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101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 40-21"

  (20 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
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Donut Man: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Donut Man ($)
(4092 ratings)

915 E Rt 66 Map It!
Glendora, CA 91740
(626) 335-9111
www.thedonutmanca.com
  • Strawberry Donut
    large soft golden glazed donut stuffed w/ fresh strawberries & smothered w/ housemade glaze; looks good
4.5 out of 5
4092 ratings
#33 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened 24/7
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Vesta: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Vesta ($$$)
(921 ratings)

1822 Blake St Map It!
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970
www.vestagrill.com
  • Three Pepper Grilled Flat Iron Steak
    signature dish; served w/ manila clams, pommes frites, linguica sausage, chimichurri butter & charred tomatoes; suggested sauces: spicy ancho, red pepper rica rouille, smoked habanero salsa
  • Madras Grilled Venison
    curry-based; comes w/ pommes frites, ginger ale oyster mushrooms, dried cherry butter reduction; suggested sauces: red curry, pineapple pedy marmalade, steuben's chimichurri
4.5 out of 5
921 ratings
#32 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1997; "fresh, hip, and timeless" located in a century-old former coffee factory; offer approximately 30 steak dipping sauces
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Benji's Deli & Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Benji's Deli & Restaurant ($$)
(151 ratings)

4156 N Oakland Ave Map It!
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 332-7777
  • Hear O Israel
    sandwich w/ corned beef, pastrami, salami and hot pepper beef (total 1-lb of meats), plus Swiss cheese, coleslaw, Thousand Island dressing on rye bread; looks good
4.0 out of 5
151 ratings
#34 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1963
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ChiLantro: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
ChiLantro ($)
(720 ratings)

823 Congress Ave Map It!
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 800-9098
www.chilantrobbq.com
  • Kimchi Fries
    french fries topped w/ caramelized Kimchi, Korean BBQ, chopped grilled onions, cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, "magic sauce", Sriracha & sesame seeds; looks good
4.0 out of 5
720 ratings
#35 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started in 2010; Korean+Mexican Fusion BBQ taco truck; go to website to find location
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D-spot: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
D-spot ($$)
(321 ratings)

7129 10th St N Map It!
Oakdale, MN 55128
(651) 730-7768
www.eatatdspot.com
  • Chicken Wings
    offering over 80 combinations of wing flavors
4.0 out of 5
321 ratings
#29 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 2011; specialize in wings & burgers; moved from original airing location (705 Century Ave N)
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Homeroom: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
HomeroomSee Homeroom Video ($$)
(5414 ratings)

400 40th St Map It!
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 597-0400
homeroom510.com
  • Trailer Mac (& Cheese)
    signature dish; cheddary mac w/ Niman Ranch hot dog and topped w/ crushed potato chips; looks good
4.0 out of 5
5414 ratings
#26 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2011; specializes in macaroni & cheese offering 10 different variations; elementary school decor w/ tables made of re-purposed wood bleachers, chalkboard (for the menu) & a vintage card catalog where they keep customer loyalty cards
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  • Open Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich
    fresh baked bread topped w/ white & dark roasted turkey slices & side of mashed potatoes & topped w/ homemade gravy
  • Garlic Steak Sandwich
    filet mignon marinated in garlic oil overnight, slice & cooked on flat top; "that is ridiculous!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Prime Rib
    spice-rubbed, smoked in-house for 6 hrs & served w/ side of au jus & horse radish; looks good
  • Mixed Grille
    combo of pan-fried scallops, prawns, fish & fresh Dungeness crabmeat topped w/ creamy shrimp-flavored sauce; "that's off the hook!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.0 out of 5
753 ratings
#38 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started in 1986; dive-bar w/ causal & simple ambience, food made from scratch & Friday night barbecue dinners; so unassuming, there's no sign on the building
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Leo's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Leo's BBQ ($$)
(220 ratings)

