Slideshow: This Week in Eating Out

Slurped: Of Far-Out Korean Rice Cakes (NYC)
Slurped: Of Far-Out Korean Rice Cakes (NYC)
Here are two atypical Korean rice cakes: one taken to high art; the other smothered in cheese. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Burger City Guides: Michael Solomonov's Favorite Burgers (Philadelphia)
Burger City Guides: Michael Solomonov's Favorite Burgers (Philadelphia)
James Beard award-winning Michael Solomonov shares his favorite Philly burgers, such as this burger with smoked gouda, fried long hots, and bacon from Royal Tavern. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

First Look: Du Jour Bakery, Brooklyn (NYC)
First Look: Du Jour Bakery, Brooklyn (NYC)
The husband-and-wife team behind Du Jour describe their style as a mix between classical French pastry technique and American-style comfort food. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

A Sandwich a Day: Tuna on Baguette at La Pane (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Tuna on Baguette at La Pane (Chicago)
It's all built on some seriously good bread that is crackly and soft, not doughy and tough, and the tuna is left in large chunks, and, most importantly, not covered up by loads of mayonnaise. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Bartender's Choice: What to Order this Fall at Ted's Bulletin (Washington, DC)
Bartender's Choice: What to Order this Fall at Ted's Bulletin (Washington, DC)
Some of the cocktails on their fall menu are made cinnamon infused tequila or bacon infused bourbon. Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Date Night: Vin et Fleurs (NYC)
Date Night: Vin et Fleurs (NYC)
This Soho wine bar has some good eats like this asparagus salad with a poached egg. Read more here »

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

Fast Food: Burger King's New Italian Basil Chicken Sandwich
Fast Food: Burger King's New Italian Basil Chicken Sandwich
The word "basil" does not refer to whole fresh herbs or even a dried rub glued onto the chicken patty, but rather to a "flavorful creamy Italian basil sauce." Read more here »

[Photograph: Will Gordon]

Reality Check: Steak 'n Shake's Oktoberfest Burger
Reality Check: Steak 'n Shake's Oktoberfest Burger
The toppings include onions sautéed in a mustard sauce, a pile of Black Forest ham, and Swiss cheese. Read more here »

[Photograph: Ewan Macdonald]

Lunch in the Loop: Pollito's Grill and Rotisserie (Chicago)
Lunch in the Loop: Pollito's Grill and Rotisserie (Chicago)
The moist half chicken is rubbed with an herb seasoning that includes rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Read more here »

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

First Look: TaKorean at Union Market (Washington D.C.)
First Look: TaKorean at Union Market (Washington D.C.)
Taco, meet kimchi. Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Hangover Helper: Happy Accidents at Yolk (Portland, OR)
Hangover Helper: Happy Accidents at Yolk (Portland, OR)
Gamble on the Happy Accidents sandwich at Portland's Yolk and you'll get a hearty breakfast sandwich stuffed full of chef's choices. Read more here »

[Photograph: Adam Lindsley]

We Try Jamba Juice's New Light and Soy Pumpkin Smoothies
We Try Jamba Juice's New Light and Soy Pumpkin Smoothies
Two new, extra-sweet incarnations of the Pumpkin Smash smoothie (a soy version and a 'light' offering made with skim milk and Splenda) are out at Jamba Juice. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Behind the Scenes: Jeff Bonilla's Peach Cremeux at Kitchen 1540 (San Diego)
Behind the Scenes: Jeff Bonilla's Peach Cremeux at Kitchen 1540 (San Diego)
As Executive Pastry Chef at L'Auberge Del Mar, Jeff Bonilla is one of the most playful pastry chefs in San Diego. Here's an inside look at how a new fall concept, the Peach Olive Oil Cremeux, is made at the main restaurant Kitchen 1540. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

First Look: Marrow Fritters and Pig Parts on 15 Romolo's New Menu (San Francisco)
First Look: Marrow Fritters and Pig Parts on 15 Romolo's New Menu (San Francisco)
Chef Justin Deering, formerly the chef de cuisine at Cafe des Amis, has taken the helm of Romolo's kitchen. Playful yet more wine-friendly, the new menu is still chock full of elevated bar food such as these Bone Marrow Fritters, served with a smoked tomato vin. Read more here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Market Tours: House-Smoked Polish Kielbasa and 2,300 Beers at Eagle Provisions (NYC)
Market Tours: House-Smoked Polish Kielbasa and 2,300 Beers at Eagle Provisions (NYC)
A huge selection of good beer and kielbasa made fresh draws us in at a 34-year-old Brooklyn market with Polish roots. Read more here »

