July 2015

Equality in the Kitchen

Valerie James has spent 25 years serving everything from soups and pizza to classic New England lobster at her restaurant in Holden, Massachusetts.

IndiCard in Action

They may earn tips, but servers, bartenders, and valets can easily be overlooked in a customer’s dine-out experience.

Investing in the Future

As the economic recovery continues, restaurant operators are increasingly making capital expenditures.

Top 100 Independents: The Great Lakes

Spoon and Stable


The cuisine is American in thought and French in technique, with a foundation of classical sauces, bases, and cooking preparations.

Top 100 Independents: The Southwest

Virtù Honest Craft

Scottsdale, Arizona

Mediterranean cuisine in a posh Bed and Breakfast setting, where delicacies such as ox tail and the grilled Spanish octop

Top 100 Independents: The Heartland

The 404 Kitchen

Nashville, Tennessee

Housed in a shipping container with an herb garden on its rooftop, The 404 Kitchen and Chef Matt Bolus give a modern interp

Top 100 Independents: The Southeast


Asheville, North Carolina

The restaurant upholds old-school traditions such as Sunday Supper with specials like Fried Green Tomato and Pickled Shrimp, F

Top 100 Independents: The Northeast

Abe Fisher


The restaurant is known for its contemporary Jewish cuisine like the Montreal-spiced, smoked short rib with house-made rye and mustards.