Eating at Artichoke's is a sloppy but delicious affair. The pizzas are easily an inch thick, and that's not because of the crust. Try a slice piled high with artichokes and spinach, their namesake dish. It may seem a little pricey for pizza, but one slice satisfies even the biggest appetites.
On $24 in 24 Jeff Mauro snags a crazy good deal with Zelda's mini donuts, offered for the insanely low price of $6 for 30. Located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Zelda's makes perfect beach food with nearly two dozen sandwich options, including the Vermonster panini made with apple and bacon.
Pizza is usually a special thing in Chicago, but at Scatchell's, a fixture in Cicero opened by Stubby and Eddie Scatchell in 1953, you come for the Italian beef sandwiches. The beef is sliced paper-thin and topped with crunchy homemade giardinera hot peppers.
When the Swedish owners of a restaurant in Chicago decided to retire, Ann quit her job of 22 years, pooled her life savings and bought herself a diner. Her devotion to made-from-scratch food, especially the cinnamon rolls Jeff Mauro calls insane, is legendary in the Lakeview neighborhood.
The Borges family has been making breakfast and lunch for longer than most of the Tufts University students it serves have been alive. You'll find Portuguese favorites like linguica and cod cakes alongside traditional diner food, served in ridiculously affordable portions.
Start your day off with a hearty breakfast from Cedar Park Cafe. They have multiple kinds of scrapple, the meat-and-cornmeal concoction of Philly lore, from traditional pork to the "health-conscious" turkey option. Jeff Mauro likes the Scrapple, Egg and Cheese breakfast sandwich.
Gooie Looie's lives up to its name, serving huge, over-stuffed hoagies and cheese steaks you need both hands to eat. Take a tip from Jeff Mauro and grab a stack of napkins before digging in to a classic Philly Cheese Steak.
If you need a little pick me up while perusing the Reading Terminal Market, head to the Amish section for a hot apple dumpling from the Dutch Eating Place. It's served with whipped heavy cream!
Tofu Ya is a great find for vegetarians and the carnivores who love them. Most dishes are prepared with tofu rather than meat, but there's also an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue menu featuring bulgogi, short ribs and brisket. Jeff Mauro stopped in for the Tofu-Seafood Soup.
ABC is an old-school bar in Cleveland's historic Ohio City district, but the menu is fresh, creative and modern. Plus, everything is well under $10! Jeff Mauro loves House-Cured Pork Belly BLT, or try one of the "somewhat famous" burgers.
The focus here (no surprise) is chili, or, as the folks at Palookaville like to call them: "Hot pots o' soul." There are five kinds of chili with a variety of spice levels. You can have your chili in a bowl, over chips ("nacho grande"), on a hot dog, over pasta or in a burrito.
The doughnuts at Dough have an almost cult-like following. They're larger than average, crisp on the outside and light on the inside, and range from traditional glazed to a the more out there blood orange or hibiscus tea. Jeff Mauro loves the Cafe au Lait doughnut.
Located in Minneapolis' Midtown Global Market, Sonora Grill serves up bold and tasty dishes mixing Spanish and South American flavors. Jeff Mauro stopped by for a Caramelos taco with cheese, and just about died of happiness.
For a refreshing treat on a hot day, stop by Mario's Italian Lemonade in Chicago's Little Italy. Open from May to September, the stand makes Italian ices that are like slushies but way better. The classic lemonade has lemon zest in it for a bitter and sweet combo.
Caffe Paradiso is queen of Boston's North End when it comes to cannoli. The pairing of light, flaky shell plus creamy filling should be enough, but they'll put you over the top by dipping the whole thing in chocolate.