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The Best Bar Menus in America


Le Bernardin (New York City)

The legendary French restaurant recently opened a separate lounge serving specialties like tuna tartare, scallop ceviche, and a warm lobster sandwich. Proof that the hottest restaurant trend has reached the top of the food chain: It's possible to enjoy gourmet plates without the hassle of hustling for a reservation.

Café Boulud (New York City)

From the plush couches of the restaurant's lounge, Bar Pleiades, indulge in superior sweet and savory bar dishes, from brown-butter risotto and charred baby octopus to a chocolate-pear sundae and warm madeleines.

Volt (Frederick, Md.)

Forget the dining-room extravagances (a 21-course tasting menu?). The lounge has goat-cheese ravioli with Bartlett pears and sage, tuna-avocado tartare, and hanger steak with house-made chips.

Aviary (Chicago)

Tickets to Grant Achatz's Next sell for up to $3,000 on Craigslist. Or you could walk into the adjacent bar, Aviary, which features foie gras with rhubarb, tempura crab, pork belly with coconut curry, and lobster on a cracker with lychee and Comté.

Reef (Houston)

Bryan Caswell's Reef is among Houston's best restaurants, but we recommend you head for the establishment's 3rd Bar, where the highlights are an exceptional view of the city skyline, a seafood plateau, snapper carpaccio, and a bacon-and-caramelized-onion pizza tarte flambé.

Canlis (Seattle)

Although it's been a landmark of Pacific Northwest cuisine since the 1950s, Canlis added edgy fare to its menu three years back, thanks to new chef Jason Franey. In the walk-in lounge, snack on hamachi sashimi with yuzu and apple, boutique-beef Reuben sliders, and smoked-potato soup with black-truffle oil alongside the restaurant's signature vermouth-garlic prawns.

Pok Pok (Portland, Ore.)

Lines outside Andy Ricker's Thai sensation often stretch for a full block. Go down the street to Whiskey Soda Lounge, the restaurant's annex bar, for Ricker's famous fish-sauce wings and spicy-and-sour-cured riblets, plus a late-night menu of the most authentic phat thai outside Chiang Mai.

Quince (San Francisco)

Michael Tusk, a James Beard Award winner, serves Italian food that's so high-end it's almost French. At the bar, graze on fluke carpaccio, beef tartare, and house-made spaghetti with hot pepper and octopus.

Hatfield's (Los Angeles)

An old restaurant reborn in a hot new Hollywood location, Hatfield's has been a huge hit with critics. At the walk-in bar, savor the sous-vide chicken nuggets, pork-belly skewers, and deviled eggs with smoked trout.

Red Medicine (Los Angeles)

This Beverly Hills hot spot's wildly imaginative Vietnamese food makes reservations tough to snag. Head to the bar and feast on Dungeness-crab spring rolls, Vietnamese-style steak tartare, and perfect banh mi.


Best Coffee Bar Desserts in America

The country's best coffee bars--with their exacting baristas and state-of-the-art equipment--have revolutionized the way we start our day. Now they've turned their discerning sights on sweets. Look beyond the latte art and you'll find that the desserts being served at top-tier coffee bars are worthy of their own acclaim. Here are a few of our favorites.

by Nathaniel Meads formerly of Fritz Pastry, for Metropolis Coffee Company in Chicago, IL

This vegan batter is generously versatile: The pastry chef uses it for wedding cakes and cupcakes, too. Funnily enough, its recipe is similar to one from the 1930s for something called a Depression cake.
Coffee Pairing: Enjoy it with an espresso. Sweet pastries go well with stronger brews.

by Elizabeth Quijada from Abraco in New York, NY

Since tea cakes are so moist and delicate, they make a good match for coffee--especially this one with its unexpected black sesame kick.
Coffee Pairing: Try a full-bodied drip coffee, like Counter Culture Coffee's Baroida, to match the cake's earthy sweetness.

by Autumn Martin of Hot Cakes for Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Seattle, WA

"It's like breakfast," Autumn Martin says of her bacon-infused oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe. "It contains a bit more sugar than we might normally consume on our oatmeal, but all the components are there. And coffee paired with oatmeal for breakfast? Well, yeah."
Coffee Pairing: A strong cup of Stumptown's Hair Bender brewed pour-over style or in a French press. "It provides an earthy sip with great chocolate and caramel notes."

by Caitlin Williams Freeman from Blue Bottle in San Francisco

Blue Bottle's pastry chef gives this shortbread a savory edge. Salt is known to temper bitterness, so, she deduces, eating something salty while drinking coffee makes sense.
Coffee Pairing: In the a.m.? A cappuccino. In the p.m., try a medium-bodied, "soft-spoken" coffee like Blue Bottle's Oaxaca Adopta un Cafetal.

