Additional Articles/Posts by Arthur Bovino

  • Alessandro Borgognone Talks Sushi Nakazawa and What's Next
    Quick, what restaurant documentaries have come out since Jiro Dreams of Sushi? New York City’s next four-star chef may have played a bit part in it.  While Alessandro Borgognone couldn’t divulge many details about his next project, the co...

  • Is the Sandwich an Endangered Species in New York City?
    My favorite New York City sandwich shops are closing one by one. It started with Lake Trout when Matt Lang and business partner Joe Carroll shuttered the tiny Williamsburg spot that served an amazing fish sandwich: fried pollack dressed with a Velveeta-...

  • Chefs Raise $200K at LeBonAppetit for Memphis Kids Hospital
    “Oh I didn’t smuggle in extra ingredients,” 2009 James Beard Best Southern Chef award winner John Currence admitted in the midst of a Chopped-style cook-off in the FedExFamilyHouse to benefit the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in...

  • Soul Burger at Earnestine & Hazel's
    Is this the best burger you'll ever have? Well, that partly depends on what time of night you get there and how hungry you are, but let's put it this way, when a man in the corner upstairs says something mystical like, "I've been here since before it...

  • Earnestine & Hazel's
    Local haunt Earnestine's & Hazel's on South Main in downtown Memphis seems to capture the imagination of every visiting chef who samples it late at night. Generally regarded as one of the country's best dive bars, Earnestine's & Hazel's...

  • Party At The Second Line
    Chef Kelly English and his wife Angela showed an amazing amount of hospitality to the chefs at their New Orleans-inspired restaurant The Second Line. After the LeBonAppetit event, they hosted an after-party for the chefs that featured Jell-O shots at the...

  • Quesadilla
    There were some 31 other chefs from 10 other states beyond Tennessee (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and even Massachusetts) who participated in the 2014 LeBonAppetit, all of them friends of...

  • The Peabody Hotel: Home of the Famed Peabody Ducks
    On this occasion, there were a few LeBonAppetit-inspired chef drinking sessions at The Lobby Bar in The Peabody hotel (home to the famed Peabody ducks) where most of the chefs stayed, and whose fountain chef...

  • Fried Chicken at Gus's
    The original Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken is in Mason, but the second location similarly takes its own sweet time when it comes to frying chicken, often taking twice as long to complete an order than the estimated time, but the wait is...

  • LeBonAppetit Chefs at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
    "I love this place," noted chef John Currence entering Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. "It's like eating in a shower stall." And he wasn't alone in his love for this fried chicken icon. The LeBonAppetit chefs took over two of the gingham...

  • Dyer's Burgers
    While not a part of the LeBonAppetit event, Dyer's Burgers is a Memphis institution, so it's one of the places that anyone visiting should make a point of checking out. Opened in 1912 by Elmer "Doc" Dyer, this Beale Street burger joint is famous...

  • Underbelly Chef Chris Shepherd and Mixologist Jayce McConell
    "Memphis has so much to offer," noted mixologist Jayce McConnell. "A great food scene thanks to chefs like Kelly English and Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman who showcase such amazing craftsmanship in their dishes. Dinners at Iris are such cherished...

  • Cronut-Like Lines at Black Seed Bagels in New York’s NoLita
    “You have to be kidding me,” a tall blond business type in his early 30s and khakis exclaimed to the similarly-coiffed woman whose hand he was holding. “I don’t have time for this.” They passed by the line of 40 considerably...

  • Common Food Additives: What They Are and What They Do
    This is one in a series of articles. For more on this subject visit The Daily Meal Special Report: Is Our Food Killing Us? Diet, Nutrition, and Health in 21st Century America. You hear the word “additive” and you immediately picture...

  • #17 Spiaggia, Chicago
    Decades before the likes of Mario Batali and Michael White brought us the most recent wave of fine Italian dining, Tony Mantuano taught Chicagoans how to enjoy refined Italian fare at Spiaggia. Taking a cue from its name, which means "beach" in...

  • America's 40 Best Italian Restaurants
    "A bottle of red, a bottle of white. It all depends upon your appetite," someone famous once crooned sometime, somewhere on the radio during more than seven minutes of piano-filled airtime. "I'll meet you any time you want in our...

  • #33 Luca D’Italia, Denver
    “Strictly Italian spoken here,” notes the Luca D’Italia website. “Chefs Frank Bonanno and Eric Cimino execute Sicilian-style meats that are cured in-house; pastas, breads and cheeses made fresh daily, and recipes that change monthly to reflect the finest...

  • #30 Palena Café, Washington, D.C.
    Palena is known as much for the cheeseburger on the café menu as for the more elegant, seasonally driven food that is served in the dining room. After a stint as the White House chef, it was an interesting move for chef-restaurateur Frank Ruta to set his...

  • #31 Carnevino, Las Vegas
    Powerhouse restaurant duo Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich + steak + Vegas = greatness. CarneVino, their temple to all things beef in The Palazzo Hotel & Casino, pulls out all the stops, aging their beef for 30 to 60 days (and in some cases, more...

  • #32 Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Seattle
    In the Seattle dining scene, Ethan Stowell essentially reigns supreme. He’s opening up new restaurants there all the time, but his most acclaimed eatery, Staple & Fancy, is in a league all its own. There’s an à la carte menu, but diners are...

  • #34 Davanti Enoteca, Chicago
    Chef–restaurateur Scott Harris is the brains behind the more than 20 Francesca’s restaurants in the Chicago area, but this rustic Little Italy enoteca is his masterpiece. Communal tables made from reclaimed wood and bare brick walls create the...

  • #35 Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis, Tenn.
    Lifelong friends Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman created Italian/Southern U.S. fusion heaven when they opened Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in a 1940s ranch-style house off Poplar Avenue east of midtown Memphis with some 54 seats, in late 2008....

  • #36 Flour + Water, San Francisco
    Although this San Francisco restaurant claims to specialize in house-made pastas, their pizza is formidable. Baked in a wood-fired oven, the thin-crust pizza at Flour + Water blends Old World tradition with modern refinement, according to chef...

  • #37 Frank Pepe, New Haven, Conn.
    If you want to discuss the loaded topic of America's best pizza with any authority, you have to make a pilgrimage to this legendary New Haven pizzeria. Frank Pepe opened his doors in Wooster Square in New Haven, Conn., in 1925, offering classic...

  • #38 Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Domenico DeMarco is a local celebrity, having owned and operated Di Fara since 1964. Dom cooks both New York and Sicilian-style pizza Wednesday through Sunday (noon to 4:30 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) for hungry New Yorkers and tourists...

  • #39 Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco
    When Anthony Mangieri, pizzaiolo for the East Village’s Una Pizza Napoletana, closed in 2009 "to make a change," move west, and open somewhere he could get "a chance to use his outrigger canoe and mountain bike more often," it was the...

  • #40 Motorino, New York City
    Some spaces are cursed. Others? Blessed. When Anthony Mangieri shuttered Una Pizza Napoletana at 349 East 12th St. and headed west, Mathieu Palombino took over the lease, renamed the space Motorino, and the East Village pizza scene hardly...

  • #1 Del Posto, New York
    Del Posto is the result of a collaboration between Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali. With these three big names banding together, the result is “the ultimate expression of what an Italian restaurant should be.” As a relative...

  • #2 Babbo, New York, N.Y.
    Mario Batali’s flagship restaurant is a testament to his undying mission of keeping the food in his New York restaurants as close to Italy as possible. Whatever specialty ingredients aren’t imported from Italy are made at Babbo “as an Italian might...

  • #3 Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles
    Nancy Silverton, whose La Brea Bakery changed the game for artisanal bread in America, teams up here with New York-based Italian-food moguls Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in this lively urban restaurant, complete with a mozzarella...

  • #4 Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.
    In the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, a frasca is a roadside farm restaurant, serving simple regional food. Frasca Food and Wine captures the spirit of these places while also championing the vast diversity of Colorado’s unique...

  • #5 ll Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York
    For almost 20 years, Il Buco has been one of New York City's most appealing Italian restaurants, serving unpretentious, savory food based on first-rate American and Italian ingredients. In late 2011, the proprietors opened this more casual...

  • #6 Marea, New York
    When it opened, Marea was immediately acclaimed as one of the most original and consistently wonderful upscale Manhattan restaurants in recent memory. This very handsome establishment on Central Park South, in a sunny dining room that long...

  • #7 Quince, San Francisco
    Quince offers a refined, modern Italian and French-inspired menu. Located in a historic brick and timber building dating back to 1907 in San Francisco’s Jackson Square neighborhood, the Michelin-starred restaurant is both charming and elegant....

  • #8 Vetri, Philadelphia
    In this little jewel box of a place which celebrated 15 years this past fall, chef Marc Vetri offers diners sophisticated, hand-crafted Italian and Italianate specialties off of a tasting menu (pappardelle with cockles and tardive, almond...

  • #9 Al Di La, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    When chef Anna Klinger and husband Emiliano Coppa opened the Venetian-inspired Al di Là on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue in 1998, it was located on a sleepy thoroughfare perhaps best known for its wide variety of bodegas, and most Manhattanites...

  • #10 Carbone, New York
    Menus wider than your chest, the tile floor from “The Godfather,” waiters...er, "captains" hired for pure theater, and a vision for the upscaling of all of New York City's greatest Italian-American classic restaurants and their greatest...

  • #11 Torrisi, New York
    Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone saved turkey from Thanksgiving and made everyone rethink New York's Little Italy (and Italian-American food in general) when they launched their shoebox of a shop on Mulberry Street in 2010. The chefs recognized the untapped...

  • #12 Al Forno, Providence, R.I.
    Husband-and-wife owner-chefs George Germon and Johanne Killeen received the Insegna del Ristorante Italiano from the Italian government, a rare honor for Americans, attributable to their informed passion for pasta along with their invention of...

  • #13 Domenica, New Orleans
    John Besh is a master of Creole cooking, but at Domenica, located in New Orleans’ Roosevelt Hotel (home of the original Sazerac), he’s proving that he’s also got a knack for Italian fare, but giving it his own unique kick. In this casual and elegant...

  • #14 Cotogna, San Francisco
    Chef Michael Tusk’s Quince offers a refined, modern Italian and French-inspired menu. But Quince’s adjoining Jackson Square sister restaurant Cotogna just shows another great side of the same chef, something mirrored in the spot’s name. Cotogna...

  • #15 Chi Spacca, Los Angeles
    Let’s get two things out of the way off the bat. There are two dishes on the menu that are each nearly $200 and take nearly an hour to prepare: the 42-ounce bistecca Fiorentina ($175), and the 50-ounce costata alla Fiorentina ($210). These two dishes...

  • #16 Blanca, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    Say Roberta's is in the new class of restaurants that has fanned the flames of the Brooklyn vs. Manhattan debate, call it a great pizza joint, recall it as a frontrunner of the city's rooftop garden movement, and mention that Carlo Mirarchi...

  • #17 Spiaggia, Chicago
    Decades before the likes of Mario Batali and Michael White brought us the most recent wave of fine Italian dining, Tony Mantuano taught Chicagoans how to enjoy refined Italian fare at Spiaggia. Taking a cue from its name, which means "beach" in...

  • #18 Cafe Juanita, Kirkland, Wash.
    Located in a mid-century house near the Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, chef-owner and 2008 Best Chef Northwest James Beard award-winner Holly Smith’s neighborhood spot Cafe Juanita focuses on Northern Italian cuisine. The menu changes frequently, “but...

  • #19 Oliveto Restaurant & Café, Oakland, Calif.
    With acclaimed chef Paul Bertolli at the helm, Oliveto was considered by many to be the best Italian restaurant in the United States for many years before he left to start Fra Mani in 2005 and the restaurant began to coast on its reputation. But...

  • #20 Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, Ariz.
    "There’s no mystery to my pizza," Bronx native Chris Bianco was quoted as saying in The New York Times. "Sicilian oregano, organic flour, San Marzano tomatoes, purified water, mozzarella I learned to make at Mike's Deli in the Bronx, sea salt,...

  • #21 Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas
    When two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta, who'd made his name at Spiaggia in Chicago, was approached by Las Vegas hotelier and casino mogul Steve Wynn about opening a showplace restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, he...

  • #22 Bistro don Giovanni, Napa Valley, Calif.
    Usually when you talk about the warmth and hospitality of a restaurant, you’re talking about the service, a smile from a waiter, the right thing said at the right time with the perfect lilting tone, and obviously how the food tastes and makes you feel....

  • #23 Scampo, Boston
    James Beard Award-winning chef Lydia Shire is one of Boston’s most legendary chefs, and her restaurant, Scampo, is one of the best Italian restaurants you’ll ever dine at. While Italian at heart, Shire isn’t afraid to incorporate a tandoori oven or...

  • #24 Il Posto, Denver
    Il Posto means, “The Place” in Italian, and chef and owner Andrea Frizzi has largely backed up his contention that his breezy spot in City Park West is hot ― it’s routinely mentioned as one of the city’s best Italian restaurants for years now....

  • #25 Osteria, Philadelphia
    The more casual, trattoria-like offshoot of Vetri, Osteria is a big, lively place where the pizzas are terrific (try the octopus and smoked mozzarella) and the cooking is homey but first-rate, from veal liver ravioli with figs to rabbit stewed...

  • #26 Valentino, Santa Monica, Calif.
    For more than 40 years, Piero Selvaggio's Santa Monica landmark has set the standard for Italian fine dining in America. He served real Italian pastas and such things as radicchio and balsamic vinegar when they were exotica in this country; he...

  • #27 Dan Tana's, Los Angeles
    With menu items like “penne arabiata a la Michael Kane,” “fettucini Alfredo a la Mark Singer,” “cannelloni a la Constantino,” “steamed clams a la Rob Lee,” and “Tana salad a la Nicky Hilton” you kind of get an idea of the scene at Dan Tana’s, Los Angeles...

  • #28 Nostrana, Portland, Ore.
    Nostrana is often cited as serving one of Portland’s most authentic Neapolitan pies, and for good reason. The blistered cornicione and thin crust provide scrumptious, beautiful canvases for the hand-made mozzarella the restaurant makes daily. There are...

  • #29 Vincenti Ristorante, Los Angeles
    Maureen Vincenti’s Brentwood eatery is an old-fashioned Italian classic. This mature (in all the best possible ways) dining room is hitting all the right notes: Accented servers work with flawless proficiency, Maureen herself works the room like...

  • Geateau Opera
    Layers of coffee-soaked almond sponge cake layered with buttercream and ganache. 

  • Paris–Brest
    Shaped like a wheel, and created to honor the Paris–Brest race in late 19th century, keep a-Paris–Brest of the times. (Sorry.)

  • Gâteau St. Honoré
    A dessert named for the French patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs. Time for a comeback?

  • Poire Belle Hélène
    Does it get more classic than Escoffier? Pears poached in syrup. Take that, îles flottantes!

  • Soufflé
    Does it get any more classic than this French dessert? Just don't bump into the stove or slam the oven door when they're in cooking.

  • The Dark Age of Dessert? Step Into the Light, Adam Platt
    In his most recent New York Magazine piece “Why This is the Dark Age of Dessert,” the critic who most recently gained attention for stepping out of the shadows of anonymity finds himself in the dark age of dessert. Gone, says Adam Platt, are...

  • 30 Best Restaurants in New York City
    “Many people would think it was France or Spain that put elBulli on the map,” noted world-famous chef Ferran Adrià recently of his now-closed restaurant in Catalonia. “But it wasn’t. It was New York City.” And why...

  • #1 Le Bernardin
    This elegant seafood restaurant, headed by chef Eric Ripert, has topped many “best of” lists and has several accolades under its belt, including repeat four-star reviews from The New York Times (the first of them written only a few months of its opening...

  • #2 Eleven Madison Park
    Like many of the finer things in life, Eleven Madison Park seems to get better with age. Although it opened to much fanfare and subsequent acclaim in 1998, it was Danny Meyer’s hiring of Swiss-born Daniel Humm to helm the kitchen in 2006 that elevated the...

  • #3 Per Se
    In an elegant dining room overlooking Central Park in the Time Warner Center, Per Se upholds the standards set by Thomas Keller at The French Laundry; receiving an annual three-star rating from Michelin since 2006. As at the French Laundry, there are two...

  • #4 Daniel
    This very grown-up restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side; Daniel Boulud’s flagship, maintains standards of service and cuisine — French haute cuisine, very much an endangered species today — that hark back to an earlier era. But the cooking is up-to-...

  • #5 Momofuku Ssäm Bar
    Meals at this ever-evolving East Village hot spot have wowed critics and won faithful followers since the beginning, and no wonder. David Chang's food offers bold, Asian-inspired flavors — like his duckaholic lunch and popular bo ssäm dinner (slow-cooked...

  • #6 Gramercy Tavern
    Gramercy Tavern is among the finest of the new wave of classic American restaurants; remember that Tom Colicchio was founding partner and chef here before he left to open his own restaurants and become a TV star. The restaurant received the number two...

  • #7 Jean Georges
    Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the few chefs in New York City with the distinction of four stars from The New York Times. At his eponymous restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and Tower; one of the few restaurants left in New York where a...

  • #9 Del Posto
    Del Posto is the result of a collaboration between Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali. With these three big names banding together, the result is “the ultimate expression of what an Italian restaurant should be.” As a relative newcomer to...

  • #8 ABC Kitchen
    ABC Kitchen is a celebration of the best ingredients that each season has to offer, all served in the classically elegant style for which Jean-Georges Vongerichten is widely known. Market-fresh dishes from chef Dan Kluger, like roasted carrot and avocado...

  • #10 Gotham Bar & Grill
    Like many of the finer things in life, Eleven Madison Park seems to get better with age. Although it opened to much fanfare and subsequent acclaim in 1998, it was Danny Meyer’s hiring of Swiss-born Daniel Humm to helm the kitchen in 2006 that elevated the...

  • #11 Babbo
    Mario Batali’s flagship restaurant is a testament to his undying mission of keeping the food in his New York restaurants as close to Italy as possible. Whatever specialty ingredients aren’t imported from Italy are made at Babbo “as an Italian might in the...

  • #12 Blue Hill
    Sure, you can travel all the way upstate to Stone Barns to experience chef Dan Barber’s exquisite brand of farm-to-table cooking, but at its sister restaurant; located on a quaint and charming block just off Washington Square Park, the farm comes to you....

  • #13 NoMad
    With an atmosphere The New York Times' restaurant critic Pete Wells described as “like a Riviera home rented out to a rock band,” the NoMad continues to impress with its extensive menu that includes the legendary roast chicken for two, roasted duck with...

  • #14 Il Buco Alimentari
    For almost 20 years, Il Buco has been one of New York City's most appealing Italian restaurants, serving unpretentious, savory food based on first-rate American and Italian ingredients. In late 2011, the proprietors opened this more casual sister...

  • #15 Marea
    When it opened, Marea was immediately acclaimed as one of the most original and consistently wonderful upscale Manhattan restaurants in recent memory. This very handsome establishment on Central Park South; in a sunny dining room that long housed San...

  • #16 Ippudo
    The big, slurp-worthy bowls of New York City’s best ramen draw customers back again and again to the East Village, to this original Manhattan location of one of Japan's best-known ramen chains (there is now a second location on the West Side). Sometimes...

  • #17 WD-50
    “Molecular gastronomy" may be a buzzword, but a restaurant that takes an iconic dish and turns it into edible art is something to be recognized. With offerings like squash-roasted peanut soup with cockscomb and fig tobacco; milk braised pork collar with...

  • #18 Momofuku Ko
    It was nearly five years ago when chef David Chang set New York’s culinary world aflame when he opened this revolutionary restaurant, and one can argue that the city’s restaurant scene hasn’t been the same since. A simple counter with a handful of stools...

  • #19 Masa
    Former New York Times critic Sam Sifton took Masa down to three stars from the four given to it by his predecessor, apparently at least in part because they made him wait outside when he showed up early, didn't explain all the dishes, and didn’t pay him...

  • #20 Sushi Yasuda
    It’s a special kind of restaurant that you can walk into, sit down, and without looking at a menu just say to the people preparing your food, "Yes, please," — and know that every bite is going to send you searching for new superlatives. For sushi lovers,...

  • #21 Nobu
    When chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened his eponymous restaurant along with pal Robert De Niro and restaurateur Drew Nieporent in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood in 1994, there was no way he could have imagined that 20 years later he’d be running 28 affiliated...

  • #22 Alder
    This restaurant might be a newcomer to New York’s dining scene, having opened in March 2013, but the man behind it, chef Wylie Dufresne, certainly isn’t. Dufresne opened wd~50 more than 10 years ago and it’s still a destination in its own right; remaining...

  • #24 Betony
    Russian restaurateur Andrei Dellos’ ostentatious Midtown West restaurant Brasserie Pushkin, meant to be the New York version of his Moscow success Café Pushkin, closed after less than a year. Now with its gaudy décor toned down, a new chef and general...

  • #23 Sushi Nakazawa
    Those obsessed with sushi watched the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi with fascination and even a little bit of envy for the lucky diners sitting at the small bar in the tiny, three-Michelin-star restaurant tucked into a Tokyo subway station run by...

  • #26 Torrisi Italian Specialties
    Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone saved turkey from Thanksgiving and made everyone rethink New York's Little Italy (and Italian-American food in general) when they launched their shoebox of a shop on Mulberry Street in 2010. The chefs recognized the untapped...

  • #25 Carbone
    Menus wider than your chest, the tile floor from “The Godfather,” waiters...er, "captains" hired for pure theater, and a vision for the upscaling of all of New York City's greatest Italian-American classic restaurants and their greatest...

  • #27 SriPraPhai, Queens
    Consistently lauded by critics and Yelpers alike as the most authentic Thai restaurant in New York (although Portland-transplant Pok Pok Ny has its own Gotham following and East Village-newcomer Somtom der has made an impressive...

  • #28 The Four Seasons
    The Four Seasons is a New York original, with a stunning, landmarked interior designed in 1959 by Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, a faithful clientele of Gothamite high-rollers and power-lunchers, and an American menu that offers few surprises but...

  • #29 Atera
    After apprenticing at Noma and working under Andoni Aduriz at Mugaritz in Spain, chef Matthew Lightner made a name for himself at Castagna in Portland, before leaving the West Coast to establish this dark, cozy, and minimalist counter spot in...

  • #30 Blanca, Brooklyn
    Say Roberta's is in the new class of restaurants that has fanned the flames of the Brooklyn vs. Manhattan debate, call it a great pizza joint, recall it as a frontrunner of the city's rooftop garden movement, and mention that Carlo Mirarchi was named a...

  • Ferran Adrià on the First Burger and the City That Made Him
    Last night, MoMA hosted the world's most famous chef to talk about elBulli 2005-2011, Ferran Adrià's seven-volume compendium of books, one for each season that the restaurant was open between 2005 and 2011. "We had to create a map of...

  • American Craft Council Craft Fellowship Awarded at Per Se
    Overlooking a spectacularly snowy Central Park and over the duration of a three-course lunch at chef Thomas Keller's Per Se, The Balvenie announced the winner of the inaugural American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award. Five finalists were on...

  • The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America 2014 Panel
    It becomes more difficult every year to rank America’s best restaurants, which is why in order to devise the highest quality list possible of the 101 Best Restaurants in America, we rely on the expertise and insight from an esteemed panel of writers...

  • South Beach Food & Wine Trade Talk with Danny Meyer
    As much fun as the lunches, dinners, tastings, and chef meet-and-greets can be, sometimes it's more rewarding to be far away from the food and the bubbles, listening to sober stars of the industry discussing the minutiae, some of the details that led...

  • Fried Chicken Fest at South Beach Food & Wine Chicken Coupe
    Burger Bash gets much of the attention during the South Beach Food & Wine Festival and for good reason, but for two years now there’s been a great new event held in the Ballroom at the W South Beach, Chicken Coupe, hosted this year by chef...

  • Medianoches & Mixology at South Beach Food & Wine Festival
    Wynwood Walls featured one of the South Beach Food & Wine Festivals new events this year, a festival showcasing a classic sandwich that deserves far more attention than it gets, a sandwich more people should embrace as a treasure, one that needs to be...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America
    It becomes more difficult every year to rank America’s best restaurants. We say that having done it for nearly a half-decade. As interest in dining out increases, and more great chefs train younger good ones, fantastic food continues to spread out...

  • 101. Spiaggia, Chicago, Ill.
    Decades before the likes of Mario Batali and Michael White brought us the most recent wave of fine Italian dining, Tony Mantuano taught Chicagoans how to enjoy refined Italian fare at Spiaggia. Taking a cue from its name, which means "beach" in...

  • 100. The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
    The cuisine here is so emblematic that it has inspired a new category: Foothills Cuisine; a term that has actually been copyrighted. Nestled inside a luxury resort and functioning farm, The Barn is truly farm-to-table and uses the...

  • 99. Betony, New York, N.Y.
    Russian restaurateur Andrei Dellos’ ostentatious Midtown West restaurant Brasserie Pushkin, meant to be the New York version of his Moscow success Café Pushkin, closed after less than a year. Now with its gaudy décor toned down, a new chef and...

  • 98. The Elm, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    This gleaming Williamsburg newcomer, helmed by chef Paul Liebrandt (late of Corton, where he earned two Michelin stars and two from The New York Times), is an ode to classic French fare. Located inside a bustling, trendy hotel, the atrium-level...

  • 97. Zaytinya, Washington, D.C.
    Yes, of course, José Andrés understands the food of his native Spain, probably better than anyone in America — but he also understands food, period, so it's not surprising that when he undertook the creation of a restaurant specializing in the...

  • 96. Rasika, Washington, D.C.
    With its luminous contemporary-style interior, enhanced by vivid Indian art, and a varied menu that offers many familiar Indian flavors but avoids cliché, Rasika is one of the most appealing restaurants in our nation's capital. In addition to the...

  • 95. Night + Market, Los Angeles, Calif.
    “Our restaurant is very small, very cramped, and very loud,” notes Night + Market’s website. You can almost imagine chef Kris Yenbamroong warning, “Know what you’re getting yourself into!” While Yenbamroong has no formal culinary training, he’s not...

  • 94. Sushi Nakazawa, New York, N.Y.
    Those obsessed with sushi watched the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi with fascination and even a little bit of envy for the lucky diners sitting at the small bar in the tiny, three-Michelin-star restaurant tucked into a Tokyo subway station run by...

  • 93. Alder, New York, N.Y.
    This restaurant might be a newcomer to New York’s dining scene, having opened in March 2013, but the man behind it, chef Wylie Dufresne, certainly isn’t. Dufresne opened wd~50 more than 10 years ago and it’s still a destination in its own right; remaining...

  • 92. Underbelly, Houston, Texas
    Houston’s dining scene may still be a secret to culinary outsiders, but it won't be for much longer — thanks to chefs like Chris Shepard. He insisted on an in-house butcher shop here in his first restaurant, and he works with Houston’s finest ranchers and...

  • 91. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.
    You have to marvel at Meadowood in Napa Valley, California and its chef Chris Kostow. It wasn’t good enough to helm a three-Michelin-starred restaurant — the whole thing had to undergo a renovation under the direction of architect Howard Backen and...

  • 90. Roy’s Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Tokyo-born Roy Yamaguchi, whose first restaurant jobs were cooking French food in Los Angeles, didn't invent fusion cuisine, but he took it far and wide — there are now roughly 30 Roy's Restaurants in eight states — increasingly grafting multicultural...

  • 89. Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas, Nev.
    Serving Northern-style Thai food in a Sin City strip mall, Lotus of Siam has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award and has been called by more than one critic the best Thai restaurant in America. Chef/owner Saipin Chutima began her career...

  • 88. Hugo's Regional Mexican Cuisine, Houston, Texas
    Some 12 years after opening, Hugo’s has become somewhat of a Houston institution; a Mexican standout in a land in love with Tex-Mex. There’s a robust menu, a collection of regional Mexican dishes to which Ortega gives modern flourishes – consider...

  • 87. Bacchanalia, Atlanta, Ga.
    Part of the Star Provisions complex, Bacchanalia has long been one of Atlanta's premier fine-dining destinations. Executive chef David Carson and chef de cuisine Matthew Adolfi propose an elegant five-course menu for $85 (a comparative bargain), with...

  • 86. The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle, Wash.
    A whimsical name for a pretty straightforward restaurant, The Walrus and the Carpenter is a relatively new addition to the hip Ballard dining scene. At the raw bar, bearded men peddle eight different kinds of oysters from ice-filled metal...

  • 85. Yank Sing, San Francisco, Calif. (Rincon Center)
    Yank Sing, the popular dim sum restaurant in the financial district, was founded by Alice Chan in 1958. There are now two locations of this third-generation family-run restaurant, both creating almost 100 items a day to be rolled out into the dining rooms...

  • 84. Cut, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Wolfgang Puck helped invent California cuisine (and gave us California-style pizza) at Spago, pioneered Asian fusion food at Chinois on Main, and even figured out a way to produce decent airport food at his many Wolfgang Puck Express outlets, so...

  • 83. Komi, Washington, D.C.
    Surprises are the name of the game at Komi, an upscale, modern Greek restaurant in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle. Chef Johnny Monis offers a tasting menu that changes regularly (currently $135 per person), but gives no clues as to what might be on...

  • 82. Providence, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Los Angeles is a city that thrives on food trucks and pop-ups, but sometimes a no-holds-barred fine dining experience is called for. Chef Michael Cimarusti, who opened this upscale eatery in 2005 and now holds two Michelin stars for his efforts...

  • 81. Nobu, New York, N.Y.
    When chef Nobu Matsuhisa opened his eponymous restaurant along with pal Robert De Niro and restaurateur Drew Nieporent in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood in 1994, there was no way he could have imagined that 20 years later he’d be running 28...

  • 80. McCrady's, Charleston, S.C.
    When a restaurant is so venerable that it lands a spot on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, you probably expect a classic menu that doesn’t rock the boat. But McCrady’s is anything but traditional, with an innovative menu that...

  • 79. City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.
    The tight-knit city of Oxford, Miss. opened its arms to New Orleans-born chef John Currence when he launched City Grocery in 1992 and never let go. In 2013, Jesse Houston took over as chef de cuisine and has since taken his and Currence’s menu of down-...

  • 78. é by José Andrés, Las Vegas, Nev.
    The ceaselessly inventive — hell, the ceaseless — Señor Andrés is the king of Spanish food (among other things) in America, bringing us authentic ingredients and preparations in the traditional mode but also giving us a made-in-America taste of...

  • 77. Bäco Mercat, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Chef Josef Centeno’s Bäco Mercat in the Old Bank district of Los Angeles is funky and fresh restaurant that serves a menu spanning Western and Eastern-Mediterranean influences. Big plate specials including the likes of a whole-roasted New...

  • 76. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    “We are currently booking reservations six weeks in advance,” says the website of Brooklyn Fare, the intimate 18-seat restaurant which holds the only three-Michelin star rating in Brooklyn. The prix-fixe menu by Chef Cesar Ramirez is a truly elaborate...

  • 75. Spago, Los Angeles, Calif.
    The more elaborate but immediate descendant of the original, groundbreaking Spago remains the flagship of the ever-growing Wolfgang Puck empire. Yes, it’s full of glamour and glitz, but it nevertheless remains a place where food is taken very...

  • 74. Michael's Genuine, Miami, Fla.
    According to Michael Schwartz, winner of the 2010 James Beard Award for Best Southern Chef, the most important thing you can take away from dining at his 2008 New York Times top-10 establishment and 2013 Golden Spoons Florida Trend Award winner ...

  • 73. Hinoki & The Bird, Los Angeles, Calif.
    It’s not easy to open an immensely successful restaurant from scratch in Los Angeles, but that’s exactly what chefs David Myers and Kuniko Yagi did when they opened this Century City hotspot in January 2013. The Silk Road-inspired restaurant is not...

  • 72. Herbsaint, New Orleans, La.
    Chef Donald Link is the latest in a long line of world-class chefs to hone his chops in New Orleans, incorporating the city’s flavors and vitality into his cooking. Link is also the man behind the now-legendary Cochon (#22). Herbsaint is his more...

  • 71. Al Di La, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    When chef Anna Klinger and husband Emiliano Coppa opened the Venetian-inspired Al di Là on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue in 1998, it was located on a sleepy thoroughfare perhaps best known for its wide variety of bodegas, and most Manhattanites...

  • 70. CityZen, Washington, D.C.
    A Five-Diamond AAA Award-winning restaurant in both 2008 and 2009, CityZen, in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the place to go to celebrate or to see and be seen in D.C. Whether sitting with a view of the open kitchen, or next to the floor-to-...

  • 69. Zahav, Philadelphia, Pa.
    A "modern Israeli" restaurant in Philadelphia? Just what does that entail? The answer would be a melting pot of Middle Eastern and Central European cuisines, woven together with a fine hand into a feast of flavors. Zahav, which means “gold” in...

  • 68. Fearing's, Dallas, Texas
    Located in The Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Fearing’s features modern Southwestern-American cuisine with a farm-to-table approach. Consider the Yoakum Wagyu beef and butter poached Gulf prawn with Texas olive oil, Grana Padano cheese, crispy capers...

  • 67. Sushi Yasuda, New York, N.Y.
    It’s a special kind of restaurant that you can walk into, sit down, and without looking at a menu just say to the people preparing your food, "Yes, please," — and know that every bite is going to send you searching for new superlatives. For sushi lovers,...

  • 66. Masa, New York, N.Y.
    Former New York Times critic Sam Sifton took Masa down to three stars from the four given to it by his predecessor, apparently at least in part because they made him wait outside when he showed up early, didn't explain all the dishes, and...

  • 65. Catbird Seat, Nashville, Tenn.
    One of the more original restaurants on this list, The Catbird Seat dining room is an informal 32-seat, U-shaped counter that’s only open Wednesday through Saturday. Irish chef Trevor Moran, an alumnus of Noma in Copenhagen, is at the center of...

  • 64. Vetri, Philadelphia, Pa.
    In this little jewel box of a place which celebrated 15 years this past fall, chef Marc Vetri offers diners sophisticated, hand-crafted Italian and Italianate specialties off of a tasting menu (pappardelle with cockles and tardive, almond tortellini...

  • 63. Beast, Portland, Ore.
    Much of the charm at Beast; apart from that provided by the wide-ranging modern American menu (Need we add that it's local and sustainable in nature?), comes from the intimate atmosphere. Chef/owner Naomi Pomeroy accepts just enough reservations for...

  • 62. Hominy Grill, Charleston, S.C.
    Unpretentious, classic Southern dishes are key at downtown Charleston’s Hominy Grill, where chef/owner Robert Stehling serves up stone-ground grits, house-made sausages, and fried green tomatoes in a onetime barbershop. The classic 1950s diner...

  • 61. Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco, Calif.
    Is Mission Chinese Food one of the most overhyped restaurants in America? If you want the opinion of the restaurant’s own Korean-born, Oklahoma-raised chef Danny Bowien, the answer is yes. But most fans of the San Francisco original and the...

  • 60. Momofuku Ko, New York
    It was nearly five years ago when chef David Chang set New York’s culinary world aflame when he opened this revolutionary restaurant, and one can argue that the city’s restaurant scene hasn’t been the same since. A simple counter with a handful of stools...

  • 59. wd~50, New York
    “Molecular gastronomy" may be a buzzword, but a restaurant that takes an iconic dish and turns it into edible art is something to be recognized. With offerings like squash-roasted peanut soup with cockscomb and fig tobacco; milk braised pork collar ...

  • 58. Guy Savoy, Las Vegas, Nev.
    The original Paris version of this restaurant, which merits three Michelin stars, is elegant and consistently wonderful. The Las Vegas clone (there is also one in Singapore) possesses two Michelin stars of its own, as well as the Forbes Travel Five...

  • 57. minibar, Washington, D.C.
    A reservation at minibar is still very difficult to come by — you need to send them an email a couple of months ahead of time and keep your fingers crossed. Diners perch at two counters overlooking the kitchen, which The Washington Post...

  • 56. Quince, San Francisco, Calif.
    Quince offers a refined, modern Italian and French-inspired menu. Located in a historic brick and timber building dating back to 1907 in San Francisco’s Jackson Square neighborhood, the Michelin-starred restaurant is both charming and elegant....

  • 55. Joe's Stone Crab, Miami, Fla.
    Sure, when you have been open forever and entertained stars of a high caliber such as Sinatra and Muhammad Ali, people are bound to treat you as a historical attraction. But behind this 100-year-old establishment, the old-school seafood house still...

  • 54. Topolobampo, Chicago, Ill.
    At this slightly fancier and more ambitious next-door cousin of his popular Frontera Grill, Rick Bayless serves irresistible Mexican fare of a kind not otherwise found outside some of the better restaurants of Mexico itself, if even there. Red snapper in...

