101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown

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Domilise Po-Boys & BarSee Domilise Po-Boys & Bar Video ($$)
(572 ratings)

5240 Annunciation St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-9126
  • 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
572 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)
Double Dogs ($$)
(193 ratings)

1780 Scottsville Rd Map It!
Bowling Green, KY 42104
(270) 843-9357
  • Bo's Dog Bowl Nachos
    nachos served in a dog bowl; white corn tortilla chips, homemade chili, Italian sausage, refried beans, Monterey Jack cheese, homemade Pepper Jack cheese sauce, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos & lime sour cream; looks good
4.0 out of 5
193 ratings
#65 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); dog-theme & dog-friendly
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
    award-winning; won 1st place in "Best of Baltimore" '89 - '99; they will ship; looks good
  • Raw Oysters
4.0 out of 5
1167 ratings
#7 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1886; fresh seafood; written up in Southern Living, GQ & Baltimore Magazine; parts of movie "Sleepless in Seattle" & TV program "Homicide" were filmed here
Fatso's Last Stand ($)
(850 ratings)

2258 W Chicago Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 245-3287
  • Phil's Special Dog
    hot dog link stuffed in Polish sausage, grilled & put in toasted French roll w/ smeared w/ Wisconsin cheddar & topped w/ mac-and-cheese-and-salami; not on menu; looks good
4.0 out of 5
850 ratings
#42 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2012; specialize mainly in hot dogs; formerly Phil's Last Stand
  • Duke City Burger
    double-pattied cheddar cheeseburger w/ thousand island, tomato, onion, lettuce, pickle, bacon & double green chile; looks good
  • Bonanza Burger
    double cheese burgers, cheddar cheese, bacon topped w/ a mound of green chili; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2007 ratings
#43 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); across the street from University of New Mexico; go-to place for "green chili-smothered grub"
Gilley's ($)
(163 ratings)

175 Fleet St Map It!
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-6343
  • Chili Dog
    topped w/ chili, relish, onions, ketchup, mustard & sauerkraut; looks good
  • Hot Dog w/ Everything
    steamed beef-pork-and-veal frank w/ chili con carne, relish, onions, mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut; looks good
  • Poutine
    side dish; fries covered in cheese curds topped w/ housemade gravy; "poutine" translated is "mess"; looks good
4.0 out of 5
163 ratings
#96 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started as a hauled-in lunch cart in Market Square since 1912 and then a permanently-situated diner in 1974; long lines; trivia: Guinness book of world records has cited Gilley's as having the most parking tickets ever issued (over 5,000) from 1912-1974
GrindersSee Grinders Video ($$)
(664 ratings)

417 E 18th St Map It!
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 472-5454
  • Famous Chili Bomb Pie (Pizza)
    cheese pizza w/ tots, chili-cheese, and scallions located in the center of the pie; looks good
  • Bengal Tiger Pizza
    a crowd favorite; inspired by the flavors of Northwest India; pizza w/ rich green sauce topped w/ tandori chicken, real crab meat, hearts of palm, cheese and cilantro
  • Chicken Paprikash
    cooked by George Detsios (self-proclaimed "Hungarian Delight") who comes once per week (on Monday's?) to cook Hungarian dishes; looks good
  • Stretch Philly
    homemade pastrami & sliced rib eye, provolone, grilled onions & banana peppers
  • "Le Hog" Pizza
    "serious flesh feast"; creamy white sauce, 5 cheese blend, bacon, Canadian bacon, ham & meatballs; Casey got it "bombed" (w/ tots, chili-cheese & scallions topped in the center of the pie)
4.0 out of 5
664 ratings
est 2004; #101 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); formerly an auto parts store...eclectic atmosphere; owner/cook (and scupter) makes scuptures in back; American eatery known for NY style pizza, Philly cheesesteaks, world-famous Death wings & award-winning BBQ
Gumbo Shop ($$)
(3856 ratings)

630 Saint Peter St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-1486
  • Chicken Andouille Gumbo
    boneless chicken, Andouille (a Cajun Sausage), okra & seasonings simmered in chicken stock; "Selected by locals as the best Gumbo in the city!" (from its website); looks good
4.0 out of 5
3856 ratings
#74 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown)
HomeroomSee Homeroom Video ($$)
(5997 ratings)

