The iconic Buffalo chicken wing's roots trace back to its hometown namesake, Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. What started as a kitchen experiment is now a national phenomenon and they push well over 1,000 pounds of wings out their door daily. Not even a Throwdown from Bobby could outmatch the original!
The secret to Fish Tales Manhattan Fish Chowder is that Chef John Addis hand selects his fish at the market daily. For the throwdown with Bobby, John used halibut because it looked the freshest that morning. This Brooklyn eatery is also a great place to find fresh fish to cook at home.
If someone is looking for pizza in Chicago, there's no question it'll be deep dish. In particular, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria sells more than a million deep-dish pizzas a year. Mark Malnati's buttery, crisp dough and rich tomato sauce gave him the edge over Bobby on Throwdown.
Bakers Karen and Carol have reinvented the whoopie pie by using fresh local Maine ingredients like Maine maple sugar. In the throwdown with Bobby, their Pumpkin Whoopie with Maple Cream Cheese took the prize. Be sure to also try the spicy Mexican chocolate whoopies and the lemon and lime whoopies.
At The Good Fork in Brooklyn, Sohui Kim's pork-and-chive-stuffed dumplings with her dark soy dipping sauce quickly became a local favorite. Bobby tried his best to create a better dumpling on Throwdown, but Sohui's reigned supreme.
As a former director at the California Sushi Academy, it's no surprise that Phillip Yi is a talented sushi chef. At his restaurant Sushi Central in Los Angeles, Phillip makes all kinds of sushi including nigiri, sashimi and maki; Bobby’s sushi on Throwdown just couldn’t compare.
It's hard to believe Levain Bakery's most popular cookie at all locations can be simultaneously fully cooked and melting on the inside with layers of chocolate chips. Rocco DiSpirito loves — no adores — the cookie, calling it "the most important chocolate experience you’ll ever have in your life."
Nongkran Daks has been called the Rachael Ray of Thai Cuisine, and she has the skills to back it up — her pad thai has become a favorite at Thai Basil in Chantilly, Va. With perfectly cooked shrimp and noodles, Nongkran emerged the victor against Bobby in the pad thai battle on Throwdown.
Auntie Em's Kitchen is a tiny Los Angeles bakery and cafe with an electric personality. Owner Terri Wahl's thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies have given Duff Goldman a sugar rush. Not stopping there, her signature cupcakes have landed Terri in the middle of a Throwdown and even Cupcake Wars.
After starting a string of successful restaurants in Puerto Rico, conga-playing Chef Frank Maldonado has come to the U.S. and started Sazon. Frank made his savory and sweet Beef Empanadas with guava and rum sauce for the throwdown with Bobby. Be sure to also try the Piononos and Mofongo al Pilon.
Sun, surf and sugar in the Keys mean it's time for a slice of Florida's official dessert. The Key West Key Lime Pie Co. has perfected their hometown dessert, selling over 1,000 pies across the country every week. How could Throwdown not try to unseat the Sunshine State's fluffiest, creamiest pie?
Norma and Irma Paz are helping Nashville chill out. Their Mexican paletas (think of them as the Popsicle's bigger, better brother) rotate daily with flavors from apple to zucchini. Adam Gertler swooned for Rose Pops, and not even a throwdown could cool off the Pineapple-Lime-Chili-Salt Pops.
On Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Bobby drops in on Delilah Winder, America’s Mac 'n' Cheese Queen, in Philadelphia, PA, where the whopping seven-cheese mac 'n' cheese was voted best in the nation on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Ted Allen indulges his sweet tooth with Southern Red Velvet Cake from Cake Man Raven in Brooklyn, NY, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
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.