable to can. Soup, for example. Ground coffee. Beans. Corn. You seal them in a can and they remain fresh and edible from here to eternity. And with advances in canning technology, you know it’s not going...

  • Are These America’s Worst Restaurants?
    Every year, we conduct a wide-reaching survey and announce the 101 Best Restaurants in America. These legendary establishments are renowned for exemplary service, world-class food, and a pristine level of cleanliness. But when it comes to restaurants,...

  • Progresso Launches New 'Artisan Soups'
    In the ongoing effort to appeal to those who are looking for something a little more upscale in their soup (see Campbell’s), Progresso is ditching the can and introducing five new varieties of "Artisan" soups: Creamy Tomato with Roasted...

  • 10 Restaurants We Miss the Most
    Restaurants close down every day. In such a competitive landscape, there are literally hundreds of reasons why a restaurant could fail: an increase in rent, a decline in sales, a shift in tastes, a catastrophe, mismanagement, a lawsuit, owner retirement...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef,' Season 11, Episode 1
    Welcome to season 11 of Top Chef! I’ve got some big hopes for this season, primarily because it’s based in New Orleans, the Big Easy, one of the country’s best eatin’ towns and an overall amazing city. So let’s git rollin...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, October 3, 2013
    Annals Of American Cuisine Today is the birthday, in 1964, of Buffalo hot chicken wings. Or--as they call them in Buffalo, New York--simply "wings." Although there are other claimants to their birth, the most widely-accepted story is...

  • Sustainable Dining is Booming on College Campuses
    When you think of college dining hall fare, the first thoughts that come to mind are usually not pleasant ones. Cold pizza, boring salad bars, gloopy pasta, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were the norm until recently. And while some colleges are...

  • Whoopi Goldberg on the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the One Thing She Cooks, and Having an 'EGOT'
    Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most famous people alive, and nowadays is one of the hosts of ABC’s The View. The comedienne will be hosting the Chicken Coupe on the second night of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, Oct. 18,...

  • Food Network Alumni Gather for the Network’s 20-Year Reunion Party
    To celebrate the launch of writer Allen Salkin’s book From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, timed to coincide with the network’s 20th anniversary, some of the major players from the early days, including many who are discussed in the book,...

  • 10 Cutting-Edge Fast-Food Innovations of 2013
    So far this year, the fast-food industry has been transformed more than you may realize. Every week, new offerings from fast-food giants are being introduced, but in 2013, it seems as if a commitment has been made to be on the cutting edge not only of the...

  • The Ultimate Frozen Chicken Finger Taste Test
    Chicken fingers are one of those classic American foods. And honestly, what’s not to like? It’s chicken, breaded and fried until crispy, and you can dunk it in just about any sauce known to man and it’ll taste good. Heck, the tender, a...

  • 28 Nobu Chefs to Converge in Las Vegas for Epic Dinner
    Fans of Nobu, or Japanese food in general, listen up: On Wednesday, Oct. 9, 28 Nobu chefs from around the nation will gather at the restaurant’s Caesars Palace location, located in Las Vegas’s new Nobu Hotel (inside Caesars), and will present...

  • KFC Launches New 'Go Cups'
    Have you ever felt an irresistible urge to purchase some KFC while driving, but been unable to satisfy your hunger because the bucket wouldn’t fit in your cup-holder? Well, KFC’s got you covered. They’ve introduced a new "Go Cup,...

  • Chicken and Ham Products Recalled After Listeria Scare
    Milwaukee-based Garden-Fresh Foods has been ordered by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service to recall 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products, due to the possibility that the food has been infected by Listeria bacteria, the...

  • Robert Irvine Looking Forward to Restaurant Express, New York Wine & Food Festival
    Robert Irvine is a busy man these days. Best known as the host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and Dinner: Impossible, the muscle-bound chef has two projects in the works: a new Food Network show, called Restaurant Express, and a scheduled...

  • Hardee’s to Open 1,000 New Restaurants in the Northeast
    Hardee’s, the cult-favorite fast-food chain best known for its biscuits and Thickburger, has announced a massive expansion. According to the Business Journal, a franchise partner has been selected to open 200 new locations of the chain in New York,...

  • The Ultimate Edible Underwear Taste Test
    Tucked away in the cloistered "Boudoir" department of Ricky’s, a self-consciously edgy mini-chain of beauty supply shops based in New York, lurks a certain item that just about everyone has heard of, but not many have actually ventured to...

  • Are Changes in Wheat Responsible for the Rise in Celiac Disease?
    If you’ve heard of author William Davis, a cardiologist from Milwaukee, it’s probably because of his popular book Wheat Belly, which extols the virtues of a wheat-free diet. After Davis stopped eating wheat, he claims that a host of ailments...

  • Dominique Ansel’s Latest Creation: The Gingerbread Pinecone
    Chef Dominique Ansel is a very busy man. He churns out scores of Cronuts every morning to keep the hordes of pilgrims who flock to his eponymous New York bakery happy, invents frozen s’mores and a "magic soufflé," drops by Jimmy...

  • You Want Salad with That? McDonald’s to Offer Salads, Fruit, Veggie Sides
    For as long as McDonald’s has been offering Value Meals, the formula has remained basically unchanged: a sandwich, fries, and a drink. But all that’s about to change: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the fast-food giant will begin...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef Masters,' Season 5 Finale
    Well, friends, the day has arrived. The finale of Top Chef Masters is finally upon us, and while seasons of this show aren’t quite as dramatic (in a reality TV sense) as the standard Top Chef, they’re more of an opportunity to see great chefs...

  • 25 Top Food Blogs of 2013
    Like it or not, we’re living in the "Era of the Blog." In a country where just about everyone has the ability, with the click of a mouse, to not only consume but create content, it seems like anyone with an opinion to voice has taken to...

  • Want a Slice From Di Fara for $1?
    When we think of a $1 pizza slice, we usually think about those dime-a-dozen pizza parlors that use cheap ingredients and churn out pizza that’s bringing down quality across the board. But for one day only, Oct. 9, slices from some of New York City...

  • The Brain Knows When You’re Eating Fake Sugar, Study Finds
    To put it simply, when you eat real sugar, a little bit of dopamine is released into the brain, signaling the receptors that make us feel like we’ve been given a reward. It’s long been thought that when we consume artificial sweeteners our...

  • The World’s 30 Wildest Potato Chip Flavors
    It’s hard to imagine, but there was once a time when sour cream and onion-flavored potato chips were considered outrageous. Yes, the noble potato is one of the most amazing flavor vessels known to man, but adding flavored seasonings to potato chips...

  • Burger King Releases 'Satisfries,' Healthier Crinkle-Cut Fries
    The chain french fry universe got a major shake-up Tuesday morning, as Burger King announced the release of a brand-new french fry, crinkle-cut and with 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than McDonald’s fries, which they’re...

  • What’s America’s Best Sandwich Chain? You Tell Us!
    There was a time, not so long ago, when getting your lunch from a chain sandwich shop meant ordering sad, limp, half-stale bread filled with generic pre-sliced meats and sad, limp, half-wilted lettuce and tomato. But not anymore. Within the past few years...

  • Menu of the Week: Pan Am’s Transatlantic Service, 1973
    By 1973, a little bit of the magical luster of commercial air travel had begun to rub off. From its earliest days through most of the 1960s, flying the friendly skies meant smoking lounges, ultramodern terminals, and super-expensive airfare. But with the...

  • Wow: Adam Richman Loses 60 Pounds
    For fans of Man v. Food, which aired on the Travel Channel for three seasons between 2008 and 2010, it was impossible not to notice that host Adam Richman’s waistline increased with the show’s ratings. The fat and calorie content of some of...

  • McDonald’s Testing Clubhouse Quarter Pounder in Florida
    If you happen to live in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Monroe counties in Florida, you have the opportunity to be one of the first in the country to sample a brand-new offering from the fast-food mega-chain: a Clubhouse Quarter Pounder. The burger, which sells...

  • World’s Largest Cheesecake Created at New York’s Cream Cheese Festival
    In the annals of crazy food world records, this one certainly deserves a mention: the world’s largest cheesecake was created over the weekend, at Lowville, N.Y.'s ninth annual Cream Cheese Festival. Created by Philadelphia Cream Cheese, the 6,...

  • Goldbely Raises $3 Million to Help Bring Food From Anywhere Right to Your Door
    What happens if you find yourself in San Francisco, but are desperate for a half-smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C.? Or if you find yourself in Dallas, but want to host a dinner party with pastrami from Katz’s in New York? Until...

  • Mad. Sq. Eats Announces Fall Lineup
    Every spring and autumn, Worth Square, which is adjacent to Madison Square Park in New York City, plays host to a lineup of carts representing some of the city’s finest restaurants and food vendors. Mad. Sq. Eats, presented by Urban Space and the...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef Masters,' Season 5 Episode 9
    Four chefs remained heading into the penultimate episode of the series: David Burke, Bryan Voltaggio, Jennifer Jasinski, and Douglas Keane, and the stakes were obviously higher than they’d been at any point in the series. For the final Quickfire,...

  • Hill Country Brooklyn to Open by 'End of December'
    Hill Country, which serves some of the best barbecue in New York City, is coming to downtown Brooklyn. As first reported back in March, the 10,000-square-foot restaurant will occupy much of the ground floor of 345 Adams St., adjacent to Borough Hall,...

  • Blue Hill Launches Line of Yogurt for Northeast Whole Foods
    Blue Hill, best known for its restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is also working on a line of consumer products, and they’ve rolled out four varieties of yogurt, which will be sold exclusively at Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast. The savory...

  • Harvest in the Square Festival Comes to New York City's Union Square
    On Sept. 17, more than 50 of the finest restaurants located near New York City’s Union Square set up shop under a huge tent on Union Square North for the 18th annual Harvest in the Square. Not only did it raise funds for the Union Square Partnership...

  • Taste Test: McDonald’s Mighty Wings
    McDonald’s officially unveiled their newest creation, Mighty Wings, to selected media on Tuesday afternoon at the New York City flagship in Times Square. The wings, which are coated in a crunchy crust and deep-fried, have been under development and...

  • Menu of the Week: Thanksgiving at the Martinsville Sanitarium, 1906
    While the word "sanitarium" today conjures One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-style images of padded walls and evil nurses, back in the early 20th century it had two meanings, neither of which were close to a psychiatric hospital, or...

  • Cheese of the Week: Franklin’s Teleme
    Cheese of the Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Hawaiian Avocados Coming to a Supermarket Near You
    For those who are looking for a new type of avocado to eat, or would prefer to buy domestic instead of Mexican avocados during the winter months, you’ve now got a new option: Sharwil avocados, which grow in Hawaii, have been approved for shipment to...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef Masters,' Season 5, Episode 8
    As the five remaining chefs entered the kitchen to meet Curtis in the beginning of this week’s episode, they were met by an accordionist, who also happened to be Daniel Handler, who is best known as Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate...

  • How to Pick a Crab
    There are few things more daunting and infuriating in the food world than looking at a piping-hot blue crab, one fresh from the steamer that smells intoxicating and is covered in Old Bay seasoning, and having absolutely no idea how to get any meat out of...

  • Menu of the Week: Atlantic City’s Marlborough-Blenheim, 1914
    You might not be familiar with the name Marlborough-Blenheim, but if you happened to find yourself in Atlantic City in the first several decades of the 20th century, you certainly would be. Also, if you’re a fan of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire,...

  • A Chat with The Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival’s Chefs and Authors
    The Southern Westchester Food & Wine Festival, a celebration of the area’s bounty of great food, wine, and chefs, will be coming to Scarsdale Village Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With planned events including a host of cooking...

  • Pig Island Comes to Red Hook, Brooklyn
    When there’s a food event called Pig Island, you know that it will catch our attention, and this year’s event, held Saturday, Sept. 7 at Brooklyn’s Red Hook waterfront, certainly lived up to the expectations that the name brings with it...

  • Eataly New York Celebrates Its 3rd Anniversary
    Eataly, the Italian food and restaurant emporium opened by Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich in New York City's Flatiron neighborhood in 2010, turned 3 years old on Aug. 31 and celebrated by transforming the space into a classical Italian food...

  • Jeff Mauro’s Thanksgiving (Sandwich) Traditions
    Jeff Mauro, best known as winner of Food Network Star and host of Food Network’s Sandwich King, celebrates what, as expected, sounds like a pretty awesome Thanksgiving. And just like nearly every other family, there are a couple of specialties that...

  • Guy Fieri Is 'Genocidal,' According to Wikipedia
    Guy Fieri: TV personality, chef, restaurateur… "genocidal member of the U.S. Supreme Court"? It appears as if the modern-day equivalent of a vandal decided to edit Fieri’s Wikipedia page, and now when you type his name into Google,...

  • Top Bites From the Atlantic City Golden Nugget's Bubba Gump Shrimpfest
    On Aug. 31, the Bubba Gump Shrimpfest took over the waterfront deck at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J. Positioned right on the marina, a handful of offerings from the chain were available for purchase, along with a wide selection of craft beers....

  • The Food Almanac: Friday, September 6, 2013
    Annals Of Dark Days Today in 2005 was one of the lowest points in the entire history of New Orleans. The uncontrolled flooding of over eighty percent of the city caused by Hurricane Katrina's storm surge and the levees it pierced had the city in...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef Masters,' Season 5, Episode 7
    After last week’s double elimination, it was clear that the fact that both Sue and Jennifer were kicked off obviously ruffled a lot of feathers, largely because their dishes were judged on how well they satisfied children. As this week’s...

  • Cheese of the Week: Gorgonzola
    Cheese of the Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Potbelly Goes Public with $75 Million IPO
    Potbelly, the Chicago-based sandwich shop with nearly 300 locations nationwide, announced last week that they would be going public, with a $75 million initial public offering of stock. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, the chain will be...

  • The Ramen Burger Makes Its Way to San Diego
    The ramen burger, a meat patty sandwiched between two "buns" of ramen noodles, is poised to become the next Cronut in this summer of food mega-fads. The burger took Williamsburg, Brooklyn, by storm last month when chef Keizo Shimamoto debuted...

  • Oregon Bakery That Denied Wedding Cake to Lesbian Couple Closes
    Earlier this year, an Oregon bakery sparked a major controversy when the owners decided against baking a wedding cake for a lesbian couple that was planning on hiring them for the task. Just weeks after the couple filed a complaint with the state against...

  • Menu of the Week: New York Zoological Park’s Rocking Stone, 1905
    On Nov. 8, 1899, The New York Zoological Park opened for business, on land sold to the city from Fordham University several years prior. Home to 843 animals in 22 exhibits, it was a series of Beaux-Arts pavilions designed by Heins & LaFarge (perhaps...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Blueberry Mini-Waffles
    When it comes to breakfast, you’d be hard-pressed to meet someone who’s not a fan of blueberry waffles. And while the frozen ones sold by Whole Foods aren’t perfect, they’re a perfectly acceptable version of this classic morning...

  • America’s 20 Best Italian Restaurants
    The great American Italian restaurant has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades. Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered...

  • Ford Unleashes the First 'Bacon-Wrapped Car'
    Has bacon officially jumped the shark? Earlier this week, Ford unveiled the first-ever "bacon-wrapped car," in anticipation of Saturday’s International Bacon Day. The 2014 Fiesta has been decked out in what looks like giant strips of bacon...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef Masters,' Season 5, Episode 6
    Seven chefs remained heading into this week’s episode, which forced the chefs to do something that’s always a bit tricky: cook for kids. But before that, the chefs met writer, actress, and "romantic comedy aficionado" Mindy Kaling,...

  • McDonald's Testing Out Mighty Wings on a National Scale
    It’s been many years in the making, but McDonald’s is finally rolling out their Mighty Wings on a national scale. This giant leap forward for the world’s largest fast food chain, first reported by Burger Business, will be launched Sept....

  • Food Network’s 'Sandwich King' Jeff Mauro Partners with Hot Pockets
    Believe it or not, Hot Pockets are 30 years old this year. And if you’ve eaten a Hot Pocket at any point since college, you most likely agree that they were in need of a makeover. The microwaveable pouches of meat, cheese, and sauce stopped being...

  • Drinkboard, a Food and Drink Gifting App, Is Launching Soon
    Drinkboard, a new mobile gifting platform, is in the works. And when it launches it looks like it’ll be an interesting way to buy a friend everything from a cocktail to a steak. The app, which has been in the works for about a year, is getting ready...

  • Babbo Not Coming to Boston After All
    An outpost of New York’s renowned Babbo, owned by star chef Mario Batali and his business partner, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, has been slated to open sometime late this year in Boston’s Fort Point District. But according to a brief note...

  • Brooklyn Pour Coming to Skylight One Hanson October 12
    Come one, come all to The Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour, coming to the cavernous Skylight One Hanson (formerly known as the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower) on Oct. 12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a special VIP preview hour starting at 2 p.m....

  • 'Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking' Coming to Public Television September 8
    If you’re a fan of travel, food, and dishes spontaneously crafted by some of the country’s top chefs, then we suggest you tune into Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking which was produced by WGBH and will be premiering on public television Sept. 8...

  • Menu of the Week: Old Hickory House, 1987
    The Old Hickory House is a barbecue restaurant in Charlotte, N.C., that’s been going strong since 1957. Best known for its Brunswick stew, it’s a restaurant where time has essentially stood still for the past 56 years, and the smoker is on-...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s S’Mores Frozen Sandwiches
    S’mores, by definition, are a hot treat, the perfect vessel for a marshmallow that’s been freshly roasted over a campfire; tucked into two graham cracker squares along with a square of melty chocolate, it’s nothing short of one of life...

  • 35 Best Tacos in America
    When you close your eyes and picture a perfect taco, what do you see? Is it the Ortega taco-night special: a hard-shell taco, spiced ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, and tomato? Or is it something from your favorite taco stand: two small corn...

  • Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove Restaurant Damaged by Fire
    Fire tore through the kitchen at chef Tim Love’s renowned flagship Fort Worth, Texas, restaurant Lonesome Dove Western Bistro Tuesday morning, and the Star-Telegram is reporting that the restaurant could be closed for two months as it’s...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef Masters,' Season 5 Episode 5
    As the episode began, Curtis told the chefs that there would be no Quickfire, so it was clear that something was up. Two teams were created based on the winners of the sous chef battle, Neal (whose second-in-command won the challenge) got immunity, and...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, August 22, 2013
    Annals Of Food Under Pressure Today is the birthday--in 1647 in France--of Denis Papin. He invented the pressure cooker. He noted that water boils at a higher temperature when under pressure, thereby cooking food faster. But he missed on the...

  • The Food Almanac: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
    Eating Across America Today is the birthday of the State of Hawaii, which joined the Union today in 1959. Its state fish, reputed to be the smallest fish in the world, is the humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Its name makes up an entire line in the...

  • Famous Fake Food Figureheads
    There are plenty of brands out there that are named after real people, who once lived real lives and, in many cases, actually invented the product that’s named after them. Look at Chef Boyardee, for example. Hector Boiardi ran a popular Italian...

  • The Food Almanac: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    Appetizing Streets Around New Orleans There are two Lemon Streets in Metairie, the suburb of New Orleans just west of the city limits. The longer of the two begins at Argonne Street (a block south of West Napoleon) and ends at West Esplanade....

  • Cheese of the Week: Redwood Hill’s Camellia
    Cheese of the Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • The Newest Faux-Cronut Pops Up at Brooklyn’s Trois Pommes Patisserie
    The Cronut trend has been in full-swing since May, when Dominique Ansel Bakery in Manhattan started selling the flaky fried rounds of croissant dough, and shows no signs of letting up. Lines have been forming every morning outside the bakery, and...

  • Weekly Chef and Menu Report: August 17, 2013
    Every week, we take a look at some new chefs and menus that have appeared across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup: Chicago Cantina Laredo: The River North restaurant specializing in modern Mexican cuisine, has rolled out new lunch,...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Channa Masala
    When it comes to frozen Indian Food, Trader Joe’s actually makes some of the best around. A good example of their domination of this field is their chana masala, a chick pea curry that’s intensely flavorful, just spicy enough, and obviously...

  • Menu of the Week: N.Y. Lunch, 1916
    Back in 1916, just like today, come noon office workers took to the streets, looking for a place to spend their lunch break with a simple, inexpensive meal. One option was the simply named N.Y. Lunch, which had two locations, on bustling 42nd Street...

  • The Food Almanac: Friday, August 16, 2013
    Today's Flavor National Bratwurst Day is today. We don't do brats much around New Orleans, although the coarser, more authentic kind is becoming popular due to the homogenized buying practices of national chain grocery stores. What they call...

  • America’s Best Chain Steakhouses
    There comes a time in just about everyone’s life when they feel the urge to eat some red meat. Sure, a supermarket steak cooked in a frying pan might suffice, but there’s nothing quite like the experience of going to one of those big chain...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, August 15, 2013
    Annals Of Food Writing Today in 1912 was is the birthday of Julia Child. Even after her death in 2004, she remains the all-time greatest television chef, as well as one of the most honored and accomplished authors of cookbooks. I was lucky...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Masters,' Season 5, Episode 4
    With nine chefs remaining, we’re not exactly yet in the phase where we weep for those who get booted off, but we already know enough about these chefs that we know who we’re rooting for. The Quickfire challenge paired beer and curry: In half...

  • Miami’s 14 Best Restaurants
    Miami might not be the first place that comes to mind when we think of great dining cities — the beach, the sun, and the sand don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with heavy fine dining. But just because it’s a health-conscious city doesn...

  • Shake Shack Coming to DUMBO, Brooklyn
    Every week it seems as if there’s some new Shake Shack news to report, from new locations being announced to new locations opening, and from a change in the fry recipe to an ambiguous tweet from CEO Randy Garutti. And this week is no different: Fans...

  • Tyler Florence on the Allure of Food Trucks
    Even though he’s never operated a food truck of his own, Food Network’s Tyler Florence knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it work. He’s the host of the network’s Great Food Truck Race, which will be premiering its...

  • 12 Most Embarrassing Food Product Fails
    When we go to the supermarket, we have certain expectations of the products that we’ll see there. For example, ketchup will be red, not purple. Jell-O will not be celery-flavored. Life Savers will be little round candies, not soda. When these...

  • 'Food Network Star': And the Winner Is…
    The winner of Food Network’s reality competition show Food Network Star was announced Sunday night, and after 11 episodes of grueling competition, it was Damaris Phillips who beat out Rodney Henry and Russell Jackson in a viewer vote. The ninth...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Firecracker Shrimp
    We were quite intrigued when we saw firecracker shrimp as an option in Trader Joe’s frozen food section. Advertised as “lightly battered and fried shrimp with a fiery sweet chili sauce,” it comes with frozen fried shrimp and a separate...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Morning O’s
    When it comes to cereals, sometimes you don’t want something that’s completely loaded with sugar, especially after the age of 13. Whole Foods’ house brand, 365 Organic, makes a very good alternative to the processed stuff, as their...