** [#image: /photos/57e15e317c2b8d77607819a6]||| Cherry-Ginger Scones |||
by Kim Boyce of Bakeshop for Ristretto Roasters in Portland, OR

For her traditional scone, Kim Boyce, author of Good to the Grain, uses rye flour for its mild, maltlike overtones, which lend greater depth without overpowering the cream.
Coffee Pairing: A fruity pour-over brew, like Ristretto's Cowboy Blend: Its notes of orange and caramel play off the scone's tart cherries.

by Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey for Intelligentsia Coffee in Los Angeles, CA

The buttery crumble topping of this lemony berry muffin is balanced by a surprise vegetal element: thyme.
Coffee Pairing: A single-origin coffee, like Intelligentsia's La Perla de Oaxaca from Mexico. "It leaves hints of ripe blackberry and citrus acidity and a toasty, honeyed finish." -- Charlotte Druckman


The 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America

Like anything worthwhile, a night at Zig Zag Café must be earned. From the fish merchants at Pike Place Market, you'll take stairs, worn wooden ramps, a skybridge, more stairs. Its location renders Google Maps useless. Still, people find it. By 5 p.m. the dozen barstools are almost always filled. Patrons come for the easy conversation and the drink-all-day coziness. Above all, though, they come for the cocktails of Murray Stenson. The man is effortlessly talented, a bartender superhero. In fact, he may be the country's best.

It's not obvious. Murray is not theatrical. He does not wear arm garters or shake things above his head. His endless energy is more about efficiency. Speed. Simplicity. We've seen him glance at a long recipe brought in by a guest, then leave. Did he blow that guy off? After forty-five seconds, he returned with the drink. "Good find!" he said. There is no way he memorized that recipe. There is no way he found the ingredients so quickly. There is no way the cocktail is any good. But thenyou sip. And you understand. Each drink Murray pours is a mini-revelation, an introduction to rare spirits and a bold use of common ones. Behold the Sayonara, whose slow, intense pepper-infused-tequila burn can only be soothed by the sourness from a sip of the same drink: fire and extinguisher in a single glass.

Still, if you ever have doubts about Murray's talents, do this: Sit near the end of the crescent bar. Peek behind it. Look closely at his workstation. Five drink racks. About twelve bottles in each. Artfully tiered from floor to torso, like a medieval organ powered by Dubonnet, kirsch, and Tuaca. If you think any ordinary bartender could play such an instrument, youɽ be wrong.


The Sports Bar Everyone Is Talking About In Your State

Whether you're just looking for a bar with TVs or the supreme spot to settle in and watch a game, these sports bars fit the bill. Yelp users can't get enough of these watering holes for their top-notch bartenders, killer burgers and wings and endless supply of team spirit.

"Wow! Best burger I have ever had. The flavor of the meat was to die for. We also had the nacho fries which were also delicious. The vibe here is totally trendy hipster. Super cute and funky. They have an arcade and photo booth." - Yelp user Chandelle M.

"Best beer bar for 300 miles! Great tap selection, and the 'tenders know their stuff. Good music, nice atmosphere." - Yelp user Mark S.

"Cool little neighborhood bar with a solid liquor/beer selection and food menu. This has become a regular place to stop for a beer or two while we're out. Great service and always a good time." - Yelp user Megan F.

"Love this place. Great pizza, it's our go-to place when we are in town for the races or just craving pizza." - Yelp user Mary S.

"Great atmosphere! Good beer selection. They have tons of games inside. There's space inside and outside to hang out. About time a place like this opened." - Amber S.

