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.
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!
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.
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.
Philadelphia Magazine named Pete's Famous the best pizza in the city in 1981, and the lines have been spilling out into the Logan Square streets ever since. If you're a sandwich man like Jeff Mauro, the meatball stromboli is as good as their pizza.
This family-run rib joint with a fiery secret sauce is a great budget-friendly option in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Chicagoan Jeff Mauro recommends the Mini Tips Combo: hunks of smoky meat served atop a mountain of fries and bathed in the restaurant's signature sauce.
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.
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.
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.
You'll want to get breakfast at Maria's, and luckily they serve it all day, so it's not hard to fit it in. Jeff Mauro likes the corn pancakes (cachapas venezolanas if you're being authentic), made with corn flour, butter and cut corn, and sprinkled with sharp Cotija cheese.
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.