  • 53. Ippudo, New York, N.Y.
    The big, slurp-worthy bowls of New York City’s best ramen draw customers back again and again to the East Village, to this original Manhattan location of one of Japan's best-known ramen chains (there is now a second location on the West Side). Sometimes...

  • 52. Marea, New York, N.Y.
    When it opened, Marea was immediately acclaimed as one of the most original and consistently wonderful upscale Manhattan restaurants in recent memory. This very handsome establishment on Central Park South; in a sunny dining room that long...

  • 51. Gary Danko, San Francisco, Calif.
    Like Manresa, Gary Danko is another reader favorite from California making this list for the first time this year. Danko; whose classical training focuses on French, Mediterranean, and regional American cooking, has been receiving accolades from the likes...

  • 50. Canlis, Seattle, Wash.
    Canlis is a true Pacific Northwest landmark. It’s been open since 1950, serving fresh, seasonal dishes that are more polished than cutting-edge in a rustic-modern space whose use of native wood and stone evokes forests and streams. Canlis was...

  • 49. Uchi, Austin, Texas
    For years, we bought the myth that sushi was an inviolable tradition, understood only by the Japanese and impervious to modernization. Then Nobu Matsuhisa came along to disprove the latter — and American chefs like Tim Cushman at O Ya in Boston (see #36)...

  • 48. Coi, San Francisco, Calif.
    Using carefully sourced ingredients, Coi chef Daniel Patterson serves thoughtful Northern California cuisine, balancing classical methods with modern techniques to create unusual and evocative experiences for diners. Recent menus have included...

  • 47. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York, N.Y.
    For almost 20 years, Il Buco has been one of New York City's most appealing Italian restaurants, serving unpretentious, savory food based on first-rate American and Italian ingredients. In late 2011, the proprietors opened this more casual sister...

  • 46. NoMad, New York, N.Y.
    With an atmosphere The New York Times' restaurant critic Pete Wells described as “like a Riviera home rented out to a rock band,” the NoMad continues to impress with its extensive menu that includes the legendary roast chicken for two, roasted duck with...

  • 45. Blue Hill, New York, N.Y.
    Sure, you can travel all the way upstate to Stone Barns to experience chef Dan Barber’s exquisite brand of farm-to-table cooking, but at its sister restaurant; located on a quaint and charming block just off Washington Square Park, the farm comes to...

  • 44. Michael Mina, San Francisco, Calif.
    As the owner of 18 restaurants, Mina is one of the most successful chefs and restaurateurs in the country, but he's not a TV food star (yet) and remains somewhat under the radar. He has become an important figure in the Las Vegas restaurant scene, but it’...

  • 43. Lucques, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Chef Suzanne Goin was nominated for the James Beard Outstanding Chef of the Year Award every year from 2008 to 2013 for her first endeavor,  Lucques, which opened in 1998 and remains as good as ever. The restaurant shines with a warm...

  • 42. Fore Street, Portland, Maine
    Fore Street's wood-roasted menu has been bringing diners in steadily since 1996. Locally harvested mussels, diver scallops, turnspit-roasted chicken and pork loin, marinated hanger steak, and other basics; accompanied by vegetables grown or foraged...

  • 41. Bouchon Bistro, Las Vegas, Nev.
    Like Thomas Keller's original Bouchon, near his landmark French Laundry (see #33 in the Napa Valley) the big, bustling Las Vegas version does a splendid job of emulating a Parisian bistro. Part of that has to do with the decorative tile floors, café...

  • 40. Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.
    In the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, a frasca is a roadside farm restaurant, serving simple regional food. Frasca Food and Wine captures the spirit of these places while also championing the vast diversity of Colorado’s unique...

  • 39. FIG, Charleston, S.C.
    With seasonally inspired food using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients; many of which come straight from the farm, this downtown Charleston, S.C. spot is a great place to eat well and clean. James Beard Award nominated chefs Mike Lata and Adam...

  • 38. Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif.
    Readers of The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America have been asking, “Where’s Manresa?” since the inaugural list was first published in 2011. They’ll certainly be happy (or more likely, just ask, “What took so you long?”) to see chef David Kinch’...

  • 37. Pok Pok, Portland, Ore.
    When Andy Ricker opened Pok Pok in 2008, he took the Pacific Northwest, and many of the nation’s most devoted eaters, by storm with his uniquely refined approach to Southeast Asian street food. In fact, his Vietnamese-inspired chicken...

  • 36. O-Ya, Boston, Mass.
    Chef Tim Cushman brings innovative sushi and related new-Japanese fare to his menu with imagination and flair, serving these and other truly wonderful dishes; accompanied by a large choice of excellent sake and wine, in an understated dining room whose...

  • 35. Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Nancy Silverton, whose La Brea Bakery changed the game for artisanal bread in America, teams up here with New York-based Italian-food moguls Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in this lively urban restaurant, complete with a mozzarella bar,...

  • 34. Babbo, New York, N.Y.
    Mario Batali’s flagship restaurant is a testament to his undying mission of keeping the food in his New York restaurants as close to Italy as possible. Whatever specialty ingredients aren’t imported from Italy are made at Babbo “as an Italian might in the...

  • 33. Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, Calif.
    Shellfish platters, pâté, salt cod beignets, steak frites, steamed mussels, escargots, and other bistro basics are on the menu at this authentic-looking French bistro reimagined in the Napa Valley — and the fact that the man behind the place is...

  • 32. Bar Tartine, San Francisco, Calif.
    You’ll find a homey setting offering approachable yet modern fare at this San Francisco eatery, popular since the day it opened in 2005. Run by chefs Nick Balla and Courtney Burns along with baker Chad Robertson, Bar Tartine is sophisticated but...

  • 31. Gotham Bar & Grill, New York
    Most New York City restaurants would consider themselves lucky to even get a review in the New York Times. In the 27 years that it’s been around, Gotham Bar and Grill has been reviewed no fewer than six times by the Gray Lady. Even...

  • 30. Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, Nev.
    The cooking is simply exquisite in this opulently furnished dining room in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. As the first restaurant opened in America by the famed, award-winning Robuchon; widely considered the greatest of modern French chefs,...

  • 29. Del Posto, New York, N.Y.
    Del Posto is the result of a collaboration between Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali. With these three big names banding together, the result is “the ultimate expression of what an Italian restaurant should be.” As a relative newcomer to...

  • 28. Bern's Steak House, Tampa, Fla.
    Come to Bern's and bask in the glory of excess. With seven different cuts of premium aged steak available in over 50 sizes and broiled over a variety of temperatures, you can be sure that there will be something for everyone in your party. Oh, and did we...

  • 27. August, New Orleans, La.
    John Besh is one of the most interesting and ambitious chefs in the Crescent City today. The American menu at this splendid eatery shows his love for, and understanding of, French, Italian, and high-level American cuisine; much of it...

  • 26. ABC Kitchen, New York, N.Y.
    ABC Kitchen is a celebration of the best ingredients that each season has to offer, all served in the classically elegant style for which Jean-Georges Vongerichten is widely known. Market-fresh dishes from chef Dan Kluger, like roasted carrot and avocado...

  • 25. Next, Chicago, Ill.
    Only three years after its opening, chef Grant Achatz's groundbreaking restaurant Next seems as if it has always been part of the culinary avant-garde — ironic for a restaurant whose entire prix-fixe concept changes every few months. There's nothing...

  • 24. Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Va.
    Self-taught chef Patrick O'Connell opened this restaurant in 1978 in what was originally a small-town garage about an hour's drive from D.C. He formed alliances with local farmers and artisanal producers long before it was fashionable...

  • 23. Zuni Cafe, San Francisco, Calif.
    Zuni showcases San Francisco Mediterranean cooking at its best. Although award-winning chef-owner Judy Rodgers passed away in December of 2013, Chez Panisse alumnus Gilbert Pilgram continues to run the kitchen. The seasonal and organic...

  • 22. Cochon, New Orleans, La.
    A serious cult favorite since it opened in 2006, Cochon is the domain of pork-loving chef Donald Link, proprietor of the popular Herbsaint and winner of a James Beard Award for his Real Cajun cookbook. Inspired by Cajun and Creole culinary traditions from...

  • 21. The Publican, Chicago, Ill.
    The Publican shows you what restaurant design can be: This cavernous, high-ceilinged affair; filled with communal seats and warm hanging globes, makes you feel like you’ve simultaneously stepped into a contemporary fine dining establishment and...

  • 20. Girl & the Goat, Chicago, Ill.
    Stephanie Izard’s West Loop restaurant Girl & the Goat, (across the street from her other hot-spots Little Goat Diner and Little Goat Bread) is popular with chefs and locals alike. The sense of community and comfort are widely apparent, from the...

  • 19. The Bazaar, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Under the direction of the ceaselessly inventive José Andrés, The Bazaar takes visitors on a wild culinary adventure, presenting old-world delicacies in a bold new way. Spanish food; either traditional or avant-garde, has no more fervent and eloquent...

  • 18. State Bird Provisions, San Francisco, Calif.
    What started off as a place to serve fried quail (California’s state bird) to the masses ended up as one of the hottest restaurants of 2013, even snagging the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant of the year. Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, the...

  • 17. Jean Georges, New York, N.Y.
    Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the few chefs in New York City with the distinction of four stars from The New York Times. At his eponymous restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and Tower; one of the few restaurants left in New...

  • 16. Gramercy Tavern, New York, N.Y.
    Gramercy Tavern is among the finest of the new wave of classic American restaurants; remember that Tom Colicchio was founding partner and chef here before he left to open his own restaurants and become a TV star. The restaurant received the...

  • 15. Galatoire's, New Orleans, La.
    A Bourbon Street landmark, Galatoire’s has been serving classic creole, NOLA style cuisine for many generations. The immense menu has changed little over the past century-plus and is full of things like turtle soup au sherry, oysters en brochette, seafood...

  • 14. Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore.
    Under the direction of James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon lures diners to its communal tables for hearty, imaginative, locally sourced entrées; (hanger steak with pepperoni, pineapple, and jalapeno; coffee-roasted lamb...

  • 13. Blackbird, Chicago, Ill.
    With its minimalist interior and its highly imaginative menu executed by chef David Posey, Paul Kahan’s 1997-vintage Blackbird continues to please diners with always interesting but never quite outré creations; including steak tartare...

  • 12. Husk, Charleston, S.C.
    Chef Sean Brock very well might be the ruling king of Southern cuisine which makes his Charleston restaurant, Husk, his throne. Named 2011’s Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit and located right in the heart of the Charleston’s...

  • 11. Commander's Palace, New Orleans, La.
    A slice of New Orleans dining history — it opened in 1880 — this culinary landmark has long been collecting accolades for everything from its service, to its wine list and its "haute Creole" cuisine. Two of its alumni, it might be noted, are Paul...

  • 10. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
    High-profile organo-loca-sustainavore Dan Barber has found the perfect home at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a beautiful restaurant in a bucolic but hardworking setting on a year-round farm and educational center. But if you’re looking for a signature...

  • 9. Momofuku Ssäm Bar, New York, N.Y.
    Meals at this ever-evolving East Village hot spot have wowed critics and won faithful followers since the beginning, and no wonder. David Chang's food offers bold, Asian-inspired flavors — like his duckaholic lunch and popular bo ssäm dinner (...

  • 8. Animal, Los Angeles, Calif.
    At this ultimate haven for adventurous carnivores, chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo have won a host of awards for their hearty, straightforward, and innovative cooking. Dishes like crispy pig head with short-grain rice, bulldog sauce, and soy...

  • 7. Daniel, New York, N.Y.
    This very grown-up restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side; Daniel Boulud’s flagship, maintains standards of service and cuisine — French haute cuisine, very much an endangered species today — that hark back to an earlier era. But the cooking...

  • 6. Alinea, Chicago, Ill.
    The menu at Alinea can sometimes sound deceptively simple. Take the lobster with carrot and chamomile; for example. What shows up on the plate; however, is absolutely original and almost always dazzlingly good. Having successfully reinvented the way...

  • 5. Chez Panisse, Berkeley, Calif.
    Celebrating more than 42 years in business, Chez Panisse is still going strong even after a devastating fire shut it down for three months last year. Sometimes it's hard to remember just how instrumental this place was in changing the American food...

  • 4. Per Se, New York, N.Y.
    In an elegant dining room overlooking Central Park in the Time Warner Center, Per Se upholds the standards set by Thomas Keller at The French Laundry; receiving an annual three-star rating from Michelin since 2006. As at the French Laundry,...

  • 3. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif.
    Thomas Keller is a perfectionist, approaching contemporary American food with classical technique. His French Laundry, with its now-famous blue door, has established new standards for fine dining in this country. Two $295 nine-course tasting menus...

  • 2. Eleven Madison Park, New York, N.Y.
    Like many of the finer things in life, Eleven Madison Park seems to get better with age. Although it opened to much fanfare and subsequent acclaim in 1998, it was Danny Meyer’s hiring of Swiss-born Daniel Humm to helm the kitchen in 2006 that elevated the...

  • 1. Le Bernardin, New York, N.Y.
    This elegant seafood restaurant, headed by chef Eric Ripert, has topped many “best of” lists and has several accolades under its belt, including repeat four-star reviews from The New York Times (the first of them written only a few months of its opening...

  • "Secret" Bohemian Restaurant Seeks Hawaii Space
    One of New York City's preeminent "secret" restaurants seems to be looking for a new hidden spot in one of the most far-flung parts of America and in a not-so-secret appeal. Bohemian, a semi-open secret in New York City's NoHo...

  • Live Music at The NoMad Upstairs Starts Tonight
    A short YouTube video that opens with the murmur of a jazz club and the silhouette of a lilting and enticing songstress at an old-school mike, ends with a mysterious clue: “The NoMad Upstairs Thursdays 1170 Broadway New York”. A...

  • Guy Fieri: Beyond Diners, Flames, and Flavortown
    Guy Fieri is everywhere. He has Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, he has California restaurants Johnny Garlic's and Tex Wasabi's in Santa Rosa, his Carnival Cruise Lines endeavor Guy's Burger Joint, two new Food Network shows in addition to Triple...

  • Joe Namath Talks Tights, Salt, and Who's Styling Now
    For all their glory, even the four championships that the Giants have won over the past four decades and the personalities of the coaches and athletes who made them happen don’t quite come close to matching the style and cool of the New York...

  • 10. The Perfect Side Dish
    Imagine onions that linger with sweet notes of syrupy goodness. Or sweet potatoes that are candied and perfectly textured. Coconut oil is now being used by modern-day chefs to sauté mundane vegetables and bake starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes,...

  • 9. The Ideal Baking Substitute
    If you’re trying to start the new year off right, get rid of the butter. Substitute coconut oil for a powerful antioxidant kick and the secret ingredient for perfect gooey cookies, or the seamless flaky pie crust. Lastly, coconut oil is known to make an...

  • 8. Increase Brain Function
    According to recent studies, coconut oil can be used to improve cognitive function and aid in reversing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, in early stages.

  • 7. Improve Digestion
    A tablespoon of coconut oil before each meal can improve digestion and has been suggested to aid in weight loss. Unlike other fats, those from coconut oil are sent directly to the liver and processed as energy. Therefore, the fat in coconut oil isn’t...

  • 6. Fight the Flu
    Add a small amount of blended coconut oil to a cup of tea to protect your immune system or recover from that winter flu. High in vitamin E and an assortment of critical antioxidants, this oil is the perfect seasonal additive to warm that sore throat or...

  • 5. High-Temperature Cooking Pro
    Superior to olive or vegetable oils, coconut oil acts as the most efficient heat-tolerant oil choice when cooking at high temperatures. Next time you’re pan-frying vegetables, substitute coconut oil in place of the accustomed olive or vegetable oil for a...

  • 4. Boost Your Energy
    Mix a tablespoon of flaxseed or chia seeds with coconut oil into a smoothie for a guaranteed energy booster. Throw in some strawberries or banana and you’re in for a real treat. 

  • 3. The All-Natural Under-Eye Cream
    Forget the expensive creams and in-office treatments. Apply a pea-sized amount of coconut oil under each eye, and watch as dark circles diminish and wrinkles fade. Make sure not to get the oil in your eyes, as it can cause blurry vision!

  • 2. Hydrate Your Skin
    Add some coconut oil to your daily face (or body) cleansing routine and exfoliate regularly. Not only will the oil hydrate your skin, but it will provide a noticeably soft finish, too.

  • 1. Add Some Shine to Your 'Do
    Coconut oil is the perfect way to add some much-needed shine to your hair. Apply liberally to hands and use as a mask to remove frizz and add a lustrous shine. Rinse, remove, and enjoy your lustrous locks.

  • In Memoriam: Food and Drink Figures Lost in 2013
    The culinary world lost some greats in 2013. So it’s only fitting as everyone looks forward to 2014, to take a moment to look back on those we lost – to remember them and thank them for their struggles and successes, their accomplishment and...

  • The Daily Meal's Chefs of the Year for 2013: Adrià & Barber
    Who are the chefs, in America and on the international scene, who are the game changers, the pioneers — the culinary standard-bearers? Which chefs most embody the pursuit — and achievement — of excellence? These are the questions The...

  • 2013 International Chef of the Year: Albert Adrià
    Energetic yet easygoing, jocular yet still serious, ascendant but approachable, among his colleagues, Albert Adrià just might currently be one of the world’s most admired and well-liked chefs — one whose brother just happens to be...

  • 2013 American Chef of the Year: Dan Barber
    "There’s a connection between great food and statements about the world," said chef Dan Barber, adding, "It’s a course of thought and action that’s one in the same, and one that quickly becomes political. It’s...

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    Named after the highway that runs between Naples and Canosa, Puglia, A16 draws all of its inspiration from the boot-shaped country, but with adoration for the Campania region to the south. Since 2004, owner Shelley Lindgren's Marina...

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    To see whiskey in bottles symbolizes alertness, carefulness, and a protective nature. To dream you are drinking whiskey alone signifies selfishness at the cost of losing friends.

  • Watermelon
    To see a watermelon represents love, desire, lust, and fiery passion. Pregnant women or women on the verge of a menstrual cycle often dream of fruits like watermelons.

  • Salt
    To see or taste salt represents a new found flare in waking life, an experience of increased worth and a higher sense of vigor. Alternatively, salt symbolizes dependability, truth, and dedication. Consider the phrase "throwing salt on an open wound;" the...

  • Pretzel
    To see a pretzel symbolizes devotion and life's rewards — embracing life and extending yourself to help others. Alternatively, it may indicate preoccupation with a complex issue.

  • Potato Chip
    A symbol of overindulgent behavior.

  • Pork
    A symbol denoting desire for normalcy and routine. It could also be a pun on overspending.

  • Pizza
    To see or eat pizza represents abundance, choices, and variety. It may also indicate you are lacking or feeling deprived.

  • Pineapple
    To see a pineapple represents self-confidence, ambition, and success. You are self-assured. Alternatively, the pineapples symbolize hospitality. It could mean you need to relax or take a vacation. To eat a pineapple, indicates sexual problems and issues...

  • Pickles
    To see a pickle signifies anxiety, fear, or realization that you will be in trouble. Alternatively, it may be a priapic symbol.

  • Oysters
    Dreams of eating oysters signify you will lose your senses and morality to pursue low pleasures and indulgences. Oysters can symbolizes beauty, humility, wealth, wisdom, and a laid-back atmosphere. This symbol may also indicate the shutting out of others...

  • Muffins
    Baking muffins denotes being a hard worker. Dreams of eating them signifies a taste for exquisite and expensive things.

  • Sandwich
    To see a sandwich suggests pressure being put on you. It also reflects your ability to do two things at once. Eating a fish sandwich indicates conflict between spirituality and practicality.

  • Lemons
    To see a lemon in a dream indicates something of inferior quality. To eat or suck a lemon refers to a need to cleanse or heal. To see shriveled lemons foretells a bitter separation/divorce for you and your lover, or spouse.

  • Ham
    To dream you are eating ham indicates a need to preserve energy. To see a ham indicates you are experiencing emotional difficulties. It may also be metaphor to suggest desire for attention.

  • Butter
    A symbol suggesting a search for gratification. You need to indulge in life's pleasure.  

  • Bartender
    To dream you're a bartender suggests wanting to escape the demands of daily life. It also may be a pun indicating you are creating a barrier.

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue refers to a minor issue or transformation occurring in your waking life. To dream you are barbecuing symbolizes togetherness, relaxation, and ease.

  • Bagel
    To see or eat a bagel suggests life is missing key elements — you are not whole. Alternatively, it refers to sexual urges.

  • Bacon
    Bacon symbolizes essentials and staples. It may be a play on the phrase "bringing home the bacon." Dreams of rancid bacon may suggest a forbidden situation.

  • Alcohol
    Dreams of enjoying alcohol in moderation denotes contentment and satisfaction. Also, perhaps a metaphor for "spirits" and the need for spiritual enrichment. To dream you are consuming alcohol in excess signifies feelings of inadequacy, worries, regrets...

  • Abalone
    A symbol of transition. Perhaps also a play on words indicating "loneliness."

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  • #3 Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, (Marinara)
    "There’s no mystery to my pizza," Bronx native Chris Bianco was quoted as saying in The New York Times. "Sicilian oregano, organic flour, San Marzano tomatoes, purified water, mozzarella I learned to make at Mike's Deli in the Bronx, sea salt, fresh...

  • #53 Osteria, Philadelphia (Margherita)
    Nominated for the Best New Restaurant award by the James Beard Foundation in 2008 and winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Mid-Atlantic chef in 2010, Osteria has some super credentials, and quite a bit of hype to live up to. Marc Vetri,...

  • #18 Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Tomato Pie)
    Lombardi's may generally be considered to be "America's first pizza," but as Nick Azzaro, owner of Papa's Tomato Pies, isn't shy about telling you, Papa's  — founded in 1912 — is actually America's oldest continuously owned family-owned...

  • #100 La Piazza, Merrick, N.Y. (Grandma Pie)
    "La who? La Piazza as in the Mario Batali enoteca in Eataly?" Manhattanites may ask, confused about something Strong Islanders already know well. Nope. Look east to the neighborhood Italian-American restaurant chain with...

  • #101 Ghigiarelli's, Old Forge, Pa. (Red)
    You have to give credit to a town that calls itself the "Pizza Capital of the World," especially if no one would have heard of it otherwise. Not Naples, Italy. Not New York City or Brooklyn, not Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New Haven. Nope, Old...

  • #67 Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colo. (Margherita)
    Boulder isn’t the first place you’d look for one of America’s best Italian restaurants, so it likely won’t be the first city you’d seek out one of its best pizzerias. But it shouldn’t be last. The philosophy of chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master...

  • #76 Picco, Boston (Margherita)
    It won’t surprise Bostonites to hear others say that theirs is a great city for pizza, usually when mentioning Santarpio’s and Regina in the same breath, but it probably doesn’t happen nearly as much as it should. One of the newer...

  • 101 Best Pizzas in America
    Pizza! If you grew up obsessed with it — postgame pizza, movie-night pizza, baby-sitting pizza, college dorm pizza, New York-, New Haven-, Neapolitan-, deep-dish-, St. Louis-, Detroit-style pizza, pizza! — and pursued that American passion for...

  • #35 Joe’s, New York City (Cheese)
    Joe's Pizza is as synonymous with New York City as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. The infamous shop has placed in nearly every best pizzas list, including GQ's Top 25 Pizzas, Shecky's Best in New York, and New York...

  • #98 Zio’s, Omaha, Neb. (Margherita)
    Zio’s is an institution — the place Omaha natives (at least those who graduated from Godfathers) will likely acknowledge as the spot where they first had pizza "by the slice, East Coast-style, yo!" Opened in Omaha's Midtown in 1985 by...

  • #11 Modern Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Italian Bomb)
    Established in 1934 as State Street Pizza, Modern's coal-fired brick oven puts out pizza in the same thin-crust style. It's likely that you'll hear it spoken about as the place "the locals go instead of Pepe's and Sally's." That may be so. The...

  • #67 Pizzeria Locale, Boulder, Colo. (Margherita)
    Boulder isn’t the first place you’d look for one of America’s best Italian restaurants, so it likely won’t be the first city you’d seek out one of its best pizzerias. But it shouldn’t belast. The philosophy of chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and master...

  • #68 Alforno, Old Saybrook, Conn. (Margherita)
    Not that anyone was really complaining, but Connecticut Shoreline institution Alforno in Old Saybrook got a renovation two years ago to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The New York Times noted Alforno’s bigger tables and more comfortable chairs, and a...

  • #79 Vito & Nick’s, Chicago (Sausage)
    In a city dedicated to deep-dish pies, this family-owned restaurant has been serving up thin-crust pizzas to Chicago residents for decades, and as the note on their website demonstrates ("If you don’t know about us, you will"), the owners are...

  • #84 Metro Pizza, Las Vegas (Milano)
    Gennaro Lombardi’s influence was so strong that his shop on Spring Street almost directly resulted in what’s generally accepted as one of, if not the best, pizzas in Las Vegas. Founders John Arena and Sam Facchini's grandparents settled just 50 yards away...

  • #55 Santillo's Brick Oven Pizza, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sicilian)
    What can you say about Al Santillo? Santillo may be the least well-known great pizza tradition curator in America, the gatekeeper to three generations of pizza-making and one of the most unique pizzerias in America. The man practically has tomato sauce...

  • #53 Osteria, Philadelphia (Margherita)
    Nominated for the Best New Restaurant award by the James Beard Foundation in 2008 and winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Mid-Atlantic chef in 2010, Osteria has some super credentials, and quite a bit of hype to live up to. Marc Vetri,...

  • #101 Ghigiarelli's, Old Forge, Pa. (Red)
    You have to give credit to a town that calls itself the "Pizza Capital of the World," especially if no one would have heard of it otherwise. Not Naples, Italy. Not New York City or Brooklyn, not Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New Haven. Nope, Old...

  • #96 Pizza Delicious, New Orleans (Cheese)
    "Best Pizza," "Pizza Delicious" — it almost seems as though some of the new guard pizza parlors are being named in ways to optimize how high up they’ll show in your Google results these days. But New Orleans’ Pizza Delicious doesn’t need a...

  • #94 Lovely's Fifty-Fifty, Portland, Ore. (Seasonal)
    Portland’s third pizzeria on this list (four technically by name if you count the Portland outpost of Seattle’s Via Tribunali, go Portland!), is just a few years old, but it’s been mentioned as one of the city’s best pizzerias, in the same breath as...

  • #87 Spirito's Restaurant, Elizabeth, N.J. (Sausage and Pepperoni)
    If you’re from a certain part of Northern New Jersey, there’s about a 100 percent chance that you’ve heard of Spirito’s, and an equally good chance that you’ve been there. Owned and operated by the Spirito family since it opened in 1932, the dim, wood-...

  • #93 Via Tribunali, Seattle (Margherita)
    Via Tribunali opened its first pizzeria in Capitol Hill in 2004 to great success and praise, serving Neapolitan-style pies hot and fast with beautiful and puffy crusts and a variety of toppings (more than 20 combinations). The forces behind Via Tribunali’...

  • #92 Imo’s, St. Louis (Deluxe):
    There are styles of pizza so synonymous with the area they’re from that many outsiders will forever struggle to comprehend. For New Yorkers that’s Chicago deep-dish, for late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, apparently that’s St. Louis-style. Not long ago he had...

  • #91 Lorenzo and Sons, Philadelphia (Cheese Pie)
    Every native Philadelphian has a love/hate relationship with the tourist trap that is South Street. While the drinks are overpriced and the shops are kitschy, South Street is most likely where you spent your teenage years seeing bands, visiting novelty...

  • #90 The Original Tacconelli's Pizzeria, Philadelphia (Signature Pie)
    "Please keep in mind we are a one-man, one-oven operation," notes The Original Tacconelli’s website. "Waiting time may vary." Indeed, this is Philadelphia’s pizzeria célèbre, so expect a wait to match. Especially if you haven’t reserved your dough,...

  • #89 Gino’s of Long Beach, Long Beach, N.Y. (Special Pizza)
    It’s tough to explain Gino’s better than Esca chef Dave Pasternack did to Ed Levine in his book Slice of Heaven when he gave the following advice: "Buy a round-trip ticket to Long Beach. The ticket includes a beach bass, so it’s a...

  • #88 Best Pizza, Brooklyn, N.Y. (White Pizza)
    It was a tragedy when chef Joaquin Baca’s Brooklyn Star, a very promising restaurant, suffered a damaging fire. But the Star found another great spot, and when the Brooklyn Star space reopened as a new concept, it did so with what has become one of...

  • #86 Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza, Metuchen, N.J. (Capricciosa)
    To paraphrase The Star-Ledger's Peter Genovese (but flip the compliment), perhaps the only thing harder than making a best New York or New Haven list is making a best New Jersey pizza list. Genovese did an admirable job this...

  • #85 Galleria Umberto Rosticceria, Boston (Cheese Pie)
    Galleria Umberto in Boston’s North End is generally lost among Boston’s more well-known pies like Santarpio’s and Regina. That’s probably fine as far as most locals are concerned, because there’s usually a line outside for these thick, over-the-...

  • #83 King Umberto, Elmont, N.Y. (Grandma Pizza)
    By now, most pizza lovers know what a grandma pie is, or have at least heard of what you could argue was one of the modern era’s first secret menu options. But just because it has become more well-known doesn’t mean everyone knows how to make a...

  • #82 Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska (Avalanche)
    Ask anyone where to go for pizza in Anchorage and you’ll likely be directed to the renowned Midtown Anchorage nightlife spot Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria — the same pizza place that has been locals’ go-to since the late 1990s when fellow rock...

  • #81 Niki’s, Detroit (Cheese Pie with Feta)
    It may not have invented Detroit-style pizza (essentially a Sicilian pie, but with more cheese, and the sauce on top) — that's generally attributed to being born at Buddy’s in 1946 — but Niki’s, which is located in the heart of Detroit’s...

  • #100 La Piazza, Merrick, N.Y. (Grandma Pie)
    "La who? La Piazza as in the Mario Batali enoteca in Eataly?" Manhattanites may ask, confused about something Strong Islanders already know well. Nope. Look east to the neighborhood Italian-American restaurant chain with three...

  • #99 Cloverleaf Pizza, Macomb, Mich. (Pepperoni)
    Sometimes it’s best to let a place speak for itself. So it is with Michigan institution Cloverleaf Pizza, which notes: "In 1946 pizza wasn’t being served at many places in Detroit but soon many took their first bite of what is now famously known as...

  • #98 Zio’s, Omaha, Neb. (Margherita)
    Zio’s is an institution — the place Omaha natives (at least those who graduated from Godfathers) will likely acknowledge as the spot where they first had pizza "by the slice, East Coast-style, yo!" Opened in Omaha's Midtown in 1985 by Daniel and Usha...

  • #97 Reginelli’s, New Orleans (Classic Combo)
    New Orleans is known for its gumbo and po’boys, but in 1996 the city was introduced to a soon-to-be local favorite with the opening of Reginelli’s Pizzeria. Darryl Reginelli and Bruce Erhardt offer a varied menu that includes much more than pizza,...

  • #95 Lucali, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Pepperoni)
    Take a pinch of Di Fara’s Dom DeMarco, add a dash of the murals of Gino’s of Long Beach, stretch the amount of un-sauced classic Coney Island Totonno's crust a bit wider, add in a few intangibles, and you may just be getting close to the pizza...

  • #77 L&B Spumoni Gardens, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sicilian Slice)
    You don’t head out to Gravesend, Brooklyn, and just to go to L&B Spumoni. Well, maybe you do if you’re filming a scene in a movie there — it’s that kind of New York City institution. It’s just that at that point, if you’re a pizza fanatic,...

  • #76 Picco, Boston (Margherita)
    It won’t surprise Bostonites to hear others say that theirs is a great city for pizza, usually when mentioning Santarpio’s and Regina in the same breath, but it probably doesn’t happen nearly as much as it should. One of the newer breed of pizzerias...

  • #75 Del Popolo, San Francisco (Margherita)
    Apart from being visually stunning, this food truck from Jonathan Darsky, the former pizzaiolo of the acclaimed Flour + Water in San Francisco (he left in 2010), is one of the first to offer a wood-burning mobile pizza oven. The truck...

  • #74 De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies, Robbinsville, N.J. (Tomato Pie)
    De Lorenzo’s serves up some serious tradition with their pies — 65 years' worth. Customers can top their small or large tomato pies by selecting from a range of different toppings including anchovies, artichokes, spinach, sausage, and pepperoni. De...

  • #73 Sullivan Street Bakery, New York City (Pizza Bianca)
    In 2000, Jim Lahey built the Sullivan Street Bakery headquarters in Hell’s Kitchen, where he became known not just for his bread, but for his Roman-style pizza. To most pizza-loving Americans, Sullivan St.'s pizza will really seem like more of a...

  • #72 Michael's, Los Angeles (Margherita D.O.P.)
    There was a stir not long ago, when a few months after Zagat released its unranked survey of its 16 highest nationally rated pizzerias (a tallied score that combines food, décor, service, and price), that Michael’s Pizzeria in Long Beach was...

  • #71 Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Florida (Pepperoni)
    Chef and company founder Anthony Bruno brings classic flavors with an urban spin to pizza lovers with Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza at his 42 different locations spanning Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut. The...

  • #80 Mani Osteria & Bar, Ann Arbor, Mich. (Pepperoni Pie)
    Yes, Supino, Buddy's, Green Lantern Lounge, and several other great Detroit metro area pizzerias were presented to be voted on by this year’s panel, and they’re all worth searching out, but up-and-comer Mani Osteria & Bar edged them all this year (and...

  • #78 Giordano's Pizza, Chicago (Special Stuffed Pie)
    It wasn’t enough for Chicago to invent its own style of pizza — the casserole version affectionately known as deep-dish — no, they invented two. The recipe for Giordano's stuffed pizza is one that the restaurant claims has evolved during more...

  • #65 Tomasso’s, San Francisco (Mushrooms and Sliced Italian Sausage)
    Tomasso’s has been a San Francisco institution in North Beach since, well, forever. It was opened as Lupo’s in 1935 by the Cantolupo family, immigrants from Naples, with what it claims was the first wood-fired brick pizza oven on...

  • #64 Fat Lorenzo's, Minneapolis (Classic Cheese Pie)
    With its colorful murals and delicious pies, Minneapolis’ Fat Lorenzo’s, the original and a "standard for the Twin Cities," is a unique dining experience that’s tough to match. As its motto goes, it has been "Italian in a big way," proud of...

  • #63 Rizzo's Fine Pizza, Queens, N.Y. (Pepperoni)
    The menu at Rizzo’s Fine Pizza has undergone quite an extensive evolution considering that when brothers Joseph and Salvatore Rizzo and their brother-in-law Hugo Lupi opened the small pizza shop in Astoria, Queens, in 1959, they made only one type of pie...

  • #62 Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, Ga. (Pepperoni)
    Antico Pizza Napoletana may only be open a few years, but that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to discussions about the best pizza in Atlanta. Giovanni Di Palma’s Antico is generally considered by most Atlantans as the city’s best pizza, and many of...

  • #61 Falco's Pizza & Pasta, Chicago, Ill. (Sausage Thin Crust)
    “In 1956, Vito and Anna Falco came to America with only their family and a dream” notes the restaurant’s website. “By 1964 their dream became reality when they opened the original Falco’s Pizzeria on the south side at 87th and Washtenau.” Heartwarming,...

  • #70 Fellini’s, Atlanta (Fellini's Special)
    Some have noted the dough can get a bit dense and chewy, and there are those who would argue that Atlanta’s pizza newcomers like Antico and Varasano’s have far surpassed this institution, but these New York-style slices still have appeal. Here’s what you...

  • #69 Nunzio’s, Staten Island, N.Y. (Polly O)
    The original Nunzio’s started out in 1942 in South Beach at the corner of Sand Lane and Father Capodanno Boulevard, but was moved in 1960 to its current spot on the corner of Midland and Hylan. Its current owner Robert Whiteaker, whose grandfather bought...

  • #66 Flying Squirrel Pizza, Seattle (No. 3)
    Having opened in 2008, Seattle’s Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. is a fairly recent addition to the national pizza scene. But it isn’t wasting any time; the Squirrel, the dream of Bill Coury, a one-time manager in Starbucks’ music division ...

  • #58 Louie and Ernie's, Bronx, N.Y. (Sausage Pie)
    You hear plenty of people tell tales of their outerborough travels to Di Fara in Brooklyn, but the Bronx deserves its own pizza tales, and Louie and Ernie’s may just be up to the task of making this borough the pizza destination it deserves to be...

