When this bar opened, it was all about craft brews and music, but soon the burgers (almost all named for bands) caught on. Graham Elliot is fan of the Mastodon, a beefy patty topped with strips of crispy bacon and a squirt of bourbon-laced barbecue sauce, plus a slice of melty cheese and a pile of fried onions. It’s the perfect fuel for rocking the night away.
This charming spot reinterprets the classic pizza pie by infusing it with the flavors of Santa Fe, N.M. Try the No. 3 pie, inspired by blue corn chicken enchiladas. It features grilled chicken, Alfredo sauce, pinon nuts (New Mexico pine nuts) and green chiles on a blue cornmeal crust made in-house.
The Santa Fe Bite offers a tantalizing take on the green chile cheeseburger, an iconic menu item in New Mexico. This version starts with a 10-ounce patty of chuck and sirloin, punches it up with a green chile sauce packing just the right amount of heat and pairs it with a tasty, homemade bun.
With a focus on American craft cuisine, Ned Ludd offers an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes. A major draw is the artisanal pizza that is served only on Monday nights. Just 100 pies are baked in the wood-burning oven, with different options weekly. Eclectic toppings range from kale to honey.
Area Four draws the crowds with scrumptious dishes made from scratch. The pizzas are especially popular, with irresistible ingredients such as hand-pulled mozzarella. A must for meat lovers is the Carnivore pizza. It is packed with porky goodness — bacon, soppressata and sausage.
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.
Holeman and Finch draws the crowds with its burger, available on the nightly menu. Two cheese-smothered chuck-and-brisket patties are topped with slivered red onions and bread-and-butter pickles. They’re served on a brioche bun, alongside hand-cut fries and housemade ketchup and mustard.
The crowds flock here for the humanely raised meats smoked over a wood-fired pit. Order the Presidential Plate for a mind-blowing BBQ experience: It comes with every meat, every side and every fixin’ here. Chow down on enticing eats like beef brisket and Frankaroni (mac and cheese meets a hot dog).
Brenda's French Soul Food may be in San Francisco, but her cuisine takes a cue from her hometown, New Orleans. Diners love the eggs Benedict with fried chicken and Creole hollandaise. Another must-try is the Bananas Foster French Toast, a custard-soaked brioche drenched in a sweet butter-rum sauce.
Chefs Taylor Cody and Jiyeon Lee offer an eclectic, enticing take on traditional Southern barbecue that draws the crowds to this unassuming eatery. Korean spices and sauces give the mouthwatering meats (and some of the scrumptious sides) a distinctive flavor that adds to the deliciousness factor.
Satisfy the craving for a truly delectable doughnut at a Blue Star locale. Here, fresh, local ingredients are used to create unique flavors that change daily. Grab a Blueberry Crunch if you can. This brioche delight is glazed in blueberry yogurt and coated with a coconut-almond granola.
Craving a fresh-ground beef burger punched up with some of the tastiest toppings around? Head over to this dive bar and dig into the Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger. Its flame-grilled patty is covered with spicy pimento cheese and crowned with crispy bacon, making for a truly delectable combination.
At Dusek’s, a traditional American breakfast dish takes an international turn — and the result is absolutely superb. Order the Dutch Baby and you’ll get a delicate souffle pancake with a decadent peach filling nestled in its center. The late-night fare is equally impressive. The Juicy Lucy features an impeccable beef patty stuffed with cheese and topped with red onion bacon marmalade, an heirloom tomato and butter lettuce, all served on a challah bun.