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.
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.
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.
Lee Ann Whippen has won several awards for her pulled pork sandwich, and with good reason — at Wood Chicks BBQ, she smokes her own pork and then covers it in her homemade barbecue sauce. Even a BBQ master like Bobby couldn't make a superior sandwich on Throwdown.
Rao’s classic Italian-American cuisine is legendary. The tangy lemon chicken and the tender meatballs made of beef, pork and veal taste like they came straight from Grandma’s kitchen. Another must-try is the Beef Lasagna featuring ricotta, pecorino, mozzarella and a sausage-studded Bolognese sauce.
It took Bobby a while to match the Schnipper brothers' Sloppy Joe recipe on Throwdown. For the Schnippers, a Sloppy Joe was the perfect retro food for their NYC joint. Relive the good old days with their burgers and milkshakes, or fries done four ways: regular, cheese, sloppy and sweet potato.
As the queen of Southern cooking, Paula Deen knows comfort food. Tyler Florence adores her free (yes, free) golden hoecakes, but everything from her fried green tomatoes to oyster shooters deserves a taste. For the all-you-can-eat buffet, arrive early, as this line wraps around the street corner.
Chef Colette Burnette's claim to fame is her trini-tamarind chicken wings, which beat 16 other competitors and won the "Best Wings in Brooklyn" competition. The wings are marinated for 24 hours before Colette serves them with her secret lava sauce. Her pineapple jerk wings are also popular.
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.
Before this hip Brooklyn bakery went head-to-head with Bobby on Throwdown, it was Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's chance at perfecting dessert. Today, Baked has become a sweet-tooth mecca with favorites like their Sweet & Salty Brownie and their signature red velvet cupcakes.
Swiss Amaretto Almond is Julia Reynolds' weapon of choice. At The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich, N.Y., she's churned out 300+ homemade ice cream flavors that make crowds scream. Even Bobby couldn't resist a double dip of her Classic Vanilla with Granny Smith Apple Topping during their sundae Throwdown.
Four delicious words: fresh, moist, fantastic cupcakes. Big Man Bakes is satisfying L.A.'s sweet tooth, one bite at a time. Owner Big Chip Brown's Rum Raisin Mini Cupcakes are a single gulp of perfection (Bobby eats them by the boxful), made by the gentle hands of a 6-foot-5 linebacker of a baker.
In Charleston, S.C., Peninsula Grill Chef Robert Carter's specialty is the coconut cake: a 12-layer, 12-pound behemoth of a cake. This treat also happens to be one of Bobby's all-time favorite desserts, so he couldn't wait to challenge Chef Carter on Throwdown.
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.