This post originally appeared on September 1, 2018, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.
I’ll preface this note by saying I bet it feels very much like summer where you are at this exact moment. I predict you’ll be eating fruit pies and lobster rolls and tacos and sausages out of doors for another MONTH at least. I bet you’re right this very second gearing up for some great Labor Day weekend cookout or beach trip or camping thing. Do people still go to waterslide parks? I bet someone’s doing that. Summer’s not over.
But ... FALL. Fall is coming. And it is hands-down the most exciting time for restaurant lovers. The kids are in school, the OOO email responses taper off, work gets serious. You have business dinners, date nights, weekend lunches meeting up with friends who were always at some beach house or cabin all summer.
Restaurants that might have gone through summer lulls get busy again. And because the season has such a new year-new you vibe, fall is also when all the major players like to debut their new restaurants.
Of course, we are here to serve and thus have guides to all the exciting openings taking place nationally and locally in all of our Eater cities. (Think of it as a cheat sheet to next summer’s best new restaurant lists.) As a New Yorker I’m most looking forward to two spots from two of my favorite restaurant world couples — Pisellino from Jody Williams and Rita Sodi and Saint Julivert Fisherie from Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Nationally, I am very intrigued by Lamaii in Vegas, Nightshare in LA, and Fox and the Knife in Boston.
Get excited. But for now enjoy the beach.
- Intel: Seattle empire-builder Renee Erickson just opened a swanky new bar in the Amazon Spheres; apparently some very special Philly pretzels are coming to New York; this year’s MAD food conference happened; the Pumpkin Spice Latte, really just a hot milkshake, is back for 2018; Manresa chef David Kinch will open a new restaurant in Santa Cruz; cops caught LA’s famed dine-and-dash dater, a man who walked out of bills with 10 different women across the city; the landlord for Ken Friendman and April Bloomfield restaurant White Gold claims the restaurateurs owe him $60k; the landlords of famed LA deli Langer’s put the building on the market; Jamie Oliver’s empire was hours away from financial ruin before he saved it with his own money; New Orleans icon Galatoire’s has a new chef, Phillip Lopez; DC is about to get a giant branch of Miami’s glitzy Peruvian chain Pisco & Nazca; the original Nong’s chicken and rice cart in Portland is closing; and Jimi Famurewa is the first ever black restaurant critic to be on staff at a U.K. national newspaper.
- Reviews: Oxomoco, a taco destination in Brooklyn; Kantine, a refreshing Scandinavian half-day cafe in San Francisco; Brooklyn jerk chicken meccas Peppa’s and Glady’s.
- Watch: episode two of ‘Halo Halo’, our series exploring the meaning of Filipino food in America.
- Buy: wine glasses that professional sommeliers actually like.
- The 101 guide to New Orleans eating.
- Why pizza should be eaten standing up or in front of the TV and why Square sucks.
- Map: the fluffiest pancakes in Austin.
- Some sports stadiums are pivoting to serving actually affordable foodsince they’re gauging fans on ticket prices.
- How the firefighters on the front lines of California’s wildfires eat.
- Op-ed: Boston isn’t boring! And also let’s stop chasing fame!
- A gorgeous photo essay Inside the King’s Hawaiian bread roll factory and restuarants.
This Week on the Podcast
Daniel and I discuss our favorite news stories from the month of August, including the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, the launch of State Fair food season, the dine-and-dash dater, and why it’s so deliciously ironic that Dave Chang is serving a fruit plate for dessert in California.
- The Village Voice will cease publishing new stories [Gothamist]
- Must read: GQ’s roundtable with six top chefs on how to fix toxic restaurant culture. [GQ]
- Respect for the headline but very surprised that restaurants are now getting dinged in restaurant reviews for using plastic straws given the issue was a fringe less than a year ago. Also, let’s not use the word “woke” when refering to restaurants OR enironmental issues. [WaPo]
- What the parental “juggle” is like for a high-profile reporter. [NYT]
- Everything old is new again. The bone luge shot is allegedly back. [WSJ]
- No one actually likes wildly popular and recently dethroned Red Delicious apples. [Munchies]
- 10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk? [Curbed]
- This one goes out to my mom: Just bake with shortening. It’s fine. [Taste]