Father-and-son-owned Durso's Pasta & Ravioli Company in Flushing, N.Y., has built a reputation for amazing ravioli for over 40 years. The one-two punch of the classic cheese ravioli and their new osso buco ravioli floored Bobby when he faced Robert Durso Sr. and his son Robert Jr. on Throwdown.
Michelle Doll's background as a graphic artist inspires the unique designs of the wedding and special event cakes she serves from her NYC cakery. Not one to be all sugar with no spice, her classic and whimsical cake and icing combinations stacked up to a win in her Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Ted Allen indulges his sweet tooth with Southern Red Velvet Cake from Cake Man Raven in Brooklyn, NY, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
On Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Bobby drops in on Delilah Winder, America’s Mac 'n' Cheese Queen, in Philadelphia, PA, where the whopping seven-cheese mac 'n' cheese was voted best in the nation on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
On Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Bobby tries his hand at Jamaican cuisine with Mobay Uptown Restaurant in Harlem, NY, where they are cooking up a delicate, Fried Fish Escovitch.
Brothers Miguel and Victor Escobedo, who own this Mexican spot, are known for the best burritos around. Their Triple Threat Burrito, which features achiote-marinated chicken, smoky prawns, tangy carne asada and an ultraspicy salsa, is so good that it led Bobby Flay to challenge them to a throwdown.
Marc Summers heads to this spot for the Philly cheesesteak, which features thin-sliced rib-eye steak, provolone and a tasty ladleful of red gravy on top. Rachael Ray can’t get enough of the Italian Roast Pork Sandwich, which is piled high with slow-roasted ham, broccoli rabe and sliced provolone.
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Beau McMillan called Flip Happy's Strawberry Nutella Crepes "pure ecstasy." With sweet and savory ingredients like Tarragon mushrooms, caramelized onions and toasted coconut, the crepes here have become an Austin landmark and a must-go for both tourists and locals.
Pastry Chef Biagio Settepani's confections are so good he once made a birthday cake for Pope Benedict XVI. For the throwdown, Biagio made a cannoli filled with poor man’s custard ricotta and topped with candied oranges. Feeling hungry? The eatery serves brunch, lunch and dinner.
In September and October, Michele Albano and her staff transform a truckload of Connecticut-grown pumpkins into 4,000 pounds of pumpkin puree. The pumpkin becomes fodder for the countless iterations of pumpkin pies at Michele’s Pies. Though the shop has at least a dozen different types of award-winning fruit, nut and cream pies, perhaps none are as famous as her Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, as seen on an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Saul Bolton wants his Baked Alaska to be a carnival on a plate. At SAUL Restaurant, he blows the dust off this old-fashioned dessert, taking it out of the cruise ship and into the 21st century. Save room to try the coffee-vanilla and crispy cookie remix that left Bobby's Throwdown out in the cold.
The award-winning Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter at Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant are so irresistible, Bobby just had to challenge them to a throw down. If you stop by the homey spot for brunch, also try the buttermilk biscuits and tomato jam, hearty omelets and sugar-cured bacon.
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.
The Doughnut Plant's peanut butter and jelly doughnuts remind the Neelys of their childhood. The square doughnuts are glazed in fresh roasted peanut butter and filled with homemade blackberry jam. Chocolate lovers should try the Blackout, which is a chocolate-glazed and filled chocolate doughnut.
Nigel Spence loves to jerk around. He's so good at it, in fact, that his Caribbean-inspired Ripe Kitchen & Bar in Mount Vernon, N.Y., earned national acclaim and a Throwdown win. This former Food Network intern's island-spiced jerk rib-eye steak is such a monster, he dares you to try and finish it!