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Mesa Grill [CLOSED]See Mesa Grill Video ($$$)
(3629 ratings)

3570 Las Vegas Blvd S Map It!
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7731
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
3629 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 2004; in Caesars Palace; one of Bobby Flay's restaurants; locations also in New York and Bahamas
  • Crispy Hominy
    dried maize kernels soaked overnight; cooked w/ garlic & herbs then fried & coated in chile seasoning; served w/ lime
  • Homemade Pop-Tarts
    filled w/ local mango & local lychee; on brunch menu
  • Popcorn & Peanuts
    chocolate, peanut butter candybar w/ buttered popcorn ice cream, homemade cracker-jack and chipotle-chocolate sauce served separately on side; "perfect blend of salty and sweet...it's the best dessert I've ever eaten"-Michael Symon; looks good
  • Tangerine Creamsicle
    Pot de Creme (milk & cream mixture w/ orange essence), warm doughnuts and blackberry tarragon jam
4.0 out of 5
1825 ratings
est. in 2006; menus change daily depending on what's in season and arriving on their doorstep from local farmers, fishermen, ranchers, and artisans
  • Bread Pudding
  • Brontosaurus Rib
    huge beef rib; smoked for 12 hrs; looks good
  • Burnt End Baked Beans
    looks good
  • Buttermilk Broccoli Salad
    w/ bacon (contains almonds)
4.0 out of 5
1826 ratings
their approach: "source the best quality ingredients we can and don't fuss with them too much. We cook our barbeque the old school way with plenty of wood and time" (from its website); Bobby Flay made guest appearance ("definitely the best BBQ in New York...it's not even close")
  • Burnt Ends in Borbon BBQ Sauce
    slow smoked beef brisket caps served w/ plantain chips
  • Smoked Chorizo Meatloaf
    served open faced & topped w/ bourbon BBQ sauce, onion straws & cheddar cheese
4.0 out of 5
314 ratings
husband-and-wife team serving southern comfort food (BBQ)
Park's BBQ ($$$)
(1977 ratings)

955 S Vermont Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
www.parksbbq.com
  • Rib Eye Bulgogi
    signature dish of Korean cuisine; thinly sliced beef marinated in soy based sauce; served w/ traditional sides like kimchi & spicy cucumber; "chopstick, mouth" -Antonia Lofaso
  • American Wagyu Boneless Short Rib
    looks good
  • Bone-In Short Rib
    marinated for 24 hrs; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1977 ratings
opened in 2003; classic Korean BBQ restaurant w/ an extensive menu & grill-it-yourself-at-your-table meats
  • Sauerbraten
    beef shoulder braised in red wine, apple cider, & juniper berries w/ pretzel dumplings, caramelized pearl onions, apple braised red cabbage & bacon; takes 5 days to make; looks good
4.0 out of 5
854 ratings
authentic Austro-Hungarian restaurant set in a turn-of-the-century bier hall w/ an adjoining, sunny biergarten & offering over 70 handcrafted biers
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar ($$)
(2719 ratings)

1800 Sawtelle Blvd Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-1411
www.plancheck.com
  • Dynamite Crab Dip
    Dungeness crab meat w/ masago, tomato, nori, "dynamite" sauce, bechamel sauce & ciabatta toast; "everything you want in a dip x100" -Brad Miller
  • Pastrami Fries
    fries topped w/ pastrami gravy & pickles
  • PCB (Plan Check Burger)
    top seller burger; Americanized dashi cheese, KETCHUP LEATHER, schmaltz onions, mixed pickles, crunch bun; looks good
  • Smokey Fried Chicken
    jidori chicken, smoked milk gravy, yam preserves, spicy pickled okra; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2719 ratings
est. 2012; serving modern American comfort food in a small plate format along w/ unique cocktails, premium whiskeys & craft beers; multiple locations
PublicanSee Publican Video ($$$)
(3330 ratings)

