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176
Grub: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Grub ($$)
(1882 ratings)

911 Seward St Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 461-3663
www.grub-la.com
  • Sweet & Sassy Bacon
    sometimes called "crack bacon" (because it's so addicting)
  • The Carnivore B.F.P. (Big Flippin' Pancake)
    popular dish; giant plate-sized pancake w/ chopped Sweet & Sassy Bacon baked in & topped w/ cheddar cheese & drizzled w/ syrup & butter
4.0 out of 5
1882 ratings
"California Comfort Food" in a converted 1920's duplex; created by the duo "The Grub Gals"; in multiple shows including "Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels" & "Top Chef"; voted #1 brunch & lunch by CitySearch
177
Guelaguetza Restaurante: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Guelaguetza RestauranteSee Guelaguetza Restaurante Video ($$)
(2162 ratings)

3014 W Olympic Blvd Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 427-0608
www.ilovemole.com
  • Chapulines
    pan-roasted grasshoppers; native Oaxacans call it "popcorn"
  • Festival de Moles
    mole tasting plate; includes black mole, red mole, estofado & coloradito, served w/ sliced chicken breast, a side of rice & a hand-made tortilla; looks good
  • Mezcal
    alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant native to Mexico; similar to tequila
  • Mole Negro
    signature dish; choice of chicken breast or chicken legs covered w/ oaxacais black mole (Oaxacan sauce) made from chiles, nuts, seeds, spices & oaxacan chocolate; served w/ rice; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2162 ratings
in Koreatown; they travel every year to Oaxaca to handpick ingredients & partners (authentic); offers all seven of Oaxacan's traditional moles; "best Oaxacan restaurant in the country"-Jonathan Gold (L.A. Times food critic)
178
Haggo's Organic Taco: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Haggo's Organic TacoSee Haggo's Organic Taco Video ($$)
(444 ratings)

1302 N Coast Hwy 101 Map It!
Leucadia, CA 92024
(760) 753-6000
www.haggosorganictaco.com
  • Cousteau Taco
    soft tacos w/ sauteed seasoned fresh local catch, organic cabbage slaw, organic cumin-lime crema, organic mango salsa cruda & cilantro; "rock star fish taco!"-Guy Fieri
4.0 out of 5
444 ratings
opened in 2011; beachtown taco shack (couple of blocks from beach)
179
Hank's Creekside Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hank's Creekside Restaurant ($$)
(422 ratings)

2800 4th St Map It!
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
(707) 575-8839
  • Cinamon Waltnut French Toast
  • Corned Beef Hash
    one of Guy's regular orders; looks good
  • Eggs Benedict
    choice of traditional, Florentine w/ spinach, w/ smoked salmon, w/ crab cake or California-style (w/ avocado & tomato)
  • Pancakes
    they grind their own whole wheat
4.0 out of 5
422 ratings
one of Guy's favorite spots; no reservations (long lines esp. weekends)
180
Harry's Coffee Shop: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Harry's Coffee ShopSee Harry's Coffee Shop Video ($$)
(790 ratings)

7545 Girard Ave Map It!
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-7381
www.harryscoffeeshop.com
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
790 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
181
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Bacon Paradise
  • Bacon
  • Bacon Waffle
    whole bacon slices cooked inside waffle
  • BBLT
    BLT w/ extra bacon
4.0 out of 5
7463 ratings
opened in 2000; won many awards (San Diego Magazine: Reader's Choice Best Breakfast; City Search: Best American Food; and others)
182
High Dive Bar And Grill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
High Dive Bar And GrillSee High Dive Bar And Grill Video ($$)
(685 ratings)

1801 Morena Blvd Map It!
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 275-0460
www.highdivesd.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food (New), Episode: "San Diego, CA"
  • "The Kracken" Burger
    1 pound Angus patty, gorgonzola, bacon, grilled onions, sandwiched between two roasted sriracha-infused peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
4.0 out of 5
685 ratings
since 2006; neighborhood bar & restaurant w/ outdoor patio, situated in the enchanting heart of Bay Park; carry 20 local craft beers on tap and serve up an array of tiki-inspired cocktails
183
Hitching Post II: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hitching Post IISee Hitching Post II Video ($$$)
(1226 ratings)

