New Orleans natives know that for making friends, you have to eat Gumbo Z'Herbes on Holy Thursday (the more greens used, the more friends). On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, John Besh nearly licks his bowl clean, just like others do with the fried chicken, hot sausage and red beans and rice.
This Oklahoma smokehouse keeps locals coming back for smoky brisket and The Pig Sickle, a pork rib patty sandwich. On Outrageous Food, Aaron McCargo, Jr. says Jigg's steakhouse has "a total lack of portion control," noting such creations as the towering Wooly Burger with 2 pounds of ham.
Hollywood hot dog legend Pink's Hot Dogs is one of the most - if not the most - famous and busiest hot dog stands in the country. Dishing up dogs since 1939, their Chili Cheese Dog is still a favorite of customers (and of Bobby Flay), having been chomped on by The Best Of, FoodNation and Throwdown.
Drago's Seafood Restaurant knows to buy directly from the local fishermen for the freshest oysters. Adam Gertler loves the garlicky taste of the charbroiled oysters topped with Parmesan, Romano cheese and garlic. Not in NOLA? Order the charbroiled oyster kit online and make your own at home.
This Colorado Springs diner serves a royal-size breakfast. The most-popular plate is a mile-high pile of hash browns, bacon and eggs called The Thing. Those unprepared to finish The Thing should consider the breakfast burrito topped with country gravy or green chili salsa.
As the locals will tell you, Three Square Grill takes home cooked meals to a new level. Its menu of classic American regional cuisine satisfies on both flavor and substance with locally produced cheeses, meats and more. But Pat and Gina Neely think the cranberry preserve is extra special.
When Bobby visited James Candy Company for salt water taffy, he learned that, according to local lore, the seaside treat was created by chance when a window was left open in the 1880s. Enjoying a piece of molasses mint taffy, Bobby exclaimed, "I'm 12 again!" Give classic vanilla a try, too.
Bobby's dream of inventing his own ice cream flavor came true at the Ben & Jerry's headquarters: buttermilk blueberry cheesecake. Dessert lovers can take the full behind-the-scenes factory tour to see how their favorite flavors are made and stop by the gift shop to take a pint (or three) to go.
Anne Burrell first discovered Blue Ribbon as a popular NYC chef hangout, and then discovered their signature Beef Marrow & Oxtail Marmalade. Whether you're a chef or not, Anne calls this dish perfect. If you have room for more, make sure to try the Sweet and Spicy Catfish.
Situated in New York City's famed Essex Street Market, Shopsin's menu is as eclectic as the market's vendors. Aarón Sánchez obsesses over Shopsin's ebelskivers, or as he calls them, "pancake pockets of love." For a spicier bite, try the T-rex sandwich made with plenty of fiery slaw.
The lobster tail and sfogliatella at this bakery bring Alex back to her childhood days. The lobster tail is filled to the max with a Bavarian cream, while the sfogliatella is filled with a lemon and ricotta cheese mix. Alex likes to order both and enjoy them with a cup of coffee.