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101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 60-41"

  (20 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
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Fatso's Last Stand: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fatso's Last Stand ($)
(725 ratings)

2258 W Chicago Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 245-3287
www.fatsoslaststand.com
  • Phil's Special Dog
    hot dog link stuffed in Polish sausage, grilled & put in toasted French roll w/ smeared w/ Wisconsin cheddar & topped w/ mac-and-cheese-and-salami; not on menu; looks good
4.5 out of 5
725 ratings
#42 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2012; specialize mainly in hot dogs; formerly Phil's Last Stand
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  • Duke City Burger
    double-pattied cheddar cheeseburger w/ thousand island, tomato, onion, lettuce, pickle, bacon & double green chile; looks good
  • Bonanza Burger
    double cheese burgers, cheddar cheese, bacon topped w/ a mound of green chili; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1798 ratings
#43 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); across the street from University of New Mexico; go-to place for "green chili-smothered grub"
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La Taqueria: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
La TaqueriaSee La Taqueria Video ($)
(3877 ratings)

2889 Mission St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-7117
  • Burritos
    no rice as filler, but rather lingua (cow's tongue)
  • Carne Asada Tacos Dorados
    not on menu; "hard & soft" taco shell (2 shells: crispy on the inside, soft on the outside) w/ carne asada (thin sliced steaks), melted monterey jack cheese, beans, homemade salsa, green hot sauce, avocado & sour cream; looks good
4.0 out of 5
3877 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos); #55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; long lines
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Mama Carolla's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mama Carolla's ($$)
(500 ratings)

1031 E 54th St Map It!
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 259-9412
mamacarollas.com
  • Rosemary Chicken Lasagna
    roasted chicken layered w/ a mixture of wild mushrooms, spinach, cheese sauce, ricotta, fresh mozzarella & spices; then surrounded w/ tomato butter sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
500 ratings
#44 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); Italian eatery w/ a California Stucco design incorporating a Mediterranean style w/ a little touch of Spanish & Italian
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Melt Bar and Grilled: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Melt Bar and GrilledSee Melt Bar and Grilled Video ($$)
(530 ratings)

13463 Cedar Rd Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44118
(216) 965-0988
meltbarandgrilled.com
  • Melt Challenge
    "monster" grilled cheese featuring 13 different cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread & a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw (all over 5-lbs); eat all to be awarded a Melt t-shirt or Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card your name on online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame; challenge - 5-lb patti melt + fries; Adam won
  • Parmageddon Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    customer favorite; grilled cheese sandwich w/ potato & onion pierogi, fresh napa vodka kraut, sauteed onions, sharp cheddar; looks good
4.0 out of 5
530 ratings
#41 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 2006; specialize on grilled cheese sandwiches; get an approved Melt logo tattoo (design on its website) & get 25% for life; multiple locations in Ohio
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Pancake Pantry: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Pancake Pantry ($$)
(1718 ratings)

1796 21st Ave S Map It!
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 383-9333
www.thepancakepantry.com
  • Santa Fe (Pancakes)
    3 stone-ground cornmeal pancakes w/ chunks of bacon, cheddar & roasted green chiles cooked inside; recommended w/ maple syrup, hot picante salsa & sour cream
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes
    most popular; looks good
  • Village Smithy Sante Fe Cornmeal Pancakes
    Three stone-ground cornmeal pancakes with chunks of bacon, Cheddar cheese, and roasted green chiles cooked inside. Recommended with maple syrup, hot picante salsa, and sour cream; "one of the coolest, best thing I've ever tried"-Adam Richman
4.0 out of 5
1718 ratings
#48 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1961; Nashville breakfast mecca; 23 pancake variations; long lines; where QB Ingle Martin ate growing up
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Poe's Tavern: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Poe's Tavern ($$)
(867 ratings)

2210 Middle St Map It!
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
(843) 883-0083
www.poestavern.com
  • "The Horseshoe" (Burger)
    quarter-pound burger topped w/ hand-cut fries & smothered w/ homemade chili & scallions
4.0 out of 5
867 ratings
#49 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); located 2 blks from beach; named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe...entire restaurant is a shrine to Poe (even the burgers are named after his literary works)
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Sweatman's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Sweatman's BBQ ($$)
(115 ratings)

1427 Eutaw Rd Map It!
Holly Hill, SC 29059
(803) 496-1227
www.sweatmansbbq.com
  • Pulled Pork
    smoked 12-14 hrs over oak & pecan wood; optional signature mustard/vinegar-based BBQ sauce
  • Hash
    side dish; ham, pork shoulder, onions & spices boiled down to a stew-like mix; served over rice; looks good
4.0 out of 5
115 ratings
#60-57 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1977; written up in Southern Living Magazine; visited by Senator Strom Thurmond, Ian McKellan
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Truck Yard: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Truck Yard ($$)
(931 ratings)

5624 Sears St Map It!
Dallas, TX 75206
(469) 500-0139
https://www.texastruckyar...
  • Cheesesteaks
    traditional Cheese-Wiz cheesesteak w/ pickled jalapenos (to give it a Texas flair); looks good
4.0 out of 5
931 ratings
#45 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); former junk yard w/ lots of "art" as its decor; it's an outdoor dive w/ essentricities including an old truck that acts as a stage for live music & a bar in a treehouse; truck yard is open to other food trucks
10
Arthur's Tavern: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Arthur's Tavern ($$)
(506 ratings)

