This diner is still going strong after 70-plus years in business, thanks to a varied menu rife with reliable standbys and upscale spins on comforting classics. A standout is the Lobster Mac & Cheese, which earned rave reviews on Top 5 Restaurants. Canadian hard-shell lobster is the star of this creamy dish, which combines succulent tail and claw meat with a cognac-laced sauce that features three different cheeses: Grana Padano, fontina and sharp Vermont cheddar.
This casual California eatery is home to some of the best gumbo in the country. Chef-Owner Tanya Holland uses caramelized garlic instead of raw garlic to pump up the rich and sweet flavors in the dish. She starts with her homemade chicken stock, then thickens the gumbo roux with sassafras and okra, which add earthy notes to the dish. Tender chicken and shrimp complete the creation.
This operation started as a roving school bus slinging new-school spins on classic burgers, with housemade condiments to boot. Bernie’s has grown into two brick-and-mortar locales serving innovative between-the-bun creations that include the Detention Burger. Two cheese-smothered patties are topped with crisp strips of bacon, then placed between a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches to create this winning burger that’s worthy of an A-plus.
It may seem impossible to find fresh fish in the middle of a desert, but Joyful House is no mirage. The chefs at this seafood-centric spot prepare dishes with fresh lobsters, prawns and more plucked straight from tanks right on the premises. One menu highlight is the Honey Walnut Shrimp. Fresh shrimp are wok-fried, then tossed with a sweet sauce made from pineapple juice and condensed milk. Candied walnuts add to the richness. Bonus: This spot is open until 3 a.m. for your late-night cravings.
This Italian restaurant offers a menu of hearty dishes featuring authentic touches like handmade mozzarella and meat that’s butchered in-house. A standout is the Veal Smash Job: The breaded-and-fried chop comes topped with melty mozzarella and a sauce made from heirloom tomatoes, onions and prosciutto.
Bobby calls Gibsons’ cuts (like the 48-ounce porterhouse) some of the "juiciest steaks around.” Also try the dessert: The Macadamia Turtle Pie features mounds of caramel-drizzled ice cream, while The Meaning of Life features five layers of chocolate cake, rich mousse and raspberry preserves.
Treat your taste buds to a tantalizing Taco Al Pastor at this spot. Customers keep coming back for more of these scrumptious tacos filled with juicy pork that has been roasted with pineapple on a spit. These mouthwatering beauties come topped with pineapple slices and homemade salsa.
The menu here is simple: doughnuts, fried chicken and coffee. The Korean-style chicken is twice-fried to create an extra-crunchy crust before being dressed up with the seasoning or glaze of your choice (options include chili garlic and buttermilk ranch). Buttery doughnuts make for a sweet finish.
Sicilian cuisine is the specialty of this family-run spot, which even offers a delectable trio perfect for the Italian holiday meal known as the Feast of Seven Fishes. The lobster fra diavolo could be a feast on its own: Six types of seafood are stewed in tomato sauce to create this flavorful dish.
This cavernous restaurant offers an extensive menu of savory Italian dishes, but the sweets here are what draw dessert-obsessed fans like Brooke Burke-Charvet. Her go-to treat is the tiramisu, which is made from an extra-light sponge cake soaked in espresso and layered with rich mascarpone cream.
This late-night California spot is known for its old-school vibe and standout menu rife with Jewish deli staples. A favorite is the East Coast-inspired Brooklyn Ave Sandwich. Crunchy coleslaw, housemade Thousand Island dressing and tender slices of corned beef come sandwiched between house-baked caraway rye bread. The sandwich is so popular that Canter’s sells more than 500 pounds of corned beef daily.
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.
Munch on mouthwatering fish tacos at this food truck known for its namesake menu item. Made from the owner’s family recipe, these delectable beauties feature catfish that’s battered and then fried until light and crisp. They’re served Baja style with shredded cabbage and pico de gallo on top.
This tiny stand traces its roots to the creamery’s farmstead, where Old-World cave methods of aging are used to produce cheeses that are arguably more flavorful than cellar-aged varieties. You can load up on specialty cheeses, but the Valley Thunder sandwich alone is worth a trip. Slabs of pullman bread are layered with tender slices of brisket, mounds of shredded cheddar and provolone, along with five-cheese macaroni and cheese, then buttered and grilled until golden-brown.
For an over-the-top meal to match Sin City’s opulence, head to the 600-item buffet at Caesars Palace. Particularly mouthwatering is the roast suckling pig on the holiday menu. The meat is slow-roasted until perfectly tender, then finished over an open flame to ensure a satisfyingly crispy exterior.