[Photograph: Clara Inés Schuhmacher]

Behind the Sweets: Sharin Nathan Crafts Pumpkin Cupcakes at Sweet Sensations (Chicago)
Behind the Sweets: Sharin Nathan Crafts Pumpkin Cupcakes at Sweet Sensations (Chicago)
Sharin Nathan of Sweet Sensations Pastry lets us take a peek at the production behind her outstanding cinnamon custard-filled pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Daily Slice: M Cafe De Chaya (Los Angeles)
Daily Slice: M Cafe De Chaya (Los Angeles)
Of the macrobiotic pizza pies, BBQ Setain and Pineapple wins out. House marinated setain paired with sweet, fresh pineapple on a grilled whole wheat crust. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kelly Bone]

Bar Tartine is Awesome (San Francisco)
Bar Tartine is Awesome (San Francisco)
An off-the-charts lunch at Bar Tartine, a Californian—vaguely Eastern Europea—restaurant by night, sandwich and salad stop by day. This lox smørrebrød has quark and smoked fish at the base with chopped beets and a shower of grated horseradish that enliven the whole thing. Read more here »

[Photograph: MAggie Hoffman]

Mexican Eats: Happy Hour at Fonda East Village (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Happy Hour at Fonda East Village (NYC)
Roberto Santibañez's newest venture has a great happy hour. Here are the flautas: rolled chicken tacos fried to a shattering crispiness, one drenched in red salsa, the other, green, painted with lines of crema. Read more here »

[Photograph: Scarlett Lindeman]

Chain Reaction: LongHorn Steakhouse
Chain Reaction: LongHorn Steakhouse
A solid pick for stick-to-your-ribs grub fit for cowboy-sized appetites: steaks, salmon, ribs, and the like. Of the four burgers, the Black and Bleu makes up for the lack of juiciness with creamy blue cheese and a patty encrusted in LongHorn's spicy 7-pepper seasoning. Read more here »

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Sugar Rush: Torta di Zucca at Del Posto (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Torta di Zucca at Del Posto (NYC)
Tender pumpkin cake paired with a round of earthy sage gelato, a dice of candied pumpkin and drizzles of warm browned butter. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Praline Cheesecake at Maple Street Patisserie (New Orleans)
Sugar Rush: Praline Cheesecake at Maple Street Patisserie (New Orleans)
This southern combo meets a New York specialty is a decadently creamy, crustless mini-cheesecake topped with a golden swirl of caramel and a couple of crunchy, salty pecans. Read more here »

[Photograph: Abby McCartney]

Fancy Tacos That Don't Taste Good Make Us Sad (Los Angeles)
Fancy Tacos That Don't Taste Good Make Us Sad (Los Angeles)
There are things to like about Diablo Taco, L.A.'s new gourmet taqueria. The tacos themselves are mini works of visual art when they arrive at your table, but without the kitchen foundation to make the flavors pop, the whole experience ends up being a bit unsatisfying. Read more here »

[Photograph: Paul Bartunek]

Harvest Report: Donkey and Goat Winery (Berkeley CA)
Harvest Report: Donkey and Goat Winery (Berkeley CA)
We recently caught up with Jared Brandt of Donkey and Goat, and he shared some photos of this year's wine harvest crush. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jared Brandt]

M. Wells Dinette: Long Island City Strikes Back (NYC)
M. Wells Dinette: Long Island City Strikes Back (NYC)
This highly acclaimed restaurant has found a new life as part of MoMA's PS1. The menu is pared down, more focused and worth paying attention to. Here, a gorgeous Blood Pudding is beautifully creamy beneath its charred crust, and comes studded with little nubs of crisped pork meat. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

5 Great Laptop-Friendly Cafes in NYC
5 Great Laptop-Friendly Cafes in NYC
With limited real estate and the high opportunity cost of allowing a seat to sit occupied for hours by one dude with a long-empty cup, offering extended hospitality to computer users isn't necessarily good business sense in the city. That said, there are a handful of places that still let, and in some cases encourage, their working patrons to linger. Read more here »

