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Celebrities have a mixed record when opening restaurants. Just take a look at Britney Spears’ NYLA, a New York City Cajun joint which the singer broke off involvement with in 2002 due to health code violations and management issues. On the other hand, her ex, Justin Timberlake, has opened up two successful Southern Hospitality barbeque joints in New York City.
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Perhaps it can be good to fly under the radar. The Today Show’s “Bites” site has just released its list of nine top restaurants that have found success … without chasing headlines.
The list covers eateries located everywhere from Brooklyn to Beverly Hills, including Atlanta’s Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante (261 19th Street), whose investors include Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Wilmer Valderrama, and Doug E. Fresh’s Chicken and Waffles (2245 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, NYC), which features classic Harlem soul food. But does Sammy Hagar’s chain of Cabo Wabo Cantinas, including one in tequila-drenched Cabo San Lucas, really qualify as under the radar?
Hoping to rub elbows with one of the owners? It could happen at Crazy, Stupid Love actor Ryan Gosling’s Moroccan fine-dining establishment, Tagine (132 N. Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA). Gosling, writes Today’s Linnea Covington, “is even rumored to occasionally wait tables when need be.” Moroccan-born “Chef Ben” serves up dishes such as seven-spices lamb tagine with dates and prunes and phyllo pastries with Cornish hen, scrambled eggs and saffron. It also offers a seven-course tasting menu.
Click here to see the complete list from Today.com
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