Dig into BBQ dishes with a kick at Cowgirl. Spike up the spice factor with the smoking-hot pulled pork sandwich, or indulge in the Five Pepper Nachos with Salsa Diablo (add brisket for extra decadence). The Frito Pie is also a standout, complete with Fritos, chili, sour cream, cheese and jalapenos.
This cozy bagel shop is a great spot to sample New York City’s iconic breakfast item — with a Canadian twist. Inspired by Montreal’s technique, Black Seed uses a wood-burning oven. The result is one tasty bagel, especially when ordered with horseradish cream cheese and beet-cured salmon slices.
Sink your teeth into doughy goodness at this pizzeria that offers a tantalizing array of seasonal pies adorned with sauces and salumi created from scratch. Keep it classic with a margherita pizza, which Michael Symon describes as “the true expression of simplicity (and) great ingredients.” Housemade dough is slicked with red sauce, then topped with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Another standout is the Rotolo, a roll-up of dough, ricotta and mortadella that’s finished with pistachio pesto.
When it comes to breakfast, do you want the best of both savory and sweet? Then try the Chef’s Breakfast at this chic Atlanta spot that favors sustainable fare. Come hungry, as this decadent item features five dishes (and a can of beer) that change according to the ever-shifting menu.
This spot delivers big when it comes to burgers. Order the Juicy Nookie for a cheeseburger creation that’s as memorable as its name. Forget putting cheese on top; this Black Angus patty is filled with ooey-gooey goodness instead. Stuffed with cheese, it comes nestled on a tasty bakery bun.
Traditional pizza gets a gourmet twist at Sotto, where wood-fired pies are dressed up with everything from buckwheat honey to Calabrian chiles. Try the Guanciale, a delectable creation featuring creamy ricotta cheese, scallions and the star ingredient for which it is named: cured pork cheek.
With a focus on American craft cuisine, Ned Ludd offers an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes. A major draw is the artisanal pizza that is served only on Monday nights. Just 100 pies are baked in the wood-burning oven, with different options weekly. Eclectic toppings range from kale to honey.
This cafe goes big when it comes to a quintessential breakfast dish: the pancake. Treat your taste buds to the over-the-top Apple Souffle Pancake, which is both enormous and delicious. Crowned with Granny Smith apples and caramel, this indulgent treat makes for a sweet way to start the morning.
The tantalizing smell of sizzling pork is sure to tempt you at this sleek Korean barbecue spot, where meals are grilled tableside. Indulge in the Flower Pork Set, which comes with a choice array of cuts ranging from soft and succulent pork belly to gossamer-thin bacon cooked to a satisfying crunch.
Craving a fresh-ground beef burger punched up with some of the tastiest toppings around? Head over to this dive bar and dig into the Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger. Its flame-grilled patty is covered with spicy pimento cheese and crowned with crispy bacon, making for a truly delectable combination.
Chefs Taylor Cody and Jiyeon Lee offer an eclectic, enticing take on traditional Southern barbecue that draws the crowds to this unassuming eatery. Korean spices and sauces give the mouthwatering meats (and some of the scrumptious sides) a distinctive flavor that adds to the deliciousness factor.
Smoque is all about barbecue tradition; even the baked beans are infused with smoky flavor. The ribs are simply irresistible, as they’re coated in a Memphis-style dry rub and glazed with a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce. Guy can’t get enough of the brisket, which he declares “capital T, tender.”
This spot gets seriously creative with its pizza pies. One features mozzarella and pecorino, shaved red onions and stinging nettles (spiky-leafed herbs that are cooked into a tangle of flavorful greens). Another pie is dressed up with a delicious combo of pancetta, potatoes, fontina and rosemary.
Iron Chef winner Ken Oringer satisfies his sandwich cravings at Mighty Quinn's. “Why settle for a ham and cheese when you can have thick slices of brisket with cucumbers, pickled onions, pickled chilies, on the most delicious bread?” he asks, describing the brisket sandwich. When he’s craving chicken, the transcendent chicken sandwich is a must. “Once you have a bite of this, it will kick all others to the curb,” says Chef Oringer.
If you are craving a succulent short rib that is as massive as it is mouthwatering, try the imposing Brontosaurus Rib.
A highlight of this eatery’s eclectic menu is its Yakuza Burger. You’ll want to savor this American burger anointed with Asian flavors: The beef is seasoned with Japanese spices and the housemade mayo includes Sriracha for extra heat. Zesty fries piled on the patty make for a decadent finish.