400 40th St Map It!
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 597-0400
  • Trailer Mac (& Cheese)
    signature dish; cheddary mac w/ Niman Ranch hot dog and topped w/ crushed potato chips; looks good
4.0 out of 5
5997 ratings
#26 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2011; specializes in macaroni & cheese offering 10 different variations; elementary school decor w/ tables made of re-purposed wood bleachers, chalkboard (for the menu) & a vintage card catalog where they keep customer loyalty cards
  • Prime Rib
    top seller
  • Porterhouse Steak
    24-oz steak
4.0 out of 5
296 ratings
[CLOSED]; #98 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. in 1951
  • Open Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich
    fresh baked bread topped w/ white & dark roasted turkey slices & side of mashed potatoes & topped w/ homemade gravy
  • Garlic Steak Sandwich
    filet mignon marinated in garlic oil overnight, slice & cooked on flat top; "that is ridiculous!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Prime Rib
    spice-rubbed, smoked in-house for 6 hrs & served w/ side of au jus & horse radish; looks good
  • Mixed Grille
    combo of pan-fried scallops, prawns, fish & fresh Dungeness crabmeat topped w/ creamy shrimp-flavored sauce; "that's off the hook!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.0 out of 5
798 ratings
#38 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started in 1986; dive-bar w/ causal & simple ambience, food made from scratch & Friday night barbecue dinners; so unassuming, there's no sign on the building
Jethro's BBQ ($$)
(354 ratings)

3100 Forest Ave Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 279-3300
  • 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
354 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
Kegel's Inn ($$)
(227 ratings)

5901 W National Ave Map It!
Milwaukee, WI 53214
(414) 257-9999
  • Hasenpfeffer
    marinated rabbit stew prepared w/ special seasonings & vegetables; served over a bed of noodles
4.0 out of 5
227 ratings
#71 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1924; authentic German beer hall & restaurant w/ murals, leaded glass & heavy wooden beams
Knockback Nats ($)
(321 ratings)

10 W 7th St Map It!
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 621-1000
  • Smoked Wings
    smoked for 3 hrs & finished on flat top w/ homemade wing sauce
4.0 out of 5
321 ratings
#9 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); neighborhood bar serving BBQ
Kravings ($$$)
(1164 ratings)

18663 Ventura Blvd Map It!
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 881-7111
  • Brazilian Picanha
    10 oz. USDA choice cut from prime part of top sirloin, charcoal-grilled, thin sliced; served w/ Chimichurri sauce
4.0 out of 5
1164 ratings
#16 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); Brazilian steakhouse w/ Brazilian dancers
La TaqueriaSee La Taqueria Video ($)
(4265 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
4265 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos); #55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; long lines
Lardo ($$)
(1264 ratings)

1212 SE Hawthorne St Map It!
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-7786
  • Griddled Mortadella Sandwich
    mortadella (balona-like) seared on the flat top & topped w/ provolone, marinated peppers & mustard aioli
  • Porchetta Sandwich
    roasted pork roll, sliced & grilled, served on ciabatta w/ gremolata (chopped herb condiment), caper mayo, crispy crackling, arugula; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1264 ratings
#18 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started as a food cart in 2010 & opened restaurant in 2011; everything is pork
  • Leo's Special
    spare ribs, brisket, hot links, thick smoked bologna, potato salad, & beans; looks good
  • Strawberry Banana Cake
  • Beef Brisket
    slow-cooked for 17-18 hrs
  • Spare Ribs
    smoked in hickory wood; looks good
4.0 out of 5
242 ratings
[CLOSED]; #31 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1974; formerly a gas station; open kitchen; have 2 types of homemade BBQ sauce
  • Fried Chicken
    looks good
  • Okra Stew
    tomato-based; looks good
4.0 out of 5
368 ratings
[CLOSED]; #1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Chicken); #70 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1983; legendary known for its soul food in pink house
Meat & PotatoesSee Meat & Potatoes Video ($$$)
(2041 ratings)

649 Penn Ave Map It!
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 325-7007
  • Meat & Potatoes for Two
    signature dish; 34 oz tomahawk ribeye (w/ 12-in bone), confit steak fries, housemade steak sauce & bone marrow gratin; looks good
  • Leg of Beast
    huge "drumstick" of beef leg
  • Steak Tartare
    chopped dry-aged strip, smoked egg, chili & seaweed aioli
4.0 out of 5
2041 ratings
#40 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est.2011; Pittsburgh's first gastropub; celebrity sightings: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Christian Bale
Melt Bar and GrilledSee Melt Bar and Grilled Video ($$)
(966 ratings)

