Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development
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Vegan fare is moving from functional to decadent, enticing a wider range of consumers.
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Wee potatoes are expressing the kitchen’s creativity while answering the call for fun, sociable, flavor-forward fare
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Chefs are rediscovering the potential of this classic technique. The Hasselback technique encourages a fun interpretation of today’s best flavor systems.
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New York-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que recently added two signature barbecue bowls to its menu
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Tips to help you manage operations while keeping up with trends
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Thanks to inspired flavor combinations, today's chicken wings are taking flight
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When it comes to sundaes, chefs are upping the flavor and textural ante, choosing intriguing combinations and pulling in on-trend ingredients.
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Modern nachos are showcasing unexpected flavor systems
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Gilmore Catering offers B.O.B.’s Brewery Deviled Eggs with maple bacon “fries”
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Cottage Inn Pizza offers The Cuban - pulled pork and ham, Carolina gold barbecue sauce and pickles
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Bourbon House offers a Fried Oyster BLT with smoked pork belly, tomato jam and micro arugula
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Shula’s Steak House offers Double-Cut Lamb Chops with blistered heirloom tomatoes and roasted artichoke
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The Soda Shop's Bomb.com is made with Red Bull, strawberry, watermelon, fresh orange
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The Forge offers a Two-Pound Lobster Pot Pie with root vegetables and mustard sauce
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The Oval Room offers Yellowfin Tuna Crudo with blood orange, hearts of palm, lipstick radish, smoked trout roe, yuzu emulsion
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The Guild House offers Scallops with English peas, glazed baby carrots, parsnip purée, carrot-orange vinaigrette
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Bar Louie offers a Spiked Bulleit Bourbon Burger with spiked housemade sauce with Bulleit bourbon, topped with cheddar cheese, cream cheese, applewood-smoked bacon and crispy onion strings
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Copeland’s of New Orleans offers Oysters, Bacon & Brie - fried oysters, Brie, creamed spinach, bacon, yellow pepper coulis, citrus- honey gastrique, microgreens
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Vital Dining's Festival! Fried dough with tamarind glaze, coconut ice cream and coconut flakes
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Storm King Lounge offers Japanese Sticky Wing with sambal teriyaki and dynamite, pickled beet salad, fried ramen garnish
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Mr. Gatti’s Pizza - Pepperoni Rolls with pepperoni and provolone, fresh-made dough, with pizza or ranch sauce
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The St. Paul Grill offers a St. Paul Grill Crab Cake - colossal blue crab served with citrus-tarragon aïoli
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The Gyro Shack offers a Spicy Bacon Avocado Gyro
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Claudia Restaurant's Pho - Wagyu beef, basil, jalapeño, noodles, bean sprouts, micro cilantro and basil
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Coastal Grill & Bar offers a Coastal Crab Burger topped with spinach salad, crab dip, tortilla strips
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Cava offers a Grapefruit + Mint Raspberry Shrub
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Fogo de Chão's Braised Beef Rib Sliders - Xingu beer-braised beef topped with caramelized onions and melted smoked provolone on toasted brioche buns
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Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute offers Banh Mi Alaska Black Cod Sliders with pickled vegetables, jalapeño, cilantro, cucumber, Sriracha and lime juice, on a baguette
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Harvard University offers Chicken Tinga with cilantro rice and zucchini crema
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Red Star Tavern's Manila Clam Velouté with early green garlic and smoked bacon
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Publik Draft House's Falafel Balls - Deep-fried chickpea balls, quinoa salad, red pepper hummus, tzatziki
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Captain D’s offers Cajun Fish Tenders with D’s Dippin’ Sauce
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Kachina Southwestern Grill offers Chocolate Cola Cake with pepita crunch, caramel sauce and honey-lavender caviar
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Webster’s Prime offer scallops with clamshell mushrooms, spring peas, dashi and pork belly
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At Bodega Negra in NYC the Disco Nap contains tequila, espresso, Amaro Averna, Ancho Reyes and coconut milk.
