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  • A Rare History of the Steakhouse

    09/23/2019 6:09:12 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 92 replies
    History ^ | August 24, 2014 | Stephanie Butler
    Steak and potatoes, creamed spinach, a stiff drink: the menu at your average steakhouse hasn’t changed for over 100 years. Americans flock to these palaces of meat, whether they’re upscale chains or a neighborhood spot whose décor hasn’t changed since the Reagan administration. Despite some falls in consumption in recent years due to price increases and health concerns, steak is still a very big deal in America. This week we’ll take a look at the steakhouse, an American institution. Our modern steakhouse has two direct ancestors, the beefsteak banquet and the chophouse. Both arose, interestingly enough, in mid-19th century New...
  • In Praise of Free Refills

    08/26/2019 9:26:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | August 22, 2019 | Rob Long
    A hot day in a foreign country. You sit at a café. You order something to drink. You get 350 milliliters of liquid — roughly four thirsty sips, if you want to be technical — and if you’re still dry you need to order another 350 milliliters of whatever it was you were drinking, and they will keep track, and you will pay for each 350-milliliter installment.
  • The Most Expensive Restaurants on Earth

    07/06/2019 5:35:51 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 35 replies
    The Daily Meal ^ | 21 June 2019 | Dan Myers
    Photo gallery plus commentary.
  • Connecticut restaurant forced to close after fluids from dead body drip through ceiling, police say

    06/12/2019 7:07:14 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    WINDSOR, Conn. - A restaurant in Connecticut was forced to close last month after authorities reportedly discovered fluids from a dead body upstairs dripping through the ceiling. Authorities on May 29 were called to an apartment located above the Siam Corner Thai Kitchen & Pho restaurant to perform a welfare check on the man who lived there, according to a police report obtained by WFSB. A neighbor along with the owner of a nearby barbershop had told authorities that the man hadn't been seen in several days. When police arrived, an employee from the restaurant pointed out a foul odor...
  • Our 13 picks for the best fried chicken outside of the South

    04/21/2019 10:25:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies
    Southern Kitchen ^ | April 18, 2019 | Rachel Taylor
    There’s no denying the South has some of the best fried chicken in the country. But the secret's out and all around the country chefs are frying up some great fried chicken. Here are our picks for the 13 best. If you find yourself craving fried chicken in upstate New York, Portland, Oregon or California, we’ve got you covered. Some of these restaurants are serving up classic Southern fried chicken or putting their own twist on our fried favorite. Either way, all of these restaurants will satisfy your fried chicken The Crack Shack San Diego Founders Michael Rosen and Atlanta...
  • How Your Avocado Toast Is Funding Mexican Drug Cartels

    04/03/2019 5:43:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 41 replies
    Civilized Life ^ | Jan 10, 2019 | Brandon Hicks
    It’s become a cliché in online journalism to bring up the popularity of avocado toast as an example of how millennials are disrupting restaurants or killing traditional meal structures or whatever. However, it turns out the recent glut of avocados in North America isn’t the fault of toast-eating hipsters. Instead, the blame actually lies with overzealous Mexican drug cartels. While the vast majority of our avocado supply comes from Mexico, the US actually banned the crop in the US until a 1994 trade agreement made it possible to exchange certain goods between the countries, according to a new segment from...
  • Michael Cohen treated like a star while dining at NYC’s buzziest eateries before prison

    03/23/2019 9:28:03 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2019 | 12:05pm | Dana Schuster
    In the past week, he was spotted at Polo Bar Friday evening, Saks Fifth Avenue’s new L’Avenue Saturday night, and at the Regency Bar & Grill for a power breakfast on Tuesday. “He used to sit in the back room because he had a lot of private conversations,” according to a Regency waiter. “But now he sits in the main room.” While New York City liberals may have despised Cohen when he worked for the president, he’s enjoying new popularity since his congressional testimony. “People come up and hug him,” said a friend. “New Yorkers see him as someone in...
  • Making dining out great again: Yelp-like app helps you find MAGA-friendly restaurants and eateries

