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Geoffrey Zakarian (bio)

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House of Prime Rib: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
House of Prime RibSee House of Prime Rib Video ($$$)
(7022 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
7022 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); San Francisco Landmark; cozy English-style dining room setting
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  • Prosciutto Ice Cream
  • Secret Breakfast Ice Cream
    top seller; ice cream w/ corn cereal cookies made w/ bourbon; looks good
4.0 out of 5
3353 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ice Cream); won many awards (SF Weekly - "Best Ice Cream in San Francisco" Reader's Poll, and other recognitions)
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Jethro's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Jethro's BBQ ($$)
(312 ratings)

3100 Forest Ave Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 279-3300
www.jethrosdesmoines.com
  • Adam Emmenecker Challenge
    challenge: 12-inch deep fried pork tenderloin, 2 buffalo chicken tenders, angus steak cheeseburger, bacon, beef brisket, 2 fried cheddar cheese cubes, smothered in cheese sauce, plus 1-lb of waffle fries..all in 15 minutes; Adam lost
  • Hot Wings
    voted best wings in Des Moines for 3 consecutive years; smoked and then flash fried; looks good
  • The Jethro
    (huge) sandwich w/ battered & fried pork tenderloin, Carolina style pulled pork, house smoked pit ham, double order of thick slab bacon & topped w/ aged white cheddar cheese sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
312 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bacon Bites); #69 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2008; big food portions and beer served in mason jars
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Korzo: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Korzo ($$)
(444 ratings)

667 5th Ave Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-1199
www.korzorestaurant.com
  • Halusky
    potato dumplings w/ sheep's milk cheese & topped w/ bacon
  • Hungarian Langos
    fried flat bread topped w/ berry mix, whipped cream, fresh berries & caramel sauce
  • Korzo Slav "Fried" Burger
    beef burger, slow-braised pork neck, house-fermented sauerkraut, caraway seeds, juniper berries, high-altitude Bryndza; looks good
4.0 out of 5
444 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Food); husband-and-wife team who met in 2nd grade in what was then Czechoslovakia serving Central European comfort food
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La Taqueria: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
La TaqueriaSee La Taqueria Video ($)
(3979 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
3979 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos); #55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; long lines
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Liuzza's By The Track: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Liuzza's By The TrackSee Liuzza's By The Track Video ($$)
(242 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
4.0 out of 5
242 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Hot and Spicy Foods)
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As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Soul Food"
  • KK's Combo (Chicken & Waffles)
    three piece fried chicken southern style, two waffles, grits & two eggs w/ cheese & onions
4.0 out of 5
2089 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Soul Food); multiple locations in AZ
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Longman & Eagle: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Longman & EagleSee Longman & Eagle Video ($$)
(2370 ratings)

2657 N Kedzie Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
www.longmanandeagle.com
  • Fried Chicken & Waffles
    fried in beef fat; served w/ sweet potato & pork belly hash, maple syrup; available only for brunch (check website for updated menu)
4.0 out of 5
2370 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Chicken)
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  • Beef Brisket
    smoked in mesquite & post-oak; seasoned w/ salt & pepper & smoked
  • Texas Beef Rib
    "Dino-Ribs" (they're big!); beef ribs rubbed w/ salt & cracked black pepper then slow-cooked over post oak wood; once sold out, they're out for rest of evening; looks good
4.0 out of 5
618 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ribs); started in 1936 as a grocery store, selling BBQ w/ leftover meats; full-fledged BBQ joint in 1949; James Beard Foundation award-winner (American Classics - 2006); Other Recipes: Potato Salad
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m.henry: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
m.henrySee m.henry Video ($$)
(1695 ratings)

5707 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 561-1600
mhenry.net
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Brunch"
  • Cinnamon Roll French Toast
    french toast made w/ house baked brioche cinnamon rolls, layered w/warm seasonal fruit, vanilla neufchatel creme & topped w/a granola crust; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1695 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Brunch); "chow for now" serving globally inspired, new american style cooking; serving breakfast, lunch, brunch only
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Mary & Tito's Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mary & Tito's Cafe ($)
(371 ratings)

