A family-friendly restaurant that's been serving local favorites on Cape Cod, Mass., for 30 years, Captain Parker's is known for its award-winning New England clam chowder. Try a bowl, which Rachael calls "a sure thing," as you take in the eclectic decor, from a golf ball wall to the trophy display.
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.
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.
When Bobby visited James Candy Company for salt water taffy, he learned that, according to local lore, the seaside treat was created by chance when a window was left open in the 1880s. Enjoying a piece of molasses mint taffy, Bobby exclaimed, "I'm 12 again!" Give classic vanilla a try, too.
Leave it to Jane to create an out-of-this-world gnocchi without potatoes. Host of Rescue Chef, Danny Boome, called Jane's ricotta gnocchi his personal favorite, with a texture that melts on your tongue. Along with this dinner fave, Jane excels at Sunday brunch with its vanilla bean French toast.