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12 Bones: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
12 BonesSee 12 Bones Video ($$)
(806 ratings)

5 Foundy St Map It!
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-4499
www.12bones.com
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Ribs"
  • Blueberry Chipotle Ribs
    pork ribs smoked in oak for 3 hrs & then grilled & glazed w/ homemade blueberry Chipotle sauce; sauce available online; looks good
4.5 out of 5
806 ratings
#4 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Ribs); serves lunch only
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Bang Bang Burgers: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Bang Bang Burgers ($$)
(648 ratings)

2001 E 7th St Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-4505
bangbangburgersclt.com
  • Fried Sweet Potato Brie Burger
    topped w/ maple cranberry sauce
  • Pimento Burger
    homemade pimento cheese & fried pickles; looks good
4.5 out of 5
648 ratings
burgers from the highest quality, Black Angus whole muscle cuts of short rib & chuck produced by NYC's own Pat La Frieda
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Brine and Bottle: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Brine and Bottle [CLOSED]See Brine and Bottle Video ($$$)
(78 ratings)

7531 S Virginia Dare Trl Map It!
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 715-1818
  • Foie Gras Torchon
    sliced housemade foie gras on brioche w/ side of peach marmalade
  • Fried Pickles
    deep-fried brined pickles w/ side of buttermilk-chive dip; "might be the best pickle chip I've ever had"-Guy Fieri
  • Soft Shell Crab Sandwich
    dredged, pan-fried & served on potato bun w/ pickle ramp tartar sauce & tomato slice
4.5 out of 5
78 ratings
[CLOSED]; est. 2010; beer, wine bar & specialty-food pier-side joint; menu changes daily
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Cast Iron Kitchen: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cast Iron Kitchen ($$)
(249 ratings)

8024 Market St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28411
(910) 821-8461
castiron-kitchen.com
  • Dirty South Biscuit
    southern fried chicken tenderloin, bacon, runny egg, muenster & pepper jack cheeses w/ sausage gravy
  • Not My Momma's Meatloaf
    house made meatloaf w/ ground beef & pork, fried egg, caramelized sweet onion, arugula, tomato, aged cheddar, herb aioli & Texas Pete hollandaise served on a toasted bun; "this is outstanding!" -Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
249 ratings
mom-and-pop joint serving North Carolina favorites w/ a twist; serving breakfast & lunch only (check website for updated info)
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Ceviche's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ceviche'sSee Ceviche's Video ($$)
(328 ratings)

7210 Wrightsville Ave Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 256-3131
www.wbceviche.com
  • Ropa Vieja
    braised & shredded beef in a spicy pepper broth served w/ coconut rice & mixed vegetables; looks good
  • Sancocho
    Panama's national dish; soup w/ chicken, sweet potato, yucca, plantains & corn in a spicy cilantro broth; served w/ a side of coconut rice
4.5 out of 5
328 ratings
"Inspired By My Upbringing In Panama, Central America - Fishing With My Dad In Both The Pacific And Atlantic Oceans, Picking Fresh Mangos At The Bus Stop For Breakfast & Epic Surfing Trips (I Vividly Remember My First Barrel). I Wanted To Bring That Feeling To Wrightsville Beach With A Staple In The Panamanian Diet, Ceviche, Tropical Fruit, Plantains, Etc.." - Hunter Tiblier, Owner.
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Copper Penny: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Copper Penny ($$)
(736 ratings)

109 Chestnut St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1373
www.copperpennync.com
  • 109 Chestnut Chicken Sandwich
    signature sandwich; mushroom, chicken, Provolone, chipotle mayo served on toasted sub roll; named after the restaurant address; looks good
  • Hot Roast Pork Sandwich
    sliced pork loin, sauteed spinach, Provolone, garlic aioli on a sub w/ side of au jus for dipping; looks good!
  • Onion Rings
    looks good
4.5 out of 5
736 ratings
small funky joint owned/operated by husband-wife duo serving simple, but real-deal food
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Fork N Cork: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Fork N Cork ($$)
(634 ratings)

122 Market St Map It!
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 228-5247
www.theforkncork.com
  • Confit Duck Wings
    deep fried confit duck wings served w/ choice of sauce: Charmoula (delicious Moroccan sauce), Hot Honey Garlic, Peach BBQ, Raspberry Chipotle, Creole Rosemary Honey Mustard or Habanero Orange Marmalade; Guy liked w/ Habanero Orange Marmalade
  • Wellington Bites
    Beef Wellington in a puff pastry; served w/ side of port wine cherry sauce & horseradish cream sauce; call to check availability; looks good
4.5 out of 5
634 ratings
higher end comfort food in 40-seat joint
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FuD at Salud: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
FuD at Salud [CLOSED] ($)
(89 ratings)