837 W Fulton Market Map It!
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9555
thepublicanrestaurant.com
  • PQM Burger
    caramelized onions, Dijon sauce mix, cheese; looks good
  • Spicy Pork Rinds
  • Avocado Salad
    tomato, cucumber, shabazi & fried garlic
  • Braised Pork Belly
4.0 out of 5
3330 ratings
beer-focused restaurant offering an eclectic menu inspired by simple farmhouse fare in a space evocative of a European beer hall
Rays PlaceSee Rays Place Video ($$)
(273 ratings)

135 Franklin Ave Map It!
Kent, OH 44240
(330) 673-2233
raysplacekent.com
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Old School"
  • Mo-Fo Burger
    double-bacon cheeseburger w/ mushrooms; served w/ knife down the burger (it's that big); looks good
4.0 out of 5
273 ratings
opened in 1937
Rum House [CLOSED] ($$)
(370 ratings)

2112 Perkins Palms Ave Map It!
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 930-4480
  • B's Brisket Melt
    chopped beef brisket, jack cheese, onions, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, creole horseradish aioli; looks good
  • Mile High Key Lime Pie
    homemade pie w/ a mile high meringue & a drizzle of Keke key lime liquor
4.0 out of 5
370 ratings
[CLOSED]; offering Caribbean-influenced cuisine w/ casual outdoor patio including rope swing bar stools; pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel made guest appearance
Salt Lick BBQSee Salt Lick BBQ Video ($$)
(5026 ratings)

18300 Fm 1826 Map It!
Driftwood, TX 78619
(512) 858-4959
www.saltlickbbq.com
  • BBQ
  • Brisket Jalapeno Sandwich
    smoked 4-6 hrs in oakwood & wet pecan shells; recommended w/ housemade pickled jalapenos & spicy habanero BBQ sauce by Bobby Flay; looks good
  • BBQ Beef Ribs
    available only on Sunday afternoons; looks good
  • Beef Brisket
    smoked 20 hrs & regularly basted; looks good; looks good; top seller
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Family Style Plate
    heaping helpings of beef, sausage, and pork ribs, served with potato salad, cole slaw, beans, bread, pickles, and onions; sold per person; "some of the best BBQ I've ever tasted"; looks good
4.0 out of 5
5026 ratings
#7 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 1967; institution BBQ restaurant; large open pit BBQ
Taco Flats ($$)
(489 ratings)

5520 Burnet Rd Map It!
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 284-8352
www.tacoflats.com
  • Gringa Tacos
    spit roasted pork, onion, grilled jack cheese, pineapple, cilantro
  • Tostadas de Atun
    yellowfin tuna, house-made garlic + lime aioli, fried leeks, avocado, habanero sea salt
4.0 out of 5
489 ratings
  • Chili Tamale
  • Double Cheeseburger
    double patty w/ cheese, Tommy's chili, chopped onions, mustard, pickles & a slice of beef steak tomato between
4.0 out of 5
1401 ratings
since 1946; started as a ramshackle little stand on a street corner...now many locations in L.A. & also in Las Vegas; has drive-thru
Tony Packo'sSee Tony Packo's Video ($$)
(509 ratings)

1902 Front St Map It!
Toledo, OH 43605
(419) 691-1953
www.tonypacko.com
  • M.O.A.D. (Mother of All Dogs)
    foot-long Hungarian sausage topped w/ mustard, onions, hot dog sauce (meat chili) & shredded cheese; looks good
4.0 out of 5
509 ratings
est. 1932; trivia: made famous by Klinger's mention in TV's M*A*S*H; where celebrities sign hot dog buns that are cased & mounted on walls
Tycoon Flats ($$)
(1130 ratings)

2926 N Saint Marys St Map It!
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 320-0819
tycoonflats.net
  • Creme Brulee w/ Bacon
    w/ chopped candied bacon bits
  • Fried Apple Bacon Cheeseburger
    1/2-lb burger w/ fried granny smith apples, Applewood smoked bacon & blue cheese; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1130 ratings
since 1983; local favorite burger joint, w/ beer garden & live music
Village Idiot [CLOSED] ($$)
(599 ratings)