"This place was amazing! Warm atmosphere, great service and the food was great. My husband had a burger and fries and I had the chicken relleno &mdash so good. They make their own blue cheese dressing. it was also excellent. I have no reservations recommending this place, we may even go back tonight!!" - Yelp user Marion W.

"If you want the best tasting wings in South Norwalk look no further. The food and atmosphere is amazing!" - Yelp user Roxy L.

"Fantastic food and friendly service at this local community hub. The staff knows all of the customers and the chefs have come up with a well-rounded menu with great pizzas, traditional bar food, Latin favorites and even yummy pastries. Definitely a hidden gem." - Yelp user David T.

"I love this place! Everything I've ever ordered tastes amazing! I love their pizzas. They have plenty of TVs to cover any sports game. Every so often they have live music. They have good daily specials. Plus, they have a few tables outside for when the weather is nice, which is great." - Yelp user Cathy L.

"Cute outdoor bar, great place to watch a soccer game. Very small but it's lively and the food is great. I had the ceviche and yuca fries which were both delicious. Will definitely be back. Good selection of beer with great prices." - Yelp user Paola S.

"LOVE, LIVE, LOVE THIS PLACE! Food & cocktails are fantastic!! Great beers on tap too. Cute as could be inside. Nice back patio with amazing water feature. But best of all is the staff. The owners, Jeff & Rory, are always there to make you feel welcome. If in the Village it's a must-go type of place." - Yelp user Claire I.

"Chad is the BEST! A little hole in the wall in Wailuku. I had no idea this bar existed. The drinks are good but most of all the atmosphere made you feel like you're at home." - Yelp user Ella S.

"Just yes. It looks a little divey, but it's spotlessly clean and the food is AMAZING! The spicy BLT was absolutely delicious. Add the parmesan fries &mdash they might be the best fries I've ever had. My husband had the special tri-tip tacos and he was so busy eating them he didn't talk until dinner was finished!" - Yelp user Shannon L.

"Will's has great service, great atmosphere, great food, and most importantly, lots of Green Bay Packer fans. The only thing that could have made it better would have been a Packers win!" - Yelp user Mike M.

"Quaint downtown location, excellent food and large portions. Beer available. Will definitely visit again." - Yelp user Brenda T.

"Francies has some of the best food. Been coming here for over 20 years and have never had a complaint with the food. Great service also." - Yelp user Pete B.

"I love this place! This is a gem and the go-to spot for a relaxing, long-day dinner. The beers are cheap and the wings are wow." - Yelp user Thessa V.

"Never had a bad experience in this restaurant. Place is always full. When you have an excellent restaurant people want to be there. The service is always top-shelf and the food is prepared to the best tasting and appearance. The Lexatonian salad is the best!" - Yelp user David C

"This is one of the best bars I have ever been to! Fantastic live music. and the most friendly, welcoming crowd and staff! Had an unbelievably fun night here!" - Yelp user L C.

"This is my favorite place to go, whether it's Friday night drinks with the girls, happy hour after a stressful day of work, or football Sunday. The owners are amazing and super friendly. They make the most delicious drinks and their wings are awesome! If you need a place to just come hang out and have a good time with good people this is the place to be!" - Yelp user Alysia R.

"This is an awesome bar/restaurant a little off the beaten path near Fort Meade. Happy Hour is on point with their Chili Fries. The atmosphere and staff are awesome, as well." - Yelp user James L.

"A down home sports bar in Somerville. Great beer, great food, and a perfect low-key ambiance. Wonderful place to spend a few hours with friends catching the game while forgetting about all your other responsibilities. Also, free WiFi and many plugs to charge your devices!" - Yelp user John K.

"This place was phenomenal. I felt like we had the whole place waiting on us. All the staff members were helpful. I had the firecracker shrimp and the sweet 'n spicy chicken. The shrimp was out-of-this-world delicious. The chicken sandwich was also loaded with fresh chicken and I loved it." - Yelp user Hashem A.

"Best burgers in the area, and a diverse menu if you're not wanting a burger. Young and accommodating wait staff, delivering plates done to perfection. We'll be back." - Yelp user Dave S.

