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101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 40-21"

  (22 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 21, 2011 
Aired on: March 21, 2011 
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  • Kalua Pig
    short rib
  • Laulau
    popular; pork wrapped in taro leaf; looks good
  • Short Ribs pipikaula style
    popular; looks good
4.5 out of 5
2690 ratings
#31 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); James Beard Award Recipient 2000
2
Paseo: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Paseo ($)
(4949 ratings)

4225 Fremont Ave N Map It!
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-7440
www.paseoseattle.com
  • Cuban Sandwich
    looks good
4.5 out of 5
4949 ratings
#33 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); "The Best Sandwiches in America" (Cuban Meat Sandwich)-Esquire Magazine (2008)
3
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ted Drewes Frozen CustardSee Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Video ($)
(1186 ratings)

6726 Chippewa St Map It!
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 481-2652
www.teddrewes.com
  • Frozen Custard
  • "Concrete"
    frozen vanilla custard w/ toppings blended in; Bobby got heath bar, caramel and Oreo; looks good; vanilla custard and a choice of over 30 toppings that is mixed in; Adam's concrete includes oatmeal cookies, caramel and macadamia nuts; can be served upside-down (it's that thick); looks good
4.5 out of 5
1186 ratings
#37 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. in 1929; long lines
4
Acme Oyster House: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Acme Oyster HouseSee Acme Oyster House Video ($$)
(6645 ratings)

724 Iberville St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-5973
www.acmeoyster.com
  • 15 Dozen Club
    challenge: 15 dozen oysters in 1 hour; 15 dozen oysters in 1 hour; Adam wins; challenge: 15 dozen oysters in 1 hour
  • Boo Fries
    French fries topped w/ "10-napkin" roast beef gravy & cheese; looks good
4.0 out of 5
6645 ratings
#25 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#5 (World's Best Places to Pig Out); opened in 1910...moved to current location in 1924 due to disastrous fire
5
Atlantic ChipShop: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Atlantic ChipShop [CLOSED] ($$)
(529 ratings)

129 Atlantic Ave Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-7775
www.chipshopnyc.com
  • Deep Fried Twinkie
  • Deep Fried Mac and Cheese
  • Deep Fried Pizza
  • Deep Fried Candy Bars
    Reeces or Snickers
  • Fish & Chip Butty
    typical British sandwich w/ fried fish, mushy peas fritters, garlic mayo, fries & onion gravy; not necessarily on menu
4.0 out of 5
529 ratings
[CLOSED]; #30 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); deep-fries everything on menu; you can bring your own food to deep fry
6
El Tepeyac Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
El Tepeyac CafeSee El Tepeyac Cafe Video ($$)
(2134 ratings)

812 N Evergreen Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 268-1960
manuelseltepeyac.com
  • Manuel Special
    5-lb Burrito; 5-lb burrito
4.0 out of 5
2134 ratings
#23 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); founded in 1942 (originally called El Tupinamba Cafe)
7
Lafayette Coney Island: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Lafayette Coney IslandSee Lafayette Coney Island Video ($)
(890 ratings)

118 W Lafayette Blvd Map It!
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-8198
  • Coney Island Hot Dog
    hot dog topped w/ chili, mustard and chopped sweet Spanish onions; chunkier chili; topped w/ chili, mustard and chopped onions
4.0 out of 5
890 ratings
Tie for #22 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown): Lafayette vs. American;
Food War: Lafayette vs. American... American won (3-votes-to-2); Lafayette opened by nephew of American Coney Island's owner; they compete next door to each other; difference is in the chili
8
  • Crabs
  • Crab Cakes
  • Steamed Crabs
4.0 out of 5
207 ratings
[CLOSED]; #38 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
9
Slows Bar BQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Slows Bar BQSee Slows Bar BQ Video ($$)
(2013 ratings)

2138 Michigan Ave Map It!
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
www.slowsbarbq.com
  • Beef Brisket Enchilada
  • Yardbird Sandwich
    pulled smoked Amish chicken breast drenched in housemade mustard BBQ sauce, tossed w/ sauteed mushrooms & cheddar & topped w/ applewood bacon; winner of Best Sandwich (Great Lakes); looks good!
  • Triple Threat Pork Sandwich
    signature sandwich; Applewood bacon, pulled pork and ham stacked high; choice of 7 BBQ sauces (Adam used Orange Pop BBQ); looks good
4.0 out of 5
2013 ratings
Best Sandwich in America (Runer-Up); #40 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 2005
10
Thurman Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Thurman Cafe ($$)
(893 ratings)

183 Thurman Ave Map It!
Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 443-1570
www.thethurmancafe.com
  • Thurman Burger
    burger overloaded with ham, mozzarella, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, sauteed onions, pickle, peppers, and mayo with chips and a pickle spear; large burger; looks good
  • Thurmanator
    2 12-oz burgers; looks good
4.0 out of 5
893 ratings
#35 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
11
American Coney Island: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
American Coney IslandSee American Coney Island Video ($)
(398 ratings)