  • Menu of the Week: The New York and Florida Express, 1900
    The turn of the 20th Century was the golden age of rail travel, with thousands of miles of tracks uniting the East, West, North, and South for the first time and making parts of the country that were previously inaccessible suddenly in reach. A trip from...

  • Myron Mixon Out at Pride & Joy, Lawsuit Filed
    Renowned pitmaster Myron Mixon has parted ways with his partners in Pride and Joy, a restaurant with a location in Miami and a yet-to-open one in New York, and Mixon has filed a lawsuit in the matter, sources close to Mixon have told The Daily Meal. Mixon...

  • A Guide to Vancouver’s September Food Events
    As August gives way to September, it’s easy to think that winter is on its way and all the summer fun is over. Not so! There are three very cool events in store for the month of September, and one even in the works for October. Taiwanfest: From...

  • 10 Foods You Thought Were Gross When You Were a Kid
    What is it about kids’ taste buds? They seem almost supernaturally drawn to all things sweet, chocolatey, cheesy, and crunchy, and so opposed to some vegetables that their mouths and the veggies might as well be magnets facing the wrong direction....

  • Recap: ‘Top Chef Masters,’ Season 5, Episode 3
    In this week’s episode, the Quickfire really demonstrated how much the sous chefs can torpedo their head chefs’ best-laid-plans, and not only did the Elimination Challenge awkwardly introduce us to a few of the chefs’ more sensual sides...

  • Alton Brown on Hosting Cutthroat Kitchen: “I Get to be Devilish”
    When it comes to hosting cooking competition shows, Alton Brown has one main qualification for deciding to sign on or not: it needs to be fun. “When they asked me to host Cutthroat Kitchen, I told them that if it’s a competition show, unless...

  • Inside Look: New York’s Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
    The Bromberg brothers are the duo behind New York’s wildly successful string of Blue Ribbon-branded restaurants, which include the flagship Blue Ribbon, which opened 20 years ago and is still going strong, several outposts of Blue Ribbon Sushi (...

  • The 9 Corporations That Feed America
    When you sit down at a restaurant and take a look at the menu, what’s the first thing you think about? Whether you’re in the mood for pancakes or waffles, most likely. But behind every item on every menu across America is a backstory, and it...

  • New York’s Rainbow Room Getting Closer to Reopening
    The Rainbow Room, located on the 65 floor of Rockefeller Center’s GE Building, isn’t just a classic restaurant; it’s one of the most famous in the history of the city. Opened in the mid-1930s, it’s decked out with classic Art Deco...

  • Shake Shack Rolling Out Fresh-Cut Fries
    Shake Shack is renowned for its consistency—what you get in Madison Square Park will most likely taste exactly the same as what you’ll get in Dubai—so when a major change affects the simple menu of burgers, fries, hot dogs, and concretes...

  • The Ultimate Veggie Burger Taste Test
    Veggie burgers are one of those foods that are extremely hit-or-miss. There are some restaurants that pride themselves on the assortment of vegetables and grains that go into their house-made burger, and others that stick a frozen puck into the microwave...

  • Serial Dine-and-Dasher Arrested in Reno, With Help from Facebook
    When Saul Zelaznog’s friends settled up their bar tabs at the Brewer’s Cabinet in Reno, Nev., Zelaznog told the server that he forgot his wallet and left shortly afterwards, without paying. 10 years ago, the restaurant would have had no way to...

  • Woman Gives Birth in Subway Restroom
    Of all the bizarre places that a child has been born, this must be one of the strangest: The Associated Press is reporting that a woman in labor burst into a Subway sandwich shop in Minden, Nev., about 40 miles outside Reno, and delivered a baby boy with...

  • Brunch with Andrew Cuomo Added to New York Wine & Food Festival Lineup
    The organizers of the upcoming Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival have added an additional event, a brunch featuring New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, to the lineup, the Daily Meal can report. The “Taste NY Brunch hosted by The...

  • Menu of the Week: Lutèce, 1980
    If you had asked anyone in New York to name a few of the city’s finest restaurants off the top of their heads between the years of 1961 and 2004, Lutèce most likely would have been mentioned. It was a paragon of fine French dining, and for...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Diced Pears
    The problem with most fruit cups is the fact that they’re generally way too sweet. These little snacks generally pack their fruit in a heavy sugar syrup with a generic “fruit” flavor, and lots of the time the fruit itself gets list in...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Falafel
    Trader Joe’s sells plenty of frozen items through its eponymous house brand, and the fully-cooked falafel certainly sounds promising. The packaging claims that they’re “quite moist on the inside and crisp on the outside… [with]...

  • Alton Brown Describes His Perfect Thanksgiving Sandwich
    Alton Brown is a man who knows how to take a dish, even if we think it’s already been perfected, and find a way to improve on it. Case in point: the Thanksgiving sandwich. We all have our own ideal interpretation of what this classic day-after-...

  • Fourth Annual Pig Island Festival Coming to Red Hook, Brooklyn September 7th
    Calling all pig lovers! It’s been announced that the fourth annual Pig Island Festival, which has brought dozens of hogs and thousands of hungry fans to Governor’s Island in recent years, will be moving to the Ikea waterfront in Red Hook,...

  • Recap: ‘Top Chef Masters,’ Season 5, Episode 2
    We’re now two episodes in to this season of Top Chef Masters, and it’s starting to become clear who’s going to be rising from the pack and who will most likely be getting a ticket home relatively soon. The episode began with the sous...

  • Under the Golden Arches: McDonald’s Logos through The Years
    McDonalds is one of the most famous brands in the world, and those golden arches that have come to be synonymous with the company are instantly recognizable all across the planet. But did you know that they once adorned the midsection of an early mascot...

  • Joe’s Crab Shack Opens Manhattan Location
    New Yorkers have been subjected to commercials for Houston-based Joe’s Crab Shack, which has 120 locations in 28 states, for years now, without having the opportunity to eat at one within city limits. All that’s finally changing, as the...

  • Mimolette Cheese in Danger of Being Banned
    Mimolette is a familiar sight at cheese shops. The hard French cheese’s bright orange interior is hard to miss, and its mild flavor makes it a mainstay of cheese boards. But there’s another defining characteristic of this cheese—a...

  • Cheese of the Week: Brie de Meaux
    Cheese of the Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Daymon Patterson: From Eating Fast Food in His Car to Hosting His Own Show
    Starting Wednesday, July 31, at 10 p.m., you’ll be able to follow Daymon Patterson around the country, as he eats some of the best food in America while hosting 'Best Daym Takeout.' There’s a twist, though: as opposed to sitting in the...

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Signs Its First California Franchisees
    If you live in California and have been pining for a Dunkin’ Donuts to call your own, your dream may not be too far off from coming to fruition. Nation's Restaurant News is reporting that Dunkin’ Brands Group, which owns Dunkin’...

  • KFC Reveals Its New Fast-Casual Concept in Louisville
    After much speculation, KFC finally unveiled its Louisville fast-casual prototype, "KFC eleven" over the weekend, and the results sound intriguing. Located in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood, conveniently close to parent company Yum!...

  • Jeff McInnis Out, Clay Miller in as Executive Chef at Miami’s Yardbird
    Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is becoming renowned as one of the best restaurants in the country, and over the past three years Jeff McInnis has made a name for himself as head chef, serving classic and refined Southern cuisine. McInnis has left the...

  • Exo, a Protein Bar Made with Cricket Flour, Launches Kickstarter Page
    The concept of eating bugs is one of the most widely debated topics in the American culinary landscape. For some, merely the thought of crunching down into a creepy-crawly is enough to make them nauseous. For others, no taco is complete without a...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Bold and Smoky Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce
    Trader Joe’s makes a Kansas City-style barbecue sauce through its self-titled house brand, and it’s one of the best that you’ll encounter. Kansas City-style sauce is sweet and smoky, and most of the mass-produced sauces on the market,...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Fruit Strips
    Whole Foods sells a line of organic fruit strips through their house brand, 365, in peach, cherry, blueberry, very berry, cranberry, and strawberry flavors. While the experience of eating these will never pass for biting into a fresh piece of fruit, they...

  • Montauk Lobsterman Rescued After 12 Hours at Sea
    A fisherman is happy to be alive today after falling off his boat near the coast of Montauk, N.Y., in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 24, treading water for 12 hours, and using his rubber boots as flotation devices, the New York Daily News is...

  • Cheese of the Week: Manchego
    Cheese of the Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Menu of the Week: Saratoga Springs’ Congress Hall, 1856
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. In 1856, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., wasn’t yet known for...

  • Nobu Matsuhisa Opening 'Japanese Concept Hotel' in Malibu, California
    Nobu Matsuhisa has a big new Malibu, Calif., project in the works, and it sounds very intriguing. The sushi master, who’s opened restaurants bearing his name all over the world, will next be opening what he calls a "Japanese concept hotel...

  • Sweetgreen Opens in New York City
    The first outpost of the Washington, D.C.-based salad and fro-yo chain Sweetgreen has opened in New York’s NoMad neighborhood, on Broadway on the stretch between Madison Square Park and Herald Square. The organic, farm-to-table chain now has 20...

  • Marc Forgione Planning 2 New York City Restaurants
    Marc Forgione is well on his way to becoming one of the country’s hottest chefs, and a great way to do that is by not resting on his laurels. To that effect, he has two new restaurants in the works, heading for New York City. First, a Laotian-...

  • Boar’s Head Introduces Bold Blackened Oven Roasted Turkey
    Boar’s Head, one of the country’s most popular and well-respected producers of deli meats and cheeses, will be rolling out their newest product, called Bold Blackened Oven Roasted Turkey, next month, The Daily Meal has learned. The spicy new...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef Masters,' Season 5, Episode 1
    And so we begin! The premiere episode of Top Chef Masters' fifth season introduced us to more under-the radar chefs than previous seasons’ superstar showcases, but it’s still clear that there’s a deep well of talent here. Here...

  • Patsy Grimaldi on the Difference Between New York and Neapolitan-Style Pizza
    In the universe of New York pizza, very few stand taller than Patsy Grimaldi. One of just a handful of pizza men left who helped make New York-style pizza as renowned as it currently is, he’s the man behind Patsy’s Pizzerias, the original...

  • New York’s Daniel Gets Demoted From 4 Stars to 3
    Daniel, located on New York City’s posh Upper East Side, has been consistently ranked as one of the city’s finest restaurants since renowned chef Daniel Boulud opened it 20 years ago, and has been named one of the 101 best restaurants in...

  • The 17 Real People Behind Your Favorite Food Brand Names
    From Orville Redenbacher to Marie Callender, from Wendy’s to Mrs. Fields, there are plenty of food brands out there that took their names from a real-life person. Some were named after their founder (or their founder’s relatives), others were...

  • Taste Test: KFC’s Hot Shot Bites
    KFC’s newest menu offering, Hot Shot Bites, have been rolled out at all locations nationally. They’re the follow-up to last year’s big release, Original Recipe Bites, which took their classic fried chicken and condensed it down into...

  • Chipotle’s New Sofritas Now Available at New York’s Summerstage, Boston Is Next
    Chipotle has spent years developing its newest protein option, called Sofritas. The tofu-based product, which will join barbacoa, chicken, steak, and carnitas as filling options, will be the company’s first major rollout in a long time and makes the...

  • New York’s Fatty Crab Coming to 8 US Cities, London
    Fatty Crab and its sister restaurant, Fatty ‘Cue, are two of the most popular restaurants in New York. The parent company, Fatty Crew, runs four restaurants in the city, one in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and another in Hong Kong, and it was announced...

  • Grand Central Oyster Bar to Open Brooklyn Branch
    Grand Central Oyster Bar, one of the most famous restaurants in New York, will be setting up shop in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, in the cavernous space on Fifth Avenue that was last occupied by the Italian restaurant Fornino, Gothamist ...

  • Menu of the Week: Thanksgiving at Broadway Central Hotel
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. The 400-room Broadway Central Hotel was built in 1870, and...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Animal Cookies
    There’s a whole lot to like about the animal cookies produced for Whole Foods’ organic house brand, 365. First, they’re shaped like animals (bear, fox, buffalo, elephant, camel, goat, cougar, and lion, to be specific). Second, they...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats & Peanut Butter Fiberful Granola Bars
    Trader Joe’s house-brand "fiberful" granola bars are touted as a great way to add more fiber to your diet, and they certainly succeed on that front: the fact that each bar contains 9 grams of fiber per serving is plastered on the front of...

  • Cheese of the Week: Paneer
    Cheese of the Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • The Ultimate Chewing Gum Taste Test
    When it comes to chewing gum, there’s a ridiculous amount of variety out there. Standing there in the pharmacy, it’s nearly impossible to decide which one to choose. Whereas once upon a time the selection was limited to just a few brands and...

  • Golden Corral, BLT Steak Coming to Las Vegas
    Two more chains are setting up shop in Vegas, and they couldn’t be more different. First, the New York-based BLT Steak, owned by Esquared Hospitality, will be moving into the space in Bally’s that was recently vacated by Bally’s...

  • What Is KFC Planning for Their 'Fast Casual' Concept, KFC eleven?
    KFC first announced back in April that they were planning on opening up a "fast casual" test restaurant in Louisville, Ky., near the corporate headquarters of their parent company, Yum! Brands. Back then, the company said that it would be...

  • Food Network Sends Out Casting Call for 'Supermarket-Themed Showdown'
    Food Network has put out a casting call for "highly skilled chefs and professional cooks from all backgrounds" for their next reality competition show, which will apparently pit them against each other in a "supermarket-themed showdown....

  • How to Eat Like a New York Yankee Pitcher
    David Robertson is one of the key relievers for the New York Yankees, serving as the setup man for legendary closer Mariano Rivera, trusted to get the team through tough spots and coming through for them more often than not. The 28-year-old right-hander...

  • Shake Shack Coming to Winter Park, Florida
    Shake Shack has announced, via Facebook and Twitter, that the next branch of their burgeoning franchise will be opening in Winter Park, Fla., just outside Orlando. The restaurant, which should be open by "mid 2014," according to their posts,...

  • 7 Ways That a Restaurant Can Make You Sick
    Don’t freak out, but every time you eat at a restaurant there’s a chance that you’ll go home with more than a full belly. Every day, restaurants are shut down all across the country for putting their diners at risk, and nearly every day...

  • Twinkies Are Back!
    For those who can’t live without processed snack cakes, the period between November 2012 and July 2013 will go down as one of the darkest ages in history. During that time, Hostess, which produces such famed snack cakes as CupCakes, Ding Dongs, Ho...

  • Chipotle Hosting Free 'VIP for the People' Tent at New York’s SummerStage
    Are you a fan of Chipotle, music, and margaritas? Have you been dying to try their new soy-based sofritas, but have been unable to because you live in New York and it’s only available in California? Do you like being treated like a VIP? And do you...

  • Salamander Hot Sauce Company Launches Kickstarter Campaign
    There’s a new hot sauce in town, and the inventors have taken to Kickstarter to help spread the word and raise some money. Called Salamander Sauce Company, it’s the brainchild of Timothy Kavarnos, a Brooklyn-based waiter who was fed up with a...

  • The 11 Biggest Failed Chain Restaurants
    We tend to think of the chain restaurant as a lumbering behemoth; an easily replicable, formulaic money machine that packs in customers no matter where they’re plunked down. They roll into town, open with great fanfare, and then proceed to serve the...

  • Menu of the Week: Brown Derby, 1948
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. The Brown Derby was a Los Angeles-based mini-chain of...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods 365 Organic French Toaster Sticks
    Don’t go into eating Whole Foods’ 365 Organic French Toaster Sticks thinking that you’ll be eating anything that remotely resembles French toast in flavor. That said, when topped with some maple syrup they’re a perfectly acceptable...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s 'This Strawberry Walks Into a Bar' Cereal Bars
    Trader Joe’s makes cereal bars in a handful of flavors, and we decided to put its most standard variety, strawberry, to the test. These cereal bars are obviously intended to mimic Nutri-Grain bars, and they do a very good job of doing just that....

  • Cheese of the Week: Red Row
    Cheese of the Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • America's 20 Best Steakhouses
    From a Minneapolis institution whose claim to fame is called the "Silver Butter Knife Steak," to a 64 year-old San Francisco landmark that serves nothing but prime rib, America has no shortage of legendary steakhouses. Chef Mario Batali has a...

  • Why Is Hostess Now Freezing Twinkies?
    When it was announced that the beloved Twinkie would finally be making its way back to grocery store shelves on July 15th after a much-too-long hiatus brought on by parent company Hostess’ bankruptcy, there was much rejoicing. It appears as if the...

  • Menu of the Week: Breakfast at Horn & Hardart, 1940
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. The name Horn & Hardart is synonymous with the word...

  • The Interview: Chef Kevin Gillespie
    If you’ve heard of Kevin Gillespie, it’s probably because of his stellar performance on Top Chef: Las Vegas, where he won the most Quickfire and Elimination challenges in the history of the show, was voted "fan favorite," and was in...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Coconut Shrimp
    The coconut shrimp that you’ll find in the frozen food section at your local Trader Joe’s certainly look promising on the box: plump, golden-brown shrimp, flecked with coconut. Our real-world experience with the product, unfortunately, didn...

  • Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut Wins Nathan’s Hot-Dog-Eating Contest, Breaks Record
    The odds were in reigning champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut’s favor heading into the 98th annual Nathan’s Famous Hot-Dog-Eating Contest on New York’s Coney Island, and the world’s number one-ranked professional eater didn...

  • Shake Shack Opens in London
    Shake Shack, which has locations all over the world, surprisingly has had no outposts in the United Kingdom, until now. The chain's first London location has opened in the city’s Covent Garden, according to a release. When the doors opened on...

  • Paula Deen Book Sales Skyrocket in Wake of Scandal
    Paula Deen may have lost just about all of her sponsorships, restaurants, TV shows, and book deals due to the exposure of her racially insensitive history, but she’s apparently still got a whole bunch of fans out there, and it’s looking...

  • How Unhealthy Is That Movie-Theater Popcorn?
    If there’s one food that years and years of history has taught us goes hand in hand with movies, it’s popcorn. Not only does just about every movie theater in America sell it (and if they don’t, there’s something wrong with them),...

  • New York's Perla Shuttered by the Department of Health
    Perla, the popular restaurant on Minetta Lane in New York's Greenwich Village, was shuttered during service last night by the Department of Health. A tipster let us know that the city agency conducted an inspection during dinnertime and closed the...

  • 10 Crazy Food Finds From New York’s Fancy Food Show
    The Fancy Food Show took over New York’s monstrous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from June 30 to July 2, and was nothing short of overwhelming. Thousands of food producers and distributors from all around the world gathered to showcase their...

  • Spotted in Brooklyn: Beard Covers in the Kitchen at Roberta’s
    There are few things more disgusting at a restaurant than working your way through a meal only to discover that a long, scraggly hair has been lurking inside it the whole time. It’s also something that no kitchen wants to hear: that a customer's...

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Launches Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sandwich
    Dunkin’ Donuts has been on a tear recently, introducing new products faster than most can keep up. Their newest limited time offering is the Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sandwich and Wrap, which comes with a pepper-flecked omelette, bacon, and white...

  • So Who Hasn't Dropped Paula Deen?
    Paula Deen's week from hell is over, and the dust appears to be settling on her rapid fall from grace. She’s lost her book deal with Random House (right after her canceled book went to number one), Food Network opted not to review her contract,...

  • America’s 20 Best Lobster Rolls Outside Maine
    It’s widely accepted that most of the best lobster rolls in America can be found in Maine. Why? There’s no shortage of lobster there, for one, and there’s something about the sea breeze, the salty air, and the even saltier fishermen who...

  • Menu of the Week: Childs, 1900
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. No discussion of the history of American dining is complete...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Wild Salmon Jerky
    Trader Joe’s sells a surprisingly wide variety of jerky through its house brand, and most of it is of the turkey or beef variety, obviously. One different type of jerky caught our eye, however, and we had to try it: wild salmon jerky. Boasting a...

  • One of Madrid’s Top Restaurants Shuttered Due to Taxes
    One of the best restaurants in Madrid, chef Sergi Arola’s Gastro, closed earlier this week due to unpaid taxes, The Telegraph has reported. The restaurant, which is one of only six in Madrid to earn two coveted Michelin stars, was opened five years...

  • Amid Scandal, the New York City Wine & Food Festival is Standing by Paula Deen
    Paula Deen, who has been having a few of the most epically bad weeks in human history, has been seeing her endorsement deals dropping left and right. Smithfield, Home Depot, Novo Nordisk, Walmart, and Target have all cut ties with her, as well as Caesars...

  • The Perfect Burger: Experts Weigh In
    What exactly is the definition of a perfect burger, anyway? Last week, we released our ranking of the 40 Best Burgers in America and the America's Top 10 Chain Burgers, and these lists were devised thanks to a panel of burger experts, who...

  • Paula Deen Dropped by QVC, Target, Home Depot, Novo Nordisk, Caesars, and Walmart
    The decline of Paula Deen, and her brand, continues. Last week, after a deposition in which she admitted using the "N" word was made public, the Savannah, Ga.-based cook, who’s spend years building a brand as a queen of Southern cooking...

  • Cheese of the Week: Le Chevrot
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Maine’s 17 Best Lobster Rolls
    There’s something about eating a lobster roll that almost feels wrong. As lobster is one of the most gourmet and expensive food items out there, piling it up on bread and eating it with your hands almost feels like cheating — the right way to...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
    Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how sweet instant oatmeal is. In the case of Trader Joe’s maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal, this sweetness is contributed by—what else—maple sugar (dehydrated maple syrup, basically), and...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods 365 Organic Maple & Spice Instant Oatmeal
    The maple and spice instant oatmeal produced for Whole Foods’ 365 house brand comes as part of a variety pack that also includes apple cinnamon, cinnamon and spice, and oats and flax. We tasted this oatmeal as part of a side by side comparison with...

  • Menu of the Week: Holiday Inn, 1969
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. There are a few hotel chains that are basically synonymous...

  • Paula Deen Dropped by The Food Network
    It’s been a rough week for Paula Deen. In a deposition transcript that was released earlier this week stemming from her being sued over discrimination in the workplace, she admitted to having used racial slurs and having otherwise made her...

  • Berkeley’s Famed Chez Panisse Re-Opens After Fire
    About four months ago, the culinary world was shocked to learn that Chez Panisse, chef Alice Waters’ Berkeley landmark and a touchstone for the ‘farm-to-table’ movement, had been damaged by a fire that started under its porch. After an...

  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Opens in Brooklyn
    The second New York location of Syracuse, N.Y.-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened this week in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, on Union Street near Fourth Avenue. The beloved "honky tonk rib joint" has seven locations in New York, Newark, N....

