Happy Chinese New Year!

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There are plenty of reasons to go out for a meal with friends and family. But, just in case you need one... Happy Chinese New Year! Many holidays are celebrated with a special meal, and Chinese New Year is no exception. We have featured plenty of wonderful Asian cuisine restaurants on Check, Please! so there's bound to be one where you can enjoy a traditional Chinese New Year meal with family and friends. Explore the directory of restaurants recommended by our guest reviewers on this site.

What does it all mean?

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We're at the end of Season 9 on Check, Please! If you're a regular viewer, then you know that the last show is what we call the "comp" or compilation episode. That's when we look back at several restaurants that have been featured on Check, Please! over the past seasons and we focus on a particular theme. This season's theme is "mom and pop" restaurants. You know... those restaurants where a husband and wife team makes the culinary magic happen.

A Romantic Meal

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So here we are again, just a couple of days before Valentine's Day. If you don't have your plans in place for that romantic dinner yet, keep reading. Whether it's your first date, an evening with your spouse, or a night out with your single friends…you've got to make this one count. It's Valentine's weekend and a time for going out to eat!

This week on Check, Please! we feature three very different types of dining experiences. From the very casual diner to the very formal, jacket-required restaurant, there is something here for everyone.

Who's in the kitchen?

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This week's show takes us on a culinary trip to three very different restaurants. What makes them different? Well, of course it's the cuisine, the ambiance, and the cost. But the culinary expertise, life experiences, and personalities of the chef/owners are truly what create the overall experience.

Best Burger?

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My apologies to my vegetarian friends, but this week I'm all about the meat!

On this week's episode, our guest reviewers talked about the best burger in town. But, really, how do they know? Have they had all the burgers in town to compare? And, just what makes a burger the best in town? Don't get me wrong, I've had some delicious burgers, but the "best" is really difficult to prove, because it all depends on what you like.

Surprising!

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As Bo Diddley so famously said, you can't judge a book by its cover! That definitely holds true for restaurants. I've taken friends to my favorite little Chinese restaurant and watched their faces as they look at the sad looking store front, the mama's kitchen style seating, and lack of the typical Asian décor. But, when they have the perfectly prepared dishes for an even better price, they totally understand why I like it. Our guest reviewers for this week's episode of Check, Please! experienced the same kind pleasant surprise as they visited each of this week's featured restaurants.

Wooonderful...

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People ask me all the time, do you get hungry working on Check, Please!? And my answer is almost always, "YES. Don't you get hungry watching it?" I mean, there are plenty of reasons for this.

Happy New Year!

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The new ninth season episodes are here. We hope you've enjoyed revisiting the first six episodes of our ninth season over the holidays.

Tonight, Check, Please! features fancy pizza, affordable Asian cuisine, and barbeque flavors to die for. O.K., I know what you're thinking, "What are you doing to me?" Don't we know it's just seven days after you made that New Year's resolution! How are you supposed to loose weight, save money, or live a greener lifestyle when we keep showing you tempting deliciousness every Friday evening? Don't worry, I've got you covered.

Just try it!

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When I was growing up and would wrinkle my nose at food I thought I would not like, Mom always said, "you'll never know unless you try." And, what do you know? Sometimes, I did like it.

Foodie, or not a Foodie, you decide.

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Every week Check, Please! offers restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines. It's interesting to see how people react to these cuisines. Most of our guest restaurant reviewers are "foodies," so you can expect that they will have an open mind when it comes to unfamiliar eating environments and cultures. But, this week's show proves that even foodies can find themselves in a rut.

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