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Char Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Char Bar ($$)
(1121 ratings)

4050 Pennsylvania Ave Map It!
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 389-8600
charbarkc.com
  • Burnt Heaven Sandwich
    signature & top selling sandwich; smoked burnt ends, smoked sausage, fried jalapenos, chipotle bbq mayo, creamy slaw, egg bun; looks good!
  • Cheesy "Hushpuppies"
    stone-ground grits fritters, beer blanc, jalapeno jam
4.0 out of 5
1121 ratings
southern-inspired smokehouse doing BBQ low-and-slow w/ 10,000-square foot Beer Garden features backyard amusements, such as lawn croquet, bocce & ping-pong
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ChurchKey: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
ChurchKey ($$)
(1413 ratings)

1337 14th St NW Map It!
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576
churchkeydc.com
  • Gigante Beans
  • Monte Cristo
    w/ pig's head terrine & topped w/ syrup
  • Summer Vegetable Ragu
4.0 out of 5
1413 ratings
gastropub that specializes in beer...up to 50 drafts + 700 on the bottle
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Costas Inn: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Costas Inn ($$)
(248 ratings)

4100 N Point Blvd Map It!
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 477-1975
www.costasinn.com
  • Crab Cake
  • Soft Shell Crab
    only in season
4.0 out of 5
248 ratings
since 1971; family owned institution specializing in award winning crab cakes
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County Club: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
County Club ($$)
(230 ratings)

555 Jefferson St Map It!
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 367-0263
countyclubrestaurant.com
  • Panna Cotta
    signature dessert; lemon butter flavored, topped w/ graham cracker crumble w/ side of blueberry compote
  • Pork Belly Watermelon
  • Smoked Fried Flank Sandwich
    smoked, dredged, deep-fried, topped w/ sauteed kale & gravy on a biscuit bun
4.0 out of 5
230 ratings
expanding the American tradition of smoking meats using hardwoods & low temperatures
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Czuchraj Meats: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Czuchraj MeatsSee Czuchraj Meats Video ($$)
(50 ratings)

1979 W 25th St Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 696-7083
  • Beef Jerky
4.0 out of 5
50 ratings
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DC Brau Brewing Company: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
DC Brau Brewing Company ($)
(139 ratings)

3178-B Bladensburg Rd NE Map It!
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 621-8890
www.dcbrau.com
  • Beer
4.0 out of 5
139 ratings
since 1956; specialize in beer w/ brewery in-house
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Diner Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Diner Grill ($)
(249 ratings)

1635 W Irving Park Rd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 248-2030
  • Double Cheeseburger
    looks good
  • The Slinger
    hash browns, two hamburger patties, grilled onions, two eggs over easy all covered w/ chili; looks good
4.0 out of 5
249 ratings
old-style railroad-car diner w/ counter service
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Dooby's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Dooby's ($$)
(590 ratings)

802 N Charles St Map It!
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 609-3162
www.doobys.com
  • Damn Good Pie
    bruleed‎ buttermilk tart w/ chocolate cookie crumble crust
  • Dooby's Burger
    house-seasoned Creekstone Farms black angus beef, cheddar, kimchi, gochujang aioli, sesame roll
  • Pork Buns
    Gochujang aioli, soy-caramel, kimchi
4.0 out of 5
590 ratings
Korean-inspired cafe
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Emily: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Emily ($$)
(660 ratings)

919 Fulton St Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 844-9588
pizzalovesemily.com
  • Emmy Burger
    Fleisher's grass fed dry aged beef, Tom Cat pretzel bun, EMMY sauce, caramelized onion, Grafton cheddar, cornichon & fries; limited availability for dinner; looks good
  • S'mores Calzone
    s'mores baked inside pizza dough
  • Quinn Pizza
    thin crust pizza w/ mozzarella, havarti, pecorino, ricotta; looks good
4.0 out of 5
660 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Cheesy Dishes); specialize in pizza but serves one of the best burgers in town; run by husband-and-wife team
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Evangeline: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Evangeline ($$)
(620 ratings)