  • The 40 Best Burgers in America
    The hamburger is one of the culinary world’s most storied, yet simplest, creations. It’s just a patty of ground meat, on a bun. That’s it. Yet this deceivingly simple dish is also one of the most difficult to perfect, and when it fails,...

  • Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Will Overlap This Year, a Ridiculously Rare Event
    Two holidays renowned for good eating will overlap this year: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. While this might not sound too outrageous, when you think about it it’s actually a pretty bizarre occurrence: Hanukkah almost always falls in December,...

  • New York City Wine & Food Festival Tickets Go on Sale June 24
    The New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), without a doubt the largest food event in the city, will be taking over from Oct. 17 to 20, and tickets will be going on sale to the general public June 24. If you think that gives you plenty of time,...

  • 2013 in Bacon: The Year So Far
    Arguably the most important and life-changing food that’s ever been invented (OK, very arguably), bacon is one of the most delicious products on Earth, derived from one of the most delicious animals on Earth. One of the greatest things about bacon...

  • The Partnership at Drugfree.org to Host All-Star Tasting Event June 26
    The Partnership at Drugfree.org has been on a mission to promote a life free of alcohol and drug abuse to children and adolescents, and on June 26 they’ll be throwing a fundraiser to celebrate the critical work that the organization does. The event...

  • Cheese of the Week: Parmigiano-Reggiano
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • America’s Best Fudge Pops
    The fudge pop is a pretty interesting frozen treat, when you think about it. It’s not exactly an ice cream bar, as it's not exactly frozen chocolate ice cream on a stick. It has a gooier, fudgier consistency than chocolate ice cream, and a...

  • This Year's 5 Most Outrageous Culinary Inventions So Far
    Every year, dozens of new inventions emerge that aim to make our lives a little easier in the kitchen or at a restaurant. Here are some that we’ve noticed so far this year, from the potentially revolutionary to the completely absurd. Cake in a Jar:...

  • How Do You Pronounce 'Caramel'? Depends Where You Live!
    Do you pronounce the word "caramel" with two or three syllables? If you’re from the East Coast of Gulf region, odds are it’s three. And do you pronounce mayonnaise "man-aise" or "may-oh-naise"? If you’re...

  • 7 Summer Must-Reads for Any Food Lover
    More than any other season, summer just seems like the best time to kick back with a good book. Maybe it’s the fact that the warm weather forces us to slow down and smell the roses, but for one reason or another we find ourselves on the hunt for...

  • The Ultimate Ice Cream Sandwich Taste Test
    An ice cream sandwich is one of the ultimate childhood treats. Honestly, what’s not to like? You unwrap it, try to eat the whole thing before it melts (usually unsuccessfully), and it’s a bar of vanilla ice cream goodness in between two thin...

  • How to Review a Restaurant on The Daily Meal
    Here at The Daily Meal, we’re always on the lookout for submissions from our loyal network of readers, and we know that you have plenty to say. And one of the most popular ways to contribute is by writing a restaurant review. These reviews can be as...

  • Twisted Sister Fights Back Against Name Thieves
    For John French, every day is a struggle. The musician, better known by his stage name Jay Jay French, is the founding guitarist of rock band Twisted Sister as well as its manager, and he’s on a crusade to make sure that no business co-opts his band...

  • Can a Restaurant Thanksgiving Ever Be Better Than a Home-Cooked One?
    When we think of Thanksgiving, we tend to think of a bustling, well-decorated dining room, with kids scurrying about, a gleaming turkey on the table, and a hungry, appreciative family gobbling up an expertly cooked fowl and classic sides. Surely we all...

  • New Chefs and Menus Report: The Week of June 3, 2013
    Every week, we round up the most exciting changes in restaurants across the country. Here are this week’s top stories: Chef Keith “Buttons” Hicks of Buttons Restaurant Keith Hicks, executive chef at Buttons Restaurant in Dallas,...

  • 'Top Chef Masters' Lineup, Premiere Date Announced
    Bravo has announced that the fifth season of Top Chef Masters will be premiering Wednesday, July 24 at 10 p.m. Thirteen of the country’s most renowned chefs will be competing to win $100,000 for their charity of choice, and this year a...

  • Paula Deen Launches a Line of Butter (Seriously)
    If someone were to ask you to take a guess as to what food Paula Deen would come out with a line of, you’d probably jokingly reply, "Butter?" And guess what? You’d be right. According to a release, "America’s favorite cook...

  • The Interview: Wolfgang Puck
    Wolfgang Puck was a superstar chef before superstar chefs existed. Nowadays just about any chef who’s appeared on television calls themselves a "celebrity chef," but the Austrian-born Puck, with his world-famous Spago restaurant and...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods Tandoori Chicken Samosas
    There are lots of goodies to be found in the frozen-foods aisle at your local Whole Foods, but the Tandoori Chicken Samosas are real winners. They’re flavorful, crispy, and are great as both an appetizer and a meal. The little samosas come eight to...

  • The Ultimate Frozen Treat Taste Test
    When it comes to frozen desserts, there are a whole lot of other options out there besides just a bowl of ice cream. What about the treats that come on sticks, like fudge pops, fruit bars and chocolate-covered ice cream bars? Or that childhood classic,...

  • A Chicken Nugget Battle Is Raging in Connecticut
    There’s a battle raging in Connecticut, and while it might be over chicken nuggets, it’s no laughing matter. Here’s the story: Old Greenwich-based Garden Catering, which has eight locations across the area, is pretty well-known for its...

  • Pals Cabin, a New Jersey Landmark, Closes After 81 Years for a CVS
    In 1932, two pals by the name of Marty Horn and Roy Sale opened a small hot dog stand on the corner of Prospect and Eagle Rock Avenues in West Orange, N.J. Over the years Pals Cabin grew and grew, becoming renowned as a local institution and hitting its...

  • Around the World in 13 Dumplings
    Travel just about anywhere on Earth, and you’re likely to encounter a dumpling. For just about as long as humans have been eating, they’ve been dropping balls of dough into boiling water or stock, and they’ve been filling them with meat...

  • The Food Almanac: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
    Today's Flavor The Web rumor is that today is National Gingerbread Day, but that makes no sense at all--gingerbread, as we all know, is for the holidays. However, a local variation on gingerbread deserves annual celebration. It's the...

  • José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern Finds a New Home
    José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern opened in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 2011, and closed down exactly one year later. A collaboration with the National Archives, it was meant to explore the history of American cuisine, and proved to be...

  • There’s a Sriracha Documentary in the Works
    Over the past several years, the Asian hot sauce known as Sriracha has gone from being a relatively obscure condiment to nearly being a household name, earning a spot in millions of pantries and getting a squirt on everything from wings to eggs to...

  • The Fat Magnet: The Newest Food Invention That You Don’t Need
    You know when you see a commercial for a new food-related product and know you just have to have it? This isn’t one of those times. Introducing the Fat Magnet, a new device that magically removes the fat from all of your foods. Sounds great, right?...

  • Mario Batali to Open 4th Las Vegas Restaurant
    Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich are no strangers to Las Vegas — they already own B&B Ristorante and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in The Venetian and CarneVino Italian Steakhouse in The Palazzo — but today they announced that...

  • The Food Almanac: Monday, June 3, 2013
    Restaurant Anniversaries  Today in 1998, Emeril Lagasse reopened Delmonico in New Orleans. He bought the restaurant shortly after its one hundredth anniversary--and after spending $4 million on renovations. At first the new Delmonico was...

  • Menu of the Week: Howard Johnson’s
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. Howard Johnson’s is synonymous with 1950s and '...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps
    The ginger snaps from Trader Joe’s are different from the ones you’re most likely used to because of two main reasons: they’re gluten-free, and they don’t go easy on the ginger. These little cookies are made with all-natural...

  • Eataly’s Pranzo: A Lunchtime Gem Hidden in Plain Sight
    If you find yourself walking through Madison Square Park or its environs and getting a bit peckish, there are plenty of options, but not all of them are ideal: it takes some fortitude to brave the line at Shake Shack, you might not be in the mood for...

  • Thanksgiving in Hawaii
    Hawaii is a tropical paradise, but if you find yourself living there, you’ll notice that when Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s a holiday that’s not really celebrated. Hawaiians have their roots in Asia, which obviously is a continent that...

  • Cheese of the Week: TeaHive
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Myron Mixon on the Worst Barbecue He’s Ever Eaten
    Chef Myron Mixon is a true barbecue legend. Not only is he a three-time world BBQ champion, he’s also the head judge on Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters (which will be premiering its fourth season Sunday, June 2, at 9 p.m.), a best-selling...

  • The Top 10 Most Misspelled Food Words
    When you’re on the prowl for a food delivery and head to GrubHub, you might not realize that they’re keeping track of not only what you’re searching for, but how you spell those words. The company, which recently merged with Seamless,...

  • Ben & Jerry’s, Sam Adams Team Up to Brainstorm Beer and Ice Cream Pairings
    When we think about ice cream toppings, beer isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But should it be? Recently, Sam Adams brewer Jennifer Glanville and Ben & Jerry’s "Flavor Guru" Eric Fredette (pictured) teamed up...

  • America’s Best Chicken Parm Sandwiches
    The art of applying fried chicken, tomato sauce, and cheese to bread is a tricky one. First, you have to decide what to call it. Is it chicken Parmesan, Parmigiana, or just Parm? Is it a hero, a hoagie, a sub, a wedge, or a grinder? Once you’ve made...

  • The Ultimate Vanilla Ice Cream Taste Test
    As the weather heats up, one food item seems to jump into everyone’s mind: ice cream. Everywhere from the truck that rolls down your block playing its familiar jingle to your favorite local ice cream parlor to the frozen food aisle at the grocery...

  • Is New York’s 'War on Brunch' Coming to an End?
    In the history of inane restaurant-related laws in New York City (and believe us, there are plenty of them), there’s one that might take the cake: restaurants are outlawed from seating guests at sidewalk seating areas before noon on Sundays, and the...

  • Most People Underestimate Amount of Calories They’re Eating at Restaurants, Study Finds
    If you were forced to take a guess as to how many calories are in your favorite fast-food meal, you’d most likely underestimate it, by a lot, a study released by the British Medical Journal reported. For the study, the journal surveyed nearly 2,000...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Manzanilla’s Lunchtime Trifecta
    Chef Dani García opened Manzanilla on Manhattan’s East 26th Street earlier this year, and it’s already received a star from The New York Times, who hailed it as "a grand entrance" for the chef, who’s renowned in his home...

  • Weekly Opening Report: The Week of May 20, 2013
    Every week, we take a look at restaurants that have opened across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup: The Cutting Room: A larger and more opulent Cutting Room is reopening with an all-new menu and wine list. It is holding several events...

  • Cheese of the Week: Canarejal
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • A FreshDirect Thanksgiving
    When it comes to ordering groceries online, FreshDirect has done just about everything possible to take the hassle out of it. Looking for a particular food item? Just type it in the search box, and not only will the item itself come up, ones similar to it...

  • Menu of the Week: The Waldorf-Astoria, 1897
    Every week, we tap into the deep recesses of the New York Public Library’s vast archive of old menus to take a look at the history of dining out. Click here for more Menus of the Week. When you first take a look at this 1897 menu, the bill of fare...

  • The Food Almanac: Friday, May 24, 2013
    Food Calendar Today is National Escargots Day. Snails were the foie gras of their day, the emblem of a gourmet restaurant. If it served them, it was one; if not, it wasn't. Escargots went out of vogue in the 1980s, mainly because fresh...

  • IHOP to Roll Out Jelly Donut, Bananagram, Tiramisu Signature Pancakes
    IHOP will be unveiling three new Signature Pancake items at locations nationwide in June, The Daily Meal has learned. A rep from the breakfast-oriented chain, which has 1,565 locations worldwide as of March 2013, confirmed that Jelly Donut, Bananagram,...

  • City Harvest to Host Summer in the City Restaurant Tasting and Cocktail Party June 19
    City Harvest, the 30-year-old organization that rescues millions of pounds of unused food annually and uses it to feed millions of New York’s hungry, will be hosting its 12th annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party on June 19...

  • America’s Best Ribs
    There are few things in life more delicious and satisfying than a plate of barbecue. And more often than not, the centerpiece of that plate is a rack of ribs. A glistening, smoky, slow-cooked rib, whether pork or beef, has the potential to be one of the...

  • First Look: Pride & Joy, Myron Mixon’s New York Barbecue Hot Spot
    On May 21, pitmaster Myron Mixon, the bearded barbecue guru who’s perhaps best known for his judging gig on Destination America’s Barbecue Pitmasters, previewed his newest creation, a New York restaurant named Pride & Joy, for a hungry...

  • NASA Commissions a 3-D Food Printer
    A mechanical engineer by the name of Anjan Contractor has built a prototype of a contraption that’s arguably the ultimate molecular gastronomy tool: a "universal food synthesizer" that builds food using a 3-D printer, and Quartz is...

  • Hey, GoogaMooga: Don’t Give Up!
    Well, year two was a bit of a bust. The Great GoogaMooga Festival returned to Prospect Park last weekend, and it will most likely be best remembered for something that didn’t happen: day three. Even though tickets said "rain or shine," the...

  • The Art of the Smorgasbord
    The smorgasbord has long been a subject of fascination for many of us. The concept of a wide array of delicacies for the taking might seem like a very American invention, but in reality the idea is just as popular abroad as it is here, especially in...

  • Is a Tzatziki McWrap in Our Future?
    McDonald’s unveiled their newest major offering, the Premium McWraps, earlier this year, in three varieties: Chicken Ranch, Sweet Chili Chicken, and Chicken Ranch. The concept behind a wrap is pretty straightforward, and most likely one of the main...

  • Taco Bell Testing Fiery Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco
    When it comes to Doritos-flavored tacos, Taco Bell just can’t seem to let it go. Their Doritos Locos Tacos, which ingeniously replaced the traditional taco shell with a giant Dorito, became the chain’s most popular new release ever, and they...

  • The Surprising Origins of the 10 Biggest Chain Restaurants
    It’s not easy to run a restaurant. It’s even more difficult to run a chain restaurant. For one, you need to serve food that people will want to eat, all across the region, country, or world. Then you need to keep the menu fresh and up-to-date...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Noble Pig Comes to Brooklyn
    Since opening a few years ago, chef John Bates’ Noble Pig has become somewhat of an Austin, Texas, institution, developing a cult following around its delicious and creative sandwiches that use only house-made ingredients that showcase Bates’...

  • Restaurant Delivery Companies Seamless and GrubHub Announce Merger
    If you want to order food for delivery but don’t feel like picking up the phone, odds are you use one of two services to get that kung pao beef to your front door: GrubHub or Seamless. On May 20, those two companies officially announced that they...

  • New York Restaurants Team Up to Reduce Organic Waste
    Of the 20,000 tons of garbage produced in New York City on a daily basis, more than 30 percent of it is food waste, anything from half-eaten sandwiches to stale bread to carrot tops, and its decomposition creates greenhouse gasses. In an effort to curb...

  • Restaurants Lose Money, Waste Food Due to Great GoogaMooga Festival Rainout
    For the second year in a row, the Great GoogaMooga Festival, held in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, left behind a lot of angry people in its wake. Last year it was the unbearable crowds and lack of food that earned the organizers plenty of enemies, but...

  • Hill Country BBQ to Celebrate 6 Years with Blowout Bash on June 5
    New York’s Hill Country Barbecue Market, pitmaster Elizabeth Karmel’s homage to the great barbecue joints of Texas’ Hill Country, has been in business for six years now, and during that time the barbecue scene in New York City has gone...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods 365 Organic Cinnamon Graham Crackers
    The cinnamon graham crackers that are sold by Whole Foods’ in-house brand, 365, are different from the others that are on the market, but in a good way. Whereas the ones sold by Honey Maid, the most popular brand, are rather dense and sweet, these...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Zesty Nacho Kale Chips
    The problems with Trader Joe’s Zesty Nacho-flavored kale chips start right on the bag. While the flavor advertised leads you to believe that there might be actual cheese involved, or at least cheese flavor, the ingredient list is as follows: kale,...

  • Update: Village Voice Lays Off Restaurant Critic Robert Sietsema Amid 'Restructuring'
    The ax fell today at Village Voice Media, as the publication fired three of its most high-profile contributors: gossip columnist Michael Musto, theater critic Michael Feingold, and in a major shot to the city’s food writing scene, longtime...

  • First Look: Burger King’s Rib Sandwich
    The biggest news in the fast-food world this week came from Burger King, which revealed that their menus nationwide will soon be getting one new addition: a rib sandwich, the first major competitor to McDonald’s cult hit McRib, which has essentially...

  • Cheese of the Week: Uplands Cheese’s Pleasant Ridge Reserve
      Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the...

  • Lineup Announced for 2013 New York City Wine & Food Festival
    Every year, the New York City Wine & Food Festival descends upon the city, and brings with it some of the biggest names in the culinary landscape. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger, and this year is no exception. The official lineup for the...

  • Zak Pelaccio Opens Fish & Game in Hudson, New York
    Chef Zak Pelaccio, perhaps best known for New York’s Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue, opened his newest restaurant, Fish & Game, on May 15 upstate from the city, in Hudson, N.Y. The restaurant, co-owned by Pelaccio and his wife, Jori Jayne Emde...

  • Panera Bread Unveils Its Summer Offerings
    Panera Bread, the cult favorite (but rapidly expanding) chain specializing in soups, salads, and sandwiches, has unveiled its newest lineup of offerings that will be rolled out at all of its locations soon. The most notable is a shrimp salad sandwich, and...

  • Popeyes Is Testing Out Breakfast
    The fast-food breakfast wars are officially heating up. Hot on the heels of McDonald’s launching their egg white breakfast sandwiches and a slew of other fast-food joints upping their breakfast game, Popeyes, the Louisiana-based chain best known for...

  • Blasts From the Past: 11 Timeless Menus
    One rule that restaurants often have a hard time sticking to is "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it." It’s a part of the DNA of most chefs and restaurateurs to be constantly exploring, dreaming up new ideas, inventing, creating,...

  • Just in Time for Barbecue Season: The Pig of the Month Club
    When a club is called the Pig of the Month Club, it better do barbecue well. And while this club isn’t exactly a "club" (it’s not something you can subscribe to for a monthly delivery), it’s one of the best ways to get some...

  • Carrying a McDonald’s Bag Is Embarrassing, Study Finds
    When we walk down the street, the bag we carry says a little something about us. If it’s made by Fendi, Gucci, or Prada, we’re wealthy. If it’s made by Jansport, we’re in school. If it’s made by McDonald’s, we’re...

  • Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts? Yes, Please!
    It’s crazy to think that it took Pop-Tarts so long to re-release some peanut butter varieties (we’ve been spreading the stuff on strawberry Pop-Tarts ever since they discontinued the peanut butter and jelly variety in 1986), but they’ve...

  • The 11 Most Iconic Food Product Commercials of All Time
    It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a commercial great, but like a Supreme Court justice once said in a slightly different context, you know it when you see it. Ostensibly a commercial should make you want to go out and immediately buy the...

  • Now You Can Eat Your Frosty in a Waffle Cone
    We all know that when presented with ice cream, there are two ways to eat it: in a bowl, or in a cone. The folks at Wendy’s finally realized that they should probably offer more than one of those options, and have rolled out waffle cones for their...

  • Oscar Mayer Rolls Out Bacon Dogs
    It seems as if you can’t turn a corner without encountering something bacon-related these days. And while just about every hot dog stand is offering a bacon-wrapped variety, we wager that there are very few that are offering hot dogs with bacon...

  • Don’t Worry: Those Singers on the Street Are Just Selling Oreos
    If you work in New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles and had to walk more than a couple of blocks to your office this morning, odds are you passed by a small group of people on the corner wearing matching T-shirts, singing. This isn’t a spontaneous...

  • A Visit to Mad. Sq. Eats
    For those who live or work near New York City’s Madison Square Park, the yearly arrival of Mad. Sq. Eats, presented by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, is a breath of fresh air. Approximately 30 food vendors set up shop in...

  • Michael White’s Costata to Open in SoHo This Friday
    Chef Michael White, the man behind acclaimed New York restaurants Marea, Osteria Morini, Ai Fiori, and Nicoletta, will be opening his fifth restaurant in New York City, called Costata, on Friday, May 17. According to a release issued by the chef’s...

  • 'Top Chef' Coming to New Orleans for Season 11
    Get ready for a whole lot more Emeril and gumbo. Bravo has announced that for its next season of Top Chef, which is slated to begin filming soon, Tom, Padma, and the gang will be heading down to New Orleans. The network is usually tight-lipped about its...

  • McDonald’s to Add 3 New Quarter Pounders to Its Menu
    Just days after McDonald’s confirmed that its Angus Third Pounders had been removed from their menu for good, the company announced today that it will be adding three new Quarter Pounders to its roster of offerings, according to the AP. For two of...

  • Serious Eats’ Kenji López-Alt Gets Column in Cooking Light
    J. Kenji López-Alt’s writing is one of food website SeriousEats.com’s most popular features. He’s the site’s chief creative officer, but also has a degree from MIT and spent time working on America’s Test Kitchen. His...

  • This Week’s Top Reviews from the Culinary Content Network
    Each week, we tap into our vibrant network of bloggers across the country to find the top restaurant news and reviews. Here are this week’s: Delicious Dishings checked out a special dinner at Grill 23 in Boston, and tried some delicious-if-funky...

  • Bromberg Brothers to Revamp Kanpai Garden as Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
    Bruce and Eric Bromberg, the powerhouse duo behind New York’s 10 Blue Ribbon-branded restaurants (as well as one in Las Vegas), will be revamping their 1,650 square foot outdoor Kanpai Garden, located at 190 Allen Street on the second-floor...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Fig Bars
    If you’re not a huge fan of Fig Newtons, you’re probably not going to enjoy 365’s Fig Bars very much. But you probably won’t be purchasing them unless you’re a fan of Fig Netwons, so we’ll assume that you like them and...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Mac and Cheese Bites
    Macaroni and cheese is inherently pretty hard to screw up, barring a major disaster. The folks at Trader Joe’s managed to take a very good recipe for the dish, ball it up into little nuggets, bread them, freeze them, and turn it into a very solid...

  • What Was Thanksgiving Like on an Aircraft Carrier in 1944?
    When you’re at war, even the smallest reminder of home can be a great morale booster. And when the major holidays roll around and you’re somewhere far from your family, it can be incredibly depressing. For those stationed on board the USS...

  • Shake Shack CEO on Chicago Location: 'Someday Soon'
    Shake Shack, restaurateur Danny Meyer’s beloved New York-based burger chain, appears to be bent on world domination. There are currently seven of them in New York City (with an eighth in the works at Grand Central Terminal), and additional locations...

