New Orleans natives know that for making friends, you have to eat Gumbo Z'Herbes on Holy Thursday (the more greens used, the more friends). On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, John Besh nearly licks his bowl clean, just like others do with the fried chicken, hot sausage and red beans and rice.
This Oklahoma smokehouse keeps locals coming back for smoky brisket and The Pig Sickle, a pork rib patty sandwich. On Outrageous Food, Aaron McCargo, Jr. says Jigg's steakhouse has "a total lack of portion control," noting such creations as the towering Wooly Burger with 2 pounds of ham.
Hollywood hot dog legend Pink's Hot Dogs is one of the most - if not the most - famous and busiest hot dog stands in the country. Dishing up dogs since 1939, their Chili Cheese Dog is still a favorite of customers (and of Bobby Flay), having been chomped on by The Best Of, FoodNation and Throwdown.
Drago's Seafood Restaurant knows to buy directly from the local fishermen for the freshest oysters. Adam Gertler loves the garlicky taste of the charbroiled oysters topped with Parmesan, Romano cheese and garlic. Not in NOLA? Order the charbroiled oyster kit online and make your own at home.
This Colorado Springs diner serves a royal-size breakfast. The most-popular plate is a mile-high pile of hash browns, bacon and eggs called The Thing. Those unprepared to finish The Thing should consider the breakfast burrito topped with country gravy or green chili salsa.
As the locals will tell you, Three Square Grill takes home cooked meals to a new level. Its menu of classic American regional cuisine satisfies on both flavor and substance with locally produced cheeses, meats and more. But Pat and Gina Neely think the cranberry preserve is extra special.
The Fat Cat brings both the heat and the heap. Mostly know for the comfort food eats, the cozy bistro also serves XXX hot wings with a special ingredient in the sauce: Scotch bonnet pepper-infused vodka. Or try the Ultimate Fat Mac, a mound of macaroni with such toppings as hot dogs and lobster.
There's something to be said of a classic dish done right. So says Sunny about the Eggs Benedict served at Upstairs on the Square. Their attention to detail continues with afternoon tea, complete with Zebra Tea and Famous Milk Chocolate-Dipped Praline Turtles.
Walk through the front door of this family-run joint and you’ll be standing right in the kitchen, where tasty hot tamales have been served up since 1941. Bite into one of these beauties to savor a meaty filling seasoned with garlic, onion and a secret blend of spices for just the right kick.
This Willy Wonka wonderland carries the fantastical title of world’s largest candy store. It carries more than 5,000 kinds of candy and even sells candy cocktails and candy-themed decorations. Major sweet tooths should nibble on Dylan’s signature 5-pound Belgian chocolate candy bar.
Host of Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, Adam Gertler visits the Dippin' Dots factory, in Paducah, KY, where they make billions of their famous ice cream beads with the help of liquid nitrogen.