  • #57 Joe & Pat's Pizzeria, Staten Island, N.Y. (Vodka)
    The home of Staten Island’s thin crispy crust pizza has been family-owned-and-operated since it opened in 1960. “Thin crispy crust, huh?” you may ask. “What’s that all about?” Well, Joe & Pat’s has sweet sauce and pizza that is so thin you can...

  • #56 Enoteca Vespaio, Austin, Texas (Margherita)
    You can almost hear the Austinites raging. “OK, I get Backspace, but no Rounders? No Via 313? Where’s Little Deli and Frank & Angie's? How about Home Slice? How does this even make sense? And no Roppolo’s? They made it last year! What happened?”...

  • #54 Coppa, Boston (Salsiccia)
    Even if you’re not food-obsessed and just a casual food TV watcher, you may be familiar with Coppa’s James Beard Award-nominated chef Jamie Bissonnette. The stocky, affable, tattooed chef was a Food Network Chopped champion in 2011, the same...

  • #52 Don Antonio by Starita, New York City (Montanara Starita)
    Bringing more than 50 traditional and contemporary-style Neapolitan pizza pies crafted with homemade mozzarella, renowned Neapolitan pizza chefs Roberto Caporuscio and Antonio Starita have joined forces at Don Antonio by Starita on the...

  • #51 Pizzeria Uno, Chicago, (Numero Uno:
    It’s just as easy as ever to rile up New Yorkers with the old "Chicago’s pizza is better than New York’s" poke. "But it’s not even pizza," they’ll exclaim, "it’s a casserole for crying out loud!" They’re right, but it’s a pizza style here to stay. All the...

  • #60 Garage Bar, Louisville, Ky. (Sweet Corn)
    Housed in a former auto service garage in downtown Louisville, Garage Barn features Chef Michael Paley’s wood-fired pizzas that emphasize local ingredients. Highlighting the region’s specialties and tastes, Chef Michael Paley serves the Sweet...

  • #59 EVO, Charleston, S.C. (Pork Trifecta)
    EVO, which stands for "extra virgin oven," offers fresh, wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza made with seasonal and local ingredients. Produce from local farmers is used to develop these pies. The menu consists of just five pizzas, including Margherita,...

  • #41 Scampo, Boston (Lamb)
    James Beard Award-winning chef Lydia Shire is one of Boston’s most legendary chefs, and her restaurant, Scampo, is one of the best Italian restaurants you’ll ever dine at. In fact earlier this year, Scampo ranked number 16 on The Daily Meal’s list of...

  • #42 A Mano Pizza, Ridgewood, N.J. (A Mano Pizza)
    Shh. Don’t tell anyone, but there’s a little bit of Naples in Ridgewood, N.J. The spot has a wood-burning oven hand-built on site "by Neapolitan artisans, using stones and volcanic soil imported from Naples," ovens that can be maintained at 1,...

  • #43 Lombardi’s, New York City (Pepperoni)
    Lombardi's may generally be considered to be "America's first pizza," but as Nick Azzaro, owner of Papa's Tomato Pies, isn't shy about telling you, Papa's  — founded in 1912 — is actually America's longest continuously owned ...

  • #44 Artichoke Basille, New York, N.Y. (Artichoke Slice)
    Using what they learned while working at their family’s restaurant Basille’s in Staten Island, in 2008, pizzaiolos, cousins and best friends, Francis Garcia and Sal Basille took a party dip, put it on a pizza and turned a sliver of a shop on the West part...

  • #45 Delancey Seattle, Wash. (Pepperoni Pie)
    Those critical of the Pacific Northwest pizza scene need to back up. Let’s put this in context. Washington became the 42nd state in 1889, 16 years before Gennaro Lombardi opened America’s first pizzeria… in New York City. Washington and Oregon (though...

  • #46 Little Vincent’s, Huntington, N.Y. (Cheese)
    If you don’t think there’s any good pizza on Long Island, you’re not looking in the right places. There are plenty of great pies — pilgrimage-worthy pies, in fact. And one of them is on the North Shore in one of the island’s best towns for food, heck,...

  • #47 Franny’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Clam Pizza)
    Franny’s isn’t just a Brooklyn pizza spot that opened in 2004, it’s one of the Brooklyn restaurants that helped generate the critical mass of passion that was necessary to create the Brooklyn versus Manhattan restaurants debate. This local spot run by...

  • #48 The Backspace, Austin, Texas (Bianca)
    With a pedigree that includes a degree from the CIA, and stops at The French Laundry and Café Boulud, it’s not a huge surprise that chef Shawn Cirkiel’s restaurant Parkside has been a huge success, but culinary degrees and high-falutin’ restaurant...

  • #49 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Los Angeles (Margherita)
    Haven’t heard of 800 Degrees? That won’t likely be the case for long. Consider that the concept was developed by Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman (who seems to have plans for a national burger empire) and former Michael Mina corporate chef ...

  • #50 Pizzaiolo, Oakland, Calif. (Margherita)
    Pizzaiolo founder Charlie Hallowell was raised in suburban Connecticut on a modest diet of TV dinners and Chef Boyardee. As Pizzaiolo’s website explains, through some completely unexplainable, miraculous twist of fate, he found himself working in the Chez...

  • #31 A16, San Francisco (Margherita)
    Named after the highway that runs between Naples and Canosa, Puglia, A16 draws all of its inspiration from the boot-shaped country, but with adoration for the Campania region to the south. Since 2004, owner Shelley Lindgren's Marina...

  • #32 Gjelina, Los Angeles (Lamb Sausage)
    This Venice neighborhood spot serves Italian favorites to diners hanging out on the trendy Abbott Kinney Boulevard. The menu ranges from charcuterie and cheese to oysters, and includes an impressive wine list, but the pizza is what draws crowds. ...

  • #33 Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco (Salsiccia Pizza)
    San Francisco’s Mission may have changed quite a bit over the past decade, but as Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer recently noted, Mission visionaries and Pizzeria Delfina owners Craig and Anne Stoll haven’t lost a step even as they’ve expanded...

  • #34 Patsy’s, East Harlem, N.Y. (Cheese)
    Some would say that this is the only existing place where you can get a proper and authentic coal-oven slice in the universe, given that its founder Pasquale "Patsy" Lancieri supposedly opened Patsy's after working with the godfather of New York City...

  • #35 Joe’s, New York City (Cheese)
    Joe's Pizza is as synonymous with New York City as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. The infamous shop has placed in nearly every best pizzas list, including GQ's Top 25 Pizzas, Shecky's Best in New York, and New York Magazine's...

  • #36 Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza Arlington, Va. (Capricciosa)
    Pupatella originated as a food truck in 2007 and went brick-and-mortar three years later. This two-room storefront with the sign out front that warns "Pizza Addicts Only" is the D.C. culmination of Enzo Algarme’s experience hanging around the some 200 or...

  • #37 Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Chicago (Chicago Classic)
    Does it say something that the first Chicago deep-dish pizzeria on this list of the 101 best pizzas in America ranks number 37? Sounds like a question a New Yorker would ask. Maybe because deep-dish pizza isn’t actually pizza, but a casserole? All...

  • #38 Star Tavern Pizzeria, Orange, N.J. (Thin Crust, Any Toppings)
    It doesn’t seem fair that a style of pizza like Chicago deep-dish, one that isn’t even technically pizza, has so much national attention, while arguably equal if not better styles of pizza for example, grandma and bar pies (styles that are ...

  • #39 Nick's Pizza, Forest Hills, Queens, N.Y. (Mushroom and Sausage)
    The same family that brought you Adrienne's Pizza Bar on Wall Street, Angelo's in Midtown, and all of the Patsy's licensees in Manhattan first conquered pizza in Queens. Owner Nick Angelis serves some of the freshest mozzarella around with a wide variety...

  • #40 Gino’s East, Chicago (Cheese Deep-Dish)
    Gino’s may be the ultimate in Chicago deep-dish, with a history dating back nearly 50 years. The story starts with two taxi drivers and their friend, who became frustrated with rush-hour traffic and decided to open up their own pizza place. Just off...

  • #25 John’s of Bleecker, New York City (Bruschetta)
    Yes, John's of Bleecker is on the tourist rotation, but there's a reason this place has become an institution. Pizza is cooked in a coal-fired brick oven the same way it's been done there since 1929. You can choose from their available toppings...

  • #26 Grimaldi’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
    Being able to do the mental gymnastics intrinsic to understanding the history behind one of New York City — er, Brooklyn’s most storied pizzerias isn’t required for you to enjoy a slice of its famous pizza, but we have a few minutes while you wait in line...

  • #27 Colony Pizza, Stamford, Conn. (Sausage Pie)
    This thin crust bar pie institution in Stamford, Conn., has long been notorious for its no-frills demeanor, no-special-options policy, and for not making exceptions. There are signs though that this reputation may be thawing. Consider first the ...

  • #28 DeNino's Pizzeria and Tavern, Staten Island, N.Y. (Sausage)
    Residents of the Forgotten Borough have long-known what the rest of the city, and more recently the country are just beginning to understand: when it comes to pizza, Staten Island doesn’t play around. And Denino’s has led the charge since 1951, when Carlo...

  • #29 Santarpio’s, Boston, Mass. (Mozzarella, Sausage, and Garlic)
    The local favorite has already seen its fair share of fame after winning the Best Traditional Pizza in New England award from Boston magazine seven times in the last 20 years, including last year. Santarpio's, which opened in 1903, sticks to their...

  • #30 Ken’s Artisan Pizza, Portland, Ore. (Margherita)
    Ken Forkish and Chef Alan Maniscalco co-founded Ken’s Artisan Pizza in 2006 after the success of Monday Night Pizza at Ken’s Artisan Bakery. It’s been cultishly-loved ever since. There are gigantic Douglas Fir beams, sliding glass windows, and an open...

  • #19 The Cheese Board, Berkeley, Calif. (Changes Daily)
    The Cheese Board gets pizza lovers in Berkeley lining up outside and sitting down on the grass median between traffic. That has to be some good pizza, right? You bet. And the whole idea behind Cheese Board is cool, too. But you probably know the story by...

  • #20 2Amy’s, Washington, D.C. (2Amys)
    Once upon a time, the District of Columbia was a pizza dessert, a land where khaki-wearers bided their time until the fortunes tied to two-, four-, or six-year cycles became clear, resigning themselves to late-night calls to Domino’s and hoping Manny...

  • #21 Zero Otto Nove, Bronx, N.Y. (Margherita)
    For many New Yorkers, Arthur Avenue is a storied pilgrimage to the Bronx they’ve heard of where supposedly they can get the "authentic" Italian food no longer prevalent at the oft-maligned Chinatown-encroached tourist spots of Little Italy. Whether or not...

  • #22 Regina Pizzeria, Boston (Melanzane)
    It may now sport some 20 locations, but the original Regina Pizzeria has been a local hot spot since 1926 when it opened in Boston’s North End. Pizzas are made from dough with an 80-year-old family recipe, sauce, whole-milk mozz, and natural...

  • #23 Spacca Napoli, Chicago (Bufalina)
    Spacca Napoli stands out from the rest of the Chicago pizza pack due to its unique take on Neapolitan-style pizza. The restaurant has garnered a laundry list of accolades, from the 2013 Michelin Bib Gourmand Award to a 95 percent "like" rating on Zagat....

  • #24 Domenica, New Orleans (Margherita)
    Would you expect a Mississippi-born, Louisiana-bred, former Marine Corps reservist to be serving one of America’s best pizzas? Probably not, but chef John Besh does just that at his New Orleans restaurant Domenica (Italian for "Sunday") in the renovated...

  • #18 Papa’s Tomato Pies, Trenton, N.J. (Tomato Pie)
    Lombardi's may generally be considered to be "America's first pizza," but as Nick Azzaro, owner of Papa's Tomato Pies, isn't shy about telling you, Papa's  — founded in 1912 — is actually America's oldest continuously owned family-owned...

  • #17 Co., New York, N.Y. (Popeye)
    Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, Co. (pronounced Company) opened in 2009 in a competitive pizza market. With nearly a dozen different restaurants at every corner, Co. was up against stiff competition. But its quality pies had more...

  • #16 Kesté, New York City (Kesté)
    "This is it. New York’s #1," notes Kesté’s website. And yes, that’s actually what the restaurant’s name Kesté means in Neapolitan dialect: "This is it." Hard to argue it doesn’t belong in the conversation. See, this is the place you take Italians, better...

  • #15 South Brooklyn Pizza, New York City (New York Style Pizza)
    Quick, who makes New York City's best slice? That’s a tricky question. While known as a great pizza city, New York’s state of the slice isn't what it you'd think, especially while it’s in the grip of the Neapolitan craze and $0.99-cardboard drunk food (...

  • #14 Apizza Scholls, Portland, Ore. (Apizza Amore)
    Apizza Scholls has some of the best pizza in Portland, and some have argued, north of San Francisco — and that’s using an electric oven! But they do have some guidelines for patrons interested in composing their own topping combinations on their 18-inch...

  • #5 Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, Calif. (Squash Blossoms, Tomato, Burrata)
    Renowned baker and chef Nancy Silverton teamed up with Italian culinary moguls Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich to open Osteria Mozza, a Los Angeles hot spot where the famous clientele pales in comparison to the innovative, creative fare....

  • #10 Al Forno, Providence, R.I. (Margarita)
    On South Main Street in the heart of Providence, R.I., Al Forno offers a quintessential Italian dining experience for those who can’t afford the flight. Husband-and-wife owner-chefs George Germon and Johanne Killeen received the Insegna del...

  • #12 Totonno’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
    By all accounts, Totonno’s shouldn’t be around anymore. Consider first that it was opened in Coney Island in 1924 (by Antonio "Totonno" Pero, a Lombardi’s alum). Then factor in the fire that broke out in the coal storage area and ravaged the...

  • #13 Paulie Gee’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Regina)
    With a love for pizza, little formal training, without finishing high school, with a career he has characterized as having "masqueraded as a computer geek," and a fear of becoming Shelley Levene from Glengarry Glen Ross, Paulie Giannone struck out into...

  • #9 Motorino, New York City (Brussels Sprouts)
    Some spaces are cursed. Others? Blessed. When Anthony Mangieri shuttered Una Pizza Napoletana at 349 East 12th St. and headed West, Mathieu Palombino took over the lease, renamed the space Motorino, and the East Village pizza scene hardly skipped a...

  • #8 Flour + Water, San Francisco (Margherita)
    Although this San Francisco restaurant claims to specialize in house-made pastas, their pizza is formidable. Baked in a wood-fired oven, the thin-crust pizza at Flour + Water blends Old World tradition with modern refinement, according to chef...

  • #7 Sally’s Apizza, New Haven, Conn. (Tomato Pie)
    Sally's Apizza is a New Haven classic, operating from the same location where they opened in the late 1930s in New Haven's Wooster Square. Their pizza is traditionally thin crust, topped with tomato sauce, garlic, and "mozz." The pies look pretty...

  • #6 Roberta’s, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Margherita)
    Say Roberta's is in the new class of restaurants that has fanned the flames of the Brooklyn vs. Manhattan debate, call it a great pizza joint, recall it as a frontrunner of the city's rooftop garden movement, and mention that Carlo Mirarchi was...

  • #4 Una Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco (Margherita)
    When Anthony Mangieri, pizzaiolo for the East Village’s Una Pizza Napoletana, closed in 2009 "to make a change," move West, and open somewhere he could get "a chance to use his outrigger canoe and mountain bike more often," it was the...

  • #3 Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix, (Marinara)
    "There’s no mystery to my pizza," Bronx native Chris Biacgnco was quoted as saying in The New York Times. "Sicilian oregano, organic flour, San Marzano tomatoes, purified water, mozzarella I learned to make at Mike's Deli in the Bronx, sea salt,...

  • #2 Di Fara, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Di Fara Classic Pie)
    Domenico DeMarco is a local celebrity, having owned and operated Di Fara since 1964. Dom cooks both New York and Sicilian-style pizza Wednesday through Sunday (noon to 4:30 p.m., and from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) for hungry New Yorkers and tourists...

  • #1 Frank Pepe’s, New Haven, Conn. (White Clam Pie)
    If you want to discuss the loaded topic of America's best pizza with any authority, you have to make a pilgrimage to this legendary New Haven pizzeria. Frank Pepe opened his doors in Wooster Square in New Haven, Conn., in 1925, offering classic...

  • New York City Wine & Food Festival's First Burger Bash Tie
    Well, one of the most anticipated food events of the year resulted in more drama than ever if you consider that never before has there been a tie. That's right. There were three winners at the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s Burger...

  • Chef Bios: Daniel Boulud
    Daniel Boulud was born and raised in Saint-Pierre de Chandieu, France on his family's farm. At age 15, Boulud was a finalist in France's competition for the Best Culinary Apprentice. Soon after, he went on to train with Roger Verge, Georges Blanc...

  • Which Critic Would You Like to Share a Meal With?
    Cares deeply about food and beverage and the people preparing them and can talk about them with a distinct  point of view; and has the charm, lack of ego, and recognition of what they don't know to make them interesting enough to actually share a...

  • Critics' Integrity (Perceived By Chefs and Restaurateurs)
    Doesn't accept free meals (or even free bottles of wine) while "anonymously" reviewing, doesn't pressure chefs or restaurateurs into catering private events for free, never wields power to secure reservations for non-work-related dining experiences,...

  • Critics' Prose Style
    A grabby lead that doesn't try too hard to show how smart or hip the writer is; interest enough in food to actually talk about it before the 300-word mark; a balance of pithy, memorable, and zingy quips and wonderfully cadenced sentences that give insight...

  • Critics' Culinary Knowledge
    An exemplary mud-to-opera understanding of varied culinary traditions and the nation's and the reviewer's city's culinary history, and prescience when it comes to trends. America's smartest food critic? Still Jonathan Gold (3.47 stars). “...

  • Overall Critic Score
    For the second year, Jonathan Gold took top honors while the Orange County Register's Brad. A. Johnson garnered the lowest overall score (though first-timer Steve Cuozzo nearly took that distinction). Gold, who last year was described as, "Perhaps the...

  • #4 Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, 3.16 Stars
    Another critic whose stars increased considerably, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer endured just one negative comment from a chef: "In an ever-growing culinary city, Michael certainly has his favorites. It’s pretty clear who they are." "...

  • #19 Josh Ozersky, TIME, 2.11 Stars
    "Josh thinks he knows everything and I like that," one chef opined. "He is very professorial in his tact, which can be silly with food, but funny as well. I appreciate his verve, and I think he makes his points in a timely fashion." Other positive...

  • Top Chefs Review — and Rate — America's Food Critics (2013)
    Critics launch and crush chefs’ careers and, to some degree at least, make and break restaurants. Most chefs spend years honing their craft in other peoples' kitchens before opening their own places; restaurateurs typically toiled for others,...

  • #4 Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, 3.16 Stars
    Another critic whose stars increased considerably, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer endured just one negative comment from a chef: "In an ever-growing culinary city, Michael certainly has his favorites. It’s pretty clear who they are." "...

  • #13 Phil Vettel, Chicago Tribune, 2.47 Stars
    In 13th place in last year's survey, too, the Chicago Tribune's food critic Phil Vettel didn't fare too well overall with chefs. But ranking in the top three food writers and restaurant critics surveyed in one category, he was well-regarded for his...

  • #19 Josh Ozersky, TIME, 2.11 Stars
    "Josh thinks he knows everything and I like that," one chef opined. "He is very professorial in his tact, which can be silly with food, but funny as well. I appreciate his verve, and I think he makes his points in a timely fashion." Other positive...

  • #1 Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, 3.44 Stars
    For the second year running, the Los Angeles Times’ Jonathan Gold took the top spot on the list of critics and food writers surveyed by dozens of chefs, and he did that while garnering almost a half star more than he did in 2012, and even fewer dissenting...

  • #2 Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 3.2875 Stars
    Last year, criticism about The Washington Post’s restaurant critic Tom Sietsema spilled over onto the food scene over which the critic has purview. "Too much drama," noted one chef. "A very formidable palate stuck in a town that should have better food,"...

  • #3 Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune, 3.2825 Stars
    There are few more respected food writers or critics in America than The Times-Picayune’s Brett Anderson (he was even a heavy favorite for The New York Times’ restaurant critic position before Pete Wells was appointed). So it was surprising last year (...

  • #5 Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, 3.12 Stars
    Last year’s mixed bag of chef comments included a couple of doozies, with Corby Kummer being called "persnickety," "inclusive," and "too intellectual for restaurant reviewing." (He was even accused by one chef for not eating meat at restaurants he writes...

  • #6 Pete Wells, The New York Times, 2.99 Stars
    Pete Wells fared… well, pretty well last year, placing third in the list of writers and critics that chefs surveyed. It’s interesting to note that last year’s survey took place before his lashing out at Guy Fieri. He didn’t place as high this year,...

  • #7 Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit, 2.82 Stars
    Last year’s opinions about Bon Appétit's restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton came quick and curtly. "Sharp and young," quipped one chef. "Style over substance," added another. Chefs were much more generous this year, both with stars and...

  • #8 Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly, 2.81 Stars
    Texas Monthly made history by hiring Daniel Vaughn to be the only full-time barbecue critic on the staff of a major newspaper or magazine in America, and the newcomer made a good first showing overall with an eighth place debut, just one spot below Bon...

  • #9 Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue, 2.62 Stars
    Along with John Mariani, Steve Cuozzo, Pete Wells, and Alan Richman, The Man Who Ate Everything was one of the critics or writers who were most commented on by chefs in this survey. And like last year, the comments were overwhelmingly positive. "Knows his...

  • #10 S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times, 2.61 Stars
    Falling a spot from 2012, Virbila may have lost ground, but her star rating actually climbed higher. And comments were far more positive, especially impressive considering that two chefs commenting acknowledged that Virbila’s take on them hadn’t been...

  • #11 Robb Walsh, Houstonia Magazine, 2.59 Stars
    Robb Walsh (and Houston) took a few hits from chefs surveyed last year. "Limited knowledge in a limited market," said one chef. "The food scenes in Houston, and in fact Texas are still quite far behind overall," agreed another. But things weren’t all bad...

  • #12 Tim Carman, Washington Post, 2.56 Stars
    Last year, at least when it came to the dozens of America's top chefs surveyed by The Daily Meal, James Beard Award-winning writer Tim Carman still had some work to do to build up his reputation. Carman finished last or near last in every category voted...

  • #14 Gael Greene, Foodie.com, 2.413 Stars
    Insatiable Critic Gael Greene has been in the game for some time — she helped write the rules — so,l as happened last year, it’s not surprising most comments focused on her status as an icon, especially as several of the chefs who voted on her attested to...

  • #15 Adam Platt, New York Magazine, 2.41 Stars
    Wow. Chefs had quite a bit to say about New York Magazine’s Adam Platt. The good news? "Distinguished guest with a good sense of humor." "Knowledgeable but super New York-centric." "Has his quirks like all of them, but on balance, one of the better...

  • #16 Alan Richman, GQ, 2.39 Stars
    Serious and thoughtful, a great writer with an interesting perspective, smart, and incisive — these are just a few of the positive things chefs said about GQ’s Alan Richman. But when asked about his culinary knowledge, others were less kind. "Please...

  • #17 Alison Cook, Houston Chronicle, 2.35 Stars
    Last year’s chef comments about the Houston Chronicle’s Alison Cook were pretty harsh, and spilled beyond the critic’s skills, style, knowledge, and likability to blast Houston’s newspaper and food scene. "Alison Cook is a critic with limited knowledge in...

  • #18 Craig Laban, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2.18 Stars
    The Philadelphia Inquirer’s critic debuted toward the bottom of the pack, in between TIME’s Josh Ozersky and the Houston Chronicle’s Alison Cook. It was a consistent showing across three categories — when it came to culinary knowledge, perceived integrity...

  • #20 John Mariani, Esquire and Bloomberg, 1.88 Stars
    Given that one of the top Google search results for this columnist for Esquire and Bloomberg news is "Why Does Everyone Hate John Mariani?" (a bit unfairly, since the charges detailed in the story have been refuted), it was a surprise to see him rank...

  • #21 Steve Cuozzo, New York Post, 1.77 Stars
    The New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo, who doubles as its restaurant critic and commercial real estate columnist, was one of the critics most commented on by chefs. Their votes may have been harsh, but chefs’ comments weren’t completely negative when it came...

  • #22 Brad A. Johnson, The Orange County Register, 1.62 Stars
    Last year, when you Googled Brad Johnson, the result you would most likely find was the self-description on his website, which proclaimed him the "best food critic in America and worldwide." Brad must have gotten the “it ain’t braggin’ if it’s true” memo...

  • Swirl squash noodles in a spicy sesame sauce!
    Don't turn a blind eye to ubiquitous summer squash. It's surprisingly packed with antioxidants, particularly those that protect your vision!

  • Edamam Tip
    Savor squat donut peaches before their season is out! Inside their velvety, blushing skin, their flesh is honey-sweet with a creamy texture. Poach them in rosé with a whisper of lemon verbena!

  • Posing with the Chef
    Drew McGowan of The Clorox Company (left) with JP Kyrillos and chef Cardoz.

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  • Watch and Learn
    Chef Cardoz explains the process of cooking the skate as guests look onward, eager to taste it.

  • Posing with the Chef
    Chef Cardoz (left) with Jackie Stone, senior vice president of marketing at The Daily Meal, and Kevin Richer, general manager of The North End Grill.

  • The Final Product
    Chef Cardoz's banana leaf-wrapped skate ready to eat. 

  • Not Your Typical Salad
    Chef Cardoz's speciality heirloom cucumber and radishes with Chobani yogurt salad.

  • Simmering and Sizzling
    Black pepper shrimp being prepared and seasoned during the chef's demonstration.

  • Spicing Up the Appetizers
    Spiced fried chickpeas.

  • Mouthwatering Perfection
    A spicy and refreshing sweet-savory combination of black pepper shrimp with watermelon.

  • North End Grill Scotch Bonnet
    A delicious and refreshing way to kick off the evening, the drink contained Scotch, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, lavender honey, ice, and a lavender sprig for garnish.

  • Top Chef Masters Joke Around, Too
    Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz, sharing a laugh with guest Alexandra Rose.

  • Tonight's Specials Include
    The Daily Meal board with chef Cardoz's menu for the night.

  • And Now We Wait
    Skate wrapped in banana leaf is placed in the KitchenAid oven for the final cooking step.

  • Beautiful Arrangement
    Kevin Richer, general manager of North End Grill, preparing the black pepper shrimp and watermelon dish for guests to taste.

  • Enjoying the Event
    JP Kyrillos, president of The Daily Meal, and Nancy Mendelson of NEM Global LLC.

  • Floyd Cardoz and JP Kyrillos
    President of The Daily Meal, JP Kyrillos (right), praises Cardoz for his work.

  • The Daily Meal's CEO Jim Spanfeller, Colman Andrews, and Chef Cardoz
    Editorial director Colman Andrews (center) introduces the chef and reminisces about Cardoz's first restaurant in New York City, Tabla.

  • Enjoying the Event
    Russell Pulkys of The Daily Meal and Kaitlynn Mannino of GroupM. 

  • Guests Enjoying the Event
    From left to right, Geoff Judge of iNovia Capital, Jim Spanfeller of The Daily Meal, and Keri Ingvarsson of The King Collective and guest.

  • Posing with the Chef
    From left to right, guests Jessica Alter and Stephanie Grabbe of Sharp Communications with chef Cardoz. 

  • Posing with the Chef
    From left to right, Sunny Kho, Alexandra Rose, chef Cardoz, Tricia Zhong, and Zavier Catoe of McCormicks.

  • Posing with the Chef
    From left to right, Adam Klareich, Crystal Bert, and Shari Mills of OMD with chef Cardoz.

  • Guests Enjoying Their First Daily Meal Test Kitchen Experience
    Ryan Particelli (left) of The Daily Meal with (from left to right) guest Alexandra Rose, and Tricia Zhong and Zavier Catoe of R/GA.

  • Guests Enjoying the Event
    Chena Dedarian of Bank of America with Alan Watts of Men Who Dine.

  • Oven Prep in The Daily Meal Kitchen
    Chef Cardoz prepping the oven just right for the banana leaf-wrapped skate.

  • Waiting for the Show to Begin
    Editorial director Colman Andrews, left, and chef Brian Johnson enjoy a cocktail as they wait for guests to file in.

  • Sharing Is Caring
    Instagramming chef Cardoz's unique seafood dish, filters and all. 

  • Wrap It Up
    Chef Cardoz wraps skate in a banana leaf, which he described as giving the fish "an incredible and different smoky flavor."

  • Posing with the Chef
    Chef Cardoz with executive editor Arthur Bovino.

  • The New York Times' Pete Wells Tries to Prove Restaurant Critics Still Matter in the Internet Age
    A week after dropping Daniel Boulud’s flagship Daniel from four stars to three, The New York Times’ restaurant critic Pete Wells seems to be feeling sensitive. How else to interpret his review of Jean-Georges and Dan Kluger’s ABC Cocina...

  • Chicago's 29 Best Hot Dogs
    "There's no such thing as a hot dog in Chicago that you wouldn't eat," Peter Schivarelli, owner of the beloved, now-closed Demon Dogs, once said. Whichever origin story you believe, whether that the first hot dogs were served on a bun on...

  • #17. The Original Maxwell Street Station
    The corner of West 67th Street and South Cicero Avenue is not the most glorious location for one of Chicago’s best hot dogs. With just a storage facility and a  group of five airport hotels just blocks from Chicago’s Midway Airport, there’s little...

  • #18. Parky’s
    On North Harlem Avenue near the corner of Madison, a gray vinyl-siding, residential-seeming building is ornamented with a framed, glass triangle that seems to zoom up and out from the base toward its colorful black and pink sign. Parky’s has been an...

  • #19. Phil’s Last Stand
    Phil’s Last Stand opened in early 2012, but the new stand is hardly without pedigree. The red-painted brick shack on West Chicago Avenue on the very edge of the city’s Ukrainian Village on the west side of Chicago’s downtown is "Fat" Phil Ashbach’s return...

  • #20. Portillo’s
    It may have started as a "The Dog House" in 1963, but with more than 30 locations in Illinois, and a menu that goes far beyond Chicago-style hot dogs — think ribs, salads, burgers, and beef and chicken sandwiches (among others) — Portillo’s seems more...

  • #21. Franks 'n' Dawgs
    What is five-star dining? An exemplary dining experience? Nonpareil food and service? At Franks 'n' Dawgs in Lincoln Park, owner Alexander Brunacci and chef Joe Doren (a veteran of Blackbird) set some high expectations with their sign outside proclaiming...

  • #22. Wrigleyville Dogs
    This shoebox of a hot dog stand about two blocks from Wrigley Field on North Clark Street isn’t much to look at; it’s perhaps a slight exaggeration, but it doesn’t seem that much bigger than the neon yellow square sign rimmed with light bulbs at the top...

  • #23. America’s Dog
    You have to give credit to brothers Manolis and George Alpogianis for being inspired to do something different with their hot dog stand. Twenty years ago, they set out on a cross-country hot dog tour, during which, they "sampled the local hot dogs in...

  • #24. Jimmy’s Red Hots
    You have to admire the ardor and passion at this Chicago West Side icon; it takes the "no ketchup" position very seriously. There are signs on the wall and a vehement explanation of their position on their site that makes everything very clear: "There is...

  • #25. Pluto’s Original Beef & Hot Dogs
    Frequently, a theme also serves as a warning alert to stay far away from a restaurant. So you can be forgiven if the outer-space design and signs ("You just landed at Pluto’s," and "You’ll be blown out of this world!") have kept you more than a few hot...

  • #26. Gold Coast Dog
    These days, there’s little left of the charm and personal touch at Gold Coast Dogs that’s detailed in Bob Schwartz’s Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog that once characterized it. The stand, which was founded in 1985 by Barry Potekin (who had washed out in...

  • #27. Jim’s Original
    "The Great Vest-Side," the area near Little Italy along Roosevelt Road, was once home of legendary Chicago hot dog spot Fluky’s, which Bob Schwartz of Never Put Ketchup on a Hot Dog Fame notes was one of the few stands in the city that could walk...

  • #28. Express Grill Dog
    In the '50s, relative Tom Lazerevski opened a similar stand to Jim’s Original nearby called Express Grill. That may seem strange. Stranger, they were moved twice due to a University of Illinois at Chicago expansion: in 2001 and 2005. It’s hard to describe...

  • #29. Little Island
    At the intersection of three incredibly busy roads — Crawford Avenue, Gross Point Road, and Central Street — in suburban Evanston, just 12 miles north of downtown, sits Little Island, what has to be one of the city’s most inconvenient hot dog stands. This...

  • #1. Fat Johnie’s Red Hots
    It may not be much to look at, but what Fat Johnnie’s Famous Red Hots lacks in décor it makes up with flavor, fantastic names for menu items, and a tasty mess. Sitting on an industrial stretch of Western Avenue, a 20-minute drive from The Loop, this...

  • #2. Byron's Hot Dog Haus
    People who say "bigger isn’t always better" are often trying to make someone feel better. In the case of Byron’s, a tiny shop with a small counter inside where you may actually have to wait just to get in, bigger means more great juicy beef flavor, more...

  • #3. Wiener’s Cricle
    If you’re not too intimidated to order (the infamously, ahem, rude environment can get a little rowdy at night when employees and drunk customers share barbs), the move is a double chardog with everything. The traditional Chicago hot dog is fairly...

  • #4. Wolfy’s Double Dog
    Wolfy’s has some serious Chicago hot dog heritage — Mickey Becker opened the stand with Phil Winnick, the brother-in-law of Abe "Fluky" Drexler, whose Chicago hot dog pedigree goes back to a stand opened in 1929 in Chicago’s famed Maxwell Street market....

  • #5. Murphy’s Red Hot Joint
    Murphy’s is special. On the North Side of Chicago just blocks from Wrigley Field, off the corner of North Racine and West Belmont on the ground floor of a gray-vinyl-sided house, Murphy’s is a throwback joint. It’s what Vienna Beef senior vice president...

  • #6. Vienna Beef Stand at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
    Wait, one of Chicago’s top 10 hot dogs is at O’Hare? "What kind of dog are you smoking!?" I’ve gotten into dirty water for making proclamations about airport dogs before, namely saying you can find better hot dogs in airports than any hot dog in New York...

  • #7. Vienna Beef Factory
    Vienna has been around for 120 years, so you have to figure they have an idea as to what they’re doing when it comes to making a Chicago-style hot dog. They’re predictably proud and why shouldn’t they be? As they note, "From the moment Emil Reichel and...

  • #8. Devil Dawgs
    Just a few years ago, one of Chicago’s best hot dog stands was a place that focused on removing stains from shirts, not one whose food is so good you can’t help make a mess of yourself in your enthusiasm to scarf it down. The once Lincoln Park dry cleaner...

  • #9. Muskie’s
    Muskie’s doesn’t show up on the typical best-of Chicago hot dog list. That’s partially because of this Lakeview joint’s rep as a hamburger joint — hey, the sign outside does say "Muskie’s — The Original Char-Broiled Hamburger." Forget that rep, but...

  • #10. Clark Street Dog
    It’s just blocks from Wrigley Field in a parking lot in the middle of an intersection and it's  housed in a building that very much resembles an auto body shop, but Clark Street Dog, which has been in operation since 1977, serves one of Chicago’s...

  • #11. Mustard’s Last Stand
    In Evanston on Central Street, less than a block from Northwestern’s Ryan Field where the Wildcats play, and in a shack that that contains barely 700 square feet, Mustard’s Last Stand serves hot dogs with a pedigree that few others have. Owner Danny...

  • #12. Irving’s for Red Hot Lovers
    The brainchild of marketing guru and furniture business vet Irving Greensphan, Irving’s for Red Hot Lovers, was reported as having 14 restaurants in its heyday in the 1980s and a franchise in Japan. These days, Irving’s is in the hands of his son "Top Dog...

  • #13. Superdawg
    Topped by what has to be considered some of America’s best signage — a flexing hot dog showing off his muscles to a winking wiener girl — Superdawg has been an institution on Milwaukee Avenue across from Caldwell Woods since Maurie Berman opened it in...

  • #14. Museum Campus Food & Beverage Cart at the Shedd Aquarium
    Just because you don’t have a store, and don’t have a storied history doesn’t mean you don’t know how to make a great hot dog. That’s just what goes on outside the Shedd Aquarium at the Museum Campus Food & Beverage Cart, a stand with all the classic...

  • #15. Hot Doug's
    Doug Sohn defied popular (and familial) consensus by opening what has now become a Chicago icon. The signature order is the foie gras and sauternes duck sausage with truffle aioli (it garnered press in 2006 when Sohn defied Chicago’s foie gras ban,...

