Head here for decadent treats like the massive Pumpple Cake. Pie and cake are creatively (and deliciously) combined to form the Pumpple. A top layer of apple pie-stuffed vanilla cake is stacked atop a base of pumpkin pie-stuffed chocolate cake, with buttercream frosting holding this beauty together.
You can do more than bowl here: Follow Justin Warner’s lead and take your meal by the jar. One savory version layers pulled pork, Southern slaw and baked beans in a Mason jar. For a sweeter treat, try the Lane Buster: This chocolate-coated jar is packed with brownies, ice cream and chocolate sauce.
This spot dishes up old-school supper club recipes with fresh new twists. A favorite is the pumpkin cheesecake served on Thanksgiving. This beauty features a pumpkin-cream cheese filling nestled atop a sweet-and-salty crust. A drizzling of rum-spiked caramel sauce completes this indulgent creation.
The Slider Burgers with Cheese and Onions served at this Hackensack fixture are a favorite of both Alex Guarnaschelli and Guy Fieri (who said he could eat “18 or 75” of them). These three-bite beauties feature griddled patties cooked with thin-sliced onions and served beneath a blanket of melty American cheese. Michael Psilakis likens these sliders to “tiny hockey pucks of joy.”
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.
When Richard Blais wants a sweet reminder of childhood, he heads to Playa Provisions and orders the Waffle Taco, which he calls “a chocolate pinata.” This taco-shaped waffle cone is stuffed with sprinkles-and-cake-laced frozen custard, then coated in chocolate ganache and topped with more sprinkles.
This spot is dedicated to locally sourced ingredients, and all of its meats are butchered in-house, including the deer for the signature Venison Enchiladas. This dish starts with the venison picadillo, a stew that’s bursting with gamey flavor. The hearty mixture is ladled between two corn tortillas to create the enchilada, which is fried, baked and then topped with a fried egg, crema and pickled onions.
For a decadent breakfast, order the Pulled Pork Benedict at this barbecue joint in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Snuggled below rich and runny poached egg is the restaurant's tender smoked pork shoulder with tangy barbecue sauce, and on top is a hefty drizzle of chipotle-scented hollandaise.
Along with a stunning view of the Los Angeles skyline, this rooftop spot features an inventive menu dreamed up by The Next Iron Chef contestant Eric Greenspan, whose creations include a gooey grilled cheese and a ceviche made with hibiscus and pink peppercorns. If stopping by for breakfast, opt for the pancake lasagna: layers of fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, crumbled sausage and bacon, and maple bechamel, all smothered in melted cheddar cheese.
The most-famous dish at the Blue Moon Cafe in Baltimore is the Cap'n Crunch-encrusted French toast — two breakfast classics that taste great together. Guy loves owner Sarah Simington's homestyle dishes, calling them the definition of comfort food. Duff favors the Sweet Baby Jesus with Scrapple — layers of fried hash browns, crabmeat, cheese, tomatoes and eggs, smothered in housemade hollandaise.
The name may be Supper, but this spot is known for its brunch dishes. Waffles, for instance, are turned into a sweet sandwich with praline ice cream and bruleed bananas, or transformed into red velvet decadence. And then there is the Bacon Babka, which features homemade dough, bacon and brown sugar.
Craving a new twist on an old fave? Follow Duff Goldman’s lead and order the Oh My Luther Burger here. A cheese-smothered Angus chuck patty is piled with jalapenos, crispy bacon, a fried egg and onion rings, then served between two grilled doughnuts to make a towering sweet-and-savory masterpiece.
When you’re craving wings but can’t decide between spicy and sweet, follow Jonathan Bennett’s lead and get an order of each at this fried-food mecca. Choose the hot sauce spiked with cayenne and jalapeno for your first order of Frickin’ Chicken Wings — and the sweet bourbon-laced sauce for the second.
For the ultimate in decadent snacks, head to this farm-to-table spot that’s serving up bacon caramel popcorn. Order the Rodeo Jax to indulge in this sweet-salty treat. The freshly popped, organic popcorn is coated with a delectable mixture of caramel and bacon salt made from apple-wood-smoked bacon.
Root & Bone draws the crowds with its killer sandwich inspired by that classic crowd-pleaser: chicken and waffles. The bird is brined in sweet tea to keep it juicy and give it a hint of sweetness, then dredged in spice-laced dry batter, fried until satisfyingly crisp and blanketed in a melty layer of sharp cheddar cheese. A slab of pickled green tomato cuts the richness of the chicken, which comes stuffed between fluffy mini waffles drenched in bourbon maple syrup.