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.
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.
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.
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.
"Good Cuban food makes you put a smile on your face," says a diner at La Isla. It's a small place right on Washington St. in Hoboken that specializes in world-class flavors in a down-home environment. Guy stopped in and ate so much of the spicy food, his eyeballs started sweating.
Just about every diner offers grilled cheese, but only The Pop Shop in Collingswood, N.J., offers more than 30 varieties of grilled cheese. Their best-selling Calvert has melted Monterey Jack, bacon, turkey and avocado; Bobby himself said ''it's a really good sandwich'' on Throwdown.
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.
Chef Nick Vazquez won a James Beard award for having the most authentic Cuban restaurant on the East Coast. This proved to be no joke when he won the throwdown against Bobby with his Cuban sandwich stuffed with ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and dill pickles. The ropa vieja is another fan favorite.
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.