329 Decatur St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 373-4852
www.evangelineneworleans....
  • Acadia Crawfish & Grits
    sauteed crawfish tails & the trinity over creamy creole grits; looks good
  • Decatur Street Sundae
    vanilla ice cream, stout beer, maple bourbon, bacon topping
4.0 out of 5
620 ratings
specialize in fresh, seasonal cuisine with ingredients purchased directly from local markets & fisherman and also Louisiana microbrews available both on draught and in bottles
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Fahrenheit: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
FahrenheitSee Fahrenheit Video ($$$)
(302 ratings)

2417 Professor Ave Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 781-8858
  • "Cleveland" Nachos
    house made potato chips (instead of corn chips) topped w/ roasted garlic Parmesan fondu, bacon bits & more Parmesan; looks good
4.0 out of 5
302 ratings
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Flying Fig: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Flying Fig ($$)
(466 ratings)

2523 Market Ave Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-4243
www.theflyingfig.com
  • Biscuits & Gravy
    Deejay's sausage, sage & onion gravy, scrambled eggs w/ breakfast potatoes; looks good
  • Ohio Brunch Burger
    8-oz patty w/ Deejays Bacon, cheddar, pickled whole grain mustard sauce, house fries; optional fried egg on top
  • Sticky Bun
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
466 ratings
a small casual, friendly eatery & bar serving evolving farm-to-table cuisine to reflect seasonal availability
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Frank: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Frank [CLOSED] ($$)
(1806 ratings)

407 Colorado St Map It!
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-6916
hotdogscoldbeer.com
  • Fico Anatra
    custom-made smoked duck & pork sausage dressed w/ fig mostarda, crispy shallots & Pure Luck goat chevre on a Frank Bun
  • Holy Smoke Micheladas
    drink: South Austin Brewery Kol beer, Cracias a Dios Mezcal, soy sauce, Yellow Bird jalapeno sauce, Frank Red Headed Stranger Bloody Mary mix, chipotle saly, Li'l smokies
4.0 out of 5
1806 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 2010; "purveyors of artisan sausages" (from its website); serving over 16 beers on tap
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Freedmen's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Freedmen's [CLOSED] ($$)
(696 ratings)

2402 San Gabriel St Map It!
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 220-0953
www.freedmensbar.com
  • Barbecue Benedict
    buttermilk biscuit, smoked tomato hollandaise; choice of: brisket, pulled pork or sausage; Michael got brisket; looks good
  • Smoked Chocolate Mousse
4.0 out of 5
696 ratings
[CLOSED]; laid-back lounge, beer garden & smokehouse serving barbecue & retro-inspired cocktails in an historic Austin building
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Game: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Game ($$)
(330 ratings)

2295 Lexington Rd Map It!
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 618-1712
louisvillehammerheads.com
  • Scotch Egg
    hard-boiled egg, coated in bread crumbs & deep fried; served w/ pork belly
  • Venison Burger
    w/ blue cheese, jalapeno-sage aioli, pretzel bun; looks good
4.0 out of 5
330 ratings
contemporary gastropub/smokehouse serving exotic meats w/ lodge decor
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  • Bratwurst & Pierogi
    Czuchraj's Dortmunder Gold Lager bratwurst, potato & cheese pierogi from The Pierogi Lady, braised cabbage, sour cream, Dijon mustard; looks good
  • Bread Pudding
    topped w/ whipped cream
  • Stilton Cheddar Soup
    made w/ Dortmunder Gold Lager
4.0 out of 5
995 ratings
est. 1986
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Happy Dog: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Happy DogSee Happy Dog Video ($)
(652 ratings)

5801 Detroit Ave Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 651-9474
www.happydogcleveland.com
  • Hot Dogs
    can choose from 50 homemade toppings; served on Chicago-style poppy seed bun; Michael gets w/ chunky peanut butter, Sriracha hot sauce and "alien" pickle relish (concoction created by his stepson Kyle)
4.0 out of 5
652 ratings
neighborhood corner serving hot dogs and beer, and "lots" of live music, from rock and country to punk and polka
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High Hat Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
High Hat Cafe ($$)
(499 ratings)

