Geoffrey Zakarian (bio)

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12 Bones Smokehouse
5 Riverside Dr
Asheville, NC 28814
(828) 253-4499
www.12bones.com
  • Blueberry Chipotle Ribs
    pork ribs smoked in oak for 3 hrs & then grilled & glazed w/ homemade blueberry Chipotle sauce; sauce available online; looks good
4.5 out of 5
531 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ribs); serves lunch only
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Au Cheval
800 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580
auchevalchicago.com...
  • Double Cheeseburger
    3-patties (yes, that's three) seared on 500-degree flat top layered w/ American cheese topped w/ house-made Dijonnaise, red onions & homemade pickles; options include bacon & fried egg; looks good!
4.5 out of 5
3795 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Burgers); "sexy, loud, crazy-music pumping & overall-fun atmosphere" (co-owner)
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Cascina Spinasse
1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
www.spinasse.com
  • Tajarin al Ragu
    fine hand cut egg pasta w/ beef/pork-based ragu & topped w/ Parmesan; looks good!
4.5 out of 5
707 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Italian); since 2008; simple, refined handmade pastas dishes grounded in authentic techniques from Piedmont region of Italy
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Grits and Groceries
2440 Due W Hwy
Belton, SC 29627
(864) 296-3316
www.gritsandgroceries.com...
  • Apple Fried Pie
    pastry w/ apple pie filling, deep-fried, rolled in cinnamon-sugar mix; served w/ housemade cinnamon-flavored French egg custard
4.5 out of 5
31 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Food); old country store in a cozy historic building; husband-and-wife team who used to work at at Emeril Lagasse's preeminent French Quarter restaurant, Nola
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Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet Shop
4801 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9788
www.snobliz.com
  • Bananas Foster Snoball
    offered only on Wednesdays (at airing); limited supply
4.5 out of 5
306 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Desserts); started by Ernest & Mary Hansen in 1939 where Ernest invented the first ice shaving machine & Mary created her own flavored syrups; named a 2014 American Classic by the James Beard Foundation
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Killen's BBQ
3613 E Broadway
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-2272
  • Beef Brisket
    smoked for 16 hrs; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1220 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); est. 2013; long lines (up to 3 hrs long!)
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Los Guachos Taqueria
5221 Godown Rd
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 538-0211
los-guachos.com
  • Gringas (Al Pastor Taco)
    grilled flour tortilla, melted cheese, onions, cilantro, pineapple & signature marinated pork (pastor) cooked on a spit roast; looks good
4.5 out of 5
520 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos)
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Ricky's Fish Tacos
1400 N Virgil Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 395-6233
  • Fish Tacos
    Ensenada-style: battered fish, cabbage, pico de gallo, salsa in a warm white corn tortilla; recommend adding tangy crema sauce offered on side of truck; looks good
4.5 out of 5
994 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos)
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Salt & Straw
838 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 271-8168
saltandstraw.com
  • Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper Ice Cream
    Oregon strawberries from Oregon Hill Farms, honey balsamic from a third generation Oregon bee keeper at Honey Ridge Farms & black pepper from Pohnpei
4.5 out of 5
2476 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ice Cream); since 1996; multiple locations
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Sierra Mar
47900 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2800
www.postranchinn.com/dini...
  • Rack of Lamb
    served w/ creamed barley, sauteed mushrooms; looks good
4.5 out of 5
348 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Romantic Foods); located in The Post Ranch Inn, a serene retreat high atop the cliffs of Big Sur offering breathtaking views
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Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
1305 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 933-1324
www.sunrisebiscuits.com...
  • Chicken & Cheddar Biscuit
    fried chicken breast w/ homemade biscuits using grandmother's recipe; looks good
  • "Bad Grandpa"
    biscuit sandwich w/ chicken, egg, cheese & bacon biscuit, hash browns & sweet tea; looks good
4.5 out of 5
459 ratings
est. 1978; biscuits recognized by Maxim Magazine; long lines in drive-thru; original restaurant in Louisburg, NC
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Tops Diner
500 Passaic Ave
East Newark, NJ 07029
(973) 481-0490
www.thetopsdiner.com...
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
    use fresh lobsters (and hence seasonal); looks good!
4.5 out of 5
1330 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Lunch); est. 1942; higher-end diner atmosphere
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Via 313 Pizza
1111B E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 939-1927
www.via313.com
  • The Detroiter Pizza
    thick crust, rectangular pizza w/ smoked pepperoni under the cheese, natural casing pepperoni on top; looks good
4.5 out of 5
518 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Pizza); opened in 2011 by two brothers from Detroit serving "genuine Detroit Style Pizza"
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Al Forno Restaurant
577 S Main St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 273-9760
www.alforno.com
  • Golden Delicious Apple Tart
  • Baked Pasta w/ Five Cheeses
    Pecorino Romano, Fontina, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta in tomato-cream sauce in pasta & baked; looks good!
