LUNCH SPOT: MAGNOLIA'S

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LUNCH SPOT: MAGNOLIA'S

 

In Charleston, Magnolias has been offering award-winning Southern cuisine since opening in 1990. “More than 25 years later, our menu continues to evolve, featuring both classic and modern interpretations of Lowcountry fare,” says executive chef Kelly Franz. “This includes showcasing inventive takes on Southern cuisine while honoring local South Carolina ingredients. Two of our favorites include the Boiled Peanut Hummus and the Down South Egg Rolls. We think both local and visiting diners love seeing unique plays with traditional ingredients and southern flair.” 

- usatoday.com

 

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LUNCH SPOT: MON AMI GABI

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LUNCH SPOT: MON AMI GABI

Remember that scene at the end of Ocean’s 11 when they’re all staring at the fountain in front of the Bellagio Casino? Well, in the alt ending of that movie, they all turn around and walk across the street to eat at Mon Ami Gabi. 

 

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LUNCH LEGEND: ABIGMACK

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LUNCH LEGEND: ABIGMACK

Five National lunch wins in a row. If that's not enough to earn you the title of Lunch Legend then what the heck are we all doing here? Check out the interview with Lunch's fastest rising star, ABigMack.
 

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LUNCH SPOT: TORCHY'S TACOS

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LUNCH SPOT: TORCHY'S TACOS

 

The gist: Taquerias – make that great taquerias – dominate the Denver culinary landscape. But when Torchy's Tacos, a cult-favorite, Austin-based chain, announced it was expanding to the Mile High City, there was a collective fist bump. And when it finally opened in the midst of a Colorado snowstorm last week, hundreds of fans braved the elements to get a taste of the newest taco in town. Here's what to know before you go.

The food: The joint's "Damn Good Tacos" slogan isn't an exaggeration. More than 20 Americanized tacos, all with cheeky names, grace the menu, and while excessive overflow seems to be the name of the game, the combinations equate to riots of flavor. Take the Dirty Sanchez with soft-scrambled eggs, a fried poblano chile, escabeche carrots, guacamole, cheese and creamy poblano sauce. (If there's any complaint, it's that the corn tortillas fall apart far too easily.) Along with tacos, there are a half-dozen salsas; a grande burrito; green chile queso; street corn topped with ancho aïoli and queso fresco; scratch-made brownies; and deep-fried chocolate chip cookies crowned with cherries.

- From Zagat

 

Spotted by KelceyEats

 

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LUNCH SPOT: BOOTS AND SHOE SERVICE

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LUNCH SPOT: BOOTS AND SHOE SERVICE

 

I  used the opportunity of being in the East Bay to check out a Top 100 restaurant and headed to Boot & Shoe Service.  It’s owned by Charlie Hallowell, who also runs the equally deserving Pizzaiolo, which is also in Oakland.

The place was packed, with good reason: The food still has a distinctive style and freshness that has distinguished it since it opened in 2009. I’m in love with the pizza, particularly the margherita where the char on the slightly chewy, blistered  crust seems to bring out the sweetness in the tomato sauce, balanced by just the right amount of acid. The almost singular nuances of oregano enhanced, but didn’t overpower, the blend.

The cocktails were spot-on, the chicory Caesar salad tasted just picked and dressed, and the spaghetti with cauliflower, peppers and a profusion of crunchy bread crumbs had a surprising earthiness. I’d had plenty to eat but I couldn’t pass up the fruit and hazelnut trifle, and the apple and sour cherry crostata, that has a similar char as the pizza crust.
So while Longitude lured me over the Bay Bridge, it was Boot & Shoe Service that made the trip worth the effort.

-SFGate

 

Spotted by JenMillerDickey

 

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LUNCH SPOT: THE KITCHEN NEXT DOOR

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LUNCH SPOT: THE KITCHEN NEXT DOOR

 

While Elon Musk is building sexy green cars and space rockets, his brother Kimbal is also saving the world - with sustainable food. Three weeks ago I landed with a gaggle of girls at The Kitchen Next Door in Boulder, Colorado. Having spent the majority of my childhood in South Africa, it was a proud moment to learn the restaurant is owned by one of the Musk brothers - those Musk brothers - also from South Africa. The restaurant had recently posted a photograph on their Facebook page of a massive pile of locally-grown kale. I'm guessing it was probably this kale - salted, turned into crispy chips and Incredible Hulk green - that Luke served, plate after wonderful plate, to me and my friends. Despite being brimful of wine at the time, I could taste a deeper story.

-Inhabitat

 

Spotted by PotatoMan

 

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LUNCH SPOT: VELVET TACOS

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LUNCH SPOT: VELVET TACOS

 

The logo looks like it belongs on the front of a Von Dutch hat. Add loud music and a broad visual air of trying too hard, and Velvet Taco equates to the most obnoxious fast-casual restaurant of 2002. And it’s a chain, small and Dallas-based, but nonetheless, not a native Houston business. Yet after visiting last night, Velvet Taco still has my heart, or at least my tastebuds.
 
There are 21 tacos on the menu, touching down all over the globe, with fillings ranging from falafel to Cubano-style pickles and pork. Two would have been more than enough to fill my belly, but choosing was so difficult, even three didn’t feel like enough. I ended up having to skip the aforementioned tacos, as well as the fish-and-chips, shrimp-and-grits and annatto shredded pork with grilled pineapple I was eager to try.

