Where to Eat Like an Iron Chef, No Fork Needed
Find out where famous faces from the world of Iron Chef go to indulge their cravings for comforting finger foods.
Two hands and a hearty appetite are all that's needed to dig into the chicken schnitzel sandwich (pictured above) from New Orleans' Shaya restaurant. Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli calls the crispy-chicken masterpiece "stunning," with its two slathers of harissa-spiked mayonnaise and a topping of cool, crunchy pickles. The falafel sandwich too is a sight to behold, filled with crispy fried chickpea balls, smooth hummus and a cool cucumber-tomato salad. "I'm ready," Alex jokes.
For Chef Edward Lee, it's all about the tacos at Big Star in Chicago. He's got his eyes on these al pastor beauties (pictured above). After being marinated in a bold combo featuring no fewer than 16 ingredients, succulent pork shoulder is seared with onions and finished with golden pineapple and cilantro. "It's spicy, sweet, smoky, delicious — everything you want in one bite," Edward says simply. And if that's not enough, he also likes to slather a gooey melted cheese-chorizo mixture inside a taco shell for the ultimate in decadence.
Tavern & Table
The double-fry technique that's utilized at Tavern & Table in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, results in chicken wings (pictured above) with an "ultimate crispiness," according to Chef Beau MacMillan. These Korean-inspired bites get their heat from a mix of gochujang and ginger, which is lacquered atop the wings for a striking finish. For something not from the land but the sea, don't miss out on their roasted oysters, transformed with spinach, salty sausage and a rich aioli, as Beau says they'll "change your life."
While Trick Dog's homemade chicken nugget squares are next-level comforting, the restaurant's titular menu item may just pull a fast on you. "The Trick Dog is actually a tricked-out burger, a hot dog-shaped burger served in a hot dog bun," explains Chef Sarah Grueneberg of this wow-worthy dish from the San Francisco hot spot. These burger logs are seared and built with burger fixings, including a blanket of Cheddar.
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