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151
Fab Hot Dogs: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fab Hot DogsSee Fab Hot Dogs Video ($)
(1138 ratings)

19417 1/2 Victory Blvd Map It!
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 344-4336
www.fabhotdogs.com
  • Bald Eagle Ripper
    deep fryer hot dog imported from New Jersey topped w/ "bald eagle" sauce (housemade spicy mustard relish); looks good
  • L.A. Street Dog
    bacon-wrapped hot dog deep-fried & topped w/ grilled peppers & onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup, tomatoes & jalapenos; looks good
  • Texas Burrito Dog
    2 all-beef hot dogs, bacon, chili, cheddar, onions, mustard & Frito chips in a grilled flour tortilla
4.0 out of 5
1138 ratings
finest east-coast dogs and artisan made sausages along with homemade toppings and sauces; Other Recipes: Sweet & Spicy Onion Relish
152
Falafel's Drive-In: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Falafel's Drive-In ($)
(4362 ratings)

2301 Stevens Creek Blvd Map It!
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 294-7886
www.falafelsdrivein.com
  • Banana Shake
  • Falafel Sandwich
    pita sandwich consisting of falafel balls (deep fried grounded chick peas), lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, tahini sauce, and famous hot sauce; looks good
  • Kifta Kabab in a Pita
    grilled ground beef patty mixed with parsley, onions, and spices put in a pita with cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and tahini sauce
4.0 out of 5
4362 ratings
opened in 1966; started by selling hamburgers and slowly introduced falafels; long lines; Other Recipes: Tabouli
153
Fat Sal's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fat Sal'sSee Fat Sal's Video ($$)
(2098 ratings)

1300 N Highland Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(855) 682-4373
www.fatsalsdeli.com
  • Fat Jerry Fat Sandwich
    cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, crisp bacon, fried eggs, fries, mayo, ketchup on hero bun (called "fat bread"); named after Jerry Ferrara--co-owner & former star of HBO's show "Entourage"; looks good
  • Meat Luv'rz Pizza Rolls
    ground beef, sweet Italian sausage, provolone, mozzarella stuffed in a crispy spring roll wrapper & deep-fried & served w/ side of marinara
4.0 out of 5
2098 ratings
opened in 2010; bringing NY sandwiches to LA; couple of blocks from UCLA; another location in Hollywood
154
Fentons Creamery: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fentons CreamerySee Fentons Creamery Video ($$)
(4583 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
4583 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
155
Fior d'Italia: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fior d'Italia ($$)
(546 ratings)

2237 Mason St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-1886
www.fior.com
As Seen On:
Pasta Paradise
  • Pumpkin Ravioli
4.0 out of 5
546 ratings
homemade pasta
156
Fish: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
FishSee Fish Video ($$)
(2373 ratings)

350 Harbor Dr Map It!
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-3474
www.331fish.com
  • Crab Roll
    sweet Dungeness crab served atop a homemade toasted torpedo roll with organic butter and chives; served with shoestring fries or salad greens on the side
4.0 out of 5
2373 ratings
California Legislature Assembly awarded the restaurant owners a Sustainable North Bay Award to honor their commitment to protecting wild fish populations and helping the local economy by supporting local fishermen; outdoor seating by the water available
157
Flavor Table: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Flavor TableSee Flavor Table Video ($$)
(630 ratings)

2812 W Florence Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 751-6000
www.redsflavortable.com
  • Peach Cobbler French Toast
4.0 out of 5
630 ratings
158
  • Extreme Sausage Biscuits and Gravy
    served w/ 2 eggs, "From Scratch" baby red potatoes, cheese hominy grits, fruit cup OR sliced tomatoes; looks good
  • Homemade Brisket Chili
    served w/ sour cream, cheddar cheese & green onions; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1299 ratings
since 1977; opened 8am-2:30pm (check website for current hours); serving breakfast all day; Robert Irving made guest appearance; Other Recipes: Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
159
  • Dr. Pepper Braised Beef Short Ribs
    braised in Dr. Pepper mixture in 350-deg for 4 hrs; served w/ parsnip puree, mustard greens & fresh horseradish; looks good
  • Spicy Shrimp & Grits
    wild Louisiana shrimp, garlic, shallots, & andouille sausage, red eye gravy; note: not the same as regular shrimp & grits on menu; "succulent"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2830 ratings
opened in 2006; Southern comfort food; rocking chairs at tables on front porch
160
Genkiyaki: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Genkiyaki ($)
(729 ratings)

