This spot serves homemade pub classics that pair perfectly with the craft beers brewed on the premises. All the meats are aged, cured and cut in-house. For a satisfying snack, try the house-smoked corn dogs coated in buttermilk batter (with jalapeno for some kick). The chorizo tacos are also tasty.
The owners of this Brooklyn restaurant ate pizza on their first date, so it's small wonder the bubbly modern American-style pies taste like they're made with love. The dough is hand-mixed and the mozzarella is prepared in-house, under top-quality toppings. Just as popular as the pizza is the house burger, served with dry-aged beef on a fluffy pretzel bun.
This brick-walled spot may have a minimalist appearance, but the Korean-inspired dishes are all about comfort. A standout is the house burger: A hefty Black Angus beef patty is blanketed with cheddar cheese and crowned with housemade kimchi for a bit of crunch and acidity. The kimchi also adds some zing to another stellar dish, the pork belly buns. Slow-roasted pork belly is topped with the pickled cabbage, then doused with spicy and sweet sauces before being nestled in a steamed bun.
This spot offers dozens of beers from around the world, which taste best when paired with one of the meaty delights on the menu. Michael Symon favors the Cannibal Dog, an all-beef beauty that comes topped with spicy chili and super-hot Chinese mustard, as well as cilantro to balance out the kick.
Go beyond brews at this bar that is also a sandwich shop. Grab a beer (or cocktail), then bite into a beautiful and tasty creation such as the Italiana. This sandwich comes stacked with layers of cured meats, including salami, capicola and soppressata, which are piled onto a sturdy roll, along with provolone cheese, shredded lettuce and generous spoonfuls of that spicy condiment known as giardiniera for some kick. It’s finished with a drizzle of housemade vinaigrette.
Michael Symon headed here for a friendly match of duckpin bowling against actor Josh Charles and declared the game “way more fun than regular bowling.” In addition to bowling — both duckpin and tenpin — the spot offers cocktails and brews (Michael and Josh opted for the aptly named Double Duckpin IPA). There’s also a food menu, which is dominated by burgers, sandwiches and other classic bar bites.
In a local beer scene that’s booming, this gastropub stands out for its array of craft brews and creative dishes. Michael Symon favors the Pastrami Spiced Salmon Sandwich: The salmon is hit with a pastrami rub (think black peppercorns and coriander) that adds “a great pastrami taste,” he explains.
The wings at this food truck are far from standard fare. Owner Stefano Enjem has created customized toppings made to match the favor profiles of craft brews sold throughout the city. Michael Symon and Billy Gardell tucked into an order of Stefano’s Original Wings, laced with fresh onion and garlic, as well as the sleeper hit: Kickin’ Chicken Tater Tots. A heap of Tater Tots comes blanketed in three different kinds of cheese and a flurry of bacon, grilled chicken and fresh jalapeno.
In a city known for its burgeoning craft-beer scene, this pub has made its mark by pairing its brews with comforting bites that stand out for their creative flavors. One such menu item is the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich, which stars a fried chicken breast slathered in sweet-and-spicy gochujang sauce. Pickled vegetables add extra bite and crunch to this on-a-bun creation.
Michael Symon headed here to fill up on two of his favorite things: beer and sausage (most of which is locally made). He couldn’t get enough of the U-Betta Goetta, a hearty sandwich that features a Cleveland classic: the pork and beef Goetta sausage. It comes nestled on a four-grain bun and topped with hash browns, maple bacon gravy and a poached egg, making for a “meaty meal on a bun,” Michael declares.
This joint serves “the best barbecue in Detroit,” according to Michael Symon, who has been an avid fan since the restaurant’s first years. It seems many locals agree, as they flock here for standout dishes that include The Charlene. Succulent pulled pork is tossed in a sauce made from the meat’s drippings, then stuffed into a soft yet sturdy bun and topped with a mound of coleslaw and pickled jalapenos. Another popular pick is the Yardbird, which features smoked chicken doused in mustard sauce.
Iron Chef Jose Garces offers burgers for every taste at this spot. For the carnivores, there’s the Whiskey King, featuring foie gras and applewood bacon. To step up the decadence, opt for a side of duck-fat fries heaped with a mound of slow-cooked short ribs, then blanketed in a rich beer cheddar sauce that Michael Symon likens to homemade Cheez Whiz. Rather skip the meat? Order the Veggie Burger, with its delicious combo of black beans and lentils smothered with guacamole.
Craft beers get star billing at this brewery housed in a cavernous, century-old building in downtown Los Angeles. All the brews served here are made on-site, down to the hops grown on the rooftop, as Michael Symon found out when he stopped by for a visit. He couldn’t leave without trying the top-selling Angel City IPA, which he described as having “good hops and a little bit of citrus.”
Housed in a former movie theater, this subterranean restaurant serves craft brews and French-influenced fare in a laid-back setting. Michael Symon is a fan of the Bon Burger, which brings together dry-aged beef sourced straight from a Maryland farm with the buttery Norwegian cheese known as Jarlsberg. A housemade au poivre sauce lends a peppery French touch. Standout sides include the twice-cooked fries, as well as the spicy Brussels sprouts adorned with a flurry of bacon and blue cheese.
Next Iron Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn turns out perfect patties and impeccable shakes at this spot. With so many tasty eats coming out of the kitchen, Jenni Farley said it smelled “like heaven” when she visited with Michael Symon. The pair slurped down toasted-marshmallow milkshakes made with a fresh custard base and crowned with a quenelle of whipped cream. Michael raved about the Coletti’s Smokehouse burger, whose cheese-slicked patty comes stacked with applewood-smoked bacon and onion rings.