If you’re in the mood for a comforting treat, stop by Barrel and Ashes. This barbecue joint offers a scrumptious take on old-fashioned-style cornbread. You’ll want to savor every bite of the Hoe Cake, which is a soft-centered beauty slathered with maple butter and finished with fresh scallions.
This spot delivers a scrumptious, supersized take on the classic Italian pastry known as cannoli. Thinly rolled dough is cut into a large oval shape, fried into a crispy shell and dipped in chocolate. The massive creation is then stuffed with 36 miniature cannoli featuring a rich ricotta filling.
This airy, eclectic spot takes classic Mexican dishes and gives them a modern spin, complete with organic ingredients and vegan options. Order the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich for a sweet finish. This irresistible dessert features caramel ice cream nestled between two deep-fried cinnamon pastries.
This spot has a loyal following, thanks to delectable doughnuts in flavors like Creme Brulee (with a caramelized top) and Maple Bacon. Duff raves about the Big Poppa Tart: a one-pound beauty boasting a Pop-Tart enveloped in doughnut dough that is deep-fried, injected with jam and decadently frosted.
This bar delivers big on culinary creativity with its fresh spins on the classic burger. Try the John Belu-Cheese Burger, which stars a ground chuck-and-blue cheese patty that is battered and deep-fried, then dunked in Buffalo sauce to give it some bite. A topping of Pringles completes the creation.
Craving a new twist on an old fave? Follow Duff Goldman’s lead and order the Oh My Luther Burger here. A cheese-smothered Angus chuck patty is piled with jalapenos, crispy bacon, a fried egg and onion rings, then served between two grilled doughnuts to make a towering sweet-and-savory masterpiece.
The chili recipe at this 1950s-style diner is so old that it came with the building when the LoGuercio family bought the place. Laced with beef cracklings and two secret spice blends, this meaty chili tastes extra delicious served over spaghetti and topped with cheese, onions and oyster crackers.
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.
This trendy hot spot delivers a decadent array of seafood dishes in chic surroundings that attract a celebrity crowd. Tia Mowry is a fan of the Macaroni & Lobster Cream. This elevated version of classic mac features a buttery mascarpone sauce threaded with tender morsels of Maine lobster.
This sprawling restaurant is part of the Mexican dining empire started here in 1958 by the late Maria and Florencio Delgado. Their family continues the legacy with flavorful dishes like the Shredded Chicken Burrito, which features tender shredded chicken, gooey cheese and a spicy tomato-based mole.
When Rocco DiSpirito wants cheesecake, he skips the chocolate swirls and instead orders Junior's plain cheesecake with a sponge cake crust. Opened in 1950, Junior's has become an iconic Brooklyn restaurant, serving towering pastrami sandwiches, steak burgers and the "most fabulous" of cheesecakes.
This 24-hour spot has been satisfying hungry crowds with hearty sandwiches since 1933. Many of these beauties come with french fries stacked right on top of the meat, like the Kielbasa & Cheese or the Cap & Egg. The latter features capicola and a fried egg, plus coleslaw and a mound of fries.
Billed as an Indian gastropub, this hip spot offers a menu of innovative dishes that combine Indian street eats with North American bar snacks. Aarti Sequeira recommends the Chicken Tikka Poutine Fries. A fiery dusting of a paprika-centric spice mix gives each and every fry “a little kick,” Aarti says. These flavorful golden fries come topped with a creamy mound of cheese curds, a generous ladleful of beef gravy and a heap of tender, grilled chicken finished with fresh cilantro.
For the ultimate in comfort food indulgence, order the Mac & Cheese Waffle at this steakhouse. Every morsel is filled with cheesy decadence. After the mac and cheese is cooled, it gets a quick breading, then it's cooked in a waffle iron until it's golden on the outside and gooey on the inside.
This homey restaurant has put itself on the map with The Showstopper, a Maryland take on traditional surf-n-turf. Duff can’t get enough of this craveworthy dish, which features a half-pound crab cake composed of jumbo lump crab. The crabmeat is dipped in a creamy egg mixture laced with Old Bay seafood seasoning, then baked until golden brown. Adding to the decadence is a full rack of smoky, tender baby back ribs.