What started as a simple love of baking for Rosa Porto in a seaside town in Cuba turned into a 20,000-square foot catering facility in Los Angeles. Porto's is a go-to for Cuban-style desserts, cakes, mousses, and just about anything else your sweet tooth is craving.
The market first opened way back in 1840 and ever since it's been a destination for fresh vegetables and quality meats. Today you can also find seafood, baked goods, cheese, and ready-to-eat foods like candy and nuts. Start in the beautiful yellow-brick markethouse and then make your way outside.
For years Los Angelinos have flocked to the five-course Big Fat Greek feast at Papa Cristo's. Rahm Fama visited on Meat & Potatoes and celebrated the succulent lamb with a dance. In LA, Cristo's is the place for Greek with prized feta-lamb sandwiches and enormous beef gyros with tzatziki sauce.
If you need a quick fix of Boston's famous clam chowder, head to Fisherman's Net in Faneuil Hall. Get in in a bread bowl to make your meal extra-filling.
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.
The four friends who started Fulton Brewery began by home-brewing in a one-car garage in South Minneapolis. Today it's a giant brewery with seven beers and the first taproom in Minneapolis.
If you've been dreaming of New York-style, boiled-then-baked bagels as big as your head, head across the Williamsburg Bridge to The Bagel Store. They've got the cheapest, best bagel sandwich ever (at least according to Jeff Mauro). Try a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel Topped with Bacon Bits.
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!
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.
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.
All the pizza, pasta and meats are prepared fresh daily in the Sal's kitchen. You can definitely tell from the taste, but you wouldn't know from the price. Jeff Mauro goes to Sal's for the homemade rice balls.
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.
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.
Any local will admit it: Cleveland is obsessed with corned beef. Head to Danny's Deli for one of the best corned beef sandwiches in town. Its key ingredients are generosity and freshness, according to Danny's website.
Bobwhite's mission is to make down-home Southern food in a seasonal, responsible manner that anyone can afford and enjoy on a regular basis. The menu is simple: fried chicken, biscuits, sandwiches and an ever-changing roster of vegetable sides. Jeff Mauro recommends the 3-piece fried chicken supper.