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101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown

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  • 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
1111 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
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Fatso's Last Stand: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fatso's Last Stand ($)
(780 ratings)

2258 W Chicago Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 245-3287
www.fatsoslaststand.com
  • 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
780 ratings
#42 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2012; specialize mainly in hot dogs; formerly Phil's Last Stand
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  • 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
1869 ratings
#43 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); across the street from University of New Mexico; go-to place for "green chili-smothered grub"
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Gilley's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gilley's ($)
(158 ratings)

175 Fleet St Map It!
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-6343
www.gilleyspmlunch.com
  • 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
158 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
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Grinders: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
GrindersSee Grinders Video ($$)
(606 ratings)

417 E 18th St Map It!
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 472-5454
www.grinderspizza.com
  • 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
4.0 out of 5
606 ratings
#101 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); formerly an auto parts store...eclectic atmosphere; owner/cook (and scupter) makes scuptures in back; "check your attitude at the door"
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Gumbo Shop: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gumbo Shop ($$)
(3573 ratings)

630 Saint Peter St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-1486
www.gumboshop.com
  • 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
3573 ratings
#74 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown)
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Homeroom: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
HomeroomSee Homeroom Video ($$)
(5583 ratings)

400 40th St Map It!
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 597-0400
homeroom510.com
  • 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
5583 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
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  • Ox Tails
    cuts of beef tails braised & simmered w/ seasonings & vegetables; slow-cooked in brown gravy for 3 hrs
  • Mac & Cheese
    signature dish
4.0 out of 5
299 ratings
#47 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1959; cafeteria-style service; restaurant name came about when (husband & wife) founders were looking for a place to open their restaurant...while driving, wife laid her eyes on a little white house while driving & cried out "This is it!"...it has grown & re-located since then
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  • Prime Rib
    top seller
  • Porterhouse Steak
    24-oz steak
4.0 out of 5
291 ratings
[CLOSED]; #98 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. in 1951
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  • 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
765 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
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Jethro's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Jethro's BBQ ($$)
(321 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
321 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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Kegel's Inn: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Kegel's Inn ($$)
(184 ratings)

5901 W National Ave Map It!
Milwaukee, WI 53214
(414) 257-9999
kegelsinn.com
  • Hasenpfeffer
    marinated rabbit stew prepared w/ special seasonings & vegetables; served over a bed of noodles
4.0 out of 5
184 ratings
#71 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1924; authentic German beer hall & restaurant w/ murals, leaded glass & heavy wooden beams
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Knockback Nats: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Knockback Nats ($)
(286 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
286 ratings
#9 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); neighborhood bar serving BBQ
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Kravings: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Kravings ($$$)
(1093 ratings)

18663 Ventura Blvd Map It!
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 881-7111
www.kravingsfusion.com/ht...
  • 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
1093 ratings
#16 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); Brazilian steakhouse w/ Brazilian dancers
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La Taqueria: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
La TaqueriaSee La Taqueria Video ($)
(4024 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
4024 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos); #55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; long lines
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Lardo: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Lardo ($$)
(1190 ratings)

1212 SE Hawthorne St Map It!
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-7786
www.lardopdx.com
  • 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
1190 ratings
#18 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started as a food cart in 2010 & opened restaurant in 2011; everything is pork
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Leo's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Leo's BBQ ($$)
(228 ratings)

3631 N Kelly Ave Map It!
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-5367
https://www.facebook.com/...
  • 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
228 ratings
#31 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. 1974; formerly a gas station; open kitchen; have 2 types of homemade BBQ sauce
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Mama Carolla's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Mama Carolla's ($$)
(553 ratings)

1031 E 54th St Map It!
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 259-9412
mamacarollas.com
  • Rosemary Chicken Lasagna
    roasted chicken layered w/ a mixture of wild mushrooms, spinach, cheese sauce, ricotta, fresh mozzarella & spices; then surrounded w/ tomato butter sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
553 ratings
#44 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); Italian eatery w/ a California Stucco design incorporating a Mediterranean style w/ a little touch of Spanish & Italian
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Martha Lou's Kitchen: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Martha Lou's KitchenSee Martha Lou's Kitchen Video ($)
(357 ratings)

1068 Morrison Dr Map It!
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-9583
marthalouskitchen.com
  • Fried Chicken
    looks good
  • Okra Stew
    tomato-based; looks good
4.0 out of 5
357 ratings
#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
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Meat & Potatoes: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Meat & PotatoesSee Meat & Potatoes Video ($$$)
(2023 ratings)

649 Penn Ave Map It!
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 325-7007
meatandpotatoespgh.com
  • 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
2023 ratings
#40 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est.2011; Pittsburgh's first gastropub; celebrity sightings: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Christian Bale
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Melt Bar and Grilled: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Melt Bar and GrilledSee Melt Bar and Grilled Video ($$)
(536 ratings)

13463 Cedar Rd Map It!
Cleveland, OH 44118
(216) 965-0988
meltbarandgrilled.com
  • 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 $10 gift card your name on online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame; challenge - 5-lb patti melt + fries; Adam won
  • Parmageddon Grilled Cheese Sandwich
    customer favorite; grilled cheese sandwich w/ potato & onion pierogi, fresh napa vodka kraut, sauteed onions, sharp cheddar; looks good
4.0 out of 5
536 ratings
#41 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 2006; specialize on grilled cheese sandwiches; get an approved Melt logo tattoo (design on its website) & get 25% for life; multiple locations in Ohio
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My Brother's Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
My Brother's Bar ($)
(752 ratings)

2376 15th St Map It!
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 455-9991
www.mybrothersbar.com
  • 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
752 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
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Paddy Long's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Paddy Long'sSee Paddy Long's Video ($$)
(385 ratings)

1028 W Diversey Pkwy Map It!
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 290-6988
www.paddylongs.com
  • 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
385 ratings
#81 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2007; pub in a refinished 73-year-old bar; offer beer & bacon tastings every week
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Pancake Pantry: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Pancake Pantry ($$)
(1840 ratings)

1796 21st Ave S Map It!
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 383-9333
www.thepancakepantry.com
  • 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
1840 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
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  • 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
625 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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