3306A N Davidson St Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 232-4943
  • Chicken and Waffles Waffle-wich
    waffle sandwich w/ chicken salad, candied walnuts, bacon & maple syrup
  • You're Killin' Me, S'mores Waffle-wich
    waffle sandwich w/ homemade toasted marshmallows, graham crackers, Nutella; looks good
4.5 out of 5
89 ratings
[CLOSED]; funky deli w/ unique, creative spins on traditional sandwiches; known for their "Waffle-wiches"; Other Recipes: Homemade Marshmallows
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  • "The Pig Mac"
    grilled cheese sandwich w/ pulled pork, bourbon onions, mac 'n' cheese, cheddar; looks good
  • Mushroom Gruyere Grilled Cheese
    w/ truffle spread, pan-roasted mushrooms, Gruyere cheese; recommend dipping w/ tomato soup (if available); "out of all the grilled cheese I've ever had, that's the peak" -Guy Fieri; looks good
4.5 out of 5
142 ratings
est. 2012; food truck specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
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Skylight Inn BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Skylight Inn BBQSee Skylight Inn BBQ Video ($)
(139 ratings)

4618 Lee St Map It!
Ayden, NC 28513
(252) 746-4113
www.skylightinnbbq.com
  • Whole Hog Pulled Pork
    BBQ sauce is spicy tomato-vinegar-based; looks good; use oak wood charcoal and cooked for 16 hrs; comes w/ homemade coleslaw, potato salad and corn bread; whole pig can feed up to 80 people!
4.5 out of 5
139 ratings
#90 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); #3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best BBQ); est. 1947; James Beard award winner (American Classics - 2003)
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  • Chicken & Cheddar Biscuit
    fried chicken breast w/ homemade biscuits using grandmother's recipe; looks good
  • "Bad Grandpa"
    biscuit sandwich w/ chicken, egg, cheese & bacon biscuit, hash browns & sweet tea; looks good
4.5 out of 5
574 ratings
est. 1978; biscuits recognized by Maxim Magazine; long lines in drive-thru; original restaurant in Louisburg, NC
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Swag Country Inn: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Swag Country InnSee Swag Country Inn Video ($$$$)
(20 ratings)

2300 Swag Rd Map It!
Waynesville, NC 28785
(828) 926-0430
www.theswag.com
  • Banana Pudding Pie
    call restaurant for availability (dessert menu changes)
4.5 out of 5
20 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Romantic Foods); rating might be for hotel; mountaintop resort w/ incomparable Smoky Mountain views, an award-winning restaurant, pampering accommodations, world-class hiking trails, & warm hospitality; open seasonal
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Sweet Potatoes: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Sweet PotatoesSee Sweet Potatoes Video ($$)
(615 ratings)

607 Trade St NW Map It!
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 727-4844
www.sweetpotatoes.ws
  • Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
    topeed w/ bourbon caramel sauce; looks good
4.5 out of 5
615 ratings
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  • Buffalo Cauliflower Sliders
    cauliflower steak-sliced w/ buffalo sauce; served w/ slaw, blue cheese
  • Chana Masala Tacos
    chickpea-based sauce & topped w/ apricot & Medjool date couscous; looks good
4.5 out of 5
168 ratings
since 2011; food truck; go to website to find locations
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300 East: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
300 EastSee 300 East Video ($$)
(730 ratings)

300 East Blvd Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 332-6507
www.300east.net
  • Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwich
    Sorghum molasses cookies w/ side caramelized pineapple; "one of the best desserts I've ever had on Triple-D" -Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Lamb & Mushroom Ragout
    served on Bosky Acres goat cheese ravioli w/ lemon-mint-goat cheese butter
4.0 out of 5
730 ratings
opened in 1986; independent, mother-and-daughter-owned casual dining establishment offering creative American-Eclectic cuisine in a fun & historic house built in 1900
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Backyard BBQ Pit: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Backyard BBQ PitSee Backyard BBQ Pit Video ($)
(783 ratings)

5122 Nc Hwy 55 Map It!
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 544-9911
www.sweetribs.com
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Durham"
  • Pulled Pork
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
783 ratings
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Cabo Fish Taco: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Cabo Fish TacoSee Cabo Fish Taco Video ($$)
(1189 ratings)

3201 N Davidson St Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-8868
www.cabofishtaco.com
4.0 out of 5
1189 ratings
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Coastal Cravings: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Coastal CravingsSee Coastal Cravings Video ($$)
(498 ratings)

