Holeman and Finch draws the crowds with its burger, available on the nightly menu. Two cheese-smothered chuck-and-brisket patties are topped with slivered red onions and bread-and-butter pickles. They’re served on a brioche bun, alongside hand-cut fries and housemade ketchup and mustard.
This spot brings together two iconic dishes – one from the United States and the other from Japan – to make an enticing fusion known as the Ramen Burger. Try the original version, which pairs a juicy beef patty with a crispy ramen noodle bun. Scallion and a secret shoyu sauce kick up the flavor.
Traditional breakfast staples are given a gourmet makeover at this food stall in the midst of Grand Central Market. Try the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. It features housemade turkey sausage that is dressed up with egg, cheddar cheese and honey mustard aioli, then served on a warm brioche bun.
At Dusek’s, a traditional American breakfast dish takes an international turn — and the result is absolutely superb. Order the Dutch Baby and you’ll get a delicate souffle pancake with a decadent peach filling nestled in its center. The late-night fare is equally impressive. The Juicy Lucy features an impeccable beef patty stuffed with cheese and topped with red onion bacon marmalade, an heirloom tomato and butter lettuce, all served on a challah bun.
Bufalina incorporates age-old Italian traditions into their pizza-making process (think house-made mozzarella), and the resulting pies are simply irresistible. Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering margherita, complete with homegrown basil, tasty Italian tomatoes and mozzarella melted just right.
Italian fare gets a fresh, flavorful spin at franny’s, where the focus is on sustainable ingredients that are locally sourced. For an extraordinary pizza experience, order the clam pie with its beautifully blistered crust, briny-sweet littlenecks and special sauce made from hundreds of clams.
With three wood-burning stoves at the ready, Antico serves up a delectable selection of pizza. Customers cozy up to communal tables to dig into the mouthwatering pies, such as the popular San Gennaro, which is dressed up with sweet Italian sausages, peppers, onions and three cheeses.
This spot cranks out 30 tons of 'cue a year. Guy is won over by the lamb ribs, saying they “melt in your mouth.” The Pitboss Plate is also a popular pick, as shown on Best. Ever. It comes piled with Central Texas-style brisket, ribs and sausage. Cornbread and sides round out this mouthwatering meal.
Food Network chefs can’t get enough of this cafe’s tantalizing treats that have been featured on four shows. Giada is crazy about the super chocolatey, crunchy Oreo cookies made with cocoa, butter and powdered sugar, while Bobby is won over by the sweet and gooey Sticky Buns studded with pecans.
Area Four draws the crowds with scrumptious dishes made from scratch. The pizzas are especially popular, with irresistible ingredients such as hand-pulled mozzarella. A must for meat lovers is the Carnivore pizza. It is packed with porky goodness — bacon, soppressata and sausage.
The crowds flock here for the humanely raised meats smoked over a wood-fired pit. Order the Presidential Plate for a mind-blowing BBQ experience: It comes with every meat, every side and every fixin’ here. Chow down on enticing eats like beef brisket and Frankaroni (mac and cheese meets a hot dog).
When this bar opened, it was all about craft brews and music, but soon the burgers (almost all named for bands) caught on. Graham Elliot is fan of the Mastodon, a beefy patty topped with strips of crispy bacon and a squirt of bourbon-laced barbecue sauce, plus a slice of melty cheese and a pile of fried onions. It’s the perfect fuel for rocking the night away.
Breakfast goes deliciously global at this charming cafe serving French-Vietnamese cuisine. A morning must-try is the breakfast banh mi sandwich. It may look like your standard bacon and egg, but it’s far more decadent. Fried eggs and pork belly combine for a spicy, salty, creamy, crunchy treat.
Giada says Tia Sophia’s breakfast burrito makes for “the perfect hearty breakfast.” Soft tortillas are stuffed with bacon and hash browns, smothered in melted cheese and served with a poached egg on top. For added kick, order the Christmas version that comes with extra-spicy red and green chiles.
Brenda's French Soul Food may be in San Francisco, but her cuisine takes a cue from her hometown, New Orleans. Diners love the eggs Benedict with fried chicken and Creole hollandaise. Another must-try is the Bananas Foster French Toast, a custard-soaked brioche drenched in a sweet butter-rum sauce.