  • Masaharu Morimoto Coming to Las Vegas
    In the ever-growing realm of Vegas dining, there are very few star chefs who haven’t yet expanded their empires to include a restaurant there. Masaharu Morimoto was among them, but not anymore. Rumors have been swirling since last year that the...

  • Check Out This $100 Burger in Atlantic City
    If you happen to find yourself in Atlantic City, N.J. with $100 burning a hole in your pocket, forego the blackjack table and drop into the bar at Preview inside Bally’s Casino to check out what has to be one of the most insane burgers being served...

  • Austin’s Noble Pig Coming to Brooklyn for 2 Days Only
    If you love sandwiches (and who doesn’t?) Austin’s Noble Pig is worth knowing about. We’ve featured them on these pages as a Sandwich of the Week before, and they’ve garnered quite the cult following down in Texas. For those of us...

  • Cheese of the Week: Spring Brook Farm’s Reading
      Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the...

  • 10 Top Bites From the Village Voice’s 2nd Annual Choice Streets Food Truck Event
    Tuesday night, the Village Voice took over the pier that the USS Intrepid is docked at, on the west side of Manhattan, and brought in 25 of the city’s most popular food trucks to hand out the best they had to offer for their 2nd annual Choice...

  • Shake Shack Coming to Grand Central Terminal
    It took two years, multiple lawsuits, and an eviction notice, but after a lengthy struggle, Shake Shack, restaurateur Danny Meyer’s beloved New York-based hamburger and hot dog chain, will be coming to New York’s Grand Central Terminal, Crain...

  • Lay’s Announces the 'Do Us a Flavor' Contest Winner
    It’s been a few months since Lay’s potato chips, with the help of actress Eva Longoria and chef Michael Symon, announced that their Do Us a Flavor contest had been narrowed down to three flavor finalists: Sriracha, Chicken & Waffles, and...

  • David Chang, Paul Kahan Share 'Outstanding Chef' Award at James Beard Awards
    The 2013 James Beard Awards were held in New York City last night, and for only the third time in history, the award for Outstanding Chef was a tie: Momofuku titan David Chang shared the crown with Paul Kahan (of Chicago’s Blackbird and Publican)....

  • The Garrelts: Bluestem’s Culinary Powerhouse Couple
    Since opening in March 2004, chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts’ dream of a restaurant, Bluestem, has been making waves in the Kansas City culinary landscape. Their dedication to using the highest quality ingredients available as well as their attention...

  • David Lee: Nota Bene’s Visionary Executive Chef
    In August 2008, chef David Lee opened Nota Bene on the corner of Queen and University in downtown Toronto. The restaurant took the city by storm, became an instant success, and was named "Best New Restaurant" by both Toronto Life and enRoute...

  • Highlights From New York City’s Burger Week
    When it comes to burgers, the possibilities really are endless. This was certainly on display last week in New York City, where plenty of restaurants celebrated Burger Week by pulling out all the stops and offering some truly creative inventions. The...

  • Restaurant Daniel’s 20th Anniversary Brunch: Like the Oscars, But with Only 1 Winner
    Daniel Boulud celebrated the 20th anniversary of his eponymous four-star New York restaurant in a way that only he could: with a lavish blowout that boasted more than 50 different culinary offerings highlighting each of the restaurants in his empire (not...

  • This Week’s Top Reviews From the Culinary Content Network
    Each week, we tap into our vibrant network of bloggers across the country to find the top restaurant news and reviews. Here are this week’s: Cincinnati blog Wine Me Dine Me checked out Barrio Tequileria, the Northside’s newest taco joint just...

  • Taste Test: 365 Baked Woven Wheats
    If you took a Triscuit and found a way to extract every last drop of oil from it, you’d likely end up with 365 Baked Woven Wheats, sold exclusively by Whole Foods. These crackers look exactly the same as their greasier cousin, but contain only two...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Organic Beef Jerky
    Trader Joe’s has its own line of beef jerky in a few different varieties, including teriyaki and spicy, but for our taste test we decided to stick with the classic. It’s thick slices of organic beef, with cane juice, soy sauce, apple cider...

  • New York’s Best Thanksgiving Destinations
    Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to visit New York City. It’s not too cold yet, autumn is in full bloom, and there’s a great parade to watch. But tourists in town for the holiday have to miss out on one crucial part of...

  • The Ultimate Barbecue Sauce Taste Test
    Barbecue sauce is one of those products that can make or break a summer cookout, and even when it's cold out there's nothing that can ruin a sandwich or burger quicker than the application of crummy barbecue sauce. When shopping for sauce, though...

  • 8 Completely Ridiculous Restaurant Commercials From the 1980s
    Unless you’re a chain restaurant with a big marketing budget, odds are you’re not going to be doing too much in the way of television advertising these days. Commercials for non-chain restaurants, for one reason or another, always come across...

  • Rick Moonen to Open Steampunk-Inspired Rx Boiler Room in Las Vegas
    Chef Rick Moonen is best known for being a sustainable seafood wizard, but with his next Las Vegas venture, to be called Rx Boiler Room (pronounced Rick’s Boiler Room), he’s taking a more whimsical approach, focusing on mixology, reinterpreted...

  • Chef Michael White Celebrates 50 Years of Prosciutto
    Last night, chef Michael White held a private event at his New York restaurant Osteria Morini in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, a consortium of 156 producers of the celebrated ham from Parma, Italy. Four different...

  • Andrew Zimmern Designs a Wacky Food-Filled Box for Love with Food
    Love with Food is a new service that delivers a little box filled with gourmet food to thousands of doors every month, and every box sold helps feed a child in need. Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, is a fan, and curated what’s inside...

  • Cheese of the Week: Ossau-Iraty
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • José Andrés Debuts New Line of Food Products
    Chef José Andrés, widely regarded as Spain’s top culinary ambassador (and our 2012 American chef of the year), announced today via a release that he’s launching a line of packaged foods "that capture the flavor, life and...

  • No, You Still Can't Bring Salami Home From Italy
    For hundreds of years, Italian craftsmen have been making some of the world’s finest cured meat. But for the past 40 years or so, much of it has been ineligible for import into the United States because of fears of a dangerous ailment called swine...

  • Noodlefest Takes Over Toronto
    The Glass Factory was packed to the gills on Saturday, April 20, as more than 700 hungry noodle lovers gathered for Slurp! Noodlefest. Eleven restaurants were represented, according to blogTO, and each pulled out all the stops to create great noodle-based...

  • Zagat’s Cross-Country Trek Includes Plenty of KC Cue
    The Zagat Guide has released its "50 Plates of America" list, and — whaddaya know — there are two Kansas City restaurants included. Zagat checked out "must-try dishes in each state," rounding up food items that are...

  • Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm on Innovation and Miles Davis
    Daniel Humm, the Swiss-born chef of New York’s Eleven Madison Park (which yesterday was named the world’s fifth best restaurant by S. Pellegrino and Restaurant Magazine), was honored last week by the Culinary Institute of America for his...

  • Seriously? Italy Is Facing a Pizza-Maker Shortage
    If there was one thing in Italy that you’d think there wouldn't be a shortage of, it would be pizza-makers, right? According to the stereotype, the country is full of robust, mustachioed, flour-dusted pizza-makers (or pizzaioli), singing opera...

  • Wendy’s Gets Into The Late-Night Menu Game
    Plenty of fast-food chains are open until midnight or later, and they’ve come up with some creative ways to make sure you know about it, and take advantage of it. Taco Bell has its "Fourth Meal," Jack in the Box has its $6 "Munchie...

  • El Celler de Can Roca Unseats Noma as the World's Best Restaurant
    Since 2002, Restaurant Magazine has annually assembled a list of the world’s 50 best restaurants, based upon the opinions of “over 900 international restaurant industry experts.” This afternoon, the 2013 rankings, sponsored by S....

  • USDA May Lift Ban on Italian Cured Meats
    It’s long been a major disappointment to budding gourmands to learn that some of the world’s highest-quality cured meat, coming from Italy, isn't allowed to be exported to the American market. While Italian meats that have been produced by...

  • California Pizza Kitchen Launches Spicy Korean Barbecue Pizza, Spring Market Vegetable Salad
    California Pizza Kitchen has rolled out two new seasonal items, which will be available in all locations through June. Both the Spicy Korean Barbecue pizza and Spring Market Vegetable salad are inspired by seasonal ingredients. The new pizza comes topped...

  • Dunkin’ Donuts to Roll Out Turkey Sausage Breakfast Sandwiches Nationwide
    Dunkin’ Donuts line of turkey sausage breakfast sandwiches, which has been tested out in select Eastern markets since January, will be rolled out nationally starting today, The Daily Meal can confirm. The company will be making their official...

  • This Week’s Top Reviews From the Culinary Content Network
    Each week, we tap into our vibrant network of bloggers across the country to find the top restaurant news and reviews. Here are this week’s: Culinary Connectors checked out Jezebel’s Southern Kitchen and Bar in Denver, and loved the fried...

  • John Besh’s Thanksgiving Traditions
    Chef John Besh is the man behind some of New Orleans' greatest restaurants (August, Luke, Domenica), but as opposed to some other chefs who spend their lives in restaurant kitchens, he also loves cooking at home. His newest TV show, in fact, Chef John...

  • The Interview: Chef Billy Deaver
    Chef Billy Deaver recently signed on as executive chef for all the restaurants at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.: R Bar, Splash Grill, Palms Café, and their flagship restaurant, bluEmber. The resort is currently...

  • 5 Kansas City Barbecue Joints Worth Knowing
    When it comes to barbecue, Kansas City is in a league of its own. The city happens to lie right at the juncture of great meat and great wood, and over the years the "low and slow" technique — letting meat smoke for sometimes upward of 18...

  • elBulli to Auction off Wine at Sotheby’s
    elBulli, one of the world’s best restaurants, closed last year after being in business in Spain since 1961 and is now in the process of being transformed into a foundation. Ferran Adrià, who ran the restaurant for the last 27 years and...

  • Man Deported After Ramen-Inspired Airplane Assault
    Chalk this one up as a true oddity: A Korean businessman was prevented from entering the United States because he apparently pitched a fit after being served ramen during his flight from Korea that didn’t meet his standards. He assaulted a crew...

  • Check Out This Eerily Lifelike Grant Achatz Doll
    Honestly, we’re not sure if we’d like an action figure to be made from our likenesses, but maybe we’d change our minds if we were a world-renowned chef. Judging by the look on chef Grant Achatz’s face in a couple of photos that...

  • Next Iron Chef’s Duskie Estes to Close Zazu, Reopen Nearby in Artisan Compound
    Chef Duskie Estes might be best known outside of Sonoma County for her skillful performance on season three of Next Iron Chef, but her true claim to fame is the Santa Rosa, Calif., restaurant she runs with her husband John Stewart, Zazu, which opened in...

  • Del Taco Launches Chili Cheese Fry Burrito, Stoners Rejoice
    Del Taco, the California-based Tex-Mex chain, has outdone themselves and released what’s sure to go down as a truly wild, if brilliant, fast-food offering: the chili cheese fry burrito. The burrito wraps crinkle-cut french fries, beef chili, and...

  • Taste Test: McDonald’s Egg White Delight
    We first told you about McDonald’s hotly anticipated newest release, the Egg White Delight, back in March, and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival since then. Yesterday, the chain formally rolled out the product with much fanfare in their...

  • America’s 35 Best Hot Dogs
    The hot dog is one of the few foods that’s nearly impossible to screw up. You heat it through, tuck it into a bun, squirt on some mustard, and call it lunch. But there’s a big difference between not screwing something up and turning it into a...

  • Cheese of the Week: Sweet Grass Dairy’s Green Hill
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • 'The Flavor of Midtown' to Take Over Grand Central Terminal May 2
    The 13th annual "Grand Gourmet — The Flavor of Midtown" will take over the cavernous Vanderbilt Hall inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Tuesday, May 2, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and some of the area’s best restaurants...

  • John Besh on Taking over Tujague’s: 'A Long Shot at Best'
    Tujague’s Restaurant is one of New Orleans’ most historic spots, and the city's second-oldest restaurant, having opened in 1856. The amount of history inside the space boggles the mind: the cypress standing bar is said to be the city...

  • Hot Sauce Expo Takes Over Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    On April 20 and 21, the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront played host to more than 30 different hot sauce producers, and hundreds of guests had the opportunity to sample their offerings, from the mild to the head-splittingly spicy. The $10 admission fee...

  • Doctors Warn Against the 'Cinnamon Challenge'
    There’s no shortage of food-related "challenges." Most of them are harmless, if stupid: eating Saltines without water, drinking a spoonful of super-spicy hot sauce, etc. But one challenge that’s been gaining popularity, the cinnamon...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Con Pane’s Italian Salami Sandwich
    The folks at Con Pane Rustic Breads & Café in San Diego really know their way around a sandwich. The shop itself may look unassuming, but inside they’re baking fresh bread every day and topping it with some delicious ingredient...

  • The Interview: Chef James Hackney
    Cape Cod’s only AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four Star resort is the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, and James Hackney is the chef at its signature fine dining restaurant, twenty-eight Atlantic.   Hackney’s most recent post was...

  • Cashew & Ginger Spice KIND Bar: Too Good to be Food?
    "A sweet and spicy blend of cashews and ginger." I love sweet and I love spicy and I really love when they fall in love and get married — sounds like KIND’s new Cashew & Ginger Spice could be the latest addition to my on-the-go...

  • How Do Chain Restaurants Celebrate Thanksgiving?
    Thanksgiving is the holiday that, more than any other, conjures images of home-cooked meals, and extended families gathering around the dinner table to enjoy them. But that’s not the case for everyone. In fact, the National Restaurant Association...

  • This Week’s Top Reviews From the Culinary Content Network
    Each week, we tap into our vibrant network of bloggers across the country to find the top restaurant news and reviews. Here are this week’s: The always-dependable Amuse*Bouche took a trip out to Astoria, Queens, to The Shady Lady, where they sampled...

  • The Most Outrageous Canned Dog Food Brands
    When it comes time to feed the dog, most of us reach for a bag of mass-market dog chow or crack open a can of mushy brown stuff, not giving much thought to the subtle nuances and flavor profiles of the food, because, honestly, neither does the dog. It...

  • Chicago Chef Mark Steuer Takes Over New York’s 'Culinary Salon,' City Grit
    On April 17, one of Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming chefs, Mark Steuer of Carriage House, took over the dining room at chef Sarah Simmons’ City Grit, a "culinary salon" located in New York’s Nolita neighborhood, and prepared a...

  • Mot Hai Ba Opening in Dallas on April 23
    A new casual Northern Vietnamese restaurant will be opening Tuesday, April 23 in Dallas’ Lakewood neighborhood, at 6047 Lewis St., in the space last occupied by York Street. Mot Hai Ba will be run by chef/owners Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’...

  • Is Your Restaurant in Trouble? 'Kitchen Nightmares' Is Casting!
    Is your restaurant falling apart at the seams? Think that calling in a world-class chef to yell at you for a few hours might be its only hope for survival? Then Kitchen Nightmares, currently casting for its next season, is for you! "If your...

  • Now You Can Pay for Food Delivery with Bitcoins
    There are plenty of food delivery apps and websites out there, but only one lets you pay with virtual currency. Boston-based delivery service Foodler announced yesterday that they’re now accepting Bitcoins, a 4-year-old decentralized "digital...

  • Omni Hotels Launches 'Umami Sauce'
    The word "umami" has been everywhere lately. It’s that "sixth taste," the one that makes beef taste beefy and what makes the flavor of mushrooms and Parmesan cheese so satisfying. The word’s been popping up in restaurant...

  • Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Coming to Midtown Manhattan
    Davio’s, the 28-year-old Boston based Italian restaurant with additional locations in Foxborough, Mass., Philadelphia, and Atlanta, will be opening a fifth location this summer on Manhattan's East 44th Street and Lexington Avenue, directly...

  • Cheese of the Week: Sainte-Maure de Touraine
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Ramps Finally Return to New York City's Union Square Farmers' Market
    We’ve been prowling Manhattan’s Union Square Farmers' Market, which takes over the north end of the square every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, for quite a while now awaiting the yearly return of the beloved ramp, and we can now...

  • Boston Restaurants React to Marathon Bombings
    Two days after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring scores, the country has come together to support the city, and restaurants in Boston are also stepping up to help out those in need. While some...

  • America’s 14 Oldest Taverns & Inns
    When we think about really old restaurants, we tend to gravitate toward the ones that are located in big cities and have been around seemingly forever, like Keens Steakhouse in Manhattan. Sure, Keens is one of the city’s oldest restaurants, having...

  • Donald Trump’s 7-Year-Old Son Wears Caviar-Infused Moisturizer to Bed
    Donald Trump and his wife Melania are apparently going out of their way to make sure that their 7-year-old son Baron doesn’t exactly have a normal childhood. He oftentimes wears a suit and tie just for kicks, and according to ABC News, his mother...

  • Chili’s Adds Pizza to Its Menu
    As more and more "bar & grill"-style restaurants are trying to attract larger and larger crowds, it now appears as if no new idea or trend is off limits. Want to start serving Korean tacos at T.G.I Friday's? Sure, go for it. Want to...

  • IHOP Rolls Out Brioche French Toast
    Glendale, Calif.- based International House of Pancakes rolled out their newest menu item today: brioche French toast. The dish is hailed by the company as "the next generation of French toast" in a release. "Thick-cut slices of rich round...

  • An Insider’s Look at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory
    Making ice cream is both incredibly easy and super-complicated. You just add milk to a freezer and churn it up, right? Well, apparently not, especially when it’s being produced on an industrial scale. Case in point: Ben & Jerry’s, which...

  • The Food Almanac: Monday, April 15, 2013
    In The Food Almanac, Tom Fitzmorris of the online newsletter The New Orleans Menu notes food facts and sayings. Today's Flavor This is Pommes de Terre Soufflees Day. Soufflee potatoes were said to have been invented by accident in the 1840s...

  • 8 New York Thanksgiving Dinners to Eat Right Now
    There’s something about a Thanksgiving plate that hits that spot that only the best comfort food can hit. The good old-fashioned turkey platter has been a restaurant mainstay for decades, and for good reason. There aren’t too many restaurants...

  • This Week’s Top Reviews From the Culinary Content Network
      Each week, we tap into our vibrant network of bloggers across the country to find the top restaurant news and reviews. Here are this week’s: In Denver, Culinary Connectors drops into Café/Bar and tries their "Spring Salad" of...

  • The Interview: Chef Brandon Sharp
    Brandon Sharp is the executive chef at Solbar, a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s located inside Solage Calistoga, an 89-room resort and spa located in California’s Napa Valley. At Solbar, the relaxed vibe of the spa carries right on over to...

  • Carriage House’s Mark Steuer to Bring the Low Country to New York’s City Grit
    Chicago chef Mark Steuer has been touted as "the Low Country’s culinary ambassador to Chicago" thanks to his wildly successful restaurant, Carriage House. The chef, who hails from Charleston, S.C., has been serving his unique...

  • Ruby Tuesday Goes Downscale
    Ruby Tuesday is a restaurant best known for its burgers and beer, and has long been a valued, if slightly less popular, member of the "bar and grill" pantheon, along with contemporaries T.G.I. Friday’s, Chili’s, and the like. But...

  • Lisa Giffen Becomes Head Chef at Brooklyn’s Maison Premiere
    Chef Lisa Giffen has been in the kitchen at Maison Premiere, the classy and stylish two year-old French Quarter-inspired restaurant and oyster bar in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Williamsburg neighborhood, since they launched their dinner menu last year, and...

  • 2013 Tax Day Dining Deals Roundup
    Benjamin Franklin spoke the truth: the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. This Tax Day, chains around the country know that we might be feeling the pinch, and have decided to reward us for all our hard work this year with some...

  • Taste Test: Iskream
    When it comes to reduced-fat iced cream, the offerings are frequently hit-or miss, and never quite hit that spot that only full-fat iced cream can. Iskream, from co-founders Susan Patrick (owner of Walnut Beach Creamery in Connecticut) and Biagio Barone (...

  • Taste Test: Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos-Flavored Doritos
    Earlier this month, Doritos launched their two newest flavors, modeled after Taco Bell’s top-selling Doritos Locos Tacos, in both Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch flavors. Each of these offerings actually contains two different types of chips: either...

  • A Trip Through the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Floor
    Making ice cream is both incredibly easy and super-complicated. You just add milk to a freezer and churn it up, right? Well, apparently not, especially when it’s being produced on an industrial scale. Case in point: Ben & Jerry’s, which...

  • Cheese of the Week: Arabella
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese of...

  • America's Top Tater Tots
    There’s something magical about the humble Tater Tot. Some might even argue that it’s the perfect food: bite-size, salty, crispy, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, greasy but not overly oily, and a great vessel for just about any...

  • Scott Conant on the Challenges of Opening New Restaurants
    Chef Scott Conant might be a household name for a segment of the population that watches Food Network and is into fine dining, but that doesn’t mean that it's easy for him to open a restaurant anywhere he wants to. The chef has opened branches...

  • Louisiana Chef Peter Sclafani Cooks for New York’s James Beard House
    If the name Sclafani sounds familiar, it’s probably because of Sclafani’s, which was one of the most famous restaurants in the New Orleans area from its opening in 1945 to its closure 40 years later. The cooking bug passed from patriarch Peter...

  • LIC Flea Coming to Long Island City, Queens, in June
    The Brooklyn Flea has been hogging the limelight a bit lately, but starting this June, Long Island City in Queens will be getting a flea market all to itself. The market, which will be called LIC Flea & Food, will go up every weekend on the Queens...

  • The Daily Meal’s Chef Madness Challenge: The Final Reveal!
    When we launched our Chef Madness Challenge a couple of weeks ago, we had no idea what an amazing turnout we would see. Each round garnered thousands of votes, whittling down eight chefs, game time-friendly dishes, cocktails, and beers until only one of...

  • A Chat with a Ben & Jerry’s 'Flavor Guru'
    Eric Fredette has a job that most people would be envious of. He’s one of Ben & Jerry’s "flavor gurus," a small group of research and development pros who are responsible for inventing every new flavor for the renowned ice cream...

  • Daniel at 20: Star Chefs Return for Anniversary Dinner
    Sunday night, generous New Yorkers gathered at New York’s famed restaurant Daniel for the restaurant’s annual Citymeals-on-Wheels dinner, but the real stars of the show were in the kitchen: more than 20 alumni who have cooked for chef Daniel...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Al’s French Frys' Double Cheese
    If you live in Burlington, Vt., you’ve heard of Al’s French Frys. The sprawling burger joint, located just south of downtown, started as a french fry stand run by Al and Genevieve Rusterholz in the late 1940s, and over the years it just...

