Iron Chef winner Ken Oringer satisfies his sandwich cravings at Mighty Quinn's. “Why settle for a ham and cheese when you can have thick slices of brisket with cucumbers, pickled onions, pickled chilies, on the most delicious bread?” he asks, describing the brisket sandwich. When he’s craving chicken, the transcendent chicken sandwich is a must. “Once you have a bite of this, it will kick all others to the curb,” says Chef Oringer.
If you are craving a succulent short rib that is as massive as it is mouthwatering, try the imposing Brontosaurus Rib.
Traditional breakfast staples are given a gourmet makeover at this food stall in the midst of Grand Central Market. Try the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich. It features housemade turkey sausage that is dressed up with egg, cheddar cheese and honey mustard aioli, then served on a warm brioche bun.
Smoque is all about barbecue tradition; even the baked beans are infused with smoky flavor. The ribs are simply irresistible, as they’re coated in a Memphis-style dry rub and glazed with a sweet, tangy barbecue sauce. Guy can’t get enough of the brisket, which he declares “capital T, tender.”
Food Network chefs can’t get enough of this cafe’s tantalizing treats that have been featured on four shows. Giada is crazy about the super chocolatey, crunchy Oreo cookies made with cocoa, butter and powdered sugar, while Bobby is won over by the sweet and gooey Sticky Buns studded with pecans. Tom Papa tries the fruit-filled tarts that remind him of childhood.
You’ll want to savor every bite of the hickory-smoked barbecue served up at Sweet Lucy’s. Here meats and poultry are slow cooked to delectable perfection over a wood-burning pit. Treat your taste buds to the BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwich dressed up with a delicious mix of barbecue and vinegar sauces.
When it comes to breakfast, do you want the best of both savory and sweet? Then try the Chef’s Breakfast at this chic Atlanta spot that favors sustainable fare. Come hungry, as this decadent item features five dishes (and a can of beer) that change according to the ever-shifting menu.
Sink your teeth into doughy goodness at this pizzeria that offers a tantalizing array of seasonal pies adorned with sauces and salumi created from scratch. Keep it classic with a margherita pizza, which Michael Symon describes as “the true expression of simplicity (and) great ingredients.” Housemade dough is slicked with red sauce, then topped with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Another standout is the Rotolo, a roll-up of dough, ricotta and mortadella that’s finished with pistachio pesto.
This cozy bagel shop is a great spot to sample New York City’s iconic breakfast item — with a Canadian twist. Inspired by Montreal’s technique, Black Seed uses a wood-burning oven. The result is one tasty bagel, especially when ordered with horseradish cream cheese and beet-cured salmon slices.
This spot brings together two iconic dishes – one from the United States and the other from Japan – to make an enticing fusion known as the Ramen Burger. Try the original version, which pairs a juicy beef patty with a crispy ramen noodle bun. Scallion and a secret shoyu sauce kick up the flavor.
Traditional pizza gets a gourmet twist at Sotto, where wood-fired pies are dressed up with everything from buckwheat honey to Calabrian chiles. Try the Guanciale, a delectable creation featuring creamy ricotta cheese, scallions and the star ingredient for which it is named: cured pork cheek.
The must-try item here isn’t listed on the menu. But those in the know order this top-secret burger featuring a delectable patty made of ground brisket and short ribs. Nestled on a housemade bun, it’s topped with pickles, cheese crisps and a special sauce, resulting in one irresistible creation.
Giada says Tia Sophia’s breakfast burrito makes for “the perfect hearty breakfast.” Soft tortillas are stuffed with bacon and hash browns, smothered in melted cheese and served with a poached egg on top. For added kick, order the Christmas version that comes with extra-spicy red and green chiles.
If you order the Office Burger here, don't ask for ketchup or mustard — they're considered contraband. As Adam Gertler says, this decadent burger featuring a dry-aged beef patty, bacon marmalade, Gruyère and blue cheese on French bread comes only one way, and that's "supremely delicious."
This spot draws a long line, but the wait is worth it. Be it the fall-apart brisket or the smoky ribs, Franklin knows its barbecue. With so many mesmerizing smoked meats to choose from, Lee Anne Wong opts for the platter piled with beef brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausages and smoked turkey breast. Feeling a little less peckish? Try the Tipsy Texan, a brisket and sausage barbecue sandwich that will have you savoring every bite. The mini-pies make for a sweet finish.
Need your deep-dish fix? Head to Pequod’s, where you’ll need a knife and fork to delve into the pan pizza. The pie is baked in a well-seasoned cast-iron pan lined with a sprinkling of mozzarella, so when the pizza comes out of the oven, it has a crust of crispy, salty, caramelized cheese.