Meatball master Mike Maroni's cherished spaghetti and meatballs are an Italian neighborhood staple at Maroni Cuisine in Northport, N.Y. Not even Bobby's meatballs were "rustic and refined" enough for Throwdown against a dish that Mike serves up by the "hot pot-ful." As Mike says, "Got it. Love it."
Ben Sargent -- the "Brooklyn Chowder Surfer" -- brings the flavors of the shore to the streets of the Big Apple. Surf Bar and Seafood Restaurant is a wave-rider's paradise, featuring NYC's "Best Lobster Roll" and the Bahamian Monkfish Chowder he served up bowl to bowl on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
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.
Rachael’s visit to Seattle wasn’t over until she visited the “must-taste” Matt’s in the Market. With a location inside the iconic Pike Place Market, this eatery always has fresh ingredients close at hand. Stop by for the scrumptious seafood paella made with mussels, clams, octopus and prawns.
Four generations of family pride (and some of Cape Cod's best comfort food) grace the tables of 4 Bros. Bistro and Last Resort Lounge. The must-try from brothers Jack and Rocco Collucci? Their Throwdown-championship "tongue tingling, mouthwatering, super satisfying" meatloaf with brown gravy.
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.
On Throwdown With Bobby Flay, mother-son duo Teresa and David Matias prove their love of authentic Mexican and defend the legendary status of their huevos rancheros made with handmade tortillas and fire-roasted green chilies. Don't miss Teresa's second claim to fame with the spicy chilaquiles.
Bobby calls Chef Melba Wilson the "Queen Bee" when it comes to chicken and waffles. A family recipe that has been passed down for generations, this sweet and savory Harlem favorite is topped with strawberry butter and maple syrup. If you're going for dinner, get a side of Tres Mac and Cheese too.
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.
Chef Colette Burnette's claim to fame is her trini-tamarind chicken wings, which beat 16 other competitors and won the "Best Wings in Brooklyn" competition. The wings are marinated for 24 hours before Colette serves them with her secret lava sauce. Her pineapple jerk wings are also popular.
Giada De Laurentiis is crazy for Churros Con Cajeta, a doughnut-like confection filled with sweet caramel, at La Casita Mexicana. Another standout is the Flautas Tres Moles, chicken-stuffed tortillas that are deep-fried and smothered in three distinct chile-based sauces, including La Casita’s 43-ingredient mole poblano.
With 300,000 "Racy Tracy" omelets under her belt, Squeeze In owner Misty Young proudly took on Bobby and the Throwdown team. The Racy Tracy made with bacon, mushrooms, avocado and jack cheese is just one of 63 omelets offered, including the newest sensation inspired by Bobby: "The Spanish Flay."
It took Bobby a while to match the Schnipper brothers' Sloppy Joe recipe on Throwdown. For the Schnippers, a Sloppy Joe was the perfect retro food for their NYC joint. Relive the good old days with their burgers and milkshakes, or fries done four ways: regular, cheese, sloppy and sweet potato.
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.