Nicole Duncan

The Queen of Barbecue Fires Up Another Showstopper

Melissa Cookston likes to play with fire. “In a former life, I must have been a pyro because anything dealing with flames, I’m all in. Servers will say, ‘If you open that kitchen door wide enough, you’ll probably see her back there on that wood-fired grill because she loves charring things; she’s got those flames leaping up pretty high,’” she says.

The Good Times Roll at NOLA's Revitalized Pontchatrain

Pontchartrain Hotel’s Food & DrinkOpened: June 2016 Location: New OrleansOwners: AJ Capital PartnersAverage Checks:     - Caribbean Room: $80     - Bayou Bar: $22     - Silver Whistle: $13     - Hot Tin: $30Description: In a historic New Orleans hotel, a division of Besh Restaurant Group spruces up with the addition of four concepts.

Atlanta’s Venkman’s Strikes a Chord with Diners

Spotlights in the rafters and a prominent but not overpowering stage off to the side quickly communicate that Venkman’s—despite a well-stocked bar and expanse of dining tables—is not your run-of-the-mill restaurant.

The Top 100 Independent Restaurants—The 1800s

Imagine owning a restaurant that’s older than our Independence Day celebration. Impossible for most of us to grasp, but restaurants that have stood the test of time are lessons in excellence and entertainment.

The Top 100 Independent Restaurants—The 1900s

Imagine owning a restaurant that’s older than our Independence Day celebration. Impossible for most of us to grasp, but restaurants that have stood the test of time are lessons in excellence and entertainment.

Portland’s Prodigal Son Cooks Up Classic Korean

Han OakOpened: January 2016Location: Portland, OregonOwners: Peter Cho and Sun Young ParkAverage Check: $50; $35 prix fixe menuDescription: After a decade in New York City, an Oregon chef returns to his roots and explores a new culinary heritage.

Forgotten to Fine Dining: Food Scraps Take Center Stage

Once an unsexy topic ushered to the sidelines, food waste is steadily moving into the limelight as chefs welcome the challenge of creating tasty dishes with scraps.In February, Balzac Wine Bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joined the legion of waste disruptors with a unique proposition: Every Sunday from 10 p.

Grit Meets Glam at Las Vegas' Beauty & Essex

Beauty & EssexOpened: May 2016Location: Las Vegas, NevadaOwner: Chris Santos, Rich Wolf, TAO GroupAverage Check: $70Description: The second location of Beauty & Essex champions the original spirit, but with an extra shot of opulence.

Imperial Lamian Introduces Chicago to The Next Ramen

Chefs are, arguably, masters of their culinary craft, but few call themselves specialists. Over the course of a career, a chef will often prepare a multitude of dishes and cuisines. At least that’s the case in the United States.

The 5 Most Outlandish Drinks in North America

For many in the restaurant biz, summertime means open patios, extended hours, out-of-town visitors, lighter menu items, and extra cool libations. Menu innovators seem especially smitten by that last one.

The LA Police Academy Lays Down the Law—and Breakfast

Nestled in Elysian Park, an unassuming diner seems miles away from the bustling highways of Los Angeles, when in fact it is right in the center. The recently renovated interior still sports retro flourishes—a throwback to the café’s founding decades ago.

7 Places Health Fanatics Need to Try in Atlanta

Every time I go to Atlanta, I can’t help but think it’s a baby Los Angeles. Terrible traffic—even Sunday mornings—sprawling layout with no discernible center, and strip malls galore. The differences (yes, there are many) don’t quite work in Atlanta’s favor: LA has the beach, heavenly weather, and one of the most health-forward food scenes in the world.