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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.