Iron Chef Jose Garces offers burgers for every taste at this spot. For the carnivores, there’s the Whiskey King, featuring foie gras and applewood bacon. To step up the decadence, opt for a side of duck-fat fries heaped with a mound of slow-cooked short ribs, then blanketed in a rich beer cheddar sauce that Michael Symon likens to homemade Cheez Whiz. Rather skip the meat? Order the Veggie Burger, with its delicious combo of black beans and lentils smothered with guacamole.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Italian fare gets a fresh, flavorful spin at franny’s, where the focus is on sustainable ingredients that are locally sourced. For an extraordinary pizza experience, order the clam pie with its beautifully blistered crust, briny-sweet littlenecks and special sauce made from hundreds of clams.
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.
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.
With three wood-burning stoves at the ready, Antico serves up a delectable selection of pizza. Customers cozy up to communal tables to dig into the mouthwatering pies, such as the popular San Gennaro, which is dressed up with sweet Italian sausages, peppers, onions and three cheeses.
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.
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.
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 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.
Dig into BBQ dishes with a kick at Cowgirl. Spike up the spice factor with the smoking-hot pulled pork sandwich, or indulge in the Five Pepper Nachos with Salsa Diablo (add brisket for extra decadence). The Frito Pie is also a standout, complete with Fritos, chili, sour cream, cheese and jalapenos.