5526 Del Amo Blvd Map It!
Lakewood, CA 90713
(562) 496-3274
houseofgenkiyaki.com
  • Zombie Burrito Challenge
    2-lb chicken & beef, mozzarella sticks, fries burrito w/ ghost-chili infused hot sauce; Casey won
4.0 out of 5
729 ratings
est. 2009; Asian fusion of Korean, American, Mexican, and Japanese cuisines
161
  • "Fish Tacos"
    "hard to explain, just try it" (on the menu); sliced, pounded and disc-cut yellow fin tuna is "tortilla"; tuna tartar is mixed w/ jalapeno aioli to create the "filling"; tuna disc is crimped to form the "taco"; served w/ crispy fried avocado and more jalapeno aioli and other decorative herbs and radish
4.0 out of 5
447 ratings
opened in 2003; 65-seat restaurant
162
As Seen On:
Throwdown With Bobby Flay, Episode: "Paella"
  • Paella
    Spanish rice dish w/ chicken, octopus, clams, shrimp, mussels, tomatoes & bell peppers; takes 2 hrs to make; looks good
4.0 out of 5
98 ratings
Throwdown: Bobby Flay lost [recipe]; paella only; catering only
163
Gian's Delicatessen: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gian's Delicatessen ($)
(217 ratings)

2112 Pacific Ave Map It!
Stockton, CA 95204
(209) 469-0108
  • Ravioli
    filling w/ Swiss chard, spinach, beef, Parmesan; rolled out by 100-yr old ravioli machine that can make 2,700 raviolis in in passing (cool!); served w/ homemade meat sauce; looks good
  • Sausage Pepper Sandwich
    homemade sausage, teleme cheese, fire-roasted red pepper, spicy mustard & served on homemade focaccia bread
4.0 out of 5
217 ratings
old-school Italian deli; family-owned & operated for 3 generations
164
Giusti's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Giusti'sSee Giusti's Video ($$)
(224 ratings)

14743 Walnut Grove-Thornton Rd Map It!
Walnut Grove, CA 95690
(916) 776-1808
www.giustis.com
  • Lamb Shanks
    seared & then braised in tomato-base sauce; served w/ polenta; available second Tuesday of every month...and until they run out
  • Minestrone Soup
    looks good (Guy had seconds!)
4.0 out of 5
224 ratings
since 1912; "eclectic" four-generation Italian restaurant in a 100+ year old building; over 1,200 hats on the ceiling & tons of memorabilia plastered on the walls
165
Gloria's Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gloria's CafeSee Gloria's Cafe Video ($$)
(1621 ratings)

10227 Venice Blvd Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-0963
www.gloriascafela.com
  • Carne Adobada
    "outstanding"; looks good
  • Seven Seas Soup
    "you will go nuts"
4.0 out of 5
1621 ratings
opened in 1981; authentic Mexican food
166
Golden Bear: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Golden BearSee Golden Bear Video ($$)
(670 ratings)

2326 K St Map It!
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-2242
www.goldenbear916.com
  • Banh Mi (Sandwich)
    both co-owners' favorite; slices of pork w/ slice cucumbers, blanced string beans, pickled carrots, basil, cilantro and sauce in french roll
  • Pork Sausage Pizza
    no sauce, no cheese; sausage & smoked coleslaw & carmelized onions; looks good
4.0 out of 5
670 ratings
167
Golden Deli: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Golden DeliSee Golden Deli Video ($)
(2684 ratings)

815 W Las Tunas Dr Map It!
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 308-0803
www.goldendelirestaurant....
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "On a Stick"
  • Chao Tom (Sugarcane Shrimp)
4.0 out of 5
2684 ratings
168
Golden State: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Golden StateSee Golden State Video ($$)
(1519 ratings)

426 N Fairfax Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-8331
thegoldenstatecafe.com
  • Lamb Burger
    Mediterranean flair topped w/ Gruyere cheese, yogurt dill sauce, roasted red peppers, arugula & curry ketchup; comes w/ side of sweet potato wedges; looks good
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
    topped w/ homemade pickled Jalapenos, pickled onions & scratch-made (hot) mustard; "it is one of the best pork sandwiches I've had...I mean its up in the top 10"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1519 ratings
started by 2 buddies w/ no culinary experience; "it's a great vibe; it's a great joint"-Guy Fieri; Other Recipes: Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges
169
Gorilla Barbeque: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gorilla Barbeque ($$)
(1659 ratings)

