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101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown

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Cafe Fleuri: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cafe Fleuri [CLOSED]See Cafe Fleuri Video ($$$)
(285 ratings)

250 Franklin St Map It!
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 451-1900
boston.langhamhotels.com
  • Chocolate Bar
    available only on Saturday noon-3pm from September - June; chocolates from around the world; 100+ items including chocolate fountain
4.0 out of 5
285 ratings
[CLOSED]; #84 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Cecilia's Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cecilia's Cafe ($)
(253 ratings)

230 6th St SW Map It!
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 243-7070
www.ceciliascafe.com
  • Fireman's burrito
    served w/ an apron
  • Carne Adovada
    chunks of tender pork marinated in red chile (Albuqueque-style chili); top seller; looks good
  • Chicharone Burrito
    a top seller; topped w/ red or green chile (Guy had red)
  • Stuffed Sopaipillas
    Machaca (beef) burrito
4.0 out of 5
253 ratings
#45 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Northern Mexican food
Cherry Cricket: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cherry CricketSee Cherry Cricket Video ($$)
(2487 ratings)

2641 E 2nd Ave Map It!
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7666
www.cherrycricket.com
  • Cricket Burger
    signature burger; signature burger; Angus beef; most popular toppings is cream cheese & chopped jalapeno
  • Cricket Burger w/ Green Chili
    Aaron's toppings: bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onions, chopped ajalapenos and green chili strips; "best burger you'll ever eat"-Aaron Sanchez; looks good
  • Goober Burger
    burger w/ peanut butter and fried egg
4.0 out of 5
2487 ratings
#79 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); build-your-own burger w/ 21 toppings; throw dart at dartboard to choose your toppings
Chino Bandido: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Chino BandidoSee Chino Bandido Video ($)
(1882 ratings)

15414 N 19th Ave Map It!
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 375-3639
www.chinobandido.com
  • Jade Red Chicken
    fried chicken strips, deep-fried & covered in red sauce; can be served on rice or as a quesadilla; looks good
  • Machaca
    shredded beef w/ garlic, onion, tomato & cilantro; can be served in quesadilla, burrito or in fried rice
  • Pollo Diablo
    lightly coated, deep-fried chicken w/ garlic, onions & red hot peppers; "If you're from Iowa, you probably can't handle it!"
  • Emerald Chicken
    teriyaki marinated grilled chicken breast served w/ ginger/green onion sauce
4.0 out of 5
1882 ratings
#41 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1990; combo/fusion of Chinese & Mexican; started as a 1000-sq-ft, 16-seat "hole-in-the-wall" that expanded to 5000-sq-ft w/ 150 seats; another location in Chandler, AZ
Cotham's In the City: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cotham's In the CitySee Cotham's In the City Video ($)
(36 ratings)

1401 W 3rd St Map It!
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 370-9177
www.cothams.com
  • Hubcap Cheeseburger
    hubcap-sized burger
4.0 out of 5
36 ratings
#18 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Bill Clinton has visited
El Guero Canelo: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
El Guero CaneloSee El Guero Canelo Video ($)
(592 ratings)

5201 S 12th Ave Map It!
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 295-9005
elguerocanelo.com
  • Tex-Mex Hot dog
  • Sonoran Hot Dog
    bun from ingredients imported from Mexico; more traditional style; bacon-wrapped hot dog, topped pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, mustard, jalapeno sauce and mayo
4.0 out of 5
592 ratings
#70 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Food War: BK Carne Asada vs. El Guero Canelo... BK Carne Asada won (4-votes-to-1); started as a hot dog truck in 1993...now it's an establishment w/ multiple full-scale restaurants including a new opening in W. Phoenix
El Tepeyac Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
El Tepeyac CafeSee El Tepeyac Cafe Video ($$)
(2213 ratings)

812 N Evergreen Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 268-1960
manuelseltepeyac.com
  • Manuel Special
    5-lb Burrito; 5-lb burrito
4.0 out of 5
2213 ratings
#23 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); founded in 1942 (originally called El Tupinamba Cafe)
Fentons Creamery: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fentons CreamerySee Fentons Creamery Video ($$)
(4621 ratings)

