‘My Restaurant Crush’: Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Restaurants in America

04/09/2014 at 12:00 PM ET

Ali Rosen is the host and founder of Potluck Video, a food and drink website that takes you behind the culinary scene with celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, producers, mixologists and more. 

We’ve all had this happen to us, right? A casual acquaintance that you may catch up with a few times slowly finds a special place in your heart until, suddenly, it has evolved into a full-blown crush.

But, we’re not talking about crushing on a certain someone — we’re talking about falling in love with a certain someplace, specifically, a restaurant!

And, judging by the response we received when we asked some of our favorite chefs about their restaurant crushes at Food & Wine‘s recent Best New Chefs party, we’re not the only ones to fall hard for our favoriting dining spots. From small mom and pop shops to five-star fine dining spots, the choices really cover every time of eating experience.

Watch the video above to see all the lovey-dovey details — and check back every week to see what eateries celebrities, chefs and PEOPLE.com staffers are falling in love with. Plus, don’t forget to tell us about your restaurant crush in the comments!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I really wanted to watch this, but the audio is so overmodulated I couldnt’ sit through it.

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Horrible audio!

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Horrible audio!

Mary on

That audio is hideous! The sound tech totally blew it.

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The sound is terrible

Anonymous on

Audio is awful…and it’d be nice to have restaurant name and location written out.

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