This family-run rib joint with a fiery secret sauce is a great budget-friendly option in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Chicagoan Jeff Mauro recommends the Mini Tips Combo: hunks of smoky meat served atop a mountain of fries and bathed in the restaurant's signature sauce.
If you need a quick fix of Boston's famous clam chowder, head to Fisherman's Net in Faneuil Hall. Get in in a bread bowl to make your meal extra-filling.
On $24 in 24 Jeff Mauro snags a crazy good deal with Zelda's mini donuts, offered for the insanely low price of $6 for 30. Located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Zelda's makes perfect beach food with nearly two dozen sandwich options, including the Vermonster panini made with apple and bacon.
The doughnuts at Dough have an almost cult-like following. They're larger than average, crisp on the outside and light on the inside, and range from traditional glazed to a the more out there blood orange or hibiscus tea. Jeff Mauro loves the Cafe au Lait doughnut.
The four friends who started Fulton Brewery began by home-brewing in a one-car garage in South Minneapolis. Today it's a giant brewery with seven beers and the first taproom in Minneapolis.
If you need a little pick me up while perusing the Reading Terminal Market, head to the Amish section for a hot apple dumpling from the Dutch Eating Place. It's served with whipped heavy cream!
For years Los Angelinos have flocked to the five-course Big Fat Greek feast at Papa Cristo's. Rahm Fama visited on Meat & Potatoes and celebrated the succulent lamb with a dance. In LA, Cristo's is the place for Greek with prized feta-lamb sandwiches and enormous beef gyros with tzatziki sauce.
Eating at Artichoke's is a sloppy but delicious affair. The pizzas are easily an inch thick, and that's not because of the crust. Try a slice piled high with artichokes and spinach, their namesake dish. It may seem a little pricey for pizza, but one slice satisfies even the biggest appetites.
Any local will admit it: Cleveland is obsessed with corned beef. Head to Danny's Deli for one of the best corned beef sandwiches in town. Its key ingredients are generosity and freshness, according to Danny's website.
Gooie Looie's lives up to its name, serving huge, over-stuffed hoagies and cheese steaks you need both hands to eat. Take a tip from Jeff Mauro and grab a stack of napkins before digging in to a classic Philly Cheese Steak.
What started as a simple love of baking for Rosa Porto in a seaside town in Cuba turned into a 20,000-square foot catering facility in Los Angeles. Porto's is a go-to for Cuban-style desserts, cakes, mousses, and just about anything else your sweet tooth is craving.
The Borges family has been making breakfast and lunch for longer than most of the Tufts University students it serves have been alive. You'll find Portuguese favorites like linguica and cod cakes alongside traditional diner food, served in ridiculously affordable portions.
Start your day off with a hearty breakfast from Cedar Park Cafe. They have multiple kinds of scrapple, the meat-and-cornmeal concoction of Philly lore, from traditional pork to the "health-conscious" turkey option. Jeff Mauro likes the Scrapple, Egg and Cheese breakfast sandwich.
If you've been dreaming of New York-style, boiled-then-baked bagels as big as your head, head across the Williamsburg Bridge to The Bagel Store. They've got the cheapest, best bagel sandwich ever (at least according to Jeff Mauro). Try a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel Topped with Bacon Bits.
You'll want to get breakfast at Maria's, and luckily they serve it all day, so it's not hard to fit it in. Jeff Mauro likes the corn pancakes (cachapas venezolanas if you're being authentic), made with corn flour, butter and cut corn, and sprinkled with sharp Cotija cheese.