406 E Hwy 246 Map It!
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-0676
www.hitchingpost2.com
  • Barbecue Steaks
  • Grilled Artichokes
  • Burger
    "best burger I've ever eaten"-Cat Cora; available only Mon, Tue and Wed at the bar; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1226 ratings
made famous from movie "Sideways"
184
Hob Nob Hill: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hob Nob HillSee Hob Nob Hill Video ($$)
(1051 ratings)

2271 1st Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-8176
www.hobnobhill.com
  • Chicken 'N' Dumplings
    steamed dumpling topped w/ chopped boiled chicken & gravy
  • Corned Beef & Steamed Cabbage
  • Braised Lamb Shank
4.0 out of 5
1051 ratings
est. 1944; historic landmark
185
HoBo's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
HoBo's BBQ ($$)
(666 ratings)

30590 Rancho California Rd Map It!
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 693-3227
hobosbbq.com
  • BBQ Lasagna
    pulled pork, chopped chicken, sausage 4 layers of pasta, each layer has BBQ sauce & cheese; each piece is about 1lb
  • Lumber Jack Sandwich
    house-made potato salad stacked on a toasted bun then piled on sliced tri-tip, dill pickle slices & topped w/ "PS" house dressing & sriracha
4.0 out of 5
666 ratings
Other Recipes: Potato Salad
186
Hodad's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hodad'sSee Hodad's Video ($$)
(5379 ratings)

5010 Newport Ave Map It!
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 224-4623
www.hodadies.com
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
    bacon patty (bacon is boiled, then chopped & seared on the grill) on top of burger; wrapped & served in the "burger diaper" (burger wrapper that is wrapped around half of the burger); looks good
  • Guido Burger
    skillet-fried pastrami on burger served w/ ketchup, pickles, Swiss cheese, grilled onions & spicy brown mustard; inspired by Guy Fieri from 1st visit; looks good; #1 in Triple D's "Top 10 Burgers" (voted by viewers)
  • Milk Shake
4.0 out of 5
5379 ratings
started in 1969; moved to current location in 1991; recognized as one of the top 5 burger joints in the country by CNN (2009); "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" (it's a block from the beach); decor consists of wall-to-wall license plates
187
Homeroom: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
HomeroomSee Homeroom Video ($$)
(5500 ratings)

400 40th St Map It!
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 597-0400
homeroom510.com
  • Trailer Mac (& Cheese)
    signature dish; cheddary mac w/ Niman Ranch hot dog and topped w/ crushed potato chips; looks good
4.0 out of 5
5500 ratings
#26 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2011; specializes in macaroni & cheese offering 10 different variations; elementary school decor w/ tables made of re-purposed wood bleachers, chalkboard (for the menu) & a vintage card catalog where they keep customer loyalty cards
188
House of Prime Rib: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
House of Prime RibSee House of Prime Rib Video ($$$)
(7024 ratings)

1906 Van Ness Ave Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4605
houseofprimerib.net
  • 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
7024 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Steak); San Francisco Landmark; cozy English-style dining room setting
189
  • Spicy Pork Kimchi Burrito
    looks good
  • Sweet Chili Fried Pork Chops
    two pork chops served w/ fries; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2474 ratings
Asian-American fusion; 3 blocks away from S.F. Giants stadium
190
Hugo's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Hugo'sSee Hugo's Video ($$)
(1236 ratings)

8401 Santa Monica Blvd Map It!
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 654-3993
hugosrestaurant.com
  • Pasta Mama
    looks good
  • El Desayuno Burrito De La Casa
    breakfast burrito of eggs scrambled w/ sauteed tomatoes, peppers, onions & cilantro topped w/ slightly spicy roasted tomato chipotle sauce & melted mozzarella cheese or Daiya vegan cheese & garnished w/ guacamole; served w/ breakfast potatoes, turmeric ricen, or fresh fruit; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1236 ratings
serving "stealthy healthy" meals (from its website)
191
  • 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
3354 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)
192
Idle Hour Cafe: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Idle Hour Cafe ($$)
(994 ratings)