-from “Houstonia”

 
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Spotted by Tagamador

 


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LUNCH SPOT: THE ALBRIGHT

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LUNCH SPOT: THE ALBRIGHT

 

Wonderful story: In 1977 two young Korean immigrants, Hae Ju Kim and her husband, arrived here with almost no money, but somehow they managed to lease a place at the Pier and called it SM Pier Seafood.For some 35 years they ran it night and day, catering to the hordes of tourists who flock here every summer. This year, they agreed to turn it over to their 32-year-old daughter, Yunnie Kim Morena, who took over the business after successfully operating Fred Segal Couture for over 10 years. Yunnie and her husband, Greg Morena, who serves as President of the restaurant's management team, then instituted a complete revamp of the place which is situated right next to the Pier's parking lot. "We modernized and streamlined the look while preserving the restaurant's original atmosphere and character. I grew up in Santa Monica and this restaurant was a big part of my life," she told me. I asked her why the name? Was it named for our former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and she laughed and said "no," it was named for The Albright, the well-known (but not to me) nautical knot, symbolizing the tying together of two paths, two generations.

-Huffington Post

 

Spotted by ChristosBobistos

 

 

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LUNCH LEGEND: WONDERGOOD

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LUNCH LEGEND: WONDERGOOD

The Lone Star Luncher, a.k.a. Wondergood from Dallas, TX showed up on the lunch scene on 11/23/15 with a modest salad. No one could have predicted on that day that nearly a month and a half later he would be one of the most prolific Lunchers of his time. It’s a funny thing, lunch. Some people are just really really good at it. Check out Luncher Wondergood’s interview and maybe get a few tips from a true Lunch Legend.

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LUNCH SPOT: BOSSANOVA RAMEN

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LUNCH SPOT: BOSSANOVA RAMEN

 

“A little less compelling, but still very good, are two mutant ramens at a Chinatown shop that opened without the typical frenzy last summer. An offshoot of a ramen-ya in Tokyo, Bassanova is spare and white, with “The Kinfolk Table” cookbook and other totems of Greenpoint chic stacked on a communal table. Bassanova is best known for its green curry ramen. While it didn’t have the aromatic punch of its role models in Thailand, it was still warming and complex, with loads of fried garlic among the excellent roast pork, okra and shrimp. I was more taken with the ramen topped with lemon slices, especially after the server went at it with a pepper grinder. What do lemons and black pepper have to do with ramen? Nothing, but they are magically good in this one.”

-from NY Times article 

 

Spotted by TheCerraShow

 

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LUNCH SPOT: BLACK BELLY

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LUNCH SPOT: BLACK BELLY

 

In the six years since Hosea Rosenberg won Bravo’s Top Chef, the Boulder chef has further honed his culinary skills by running a food truck and launching a catering company. And now, finally, he has a restaurant to call his own. His skill in Blackbelly’s kitchen matches his dedication to making sure Colorado ingredients receive the spotlight. (Rosenberg also co-owns Blackbelly Farm in Boulder County, where he grows some produce and raises sheep, ducks, chickens, and pigs for the restaurant.) The much-anticipated eatery has been jammed since the day it opened as diners flock for bold dishes in a long-overlooked section of east Boulder.

{from 5280.com}

 

Spotted by StephenDalton

 

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LUNCH SPOT: PIES ‘n’ THIGHS

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LUNCH SPOT: PIES ‘n’ THIGHS

 


Pies ’n’ Thighs started in 2006, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge. They took over a beer storage closet and transformed it into a tiny kitchen with six stools, serving huge donuts, two-napkin smoked pork sandwiches and salty, crispy fried chicken. The New York Times called the pies and the thighs “…a compelling combination, well executed and put forth with real heart—the sort of restaurant that’s hard to find, especially in the big city, but easy to love once found.”

They’ve been awarded Best Donut in New York by New York, Best Biscuits in New York by the New York Daily News, and Best Apple Pie and Best Fried Chicken in national surveys by Food & Wine and Bon Appétit.

And for New Yorkers who are too sheepish to cross the bridge, Pies ‘n’ Thighs recently opened up a second location in the Lower East Side, so check it out and tell them Luncher sent you ;)
 

 

Spotted By Tagamador

 


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LUNCH SPOT: IDA CLAIRE

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LUNCH SPOT: IDA CLAIRE

 

5001 Beltline Rd, Dallas, TX


Ida Claire might sound like a line of fragrances at Macy’s, but it ain’t. It’s a southern inspired restaurant/bar in Dallas, Texas (Central Lunch Zone) that makes their own gin and has chicken and waffles available all day. Luncher say what?? And if you want to win lunch in style they’ve got a converted airstream in the back patio you can sit in.
 


Immediately upon arrival to this lunch destination, Lunchers will observe birdcages with taxidermied birds hanging from the ceilings - a not so subtle hint that things are a little different here. Of his dishes, Ida Claire’s Chef de cuisine Fitzgerald Dodd said they’ll be "served in an untraditional way with subtle global influences." The Chicken in a Biscuit submitted by Luncher Wondergood is considered one of their signature dishes and definitely one of the most sought after. And apparently their greatness goes beyond the southern savory  - check out this write-up of their famous “vice cake” http://bit.ly/1QqNsho.

And here’s their lunch menu to slobber over: http://bit.ly/1IiWBpq 

 
 

Spotted By Wondergood




 

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