Don't let the Upstate New York address fool you: the Texas-style barbecue here is as authentic as it gets. At Painted Pony, they fire up the smoke pits at dawn, so meat has time to cook nice and slow for a tender and delicious meal. Rachael Ray loves the buffet.
If the decor doesn't evoke memories of yesteryear, maybe the signature Icebox Cake with whipped cream and chocolate wafer cookies will. Or, like Bobby on Boy Meets Grill, snag a vanilla cupcake after buying a pecan pie. Who could blame you? Billy's has become one of New York's sweetest sensations.
Rachael Ray drops by Willie Nelson's favorite spot In Maui, Charley's, serving fresh fish and Maui-grown beef burgers in an energetic environment, in Paia, HI on Food Network's $40 a Day.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
Rachael Ray visits sizzling South Beach for authentic Cuban cuisine at David's Cuban Cafe, open 24 hours in Miami Beach, FL, on Food Network's $40 a Day.
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?"
As Rachael says on $40 a Day, Early Girl Eatery "serves up Southern fare with a gourmet flair." Her trip to North Carolina wasn't complete without Early Girl's locally sourced dishes including the Sauteed Local Mountain Trout topped with pecan butter. Take note -- vegans love the tofu scramble here.
Marc Murphy had never heard of a pizza pot pie. But after one bite of the pizza pot pie at this spot, he instantly knew it was deserving of the title The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The pie layers cheese and a special sauce inside a fluffy Sicilian crust. Flip the behemoth over and then devour.