"By far the best place to get a great meal and enjoy beautiful sunsets in Natchez. The BBQ pork tacos are amazing and the homemade pickles are to die for. Both the Camparita and the Bees Sting cocktails are spicy and flavorful. The beer selection is the best in town. Great staff and service (which was really hard to find in Natchez)." - Yelp user Katie H.

"Worthy of the five stars! We devoured the Reuben, Italian beef and bacon cheeseburger. The fries were to perfection! Yum! To top it off, they tuned the TV to THE RACE for my hubby. Thanks, Scooter!" - Yelp user Barbara H.

"I would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. Simply fantastic! Great selection of beers and a great atmosphere. Definitely have to get the wings from the kitchen too, quite possibly some of the best wings I've ever had." - Yelp user Joe S.

"I love the feel of this bar! The walls are beautiful brick (duh..), the bartenders are hot, the bloody marys are the best I've had in Omaha (no joke!) and the beer is cheap. Karaoke on Friday nights. Full football packages. Pool tables, dart boards, crackbox, huge bar. And sometime in the near future, a special "whiskey room". Love love love!" - Yelp user Lisa P.

"A very small spot, but the best hospitality and breakfast I have had in Reno to date. The ambiance reminded me of a small town coffee shop, and the waitress was so attentive and sweet, even with a completely packed shop. Though it was a weekday, the whole place was full. The food was amazing, came quicker than anticipated, and they made sure everyone was continuously topped off with coffee, soda, and water. Prices were so reasonable, the quality far exceeded what the price was. I will definitely be back. " - Yelp user Amanda F.

"Great buffalo wings and, hands down, the best burger in Nashua. You can build your own and choose from a huge variety of toppings, they're always perfectly cooked, and to top it off the service has always been great. Can't recommend this place enough." - Yelp user Jeremy H.


Components of an easy BBQ party menu:

  1. appetizer/snack
  2. main protein
  3. veggie-based side
  4. starchy side
  5. dessert
  6. special drink

You don’t need to offer four or five side dishes to go with whatever you’re throwing on the grill, nor do you need eight varieties of chips and three desserts.

When I refer to a “special drink,” it just means something other than water that’s a little bit fun and festive. It could be a signature adult beverage, or a kid-friendly homemade lemonade or fruit punch. It’s an easy way to make your BBQ feel special without going overboard.


A Golfer's Guide to the Best Halfway-House Grub in America

The hot dog is the building block. It's the default order when you're playing an unfamiliar course or when you get to the turn and don't know what you want.

A base model costs around $3, can be ready in less than a minute, and is a blank slate for toppings and condiments. You can hold it in one hand as you're walking to the next tee and wolf it down in three or four bites without taking off your glove. And—let's be honest—even a mediocre one on a grocery-store bun tastes pretty good with a cold beer or an iced tea.

But the best golf food aspires to do more than just deliver quick calories, carbs and protein between nines. It stands out. It's almost as much a part of the playing experience as the tee shot on a signature hole or the view from the 18th tee.

We asked more than 2,000 players nationwide—from pros to average hackers—to name their favorite golf-food item. The rules were straightforward. It had to be something on the regular menu at a halfway house or clubhouse in the United States and something you could conceivably eat at the turn. (That means the lovely dry-aged steak dinner at your club doesn't count.)

The response was overwhelming, with nominees from Hawaii to Maine and all points between. Our voters covered the staples in all shapes, sizes and accessories—from giant custom hot dogs to hand-ground boutique burgers. They also identified clever and unique dishes that are a fundamental part of the history of the course or club where they're served.

The runaway winner, Olympic Club's iconic burger dog, checks both boxes with authority. The quarter-pound offspring of a marriage between a fresh-baked hot-dog bun and a premium, cigar-shape burger, the burger dog is both familiar and new. The ultimate testament to the burger dog's status? Served for more than 60 years in the same form from the same nondescript stand, the $7.50 sandwich is probably more memorable for a first-time guest than any hole on Olympic Club's Lake Course—where five U.S. Opens have been played.

You don't need a membership at an exclusive golf club to enjoy what the best halfway houses have to offer, either. Municipal, daily-fee and resort courses are all represented on our list—from the "Best in L.A." wings at Griffith Park to the homemade barbecue at Streamsong in Florida and Prairie Lakes in Texas.

