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Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S.'s readers in search of the best restaurants now know where to find great food for low prices. The news and lifestyle website recently featured's new list of the Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. "The economy may be in a downward swing, but that doesn't mean you have to give up tasty meals," MSN suggests. "Let Gayot's frugal but fabulous restaurant roundup be your guide." (11/11/08)

Dining Out for Thanksgiving

Tired of spending the day in the kitchen and spending the evening doing dishes? In our November issue of Tastes, we've picked the best Thanksgiving restaurants from Los Angeles to London so you can enjoy the feast without the fuss. If you're doing the cooking, our list of the Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines will help you pick out what to pair with your turkey, and our holiday cookbooks can help you plan a menu. Our latest issue of Tastes includes all things Thanksgiving as well as the Top 10 Celebrity Spotting Hotels, Top 10 New Year's Eve Destinations, Top 10 Boutique Hotels Worldwide and more. (11/06/08)

Clusters of grapes ready to be harvested

We are proud to announce the publication of our highly anticipated Annual Restaurant Issue, in which we celebrate the best restaurants in the country and honor those who run them. From our vast collection of reviews, we've selected the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., which include Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, Georgian Room in Atlanta, The French Laundry in Yountville, CA, and many more. This year, we've introduced three new award categories: Top 40 Cheap Eats, Best Restaurateur and Top Restaurant Design. You can also peruse our lists of the Top 10 Steakhouses and the Top 10 New Restaurants as well as our picks for the Top 5 Rising Chefs and Pastry Chefs. (10/27/08)

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Scallops and mussels in a saffron broth

Dive into our ocean-themed October Tastes newsletter, which features our picks for the Best Seafood Restaurants Near You. If you'd rather experience nautical creatures in the wild, peruse our list of the Top 10 Diving Hotels Worldwide, where you can explore the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or swim alongside sea turtles in Costa Rica. Cook a grand meal with one of our seafood cookbooks, or learn to cook like the pros at one of our Top 10 Hotel Culinary Schools. (10/01/08)

Clusters of grapes ready to be harvested

Discover the best of the beverage world with our Fall Wine Newsletter. Read about the Top 10 Fall Beers, Top Wine Bars, Maestro Dobel Tequila, and the govino Wine Glass. Check out our primer on classic cocktails for tips, tools and recipes. If you're a globetrotting grape lover, relax at one of our Top 10 Wine Spas for vino-inspired pampering. You'll find wine, beer, spirits, books, gifts and more in our latest Wine Newsletter. (09/24/08)

A juicy cut of steak with potatoes

Our September issue of Tastes has something for everyone, from steak lovers to full-fledged cowboys, and wine novices to oenophiles. Find where to get the best ribs, steaks, roasts and more with our Best Steakhouses lists. If you're in the mood for adventure, spend your vacation at one of our Top 10 Ranches in the U.S. and Worldwide, but be sure to stock up on Stetson Hats and Apparel first. Want to stay home but still get in Western gear? Cheer for your heros on our Top 10 Western Movies list. Find a new favorite wine at one of our Top Wine Bars and Top 10 Wine Lists, and sleep under the grapes at one of the Top 10 Wine Country Inns in the U.S. and Worldwide. (08/28/08)

A cup of chocolate ice cream

The summer is nearly at an end, and there's no better way to savor the season with a dish of ice cream. Visit one of the parlors or restaurants on our Best Ice Cream lists, or make your own at home with Recipe of the Week: Ice Cream. There's still time for one last summer vacation, so check out our list of the Top 10 Casino Hotels for the best places to play where you stay. Lounge poolside in one of Agent Provocateur's new swimsuits or sip on a pick from our list of Top 10 Rosés. You'll find these features and more in the latest issue of Tastes. (08/04/08)

Buildings rising tall above Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

Whether you're a first-time visitor to the islands or already a fan of the Aloha State, you'll find our 2008 Hawaii Issue full of dining tips, hotels, restaurants, vacation ideas, spas and more. Put your feet up at Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, challenge yourself in the great outdoors with Kapalua Adventures, enjoy a gourmet meal at Merriman's Kapalua, or stroll through Senator Fong's Plantation and Gardens. Whether you're in the mood for relaxation or adventure, our Hawaii Issue will help you make the most of your visit to this tropical paradise. (07/25/08)

Best Barbecue Near You

Fire up the grill! The July issue of Tastes will help you make the most of summer grilling season. You'll be the neighborhood grill-master with our review of barbecue sauces, books and tools, and the toast of the town with our lists of the Top 10 Barbecue Wines, Top 10 Summer Wines and Top 10 Summer Beers. If you're not in a cooking mood, visit one of our picks for the Best Barbecue Restaurants in your area. Bring the family along to one of our Kid-Friendly Restaurants and Top 10 Family Resorts. Read these articles and more in the July issue of Tastes. (07/02/08)

Stonestreet 2003 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, one of our Top 10 Barbecue Wines