  • #16. Gene & Jude’s
    A trip to Wrigley Field in 1945 by Gene Mormino and friends turned into the inspiration for a Chicago institution, one that many people claim (Serious Eats, do some sourcing, the list on USA Today was clearly The Daily Meal’s) serves the best hot dog in a...

  • Secrets to the Best Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwich
    Whether you have it with tomato soup, dip it in ketchup, or just eat it by itself, it's a sandwich that makes you feel like a kid: pure delight and magic. What goes into the perfect grilled cheese sandwich? Put aside tricked-out versions and consider...

  • Shake Shack Opens in London's Covent Garden
    Looks like London has Shake Shack fever, burger fever in general actually. The American burger invasion is now officially on. Both Five Guys and Shake Shack opened their first locations in the U.K. on Thursday in London’s Covent Garden. There were...

  • #3 Cheeseburger, Five Guys
    With more than 1,000 restaurants, this Washington, D.C.-based burger chain continues its quest for national domination, and as far as fast-food-style burgers go, it doesn’t get much better Two thin, well-seared patties go into each cheeseburger (a single...

  • #4 The Original Double ‘N Cheese, Steak 'n Shake
    Since 1934, Illinois-based Steak ‘n Shake has been serving their famous diner-style "steakburgers," and they’ve become the stuff of legend. The trademark creation is the classic Double ‘N Cheese, which is just what it sounds like: two patties,...

  • #7 “The Burger,” BGR: The Burger Joint
    The one burger you must have before you die. That’s the claim of founder Mark Bucher’s BGR: The Burger Joint, which is some 20 locations strong. Bucher’s burgers are modeled after Bucher’s burger memories as a child growing up on...

  • #4 The Original Double ‘N Cheese, Steak 'n Shake
    Since 1934, Illinois-based Steak ‘n Shake has been serving their famous diner-style "steakburgers," and they’ve become the stuff of legend. The trademark creation is the classic Double ‘N Cheese, which is just what it sounds like: two patties,...

  • #5 Umami Burger, Umami Burger
    Adam Fleischman’s wildly popular LA-based Umami Burger chain is 17 locations strong, and about to double in scope. A $20 million investment by the New York-based Fortress Investment Group has Umami slated to open in 13 new cities in 2013, including...

  • #7 “The Burger,” BGR: The Burger Joint
    The one burger you must have before you die. That’s the claim of founder Mark Bucher’s BGR: The Burger Joint, which is some 20 locations strong. Bucher’s burgers are modeled after Bucher’s burger memories as a child growing up on...

  • #8 Crunchburger, Bobby’s Burger Palace
    Food Network Iron Chef Bobby Flay doesn’t claim to have invented the idea of putting potato chips on a burger instead of serving them alongside one, but he did trademark the term "Crunchify," and proudly stack them three times the height of your...

  • #6 Whataburger, Whataburger
    More than 60 years ago, Harmon Dobson was inspired to serve a burger on a 5-inch bun, a burger so big that it would take two hands to hold, and so good that after just one bite, customers would cry out, "What a burger!" Thus the name of his Corpus Christi...

  • #2 Double-Double Animal-Style, In-N-Out
    It’s difficult to believe that Harry Snyder could have imagined the cult following that would swell up around his hamburger stand when he launched California’s first drive-thru in Baldwin Park in 1948. But take off they did. There are now almost 300 In-N-...

  • #9 Cheeseburger with Everything, Fatburger
    Just think, a few different decisions by a few select entrepreneurs and we all could be talking about In-N-Out and Fatburger as franchises with the same crazy scope as McDonald's. How's that? Lovie Yancey had been making Fatburgers in her own home for...

  • America's Top 10 Fast Food Burgers
    When you’re thinking inside the bun, when you deserve a break today, need to have it your way at a place where the fire's ready, where you’re the boss and it’s your way, right away, what you want is what you get, and they love to see...

  • #1 Shackburger, Shake Shack
    America’s best fast-food burger is Shake Shack. Yes, it’s better than In-N-Out, and yes, it has its own secret menu… kind of (it’s called Danny Meyer’s hospitality philosophy). What started as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in 2001 has made history...

  • #2 Double-Double Animal-Style, In-N-Out
    It’s difficult to believe that Harry Snyder could have imagined the cult following that would swell up around his hamburger stand when he launched California’s first drive-thru in Baldwin Park in 1948. But take off they did. There are now almost 300 In-N-...

  • #3 Cheeseburger, Five Guys
    With more than 1,000 restaurants, this Washington, D.C.-based burger chain continues its quest for national domination, and as far as fast-food-style burgers go, it doesn’t get much better Two thin, well-seared patties go into each cheeseburger (a single...

  • #4 The Original Double ‘N Cheese, Steak 'n Shake
    Since 1934, Illinois-based Steak ‘n Shake has been serving their famous diner-style "steakburgers," and they’ve become the stuff of legend. The trademark creation is the classic Double ‘N Cheese, which is just what it sounds like: two patties, American...

  • #5 Umami Burger, Umami Burger
    Adam Fleischman’s wildly popular LA-based Umami Burger chain is 17 locations strong, and about to double in scope. A $20 million investment by the New York-based Fortress Investment Group has Umami slated to open in 13 new cities in 2013, including Miami...

  • #6 Whataburger, Whataburger
    More than 60 years ago, Harmon Dobson was inspired to serve a burger on a five-inch bun, a burger so big that it would take two hands to hold, and so good that after just one bite, customers would cry out, “What a burger!” Thus the name of his Corpus...

  • #7 “The Burger,” BGR: The Burger Joint
    The one burger you must have before you die. That’s the claim of founder Mark Bucher’s BGR: The Burger Joint, which is some 20 locations strong. Bucher’s burgers are modeled after Bucher’s burger memories as a child growing up on the outskirts of...

  • #8 Crunchburger, Bobby’s Burger Palace
    Food Network Iron Chef Bobby Flay doesn’t claim to have invented the idea of putting potato chips on a burger instead of serving them alongside one, but he did trademark the term "Crunchify," and proudly stack them three times the height of your...

  • #9 Cheeseburger with Everything, Fatburger
    Just think, a few different decisions by a few select entrepreneurs and we all could be talking about In-N-Out and Fatburger as franchises with the same crazy scope as McDonald's. How's that? Lovie Yancey had been making Fatburgers in her own home for...

  • #10 Cheeseburger, BurgerFi
    There are almost 50 BurgerFi locations, most in Florida and Texas, with a smattering on the East and West Coasts — the BurgerFication of America continues. Why? Much of that has to do with the fast-casual all-natural burgers made from humanely...

  • Is Kura New York City's Best Sushi Omakase Deal?
    Sharing food, trading favorite spots with others, experiencing known classics and discovering new ones — sure, there's self-interest involved, but not selfishness — it's pretty social stuff. So discovering Kura in a sliver of a spot on...

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    Sake streamed tilefish with cherry blossom leaf and snow peas.

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  • Japanese Roast Duck
    With bamboo, kombucha squash, and miso mustard sauce.

  • Kura
    This open secret at 130 St Mark's Place is just steps from Avenue A. It boasts no sign — just a noren fluttering in a doorway.

  • #47 Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers (Miami)
    So here’s how the story goes (at least according to the Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers truck’s website) in 100 words or less: "Mid-19th century, a young surfer called 'Jefe' ('boss' in Spanish) dominated the waves of Ensenada, Baja, Calif. When...

  • #48 Ms. Cheezious Fresh Made Grilled Cheese (Miami)
    The art for the Ms. Cheezious truck? A scantily clad blond beach babe who practically looks like she’s pulling off her red and white polka dot bathing suit with one hand while holding a melting gooey cheese sandwich in the other. The promise? That the "...

  • #101 Brown Bag Lunch Truck (Chicago)
    Chicago’s Brown Bag Lunch Truck, soon to be called Smalls Chicago, offers a unique fusion of American BBQ and Asian comfort food. The mobile smoke shack serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. American classics such as hickory-smoked brisket...

  • #100 Coast 2 Coast Deli (Las Vegas)
    Started by two East Coast deli fanatics, Coast 2 Coast Deli brings Las Vegas an "outside-the-box modern twist" to deli sandwiches. With geographic sandwich names like The Greenwich (turkey, Swiss, caramelized onions, spinach, and avocado ranch), The...

  • #99 Manna From Heaven (Denver)
    It’s a bright blue food truck called "Manna From Heaven" with a mascot rabbit named Easter, and it serves Vietnamese-inspired cuisine. That could, to the cynical sound like a disaster. But pot stickers, egg rolls, spring rolls, Vietnamese tacos, noodle...

  • #98 Go! Gyro! Go! (St. Louis)
    Is it "jy-ro" or "ear-o"? However you prefer to say it, you’ll call the rendition served by Go! Gyro! Go! "tasty." Owners Nick and Laura Cowlen bought their truck in 2011, outfitted it themselves, and set out into the streets of St. Louis with food based...

  • #97 Pizza Buds (Nashville, Tenn.)
    As one of the first food trucks in Nashville, Tenn., Pizza Buds is creating a stir with their mobile pizza stand. Catering to a late-night crowd, founders and owners Jonny Kingsbury, Kenny Gay, and Ben Jones are a trio of twenty-something pals serving up...

  • #96 The Flying Stove (Wichita, Kan.)
    They may have gotten the idea for The Flying Stove while living in food-truck-filled Venice, Calif., but Wichita-raised brothers Jeff and Rob Schauf (a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Austin, Texas) decided that their "Bad Mutha Food Trucka...

  • #95 Rib Whip (San Francisco)
    "The nation's only truck with an onboard smoker" — or at least that is what owner and St. Louis native Ryan Gessel claimed in an SF Weekly article of his Midwest-style barbecue food truck just before its launch. Gessel was referring to the small Southern...

  • #94 La Cocinita (New Orleans)
    Rachel Billow and her business partner Venezuelan chef Benoit Angulo started their food truck in the Big Easy, where running a food truck actually doesn’t always jive with the city’s nickname (among other restrictions in NOLA, you have to change locations...

  • #93 The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck (Chicago)
    In 2011, Bucktown bar owner Jim Lasky and executive chef Cary Taylor jumped into the Chicago food truck scene. While the bar doesn’t do lunch, the truck reportedly sold out the first day in 25 minutes. Since then, The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck has...

  • #92 Luke’s Lobster (New York City)
    It’s just the kind of embarrassment of riches that food trucks have brought that New Yorkers can fight over who has the better lobster roll truck. (It also says a lot about the migration of lobster rolls as a sandwich that besides finance guy Luke Holden’...

  • #91 Coreanos (Houston)
    Like the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, and the Atlanta Braves, there’s probably also something vaguely wrong with Coreanos’ caricature of a short Asian man standing under a sombrero, but as with food truck innuendo and sport, you just have...

  • #90 Fist of Fusion (Los Angeles)
    Formerly known as Truck Norris, Fist of Fusion provides an exotic hybrid of Hawaiian and Filipino fare, inspired by chef Ronnie Lucido's mother’s recipes. Truck Norris was named Food Truck of the Week by Zagat back in 2011, and Fist of Fusion maintains...

  • #89 Hey!... You Gonna Eat or What? (Austin, Texas)
    Austin's food truck scene is undergoing major change. The popular South Congress spot is going into development and the carts, trailers, and trucks have to find new homes. One of, if not the best, chef Eric's red truck is covered with yellow-lettered...

  • #88 The People’s Pig Wood-Fired Grill (Portland, Ore.)
    No prizes for guessing what the signature meat is at this popular sandwich truck, People's Pig Wood-Fired Grill (previously, The People's Pig), which has its own mesquite grill, in downtown Portland. The meat is hormone- and antibiotic- (though happily...

  • #87 Hodge Podge (Cleveland)
    Chris Hodgson opened his first food truck, Dim and Den Some, in May 2010, but it was his second food truck Hodge Podge that gained national recognition. The truck has been featured on Cooking Channel's Unique Eats and Food Network’s The Great Food Truck...

  • #86 Bruno's GastroTruck (Smith Mountain Lake, Va.)
    So it is these days that some trucks work toward becoming respectable restaurants and some respectable restaurants try their hand at taking it to the streets. In the case of Bruno’s Gastrotruck, it’s the latter, and the man behind both is Bruno Silva, who...

  • #85 Roti Rolls (Charleston, S.C.)
    Do you ever get cravings for Asian, Indian, Caribbean, Latin, and Southern flavors all wrapped into one convenient flatbread? At Roti Rolls, chef Cory Burke prides himself on his implementation of "farm-to-truck" ingredients, which manifest themselves in...

  • #84 Vellee Deli (Twin Cities)
    If you love the flavors of Asia and Mexico, crave fresh ingredients, and want a memorable meal, check out Vellee Deli. The menu: the Mojo, a jumbo lemongrass and ginger sausage topped with pico de gallo and fresh papaya; fish tacos; and Chicken Currito, a...

  • #83 Quiero Arepas (Denver)
    Igor and Beckie Panasewicz had a proven track record before opening their gluten-free Quiero Arepas food truck. They began by hosting Venezuelan dinner parties in 2009 (Igor was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela where, according to their website, "his...

  • #82 Souvlaki GR (New York City)
    Ah, souvlaki, the "hamburger of Greece." You may be able to find a great souvlaki on every street corner in Athens, but in New York it’s not quite as easy. (New Yorkers, don’t you feel as though the city needs a quality gyro resurgence? Where did this...

  • #81 Lucky Old Souls (Philadelphia)
    Philadelphia jazz impresario Matt "Feldie" Feldman’s truck started out as a jazz radio show, and then a monthly concert series. Now, Feldie sources grass-fed beef from Lancaster County, and tops his L.O.S. burger with smoked Cheddar, pickled tomatoes,...

  • #80 Cha Cha Chow (St. Louis)
    Showing up in various parts of The Lou, Cha Cha Chow offers non-traditional tacos (short rib, "Baja style" roasted chicken, curried sweet potato — the latter two on flour tortillas) along with a pretty good burger and a "Cuban Crime of Passion" — pulled...

  • #79 Easy Slider (Dallas)
    Miley Holmes and Caroline Perini (yes that Perini, the famed Buffalo Gap Perini Ranch Perinis) launched their food truck in 2011 after having met at the House of Blues in Dallas, and have quickly become a favorite of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex....

  • #78 Rito Loco (Washington, D.C.)
    Yes it’s a burritoria, but if you haven’t been, don’t hit up Rito Loco expecting old-school rice and bean wrapped fare. Washington, D.C.’s best food truck (as voted by the Washington City Paper) is more adventurous, with fillings that co-owners Daniel...

  • #77 Geechee Island (Charleston, S.C.)
    Geechee, for those unfamiliar, refers to the "Gullah," descendants of slaves who live in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. The Geechee Island Food Truck accordingly specializes in what it calls "authentic Lowcountry cuisine," using local seafood...

  • #76 Streetza (Milwaukee)
    Bloomberg Businessweek, Smithsonian, U.S. News & World Report, TIME, GQ, and QSR have all named Streetza to their lists of the best, funkiest, coolest, and most creative food trucks in America. What’s behind all the love? Scott Baitinger and Steve Mai...

  • # 75 JapaCurry (San Francisco)
    Some say that the American Dream is dead; others try their hand at pursuing it. So it was with Mutsuo "Jay" Hamada, a Silicon Valley IT guy who according to SF Weekly, after being laid off in 2008, sold his house, and moved to Japan for six months to...

  • #74 Devilicious (San Diego)
    San Diego’s Devilicious food truck serves (according to its tagline) "Food So Good It’s Bad." For the most part, when it comes to owner Dyann Manning’s menu, that means cheese. For many, it’s hard to get beyond one of Devilicious’ first menu items: the...

  • #73 India Jones Chow Truck (Santa Monica)
    After competing in the first LA Vendy Awards, chef Sumant Pardal took the title in 2012. But Pardal is no culinary newcomer; he's been in business in the greater Los Angeles area for more than 25 years, owning (by his count) at least 12 restaurants, and...

  • #72 DC Slices (Washington, D.C.)
    Oh, D.C. pizza truck scene, do you want to be Jumbo slices or not? Do you know? It’s hard to tell with people lined up during lunch down the block for DC Slices. As much as Washingtonians may hate to hear it, DC Slices is much closer to Adams Morgan’s...

  • #71 Komodo Truck (Los Angeles)
    The Hotel Bel-Air's former grill chef Erwin Tjahyadi made a splash in 2010 for serving Asian-Mexican fusion that didn’t involve tacos, but burritos, when he launched Komodo. Since then, Tjahyadi’s legend has grown, and his black-and-white Komodo dragon...

  • #70 Senor Sisig (San Francisco)
    What’s sisig? It’s a Filipino dish made from pig’s head and liver, often seasoned with calamansi and chile peppers, and at San Francisco’s Señor Sisig, it’s obviously the star of the show, except that as SF Weekly noted, chef Gil Payumo makes the trucks...

  • #69 Le Truc (San Francisco)
    The Le Truc "bustarant" is redefining street food in the Bay Area. The full-size school bus is a kitchen on wheels serving hot sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and salads, but nothing is average about their menu. Forget about run-of-the-mill tacos sprinkled...

  • #68 Latin Burger and Taco (Miami)
    If you’re looking for a big menu, you’ve sought out the wrong truck. Miami’s Latin Burger & Taco Truck isn’t about tons of options. Former Food Network host Ingrid Hoffman’s truck does just a few things, but does them well. There are burgers. There...

  • #67 Scratch Truck (Indianapolis)
    When founder Matt Kornmeyer was fired from his job in May 2010, he described how "a strange smile came over [his] face." He saw what most would consider a step back as an opportunity — he could now open the food truck he had been inspired to start since a...

  • #66 Red Hook Lobster Pound (Washington, D.C.)
    The offerings at Red Hook Lobster Pound are so delicious, they made our list twice. Originating in Brooklyn, N.Y., Red Hook Lobster Pound has since expanded to Washington, D.C. and Montauk, N.Y., with plans to open in more cities in the future. The owners...

  • #65 Slap Yo Mama (Los Angeles)
    Sadly, this commendation comes at a sad time for the Slap Yo Mama family. Joseph "Big Joe" Johnson, the much beloved owner of the truck with his wife Valerie, recently passed away. Alligator, greens, mac and cheese, gumbo, po’boys, fried chicken, banana...

  • #64 Taïm Mobile (New York City)
    In 2005, chef Einat Admony and her husband Stefan Nafziger, homesick for their favorite Tel Aviv street food, opened their own falafel shop on Waverly Place. Five years later, and with much anticipation, they launched the food truck version of Taïm. And...

  • #63 Baby’s Badass Burgers (Los Angeles)
    OK, here’s the deal: Baby’s Badass Burgers did make The Daily Meal’s tongue-in-cheek list of Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned. It wasn’t that the name was actually that outlandish, but something about the presentation was just a bit, well, much. It...

  • 101 Best Food Trucks in America for 2013
    In gas station lots, at midtown curbs, and by parks blocks from your office, idling food trucks serve tacos, lobster rolls, burgers, burritos, grilled cheese, pizza, sous-vide dishes, and high-end French food you’ll pay $10 or less for. Food trucks...

  • #62 Liba Falafel Truck (San Francisco)
    After finding inspiration in the falafel shops of Amsterdam, Gail Lillian "pondered how to deliver the same ingenuity, accessibility, and flavor intensity to the streets of the Bay Area." She decided to deliver it "via the cutest truck on Earth." All the...

  • #61 Jogasaki Sushi Burrito Truck (Los Angeles)
    Be they Korean, Asian, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, or Malaysian, Asian-Mexican fusion tacos are old news. But burritos? Undeterred by chef David Chang’s stab at the Asian burrito, the chef behind this Los Angeles food truck, Yo Pratioto, took the burrito...

  • #60 Seoul Taco (St. Louis)
    Although founder David Choi freely admits he didn’t invent the Korean BBQ taco concept, he believes Seoul Taco has taken it to the next level. Fascinated by the way food defines every culture, he found that locals in many cities kept singing the praises...

  • #59 Dim Ssäm à Gogo by Sakaya Kitchen (Miami)
    Chef and owner Richard Hales has been fighting the good food truck fight for a while now in Miami since launching his food truck in 2010. Having dealt with more permit and event issues than he’s likely interested to recall, it’s no surprise that his...

  • #58 Spencer on the Go! (San Francisco)
    "Dinner tonight will begin with an escargot puff lollipop amuse, just a little something to say 'Hello,' from the chef. He'll follow that with cauliflower bisque — don't you think cauliflower is an unappreciated vegetable? Chef does. For something...

  • #57 Riffs Fine Street Food (Nashville, Tenn.)
    Neither co-owner of Riffs Fine Street Food truck, B.J. Lofback (Detroit) or Carlos Davis (Barbados), is actually from Nashville, but at this point, their truck is probably beloved enough in the city for it to adopt them as native sons. Lofback (a self-...

  • #56 Lobsta Truck (Los Angeles)
    Does the lobster roll at the Lobsta Truck (whose inspiration comes from what has to be considered one of the best, if not the best lobster roll in the country) serve as much lobster as its muse Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine? No. But the Lobsta Truck is...

  • #55 Dusty Buns (Fresno, Calif.)
    It’s one thing for a truck to draw lines at events. It’s another for their brick-and-mortar spot that isn’t open for lunch to draw lines during it outside while they’re prepping to the point that they need to start a new service. That’s what’s happened...

  • #54 KoJa Kitchen (San Francisco)
    KoJa Kitchen, a portmanteau of "Korean" and "Japanese," serves a menu combining flavors from both cuisines between toasted rice cake patties. It’s a clever and different idea that’s refreshing in a field that’s filled with corn tortillas, flour tortilla...

  • #53 Hapa SF (San Francisco)
    It’s no mystery that most Americans don’t have as much exposure to Filipino cuisine as they do with the food from other Southeast Asian countries. Chef and owner William Pilz is working to change that in San Francisco with his truck Hapa SF (Hapa being...

  • #52 LudoTruck (Los Angeles)
    It made sense in 2010 when French chef Ludo Lefebvre launched a mobile kitchen with no permanent location other than the road. After all, this beloved chef with 13 years of training at three-Michelin-starred restaurants has made his reputation in the...

  • #51 Nom Nom Truck (San Francisco)
    Yes, more Asian tacos, but this (originally) Los Angeles truck that takes its cute name from the onomatopoeia at least focuses a bit more on Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches made on wheat/rice flour baguettes. Founders Jennifer Green and Misa Chien met as...

  • #50 Clover Food Lab (Boston)
    Sometimes it’s better to let people speak for themselves. That’s the case with the Clover Food Lab's founder Ayr Muir: "We’re here to make food you love, the kind you talk about and look forward to eating. The Clover Food Lab is serving up a new type of...

  • #49 Sky's Gourmet Tacos (Los Angeles)
    "Some say, 'Southwest meets Louisiana,' other say, 'Mexican food with a splash of Soul.'" That’s the trademarked motto Sky’s Gourmet Tacos heralds, an approach creator (and former corporate executive) Barbara Burrell (call her, "Sky") has been taking...

  • #46 Crepes Bonaparte (Anaheim, Calif.)
    Ever waited on a Paris "rue" and seen one of those street vendors with a line of people behind you hungrily expecting that their crepe with ham and cheese will be the next one to be folded over into paper and handed over for a few euros? Then you remember...

  • #45 Pepe Food Truck (Washington, D.C.)
    Launched in 2012, Pepe Food Truck might still be the best example on the planet of how far food trucks have come. It’s chef José Andrés for crying out loud. This is the kind of move toward food trucks by a major chef that starts to build up in you that...

  • #44 Food Shark (Marfa, Texas)
    Marfa’s Food Shark may be one of the most out-of-the-way trucks worth a pilgrimage. It’s a "Mediterranean-by-way-of-West-Texas" food truck that has been holding it down in a tiny desert town since 2006. Co-owner Adam Bork is an artist-musician who...

  • #43 Maximus/Minimus (Seattle)
    What started out as a small storefront became the Maximus/Minimus catering truck (named after Kurt Beecher Dammeier’s son Max), which with some help from local designer Colin Reedy, morphed into a giant, distressed metal gray pig complete with snout and...

  • #42 Seabirds (Orange Country, Calif.)
    A season two contestant on Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, founder Stephanie Morgan’s Seabirds vegan food truck isn’t just about 15 seconds of fame. Launched in 2010, Seabirds is all about using local organic ingredients, as many recyclable food...

  • #41 5411 Empanadas (Chicago)
    The 5411 Empanadas truck (that’s fifty-four eleven, not five-four-one-one) "started in 2009 when three friends from Argentina wanted to bring a piece of their country to Chicago." It may have started small, but despite the restrictions it has faced in...

  • #40 Seoul Sausage (Los Angeles)
    Want to know what passion, word-of-mouth, and crazy good Korean BBQ create? Seoul Sausage, a venture started by two families — the Kims and the Ohs. The business was launched in 2010, and these guys kicked things off with their Kalbi, marinated short ribs...

  • #39 Border Grill Truck (Los Angeles)
    As food trucks have become more mainstream, more high-visibility chefs have gotten in on the act. So it is with Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, two Top Chef Masters contestants, long known as Food Network’s "Too Hot Tamales," and as successful West...

  • #38 Vizzi Truck (Los Angeles)
    Launched in early 2010,Vizzi Truck's menu was said to have been "inspired and crafted by taking French cooking techniques… mixing it with coastal flavors from around the globe, and finishing each bite with subtle Pacific flair." Those "coastal flavors"...

  • #37 El Camión (Seattle)
    For anyone who knows Spanish, the name of this one makes perfect sense. For those who don’t, "El Camión" means "the truck," and this one in particular has been known to be "full of goodness," according to The Seattle Times. El Camión serves quite a few...

  • #36 Oh My Gogi! BBQ (Houston)
    "Gogi" in Korean means "meat." Owner Eric Nguyen hopes you’ll be reciting his truck’s name, "Oh My Gogi!" after sampling his food: Korean BBQ tacos, kimchi quesadillas, and OMG! Fries, in addition to tofu marinades combined with some of the most popular...

  • #35 Eatsie Boys (Houston)
    Chef Matt Marcus is a CIA-trained chef with time put in at Heston Blumenthal’s three-star Fat Duck in Britain and at Sonoma, Calif.’s acclaimed but now-defunct Cyrus. But the menu served on the "Intergalactic Food Truck" he runs with founders and friends...

  • #34 The Peached Tortilla (Austin, Texas)
    Since its opening three years ago, The Peached Tortilla has landed a spot on Food & Wine’s list of the best sliders in America 2012, as well as the number 72 spot on last year’s 101 Best Food Trucks list. There’s a fairly long menu of tacos and...

  • #33 GourMelt (Reno, Nev.)
    Owners, operators, chefs, servers and cleaners Jessie Watnes and Haley Wood opened GourMelt in 2011. Their goal was to bring customers everything they love about grilled cheese and more with their special gourmet-style sandwiches. The menu features...

  • #32 Basil Thyme (Washington, D.C.)
    In June 2011, former IT professional Brian Farrell introduced the District of Columbia to homemade and gourmet lasagnas made with from-scratch pasta and served on the go. The "scratched" metal finish on this food truck is just where the hard work began...

  • #31 The Chairman Truck (San Francisco)
    You might not remember this, but San Francisco’s Chairman Bao Bun Truck really stuck in the craw of New York City restaurateur turned food and pop culture commentator Eddie Huang. Apparently, it was a bit much that another business serving Asian food took...

  • #30 Mas Tacos Por Favor (Nashville, Tenn.)
    You’d better be able to back it up when you bill yourself as the "best thing in Nashville since country music." Mas Tacos Por Favor’s fervent following would seem to do just that. Besides, Teresa Mason, who started Mas Tacos in 2008 in a 1970s Winnebago,...

  • #29 Sam's ChowderMobile (San Francisco)
    Sam’s ChowderMobile is the offshoot of Sam’s Chowder House, a 225-seat seafood restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Half Moon Bay, Calif., that opened in 2006. Of course, the 24-foot-long truck headed by owner Paul Shenkman serves New England clam...

  • #28 OnlyBurger (Durham, N.C.)
    OnlyBurger states that its "truck is the poster child for the exploding Durham mobile food scene." This isn’t just a claim, though — this simple burgers and fries truck has been at the forefront of the vibrant Durham food truck community since it hit the...

  • #27 Korilla BBQ (New York City)
    You’d have thought it would have hurt team Korilla BBQ for being called cheaters for adding more than $2,000 of their own money into their cash drawer on what has basically been the representative show for food trucks on cable TV (Food Network’s The Great...

  • #26 Fukuburger Truck (Las Vegas)
    #26 Fukuburger Truck (Las Vegas) "Be Careful How You Pronounce It," noted one headline announcing the arrival of Robert "Mags" Magsalin and Colin Fukunaga’s exotic burger and fry truck back in 2010. Just keep in mind that it’s a last name when you say the...

  • #25 Fivetenburger (Oakland, Calif.)
    Fivetenburger’s chef-owner Roland Robles hasn’t suffered for lack of acclaim. His Eel River Ranch 100 percent grass-fed organic 6-ounce burgers have been named one of Grub Street's Top 50 in San Francisco, and his mobile kitchen was named one of SF Weekly...

  • #15 Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese (Boston)
    Roxy’s gained national visibility via season two of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. While the season was ultimately won by the brash trio behind The Lime Truck, Roxy definitely held their own. Brothers and bandmates James and Mike DiSabatino...

  • #24 KOi Fusion (Portland, Ore.)
    Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but it’s nice when there’s a tip of the cap to those who came first. So you have to like KOi Fusion’s chef Bo Kwon, who makes no bones about crediting the granddaddy of all things Korean food truck fusion, Roy...

  • #23 Country Boys/Martinez Taco (New York City)
    This 2009 Vendy’s winner and number 39 truck on last year’s 101 Best Food Trucks list doesn’t need introduction to New York’s taco lovers (especially the desperate ones from Texas or those who are either from California or spent time there gaining the...

  • #22 The Grilled Cheese Truck (Los Angeles)
    What started for Michele Grant and chef Dave Danhi as a weekend activity entering their Cheesy Mac and Rib melt into LA’s seventh annual Grilled Cheese Invitational became the inspiration for The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their calling? "Not just the classic...

  • #21 Slidin’ Thru (Las Vegas)
    Small burgers, big plans. Twenty-five-year-old Ric Guerrero launched Slidin’ Thru three years ago after being dumped and ended up with a truck so popular that it has been credited for helping to spawn the Vegas food truck movement, as well as a brick and...

  • #20 Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie (San Francisco)
    Chef Thomas Odermatt calls himself "more of a caterer nowadays," but this son of a Swiss 'Metzgermeister' (master butcher) who still pulls his Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie truck into farmers’ markets, would deserve to rank among America’s best food trucks...

  • #19 The Grilled Cheeserie (Nashville, Tenn.)
    You know those people who scoff at grilled cheese being made at restaurants, right? It may or may not be simplistic, but given the love that people have for grilled cheese sandwiches, and the success of so many across the country, one could argue that a...

  • #18 Bernie's Burger Bus (Houston)
    Sometimes you just have to fully embrace a theme and go with it. That’s what chef and owner Justin Turner has done with his Houston burger bus, an old-school short bus that takes the school shtick all the way from labeling press as "report cards" and...

  • #17 Guerrilla Street Food (St. Louis)
    St. Louis has something you probably don’t: a badass food truck serving Filipino-inspired cuisine with the motto: "Fresh. Local. Filipino." The founder and chef Joel Crespo and Brian Hardesty have been open for a couple of years and already they’ve taken...

  • #16 Marination Mobile (Seattle)
    "Big Blue" launched in 2009, touting Hawaiian-Korean curb cuisine ("Two cultures, one food truck"), the brainchild of Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison. The pair came up with the idea for Marination Mobile while eating their own marinated spicy pork tacos and...

  • #14 Grill 'Em All (Los Angeles)
    "Steadfast in the belief that the heavy metal and culinary worlds were bound to collide one day in a victorious marriage of massive meat and riffage," buddies and bandmates chef Ryan Harkins and Matthew Chernus won it all in 2010 with their over-the-top...

  • #13 Wafels & Dinges (New York City)
    In 2007, Thomas DeGeest quit his job at IBM, bought a yellow 1968 Chevy box truck, and parked on a corner of Broadway in SoHo to sell his first Liege waffle. He made $84 that first shift and never looked back. Some six years and several trucks and carts...

  • #12 The Buttermilk Truck (Los Angeles)
    When you think about it, it makes lots of sense that this would be one of the country’s best food trucks. Americans love their breakfast after all — pancakes, waffles, eggs, sausage, and bacon — and they don’t like to be told when and where they can eat...

  • #11 Schnitzel & Things (New York City)
    Tacos, banh mi, gyros, bistro food, Spanish sandwiches, meatballs — a few years ago, it kind of felt like you’d seen it all. Then in 2009, Schnitzel & Things showed up on the New York City food truck scene and won the Rookie of the Year at the Vendy’s...

  • #10 Chef Shack (Twin Cities)
    Life partners and chefs Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer each have more than 20 years of experience, and also one of the most lauded trucks in the country, scoring 10th place on last year’s 101 Best Food Trucks list and earning a spot on U.S. News’ list of...

  • #9 Where Ya At Matt (Seattle)
    Matt? Who Dat? Seattleites know. Why? Ever had a muffuletta in New Orleans? Then you know how hard it is to get a really good one anywhere outside the city. The bread, the flavor, and the ratio of it to cheese, meat, and chopped olive salad — it just...

  • #8 The Cinnamon Snail (New York City)
    "Has a 1991 Grumman / Chevy P30 become a Buddha?" asks The Cinnamon Snail’s website. No, you don’t have to prepare to get into chaturanga, but this is a full on vegan and organic food truck — right down to the grill, which when the truck was gutted was...

  • #7 Rickshaw Stop (San Antonio)
    Billed as "San Antonio’s only Pakistani food truck," Rickshaw Stop is a family-owned and operated affair run by Sameer and Meagan Siddiqui with the help of Sameer’s mother Gety, Aunt Bina, and Uncle Shabbir. "Each recipe we use has been created and...

  • #6 East Side King (Austin, Texas)
    If you’re a Top Chef fan, you likely know the man behind East Side King even if you haven’t eaten its fare. The four East Side King trucks are the asphalt ambassadors from the likeable and disarming Top Chef season nine winner and former executive chef at...

  • #5 The Lime Truck (Orange County, Calif.)
    Brash and cocky, the trio behind the Orange County, Calif.-based Lime Truck (owner Daniel Shemtob, with Jason Quinn and Jesse Brockman) wore lime-green headbands in the fast lane through much of season two of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Road Race...

  • #4 Big Gay Ice Cream Truck (New York City)
    A summer experiment in June 2009 by founders Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff soon turned into one of New York City’s most iconic food trucks, and even went brick-and-mortar. Big Gay Ice Cream Truck’s creative toppings (olive oil, wasabi pea dust, Sriracha...

  • #3 Fojol Brothers (Washington, D.C.)
    Fojol Brothers timed the launch of their food truck with the Obama inauguration in 2009, or as they put it on their website, "the day the world changed." The four partners, three from D.C., one from Seattle, dress colorfully, wearing turbans and Ringling...

  • #2 Kogi BBQ (Los Angeles)
    "Thanksgiving of 2008, Kogi BBQ had first rolled out as the little Korean-taco-truck-that-could, peddling $2 Korean barbecue tacos on the streets of LA. Little did they know that within… months, they would become an icon of LA street food. Kogi set...

  • #1 Red Hook Lobster Pound (New York City)
    What started at Ralph Gorham's and Susan Povich's kitchen table (yes that Povich — she's the daughter of former A Current Affair host and daytime TV star Maury Povich), has turned into a hugely successful multi-city lobster roll truck. The truck, "Big Red...

  • Introducing The Daily Meal’s New Slideshows
    You may have noticed our new slideshow design. We think it’s cleaner, more attractive, and well, a better way to present all things food and drink. Don’t want to click through the entire slideshow to view the list of ranked sandwiches, place...





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  • Dave's Hoagies
    There’s a special place in heaven for a man who makes a sandwich the way he’d like to eat it. Dave Bagan is going to heaven. Go to Dave's Hoagies. Get the Italian (Genoa salami, hot soppressata, and hot coppa) with the works (sharp...

  • New York City Gets a Great Hoagie with Dave's Downtown
    If you’re a sandwich-seeker, someone always on the lookout for the next great sandwich in your city, you know the joy of finding a place that really nails all the little nuances that make for a truly satisfying meal. The ratio of bread to meat to...

