Posts for February 17, 2012

Taco Bell Will Unleash Their Doritos Tacos on America Next Month

Yum?

Everyone who follows such things probably already knew that Taco Bell's latest gimmick (besides trying to get everyone to call breakfast "first meal") was a taco that came in an oversize Doritos shell. It's either an abomination or a stroke of genius, depending on how you look at it, but whatever your opinion, you should know that it will be available to stoners around the country when the chain begins selling it nationwide on March 8.

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La Morra Team Remakes 88 Wharf; What's Next for Namaskar?

Milton: Come springtime, La Morra's Joshua and Jennifer Ziskin will overhaul the menu at Milton's riverfront 88 Wharf, giving it an Italian twist, while Silvertone mixologist Josh Childs will upgrade the drinks menu. [Grub Street]

Davis Square: Rumors abound that strong, silent Indian restaurant Namaskar, after a few weeks of sketchy service and food, has closed. Hope not! [Live Journal]

Copley Place: Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao will replace the Palm inside the Westin. All together now: Another steakhouse! [AH]

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How René Redzepi Throws a Dinner Party

How does the chef and owner of the world's best restaurant relax on his day off? Oh, you know, he invites Dave Chang over to his very attractive flat in Copenhagen, whips up some oyster-and-chanterelle toasts, steams some mussels that he plucked from a fjord — the usual. And not a single middle finger in sight! [Bon Appétit, Related]

Yelp About to Go Public

Having put that pesky pay-to-play lawsuit behind them, Yelp began their IPO process late last year, and they're getting close. As Forbes reports, the S.F.-based citizen-review aggregator is set to go public shortly, and just yesterday they disclosed for the first time what they think they're worth: $840 million, or between $12 and $14 per share.

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Next El Bulli Auction Raises Over $200,000 ... So Far

Next's Dutch Auction page has raised $215,000 as of this morning.Photo: courtesy Next

The revolutionary nature of Next's business model and ticketing-reservations system (well analyzed here) continues to unfold. Now that it's succeeded in its first objective (the reasonably orderly upfront collection of thousands of dollars in return for hundreds of seats at Next all through 2012), it's moved on to what seemed, initially, a fairly minor side aspect of the latest iteration of the system — raising money for charity. Well, we're pretty sure that raising six figures in about a day never counts as minor in the world of charity.

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The Grafton Group's New Restaurant Is Called Park

The Grafton Group (Grafton Street, Russell House Tavern, etc) will open their new concept, Park, soon at 59 JFK Street. The space formerly housed their Redline, which closed in May to make way for this new spot. The restaurant will serve New American food; chef Mark Goldberg has worked at Mistral and Woodward. Stay tuned for more! [Park/Facebook]

SoBe’s ‘Burger Bash 2012’ Menu Revealed!

Turn up the heat!

Around this time next week, a slew of sun-kissed chefs, burger-lovers, and food fanatics will be heading down to Miami for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. At the heart of the long weekend sizzles the 6th Annual Burger Bash Hosted by Rachael Ray, with tickets at $225. The high-intensity cook-off gives a juicy platform to almost every chef on the map, from Guy Fieri and Andrew Carmellini to Husk's Sean Brock. This year's massive menu looks fierce, featuring the dominating Bash Burger (with which Chris Santos just posed), a steak-frites burger, a "porky burger," a Hangover 2 burger, and a whole mess more. Good luck, grillers!!

SoBe Burger Bash 2012 Menu [PDF]

Is Otto Pizza the New (Kinder, Gentler) Upper Crust?

Photo: Otto/Facebook

Maine-based pizza purveyor Otto will expand once again — this time to Coolidge Corner. The mini-chain, known for fun toppings, opened in Harvard Square last year (and recently got even more publicity thanks to angry Mario Batali, who called the humble shop's owners "d bags and thieves" for using the same name as one of his New York restaurants. Shouldn't you be above that kind of thing when you're Mario Batali?). But Batali's ego isn't the only thing that cheery Otto might threaten. We're looking at you, Upper Crust.

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Northeastern Students Have a Bone to Pick With Chick-Fil-A

Students are balking over Chick-fil-A's plans.

Chick-fil-A might open a Boston location at Northeastern University. Odd, we know, considering the chain's reputation for anti-gay stances (not to mention those pesky charges of racism), and Boston's reputation for being fairly liberal and progressive.

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Chili Recall in Ludlow; Barack's Bad Idea

• Some things are just better homemade: Ludlow's Chili Station has recalled 3,800 pounds worth of products sold in Massachusetts, including containers and bags of beef chili with beans, and containers and one-pound bags of turkey chili. [AP via Herald]

• Oops! Barack Obama apparently stopped by a San Francisco Chinese restaurant that is among the handful of places in the U.S. still serving shark-fin soup. (For the record, the President ordered dumplings and steamed buns.) [SF Chron]

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