The Howe

#ForksOut: New Restaurants as of May 15, 2022

We're not sure about you, but for us, summer work days call for connecting with colleagues over a patio lunch, or savoring something fruity, frozen, or foamy during happy hour. Whether you're celebrating something special, ordering catering, or simply grabbing a quick bite, you'll find plenty of business dining options when you use the Dinova search tools — including these fabulous new ones!

Washington, DC

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour, the Daily Grill is a no-fail choice for a range of business occasions and palate. Located in the trendy Dupont neighborhood, the restaurant is convenient to parking areas and public transit. We love that the sides are served family-style, so your party can sample a bit of everything (loaded mac ‘n cheese, anyone?). Plus, it offers private and semi-private dining spaces for special events.

Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Some business occasions and meetings call for a relaxed atmosphere, elevated comfort food, and an ice-cold craft beer. If that sounds like your team’s “happy place,” look no further than Driftwood Grille. Menu highlights include local favorites like Wisconsin cheese curds, an ever-changing selection of local beers on tap, and a 32-ounce, wet-aged tomahawk ribeye perfect for those special occasions and celebrations.

4 locations in New York

Ranked one of the best bars and brewpubs in New York and named to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice list in 2021, Ellicottville Brewing prides itself on being “Brewed to Entertain.” Beer lovers will find a wide selection on tap, from easygoing pilsners to ciders, sours, and adventurous seasonal ales. Each location offers a unique menu of beers, cocktails, and food, including plenty of crave-able snacks, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts.

Colleyville, TX

Why have a plain ol’ team lunch when you could make it a fiesta? Next time you need to order catering or take-out for the office, earn some major brownie points by choosing Fajita Pete’s. The fajita ingredients are always freshly prepared, from hand-rolled tortillas to hot-off-the-grill meats and veggies. There are also non-fajita options available, like quesadillas and burritos. And, of course, delicious chips, salsa, guac, and queso.

14 additional locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Virginia

Honestly, what’s not to like about Firehouse Subs? Besides the company’s commitment to supporting first responders by donating a portion of every purchase, its sandwich menu is way above par. With freshly-made hot and cold subs and salads, you’re sure to find something to get you through that mid-workday slump or keep your team full and happy during a marathon meeting.

1 additional location in Houston, TX

Quite simply, Gen Korean BBQ House is a foodie paradise. Unapologetically bold and vibrant, the popular chain has now arrived in Houston. With all-you-can-eat pricing for food, its extensive menu features favorites like pork belly, bulgogi, brisket, and traditional dishes that will impress even the most cultured clients and co-workers. Bar offerings also include plenty of authentic flavors, like fruity soju cocktails, beer, wine, and sake.

3 locations in Maryland and Virginia

Crowd-pleasing menu? Check. Impeccable service? Check. Convenient catering? Check. While Gregorio’s Trattoria was inspired by owner Greg Kahn’s family recipes and gatherings, it has many features and amenities that make it an excellent choice for accommodating your “work family.” The consistently-delicious food and friendly atmosphere at Gregorio’s have earned it hidden gem status among locals. It even offers a private dining room at its Reston, VA location and buy-outs for larger events.

4 locations in New York

Since Han Dynasty first opened its doors in 2007 as a humble mother-son establishment, it has expanded to 10 locations in New York and Philadelphia — but never lost sight of its commitment to delivering authentic Sichuan Chinese cuisine with superb service. Its memorable dining experiences and “street cred” make it an excellent choice for meals during business travel or entertaining clients. It also offers catering and private dining.

4 locations in Arizona, Idaho, and Texas

Ling & Louie’s prides itself on being “not for boring people,” so expect the unexpected when you drop in for a business lunch, dinner, or happy hour! Here, it’s all about surprising new twists on crowd-pleasing favorites — from duck carnitas nachos to Ling’s meatloaf, served with wasabi mashed potatoes. The bar serves up plenty of concoctions to liven up your next team outing, including a great selection of Japanese whiskeys and a delightful frozen “Thai Mai.”

Scottsdale, AZ

A new concept in the Ling’s family, Ling’s Wok Shop in Scottsdale provides both full-service and counter-service dining. Busy professionals can stop in for a quick (but highly satisfying) lunch. Those looking to unwind or entertain can opt for a seated experience during dinner or happy hour, complete with full bar service. With healthy options, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes fresh off the wok, Ling’s Wok Shop is a solid choice for your next business meal.

2 additional locations in California

Sometimes, the occasion calls for sandwiches and salads — but not just any sandwiches or salads. That’s where Mendocino Farms comes in, with its chef-inspired menu. Unexpected flavors include options like the Peruvian steak sandwich or the “unreal” vegetarian Reuben sandwich. Those craving the classics will find simplicity done right with options like the chicken pesto Caprese. There are several options for catering business events, from large “foodie” packages to boxed lunches and appetizers.

2 locations in Texas and California

If you don’t think “school” and “fun” go hand-in-hand, think again: Public School is a unique, school-themed gastropub that delights in the art of delicious food and beer. It offers group dining areas suitable for everything from intimate celebrations to high-profile executive meetings. With dishes like the famous PB&J burger, its eclectic menu also features something for every palette. Be sure to stop on Monday-Friday for “recess” (happy hour).

Scottsdale, AZ

If you’re based in Scottsdale or planning a business trip to the area, add Sophia’s Kitchen to your list of dining destinations. This charming, locally-owned establishment boasts mouth-watering menus for lunch and dinner, as well as an extensive gluten-free selection. The inviting patio is perfect for groups still taking COVID precautions (or those simply wanting to enjoy the summer sunshine). Got a group to feed? Sophia’s offers both catering and private dining events.

Chandler, AZ

Like all JGP Restaurant Concepts (including sister restaurant Sophia’s Kitchen), Stone & Vine aims to create memorable dining experiences “for every guest, every time.” With a reputation for consistently excellent food and service, it’s a great bet for your next business outing. On the menu: classic Italian favorites like bruschetta, wood-fired pizzas, and pasta *chef’s kiss*. Private dining is available, as well as a daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m.

Urbandale, IA

When you need fast and fresh, nothing beats Subway! Stop by a participating Dinova location to get sub sandwiches, melts, and wraps made your way. Eating healthy? Subway’s “No Bready Bowls™” are a great way to get the flavors you crave with fewer carbs. With Subway’s MyWay® Rewards program, you can earn both Dinova and Subway points using your corporate credit card. And its catering menu is great for casual meetings.

6 locations in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania

You had us at “fried chicken.” But The Eagle’s Southern-inspired menu offers so much more. Share the pimento cheese plate with a colleague, or try the grits to understand why they’re such a Southern staple. Discerning business diners can rest assured that all of The Eagle’s chicken is free-range and all-natural. Private events and catering are also offered at all 6 locations. Trust us on this one.

Hopkins, MN

Howe-ever your work day is going, taking a break for some comfort food is never a bad idea. When dogs are involved, your team is sure to leave in a good mood. The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar features a large dog-friendly patio, a delicious menu with weekly specials, signature cocktails, and more than 40 beers on tap. There’s even a dog menu! As if this place could get any happier, happy hour is Monday-Thursday from 3-6 p.m.

The restaurants here are just the newest partners to join the Dinova preferred business dining network. Wherever you are, and wherever you’re headed, we’ve got restaurant partners ready for your business! Use the Dinova desktop search tool or our free mobile app to search through all in-network options. Happy dining!