14718 Detroit Ave Map It!
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 226-3699
  • Melt Challenge
    "monster" grilled cheese featuring 13 different cheeses, 3 slices of grilled bread & a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw (all over 5-lbs); eat all to be awarded a Melt t-shirt or Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card your name on online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame; challenge - 5-lb patti melt + fries; Adam won
  • Godfather
    sandwich made of 3 cheese lasagna, fresh fennel-oregano pasta sheets, sun-dried tomato pesto and pureed roasted garlic, provolone served on garlic spiked bread; looks good
  • Parmageddon Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    customer favorite; grilled cheese sandwich w/ potato & onion pierogi, fresh napa vodka kraut, sauteed onions, sharp cheddar; looks good
  • Parmageddon
    local favorite; grilled cheese sandwich w/ potato & onion pierogi, fresh napa vodka kraut, sauteed onions, sharp cheddar; "that is one of the best grilled cheeses I've ever had!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Tokyo Tuna Melt
    tuna steak marinated for 24 hrs, grilled & sliced in muenster grilled cheese w/ wasabi-ginger dressing; looks good
  • Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
    grilled cheese sandwich w/ fried chicken tenders, sweet corn puree, garlic spinach, mashed potatoes & sharp cheddar; looks good
4.0 out of 5
966 ratings
#41 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 2006; specialize on grilled cheese sandwiches; get an approved Melt logo tattoo (design on its website) & get 25% for life; multiple locations in Ohio
My Brother's Bar ($)
(829 ratings)

2376 15th St Map It!
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 455-9991
  • Johnny Burger
    named after a bartender who worked there & invented this burger; burger w/ Swiss, American, cream cheeses & grilled onions
  • Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger
    signature Denver-style burger topped w/ chopped jalepenos-infused cream cheese
4.0 out of 5
829 ratings
#94 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1873 (before CO became a state); so popular w/ locals, there's no sign in front of building; quirky atmosphere includes selling Girl Scout cookies year-round & free balloons for kids
Paddy Long's [CLOSED]See Paddy Long's Video ($$)
(387 ratings)

1028 W Diversey Pkwy Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 290-6988
  • The Bacon Bomb
    five pounds of ground sausage, pork & beef mixed w/ spices & wrapped in a weave of brown sugar bacon, & then slow cooked for 3 hrs on pig roaster; served with potato salad or fries; Bacon Bomb Challenge: eat 1 whole w/ 1-lb of fries in 45-min & you win free bomb, t-shirt & "admiration & disgust of your friends & family"...only 1 person (out of 61) has succeeded at airing
4.0 out of 5
387 ratings
[CLOSED]; #81 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2007; pub in a refinished 73-year-old bar; offer beer & bacon tastings every week
Pancake Pantry ($$)
(2043 ratings)

1796 21st Ave S Map It!
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 383-9333
  • Santa Fe (Pancakes)
    3 stone-ground cornmeal pancakes w/ chunks of bacon, cheddar & roasted green chiles cooked inside; recommended w/ maple syrup, hot picante salsa & sour cream
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes
    most popular; looks good
  • Village Smithy Sante Fe Cornmeal Pancakes
    Three stone-ground cornmeal pancakes with chunks of bacon, Cheddar cheese, and roasted green chiles cooked inside. Recommended with maple syrup, hot picante salsa, and sour cream; "one of the coolest, best thing I've ever tried"-Adam Richman
4.0 out of 5
2043 ratings
#48 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 1961; Nashville breakfast mecca; 23 pancake variations; long lines; where QB Ingle Martin ate growing up
  • Tender Royale
    Pepper Jack cheese sandwich battered, dredged & deep-fried, then topped w/ hot (spicy) chicken tenders; if you want HOT, order XX-Hot
4.0 out of 5
622 ratings
[CLOSED]; #1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Hot and Spicy Foods); #23 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); cozy joint specializing in Nashville-style hot fried chicken; specialize in fried chicken offering in varying degrees of hotness: Southernfied, Light Mild, Mild, Medium, Hot, X-Hot & XX-Hot; moved from original airing location (2821 Gallatin Pike)
101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown   (101 restaurants)    
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