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12 Bones: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
12 BonesSee 12 Bones Video ($$)
(712 ratings)

5 Foundy St Map It!
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-4499
www.12bones.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Ribs"
  • Blueberry Chipotle Ribs
    pork ribs smoked in oak for 3 hrs & then grilled & glazed w/ homemade blueberry Chipotle sauce; sauce available online; looks good
4.5 out of 5
712 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ribs); serves lunch only
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As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Burgers"
  • Double Cheeseburger
    3-patties (yes, that's three) seared on 500-degree flat top layered w/ American cheese topped w/ house-made Dijonnaise, red onions & homemade pickles; options include bacon & fried egg; looks good!
4.5 out of 5
5442 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Burgers); "sexy, loud, crazy-music pumping & overall-fun atmosphere" (co-owner)
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Cascina Spinasse: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cascina SpinasseSee Cascina Spinasse Video ($$$)
(860 ratings)

1531 14th Ave Map It!
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
www.spinasse.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Italian"
  • Tajarin al Ragu
    fine hand cut egg pasta w/ beef/pork-based ragu & topped w/ Parmesan; looks good!
4.5 out of 5
860 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Italian); since 2008; simple, refined handmade pastas dishes grounded in authentic techniques from Piedmont region of Italy
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Grits and Groceries: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Grits and Groceries ($$)
(46 ratings)

2440 Due W Hwy Map It!
Belton, SC 29627
(864) 296-3316
www.gritsandgroceries.com
  • Apple Fried Pie
    pastry w/ apple pie filling, deep-fried, rolled in cinnamon-sugar mix; served w/ housemade cinnamon-flavored French egg custard
4.5 out of 5
46 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Food); old country store in a cozy historic building; husband-and-wife team who used to work at at Emeril Lagasse's preeminent French Quarter restaurant, Nola
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Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet Shop: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet ShopSee Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet Shop Video ($)
(397 ratings)

4801 Tchoupitoulas St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9788
www.snobliz.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Desserts"
  • Bananas Foster Snoball
    offered only on Wednesdays (at airing); limited supply
4.5 out of 5
397 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Desserts); started by Ernest & Mary Hansen in 1939 where Ernest invented the first ice shaving machine & Mary created her own flavored syrups; named a 2014 American Classic by the James Beard Foundation
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Killen's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Killen's BBQSee Killen's BBQ Video ($$)
(1745 ratings)

3613 E Broadway Map It!
Pearland, TX 77581
(281) 485-2272
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best BBQ"
  • Beef Brisket
    smoked for 16 hrs; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1745 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); est. 2013; long lines (up to 3 hrs long!)
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Los Guachos Taqueria: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Los Guachos TaqueriaSee Los Guachos Taqueria Video ($)
(649 ratings)

5221 Godown Rd Map It!
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 538-0211
los-guachos.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Tacos"
  • Gringas (Al Pastor Taco)
    grilled flour tortilla, melted cheese, onions, cilantro, pineapple & signature marinated pork (pastor) cooked on a spit roast; looks good
4.5 out of 5
649 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos)
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Ricky's Fish Tacos: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ricky's Fish TacosSee Ricky's Fish Tacos Video ($)
(1074 ratings)

3201 Riverside Dr Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 395-6233
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Tacos"
  • Fish Tacos
    Ensenada-style: battered fish, cabbage, pico de gallo, salsa in a warm white corn tortilla; recommend adding tangy crema sauce offered on side of truck; looks good
4.5 out of 5
1074 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos)
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Salt & Straw: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Salt & StrawSee Salt & Straw Video ($$)
(3115 ratings)

838 NW 23rd Ave Map It!
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 271-8168
saltandstraw.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Ice Cream"
  • Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper Ice Cream
    Oregon strawberries from Oregon Hill Farms, honey balsamic from a third generation Oregon bee keeper at Honey Ridge Farms & black pepper from Pohnpei
4.5 out of 5
3115 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ice Cream); since 1996; multiple locations
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  • Rack of Lamb
    served w/ creamed barley, sauteed mushrooms; looks good
4.5 out of 5
385 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Romantic Foods); located in The Post Ranch Inn, a serene retreat high atop the cliffs of Big Sur offering breathtaking views
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  • Chicken & Cheddar Biscuit
    fried chicken breast w/ homemade biscuits using grandmother's recipe; looks good
  • "Bad Grandpa"
    biscuit sandwich w/ chicken, egg, cheese & bacon biscuit, hash browns & sweet tea; looks good
4.5 out of 5
539 ratings
est. 1978; biscuits recognized by Maxim Magazine; long lines in drive-thru; original restaurant in Louisburg, NC
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Tops Diner: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Tops Diner ($$)
(1881 ratings)

500 Passaic Ave Map It!
East Newark, NJ 07029
(973) 481-0490
www.thetopsdiner.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Lunch"
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
    use fresh lobsters (and hence seasonal); looks good!
4.5 out of 5
1881 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Lunch); est. 1942; higher-end diner atmosphere
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Via 313 Pizza: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Via 313 PizzaSee Via 313 Pizza Video ($$)
(589 ratings)