4226 Piedmont Ave Map It!
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 658-7000
www.fentonscreamery.com
  • Banana Special
    banana split (large one); banana split; unanimous #1 pick for Top 5 Restaurants-Best Dessert; huge scoops, of vanilla, chocolate & strawberry ice cream cradled by a whole ripe banana, bathed in pineapple, strawberry & chocolate fudge; topped off w/ almonds, whipped cream & cherry
  • Cookie Connection
    warm chocolate chip cookie under scoops of Cookies n' Cream & cookie dough ice cream topped w/ hot fudge, marshmallow topping, whipped cream, crushed Oreos & a cherry
4.0 out of 5
4621 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Desserts); #4 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); founded in 1894 starting as delivering milk by horse-drawn wagon; ice cream made by hand
  • Pizza
    thin crust pizza; Thin crust; looks good
  • Original Tomato Pie
    crispy pizza w/ crushed Italian tomatoes, grated pecorino Romano & olive oil on house dough; coal-fired at 600 degrees; looks good
  • White Clam Pizza
    thin crust pizza topped w/ fresh clams, grated cheese, olive oil, fresh garlic & oregano; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2613 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Pizza); Tie for #73 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown): Pepe's vs. Sally's; est. 1925; Bill Clinton made his own pie here
Giordano's Pizzeria: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Giordano's PizzeriaSee Giordano's Pizzeria Video ($$)
(1197 ratings)

223 W Jackson Blvd Map It!
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 583-9400
www.giordanos.com
  • Pizza
    Stuffed deep-dish; Tia gets w/ sausage & pepperoni; Stuffed deep-dish
4.0 out of 5
1197 ratings
#88 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1974
Hominy Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hominy Grill [CLOSED]See Hominy Grill Video ($$)
(2356 ratings)

207 Rutledge Ave Map It!
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-0930
hominygrill.com
  • Big Nasty
    biscuit w/ fried chicken breast, cheddar and sausage gravy; looks good; biscuit w/ fried chicken breast, cheddar and sausage gravy; looks good
  • Shrimp & Grits
    signature dish; signature dish; signature dish
  • Chocolate Pudding
4.0 out of 5
2356 ratings
[CLOSED]; #87 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#8 (America's Best: American Classics); opened in 1996; outdoor seating available; in historic Charleston; country-style institution; Other Recipes: Sausage Gravy
Juan In A Million: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Juan In A MillionSee Juan In A Million Video ($)
(1902 ratings)

2300 E Cesar Chavez St Map It!
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 472-3872
www.juaninamillion.com
  • Don Juan Breakfast Taco
  • Don Juan Breakfast Taco Challenge
    challenge: eat as many tacos, no time limit, beat record of 7 (at time of airing); Adam lost
4.0 out of 5
1902 ratings
#53 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1980
Katz's Delicatessen: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Katz's DelicatessenSee Katz's Delicatessen Video ($$)
(12383 ratings)

205 E Houston St Map It!
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-2246
katzsdelicatessen.com
  • Corned Beef Sandwich
    2nd top seller; looks good; looks good; 2nd top seller; looks good
  • Pastrami Sandwich
    top seller; looks good; Adam adds corned beef, Russian dressing & slaw; brined for 30 days; hand-carved, hence thicker-sliced; looks good; top seller; looks good
  • Knoblewurst (garlic beef sausage)
  • Rueben
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
12383 ratings
#5 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
Food War: Katz's vs. 2nd Ave... Katz's won (3-votes-to-2); oldest deli in America (1888); where "Harry Met Sally" was filmed (orgasm scene); don't lose your ticket to order or it will cost you $50 (and they have a cop guarding the door)
Lafayette Coney Island: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Lafayette Coney IslandSee Lafayette Coney Island Video ($)
(937 ratings)

118 W Lafayette Blvd Map It!
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 964-8198
  • Coney Island Hot Dog
    hot dog topped w/ chili, mustard and chopped sweet Spanish onions; chunkier chili; topped w/ chili, mustard and chopped onions
4.0 out of 5
937 ratings
Tie for #22 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown): Lafayette vs. American;
Food War: Lafayette vs. American... American won (3-votes-to-2); Lafayette opened by nephew of American Coney Island's owner; they compete next door to each other; difference is in the chili
Lambert's Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Lambert's CafeSee Lambert's Cafe Video ($$)
(556 ratings)

2305 E Malone Ave Map It!
Sikeston, MO 63801
(573) 471-4261
www.throwedrolls.com
  • All-You-Can-Eat Sides
4.0 out of 5
556 ratings
#19 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#1 (World's Best Places to Pig Out); HUGE portions; "throw rolls" they throw the rolls to you from across the room
Matt's Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Matt's Bar ($)
(1576 ratings)