3631 N Kelly Ave Map It!
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-5367
https://www.facebook.com/...
  • Leo's Special
    spare ribs, brisket, hot links, thick smoked bologna, potato salad, & beans; looks good
  • Strawberry Banana Cake
  • Beef Brisket
    slow-cooked for 17-18 hrs
  • Spare Ribs
    smoked in hickory wood; looks good
4.0 out of 5
220 ratings
#31 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1974; formerly a gas station; open kitchen; have 2 types of homemade BBQ sauce
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Meat & Potatoes: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Meat & PotatoesSee Meat & Potatoes Video ($$$)
(1924 ratings)

649 Penn Ave Map It!
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 325-7007
meatandpotatoespgh.com
  • Meat & Potatoes for Two
    signature dish; 34 oz tomahawk ribeye (w/ 12-in bone), confit steak fries, housemade steak sauce & bone marrow gratin; looks good
  • Leg of Beast
    huge "drumstick" of beef leg
  • Steak Tartare
    chopped dry-aged strip, smoked egg, chili & seaweed aioli
4.0 out of 5
1924 ratings
#40 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est.2011; Pittsburgh's first gastropub; celebrity sightings: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Christian Bale
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Pepperfire Hot Chicken: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Pepperfire Hot ChickenSee Pepperfire Hot Chicken Video ($)
(612 ratings)

1000 Gallatin Ave Map It!
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 582-4824
pepperfirechicken.com
  • Tender Royale
    Pepper Jack cheese sandwich battered, dredged & deep-fried, then topped w/ hot (spicy) chicken tenders; if you want HOT, order XX-Hot
4.0 out of 5
612 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Hot and Spicy Foods); #23 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); cozy joint specializing in Nashville-style hot fried chicken; specialize in fried chicken offering in varying degrees of hotness: Southernfied, Light Mild, Mild, Medium, Hot, X-Hot & XX-Hot; moved from original airing location (2821 Gallatin Pike)
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  • Jack Back Sammie
    thick-sliced egg bread, crisped & stuffed w/ sharp cheddar cheese & hickory smoked bacon; grilled cheese sandwich w/ bacon; looks good
  • Rico Dog
    gourmet 1/2 lb. all-beef frankfurter wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon & deep-fried, then smothered in caramelized onions, grilled jalapenos & homemade spicy "chipayo"
3.5 out of 5
241 ratings
#25 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); red-and-yellow striped food truck where everything on menu has bacon; check website for location
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  • "The Richwich"
    over-stuffed sandwich w/ signature slow-roasted beef, bacon & grilled onions piled onto a ciabatta roll w/ hand-cut fries, covered w/ homemade Bechamel cheese sauce; looks good; winner of Best Sandwich (Northwest)
3.5 out of 5
343 ratings
[CLOSED]; #21 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2009; husband-and-wife team running a food cart
13
Cowgirl BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cowgirl BBQSee Cowgirl BBQ Video ($$)
(683 ratings)

319 S Guadalupe St Map It!
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 982-2565
www.cowgirlsantafe.com
  • Five Pepper Nachos
    tortilla chips topped w/ black beans, Jack & cheddar cheese, red onions, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, black olives & sour cream & "Salsa Diablo" (extra spicy); on show, added pulled chicken, chipotle pulled pork & shredded beef
  • Green Chile Cheeseburger
    black Angus beef, ground beef, buffalo w/ applewood smoked bacon served in a pretzel bun w/ melted brie, chopped green chile, tomato & drizzle of truffle oil; served w/ hand-cut fries; looks good
  • Frito Pie (& Ribs)
    16-hr smoked brisket chili on Frito's w/ side of sour cream, cheddar, chopped onions & sliced jalapenos; Alex also gets the spiced-rubbed pork ribs
3.5 out of 5
683 ratings
#28 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1993; located in a hundred-year-old building in the historic Guadalupe district of Santa Fe
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Gino's East: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gino's EastSee Gino's East Video ($$)
(2248 ratings)

