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101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown

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Smitty's Market: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Smitty's MarketSee Smitty's Market Video ($$)
(864 ratings)

208 S Commerce St Map It!
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-9344
www.smittysmarket.com
  • Sausage
    served on butcher paper; signature dish
  • Beef Brisket
4.0 out of 5
864 ratings
#92 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
Food War: Kreuz's vs. Smitty's... Kreuz won (3-votes-to-2); opened in 1999; located where the original Kreuz Market stood; brother owns rival Kreuz Market across town; served on butcher paper; no BBQ sauce
Sodolak's Original Country Inn: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Sodolak's Original Country Inn ($$)
(50 ratings)

9711 Fm 60 Rd E Map It!
Snook, TX 77878
(979) 272-6002
  • Chicken-Fried Bacon
4.0 out of 5
50 ratings
#42 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Superdawg Drive-In: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Superdawg Drive-InSee Superdawg Drive-In Video ($)
(1582 ratings)

6363 N Milwaukee Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 763-0660
www.superdawg.com
  • Superdawg
    hot dogs
  • Hot Dog
    "Superdawg"; toppings: mustard, relish, onion, pickle, green-pickled tomato
4.0 out of 5
1582 ratings
#46 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); started as a hot dog stand in 1948; a Chicago institution, internationally known; where the hot dog statues are on top of rooftop; have car hop service
  • Reindeer pig-in-a-blanket
    signature dish; reindeer sausage link stuffed w/ cheddar & monterey pepper jack cheese & wrapped in homemade potato dough; looks good
  • Roadhouse Standard
    scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, toast
4.0 out of 5
278 ratings
#66 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1917; used to be a lodging for gold prospectors; rating might be for lodging
Thurman Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Thurman Cafe ($$)
(952 ratings)

183 Thurman Ave Map It!
Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 443-1570
www.thethurmancafe.com
  • Thurman Burger
    burger overloaded with ham, mozzarella, american cheese, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, sauteed onions, pickle, peppers, and mayo with chips and a pickle spear; large burger; looks good
  • Thurmanator
    2 12-oz burgers; looks good
4.0 out of 5
952 ratings
#35 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Tommy DiNic's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Tommy DiNic'sSee Tommy DiNic's Video ($)
(2144 ratings)

1136 Arch St Map It!
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 923-6175
www.tommydinics.com
  • Roast Pork Sandwich
    looks good; winner of Best Sandwich (Northeast & America); get w/ sharp provolone & sauted broccoli rabe; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2144 ratings
Best Sandwich in America (#1 Winner) ; #50 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); at Reading Terminal Market; started as a butcher shop in South Philly in 1918
Vortex Bar And Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Vortex Bar And GrillSee Vortex Bar And Grill Video ($$)
(1730 ratings)

878 Peachtree St NE Map It!
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 875-1667
www.thevortexbarandgrill....
  • Double Bypass Burger
    half-pound burger topped with two fried eggs, six slices of American cheese, and eight slices of bacon, all served between the two grilled cheese sandwiches as buns; uses grilled cheese sandwich as buns
  • Blue 'shroom Burger
    Adam's college favorite
4.0 out of 5
1730 ratings
#90 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); college hangout
  • Pies
    made from scratch w/ no preservatives; serving up to 23 variations every day
  • Fried Chicken
    popular
4.0 out of 5
937 ratings
#68 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Amish restaurant
Albano's Pizzeria: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Albano's PizzeriaSee Albano's Pizzeria Video ($)
(144 ratings)

5913 W Roosevelt Rd Map It!
Cicero, IL 60804
(708) 863-0060
  • Pizza Puff
    plate-sized; "calzone on steroids", but deep-fried; looks good
3.5 out of 5
144 ratings
#8 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
American Coney Island: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
American Coney IslandSee American Coney Island Video ($)
(415 ratings)

114 W Lafayette Blvd Map It!
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-7758
www.americanconeyisland.c...
  • Coney Island Hot Dog
    hot dog topped w/ chili, Belgian mustard and chopped Vidalia onions; smoother chili; topped w/ chili, mustard and chopped onions
3.5 out of 5
415 ratings
Tie for #22 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown): Lafayette vs. American;
Food War: Lafayette vs. American... American won (3-votes-to-2); opened in 1917; American Coney Island's founder's nephew opened competitor Lafayette right next door; difference is in the chili
Anchor Bar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Anchor BarSee Anchor Bar Video ($$)
(1821 ratings)

1047 Main St Map It!
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 883-1134
www.anchorbar.com
  • Buffalo Wings
    offer mild, medium, hot and "suicidal"; medium sauce is the same recipe from the original in 1964; larger wings; coats sauce tossing in a large bowl
3.5 out of 5
1821 ratings
#17 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
Food War: Anchor Bar vs. Duff's... Duff's won (3-votes-to-2); opened in 1935; birthplace of the chicken wing since 1964; can mail-order wing sauce
  • BBQ
  • Beef Brisket
    smoked for 12 hours; top seller
  • Ribs
    pork spare ribs; vinegar-based sauce
  • Burnt Ends
3.5 out of 5
1467 ratings
#14 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
Food War: Arthur Bryant's vs. Gate's... Arthur Bryant's won (4-votes-to-1); opened in 1930; iconic BBQ; long lines; known for its BBQ sauce; served on butcher paper w/ loaf of bread
Ben's Chili Bowl: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ben's Chili BowlSee Ben's Chili Bowl Video ($)
(3778 ratings)

1213 U St NW Map It!
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-0058
benschilibowl.com
  • Chili Half Smoke
    sausage; looks good; looks good
3.5 out of 5
3778 ratings
#28 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); opened in 1958; D.C. landmark; Bill Cosby, President Obama ate here
Beth's Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Beth's Cafe ($$)
(1423 ratings)

