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The 100 most romantic restaurants in America, according to OpenTable users

Love is in the air — and so is the smell of delicious food! OpenTable, a popular restaurant reservation app, released its annual user-generated list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America, and the people have spoken. Overall, the list includes many quiet neighborhood favorites — not just fancy steakhouses with fussy over-priced menus. No matter where you dine around the country, people seem to most enjoy dining with loved ones where the food is good and the price is reasonable. That said, a lot of steakhouses did make the cut — four more this year than last year. With keto being the nation’s trendiest diet, perhaps it makes sense. Ohio takes top honors with nine romantic restaurants on the list. Texas has a respectable eight honorees. North Carolina and Virginia each boast seven and Pennsylvania rounds out the top five with six nominated restaurants. New York, Colorado, California,…

Restaurants offering free food and deals on Valentine’s Day

Whether Valentine’s Day is a cheerful day for you and your beloved or a day to skip over and celebrate your singleness, everyone loves free food. This year, several restaurants and fast food chains are offering freebies or discounts in honor of the Hallmark holiday. From freebies to heart-shaped snacks, here are some restaurants we’ve rounded up that are spreading the love this holiday. Auntie Anne’s Love can be a little sweet and salty. That’s why a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s is a perfect choice. Get their BOGO free deal on any heart-shaped original or cinnamon sugar pretzel. Participation may vary, so call ahead to be sure. Buca di Beppo’s Valentine’s Day diners can order the “Classic Love Package,” and be delighted with a heart-shaped lasagne, small garlic bread, mixed green or caesar salad, and a mini chocolate chip cannoli for dessert. The deal is offered for just $49.99. Carrabba’s…

Vegan-friendly foods you can order at Panera

It can be hard eating out when you’re on a vegan diet. Restaurants sneak in all sorts of extras you would never know about unless you poured through online ingredients lists for every restaurant. But who really has time for that? Whether you went vegan because you love animals or you just prefer to eat a cleaner diet, we found some plant-based, vegan-friendly food offerings from Panera are 100% safe, along with some offerings you should surprisingly shy away from. Also see, 9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A. https://www.instagram.com/p/BcqFMdFny2h/ Breads The Farmstyle XL, Country Rustic, Artisan Ciabatta, Sea Salt Focaccia, French Baguette (which is often offered as a side), and Sourdough are all suitable vegan bread choices. Steer clear of the white and honey wheat breads. They sound innocent enough, but Panera sneaks butter, eggs and milk into these loaves. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmLeI40gupT/ Pastries Unfortunately, not a single pastry at Panera…

18 restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day

When you think of Christmas, you probably think of digging fork first into a massive spread of home cooked feast. But, if you’d rather spend your time with loved ones instead of being stuck in the kitchen, or if you don’t find yourself at home for the holiday, we’ve listed 20 chain restaurants that will be open Christmas Day. Regardless of where you end up dining out, remember that these employees are stuck working away from their own families on the biggest holiday of the year. So don’t be a Scrooge. Tip well! Applebee’s Many Applebee’s locations will be open on Christmas Day, but it is best to call you local Applebee’s ahead of time since individual franchisees may opt out. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/ Boston Market Boston Market locations will be open on Christmas so you can enjoy a traditional holiday meal for just $12.99. Also, if you’re going to be home,…

16 restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day

Forget to thaw the turkey? Traveling for work? Family 3,000 miles away? Whatever your reasons for not gorging on a home-cooked meal, rest assured that there are plenty of fast-food and sit down restaurants ready and waiting for you to stop by on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of some of them — just in case you need back-up: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmmKp37n4wP/?taken-by=applebees Applebee’s Call ahead just to confirm your specific location, but many Applebee’s locations will be open throughout the day and into the evening. They do have turkey options on the menu, so even if you just hate cooking, you may opt for Applebee’s. https://www.instagram.com/p/BnuUqg7BpFl/?taken-by=bahamabreezeislandgrille Bahama Breeze Give your Thanksgiving Day a dose of Caribbean-style fun. Thanksgiving menu items will be served with a tropical twist. Then wash it all down with something fruity from the yummy cocktail menu. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpMzSdRgY3P/?taken-by=bobevansfarms Bob Evans If you want to avoid the hassle of…

