Home for the Holidays: Chefs' Favorite Hometown Foods

Food Network Magazine asked Food Network stars where they head for the holidays — and what hometown foods they crave when they're in town. Follow them for some great local faves.
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Cat Cora: Santa Barbara, Calif.

"Things can get hectic during the holidays, so if we need a quick bite in between errands and shopping, we head to La Super Rica (622 N. Milpas St.; 805-963-4940). They have delicious tacos and my kids love it! For something more relaxed, I love Stonehouse (pictured; 900 San Ysidro Lane; 805-565-1700). They have a great wine and food selection, plus a fireplace that adds a romantic twist."

Ted Allen: Indianapolis

"Most of what I'm eating over the holidays is coming out of my mom's kitchen. But if I want a great dinner out in Naptown, it's gotta be St. Elmo Steak House (127 S. Illinois St.; 317-635-0636). It's downtown and has been there since 1902. It has one of the biggest wine cellars in the state (ask for a tour — it's awesome), and there's a shrimp cocktail with so much horseradish in the sauce, your hair will stand on end. A classic."

Duff Goldman: Cape Cod, Mass.

"When I go back to Sandwich, we always visit the Sagamore Inn (1131 Sandwich Rd.; 508-888-9707) on Route 6A. It's full of memories (I went there before the Sandwich High School prom) and it has everything I love about Cape Cod cuisine: stuffed quahog, fried cod and chips, amazing chowder and one of the most perfectly cooked lobsters I've ever had. Plus, most of the staff are related to friends of mine — Sandwich is a pretty small town!"

Claire Robinson: Nashville

"Over the holidays, my husband and I usually go to Nashville, where he is from, and where we lived before moving to New York City. After a few days of delicious, heavy home-cooked food, I crave the Greek salads from this place called Kalamatas (3764 Hillsboro Pike; 615-383-8700). I also love Fido (1812 21st Ave. S.; 615-777-3436), a funky spot for killer coffee and eclectic food, like a toasted bagel with Neufchatel cheese and veggie sausage. Any place that can get me to eat veggie sausage over the real deal must be great!"

Ellie Krieger: Lansing, Mich.

"I go to Lansing every year to spend Christmas with my in-laws. We always go to this great local place called Mike's Village Restaurant (115 N. Bridge St., Dimondale; 517-646-6804). The French toast is thick, fluffy, perfectly eggy and sweet, and wafting cinnamon. It's richer and more decadent than what I usually make at home, but it's worth the splurge!"

Sunny Anderson: Brooklyn

"When I staycation in Brooklyn for the holidays, I head over to the Stone Park Cafe in Park Slope (324 Fifth Ave.; 718-369-0082). They have a small, seasonal menu and I can't get enough of their tempura rock shrimp. It's a take on a Southern favorite, shrimp and grits: The chef serves the crunchy battered shrimp on creamy grits studded with andouille sausage, Parmesan and a quail egg. It tastes like home to me."