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10 Deliciously Weird Dishes across the Country

For the following iconic bizarre dishes, beauty is in the eye (or tastebuds) of the beholder. They may not win any Instagram competitions, but they're a testament to American ingenuity and display a devotion to creativity with comfort food. These dishes exist because some visionary chefs and restaurateurs across the country were unafraid to say "YES" to more gravy, French fries, chili and anything else for the sake of inventing some messy and indulgent, but brilliantly weird foods.

The Edible Web

Bon Appétit's 10 best new restaurants in America, the no cell phone discount, and considering the Sidecar on today's web roundup. 

Bon Appétit released their annual Hot 10 list of America's Best New Restaurants, including Nashville's The Catbird Seat and Cakes & Ale in Decatur, GA. 

Today in food items that no one asked for: alcoholic sandwiches

There can be only one: Chicagoland burger enthusiasts were baffled by erroneous internet rumors that Kuma's Corner would open a second location in the Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg, reports Serious Eats

Los Angeles restaurant Eva offers a 5% discount to diners that check their cell phones at the door. The real cost: depriving the Instagram community of your old-timey food shots. 

Esquire interviews the barkeep at Hollywood institution  Musso & Frank Grill. Among topics covered: the virtues of the Sidecar, celebrity guests from Rock Hudson to Harrison Ford, and dolts who order cognac with coke (they exist). 

Sidecar Cocktail

Know your classic cocktails. The Sidecar: brandy, triple sec, sweet and sour, and sugar rimming the glass. 

The Edible Web: Valentine's Edition

With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, the internet is saturated with romantic recipes, alleged aphrodisiac  foods, swanky restaurant suggestions and bizarre heart-shaped edibles of all varieties. Enjoy these deliciously romantic (or romantically delicious) links.  

John Mariani of Esquire compiles a list of the The Restaurants to Take Her On Valentine's Day. Romantic restaurants making the cut are Daniel (New York), The River Cafe (Brooklyn), Picasso (Las Vegas), Azul (Miami), Jean-Louis (Greenwich, CT), Fleur de Lys (San Francisco), Spiaggia (Chicago) and  Auberge du Soleil (Rutherford, CA).

For heartless bastards looking to go in the opposite direction, Eater Chicago scouts restaurants ideal for breaking up in, preferably before Valentine's Day. Among their choices: Kuma's Corner, CarnivaleViolet Hour and White Castle. On the contrary, White Castle has gone out of their way to promote romance with their Share the Love Valentine's Day Photo Contest. The winner gets a romantic dinner for two -- and hopefully a proposal involving a chicken ring.

For those looking to impress significant others with their culinary prowess, Chow offers a slideshow of 26 Classic Valentine's Day Dishes (with recipes). 

Food Republic gives sound advice on  How to Eat and Drink on Valentine's Day, categorized by relationship status. Single? "Bar. Bar. Bar. Bar. Bar. Bar. Bar. Go to a bar. It will be filled with other single people."

It wouldn't be Valentine's day without slightly off-putting heart-shaped food items. Slice (Serious Eats) illustrates How to Make Heart-Shaped Pizza and Heart-Shaped Pepperoni. If you feel compelled to make heart-shaped hard-boiled eggs (how sensual!), Bon Appétit has you covered. And finally, here's heart-shaped Nutella ravioli from Recipe Girl

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