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101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 101-81"

  (21 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
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  • Truffles
    each made by hand
4.5 out of 5
66 ratings
#87 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 2004; "chocolate is its own food group" -Gail Ambrosius (owner/chef)
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Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mrs. Wilkes' Dining RoomSee Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room Video ($$)
(1091 ratings)

107 W Jones St Map It!
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 232-5997
www.mrswilkes.com
  • Fried Chicken
    secret is "The Love"; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1091 ratings
#83 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1943; long lines; fixed price...sit down and food comes to you; in historic downtown (tree-lined streets)
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  • Swedish Meatballs
4.0 out of 5
362 ratings
#92 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); authentic Swedish family-owned restaurant where atmosphere is casual, in carpeted dining room & young ladies are in Scandinavian garb; outside you can find goats grazing on the sod roof
4
Amy Ruth's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Amy Ruth'sSee Amy Ruth's Video ($$)
(2403 ratings)

113 W 116th St Map It!
New York, NY 10026
(212) 280-8779
www.amyruthsharlem.com
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
    top seller; chicken & waffles
4.0 out of 5
2403 ratings
#93 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1998; authentic Southern cuisine; dishes named after famous people
5
Bunk Sandwiches: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Bunk Sandwiches [CLOSED]See Bunk Sandwiches Video ($)
(618 ratings)

621 SE Morrison St Map It!
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 328-2865
www.bunksandwiches.com
  • Pork Belly Cubano
    use 2-day cured pork belly (rather than traditional roast pork) served w/ ham, swiss, pickles, mayo, hot sauce and mustard; looks good
  • Pork Belly Rueben
    w/ Russian dressing (mixed w/ bacon fat!), swiss and kraut; looks good
  • Salt Cod Sandwich
    pureed salt cod w/ Spanish chorizo, marinated olives, olive oil & red wine vinegar
4.0 out of 5
618 ratings
[CLOSED]; #97 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); owned and operated by good friends and sandwich aficionados who used to work in fine dining; Other Recipes: Red Beans & Rice
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Cantler's Riverside Inn: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cantler's Riverside Inn ($$)
(887 ratings)

458 Forest Beach Rd Map It!
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 757-1311
www.cantlers.com
  • Crabs
4.0 out of 5
887 ratings
#95 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); waterfront restaurant & crab house
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Datz: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Datz ($$)
(2596 ratings)

2616 S MacDill Ave Map It!
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 831-7000
www.datztampa.com
  • Stuffed Meatloaf
    meatloaf stuffed w/ bacon jalapeno mac & cheese; served w/ garlic mascarpone mashed potatoes w/ peas & pearl onions; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2596 ratings
#85 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2009; serving comfort food w/ a flair, craft beer & bourbon
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Domilise Po-Boys & Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Domilise Po-Boys & BarSee Domilise Po-Boys & Bar Video ($$)
(496 ratings)

5240 Annunciation St Map It!
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
496 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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Gilley's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gilley's ($)
(139 ratings)

175 Fleet St Map It!
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-6343
www.gilleyspmlunch.com
  • Chili Dog
    topped w/ chili, relish, onions, ketchup, mustard & sauerkraut; looks good
  • Hot Dog w/ Everything
    steamed beef-pork-and-veal frank w/ chili con carne, relish, onions, mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut; looks good
  • Poutine
    side dish; fries covered in cheese curds topped w/ housemade gravy; "poutine" translated is "mess"; looks good
4.0 out of 5
139 ratings
#96 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started as a hauled-in lunch cart in Market Square since 1912 and then a permanently-situated diner in 1974; long lines; trivia: Guinness book of world records has cited Gilley's as having the most parking tickets ever issued (over 5,000) from 1912-1974
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Grinders: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
GrindersSee Grinders Video ($$)
(558 ratings)

417 E 18th St Map It!
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 472-5454
www.grinderspizza.com
  • Famous Chili Bomb Pie (Pizza)
    cheese pizza w/ tots, chili-cheese, and scallions located in the center of the pie; looks good
  • Bengal Tiger Pizza
    a crowd favorite; inspired by the flavors of Northwest India; pizza w/ rich green sauce topped w/ tandori chicken, real crab meat, hearts of palm, cheese and cilantro
  • Chicken Paprikash
    cooked by George Detsios (self-proclaimed "Hungarian Delight") who comes once per week (on Monday's?) to cook Hungarian dishes; looks good
4.0 out of 5
558 ratings
#101 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); formerly an auto parts store...eclectic atmosphere; owner/cook (and scupter) makes scuptures in back; "check your attitude at the door"
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Idle Spurs Steakhouse: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Idle Spurs SteakhouseSee Idle Spurs Steakhouse Video ($$)
(260 ratings)

690 Old Hwy 58 Map It!
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 256-8888
www.thespurs.us
  • Prime Rib
    top seller
  • Porterhouse Steak
    24-oz steak
4.0 out of 5
260 ratings
#98 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. in 1951
12
My Brother's Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
My Brother's Bar ($)
(696 ratings)

2376 15th St Map It!
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 455-9991
www.mybrothersbar.com
  • Johnny Burger
    named after a bartender who worked there & invented this burger; burger w/ Swiss, American, cream cheeses & grilled onions
  • Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger
    signature Denver-style burger topped w/ chopped jalepenos-infused cream cheese
4.0 out of 5
696 ratings
#94 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1873 (before CO became a state); so popular w/ locals, there's no sign in front of building; quirky atmosphere includes selling Girl Scout cookies year-round & free balloons for kids
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Paddy Long's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Paddy Long'sSee Paddy Long's Video ($$)
(379 ratings)

