For a date night dessert that's out of this world, try Chef Eunice Feller's Boston Cream Pie. It's the bakery’s specialty, but you'll find plenty of European and American specialties to share with your sweetie.
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.
German Chocolate Cake is the first thing Aliyyah Baylor remembers baking. After years of tasting and tweaking under the guiding hand of her mom, it's now the top seller at her Make My Cake bakeshop in Harlem, N.Y. It's also one of Bobby's favorites, making it a sweet stop on his Throwdown tour.
If you're going to talk about Loveless Cafe, you begin with the late Carol Fay. Known worldwide as the "Biscuit Lady," Carol made biscuits good enough for a Bobby Flay throwdown. Beyond biscuits, try Southern classics like fried chicken and catfish. Nearly 400,000 visitors a year can't be wrong.
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.
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 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.
On Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Bobby tries his hand at Jamaican cuisine with Mobay Uptown Restaurant in Harlem, NY, where they are cooking up a delicate, Fried Fish Escovitch.
When Bobby heard about A Salt & Battery's award-winning fish and chips, he immediately called for a throwdown. But chef Mat Arnfield had his British roots to guide him. Today they're using a sustainable Pollock with their classic light batter. Ultimately, these chips were the best catch of the day.
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?
The arepas here are so flavorful that they beat Bobby's in a throw down. The corn cakes are stuffed with sweet and savory fillings like the De Pabellon, filled with beef, beans, plantains and cotija cheese. Want a kick in your bite? Try the La de Pernil with pork shoulder and spicy mango sauce.
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."
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.
Blonds always have more fun at Sugardaddy's Sumptuous Sweeties in Columbus, Ohio. Their chocolate and blondie baked beauties are store and mail-order hits with celebrities and gourmet magazines. When Bobby thought he could outdo the brownie masters on Throwdown, their Tahiti Blondie creamed him.