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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,…

The 21 most-Instagrammed restaurants of 2017

The most important meal of the day is one you can Instagram. If you subscribe to this logic, particularly if you live or follow Instagram users in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, you’ve likely contributed to the most-Instagrammed restaurants, bars, bakeries and cafes of 2017. On Wednesday, Instagram released it’s annual year in review list of “most popular” in categories such as celebrities, cities and of course, everyone’s favorite category to share, food. Eateries were divided into two categories: restaurants and bakeries/cafes. The title of “most photographed restaurant” went to 230 Fifth in New York City, located 21 floors up, and offering sweeping views of Manhattan. The upscale casual restaurants allows guests to snap shots of swanky looking cocktails against a scene of palm trees and some of the country’s most iconic buildings including the Empire State Building. Topping the list for most-Instagrammed bakery or cafe was the Kim Kardashian West-approved Cafe du…

11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about home cooked meals, but that doesn’t mean all restaurants will be shutting their doors. According to the National Restaurant Association, holiday dinners and Thanksgiving brunch are big business. About one in every ten Americans will eat out this Thanksgiving, with Millennials being especially likely to skip out on making the meal. But regardless if you’re giving up cooking this Thanksgiving, going out for breakfast, or in a pinch and need to pick up a take-out side dish, these national restaurant chains have you covered. They’ll be leaving their doors open on national Turkey Day to help you celebrate however you see fit. Here are 11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving. ApplebEe’s Select Applebee’s locations around the country will offer a special Thanksgiving meal with all the usual sides done Applebee’s style. Call your local restaurant ahead of time to make sure they’ll be ope. Boston Market Order by…

Too many restaurants in America are causing industry trouble

The restaurant industry can expect some troubled times ahead. After a prolonged period of growth, fueled by Wall Street, experts say the market is now oversaturated with casual, fast-food and chain restaurants, the New York Times reports. After the dot-com bust, many investors turned away from Silicon Valley and looked toward the hospitality sector for more reliable — although smaller — returns. The New York Times reported that Wall Street “poured billions into the restaurant industry.” In recent years, the number of restaurants in the U.S. — currently estimated at about 620,000 — has grown at twice the rate of the population. It’s true that customers are faced with busy lifestyles and continue to spend a large portion of their food budget at restaurants. But that dollar amount is now being spread across an ever-increasing number of establishments, so profits are divided into smaller and smaller pieces. Changes in single-store sales over time are down to the lowest they’ve been…

Chick-fil-A rolling out gluten-free bun, but there’s a catch

Chick-fil-A has gone gluten free! Not entirely, but the nationwide chicken sandwich chain is poised to capitalize on its consumers’ dietary needs with a new menu offering. Chick-fil-A announced on Monday that it will offer gluten-free buns at restaurants nationwide, after reportedly receiving positive feedback from test marketed areas in 2016. The gluten-free bun is made with ancient grains quinoa and amaranth and sweetened with molasses and raisins. “We know our customers are looking for more gluten-sensitive alternatives. They asked, and we listened,” said Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A in a release on the company’s Chicken Wire. “Our hope is that the Gluten-Free Bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu.” The new bun can be ordered with any of the restaurant’s sandwiches. But there is one catch. Customers who order the gluten-free buns will have to assemble their sandwiches themselves. According to…

Restaurants owned by former NHL players

Like many professional athletes, NHL players don’t always simply ‘retire’ the day of their last big game. Some become coaches or commentators. Other still, pursue a totally different career path. Surprisingly, the food service industry is often a good fit for former sports stars. Players can lend their name to an establishment where fans can come to pay homage and relive their favorite career highlights. Here are a few restaurants where hockey lovers can go to dine among fellow fans. Wayne Gretzky’s  Wayne Gretzky is arguably the most well-known hockey player to ever start in the NHL. With a career spanning twenty season (1979-1999) across four teams, and as the leading scorer in the league’s history, “The Great One” was immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after his retirement. Since then, Gretzky has stayed busy with endorsements, appearances and his sit-down namesake restaurant in downtown Toronto. The restaurant and bar showcase a personal collection…

25 Years of Loving Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster

If all of the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits served in one day were stacked up, it would tower the height of the Empire State Building 137 times! We’ve been eating Cheddar Bay Biscuits at Red Lobster for 25 years now. Surely that calculation would have our biscuit consumption reaching the moon and back. That’s right. For a quarter century we’ve been craving those fresh out-of-the-oven cheddary carb bombs. The mid-range seafood restaurant first starting offering the biscuits in 1992. Originally offered as “freshly baked, hot cheese garlic bread,” the biscuits changed name a few years later to better reflect the other seaside offerings of the restaurant and more accurately describe what they are — I mean, they are definitely biscuits, no? You may remember, they were also originally served to guests waiting to be seated, rather than in a basket table side. The biscuits became so popular, guests requested them…