  • City Harvest’s 'Evening of Practical Magic' to Honor Chef Marc Murphy
    Chef Marc Murphy is the man behind New York’s acclaimed Landmarc and Ditch Plains restaurants, and he’s also a regular judge on Food Network’s Chopped. He’s also worked with City Harvest, a nonprofit that works with restaurants to...

  • This Week’s Top Reviews From the Culinary Content Network
    Each week, we tap into our vibrant network of bloggers across the country to find the top restaurant news and reviews. Here are this week’s: Culinary Connectors dropped into Denver’s Central Bistro, which strives to highlight the best classic...

  • The Interview: Chef Scott Conant
    Scott Conant is one of the best-known chefs in America, and not just because he’s a frequent judge on Food Network’s Chopped. He got his start as sous chef at New York’s San Domenico, then went on to open L’Impero, which garnered a...

  • Pecan Pie Named Texas’ Official State Pie
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  • Cheese of the Week: Appenzeller
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  • 8 Thanksgiving Sandwiches to Eat Right Now in New York City
    As explained in a recent Sandwich of the Week, there’s something about the Thanksgiving sandwich that seems to magically build on each of the individual elements, making it a completely different meal altogether from the traditional Thanksgiving...

  • Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos Looking to Open New York City Restaurant
    Debi Mazar might be best known for her acting roles in films including Goodfellas and TV shows including Entourage, but since 2011 she’s hosted a show on Cooking Channel called Extra Virgin, along with husband Gabriele Corcos, a Florentine musician...

  • A Visit to the Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard
    High on a hilltop overlooking the Ben & Jerry’s plant in Waterbury, Vt., is a small plot of land surrounded by a picket fence. Inside, tree limbs cast ominous shadows over a collection of nearly 30 gravestones, each bearing a solemn epitaph....

  • Shake Shack Adds a Few New Items to Its Citi Field, Nationals Park Menus
    The Shake Shack outpost nestled inside New York’s Citi Field, home of the Mets, is one of the most popular dining destinations at the ballpark (if not the most popular). Same goes for the one inside Nationals Park, in Washington, D.C. There’s...

  • John Besh to Design Menu for World War II-Themed Dinner for The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
    Chef John Besh, best known for his New Orleans restaurants including August and his multiple TV appearances, will be preparing the menu for a special "Dinner with a Curator" dinner on April 16 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans...

  • Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day’s Humble Beginnings
    Every year at around this time, folks from all walks of life find themselves gravitating toward their nearest Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop. They might not even know why they hop onto that line stretching around the block, but because it terminates...

  • Pizza Hut Rolling Out Cheesy Crust Pizza
    Just when you thought that fast-food pizza couldn’t get any crazier (or cheesier, for that matter), Pizza Hut has gone and one-upped itself: for a limited time only, they’re going to be rolling out Cheesy Crust Pizza, which (get this) has a...

  • Oklahoma Lifts Ban on Horse Slaughtering
    The issue of horsemeat has been in the news a lot lately, mostly on foreign shores. The equine meat found its way into burgers in England and lasagna and meatballs in Sweden, and folks are even going so far as to learn ways to avoid accidentally...

  • Ben & Jerry’s Unveils Its Newest Flavors
    Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has a reputation for being able to figure out the most delicious flavor combinations available and making them come to life. Their newest flavor releases continue this trend, and these latest inventions sound insanely...

  • New York Town Bans Fast-Casual Restaurants
    A small town in Westchester County, N.Y., has decided to take their already-imposed ban against fast-food restaurants one step further and ban fast-casual chain restaurants entirely, according to LoHud. Restaurants like Quiznos, Cosi, Five Guys, Chipotle...

  • Boston Market Introduces Ribs
    Boston Market has shaken up its food menu for the first time in six years, with the addition of a new menu item that you typically don’t find at casual dining chain restaurants: ribs. According to The Huffington Post, the chain, which has 471...

  • Freschetta Rolls Out Three New Pizzas
    It appears as if every week the frozen pizza stakes rise a little more. Freschetta has just thrown their hat in the ring, and have released three new frozen pizzas. The company, which is owned by Schwan’s Consumer Brands, has rolled out Brick Oven...

  • Why One Australian Town is Against McDonald’s
    When McDonald’s decides to open up a new outpost, it’s rare that the entire town comes out against it. But in one small town in Australia, that’s exactly the case. According to CNN, the fast food giant has been on a mission to open in...

  • Google Will Soon Deliver Your Groceries, Too
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  • The Interview: Chef Rob Zack
    Chef Rob Zack recently experienced a homecoming of sorts. Nearly 20 years ago, he began his career as sous chef at Aspen, Colo.’s famed Hotel Jerome, before moving on to become head chef at some of the state’s most notable restaurants,...

  • The Daily Meal’s Chef Madness Challenge: The Winners!
    And then there were four.    It seems like ages ago, but it was only last week when we launched The Daily Meal Chef Madness Challenge. We pitted eight chefs, eight gametime-friendly dishes, eight cocktails, and eight beers against each...

  • Where to Eat This Easter
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  • Hot Sauce Expo Coming to New York April 20 and 21
    Calling all hot sauce lovers: on April 20 and 21, Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s East River State Park will quite possibly become the hottest destination on the East Coast (or should we say spiciest). The first-ever Hot Sauce Expo will bring together more...

  • Easter Brunch in New York City
    There’s no lack of brunch options in New York City, and on Easter in particular it appears as if everyone in town is out prowling the streets in search of a great brunch deal. Here are our picks for the best special brunch menus to get your money...

  • Don't Try This at Home: Chefs' Kitchen Pranks
    Spending hours and hours every day on your feet, preparing food for hungry diners, can take its toll. Being a chef is a rough, draining job, with long, irregular hours and dangers around every corner. On the surface, it might appear to be a rather...

  • McDonald’s Rolls Out Premium McWraps with a Little Help From the Knicks
    McDonald’s officially unveiled its newest offering, the Premium Chicken McWrap, to the press and general public on Thursday at a location on Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue, and it was a two-story bonanza. The line to get into the ground floor, where...

  • The World’s Craziest Jelly Beans
    You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who flat-out dislikes jelly beans. Not only are they small, sweet, and chewy, they come in so many flavors that they pretty much never get boring. And while the classic flavors of cherry, grape, lemon, and the...

  • This Week’s Top Reviews From the Culinary Content Network
    Each week, we tap into our vibrant network of bloggers across the country to find the top restaurant news and reviews. Here are this week’s: Hot From the Kettle dropped into Upstairs, a trendy restaurant and bar in Montclair, N.J., which has...

  • Love New York’s Food Trucks and Carts? There’s a New Book for That
    For the past two years, Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold, the duo behind the popular blog Blondie and Brownie, have been on a mission to track down the stories behind some of New York’s most popular food carts and trucks, and the fruit of their...

  • Cheese of the Week: Tumalo Farms’ Classico
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Triscuit and Wheat Thins Roll Out Some Crazy Flavors
    Triscuits and Wheat Thins have long been dependable, "eat right out of the box" snack foods, no-frills crackers with flavors that are hard not to like. And while the tried-and-true classics aren’t going anywhere, Nabisco, the company that...

  • There’s a Hot Cross Bun Burger Battle Brewing in Sydney
    What started as a joking Instagram exchange between two chef buddies has blown up into an all-out phenomenon that’s been sweeping through Sydney, Australia, just in time for Easter: the hot cross bun burger. "The rule is basically to come up...

  • Scarpetta Partners with CAMUS Cognac for Special Menu
    Visitors to Scarpetta, chef Scott Conant’s very well-regarded Italian restaurant in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, might notice a little something different about the menu if they visit between March 24 and March 28, or between March 30 and...

  • Texas Monthly Names Daniel Vaughn 'Barbecue Editor'
    Daniel Vaughn just scored what some might consider to be the world’s best job: barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. And while it’s not the first time that someone has held that title, he’s the only current one in existence. Vaughn grew up...

  • Justin Warner on 'Rebel Eats' and What Took So Long to Get His Show on the Air
    Justin Warner is a chef that defies definition. He self-identifies as being "out of the box," and that approach to life also characterizes the cuisine at his Brooklyn, N.Y., restaurant, Do or Dine, which made a name for itself by selling foie...

  • The Daily Meal’s Chef Madness Challenge: The Finals
    The day has finally arrived when we can look back at the 32 chefs, snacks, cocktails, and beers that we started with last week and realize that now it’s down to eight. One more round of voting, and we’ll have our winners. In this round of...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Harding’s Giving Thanks
    The "Thanksgiving Sandwich" can be hit or miss. Because it’s based on an entire plate-full of food, oftentimes the individual components can become a muddled mess, getting lost in a sea of gloopy gravy or weighed down by the otherwise...

  • The Interview: Chef Amy Eubanks
    Amy Eubanks has quietly been turning out some of New York’s finest seafood dishes since taking the helm at BLT Fish and BLT Fish Shack in New York’s Gramercy neighborhood in 2010. She got her start as garde manger at Café Boulud, where...

  • KFC Launches 'Li’l Bucket' Kids Meal
    KFC has thrown its hat into the kid’s meal game. The fast-food giant introduced their "Li’l Bucket" earlier this week, and it’ll be rolled out nationally by the end of April. The mini-sized version of the famous KFC bucket...

  • The Daily Meal’s Chef Madness Challenge: Round 2
    The Daily Meal is knee-deep in its Chef Madness Competition! We’re pitting chef against chef, game day snack against game day snack, cocktail against cocktail, and beer against beer to see who will emerge victorious. In round one we had groups of...

  • Cosentino to Take Over Empellón Cocina for 1-Night-Only Dinner
    Chefs Alex Stupak and Chris Cosentino are culinary titans in their respective cities (New York and San Francisco, respectively). Stupak, who got his start as Alinea and WD-50’s pastry chef, took a 180-degree turn and opened the Mexican-inspired...

  • You Have No Reason to Roast a Turkey This Thanksgiving
    It's never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving, one of those holidays where it seems like whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. There are so many factors in play, from making sure there are enough table settings to not overcooking the green...

  • Restaurant Spending Is Way, Way Down
    The past three months have been very rough on restaurants, as the industry suffered its worst three months since 2010, according to Bloomberg.  Casual restaurant sales fell 1.6 percent in December, 0.6 percent in January, and a whopping 5.4 percent...

  • Getting Less Sleep Means Gaining More Weight, Study Finds
    A new study published this month by the University of Colorado Boulder found that those who get less than five hours of sleep per night tend to eat much more, which can cause them to gain up to 2 pounds of weight per week. In the study, 16 healthy...

  • What Are America’s Worst Supermarkets?
    What are the worst supermarkets in the country? Consumer Reports surveyed more than 24,000 American shoppers, and assembled a list of 12. Their criteria were fairly straightforward: speedy checkout, cleanliness, and the quality of perishables were the...

  • Dole Launches Line of Chocolate-Covered Banana Slices
    Dole has become nearly synonymous with bananas, which also happen to be one or the more versatile fruits (unless you try to juice them, of course). Frozen bananas are quite possibly the best alternative to ice cream out there, so the folks at Dole, which...

  • Legends Hospitality to Handle Food Operations at 1 World Trade Center
    A three-level, glass-enclosed observatory will open at the top of New York’s under-construction 1 World Trade Center in 2014, according to City Room, and the company that’s been chosen to run the food service operation up there is a familiar...

  • The Daily Meal’s Chef Madness Challenge
    As March Madness rages on, we here at The Daily Meal thought that we should jump into the fray, but in a decidedly non-basketball related fashion. It’s Chef Madness! Here’s how it works. We start with eight chefs, eight dishes that in our...

  • 10 Top Bites from The Choice Eats Tasting Event
    More than 60 New York City restaurants came together under one roof Tuesday night, as the Village Voice and a sea of people took over the 69th Regiment Armory for the sixth annual Choice Eats tasting event. The restaurants were joined by a handful of...

  • Cheese of the Week: La Tur
    Cheese of The Week is a weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Skinny Cow Launches New Line of 'Divine Filled Chocolates'
    It seems as if mankind has been on a mission for quite some time now to make snacking on chocolate a healthy experience. We’ve even gone so far as to eliminate chocolate from the equation entirely on occasion, replacing it with carob. The folks at...

  • Michael Chiarello on His New San Francisco Restaurant, Coqueta
    It’s been a few months since we’ve heard anything about chef Michael Chiarello’s newest project, the San Francisco-bound Coqueta, so when the chef dropped by our headquarters we took the opportunity to get an update on the Spanish...

  • Village Voice’s 'Choice Streets' Food Truck Event to Be Held May 7
    The Village Voice’s biggest food event of the year, Choice Eats, is sold out and will be taking over the Lexington Avenue Armory tomorrow evening. If you weren’t able to score tickets to that, though, there’s another Village Voice-hosted...

  • Daniel Alumni Returning to the Restaurant for Annual Charity Feast
    In the 20 years since chef Daniel Boulud opened his eponymous restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side, a lot of great chefs have walked in and out of that kitchen door. On April 7, more than 20 of them will be returning to the restaurant for a star...

  • The Interview: Chef Chad Minton
    Chad Minton is the executive chef at the 90-year-old Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, a AAA Five Diamond resort for six years running and home to a world-class spa and a golf course that dates all the way back to 1923. Minton got his start as the executive chef...

  • Lobel’s Kitchen Opening in New York City on Monday, March 18
    Since 1954, the Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue has had the privilege of being home to Lobel’s, a family-run butcher shop that got its start back in Austria in 1840. They opened a steak sandwich stand inside Yankee Stadium in 2009 (in our...

  • Cheese of the Week: Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor
    Cheese of The Week is a new weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, March 14, 2013
    Restaurant Anniversaries Muriel's opened today in 2001. At first, it was the newest location of a too-hip, mostly West-Coast chain started by a dot-com zillionaire. But in the aftermath September 11 that year, all the Muriel's locations...

  • James Beard Foundation Names 2013 'Who’s Who' Inductees
    The James Beard Foundation has released the 2013 list of inductees into their prestigious "Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America" list, and the selections represent a wide cross-section of the modern culinary landscape. The award is...

  • A Twinkie Savior Has Been Found!
    The red tape is slowly being peeled away, and the path is being cleared for the Twinkie machine to come roaring back to life. The world has been bereft of the classic junk food, as well as its Hostess-made brethren including Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and...

  • The Food Almanac: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
    Today's Flavor Today is National Squab Day. Of all the birds we commonly eat in this part of the world, squab is the most delectable. A squab is a baby pigeon. It's a farm-raised bird, so you need not be concerned that it came from...

  • French’s Launching 'Flavor Infuser' Marinades in April
    French’s might be best known for their mustard and fried onions, but the company is making the leap into the marinade game in a big way, and will be launching a line of "Flavor Infuser" marinades next month, in four flavors. A company...

  • McDonald’s Rolling Out Egg White Delight McMuffin Nationwide April 22
    McDonald’s will be rolling out their Egg White Delight, a yolk-free version of their Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich, in locations nationwide starting April 22, the company has confirmed to The Daily Meal. The breakfast sandwich, which contains 250...

  • 'Tastes of America' Burgers Coming to Australian McDonald’s
    Hot on the heels of the announcement that outposts of McDonald’s in Australia would finally be getting their own Monopoly sweepstakes, Burger Business is reporting that the fast-food chain’s Down Under locations will soon be getting three...

  • How Much Daily Bacon Does it Take to Kill You?
    Last week, the journal BMC Medicine published a report confirming what just about everybody has suspected for quite some time: that eating too many processed foods, including ham, bacon, and sausages, will lead to a shorter life span, brought on by...

  • Former Noma Head Chef to Open Amass in Copenhagen
    Today marked the launch of the official website for Amass, a restaurant that will open in July in Copenhagen’s Refshaleøen district, helmed by Matthew Orlando, a former head chef at one of the world’s best restaurants, Noma. Like Noma,...

  • Village Voice Bringing 'Choice Eats' to New York City March 19
    For the past five years, the Village Voice has taken over the armory on Lexington Avenue in New York’s Upper East Side and converted it, for one night only, into the city’s top dining destination. The stops are pulled out, hungry gourmands...

  • Where to Order Your St. Patrick’s Day Feast
    St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and for one reason or another, we all seem to enjoy having a bit o’ the Irish in us for one day per year. It’s one of those holidays that asks us to have fun above all else, and essentially gives us...

  • Noma Claims Reporting on Norovirus Outbreak Is Filled with Inaccuracies
    Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant that’s consistently been ranked one of the world’s best, was met with a PR nightmare during the past several weeks, as 63 guests came down with a case of norovirus, a particularly nasty stomach bug, after dining...

  • The Food Almanac: Monday, March 11, 2013
    Restaurant Anniversaries The Palace Cafe opened today in 1991. Envisioned as a more casual version of Commander's Palace, it was at first managed by cousins Ti Martin, Dickie Brennan, Lauren Brennan, and Brad Bridgman. When the Commander...

  • Padma Lakshmi on Springing Forward and Drinking Champagne Every Day
    Padma Lakshmi, best known for her role at the helm of cooking competition powerhouse Top Chef, will be in New York over the weekend as part of a promotional effort for the new V8 V-Fusion + Energy drink. A “24th Hour” bus will be cruising...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Thin Crust Barbecue Chicken Pizza
    When it comes to frozen pizza, you can do a whole lot worse than 365’s thin-crust barbecue chicken pizza. Even though you won’t be fooled into thinking it’s from a pizzeria (a task no frozen pizza has yet to achieve), it’s...

  • The Interview: Chris Yang
    Chef Chris Yang runs the kitchen at the Walnut Creek location of Tender Greens, a fast-casual concept mini-chain with 12 locations throughout Southern California. The emphasis is on healthy food at these restaurants, and while most restaurants with more...

  • Chez Panisse Damaged by Fire
    Chez Panisse, Alice Waters’ legendary Berkeley, Calif. Restaurant, recently named one of the Daily Meal’s top 101 restaurants in the country, was damaged by a fire early Friday morning. According to The Los Angeles Times, the fire broke out in...

  • The Food Almanac: Friday, March 8, 2013
      Gourmet Gazetteer Sugar Creek is a small farm town sixteen miles from downtown Indianapolis. The suburban sprawl doesn't head far in that direction however, and the fields are still covered with crops and dairy animals. The town is named...

  • Bumble Bee Tuna Recalled
    You just might not end up loving that can of Bumble Bee tuna you just bought. The Associated Press is reporting that the company is recalling 5-ounce cans of the fish, due to the fact that the seals might not be tight enough. A loose seal means that air...

  • Taste Test: Jack Link’s New Turkey-Based Snacks
    Turkey might best be associated with Thanksgiving, and Jack Link’s might best be associated with beef jerky, but the country’s number one meat snack brand has decided to branch out and embrace the bird. They’ve released five new turkey-...

  • The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota Takes Over New York City’s James Beard House
    Florida came up to New York City Wednesday night, as the crew from the restaurants at Sarasota’s swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel took over Chelsea’s James Beard House to serve a six-course meal, complete with hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings...

  • Chipotle Updates Its App for First Time Since 2009
    Fast-food chain Chipotle is known for its speedy and efficient service, and in 2009 they took it one step further with the release of their "Chipotle Ordering" app, which allows customers to log in, find the nearest location, customize their...

  • Tommy Toy’s Closing in San Francisco After 27 Years
    Tommy Toy’s, a San Francisco institution, will be closing at the end of March, Inside Scoop reports. The restaurant, which opened in 1985, was best known for its overwhelming opulence and ability to draw in plenty of celebrity regulars, including...

  • The Ultimate Whole Foods 365 Taste Test
    Come to think of it, a near-empty Whole Foods is a very rare sight. The chain of health-oriented supermarkets makes a splash wherever it lands, and it’s bred a very passionate following amongst its loyalists, who oftentimes refuse to shop anywhere...

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Launches St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Donut
    Dunkin’ Donuts has a reputation for rolling out limited-time-only products to commemorate just about every major holiday (most recently they introduced a few new items in honor of Valentine’s Day), and St. Patrick’s Day, which is just...

  • Tiberio Custom Meats to Offer 'Butcher’s Table' Dinners Starting March 21
    Since quietly opening last summer on Rivington Street in Manhattan's Lower East Side, butcher Adam Tiberio and partner Erik Hassert’s Tiberio Custom Meats, which is connected to Frank Prisinzano's restaurant Sauce, has...

  • In-N-Out Secrets Deleted After Reddit Q&A
    Reddit’s popular "Ask Me Anything" forums are popular enough to attract even President Obama, but apparently they're not good enough for In-N-Out.   Last week, a cook for the popular Southern California-based chain took to the...

  • Baker Eric Kayser on the Perfect Baguette, the Atkins Diet, and Future Plans
    Eric Kayser knows his bread. He’s the baker behind Maison Kayser, a boulangerie that opened in Paris in 1996 and became such a success, even in that competitive landscape, that 20 more locations soon opened in Paris, and now there are more than 80...

  • Cheese of the Week: Époisses
    Cheese of The Week is a new weekly feature on The Daily Meal, drawing on the expertise of internationally renowned cheese expert and consultant Raymond Hook. What follows is based on an interview with Hook.  Want more? Click here for the Cheese...

  • Back From the Brink: 10 Food Brands That Refuse to Die
    In American consumer culture, certain brands have a longer shelf life than others. Some products, like Crystal Pepsi, are released with great fanfare and then fizzle out a few years later. Others, like Cheerios, will most likely be stocked in the first...

  • Cheetos Rolls Out Some Crazy New Snack Mixes
    For those who have been accustomed to two Cheetos varieties — crunchy and puffy — you might be in for a bit of a shock after seeing their newest offerings. Parent company Frito-Lay, hot on the heels of rolling out onion ring flavored potato...

  • Ruffles Rolls Out Beer-Battered Onion Ring Flavored Chips
    Frito-Lay launched its newest product offering last week, according to a press release: Ruffles MAX Beer-Battered Onion Ring flavored chips. The chip was first introduced as a limited-time offering in late 2011, but now will be available nationwide....

  • Clodagh McKenna to Host Pop-Up St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Whitney Museum
    Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without all the barroom craziness, gimmicks, and stale soda bread? The Whitney Museum is hosting a delicious-sounding pop-up dinner, hosted by one of Ireland’s best-known chefs and food writers...

  • All You Can Eat KFC?
    All you can eat. Those four words have worked their way into the lexicon as something that’s purely American, but at one Japanese outpost of KFC, they’re taking matters into their own hands and offering the promotion themselves. One Osaka...

  • The Daily Meal's Top 7 Chicago Restaurants
    When we reached out to more than 176 critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers to help compile our list of the 101 Best Restaurants in the country, what we received back was a wealth of knowledge and insight. Our list of 202 nominees,...