4.0 out of 5
433 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Italian); opened in 1980; dishes are re-crafted to reflect the products of New England's farms & waters cooked in wood-burning ovens & on grills over hardwood charcoal fires; opened for dinner only & closed on Sundays & Mondays
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Area Four
500 Technology Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
areafour.com
  • Clam & Bacon Pizza
    thin crust pizza w/ clam sauce, pecorino, hot pepper & parsley; looks good
4.0 out of 5
692 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bacon Bites); "fueled by creativity, fearlessness and an unrelenting commitment to quality" (from its website)
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Balthazar Restaurant
80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
www.balthazarny.com...
  • French Fries
  • Roasted Pepper and Caramelized Onion Quiche
    w/ gruyere cheese & mixed greens; "to die for" -Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Sour Cream-Hazelnut Waffles
    w/ warm berries & creme fraiche
4.0 out of 5
2377 ratings
opened in 1997; old Parisian-style bistro serving traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper
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Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
1715 6th Ave SE
Decatur, AL 35601
(256) 350-6969
www.bigbobgibson.com...
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Smoked Bar-B-Q Turkey
    turkey is brined, covered with wet "smear" and dry-rubbed; juicy; looks good
  • BBQ Chicken
    smoked in hickory, bathed in chicken fat, smoked again & finally dipped in signature tangy white sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
173 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); since 1925; won many awards including 2014 World BBQ Champion in Memphis
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Charlie the Butcher
1065 Wehrle Dr
Buffalo, NY 14221
(716) 633-8330
www.charliethebutcher.com...
4.0 out of 5
230 ratings
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Cheesetique
4056 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 933-8787
cheesetique.com
  • Mac & Cheesetique
    mac & cheese w/ goat Gouda, Asiago & Cacio de Roma topped w/ truffle-infused bread crumbs; looks good
4.0 out of 5
303 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Thanksgiving); since 2004; specialty cheese shop, restaurant & "all things to all cheese lovers" (from its website)
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Daily Catch
323 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-8567
thedailycatch.com
  • Lobster Fra Diavolo
    1 1/4-lb lobster, littleneck clams, shrimp, mussels & calamari simmered in a 'spicy as you like' seafood tomato sauce over imported linguine fini pasta served al'dente
  • Feast of Seven Fishes
    lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, stewed in tomato-base sauce w/ crab, served on linguine & served w/ "side" of broiled haddock, monkfish marsala
4.0 out of 5
1142 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best for the Holidays); #77 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1973; so small (only 10 tables), you can watch them cook in open kitchen
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Domilise Sandwich Shop & Bar
5240 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-9126
www.domilisespoboys.com...
  • Shrimp Po' Boy
    fan favorite; suggested by Anthony Bourdain; winner of Best Sandwich (Gulf Coast); double-dredged fried gulf shrimp w/ hot sauce & shredded lettuce on sub roll
  • The Peacemaker Po' Boy
    po' boy sandwich w/ half shrimp & half oysters
4.0 out of 5
371 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Lunch); #91 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); Food War: Domilise's vs. Parkway... Domilise's won (3-votes-to-2)
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Fonda San Miguel
2330 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 459-4121
www.fondasanmiguel.com...
  • Cochinita Pibil
    Yucatan specialty of slow-cooked pork baked in banana leaf; looks good
4.0 out of 5
626 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Mexican Food); served in a charming, colorful, hacienda-style space
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High Street on Market
308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-0988
highstreetonmarket.com...
  • Pastrami & Hash
    shaved pastrami, spiced hash, roasted peppers & onions, farm egg, russian dressing served on Kaiser roll; "a pastrami that rivals the best our Food Networks experts have ever tasted" -Geoffrey Zakarian; looks good
4.0 out of 5
525 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Brunch)
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House of Prime Rib
1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4605
houseofprimerib.net...
  • Prime Rib
    carved at the table; prime rib buried in mountain of rock salt, slow-roasted, dug-out from the salt pile & sliced at your table; looks good
4.0 out of 5
5669 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); San Francisco Landmark; cozy English-style dining room setting
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Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
2790 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 550-6971
www.humphryslocombe.com...
  • Prosciutto Ice Cream
  • Secret Breakfast Ice Cream
    top seller; ice cream w/ corn cereal cookies made w/ bourbon; looks good
4.0 out of 5
3173 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ice Cream); won many awards (SF Weekly - "Best Ice Cream in San Francisco" Reader's Poll, and other recognitions)
 Geoffrey Zakarian (bio)  (74 restaurants)     1 2 3