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Pint Brothers Alehouse offers Pint Bros. Burger with beer cheese, tomato, chives, crispy onions, toasted pretzel bun
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Applebee’s Firecracker Shrimp Cavatappi - Crispy Sriracha shrimp, grilled zucchini, red bell pepper, red onion, cavatappi, Parmesan-Sriracha cream sauce
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The Dutch makes its Gripper’s Grail with homemade chocolate and caramel ice cream, passionfruit sorbet, homemade marshmallow fluff, caramelized banana, chocolate mousse, crunchy meringue
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Luke’s Kitchen & Bar offers Red Snapper Ceviche with cashew butter, pickled mango and jalapeño sorbet
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The Bellwether's Fava e Cicoria - Dried fava bean purée, Mission figs, Parmigiano, Arnaud AOC olive oil, frisée
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Newk’s Eatery offers an Ahi Tuna Salad with radishes, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, greens and ginger-wasabi dressing
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Loews Chicago Hotel's Catcher in the Rye, made with Rittenhouse rye, beet syrup, lemon, Angostura bitters, ginger ale
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The Feast.LA's Surf & Turf Pancake - Garlic-poached crab, wine-braised oxtails, micro wasabi and baby cherry tomatoes over a jalapeño hot-water cornbread
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Cotton Restaurant offers an Almond-Encrusted Turkey Schnitzel with cheddar cheese gratinée, bourbon applesauce, mashed potatoes and buttered green beans
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Subway's Italian Hero with mortadella, capicola, Genoa salami and provolone
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Nel Centro offers Housemade Baked Ricotta with local greens, shaved Oregon black truffles and black truffle vinaigrette
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Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours offer Coastal South Seafood Pasta - Pappardelle, Georgia white shrimp, Gulf crawfish tails, calamari, Alfredo sauce
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The Wallace's Cauliflower Steak with confit garlic mash, opal basil salsa verde, A-2 sauce
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California Milk Advisory Board with Nico - Makeover Cheese-Rind Mousse with Mission figs and red mustard greens
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Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop offers The Bobbie - Homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo
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Waypoint Seafood & Grill offers Oysters the Waypoint Way with Virginia smokehouse ham, cheddar, spinach, Chesapeake Bay crab and Béarnaise
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Virginia Tech's African Jollof Chicken with masala chai sauce and burnt grape tomatoes
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Barcelona Wine Bar's Burnt Basque Cheesecake with Luxardo cherries
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Burger 21's Bayou Burger - Andouille sausage and turkey burger topped with blackened grilled shrimp, Sriracha, rémoulade, Ragin’ Cajun slaw, on a toasted brioche bun
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Idaho Potato Commission with The Farm House - Hot Chicken with biscuit purée, warm potato salad, kohlrabi, candied skin
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Ripple offers Hen Egg with hay-smoked potatoes, grilled maitake, pickled shimeji, veal sweetbreads and cured yolk
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Canoe offers Slow Roasted Carolina Rabbit with candied garlic sauce
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Red’s Table offers a Caramel Corn Sundae Vanilla funnel cake, buttered popcorn ice cream, salted caramel corn
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Richlandtown Inn's Filet Special - Center-cut filet, blue cheese-white wine-shallot cream sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon
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The Cookery offers a Creamy Chocolate Polenta with graham cracker and toasted marshmallow
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Laurel Hardware's Lila Downs - Green chartreuse, lime, La Niña del Mezcal Espadin, Casamigos Blanco Tequila and Giffard Banane du Brésil liqueur
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R&R Barbeque offers The Caveman Burger with smoked sausage, pulled pork, jalapeño, pepper Jack and R&R sweet sauce
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Fatz Cafe's Southern Sampler includes calabash chicken, pimento cheese dip, garlic bread, fried pickle skewers, potato straws
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University of Montana offers The Beet Reuben - Sliced beets, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, marble rye bread