    03/11/2019 12:49:29 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 49 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 3/11/19 | Jon Dougherty
    Supporters of POTUS Donald Trump are getting an assist from restaurant app that works similar to Yelp in that it identifies eateries that are “MAGA friendly.” According to The Daily Beast, the app helps Trump supporters locate places where they aren’t going to be accosted, yelled at, threatened, banned, or thrown out. The app, 63red Safe, was compared by the Beast‘s Will Somer to the “Green Book” guide that “listed safe establishments for African-American motorists in the South.”
  • Lawmaker Proposes Loosening Leash on Dining with Dogs Ordinance

    02/19/2019 9:04:03 AM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    spectrum ^ | Feb. 18, 2019 | Kathryn Gisi
    AUSTIN, Texas - Would you love to have lunch with man's best friend? While it's a pretty common occurrence on outdoor patios in the Capital City, one state lawmaker wants to make it easier for all dogs to be able to join their owners for a bite outside. Great deal of red tape exists for restaurant owners to allow pets on patios State senator proposing elimination of some of that red tape Bill would require pets be kept on leashes Canine company is part of the culture at Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden in downtown Austin. "It's one of...
  • Are Restaurants Getting Too Loud?

    02/04/2019 10:53:12 AM PST · by simpson96 · 128 replies
    WBUR ^ | 1/24/2019 | Jeremy Hobson
    Popular restaurants in many of the nation's biggest cities have a noise problem. Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson he first picked up on the trend about 10 years ago. That's when he decided to buy a decibel meter and do some research of his own — and his findings weren't very appetizing. "Some of the best-known places in the city at that time were serving food in settings with the noise equivalents of garbage disposals and lawnmowers," Sietsema (@tomsietsema) says. "Just for the sake of comparison, 60 decibels is normal conversation. But I...
  • Demise of Durgin-Park a symptom of challenges facing small restaurants

    01/05/2019 5:48:25 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 51 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/5/19 | Marie Szaniszlo
    ...the restaurant will close on Jan. 12 because fewer customers are coming through the doors and costs have risen. Manager Kenneth Thimothee said the state’s new minimum hourly wage, which rose from $3.75 to $4.35 for tipped workers and from $11 to $12 for other employees, is partially to blame. And Durgin-Park will not be the only high-profile restaurant that will close this year, said Bob Luz, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. “We’re going to have a number coming up in the not-too-distant future,” Luz said, although he declined to say which ones. “It’s a confluence of...
  • Uber for Restaurant Hiring: A New Service Offers Servers and Cooks On Demand

    08/22/2018 1:11:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washingtonian ^ | August 20, 2018 | Anna Spiegel
    A food runner calls out last-minute for a busy Saturday night. That might seem like small potatoes to anyone who hasn’t worked in the restaurant industry, but it’s the kind of situation that can throw service—and your dining experience—into disarray. These are the kinds of problems that Snag Work is designed to solve. An Arlington-based branch of the Richmond company launched in DC two months ago with a model that’s like Uber for restaurant hiring, providing on-demand, front-and-back of house staff to employers in need. The web-based platform, which is expanding to the Washington suburbs soon, currently fills nearly 2,000...
  • Food Fascism Gains Ground in California [semi-satire]

    07/27/2018 5:33:23 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 July 2018 | John Semmens
    Two San Francisco city officials are pushing an ordinance that would ban businesses from providing in-house cafeterias for their employees. The measure's co-sponsor, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, argues that "local employers like Airbnb and Twitter are wrongfully denying nearby restaurants the sales they would be entitled to expect if the cafeterias did not exist." "It's really about equality," Peskin insisted. "Just because you work for a generous employer shouldn't mean you aren't forced to go out for lunch like the rest of us." Of course, the "equality" aspect is tarnished a bit by the measure's "grandfather" clause authorizing those establishments that...
  • Supervisors move to ban workplace cafeterias