1209 Duck Rd Map It!
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
(252) 480-0032
www.cravingsobx.com
  • Seared Scallops
    served on lobster sauce seasoned w/ truffle oil; "up there in some of the best scallops I've ever had...cuz this scallop is out of bounds!"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Steamer Pots To Go
    a cooking pot loaded w/ the fresh catch nightly preparation of the Outer Banks "Local Catch" (depending on season/catch, it can include oysters, middle-neck clams, snow crab legs, shrimp, red potatoes, smoked sausage, corn on the cob); served in a tin can which you can order to-go & use to cook; Carolina coast tradition
4.0 out of 5
498 ratings
funky little joint connected to a gas station-convenient store; drive-through service available; Other Recipes: Jicama Chayote Slaw
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Dish: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
DishSee Dish Video ($)
(523 ratings)

1220 Thomas Ave Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 344-0343
www.eatatdish.com
  • Chicken and Dumplings
    top seller; made from scratch; looks good
  • Salmon Patties
    fresh salmon broken down from whole fish; formed into patties, padded w/ Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) & skillet fried; served w/ honey-orange butter
4.0 out of 5
523 ratings
opened in 2002; southern comfort food; "disarmingly unpretentious kind of joint you immediately warm to as though it were your mama's or grandma's kitchen" (from its website)
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Improper Pig: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Improper Pig [CLOSED] ($$)
(303 ratings)

110 S Sharon Amity Rd Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 714-7878
theimproperpig.com
  • Chow Bow Taco
    choice of pulled pork, chicken, chopped brisket, grilled salmon or smoked tofu tossed in spicy hoisen sauce in a steamed bao bun w/ Asian slaw; Guy got pulled pork; looks good
  • Improper Charcuterie
    carnivore's delight; pulled pork, brisket, ribs, Andouille, pimento cheese, slaw, house chips & pickled onions; looks good
4.0 out of 5
303 ratings
[CLOSED]; serving classic BBQ as well as twists such as southern egg rolls & Korean barbecue salmon; Other Recipes: BBQ Rub
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  • Piroska
    Balkan style stuffed pizza w/ ham, mushrooms, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, sour cream; looks good
  • Sarma
    cabbage rolls w/ ground beef, rice, bacon, spices; served w/ house-made bread
4.0 out of 5
297 ratings
since 2007; serving hand-tossed pizza & unique Serbian dishes; Other Recipes: Eggplant Musaka
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JJ's Red Hots: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
JJ's Red Hots ($)
(403 ratings)

1514 East Blvd Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 225-8880
jjsredhots.com
  • Chili Cheese Coney
    w/ housemade chili, shredded cheese, diced onions; looks good
  • Kasekrainer
    homemade traditional Austrian-sausage w/ cheese in middle topped w/ kraut, house-pickled onions, hot-blonde mustard on potato roll; looks good
4.0 out of 5
403 ratings
hot dog joint serving Sahlen's smokehouse as well as house-made hot dogs and sausages; Other Recipes: Hot Dog Chili
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Krazy Fish: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Krazy FishSee Krazy Fish Video ($$)
(459 ratings)

2501 Central Ave Map It!
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-1004
krazyfish.com
  • Gumbo
    w/ pulled pork, chicken, shrimp & served on rice; looks good
  • Seafood Diablo
    fish, shrimp, calamari & scallops sauteed w/ peppers, onions & celery in a spicy Cajun marinara; served over rice; looks good
4.0 out of 5
459 ratings
opened in 2011; wild, eclectic & "krazy" joint w/ two covered patios, two fully stocked bars & a huge selection of Domestics, Imports & Kraft beers
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Lexington Barbecue: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Lexington Barbecue ($)
(421 ratings)

100 Smokehouse Ln Map It!
Lexington, NC 27295
(336) 249-9814
  • Chopped Shoulder Pork
    looks good
4.0 out of 5
421 ratings
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Ortegaz Restaurant: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Ortegaz RestaurantSee Ortegaz Restaurant Video ($$)
(182 ratings)

201 Sir Walter Raleigh St Map It!
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-5911
www.ortegaz.com
  • Blackfin Tuna Tacos
    in homemade tortillas & topped w/ cilantro & lime sauce; looks good
  • Shrimp & Chorizo Alfredo
  • Soft-Shell Crab Quesadilla
    seasonal only
4.0 out of 5
182 ratings
opened in 2007; southwestern flair w/ a relaxed, casual atmosphere; husband-and-wife team who switch every 6 mo. from cooking to hosting
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