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Rasa offers Bombay Sliders with tamarind chutney, cilantro chutney and a market salad
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True Aussie Beef & Lamb offers Braised Grass-fed Aussie Short Rib Salad with pretzel croutons and honey-bourbon vinaigrette
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Bird & Bone offers Chef Hales’ Hot Chicken with Florida honey, house mustard, cucumber pickles
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Wood Ranch offers a Certified Angus Beef Giant Short Rib
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Norms Restaurants offers a Habanero Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburger with habanero-jalapeño cheddar cheese, bacon, batter-fried jalapeño, habanero mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, red onions, heat-blistered jalapeño
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Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House - Seared Scallops with beet vinaigrette, cauliflower purée and microgreens
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Olga’s Kitchen offers Carolina BBQ Olga - Barbecue smoked pork, cheddar, pickle, onion straws
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Texas de Brazil's Matambre Recheado contains braised rolled beef stuffed with ground beef, onion, carrot, sausage, eggs, bacon and scallion
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Compère Lapin - Curried Goat with sweet potato gnocchi and cashews
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Livingston Restaurant + Bar offers LowCountry Seafood Boil - Cracked crab, shrimp, andouille sausage, chicken, new potatoes, Georgia sweet corn
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Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board offers the mouthwatering Fried Chicken & Pimento Cheese Sandwich - Chicken cutlet, cheddar biscuit, pimento cheese, heirloom tomatoes, pickles, lettuce
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At Beehive Kitchen East Meets West with Whole-grain brown rice, sweet potato glass noodles, Szechuan green beans, ahi tuna poke, citrus-marinated avocado, Thai coconut curry
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JP Atlanta's Wild Mushroom Flatbread with goat cheese, arugula, and egg fried in olive oil
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Del Taco Restaurants offers Huevos Rancheros - Epic Burrito with Mexican chorizo, freshly scrambled eggs, sliced avocado, slow-cooked beans, cheddar, roasted chile salsa and sour cream
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Chumley’s 86'D Burger has bone marrow, Chumley's sauce, crispy shallot, cheese
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Mioposto Pizza's Melanzane - eggplant, mozzarella, arugula, mint-basil salsa verde, served with bread
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Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen offers a Beef Filet with mushroom and Cognac XO sauce
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National Honey Board offers a Hot Honey Pan-Asian Poutine
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Dos Urban 's Cantina Raw Scallop AguaChile with sweet potato purée, pickled red onion, spicy lime aguachile, cilantro, chia seed.
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RAM Restaurant & Brewery features a Buttface Amber Ale Chicken Sandwich.
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Chauhan Ale & Masala House's Hot Chicken Pakoras features house blend spice mix, crispy chicken, ghost pepper sauce
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PDQ's Buffy Bleu Fried Chicken Sandwich with Buffalo sauce, lettuce, toasted brioche bun
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Vinoteca's Gnocchi with braised lamb sugo and porcini mushrooms
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Gan Shan Station' offers Lamb Belly with Sichuan peppercorns, cucumber, pickled peach
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Which Wich's Superfood Wich Vegan black bean patty and quinoa wrapped in a spinach tortilla
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Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken & Oysters offers a Golden Rice Porridge Bowl with pork belly, boiled peanuts, Calabrese chile and six-minute egg
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OB Surf Lodge offers a Sunchoke Soup with duck confit, mushrooms, dried cherries and sunchoke chips
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Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates & Gardens offers a Sunchoke Soup with duck confit, mushrooms, dried cherries and sunchoke chips
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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa's Rotisserie Roasted Free-Range Chicken with lemon and rosemary, seasonal vegetables, and whipped potatoes.
