Top 5 Restaurants

  (145 restaurants)    
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  • 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
2686 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
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Soda
  • Egyptienne Egg Shake
  • Franklin Mint Sundae
  • Mt. Vesuvius
    mountain of chocolate or vanilla ice cream with chocolate brownie pieces, topped with hot fudge and malt powder
  • Stock Market Crunch
4.0 out of 5
2011 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ice Cream); opened in 2004; ice cream parlor; vintage furniture & equipment and being in a time-warp
  • Hand-Pulled Noodles
    wide hand-pulled noodles w/ scallions, cilantro, garlic, hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, vinegar & shot of hot sesame oil; looks good
4.0 out of 5
405 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Chinese Food)
  • Macadamia Turtle Pie
    1-foot tall pie w/ macadamia nut-wafer crust layered w/ vanilla ice cream, more macadamia nut mix, caramel-chocolate sauce, more ice cream & topped w/ whole macadamia nuts
  • Meaning of Life (Cake)
    5-layer cake w/ chocolate mousse, bananas, raspberries, whipped cream; each slice is approx. 6-lbs; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2035 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Desserts); autographed photographs of athletes, politicians, movie stars, rock stars, entertainers on walls
Gourdough's Public House ($$)
(1570 ratings)

2700 S Lamar Blvd Map It!
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 912-9070
  • "Dirty South"
    garlic doughnut w/ chicken-fried steak & white gravy; served w/ cheesy potato pancake & cranberry habanero jam; "it's pretty sinful" -Casey Webb
  • Bacon Me Crazy
    sandwich where the buns are housemade donuts w/ loads of bacon, provolone cheese, guacamole, cilantro, tomato, red onion & garlic mayo; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1570 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bacon Bites)
Harry's Coffee ShopSee Harry's Coffee Shop Video ($$)
(865 ratings)

7545 Girard Ave Map It!
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-7381
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Diners"
  • B.W. Benny
    bacon-infused waffle topped w/ ham, bacon strips, poached eggs & hollandaise sauce
4.0 out of 5
865 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Diners); since 1960; local institution; started by former bat boy for Brooklyn Dodgers who followed the team to L.A. only to eventually open this Brooklyn-style diner
Henry's [CLOSED] ($$)
(344 ratings)

18 W Hubbard St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-8018
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Cheap Eats"
  • Sliders
    "cheap eats" for happy hour...price based on sliding scale ($5 at 5pm, etc...must buy drink); recommended sliders: buffalo chicken, cheeseburger; looks good
4.0 out of 5
344 ratings
[CLOSED]; #4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Cheap Eats)
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Brunch"
  • Pastrami & Hash
    shaved pastrami, spiced hash, roasted peppers & onions, farm egg, russian dressing served on Kaiser roll; "a pastrami that rivals the best our Food Networks experts have ever tasted" -Geoffrey Zakarian; looks good
4.0 out of 5
792 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Brunch)
House of Prime RibSee House of Prime Rib Video ($$$)
(7306 ratings)

1906 Van Ness Ave Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4605
  • Prime Rib
    carved at the table; prime rib buried in mountain of rock salt, slow-roasted, dug-out from the salt pile & sliced at your table; looks good
4.0 out of 5
7306 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); San Francisco Landmark; cozy English-style dining room setting
  • Prosciutto Ice Cream
  • Secret Breakfast Ice Cream
    top seller; ice cream w/ corn cereal cookies made w/ bourbon; looks good
4.0 out of 5
3410 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ice Cream); won many awards (SF Weekly - "Best Ice Cream in San Francisco" Reader's Poll, and other recognitions)
  • "Original" Irish Nachos
    signature dish; Irish-Mexican fusion of natural cut cottage fries with skins, topped with melted cheddar cheese, bacon, chives, onions, tomatoes and jalapenos (note: no nachos); looks good
4.0 out of 5
173 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bar Food); college town bar near University of Texas-Arlington; "a poor-man's Cheers...we have a lot of regulars and we kind of make everyone feel at home"-owner Randy Ford
J Timothy's TaverneSee J Timothy's Taverne Video ($$)
(831 ratings)

143 New Britain Ave Map It!
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 747-6813
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Bar Food"
  • "Dirt Wings"
    chicken wings double-sauced dipped & double-fried; award-winning; sell about 4,000-lbs per week; looks good!
4.0 out of 5
831 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bar Food); est. 1988; casual restaurant known for its awarding-winning chicken wings, eclectic menu ranging from traditional pub fare & comfort food to contemporary seasonal specials, family-friendly atmosphere, local & national craft beer, & in a historic building which dates back to 1789
Jethro's BBQ ($$)
(345 ratings)

3100 Forest Ave Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 279-3300
  • 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
345 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
Korzo ($$)
(461 ratings)