  • Reinventing Your Go-To Dish
    It happens to the best of us: we fall in love with a dish, fold its flavor profile into our repertoire, become addicted to it, and make it a staple of our weekly dinner rotation at home. Nothing wrong with that, of course. Except that in this world of...

  • Austin's Franklin Barbecue to Pop Up in New York City
    Has nobody else in New York food media seen this? And if they have, how has the excitement of brisket-loving New Yorkers who have finally gotten a taste of the real thing not reached fever pitch since Aaron Franklin tweeted about his trip to New York City...

  • 11 Reasons Why You Should Be Thinking About Thanksgiving Dinner Already
    Across much of the country, the year’s greatest meal, November’s grand, time-honored tradition, is likely the farthest meal from most Americans' minds. That makes sense… on the surface. After all, it’s months away, and unless...

  • Shake Shack Tracker: Shake Shack's Location-Specific Menu Options
    Shake Shack had humble beginnings. It started as a temporary hot dog stand in New York City's Madison Square Park. Now, there are locations across the country, and even around the world. Each is different architecturally, but the same quality...

  • The New York Times Restaurant Critic Takes on America
    Attention, chefs across America: It’s time to post that photocopied mug shot of The New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells in locker rooms, at host stands, and on the back of swinging doors in kitchens everywhere across the country. Unless you...

  • The Best Breakfast I Ever Had: Pan Con Tomate in Granada, Spain
    Years ago, after turning away or into the world while wandering through Europe by myself for a third of a year, I met a stranger on a train in between countries I don't remember. It was early in the trip, and the stranger asked "Where are you...

  • Tres Carnes Serves 'Texican' Smoked Meat Burritos in Flatiron
    It used to be there was a slice joint on every block. These days, it’s almost beginning to seem as though there are just as many barbecue spots. And the Texan invasion continues, most recently in the Flatiron’s newest restaurant Tres Carnes,...

  • Joe’s Pizza East Village Versus Joe's West Village
    Replicating authenticity is a tricky thing. So you have to hand it to Joe Pozzuoli and crew for some touches at the new East Village Joe's Pizza outpost. Between the fluorescent-lit, sparsely lettered menu above and behind the counter and the Famous...

  • BrisketTown's SmokeLine Opens on the High Line
    After a delay late last week, Daniel Delaney opened up shop on the High Line at about 5:30 p.m. Friday and promptly sold out of brisket. OK, not quite, but anyone who hadn't already queued up at that point at SmokeLine could be forgiven for...

  • HyBird
    The Roots drummer Questlove has developed a food concept with Stephen Starr, bringing his fried chicken drumstick venture to Chelsea Market in early May in a venture called HyBird. We really want a second fried-chicken off with Blue Ribbon, since...

  • Chelsea Market's Lobster Place Reopens with Sushi, Oysters, and Entrées
    As reported by The Daily Meal months ago, The Lobster Place in New York City's Chelsea Market closed in January. News from owner Ian MacGregor has it that the shop (expanded by 4,000 square feet) reopens today at noon.  It's not the first...

  • The 20 Best Athlete-Owned Restaurants for 2013
    Whether on the gridiron, hardwood, diamond, or ice, athletes raise our expectations, and in crucial moments, dash our hopes or fulfill our dreams. Some of them cement fame and glory by following through on guarantees. Others fall, get backpage bullied,...

  • Carbone
    Menus wider than your chest, the tile floor from “The Godfather,” waiters...er, "captains" hired for pure theater, and a vision for the upscaling of all of New York City's greatest Italian-American classic...

  • How to Review a Restaurant
    Is there one right way to review a restaurant? Critics through the years have had distinctive voices and signature flourishes, some more successful and loved than others. The New York Times' Frank Bruni was known for more than an occasional good turn...

  • Food-Obsessed Vanity Plates Across America
    You know the feeling. You're driving down the highway looking out for the next "Food — Exit" sign, hoping that Starbucks, or Cracker Barrel, or McDonald's, or whatever your guilty (or just favorite) road trip restaurant is will be...

  • Chef Dave Santos Reacts to New York Times Review of Louro
    A review gets a headline, "The Joys of Cooking," opens with a note about tasting menus, begins with enticing descriptions of five dishes in the first paragraph, and reads for the first 827 words like a two-star review, but uses the last 247...

  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Food Trucks on Midtown's Tracks
    Last year in South Beach, trucks parked under the big tent where Burger Bash takes place for a food truck party hosted by Andrew Zimmern. It was a great event. But trucks and sand don't mix so well. Neither do sand, trucks, and lines of people anxious...

  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Amstel Light Burger Bash 2013
    This year's Amstel Light Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival was a free for all, a go-for-broke takedown of three-time champion Iron Chef Michael Symon, who it has seemed nobody could come close to dethroning no matter how hard...

  • 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival
    Barbecue, burgers, cheflebrities — it's all happening on the beach in Miami at The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine. There's parasailing just offshore, planes pull signs through the sky, the...

  • Trisha Yearwood on SOBE, Garth's Cooking, and the Family Recipe That Got Away
    Country singer turned cookbook writer and Food Network television host Trisha Yearwood will be participating in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival for the first time this year. The singer (who SouthFlorida.com singled out for "bringing the...

  • Who Shaves Andrew Zimmern's Head?
    Good-natured and approachable, food television personality Andrew Zimmern is a fun guy to interview. He seems to have been everywhere (and eaten everything when he's been there) and he's passionate, knowledgeable, and humble about food. And well,...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2013
    There are some 200,000 full-service restaurants in America, so it’s no small task to determine the best ones. A storied Northern California palace of perfection? A counter in Brooklyn where an intimate 24-course tasting menu is prepared by a moody...

  • 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Preview
    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is going into its 12th year, and this four-day destination event in Miami is as big as ever. Celebrity chefs, champagne, sand, cocktails, great food, fun, parties (and after-parties) all nearby South Beach's...

  • Team Yardbird Likes Brooklyn's Energy for Restaurant Expansion
    Chef Jeff McInnis has had quite a ride over the past two years. Last year during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, much of the buzz on Twitter from food media, festival-goers, and restaurant insiders and professionals was surrounding his...

  • Nadia G. to Trade Stilettos for Cowboy Boots
    You couldn't miss Nadia G. at last year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival. She and her crew could be seen parying it up at the front entrance of The Q. They weren't displaying as death-defying behavior as the belly dancers swinging fire...

  • Curtis Stone on Tasmanian Trout, Finger Limes, and the SoBe Wine & Food Festival
    Americans have gotten to know the Melbourne-born, Bravo culinary host from his television hosting duties on Top Chef Masters and Around the World in 80 Plates, but may not know that he cut his teeth in London under the infamous three-star Michelin Chef...

  • Ziggy Marley on Roasted Hemp Seeds, Closing Down South Beach with Guy Fieri, and Opening a Restaurant in Los Angeles
    Festival closeouts can are tricky. The big parties are over and most everyone is full and tired from (if still not of) eating and drinking good food and drink for days. But for those who refuse to let the party end, there's one last ticket, one final...

  • Arlington Club Launches Brunch with Breakfast Sushi and Popover Benedict
    Well, apparently chef Laurent Tourondel did not take The New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells' criticism of his sushi menu to heart. Arlington Club launched brunch service this past weekend, and the two menu items teased out as part of the...

  • New York Chefs Team Up with Stouffer's for Hurricane Sandy Relief
    New Yorkers who don't mind braving the cold during lunch to eat mac and cheese for a good cause can try catching the limited-run Stouffer's Mac 'N' Cheese truck during the next two weeks. Some of New York's well-known chefs (including...

  • Moe's Moving in on Manhattan
    With some 43 spots, New York is among the top 10 states when it comes to locations of Moe’s Southwest Grill (according to the corporate site, Florida and Georgia top the list with 89 and 78 locations respectively), but save for one location in...

  • 101 Reasons (and Layers) Why I’m Mad at 'The Chew'
    I’ve got a bone to pick with Mario Batali. Well actually, not Mario, but with the recipe and Web team at The Chew. See, this week’s SWAT team recipe theme was lasagna and I got it into my head that it would be a smart thing to do to try my...

  • Mighty Quinn's: Why Texans Think New Yorkers Have No Barbecue Cred
    Over the past five years or so, New York has become increasingly fascinated with barbecue. Attribute this how you please, but it's a safe bet one driving force behind the improvement of the city's barbecue is the Big Apple Barbecue Block...

  • Why You Should Like The Daily Meal on Facebook
    Conversation. It's important. And The Daily Meal's editors want to be engaged with you. Sure, you can always comment on articles (or even write your own — have you created a profile on The Daily Meal and started writing yet?), but...

  • Why You Should Join The Daily Meal on Pinterest
    Do you pin? We pin. Our latest social media obsession is Pinterest. If you’re not already pinning, what are you waiting for?! Start your pinning journey (or continue it) by following us — we promise you’ll be drooling on your keyboard (...

  • Zuppardi's Apizza, Where 'the Last Bite Has to Be as Good as the First'
    It's not that Zuppardi's is a secret; it's been around in West Haven, Conn., since 1934. It's just that in conversations about pizza in this neck of the woods, more often than not you're going to hear about the holy trinity of...

  • Why You Should Follow The Daily Meal on Twitter
    The Daily Meal's staff believes that food and drink are best enjoyed together, in a social setting. And while we can’t always be sitting with you at at the table or eating with you on the go, we’d love to connect with you in other ways....

  • Mighty Quinn's BBQ
    Hit or miss brisket unevenly finished with salt, cold ribs, strange barbecue sides like edamame salad and pommes frites — if you're a neighborhood-oriented restaurant eater living in the East Village, if you don't seek out the best place for...

  • Come and Get It With The Culinary Content Network
    When you sign up for The Daily Meal’s newsletters you’re guaranteed delivery of all things food and drink. Seeking out the best places to eat and drink at home and abroad? Looking for tips on how to entertain around the table? Need a little...

  • New Shake Shack Item: The Dapper Dog
    Not content to serve one of the best Chicago-style hot dogs outside of the Windy City, Danny Meyer's growing superior quick-service burger chain Shake Shack recently announced two new menu items, both available at all U.S. Shake Shack locations,...

  • Toronto's Taggers Are Hungry
    Are Toronto's graffiti artists hungry? Are they skipping meals to buy paint? If a recent visit is any indication, it would seem so. During the span of a few days, walking around the city netted no less than 12 food-related graffiti tags (most of them...

  • Rumor Mill: We Want Your Tips
    When it comes to local food news, shocking and/or offensive dining stories, abnormally shaped vegetables, and downright gossip, we know YOU are experts. More often than not, the next big thing is already your favorite restaurant or street vendor. Local...

  • Like The Daily Meal on Facebook
    Conversation. It's important. And The Daily Meal's editors want to be engaged with you. Sure, you can always comment on articles (or even write your own — have you created a profile on The Daily Meal and started writing yet?), but...

  • Follow The Daily Meal on Pinterest
    Do you pin? We pin. Our latest social media obsession is Pinterest. If you’re not already pinning, what are you waiting for?! Start your pinning journey (or continue it) by following us — we promise you’ll be drooling on your keyboard (...

  • Follow The Daily Meal on Twitter
    The Daily Meal's staff believes that food and drink are best enjoyed together, in a social setting. And while we can’t always be sitting with you at at the table or eating with you on the go, we’d love to connect with you in other ways....

  • Sandwich of the Week: Peameal Bacon Sandwich
    "It's the simplicity that makes it," confided co-owner of Carousel Bakery & Sandwich Bar Robert Biancolin about Toronto's signature peameal bacon sandwich, noting how many visiting chefs make a point of seeking it out. "You don...

  • Stephen Pyles
    Stephan Pyles’ eponymously named restaurant might be his 13th or 14th restaurant, but who’s counting? An illustrious career as a chef, restaurateur, best-selling cookbook author, and co-founder of Share Our Strength has allowed him to have as...

  • Follow The Daily Meal on Pinterest
    Do you pin? We pin. Our latest social media obsession is Pinterest. If you’re not already pinning, what are you waiting for?! Start your pinning journey (or continue it) by following us — we promise you’ll be drooling on your keyboard (...

  • Follow The Daily Meal on Twitter
    The Daily Meal's staff believes that food and drink are best enjoyed together, in a social setting. And while we can’t always be sitting with you at at the table or eating with you on the go, we’d love to connect with you in other ways....

  • In Defense of the Sandwich
    It might seem like making a mountain out of a molehill, or in this case, a Dagwood out of a panini, but when you stop and think about it, the opening line of The New York Times' food Op-Ed columnist Mark Bittman's recent piece "Every '...

  • Tabata Noodle Restaurant
    New York City's ramen craze continues, offering plenty of opportunities for new shops to set up and quickly develop neighborhood followings. On a bleak stretch on Ninth Avenue near the city's Port Authority, Tabata has done just that. The d...

  • Chelsea Market's Lobster Place Expanding, Adding Oyster and Sushi Bars
    Lobster roll lunch-seekers in New York City's Chelsea Market will be disappointed to discover that the resident seafood specialty store The Lobster Place is closed. The all-glass storefront is completely boarded up with signage that may cause...

  • French Street Crêpes, Los Angeles Style
    Ever waited on a Paris "rue" and seen one of those street vendors with a line of people behind you hungrily expecting that their crêpe with ham and cheese will be the next one to be folded over into paper and handed over for a few Euros?...

  • When Kitchen Tools Become Friends
    Run by chef Brian Arnoff, who has worked under Barbara Lynch in Boston and for one of Michael Mina's establishments in D.C. describes his wandering food truck CapMac as "The Capital of Macaroni." Mac and cheese is thus, not surprisingly, the...

  • 2012 International Chef of the Year: Massimo Bottura
    Italy's newest Michelin-three-star chef, Massimo Bottura, cuts a smart, professorial figure. Descriptions and proclamations about his talent and import are just as flattering and impressive. Drawing on the wealth of his part of Italy's classic...

  • 2012 American Chef of the Year: José Andrés
    Jovial, charming, rakish, innovative, kind, successful, ambitious, talented, skilled, and well-liked — when you think about all the adjectives with which you could describe chef–restaurateur José Andrés, it almost doesn...

  • The Daily Meal's Chefs of the Year 2012
    Who are the chefs, in America and on the international scene, who are the real game changers, the pioneers — the culinary standard-bearers? Which chefs most embody the pursuit — and achievement — of excellence? These are the...

  • Follow The Daily Meal on Pinterest
    Do you pin? We pin. Our latest social media obsession is Pinterest. If you’re not already pinning, what are you waiting for?! Start your pinning journey (or continue it) by following us — we promise you’ll be drooling on your keyboard (...

  • Follow The Daily Meal on Twitter
    The Daily Meal's staff believes that food and drink are best enjoyed together, in a social setting. And while we can’t always be sitting with you at at the table or eating with you on the go, we’d love to connect with you in other ways....

  • Top 25 Food Trends of 2012
    End-of-the-year food trend roundups are about clever observations, overarching themes, and the identification of that handful of concepts, people, places, and things that defined the culinary scene over the past 365 days. But trend pieces are also about...

  • The Best Dishes We Ate in 2012
    During the course of 2012, The Daily Meal's staff has eaten some tremendous meals. Editors have sought out the best of every meal. And with each staffer tucking into some 1,095 meals this past year, that makes it no small task to distinguish which...

  • Las Vegas Street Food: Fukuburger Truck
    Ranked #19 on The Daily Meal's inaugural 101 Best Food Trucks in America, Fukuburger is a destination in itself. "Be Careful How You Pronounce It," noted one headline announcing the arrival of Robert "Mags" Magsalin and Colin...

  • Google Zeitgeist Releases World's Most Searched Foods, Recipes, and Drinks
    In the supermarket while shopping for ingredients, at home while turning on the stove, on the phone with your significant other while deciding where, what, or when to eat or drink, you did it... you were hungry and you went to Google, you went to what can...

  • Like The Daily Meal on Facebook
    Conversation. It's important. And The Daily Meal's editors want to be engaged with you. Sure, you can always comment on articles (or even write your own — have you created a profile on The Daily Meal and started writing yet?), but...

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  • Follow The Daily Meal on Twitter
    The Daily Meal's staff believes that food and drink are best enjoyed together, in a social setting. And while we can’t always be sitting with you at at the table or eating with you on the go, we’d love to connect with you in other ways....

  • RoliRoti: Food That Smells So Good It's Almost Illegal
    Chef Thomas Odermatt calls himself "more of a caterer nowadays," but this son of a Swiss metzgermeister (master butcher) who still pulls his RoliRoti Gourmet Rotisserie truck into farmers’ markets, would deserve to rank among America...

  • It's More Fun in the Philippines... in Los Angeles
    Found regularly on Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of Koreatown when they're not catering private events or parked outside a concert venue or in a church lot, this mostly Filipino food truck feeds hungry Angelenos with generously proportioned BBQ rice...

  • 'Squeeze Lime to Activate' and More Advice From Miami's Jefe Taco Truck
    So here’s how the story goes (at least according to the Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers truck’s website) in 100 words or less: "Mid-19th century, a young surfer called 'Jefe' ('boss' in Spanish) dominated the...

  • Chocolate Meat and a Countrywide Tour for Guerrilla Street Food
    St. Louis has something you probably don’t: a badass food truck serving Filipino-inspired cuisine with the motto: "Fresh. Local. Filipino." The founder and chef Joel Crespo and Brian Hardesty have been open for about a year and already...

  • St. Louis' Hot Summers Can't Stop the Cha Cha Chow Truck
    Showing up in various parts of The Lou, Cha Cha Chow offers non-traditional tacos (short rib, "Baja style" roasted chicken, curried sweet potato — the latter two on flour tortillas) along with a pretty good burger and a "Cuban Crime...

  • Feminist Principles 'Undone' by a 24-Foot Food Truck
    An old blue-and-yellow step van with the exhortation "Admit it…you need a sandwich" on the side, Ebbett's turns up everywhere from the Mission District to the Embarcadero to Emerywille and Oakland, with a seasonal sandwich menu...

  • 'We Don't Toast,' a Happy New York Morning Bagel Rebuff
    Inside Ess-a-Bagel at the corner of 21st and Third Avenue at 9:15 a.m. the counterperson says, "Who's next!?" "I'll have a toasted bag — " a girl three people back from the register says and gets cut off before...

  • For Los Angeles' Seoul Sausage Truck It's 'Seoul Plus Sausage, Bam. Easy'
    Want to know what passion, word of mouth, and crazy good Korean BBQ create? Seoul Sausage, a venture started by two families — the Kims and the Ohs. The truck was launched in 2012 when Chris Oh, Ted Kim, and Yong Kim kicked things off with...

  • With Philly's L.O.S., Lucky Old Souls Are We
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  • Food Shark
    BEST FOOD TRUCKS 2012: #38   Not just any old food truck, Marfa’s Food Shark, depending on where you’re coming from of course, just may be one of the most out-of-the-way trucks you can pilgrimage to. But this tiny desert town is home to...

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  • Komodo Food Truck
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  • Crepes Bonaparte Truck
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  • Dim Ssam A Gogo
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  • Taïm Mobile Falafel & Smoothie Truck
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  • JapaCurry Truck
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  • Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
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  • Oh My Gogi! Truck
    BEST FOOD TRUCKS 2012: #58   "Gogi" in Korean means "meat." Owner Eric Nguyen hopes you’ll be reciting his truck’s name, "Oh My Gogi!" after sampling his food: Korean BBQ tacos, kimchi quesadillas, and OMG!...

  • Big Cheese Truck
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  • Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck
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  • The Southern Mac & Cheese Truck
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  • The Rib Whip
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  • Diggity Doughnuts
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  • ScratchTruck
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  • Marination Mobile
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  • Rancho Bravo Tacos
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  • The Peached Tortilla
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  • CapMacDC
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  • El Norteno Taco Truck
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  • Cha Cha Chow Truck
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  • Neri's Curbside Cravings
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  • Spencer on the Go
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  • Second Servings: The Daily Meal's Week in Review 6/9/2012
    Sure, it's been a busy week. So you may have missed some of the great stories put out by The Daily Meal's talented editors and their fantastic special contributors. But you wouldn't want to head into the weekend having missed some of the best...

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup
    Lifting the Stanley Cup overhead during a victory lap is the most dreamed of moment for NHL players and armchair diehards — the thing that gets camera bulbs flashing. But any self-respecting hockey fan knows that as far as the cup goes, the...

  • Second Servings: The Daily Meal's Week in Review 6/2/2012
    Sure, it's been a busy week. So you may have missed some of the great stories put out by The Daily Meal's talented editors and their fantastic special contributors. But you wouldn't want to head into the weekend having missed some of the best...

  • Second Servings: The Daily Meal's Week in Review 5/26/2012
    Sure, it's been a busy week. So you may have missed some of the great stories put out by The Daily Meal's talented editors and their fantastic special contributors. But you wouldn't want to head into the weekend having missed some of the best...

  • Anticipating Next: elbulli
    We're heading to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend to potentially experience a weekend of eating of a lifetime. I've had the privilege of enjoying amazing meals over the past few years at, among other places, Per Se, Meadowood, Alinea, and Le...

  • Second Servings: The Daily Meal's Week in Review 5/19/2012
    Sure, it's been a busy week. So you may have missed some of the great stories put out by The Daily Meal's talented editors and their fantastic special contributors. But you wouldn't want to head into the weekend having missed some of the best...

  • GQ's The Roast of Alan Richman
    By the time the man of the hour entered the Le Bernardin lounge at 7:30 p.m. for GQ's The Roast of Alan Richman, most of the New York food world was already two drinks in. Best Lines from GQ's Roast of Alan Richman There was PDT's Jim Meehan...

  • Chapman Pharmacy
    You can get malts, ice cream sodas, floats with Coke or IBC Root Beer, sundaes, and cones. And under the heading "Fountain Drinks" there are are "Sodas" (Coke, Sprite, Dite Coke, and Mr Pibb as wells as "Real" Cherry Coke and...

  • Chapman Pharmacy's Lime Sour
    There was a time when the words lime sour didn't first bring to mind a cocktail mixer. And at Chapman Pharmacy in Hapeville, Ga., about 10 minutes outside Atlanta, that time is still now. Not far from Hapeville's big claim to fame, the Dwarf House...

  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival Kickoff at The Optimist
    Atlanta Food & Wine 2012 kicked off in high style at chef Ford Fry's new restaurant The Optimist, scheduled to open May 21 or 22. The menu was called Oceans 6. Why? "Because there were six chefs, and they were all really cute, you know, like...

  • Who Makes the South's Best Fried Chicken?
    Crispy and juicy, golden and delicious, floured or battered, pan-, deep-, or pressure-fried — however you believe it should be cooked, fried chicken is a matter close to the Southern heart. Asking someone to name the region's best version could...

  • Young Southern Chefs to Watch
    Thursday marks the kickoff of the second annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, a weekend of fried chicken, bourbon, pimento cheese, and tons of great food made by some of the best chefs in the South. The festival is the brainchild of co-founders...

  • Best Barbecued Brisket in America?
    "For barbecue, if you don't go directly to Franklin then you will have failed miserably," advised native Texan, UT Austin football fanatic, and cousin-in-law Danny Hardeman. "Get you some coffee and go get in line around 9 to 9:30 a.m....

  • Back Forty West Calçotada Reboots Peter Hoffman's Spring SoHo Savoy Tradition
    On the corner of Prince and Crosby, a musician strumms his guitar as the wind picks up smoke from the grill on the sidewalk. Chef Peter Hoffman uses tongs to flip batches of charred leeks dressed with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Not long after, Hoffman...

  • Shake Shack's SmokeStack On New York Menus
    Yesterday, Grub Street's Jenny Miller drooled over Shake Shack's new SmokeShack, a cheeseburger with Niman Ranch applewood-smoked bacon, cherry-pepper relish, and ShackSauce, asking if "anybody out there [has] given it a chomp?" She must...

  • Yankees Screw Up Stadium Food Again
    It was bad enough that when planning the new Yankee Stadium the Yanks allowed the bumbling Mets (the Mets for crying out loud!) to snag Shake Shack and create a far more impressive culinary lineup than anything going on in the Bronx. Instead of bringing...

  • Pepper Flakes: Spice as Independence
    Some people like pizza. They like toppings, enjoy a slice once in a while, and have a go-to spot. Some people love pizza. They'll make outerborough pilgrimmages in New York City; hit the latest Italian imports; and debate the merits of coal, wood, and...

  • Pizza and Pepper Flakes: 'Only Natural'
    What do some of New York City's lauded pizzaiolos think about the origins of the use of red pepper flakes on pizza? How do they think pepper flakes contribute or detract from the pizza-eating experience? And how do they eat their pizza: with or...

  • What Are Crushed Red Pepper Flakes?
    Red pepper flakes are in every pizzeria across America, but what the heck kind of peppers are these anyway? Jalapeños? Pepperoncini? Anaheim? One thing’s safe to say: they’re certainly not bhut jolokia or the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (...

  • You Can Tell Real New Yorkers by How They Take a Slice to Go
    Every New Yorker has a slice joint, a place they personally identify with the quintessential New York City slice. This isn't the place they'd necessarily go for a pie, mind you. But the place that drunk or sober, famished or full, they'd seek...

  • Waiters Shouldn’t Serve Red Pepper Flakes Before They're Asked
    As much as they might like to think so, New Yorkers can no longer lay claim to having all of the country's best pizza. The Neapolitan revolution has spread far and fast, with pizzerias in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles, garnering...

  • Tracking Italian-American Culinary Traditions to the Old Country
    Who did the practice of using red pepper flakes on pizza start with? Was it something that Italians did in the old country? And if so, where? Or was it a tradition that first-generation Italian-Americans began? Trying to track down the origins of an...

  • Pepper Flakes at Papa’s of Trenton: You Can’t Even See the Pie Sometimes
    You know the expression, "That guy, he's a character!" Well, it was created for Nick Azzaro, owner of Papa's Tomato Pies in Trenton, N.J. Lombardi's may generally be considered to be "America's first pizza," but as Nick...

  • Poetry of Pizza at Da Michele
    For any pizza lover, a trip to L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Naples, Italy, has to be considered one of the ultimate pizza pilgrimages. There’s little choice there — no extra toppings, just three types of Neapolitan-style pizza: the...

  • Real Italians Don’t Use Red Pepper Flakes
    What’s the right way to make the tomato sauce that goes on the pizzas approved by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN)? First of all, technically it’s not a sauce, but just peeled, crushed tomatoes, and it’s all laid out in...

  • John Mariani on Pepper Flakes and Pizza
    Did the practice of seasoning pies with red pepper flakes start in America or Italy? New York City or Naples? Was it an Italian-American tradition to scatter flakes liberally up and down their slice or a culture they brought over with them? And what kind...

  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes on Pizza: A Neapolitan Tradition
    Ask most Italians what they think about the use of red pepper flakes on pizza and you’re likely to be met with a blank stare, or worse, be laughed at. Too nice to do either, Mr. Antonio Pace, the founder of the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana...

  • Dom DeMarco on Red Pepper Flakes: 'It Started in Italy'
    When it comes to New York City pizza, this man is a legend. After emigrating from Caserta, near Naples, to New York City in 1959, DeMarco opened Di Fara Pizza on Avenue J in Brooklyn and has been doing it his way, pie by pie, ever since. The pizzas...

  • When Did Pizza Meet Red Pepper Flakes?
    They’re on tables and counters in every pizzeria — often even chained with the Parmesan: glass, metal-topped shakers filled with red pepper flakes. For many, crushed pepper is part of the pizza experience — they’d no sooner take a...

  • Red Pepper Flakes Served at Lombardi’s From the Start
    How did crushed red pepper get hitched with pizza anyway? Talk about the origins of pizza and inevitably the conversation turns to Gennaro Lombardi, who the city of New York granted the first license to bake pizza. It all began in 1905 at Lombardi's...

  • Traveling for Food: Pizza in Brazil
    Brazilian cuisine is known for the seemingly endless meat offerings that are served rodizio-style (unlimited food at a fixed price) at its renowned churrascarias. But meat is not the only food in Brazil served in this style. In many places, rodizio has...

  • Brooklyn's Best New Doughnuts: Dough and Dun-Well?
    "There's this new doughnut place in Brooklyn, and I've heard they blow Doughnut Plant away." So went a tip passed along about Dough, a Bedford-Stuyvesant shop that, having opened in 2010, isn't actually that new. But another...

  • Holy Posole: A Soup Crusade
    For those from the Southwest and Texas, posole needs no introduction. It's a long-simmered, heart-warming, traditional pre-Columbian soup from Mexico that's traditionally made with pig's head, nixtamalized cacahuazintle corn, chile peppers,...

  • Burger Bombs
        Cross-section of “The Big “O” Burger.” But the much-anticipated headliner of our meal was the “Big O’ Burger.” Mr. Cutlets researched and designed, then documented “the arduous process of...

  • Cathal Armstrong's New Job: Parade Grand Marshal
    He's known as one of the country's pre-eminent Irish chefs, but Cathal Armstrong recently took on a new job: Grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Washington D.C. He and his wife Meshelle, with whom he co-owns restaurants in the...

  • A Look Ahead at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2012
    The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival founders sure do know how to throw a party. Last night, co-founders Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter hosted at Joey Campanaro's Little Owl venue space heralding the upcoming festival in May (10-13). The...

  • New York City Gets More Bad 'Tex-Mex'
    I swore about a year ago never to return to Goat Town. The hype wasn't the issue. Neither were the uncomfortable seats. Somewhere in between the blasé burger and the embarrassment of taking friends to a new place with bad food made it one of...

  • Zaragoza
    From the outside, you'd never guess that this diminutive East Village storefront was anything other than a typical New York City bodega, but cross the threshold and you'll find some of the best Mexican food in the city. Zaragoza's burrito...

  • Worst Party Blunders
    What’s worse — attending a party, drinking too much, and making a bunch of embarrassing comments, or hosting the party, drinking too much, and making a bunch of embarrassing comments? Which is worse — not RSVP’ing or not stocking...

  • This Is What 2 Stars From The New York Times Looks Like
    For every new restaurant critic, there's a period of adjustment, a settling into the job. You can only imagine some of the questions that would be swirling around the mind: "How many stars did my predecessors give these kinds of restaurants?...

  • WFAN Host Says New York Can Thank Him for Shamrock Shakes
    "That’s stupid," former quarterback Boomer Esiason said, sipping his McDonald's Shamrock Shake. "Stupid good," responded his co-host Craig Carton of Boomer and Carton, WFAN 660’s morning sports talk show. The...

  • Chang vs. White: An Artist's Take
    Last year, The Daily Meal published its first ever March Madness Food Fight, an NCAA-style competition featuring chefs and personalities divided into four brackets: TV personalities, restaurateurs, chefs, and food media. In the end, there were two big...

  • Mister Softee's Jingle
    It happened this past weekend on a particularly warm and sunny Saturday afternoon in New York City — one of the first Mister Softee jingles of 2012 could be heard lilting through the warm air on a Lower East Side street. Given that the first day of...

  • Food Crusade: Holy Posole
    dd For the uninitiated, what is posole? Posole,(pozole pasole, pazole) people spell it all kinds of ways, i choose POSOLE. To me posole is a warm bowl of liquid gold to heal the heart, but to be historically and scientifically clear I can say that it...

  • Another Chance for 'Last Chance Kitchen'?
    Another elimination, another season of Top Chef, the ninth, come and gone. The number of chefs who participated in Top Chef: Texas — 29 — was almost double the number in seasons past, and in the end it was Paul Qi who the other 28 chefs were...

  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2012: The Q
    The first big event at The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival this year was Moët Hennessy's The Q presented by Allen Brothers Steaks, sponsored by Miami magazine, and hosted by Emeril and Guy Fieri. The Q replaced BubbleQ in name,...

  • Michael Chiarello Won't Open His Kimono... Yet
    Chef, vintner, TV host, and reality food TV contestant, Michael Chiarello is a busy man. And rumors have been circulating that he's about to get even busier — potentially opening two new restaurants in California. In preparation for the Food...

  • Who's the Best New Pastry Chef?
    Avid watchers of reality food TV will say you don't need an award to show pastry’s importance. There are enough clips of savory chefs forced into or dreading difficult pastry challenges to fill the world's largest virtual croquembouche. But...

  • South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2012: Burger Bash
    Amstel Light Burger Bash is the most anticipated event of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. But the one person who was perhaps most looking forward to the event wasn't a festivalgoer, but a participating chef: Bobby Flay. Having...

  • David Burke's Dining in the Dark
    Don’t ask chef David Burke how he ended up serving 100 to 200 people a multicourse meal, Dining in the Dark, in the ballroom at The Perry at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival in Miami. He can't shed much light on it. "I don’t...

  • 2012 South Beach Wine & Food Festival
    Barbecue, burgers, cheflebrities — it's all happening on the beach in Miami at The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine. There's parasailing just offshore, planes pull signs through the sky, the...

  • How Not to Serve a Tasting Menu
    It's Sunday night at 8 o'clock, there are only four tables filled, and the restaurant's chef was a nominee for Food & Wine's award for The People's Best New Chef, there are three tasting options — Elaborate ($40), Very...

  • New East Village Bagel Shop Takes on All Comers
    With the proliferation of Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks throughout New York City, it's heartening when a bagel shop opens. So when Christopher Pugliese had a sign by "Mosaic Man" Jim Power affixed outside his new shop across from Tompkins...

  • Ridiculous Bacon Products
    Forget sex, bacon sells. And when it comes to selling bacon, there is no jumping the shark. Bacon bits, chocolate-covered bacon, bacon cupcakes, bacon pasta, bacon doughnuts, bacon ice cream, bacon frosting — there’s no limit to the ways...

  • Food & Wine Names Best Pastry Chefs of 2012
    Today, Food & Wine announced the winners of its new award for Best New Pastry Chefs. Only chefs who have run a restaurant pastry kitchen for five years or less were eligible for the award, whose winners and their recipes will be featured in the May...

  • Shake Shack Battery Park City
    Slowly, Danny Meyer's Shake Shack is changing the landscape of the burger world. It started in Madison Square Park in 2001, with a hot dog cart created by Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy's...

  • RUB BBQ
    At RUB BBQ in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, pit master Scott Smith takes time out of his barbecue duties every Monday to do a special burger. If you haven't sampled Smith's burger, or his weekly homage to regional and famed renditions, you...

  • Eataly
    When Eataly opened, it sealed the reputation of the neighborhood in and around Madison Square Park as one of New York's food-scene darlings. But the crowds and the hype made it a tiring hassle to navigate. Still, there are some great sandwiches at the...

  • Commonwealth
    Commonwealth is a progressive American restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District where its executive Chef Jason Fox incorporates modern techniques and diverse culinary approaches. The restaurant donates $10 from each $65-tasting menu to local...

  • PPQ Dungeness Island
    PPQ (Pho Phu Quoc) refers to Vietnamese noodles, with Phu Quoc being Vietnam's largest island (at the very south tip of the country), a place known for fish sauce and black pepper.

  • Defonte's
    In the annals of the roast beef sandwich in New York City, there are strong contenders, pretenders, and old-school defenders. Consider This Little Piggy, the now-closed Boston interlopers Bowery Beef, and old-school Brooklyn joints Brennan and Carr's...

  • Yoshi Sushi
    Listen, in the world of New York's sushi scene, Yoshi, in the East Village is not bringing in any major awards — it shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as the city's best sushi restaurants. But when it comes to having a...

  • Gott’s Roadside
    Back in 2011, popular California hamburger stand Taylor's Automatic Refresher renamed its three locations (Napa, St. Helena, and San Francisco's Ferry Building) because its owners brothers Joel and Duncan Gott didn't own rights to the name,...

  • Una Pizza Napoletana
    When Anthony Mangieri, pizzaiolo for the East Village Una Pizza Napoletana, closed "to make a change," move West, and open shop somewhere he could get "a chance to use his outrigger canoe and mountain bike more often," it was the...

  • Most Memorable Meals of 2011
    2011 was the most amazing restaurant-eating year of my life. I say that not to brag, but marveling at how fortunate I was to eat at some the country's best restaurants. During 2011, in 16 cities across nine states, I ate at almost 200 places, some...

  • Hey!... You Gonna Eat or What's Fried Green Tomato BLT
    Austin's food truck scene is booming on South Congress. They have a stretch of about a block on South Congress not far away from late-night stalwart Magnolia and the newly buzzing Hopdoddy that features a good number of trailers dishing out the street...

  • Dana Cowin Discusses Chefs Make Change and Mario Batali's New Haircut
    The February issue of Food & Wine marks the launch of Chefs Make Change, a new campaign that aims to bring attention to 10 chefs who have their own charitable organization, or have a cause that they're so heavily identified with that it...

