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OpenTable's Best Service, Vancouver Restaurants Booming

LISTICLES—OpenTable has announced its 50 nationwide picks for the restaurants with the Best Service. On the list are notables such as Canlis in Seattle, Daniel in New York, The French Laundry in Yountville, TRU in Chicago, and Vetri in Philadelphia, pictured. Phil Vettel is not pleased with the list. [OT]

VANCOUVER—Just how much are Vancouver restaurants reaping the benefits of the Olympics? Brace: "Restaurant sales in the downtown core of Vancouver are up 89 per cent during the Olympics; Yaletown district sales jumped a whopping 128 per cent ... Some restaurants in the high-traffic zones are reporting sales increases of between 300 and 400 per cent." [VS]

MEDIA—Salon files a thoughtful piece on how food television is changing America. In interviewing an NYU food studies professor, everything gets broken down from a cultural standpoint, be it competition cooking or Rachael Ray as counterpart to the chef-dudes. [Salon]

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