Bobby samples an apple pie, baked in an inventive way, from The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, WI, where they are making a famed Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag on Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
When Bobby heard that Manny's Buckhorn Tavern had the seventh best burger in the nation, he had to challenge them to a Green Chile Cheeseburger throwdown. The competition was tough, but in the end, Chef Bob Olguin's refried green chiles and toasted bun helped him take the prize.
Venezuelan-born Chef Marianna Vadukul opened an Indian restaurant after marrying her Indian-born husband. On Throwdown with Bobby Flay, she cooked her Chicken Tikka Masala, flavored with cumin, cardamom and masala. Vegetarians should try the chana masala — chickpeas cooked in coconut milk.
Swiss Amaretto Almond is Julia Reynolds' weapon of choice. At The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich, N.Y., she's churned out 300+ homemade ice cream flavors that make crowds scream. Even Bobby couldn't resist a double dip of her Classic Vanilla with Granny Smith Apple Topping during their sundae Throwdown.
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.
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.
Rao’s classic Italian-American cuisine is legendary. The tangy lemon chicken and the tender meatballs made of beef, pork and veal taste like they came straight from Grandma’s kitchen. Another must-try is the Beef Lasagna featuring ricotta, pecorino, mozzarella and a sausage-studded Bolognese sauce.
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.
In Charleston, S.C., Peninsula Grill Chef Robert Carter's specialty is the coconut cake: a 12-layer, 12-pound behemoth of a cake. This treat also happens to be one of Bobby's all-time favorite desserts, so he couldn't wait to challenge Chef Carter on Throwdown.
As the queen of Southern cooking, Paula Deen knows comfort food. Tyler Florence adores her free (yes, free) golden hoecakes, but everything from her fried green tomatoes to oyster shooters deserves a taste. For the all-you-can-eat buffet, arrive early, as this line wraps around the street corner.
In Austin, Texas, casserole queens Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook deliver their signature chicken pot pie straight to their customers' doors. Their combination of roast chicken and fresh vegetables provides home-style comfort that earned Bobby's admiration on Throwdown.
At Granville's the mussels in the signature Moules Fromage Bleu double as a serving spoon, getting loaded with a delicious broth of white wine, pork belly and the unusual but oh-so-perfect ingredient: blue cheese. The Bobby Throwdown crew and legions of local fans think it's perfect too.
Who knew two hairdressers turned restaurateurs would open one of Boston's best North End restaurants? Sisters Christine and Carla Pallotta have made their Italian eatery Nebo famous with their heirloom vegetable lasagna. It's so good, even Bobby couldn't believe that it's pasta- and meat-free!
Bobby learned about Tex-Mex cuisine while cooking with this popular restaurant's owner, Diana Barrios-Trevino. Cheese-and-chili enchiladas are one of the restaurant's top dishes, as well as "incredible" San Antonio-style puffy tacos filled with seasoned beef, lettuce and tomatoes.
Saul Bolton wants his Baked Alaska to be a carnival on a plate. At SAUL Restaurant, he blows the dust off this old-fashioned dessert, taking it out of the cruise ship and into the 21st century. Save room to try the coffee-vanilla and crispy cookie remix that left Bobby's Throwdown out in the cold.