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FLIP Burger Boutique in Atlanta, one of our Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S.

by Jeff Hoyt

Americans are dining out more, but spending less per meal. That’s the conclusion of payment processor First Data. Comparing September 2010, to a year earlier, food service establishments posted a 12.7-percent jump in transactions, the highest increase in 18 months. However, they also suffered a 4.5 percent decrease in the average check for the month, meaning customers were ordering less and taking advantage of promotions. Perhaps diners are sharing appetizers and desserts, or forgoing the steak for the hamburger.

To make your dining dollars go further, check out our Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. and Best Value Restaurants near you. In our GAYOT Economic Stimulus Plan, we list the Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide which can help you save on your vacation, and even the Top 10 Value Automobiles to help you get there. And if dollars are so tight that you’re stuck at home, why not try one of our Top 10 Wines Under $10? Cheers to better times ahead.



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Have no fear Rogue States fans! Try a hamburger from one of's Top 10 Burger Restaurants in Washington DC

by Jeff Hoyt 

It can be tough when your neighbors are lawyers. Just ask the owner of Rogue States, a Washington, DC, hamburger restaurant that was sued by the high-powered law firm located nearby. Yesterday, a judge ordered the restaurant to stop grilling hamburgers because of the “intense and noxious odor.”

According to the Washington Post, employees at the firm Steptoe & Johnson complained about itchy eyes, headaches and nausea, which they attributed to grilling fumes from the neighboring Dupont Circle eatery. Despite the restaurant’s attempts to upgrade its air-cleaning equipment, the firm filed suit and prevailed. The result could be the permanent closure of the restaurant, since it only serves burgers and fries. 

A Lot at Steak

on October 13th, 2010
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Bite into’s guide to cooking the perfect steak

by Jeff Hoyt

New Yorkers may think their metropolis is superior to Kansas City — both Kansas and Missouri — but there’s one place where they’re completely equal: inside a cow. Believe it or not, a New York strip steak is identical to a Kansas City strip steak. They’re both the marbled larger end of the short loin. That muscle, which is tender because it isn’t used much, is also called a striploin, shell steak, or sirloin club steak, although I’d imagine New York clubs are superior to Kansas City clubs!

Now keep that same strip steak on the bone, and add a piece of the nearby tenderloin, and you’ve got a T-bone steak. Unless you add a lot of the tenderloin, which gives you a Porterhouse. Confused? Check out our guide to beef cuts, which explains the difference between Rib-eye and Prime rib.
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Tacos from chef Wesley Holton's food truck, Jacques Tacos, in Detroit, MI

by Jeff Hoyt

Wesley Holton worked in Daniel Boulud’s kitchens in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida, before becoming executive chef at the Daniel Boulud Brasserie in the famed Wynn Las Vegas hotel. But since that high-end French restaurant closed earlier this year, Holton has a new gig: making tacos in Detroit’s first food truck!

And while the Daniel Boulud Brasserie offered caviar, $43 steak au poivre, and a $32 hamburger with foie gras and short ribs, Holton’s new menu offers short ribs in a $2.50 taco, served with warm corn tortillas, fresh black bean & corn salsa queso fresco, and sauce vért. Other ‘high-end’ items include little piggy slow-roasted pork tacos and marinated avocado tacos at $2.50 apiece.

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Get slurping: Shaw's Crab House hosts a week of oyster-themed events.

by Jennifer Olvera

When cold weather hits, Chicagoans hunker down, often preferring to stay indoors rather than endure the bitter, blustery cold. Fortunately, it’s still temperate enough — and there’s good reason to hit the town. This crop of local dining events will have you munching your way through the cold weather blues

Shaw’s Crab House hosts its annual Royster with the Oyster extravaganza starting tonight through Friday. 25-cent oysters on the half shell will be available in the Oyster Bar all week from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. A nightly slurp-off encourages patrons to down a dozen oysters, hands-free, to win a grand prize of $1,000 at the final showdown, an event taking place at its festive tent party on October 15 at 7 p.m. The tent party, which spills onto Hubbard Street from 3 p.m.-10 p.m., costs $10, with a portion of proceeds going to the Shedd Aquarium. Once inside, there will be oysters galore, fresh seafood and loads of beer and wine for purchase.

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No Ghost Vodka

on October 08th, 2010
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by Sophie Gayot

Although he’s best known for comedy, from Saturday Night Live to The Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters (to name just a few), making vodka is no joke to Dan Aykroyd. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting the Canadian comic actor last week at The Blvd restaurant at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Watch my exclusive video interview with him, and you will see the passion he puts into his Crystal Head Vodka.



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The Chop Stix Restaurant of NYC booth at the Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City

by Michelle Kwan  

Attendees raised their glasses, not to mention their forks, spoons and chopsticks, in support of healthcare and social services to the Asian community at the Project By Project annual Plate By Plate Tasting Benefit held October 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The Tasting Benefit featured over 40 participants from some of New York City’s finest restaurants and bakeries coming together to showcase their culinary skills with samplings of their signature creations, along with a host of wine and spirit purveyors, brewers, tea and coffee companies, all ready to do their part to keep the evening festive for the approximately 650 guests in attendance.

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The Tissue Issue

on October 06th, 2010
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The echinacea flower, one of our Top 10 Immune Boosters

by Jeff Hoyt

Working in an office, I always worry about people coming to work ill. I appreciate their dedication to the job, but don’t want them getting me sick. I’d hate to bring a cold or flu home to my kids.

Although there’s no cure for the common cold, there are proven things you can take to build up your defenses. Check out our top 10 immune system boosters and see which ones are right for you. Personally, I take Vitamin C every day, and zinc lozenges when I feel a cold coming on.

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  • pinitbutton Do Food Trucks Mean More Lawyers?
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Liba, one of our Top 10 Food Trucks in San Francisco

by Jeff Hoyt

As food trucks proliferate from coast to coast (and even on Hawaii), municipalities are struggling to regulate them. In Los Angeles, there’s a movement to have inspectors give food trucks letter grades like they do to restaurants. There have also been parking struggles, as a time limit on how long they can park in one place was overturned in court. A food truck lot was opened in the beach community of Santa Monica, and then shut down by zoning enforcement the very next day. It has recently reopened on private property, complete with permits.

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Fish Food

on October 04th, 2010
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Find out which wines are best to pair with oysters in our October 2010 Tastes Newsletter

by Jeff Hoyt

My three-year-old daughter loves going to the aquarium. But I suspect her fascination with all things Nemo may be working against us at mealtime. The frozen fish sticks which were formerly a staple of her diet are no longer being requested. She recently asked me, “Remember when I used to like fish sticks?”

Whether you like fish for dining or for watching, we’ve got you covered in our latest TASTES newsletter, published today. We’ll let you know where the best seafood restaurants are near you, and which are the top 10 across the country. We’ll help you find restaurants that serve delicacies like sea urchins and abalone. We’ll show you which wines to pair with seafood, including sushi and oysters.

The issue also gives our selections of the top 10 diving resorts in the world, featuring exotic locales from Bali to the West Indies, where you can watch fish and other sea life in their natural habitat. Or learn how to cook seafood while vacationing at one of the top 10 hotel culinary schools worldwide.

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