4500 Freret St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 754-1336
www.highhatcafe.com
  • BBQ Gulf Shrimp
    pan-cooked in "BBQ sauce"
  • Fried Oyster Remoulade Po'boy
    served w/ fries
4.0 out of 5
499 ratings
started in 2010; casual neighborhood spot serving food from the Mississippi Delta & Louisiana
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Hometown Bar-B-Que: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hometown Bar-B-Que ($$)
(1052 ratings)

454 Van Brunt St Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 294-4644
www.hometownbarbque.com
  • Chinese Sticky Ribs
    smoked pork ribs lathered w/ Asian sauce & grilled; looks good
  • Lamb Belly Banh Mi
    smoked pulled lamb belly w/ hot & sweet sauce, pickled Daikon & carrot, cilantro; looks good
  • Beef Ribs
    smoked for 9-10 hrs; Aaron recommends side of potato salad; looks good
  • Korean Sticky Ribs
    babyback ribs, smoked in white oak & then deep-fried; topped w/ chopped cashew & scallions; looks good
  • Lamb Belly
    smoked for 8-10 hrs on white oak; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1052 ratings
opened in 2013; first-come-first-serve walk-up counter-service bar-b-que hall until BBQ is sold out; live music on weekend nights
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  • Cherry Pepper Poppers
    cherry peppers stuffed w/ cheddar cheese curd & wrapped w/ bacon; served w/ fig jam
  • Chicken & Waffles
    spicy breaded chicken breast, serrano-corn waffle, maple-bacon butter; available for brunch only
4.0 out of 5
590 ratings
top of hill dining room featuring panoramic views of the Ohio River & downtown Cincinnati
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Korzo: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Korzo ($$)
(447 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
447 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 Petite Grocery: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
La Petite Grocery ($$$)
(645 ratings)

4238 Magazine St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-3377
www.lapetitegrocery.com
  • Blue Crab Beignets
    beignets (fried dough) stuffed w/ blue crab & mascarpone mix; served w/ malt vinegar aioli; looks good
  • LPG Cheeseburger
    w/ house pickles, onion marmalade, arugula, whole grain mustard, aioli & gruyere on soft bun w/ hand cut fries; looks good
4.0 out of 5
645 ratings
est. 2004; John Besh made guest appearance
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Lucky's Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Lucky's CafeSee Lucky's Cafe Video ($$)
(893 ratings)

777 Starkweather Ave Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 622-7773
www.luckyscafe.com
  • Biscuits and Gravy
    "one of most the soul-satisfying dishes I have eaten in my life...better than I've had in the South"-Michael Symon; looks good; cheddar scallion biscuits topped with soft scrambled eggs and sausage gravy; served w/ hash brown potatoes & grapes; looks good
  • Lucky Reuben
    corned beef, sauerkraut, rye bread and Thousand Island dressing all house made, served with Swiss cheese, chips & a pickle; Guy got goosebumps eating it; looks good
4.0 out of 5
893 ratings
farm-to-table restaurant w/ garden in backyard; almost everything is made from scratch; where Michael Symon stopped by at DDD airing (friend of chef/owner)
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  • BBQ Nachos
    corn tortilla chips, pulled pork, queso, slaw, cilantro, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, lime wedges & Jack's Creek; looks good
  • Broccoli Salad
    a top side seller; looks good
  • Smoked Wings
  • Fried Bologna Sandwich
    1-inch thick sliced smoked bologna & flash-fried
  • Redneck Taco
    BBQ on top of cornbread hoe-cake topped w/ slaw & sauce; choose between pork, brisket, sausage, chicken, turkey or catfish (Michael gets the chicken)
  • Whole Hog Platter
    smoked w/ hickory pulled pork; Michael get sides: broccoli salad & hush puppies; looks good
4.0 out of 5
723 ratings
specialize in West Tennessee-style; multiple locations
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Mesa Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mesa GrillSee Mesa Grill Video ($$$)
(3534 ratings)

3570 Las Vegas Blvd S Map It!
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7731
https://www.caesars.com/c...
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Las Vegas"
  • Tiger Shrimp Roasted Garlic Corn Tamales
    split tamale topped w/ tiger shrimp in a creamy garlic sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
3534 ratings
opened in 2004; in Caesars Palace; one of Bobby Flay's restaurants; locations also in New York and Bahamas
Michael Symon (bio)   (88 restaurants)    
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