Known for his inventive menus, David Burke has consistently wowed diners with his "Willy Wonka" confections. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Scott Conant did a double-take when dipping his cheesecake lollipops in bubblegum-flavored whipped cream. No blowing bubbles!
This Tex-Mex pioneer has been the driving force behind legendary dishes like fajitas and Tacos Al Carbon. But Mo Rocca finds his favorite in the Queso Flameado (think Oaxaca cheese and spicy chorizo rolled into a warm tortilla). The nachos strewn with cheddar and refried beans are also a standout.
You can't visit Seattle without a stop at the world-famous Pike Place Fish Market, a must-see experience where fish fly high over heads. Watch as its fishmongers throw fish like hot potatoes and poke fun at customers, and buy from its fleet of sustainable salmon, white fish, shellfish and more.
A family-owned business founded in 1968, this Boston-based restaurant chain operates its own fish-processing plant and quality-control lab in addition to serving up local favorites like chowder and muscles. Bobby also recommends trying Boston's most popular fish, cod, in a sandwich or entree.
Alton Brown cools off at Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and makes his own concrete dessert treat, in St. Louis, MO, on Food Network's Feasting on Waves.
On Food Network's $40 a Day, Rachael Ray goes to Citizen Cake, a restaurant, bar and patisserie from Chef Elizabeth Falkner with a recommendation from the Michelin Guide, in San Francisco, CA.
This Willy Wonka wonderland carries the fantastical title of world’s largest candy store. It carries more than 5,000 kinds of candy and even sells candy cocktails and candy-themed decorations. Major sweet tooths should nibble on Dylan’s signature 5-pound Belgian chocolate candy bar.
As a pioneer of the urban barbecue scene, Chef Kenny Callaghan has created the most finger-licking barbecue right in a potato chip. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Susan Feniger raves about his chips, perfectly matched with blue cheese and bacon dip. It's a great start to scrumptious pit barbecue.
For the best fruit dish, Aaron Sanchez instinctively thinks of the Miami favorite: Versailles. Locals and tourists alike visit from sunup to sundown for the authentic Cuban guava pastries (16,000 made weekly). Make it a Cuban dinner with sopa de pollo and green plantain chips known as mariquitas.
There's no better place to give thanks than Gotham Bar and Grill, according to Michael Psilakis. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Michael gushes over Alfred Portale's legendary cuisine, especially the four-course meal that starts with seared foie gras and finishes with juicy, slow-roasted turkey.
The name says it all. With decidedly retro vibes, Kitsch'n on Roscoe serves favorites that we all grew up on, but with an international twist. Order an updated tuna melt, Loaded "Phat" Jacks, Chilaquiles or, like Rachael, Green Eggs and Ham and soak up the kitschy cuteness.
Adam Gertler, of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, recommends Jacques Imo's Cafe for real, authentic Creole cuisine in New Orleans, LA.
Head to this New York dessert spot for indulgent treats like a frozen hot chocolate that Rachael says is worth the wait for a table. Want to really go all-out? Order the $1,000 Golden Opulence sundae (which requires 48-hour notice). It features Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Amedei Porcelana and Chuao chocolate, candied fruit from France, caviar injected with Armagnac, and as much edible gold as possible.
Eleven Madison caters to those with ultramodern tastes and a love of farm-to-table ingredients. The multi-course tasting menu uses the best of New York's diverse bounty and "centuries-old culinary traditions" — meaning, Bobby loved the rich and comforting chocolate souffle.