And if you prefer your food ahead of your round instead of in the middle, we have a couple of go-to places for you. Coronado's prime-rib machaca burrito sets the breakfast standard, along with Jefferson Park's version of the BLT—which includes avocado and a fried egg.

It's a great time to be a golfer with a few bucks in your pocket and a few minutes before you need to hit your next shot.

1. BURGER DOG
Olympic Club, San Francisco

With Hollywood types, some hyperbole is to be expected. It's one thing for Justin Timberlake to declare the venerated burger dog served at San Francisco's Olympic Club as the best burger he has ever eaten. But the hamburger shaped to fit a hot-dog bun has become a part of the 156-year-old club's landscape—literally. Originally created by Bill Parrish for his Hot Dog Bills stand outside the club's Lake Course, the sandwich became so popular with players stepping across the street for a food break that Olympic asked Parrish to move the stand inside the grounds to serve as the halfway house. Bill's daughter, Candy, took over the operation in the 1980s. Today, she, her husband, Jack, and her two sons, Max and Grahm, oversee three stands across Olympic's 45 holes and practice range and cook up roughly 200 burger dogs each day for lucky members and guests. The star of the show hasn't changed a lick since the beginning: a quarter pound of ground chuck (85 percent lean) formed into an oblong patty, cooked medium rare and topped with cheese, red relish, mustard, dill pickles and onions. Parrish isn't possessive of the burger dog's secrets: The recipe is on the Hot Dog Bills website, and she'll even sell you a plastic mold to get the torpedo shape just right. "It's a good grind of meat, a really hot grill and some salt and pepper," Parrish says. "And the bun? It has to be toasted."

2. FRANCHEESY
Butterfield Country Club, Oak Brook, Ill.

Metro Chicago takes deep pride in its hot dogs—in all their iterations. Butterfield's version starts with the quintessential Chicago Red Hot split and grilled, and adds bacon and American cheese. From there, you can go true Chicago style and add the "garden"—sweet relish, pickles, tomatoes and onions. Just don't ask for ketchup. It's heresy in the 708.


On the Martini Menu

There are many cocktails that are generally accepted as "martinis" though it's also important to note that there is only one true martini (gin and dry vermouth). These are the drinks that you will spot on martini menus and require a bit more mixing and attention to presentation.

"Martinis"' (more appropriately, "up" drinks) are normally served in a chilled cocktail glass, yet some can be served on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass. They are either shaken or stirred in a cocktail shaker then strained into the serving glass. It's really not that hard, it simply requires a few extra steps.

While these are considered essential for bartenders, the exact recipes do not always agree and many should be adapted to personal taste. However, these will give you a good idea of where to start.

The Complexity of Ordering a Martini

Ordering or serving a gin or vodka martini is not as simple as some other drinks. Everyone has their personal preference, and it's very important that you find out how the person you're mixing for likes theirs:

  1. Liquor preference (often specific brands)
  2. Garnish preference (olives, lemon twist, etc.)
  3. Dry, Dirty, or Perfect

Many people enjoy a perfect martini with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth, while others enjoy a dirty martini with a small amount of olive brine. You can even use cocktail onions to create a Gibson. Optionally, you can create the martinez (sweet vermouth, maraschino, bitters), which is the grandfather of the martini.

When it comes to gin-based martinis, you will find that these cocktails are nice to know as well:

    : dry and sweet vermouth with orange juice : raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice : lime cordial : sake instead of vermouth

Vodka Martinis

Vodka dominates the modern martini menu. Unlike gin, vodka martinis tend to be filled with a variety of flavors, from the sweet chocolate martinis to the fruity apple martinis. This is also where it gets complicated because there are many variations for the same drink.

The most famous vodka martini is the cosmopolitan. Made with orange liqueur and cranberry juice, it's a cocktail that can be as sweet or dry as you like. From there, vodka martinis come in many flavors:

    : vanilla vodka, coconut rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice : coffee and chocolate liqueurs, espresso : ginger liqueur : lime juice, triple sec : vanilla vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice, lime cordial : lemon juice, simple syrup : Frangelico : peach schnapps, cranberry juice

Whiskey Manhattans

When you switch from gin to whiskey, you step from the world of martinis into the realm of the Manhattan. Again, this cocktail can be served dry or perfect, though sweet vermouth is the preference in the original recipe.