  • The Interview: Chef Zeke Wray
    As executive chef for the Talisker Restaurant Collection (which includes all restaurants at the newly re-imagined Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah), Zeke Wray’s cuisine is made from scratch, locally sourced, and seasonal. Originally from Ft....

  • Green Giant Launches Line of Veggie-Friendly Chips
    The Jolly Green Giant has long been known for his expansive line of frozen vegetables, but the company has decided to get into the snack food game, and has launched two new packaged chips: multigrain sweet potato chips and Cheddar-flavored roasted...

  • Tom Colicchio, Jeff Bridges on Mission to End Hunger in America
    Click here for part two of the above interview.  A Place at the Table, the new film by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, will most likely be coming to a theater somewhere close to you very soon. Go see it. It will change your entire way of...

  • The Top 7 Restaurants in the Southwest
    When we reached out to more than 176 critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers to help compile our list of the 101 Best Restaurants in the country, what we received back was a wealth of knowledge and insight. Our list of 202 nominees, whittled...

  • Sarabeth’s Opens on Park Avenue South
    The newest New York City location of the growing Sarabeth’s empire opened Feb. 25 on 27th Street and Park Avenue South. Whereas their other locations are geared toward the breakfast and brunch crowd, this newest one is taking advantage of its power-...

  • Macy’s New York Flagship Getting Trattoria, Gelato
    The New York City flagship location of Macy’s, located on 34th Street and Sixth Avenue, has been undergoing an extensive and controversial $400 million makeover over the past year or so. As part of that project, the planners have decided to open...

  • 'Top Chef' Finale: Tom Colicchio and Contestants Brooke and Kristen Weigh In on the New Format
    For those who tuned into Wednesday night’s finale of Top Chef: Seattle expecting to see the format that’s been standard throughout the show’s entire run, what you encountered was most likely nothing short of disorienting. Whereas in past...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 17
    In front of a studio audience, chefs Kristen Kish and Brooke Williamson both assembled their dishes and served then to a group of 160 diners (including all nine previous Top Chef winners) in last night’s very interesting finale of Top Chef: Seattle...

  • ISA Launching Lunch Service in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on March 4
    Taavo Somer, the restaurateur behind the Lower East Side’s uber-trendy Freemans Sporting Club, opened ISA in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, back in 2011. He fired the entire kitchen staff (including chef Ignacio Mattos) about six months later and revamped...

  • Franklin Barbecue Alum Coming to Brooklyn, New York
    For those who aren't familiar with Austin, Texas' Franklin Barbecue, you just need to know one thing. It's good. Like, good. So good that the line to get in is oftentimes 100 people deep by 10 a.m. on a weekday, and when maestro...

  • California Pizza Kitchen Launches Brussels Sprout and Bacon Pizza
    California Pizza Kitchen has rolled out two new menu items: a pizza topped with Brussels sprouts and bacon, and a roasted beets and goat cheese salad. The chain, which was founded in 1985 in Beverly Hills, Calif., has more than 230 locations in 32 U.S....

  • The Daily Meal's Top 19 Restaurants in California
    When we reached out to 176 critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers to help compile our list of the 101 Best Restaurants in the country, what we received back was a wealth of knowledge and insight. Our list of 202 nominees, whittled down from 303...

  • Bang for Your Buck: The Best Happy Hours Nationwide
    Ahh, happy hour. That brief, shining window, generally during weekday afternoons, when bars roll back drink prices in an effort to lure in those who are able to take advantage of the free time and low prices. But while bars are still great sources of...

  • In-N-Out Burger President Opens Up
    Lynsi Torres is the president of In-N-Out Burger, the California-based burger chain with a rabid following. At just 30 years old, she’s the youngest billionaire in the country, loves race car driving, is intensely private, and just happened to...

  • The Top 25 Restaurants in New York City
    When we reached out to more than 176 critics, food and lifestyle writers, and bloggers to help compile our list of the 101 Best Restaurants in the country, what we received back was a wealth of knowledge and insight. Our list of 202 nominees, whittled...

  • Michael Symon’s 'Carnivorous Dinner' for the Ages
    On Saturday night of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, chef Michael Symon (best known for his Iron Chef status and Cleveland restaurants, including Lola) took over the dining room at Miami’s Red, the Steakhouse and served a meat-centric feast...

  • Tabasco Chief Executive Dies at 68
    Paul C. P. McIlhenny, the chairman and chief executive of the Louisiana-based McIlhenny Company, best known as the producers of Tabasco hot sauce, died of a heart attack in New Orleans on Saturday. He was 68. McIlhenny spent 45 years with the company,...

  • Island Creek Oysters: 'Don’t Be Afraid!'
    At the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's  Island Creek Oysters Lifestyle Seminar, hosted by Island Creek Oysters founder Skip Bennett, chef Jeremy Sewall, and Union Square Hospitality Group wine director John Ragan, guests had the...

  • Garden To Glass: A South Beach Garden Party for Cocktail Lovers
    At 10 p.m. on Friday night, the second night of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the Miami Beach Botanical Garden was transformed into a veritable wonderland of cocktails, as the outdoor Garden to Glass cocktail party, the first entirely cocktail-...

  • Does the Green Fairy Really Exist?
    During Friday’s Wine Spectator’s Trade Day at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, hundreds of varieties of wines and spirits were available for sampling, and in many cases the owners of the companies and winemakers themselves were on...

  • Geoffrey Zakarian Hints at New Miami Project
    At Thursday night’s The Q event during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, chef Geoffrey Zakarian, best known for his two New York restaurants The Lambs Club and The National, served what was most likely the event’s most...

  • Barbecue, the Deens Take Over South Beach Wine and Food’s Opening Night
    The 2013 South Beach Wine and Food Festival got off to a rip-roaring start Thursday night, as top chefs from around the country gathered together under the event’s main beachside tent to dish up their unique takes on that American classic, barbecue...

  • 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 16
    So it’s come down to this: the finale. Part one, to be exact, but the finale, nonetheless. We met up with Sheldon and Brooke six months after the previous episode, after learning a little about what they’ve been up to since we last saw them....

  • 'Pardon Me!' Classic Grey Poupon Motto to Make a Comeback
    "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" That question, first posed by one snooty Englishman in 1981, was featured in commercials for the Dijon mustard, owned by Kraft, until 1997. The phrase, however, is still engrained in popular culture,...

  • The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2013 Panel
    When it came time to begin the vast and complex task of identifying the country's best restaurants, we decided to field our distinguished peers for their opinions. 174 panelists completed the survey based on our master list, however, some...

  • 'Food Network Star' Justin Warner’s Special to Premiere March 30
    Fans of Food Network’s Food Network Star have been clamoring for last season’s winner, Brooklyn chef Justin Warner, to finally get his own show for what seems like ages. As opposed to previous seasons, where the winner’s show would...

  • Certified Sustainable Sushi at Bamboo
    Bamboo sushi is the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world, and that’s not just a gimmick. They’ve partnered with organizations including The Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Blue Ocean...

  • Portobello: Reinventing Vegan Cuisine
    When we think about vegan cuisine, what comes to mind? Kale, trail mix, raw vegetables, and other food items that most of us would consider to be boring. But at Portobello Vegan Trattoria, chef Aaron Adams to turning that idea completely around, making...

  • At Bunk, The Sandwich is King
    If there’s one thing worth knowing about Bunk Sandwiches, which has two locations in Portland (one Southeast and one Downtown), it’s this: get there early. For one thing, it’s only open until 3 PM. For another, the lines can get long....

  • Interactive Korean Barbecue at Honey Pig
    If you’re a fan of dining experiences that are a change of pace from the norm, then Honey Pig is a must-try. At this Korean barbecue restaurant, the format is so unique that it takes some getting used to: Each table has its own domed grill, and...

  • At Holeman & Finch, It’s All About the Pork
    If you have even a passing interest in the magical pig, and you haven’t been to Holeman and Finch Public House, you owe it to yourself. While there are lots of items on the menu that aren’t pig-centric, the true pride and joy of the restaurant...

  • The Optimist: Ford Fry Strikes Again
    Chef Ford Fry is on a roll. He’s been opening up restaurants left and right, with two more—King + Duke and a still-unnamed one—both coming to Buckhead before the end of 2013, and JCT Kitchen and No. 246 are already under his belt. The...

  • Chipotle’s Double-Secret Menu Item
    There’s a secret lurking inside every outpost of Chipotle. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask for it, they’ll know exactly what to do. Its name? The quesadilla. Instead of rolling up the tortilla into a burrito, it can be filled with...

  • Domino’s Getting a Makeover
    Although Domino’s may be known for its specialty pizzas and quick service, it certainly hasn't been known for particularly attractive restaurants — it's the kind of place where you go in, stand in line, place your order, receive your...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Meat Cheese Bread’s The Maple
    What exactly does it take to be considered a perfect breakfast sandwich? It’s a question that has no correct answer, but The Maple, from Portland, Ore.’s Meat Cheese Bread, is certainly a good place to start. Our Sandwich of the Week starts...

  • Jake’s Wayback Launches 9-Patty Burger
    We’ve given you a rundown of America’s unhealthiest fast-food menu items, which topped out with Hardee’s Monster Thickburger’s 1,300 calories and 93 grams of fat. Well brace yourselves, America, because there’s a new item on...

  • The Interview: Chef Charlie Parker
    Charlie Parker is the man in the chef’s coat at Freddy Smalls Bar and Kitchen, a Los Angeles gastropub where he’s taking bar food to a whole new level. Creative comfort food like Buffalo-style deviled eggs and Dungeness crab on buttery toast (...

  • 7-Eleven Rolls Out Mini Chicken Chipotle Tacos
    7-Eleven has been on a tear when it comes to rolling out new fresh food items, as within the past few months alone items like healthy sandwiches, "protein packs" that include pita and hummus, and crudité have joined the roster of familiar...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 15
    It was the penultimate episode of the season last night, and heading into it there was still no clear front-runner. As the $125,000 prize began to become a real possibility in the contenders’ eyes, though, the three remaining chefs put the pedal to...

  • Duff Goldman Looks Ahead to Food University
    Pastry chef Duff Goldman has been in the news recently due to his entry into the same-sex marriage debate, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t still going full-speed ahead toward Food University, which will be taking place in Caesars Palace in...

  • Lay’s Rolls Out Chicken and Waffles, Cheesy Garlic Bread, Sriracha Flavors
    As part of their "Do Us a Flavor" social media-oriented campaign to choose the next variety of Lay’s Potato Chip, actress Eva Longoria joined chef Michael Symon at the New York Stock Exchange this week to roll out the three finalists:...

  • Duff Goldman: 'I Really Didn’t Expect Any of This'
    After pastry chef Duff Goldman, the man behind Baltimore’s Charm City Cakes and Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, learned that Aaron Klein, the owner of Gresham, Ore.’s Sweet Cakes by Melissa, had refused to make a wedding cake for a couple...

  • Couples in the Kitchen
    It’s one thing to run a restaurant with a business partner, but it’s another thing entirely to run a restaurant with your significant other. More and more couples these days are opening restaurants together, though, and in a lot of ways...

  • Andrew Zimmern on the Deeper Meaning Behind 'Bizarre Foods'
    As Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods returns for its seventh season (ninth if you count two seasons of Bizarre Foods America), it could be easy to think of the show as simply a camera following a man who travels around eating crazy food. And while...

  • The Interview: Chef Lee Wolen
    Thirty-year-old chef Lee Wolen began his reign as head chef at The Lobby, inside Chicago’s elegant The Peninsula Hotel, in July of 2012 after a three-year stint as sous chef at New York’s renowned Eleven Madison Park. While he was there, the...

  • Claudine Pépin Looks Forward to Food University
    We’ve spoken with culinary director Bradford Thompson, Rao’s proprietor Frank Pellegrino, and pastry chef François Payard about their participation in the upcoming Food University in Las Vegas, in which world-...

  • Chef Ford Fry Previews New Atlanta Restaurant in New York City
      This week, chef Ford Fry, the force behind powerhouse Atlanta restaurants The Optimist, JCT Kitchen, and No. 246, took over the kitchen at "culinary salon" City Grit to preview the menu for his next Atlanta endeavor,...

  • Beer Table, Michael Jordan’s The Steak House Team Up for Grand Central Centennial Dinner
    Oysters Rockefeller and Delmonico steak are dishes that were popular 100 years ago but are rapidly disappearing from menus nationwide (like these other once-popular items). They were front and center this week, however, at a dinner hosted by Michael...

  • Frank Pellegrino Jr. Looks Ahead to Food University
    We’ve already spoken with culinary director Bradford Thompson and pastry chef François Payard about their participation in the upcoming Food University in Las Vegas, in which world-renowned chefs and culinary experts will be teaching hands-on...

  • How to Bring Mardi Gras Home
    Mardi Gras is one of the only holidays that’s only observed in one part of the country. It also happens to be one of the only holidays that’s core objective is to have as good a time as humanly possible. And although you can’t carouse...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 14
    Believe it or not, we were down the final four going into Wednesday night’s episode, which began with the chefs still reeling from the elimination of their apparently presumed front-runner, Stefan. They disembarked in Alaska, freezing, and were...

  • Rockaway Beach’s Surfside Bagels to Reopen Post-Sandy on Monday, February 11
    Hurricane Sandy, which swept through New York City days before Halloween last year, left untold devastation in its wake, and each person affected by it has a different story to tell. The city, especially its coastal areas including Coney Island, Red Hook...

  • Girl Scout Cookie Day Truck Set to Take Over New York City
    Friday, Feb. 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day, the day that millions of people all across the country look forward to, when the Girl Scouts of America are finally out in full force, selling their beloved Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and other now-...

  • Amsterdam Falafelshop Expanding Rapidly
    Since opening in Washington, D.C. eight years ago, Amsterdam Falafelshop has become somewhat of an institution in the nation’s capital. Run by founders Scott and Arianne Bennett, their unique recipe for the popular vegan Middle Eastern fried balls...

  • 15 Foods That Are Difficult to Eat (but Worth It)
    We’ve all been there — staring down a big, steaming plate of snow crab legs or lobster, or any one of a number of delicious-looking foods, ready to dig in… but with absolutely no idea where to start, or how to get at the actual edible...

  • The Top 10 Most Memorable Fast-Food Commercials
    Commercials for fast food are simply inescapable. We see them almost every time we watch television, flaunting their glossy burgers, fries, shakes, and whichever other product du jour they’re looking to hype up. Oftentimes these advertisements go in...

  • François Payard on Food University, Cooking Class Philosophy
    When Food University comes to Caesars Palace from March 27 to 29, some of the country’s top chefs will all be brought together under one (very large) roof. Duff Goldman, Alex Stratta, and Frank Pellegrino Jr. will all be teaching classes, along with...

  • 7-Eleven Going Healthy?
    When we think of 7-Eleven, we usually think of Slurpees, Slim Jims, and a quasi-magical-looking heated rolling contraption full of hot dogs and far more mysterious deep-fried items. But that’s apparently an image that the company is actively trying...

  • The Interview: Chef Sean Chaney
    Chef Sean Chaney, the chef and owner of Hermosa Beach, Calif.'s Hot’s Kitchen, isn’t a household name, at least not yet, anyway. But he’s been in the news lately in a big way: he’s openly defying California’s ban on foie...

  • Unreal Candy: On a Mission to 'Unjunk the World'
    A new candy company has introduced five new varieties of candy that very closely mimic some well-known products, but with several major differences: There’s no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oil, no GMOs, no synthetic colors, and all ingredients are...

  • Chefday: Delivering Chef’s Signature Dishes to Your Door
    There are a handful of companies out there that deliver everything you need to cook a great meal directly to your front door, but none are quite like Chefday, a Brooklyn-based startup that is currently delivering to New York City. Every single ingredient...

  • Ibérico Fresco Makes Its US Debut
    The Iberian pig used to create Ibérico Fresco is what some might consider to be a VIP: Very Important Pig. Bred in Andalusia, Spain, near the city of Córdoba, the pigs each have, on average, four acres in which to roam free, and they walk...

  • Sandwich of the Week: El Mago de las Fritas’ Frita Caballo
    We’ve written about El Mago de las Fritas on these pages before, but there’s no harm in bringing this beauty of a sandwich back to the forefront of our collective consciousness on occasion. Before we get into construction, though, a bit of...

  • Chef Bradford Thompson Looks Ahead to Food U
    Food University will be taking over Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 27 to 29, bringing some of the world’s top culinary minds together under one roof to helm a three-day extravaganza of culinary school-style experiences, the first Food...

  • Harvist Opens in Harlem
    It’s been a good couple of years for Harlem gourmands, as the New York City neighborhood has experienced a boom of high-end restaurants unofficially spurred by the opening of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster. The newest entry onto the scene,...

  • New York: Where to Eat While Watching the Super Bowl
    Plenty of bars are showing the Super Bowl in New York City (just about all of them, in fact), but what if you actually want to sit down and enjoy a meal while taking in the big game this weekend? While crowding in at the bar certainly has its charms (...

  • Where to Eat in New York City for Valentine’s Day
    Ah, Valentine’s Day. The most romantic of holidays, it’s also a day that lots of restaurants look to as a cash cow. Unknowing couples often book a reservation at a fancy restaurant only to be let down by excessive crowds and an underwhelming,...

  • Chef Ford Fry to Preview New Atlanta Restaurant in New York
    On Feb. 7, chef Ford Fry, the force behind powerhouse Atlanta restaurants The Optimist, JCT Kitchen, and No. 246, will be taking over the kitchen at "culinary salon" City Grit to preview the menu for his next Atlanta endeavor, King + Duke. The...

  • The World’s 10 Spiciest Hot Sauces
    Hot sauce — those two words alone can get some folks’ mouths watering, while they make others cringe. Some never leave home without a bottle of the stuff somewhere on their person; others fear even brief exposure to a pickled jalapeño...

  • Allumette Opens in Los Angeles
    A new small plates-oriented restaurant has opened in Echo Park, and it’s the first solo venture for chef Miles Thompson. He’s opened it along with owners Bill DiDonna and Charles Kelly, in the space last occupied by The Allston Yacht Club, at...

  • Heart-Shaped Dunkin’ Donuts Back for Valentine’s Day
    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Dunkin’ Donuts has brought back its popular heart-shaped donuts. For those looking to give something thoughtful but not too expensive to that special someone, this is certainly an easy way to bring a smile to...

  • Taco Bell Confirms Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos, Testing New 'Flamas' Flavor
    The premise seemed so simple: take a Dorito, expand it into a taco shell format, hand it over to Taco Bell and let them fill it with their unique brand of beefy goodness, and put it up for sale. The Doritos Locos Taco debuted March 8, 2012, and within 10...

  • Smoked Salmon, Bagels Recalled
    They’re two of the country’s most popular breakfast items, especially when paired with each other and some cream cheese: bagels and lox. So it's ironic and disconcerting that two individual recalls have separately called out both of those...

  • 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 13
    With Josie, the unofficial weakest link, eliminated last week after some exceptionally greasy fried chicken, we really entered the home stretch with this week’s episode. It was now down to the final five, and still anyone’s game. The episode...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, January 31, 2013
    In The Food Almanac, Tom Fitzmorris of the online newsletter The New Orleans Menu notes food facts and sayings. Days Until. . .  Mardi Gras--12 Valentine's Day--14 Wining Intensively In San Francisco, the twenty-second annual Zinfandel...

  • Fast-Food Menus: A Look Back
    It seems like all of our childhoods are tied together by one common denominator: a love of fast food. There’s something about a trip to McDonald’s that appeals to the kid in us, and the smell of a McDonald’s alone oftentimes brings back...

  • The World’s Most Expensive Pasta Sauce Debuts
    To celebrate 20 years in business, Dave’s Gourmet has released its White Truffle Marinara Sauce, which is selling for $1,000 and is being hailed as the world’s most expensive pasta sauce. The sauce, which is "handmade in Dave’s...

  • Sonic Debuts New $0.99 'Happy Hour'
    Sonic Drive-In has been offering a "Happy Hour" for some time now, in which all drinks and slushies are sold for 50 percent off between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every day. Well, now those drinks have some edible company, as four items have joined them...

  • Oficina Latina: The New York Stop on the Pan-American Highway
    Oficina Latina quietly opened its doors in October, 2010 in New York’s Nolita neighborhood (on Prince Street between Mott and Elizabeth Streets), and it’s offering up some seriously hearty, authentic fare influenced by stops along the Pan-...

  • Pizza Hut to Give 'Something' Away for Free February 5
    "Hut" is a word that’s said many times over the course of a football game, usually uttered by the quarterback one or two times before "Hike!" sets the play in motion. The folks over at Pizza Hut have apparently been searching for...

  • Taste Test: Weight Watchers Smart Ones’ New Products
    Weight Watchers Smart Ones has come out with a few new products geared toward those looking to eat healthy but who still want to enjoy something borderline unhealthy every once in a while. We decided to sample their newest offerings, spicy chicken sliders...

  • Brian Malarkey: A Man with a Plan
    Up until a few years ago, Brian Malarkey was best known as a competitor on Top Chef: Miami. But in the past two years he’s opened five restaurants in San Diego, has an astonishing 15 more in the works, and he hosted ABC’s The Taste alongside...

  • White Castle Now Accepting Valentine’s Day Reservations
    White Castle is just about the last place you’d expect to find couples celebrating the most romantic holiday of the year, but it’s in fact quite a popular destination on Valentine’s Day. For the past several years the chain has pulled...

  • Do Mario Batali’s Restaurants Have a Department of Health Buzzer?
    The restaurant industry is buzzing with an intriguing rumor started by an article in Sunday’s New York Post. It claims that Chef Mario Batali has installed a system in all the restaurants he owns with partner Joe Bastianich that’s designed...

  • Sandwich of the Week: The Golden West's Short Rib
    In 2010, chef Dennis Leary opened his third eatery in San Francisco. But unlike his other restaurants, Canteen and The Sentinel, The Golden West is just a small take-away window, and it’s only open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday. The menu...

  • New App Designed to Translate Restaurant Menus
    It’s an unfortunate situation that just about every foreign traveler has encountered: You take your seat at a restaurant, ready to sample some of its traditional favorites, only to be handed a menu that’s impossible for you to read. After...

  • Top Chef’s Sarah Grueneberg Hosting Global Fund for Children Charity Event at Chicago’s Spiaggia
    Chef Sarah Grueneberg, best known for her impressive run on 2012’s Top Chef: Texas and for her current position as head chef at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants, Spiaggia, will be hosting a charity dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 31 to...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Organic Raisin Bran Clusters Cereal
    The Trader Joe’s answer to Post’s Raisin Bran was the subject of this week’s taste test by our panel of food experts. The box’s side panel displays that this Raisin Bran contains 5 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving...

  • Subway Responds to 'Footlong' Controversy, Will Make Sure Sandwiches Are 12 Inches
    Last week, an intrepid Australian teen did something that, shockingly, nobody had ever thought to do before: he actually measured a Subway "Footlong" sub. To his dismay, the sandwich’s length fell short by a full inch from what was...

