A gas station’s cafe may be the last place you’d expect to fill up on gourmet eats, but that’s what you’ll find here. Guy Fieri is a fan of the bread pudding served with a scratch-made cognac sauce, while Jeff Mauro favors a spicier treat: a Bloody Mary garnished with fried chicken, bacon and more.
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.
This trendy Italian eatery is home to some of New York City's most-comforting eats. Marc Murphy can't resist the siren call of the signature pork shank. The meat is slow-cooked in a bath of duck fat until it's falling off the bone, then finished in the oven to achieve a crisp outer layer. The tender meat comes perched atop a bed of acorn squash, quince and salsify, and crowned with fiery jalapenos and a mound of crunchy onion rings.
This restaurant has garnered a loyal legion of fans hungry for authentic Chinese cuisine. Devotees include Geoffrey Zakarian, who is particularly fond of the Kung Pao Chicken. The meat is fried in a wok to seal in the moisture, resulting in juicy morsels of chicken with a hint of crunch. The dish then is topped with a flurry of peanuts and black pepper, along with a secret sauce that adds “a sweet-sour, vinegary, spiced pop to it,” Geoffrey says.
Crowds flock here for the New American cuisine served with a side of whimsy. For an unforgettable dessert experience, order the Marie Antoinette Cotton Candy Head. A two-foot-high wig of cotton candy hair comes artfully arranged on a mannequin head and accompanied by a slice of rich vanilla cake.
“The Flavor Table is Mom’s cooking,” says Jaleel White, who heads to this home-style restaurant to indulge in a favorite comfort food mash-up: Peach Cobbler French Toast. Sugary peaches are simmered with fresh vanilla bean to make a rich filling that’s served with cinnamon-laced French toast.
Celebrate any day in decadent style with the "Party Like It's Your Birthday" Cake at the Las Vegas outpost of this famed dessert spot. The over-the-top treat features whipped cream, confetti-spiked cake and the three classic Neapolitan ice cream flavors. It all adds up to a 16-layer masterpiece.
When cravings for Thanksgiving food hit you, have no fear: The Bobbie sandwich served at Capriotti’s is sure to satisfy — and it’s available all year long. Every morning, a 24-pound turkey is roasted until it’s fall-apart tender, and then it’s shredded and piled high on soft Italian rolls. These holiday-worthy sandwiches are finished with housemade cranberry sauce and stuffing.
This old-school Italian hideaway is famous for its simplicity — cash only, BYOB and no official website — but it doesn’t need the frills. After all, the standout Italian classics are what draw the crowds. Alex Guarnaschelli recommends the Veal Parmigiana, a tender, breaded bone-in veal chop that’s blanketed in a melty layer of buffalo mozzarella and finished with a housemade marinara sauce.
This unique Mexican-Asian fusion joint started as one of the top food trucks in California, but Komodo's bold-flavored cuisine became so popular that a brick-and-mortar location was opened to keep pace with demand. Any of the tacos, burritos or rice bowls are sure to satisfy, but one particularly filling option is the Brutus Salad. You won't find a bit of lettuce in this "salad"; instead, crispy fried Tater Tots are topped with tender steak and jalapeno aioli.
Beef and bacon are the stars of Slater’s 50-50 patties. But for those who can handle the heat, the 50 Alarm Burger swaps bacon for spicy chorizo. Ghost pepper-studded cheese, habanero poppers and jalapenos complete this fiery creation. Prefer sweet to spicy? Try the candied bacon-covered brownie.
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.
This warehouse-turned-restaurant serves authentic Italian eats (think gelato, thin-crust pizzas and fresh pasta) to California locals. Stop in to try the carbonara. This simple yet indulgent pasta dish is composed of wide tagliatelle noodles that are made from scratch. Once ready, the noodles are cooked in a bacon-grease-lined pan — along with pancetta and a pepper-laced mixture of whisked eggs and Parmesan cheese — until all the flavors are blended.
Don’t let the tiny size of this eatery fool you. It delivers a mighty wallop of meaty goodness with its Mega Threat sandwich. This super-stuffed beauty features American cheese and numerous meats (including slow-roasted beef, turkey, ham and sausage), which come piled high on a tasty roll.
Chef-Owner Billy Durney offers his unique spin on classic barbecue that’s inspired by the mix of cultures found in his home borough of Brooklyn. "It really is a melting pot," says Jonathon Sawyer, who is a fan of the Korean Sticky Ribs and the Lamb Belly. Michael Symon was won over by the inventive Lamb Belly Banh Mi. A buttery baguette comes slicked with a honey-tinged hot sauce and loaded with cilantro, pickled vegetables and smoked lamb belly that Michael says “literally melts in your mouth.”