This family-run joint traces its barbecue history back more than 200 years. A tasty dish here is the chopped pork sandwich, served with slaw and topped with cornbread. Another standout is the whole hog pork plate, which delivers a delicious mixture of crispy skin and moist, tender meat.
Former Chopped contestant Jeremy Spector lures locals to his spot with a scratch-made menu. The star is Sebastian’s Steakhouse Burger: a patty-cheddar-onion combo that Guy calls “dynamite.” The duck confit poutine made with hand-cut fries, cheese curds and, of course, duck confit, is also a hit.
This drive-thru-only joint has been serving biscuits to Chapel Hill locals and students for more than 40 years. Its signature sandwich, The Bad Grampa, was named for the movie of the same title that was filmed in the area. This breakfast dish features crunchy fried chicken, fluffy scrambled eggs, a slice of cheese and several strips of crisp bacon, all sandwiched between two halves of a fresh-baked biscuit.
This spot serves ice cream in irresistible ways. There’s a grown-up version of a float that’s bittersweet in the best way: raspberry lambic beer poured over vanilla ice cream. Another star is the sundae featuring scratch-made dark chocolate ice cream and a fudgy brownie drenched in a rich sauce.
Swing by this former gas station to fill up on mouthwatering ‘cue. Try the burnt ends sandwich, a house specialty that’s served only three days a week. This beauty is stuffed with the flavorful tips of beef briskets that are seasoned and then smoked for 17 hours, resulting in a gorgeous char.
You don’t need reservations to eat at this pizza joint in the Cosmopolitan Hotel — just a sense of adventure. The by-the-slice counter service is unmarked and tucked away at the end of an unassuming hallway in the hotel. Reward yourself for uncovering this clandestine spot with a white slice. All the dough is made with a yeast that’s been aged for 10 years to ensure maximum flavor. The white pie is finished with a trio of cheeses — mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan — and drizzled with garlic oil.
The lush 250 acres that surround this mountaintop inn are the perfect setting for a picnic. There’s no need to pack your own, as The Swag offers a weekly picnic with comforting dishes like banana pudding pie. Fresh banana slices come nestled in a vanilla-wafer crust and topped with velvety pudding.
Want a comforting bowl of mac and cheese? Stop by a Cheesetique locale to try a simple yet scrumptious take on the classic dish. This version deploys goat Gouda, Asiago and Cacio di Roma to create a complex flavor that is at once tangy, buttery and sweet. White truffle oil adds an earthy note.
Craving a sizzling porterhouse steak? Peter Luger broils its USDA Prime cuts in an 800-degree oven with clarified butter. Order the steak for two and you’ll get filet mignon on one side of the bone and sirloin on the other. Also try the bacon: These supersized slices are pure porky deliciousness.
Swing by Al’s Little Italy locale for a hearty sandwich featuring beef that is rubbed with a secret blend of herbs and spices, then roasted until it falls apart into silky shreds. Want to kick the flavor up a notch? Ask for it topped with the nuclear-hot giardiniera studded with celery and carrots.
Macaroons are a boyhood favorite of Andrew Zimmern, so he was delighted to discover this bakery’s elevated version, which uses tapioca syrup and fresh vanilla bean. Also try the Surly Cake, which pairs a beer-infused chocolate batter with salted fudge frosting. Cream filling completes the creation.
Stop by this classic spot to fuel up on a creative, comforting breakfast dish: The B.W. Benny. This bacon-studded buttermilk waffle comes topped with a thick slice of ham, crispy strips of bacon and poached eggs. Housemade hollandaise sauce punched up with cayenne pepper makes for a decadent finish.
At this pizzeria, a secret family recipe is followed to make the more than 1,000 pounds of dough produced here daily. Try the signature White Clam Pie, which was invented in the 1950s. Baked in a coal-fired pizza oven, this mouthwatering pie comes complete with fresh cherrystone clams.
When it comes to the ribs at this smokehouse, order them half-and-half for the best of both worlds. You’ll want to savor every satisfying bite of these mouthwatering beauties, which arrive as a split portion of wet and dry. A flavorful, housemade barbecue sauce ups the deliciousness.
In the fast-paced city of New York, crepe-loving denizens enjoy fueling up at Creperie NYC’s locales. More than 75 varieties of crepes are available, including both sweet and savory options. Each one starts with a batter of whipped eggs, peanut oil, vanilla, butter, whole milk and flour, which transforms into a golden crepe after a turn on the griddle. European-inspired fillings include creamy Brie cheese from France and rich dark chocolate from Belgium.