Naming his restaurant Yardbird is proof enough that Chef Jeff McInnis stands by his signature dish. The skillet-fried chicken takes 27 hours to prepare, leaving the chicken supremely tender with crispy skin. Make sure to order buttermilk biscuits with pepper jelly or the Tabasco-spiked honey.
This spot is a Boston tradition, serving cops, construction workers and even Bill Clinton. Try The Pilgrim Sandwich, which stars a Thanksgiving feast on a massive roll. This beauty comes layered with homemade cranberry sauce, fresh-roasted turkey and savory stuffing topped with herbaceous gravy.
This spot serves ice cream in irresistible ways. There’s a grown-up version of a float that’s bittersweet in the best way: raspberry lambic beer poured over vanilla ice cream. Another star is the sundae featuring scratch-made dark chocolate ice cream and a fudgy brownie drenched in a rich sauce.
After Massachusetts banned happy hour in 1984, this tavern came up with a 25-cent wing deal that continues to draw customers. The wings are parboiled to lock in the meat’s moisture, then left to cool overnight. Before being plunged into the deep-fryer, they’re coated in a seasoned rub to punch up the flavor. The finishing touch is a honey Buffalo sauce, made from vinegar, hot sauce, butter and a spice mixture, as well as honey to offset the heat.
The owners of this Brooklyn restaurant ate pizza on their first date, so it's small wonder the bubbly modern American-style pies taste like they're made with love. The dough is hand-mixed and the mozzarella is prepared in-house, under top-quality toppings. Just as popular as the pizza is the house burger, served with dry-aged beef on a fluffy pretzel bun.
For next-level breakfast indulgence, try the Custard French Toast at this historical diner. Slabs of Texas toast are dipped in an egg mixture laced with sweet and savory spices. Once fried, they’re dressed up with decadent finishes that include rum-spiked custard, raspberry syrup and candied pecans.
Amid his two locales, Chef Joe Ng turns out over 20,000 dumplings weekly. He brings a whimsical twist to the classic har gow with his Pac Man dumplings. Stuffed with shrimp fillings and vegetables, they come complete with black sesame-seed eyes. A winter must is the black truffle soup dumplings.
This boutique bowling alley offers eats and entertainment that are delightfully old-school — with a decidedly upscale twist. A highlight is the brisket-and-chuck-based Mission Burger topped with caper aioli, caramelized onions and melty cheese. Prefer a meatless option? Try the vegan burger comprised of a panisse (garbanzo-flour patty) that’s finished with guacamole and a sambal chile sauce.
The secret to the mouthwatering meat served here is the dry-aging process, which is done in-house for 28 days or more. These USDA Prime cuts are broiled with the basics — salt, pepper and butter — to allow the natural flavors of the beef to shine through. They’re then carved tableside for two.
This former bank vault is now stocked with a coveted item of a more delicious sort: the Buttermilk Old Fashioned Doughnut. Locals flock here for these dense, cakey treats that are hand-cranked using an old-school hopper. After a quick dunk in hot oil that results in a crisp exterior and signature crown shape, each doughnut is drenched in a buttermilk glaze that soaks right into the treat.
This late-night California spot is known for its old-school vibe and standout menu rife with Jewish deli staples. A favorite is the East Coast-inspired Brooklyn Ave Sandwich. Crunchy coleslaw, housemade Thousand Island dressing and tender slices of corned beef come sandwiched between house-baked caraway rye bread. The sandwich is so popular that Canter’s sells more than 500 pounds of corned beef daily.
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).
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 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.
For an over-the-top meal to match Sin City’s opulence, head to the 600-item buffet at Caesars Palace. Particularly mouthwatering is the roast suckling pig on the holiday menu. The meat is slow-roasted until perfectly tender, then finished over an open flame to ensure a satisfyingly crispy exterior.