When Rachael was on a quest to find cheap and delicious barbecue in Dallas on $40 a Day, the locals agreed that Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse was the place to go. Regulars love the ribs and the pulled pork; the beef brisket sandwich almost left Rachael speechless.
Little Rooster Cafe takes the farm motif to another level: they've even got seats painted to look like birds' nests. Rachael loves this spot for their savory omelets and other breakfast foods.
Since 1923, this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving classic Polish and Eastern European fare. Michael Symon is a fan of the cheese- and potato-filled pierogies, which are bathed in butter and onions. The lunch special comes with five pierogies, a potato, vegetables and a roll.
Seafood is in the blood of the Sancimino brothers' Swan Oyster Depot. The century-old wholesale fish market and restaurant pushes tons of daily fresh catch through its out-of-the-way store - all the more value when you belly up to the bustling counter for oysters, chowder or cracked crab.
The Big Wrap is a favorite among Aspen's local working crowd. Named one of the area's top affordable lunch spots, The Big Wrap has a monster menu for all tastes, with wraps, salads, tacos, smoothies and zesty citrus corn chips. Seating is limited, so enjoy it alfresco or call for midday delivery.
Reigning as one of central Maui's most popular Asian restaurants, A Saigon Cafe serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Some are even grown in the garden of Jennifer, the owner. Try building your own Vietnamese-Style Burrito, the house specialty.
Every November, Becky's Diner pairs Thanksgiving dinner with the local catch of the day, going "outside of the box and not stuffing turkeys," but lobsters instead. Not visiting for the holiday? Any day of the year, the seaside spot offers family favorites like lobster rolls and fried clams.
Old Town Mexican Cafe is known for using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to make "mouthwatering traditional Mexican dishes." Slow cooking keeps the pork tender; legendary margaritas keep the bar scene vibrant. Thrilled with her carnitas and mango margarita, Rachael raved, "That's killer!"
Claiming to be America's oldest operating restaurant, Union Oyster serves old-fashioned Boston fare and seafood. Chef Bill Coyne gave Bobby tips on how to make the perfect Clam Chowder with the restaurant's 100-year-old recipe, which includes Ipswich clams, salt pork, potatoes and creamy roux.
When Rachael visited Miami on $40 a Day, one of her goals was to find delicious stone crab without going over budget — thankfully, she quickly discovered Captain Jim’s. When she tried the best-selling garlic crabs, she couldn’t stop raving about how sweet and succulent they were.
A family-friendly restaurant that's been serving local favorites on Cape Cod, Mass., for 30 years, Captain Parker's is known for its award-winning New England clam chowder. Try a bowl, which Rachael calls "a sure thing," as you take in the eclectic decor, from a golf ball wall to the trophy display.
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.
The Apple Barn is filled with homemade goodies, Vermont products, cheeses and the largest selection of Maple syrup in the area. Be sure to try their Apple Pie a la Mode, a favorite of Rachael Ray.