3500 Cedar Ave S Map It!
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-7072
mattsbar.com
  • Jucy Lucy
    Hamburger stuffed w/ cheese; looks good; Hamburger stuffed w/ cheese; purposely spelled wrong; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1576 ratings
#47 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Food War: Matt's Bar's vs. 5-8 Club's... Matt's Bar won (3-votes-to-2)
Nick Tahou Hots: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Nick Tahou Hots ($)
(199 ratings)

320 W Main St Map It!
Rochester, NY 14608
(585) 436-0184
www.garbageplate.com
  • Garbage Plate
    mish-mosh of home fries, cheeseburgers (or hot dogs), mac salad, and a slice of bread all covered in a thick spicy meaty gravy hot sauce; 2-lbs of whatever you want; Adam got cheeseburger, red hots (hot dogs), baked beans, macaroni salad, french fries, home fries and topped w/ "hot sauce" (meat sauce); looks good
4.0 out of 5
199 ratings
#81 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est.1918; NY landmark restaurant; has trademark for "Garbage Plate"
  • Crabs
  • Crab Cakes
  • Steamed Crabs
4.0 out of 5
206 ratings
[CLOSED]; #38 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
  • Kitchen Sink
    ice cream sundae with 8 scoops of ice cream; finish in 1 hour and get ice cream for 1 year free
  • Kitchen Sink Sundae Challenge
    2-gallon sundae; Adam won
4.0 out of 5
1196 ratings
#76 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Original New York Systems Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Original New York Systems Restaurant ($)
(41 ratings)

424 Smith St Map It!
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 331-5349
  • Hot Dog
4.0 out of 5
41 ratings
#74 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Philippe the Original: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Philippe the OriginalSee Philippe the Original Video ($)
(6239 ratings)

1001 N Alameda St Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781
www.philippes.com
  • Philippe French Dipped Sandwich
    top seller; French rolled dipped in au jus; recommend double-dipped; looks good
  • Roast Beef French Dipped Sandwich
    $5.75 at airtime; ask for double-dip; looks good; Wolfgang recommends adding horseradish mustard; roll dipped in au jus; ask for double-dip; looks good
  • Lamb Sandwich
    2nd top seller
4.0 out of 5
6239 ratings
#96 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); birthplace of French dipped sandwich; long lines; Los Angeles' oldest sandwich shop; cash only; "my favorite fast food restaurant"-Wolfgang Puck
  • Waffles and fried chicken
    recommend eating both together at same time; Duff adds hot sauce also
  • Herb's Special
    top seller; 4 pieces of chicken smothered w/ gravy & onions; side of 2 waffles; chicken pan-fried for 30 min; looks good
  • "The Oscar"
    3 Chicken wings, grits, one egg & fluffy hot biscuit
4.0 out of 5
3964 ratings
#2 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 1975; celebrities who have eaten here: Snoop Dogg, CNN's Larry King & David Beckham; multiple locations
Salt Lick BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Salt Lick BBQSee Salt Lick BBQ Video ($$)
(4467 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
4467 ratings
#7 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 1967; institution BBQ restaurant; large open pit BBQ
Schmidt's Sausage Haus: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Schmidt's Sausage Haus ($$)
(1335 ratings)

240 E Kossuth St Map It!
Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 444-6808
www.schmidthaus.com
  • Sausage
    Sausage buffet
  • Bahama Mama "The Original"
  • German Autobaun Buffet
    Sausage buffet
  • Jumbo Cream Puff
4.0 out of 5
1335 ratings
#83 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Slows Bar BQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Slows Bar BQSee Slows Bar BQ Video ($$)
(2049 ratings)

2138 Michigan Ave Map It!
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828
www.slowsbarbq.com
  • Beef Brisket Enchilada
  • Yardbird Sandwich
    pulled smoked Amish chicken breast drenched in housemade mustard BBQ sauce, tossed w/ sauteed mushrooms & cheddar & topped w/ applewood bacon; winner of Best Sandwich (Great Lakes); looks good!
  • Triple Threat Pork Sandwich
    signature sandwich; Applewood bacon, pulled pork and ham stacked high; choice of 7 BBQ sauces (Adam used Orange Pop BBQ); looks good
4.0 out of 5
2049 ratings
Best Sandwich in America (Runer-Up); #40 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 2005
101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown   (105 restaurants)    
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