Building off of that whiskey drink, you can switch to brandy for a metropolitan or scotch for a Rob Roy. Add absinthe to that for the classic Robert Burns. Pour rye whiskey and keep the absinthe, and you will have a Waldorf.

Whiskey also gets some extra flavor at times, and you can mix up these popular cocktails as well:

    : rye whiskey, dry vermouth, pineapple juice : scotch, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth, orange juice : curaçao, raspberry liqueur, grenadine, egg

Carrabba's: Fettuccine Weesie with Whole-Grain Spaghetti

Courtesy of Carrabba's

Shrimp! Mushrooms! Fresh basil! When you read the list of ingredients that go into this dish, it's hard to imagine it would be such a nutritional nightmare. But this is the restaurant industry we're talking about here. Would you expect anything less? If you're looking for carbs that won't derail your weight loss progress, check out these healthy carbs instead.


Other Recipes

Here are some ideas for murder mystery food. If your host asks you to bring a dish these should help you to create a great dish. If you see a link on a dish name, that means we have provided the recipe for you to see and print. Be sure to label it appropriately so everyone knows what you are bringing.

GRAPES OF WRATH - Bibb Lettuce, Toasted Almonds, Red Grapes and Crumbled Bleu Cheese Drizzled with Mustard Dressing

For even more Murder Themed Recipes see our Murder Mystery Theme Page!


More healthy restaurant dishes

Red Robin&aposs Chick on a Stick (136 calories, 2g fat, 398mg sodium without dip or sides)

Plain grilled chicken breast? Blah. Grilled chicken pieces on an ice-pop stick? Fun! The chain serves three chicken sticks with a choice of dipping sauce (request the light ranch rather than the regular one) plus a choice of a side. (500-plus locations in 38 states)

Ruby Tuesday&aposs Create Your Own Garden Bar

The chain&aposs popular salad bar is actually one of the entrພs on the kids&apos menu -- and little ones can make a meal out of it. It features protein-rich lettuce toppers (like hard-boiled eggs and turkey ham) plus fun choices (shredded Parmesan and sunflower seeds). Kids can snag finger foods too, such as edamame and pepper strips with light ranch dip. (750 locations in 45 states)

Red Lobster&aposs Snow Crab Legs (90 calories, 1g fat, 790mg sodium without a side)

They&aposre a smaller version of a popular adult-menu item. Kids receive a half pound of wild-caught snow crab legs along with orange wedges or steamed broccoli. Although the meal&aposs sodium content seems a little high, don&apost sweat it much of it occurs naturally in the crab legs, which are a great source of other hard-to-find minerals. (705 locations in 48 states)

Lyfe Kitchen&aposs Tofu Taco (289 calories, 14g fat, 506mg sodium without a side)

This chain, known for a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan choices, offers a kid&aposs taco filled with marinated tofu, veggie slaw, and avocado wrapped in a warm corn tortilla. It comes with a side of baked sweet-potato fries or fruit. (15 locations in 6 states)

Houlihan&aposs Mini Cheeseburger (317 calories, 17g fat, 541mg sodium without a side)

Creekstone Farms, where no antibiotics or growth hormones are used, supplies the beef for this small burger served on a brioche roll. Opt for fresh fruit or pineapple brown rice as a side. Plus, kids receive carrots and light ranch dip to start the meal. (77 locations in 20 states)

P.F. Chang&aposs Sweet & Sour Chicken (300 calories, 11g fat, 400mg sodium without sides)

Antibiotic-free chicken is used to make this dish, which is served with brown rice and the sauce on the side for dipping. If you want to avoid the breading on the chicken, ask to substitute steamed chicken. Order an extra side of veggies for your kids. (200-plus locations in 25 states)

Rubio&aposs The Original Fish Taco (310 calories, 20g fat, 350mg sodium without sides)

Sustainable wild Alaskan pollack is battered, topped with cabbage and a sour cream-based sauce, and wrapped in a non-GMO corn tortilla. If your child will eat fish that isn&apost fried, ask to substitute grilled mahimahi or tilapia. Kids can pick two sides from choices such as applesauce, rice, and black beans. (190 locations in 5 states)

