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101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 101-81"

  (21 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 21, 2011 
Aired on: March 21, 2011 
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  • Ice Cream
    vanilla is top seller
4.5 out of 5
370 ratings
#98 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); established in 1861; oldest continuous ice cream maker in U.S.; family-owned for 5 generations; ice cream made w/ 16% butter fat ("regular" is 10%)
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Cattleman's Steakhouse: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cattleman's SteakhouseSee Cattleman's Steakhouse Video
(473 ratings)

3450 S Fabens Carlsbad Rd Map It!
Fabens, TX 79838
(915) 544-3200
www.cattlemansranch.com
  • Porterhouse Steak
4.5 out of 5
473 ratings
#86 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); located in desert; some movies filmed here ("Courage Under Fire" and others); great sunsets
3
  • Doughnuts
    gourmet doughnuts
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut
    square doughnut w/ traditional hole, injected w/ blackberry jelly w/in doughnut circle and coated in peanut butter glaze; looks good
4.5 out of 5
3001 ratings
#89 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 1994 using grandfather's doughnut recipe; gourmet doughnuts
4
  • Lobster
    store lobsters in tank w/ bay-pumped water
4.5 out of 5
147 ratings
#97 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); located on the wharf at Five Islands, known as the "prettiest harbor in Maine" and one of the most picturesque spots anywhere on the coast
5
Black's Barbecue: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Black's Barbecue
(1211 ratings)

215 N Main St Map It!
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-2712
www.blacksbbq.com
  • Beef Brisket
  • Sausage
  • Giant Beef Ribs
    smoked for 5-6 hrs; looks good
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage
    pork-based; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1211 ratings
#91 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); since 1932; fourth generation family owned & operated
6
Cafe Fleuri: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cafe FleuriSee Cafe Fleuri Video
(272 ratings)

250 Franklin St Map It!
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 451-1900
boston.langhamhotels.com
  • Chocolate Bar
    available only on Saturday noon-3pm from September - June; chocolates from around the world; 100+ items including chocolate fountain
4.0 out of 5
272 ratings
#84 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
7
Hominy Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hominy GrillSee Hominy Grill Video
(2075 ratings)

207 Rutledge Ave Map It!
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-0930
hominygrill.com
  • Big Nasty
    biscuit w/ fried chicken breast, cheddar and sausage gravy; looks good; biscuit w/ fried chicken breast, cheddar and sausage gravy; looks good
  • Shrimp & Grits
    signature dish; signature dish; signature dish
  • Chocolate Pudding
4.0 out of 5
2075 ratings
#87 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#8 (America's Best: American Classics); opened in 1996; outdoor seating available; in historic Charleston; country-style institution; Other Recipes: Sausage Gravy
8
  • Garbage Plate
    mish-mosh of home fries, cheeseburgers (or hot dogs), mac salad, and a slice of bread all covered in a thick spicy meaty gravy hot sauce; 2-lbs of whatever you want; Adam got cheeseburger, red hots (hot dogs), baked beans, macaroni salad, french fries, home fries and topped w/ "hot sauce" (meat sauce); looks good
4.0 out of 5
166 ratings
#81 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est.1918; NY landmark restaurant; has trademark for "Garbage Plate"
9
  • Philippe French Dipped Sandwich
    top seller; French rolled dipped in au jus; recommend double-dipped; looks good
  • Roast Beef French Dipped Sandwich
    $5.75 at airtime; ask for double-dip; looks good; Wolfgang recommends adding horseradish mustard; roll dipped in au jus; ask for double-dip; looks good
  • Lamb Sandwich
    2nd top seller
4.0 out of 5
5485 ratings
#96 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); birthplace of French dipped sandwich; long lines; Los Angeles' oldest sandwich shop; cash only; "my favorite fast food restaurant"-Wolfgang Puck
10
  • Sausage
    Sausage buffet
  • Bahama Mama "The Original"
  • German Autobaun Buffet
    Sausage buffet
  • Jumbo Cream Puff
4.0 out of 5
972 ratings
#83 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
11
Smitty's Market: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Smitty's MarketSee Smitty's Market Video
(731 ratings)

