The "King of Clubs" lobster club sandwich at The Brass Compass Cafe reigned supreme when Bobby challenged owner Lynn Archer to a throwdown. Lynn only uses locally sourced Maine lobster, and her tasty club is just one of her specialties, as she offers everything from crab cakes to onion strips.
The arepas here are so flavorful that they beat Bobby's in a throw down. The corn cakes are stuffed with sweet and savory fillings like the De Pabellon, filled with beef, beans, plantains and cotija cheese. Want a kick in your bite? Try the La de Pernil with pork shoulder and spicy mango sauce.
Kentucky-bred brothers Joe and John Castro are renowned for The Hot Brown at its original home in The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Craving the classic or an upscale twist? The hotel’s two restaurants serve up thoroughbred-quality fare that crossed the Throwdown finish line in first place.
Ben Sargent -- the "Brooklyn Chowder Surfer" -- brings the flavors of the shore to the streets of the Big Apple. Surf Bar and Seafood Restaurant is a wave-rider's paradise, featuring NYC's "Best Lobster Roll" and the Bahamian Monkfish Chowder he served up bowl to bowl on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Venezuelan-born Chef Marianna Vadukul opened an Indian restaurant after marrying her Indian-born husband. On Throwdown with Bobby Flay, she cooked her Chicken Tikka Masala, flavored with cumin, cardamom and masala. Vegetarians should try the chana masala — chickpeas cooked in coconut milk.
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.
On Throwdown With Bobby Flay, mother-son duo Teresa and David Matias prove their love of authentic Mexican and defend the legendary status of their huevos rancheros made with handmade tortillas and fire-roasted green chilies. Don't miss Teresa's second claim to fame with the spicy chilaquiles.
When Bobby heard that Manny's Buckhorn Tavern had the seventh best burger in the nation, he had to challenge them to a Green Chile Cheeseburger throwdown. The competition was tough, but in the end, Chef Bob Olguin's refried green chiles and toasted bun helped him take the prize.
Chef Nick Vazquez won a James Beard award for having the most authentic Cuban restaurant on the East Coast. This proved to be no joke when he won the throwdown against Bobby with his Cuban sandwich stuffed with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and dill pickles. The ropa vieja is another fan favorite.
Didier Pawlicki is in love with cheese and doesn't care who knows it. His smash hit French restaurant, Taureau, serves one thing only: fondue. Of his 13 varieties, indulge in the Perigord, made with Chardonnay, sharp aged Gran Padano and black truffles. Stake, dip, swirl and bon appetit!
Bobby Flay drives by the DessertTruck Works in New York to sample the decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding on Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Four generations of family pride (and some of Cape Cod's best comfort food) grace the tables of 4 Bros. Bistro and Last Resort Lounge. The must-try from brothers Jack and Rocco Collucci? Their Throwdown-championship "tongue tingling, mouthwatering, super satisfying" meatloaf with brown gravy.
Rachael’s visit to Seattle wasn’t over until she visited the “must-taste” Matt’s in the Market. With a location inside the iconic Pike Place Market, this eatery always has fresh ingredients close at hand. Stop by for the scrumptious seafood paella made with mussels, clams, octopus and prawns.
World-famous pastry chef Francois Payard makes the holiday yule log cake, Buche de Noel, so well he inspired Bobby to challenge him to a throw down. The classic but casual French patisserie also excels in simple sandwiches, salads and irresistible pastries.
Janet and Alice are the live-in "Pie Moms" of The Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, Maine. These hometown heroes make the self-declared "world's best pie." Bobby's Throwdown may have rolled over them, but it hasn't stopped the flocks of visitors who line up for a heavenly slice of their Mixed Berry Pie.