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.
This spot cranks out 30 tons of 'cue a year. Guy is won over by the lamb ribs, saying they “melt in your mouth.” The Pitboss Plate is also a popular pick, as shown on Best. Ever. It comes piled with Central Texas-style brisket, ribs and sausage. Cornbread and sides round out this mouthwatering meal.
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.
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.
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.
Breakfast goes deliciously global at this charming cafe serving French-Vietnamese cuisine. A morning must-try is the breakfast banh mi sandwich. It may look like your standard bacon and egg, but it’s far more decadent. Fried eggs and pork belly combine for a spicy, salty, creamy, crunchy treat.
Bufalina incorporates age-old Italian traditions into their pizza-making process (think house-made mozzarella), and the resulting pies are simply irresistible. Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering margherita, complete with homegrown basil, tasty Italian tomatoes and mozzarella melted just right.
This spot gets seriously creative with its pizza pies. One features mozzarella and pecorino, shaved red onions and stinging nettles (spiky-leafed herbs that are cooked into a tangle of flavorful greens). Another pie is dressed up with a delicious combo of pancetta, potatoes, fontina and rosemary.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Build a tasty burger at Roam with turkey, beef or veggies. Ask for French and Fries and you’ll get a patty topped with gooey Gruyère cheese, creamy avocado, peppery watercress and Parmesan fries. Or follow Rahm Fama’s lead and try the Tejano, a bison burger smothered with pepper Jack cheese.
The name may be Supper, but this spot is known for its brunch dishes. Waffles, for instance, are turned into a sweet sandwich with praline ice cream and bruleed bananas, or transformed into red velvet decadence. And then there is the Bacon Babka, which features homemade dough, bacon and brown sugar.