Chipotle&aposs Two Taco Kit (380 calories, 16g fat, 350mg sodium)

This chain, known for its support of local farmers, allows kids to choose three fillings, including one meat (all of the choices are antibiotic-free) to fill up two taco shells. The nutrition info is for two crispy corn tacos with steak, veggies, and cheese plus kid-size chips. (1,800 locations in 40-plus states)

Moe&aposs Southwest Grill&aposs Moo Moo Mr. Cow (257 calories, 11g fat, 404mg sodium)

Kids can choose their own ingredients -- from grass-fed beef to all-natural chicken, mushrooms to bell peppers -- for the chain&aposs child-size burrito that&aposs rolled in a flour tortilla. (The nutrition info is for one with chicken, black beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cheese.) The meal also includes tortilla chips and salsa, a kid-size drink, and a cookie. (582 locations in 37 states)

True Food Kitchen&aposs Almond Butter, Apple, and Banana Sandwich (365 calories, 19g fat, 113mg sodium without a side)

You won&apost go wrong with anything on the children&aposs menu at this restaurant cofounded by health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, but this creamy and crunchy whole-grain sammie is a popular pick. It&aposs served with carrot sticks with a side of tzatziki for dipping. Ingredients are seasonally and locally sourced. (10 locations in 6 states)

Copyright © 2015 Meredith Corporation.

Originally published in the March 2015 issue of Parents magazine.


Best Coffee Bar Desserts in America

The country's best coffee bars--with their exacting baristas and state-of-the-art equipment--have revolutionized the way we start our day. Now they've turned their discerning sights on sweets. Look beyond the latte art and you'll find that the desserts being served at top-tier coffee bars are worthy of their own acclaim. Here are a few of our favorites.

by Nathaniel Meads formerly of Fritz Pastry, for Metropolis Coffee Company in Chicago, IL

This vegan batter is generously versatile: The pastry chef uses it for wedding cakes and cupcakes, too. Funnily enough, its recipe is similar to one from the 1930s for something called a Depression cake.
Coffee Pairing: Enjoy it with an espresso. Sweet pastries go well with stronger brews.

by Elizabeth Quijada from Abraco in New York, NY

Since tea cakes are so moist and delicate, they make a good match for coffee--especially this one with its unexpected black sesame kick.
Coffee Pairing: Try a full-bodied drip coffee, like Counter Culture Coffee's Baroida, to match the cake's earthy sweetness.

by Autumn Martin of Hot Cakes for Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Seattle, WA

"It's like breakfast," Autumn Martin says of her bacon-infused oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe. "It contains a bit more sugar than we might normally consume on our oatmeal, but all the components are there. And coffee paired with oatmeal for breakfast? Well, yeah."
Coffee Pairing: A strong cup of Stumptown's Hair Bender brewed pour-over style or in a French press. "It provides an earthy sip with great chocolate and caramel notes."

by Caitlin Williams Freeman from Blue Bottle in San Francisco

Blue Bottle's pastry chef gives this shortbread a savory edge. Salt is known to temper bitterness, so, she deduces, eating something salty while drinking coffee makes sense.
Coffee Pairing: In the a.m.? A cappuccino. In the p.m., try a medium-bodied, "soft-spoken" coffee like Blue Bottle's Oaxaca Adopta un Cafetal.

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by Kim Boyce of Bakeshop for Ristretto Roasters in Portland, OR

For her traditional scone, Kim Boyce, author of Good to the Grain, uses rye flour for its mild, maltlike overtones, which lend greater depth without overpowering the cream.
Coffee Pairing: A fruity pour-over brew, like Ristretto's Cowboy Blend: Its notes of orange and caramel play off the scone's tart cherries.

by Elizabeth Belkind of Cake Monkey for Intelligentsia Coffee in Los Angeles, CA

The buttery crumble topping of this lemony berry muffin is balanced by a surprise vegetal element: thyme.
Coffee Pairing: A single-origin coffee, like Intelligentsia's La Perla de Oaxaca from Mexico. "It leaves hints of ripe blackberry and citrus acidity and a toasty, honeyed finish." -- Charlotte Druckman


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