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.
When Miss Robbie Montgomery, an ex-background singer for Ike and Tina Turner, hung up her microphone she decided to pick up a spoon and start cooking the soul food recipes her mother taught her as a girl. Guy loves her mac 'n' cheese, not to mention the sass she serves along with it.
It's not hard to find pizza in Manhattan. But good pizza? Now there's a challenge. Ciro Verdi, chef-owner of Da Ciro, has been spinning pies so good that Bobby Flay has dubbed him "the premier upscale pizza maker in New York City." Try the Focaccia Robiola and you'll see exactly what he means.
For true New York-style pizza, look no further than America’s first, and some say best, pizzeria in the U.S. Since 1897, Lombardi’s has been winning over New Yorkers like Rachael Ray with their perfect balance of marinara and mozzarella, all atop a thin crust baked in a coal-fired oven.
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.
Leave it to Jane to create an out-of-this-world gnocchi without potatoes. Host of Rescue Chef, Danny Boome, called Jane's ricotta gnocchi his personal favorite, with a texture that melts on your tongue. Along with this dinner fave, Jane excels at Sunday brunch with its vanilla bean French toast.
Leave it to an Irish pub to turn an Asian appetizer into Robert Irvine's favorite egg dish. The Reuben Eggroll contains all the usual ingredients (corned beef, Swiss) but gets rolled in a housemade wonton wrapper. And, if you like that, you'll have to try McGuire's actual Reuben that's mile-high.
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.
Petit Jean Meats has been making hams the same way for 85 years: hickory-smoking them for at least 16 hours. As the name implies, they’re boneless.
If you're going to talk about Loveless Cafe, you begin with the late Carol Fay. Known worldwide as the "Biscuit Lady," Carol made biscuits good enough for a Bobby Flay throwdown. Beyond biscuits, try Southern classics like fried chicken and catfish. Nearly 400,000 visitors a year can't be wrong.
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.
Walk through the front door of this family-run joint and you’ll be standing right in the kitchen, where tasty hot tamales have been served up since 1941. Bite into one of these beauties to savor a meaty filling seasoned with garlic, onion and a secret blend of spices for just the right kick.