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12 BonesSee 12 Bones Video ($$)
(947 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
947 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ribs); serves lunch only
  • 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
7350 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Burgers); "sexy, loud, crazy-music pumping & overall-fun atmosphere" (co-owner)
Cascina SpinasseSee Cascina Spinasse Video ($$$)
(1091 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
1091 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Italian); since 2008; simple, refined handmade pastas dishes grounded in authentic techniques from Piedmont region of Italy
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "At a Deli"
4.5 out of 5
399 ratings
Grits and Groceries ($$)
(50 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
50 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
Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet ShopSee Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet Shop Video ($)
(504 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
504 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
Killen's BBQSee Killen's BBQ Video ($$)
(2376 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
2376 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); est. 2013; long lines (up to 3 hrs long!)
Liuzza's By The TrackSee Liuzza's By The Track Video ($$)
(261 ratings)

1518 N Lopez St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
liuzzasnola.com
  • Spicy Gumbo
    combines cajun gumbo (darker roux w/ chicken/andouille) & crole gumbo (tomato-based w/ seafood), but spicy; looks good
4.5 out of 5
261 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Hot and Spicy Foods)
Los Guachos TaqueriaSee Los Guachos Taqueria Video ($)
(820 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
820 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos)
Ricky's Fish TacosSee Ricky's Fish Tacos Video ($)
(1209 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
1209 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos)
Salt & StrawSee Salt & Straw Video ($$)
(3776 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
3776 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ice Cream); since 1996; multiple locations
  • Rack of Lamb
    served w/ creamed barley, sauteed mushrooms; looks good
4.5 out of 5
422 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
Tops Diner ($$)
(3077 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
3077 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Lunch); est. 1942; higher-end diner atmosphere
Via 313 PizzaSee Via 313 Pizza Video ($$)
(742 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
742 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Pizza); opened in 2011 by two brothers from Detroit serving "genuine Detroit Style Pizza"
Al Forno RestaurantSee Al Forno Restaurant Video ($$$)
(597 ratings)

577 S Water St Map It!
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 273-9760
www.alforno.com
  • Corn Grilled Pizza
    thin cruse w/ pomodoro, fresh herbs, 2 cheeses & spicy olive oil; looks good
  • 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
597 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
Area FourSee Area Four Video ($$)
(949 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
949 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bacon Bites); "fueled by creativity, fearlessness and an unrelenting commitment to quality" (from its website)
Balthazar RestaurantSee Balthazar Restaurant Video ($$$)
(3139 ratings)

80 Spring St Map It!
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
www.balthazarny.com
  • French Fries
    Idaho russet potatoes pressed through cutter, blanched in peanut oil, & double-fried right before serving; seasoned w/ salt; looks good
  • 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
3139 ratings
opened in 1997; old Parisian-style bistro serving traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-QSee Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Video ($$)
(379 ratings)

1715 6th Ave SE Map It!
Decatur, AL 35601
(256) 350-6969
www.bigbobgibson.com
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Smoked Bar-B-Q Turkey
    turkey is brined, covered with wet "smear" and dry-rubbed; juicy; looks good
  • BBQ Chicken
    smoked in hickory, bathed in chicken fat, smoked again & finally dipped in signature tangy white sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
379 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); since 1925; won many awards including 2014 World BBQ Champion in Memphis
BLVD Bistro ($$)
(1001 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
1001 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Soul Food); family owned & operated
Cafe China ($$)
(1692 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
1692 ratings
CheesetiqueSee Cheesetique Video ($$)
(404 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
404 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Thanksgiving); since 2004; specialty cheese shop, restaurant & "all things to all cheese lovers" (from its website)
Daily CatchSee Daily Catch Video ($$)
(1693 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
1693 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
Domilise Po-Boys & BarSee Domilise Po-Boys & Bar Video ($$)
(568 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
568 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)
Fonda San Miguel ($$$)
(928 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
928 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Mexican Food); served in a charming, colorful, hacienda-style space
GrillSee Grill Video ($$$$)
(188 ratings)

99 E 52nd St Map It!
New York, NY 10022
(212) 375-9001
thegrillnewyork.com
  • "The Grasshopper" Charlotte
    layered chocolate sponge cake & "grasshopper" ganache sandwiches, coating layers of chocolate parfait, vanilla mouse & mint mousse; "so moist, so creamy, so velvety!" -Geoffrey Zakarian
4.0 out of 5
188 ratings
est. 2017; American steakhouse located in the historic Seagram Building; serving classic dishes & cocktails
Geoffrey Zakarian (bio)   (86 restaurants)    
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