  • Panera Bread Reveals New 'Hidden' Menu
    Panera Bread, the Missouri-based quick-casual restaurant chain launched in 1981, has experienced some explosive success in recent years, largely due to its image as a health-conscious establishment (they were the first company in the industry to...

  • Happy Burns Night!
    Tonight marks Burns Night, an evening of poetry, whisky, and eating of one of the most frightening and misunderstood foods known to man: haggis. In Scotland it’s as popular as any holiday, but in the United States it’s often a source of...

  • The Interview: Chef Brandon McGlamery
    Winter Park, Fla., might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of top-notch dining, but chef Brandon McGlamery is changing that. McGlamery honed his skills at restaurants like The French Laundry, Chez Panisse and Delfina in...

  • Which Chain Has the Cheapest Wings?
    With temperatures dropping and the Super Bowl right around the corner, carnivores across the country are turning their attention to one of the most indulgent, fan-friendly, and popular snack foods in the country: wings, and Buffalo wings in particular....

  • Controversial 'Gestation Crates' Eliminated from IHOP, Applebee’s Supply Chains
    There are plenty of horrifying things that go on in the places that supply meat to our restaurants and kitchen tables, and two major chains, IHOP and Applebee’s, have vowed to remove one of them entirely from their supply chains: gestation crates....

  • Two Boots Pizza Expanding to Nashville, Tennessee
    Two Boots Pizza took New York City by storm when it first opened in the East Village in 1987. Its unique style of pizza — authentic New York with a Cajun kick (the "two boots" are Italy and Louisiana) quickly caught on in the city, and an...

  • Student Chef Wins S.Pellegrino’s Northeast Regional Almost Famous Chef Competition
    At Jan. 23’s regional competition of the S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, eight culinary students from all over the northeast United States cooked up one signature dish in a timed cook-off, presented their dishes to a group of judges...

  • Fish McBites Coming to a McDonald’s Near You
    Some secret new menu items are in the process of being rolled out at McDonald’s nationwide, and the first was announced Wednesday, Jan. 23: Fish McBites. Made from Alaska pollock, the McBites will come in three sizes: Snack (3 ounces), Regular (5...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 12
    As we came off last week’s surprising Restaurant Wars elimination of Kristen, six chefs remained as Top Chef: Seattle officially headed into the home stretch. Sheldon was riding high after two wins in a row, and just about every other remaining chef...

  • Domino’s France Rolls Out Goat Cheese-Honey Pizza
    Hot on the heels of the crazy new "Double Sensation" pizza being released by Pizza Hut in Singapore, its chief competitor, Domino's, has gone and rolled out a new offering that, while not quite as crazy, is sure to make plenty of folks...

  • The 5 Craziest McDonald’s Pies
    Major fast-food chains have global reach, and in most cases they tailor their menus to incorporate local tastes and cultures. In Japan, for example, Burger King sells a Premium Black Kuro Burger with squid ink-flavored ketchup, and in India, where a large...

  • 'The Taste,' New Food Competition Show, Debuts on ABC
    A new competitive cooking show has come to ABC, and if you’re familiar with The Voice, you’ll be quite familiar with its format. In the debut episode (Jan. 22, 8 p.m. ET), a motley crew of prospective contestants vie for one of the 16...

  • Tofu Coming to Chipotle
    Carnitas, barbacoa… tofu? There’s a new player in town when it comes to protein options at Chipotle, according to the Associated Press, and it starts with a "t" and ends in "fu." Yes, that Japanese soy-based meat...

  • The Imitation Calamari Controversy: Real or Hoax?
    "This American Life" is one of the most popular radio shows out there, and when it broaches the subject of what we eat (or, more accurately in this case, what we think we’re eating), people listen up. Folks certainly took notice after...

  • Is a Brooklyn Five Guys the Barclays Center’s First Casualty?
    Five Guys Burgers and Fries is one of the most rapidly-growing fast-casual chains out there, with $950 million in sales in 2011, a 32.8 percent increase from the year before, according to QSR. So when they decided to open a sprawling, 5,000-square-foot...

  • Fading Favorites: 11 Dishes Disappearing From Menus
    If you were to travel back in time 50 years and visit a restaurant, be it a high-end French bistro or a grubby roadside truck stop, a glance at the menu would most likely send your head spinning. Menus are ever-evolving creatures, and even in the past 20...

  • Chipotle Offering Free Entrée in Super Bowl Promotion
    Chipotle, the chain best known for its gargantuan burritos, is offering a quality promotion this year that could set you up with a free entrée. Here’s the deal: If you buy six or more burritos on Super Bowl Sunday and come back with your...

  • The Interview: Chef Mark Simmons
    After making waves on Top Chef, chef Mark Simmons is now running an under-the-radar Brooklyn restaurant that's become a neighborhood gem. Born and raised on a sheep farm in the town of Invercargill, New Zealand, his interest in cooking developed at a...

  • Philadelphia Restaurant Offering a Bacon Taco-Shell Burger
    So, it’s come to this. In an age when it seems as if everything has been "baconified" in one way or another, one Philadelphia bar and restaurant, PYT, has gone and done something that’s equal parts brilliant and horrifying: they...

  • Popcorn, Indiana Launches New “Fit” Line
    Popcorn, Indiana, best known for its kettle corn and chocolate-covered offerings, has released a new line of “Fit” popcorn in three creative flavors, and each contains only 40 calories per cup. The popcorn is light and won’t leave your...

  • Cookie Casa Bakery Opening in Los Angeles
    Cookie Casa Bakery, which for the past 11 years has developed a following among agencies and studios for its high-quality delivered baked goods, will be opening up a Mid-City storefront on February 13th. Launched by chef Erin Zabel out of a...

  • Duff Goldman, François Payard on Board for Las Vegas ‘Food University’
    Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Food University in Las Vegas, an epic culinary adventure that will be taking place at Caesars Palace from March 27th to 29th. With iconic TV host Robin Leach as master of ceremonies, along with co-host Claudine P...

  • Recap: Top Chef: Seattle, Episode 11
    This week’s episode brought us Part Two of Restaurant Wars, as seven chefs remained to build two restaurants, with two fully realized concepts, from scratch:  Sheldon’s team included Josh and Stefan (his third chosen assistant, Micah, got...

  • Planters Rolls Out Honey BBQ, Roasted Onion Flavors
    It was fifty years ago that Planters introduced Americans to the dry-roasted peanut, and to celebrate they’ve launched two new flavors: Honey BBQ and Roasted Onion and Garlic.  Back in 1963 the folks at the peanut company discovered a way to...

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Expanding to Southern California
    Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the fastest-growing quick-service chains in the world, but one market has so far eluded them: California. Surprisingly, not all of America yet runs on Dunkin’. But that’s about to change: the company today...

  • Loveless Café Hosting Valentine’s Day in NYC
    The Loveless Café is one of the finest restaurants in Nashville, and the team behind the legend is getting some love from our friends up in New York City. Executive Chef Bart Pickens has been selected to cook up the Valentine’s Day meal at...

  • Sbarro Unveils the 'Skinny Slice'
    Sbarro, the New York-based pizza chain with locations all over the world, has introduced their newest offering, which makes it apparent that they’re jumping on the bandwagon of fast-food joints slimming down their product line with healthy (or, more...

  • A Vegan Mars? That’s What PETA’s After
    PETA has long been known as an advocate for a vegan lifestyle here on Earth, but now they’re attempting to spread their influence to parts yet unknown. The group, led by Ingrid Newkirk (who made our list of the 50 most powerful people in food for...

  • Organic Farming Up Threefold Since 1999, Study Finds
    A report released today by the Worldwatch Institute finds that organic farming across the globe is on the rise, and in a major way. The world’s organic farms now encompass 37 million hectares (a threefold increase from 1999 levels) and 84 countries...

  • Taco Bell Launching New Dollar Menu
    Fast-food chain Taco Bell is currently testing out a new "Cravings" dollar menu in two test markets, Knoxville, Tenn., and Fresno, Calif., according to Brand Eating. The new menu, which will feature products in five categories (Beefy, Cheesy,...

  • A New Ailment: 'Sushi Elbow'?
    After more than 20 years of preparing sushi at Washington, D.C. restaurants Kaz Sushi Bistro and Oh Fish!, chef Kaz Okochi has come down with an interesting ailment, according to The Washington Post: Sushi Elbow. Or, more accurately, tendinitis brought on...

  • The 'Hot Dog King of Chicago' Takes on Hawaii
    For those participating in the Sony Open, the golfing event that comes to Waialae Country Club in Honolulu every year, a visit to Ira Helfer is one of the highlights of the experience. No, he’s not doing deep-tissue massage, roasting kalua pigs, or...

  • Hot Dog Carts, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Featured in New New York City-Themed Cruise Ship
    Ah, the familiar sights and sounds of a cruise ship: the pool, the water slide, the steel drums, the endless buffet… the hot dog cart? Launching in May, the New York-based Norwegian Breakaway will provide one of the most ubiquitous of New York...

  • Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert Match Wits at Sandy Benefit
    At the star-studded Shame on Sandy benefit event in New York’s Meatpacking District Saturday night, top names in the food and entertainment industries had the opportunity to get up on stage and show off some skills in a talent show. Mario Batali...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Chaps’ The Raven
    Chaps Charcoal Restaurant in Baltimore is one of those places that you might have seen on TV. The restaurant, which began as a tiny shack in 1987 and has since grown into a regional institution, has been featured on shows like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives...

  • Chef Hal Holden-Bache is Breaking New Ground at Lockeland Table
    Hal Holden-Bache, the chef/ owner at Lockeland Table, which opened in August 2012, has spent time at some of the city’s finest restaurants, including The Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel and The Eastland Café. Owning a restaurant...

  • Video: Jon Bonnell On His Book 'Texas Favorites'
    Chef Jon Bonnell stopped by The Daily Meal headquarters to discuss his new book, Texas Favorites, and it’s a major turnaround from his previous book, Fine Texas Cuisine. “This is geared toward the home cook, something everybody can do,”...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Whole Foods’ house brand, 365, makes some rather interesting chocolate chip cookies. On the outside, they look like any other cookie, albeit with far fewer chocolate chips. But when our panel of tasters bit into them, most responded with a "hmm...

  • Pacific Bluefin Tuna Population Down 96 Percent, Study Finds
    Contrary to popular belief, the Pacific bluefin tuna and Atlantic bluefin tuna are two completely different species. Also contrary to accepted wisdom, the Pacific population is in far worse shape than the Atlantic, and in far worse shape in general: in...

  • Sirena Opening January 17 in Los Angeles
    A new Italian restaurant called Sirena will be opening Jan. 17 at 8265 Beverly Blvd. (between North Harper and North Sweetzer Avenues) in Los Angeles, in the space long-occupied by Pane e Vino, which closed after 20 years in the building back in 2011....

  • Shark Fin Soup’s Dangerous Chinese Replacement
    Shark fin soup is well-established as one of the cruelest, most senseless dishes ever served. Sharks are grabbed from the water, their fins are cut off, and then they are tossed back in and left to die. There’s been an effort underway worldwide to...

  • Shame on Sandy: The Stars Come Out for Hurricane Relief
    A variety show for the ages will be taking place Saturday night, Jan. 12, in New York City and it’s for a great cause. Shame on Sandy will bring together some of the country’s top chefs and personalities, and they’ll be performing and...

  • The Interview: Chef Tony Mantuano
    Chef Tony Mantuano was born in Wisconsin but got his start in Italy, where he worked at several of the country’s Michelin-starred restaurants. In 1984 he opened Spiaggia in Chicago, which remains the city’s only four-star Italian restaurant,...

  • 'KATSU' Takes on Detroit
    Katsu is a popular Japanese dish in which a pork cutlet is breaded and fried, sometimes topped with curry sauce. It also happens to be the name of an infamous New York-based graffiti artist, and he’s apparently expanded his territory to Chicago....

  • First 'Mutzfest' Coming to Hoboken, New Jersey, January 20
    Hoboken, N.J., is a city that’s famous for many reasons. Its waterfront offers some of the best views of New York City, it’s the birthplace of Frank Sinatra (and baseball), the Cake Boss is there, and Washington Street is one of the most...

  • Murder Charge in Child’s Chili Powder Death
    Some sad food-related news to report today, as earlier this week a 2-year-old girl died after suffering a seizure brought on by ingesting chili powder. While little additional information is forthcoming, the girlfriend of the girl’s father, 21- year...

  • Cherrywood Kitchen, Corvo Bianco Opening Soon in New York
    There are two large-scale restaurant openings in the works in New York City, with one coming to SoHo and the other going into a space that for years was one of the city’s top Latin restaurants. The first, Cherrywood Kitchen, will be opening in March...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 10
    It was down to the final eight as we headed into last night’s episode. It got off to a running start, as Wolfgang Puck showed up to tell the chefs that for the Quickfire they’d be working with ginger. They were given the opportunity to cook...

  • More Small Fast Food Chains Coming to Supermarkets, Rest Stops
    Fast-food chains are finding more and more ways to work themselves into every aspect of our society, and they’ve found a new host to sink their claws into: supermarkets and big-box stores. Massive chains including Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and...

  • New Invention Alert: The 'HAPIfork'
    The Consumer Electronics Show takes over Las Vegas every year at this time, and it’s a place where wide-eyed inventors can show off their newest creations. There are always a few food-related electronic inventions that come out of the woodwork, and...

  • The Food Tank, a New Food Think Tank, Launches
    Most of what we know about worldwide hunger is wrong, according to Ellen Gustafson. Her and Danielle Nierenberg, two longtime food activists, have partnered to launch The Food Tank, with the goal of not only educating the public about the real-world...

  • Batali, Bastianich Opening New Los Angeles Italian Restaurant
    Eater LA is reporting today that the team of chef Mario Batali, restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and Nancy Silverton — the team behind Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, and Mozza2Go — will be opening their fourth Los Angeles restaurant next month,...

  • Comté: It’s About the Microflora
    This week, the Comté Cheese Association (CIGC) partnered with Wine and Spirits magazine to host a "Taste of Terroir" cheese tasting, the first of its kind in the U.S. At the tasting, four Comtés, aged the same amount of time but...

  • Slow Food USA Gets a New Executive Director
      Since launching in 2001, Slow Food USA has been advocating for easy food access, biodiversity, and the right of everyone, everywhere to access quality, wholesome food. They were at the vanguard of the local food and farmers' market movements...

  • Measure to Label Genetically Modified Foods Heading to Ballot in Washington
    Come November, there will be a measure on ballots in Washington State that will require every product sold — whether packaged items of fruits and vegetables — that is in some way genetically modified to include a label letting the consumer...

  • Gordon Ramsay Expands Las Vegas Empire
    Chef Gordon Ramsay appears to be on a mission to conquer Las Vegas. The chef, whose Michelin-starred restaurants in London and New York along with shows including Kitchen Nightmares have put him on the map and officially attained him celebrity-chef status...

  • Wings: Coming to a McDonald’s Near You?
    Chicken sandwiches, Chicken McNuggets, and other chicken-based items have proven to be quite popular options for McDonald’s customers, and the fast-food giant is exploring adding a new chicken item to their menu: wings. If it sounds like a logical...

  • The World’s Smallest Restaurants
    While every city has its grand, luxurious dining rooms, packing in hundreds of hungry diners each night, there are also plenty of restaurants on the other end of the spectrum, which serve meals to only a handful of guests at a time, and in some instances...

  • On-Trend: Cooking Over an Open Fire
    While it might sound a bit silly to say that something humans have been doing for thousands of years — cooking over an open fire — is "trendy," it’s indeed something that more and more restaurants (in addition to campers) have...

  • Mario Batali’s Food and Drink Predictions for 2013
    Mario Batali: Chef, impresario, soothsayer? The celebrity chef sat down with Kate Krader and shared some of his predictions on what we might expect to rise in popularity when it comes to eating and drinking in 2013. Here’s what he had to say: "...

  • 489-Pound Tuna Sells for $1.76 Million in Japan
    A bluefin tuna weighing nearly 500 pounds was auctioned off Saturday, Jan. 5 in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, and the winner paid a record 155.4 million yen (about $1.77million) for it, making it the most expensive tuna ever sold. According to The...

  • Big Changes Ahead for Sonic Drive-In
    Sonic Drive-In, which has 3,549 restaurants in 43 states, is making a few changes. In order to appeal to a wider national audience, they’re vastly increasing their national TV advertising budget, permanently adding a few new items to the menu, and...

  • Americans Snacking More Than Ever, Survey Shows
    A new study carried out by The Hartman Group has painted an interesting picture of Americans’ snacking behaviors and their attitudes toward eating between meals, MediaPost reports. While the findings aren’t necessarily shocking — just...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Bar Gernika Basque Pub’s Lamb Grinder
    Boise, Idaho, might not be the place you’d expect to find a traditional Basque pub, nor one of the best sandwiches in existence. But there they are, right on South Capitol Boulevard. There’s actually quite a large Basque population in Boise....

  • Who The Food World Lost in 2012
    In 2012, the culinary world lost some bright lights. From well-known filmmakers and inventors of foods we know and love to the founder of Sbarro Pizza, no branch of the culinary world was spared. Click Here for Who The Food World Lost in 2012 Slideshow...

  • New Menu Items Coming to Dunkin’ Donuts
    Hot on the heels of new offerings from Burger King and Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts announced via press release yesterday that they have a few new menu items up their sleeve as well. First, Dark Hot Chocolate, a richer version of their traditional hot...

  • North Carolina BBQ Restaurant Donates Sales to Mental Health Organization
    After the shooting at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, many called for better mental health resources as a potential way to prevent future similar occurrences from happening. One restaurant owner in Durham, N.C., took that to heart,...

  • NYChilifest Taking Over New York’s Chelsea Market
    The third annual NYChilifest will be taking place inside New York City’s Chelsea Market on the evening of Jan. 27, and it’s much more than just a bunch of people handing out chili. The festival is the brainchild of butcher Jake Dickson, who...

  • Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Lemongrass Chicken Stix
    Trader Joe’s (or more accurately, Thai Joe’s) Lemongrass Chicken Stix take a crunchy outer layer and fill it with a combination of ground chicken, cabbage, ginger, and lemongrass. Our intrepid taste-testers heated up a package of 10, which...

  • It’s National Meat Month!
    Did you know that January is National Meat Month? Well it is, and it allows us to take a look at the amount of meat we eat, and also provides us with an excuse for eating even more than usual. And while the leftovers from the holiday roasts are beginning...

  • America’s Unhealthiest Fast-Food Items
    Quick: which fast-food sandwich do you think has more fat and calories, a McDonald’s Big Mac or Wendy’s Asiago Ranch Chicken Club? If you guessed the Big Mac, you’d be wrong by nearly 10 grams of fat and almost 200 calories. Read More:...

  • Paris’ Oldest Bakery Closes
    The oldest bakery in Paris, Au Richelieu Boulangerie, will be closing soon thanks to a landlord who’s doubling the rent. The bakery, which opened around the corner from the Louvre in 1810, has been a beloved institution best known for its baguettes...

  • Subway Rolling Out 'Creamy Sriracha Sauce'
    Sriracha, the spicy Asian-inspired hot sauce that’s found its way into pantries across the nation in recent years, is making its fast-food debut. It’s been spotted in at least one outpost of the Subway sandwich shop chain in California, and...

  • Now Open: Cake Boss Café in New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal
    Cake Boss Café, from baker/ cake decorator Buddy Valastro (best known from TLC’s hit show Cake Boss) officially opened Wednesday morning inside New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal. The offshoot of the famed Carlo’s Bakery in...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 9
    The competition is heating up as only nine chefs remained heading into last night’s episode. This is the time of the season when we finally start to get to know these chefs on a first-name basis, and front-runners emerge. This season, though, it...

  • Study Links Fructose with Overeating, Obesity
    A new study has shown that the consumption of fructose, the type of sugar most often found in processed foods, may lead to overeating and obesity. According to The Huffington Post, researchers have found that when a beverage containing glucose, a simpler...

  • Chumley’s Reconstruction Finally Entering Next Phase
    The building that was the longtime home of legendary speakeasy Chumley’s, in New York City's Greenwich Village, suffered a partial collapse back in 2007. Now, after years of political wrangling and stalled construction, the site has been deemed...

  • 'Dairy Cliff' Averted
    As negotiations to avert the "fiscal cliff" ramped into high gear, one bill that was up for renewal, the Farm Bill, was getting a long look. The expired 2008 bill provided farmers with food stamps, subsidies, disaster aid, and protection from...

  • Restaurant Critic Roundup: The New York Times Ventures Into New Jersey
    The new year starts off with a handful of new restaurant reviews from all corners of the country, including a rare excursion into New Jersey by The New York Times’ Pete Wells. Venturing across the Hudson into Jersey City, he awards two stars to...

  • Anthony Bourdain Releases New Edition of 'Kitchen Confidential'
    When Anthony Bourdain released his memoir Kitchen Confidential in 2000, he was still an unknown chef running the kitchen at New York’s Les Halles. The book, which soon found itself on The New York Times best-seller list, rocketed the chef to stardom...

  • Joe’s Pizza Opening Second New York City Shop Near Union Square
    Joe’s Pizza, widely regarded as one of the best slice joints in New York City, will be taking over the space last occupied by Naked Pizza, on 14th Street just west of Third Avenue. The windows have been papered over at the new location, and an...

  • Woman Suing Shake Shack After Dog Injury
    Shake Shack, restaurateur Danny Meyer’s super-popular New York-based burger and hot dog chain, is finding itself in some hot water this week thanks to a woman who claims that she was knocked over by a dog at the Upper East Side location — and...

  • Louisiana Crawfish: Back in Season Early!
    It’s the time of year that fans of shellfish and Cajun cooking look forward to most: crawfish season. It’s begun earlier than usual this year thanks in part to the Super Bowl taking place in New Orleans, according to the Times-Picayune, and...

  • Burger King Rolling Out New Menu Items
      There are a few new items heading for the menu at Burger King in 2013, and GrubGrade has spotted some of them. First, there’s the Molten Fudge Bites and Sundae, a chocolaty concoction of gooey nuggets resembling Dunkin’...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Pork Slope’s Brisket Sandwich
    Through his appearances on two seasons of Top Chef, his time in the kitchen at New York’s acclaimed Buddakan, and the resounding success of his Brooklyn restaurant Talde, one thing is certain: chef Dale Talde knows how way around good food. One...

  • Help Save Drake’s Bay Oyster Company!
    At least 30 percent of all the oysters harvested in California come from Drake’s Bay Oyster Company, an environmentally sustainable oyster farm on the shores of Drakes Estero, which is within the confines of the Point Reyes National Seashore near...

