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America's Best

  (10 restaurants)    
Aired on: November 30, 2011 
Aired on: November 30, 2011 
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Commander's Palace: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Commander's PalaceSee Commander's Palace Video ($$$)
(3655 ratings)

1403 Washington Ave Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
www.commanderspalace.com
  • Gumbo
    recipe changes slightly depending on what is fresh and local for that day; looks good
  • Creole Bread Pudding Souffle
    rich bread pudding whipped into a light fluffy souffle w/ whiskey sauce; looks good
  • Louisiana Blue Crab Lasagna
    seasonal; mushroom-spinach-caramelized onions-ricotta lasagna topped w/ deep-fried soft-shell crab & crab-based hollandaise sauce; looks good
  • Shrimp and Tasso Henican
    a signature dish; wild Louisiana white shrimp stuffed w/ spicy Cajun ham tossed in Crystal hot sauce w/ pickled okra & five pepper jelly; looks good
4.5 out of 5
3655 ratings
#7 (America's Best: American Classics); opened in 1880; before Hurricane Katrina, it was the longest continually operating restaurant in U.S...closed for 13 months for restoration; restaurant in turquoise and white Victorian in The Garden District
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Hot Doug's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hot Doug's (CLOSED) ($)
(3106 ratings)

3324 N California Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 279-9550
hotdougs.com
  • Sausage
    range from 12-25 variations each day (including alligator, kangaroo, antelope, buffalo, rattlesnake); "Classic Chicago Dog": beef hot dog on poppy seed bun topped w/ yellow mustard, onions, sweet neon-green relish, tomatoes, and a slice of dilled pickle (hot peppers optional)
4.5 out of 5
3106 ratings
CLOSED; #79 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); #4 (America's Best: American Classics); serve only sausages & french fries; cash only; long lines
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Neptune Oyster: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Neptune Oyster ($$$)
(4287 ratings)

63 Salem St Map It!
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3474
www.neptuneoyster.com
As Seen On:
America's Best, Episode: "American Classics"
  • Lobster Roll
    prepared 2 different ways: cold w/ mayo or sauteed in hot buttered; served in brioche bun; both look good
4.5 out of 5
4287 ratings
#5 (America's Best: American Classics); mentioned in multiple magazines (Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, others); long lines
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Bazaar: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Bazaar ($$$$)
(3560 ratings)

465 South La Cienega Blvd Map It!
Beverly Hills, CA 90048
(310) 246-5555
www.thebazaar.com
As Seen On:
America's Best, Episode: "American Classics"
  • Philly Cheese Steak
    not your traditional philly cheese steak...bite-sized "air bread" filled w/ cheddar mousse, onion puree and topped w/ thinly sliced Wagyu beef
4.0 out of 5
3560 ratings
#2 (America's Best: American Classics); many awards and recognitions including Restaurant of the Year (Esquire - 2009); one of José Andrés's restaurant (José was named Outstanding Chef of the Year at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards); European-inspired "indoor piazza" décor
5
As Seen On:
America's Best, Episode: "American Classics"
  • Clam Chowder
    thick and creamy; multi-award winning (fourteen first place trophies); looks good
4.0 out of 5
465 ratings
#6 (America's Best: American Classics); opened in 1981; overlooking the Parker River
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Holeman & Finch: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Holeman & FinchSee Holeman & Finch Video ($$)
(1266 ratings)

2277 Peachtree Rd NE Map It!
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
www.holeman-finch.com
  • The Burger (Double Cheeseburger)
    only 24 burgers served after 10pm...sometimes selling out w/in minutes; everything is homemade including bun, ketchup, mustard, pickles; not on menu, served after 10pm, only 24 burgers per night; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1266 ratings
#1 (America's Best: American Classics); according to website, burgers are also a regular part of Sunday brunch offering
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Hominy Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hominy GrillSee Hominy Grill Video ($$)
(2152 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
2152 ratings
#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
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Keens Steakhouse: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Keens SteakhouseSee Keens Steakhouse Video ($$$$)
(2158 ratings)

72 W 36th St Map It!
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-3636
www.keens.com
  • Steak
    dry-aged for 3-4 weeks, thick-cut; looks good
  • Prime Rib
    "King's cut" (huge...32-oz); looks good!
  • Legendary Mutton Chop
    large lamb chop
4.0 out of 5
2158 ratings
#3 (America's Best: American Classics); est. 1885; formerly an all-mens club; owns the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world (many line the ceiling); historic photos/posters hung wall-to-wall; over 300 single-malts scotches available
9
Pit: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Pit ($$)
(2382 ratings)

328 W Davie St Map It!
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 890-4500
www.thepit-raleigh.com
  • Pulled Pork
    distinction is the hot vinegar sauce; looks good
  • Ribs
    meaty "manly" ribs cooked fast & hot; smoked in hickory & oak
4.0 out of 5
2382 ratings
#9 (America's Best: American Classics); Throwdown: Bobby Flay lost [recipe 1 | recipe 2]; opened in 2007; contemporary setting in a restored 1930s meatpacking warehouse; roast whole pig
10
Kreuz Market: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Kreuz MarketSee Kreuz Market Video ($$)
(744 ratings)

619 N Colorado St Map It!
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-2361
https://www.kreuzmarket.c...
  • Beef Brisket
    cooked for 6 hrs; looks good
  • Sausage
  • BBQ Meat Platter
    sausage, beef brisket, smoked turkey, pork spare ribs; looks good
3.5 out of 5
744 ratings
#10 (America's Best: American Classics);
Food War: Kreuz's vs. Smitty's... Kreuz won (3-votes-to-2); opened in 1900 as a meat market and grocery store, became full-fledged restaurant in 1960s, moved to new location in 1999; sister owns rival Smitty's Market across town; served on butcher paper; no BBQ sauce, no forks
America's Best   (10 restaurants)    
Aired on: November 30, 2011 
Aired on: November 30, 2011