4824 N Vineland Ave Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 91601
(818) 980-5604
idlehourbar.com
  • Idle Sloppy Joe
    sloppy joe w/ bourbon, Gruyere or white cheddar, on Challah bun; looks good
  • Sloppy Fries
    choice of sloppy Joe, sloppy Jolene (veggie version), brisket or pulled pork w/ white cheddar; pulled pork is highlighted; looks good
4.0 out of 5
994 ratings
building shaped of a beer barrel serving bar food fare; backside is a full-sized replica of the Bulldog Cafe (shaped of a bulldog)
193
Idle Spurs Steakhouse: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Idle Spurs SteakhouseSee Idle Spurs Steakhouse Video ($$)
(283 ratings)

690 Old Hwy 58 Map It!
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 256-8888
www.thespurs.us
  • Prime Rib
    top seller
  • Porterhouse Steak
    24-oz steak
4.0 out of 5
283 ratings
#98 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); est. in 1951
194
Incanto: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Incanto [CLOSED]See Incanto Video ($$$)
(928 ratings)

1550 Church St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 641-4500
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "Meat-Fest"
  • Leg of Beast
    lamb shank; need to order in advance; looks good
4.0 out of 5
928 ratings
[CLOSED]
195
  • Open Faced Hot Turkey Sandwich
    fresh baked bread topped w/ white & dark roasted turkey slices & side of mashed potatoes & topped w/ homemade gravy
  • Garlic Steak Sandwich
    filet mignon marinated in garlic oil overnight, slice & cooked on flat top; "that is ridiculous!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Prime Rib
    spice-rubbed, smoked in-house for 6 hrs & served w/ side of au jus & horse radish; looks good
  • Mixed Grille
    combo of pan-fried scallops, prawns, fish & fresh Dungeness crabmeat topped w/ creamy shrimp-flavored sauce; "that's off the hook!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.0 out of 5
759 ratings
#38 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); started in 1986; dive-bar w/ causal & simple ambience, food made from scratch & Friday night barbecue dinners; so unassuming, there's no sign on the building
196
Jimtown Store: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Jimtown StoreSee Jimtown Store Video ($$)
(204 ratings)

6706 Hwy 128 Map It!
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-1212
www.jimtown.com
  • Barbecue Brisket Sandwich
    popular; takes 2 days to make; looks good
  • Chain Gang Chili
    a favorite; secret ingredient is smoked pulled pork; looks good
4.0 out of 5
204 ratings
opened in 1988; rustic country-store setting; prepares hearty seasonal soups, salads, entrees, signature sandwiches, and desserts daily from scratch; Other Recipes: Chicken Sopa
197
Joan's on Third: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Joan's on ThirdSee Joan's on Third Video ($$)
(2266 ratings)

8350 W 3rd St Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285
www.joansonthird.com
  • Chocolate Coconut Cupcake
  • Short Rib Sandwich
    shredded short rib w/ melted jack cheese & sweet red onions on country white bread; looks good
4.0 out of 5
2266 ratings
opened in 1995 as a catering company; opened storefront/restaurant in 1998
198
JR's Barbeque: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
JR's BarbequeSee JR's Barbeque Video ($$)
(590 ratings)

3055 La Cienega Blvd Map It!
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-6838
www.jrs-bbq.com
  • Pork Shoulder BBQ Sandwich
    pulled pork topped w/ pineapple-infused coleslaw, BBQ sauce on grilled brioche bun; recommended by actor Jay Baruchel; looks good
4.0 out of 5
590 ratings
founded in 1998; mother-and-son duo serving Memphis-style barbeque; "low & slow" over mesquite, white oak & pecan
199
KoJa Kitchen: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
KoJa KitchenSee KoJa Kitchen Video ($)
(1398 ratings)

2395 Telegraph Ave Map It!
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 962-5652
kojakitchen.com
  • Short Rib KoJa
    signature dish; soy-sugar-based marinated short ribs sandwiched between 2 garlic-seasoned rice cakes "buns"; "Asian street food at its best...this is wow!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1398 ratings
since 2011; formerly a food truck...now a storefront; Korean-Japanese cuisine...Asian flavors in a rice-cake bun; Facebook page
200
Komodo: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Komodo [CLOSED] ($$)
(1799 ratings)

8809 W Pico Blvd Map It!
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 246-5153
komodofood.com/pico/
  • Brutus Tots Salad
    "salad" w/ tater tots, steak & jalapeno aioli; looks good
4.0 out of 5
1799 ratings
[CLOSED]; accessible & modern California Asian fusion; "dangerously good food"
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