Loco Moco is a traditional Hawaiian dish made with white rice, a hamburger patty, a fried egg and gravy, but this joint is putting a mainland twist on the dish with its Corned Beef Hash Loco Moco. The dish stars a housemade corned beef patty, which is seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt to give it some island flavor. The patty comes perched on a bed of rice and topped with a runny fried egg, with the whole lot bathed in housemade brown gravy.
“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.
For the ultimate in comfort food indulgence, order the Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese Burger at Guy’s joint in Las Vegas. This monster of a between-the-bun meal features a beef patty topped with a scoop of macaroni and cheese, a blanket of a cheese slice, strips of smoky bacon and Guy’s mayo-based sauce.
This spot may be known for its seafood, but it’s the Mile High Chocolate Cake that has Tia Mowry hooked. “I cannot imagine a dish with more chocolate,” she says of the three-layer cake, which is blanketed in chocolate buttercream frosting, then topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate shavings.
Dig into BBQ dishes with a kick at Cowgirl. Spike up the spice factor with the smoking-hot pulled pork sandwich, or indulge in the Five Pepper Nachos with Salsa Diablo (add brisket for extra decadence). The Frito Pie is also a standout, complete with Fritos, chili, sour cream, cheese and jalapenos.
Craving a mouthwatering taco or two? Head to this unassuming eatery and order the Carnitas Tacos. These tasty beauties are filled with shredded pork that is first roasted and then quickly seared to give it a bold crispiness before being piled onto corn tortillas and dolloped with cool guacamole.
This eatery serves traditional Southern dishes with a modern twist, like its tasty take on the Mississippi Hot Brown. This open-faced sandwich comes piled high with buttermilk fried chicken, smoked ham, onions, pickles and roasted tomato. A rich Gruyère sauce and fried egg take it to the next level.
The heaping plates of Italian-American cuisine served here have Jeff Mauro hooked. His must-have dish is the Pork Chop Calabrese. A buttery white wine sauce punched up with Calabrese peppers, garlic and pepper cheese infuses the breaded-and-fried chops with a blend of briny, spicy flavors.
Stop by this Italian specialty shop to chow down on the Godmother sub, a favorite of chefs Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Curtis Stone. This super-stuffed beauty is layered with prosciutto, mortadella and salami. Other additions, like provolone cheese and pickled peppers, round out the flavor.
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.
In the mood for a satisfyingly meaty sandwich? Sink your teeth into the fried bologna sandwich at Martin’s BBQ. This adult version of a kids’ classic stars a hefty slab of homemade bologna with a crispy browned crust. It’s nestled in a slider roll and then topped with mustard, pickles and onions.
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.
Head to this retro-style cafe and bar to indulge in liquor-infused treats. A must-try is the Bourbon Ginger Pecan pie, whose filling includes organic pecans, three types of ginger and a shot of bourbon. It's built on top of an all-butter crust and finished off with a dollop of whipped cream.
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!