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  • Diners start off with several amuse bouches , such as a creamy duck-liver lollipop, then go on to a choice of two menus of esoteric small-plate dishes: "Very Close," which in May featured seasonal ingredients, such as white asparagus with herbed milk and vineyard leek roots; or "Further Away," which mixes in more exotic foods, such as goose liver with "wood nuances of oak and acacia."

    Let's Eat!

  • Recently his empire launched a Rolling Stone Restaurant and Lounge in Los Angeles, which doesn't exactly scream "anti-establishment," with its small-plate fusion menu and blue-cheese popovers with caramelized shallot butter.

    Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

  • The Grape's elegant small-plate portions also didn't impress some customers, Mr. Sergio recalls.

    Dreams Come True. Or Not.

  • Chizakaya: The Lakeview Japanese-focused pub hasn't revealed its menu yet for restaurant week, but we expect it to include the type of exotic, small-plate dishes that have attracted fans since opening last summer.

    Audarshia Townsend: Chicago Restaurant Week Is On Its Way!

  • Vegetables, pork, lobster and fruit are small-plate attractions in this restaurant.

    Jay Weston: Why Bazaar's Spanish Chef Got a James Beard Award

  • And from orange to rhubarb, I love all the bitters this small-plate Italian spot uses.

    Boston: Culture Pop

  • Photographs by Eirik Johnson for The Wall Street Journal From orange to rhubarb, I love all the bitters this small-plate Italian spot uses, says Jill Medvedow.

    The Brainy New England Metropolis

  • But France's rigid and proud tradition may be why chefs in other countries, such as Spain and Britain, dominated in the latest restaurant styles such as the rule-breaking creation of molecular gastronomy, and why French restaurants began to seem formal and staid when consumers flocked to small-plate meals.

    Let Them Eat Foie Gras! French Food Fights Back

  • Locavores will be able to soak up some of these locapour wines with small-plate dishes designed by Roof Terrace executive chef Joe Gurner, showcasing local ingredients of course.

    Wine: Locapours have 2 reasons to drink

  • It would be a real shame to lose this in favor of another small-plate New American restaurant, or an upscale lounge selling rigorously fussy recreations of Prohibition-era drinks at $12 a pour.

    Jimmy Askew: Moe's Closes


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