Father-and-son-owned Durso's Pasta & Ravioli Company in Flushing, N.Y., has built a reputation for amazing ravioli for over 40 years. The one-two punch of the classic cheese ravioli and their new osso buco ravioli floored Bobby when he faced Robert Durso Sr. and his son Robert Jr. on Throwdown.
Michelle Doll's background as a graphic artist inspires the unique designs of the wedding and special event cakes she serves from her NYC cakery. Not one to be all sugar with no spice, her classic and whimsical cake and icing combinations stacked up to a win in her Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
Italian-American nostalgia is on Mark Bove's stove at Bove's Cafe in Burlington, Vt. Despite a Throwdown loss, locals love his meatball lasagna. Melissa D'Arabian even kisses and tells that for "garlic-times-infinity" cravings, Bove's Roasted Garlic tomato sauce is the best thing she ever ate.
Bobby Flay was so impressed with the fish tacos here that he challenged owner Cesar Gonzalez to a Throwdown, betting his grilled mahi mahi fish tacos against Cesar's fried version. The salsa bar and toy wrestling ring condiment holders add to the festive feeling in this Throwdown-approved spot.
"The Chili Queen" reigns supreme in Houston! Cindy Reed Wilkins' recipes are honed from a long line of "chili dynasty" competition champions. Her Cin Chili & Company's signature "silky" Texas Red Chili kept her crown intact as she and Bobby wrangled to a fair and square tie during their Throwdown.
John ''Big Daddy Pretzel'' Howe thinks he makes the best pretzels in the Philadelphia area, and he's got the awards to prove it. When Bobby challenged John to a throwdown at Pretzel Boy's in Aston, Pa., he was impressed by John’s buttery Philly-style pretzel and jalapeño cheese sauce.
Food Network chefs can’t get enough of this cafe’s tantalizing treats that have been featured on four shows. Giada is crazy about the super chocolatey, crunchy Oreo cookies made with cocoa, butter and powdered sugar, while Bobby is won over by the sweet and gooey Sticky Buns studded with pecans.
"The best moussaka since Achilles fought in Troy." How do you argue with that? Accomplished teacher, author and chef, Diane Kochilas uses NYC's Pylos to channel Greek village food in the East Village. When Bobby sought out her secret to moussaka greatness, she said, "never flinch on the garlic."
Bobby thought he could throw down the Lobster Queen herself, but Cal Hancock's award-winning Port Clyde Lobster Macaroni and Cheese proved him wrong. Her online and mail-order business ensures everyone can try her beloved mac 'n' cheese as well as lobster coconut curries, corn chowders and risotto.
Rodney Henry starting selling pies to pay for his Rock and Roll habit with local band The Glenmont Popes. Try his Baltimore Bomb pie, made with Berger cookies (a local delicacy that's mostly chocolate frosting) that melt down into a sweet vanilla chess filling.
Meatball master Mike Maroni's cherished spaghetti and meatballs are an Italian neighborhood staple at Maroni Cuisine in Northport, N.Y. Not even Bobby's meatballs were "rustic and refined" enough for Throwdown against a dish that Mike serves up by the "hot pot-ful." As Mike says, "Got it. Love it."
Bobby Flay just can't get enough of Hattie's famous fried chicken. This Saratoga Springs, N.Y., institution creates Southern and Louisiana Cajun dishes from recipes dating back to their 1938 opening. Bobby liked it so much on FoodNation that he had to go back to the races for a Throwdown.
As the world's largest kosher restaurant, Abigael's on Broadway features far more than iconic Jewish specialties. It also serves Latin, American, Pan-Asian cuisines and more, to both kosher and non-kosher customers. In 2009, the restaurant's Chicken Matzo Ball Soup went head-to-head with Bobby's.
For tried-and-true North Carolina barbecue, stop by Ed Mitchell's The Pit, filled with down-home flavor and Southern hospitality. Ed's approach is "whole hog," meaning that authentic 'cue can only begin by cooking the entire animal. When Bobby Flay came to visit, it was a ribs and beans Throwdown.
The "King of Clubs" lobster club sandwich at The Brass Compass Cafe reigned supreme when Bobby challenged owner Lynn Archer to a throwdown. Lynn only uses locally sourced Maine lobster, and her tasty club is just one of her specialties, as she offers everything from crab cakes to onion strips.