[Photograph: Liz Clayton]

We Attempt to Eat All the Tacos at Big and Little's (Chicago)
We Attempt to Eat All the Tacos at Big and Little's (Chicago)
What Big &Little's lacks in technical taco making prowess—the tortillas, especially, are the standard store-bought corn variety—it makes up in genuine creativity. No dish or flavor combination is too out there or too bizarre to be transformed into a taco, be it a bánh mì, sweet and sour chicken, or a lamb gyro. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

We Try Every Flavor of Tillamook Ice Cream (Oregon)
We Try Every Flavor of Tillamook Ice Cream (Oregon)
The Ice Cream Adventure. For a mere $25.95, you can have not just some ice cream, but all the ice cream. Every flavor they've got, in what they call "a golf ball sized scoop" (traditional scoops are, well, a bit bigger than that) stacked in one platter-sized bowl. In addition to your 31 different-flavored scoops, you also get a performance. Click here to hear it! Read more here »

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Behind the Scenes of Harold Dieterle's All-Sunflower Dish at Perilla (NYC)
Behind the Scenes of Harold Dieterle's All-Sunflower Dish at Perilla (NYC)
Top Chef Harold Dieterle shows us a Tasting of Sunflower. He incorporates five distinct parts of the sunflower into the dish: sunchokes (both raw and cooked), sunflower sprouts, seeds, petals, and the flower itself, which tastes like a sweeter artichoke heart. Read more here »

[Photograph: Laura Togut]

Deep Fried Chicago: Carnitas el Paisa (Chicago)
Deep Fried Chicago: Carnitas el Paisa (Chicago)
There's plenty to love about the full carnitas experience you get down in Pilsen. But if you want to feel like you're eating in someone's dining room, Carnitas el Paisa offers that, with plenty of pork and lard to spare. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

A Sandwich a Day: Baked Eggs and Merguez at Café Gitane (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Baked Eggs and Merguez at Café Gitane (NYC)
Despite textural shortcomings, baked eggs, merguez sausage, chipotle mayo, and Parmesan cheese laid upon a toasted French baguette so crisp on the outside and chewy in the crumb that all is forgiven. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

The Very Good Burgers at Short Order (Los Angeles)
The Very Good Burgers at Short Order (Los Angeles)
Despite some wobbles on opening, Short Order is now delivering some consistently very good burgers. Like Nancy's Backyard Burger, which features a special burger blend from Huntington Meats and a bun devised from baking experts Nancy Silverton and the belated Amy Pressman. Read more here »

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

A Sandwich a Day: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at Hash House a Go Go (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Pork Tenderloin Sandwich at Hash House a Go Go (Chicago)
And the award for the largest pork tenderloin sandwich in Chicago goes to... Hash House a Go Go in the Gold Coast. Sure, this is a notoriously rotund sandwich, one that features a pounded and fried pork tenderloin so large it often drapes over the side of the pate it is served on. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

10 Can't-Miss Autumn Sweets in NYC
10 Can't-Miss Autumn Sweets in NYC
Ten autumnal sweets you should be eating right now. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Knafeh in Israel
Knafeh in Israel
Carey fell in love with knafe, an Arabic dessert, when in Israel. It's a nest of fine, fine pastry threads shaped into a flat sort of web, topped with soft cheese, then piled with more pastry. After baking it's drizzled (or, often, drenched) in rosewater or orange blossom syrup. Crushed pistachios often ride on top to garnish. Read more here >>
A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Cheese with Ham at Revival Market (Houston)
A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Cheese with Ham at Revival Market (Houston)
A thoughtfully-constructed sandwich with Texas-produced Colby cheese, thin slices of house-made ham and caramelized onions in between two pieces of a seeded sourdough bread from the top-notch Slough Dough Bakery. Read more here »

[Photograph: Mike Riccetti]

Sugar Rush: Pear Tart at Bottega Falai (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Pear Tart at Bottega Falai (NYC)
Squares of puff pastry tarts ($5) are given the classic pairing of frangipane and fruits. You'll find the tarts complete with apples and pears (pictured), sliced and baked tender. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