  • ‘e by José Andrés
    The ceaselessly inventive — hell, the ceaseless — Señor Andrés is the king of Spanish food (among other things) in America, bringing us authentic ingredients and preparations in the traditional mode but also giving us a made-in-...

  • Sidecar
    There is no signage indicating the presence of P.J. Clarkes’ Sidecar, and the restaurant pays homage to the days of smoking rooms and speakeasies. Publicist Maggie Condon paints a picture, “[Sidecar] is intriguing and appealing to...

  • Club 33
    Club 33 is an exclusive club within the New Orleans section of Disneyland, and its exclusivity borders on the occult. Less than 500 members are permitted, and the time on the waiting list allegedly averages around 14 years (the unofficial web site said at...

  • 10 Crazy Chip Flavors
    When it comes to sheer diversity of chip flavors, you have to hand it to the folks at Pringles — Curry, Mexican, Crispy Cheese, Ketchup, Wisconsin White Cheddar, Chili Cheese — they go all out! But as anyone who has strolled a grocery aisle...

  • Top Food Trend Predictions for 2013
    Since the end of the world didn't happen, all bets are off. In 2013, expect anything to go. Why not some surprises? You could argue that 2012 didn't bring many. It certainly didn't offer the earthshaking events like 2011's Modernist...

  • 2011 International Chef of the Year: René Redzepi
    A year after wrestling the top spot on the World's Best Restaurant List from elBulli, chef René Redzepi's Noma secured the number one spot on the World's Best Restaurant List for a second time. Redzepi has brought international...

  • 2011 American Chef of the Year: Grant Achatz
    Forget the New York versus San Francisco debate. You could argue that the culinary artistry and imagination that chef Grant Achatz has displayed at his restaurants has positioned Chicago — not New York, not San Francisco, and not Las Vegas or Los...

  • The Daily Meal's Chefs of the Year 2011
    Quick, think about 2011 and answer immediately: Which chefs most embody the pursuit — and achievement — of excellence over the course of the year? Whether you're measuring by newsmaking milestones or constant level of performance, who is...

  • 20 Best Athlete-Owned Restaurants
    Whether on the gridiron, hardwood, diamond, or ice, athletes raise our expectations, and in crucial moments, dash our hopes or fulfill our dreams. Some of them cement fame and glory by following through on guarantees. Others fall, get backpage bullied,...

  • Who Makes the Best Store-Bought Chicken Soup?
    Who makes the best store-bought chicken soup? Come on, you know you've been there — in a jam, in a rush to make the kids something for lunch between errands on a Sunday afternoon. There's a time and a place for doing things from scratch...

  • Top Food Trend Predictions for 2012
    The future. It's there in our culinary crystal ball, barely visible through the "steam" of liquid nitrogen, somewhere underneath those pearls of agar agar and gelatin, and fried mayonnaise cubes. As the final days of 2011 tick off one by one...

  • What Chefs Ride and Drive
    Tattoos. Rock star status. Late nights partying hard. Outlaw associations. It shouldn't be surprising that many chefs also have a passion for their rides. For the adrenaline junkie there's speed; for the craftsman there's the art of a fine...

  • Best Eats in Barbados
    When in Barbados, you have to do three things at least... One, go to Cuz's. Two, go to Oistins, and three, go to a rum shop. The why’s and wherefore's are below, plus some other can’t-miss suggestions... The Only Fish Sandwich You...

  • 9 Incredible Food Sculptures
    When it comes to artistic ingenuity, presenting a beautifully crafted plate of food is a source of pride for many chefs. And while chefs are certainly considered by many to be artists in their own right, there's edible evidence of true virtuosos,...

  • The Ultimate Food Lover's Gift Guide
    Have a family member or friend who is always talking about restaurant exploits, food fantasy meals, or the next amazing dishes and culinary experiences they're seeking out? Looking to really make a statement with a food-related gift this year? Maybe...

  • 2011 Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival
    Last year's first Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival featured celebrity chefs (Tom Colicchio, Fergus Henderson, Tim Love, Marcus Samuelsson, and Ming Tsai); wine experts like Anthony Giglio; travel and food media mavens like Travel + Leisure...

  • Will This Be the Next Big International Food and Drink Festival?
    It's not often that you get to witness the beginnings of a nascent food festival firsthand. So it was thrilling last year to have attended the first Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival. There were celebrity chefs, wine experts, travel and food...

  • Chico's Tacos, a Love Story
    "Out in the West Texas town of El Paso I fell in love with some Mexican food. Day-time would find me in old Chico's Tacos; Eating flautas soaked in a salsa that wooed." It was 13 years ago that I first had Chico's Tacos in El Paso,...

  • McDonald's Menu Mash-Up
    Admit it, you've felt the heartbreak. You arrive at McDonald's and the cashier says you're minutes late and breakfast is over. There will be no gloriously greasy hash browns for you. Accept that your day is ruined. But did you ever stop to...

  • Minetta Tavern's French Dip Lunch
    There's a restaurant you've been meaning to get to. You've been hearing about its Black Label Burger for two years, but you can only ever get a reservation at 6 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and your friends (who've been) say that even with the 10:30...

  • Pig: A Restaurant (The Play)
    New York's food scene is a rough place for restaurants, chefs, waiters, and let's face it, customers. Consider all the permutations: obnoxious waiters and dumb customers, dumb customers and obnoxious waiters, new restaurants, know-it-alls, critics...

  • 52 Best Sandwiches of 2011
    Think sandwiches aren't a big deal? Listen to readers of The Daily Meal's Sandwich of the Week feature. "It's one thing to find a noteworthy sandwich at a restaurant not known for them (like La Verdad), but to miss an entire sandwich...

  • Joey Campanaro on Meatballs and Doggie Bags
    Chef Joey Campanaro didn’t need an award for people to know that he makes a great meatball. New Yorkers, and indeed, West Villagers have said this for years. But he was officially recognized when he won the 2011 New York City Wine & Food...

  • VIDEO: Kathy Griffin at the LA Food and Wine Festival
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  • Brews, ‘Cue, and Guy Fieri's Plans for New York
    These days, it almost doesn’t seem like it’s a festival unless chef Guy Fieri shows up wearing his trademark sunglasses and Knuckle Sandwich gear. If that’s the case, the folks behind the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival had nothing...

  • Paul Prudhomme Talks Food Festivals and New Orleans' Culinary Comeback
    At the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival on a Friday night in October, Train was performing at the Lexus Live on the Plaza event. On the other side of the plaza, legendary chef Paul Prudhomme sat at his booth, which was serving gumbo and pralines. The...

  • 2011 Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
    The first ever Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival kicks off, and The Daily Meal's senior editor (and one-man media team) Arthur Bovino is in L.A. to cover events with pen, paper, camera, and video. Check in for updates and culinary comings and...

  • 13 Food Celebrity Halloween Masks
    Halloween — it's a holiday devoted to disguising yourself as someone genuinely scary. Like, say, Todd English. OK, just kidding, but these days, it seems as though most other genres of celebrity have Halloween masks devoted to them. Why not...

  • Wolfgang Puck on the Inaugural Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Led Zeppelin, and Retirement
    Put "legendary," "chef," and "Los Angeles" into a sentence and ask anyone to name the first person to come to mind, and most people are likely to give you the same answer: Wolfgang Puck. Puck, whose name is synonymous with...

  • First Ever Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
    "More than 100 celebrity chefs are expected to take part in demos, seminars, lunches, dinners and after-hours events, with tastings from more than 300 wineries," notes the Daily Dish. Among those already attached to the new event who work in Los...

  • End of an Era: Time to Throw Out All Those Home-Delivery Menus?
    It's a phenomenon across America, but one that was born in and reaches its apotheosis in New York City — restaurant delivery menus littering apartment lobbies, stuffed through mail slots, wedged into door cracks, stuck behind doorknobs, and even...

  • Athletes' Food Tweets
    Trevor Booker, power forward for the Washington Wizards, loves cashews. Baltimore Orioles pitcher Zach Britton thinks that Apple Jacks are the "best cereal known to man!" And Cowboys wide receiver "Fast" Teddy Williams loves him some...

  • The World's Best Sushi Is in... Los Angeles?
    There was an interesting little Los Angeles culinary mystery buried in a discussion at the New York City Wine & Food Festival last weekend. It came from an exchange between the interviewer, former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni and his...

  • 20 Food Topics That Just Won't Die
    You've seen the articles, blog posts, and evergreen stories again and again. Food flashpoints, culinary zeitgeists, viral stories about bacon, cupcakes, and secret menus run amuck. Where does it stop? Click here for the 20 Food Topics That Just Won...

  • Ferran Adrià on Twinkies and People Who Put Cream in Their Coffee
    For anyone interested in the man behind el bulli, Frank Bruni's TimesTalk interview with the chef this past weekend at The TimesCenter during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival was a real treat. Among other interesting topics like...

  • No Happy Ending for Friendly's
    It's hardly conceivable, but true. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Friendly's is planning to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is seeking a buyer. Let's be clear, there's nothing amazing about food at Friendly...

  • Cindy Pawlcyn's Go Fish Goes Pan-Med as Brassica
    In the 28-odd years Cindy Pawlcyn has spent as a chef and restaurateur in California wine country, she's seen lots of change. Case in point: The restaurant garden trend. "We've been doing that for years," she noted, laughing. "I...

  • 2011 New York City Wine & Food Festival
    The New York City Wine & Food Festival kicks off, and The Daily Meal's editorial team is on the scene to cover the events. Check in here for regular updates on Fried food, Meatball Madness, and culinary comings and goings throughout the weekend...

  • 2011 New York City Wine & Food Festival Preview
    Is it really already that time again? The New York City Wine & Food Festival kicks off Thursday and festival-hoppers, culinary glitterati, and food media mavens are gearing up for long days and later nights filled with good bites and great gossip. Of...

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  • Korilla BBQ Truck
    BEST FOOD TRUCKS 2012: #30   You’d have thought it would have hurt team Korilla BBQ for being called cheaters for adding more than $2,000 of their own money into their cash drawer on what has basically been the representative show for food...

  • Quirky Jerky
    Beef jerky — from Slim Jim to Jack Link's, it's sold at the cashier of every convenience store, gas station, and rest stop you've ever entered. Meat sticks in flashy packaging and vacuum-sealed bags of dry, hard, teeth-wrenching beef...

  • Shake Shack's Secret Menu, Revealed!
    It started with overhearing someone ask for extra Shack sauce and discovering you can get pickles on your Shackburger. Waiting at the Shake Shack window in Madison Square Park, you hear interesting conversations among co-workers, couples, Shack-ployees,...

  • The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe's Volume 3
    If you love Trader Joe's, really love TJ's, you know the review site, What's Good at Trader Joe's?. Its four-member team has set its sights on reviewing all of the cult grocer's some 4,500 products. Since launching in August 2010, they...

  • Exclusive: A Sneak Peek at Carla on The Chew
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  • Chefs' Manifesto: Reality Check, Please
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  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    Apparently the recipe for overwhelming success is to have a whirling dervish masquerading as an Englishman ham it up in front of the camera, while preparing artery-clogging recipes that rely heavily on cream and butter. A former cook in the Royal New...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    After more than 3,000 episodes, Martin Yan still manages to say his catchphrase, “If Yan can cook, so can you!” with as much enthusiasm as when he started his show in 1981. Thanks to his bad puns and awe-inspiring knife skills, by 1997 Yan was...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    It’s hard to believe that this beloved show, which spawned countless copycats, got on air by chance. When a cooking demo to promote her seminal cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking wowed the audience of a Boston TV station, it encouraged...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    Tall, lanky, nasally, bespectacled, and with a penchant for talking loudly, Jeff Smith was an unlikely superstar. But during his long run as a budget-conscious gourmet (starting in 1983), Smith’s popularity rivaled that of Julia Child. During its...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    The premise of this popular show is simple: Have a world famous chef with a hair-trigger temper constantly yell at a group of hapless “professional cooks” who want to run one of his restaurants. If crying and throwing things happens during...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    Another vehicle for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, Master Chef is similar to Ramsay's other successful show, Hell’s Kitchen, because the contestants on both compete for a prize. But while the cooks on Hell’s Kitchen are professionals,...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    This short-lived show can best be described as a cross between Top Chef and The Apprentice. Contestants who wanted to open their own chain had to complete weekly challenges. Each week someone was voted off by a panel of judges, including celebrity chef...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    While the show also focused on things like how to properly wrap presents, make decorations out of freshly picked pine cones, and build massive gingerbread houses, a significant portion of it focused on cooking elaborate meals. For a while, the syndicated...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    The combination of genuinely talented professional chefs, the excitement of quickfire challenges, and amazing celebrity guest judges have made Top Chef a ratings bonanza for Bravo. It has also produced several spin-offs: Top Chef Masters, Top Chef All...

  • 10 Most Watched Cooking Shows Slideshow
    At one point, the perpetually upbeat and acronym-loving cook had three shows on Food Network, but in 2006, Rachael Ray launched a nationally syndicated show. During its debut in 2006, nearly three million people tuned in to watch Ray’s star guests...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    OK, so there's no maître d', and you can pretty much sit wherever you want (and leave alive if you don't lose your ticket), but there's a myth about Katz's that must be debunked: the best table isn’t the one where Meg Ryan...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    Zuni Café's owner, Gilbert Pilgram explains, “Our regulars request most of our tables all around. The quirkiness of the space gives us many options. My favorite is table 69 at the top of the stairs where you can see all the action and...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    Reservationist Megan Alldis says, “People either want to be close to the kitchen or away from the kitchen — it’s either-or.” Privacy seems to be more of a preference for most Chez Panisse diners, however. The Porch Area, a cozy...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    Canlis’s Caché Room could be the country's most romantic table. With a view of Seattle’s Lake Union and the Cascade mountains, it seats only two to four people and is “the site of many proposals” according to office...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    Says Blue Hill’s Vice President Irene Hamburger, “Because we’re located within the Stone Barns Center and so closely tied to the farm, we were sure to design the restaurant so that every seat has a view of the farm.” With that view...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    Food-lovers clamor for the two tables nearest the open kitchen at Citronelle. Maître d' Jean-Jacques Retourne describes the setting as “like a show,” with a view into the space where the food comes to life. If drama isn’t your...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    The most popular tables in WD-50, according to manager Rachel Carron, are the corner tables of the restaurant’s ten-table row of deuces. Nestled within a 90-degree angle so that each diner can sit on the banquette, the corner tables may be the most...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    According to Dining Room Manager Joseph Donion, the smaller, more intimate Florentine and André Tchelistcheff rooms are the most popular among Bern’s regulars. But when it comes to special seating you might just want to skip the main course...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    General Manager Shanon Ferguson insists that finding the best table at the Bazaar “is about personal preference.” An open space with multiple venues, each with its own décor and vibe, the Bazaar has options to suit any fancy. Our vote...

  • America's Best Tables Slideshow
    You can’t really go wrong choosing a table from one of Commander’s Palace’s multiple rooms. You can count yourself lucky, however, to get a reservation at the chef’s table. Located directly in the kitchen, proprietor Ti Martin...

  • Best Supermarket Brands
    Do you want Cheesy Poofs (they're real now) or Cheez Doodles? I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! or Land O'Lakes? (Niether, Par-KAYY!) Or maybe you only eat brands that are truly organic? It's a very personal thing, the process behind...

  • Ultimate Guide to Eating at the US Open
    Today marks the U.S. Open's kick-off, and while action on the courts is the draw, the event's proponents have been touting its food cred for years. According to the city's head critic, The New York Times' Sam Sifton, one of the best meals...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    The signature dish at this New Orleans institution may or may not have fed everyone from Jefferson Davis to Mark Twain. Wonder whether its 982 calories were there from the beginning.   Calorie Breakdown Turtle: 979 calories Butter: 1,215 calories...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    Alice Waters’ signature dish embodies the key features of the cuisine that made Chez Panisse famous: simple, seasonal, and fresh. You may or may not find this 475-calorie dish on the daily-changing menu, but it still has people talking.  ...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    Barber’s iconic farm-to-table restaurant, Blue Hill, made vegetables the star of the meal, which explains the popularity of his simple yet legendary Brussels sprouts dish, roasted and deglazed in balsamic vinegar and adding up to 250 calories, at...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    It's still hard to wrap your head around this dish at Chicago’s Alinea. The ravioli filled with black truffle juice plays with the boundaries between liquid and solid. Using the recipe for Achatz’s signature dish on Alineaphile, the total...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    At Daniel Boulud's eponymous restaurant in New York, the showcases his French creds with this Sea Bass in Syrah Sauce, whose recipe is on his site. As it reveals, in typical French gastronomic fashion, there’s plenty of cream and butter to go...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    How Dufresne managed to turn a traditional brunch dish into a masterpiece of molecular gastronomy is still beyond comprehension, but his Fried Eggs Benedict at WD-50 is just that. The dish is unhealthy (though amazing) as it sounds, and at least after...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    This dish at Le Bernardin helped showcase Ripert’s mastery with seafood. Having analyzed Ripert's recipe for the dish as published on Delish, the barely-cooked scallops, served on mounds of rare mushrooms weigh in at approximately 215 calories...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    Batali’s iconic pasta dish at New York City’s Babbo restaurant consists of delicate pasta envelopes filled with peas, cream, and mint, stewed in a hearty tomato and lamb sausage sauce. Examining Mario Batali’s recipe for Mint Love...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    José Andrés’s menu at The Bazaar in Los Angeles contains a mixture of both simple and gourmet takes on Spanish tapas-inspired dishes. He has been acclaimed for his olive oil pancakes, which use olive oil instead of butter, and have a...

  • Counting Calories in America's Best Restaurants Slideshow
    Thomas Keller’s signature dish at the famed French Laundry, oysters with pearl tapioca and caviar, contains 349 calories per serving. That’s a lot for a small dish, but seems small considering the amount of cream and butter. Here's how...

  • Surprising Celebrity Food Products Slideshow
    For more surprising celebrity food products, including Heidi Klum, Dan Aykroyd, and more, visit the rest of the slideshow.  

  • Surprising Celebrity Food Products Slideshow
    Chris Bridges's cognac is the rare celeb-driven spirit that garners critical praise. According to Food & Wine's own Ray Isle, "It's a lush, vanilla-and-spice spirit, a crowd-pleaser, and at $30, it's fairly priced, too."...

  • Surprising Celebrity Food Products Slideshow
    Ray holds a distinction among celebrity chefs: She's the only one, so far, to put her face on a bag of dog food. Her proceeds from the line benefit charities that help animals.

  • Surprising Celebrity Food Products Slideshow
    From the publicity deluge surrounding Barr's new book, Roseanarchy, comes this tidbit: The former sitcom star now lives on a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. "They're the perfect protein," she told Good Morning America. "They don't...

  • Surprising Celebrity Food Products Slideshow
    Earlier this year, the star of Striptease and G.I. Jane invested in Nurture, Inc., maker of the popular Happyfamily line of kids' foods. (Organic Apple Puffs, Mac and Cheese Bites, and Baby Dahl are a few offerings.) Chef and Top Chef judge Tom...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants
    It's hard to imagine, but if common wisdom is to be believed, the drive-in restaurant precedes McDonald's by about 19 years. See, the first McDonald's Bar-B-Que restaurant opened in San Bernadino, Calif., in 1940 with the prototypical carhop...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    Ruby's Drive-In opened just a little more than a year ago just two miles from Disneyland, so it's not classic in the sense of it having been around forever, but the place seems to have the spirit down right. As you can see firsthand, courtesy of...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    A&W did much to creating the culture of roadside soda and burger joints, so it's not surprising that franchisees and employees went on to open their own places. So it is with Rudy's Drive-In. According to the Rudy's website, "Grandpa...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    Darie-ette Drive-In in Saint Paul isn't open year-round, but its parking lot fills up fast when it opens in spring. Each of the 30 spots has a menu and two-way speaker for ordering food, which is brought over by a waitress when it's ready....

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    At Circus Drive-In (established in 1954), the theme doesn't end with the name or motto, "I'm with the clown!" There's a checkered roof (for dine-in service) and covered parking under which drivers can wait for curbside service. The...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    Married couple Takis and Joanne Frisco Stathoulis opened their first 1950's-style diner in 1982. There are now two, one in Long Beach, another in the City of Industry. The menu is the typical diner situation, a list of everything including pizzas,...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    You can go inside the storied Varsity in Atlanta, but why would you when the friendly carhop wants to chat you up while taking your order? This place is a classic — the original opened in 1928. The Varsity claims their downtown joint is the world...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    Bethel's Sycamore Drive-In hasn't been owned by the same folks since it first opened, but it has been run continually since 1948. And the original owners did hand down recipes for the joint's "French-style" steakburgers and homemade...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    Lori Collier, the current owner of Arnold's "Fabulous Fifties" Drive-In, took over the building from her grandparents, who ran a Penguin Point carhop restaurant there. She changed the menu, but the restaurant's carhop tradition lives on...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    In 1950, Wayne Abshere opened Wayne's Burger Bar in an alley behind a service station in Lawton, Okla. According to the restaurant's site, Abshere started with a staff of two (he and his wife). In the 60's, Wayne's expanded. A new building...

  • 10 Classic American Drive-In Restaurants Slideshow
    Beacon Drive-In opened in 1946, but there's still curb service bringing out typical fast-food fare — cheeseburgers and chili cheeseburgers — as well as barbeque (hash, "outside chop pork," sliced beef, and "low country...

  • Food Poisoning: Once Bitten, Twice Hungry?
    There's a local burger joint you love and adore. You tell your friends about it. Rank it among the best in the city. You get upset when it ends up on the Lonely Planet tourist trail — so packed it's almost too hard to get in. But you keep...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    The 430 calories in Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich are not a lot compared to what's in many other fast food specialties, but it provides a perfect example of how altering the way something is cooked can cause a dramatic change in calories. ...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    This fast food ice cream treat is a weight explosion waiting to happen. Even mini blizzards pack at least 400-plus calories. Dairy Queen’s nutritional information is disappointing compared to the details provided by other fast food chains, so our...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler
    When it comes to New York butchers, the LaFrieda guys get a lot of love. But DeBragga & Spitler has been an institution in the Meatpacking District since the mid-1930s, when it moved to Washington Street. It can still be found in the shadow of what is...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy"
    “Big” is an understatement regarding this iconic burger. The two patties with Carl's Jr. classic sauce, two slices of American cheese, and lettuce and tomato on a toasted sesame bun adds up to 930 calories. As with its counterpart the Big...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy"
    Pizza Hut already has a “Fit n’ Delicious” line of pizzas such as the green pepper, red onion, and diced tomato pizza at 150 calories per slice. For traditional pizzas, choose the thin n’ crispy slice instead of stuffed crust, hand...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    Analyzing KFC chicken was a surprisingly intricate process. Calorie counts varied according to the part of the chicken (breast versus wing or thigh), or style of fried chicken. The extra crispy chicken has significantly more calories than the original...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    Taco Bell’s tower of nachos smothered in beans, sour cream, cheese, ground beef, and diced tomatoes totals 770 calories. Most of these calories are in the cheese and sour cream. Even reduced-fat sour cream has almost 200 calories per 100-gram...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    Wendy’s iconic chocolate milkshake is not so bad on its own, it’s their specialty Frosties that pack the punch. For example, a small caramel Frosty shake has a booming 680 calories — have it as a large and that’s 1,020 calories in...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    A Whopper without cheese brings you down to 678 calories from 790. A tablespoon of mayonnaise is 103 calories, so leave that out for another significant reduction (to 575 calories). That's about as far as  you're going to get with the triple...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    For those unfamiliar with the intricacies of this breakfast combination, a McGriddle consists of two pancakes sandwiching sausage, egg, and cheese, a total of 560 calories according to the USDA. For a significant calorie reduction, simplify your breakfast...

  • 10 Fast Food Favorites Made "Healthy" Slideshow
    According to the USDA calorimeter, cutting the Big Mac sauce from the Big Mac eliminates nearly 100 calories (563 to 468). To go one further, the next time you go to McDonald's, ask for your Big Mac without cheese — that’s another 100...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches Slideshow
    Monday's sandwich is pork arista (arista being what Tuscans call unboned pork loin). According to the good people at Eataly, the rub on the meat includes salt, black pepper, fennel seed, and sugar. The bread is slit open in the middle, keeping the...

  • Top 25 Pizza Spots in the US Slideshow
    For more of the top 25 pizza places in the U.S., including Al Forno,  Di Fara, Frank Pepe, and more, visit the rest of the slideshow.

  • Top 25 Pizza Spots in the US Slideshow
    Signature Item: Margherita (with tomato sauce, Fior di Latte and extra-virgin olive oil).   The puffy, charred cornicione (end crust) is the result of just two minutes in the 800-degree wood-burning oven imported from Italy. flourandwater.com....

  • Top 25 Pizza Spots in the US Slideshow
    Signature Item: Squash blossoms, tomato and burrata.   Powerhouse team Mario Batali, Joseph Bastianich, and Nancy Silverton combine the best California ingredients (squash blossoms and trumpet mushrooms) with Italian tradition (big wood-burning...

  • Top 25 Pizza Spots in the US Slideshow
    Signature Item: Homemade Sausage Pie.   This super traditional pizzeria, with wood paneled walls covered with pictures of famous athletes, has been around for more than a century. santarpiospizza.com.   Go to Boston: Santarpio's Pizza...

  • Top 25 Pizza Spots in the US Slideshow
    Signature Item: Popeye (with pecorino, Gruyère, mozzarella, spinach, black pepper and garlic).   Sullivan Street Bakery founder Jim Lahey is one of the country's elite bakers, so it makes sense that people can't stop talking about...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches
    When Eataly opened, it sealed the reputation of the neighborhood in and around Madison Square Park as one of New York's food-scene darlings. Shake Shack, Hill Country Chicken, Eleven Madison Park, A Voce, Grimaldi's, Zero Otto Nove and a rotation...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches
    This the wettest sandwich at the Rosticceria, and is the best sandwich there. Lucky for you, they sell it daily. The rub is made with porcini powder, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and chili flakes. It creates a slight crust, but the inside is very...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches
    This is the fourth-best sandwich on the weekly rotation. They do about seven slices of braciole folded into the sandwich. The works that had been wrapped inside the pork shoulder start falling out: a mixture of fennel, onion, and prosciutto cooked in...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches Slideshow
    A layer of "spicy tomato marmata" is ladled the length of the inside of the bread. Call it marmalata or sauce, it tastes like mighty fine gravy. It's made with tomato, tomato paste, chili, onion, garlic, salt, and honey. Six meatballs are...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches Slideshow
    The rub on the porchetta includes salt, black pepper, fennel seed, sugar, garlic, and olive oil. The sandwich, served on ciabatta, featured the trademark salt flakes. The meat has a thick treacly crackle on the skin. Best bites are those of the long,...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches Slideshow
    The brisket sandwich is a star of the Rosticceria rotation — it's the third-best option. The brisket is cooked with onions, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, white wine, and generic rub (salt, pepper, brown sugar, white sugar, and chili flakes)....

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches Slideshow
    Returning to a place over and over, you sometimes get to see special off-the-menu items you might otherwise have missed. So it was with this suckling pig sandwich. It was similar in texture to Tuesday's arista sausage sandwich, with similar seasoning...

  • Sandwich of the Week: A Week of Eating Eataly's Sandwiches Slideshow
    This is not the sausage you'd find on a typical Italian-American, New York City sausage and pepper sandwich, but meat that's sliced thin — it resembles sliced loin. There's a pepperyness and caraway flavor, or is that fennel seed again?...

  • 10 Celebrity-Owned Restaurant Fails Slideshow
    Fight the fried chicken. Slashfood reported it took just four months of "bounced checks and low staff retention" for Flavor-Flav's Fried Chicken to shutter. Flav claimed restaurant manager Nick Cimino wasn't "running the business...

  • 10 Celebrity-Owned Restaurant Fails Slideshow
    You've got to admit, 10 years is a pretty good run, and you can hardly blame the entire failure of The Clubhouse on Kevin Costner. Afterall, according to the Los Angeles Times, the restaurant's general partners included Jerry Kleiner (Marche, Red...

  • 10 Celebrity-Owned Restaurant Fails
    Whether owned by athlete or actor, writer or rapper, plenty of celebrity-backed and athlete-owned restaurants go on to be, if not hits, at least moderate to decent successes. And there are occasional stars, like Robert De Niro, who, except for the...

  • Prince Edward Island's Best Eats
    P.E.I. — it's more than a menu abbreviation before mussels. This, the least populated of Canada's 10 provinces, is more than just lobster, mussels, and potatoes (although those are its signature culinary stalwarts). And with two culinary...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    Whole, rinsed, unopened clams are placed on the grate of a hot grill, then covered. Almost miraculously, they open the second they're ready, about four to five minutes, depending on the heat of the grill and size of the clam. Once open, you remove...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    Served "on the half shell," this is pleasure of the pristine variety. Although Little Necks have come to stand for a size categorization, their name is said to have derived from the source where they were originally cultivated, Little Neck Bay....

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    Let us not leave out the Chinese when it comes to plaudits for excellent clam combinations. In this formidable pairing, one licks the clam from the shell and immediately notices its natural sweetness when set against the pungent black sauce. Julie will...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    Julie also won't be enjoying a perfect plate of al dente pasta populated by whole baby clams, aroused by garlic, swimming ever so lightly in a shallow pool of goodness produced by olive oil with perhaps a hit of butter that has been suffused by the...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    They may not be too common to come by, but if you like clams, come by one. The clam pizza at Zuppardi's in West Haven, Conn., for example, is made with just-shucked clams and a hint of fresh garlic on a perfectly blistered pizza crust.   There...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    You've got your creamy New England variety and your tomato-based Manhattan version. Each has its proponents and detractors. Although neither will hurt you, if I had to choose only one to warm the cockles of my heart on a dreary, damp, rainy day, it...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    Aka Clams Oreganata and Clams Casino. Some places chop up clams and fill a large clam shell with a little clam and a lot of breading. Don't go to those places. The experience you should pay for is the whole clam, its own half-shell stuffed with fresh...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    Here I refer to the soft shell bivalves known as "steamers." Best when served in the aforementioned bucket, they do require a little work before ingestion. That is, one must perform somewhat of a culinary circumcision by pulling off the small,...

  • For the Love of Clams Slideshow
    If there are three perfect fried foods in the world, the other two are chicken and potatoes. In the case of the clam, that is due to the textural sensation of the golden coating juxtaposed against the salty sweetness of the entrapped clam. However, caveat...

  • Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the US Slideshow
    For more of Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the U.S. including Shake Shack (left), visit the rest of the slideshow.

  • Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the US Slideshow
    Signature Burger: Basic Beef Burger (served in a brioche bun).   There's no sign, yet dedicated fans — a certain president included — come here for the freshly-ground burgers with and complimentary toppings like grilled onions and...

  • Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the US Slideshow
    Signature Burger: Burger   Star chef Linton Hopkins announces "burger time" — 10 p.m. — with the ringing of two bull horns; that's when two dozen grass-fed beef burgers are up for grabs and consistently sold out within...

  • Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the US Slideshow
    Signature Burger: Black Label Burger (topped with caramelized onions).   Minetta Tavern's excellent burgers use a beef blend—dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak, brisket and short rib—from famed purveyor Pat La Frieda, and buns from...

  • Food & Wine's Best Burgers in the US Slideshow
    Signature Burger: Cheeseburger   Even superstar chef Thomas Keller is a fan of the West Coast chain—and with good reason. The cooked-to-order burgers are made from Harris Ranch beef and served with hand-cut fries. For a messier, more...

  • Food & Wine's America's Wacky Fair Foods Slideshow
    For more wacky foods like python kebabs (left), fried beer, fried butter balls, and deep-fried White Castle burgers, visit the rest of the slideshow.

  • Food & Wine's America's Wacky Fair Foods Slideshow
    One Florida State Fairgoer rationalized the appeal of a cheeseburger topped with deep-fried ice cream by describing the salty-sweet hybrid as a "milk-shake burger."

  • Food & Wine's America's Wacky Fair Foods Slideshow
    Along with deep-fried crickets, the Arizona Exposition & State Fair's Chef du' Jour booth sells caramel apples dipped in mealworms.

  • Food & Wine's America's Wacky Fair Foods Slideshow
    When state fairgoers tired of the iconic rib eye steak sandwich, Indiana's Beef Cattle Association invented the Hot Beef Sundae, layered with mashed potatoes, marinated beef, gravy, cheese, corn "sprinkles" and a cherry (tomato).

  • Food & Wine's America's Wacky Fair Foods Slideshow
    Also known as Koolickles, pickles soaked in the sugary kids' beverage are a Southern tradition — and a sweet-and-sour snack at North Carolina's annual state fair.

  • 10 Truly Organic Brands Slideshow
    There is no actual Health Valley. But if there was it might be located in Boulder, Colo., where the company is headquartered. Though the Hain Celestial Group owns it, Health Valley’s products are certified organic. Among their more creative...

  • Word of Mouth: Arthur's Best of Philly
    I'll be honest with you, I don't really like Philadelphia. Actually, I've always kind of actively hated it. I know, I know, I'm sure the feelings of the city's denizens are really hurt. Devastated, actually. It's not even that as a...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Hot Dog Nation
    Hamburger America. The United States of Pizza. Where the hell is Hot Dog Nation? Why hasn't anyone written that book? Listen, as kid who grew up adoring New York's skyscrapers, energy, and especially its iconic foods, there were some tough...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Natural-casing, beef hot dogs Bun: Steamed Method: Griddled Toppings: Sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard The Spot: Multiple, but the original is best: Nathan's Famous  

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Sausage or hot dog Bun: Sweet, flat yeast rolls Method: Baked Toppings: Bacon, ham, eggs, chicken, beef, jalapeño, and more. The Spot: Old Towne Kolaches Special Note: Kolaches are said to have been introduced stateside by Czech...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Hoffy's all-beef with natural casing Bun: Steamed Method: Grilled Toppings: Mustard, chili, and onion The Spot: Los Angeles (including at LAX), San Diego, and in Las Vegas Special Note: It’s difficult to choose from a menu with at...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Polish sausage Bun: Bun-sized breadloaf, pierced and toasted Method: Grilled Toppings: Hawaiian relishes and sauces (the two most popular combinations at Puka Dog are pineapple relish, garlic lemon sauce, and guava mustard or mango relish, spicy...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Natural-casing, neon-red beef and pork franks Method and Bun: Griddled with a toasted, buttered roll, or steamed in a steamed split-top hot dog bun Toppings: Mustard The Spot: Simone's Hot Dog Stand Special Note: Maine's Red Snappers are...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    At least 50,000 chili dogs are sold the day of NASCAR races. Dale Earnhardt reportedly liked to eat them before qualifying (he said they gave him "extra octane"). The recipe is secret, but includes slaw, chili, and onions. How did the connection...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    While not a regional style, the Ditch Plains' Ditch Dog in New York City's West Village has won praise for originality. The potato bun is warm and soft with a slightly charred interior. The hot dog is bold and juicy, if almost completely hidden...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Farmer John's skinless, 10-inch long hot dogs made with a pork and beef blend Bun: Steamed bun Method: Steamed or grilled Toppings: No particular toppings, but options include: mustard, ketchup, onions, and relish. The Spot: Dodger Stadium...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Quarter-pound hot dog Bun: Toasted torpedo roll Method: Grilled Toppings: Sautéed peppers and onions, and thin French fries The Spot: As previously noted by GutterGourmet, Dilly’s has a unique way of keeping track of orders. When you...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Wrapped in Mesquite-smoked bacon Bun: Bread Method: Grilled Toppings: Beans, grilled onions, fresh onions, chopped tomatoes, mayo, cream sauce, mustard, guacamole, cheese (either queso fresco, shredded Cheddar, or cotija), and salsa (variations...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Berk's all-beef in natural casing Bun: Steamed National Bakery Roll Method: Sliced in half, "but not all the way through," and grilled Toppings: Düsseldorf mustard and fresh diced onions (diced by a 1928 Model Hobart Chopper),...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Pork, beef, veggie, or salmon Bun: Grilled or steamed Method: Grilled or boiled Toppings: Cream cheese and onions, with or without kraut The Spot: Matt’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Pork or beef Bun: Grilled Method: Chopped-up Toppings: Chili and onions covered in mustard, ketchup, sliced dill pickles, and oyster crackers The Spot: The Dinglewood Pharmacy claims to be the originator of the Scrambled Dog Special Note: There...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Large uncured, unsmoked, pork, beef, or veal hot dogs called “white-hots” Bun: Griddle-cooked Method: Griddle-cooked Toppings: Meat-sauce, mustard, and onions The Spot: Schaller’s

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: All-beef hot dog Bun: Grilled Method: Deep-fried Toppings: Rutt’s Hut special relish The Spot: Rutt’s Hut Special Note: If you want it well-done ask for a “Cremator.”

