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.
Head here for artfully designed cakes, like the yule log that Jeff Mauro enjoys at Christmas. Made from chocolate, almonds and whipped egg whites, this log-shaped cake features raspberry buttercream filling and chocolate ganache frosting. Flourishes like meringue mushrooms add a festive flair.
If you’re craving something extra-sweet, stop in for Sublime’s creative riff on ice cream sandwiches (aka “burgers”). Richard Blais recommends the Oreo ice cream burger: A chocolate doughnut is sliced in half, stuffed with housemade Oreo ice cream, and then coated with vanilla fondant and crushed Oreos. Jeff and Audrey Dunham tried their Peach Extravaganza. For this creation, a peach fritter is doused in peach caramel sauce and served with sautéed peaches topped with a peach Riesling sorbet.
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.
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.
Twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox are serving up a hearty taste of their home state at this Texan barbecue joint in Atlanta, where they smoke around 10,000 pounds of pork and brisket weekly. Guy is a fan of the Fox Bros. “Burger,” which stars hickory-smoked brisket topped with a melty pimento cheese patty, peppered bacon, pickles, tomato and onion, all on a toasted bun.
This spot delivers a scrumptious, supersized take on the classic Italian pastry known as cannoli. Thinly rolled dough is cut into a large oval shape, fried into a crispy shell and dipped in chocolate. The massive creation is then stuffed with 36 miniature cannoli featuring a rich ricotta filling.
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.
Get your fill of biscuit-focused Southern fare here. For a sweet twist, follow Aarti Sequeira's lead and order The Gertie: Buttermilk biscuits are sliced in two, then layered with creamy peanut butter and caramelized banana jam, drenched in rich chocolate sauce and finished with crumbled pretzels. Craving a savory dish? Try the blacklock hash topped with a sunny-side-up egg.
As Duff discovered, breakfast just isn’t breakfast without chicken. Roscoe's waffles with fried "chix" and maple syrup may be an unusual pair, but they’re a "genius" combo. David Alan Grier’s go-to dish is The Oscar, which features fried chicken and buttery grits, along with a biscuit and fried egg.
This tiny spot with bar-style seating fills up fast, but its decadent French dishes make the wait well worth it. Try the croque madame, which is layered with buttery bread, Gruyere-laced bechamel sauce, tender ham, and even more sauce and cheese, then finished with a golden egg on top.
At this chain that stretches across several states, Chicago-style franks share the menu with other American classics like burgers and malts. Sherri Shepherd is a fan of the Chocolate Cake Milkshake. To make this over-the-top drinkable treat, chocolate cake is added to a vanilla shake base. A healthy pour of chocolate syrup adds to the richness.
Stop by this joint if you’re looking for stuffed deep-dish pizza while in Chicago. Each pie starts with a beautifully seasoned crust made from a secret family recipe. Fillings like pepperoni and sausage are heaped evenly onto the crust to ensure consistent flavor in every bite, then smothered with a pound and a half of mozzarella cheese. Another layer of dough and some housemade tomato sauce complete the pie.
For a truly tasty sandwich, sink your teeth into the No. 3 Pastrami from this New York deli. A decadent creation, this meaty sandwich is built with layer upon layer of thinly sliced pastrami, Swiss cheese, creamy coleslaw and Russian dressing, all nestled between slices of pumpernickel bread.
Baker Kim Ima serves all kinds of sweet confections, such as cookies and crispy treats, in her mobile sweets shop, The Treats Truck. Try her signature Dessert Nachos, made of cookies, brownies and chocolate frosting.