Weekend what we’re reading: Best restaurant views, gas-guzzling mistakes, ancillary fees soar


This weekend, we take a look at restaurants with the best views (such as Alyeska’s Seven Glaciers in Alaska, above), gas-guzzling mistakes and at the airlines bathing in a sea of ancillary fees.

2012 Scenic View Dining Winners – Top 100 Restaurant List

Many restaurants have great food, but other special places also have wonderful views. This list compiled by Open Table presents the restaurants across the country with the best views. I know many of these restaurants and the ones I know deserve this accolade. Enjoy the list and savor the views as well as the meals.

42 – New York, New York
A Caprice – Tiburon, California
Alchemy Restaurant at Copperwynd Resort – Phoenix, Arizona
Alize at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aquarius-Dream Inn – Santa Cruz, California
Bali Hai Restaurant – San Diego, California
Baxter’s Lakeside Grille – Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant – San Francisco, California
BeachHouse Bar + Grill – Kirkland, Washington
Bertand at Mister A’s – San Diego, California
Boat House Waterfront Dining – Tiverton, Rhode Island
Canlis – Seattle, Washington
Cannons Seafood Grill – Dana Point, California
The Celestial Steakhouse – Cincinnati, Ohio
Chart House – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Chart House – Cardiff, California
Chart House – Dana Point, California
Chart House – Longboat Key, Florida
Chart House – Malibu, California
Chart House – Newport, Ohio
Chart House – Portland, Oregon
Chart House – Redondo Beach, California
Chart House – San Antonio, Texas
Chart House – Weehawken, New Jersey
Chelsea’s Chowder House – Long Beach, California
Cite – Chicago, Illinois
Coach Insignia – Detroit, Michigan
Columbia Restaurant – St. Petersburg, Florida
Compass Restaurant-Hyatt Regency – Phoenix, Arizona
Crow’s Nest – Hotel Captain Cook – Anchorage, Alaska
Cutter’s Crabhouse – Seattle, Washington
Different Pointe of View – Phoenix, Arizona
Duke’s Malibu – Malibu, California
Eagle’s Nest-Hyatt Regency – Indianapolis, Indiana
Edgewood Restaurant – Stateline, Nevada
Fish Hopper – Monterey, California
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck – Dallas, Texas
Flagstaff House – Boulder, Colorado
Fog Harbor Fish House – San Francisco, California
Franciscan Crab Restaurant – San Francisco, California
Georgetowne Inn – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Grandview Restaurant and Lounge at The Geneva Inn – Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Grandviews at the Grand Hyatt – San Francisco, California
Harbor House – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Harbor Lights – East Norwalk, Connecticut
High Finance Restaurant at the Top of the Tram – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Highlawn Pavilion – West Orange, New Jersey
Il Fornaio – Coronado, California
Island Prime – San Diego, California
JJ Astor – Duluth, Minnesota
La Costanera – Montara, California
Lynnhaven Fish House – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Marina Café – Destin, Florida
The Marine Room – La Jolla, California
McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood Restaurant – San Francisco, California
Metropolitan Club – Chicago, Illinois
Miramar Beach Restaurant – Half Moon Bay, California
Monterey Bay Fish Grotto – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Moss Beach Distillery – Moss Beach, California
Nick and Nino’s Penthouse Steakhouse – Springfield, Illinois
Old Oyster Factory – Hilton Head, South Carolina
Pacific’s Edge Restaurant – Monterey, California
Palisade – Seattle, Washington
Peaks Restaurant – Palm Springs, California
The Penthouse Restaurant – Santa Monica, California
Portland City Grill – Portland, Oregon
Primavista – Cincinnati, Ohio
R Lounge at Two Times Square – New York, New York
The Restaurant at Alderbrook – Union, Washington
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm – Lovettsville, Virginia
Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier – Chicago, Illinois
River’s End – Jenner, California
Robert – New York, New York
Rocky Point Restaurant – Carmel, California
Roof Restaurant — Salt Lake City, Utah
Sandiago’s Mexican Grill – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sarento’s Top of the ‘I’ – Honolulu, Hawaii
Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge – Salisbury, Massachusetts
Seven Glaciers – Girdwood, Alaska
Severn Inn – Annapolis, Maryland
Signature Room at the 95th – Chicago, Illinois
Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge – Seattle, Washington
Skates on the Bay – Berkeley, California
SkyCity Restaurant at the Space Needle – Seattle, Washington
The Spinnaker – Sausalito, California
Steamers of Pismo – Pismo Beach, California
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse – Austin, Texas
Summit House Restaurant – Enumclaw, Washington
Sundial Restaurant at the Westin Peachtree – Atlanta, Georgia
Sunnyside – Tahoe City, California
The Sunset – Los Angeles, California
Sutro’s at the Cliff House – San Francisco, California
Top of the Hub – Boston, Massachusetts
Top of the Riverfront-Millennium Hotel – St. Louis, Missouri
Top of the Tower – New York, New York
Top of the World Restaurant-Stratosphere Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada
View – Oakdale, New York
West Restaurant and Lounge – Los Angeles, California
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck – Los Angeles, California
Yamashiro – Hollywood, California

7 Most Common Gas-Guzzling Mistakes

Budget Travel lists ways to conserve gas. Even with prices dipping, saving money on gas is a good practice, both for your wallet and for the environment.

Did you know that for every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph, you’re paying an extra 26¢ per gallon for gas? It’s easier than you think to avoid common mishaps like this—and save money at the pump.

Airlines are moving from a “grab every buck” approach on ancillary fees, but still refuse to disclose fees to travel agents

Airlines are refining their ancillary fee offerings. Though no airline has created a transparent system that allows one airline’s ancillary fees to be compared with others, they are integrating these fees into their profit-making picture. Some airlines now take in 33 percent of their revenues through these extra fees that are not controlled by easy comparison shopping across airlines.

The airlines’ “gold rush mentality of ‘grab every buck, quid, or kopek while you can’ from consumers is becoming a relic of the past,” according to the Amadeus Review of Ancillary Revenue Results. The report was researched by IdeaWorksCompany, based on financial filings from 108 airlines around the world.

The gold rush mentality grew out of the fuel cost spikes of 2008, inspiring U.S. airlines to introduce checked-bag fees and to scramble to further unbundle fares.

The airlines have gotten better at dealing with fuel cost fluctuations and are taking a crack at true retailing, which focuses more on offering products and services that customers will be happy to pay for.

IdeaWorksCompany identified several instances of airlines that have taken an innovative approach.

• KLM offers economy passengers the option of pre-ordering upgraded meals on intercontinental flights from Amsterdam. They can choose from five selections, such as the Indonesian rijsttafel meal or an Italian dinner, for around $15 to $18.

• AirAsia is a low-cost carrier that provides elite-style perks, including fast-track security, lounge pass, early boarding and a ride to the plane in an electric cart. The “Red Carpet Service” starts at about $25.

• Spain-based Vueling offers early boarding, a drink and a snack and an adjacent empty middle seat for about $73.