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 some of the most outrageous-sounding brunch dishes out there: the chicken biscuit (a homemade buttermilk biscuit topped with crunchy fried chicken, melted Cheddar, crispy bacon, and a blanket of country-style sausage gravy), French toast topped with a Jack & Coke syrup, "Back to Bed Mac & Cheese," (pasta shells in béchamel with Cheddar and bacon and a soft-centered egg baked on top), egg-white frittata, and a Kentucky hot brown.
Foodie Fresh visits Charlotte, N.C.’s Roasting Company, and is a big fan of their crisp-skinned roast chicken and cornbread.
Down in New Orleans, Blackened Out checks out Mr. B’s Bistro, and has what appears to be a pretty unspectacular meal. They try the gumbo, duck spring rolls, paneed veal, and barbecue shrimp, and have plenty of disparaging things to say about the offerings.
Bella Vivere dropped into one of Atlanta-based mini-chain Grecian Gyro’s outposts, and tried the gyro, steak wrap, and Grecian potatoes. They rated the food five out of five, so they must be doing something right.
In Los Angeles, Gourmet Pigs snagged a spot at Connie Tran's BEP Vietnamese Kitchen, which will be popping up at 11:30 a.m. every other Sunday at Franco on Melrose. The brunch costs $37, and includes an eggy porridge, burrata and star fruit salad, grilled beef and catfish, braised pork, and grilled prawns.