If you're hungry for dessert after dining on Strip House's luscious filet mignons or crispy goose fat potatoes, then take a tip from Michael Psilakis and order the 24-layer, 12-inch-high chocolate cake. It's a "monstrosity of gluttonous pleasure" of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.
Kountry Kitchen was once a tiny cafe with only a six-stool countertop, but the food drew in such large crowds that it expanded to seat 175 guests. The fried catfish is one of the most-popular menu items. For this dish, the catfish is dredged in a cornmeal-flour mixture, then seasoned with spices and fried in hot oil until perfectly crisp. Candied yams and collard greens finish the plate.
This homey restaurant is a go-to breakfast destination. Fuel up for the day with hearty options like sweet potato hash, a chili-stuffed omelet and a short stack of oatmeal pancakes dressed up with whipped cream and strawberries (and chocolate chips, blueberries, pecans or bananas if you so desire).
Get a satisfying taste of Oklahoma’s culinary history at Sid's Diner, which serves a showstopping version of a local specialty: the onion burger. Spanish yellow onions are sliced paper-thin, then pressed directly into a flattened patty and crisped up until golden brown.
Stop by this classic spot to fuel up on a creative, comforting breakfast dish: The B.W. Benny. This bacon-studded buttermilk waffle comes topped with a thick slice of ham, crispy strips of bacon and poached eggs. Housemade hollandaise sauce punched up with cayenne pepper makes for a decadent finish.
This spot draws the crowds with its tasty Mexican eats. The Carne Asada Super Burrito is a favorite of 49ers fans, featuring succulent meat and flavorful beans. Another standout is the Carne Asada Super Taco Dorado, which stars tender grilled sirloin wrapped in a combo of crispy and soft tortillas.
Locals can’t get enough of the chicken and waffles that Larry “Lo-Lo” White slings at his namesake Phoenix joint. The fried bird is punched up with 11 secret spices, and the waffles are made with a vanilla-cinnamon buttermilk batter. The signature dish is KK’s Combo: three pieces of extra-crisp fried chicken and two golden-brown waffles served with cheesy scrambled eggs and buttery grits on the side.
This dessert mecca is devoted to all things chocolate, even transforming pizza into a cocoa-laced treat. A buttery crust serves as the base of this rich dish, which features a melty layer of milk and white chocolates topped with marshmallows and drenched in peanut butter sauce and chocolate ganache.
This Austin fixture has built a loyal following with its fresh take on traditional Mexican cuisine. One vibrant brunch dish brings unexpected flavors to a breakfast classic: huevos rancheros. In this version, the fried eggs are accompanied by slow-roasted chicken, crisped potatoes and bacon paste.
For Jewish deli fare done right, try the pastrami on rye served here. This scratch-made sandwich starts with brisket that’s bathed in a housemade brine for one week, then rubbed down with spices and smoked over oak wood. The result is a rich pastrami that tastes delicious on freshly baked bread.
Helen Turner isn’t afraid of heat: Not only does she tend the fires as pitmaster, but she also mixes up a hot sauce that really packs a punch. The sauce is key to her rib sandwich; succulent, smoky pork ribs are piled on a bun, then slathered with the sauce and finished with homemade 'slaw.
The top-notch comfort food at this 24-hour diner is far from typical round-the-clock fare. Try the fried chicken served on a huge waffle with brown sugar butter and maple syrup. Another hit is the meatloaf: This beauty is seared, which gives it a crunchy crust, then topped with creamy white gravy.
You'll find more than two dozen great doughnuts at Gourdough's, but the Black Betty is the reigning queen. It's filled with blackberry jam, glazed with cream cheese icing and topped with cake-mix crumbles, honey butter and a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This spot takes its sandwiches seriously, as Guy saw firsthand. He tried the duck pastrami and was pleased with how its fatty and smoky flavors balance each other. Another standout is the Noble Pig, starring house-brined ham, pulled pork, bacon and melty provolone piled on bacon-studded bread.
An ice-shaving machine invented by the original owner turns ice into a creamy snow at this spot. Housemade syrups are poured over the snow to make refreshing treats. A standout is the Banana Foster Snowball loaded with caramelized bananas and a sweet syrup that adds a vanilla custard flavor.