2711 4th St NW Map It!
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 344-6266
  • Carne Adovada Turnover
    slow-roasted pork wrapped in homemade tortilla dough, deep-fried & smothered in spicy red chile sauce
4.0 out of 5
371 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Mexican Food); since 1963; serving authentic New Mexican cuisine
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Milwaukee Brat House: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Milwaukee Brat HouseSee Milwaukee Brat House Video ($$)
(575 ratings)

1013 Old World 3rd St Map It!
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 273-8709
www.milwaukeebrathouse.co...
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Bar Food"
  • "The Miltown" (Bratwurst)
    brat cooked in beer, then grilled, served on pretzel roll & topped w/ Wisconsin cheddar cheese, sauteed onions & mushrooms; looks good
4.0 out of 5
575 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bar Food); est. 2008; "a professional drinking establishment for beer barons, boot leggers & patriots" (from its website)
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As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Burgers"
  • Mission Burger
    1/2-lb aged & granulated patty, monterey jack, caramelized onions, caper aioli, fries; looks good
4.0 out of 5
605 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Burgers); "boutique bowling alley that departs from tradition by serving award-winning food & extraordinary specialty cocktails, along w/ a rotating craft beer & wine list" (from its website)
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Modern Diner: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Modern DinerSee Modern Diner Video ($)
(250 ratings)

364 East Ave Map It!
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 726-8390
moderndinerri.com
  • Meat Loaf, Crusty French Toast, Granola
  • French Toast
    topped w/ custard sauce, candied pecans, raspberry syrup; looks good
4.0 out of 5
250 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Diners); recognized as the first diner in the nation housed in factory-built Sterling Streamliner; serve breakfast & lunch only
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Noble Sandwich: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Noble Sandwich [CLOSED]See Noble Sandwich Video ($$)
(520 ratings)

4805 Burnet Rd Map It!
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 666-5124
noblesandwiches.com
  • Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich
    braised for 7 hrs, sliced & seared on flat top; served w/ smoked green onions, red pepper relish & aioli; winner of Best Sandwich (Southwest)
  • Knuckle Sandwich
    sliced roast beef re-heated in oven w/ carmelized onions, cheddar cheese & au jus, served on homemade bread dipped in au jus & a spread of "knuckle sauce" (horseradish-based); looks good!
  • Smoked Duck Pastrami
    a top seller; duck smoked for 6 hrs; shredded & served w/ Russian dressing & rye pickles all on homemade wheat or white bread; looks good
  • The Noble Pig
    spicy ham, pulled pork, provolone & bacon served on homemade bread w/ housemade mustard & mayo; looks good
4.0 out of 5
520 ratings
[CLOSED]; #3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Sandwiches); opened in 2010; serve breakfast & lunch only; disco ball in kitchen; "everything you guys do...the time you take, the energy, the attitude, the dedication...tying it all together and making outstanding artisan sandwiches--that's what Triple-D's all about"-Guy Fieri
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Original Ninfa's on Navigation: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Original Ninfa's on NavigationSee Original Ninfa's on Navigation Video ($$)
(1328 ratings)

2704 Navigation Blvd Map It!
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 228-1175
www.ninfas.com
  • Queso Flameado
    melted cheeses topped w/ homemade chorizo; server comes out w/ small cheese-chorizo mix in casserole dish and a side of tortillas and makes the queso flameado at your table
  • Beef Fajitas Al Carbon
    served in a flour tortilla w/ Pico de Gallo, guacamole, & chile con queso; supposedly they are the first to serve fajitas; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1328 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Mexican Food); opened in 1973; supposedly served the first beef fajitas (according to its website); caution: there are 2 Ninfa's in Houston...this is the one highlighted on the show (and rated better)
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People's Pig: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
People's PigSee People's Pig Video ($$)
(495 ratings)