    07/25/2018 7:54:14 AM PDT · by MissTed · 103 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 7/24/18 | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
    New city tech workers dreaming of dining in workplace cafeterias may soon face a harsh reality — going outside. Two city legislators on Tuesday are expected to announce legislation banning on-site workplace cafeterias in an effort to promote and support local restaurants. The measure, proposed by Supervisor Ahsha Safai and co-sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, would adjust zoning laws to ban workplace cafeterias moving forward, but would not be retroactive. Peskin said the measure, was inspired by tech companies like Twitter and Airbnb, which are widely known to have access to dining in their own buildings, depriving nearby restaurants of...
  • There’s a reason restaurants everywhere are failing: Red Hen Syndrome

    07/22/2018 6:15:31 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 150 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 07/22/2018 | Rod Liddle
    It may be that we’ve had all we can take, especially when these outlets are suffused with such self-importance. -------------------------------------------------------- The Red Hen is where the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, took her family for a bite to eat, and from which she was evicted when the homosexual staff recognised who she was. Her rude defenestration was supported by the restaurant’s owner, citing Donald Trump’s reluctance to allow transgender people to serve in the US military. It is, clearly, a liberals-only restaurant. They should write that on the front door, so that everything is clear, but as a...
  • Chick-fil-A named Americans' favorite fast-food restaurant

    07/07/2018 1:37:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 81 replies
    WSBTV ^ | Jul 6, 2018 | Natalie Dreier
    Forget the Golden Arches of McDonald’s, or the Whopper at Burger King, even the double double of In-N-Out Burger. Chick-fil-A is the tops for those wanting a fast meal. The chicken chain was named the favorite limited-service restaurant by consumers according to the 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index’s Restaurant Report, USA Today reported. Chick-fil-A beat out other restaurants like Panera and Taco Bell based on interviews with 22,500 customers. They were asked about the products, services and satisfaction, USA Today reported. Specifically, those polled gave their ranking on a variety of topics including food quality and restaurant cleanliness, Fortune reported....
  • Failing Grade: Dallas Policies Protect the City’s Filthiest Restaurants from Health Inspectors

    06/23/2018 8:10:21 AM PDT · by texas booster · 25 replies
    The Dallas Observer ^ | May 29, 2018 | Brian Reinhart
    On Aug. 18, 2016, the Lakewood location of Mi Cocina, a popular upscale Tex-Mex chain, faced one particularly unhappy visitor: a Dallas health inspector. The food safety report filed that day graded Mi Cocina at 60 points out of 100. The details weren’t pretty. Flies in the kitchen. No hot water for washing dishes. Cooked chicken sitting out at room temperature. In summary, the report concluded, Mi Cocina “fails to meet City of Dallas Food Protection and Education sanitation standards. 10 day follow-up inspection required.” That follow-up inspection never took place. Mi Cocina’s next health inspection came 221 days later,...
  • Don’€™t Eat Before Reading This: A New York chef spills some trade secrets.

    06/08/2018 7:29:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New Yorker | The April 19, 1999 Issue | Anthony Bourdain
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  • Cheesecake Factory: Employees accused of harassing Trump supporter for MAGA hat no longer employed

    05/16/2018 1:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WHIO-TV ^ | May 16, 2018 | Michelle Ewing
    MIAMI — The Cheesecake Factory says it has suspended a group of employees accused of harassing a customer who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat to one of the company's Miami restaurants. According to WFOR-TV, Eugene Joseph, 22, said employees at the chain's Dadeland Mall location taunted and threatened him on Mother's Day when they saw his hat bearing President Donald Trump's campaign slogan. Joseph, who was at the restaurant with his girlfriend and her family, told WFOR that staffers made insulting comments and tried to intimidate him, saying they'd hit him and knock off his cap....
  • Labor department could change how tips are handed out

    03/05/2018 6:34:51 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 3, 2018 | Gregory Bresiger
    “Servers, and in particular women, can receive larger tips if they touch their customers, call customers by name, smile, crouch next to the table and engage in other similar behaviors. This puts workers who depend on tips in a difficult position when faced with inappropriate customer behavior,” ROC wrote. Chaisson called ROC “the Scientology” of the restaurant industry and supports the government proposal. “It is a pragmatic and sensible plan,” he said. The Trump administration’s pending policy change would reverse an Obama administration rule, which holds that tips are the exclusive property of waiters.