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Avocados from Mexico offers Mac 'N' Ado with avocado Mornay sauce, asparagus and cherry tomatoes
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Cheddar's Sweet Heat Chicken & Shrimp, with ginger-garlic rice and side salad of mixed greens, carrot, cucumber and tomato vinaigrette
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FoodE offers a Smoked Trout Salad with romaine, wheat berries, fresh vegetables, avocado and bacon
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CarneVino Italian Steakhouse offers a Chocolate & Peanut Butter Torte with peanut brittle and salted peanut butter caramel
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Ani Ramen House's Chicken Katsu Curry Ramen - Japanese curry and panko-breaded chicken over ramen noodles
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National Peanut Board offers Korean Barbecue - Chicken Wings with five-spiced peanuts
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Lago's Gnocchi Carbonara offers housemade gnocchi, pancetta, peas, cream, egg yolk, black pepper
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Rossopomodoro offers Polpetta di Melanzane - Eggplant, tomato purée, bread crumbs, mozzarella, pecorino, egg, garlic, basil
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Crushed Red's This Pear is on Fire - Spiced pears, dried cranberries, bacon, goat cheese, avocado, spinach, house mix, habanero-honey dressing, candied walnuts
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Liquid Riot offer Venison Meatloaf Sliders with melted Gruyère, Maine blueberry ketchup, whiskey onions
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Nazca Mochica's Mochica Cebiche comprises lime-marinated seasonal whitefish, cilantro, red onions, caramelized sweet potato, choclo
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Cinnaholic's Cookie Monster - Cinnamon roll, cream cheese frosting, homemade cookie dough, chocolate sauce
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Watermark Restaurant offers Grit Soufflé - local goat cheese, grits, bacon beurre blanc, shiitake and crispy leek
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Eventide Oyster Co offers the Eventide Brown Butter Lobster Roll with Lobster meat, brown butter vinaigrette, bao-style steamed bun, sea salt, chives
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Bennigan’s offers Lina’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich - fried chicken breast, pepper Jack, Sriracha aïoli, coleslaw, brioche roll
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Sixth Engine - Seared Rockfish with green wax beans, peewee potatoes, toasted almonds, lemon confit
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Great Wolf Lodge - Chile-Coffee Rubbed Lamb with roasted carrots, puréed potatoes and mint gastrique
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Ron's Steakhouse's Filet Mignon au Poivre - beef medallions, cracked green peppercorns, sauce of heavy cream, shallots, Dijon mustard and cognac.
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Hen Quarter's Watermelon Salad - compressed watermelon, mozzarella, baby heirloom tomatoes, fennel, cucumbers, basil, lemon-curd vinaigrette.
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Le Petit Paris's flambeéd black truffle pasta - black truffle pasta flambéd in cognac in a parmesan cheese wheel, topped with fresh truffles.
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Slipsteam's hearty, comforting Yukatan Stew - pork, sweet potatoes, and rutabaga with roasted onions, garlic and tomatoes.
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Annunciation's offers a Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Creole fried black rice, sweet potato-habanero sauce and signature “Steel sauce”. “The dish is warm, cool, salty, sweet, spicy, meaty, light, crunchy and tender.”
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Primehouse steakhouse's Venison Chop uses Miyazaki beef fat to make the real flavor difference. It's served with red wine venison sausage made in house, and a lavender broth with diced vegetables and baby root vegetables.
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Quaintrelle's latest beet salad juxtaposes earthy and buttery flavors (roasted sunchokes, beets and toasted cashews), with contrasting sharper elements (ancho cress, radish, tahini purée and lemon oil to finish).
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Champagne French Bakery's decadent sandwich is made with sliced Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese and creamy béchamel sauce, served between two buttered slices of pain de mie. It’s topped with a mild grated Swiss cheese, then oven-baked to create a flavorful crust.
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Laurel Point's Poke Burrito - sushi rice, black beans, avocado, chuka wakame, marinated tuna, cabbage and spicy mayonnaise.
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Income Tax's Pan Con Tomate - house saffron bread, gelled tomato water and garlic.
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Vitality Bowls' Dragon Bowl - pitaya, mango, pineapple, coconut, raspberries, banana, almonds, goji berries, kiwi, strawberries, honey and bee pollen
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Spitz Restaurants' loaded fries, with cool cucumber-y tzatziki, a spicy, garlicky tomato sauce, red and green cabbage slaw, diced onions and pepperoncinis.