Dessert lovers will want to savor every bite of the Apple Tarte Tatin at Bobby’s New York eatery. This blissful treat is made with buttery puff pastry and thinly sliced apples, then topped with salted Calvados caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla-black pepper gelato for next-level indulgence.
Iron Chef Jose Garces offers burgers for every taste at this spot. For the carnivores, there’s the Whiskey King, featuring foie gras and applewood bacon. To step up the decadence, opt for a side of duck-fat fries heaped with a mound of slow-cooked short ribs, then blanketed in a rich beer cheddar sauce that Michael Symon likens to homemade Cheez Whiz. Rather skip the meat? Order the Veggie Burger, with its delicious combo of black beans and lentils smothered with guacamole.
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.
The duck-centric menu and rotating craft-beer selection keep the locals coming back to Beer Belly. Follow Guy’s lead and order the duck-fat fries topped with crisp fried duck skin and tender duck confit. Or opt for the grilled cheese. This towering, four-cheese creation is essentially two sandwiches stacked together, with a layer of maple syrup-drenched bacon in the middle and a fried egg on top.
When he needs a comfort food fix, Buddy Valastro heads to this charming restaurant for the Sweet Italian Sausage platter. This addictive dish features potato chips that are fried until crisp, then heaped with Italian sausages that have been sauteed with white wine and onions. A topping of fried hot peppers adds some kick.
Fried ice cream is serious business at this food truck, which follows a four-day process to make each creamy-crunchy treat. Fans flock here for desserts like the Frach’s Original: a cake ball filled with vanilla ice cream, coated with crispy tempura, and topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
This Pacific Northwest restaurant reinvents comforting rustic dishes by adding new twists. One such creation is the Bacon Apple Pie. Chef-Owner Jenn Louis starts with a sweet, flaky crust and buttery apple filling, then takes the treat to the next level by topping it with a lattice made of bacon.
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.
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.
In addition to Mexican-style tacos, this funky little spot serves up a San Diego specialty: carne asada fries. Graham Elliot can’t get enough of this hearty dish. Crisp, golden fries come heaped with beer-marinated beef, creamy guacamole, sour cream and two kinds of cheeses: aged cheddar and Cotija.
Aarti Sequeira heads here for the Warm Sticky Toffee Cake that has her hooked. Chopped dates add both sweetness and moisture to this buttery cake, which is baked for an hour, then drenched in toffee sauce and finished with mascarpone cream. This comforting dessert “tastes like cuddles,” Aarti says.