All Cities: Restaurant Diaries

Here at Resy, we want to tell the story of the restaurant industry — one way we do that is through first-person perspectives directly from chefs, operators, and staff.


The ClassicsPhiladelphia

Pat’s King of Steaks is the Heart of Philadelphia

From its location in the heart of South Philly, the just off-center ordering process, and of course the whole “Whiz…

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The ClassicsWashington D.C.

For Decades, Ben’s Chili Bowl Has Been an Integral Part of DC

When I moved to DC, one of my first stops was Ben’s Chili Bowl. Since then, it’s still the first…

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The ClassicsSeattle

An Appreciation of Dick’s Drive-In, Seattle’s Timeless Burger Stop

The Deluxe: Two thin burger patties, served with the works and the special sauce. Fries. Preferably fresh fries. A strawberry…

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The Road BackSan FranciscoNapa

On Reclosing and Reopening a Restaurant Again

Tamer Hamawi is the owner of Gran Electrica in Napa, Calif., as well as Colonie, Gran Electrica, and Pips in…

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Restaurant DiariesSan Francisco

On Comfort Food and Black Excellence

Geoff Davis is the executive chef of True Laurel in San Francisco. He’s planning on opening a creative wine bar,…

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The Road BackNew York

Hospitality Is What Can Save Restaurants. But Uncertainty Is Destroying Them.

We served our last lunch before quarantine on Monday, March 17.  When we disbanded our team and said good-bye, we…

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The Road BackHouston

I Thought The Pandemic Would Kill My Restaurant, But It’s Only Made It Stronger

As part of an ongoing series hoping to explore the experiences of restaurant owners and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Behind the LineHouston

Around a Table: My Hopes For These Historic Times

Chef-owner Chris Williams opened Lucille’s restaurant in Houston in 2012 with his brother, Ben.  The restaurant is named for his…

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Restaurant DiariesSan Francisco

On San Francisco’s Black-Owned Restaurants, COVID-19, and the First American Pandemic

Nikki Cooper is the second-generation owner of  San Francisco’s first legacy business, Two Jack’s Nik’s Place, a family-owned staple of…

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Behind the LineAtlanta

If Systemic Racism Is The Immovable Object, Then Now Is The Time To Be The Unstoppable Force

Deborah VanTrece is the chef and owner of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in Atlanta. ***** This time, it’s going…

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