307 W Short St Map It!
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 252-0099
  • Bourbon Bread Pudding
    topped w/ apple cider-caramel sauce
  • Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich
    crispy fried chicken, gochujang sauce, chow-chow, cilantro aioli, toasted brioche bun; looks good
4.0 out of 5
599 ratings
[CLOSED]; gastropub in Lexington's oldest surviving post office building (circa 1825)
  • Bacon of the Month Club
    different artisinal bacon shipped the first week of each month for 1 year; brilliant!
  • Lisa C.'s Boisterous Brisket
    hand-pulled beef brisket simmered in house-made BBQ sauce on a soft bun, served w/ a side of applewood-smoked baked beans; featured in Esquire magazine and on Oprah! (Oprah gave it an 11 out of 10); looks good
  • Zingerman's Reuben
    top seller; house-cured corned beef, Switzerland Swiss cheese, Brinery sauerkraut & Russian dressing on grilled, hand-sliced Jewish rye bread; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2341 ratings
est. 1982; 97 sandwich choices; long lines
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Smoky"
  • Baby Back Ribs
    "they're in my list of the top 3 things I've eaten ever in my life"-Michael Symon; looks good
3.5 out of 5
254 ratings
"Best Ribs in the U.S."-Bon Appetit; locations also in Murphysboro, O'Fallon and Sparta
Black Swan [CLOSED] ($$)
(834 ratings)

1048 Bedford Ave Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 783-4744
  • Maine Lobster "PLT"
    Maine lobster, crispy pork belly, fried egg & sun dried tomato aioli on ciabatta bread
  • Turkey Chili
    served on bread w/ side of cornbread
3.5 out of 5
834 ratings
[CLOSED]; British gastropub in an impressive transformation from auto-body shop to sleek hall w/ a long copper bar, jet-black hardwood walls & hand-worn tables
  • Chicken & Tots
  • Wings & Waffles
3.5 out of 5
232 ratings
est. 2013; food truck
Corner Bistro ($)
(1596 ratings)

331 W 4th St Map It!
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-9502
cornerbistrony.com
  • Bistro Burger
    8oz burger w/ American cheese and crispy bacon; slow cooked for 15 min; "my favorite burger in town (NYC)" -Mario Batali; looks good
  • Chili Cheese Fries
    looks good
3.5 out of 5
1596 ratings
"last of the bohemian bars in West Greenwich Village" (from its website); "chef's hangout" to get a burger after work (according to Michael Symon); celebrity chef Mario Batali made guest appearance
Good Stuff Eatery ($$)
(1988 ratings)

303 Pennsylvania Ave SE Map It!
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-8222
www.goodstuffeatery.com
  • Obama Burger
    burger w/ applewood smoked bacon, red onion marmalade, bleu cheese, horseradish mayo; looks good
  • Smoke House Burger
    burger w/ applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, fried Vidalia onion ring, chipotle BBQ sauce; looks good
3.5 out of 5
1988 ratings
President Obama ate here
Greenhouse Tavern [CLOSED]See Greenhouse Tavern Video ($$$)
(1146 ratings)

2038 E 4th St Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 443-0511
  • Gravy Frites (Duck Fat Fries)
    w/ mozarella curd, pepper & brown gravy
  • Animal Style Frites
    fries w/ full bacon, fried eggs, whole grain mustard, mozzarella curd & brown gravy; looks good
3.5 out of 5
1146 ratings
[CLOSED]; #1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bar Food)
Heavy Seas AleHouse [CLOSED] ($$)
(209 ratings)

1300 Bank St Map It!
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 522-0850
  • Beer
  • Beer-clair
    eclair w/ beer infused in custard & frosting
3.5 out of 5
209 ratings
[CLOSED]
Jimmy G's [CLOSED] ($$$)
(124 ratings)

435 Elm St Map It!
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 621-8555
  • Barge Bash Burger
    dry-aged grind, smoked bacon-tomato jam, bleu, house pickle; looks good
  • Boozy Ice Cream
    bourbon & peanut butter-infused mixed w/ peanut butter toffee candy; looks good
3.5 out of 5
124 ratings
[CLOSED]; retro modern steak house for carnivores
Michael Symon (bio)   (88 restaurants)    
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