Aaron Sanchez, of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, recommends the Creamy Rice Casserole and other regional Mexican dishes at Zarela in New York, NY.
Duff Goldman loves the New Mexican Apple Pie at the Pie Town Cafe in Pie Town, NM, a cowboys' favorite dating back to the '30s. It gave the town its name! The pie is New Mexican because it has pine nuts and green chiles in it that give it an extra zing.
With his Bacon and Egg dish, Chef Michael Chiarello of Bottega Napa Valley has Tyler Florence in salty heaven. Tyler savors each bite of salt-cured, braised pork belly with a crispy, soft-cooked egg. Other swoon-worthy dishes include the pumpkin and fontina risotto and Oven-Roasted Whole Fish.
If you're from Memphis, you may have already heard of Alcenia's famous "Cha Cha" cabbage relish or the sweet potato cobbler. Guy swooped in on this mother-daughter operation for Triple D (as did the Neelys). Locals claim it's true Memphis cooking and Guy had this to say: "Mmm, that's good."
According to Beau MacMillan on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, the Tempura Alaskan Kind Crab at Yellowtail, a traditional yet contemporary Japanese restaurant located in the Bellagio hotel, will "light up your mouth faster than the Las Vegas strip." Pair with specialty sake for an unforgettable meal.
Every restaurant in Baltimore claims to make the best crab cakes, but Duff says that the most "ridiculous" crab cakes are at Pierpoint Restaurant. Before being formed into cakes, the crabmeat is smoked, which adds another dimension. Fries and seasonal fruit accompany the sweet and savory bites.
Santa Monica's not known for great fried chicken, but on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Michael Symon guarantees that it could be — for Cha Cha Chicken's coconut fried chicken. The sweet and spicy flavor, crunchy exterior and sweet mango sauce, truly exemplifies Cha Cha's bold Caribbean flavors.
Almost by accident, Alex discovered La Goulue's cheese souffle. Served since 1973, the signature dish satisfies on all "ooze factor" levels with its gruyere cheese and light-as-air texture. For a classic French dish, try the escargots served with fresh garlic and butter that's perfect for dunking.
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.
In addition to Tyler Florence calling the Marin Joe's Special an "absolute masterpiece" (it's a tasty breakfast hash with ground beef, scrambled eggs, spinach and more), Marin Joe's has also been honored with best cheeseburger, best steak, best Caesar salad and even best late-night eats.
The Slider Burgers with Cheese and Onions served at this Hackensack fixture are a favorite of both Alex Guarnaschelli and Guy Fieri (who said he could eat “18 or 75” of them). These three-bite beauties feature griddled patties cooked with thin-sliced onions and served beneath a blanket of melty American cheese. Michael Psilakis likens these sliders to “tiny hockey pucks of joy.”
Chopped judge, Chef Scott Conant, believes that every meal should be savored "down to its very last taste." Ted Allen says that Scarpetta's homemade spaghetti with tomato and basil is worth every penny. The care and dedication Scott puts into cooking the tomato sauce makes it one of the best around.
In the world of sweets, Jacques Torres is synonymous with chocolate. Giada finds that for the best wake-up call, he makes one "wicked good" hot chocolate. The consistency is like liquid pudding and the chipotle spice adds an extra kick. And to top it off? A dollop of housemade whipped cream.
As a native New Yorker, Rocco DiSpirito requires his bagels to be twice-toasted and purchased from Tal Bagels. Tal bagels are boiled and baked each day, ensuring a great chewy interior and crispy shell. Rocco's choice? Everything bagel with everything on it, from salmon to scallion cream cheese.
For more than 75 years, The Crystal Grill has been serving such favorites as Hot Tamales and Fried Catfish that some call the best in the Delta. But to the locals in Greenwood, Miss., and Cat Cora, the pies take the top spot, as Cat adores the Lemon Icebox made with "1 cup of love."