162 E Superior St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3337
www.ginoseast.com
  • Meaty Legend
    6-lb deep-dish pizza w/ pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon & more bacon; looks good
  • Sausage Patty Style Pizza
    pan pizza; 14-16-inch "disk of sausage" (pork & beef mixture) on top of crust and cheese layers and then topped w/ tomato sauce
3.5 out of 5
2248 ratings
#24 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1966; pizza dive w/ writing/graffiti all over the walls; long lines; can buy pizzas online & have them shipped to your location
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Linger Lodge: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Linger Lodge ($$)
(113 ratings)

7205 85th St Ct E Map It!
Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 755-2757
www.lingerlodgeresort.com
  • Gator Bites
    bite-sized pieces of wild alligator tenderized in buttermilk & spices, dredged in cornmeal mix & deep fried; served w/ housemade tangy remoulade sauce and/or "venom" sauce
3.5 out of 5
113 ratings
#27 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); rating might be for RV resort; full-service RV & campground facility w/ one of the "Most Unusual Restaurants in the World" (Forbes.com)
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  • World's Biggest Stuffed Sopapilla
    challenge: eat 1 whole in 1 hr; 1-foot wide, 6.5-lbs mix of chicken, ground beef and Carne adovada (cubed pork marinated in red chili), fried potatoes, beans, red and gren chili (called "Christmas") and cheddar cheese; looks good
  • Stuffed Sopapilla
    signature dish; large fried pastry stuffed w/ meat and cheese; looks good
3.5 out of 5
823 ratings
#30 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1950; traditional home cooking
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Ted's Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ted's RestaurantSee Ted's Restaurant Video ($)
(376 ratings)

1046 Broad St Map It!
Meriden, CT 06450
(855) 860-8646
www.tedsrestaurant.com
  • Steamed Cheeseburger
    steamed burger; steamed cheese
  • Steamed Hamburger
3.5 out of 5
376 ratings
#22 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1959; local legend; written up in US News and World Report, Yankee Magazine & Connecticut Magazine
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Gates Bar-B-Q: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gates Bar-B-QSee Gates Bar-B-Q Video ($$)
(456 ratings)

3205 Main St Map It!
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 753-0828
www.gatesbbq.com
  • Pork Ribs
    smoked in hickory wood; topped w/ thick, tangy tomato-molassas-based BBQ sauce; pork spare ribs; tomato-based sauce
  • Burnt Ends on Bun
    looks good
3.0 out of 5
456 ratings
#37 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown; Food War: Arthur Bryant's vs. Gate's... Arthur Bryant's won (4-votes-to-1); opened in 1946; celebrity sightings: Presidents Clinton & W. Bush, Denzel Washington & Michelle Obama
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Hungry Owl: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hungry Owl [CLOSED]See Hungry Owl Video ($$)
(82 ratings)

7899 Cottage Hill Rd Map It!
Mobile, AL 36695
(251) 340-2522
thehungryowl.com
  • Stuffed Tony Burger
    signature dish; 1-lb burger stuffed w/ Conecuh pork sausage-vegie mixture and 3 types of cheese, then topped w/ bacon, candied jalapenos, 2 more slices of other cheeses and a fried egg
3.0 out of 5
82 ratings
[CLOSED]; #36 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2008; serving Creole comfort food in casual family setting; moved from original airing location (2502 Schillinger Rd S)
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Varsity: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Varsity ($)
(1998 ratings)

61 North Ave NW Map It!
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-1706
www.thevarsity.com
  • Hot Dog
3.0 out of 5
1998 ratings
#39 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1928; serving 30,000 hot dogs every day; huge crowds-crazy atmosphere (fun); curb-side service; Bill Clinton, George Bush, Joe Montana has eaten here
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 40-21"   (20 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
Aired on: March 16, 2014