This self-described ordinary pub has an extraordinary sweet and savory pork belly slider made with bacon jam and bourbon sauce and nestled inside a fluffy doughnut bun.
Cajun classics are punched up with fresh twists at this New Orleans restaurant. Michael Symon headed here to try an updated take on a traditional grits dish. Cheesy, tomato-studded grits form the base of this indulgent dish, which comes loaded with succulent crawfish and a creamy yet spicy sauce that Michael says will “wake you up in the morning and put you to bed at night.”
Fusion aims to become evolution at Chai Pani with its eclectic blend of classic Southern cuisine and Indian street food. Hannah Hart is enamored with the crunchy okra fries and the juicy tandoori fried chicken.
For Kansas City-style cue with a creative twist, Michael Symon headed here to chow down on the Burnt Heaven sandwich. A chipotle mayo-slathered bun is piled high with layers of smoked kielbasa and succulent burnt ends, then topped with a mound of creamy coleslaw and fried jalapenos for extra kick.
At this artsy beer bar, the brews are paired with some of the freshest burgers around (the grass-fed meat is sourced from the owner’s nearby ranch). A highlight is the Hawaii Consolidated: Its cheese-smothered patty is finished with Canadian bacon, housemade teriyaki sauce and sweet pineapple jam.
At Sweet Cheeks Q, you can enjoy Southern style barbeque and sides at a family friendly location.
Housed in a former movie theater, this subterranean restaurant serves craft brews and French-influenced fare in a laid-back setting. Michael Symon is a fan of the Bon Burger, which brings together dry-aged beef sourced straight from a Maryland farm with the buttery Norwegian cheese known as Jarlsberg. A housemade au poivre sauce lends a peppery French touch. Standout sides include the twice-cooked fries, as well as the spicy Brussels sprouts adorned with a flurry of bacon and blue cheese.
Patrons can unwind at The Duck & Bunny, which classifies itself as a snuggery- a place dedicated to being a cozy and comfortable spot. They offer comfort foods like savory crêpes, tea and coffee, as well as an in-house bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Dang BBQ is bringing the flavors of bold barbeque and creatively mixed milkshakes together to create a comforting and delicious meal. You can try their barbeque in tacos, on nachos and of course, on a bun, or go for a loaded macaroni-and-cheese bowl.
A trove of family recipes has inspired the meaty creations here, like the Big Fat Greek Burger that Michael Symon says speaks to his “very soul.” A beef patty comes loaded with Greek flavors, thanks to additions like a bright olive tapenade, a creamy red pepper hummus and crunchy pickled cucumbers.
This spot offers dozens of beers from around the world, which taste best when paired with one of the meaty delights on the menu. Michael Symon favors the Cannibal Dog, an all-beef beauty that comes topped with spicy chili and super-hot Chinese mustard, as well as cilantro to balance out the kick.
No matter which location you visit, at Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, you get exactly what they say they give. This casual and inviting place has over 100 beer options and juicy burgers, as well as sandwiches, wings and hot dogs, among other comfort food options.
Paulina Meat Market is the oldest sausage shop in Chicago. The sausages are made with fresh ingredients by hand. Jeff Mauro went there looking for the perfect Polish sausage to complete his Maxwell Street Polish sandwich; he found the sausage with the help of store owner Bill Begale.
Head to this hip tavern for your fry fix. Michael Symon favors the Gravy Frites, which are cooked in duck fat and then smothered with mozzarella cheese and brown gravy. The Animal Style Frites are also a must-try: These fries come heaped with cheese curds, pork belly lardons and sunny-side-up eggs.