A Tour of Houston's Chinatown with Randy Evans and Van Pham (Houston)
A Tour of Houston's Chinatown with Randy Evans and Van Pham (Houston)
The Vietnamese food in Houston's Chinatown is some of the finest we've had anywhere outside of Vietnam. Click through for a look at the food we tasted. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

30 Great Vegetarian Sandwiches in NYC
30 Great Vegetarian Sandwiches in NYC
These meat-free sandwiches are all delicious, hearty, and flavorful enough to satisfy even the meat-lovers among us, like this Vegetable & Goat Cheese Panino At Rubirosa. Take a look at them all in the slideshow above. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

The Vegetarian Option: Moroccan Eating a World Away at Casaville (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: Moroccan Eating a World Away at Casaville (NYC)
An inviting Moroccan restaurant in Murray Hill, NYC, may not be the best restaurant in Manhattan, but the ambiance can't be beat. This spicy Roasted Eggplant ($7), served with warm and crispy pita wedges, was rich and satisfying. Read more here »

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Sacramento Airport: A Reliably Tasty Burger at Burgers & Brew (Sacramento, CA)
Sacramento Airport: A Reliably Tasty Burger at Burgers & Brew (Sacramento, CA)
The more casual of the three burger joints in the Sacramento Airport, Burgers & Brew cranks out burgers that are actually pretty damn good. Half a pound of fresh Niman Ranch beef beef is grilled to order, and served on a lightly toasted roll with flavorful fresh veggies and a squeeze of mayo, and the option of a premium Belgian brew (like Leffe, Duvel, or Chimay). Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Top This: Fennel Sausage Pizza at Sora (San Diego)
Top This: Fennel Sausage Pizza at Sora (San Diego)
Executive Chef Noriyoshi Teryua, who previously worked at various Nobu locations, has created a menu of Italian food with a Japanese influence. Check out how they make one of the (arguably) simpler pies, with ingredients you can find at your local market. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

A Sandwich a Day: 'Classic Special' Bánh Mì at Mr. Baguette (San Gabriel Valley, CA)
A Sandwich a Day: 'Classic Special' Bánh Mì at Mr. Baguette (San Gabriel Valley, CA)
This roadside spot in San Gabriel Valley, CA, stands out for its fresh-baked baguettes and well-made bánh mì. Read more here »

[Photograph: James Boo]

A Sandwich a Day: The Country Bird at Pecking Order (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: The Country Bird at Pecking Order (Chicago)
Ripe with thoughtful flavors and loved up with Filipino spices, the Country Bird ($9) starts with fried chicken cut into thin, crispy pieces and is adorned with smoky, shaved Gouda and fresh Roma tomatoes. Read more here »

[Photograph: Josh Coy]

A Sandwich A Day: The Cuban Medianoche at Cafe Medina (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: The Cuban Medianoche at Cafe Medina (NYC)
The Cuban Medianoche ($8.95) that is not a proper Cuban nor a proper Medianoche is quite delicious nonetheless. It boasts roast turkey, cured ham, jack cheese, dill pickle, and mojo sauce on a Cuban roll. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Snapshots from Spain: The Best Things I Ate in San Sebastian
Snapshots from Spain: The Best Things I Ate in San Sebastian
Not only is San Sebastian gorgeous, but it's also considered one of the top food destinations in the world. Check out the slideshow to see the best things we ate in San Sebastian, like this crackly skinned pork belly. Read more here »

[Photograph: Liz Bomze]

First Look: All the Cocktails at Ad Hoc (Yountville, CA)
First Look: All the Cocktails at Ad Hoc (Yountville, CA)
Ad Hoc, Thomas Keller's family-style restaurant in Yountville, recently got its liquor license, and the team, including Bar Manager Christian Schnurr, Sommelier and Assistant GM Jessica Pinzon, and GM Josh Blackman, has been busy perfecting a Keller-approved 6-item cocktail list that just made its debut. Read more here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

13 Warming Soups We Love in Chicago
13 Warming Soups We Love in Chicago
13 soups to make your day a little warmer in the windy city. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Escape To Find These Unusual Egg Dishes
Escape To Find These Unusual Egg Dishes
We're fans of slightly offbeat egg dishes. Here are 5 of our favorites across the country. Read more here »

