Philadelphia Magazine named Pete's Famous the best pizza in the city in 1981, and the lines have been spilling out into the Logan Square streets ever since. If you're a sandwich man like Jeff Mauro, the meatball stromboli is as good as their pizza.
Pizza is usually a special thing in Chicago, but at Scatchell's, a fixture in Cicero opened by Stubby and Eddie Scatchell in 1953, you come for the Italian beef sandwiches. The beef is sliced paper-thin and topped with crunchy homemade giardinera hot peppers.
Bobwhite's mission is to make down-home Southern food in a seasonal, responsible manner that anyone can afford and enjoy on a regular basis. The menu is simple: fried chicken, biscuits, sandwiches and an ever-changing roster of vegetable sides. Jeff Mauro recommends the 3-piece fried chicken supper.
The market first opened way back in 1840 and ever since it's been a destination for fresh vegetables and quality meats. Today you can also find seafood, baked goods, cheese, and ready-to-eat foods like candy and nuts. Start in the beautiful yellow-brick markethouse and then make your way outside.
Head to this traditional Irish fish-and-chipper for an authentic cod and hand-cut fries combo, or go a little outside the box with battered and fried sausage a fried veggie pastie.
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.
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.
Tofu Ya is a great find for vegetarians and the carnivores who love them. Most dishes are prepared with tofu rather than meat, but there's also an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue menu featuring bulgogi, short ribs and brisket. Jeff Mauro stopped in for the Tofu-Seafood Soup.
ABC is an old-school bar in Cleveland's historic Ohio City district, but the menu is fresh, creative and modern. Plus, everything is well under $10! Jeff Mauro loves House-Cured Pork Belly BLT, or try one of the "somewhat famous" burgers.
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 focus here (no surprise) is chili, or, as the folks at Palookaville like to call them: "Hot pots o' soul." There are five kinds of chili with a variety of spice levels. You can have your chili in a bowl, over chips ("nacho grande"), on a hot dog, over pasta or in a burrito.
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.
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.
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, and will set you back less than $3!