700 Speedwell Ave Map It!
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
(973) 455-9705
arthurstavern.com
  • The Double 48 oz. (Steak)
    bonesless ribeye aged for 21 days
3.5 out of 5
506 ratings
#52 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1956; known for giant steaks, burgers, huge salads & overstuffed sandwiches in kitchy festive atmosphere
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Cafe Coyote: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cafe Coyote ($$)
(4724 ratings)

2461 San Diego Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 291-4695
www.cafecoyoteoldtown.com
  • Deep-Fried Ice Cream
    vanilla ice cream covered in corn flakes, deep-fried & topped w/ honey, whipped cream & a cherry; served w/ a flavored tortilla; looks good
3.5 out of 5
4724 ratings
#55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; landmark in Old Town San Diego's Historic Walking District; festive atmosphere w/ "Mexican Tortilla Ladies", splashing fountains & strolling mariachis; numerous awards including Best Mexican restaurant & best margaritas (w/ over 120 tequilas to choose from)
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Casa Orinda Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Casa Orinda Restaurant ($$)
(363 ratings)

20 Bryant Way Map It!
Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 254-2981
casaorinda.net
  • Fried Chicken Plate
    order comes w/ 4 pieces, mashed potatoes & gravy, biscuit & vegetables; serves over 20,000 orders per year
3.5 out of 5
363 ratings
#51 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1932; former roadhouse-turned-restaurant in Western setting
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  • Hot Reuben Sandwich
    5-lb sandwich; served on double-baked grilled crisp rye bread piled high w/ meat, hot sauerkraut, melted imported Swiss cheese & Russian dressing; served w/ potato salad, coleslaw or vegetarian baked beans; so big, it's held together w/ 2 steak knives (rather than toothpicks); eat in 25 minutes to get free meal & T-shirt
3.5 out of 5
543 ratings
[CLOSED]; #53 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown)
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  • Ox Tails
    cuts of beef tails braised & simmered w/ seasonings & vegetables; slow-cooked in brown gravy for 3 hrs
  • Mac & Cheese
    signature dish
3.5 out of 5
265 ratings
#47 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1959; cafeteria-style service; restaurant name came about when (husband & wife) founders were looking for a place to open their restaurant...while driving, wife laid her eyes on a little white house while driving & cried out "This is it!"...it has grown & re-located since then
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Kloby's Smokehouse: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Kloby's Smokehouse ($$)
(344 ratings)

7500 Montpelier Rd Map It!
Laurel, MD 20723
(301) 362-1510
www.klobysbbq.com
  • Barnyard Burger
    1/2-lb beef burger, 1/2-lb brisket, 1/2-lb turkey burger, 1/2-lb turkey breast, 1/2-lb pulled pork, 12 stips of bacon, 8 slices of cheddar topped w/ pint of coleslaw & pickles w/ choice of BBQ sauce; also side of 1-lb of fries (6-lbs total); looks (disgustingly) good
  • Jar-B-Que
    BBQ layers of pulled pork, BBQ beans, coleslaw, BBQ sauce & served in a mason jar
3.5 out of 5
344 ratings
#50 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2004
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  • Meatball Subs
    choice of beef, beef/pork/veal or chicken; multiple combos of cheese, sauce & toppings
3.5 out of 5
135 ratings
[CLOSED]; #56 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown)
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  • Hobo
    skillet of smoked potato, pulled pork, brisket and every single side dish available (corn bake, homestyle beans, Jalapeno mac and cheese) topped w/ blue cheese bacon coleslaw and cheddar cheese sauce; looks messy (and good)
3.5 out of 5
112 ratings
[CLOSED]; #46 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); 2nd location in St. Paul; opened in 2010
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Spudder Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Spudder RestaurantSee Spudder Restaurant Video ($$$)
(112 ratings)

6536 E 50th St Map It!
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 665-1416
www.thespudder.com
  • "The Gusher"
    22-oz prime rib
3.5 out of 5
112 ratings
#60-57 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1976
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Squeeze Inn: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Squeeze InnSee Squeeze Inn Video ($)
(1501 ratings)

5301 Power Inn Rd Map It!
Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 386-8599
www.thesqueezeinn.com
  • "Squeeze with Cheese"
    also called "Squeezeburger w/ Cheese"; 1/3 lb.beef burger with "skirt" of bubbling cheese topped w/ mayo, mustard, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun; "5-napkin burger...messy, juicy and tasty"; looks good
3.5 out of 5
1501 ratings
#60-57 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); serving for over 30 years; burger joint famous for it's huge burger and cheese "skirt"; voted "Best Dive" (Sacramento Magazine); called Squeeze Inn because original building had only 12 stools at the bar...new location can accommodate a few more
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Wagner's Pharmacy: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Wagner's Pharmacy ($)
(122 ratings)

3113 S 4th St Map It!
Louisville, KY 40214
(502) 375-3800
wagnerspharmacy.com
  • Pam & Jack's Omelette
    omelette w/ green pepper, onion, tomato, ham, bacon, sausage & two cheeses
3.5 out of 5
122 ratings
#60-57 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1922
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 60-41"   (20 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 16, 2014 
Aired on: March 16, 2014