  • Donald Trump’s Jones Beach Catering Hall Project Axed
    It’s been a long six years for real estate mogul Donald Trump and his dream of putting a massive catering hall along the beach at Jones Beach, on Long Island’s South Shore. After seemingly endless litigation and negotiations, he finally got...

  • Soft Shell Crab Proposed for Maryland State Sandwich
    Did you know that the Maryland State dessert is something called the Smith Island Cake? And that the State exercise is walking? Well now you do, and soon there might be another State item joining the party: the soft shell crab, which just might end up...

  • 2012: The Year in Sandwiches
    Time marches on, but through it all, there is one constant: the sandwich. And this year we ate a lot of them. Click Here for 2012: The Year in Sandwiches Slideshow Our year in sandwiches started back in January, when we took a look at all the green chile...

  • What You Might Have Missed: 2012 in Eat/Dine
    There's a lot of great content that gets published on these pages every year, and we understand if on occasion you miss an article or two. But all is not lost: we went back and found some of our favorite articles and slideshows from the Eat/Dine...

  • At 7-Eleven, The New Focus is on Healthy Foods
    Quick: Name five food items you associate with 7-Eleven. Slurpees, chili dogs, nachos, Slim Jims and Pringles come to mind? You’re not alone. But over the past year the convenience store giant has been rolling out a full lineup of healthy, fresh...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Chickenless Nuggets
    The chicken nugget is a fairly simple item, or should be, at least. Some chicken, ground up with spices, formed into a patty, breaded, and fried. Dunked into some ketchup or barbecue sauce, it’s the one food that just about every kid will eat...

  • Joe Bastianich Working on TV Pilot Based on ‘Restaurant Man’
      When restaurateur Joe Bastianich released his memoir, “Restaurant Man,” earlier this year, it certainly made some waves in the hospitality community. It’s an honest, unflinching portrayal of Bastianich’s experience growing...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 8
    Ten chefs remained heading into this episode, in which we saw some oyster preparations, met some roller derby girls (and an angry, possibly drunk Josie), and saw probably the most gourmet jalapeno popper ever created. After waking up, the chefs were...

  • Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker Opening Whiskey Soda Lounge in Brooklyn
    Ever since famed Portland chef Andy Ricker opened Pok Pok Ny in the charming Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook earlier this year, there have been lines around the block to get in. It’ a small space that doesn’t hold too many people, and Ricker...

  • Café Society on the Rise in the UK
    If you ask the average person what they believe to be the most popular type of gathering spot in the UK, you’d most likely get the same response from just about everyone: the pub. But not so anymore, as legendary pubs close down left and right, to...

  • Grimaldi’s Opening in El Segundo, Calif.
    Grimaldi’s, the famous Brooklyn pizzeria that has recently been involved in a high-profile feud with a competitor in the neighborhood, is expanding all the way across the country, and will soon be opening an outpost in El Segundo, California. There...

  • Recipe-Inventing Computer in Development
      The folks over at IBM have long been known for their ability to create computers that do some amazing things. There was the one that competed on Jeopardy!, for example (Watson, left), and the one that could play (and win) chess. But the newest...

  • The Next Iron Chef: And the Winner Is…
    Spoiler Alert! The Food Network crowned its “Next Iron Chef” on Sunday night, and the much-deserved win went to Food Network regular (and fan favorite) Alex Guarnaschelli. In the finale of the eight-part series, Guarnaschelli battled it out...

  • Steak Prices On The Rise
    The worst Midwest drought in at least 25 years has significantly raised the price of beef across the country, according to the NY Post. The U.S. Agricultural Department claims that 80 percent of the region’s agricultural land has been affected by a...

  • Christmas Goose Making a Comeback
    The Christmas Goose is back. The bird, which was once a mainstay of Christmas dinners worldwide, is having a resurgence this year as more and more families are looking for an alternative to the usual turkey or ham. Retailers and farmers are claiming...

  • For First Time in 15 Years, Burger King Returns to France
    If you’ve found yourself in France with a hankering for a Whopper for the past 15 years, you would have found yourself out of luck. But not any more. The AP is reporting that Burger King, which has locations all across the world, has finally...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Phil’s BBQ’s El Toro Tri-Tip
    Phil’s is a barbecue joint in San Diego, but it’s a lot more than just that. It was rated one of the top ten restaurants in the city by Trip Advisor, and San Diego Magazine deemed its barbecue the city’s best. Its ribs, chicken, and...

  • The Best Food-Related Calendars for 2013
    While it might seem a bit quaint to have an actual hanging calendar in this age of iPhones and Outlook, there’s still room in every life (and every kitchen) for a good old-fashioned wall calendar. Click Here For The Best Food-Related Calendars for...

  • Coney Island: The Chains Are Coming
    National chains are on their way to Coney Island, according to neighborhood blog Amusing the Zillion. Applebee’s, Johnny Rockets, and frozen yogurt chain Red Mango have all signed leases on property on the north side of Surf Avenue, which is...

  • Pizza Hut Singapore's Crazy 'Double Sensation Pizza'
    Why is it that all the seriously wacky chain pizzas are released only internationally? A few months ago we did a roundup of the best fast food that you simply can’t get in America, and some oddball Pizza Hut creations made the list. There was the...

  • Cooking Light Magazine Makes Every Recipe Scannable
    Hitting newsstands Dec. 28, the January/February issue of Cooking Light magazine will be the very first to feature fully scannable recipes. So what does that mean, exactly, and how will that work? First, you’ll need to download the Digimarc...

  • Taste Test: Whole Foods’ 365 Lightly Salted Baked Potato Chips
    Everyone’s looking for a crunchy, salty, potato-y alternative to fattening chips these days, and we decided to sample the ones offered by Whole Foods’ house brand, 365. A 5-ounce bag sells for $2.99, and contains 2 grams of fat and 110...

  • Top Chef’s John Tesar Opens New Restaurant in Dallas
    For chef John Tesar, currently competing on Top Chef: Seattle, opening a seafood restaurant in Dallas was like coming home. "I grew up on the East End of Long Island, was a surfer and fisherman, and lived that life for many years," Tesar said...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 7
      As Top Chef: Seattle begins to separate the wheat from the chaff, the competition continues to get more interesting and is really bringing out the fighter in each chef. Season four winner Stephanie Izard showed up to introduce this episode's...

  • The Last-Minute Christmas and New Year's Eve Dining Guide
    It’s a conundrum we all face at some point: that big holiday meal that you just don’t want to cook. Two huge holidays are coming up, as you might have heard, and while cooking a big meal usually goes hand in hand with Christmas Eve a little...

  • Joe Bastianich Fights Smoking with Blueprint to Quit
    Joe Bastianich, restaurateur, Master Chef co-host, and business partner of chef Mario Batali, has teamed up with Blueprint to Quit, a customized program for quitting smoking, in order to help restaurant industry workers kick the habit, and not start up...

  • The Food Almanac: Thursday, December 20,2012
    In The Food Almanac, Tom Fitzmorris of the online newsletter The New Orleans Menu notes food facts and sayings. Days Until. . . Christmas--5 New Year's Eve--11 Make those reservations now! Today's Flavor Today is reported to be...

  • Eat Like Anne Hathaway
      Anne Hathaway. Actress. Singer. Icon. Vegan.   Yes, the world-famous actress, soon to become even more famous as Fantine in Les Miserables (in theaters Christmas Day), forgoes all animal-based foods. Read on to learn even more about her...

  • With Forkly, Now You Can 'Love' Your Favorite Restaurants
    Since launching in August 2011, Forkly has been providing restaurant lovers around the world with an attractive way to discover and share the best food and drink around, through an easy-to-use and easy-on-the-eyes iPhone app.  By focusing on...

  • Top Culinary Talent Set for Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend
      Looking for a food-fueled ski getaway this January? We’d recommend the Second Annual Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend, taking place in Beaver Creek, Colo., from Jan. 24 to 27, 2013. The roster of high-caliber chefs that will be in...

  • Devi Teams with Chef Charles Disanayke to Host Pop-Up Dinner Party
      Chef Charles Disanayke, who just last week won the coveted 2012 Food Experiments’ Grand Prize, partnered with Michelin-starred Manhattan Indian restaurant Devi last night to prepare a "pop-up" dinner party on the restaurant’s...

  • Massive Truffle Deposit Found in Southern Germany
      Der Spiegel is reporting that the forests of southwest Germany are hiding a giant stash of prized black truffles, enough to make the country a major player in the truffle exporting field. The discovery stems from a hunch five years ago, when...

  • New York’s Atera to Host Collaborative Dinner Series
      Atera, in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood, is quickly gaining renown as one of the finest, most creative restaurants in the city. Chef Matthew Lightner is the force behind this two-Michelin-starred powerhouse of a restaurant, and his 28-...

  • America’s Best Bagels
    It’s an indisputable fact that New York City is home to the best bagels in the country. Whether it’s the water used, the hundreds of years of history, or some magic spell, it’s nearly impossible to recreate the magic that is a New York...

  • Austin, Texas Restaurant Owner Makes Controversial Sandy Hook Shooting Comments, Yelp Rating Plummets
      The unthinkable tragedy that occurred last Friday in Newtown, Conn., has shocked the nation, causing an outpouring of sympathy from all corners of the country. One restaurant owner in Austin, Texas, however, made the unfortunate decision to post an...

  • Austin, Texas Restaurant Owner Makes Controversial Sandy Hook Shooting Comments, Yelp Rating Plummets
      The unthinkable tragedy that occurred last Friday in Newtown, Conn., has shocked the nation, causing an outpouring of sympathy from all corners of the country. One restaurant owner in Austin, Texas, however, made the unfortunate decision to post an...

  • International Culinary Center Announces 3 Scholarships for Spanish Culinary Arts Program
      New York’s International Culinary Center announced today the creation of three scholarships for the inaugural year of its Spanish Culinary Arts Program, which will train students in traditional and modern Spanish cuisine, culture, history,...

  • The Cookie Dunk Test
    What makes a cookie perfect for dunking? For most of us, this is a question that’s answered by our subconscious before we can even properly pronounce the word "chocolate." If it falls apart, it’s a dud. If it doesn’t absorb...

  • Golden Corral Food Poisoning Sickens 167
    Nearly 200 diners near Casper, Wyo., were affected by food poisoning last week, and the main culprit is the area's Golden Corral. Read More: 15 Notorious Food Scares The rapidly expanding North Carolina-based chain is best known for its buffets, which...

  • McDonald’s Urges Franchisees to Open on Christmas
      After seeing a 2.5 percent bump in November revenue largely due to many franchises being open on Thanksgiving, McDonald’s corporate has sent out a memo, leaked to AdAge, notifying franchise owners that they’re now expected to stay open...

  • Tostitos Rolls Out New Cantina Chips and Salsas
      When we open up a bag of Tostitos, by this point we know what to expect. Crispy tortilla chips, not too thin, not too thick — they're the standard-bearer when it comes to scooping up some salsa. But one thought that generally doesn’...

  • 'The Food Experiments' Take New York City
      Every year, amateur chefs from across the country gather together in just about every major city and duke it out as part of The Food Experiments. It’s a grueling trek spanning the entire country and even a jaunt over to Sweden, pitting...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A&A Coffee Shop’s Bacon Cheeseburger
    There’s something to be said for simplicity. Recently, burgers have become monstrosities, packing more than half a pound of meat and thousands of calories into artisanally produced buns, selling for more than 10 bucks, and leaving the diner...

  • America's Best Donut Shops
    Last year we took a look at the best donuts in just about every major American city. Our list included the classics, the new-wave, the dives, the places with lines around the block, the crazy ones, and the ones that you wouldn’t know were anything...

  • New York’s Thalassa Celebrates 10 Years
      For nearly 100 years, Fantis Foods, owned by the Makris family, has been importing high-quality Greek food into New York City. They owned a warehouse in the once-industrial neighborhood of Tribeca, and 10 years ago they realized that with their...

  • The Daily Meal's Year Of #PorkByFork Sweepstakes
    Oscar Mayer has long been known as the standard-bearer for hot dogs and cold cuts, and they’ve upped the ante even more with the recent release of their Carving Board series of turkey, roast beef, and ham. Some recent additions to that roster have...

  • Landlord Kills Tenant Over Pork Chops
      There most likely have been arguments in the past about the right way to cook a pork chop, but not many of them have led to murder. Fifty-five-year-old Thomas Matthew Hahn, of Holly Hill, Fla., who rented out most of his house to those recently...

  • Food Network Announces January Lineup
    Food Network’s January schedule has been released, and it’s full of interesting programming. The biggest standout of the bunch is Bobby Flay’s new show, Bobby's Dinner Battle, premiering Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. The network has...

  • Chef Marc Forgione Launches T-Shirt Line for Hurricane Sandy Relief
      Chef Marc Forgione, best known for his stellar restaurants and his current status as an Iron Chef on the popular Food Network show of the same name, wasn’t spared by Hurricane Sandy. His restaurants in downtown New York and Atlantic City, N.J...

  • Korilla BBQ Truck Giving Away Free Lunch Friday, December 14
    The good folks behind Best Buy and the super-popular New York City Korilla BBQ truck, which has been serving up Korean-influenced barbecue from their truck parked on 14th Street near Union Square for years, have decided to team up and hand out some free...

  • Evidence of 7,000-Year-Old Cheesemaking Discovered
      Back in the 1970s, a bunch of odd clay vessels were found in Northern Europe. Pocked with small holes, archaeologists could only guess what their original purpose was. But thanks to modern technology, according to a new report issued by the journal...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 6
    Twelve chefs were left as episode six began, and I feel like we’re really starting to get a feel for these chefs and what makes them tick.   Marilyn Hagerty, who rose to national prominence thanks to an earnest Olive Garden review that went...

  • Vermont Farmstead Cheese Acquires Castleton Crackers
    Two Vermont-produced specialty foods announced a partnership last week, as artisanal handmade cracker company Castleton Crackers was acquired by award-winning "Old World" cheese company Vermont Farmstead Cheese. "Vermont is currently home...

  • Vermont Farmstead Cheese Acquires Castleton Crackers
    Two Vermont-produced specialty foods announced a partnership last week, as artisanal handmade cracker company Castleton Crackers was acquired by award-winning "Old World" cheese company Vermont Farmstead Cheese. "Vermont is currently home...

  • Momofuku's Christina Tosi Rolling Out Pop-Up Food Truck
    It’s the ultimate 2012 food trend mashup: a pop-up cookie truck! Christina Tosi, best known as the pastry chef behind David Chang’s burgeoning Momofuku restaurant empire and the dessert shop Milk Bar, has partnered with American Express to...

  • Chowhound Unveils New Layout
      If you’re an avid fan of the food message board community Chowhound, which is nearly 20 years old, you might have experienced somewhat of a shock earlier this week upon visiting the popular site. It’s been completely redesigned, with an...

  • Seafood Fraud Rampant in New York City
    Seafood conservation and advocacy group Oceana has revealed a startlingly high rate of seafood fraud across the entire country. In Boston, 48 percent of all seafood is reportedly labeled as a different species in stores, restaurants, and sushi bars. In...

  • Brooklyn Brewery to Host the Food Experiments’ National Championship
      If you’re not familiar with The Food Experiments, now’s a great time to acquaint yourself. Over the past several weeks, the cook-off organization, led by Theo Peck and Nick Suarez, has been on a whirlwind tour of 16 cities, pitting more...

  • Butter, Cream Not on the Menu at New Washington, DC Restaurant
      Chef Robert Wiedmaier has made a name for himself in the Washington, D.C. area as a titan of Franco-Belgian cuisine. His newest restaurant, however, which opened in November, veers wildly from the cuisine of that neck of the woods, and is making...

  • New Food Magazine, Food Fanatics, Launches
      US Foods, the parent company of a handful of brands that sell everything from restaurant equipment to produce, has taken it one step further and launched their very own magazine. Called Food Fanatics, it also ties in with a robust new blog that...

  • New York City’s Historic Fraunces Tavern Needs $300,000 Post-Hurricane Sandy
      The oldest surviving structure in Manhattan is Fraunces Tavern, a building downtown on Pearl Street. It was the site of George Washington’s farewell address to his troops and is today maintained as a restaurant and museum. In a neighborhood...

  • Servers: Keep Your Insults to Yourself
    When news emerged last week that a server at a sports bar in Northern California identified his guests as "Fat Girls" on their receipt, it got us wondering what possesses a restaurant employee to enter in offensive nicknames when they know that...

  • Have $10,000? Rent Out a Lounge for New Year’s!
    Live in New York or Chicago, looking for something to do New Year’s Eve, and have at least 90 friends and a wheelbarrow-full of cash? Then you might just be the right person to take over The James Hotels’ bar and lounges in their New York and...

  • New App Brings $1 Dinner and Drink Specials to New York City
    In the crowded world of local deals apps, it’s not easy to stand out these days. It takes a lot of work to build an app and get it launched, but if nobody uses it, does it even have a reason to exist? Leloca, the newest New York-based local food-...

  • Upscale Caviar Bar Coming to Los Angeles International Airport
    When we think of caviar, we think of dainty ivory spoons, super-expensive tiny tins, and overpriced, opulent excess. We don’t necessarily associate it with flying the friendly skies. One restaurant is setting out to change that, though. Petrossian,...

  • Applebee’s Opens Its Greenest Restaurant Yet in New York City
      Applebee’s isn’t the first restaurant that comes to mind when we think of "going green" (not exactly sure who holds that title, actually), but they’re one step closer to claiming the title. Earlier this week, the 35th...

  • 'Emeril’s Florida' Coming to Cooking Channel
    Emeril Lagasse has been involved with Food Network since its earliest days, and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The Cooking Channel, Food Network’s sister network, announced this week that the legendary chef and TV personality will be...

  • The World’s Most Expensive Christmas Dinner?
      Wagyu beef, caviar, truffles, champagne, gold leaf — the most luxurious items in the world are in the process of being assembled by British chef Ben Spalding, and he’s selling a Christmas feast for four people for an astonishing £...

  • Holiday Food Basket Gift Guide: 8 Great Mail-Order Edibles
    Everyone loves food. Not everyone loves that striped sweater with the Christmas tree on it. See Holiday Food Basket Gift Guide: 8 Great Mail-Order Edibles Slideshow For that reason, we here at The Daily Meal believe that there’s no wiser gift than...

  • Top Critics Will Select World’s Top Restaurants for Foodie.com
      Glam Media, the company behind Foodie.com, has announced that they’ve brought on board some of the world’s most well-respected restaurant critics to discern the best restaurants in the world, to be featured on the food site.  ...

  • Fatburger to Open 10 New York Locations
      The burger boom has taken the country by storm in recent years, with high-end burger joints opening up all across the land. That hunger for top-notch burgers won’t be dying down anytime soon, especially in New York, where news broke this week...

  • Scientists Invent Coconut-Flavored Pineapples
    Piña coladas just got a little bit easier to make. For the past decade, scientists in Queensland, Australia, have been secretly toiling away in an underground bunker  above-ground lab, hard at work on achieving what many believed was...

  • Want to Smell Like Greasy Food?
    The olfactory universe was rocked this week when word came out that Pizza Hut, the ubiquitous fast-food chain, would be releasing a new fragrance called "Eau de Pizza Hut." More of a marketing gimmick than an actual product (it was developed in...

  • 'United States of Bacon' Coming to Destination America
    Bacon. It’s everywhere. And soon it will be featured even more on TV, on a new show called United States of Bacon, which will make its premiere on Destination America Dec. 30. You might remember the host, Todd Fisher, from his previous gig as host...

  • Eli Zabar Selling Menorah-Shaped Challah
    The Festival of Lights (aka Hanukkah) begins Saturday, Dec. 8 at sundown, and the traditional braided, eggy loaf of bread will most likely be making an appearance on plenty of dinner tables at some point during the eight-day celebration. While tradition...

  • Masaharu Morimoto Breaks Down a Tuna for Kikkoman Film Premiere
    Last night brought the premiere of a new short film about Kikkoman soy sauce to New York’s Tribeca Cinemas, with a special appearance by the Iron Chef himself, Masaharu Morimoto. Morimoto joined Masanao Shimada, president of Kikkoman USA, and...

  • Recap: 'Top Chef: Seattle,' Episode 5
    With 14 chefs remaining, Top Chef: Seattle hasn’t quite started to heat up yet. However, it’s already becoming clear that some chefs stand out from the pack. Stefan will most likely be in the finale (he was brought back from a previous season...

  • Los Angeles’ Burger Lounge Donates $35K to Hurricane Sandy Relief
    The Burger Lounge, a Los Angeles-based mini-chain of "burger concepts," has donated $35,000 to the Red Cross to assist in the ongoing relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. During the week of Nov. 12, 100 percent of all profits from two...

  • The Thomas Keller Gift Guide
      Thomas Keller, the renowned chef behind Napa’s The French Laundry and New York’s Per Se, has released a curated line of gift sets for the holidays. Ranging from the expensive to the very expensive, they’re a faithful...

  • Cabot Creamery Launches Holiday Dinner Party Contest
      If you live in New York and have enough room in your apartment for 10 friends, then listen up: the folks at Cabot Cheddar want to hook you up with a fully catered party, with the theme of your choice, absolutely free. Until midnight on Dec. 31,...

  • McRib to Return December 17
      Christmas is coming early for millions of fans of processed pork this year, as McDonald’s announced this week that its divisive McRib sandwich will be making its yearly return Monday, Dec. 17. The sandwich, which slathers a pre-formed "...

  • Burger King Selling 55-Cent Whoppers
      Fifty-five years ago, a legend was born. In 1957, Jim McLamore, who had recently taken over a struggling burger chain named Insta Burger King, noticed that big hamburgers were selling well at a rival restaurant, so he decided to add one to the menu...

  • Eataly Launches Online Store
    Since opening its doors in August, 2012 in the heart of Manhattan, Eataly, owned by chef Mario Batali and partners Joe and Lidia Bastianich, has taken a rightful place atop the throne of Italian culinary greatness. The 50,000-square-foot emporium is an...

  • Drought, Politics Key Factors in Serious Cattle Shortage
      The U.S. is in the midst of a serious cattle shortage. The national herd is at an all-time low, and feedlot population is down 12.5 percent. Back in 1975, there were 132 million heads of cattle; now there are less than 91 million. Why is this...

  • Mitt Romney’s Boston Market Thanksgiving
    It’s been an interesting few weeks for presidential also-ran Mitt Romney, as the man who’s been essentially running for office for the past six years now wakes up in the morning without a plan. Apparently, that also involved not having much of...

  • Heston Blumenthal Eyeing New York?
      It started with a tweet. Last week, Food and Travel editor Guy Woodward tweeted out: "Rumour is that Heston Blumenthal will open a restaurant in one of Mandarin Oriental's US hotels — maybe next year. My money's on New York....

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