2145 Coast Hwy Map It!
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 359-7427
www.gorillabbq.com
  • Cheesesteak
    w/ NC-based BBQ sauce; looks good
  • Mac and Cheese
    cheesy
  • Texas Beef Brisket
    smoked for 16 hours; juicy; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1659 ratings
est. in 2006; restaurant in orange train car; they close when they sell-out; long lines; Other Recipes: Cornbread
170
Gott's Roadside: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Gott's Roadside ($$)
(2025 ratings)

933 Main St Map It!
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-3486
gotts.com
  • Ahi Burger
    a signature dish; served w/ Asian slaw; looks good
  • Fish and Chips
    use Grade A hallibut; beer-battered
  • Wisconsin Burger
    topped w/ grilled mushroom, bacon, cheddar, mayo & BBQ sauce
4.0 out of 5
2025 ratings
formerly Taylor's Automatic Refresher (at airing); James Beard award-winning (American Classic); in Napa Valley
171
Grant Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Grant GrillSee Grant Grill Video ($$$)
(456 ratings)

326 Broadway Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 744-2077
www.grantgrill.com
  • Smashing Pumpkin Martini
4.0 out of 5
456 ratings
opened in 1951; the place to power lunch; brass plaque commemorating a 1969 women's successful sit-in known as "the Grant Grill invasion" protesting men's only sign during lunchtime
172
  • Green Papaya Salad
    shredded green papaya smashed w/ tomatoes, lime juice, fish sauce & Thai chilies; topped w/ crushed peanuts & small dried shrimp
  • Khao Piak (Soup)
    rice noodle soup (where they make noodles in the truck); add cilantro, scallion, garlic, chili oil & lime juice; "top 3 best Asian soups I've ever had in my life" -Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Nam Kao
    crispy rice salad w/ cured pork, sliced pork skin, cilantro, ginger, mint, green onions & lime juice; served w/ Romaine lettuce & dried Thai chili
4.0 out of 5
359 ratings
opened in 2013; food truck serving Lao & Thai food; go to Facebook or Twitter to find latest location spot
173
Greenblatt's Deli: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Greenblatt's DeliSee Greenblatt's Deli Video ($$)
(781 ratings)

8017 Sunset Blvd Map It!
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-0606
www.greenblattsdeli.com
  • #3 Pastrami Sandwich
    w/ Swiss cheese, cole slaw & Russian dressing on pumpernickel; looks good
4.0 out of 5
781 ratings
est. 1926; catered to the entertainment industry & been "The Place To Go" in Hollywood for Deli including Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Groucho Marx, Janis Joplin, Bing Crosby, Rita Hayworth, Kirk Douglas, Marlon Brando, Peter Lorre, John Belushi, Danny Kaye & Billie Holiday (from its website)
174
Grill 'Em All: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Grill 'Em AllSee Grill 'Em All Video ($$)
(2424 ratings)

19 E Main St Map It!
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 284-2874
grillemallburgs.com
  • H-100's (Tater Tots)
    cheddar & jack filled, hand rolled tator tots; limited supply daily; served w/ a choice of 6 dipping sauces...Beau's favorite is malt vinegar aioli; looks good
  • Molly Hatchet Burger
    seared fennel sausage gravy, bacon, maple drizzle on a 1/2-pound burger; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2424 ratings
Food War: Baby's Badass vs. Grill 'Em All...Baby's Baddass won (3-votes-to-2); owner used to be the cook for Baby's Badass for only 2 weeks...only to open Grill 'Em All 1 mo. later; food truck w/ heavy metal art; specialize in burgers; long lines; UPDATE: now a sit-down joint in Alhambra
175
Grill-A-Burger: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Grill-A-Burger ($$)
(841 ratings)

73091 Country Club Dr Map It!
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 346-8170
www.grill-a-burger.com
  • Buddha Burger
    seasoned turkey burger green onion, cilantro, soy sauce, fresh ginger & garlic, curry & cumin; on Sesame seed bun spread w/ sweet chilli mayo, shredded Napa cabbage, bean sprouts, finished w/sliced red pepper & tomato
  • Devil's Revenge Burger
    fried Serrano chilies, caramelized chipotle onions, pepper jack cheese, crisp hardwood smoked bacon, tomato, leaf lettuce & slathered w/ hot & spicy "Spontaneous Combustion" habanero pepper relish, Sriracha mayo & chipotle ketchup on a jalapeno-cheese bun
4.0 out of 5
841 ratings
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