7311 Aurora Ave N Map It!
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-5588
www.bethscafe.com
  • 12-Egg Omelet
  • Southwestern Exposure
    challenge - 12 egg, 5 lb omelet w/ hash browns; Adam lost
3.5 out of 5
1423 ratings
#26 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#4 (World's Best Places to Pig Out); est. 1954; started as a nickel slots gambling parlor, now a full restaurant; "Best Place to Cure a Hangover" (Seattle Magazine)
Big Lou's Pizza: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Big Lou's PizzaSee Big Lou's Pizza Video ($$)
(734 ratings)

2048 S Ww White Rd Map It!
San Antonio, TX 78222
(210) 337-0707
  • Big Lou 42"
    42-inch pizza
  • BBQ Brisket Pizza
    looks good
  • Big Lou "42"
    42-inch pizza; looks good
3.5 out of 5
734 ratings
#52 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Big Texan Steak Ranch: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Big Texan Steak RanchSee Big Texan Steak Ranch Video ($$)
(1886 ratings)

7701 E I-40 Map It!
Amarillo, TX 79118
(806) 372-6000
www.bigtexan.com
  • 72-oz Steak Challenge
    challenge: 72-oz steak, shrimp cocktail, tossed salad, baked potato, roll in 1 hour and eat for free; challenge: 72-oz steak, shrimp cocktail, tossed salad, baked potato, roll in 1 hour and eat for free
  • 72 oz Big Texan Challenge
    challenge - 72-oz steak with sides in 1 hour; Adam won; challenge: 72-oz steak, shrimp cocktail, tossed salad, baked potato, roll in 1 hour and eat for free
3.5 out of 5
1886 ratings
#16 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#10 (World's Best Places to Pig Out)
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters
    top-selling appetizer; deep-fried sliced buffalo testicles (ummm...I don't think so!)
  • "Big Steak"
    64-oz steak; intended for 2-5 persons; looks good
  • Steaks
    choices of buffalo, ostrich, elk or yak
  • Yak Steak
    most popular steak
3.5 out of 5
900 ratings
#99 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Denver's oldest restaurant (1893); exotic steaks (buffalo, yak, rattlesnake, etc); hunted game hanging all over the walls; Theodore Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill ate here; Other Recipes: Buffalo Red Eye Stew
  • Buffet
    200 food items (leg of lamb, sushi, pizza, king crab legs, sea bass, suckling pig, beef wellington and much, much more)
3.5 out of 5
4699 ratings
#75 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); live-action cooking stations offering Italian, Japanese, Chinese, seafood and American cuisines; 200+ food items; long lines
  • Chili spaghetti
  • Chili
    sweet & salty tomato-based w/ bull meat round; served minimally on spaghetti ("two way")
  • 5 Way Chili
    spaghetti, chili, beans, chopped white onions, shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese; looks good
3.5 out of 5
231 ratings
#65 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1940; James Beard Award (American Regional Classic); open 24-hours a day, 6 days a week; chili ordered 3-way (spaghetti+chili+mound of shredded cheese), 4-way (+onions or beans), or 5-way (+onions+beans)
3.5 out of 5
2120 ratings
#24 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); institution BBQ restaurant
Chick & Ruth's Delly: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Chick & Ruth's Delly ($$)
(941 ratings)

165 Main St Map It!
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 269-6737
chickandruths.com
  • 6-lb milkshake
  • Colossal Challenge
    challenge - 6-lb milkshake and 1.5-lb sandwich; Adam won
3.5 out of 5
941 ratings
#57 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown)
Daichan Kaiten Sushi: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Daichan Kaiten Sushi [CLOSED] ($$)
(367 ratings)

11301 Olympic Blvd Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 914-5028
  • Sushi
3.5 out of 5
367 ratings
[CLOSED]; #85 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); sushi served on conveyer belt
  • 50-lb Burger
  • 2-, 6-, 15-lb burgers
    $500 if you can eat 15-lb burger in 4 hours
  • 15-lb Belly Buster
    challenge: eat in one sitting; only 1 has succeeded
  • 2-lb Burger
    challenge: eat in 1-hour
  • 6-lb Burger
    challenge: eat in 3-hours; only 2 have succeeded
  • Beer Belly Bruiser (50-lb burger)
    50-lb burger
3.5 out of 5
215 ratings
#100 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); founded in 1977; "Home of the World's Largest Hamburger Challenges" (from its website); in Guiness world record w/ 123-lb burger
Eagle's Deli: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Eagle's Deli ($)
(422 ratings)

1918 Beacon St Map It!
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 731-3232
www.eaglesdeli.com
  • Eagle's Challenge
    10 burger tower, 20 slices of cheese, 20 strips of bacon plus 1-lb of fries
  • 5-lb Eagle's Challenge Burger
    challenge - amount; Adam lost; no one has won
  • Reilly Burger
    3lbs of burger, 12pcs of american cheese, 2lbs of fries
3.5 out of 5
422 ratings
#21 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown);
#2 (World's Best Places to Pig Out)
Gauchos Village: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gauchos Village ($$$)
(1007 ratings)

135 N Maryland Ave Map It!
Glendale, CA 91206
(818) 550-1430
www.gauchosvillage.com
  • Brazilian BBQ
    all you can eat buffett (they come to your table); all you can eat buffett (they come to your table and slice from skewer); use red-yellow-green cylinder block to let servers know to come to your table for more meat
3.5 out of 5
1007 ratings
#94 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); Brazilian band and dancers dressed in Carnivale-like costumes (scantily)
101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown   (105 restaurants)    
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