208 S Commerce St Map It!
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-9344
www.smittysmarket.com
  • Sausage
    served on butcher paper; signature dish
  • Beef Brisket
4.0 out of 5
731 ratings
#92 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
Food War: Kreuz's vs. Smitty's... Kreuz won (3-votes-to-2); opened in 1999; located where the original Kreuz Market stood; brother owns rival Kreuz Market across town; served on butcher paper; no BBQ sauce
12
  • Double Bypass Burger
    half-pound burger topped with two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese, and eight slices of bacon, all served between the two grilled cheese sandwiches as buns; uses grilled cheese sandwich as buns
  • Blue 'shroom Burger
    Adam's college favorite
4.0 out of 5
1415 ratings
#90 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); college hangout
13
Willie Mae's Scotch House: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Willie Mae's Scotch HouseSee Willie Mae's Scotch House Video
(2136 ratings)

2401 St Ann St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-9503
  • Fried Chicken
    "world famous fried chicken"; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2136 ratings
#82 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Bon Apettit awarded it the Best Fried Chicken Ever
14
Abe's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Abe's BBQ
(79 ratings)

616 State St Map It!
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 624-9947
www.abesbbq.com
  • Pulled Pork
    looks good
3.5 out of 5
79 ratings
#101 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); serving since 1924
15
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters
    top-selling appetizer; deep-fried sliced buffalo testicles (ummm...I don't think so!)
  • "Big Steak"
    64-oz steak; intended for 2-5 persons; looks good
  • Steaks
    choices of buffalo, ostrich, elk or yak
  • Yak Steak
    most popular steak
3.5 out of 5
700 ratings
#99 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Denver's oldest restaurant (1893); exotic steaks (buffalo, yak, rattlesnake, etc); hunted game hanging all over the walls; Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill ate here; Other Recipes: Buffalo Red Eye Stew
16
Daichan Kaiten Sushi: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Daichan Kaiten Sushi (CLOSED)
(364 ratings)

11301 Olympic Blvd Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 914-5028
  • Sushi
3.5 out of 5
364 ratings
CLOSED; #85 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); sushi served on conveyer belt
17
  • 50-lb Burger
  • 2-, 6-, 15-lb burgers
    $500 if you can eat 15-lb burger in 4 hours
  • 15-lb Belly Buster
    challenge: eat in one sitting; only 1 has succeeded
  • 2-lb Burger
    challenge: eat in 1-hour
  • 6-lb Burger
    challenge: eat in 3-hours; only 2 have succeeded
  • Beer Belly Bruiser (50-lb burger)
    50-lb burger
3.5 out of 5
177 ratings
#100 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); founded in 1977; "Home of the World's Largest Hamburger Challenges" (from its website); in Guiness world record w/ 123-lb burger
18
  • Brazilian BBQ
    all you can eat buffett (they come to your table); all you can eat buffett (they come to your table and slice from skewer); use red-yellow-green cylinder block to let servers know to come to your table for more meat
3.5 out of 5
857 ratings
#94 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Brazilian band and dancers dressed in Carnivale-like costumes (scantily)
19
Giordano's Pizzeria: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Giordano's PizzeriaSee Giordano's Pizzeria Video
(904 ratings)

223 W Jackson Blvd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 583-9400
www.giordanos.com
  • Pizza
    Stuffed deep-dish; Tia gets w/ sausage & pepperoni; Stuffed deep-dish
3.5 out of 5
904 ratings
#88 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1974
20
  • Chicken and Cheddar Biscuit
    de-boned fried chicken topped w/ melted cheddar in homemade biscuit
3.5 out of 5
69 ratings
#95 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); moved from original location (at 133 W Franklin St); college hangout
21
  • Italian Hot Dog
    Potatoes, grilled peppers, onions and hot dog stuffed in a pita; Potatoes, grilled peppers, onions and hot dog on a pita
2.5 out of 5
21 ratings
CLOSED (2 other locations open...check website); #93 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); deep fried hot dog;
Food War: Jimmy Buff's vs. Charlie's... Charlie's won (3-votes-to-0)
101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 101-81"   (21 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 21, 2011 
Aired on: March 21, 2011