Summer grilling season is here, and our Summer Wine Newsletter has arrived to bring you the best beverages of the season. Find out what to pair with grilled foods using our lists of the Top 10 Barbecue Wines, Top 10 Summer Wines and Top 10 Summer Beers. Study your Bourbon ABCs, read about the hottest new spirits, shop for wine books and gifts, and learn about wine events near you. Read the Summer 2008 Newsletter here. (06/19/08)

Top Outdoor Dining

Although Dad deserves praise every day, we've come up with many different ways to show him how much he means to you on June 15. Shower Pop with presents from our Top 10 Father's Day Gift list, consult our Top Outdoor Dining lists and take him out for an al fresco meal, fly him to one of our Top 10 Golf Resorts Worldwide, or bond over a bottle of wine from our list of the Top 10 Father's Day Wines. Read these articles and more in the June issue of Tastes. (06/04/08)

Top Mother's Day Brunches Near You

She's fed you and pampered you, so this Mother's Day, let Mom know you care. Take her out to a gourmet brunch, present her with a bottle of her favorite wine, or pick out a special gift from our list. Check out our Top 10 Spa Hotels Worldwide and Near You, our Top 10 Movie Moms, and more in our latest edition of Tastes. (05/01/08)

The Kia Sedona, one of our Top 10 Value Automobiles

A recent press release from Kia Motors America announced the Kia Sedona's appointment as "the minivan of choice" to our list of the Top 10 Value Automobiles. Tom Loveless—vice president, sales of Kia Motors America—was quoted, stating "Sedona garnering a 'top 10' award further displays Kia's dedication to providing consumers, especially families, with top quality vehicles without the premium sticker price." Check out our other nine selections here. (04/21/08)

The Garden City Hotel's Polo Restaurant

Long Island's The Garden City Hotel has published a press release celebrating the inclusion of their Polo Restaurant on our 2008 list of the Top 10 Brunch Hotels in the U.S. We are thrilled to have lauded as "a resource to those in search of the best dining, hotels, travel and lifestyle choices internationally" and promoted on the hotel's homepage as well as on their "Awards & Recognitions" page. (04/09/08)

Top 10 Value Wines

Our Quarterly Wine Newsletter has come just in time to help you prepare for springtime’s warm weather celebrations. Help ease the pain of tax season by relaxing with one of our Top 10 Value Wines, or find the perfect accompaniment to your Easter brunch with a selection from our list of the Top 10 Brunch Wines. Browse our Top 10 Irish Beers list and discover the right Irish lager to serve at your St. Patrick’s Day party. If you prefer to simply enjoy the longer days and balmy weather by kicking back with a few friends, enjoy a Russell’s Reserve Rye. Find out about the latest wine accessories, or use our events guide to locate a wine tasting in your area. Read the Spring 2008 Newsletter here. (03/13/08)

Top Easter Brunch Restaurants
Celebrating two March traditions will be even easier with our guides to the best of Easter Brunch and St. Patrick's Day. Go out on the town and dine at one of our Top Easter Brunch Restaurants or enjoy a brew at one of our Best Pubs and Bars. Celebrating Easter at home? Peruse our picks for Top 10 Brunch Wines for something tasty to sip while you sup. Check out our round-up of St. Patrick's Day Parades and Events, try an Irish Beer, or retreat and eat at one of our Top 10 Brunch Hotels. You'll find all this and more in the March issue of Tastes. (02/28/08)

New Yorker Hotel Ramada Inn & Plaza

An article in’s travel section recently quoted a selection from our review of the New Yorker Hotel Ramada Inn & Plaza. The feature listed several classy New York hotels where savvy travelers can find inexpensive rooms. For more information on the best places to stay without breaking the bank, check out our lists of the Top Value Hotels Near You and Worldwide. (01/04/08)

Top Valentine's Day Restaurants
In the mood for romance? Share a candle-lit dinner with your sweetie at one of our picks for Top Valentine's Day Restaurants, which offer the best specials for that special day. Give yourself and your new spouse a night—or several—to remember at one of our Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels, surprise your love with a treat from our Top 10 Romantic Gifts list and sip on one of our Top 10 Valentine's Day Wines. You'll find our guide to romance and more in the February issue of Tastes. (02/19/08)


In a discussion of our Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. list, Mike Hale, food writer for the Monterey Herald, praised the thoroughness and attention to detail that led us to look outside the big city restaurant markets and to the Carmel Valley, home of Marinus, one of our Top 40 picks. “When it comes to judging top restaurants, no one has the experience and longevity of Gayot,” wrote Hale. Even after more than 45 years, we still appreciate the recognition. (01/11/08)

January Tastes Newsletter
Make 2008 your healthiest year yet! We've selected the best heart-healthy restaurants so you can stick to your New Year's resolutions without giving up gourmet meals. Start the year on the right foot by visiting one of our Top 10 Yoga Retreats or Top 10 Health Retreats Worldwide. If you're not the globe-trotting type, relax at home and cook up a healthy meal with one of our Diet & Weight Loss or Vegetarian cookbooks. Check out our January Tastes Newsletter for these articles and more. (01/10/08)

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