America's Best

  (10 restaurants)     Aired on: November 30, 2011 
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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave
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
4.5 out of 5
3149 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; Other Recipes: House Salad w/ Creole Mayonnaise Dressing
2
Hot Doug's (CLOSED)
3324 N California Ave
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
3146 ratings
CLOSED; #79 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); #4 (America's Best: American Classics); serve only sausages & french fries; cash only; long lines
3
Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3474
www.neptuneoyster.com...
  • 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
3857 ratings
#5 (America's Best: American Classics); mentioned in multiple magazines (Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, others); long lines
4
Bazaar
465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 246-5555
www.thebazaar.com
  • 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
3382 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
Captain Parker's Pub
668 Route 28
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
(508) 771-4266
www.captainparkers.com...
  • Clam Chowder
    thick and creamy; multi-award winning (fourteen first place trophies); looks good
4.0 out of 5
398 ratings
#6 (America's Best: American Classics); opened in 1981; overlooking the Parker River
6
Holeman & Finch
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA
(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
1197 ratings
#1 (America's Best: American Classics); according to website, burgers are also a regular part of Sunday brunch offering
7
Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave
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
1901 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
8
Keens Steakhouse
72 W 36th St
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
1932 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
328 W Davie St
Raleigh, NC 27617
(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
2092 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
619 N Colorado St
Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 398-2361
www.kreuzmarket.com/index...
  • 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
696 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