Giada De Laurentiis hits our nation's capital for Zola, serving exciting new American cuisine in Washington DC, on Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways.
When Rachael craves a big old plate of pasta, she heads to Lupa, a Roman trattoria in Soho. The casual setting ties into its homey plates, like rustic Spaghetti alla Carbonara or the favorite, Ricotta Gnocchi. Diners rave over the newest "Roman-style" late-night menu.
Even the fishermen of Monterey visit Cafe Fina for the freshest catch in town. Known for sand dab - a locally caught fish that's breaded in cracker meal and lightly fried - Fina's specialties of the sea, pastas and grilled meats are rivaled only by the serene tableside view of the harbor.
The locals escape the hubbub of downtown at Woody Creek Tavern. About six miles outside of town, it's an off-the-beaten-path quirky dive with tons of charm. The kitchen offers plenty of pub-style snacks and meals if you're hungry, and the fresh-squeezed blue agave margaritas are not to be missed.
With a decor that says pirate hangout, The Crab Shack opens its doors to a full-on crab fest 362 days a year. Rachael Ray ordered "sweet as the South" blue crab, while Buddy Valastro and his family opted for the sampler platter. This all-forks-on-deck dish comes piled high with crab, shrimp, mussels, crawfish, sausage, potatoes and corn. A secret seasoning adds some kick to this seafood feast.
This Fort Lauderdale, Fla., diner, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, has been serving up breakfast food since 1937. Try the famous Butch's Mess, a scramble with eight ingredients and a slice of chocolate cake, or the Fruita De Mar Omelet, which Rachael says "tastes like a gigantic crab cake."
Since 1957, The Continental Club been one of Houston's best bars for live music, or as they say, they're "the granddaddy of all music venues." When Rachael visited, she got her money's worth with a stellar Mexican Martini, no cover and fantastic music. So as Rachael says, "Is that a deal, or what?"
On Manhattan's Upper West Side, find "authentic" Mediterranean dishes and live entertainment every night of the week at this no-cover blues bar. Rachael called the baked vegetarian moussaka "fabulous" and promised "you won’t miss the meat at all."
The recipe to Gus's hot and spicy fried chicken has been in the family since 1953 and has remained a secret since then. Not even owner Terry Bonner's wife knows. One thing, however, is certain. Claire Robinson adores this chicken, along with maybe the entire city of Memphis, Tennessee.
On Food Network's $40 a Day, Rachael Ray stops by Lela's Cafe, for fresh baked breads and hand rolled stone-baked pizzas in Ashland, OR.
Originally, Veselka was a small candy store and newsstand, but now it is a full-fledged Ukrainian-American restaurant. Ted Allen loves the borscht for its meaty, sweet and tangy flavors. Served warm, the hearty beet soup has an assortment of vegetables bringing depth and body to the dish.
When Bobby heard about A Salt & Battery's award-winning fish and chips, he immediately called for a throwdown. But chef Mat Arnfield had his British roots to guide him. Today they're using a sustainable Pollock with their classic light batter. Ultimately, these chips were the best catch of the day.
Located on Beale Street where Memphis locals come to ''rock around the clock,'' the Rum Boogie Cafe offers delicious food, specialty cocktails and ''some of Memphis' best live blues.'' Rachael sipped her Blueberry Hill cocktail while she ''boogied down'' at the longest-running bar on Beale Street.
As a pioneer of the urban barbecue scene, Chef Kenny Callaghan has created the most finger-licking barbecue right in a potato chip. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Susan Feniger raves about his chips, perfectly matched with blue cheese and bacon dip. It's a great start to scrumptious pit barbecue.