Leave the buffet behind in favor of hearty comfort food from Hash House A Go Go. Jeff and Audrey Dunham stopped in for the Red Velvet Pancakes and the legendary Fried Chicken Benedict. "This is the most insane breakfast we have ever had,” Jeff said of the mountainous benedict.
Eight pounds of butter go into every batch of the irresistibly flaky biscuits that they’re slinging at this homestyle joint in Union Market. Try a classic biscuit sandwich or opt for one of the daily specials, like the Adobo Lamb Biscuit. Tender pulled lamb shank is topped with a fried egg, housemade salsa verde and spicy jalapenos for added kick.
The heaping plates of Italian-American cuisine served here have Jeff Mauro hooked. His must-have dish is the Pork Chop Calabrese. A buttery white wine sauce punched up with Calabrese peppers, garlic and pepper cheese infuses the breaded-and-fried chops with a blend of briny, spicy flavors.
This eclectic restaurant serves creative dishes that bring together the flavors of Texas in unexpected ways. Take the beef tenderloin enchiladas, for instance. Tortillas are stuffed with a blend of sharp cheeses and sugar-cured cubes of Black Angus tenderloin, then drenched in a tomatillo sauce and smothered with more cheese. After a turn in the broiler, they’re topped with a pair of quails prepared in two different ways: grilled and fried.
Owners Kyle Corea and Adam Gold are still serving up waffles and blasting tunes just like they did at their college parties. Guy savored the "sweet and crispy" fried chicken and waffles with hot sauce syrup and devoured the stuffing waffle with smoked turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
For a deliciously messy spin on a classic American staple, dig into the Onion Coleslaw Chili Dog at Midway. This juicy dog is topped with a tasty combo of homemade coleslaw and a flavorful chili featuring a secret blend of spices. Go all out by adding fries and a milk shake to your meal.
Diners at Chef Wolfgang Puck's sleek hot spot have their pick of choice meats, from prime Illinois corn-fed steaks aged 21 days to Nebraska beef aged 35 days. Wagyu fans can choose from American or Japanese varieties. When it comes time to pick your side, opt for the cavatappi mac and cheese. This creamy dish features a bechamel-based cheese sauce composed of mozzarella, cheddar and Gruyère.
In need of some ooey-gooey, cheesy goodness? Head to El Vez for the Macho Nacho Platter. These next-level nachos feature fresh corn tortillas that are deep-fried, then smothered with three delectable cheeses that are spread evenly on every chip. Bold chorizo and black beans add to the flavor.
This Harlem fixture draws a mix of tourists, locals and celebrities with its irresistible array of Southern comfort foods. The star dessert here is the banana pudding, which features layers of rich custard, vanilla wafers and sliced bananas that are baked into one incredibly delectable treat.
This neighborhood tavern gets creative with comfort food eats, resulting in addictive dishes like the Chicken and Waffle Croquettes. Daphne Brogdon can’t get enough of these chicken-bacon meatballs, which are dunked into waffle batter, deep-fried, then finished with a maple-hot sauce concoction.
Stop by this old-school Hoboken joint to listen to some Sinatra on the jukebox while savoring classic sandwiches. A must-try is the cheesesteak: a grilled slab of marbled rib eye is topped with melty American cheese and caramelized onions, then piled onto a sliced hunk of bread from a local bakery.
What began as a sole restaurant serving burgers and casual bites has grown into more than 10 locales with an expanded menu and an extensive fan base. Jackée Harry is a devotee of the Hot Crab Dip: Tender morsels of crabmeat are added to a rich base made from more than 1 pound of cream cheese.
The crowds flock here for the steaks that are aged for five weeks and simply seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s the Chocolate Macadamia Decadence Cake, however, that Anne Burrell can’t resist. Milk and dark chocolates combine to make a rich batter that’s balanced by a crunchy nut crust and bright raspberry sauce.
For owner Joan McNamara, fresh meals made with love are at the heart of her family and her restaurant. Katie Lee raves about the “wonderful, homey taste” of the short rib sandwich. Buttery sliced bread is stacked with a layer of pickled onions and a mound of tender meat smothered with melty cheese.
1 Pico’s Salted Caramel Sundae is the ultimate in salty-sweet indulgence, starting with the scoops of salted caramel ice cream that come perched on a pool of hot fudge. Adding to the decadence are the caramel-coated nuggets of freshly popped popcorn and the super-rich morsels of housemade chocolate brownie.