On Triple D, Benny's Mofongo caught Guy off guard. Mofo what? The Mofongo dish is a Puerto Rican favorite and now, Guy's too, as he added it to The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Made with mashed-up plantains, fried pork skin and then muddled with a baseball bat, this dish is a home run.
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Alex hears a calling for Five Points' delectable Yukon Gold Potato Pizza. Come time for the weekend, it's all about brunch. Wake up with the Angry Skillet, a frittata of summer squash. Or stay sweet with tangy Brioche French Toast or Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.
Emporio Rulli's dessert cases offer an array of delicious Italian treats, including mixed berry tortes and limoncello cakes. But come the holidays, Giada wants none other than the panettone Milanese. The sweet, buttery bread is unlike any other. As she says, "this is love."
It takes a special genius to make a grilled cheese lasagna sandwich. Lucky for Ohio diners, Matt Fish opened Melt Bar & Grilled with the lasagna Godfather sandwich. But he didn't stop there: The Monster grilled cheese goes mad scientist with its 13 different cheeses and three slices of bread.
Ina Garten admits on The Best Thing I Ever Ate that her mother's meatloaf does not compare to The 1770 House's rich, luxurious version made with naturally raised beef, veal and Berkshire pork -- and neither does anybody else's. For this inn dating back to 1770, it's a historically delicious meal.
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Roger Mooking savors The Fatty Crab's unique watermelon pickle and crispy pork dish combo -- it is both savory and sweet and funky Malaysian all in one bite. But for a bigger bite, try the Big Chili bowl that steeps big Dungeness crab legs in a bowl of red chili sauce.
Move aside, fruitcake cynics Marc Murphy thinks Collin Street's version will turn you into a fruitcake fanatic. With nearly 1 million fruitcakes made each year, Collin Street packs their cake with Costa Rican papaya, Washington cherries and Texas pecans that make up almost a third of the cake.
Step inside I Trulli and you'll be greeted by Dora Marzovilla. Dora's not a hostess, but instead the famed orecchiette pasta maker who works at the front of the house. Michael Psilakis adores Dora and adores the orecchiette rabbit ragu, a longtime favorite from the Puglia region of Italy.
Located in the historic Bellevue Hotel, the Clover Club served as the monthly meeting place for a select group of Philadelphia journalists. After a long day, Ted Allen enjoys relaxing with the Gin Blossom. The cocktail is a 50/50 mix of gin and vermouth with orange bitters and apricot eau de vie.
Local Chicagoans know The Wiener's Circle for the signature Chicago-style hot dogs and also the "verbal abuse" between late-night customers and employees. The famous tradition has garnered national attention. Still, the real superstar is the Char Dog. As Ted Allen says, "It's true, real Chicago."
At first glance, the grilled cheese sandwich at E.A.T. Cafe seems like any other. But Ina knows the difference, as her favorite cheesy sandwich of "paradise" uses fresh baked sourdough and aged Gruyere cheese. It's no surprise at this high-end cafe, whose Tuscan Peasant Soup is just as heavenly.
Open since 1914, this historical Lower East Side deli has helped shape NYC's culinary landscape. Michael Psilakis can't get enough of the Gaspe Nova Smoked Salmon at this deli. The thinly sliced cold-smoked salmon goes well with an everything bagel and double whipped cream cheese.
Ted Allen knows for a tongue-tingling bite of Portugal, Churrascaria Novo Mundo has the "holy grail" of spicy, crispy barbecued chicken. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Ted praises the chicken, roasted over open flames and later slathered in an irresistible blend of hot sauce and spices.
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Iron Chef Marc Forgionne admits he's eaten the Salvadorian burritos at Bueno Y Sano roughly 1,000 times. Made with black beans, rice, veggies and Bueno's signature hot sauce, the burrito bulges at the seams. All the burritos are heavy on flavor, but not on price.