This funky spot features outlandishly delicious treats like the Bea Arthur, which transforms a classic cone and vanilla soft serve into a truly indulgent creation. Swirls of dulce de leche and crushed vanilla cookies are found throughout, in both the made-from-scratch custard and the cone itself.
Head to this food truck for Mexican favorites like tacos and burritos with a smoky barbecue twist. Come for the meaty entrees, but don’t leave without the Cajeta-Stuffed Churros. A vanilla-laced batter is fried in sweet duck fat until it transforms into fluffy churro balls. The fried treats are then rolled in cinnamon sugar, stuffed with cajeta (a caramel sauce made from goat’s milk) and drizzled with caramel and chocolate ganache. Fiery jalapeno bacon crumbles complete the creation.
This cavernous restaurant offers an extensive menu of savory Italian dishes, but the sweets here are what draw dessert-obsessed fans like Brooke Burke-Charvet. Her go-to treat is the tiramisu, which is made from an extra-light sponge cake soaked in espresso and layered with rich mascarpone cream.
Diners head here for comfort food dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients like the grass-fed Florida beef used for the Jalapeño Popper Burger. This monster of a burger is actually composed of two deep-fried patties with a heat-packed surprise inside: a spicy, creamy jalapeno-and-cheese filling. The Full Tank is the creation that will stop you in your tracks. The three-pound sandwich is constructed with two burgers, a deep-fried pulled pork patty and a patty of deep-fried pimento cheese.
This sleek eatery’s take on American fare is anything but typical. Take the “Cleveland” Nachos, for instance. This cheese-forward creation starts with housemade potato chips, which are smothered in a roasted garlic-Parmesan fondue, then topped with bacon, scallions and, of course, more cheese.
Chef-Owner Dena Marino uses locally sourced produce to create dishes bursting with modern Italian flavors, like her restaurant’s signature Paccheri. The indulgent pasta dish starts with housemade Italian sausage, which is cooked in white wine before being coated in mascarpone cheese to ensure maximum creaminess. To balance out the heaviness, Marino serves the sausage and pasta with broccoli rabe and pickled onions. Buon appetito!
This 24-hour spot has been satisfying hungry crowds with hearty sandwiches since 1933. Many of these beauties come with french fries stacked right on top of the meat, like the Kielbasa & Cheese or the Cap & Egg. Make the visit to take down the towering Triple Pitts-Burger. The massive creation features three burgers, capicola, fried eggs, crispy fries and cole slaw.
If you’re in the mood for a comforting treat, stop by Barrel and Ashes. This barbecue joint offers a scrumptious take on old-fashioned-style cornbread. You’ll want to savor every bite of the Hoe Cake, which is a soft-centered beauty slathered with maple butter and finished with fresh scallions.
Locals can't wait for Magnolia Cafe's giant gingerbread banana pancakes, and lucky for them, they don't have to. Guy loved the menu, packed with everything from chipotle hollandaise sauce on eggs Benedict to jambalaya stuffed in red peppers. As he says, "come back for the food and the funk."
At this no-frills, family-owned shop in operation for more than 40 years, practice makes perfect — perfect cinnamon rolls, that is. Before baking, the inside of the rolls is slathered with butter, cinnamon and sugar to ensure a gooey center and irresistible cinnamon flavor in every bite. The finishing touch is the homemade cream cheese frosting that incorporates 30 pounds of cream cheese and a whopping 50 pounds of sugar per batch.
The unpretentious, old-school vibe at this West Hollywood fixture belies a roster of celebrity regulars. The real stars here are the comforting Italian dishes, such as a chicken alla parmigiana that devotee David Arquette describes as “carbs on cheese on sauce.” This dish starts with a chicken breast that’s coated in breading, then fried in oil with a dash of sherry. The bird comes smothered in marinara sauce, blanketed in bubbling layers of melted cheese and accompanied by a side of pasta.
Two comfort foods make for an indulgent combo at this spot. The 10 Mile Burger stars a pork-and-bacon patty topped with a melty layer of Monterey Jack cheese and a fried egg. Pair it with the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Molten Cake: A hot, fudgy filling flows out when you dig into this rich treat.
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.
For a meal to remember, head to Dudley’s and order the Tournedos Maxwell. This luscious dish delivers a pair of tender filet mignons with a delectable twist. The beef is nicely seared and then served with a hefty helping of tender crabmeat and an herby bearnaise brimming with butter.
When Rocco DiSpirito wants cheesecake, he skips the chocolate swirls and instead orders Junior's plain cheesecake with a sponge cake crust. Opened in 1950, Junior's has become an iconic Brooklyn restaurant, serving towering pastrami sandwiches, steak burgers and the "most fabulous" of cheesecakes.