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

10 Foods From San Francisco I Want to Bring Back to NYC (San Francisco)
10 Foods From San Francisco I Want to Bring Back to NYC (San Francisco)
So I couldn't choose one favorite food city between them. But, having just spent a fantastically delicious week by the Bay, I do know that there are a lot of foods from San Francisco (and the surrounding area) I'd take back to New York with me if I could. Here are 10 of mine. Read more here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Sugar Rush: Pumpkin Custard at Cha-An (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Pumpkin Custard at Cha-An (NYC)
Only on the menu for the months of October and November, this Pumpkin Custard ($8) with kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin) is the autumn highlight at Cha-An. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

The Best Lunch We Had in Portland: Lardo's Sandwiches + Sugar Cube's Sweets (Portland, OR)
The Best Lunch We Had in Portland: Lardo's Sandwiches + Sugar Cube's Sweets (Portland, OR)
Amazing sandwiches like this Fried Chicken from Lardo, followed by soulful sweets from Sugar Cube trailer. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Late-Night Bites in NYC
Staff Picks: Our Favorite Late-Night Bites in NYC
Check out our top picks for late-night bites in NYC, like this number from The Brooklyn Star: fried pig tails and fluffy buttermilk biscuits and smoked bone marrow. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Egg-and-Truffle Pizza at Caffe Fortunato (Atlanta, GA)
Egg-and-Truffle Pizza at Caffe Fortunato (Atlanta, GA)
Does Fortunato's Uova e Tartufi (egg and black truffle pizza) live up to its hype? Click through to find out! Read more here »

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Smashburger Comes to the D.C. Area (Washington, D.C.)
Smashburger Comes to the D.C. Area (Washington, D.C.)
This rapidly expanding Denver-based chain brought its signature clobbered burgers to the Washington, D.C. area with a location in Fairfax, Virginia, and more to come. Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Zhu Ji Dumpling Stall, a Flushing Gem Hidden in Plain Sight (NYC)
Zhu Ji Dumpling Stall, a Flushing Gem Hidden in Plain Sight (NYC)
Check out why this hole-in-the-wall regularly has lines forming for their dumplings, traditional Northern Chinese style guo tie, which are handmade daily, stuffed with pork and leeks and fried to a bubbling oily crisp. Read more here »

[Photograph: Christine Fan]

TGI Fry-Day: Thai Style Fried Chicken at BellyQ (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Thai Style Fried Chicken at BellyQ (Chicago)
Even with grilling and smoking stealing the show, BellyQ still knows what to do with the fryer, as the incredible Thai Style Fried Chicken ($8) shows. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Chain Reaction: Papa John's Rolls Out the Meatballs
Chain Reaction: Papa John's Rolls Out the Meatballs
There were some pros and cons to this limited-time offering, but we were pleasantly surprised. Click through to check out why! Read more here »

[Photograph: Meredith Smith]

Sugar Rush: Sour Cherry Jelly Doughnut at Orwashers (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Sour Cherry Jelly Doughnut at Orwashers (NYC)
Super soft and pillowy doughnut filled to order with your choice of jam. Go get one! Read more here »

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

A Sandwich A Day: Cubano from the Fast Gourmet Gas Station (Washington, D.C.)
A Sandwich A Day: Cubano from the Fast Gourmet Gas Station (Washington, D.C.)
The Cubano ($8.50) is definitely worthy of stomach space the next time you're out on U Street. Can you just taste the moist pork butt in the photo? Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

An Absence of Balance at Killer Burger (Portland, OR)
An Absence of Balance at Killer Burger (Portland, OR)
Decent burgers are sadly unbalanced at Killer Burger, such as this southwestern burger, the Jose Mendoza ($7.95): nice but weak beef flavor. Read more here »

[Photograph: Adam Lindsley]

A Sandwich a Day: The Tony Beef at Bar Toma (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: The Tony Beef at Bar Toma (Chicago)
A very decent sandwich, but it does come awfully close to crossing that line between Italian beef and French dip. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Sugar Rush: Sticky Toffee Pudding at The John Dory Oyster Bar (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Sticky Toffee Pudding at The John Dory Oyster Bar (NYC)
A pudding with which to start the weekend. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]