10 places you can score free food and other deals on Halloween

“Trick-or-treat” doesn’t always have to mean candy. While there are still some days left until everyone’s favorite haunted holiday Halloween, now is the time to plan your fright night feast. There are a number of restaurants giving out freebies in the days leading up to Oct. 31, so you might as well take advantage of the free (or seriously discounted) food giveaways. Applebee’s For an adult trick-or-trick, visit Applebee’s where they are serving up the Dollar Zombie all month long. It’s just $1 and has an eerie blue color concocted with rum, pineapple, passion fruit, and gummy brain garnish. Baskin-robbins Sick of candy? Switch to ice cream! Visit your local Baskin-Robbins location and score a kid-sized scoop for just $1.50 on Halloween. (That’s a savings of $2.79). All flavors are available during the promotion. Bubba Gump Shrimp The kid-friendly restaurant is allowing kids to eat free with purchase of an…

Men think food tastes better when waitress is attractive, study claims

From interesting menu items to the perfect ambiance, restaurants pull out all stops to fill their seats night after night. But if it’s men they’re looking to attract to, the trick might be something much more simple. A recent study found that men believe their food tastes better when the waitress is attractive. Researchers say this is because good-looking women change mens’ expectations about their dining experience. Alternatively, the study found, when food is served by a handsome waiter, women’s opinions aren’t swayed. The research conducted by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada surveyed 195 participants of both sexes. While an attractive woman raised men’s expectations of the dining experience, women were far more concerned with the location and noise level of the restaurant. Researched released a statement saying, “The current research shows that the presence of physically attractive individuals can affect consumers’ expectations about their consumption experience which…

Chili’s customers could have had credit card information compromised

If you stopped into your local Chili’s in the past few months for a rack of those tender baby back ribs, you’ll want to check your credit card statement ASAP. Brinker International, parent company to the popular Tex-Mex casual chain restaurant, announced a breach to its system that could put your information at risk. Brinker is working with a third-party forensic team to determine what happened, but the source of the breach is still unknown at this time. A list of restaurants has not been released, but officials estimate the incident will effect guests who visited the restaurant between March and April 2018. https://twitter.com/Chilis/status/995273962178465792 Regardless, it’s safest to just assume that your credit card information was accessed, and take advantage of the free credit monitoring and fraud resolution services the company is offering. Services include one year of credit score monitoring, identity theft recovery services, and a $1 million insurance reimbursement policy. (You can sign up for…

These are the 100 best brunch spots, according to OpenTable users

Nothing says “I love you Mom” more than a Bloody Mary and eggs benedict. Or maybe the new spring weather has just put some pep in your step and you’re feeling more energized to actually put on pants before noon. Either way, OpenTable is here to help. The restaurant reservation app has rounded up the top 100 brunch spots for 2018. Nearly 45,000 restaurants were considered based off of 12 million customer reviews. The top restaurants were then sorted into different categories like “great for brunch,” for example. From California cool brunch spots to which New York dining destinations, the list includes winners from 24 states plus Washington, D.C. California took the most top spots with 19 winning restaurants, followed by New York with 15, D.C. and Pennsylvania, each with nine a piece. Here are all of the 2018 Best Brunch winners listed by state. California Beachcomber Cafe – Crystal Cove – Newport…

Restaurants from movies you can actually eat at in real life

If you’re a big fan of Hollywood flicks, you’ll be pleased to know many aren’t just shot on a sound stage. Some crews set the scene more naturally and head out into town for real life restaurants. Visiting the favorite food spot of your most beloved silver screen characters brings the movie to life and definitely makes for photo-worthy, memorable moments. If you’ve ever dreamt about grabbing a bit where your favorite characters dined, you might be in luck. See these 13 restaurants still open to the public. GOOD WILL HUNTING https://youtu.be/LMD2vUErcYU From the movie: Good Will Hunting Real life restaurant name: Woody’s L Street Tavern Real life address: 195 L Street, Boston, Massachusetts, MA 02127 The local dive bar served as a regular hangout for life-long Boston friends Will (Matt Damon) and Chuckie (Ben Affleck) in Good Will Hunting. The South End spot has been renovated, so fan shouldn’t expect every detail to be intact,…