114 W Lafayette Blvd Map It!
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-7758
www.americanconeyisland.c...
  • Coney Island Hot Dog
    hot dog topped w/ chili, Belgian mustard and chopped Vidalia onions; smoother chili; topped w/ chili, mustard and chopped onions
3.5 out of 5
398 ratings
Tie for #22 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown): Lafayette vs. American;
Food War: Lafayette vs. American... American won (3-votes-to-2); opened in 1917; American Coney Island's founder's nephew opened competitor Lafayette right next door; difference is in the chili
12
Ben's Chili Bowl: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ben's Chili BowlSee Ben's Chili Bowl Video ($)
(3682 ratings)

1213 U St NW Map It!
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-0058
benschilibowl.com
  • Chili Half Smoke
    sausage; looks good; looks good
3.5 out of 5
3682 ratings
#28 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 1958; D.C. landmark; Bill Cosby, President Obama ate here
13
Beth's Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Beth's Cafe ($$)
(1378 ratings)

7311 Aurora Ave N Map It!
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-5588
www.bethscafe.com
  • 12-Egg Omelet
  • Southwestern Exposure
    challenge - 12 egg, 5 lb omelet w/ hash browns; Adam lost
3.5 out of 5
1378 ratings
#26 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#4 (World's Best Places to Pig Out); est. 1954; started as a nickel slots gambling parlor, now a full restaurant; "Best Place to Cure a Hangover" (Seattle Magazine)
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3.5 out of 5
2024 ratings
#24 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); institution BBQ restaurant
15
Eagle's Deli: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Eagle's Deli ($)
(404 ratings)

1918 Beacon St Map It!
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 731-3232
www.eaglesdeli.com
  • Eagle's Challenge
    10 burger tower, 20 slices of cheese, 20 strips of bacon plus 1-lb of fries
  • 5-lb Eagle's Challenge Burger
    challenge - amount; Adam lost; no one has won
  • Reilly Burger
    3lbs of burger, 12pcs of american cheese, 2lbs of fries
3.5 out of 5
404 ratings
#21 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#2 (World's Best Places to Pig Out)
16
Grimaldi's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Grimaldi'sSee Grimaldi's Video ($$)
(4541 ratings)

1 Front St Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-4300
www.grimaldis.com
  • Pizza
    thin crust pizza; recommend classic Margherita; sauce on top of cheese topped w/ olive oil, grated cheese, oregano, pepper and basil
3.5 out of 5
4541 ratings
#39 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
Food War: Grimaldi's vs. John's Pizzeria... Grimaldi's won (2-votes-to-1); opened in 1990; long lines; no reservations; no credit cards; no slices; use San Marzano tomatoes imported from Naples, Italy
17
Junior's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Junior'sSee Junior's Video ($$)
(1618 ratings)

386 Flatbush Ave Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 852-5257
orderjuniorsbrooklyn.com
  • Cheesecake
    New York style cheesecake; sponge cake crust (rather than graham cracker); "I literally never tasted a cheesecake quite as good as Junior's"-Rocco Dispirito
  • Strawberry Shortcake
    multi-layered tall cake
3.5 out of 5
1618 ratings
#34 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 1950
18
Markey's Lobster Pool: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Markey's Lobster Pool ($$)
(278 ratings)

420 New Hampshire 286 Map It!
Seabrook, NH 03874
(603) 474-2851
  • Lobster Roll
3.5 out of 5
278 ratings
Tie for #36 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown): Markey's vs. Brown's
19
  • Fat Darrel
    most popular sandwich; MAXIM named it best sandwich in America (2004); chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fries, marinara sauce
  • Fat Sandwich Challenge
    challenge: 5 sandwiches in 45 minutes; Adam loses
3.5 out of 5
156 ratings
#32 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); food truck; off campus of Rutgers Univerisity; contest: eat 5 sandwiches in 40 minutes, get a sandwich named after you
20
Tony's I-75 Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Tony's I-75 RestaurantSee Tony's I-75 Restaurant Video ($$)
(404 ratings)

8781 Main St Map It!
Birch Run, MI 48415
(989) 624-5860
  • Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato Sandwich (BLT)
    world's biggest BLT; bacon piled high...about 20 strips of bacon; world's biggest BLT; bacon piled high...about 20 strips of bacon
3.5 out of 5
404 ratings
#29 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); jumbo sandwiches; jumbo portions; Bill Clinton and Kid Rock have visited
21
  • Lobster Roll
3.0 out of 5
351 ratings
Tie for #36 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown): Markey's vs. Brown's
22
Heart Attack Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Heart Attack Grill [CLOSED]See Heart Attack Grill Video ($$)
(103 ratings)

6185 W Chandler Blvd Map It!
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 705-9870
www.heartattackgrill.com
  • Quadruple Burger
    4 stacked-high cheeseburger; buns buttered in lard; 4 stacked-high cheeseburger; buns buttered in lard
3.0 out of 5
103 ratings
[CLOSED]; moved to Las Vegas; #27 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); waitresses dressed in scantily-dressed nurse uniforms; those who finish triple or quadruple burger gets wheeled in wheelchair to car; french fry bar (free); if you weigh more than 350-lbs, you eat for free
101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown - "Countdown 40-21"   (22 restaurants)    
Aired on: March 21, 2011 
Aired on: March 21, 2011