1028 W Diversey Pkwy Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 290-6988
www.paddylongs.com
  • The Bacon Bomb
    five pounds of ground sausage, pork & beef mixed w/ spices & wrapped in a weave of brown sugar bacon, & then slow cooked for 3 hrs on pig roaster; served with potato salad or fries; Bacon Bomb Challenge: eat 1 whole w/ 1-lb of fries in 45-min & you win free bomb, t-shirt & "admiration & disgust of your friends & family"...only 1 person (out of 61) has succeeded at airing
4.0 out of 5
379 ratings
#81 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2007; pub in a refinished 73-year-old bar; offer beer & bacon tastings every week
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Skylight Inn BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Skylight Inn BBQSee Skylight Inn BBQ Video ($)
(130 ratings)

4618 Lee St Map It!
Ayden, NC 28513
(252) 746-4113
www.skylightinnbbq.com
  • Whole Hog Pulled Pork
    BBQ sauce is spicy tomato-vinegar-based; looks good; use oak wood charcoal and cooked for 16 hrs; comes w/ homemade coleslaw, potato salad and corn bread; whole pig can feed up to 80 people!
4.0 out of 5
130 ratings
#90 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); #3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); est. 1947; James Beard award winner (American Classics - 2003)
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White Knight Diner: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
White Knight Diner ($)
(74 ratings)

1801 Olive St Map It!
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 621-5949
  • The Super Slinger
    layer of hash browns, hamburger patty, fried eggs, American cheese smothered w/ chili & topped w/ grilled veggies (mushrooms, peppers, onions); looks good
4.0 out of 5
74 ratings
#84 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); St. Louis landmark in kitchish castle exterior frame; tiny 600-sq. foot dining area; movie w/ James Spader & Susan Sarandon was filmed here
16
Chimneyville Smokehouse: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Chimneyville Smokehouse [CLOSED]See Chimneyville Smokehouse Video ($$)
(19 ratings)

970 High St Map It!
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 354-4665
  • Beef Brisket
    smoked for 14 hrs at 175-degrees; looks good
  • Ribs
    St. Louis style ribs; looks good
3.5 out of 5
19 ratings
[CLOSED]; #88 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); in converted train station; BBQ sauce is smoked
17
Comet II Drive In: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Comet II Drive In ($$)
(95 ratings)

217 Parker Ave Map It!
Santa Rosa, NM 88435
(575) 472-3663
  • Steak Ranchero
    chicken-fried steak topped w/ choice of chili & shredded cheese; served w/ side of potatoes & rice or beans
3.5 out of 5
95 ratings
#89 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); on Route 66
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Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mr. Bartley's Gourmet BurgersSee Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers Video ($$)
(1219 ratings)

1246 Massachusetts Ave Map It!
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-6559
www.mrbartley.com
  • Burgers
  • Harvard Double Cheeseburger
    two patties, cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, grilled onions, peppers & mushrooms; #8 in Triple D's "Top 10 Burgers" (voted by viewers)
  • Onion Rings
    "great onion rings"
  • People's Republic of Cambridge (burger)
    burger topped with cole slaw & russian dressing
3.5 out of 5
1219 ratings
#100 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1980; across from Harvard yard; burgers named after celebrities (John Kerry, Kevin Garnett, Tom Brady); long lines; Other Recipes: Kevin Garnett Burger
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Watershed on Peachtree: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Watershed on PeachtreeSee Watershed on Peachtree Video ($$)
(311 ratings)

1820 Peachtree Rd NW Map It!
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 809-3561
watershedrestaurant.com
  • Fried Chicken
    offered only on Tuesdays (check website for current info)
  • Chicken & Biscuits
    takes 3 days to make; available only on Wed (check website for updated menu)
3.5 out of 5
311 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Chicken); #99 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); local, seasonal, soulful dishes inspired by Southern tradition & prepared with present day artistry; co-owned by Emily Saliers (of the Grammy winning Indigo Girls)
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  • White Rabbit Burrito Challenge
    challenge: 45 minutes to take down 2-ft+, 6-lbs. of chicken, eggs, cheese, and rice all wrapped up in 6 tortillas; Sydney "Big Dawg" Colston lost
3.5 out of 5
613 ratings
#82 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2010; Filipino fusion food truck
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Sammy's LA Pastrami & Burgers: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Sammy's LA Pastrami & Burgers ($$)
(480 ratings)

2191 E Tropicana Ave Map It!
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 482-8192
www.sammyspastrami.com
  • Zombie Burger
    three 1/4-lb. Patties, a hot link, sauteed onions & peppers, mustard, grilled bacon & two onion rings; named for the state you will feel like after you eat it; looks (disgustingly) good
  • 502 Fry Plate
    1-lb. of fries w/ 1/2-lb. each of ribeye steak & pastrami, chili & cheddar cheese; looks (disgustingly) good
  • Chipotle Steak Burger
    topped w/ chipotle-braised ribeye, grilled onions, provolone, Cajun steak sauce, and a fried egg
  • Pastrami Burger
    drive-thru favorite; 1/4-lb. Burger topped w/ 1/2-lb. Sammy's pastrami, mustard, pickle & provolone cheese; looks good
3.0 out of 5
480 ratings
#86 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); open in 2004; "Best Place in Las Vegas to Overeat"-Las Vegas Weekly (2012); 2 locations in Las Vegas; has drive-thru
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 101-81"   (21 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
Aired on: March 16, 2014