3217 N Williams Ave Map It!
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 282-2800
www.peoplespig.com
  • Smoked Fried Chicken Sandwich
    smoked fried chicken, spicy mayo, jalapeno jelly, greens on house made sour dough roll
4.0 out of 5
495 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Chicken)
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Pine Club: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Pine ClubSee Pine Club Video ($$$)
(292 ratings)

1926 Brown St Map It!
Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 228-7463
thepineclub.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Steak"
  • Bone-In Rib Eye
    20-oz bone-in rib eye; dry-aged for 28 days; comes w/ side of onion rings; looks good
4.0 out of 5
292 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); opened in 1947; Dayton landmark; recognized as one of the best steaks by several publications including USA Today, NY Times, Gourmet
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Pinewood Social: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Pinewood SocialSee Pinewood Social Video ($$)
(1596 ratings)

33 Peabody St Map It!
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 751-8111
pinewoodsocial.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Brunch"
  • Post Roast Hash
    sous-vide tri-tip beef, potato, peppers, egg topped w/ veal reduction sauce
4.0 out of 5
1596 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Brunch); "a place to meet" w/ Americana-style restaurant, bowling, swimming pool, boccie ball
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River Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
River CafeSee River Cafe Video ($$$$)
(1106 ratings)

1 Water St Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-5200
www.rivercafe.com
  • Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge
    milk chocolate Marquise shaped like the Brooklyn Bridge, raspberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream, crisp meringue, dark chocolate glaze
4.0 out of 5
1106 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Romantic Foods); since 1977; elegant restaurant nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge w/ sweeping views of the New York skyline & the Statue of Liberty
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Robicelli's Bakery: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Robicelli's Bakery [CLOSED] ($$)
(148 ratings)

9009 5th Ave Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(917) 509-6048
  • Nutella Lasagna
    lasagna w/ mascarpone-like & nutella layers; topped w/ toasted marshmallows spread, nutella & hazelnut
4.0 out of 5
148 ratings
[CLOSED]; moving to Baltimore
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Rotisserie Georgette: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Rotisserie GeorgetteSee Rotisserie Georgette Video ($$$)
(205 ratings)

14 E 60th St Map It!
New York, NY 10022
(212) 390-8060
www.rotisserieg.com
  • Stuffed & Crisped Potatoes
    baked Idaho, halved & hollowed, then deep-fried & filled w/ Gruyere mashed potatoes; looks good
4.0 out of 5
205 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Thanksgiving); contemporary comfort food w/ a French accent
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As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Chocolate"
  • Sweet n' Salty Pie
    dense fudge brownie filling w/ caramel & sea salt all baked into a pie shell; served a la mode; looks good
4.0 out of 5
210 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Chocolate); tiny 40-seat joint in a tiny town of only 77 people (people make the hour's drive from both Austin & Houston); "a Texas country bistro serving gourmet comfort food" (from its website)
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Salty Tart: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Salty TartSee Salty Tart Video ($$)
(166 ratings)

920 E Lake St Map It!
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 874-9206
www.saltytart.com
  • Coconut Macaroons
    toasty crunchy exterior and chewy coconut interior; looks good; "better than my mom's"-Andrew Zimmern
  • Surly Cake
    rich chocolate cake (secret ingredient: Surly beer) layered w/ creamy filling; looks good
4.0 out of 5
166 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Desserts); est. 2008; multiple James Beard nominee; "For everyone who believes that when life gives you lemons, you make a lemon-filled tart. Or better yet, you have a master pastry chef make it for you." (from its website)
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  • Skirt Steak, Greeven & Schmaltz
    skirt steak broiled to medium-rare & "smeared" w/ garlic paste; recommended w/ side of mashed potatoes w/ greeven (fried chicken skin bits) & schmaltz (chicken fat); looks good
4.0 out of 5
423 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best for the Holidays); serving Jewish-Romanian cuisine w/ non-stop basement Bar Mitzvah & over-the-top Hanukkah celebration w/ night-time entertainer Dani Luv; fun fact: owner's father won restaurant in poker game against "Sammy" in 1975
Geoffrey Zakarian (bio)   (80 restaurants)    
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