700 W 6th St Map It!
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 939-1927
www.via313.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Pizza"
  • The Detroiter Pizza
    thick crust, rectangular pizza w/ smoked pepperoni under the cheese, natural casing pepperoni on top; looks good
4.5 out of 5
589 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Pizza); opened in 2011 by two brothers from Detroit serving "genuine Detroit Style Pizza"
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Al Forno Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Al Forno RestaurantSee Al Forno Restaurant Video ($$$)
(498 ratings)

577 S Water St Map It!
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 273-9760
www.alforno.com
  • Golden Delicious Apple Tart
  • Baked Pasta w/ Five Cheeses
    Pecorino Romano, Fontina, Gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta in tomato-cream sauce in pasta & baked; looks good!
4.0 out of 5
498 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Italian); opened in 1980; dishes are re-crafted to reflect the products of New England's farms & waters cooked in wood-burning ovens & on grills over hardwood charcoal fires; opened for dinner only & closed on Sundays & Mondays
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Area Four: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Area FourSee Area Four Video ($$)
(812 ratings)

500 Technology Sq Map It!
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
areafour.com
  • Clam & Bacon Pizza
    thin crust pizza w/ clam sauce, pecorino, hot pepper & parsley; looks good
4.0 out of 5
812 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bacon Bites); "fueled by creativity, fearlessness and an unrelenting commitment to quality" (from its website)
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Balthazar Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Balthazar RestaurantSee Balthazar Restaurant Video ($$$)
(2694 ratings)

80 Spring St Map It!
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
www.balthazarny.com
  • French Fries
  • Roasted Pepper and Caramelized Onion Quiche
    w/ gruyere cheese & mixed greens; "to die for" -Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Sour Cream-Hazelnut Waffles
    w/ warm berries & creme fraiche
4.0 out of 5
2694 ratings
opened in 1997; old Parisian-style bistro serving traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper
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BLVD Bistro: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
BLVD Bistro ($$)
(586 ratings)

239 Lenox Ave Map It!
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-6200
blvdbistrony.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Soul Food"
  • Double Cut Pork Chop
    topped w/ caramelized apples, onions, on bed of black-eyed peas w/ andouille sausage; "grandma's pork chops meets classic French training"; looks good
4.0 out of 5
586 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Soul Food); family owned & operated
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Cafe China: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cafe China ($$)
(1154 ratings)

13 E 37th St Map It!
New York, NY 10016
(212) 213-2810
www.cafechinanyc.com
  • Kung Pao Chicken
    stir fried w/ peanuts, peppercorn & chili peppers; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1154 ratings
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As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "At a Deli"
4.0 out of 5
301 ratings
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Cheesetique: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
CheesetiqueSee Cheesetique Video ($$)
(349 ratings)

4056 Campbell Ave Map It!
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 933-8787
cheesetique.com
  • Mac & Cheesetique
    mac & cheese w/ goat Gouda, Asiago & Cacio de Roma topped w/ truffle-infused bread crumbs; looks good
4.0 out of 5
349 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Thanksgiving); since 2004; specialty cheese shop, restaurant & "all things to all cheese lovers" (from its website)
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Daily Catch: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Daily CatchSee Daily Catch Video ($$)
(1419 ratings)

323 Hanover St Map It!
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-8567
thedailycatch.com
  • Lobster Fra Diavolo
    1 1/4-lb lobster, littleneck clams, shrimp, mussels & calamari simmered in a 'spicy as you like' seafood tomato sauce over imported linguine fini pasta served al'dente
  • Feast of Seven Fishes
    lobster, clams, mussels, shrimp, calamari, stewed in tomato-base sauce w/ crab, served on linguine & served w/ "side" of broiled haddock, monkfish marsala
4.0 out of 5
1419 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best for the Holidays); #77 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1973; so small (only 10 tables), you can watch them cook in open kitchen
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Domilise Po-Boys & Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Domilise Po-Boys & BarSee Domilise Po-Boys & Bar Video ($$)
(444 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
444 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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Fonda San Miguel: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fonda San Miguel ($$$)
(717 ratings)

2330 W North Loop Blvd Map It!
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 459-4121
www.fondasanmiguel.com
  • Cochinita Pibil
    Yucatan specialty of slow-cooked pork baked in banana leaf; looks good
4.0 out of 5
717 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Mexican Food); served in a charming, colorful, hacienda-style space
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As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Brunch"
  • Pastrami & Hash
    shaved pastrami, spiced hash, roasted peppers & onions, farm egg, russian dressing served on Kaiser roll; "a pastrami that rivals the best our Food Networks experts have ever tasted" -Geoffrey Zakarian; looks good
4.0 out of 5
665 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Brunch)
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House of Prime Rib: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
House of Prime RibSee House of Prime Rib Video ($$$)
(6415 ratings)

1906 Van Ness Ave Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4605
houseofprimerib.net
  • Prime Rib
    carved at the table; prime rib buried in mountain of rock salt, slow-roasted, dug-out from the salt pile & sliced at your table; looks good
4.0 out of 5
6415 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); San Francisco Landmark; cozy English-style dining room setting
Geoffrey Zakarian (bio)   (79 restaurants)    
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