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: All-beef in natural casing Bun: Grilled Method: Fried then grilled Toppings: Mustard, relish, sauerkraut, and cubed thick-cut bacon The Spot: Rawley’s Drive-In

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Foot-and-a-half-long dog Bun: Hoagie Roll Method: Griddle-cooked and served like a hoagie Toppings: Shredded lettuce, tomatoes, coleslaw, and tangy provolone The Spot: PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Chopped from giant all-beef links Bun: Steamed Method: Griddle-cooked Toppings: Meat sauce, onions, mustard, and celery salt The Spot: Olneyville NY System

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Bonanza's may not be a regional style, but the Oyster Bay, Long Island hot dog and Italian ice joint knows how to pile on fun toppings. They make hot dogs the way you'd have made them for yourself when you were a kid if someone had let you. Tangy...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Kosher all-beef Bun: Griddle-cooked Method: Griddle-cooked Toppings: Sauerkraut and mustard The Spot: Katz’s Delicatessen

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: All-beef dog in natural casing, preferably Nathan’s or Sabrett’s Bun: Steamed Method: Boiled or Griddle-cooked Toppings: Sweet Sabrett’s “onions,” mustard, kraut and ketchup The Spot: Every other corner in Manhattan...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Red-hots, all-beef natural casing Bun: Griddle-cooked Method: Griddle-cooked Toppings: The slaw topping is tinged red with a vinegary BBQ sauce. Mustard and chili, optional. The Spot: Slaw Dogs can be found throughout the South Special Note:...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: All-beef natural casing, usually Zweigle’s Bun: Buttered and crustless Frankfurt bun Method: Grilled Toppings: Meat-based “Michigan-sauce,” mustard, and onions The Spot: Mc Sweeney's Red Hots

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Pork or beef hot dog Bun: Steamed Method: Griddle-cooked Toppings: Spaghetti sauce The Spot: The Quebecois Lafleur Restaurant chain

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: One or two all-beef dogs Bun: Half a giant Italian-roll Method: Griddle-cooked Toppings: Fried peppers, potatoes and onions The Spot: Jimmy Buff’s

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Pork sausage Bun: Toasted rye-bread Method: Grilled Toppings: Chili-sauce The Spot: Tony Packos Special Note: If you’re famous and want to represent, sign a bun. They’ll frame it, and hang it there.

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Beef or pork dog, or a combination of the two. Bun: Grilled Method: Griddle-cooked Toppings: With our without chili, and sometimes onion and mustard The Spot: Ben’s Chili Bowl

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: An all-natural beef hot dog with natural casing Bun: Steamed Method: Grilled Toppings and the Spot: Detroit-Style (“wet") means beanless chili with beef hearts, yellow onions, and mustard
. The place for it? Lafayette Coney Island....

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Mini pork dogs Bun: Mini steamed buns Method: Slow-grilled Toppings: Shredded cheese, chili, onions, and mustard The Spot: The Coney I-Lander mini-chain

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    After the meat is portioned, labeled, and packed up, it's sent out to hundreds of chefs around the city and to restaurants and customers all over the New York area. Delivery Driver George Gonzalez helps make that happen. Here, he gives two thumbs up...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    Robert Frenches a rack of ribs, leaving the bones clean.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    This stack of Frenched grass-fed rib chops are cleaned of sinew and bone, leaving them with a clean and beautiful appearance. The rib chops each weigh about 28 ounces.

  • A Tour of DeBragga and Spitler Slideshow
    If DeBragga's slogan is New York's Butcher, and Robert Chopak is head butcher at DeBragga, well then, he's New York's head butcher.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    In contrast to the handsaw, by using the bandsaw, Robert is able to quickly and cleanly cut through bone and sinew with little effort.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    It's a large animal, and it takes a sturdy saw to cleanly separate the shortloin of grass-fed beef into steaks.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    "Now, naturally-raised, good clean ingredients are not always compatible with affordable pricing," Marc Sarrazin explained. "So DeBragga works with chefs to help them see that a portion of the cost is actually reasonable. The chefs buy from...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    While not a regional style, the foie gras dog at Hot Doug's does deserve mention among the country's iconic hot dogs. Doug Sohn, the owner of Hot Doug's created this "celebrity" dog in 2006 to flout the ban pushed by Chicago chef...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    A tender and delicious cut of grass-fed beef, the tri-tip is best cooked rare to medium rare, rested for at least five minutes, and sliced to serve. Check out this great recipe for cooking tri-tip.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    It takes Robert just about 15 minutes to complete the whole process of breaking down a  hindquarter of grass-fed beef from Rosenkrans Farms into various cuts. From left to right, these cuts are the three parts of a top sirloin (grande filet, petite...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    "Chefs are looking for good, clean meats and poultry that they can afford to put on a plate and sell," explained Marc Sarrazin, partner an President of Debragga. "By good and clean, we mean 'never, ever' using meats and...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    Larger cuts are portioned into steaks, ribs, chops, tenderloins, roasts, and ground beef. The room is cold but Robert's hands are steady as he expertly portions out steaks quickly and deftly.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    Chopak uses the hook to help him balance the quarter as he cuts the muscle free from the bone.  Currently, DeBragga sells grass-fed beef raised in the Finger Lakes of New York by Rosenkrans Farms. New York's butcher has moved from selling...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: All-beef frank, traditionally Vienna Beef Bun: Doughy poppy-seed bun Method: Boiled or grilled Toppings: Yellow mustard, sport peppers, tomatoes, a pickle spear, onions, bright green relish, celery salt, and absolutely no ketchup The Spot: What a...

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Pork or beef hot dog Bun: Steamed Method: Boiled or grilled Toppings: Mustard, diced onions, Cincinnati-style chili, and a mound of shredded Cheddar The Spot: Skyline

  • Hot Dog Nation Slideshow
    Dog: Bratwurst (large, white, pork-based hot dog), preferably Usinger’s Bun: A brat bun (Milwaukee) or hard-roll (Sheboygan) Method: Simmered with onions in beer and finished off on a charcoal grill Toppings: Onions; Brats are cooked with and...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    Robert Chopak, DeBragga's head butcher, breaks down a round of grass-fed beef.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    You can tell this certified Angus beef shortloin has quite a bit of age on it from the scabbing on the exterior (it's also clearly not 18.2 pounds any longer). It will be trimmed of the rough exterior, then butchered into steaks.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    DeBragga uses a brine refrigeration system, whose cooling coils you can see here covered with frost, exactly as they should be. 

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    Temperature and humidity in the dry-aging rooms are controlled to provide the ideal atmosphere for the process. It's pretty cool to inhale the scent and see how meat transforms as it ages. The surface tightens and hardens as water evaporates, making...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    The butcher's room in DeBragga is a hub of activity whose action starts around midnight and goes at full-tilt until 2 p.m. The 14 hours in between is broken into two shifts. Butchers hand-trim and cut the meat, turning shortloins and ribs into steaks...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    Inside the dry-aging room are shelves filled with beautiful shortloins. This one holds meat that are new to the room —  the color of the meat is still a rich red and not the faded, brick-colored red that the hardened exterior develops as the...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    George Faison, the chief operating officer and partner of DeBragga, shows off a gorgeous hunk of beef, with lots of fat running through it, which will make it very tasty once it's been aged (at DeBragga, the standard period spent dry-aging beef is 28...

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    Tags show origins of the meat (where it was raised), the type of beef and cut (here, a certified Angus beef prime grade rib of beef, a seven-rib roast of beef graded in the top 1% of beef in America). The label is dated to indicate when the meat was...

  • A Tour of DeBragga and Spitler Slideshow
    In the prep room, an employee puts labels on packaged meat.

  • A Tour of DeBragga and Spitler Slideshow
    DeBragga doesn't use this system as it was first intended, but they're still able to hang meat on hooks when they need to, and use them to help butcher whole carcasses.

  • A Tour of DeBragga & Spitler Slideshow
    One of the first things you'll noticed at the landing docks at DeBragga & Spitler, is the tracking installed on the ceiling. Originally, animals were hung on hooks in the tracking, enabling them to be more easily be carried within the plant.

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Given the tragedies Michael Jordan visited on the Knicks, it wouldn't really be appropriate for "His Airness" to have a restaurant in Grand Central, one of New York's most beloved and iconic transportation hubs. New Yorkers needn't...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "So how about looking into your research next time.... Thank you for your attention and patience," noted one commenter, citing Ziggy & Mad Dog's as an overlooked athlete-owned restaurant.   It's true that in September 2005,...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Ever hear of Wine Em', Dine 'Em, 69 'Em'?" asked one commenter, outraged. "Jared Allen will hurt someone for not being on this list."   Likely not. One, that was the motto, not the name. Two, as is often the...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "So where is Danny Bunz's Bunz and Company of Roseville, California?" asked one commenter. Well, supposedly, Bunz sold the restaurant in 1999.

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Johnny Unitas' Golden Arm Restaurant near Baltimore not mentioned?" one commenter asked. Nope. According to the Baltimore Sun, the restaurant and cocktail lounge closed in 1994. Also, unfortunately, Johnny U passed away in 2002.

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "I can't believe you list a top 10 athlete-owned places without mentioning Rusty Staub's places," one commenter noted. Even Rusty might be surprised by this praise, considering as his foundation confirmed by telephone, Rusty closed his...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    You can't blame many athlete-owned restaurants for having closed. It takes a lot of fame and staying power or truly excellent food for places to outlive the glories of the gridiron. As noted above, there's no shame in the long list of now-closed,...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "No way Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 should not be on this list," a commenter wrote. "The author [10 Best Athlete-Owned Restaurants] must be a Browns fan."   The menu features items like pierogies, deep-fried pretzels,...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Another contentious commenter pick. All-Pro former linebacker Junior Seau's eponymous 14,500-square-foot restaurant, opened in 1996. The menu features random sports backdrops and fare you'd expect given most athletes' restaurant preferences....

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Sims spent just five years as a running back for the Detroit Lions, but his name graces more than three times as many barbecue joints in Oklahoma and Missouri. Two signature dishes at Billy Sims' Barbecue include "The Heisman" (chopped...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Tresca in Boston is a gem!" noted one commenter. "Can't believe it was overlooked for a bunch of burger joints with athlete names attached." Twenty-one seasons with the Boston Bruins made Ray Bourque a legend in Boston. Even...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Fred Smerlas (nose tackle with the Bills, 49ers, and Patriots) and Steve DeOssie (linebacker, long snapper, and former Cowboy, Giant, and Patriot) opened their steakhouse, Fred & Steve's Steakhouse, in the Twin River Casino in 2007. House...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    The menus at all three locations of Da Coach's steakhouses are sprinkled with references to him, but if that's not enough, take a little bit of Ditka home. Buy Da Coach's clothing and accessories, specialty wines, and cigars.   Ditka...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    One reader swore by Brett Favre's Steakhouse in Green Bay: "People come from all over the country just to eat there, so you know it's not just Packer fans." Others, less so: "It was truly one of the worst-tasting and over-priced...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Another Arizona athlete-owned favorite, Wolfley's, is of course, named for former St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals running back, and colorful sports commentator Wolfley. Wolfley's was noted as having "great food, prices, and service." Wolfley...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Did you people forget that Phoenix exists?" asked one commenter. "What about Majerle's?" With great places like Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, and FnB, among others, no one can forget about Phoenix (there's also In-N-Out there...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    The Hall-of-Fame defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has seven locations of Lee Roy Selmon's in South Florida. Nothing against "The Gentle Giant," but given the amazing barbecue to be found in Texas, the Carolinas, and well, all...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Yao Ming has a wonderful Chinese restaurant in Houston," noted one commenter. "Great entrées, beautiful atmosphere, and it has very reasonable prices." Indeed, Yao Restaurant & Bar was good enough to be featured at #19 on a...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    The former defensive lineman and linebacker has three locations of Randy White's BBQ his "Dallas-style" Texas barbecue on the outskirts of the city (Frisco, Mesquite, and Addison), each with wood-burning pits. "Some good stuff,"...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Tiffany's, owned by Tony Siragusa should be on this list," noted one commenter, who also cited the "great ribs." That may be so, but according to Tiffany's, "The Goose" became co-owner of the Pine Brook location. Any...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    The creation of businessman and restaurant-owner Frank Chivas, who partnered with former Buccaneers running back, Mike "A-Train" Alstott (and others), Island Way Grill boasts it's "all about fresh fish." The site says the...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Shula's beats them all just like Coach Shula did!" claimed one commenter. The former Dolphins coach has done well with his chain of Shula’s steakhouses, which feature pigskin menus, a clubby vibe, linebacker-sized appetizers, and a...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    After retiring from professional football, defensive lineman Al "Bubba" Baker and his wife Sabrina opened a catering business featuring "Southern-style barbeque cuisine." Bubba's Q has since done pretty well, at least according to...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Many dishes at Joe Theismann's sound pretty run-of-the-mill — wedge salad, seared Ahi tuna, baked Brie — but you have to be doing something right to have the staying power this former Redskins' quarterback's restaurant does since...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    Before Chicago’s recent explosion into the national culinary conversation, Trotter’s eponymous restaurant was the hot stop in the Windy City. However, his attempt to open a succession of restaurants around the globe went bust, and his brand...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    After rising to national prominence during his 20-year career at Mansion on Turtle Creek, the Texan now has his own establishment in Dallas that boasts an open kitchen. Fearing is easy to spot, just look for colorful cowboy boots — he wears them on...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    These original Food Network stars of Two Hot Tamales got left behind amid the new wave of concept-driven television superstars. But television’s loss has been diners’ gain, as one of the two is usually almost always at one of their Border...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    The platinum-haired owner of Citizen Cake bakery, and now Orson, in San Francisco has always been accessible to customers, even if she has appeared on her share of television programs. This summer she’s even inviting her followers over to Citizen...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    OK, so given that Tabla closed, he technically doesn't have a restaurant to cook in at this very moment. But given the reputation of Top Chef Masters most recent winner, you can expect Chef Floyd Cardoz will be in his kitchen with lots to prove at...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    The spotlight in American dining is shining brightly on Achatz these days. Alinea's success is well-known, and there has been plenty of praise for The Aviary. Earlier this month when he introduced Next's tour of Thailand menu through its online...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    It’s a good sign for diners when someone who is considered the founding father of Southwestern cuisine only owns one outpost. That means he’ll be directing the kitchen, like Pyles was on a random October weeknight when I last visited. Not only...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    The knife-wielding, tattooed badass chef (literally, she's on The Daily Meal's Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America) who favors rich, meaty, buttery foods has circled around the mini-empire she runs with co-owner, Ken Friedman.   Bloomfield...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    Even before (but also in the wake of) her best-selling memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter, Hamilton had a wide-open path to going national, whether by opening another restaurant, exporting Prune beyond New York City, or creating her own brand of television...

  • 10 Celebrity Chefs Who Actually Cook in Their Restaurants Slideshow
    Marc Vetri is the working man’s celebrity chef. He’s got the culinary chops, persona, and acclaim to join the good old boys fraternity of Iron Chefs (he beat Michael Symon in Battle: Veal). Instead, he has remained content to stay in his...

  • America's Favorite Athlete-Owned Restaurants
    What are the best athlete-owned restaurants? Immediately after publishing The Daily Meal's 10 Best Athlete-Owned Restaurants, suggestions poured in. "You forgot Joe Theismann's in Alexandria, Va., which has been in business since the '70s...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes
    Referred to as “The Ranch,” Rancho Santa Fe, a San Diego suburb, is the wealthiest zip code in the U.S. with an average income of $411,595. It has a restaurant reputation to match, with places like French-Californian Mille Fleurs pricing entr...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes Slideshow
    This San Francisco suburb may boast an average income of $341,129, but the fine dining options in Atherton are few and far between (Bonsai Japanese Cuisine, anyone?). Athertonians instead enjoy the many options in neighboring Menlo Park and Palo Alto...

  • 10 Most Expensive Restaurant Zipcodes Slideshow
    A leafy, idyllic college town, Auburn has attracted lauded artists, Nobel laureates, and hefty bank accounts safekeeping the denizens' $329,387 average household income. Dining options mostly cater to the student set, with an abundance of pizza...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes
    A moneyed enclave (average household income, $310,875) just outside of Manhattan, Short Hills is perhaps best known for its upper crust mall. The fine dining scene however (the "classics" include Benihana, Panera, Legal Sea Foods, and Taco Bell...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes Slideshow
      Nestled in the redwoods, Portola Valley has some of the most expensive homes in the United States, and an average household icome of $303,431.Though most residents venture to neaerby Palo Alto for dining, the rustic elegance of the Parkside Grill...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes Slideshow
    Gladwyne, northeast of Philadelphia, is like a village out of a storybook — a very rich village. According to HouseHunt, the average household income is $298,025. The Old Guard House Inn provides the low-ceilings and dark walls of a colonial...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes Slideshow
    Home to the Clintons and many other famous wealthy personages, Chappaqua has some of the best, celebrity-sprinkled fine dining outside of New York City. Prices would make a Manhattanite squirm on his plush banquette, but with the average household income...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes Slideshow
    With the average household income reported at $296,947, Kenilworth has money galore, but almost no restaurants. Residents can travel a few miles to neighboring communities for sophisticated French-American fare at Restaurant Michael in Winnetka or casual...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes Slideshow
    Like Golden's Bridge, this sleepy neighbor to Chappaqua is fairly residential. The average household income is reported at $285,811, and it has been home to an array of the rich and famous like Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon (wonder who got the house...

  • Best Restaurants in America's 10 Richest Zip Codes Slideshow
    The average household income in the residential zip code of Golden's Bridge is about $276,640. Essentials, like bagels, pizza, and ice cream exist — Portofino Pizzeria establishes its Italian credentials by offering tripe in tomato sauce as an...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Love Shack's Dirty Love Burger
    A few months ago, Texans and California expats prepared for the arrival of a new burger joint in Fort Worth — the first Texas outpost of cult favorite In-N-Out. There were lines, there were tears, and there were converts to the West Coast-based...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    Sauciety (yes, that’s really its name) at The Westin Washington National Harbor is one of the best restaurants to watch a sunset in the country. It's located on the Washington National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., overlooks the Potomac River, and...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    It is easy to see why Sundowners was called, “the best place to watch the sunset in the Upper Keys,” by the Miami Herald. Sundowners is so famous for its view of sunsets that the sign outside the restaurant lists sunsets before it mentions...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    Designed so that their diners can get a 360 degree-view of the beautiful Chicago skyline, The Signature Room at the 95th is located in the John Hancock Center, which is in the heart of the city. Consider eating at The Signature Room to watch the sunset...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa in Asheville, N.C., is great for golfing and pampering yourself, but the best part about visiting is the chance to watch the sunset near the Blue Ridge Mountains while eating at the Sunset Terrace, just off the Main Inn....

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    Southern Florida has its fair share of waterfront restaurants with good views, but we think that The Turtle Club Restaurant at Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, Florida is the best in the area. After a long day of sunbathing, kayaking, and fishing, sit back,...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    Located in downtown Seattle in the famed Pike Place Market, Maximilien is arguably the city's best restaurant to watch the sunset. Large windows give diners views of the sun setting over the Puget Sound, Elliot Bay, and the Olympic Mountains from...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    Upstairs at George’s At The Cove is Ocean Terrace, the perfect place to watch the sun fade into the San Diego coastline. As if watching the sun set against the backdrop of the Pacific isn’t great enough, you can sometimes see dolphins, seals,...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    It isn’t surprising that The Plantation House Restaurant on the island of Maui has been named the restaurant with the “Best Ambience” by Maui News readers three times. Diners have a panoramic view of the North-side of Maui, and the...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    Located in the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco in Nob Hill, Top of the Mark has an almost 360 degree-view of the city because it's on the hotel's 19th floor (with wraparound windows). Watch the sunset with a view of the Golden Gate...

  • 10 Best US Restaurants to Watch a Sunset Slideshow
    When a place bills itself as the “Sunset Capital of Texas,” it better live up to the boast. The Oasis on Lake Travis does. It's located on a cliff 450 feet above Austin's Lake Travis, so customers get a masterful view. It also has the...

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  • 10 Expensive Chef Lawsuits
    News broke recently of a hefty $25 million lawsuit being filed by a former pastry chef at The Oak Room at The Plaza in New York City against chef Eric Hara for some particularly nasty sexual harassment allegations. But sexual misconduct isn't the only...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef and Owner: Scampo, Towne Stove & Spirits Home Base: Boston Badass Because: • The original grande dame badass — a single mother with three kids by the age of 21, when she became the “salad girl” at one of Boston’s...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef/Co-Owner: The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory; author of A Girl and Her Pig (to be published by Ecco Press in 2012) Home Base: New York City Badass Because: • Her original goal was to be a policewoman, but when she missed the...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef and Owner: Prune, author of The New York Times bestseller Blood, Bones & Butter Home Base: New York City Badass Because: • She turned a 30-seat restaurant on a grungy block of the East Village into one of the city’s hippest dining...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef: Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America; Executive Chef, Bon Appétit; Co-creator, with the Walt Disney Corporation, of Kouzzina restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk Resort; Co-creator, with Macy’s, of CCQ (Cat...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef and Owner: No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters; and seven other food-and-drink related businesses, including a butcher shop, wine bar, and a catering company Home Base: Boston Badass Because: • She grew up as the youngest of seven kids raised by a...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef/Co-Owner: Jardinière, Mijita, Public House, and Manzanita Home Base: San Francisco Badass Because: • As a college dropout she petitioned star chef Joachim Splichal to give her a chance in his kitchen; he gave her two weeks to prove...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Executive Chef: Gautreau's Home Base: New Orleans Badass Because: • She wasn’t afraid to make friends (butting against the reality show cliché “I’m not here to make friends!”) and help out other chefs, even...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef de Cuisine: 10 Arts by Eric Ripert Home Base: Philadelphia Badass Because: • She’s a tough-talking Catholic University law school drop-out whose outsize attitude is matched by a particularly delicate way with fish and seafood that...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef/Owner: Michy’s, Sra. Martinez, author of Cuisine a Latina Home Base: Miami Badass Because: • She took down Bobby Flay on the “sweet onion challenge” of Iron Chef America. • She puts her Jewish-Argentinean roots and...

  • Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America Slideshow
    Chef: East Side Show Room Chef-Owner: Coté Catering Home Base: Austin Badass Because: • She looks like a grown-up spaghetti Western version of Shirley Temple, complete with blonde curls and dirndls, but runs her kitchen with Big Texas-...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls
    Having worked in kitchens at two of New York’s well-known lobster roll joints — Pearl and Ed’s — I’ve tasted a fair number of rolls. Those experiences inspired an ongoing quest to determine who has New York’s best....

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned
    Food trucks are everywhere. Sure, some cities lag behind, and in others, laws prevent nascent scenes from taking off. But in major cities, odds are good that if you stroll down busy streets, you’ll stumble across a food truck (if it's not...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $16 View Factor: Deck view of the bridge, but you’ll be too busy with the roll for it to matter Other Notable Items: The Sturdley, Dough Boy   The line is long and as a recent Times article documented, the wait begins in your...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: The Big Boy/$28.95, regular roll/$16 View Factor: Kodak Moment Other Notable Items: The Big Boy, The Jenny Special   Five Islands Lobster Co. is a veritable shack compound surrounded by water views, a menu that includes cheesesteaks,...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $16 View Factor: Go outside for the deck view Other Notable Items: Lobster stew is a must-order   Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf is a salty place with old-timers eating inside upstairs, and Red Sox-bedecked locals drinking and...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $15.95 View Factor: Try not to ogle the line at Red’s Other Notable Items: Vinegar distribution system (spray-bottle)   Before visiting a place like Sprague's, the questions race. Any place right across the street from Maine...

  • Sprague’s Lobster
    Before visiting a place like Sprague's, the questions race. Any place right across the street from Maine’s most famous lobster roll is either crazy or ballsy, right? Do they just survive on runoff? Just imitate Red’s? Do they use as much...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $14.95 View Factor: Sunset spot Other Notable Items: Lobster stew, crabcakes were in a Bobby Flay Throwdown (skip)   Boothbay Harbor is pretty gorgeous at sunset — a fantastic place to sit, drink, and eat. The folks manning the...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $14 View Factor: Grab an outdoor, bar stool harbor view Other Notable Items: Steamers, Onion Middles   Just another beautiful boat-filled harbor. You think, “It can’t get more quaint and beautiful.” It does. It...

  • Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster
    Just another beautiful boat-filled harbor. You think, “It can’t get more quaint and beautiful.” It does. It’s worth staking out the bar stools and eating ledges outside overlooking the Freeport Town Wharf. The lobster is tasty, but...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: Small roll/$9.95, regular roll/$14.95 View Factor: Tough to beat Other Notable Items: The "Lobster dip" is the move   There’s a remote, local, peninsula vacation feel to Estes. Stacked lobster traps out front, pick-ups...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $15.95 View Factor: For a view, stand on the sidewalk across from the order/pickup window. Other Notable Items: Clam bellies and strips Man, Kennebunkport is cute. Too cute. It’s like the Key West of Maine, but without the Hemingway...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $14.95 View Factor: Meditations on water and sky. Other Notable Items: The blueberry pie features a thick, scatter-flaky crust, and a blueberry filling more like jam than fruit.   There’s not much in either direction on Waterman...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Maine's 10 Best Lobster Rolls Slideshow
    Roll Price: $17.95 View Factor: Harbor view Other Notable Items: Lobster Stew   At Barnacle Billy's you'll find plenty of New Yorkers around you talking about Brooklyn. Everyone's eating scallops and drinking white wine in cozy-clad...

  • Luke's Lobster
    BEST FOOD TRUCKS 2012: #41   It’s just the kind of embarrassment of riches that food trucks have brought that New Yorkers can fight over who has the better lobster roll truck. (It also says a lot about the migration of lobster rolls as a...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    Dumplings. Food truck. The Dump Truck. You get it, you get it. But there's another joke there somewhere and it's probably not something you want to affiliate with food. Just saying.

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    What is it about Los Angeles? Seems like several of these trucks originate in L.A. "Get ready for the bite of your life," claims the Me So Hungry website. Me So Hungry. Me So Hungry. Hmm, what could that possibly refer to (NSFW and more NSFW)....

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    Meatballs and gentialia references, people just can't help themselves. Joseph Galluzzi tried it on America's Next Great Restuarant with "Saucy Balls," and in the an episode of The Next Food Network Star, one of the contestants pushed for...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    Truckin’ Good Food truck sells crêpes and frites in Phoenix. Where'd they come up with the the name? "We want to make people happy and excited for what we do. After the first glance, after the first words, ‘Hi, what can I get...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    The name isn't that outlandish, but the presentation takes a page out of the Fojol Bros. of Merlindia's book: get-up. In the case of Baby's Badass Burgers, Eater LA noted that means tiny booty shorts, tight tank tops, and high heels worn by...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    Look, it's a husband and wife team, and the product is innocent enough — Hawaiian-style shave ice — so get your mind out of the gutter. Pat and Kristin Roskowick have been selling Hawaiian-style shave ice in Los Angeles since starting...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    The Shrimp Pimp — it rhymes, there's a sex reference, and a catchy slogan: “Shrimpin’ ain’t easy, but it sho is fun!” What more could you want? The Shrimp Pimp's founder is Neil Macleod, a former New York City...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    Props to "best wieners on wheels." You really have to tip your hat to any entrepreneur behind a food enterprise who can pull off the genitalia references and sexual innuendo that The Greasy Wiener seems to. With menu items like "The Package...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    Taglines including, "big fat sandwiches with East-coast flair" and "belly-busting Italian comfort food," aren't overly clever, but in the case of this Portland food cart, it's the name that doesn't mess around: Shut Up And...

  • Food Truck Names That Should Be Banned Slideshow
    Think Hit n' Run's name is over the top? How about the Houston food truck's slogan? "Killer Street Food." Roadkill, hit and runs, automobile death, and mayhem — all wrapped up in six words and a 27-foot 1973 Winnebago Chieftan...

  • Kung Fu Tacos
    BEST FOOD TRUCKS 2012: #62   Korean tacos, Japanese tacos, Vietnamese tacos — for a while the cuisines from these smaller Asian countries had been allying with that of Mexico and taking over the streets. What about China? Tan Truong, who owns...

  • Origins of Iconic Sports Foods
    You've heard the story before. An assistant coach of a struggling team at the University of Florida sits down with university physicians and together they devise a drink that turns around its season. From being sipped in dugouts and by NBA hardwood...

  • Sandwich of the Week: X-Tudo Burger
    Any sandwich whose name begins with an ‘X,’ especially a sandwich that is Brazilian, deserves attention. That goes double when that X is followed by ‘tudo,’ which means ‘everything’ in Portuguese. Many of Brazil’s...

  • The Daily Meal's 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants
    You don't go to movies, concerts, or sporting events to eat great food. You go to see your favorite actors, musicians, and players do what they do best. Conversely, if you're serious about food, you don't go to a restaurant because a celebrity...

  • Best Dining Deals Websites Slideshow
    With so many types of deals available, subscribing to Living Social in order to find a great restaurant deal is like playing roulette. If you’re looking for the culinary jackpot, it’s simply not worth it to have your inbox inundated with spa...

  • Best Dining Deals Websites Slideshow
    Savored, formerly known as VillageVines, is less of a coupon service and more of a reservation service. Subscribers who make a reservation via Savored (with a $10 fee) receive 30% off their total bill. The perk of Savored is that it partners with high-end...

  • Best Dining Deals Websites
    Bitehunter claims to consolidate the web’s best dining deals into one place. Users can search for deals by neighborhood and cuisine type, or simply scan the homepage for the latest offers from popular coupon sites such as Living Social and Groupon....

  • Best Dining Deals Websites Slideshow
    Restaurant.com is perfect for the non-impulsive bargain-hunter, or anyone frustrated by the short life of the discounts found on most deal sites. The site features thousands of discounts that never expire. Customers can browse restaurants by zip code and...

  • Best Dining Deals Websites Slideshow
    Each offer at BlackboardEats is curated by well-known food writers, meaning you can expect a deal chosen by like-minded culinary enthusiasts. Founder Maggie Nemser explains, “All selections are carefully vetted by a team of seasoned food writers and...

  • Best Dining Deals Websites Slideshow
    InBundles is the mom-and-pop of dining sites. Founder Danny Lyu explains that their small-scale business model and lack of advertising allows them to offer personal services to restaurants and customers. Catering to a restaurant’s marketing goals...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Old Doc's Ham Sandwich and Frosty Pepper
    Old Doc's Soda Shop was opened in 1994, but from the signs to the old school soda fountains, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking it has been around for much longer. The old-school fountain shop with cold sandwiches, soda made with real cane sugar...

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    He's pretty corporate, dealing with customer concerns and the company's advertising image, with none of the charm and personality of the StarKist Charlie of yesteryear, but he seems to be legit. Sorry Charlie, you used to be more fun.  ...

  • The Daily Meal's All-American Summer Menu
    Try coming up with a list of the most quintessentially American foods and it's likely that one of the strongest associations is going to be apple pie. It's an expression for crying out loud. But what other things round out a menu of all-American...

  • Best Restaurants for Watching July 4th Fireworks
    Which city has the best Fourth of July fireworks spectacular? No doubt there's some city pride about who has the best display of national jubilation. But as patriotism and pure experience goes, can it really get any better than lying on a picnic...

  • Trader Joe's: The Good, The Bad, and The Dearly Departed
    Nathan, Sonia, Russ, and Sandy, the team behind What's Good at Trader Joe's? have been reviewing and rating the store's best and worst products since August of 2010. Twice this year, they ranked some of the 130 products they reviewed in...

  • The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe's Volume 2
    The team behind What's Good at Trader Joe's? have been reviewing and rating the store's best and worst products since August of 2010. Twice this year, they ranked some of the 130 products they reviewed in different categories from Top 5...

  • The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe's Volume 1
    What's good at Trader Joe's? What's not? These are questions that fans and detractors of the store are very passionate about. Last August, Nathan Rodgers, his wife Sonia, and their friend Russ Shelly and his wife Sandy decided to...

  • New Providence's Rocking Bahamian Roadside Ribs
    Just outside a plaza housing Kentucky Fried Chicken and Betande Drugs on West Bay Street heading into downtown Nassau in the Bahamas is a sandy patch on the right side of the road. The asphalt is jagged and broken, two inches above the ground on the side...

  • 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    The singer/songwriter developed her chicken and waffles joint with Ron Winans and her son Shanga Hankerson, who continues the tradition. There are two branches of Gladys Knight & Ron Winan's Chicken And Waffles in Atlanta. Besides chicken and...

  • 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Who owns The Spotted Pig?" the restaurant's website coyly asks, answering with, "April Bloomfield, Ken Friedman, and some pals." A Gawker post back in 2007 was a little more specific. "Some pals" included: Mario Batali,...

  • 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Zoom in Park City, Utah is part of Robert Redford's Sundance Resort. The restaurant, which he opened in 1995, was once the Union Pacific railroad depot, containing freight, ticket offices, passenger baggage, wait rooms, and quarters for the station...

  • 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    "Da Coach is in the restaurant most evenings, greeting and acknowledging his many fans and customers," Ditka's site notes. But which one! Da Coach has three steakhouses, one in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Oakbrook. Even if Ditka isn't there...

  • 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    The Tribeca Grill, its website humbly notes, "was instrumental in helping put the TriBeCa neighborhood on the map." The vibe is clubby with a lively bar, and paintings by De Niro's father on the walls. Food is good if not particularly...

  • 25 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants Slideshow
    Los Angeles hasn't been known for Moroccan fare. That could change with Tagine in Beverly Hills, a restaurant where actor Ryan Gosling holds a major stake. Chef Abdessamad Benameur combines traditional recipes with contemporary French and Spanish...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants
    Americans sure love sports. Seen the commercial where the guy walks through his house, pausing the high-tech TV in every room so as not to miss a single play? That meticulous dedication to every pass, shot, and hit has been applied to creating sports-...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    The Fort Lauderdale-based G.R.E.A.T. Grille Group is behind several high-profile sports-themed "Sports Grilles" (with Eddie George, Jeff Conine, and Jerome Bettis) with two NFL team-themed restaurants scheduled to open in 2011 (Colts and Texans...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    Round Rock, Tex., is home to a different kind of sports restaurant, HomeField Grill. Yes, the sports theme runs through this menu. Menu puns include: "Heart of the Order" (entrées), "Sideline Passes" (sides), First and Ten (apps...

  • Merchants Restaurant
    The menu at Merchants, a lively two-part restaurant — a cool contemporary dining room upstairs, a casual place at street level — on an intensely touristy stretch of Broadway in Nashville, Tenn., says "Est. 1892." That's...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    The great Yankee centerfielder teamed up with investors to open his eponymous restaurant on Central Park South between 5th and 6th Avenues. The Mick passed away in '95, but the restaurant lives on, filled with museum-quality memorabilia, and a...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    Harry Caray’s, named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, opened in 1987 and attempts the fusion of a classic Chicago steakhouse and a traditional Italian restaurant. The several locations, as pictured, have tiled floors, jerseys, and...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    NASCAR Sports Grille has a number of locations. It's in Indiana, Orlando, and Hampton, Va. There's a lot of impressive checkered flag and racecar action. But the real draws are the dish names. With names like "Famous 3 Wide Wings," Texas...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    If you love hockey and you don't mind hockey sticks hanging overhead like Swords of Damocles, The 18° Neighborhood Grill may be a new favorite haunt. This breed of in-stadium dining features windows overlooking the Phoenix Coyotes' home ice (...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    "Hey, Hey, Hockeytown!" blasts the website for the Hockeytown Café, a sports palace in Detroit with obvious allegiances to the Red Wings. There are even free shuttles to all Red Wings games and a number of other events at the Joe Louis...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    "Wait," you're saying, "Caddyshack... Murray... that Murray?" Yup. Actor Bill Murray and his brothers teamed up to open Murray Bros. Caddyshack at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. (Murray's brother Brian Doyle-...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    Formerly known as Mo's New York Grill for the famed Yankees' closer, the restaurant changed its name to The Clubhouse Grill. It still serves standard steakhouse fare with some Italian twists in environs filled with Mariano Rivera's memorabilia...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros started their Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants in 1974 to "preserve the culture of those old gas stations and high-powered muscle cars." Their "Cook Your Own Steak...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    Several locations closed, but the two ESPN Zones in California (Anaheim and Los Angeles) are going strong. There are 100 HD monitors, including a high-definition big screen. But there's more — a full-on an entertainment facility with 5,000 to 10...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    While this ale house was inspired by owner Lou Moshakos' visit to an authentic one during a layover in London, there's a decidedly American sports twist on his Carolina Ale House. Almost every major American sport is featured on the menu front (...