667 5th Ave Map It!
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-1199
  • Halusky
    potato dumplings w/ sheep's milk cheese & topped w/ bacon
  • Hungarian Langos
    fried flat bread topped w/ berry mix, whipped cream, fresh berries & caramel sauce
  • Korzo Slav "Fried" Burger
    beef burger, slow-braised pork neck, house-fermented sauerkraut, caraway seeds, juniper berries, high-altitude Bryndza; looks good
4.0 out of 5
461 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Food); husband-and-wife team who met in 2nd grade in what was then Czechoslovakia serving Central European comfort food
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Soul Food"
  • Fried Catfish
    two whole catfish fillets served w/ candied yams & collard greens; looks good
4.0 out of 5
244 ratings
[CLOSED]; #2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Soul Food); est. 1988; started as six-seat countertop diner; now a full-established 175-seat institution; President Obama ate here
La Casita MexicanaSee La Casita Mexicana Video ($$)
(1112 ratings)

4030 E Gage Ave Map It!
Bell, CA 90201
(323) 773-1898
  • Churros Con Cajeta
    churros (crunchy Spanish doughnut-like stick) covered w/ sugar & cinnamon and filled w/ Mexican caramel
  • Flautas Tres Moles
    3 fried tortillas stuffed w/ shredded chicken smothered in house made mole & pipianes, cotija cheese, sesame seeds & red onion; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1112 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Mexican Food); opened in 2001; serving authentic and traditional Mexican cuisine
La Choza RestaurantSee La Choza Restaurant Video ($$)
(718 ratings)

905 Alarid St Map It!
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 982-0909
  • Pork Tamale
    w/ "Christmas sauce" (red and green chile sauce); looks good
4.0 out of 5
718 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best for the Holidays); since 1983; "warm, friendly atmosphere, authentic dishes, great margaritas, and colorful decor" (from its website)
La Creperie du VillageSee La Creperie du Village Video ($$)
(411 ratings)

400 E Hopkins Ave Map It!
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-1566
  • Beef Fondue
    tender sliced sirloin that you cook on a table-top stove served w/ rosemary fingerling potatoes, salade verse & dipping sauces (saffron aioli, romesco, green peppercorn sauce); looks good
4.0 out of 5
411 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Romantic Foods); authentic French & fondue restaurant in a charming chalet ambiance
La TaqueriaSee La Taqueria Video ($)
(4180 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
4180 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Tacos); #55 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); since 1973; long lines
La Torta GordaSee La Torta Gorda Video ($)
(333 ratings)

2833 24th St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-9600
  • Pierna Enchilada Torta
    pulled pork, adobo sauce, refried beans, queso fresco, red onion, avocado; juicy & sloppy; looks good
4.0 out of 5
333 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Sandwiches); opened in 2002; serving traditional Mexican cuisine
Liuzza's By The TrackSee Liuzza's By The Track Video ($$)
(257 ratings)

1518 N Lopez St Map It!
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
  • Spicy Gumbo
    combines cajun gumbo (darker roux w/ chicken/andouille) & crole gumbo (tomato-based w/ seafood), but spicy; looks good
4.0 out of 5
257 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Hot and Spicy Foods)
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Soul Food"
  • KK's Combo (Chicken & Waffles)
    three piece fried chicken southern style, two waffles, grits & two eggs w/ cheese & onions
4.0 out of 5
2285 ratings
#5 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Soul Food); multiple locations in AZ
Longman & EagleSee Longman & Eagle Video ($$)
(2411 ratings)

2657 N Kedzie Ave Map It!
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
  • Fried Chicken & Waffles
    fried in beef fat; served w/ sweet potato & pork belly hash, maple syrup; available only for brunch (check website for updated menu)
4.0 out of 5
2411 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Fried Chicken)
  • Beef Brisket
    smoked in mesquite & post-oak; seasoned w/ salt & pepper & smoked
  • Texas Beef Rib
    "Dino-Ribs" (they're big!); beef ribs rubbed w/ salt & cracked black pepper then slow-cooked over post oak wood; once sold out, they're out for rest of evening; looks good
4.0 out of 5
672 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ribs); started in 1936 as a grocery store, selling BBQ w/ leftover meats; full-fledged BBQ joint in 1949; James Beard Foundation award-winner (American Classics - 2006); Other Recipes: Potato Salad
m.henrySee m.henry Video ($$)
(1756 ratings)

5707 N Clark St Map It!
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 561-1600
  • Blackberry Bliss Cakes
    house hotcakes w/ warm blackberries & vanilla mascarpone cream, topped w/ brown sugar & oat crust
  • Cinnamon Roll French Toast
    french toast made w/ house baked brioche cinnamon rolls, layered w/warm seasonal fruit, vanilla neufchatel creme & topped w/a granola crust; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1756 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Brunch); "chow for now" serving globally inspired, new american style cooking; serving breakfast, lunch, brunch only
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