Brothers Miguel and Victor Escobedo, who own this Mexican spot, are known for the best burritos around. Their Triple Threat Burrito, which features achiote-marinated chicken, smoky prawns, tangy carne asada and an ultraspicy salsa, is so good that it led Bobby Flay to challenge them to a throwdown.
Jeff Sommers is churning out some of the United States' most innovative frozen treats at Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe in Saint Paul, Minn., called "the Best Ice Cream Shop in America." Sweet combos like Jeff's Hot Brown Sugar with Pecans have won him awards, magazine features and even a Throwdown victory.
Bobby Flay drives by the DessertTruck Works in New York to sample the decadent Chocolate Bread Pudding on Food Network's Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
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.
The Doughnut Plant's peanut butter and jelly doughnuts will trasport you back to childhood. The square doughnuts are glazed in fresh roasted peanut butter and filled with homemade blackberry jam. Chocolate lovers should try the Blackout, which is a chocolate-glazed and filled chocolate doughnut. For the holidays, they create the Menorah Ripple, a menorah-shaped doughnut packed with blackberry jelly with a cream cheese glaze.
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.
Of the hundreds of falafel shops and stands in New York City, only one was declared to have the best falafel from New York Magazine, and that's Taim Falafel in the West Village. Owner Einat Admony's light and fluffy medley of chickpeas and spices impressed Bobby (her former boss) on Throwdown.
World-famous pastry chef Francois Payard makes the holiday yule log cake, Buche de Noel, so well he inspired Bobby to challenge him to a throw down. The classic but casual French patisserie also excels in simple sandwiches, salads and irresistible pastries.
Didier Pawlicki is in love with cheese and doesn't care who knows it. His smash hit French restaurant, Taureau, serves one thing only: fondue. Of his 13 varieties, indulge in the Perigord, made with Chardonnay, sharp aged Gran Padano and black truffles. Stake, dip, swirl and bon appetit!
The award-winning Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter at Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant are so irresistible, Bobby just had to challenge them to a throw down. If you stop by the homey spot for brunch, also try the buttermilk biscuits and tomato jam, hearty omelets and sugar-cured bacon.
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.
Kentucky-bred brothers Joe and John Castro are renowned for The Hot Brown at its original home in The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Craving the classic or an upscale twist? The hotel’s two restaurants serve up thoroughbred-quality fare that crossed the Throwdown finish line in first place.
The Big Easy doesn't do anything small. New Orleans sandwich shrine Serio's Po-Boys & Deli is no exception. Brothers Jack and Mike Serio stack up a serious muffaletta (or is it muffuletta?). Their perfectly blended vinegar and oil dressing slipped a Throwdown victory right out from Bobby's hands.
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.
Hollywood hot dog legend Pink's Hot Dogs is one of the most - if not the most - famous and busiest hot dog stands in the country. Dishing up dogs since 1939, their Chili Cheese Dog is still a favorite of customers (and of Bobby Flay), having been chomped on by The Best Of, FoodNation and Throwdown.