  • Brooklyn's Newest Burger
    Brooklyn has a new burger. Smashburger has entered the Manhattan-Brooklyn food scene fray, opening its first New York location today... in Downtown Brooklyn. The young chain, which started in Colorado, had first made its Northeast debut with six...

  • A Look Forward to Barbados Food & Wine and Rum 2011
    Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival Dinner Please note answers from Hon Richard Sealy, M P, Minister of Tourism to questions from journalists who participated in inaugural Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival.   When introducing the Food...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    All-Pro former linebacker Junior Seau opened his eponymous 14,500-square-foot restaurant, Seau’s in 1996. The menus are filled with sports backdrops, often randomly. Do you think sushi when you think hockey? Baseball and pizza?   The menu...

  • 20 Sports-Crazy Restaurants Slideshow
    The legendary football coach of the Miami Dolphins who achieved perfection in 1972 with an undefeated season and Super Bowl win. The chain of Don Shula’s Steakhouse seems to have done pretty well too. There are currently more than 30 restaurants in...

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    There's no prominent Twitter link from the Aunt Jemima web site to the Twitter account bearing her image. And claims on the account that the icon is married to Uncle Ben make you think it unlikely to be the real deal. Still, this profile, described...

  • Molecular Drinking at The Aviary
    Listen to chefs talk about the state of the contemporary dining and, of course, you enter into a conversation about Modernist cuisine. But the other thing today's great chefs consider is the culinary experience they provide. At The Aviary, Grant...

  • Commercial Food Icons on Twitter
    You've been regaled by the most followed food critics on Twitter, noted with interest the Twittersphere's most-followed chefs, and intrigued by the antics of food personality mash-up Ruth Bourdain. But food personality as constant commentator...

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    "I melt for no one," read Ms. Green's Twitter tagline. That may be so, and she seems to have quite the lifestyle, as one recent tweet indicates: "Paris, boots, being VIP, my new book, baking, heels, handbags, cell phone, travel, limos,...

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    The Colonel is the man — he's the second-most followed character on this list. KFC's Colonel has tweeted more than 3,500 times and riffs on sports, music, and all things KFC.   Followers: 35,747 Handle: @KFCColonel

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
      Followers: 8,813 Handle: @COSMermaid

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    Did you know that the Nesquik rabbit's name is Kevin? OK, at least that's the name of whoever is in charge of the Nesquik Bunny's Twitter account. Followers are privy to exclamations like, "Boom goes the chocolatey goodness!" and...

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    The Cap'n doesn't seem to have quite the adventuring lifestyle he supposedly used to ("Famous Cap'n, Adventurer, Breakfast connoisseur formerly lost at sea and glad to be found"). Following him on Twitter means hearing him well-wish...

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    She may only have tweeted about 580 times, but Mrs. Butterworth has a pretty strong following. Why not? As her profile says, she's "So thick. So rich. And still just as sweet!" What does Mrs. Butterworth talk about? Advocating breakfast for...

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    Elsie seems to be out of the game since 2009 when she noted milk holidays and offered quizzes but she still has a chunk of followers.   Followers: 645 Handle: @elsieborden

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    Who is the real Trix rabbit on Twitter? The one talking about Ghostbusters or the one talking about dressing up as a ninja? Neither probably.     Followers: 11 Handle: @TrixRabbit_

  • Food Icons on Twitter Slideshow
    The Pillsbury Doughboy is the face on this Twitter account, but Emily and Cate are noted as the team behind the tweets — recipes, tips, and other cooking advice.    Followers: 21,000 Handle: @Pillsbury

  • Flight Through The Aviary Slideshow
    A quick amuse to taste when you sit down, the edible Bloody Mary is tart, delicate, and meticulously garnished.

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    After winning the Stanley Cup in 2008, Tomas Holmstrom of the Detroit Red Wings brought the trophy to his hometown Piteå in Sweden that summer, where it was used in the baptism of his niece... and also as a serving dish for pitepalt, Swedish stuffed...

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    Reuters reported that Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated winning in 2010 by loading the Stanley Cup with greasy chicken wings.

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    The curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Phil Pritchard, related a bizarre encounter to Reuters of being at a celebrity golf tournament when a woman mistook the Stanley Cup for a coffee urn. A coffee urn?

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    It's commonly accepted on the Interwebs that New York Ranger Ed Olczyk took the Stanley Cup to the Belmont racetrack and let Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin use it as a feed bag. Not so fast reports the Hockey Hall of Fame: "That's not true...

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    While he didn't specify where, when, how, or who did it, Reuters' Frank Pingue did report that the Stanley Cup had been used as a bowl for "soup made from cows' intestines."

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    According to ABC, in the early 1900s one of the Montreal Wanderers — who also operated a bowling alley — used the Stanley Cup to hold gum and cigars in a trophy case there.

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    After winning the Stanley Cup in 2003, New Jersey Devil's goalie Martin Brodeur supposedly took it to the movies so his kids could eat popcorn out of it.

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    Champagne, beer, wine, you name it. Players, celebrities, and revelers who happen across the Cup celebrate by drinking alcohol out of it. You'd take a few gulps too if you came across players partying with it. You've got to think after all, that...

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    According to the Hall of Fame, Sean O'Donnell of the Anaheim Ducks served his black Labrador Retriever "Buddy" a meal out in the Stanley Cup in 2007.    Reuters reported that his teammate, goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere did the...

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    After 54 years without having won the Stanley Cup and hearing all those "1940" chants, there was some steam to blow off. Thus the crazy stories associated with the 1994 Rangers. Sports Illustrated reported that Brian Noonan and Nick Kypreos...

  • Food and Drink Moments with the Stanley Cup Slideshow
    According to the Stanley Cup Journal, Erik Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes let his children Bella and Landon eat their Applejacks out of the Stanley Cup.

  • An Afternoon with Wine Expert Anthony Giglio
    Talk with Anthony Giglio about wine, cocktails, and anything under the hot Atlanta sun as I did recently during the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and you come away entertained, informed, and knowing he is an informational and entertainment force. Put...

  • Wine Etiquette with Wine Expert Anthony Giglio
    In this interview at the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, wine expert Anthony Giglio talks wine etiquette, drinking by yourself, ordering wine by the glass, and wine date night. Click here for other interviews with Anthony Giglio.   People...

  • Anthony Giglio on Cocktails
    In this interview at the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, wine expert Anthony Giglio talks cocktails. Click here for other interviews with Anthony Giglio.   You write cocktail books co-authored with Food & Wine. What do you think is the...

  • Wine Expert Anthony Giglio on Wine and Family
    In this interview at the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, wine expert Anthony Giglio talks about wine and family. Click here for other interviews with Anthony Giglio.   So you and your wife live in New Jersey, Sicilian relatives surround you...

  • Anthony Giglio on Wine Ratings and Robert Parker
    In this interview at the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, wine expert Anthony Giglio talks about Robert Parker and the wine ratings system. Click here for other interviews with Anthony Giglio.   Let’s talk about the ratings system and...

  • Anthony Giglio on Up-And-Coming Wine Regions
    In this interview at the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, wine expert Anthony Giglio talks Grenache, Southern wines, and up-and-coming wine regions in the U.S. Click here for other interviews with Anthony Giglio.   You’re in the South...

  • 52 New Hamburgers for Hamburger America Slideshow
    Burgers at Minnesota’s Convention Grill are served simple. The all-American cheeseburger is your best choice. 

  • 52 New Burgers for Hamburger America
    The new edition of George Motz's Hamburger America is out and there are some important new additions — burgers from across the country from places have perfected their craft. But how did burgermeister George Motz designate which burgers to add...

  • 52 New Hamburgers for Hamburger America Slideshow
    The most popular thing on the menu at Workingman’s Friend, established in 1919, is no doubt the double cheeseburger that’s smashed thin to perfection. 

  • Chefs Against Childhood Cancer: The Great Chefs Event
    From June 10th to June 12th lemonade stands across the U.S. will raise money to fight childhood cancer during the 8th Annual Lemonade Days. The tradition began with Alexandra Flynn Scott, a four-year-old who fundraised for a cure to childhood cancer with...

  • 5 Bites in Atlanta
    There's too much good eating to do in Atlanta to pick just five places. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, local gem — there are multiple must-stop places for each of these categories. You could just stop in at the long-time culinary institutions...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Dwarf House Chick-fil-A
    In-N-Out and Shake Shack, McDonald's, Runza, Chico's Tacos — everyone has their fast food obsessions. For some, the lesser-known regional chains are keystones of comfort, the quick fix that reminds of home. For others, regional chains are...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Two patties, two slices of American cheese, bread and butter pickles, thinly-sliced red onion, a toasted bun made up the street at the Holeman & Finch bakery, and homemade condiments. The homemade mustard and ketchup make the burger.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    It's a veritable burger assembly line on Sunday afternoon inside chef Linton Hopkins popular chef hangout.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    If you can't score one of the 20 to 25 or so burgers being served at Holeman & Finch starting at 10 p.m., or you just don't feel like dealing with the hassle, all hope is not lost. The burger is available at brunch too, when they serve several...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Ashley Christensen of Poole's in Raleigh, N.C., gave a demonstration on how to make her version of her mother's fried chicken. She touted imperfections, the darker bits for example, places where there is more and less caramelization that...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Sommelier Clint Sloan parties with Chef Hugh Acheson.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    There were many dinners happening at the same time on Saturday evening, and many chefs, food media folk, and festival-goers hopped over to Holeman & Finch for the famed late-night, limited-edition burger. But the after party destination was Chef Hugh...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Whitney Otawka of The Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, Ga., and Ted Lee talk at the Street Cart Pavillion. Chef Otawka's oxtail posole was fantastic.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    The brainchild of charming Southern entrepreneurs, Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, the inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has set out to celebrate Southern food, drink, and way of life. It's a great opportunity to talk with great chefs...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    On Saturday night between events, the bar at the Loews Hotel was bumping.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Clockwise from top left: Chef Rathbun, chef Pyles, Pyles' fish tamale, and McGrady's sommelier, Clint Sloan.   One of the tastiest Southern items on the offer at the house tonight was the plateful of chef Rathbun's barbeque boiled...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Kevin Rathbun hosted dinner on the gorgeous back patio at his beautiful house with chefs Stephen Pyles, Kent Rathbun, and Jeff Tunks.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Wine expert Anthony Giglio demonstrating how to make sure your wine bucket is at its most effective level: make sure there's enough water mixed in with the ice.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    A brief lunch at chef Hugh Acheson's Empire State South with wine expert Anthony Giglio who lamented that the lunch menu did not include an incredible soft poached farm egg with Anson Mills grits, maitake, and nettles that was on the dinner menu....

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Virginia Philip, M.S., Heather Porter, Clint Stone, and Stephen Satterfield featured a delicious South African syrah, a sparkling rosé, a sherry, and a Chateau Musar from Lebanon.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Ala., talked about putting up shrimp. Some advice, "When choosing your spices for pickling think about what you like. Start with a court bouillon, put your spices in a pot and boil."...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    "Wow, I feel like Jesus trying to feed the multitudes," Chef Garcia joked after looking up while plating his dish: grilled shrimp, potatoes, and chorizo.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef Adolfo Garcia of Rio Mar in New Orleans, talks oysters on the terrace at the Loews Hotel, "Gulf oysters have had a good year."  

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Chef John Currence of City Grocery in Oxford, Miss., talks about the merits of tamales.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Wine expert Anthony Giglio demonstrates several ways that you should not hold your wine glass. This one, "the quarterback," is a no-no for several reasons, including the fact that your hand will warm the glass, and so, the wine.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    The lovely and charming Dominique Love demonsrates how to elegantly enjoy a hot dog at the JCT after party.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    There were hot dogs, and a gorgeous spread of cheese, but some of the best eats at the after party were the killer, thinly-sliced charcuterie provided by Cochon 555 — some seriously delicious stuff.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Margaritas had run out at JCT earlier... but there would be plenty of them flowing freely at the after party. Food media and chefs partied late into the night. It may look quiet here before the storm, but the fun would cast the next day's early-...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Of the dishes tasted at Abattoir, the chicken liver was one of the best. Smooth and delicious.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    With the Tim Love party over at JCT and the after-party starting at 11 p.m., a visit to Abattoir on the other side of the train tracks from JCT was in order. Service was a little harried, but these appetizers were all on point: head cheese fritters with...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    At Chef Ford Fry's JCT Kitchen, he and Tim Love of the Lonesome Dove did a whole-pig, spit-roasted as well as a preview of the food for his upcoming 1,000-person global taqueria. There was a slow-roasted pork tacos (pulled hog, roasted banana, sweet...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Tim love was hanging with festival co-founder Dominique Love, people were getting happy on a range of alcohol including wine from Biltmore and Becker Vineyards, moonshine, and Bakon vodka bloody Mary's. There was a celebrity chef-studded crowd...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    The American Lamb Board did a whole-roasted lamb on a spit in the center of the tent complex.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Atlanta Food & Wine is a very walkable festival — most things are within a five block area, including the tasting tents, the most crowded place so far on Friday.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Jamie and Sean Dietrich's Airstream food truck is tricked out with an awesome air conditioner which allows for serving surfers on Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Sean, a jazz pianist, did most of the renovations on the Airstream. Jamie, a private chef, noted...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Dietrich's Fine Foods was offering sweet, moist Alabama teacakes.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    A VIP preview of the food trucks in the lot across from the Loews Hotel. It started with CÎROC vodka drinks mixed with blueberry lemonade to refresh festival-goers dealing with the hot Altanta sun.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    There's something going on with the buns 'round these parts — they get condensed and sweeter. This is a greasy, cheeseburger. There's no way to eat it without greasing up your hands. Tasty, though more chili and cheese wouldn't hurt...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    You can go inside, of course, but how often do you get to do drive-in with the tray on the window and your meal on the dashboard? Gotta do the drive-in, man. There are beautiful, brown, thick-cut, juicy onion rings with great crispy yet pliable, fall-away...

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    A break in the action in the afternoon after lunch and before a preview of the street cart pavillion and tasting tents meant a visit to The Varsity. An Atlanta hot dog and cheeseburger institution.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Shaved strawberry ice with tequila and basil buds tasted fresh, refreshing — of summer.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    A great dish at the Bluegrass Lunch. Peanuts were softened but retained character. Stellar.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    One cook at the Bluegrass lunch couldn't help but gush over the attractive Southern women at the festival. Party on, single chefs! Left, one of the best bites at the lunch.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    On an outdoor deck upstairs at the Four Seasons a bluegrass band played while sweet tea bourbon cocktails flowed and bites like lamb sausage with goat cheese, BBQ shrimp banh mi, and pulled pork tacos with watermelon were served.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    A media welcome with drinks, food, chefs, in a wide open space overlooking the food truck event and the rest of Atlanta.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Mixologist Todd Thrasher makes a pisco sour while joking with the crowd, "You've heard of the slow food movement. Well, I believe in the slow cocktail movement."

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    An omelet with varied texture, soft and airy, made by layering two-day old eggs, whites, and hollandaise. Served with Todd Thrasher's pisco sour.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Va., talks about preparing an omelet with hollandaise and gribiche (made from eggs, pickles and capers).

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    A toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips. The bottom bun half gets condensed to be come thin and a little sweet. Crunchy, crispy, salty, with a little mustard and zest. It's a pretty tasty fast-food sandwich.

  • Scenes From the 2011 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    There's always a food destination to find no matter what time you find yourself arriving in a great food city. In this case a delayed flight meant most restaurants were closed at 1:00 a.m., but the original Chick-fil-A, the place where the fried...

  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2011
    The brainchild of charming Southern entrepreneurs Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, the inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival has set out to celebrate Southern food, drink, and way of life. It's a great opportunity to talk with great chefs,...

  • 8 Most Pointless Carbs Slideshow
    Lucky for you, there are six different combinations of cheese-covered pasta nestled cozily in a load of bread, including 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese. Thank goodness the chicken in the Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Carbonara versions are grilled and 100% white...

  • Best Stadium Luxury Box Food Spreads Slideshow
    The home of the 2011 All-Star Game has embraced the farm-to-table trend. Cannellini bean and chorizo cassoulet, diver scallops over creamy polenta and Parmesan, and smashed yams with wildflower honey and cinnamon butter make watching these perennial...

  • Best Stadium Luxury Box Food Spreads Slideshow
    In a brilliant display of entrepreneurship, a Cubs-endorsed building developer decided to open luxury suites on a rooftop right outside of storied Wrigley Field in Chicago. Fans who can’t afford the real luxury suites are still treated to an...

  • Best Stadium Luxury Box Food Spreads Slideshow
    Danny Meyer recently opened a Shake Shack outpost at this horse-racing institution in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and there's restaurant row. But for the high rollers who don’t feel a custom-blend hamburger will suffice, a waiter will hand carve...

  • Best Stadium Luxury Box Food Spreads Slideshow
    Portland is widely recognized as a food-lover hotbed and that now extends to its new Major League Soccer franchise, the Portland Timbers. At the KeyBank Club fans can nosh on an eclectic bill of fare including custom-made bowls of phở and pasties (hand-...

  • Best Stadium Luxury Box Food Spreads Slideshow
    Texas staples rule in the apartment-sized suites at Jerry Jones’s football acropolis. The BBQ brisket and smoked baby-back ribs are tender and juicy. The fried chicken and tempura shrimp are salty and crunchy. Oil barons hankering for a dog are...

  • Best Stadium Luxury Box Food Spreads Slideshow
    While you can’t eat Kobe while watching Kobe in the luxury suites at The Staples Center (especially now since the Lakers have been knocked out of the playoffs), you can find other delicacies on the 29-page (!) catering menu devised by food and...

  • A Responsibility to Represent Southern Cuisine
    Talk with John Currence and you get the feeling the chef behind City Grocery in Oxford, Miss., is a straight-shooter who is passionate about cooking and Southern cuisine. So it's no surprise Dominique Love and Elizabeth Feichter, the co-founders of...

  • Good Stuff, Bad Tagline at Spike's D.C. Joint
    Inside Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery there’s a sign with two quotes on the wall opposite the registers. The first from Ray Kroc of McDonald’s, “I put the hamburger on the assembly line.” The second, at least ostensibly,...

  • Chef Michael Paley Looks South to Atlanta
    The inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is drawing on chefs throughout the South like Tim Love and John Currence to name two. Executive chef Michael Paley of Proof on Main in Louisville, Ky., is another of the 2011 festival's participating...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Dixson Bar-B-Que's Pig Burger in Knoxville, Tenn.
    You'd be forgiven for driving past Dixson Bar-B-Que even though it's in downtown Knoxville, Tenn. One reason is that it's not in a part of downtown that you might be in a rush to visit. Another is that it's set back from the street. The...

  • Pigging Out Texas-Style with Tim Love
    The launch of the inaugural Atlanta Food & Wine Festival on May 19th means many of the country's best Southern chefs will be gathering there for demos, tastings, seminars, and a celebration of Southern food and living. Chef Tim Love (of Lonesome...

  • Bizarre Celebrity Foreign Food Ads
    International-only product endorsements have long been a way for American celebrities to rake in thousands for what is often little work. (Sometimes they don't have to say anything!) It was fertile enough subject matter to get director Sofia Coppola...

  • 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards
    Andrew Zimmern bit someone's head on the red carpet (it was actually green... the carpet, not the head), Marcus Samuelsson wore white Valentino and shoes he'd designed himself (left), chefs from disparate culinary worlds like Anne Burrell and...

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  • Best Mother's Day Brunch Spots
    It's a few days after Cinco de Mayo and it's time to get over that two day tequila and maragita hangover, buck up, and do something special for Mom on Mother's Day. And when it comes to dining options, what better way than by taking her to...

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  • George Motz's 25 Essential U.S. Burgers Checklist
    It seems unfathomable that there was a time America's best family-operated burger joints weren't listed in a book with the care and detail that George Motz applied in the original version of his seminal book, Hamburger America. Disagree with him...

  • Mr. Bartley's
    Since 1960, Mr. Bartley's has been serving 7-ounce, freshly ground burgers to hoards of hungry Harvard students. Bill Bartley still mans the grill after more than 30 years, and his parents, founders Joe and Joan, still run the front of house....

  • George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow
    Pronounced “LEW-EEZ”, Louis’ Lunch has been serving this burger since 1895. The meat is freshly ground every day and placed on top of white toast with some added tomato and onions to create a mouth-watering burger (if you ask).

  • George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow
    On the menu at Bobcat Bite since 1953, this nine-ounce, naturally raised, antibiotic and hormone free beef patty is topped with green chile and covered with a blanket of melted white Cheddar. 

  • George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow
    There is cheese for the gringos, but El Mago’s standard toppings include: ketchup, sautéed onions, and lastly, potato sticks. Not the greasy, canned variety. Not even shoestring fries. But tiny ethereal wisps that can best be described as a...

  • George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow
    The LA burger shack, Apple Pan, serves only two burgers, the “Steakburger” or the “Hickory Burger,” both served in wax-paper, no plate. 

  • George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow
    The most popular thing on the menu at Workingman’s Friend, established in 1919, is no doubt the double cheeseburger that’s smashed to thin perfection. 

  • George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow
    Sliders are served at the vintage diner, White Manna, in Hackensack, NJ. 

  • George Motz's 25 Essential US Burgers Checklist Slideshow
    There are only a few select people who know what makes the secret creamy, tangy sauce that makes the burger at the Plaza Tavern & Grill so great. 

  • Connecticut's Other Apizza: Zuppardi's
    In the annals of Connecticut pizza, there's Colony for bar pies, Mystic, and — as outlined in any complete New Haven pizza primer — of course, the big four: Frank Pepe's, Sally's Apizza, Modern Apizza, and Bar and the Bru Room. (...

  • Connecticut's Other Apizza: Zuppardi's
    In the annals of Connecticut pizza, there's Colony for bar pies, Mystic, and — as outlined in any complete New Haven pizza primer — of course, the big four: Frank Pepe's, Sally's Apizza, Modern Apizza, and Bar and the Bru Room. (...

  • Famous First Lines from Novels, Food-Reinterpreted
    Anecdotes about famous authors who relied on friends, patrons, and the kindness of restaurateurs for their next meal (and their next drink) are part of the lore and mystique of being a writer. These acts of kindness by patrons or charm by the authors...

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    According to the New York Post, Britney was banned from the Chateau Marmont hotel in 2007 after guests complained about her smearing a plate of food on her face in front of other diners.

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    According to Bloomberg News, the golfer was arrested after having too much to drink and misbehaving at a Hooters in North Carolina.

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    According to the New York Daily News, in 2007 the Entourage actor was asked by the manager at Matsuhisa in Aspen never to return after being accommodated for a large party on a busy night and leaving a a DVD of the first year of Entourage as a tip...

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    Back in 2004, the New York Post reported that Love stopped outside a Wendy's, "Where she allegedly invited a bystander to kiss her breasts, then asked fans to take photographs."

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    According to the New York Post, when the actress bumped into her ex-husband Ron Perelman at The Waverly Inn a few years ago, she threw a glass of water in his face and "hissed at Chapman [his girlfriend]: 'I feel sorry for you that you have to [...

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    According to TMZ.com, the singer downed one or two bottles of wine at Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles in March just a few hours before her and her boyfriend Matt Rutler were arrested for drunk driving. They supposedly returned to Mozza just days later for a...

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition
    There she was, as People reported, actress Anne Hathaway swinging from a rail, dancing, doing shots, and misbehaving at a Boston restaurant — being a public nuisance. Another celebrity riding the express train to self-destruction. Well, all in the...

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    It's old news by now, but still on the record. According to the New York Post the actor was found on the floor of the bathroom in Daniel in Manhattan with "cocaine all over his face."

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    According to the Associated Press, a jury awarded $40,000 in damages to a man after a man claimed the singer and his entourage beat him during a 2007 fight at a Waffle House in Georgia. The fight started at about 5 a.m. when the man had an exchange with a...

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    CNN cited a story in the print edition of that most trusted of sources, the National Enquirer, saying that while dining in a Vancouver restaurant, Reeves took off his shoes much to the dismay of other customers.

  • Bad Table Manners: Celebrity Edition Slideshow
    Last year TMZ reported that the same day as the premiere of the new "Celebrity Rehab," that Dennis Rodman was participating in, he was escorted out of a restaurant called Waterfalls in the Atrium Hotel in California after having at least one...

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    Bun, patties, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, sauce, flavor — all things considered, there's really not much to consider. The answer is obvious. Shake Shack beats In-N-Out. Now, if only we could get them both in the same city and truly get the...

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    Pickle-lovers will appreciate the healthy pile of vinegary, ridged slices on an In-Out burger (left). Truth be told, the Shake Shack pickles are better (right), but they don't come automatically on the Shake Shack burger. You also have to request...

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    There are those who will say that lettuce doesn't belong on a burger. Good for you. Take it out of the equation then. Still, I'll take green leaf lettuce over iceberg anyday. Wouldn't you? Thought so.   Victor: Shake Shack

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    "Our lettuce is hand-leafed," reads In-N-Out's site. That may be. And it's better than most fast food lettuce. Look at it. Still... it's iceberg lettuce.

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    Those plum tomatoes may not be as wide as the ones on the In-N-Out burgers, but there are two of them, and they're pretty juicy.   Victor: Shake Shack

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    "We use the plumpest, juiciest tomatoes we can find," In-N-Out's site declares. Indeed, they're wide and juicy. No complaints.

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    Shake Shack famously uses a proprietary blend of LaFrieda meat for their craved-after, hand-formed patties. Observe them: They're plumper than anything you'll ever find at In-N-Out. In-N-Out's are flat discs, like something you'd expect to...

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    In-N-Out's site declares their patties are made from "fresh, 100% pure beef. They are free of additives, fillers and preservatives of any kind." The company has their own patty making facility, using "only whole chucks from premium...

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    Ah, the grilled potato bun. For how enjoyable In-N-Out is, the bun still reminds you of McDonald's and Burger King. Not so with Shake Shack. At the Shack, the bun is not spongy, not vaguely reminiscent of something that would resist nature's...

  • Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Slideshow
    Give credit where it's due: sauce and cheese ratio. There's no dearth of sauce or cheese on the respective top and bottom buns at In-N-Out (typically separated). But what of the bun? As fast food hamburger buns go they're fine, but when it...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Which is Better, Shake Shack or In-N-Out?
    Living on the East Coast means that ever since I first tasted In-N-Out's glorious Double-Double Animal-Style, for the past decade, anytime I'm remotely near In-N-Out I make it my mission to get my fix. In San Francisco on vacation? In-N-Out. Vegas...

  • At the Foot of the World's Throne of Haute Cuisine
    "Granted more access to Adrià and the ElBulli kitchen than any other writer in the restaurant's history," the dust jacket for Lisa Abend's The Sorcerer's Apprentices proclaims. And in a unique manner that has given her an...

  • 10 Fattiest Meals at Chain Restaurants Slideshow
    You don't need to visit Italy to tour the country's culinary delights — just hit Olive Garden at the local stripmall. According to their nutritional information, the Herb Cheese Soffatelli with Chicken (1,530 cal and 107g of fat) and...

  • 10 Fattiest Meals at Chain Restaurants Slideshow
    Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin' Burger isn't the most high-calorie dish — there's the full rack of Baby-Back Ribs with Aussie Fries (1,936 cal), the Bloomin' Onion (1,552 cal), and Aussie Cheese Fries (2,134 cal) to contend...

  • 10 Fattiest Meals at Chain Restaurants Slideshow
    Hard to believe a dish with broccoli can be this unhealthy, but it can and is at Ruby Tuesday.   Chicken and Broccoli Pasta This dish has more calories than anything on the dinner menu. That includes the burgers, even the Smokehouse Triple...

  • Blackboard Eats Launching Mobile App
    Maggie Nemser launched Blackboard Eats in September 2009 with Los Angeles as the first city. Almost two years and hundreds of thousands of newsletters later, it has expanded to New York and San Francisco. Now with the anticipated app launch next week,...

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    Not a food, but a large meal will make the body sluggish and sleepy, and will inhibit performance while the meal is being digested. Keep meals light during the four to six hours before any competition. — Kelly Aronica

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat
    Never is a strong word. Most nutritionists would probably balk at declaring any food as something you should never eat. But there are certainly foods that athletes should eat less of if they're looking to maximize their performance on game day. And...

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    Alcohol has a depressant effect on the body and is a powerful diuretic, meaning it leaves you very dehydrated. Both of these things will have an effect on athletic performance. An athlete in serious training or in preparation for a big event should...

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    An occasional burger with toppings is fine, but it should be done only on special occasions. The meat, bacon, and cheese all contain lots of saturated fat. And most burgers come with a side of fries, which adds more unhealthy fat to the meal. —...

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    Salt intake causes fluid imbalances in the body and athletes need to pay more attention to their hydration level than a non-athlete. Our greatest intake of sodium comes from packaged/frozen foods and restaurants. Read labels to see how much sodium is in...

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    Athletes have increased needs for vitamins and minerals. So they should avoid refined white flour and maximize their intake of those vitamins and minerals by eating whole grains wherever possible. — Kelly Aronica

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    This super-sweet sugar is found in all kinds of surprising places. Generally, foods that contain it are overly sweet and overly processed, leading to foods that have few nutrients and fiber. — Kelly Aronica

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    Eating artificial sweeteners may actually increase sugar cravings. Skip the diet soda, "lite" cookies, and sugar-free snacks. — Kelly Aronica

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    These primarily man-made oils have been shown to raise risk of heart disease. They're found in many commercially baked goods, fried foods, and some margarines. Look for it in the ingredient list. — Kelly Aronica

  • 9 Foods Athletes Should Never Eat Slideshow
    These contain caffeine and other stimulant additives. The stress they put on the heart can be dangerous to anyone, but in particular an athlete who is putting their heart under stress during an athletic event. — Kelly Aronica

  • When Good Easter Bunnies Go Bad
    Hold everything. Let's get this whole Easter Bunny thing straight. There's a rabbit. He carries a basket. In the basket is candy. And eggs — dyed eggs. Sometimes the rabbit wears clothes... and sometimes he doesn't. A rabbit... carrying...

  • When Good Easter Bunnies Go Bad
    The Easter Bunny doing the Electric Boogaloo.   Got a better caption? Tell us in the comments!

  • When Good Easter Bunnies Go Bad Slideshow
    "Mein Arsch tut weh!!" "Was?"   Got a better caption? Tell us in the comments!

  • When Good Easter Bunnies Go Bad Slideshow
    Bad Easter Bunny behavior is not without consequences.   Got a better caption? Tell us in the comments!

  • When Good Easter Bunnies Go Bad Slideshow
    Sure, they're just chocolate rabbits. But once they kiss, next thing you know there are ten of them.   Got a better caption? Tell us in the comments!

  • When Good Easter Bunnies Go Bad Slideshow
    The Easter Bunny discovered he liked whiskey and started drinking. "Can you use a glass, please?" the Tooth Fairy asked. "I'm the goddamned Easter Bunny," he answered. "I don't use a glass."   Got a...

  • When Good Easter Bunnies Go Bad Slideshow
    Having passed on the role of Frank in Donnie Darko, and fresh with disappointment after starring in a recent remake of Harvey that flopped at the box office, the Easter Bunny went on a three-night bender.   Got a better caption? Tell us in the...

  • Best Easter Brunches in the U.S.
    Easter is known as the moveable feast, so what better way to take a dining out approach than to look at great spots for Easter brunch across the country? Listed below are Easter meals that can be had in The Daily Meal's 12 featured cities at...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Pane Bianco's Tuna Sandwich
    It felt like I just got in under the deadline at the last second in Phoenix last weekend. As far as getting that storied Pizzeria Bianco experience was concerned — waiting in line for several hours for a table — well, it seems like it's...

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    The first Chipotle opened at a former Dolly Madison ice cream location. By 1996 there were 7 more.  It went public in 2006 on the New York Stock Exchange and now it's starting to seem as ubiquitous as Starbucks. On Facebook that adds up to 1,...

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    More than 3,500 drive-ins from coast to coast have garnered Sonic enough popularity so that 570,533 people like this on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    Arby's has been around for 40 years. Facebook for just seven. The number of people who like Arby's on Facebook puts this chain last on this list with just 306,466 likes.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    Dairy Queen is a master of social media. On Facebook 2,919,113 people like this.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    All the hooplah about Five Guys, but at last count, just 464,876 people like this on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    Buffalo Wild Wings comes in at #3 on this list with 4,542,508 likes on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook
    By the end of last year, Subway supposedly snagged first place from McDonald's as the fast food chain with most outlets around the world. Its 33,749 shops edged out McDonald's paltry 32,737. But if you look at how the chains stack up popularity-...

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    As noted before, Subway has more locations than any other fast food chain in the world — even McDonald's. But on this lists the 4,059,970 likes it has on Facebook puts it three spots back from the Golden Arches, behind Taco Bell and Buffalo...

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    At last count, having it your way has garnered Burger King at least 1,028,243 people who like it on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    The first Wendy's opened in November 1969. Some forty years later and 822,356 people like it on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    There are more than 2,600 Papa John's across the U.S. and on Facebook 1,603,001 people like this.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    Jack in The Box comes in at #19 with 378,098 likes on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    Charbroiled burgers, turkey burgers, teriyaki burgers, and The Big Carl are among some items that have inspired 673,803 people on Facebook to like Carl's Jr. on Facebook at last count. Cheeseburger prints on a bikini worn in a commercial by Miss...

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    Panda Express has more than 1,000 locations in 37 states and 1,181,285 likes on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    At last count, Pizza Hut scored 3,231,584 likes on Facebook putting it at #6 on this list of most popular chains.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    It's a significant jump up from In-N-Out to Domino's when it comes to likes on Facebook — 2,402,240 people like this.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    Taco Bell comes in second with 6,170,475 likes on Facebook. That's still a million less likes than the top ranking chain on this list.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    McDonald's is the clear winner with 7,813,854 likes on Facebook.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    With 3,931,888 likes on Facebook, Chick-fil-A isn't far from passing the 4,000,000 like mark.

  • 20 Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants on Facebook Slideshow
    The Colonel has more than 15,000 restaurants in 109 countries and territories around the world. In America alone, KFC operates more than 5,200 restaurants. That amounts to 2,975,804 people who like it on Facebook.

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    In-N-Out has a devout following, people waiting for the chain to expand to Dallas and then perhaps further east. At the midway point on this list, the chain had a substantial 1,721,818 likes at last count on Facebook.

  • Inside Daniel Boulud's Newest New York Venture: Boulud Sud
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  • Jonathon Sawyer to Open Noodlecat in Cleveland This Summer
    At the Scottsdale Culinary Festival last weekend Chef Jonathon Sawyer of Cleveland’s Greenhouse Tavern confided that he was working on a new project. Sawyer, a member of Food & Wine's 2010 class of Best New Chefs, will be opening Noodlecat...

  • 10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting Slideshow
    Founded in 1978 in Los Angeles by David Overton, whose parents owned a small cheesecake bakery, The Cheesecake Factory is admittedly pretty cheesy; witness the faux Italianate columns decorated with Pharoah faces, the soaring trompe l’oeil...

  • 10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting Slideshow
    Media entrepreneur Ted Turner is just a guy who likes a good bison burger — so in 2002 he partnered with George McKerrow, founder of the LongHorn Steakhouse franchise, to create a place where he could kick up his cowboy boots and chow down. Or so...

  • 10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting Slideshow
    California’s first drive-through hamburger stand was the brainchild of Harry Snyder, back in 1948. There are more than 150 In-N-Outs today, mostly on the West Coast), but it’s not a “chain” in the modern sense of the word. The...

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    One day in 1975, Mark Johnston, an enterprising waiter at a Maitland, Florida-based fondue restaurant, looked at the simmering pots of cheese on every table and saw gold. He and his two brothers bought the rights to the place, and set out to prove that...

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    Houston's was the first restaurant concept launched by George Biel's Los Angeles-based Hillstone Restaurant Group, in business since 1975. The eateries are comfortable, with overstuffed chairs, and tables positioned a respectable distance apart...

  • 10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting Slideshow
    Does the world really need another burger joint? Probably not — but this one breathes some new life into the genre. The first Five Guys was opened in 1986 in suburban Washington, D.C. by Janie and Jerry Murrell (the “five guys” in...

  • Fictional Food Folk
    They're grocery store institutions, roadside icons, and TV commercial stalwarts, but sometimes when you see things so often you stop seeing them. You've probably been to McDonald's a 100 times, seen Ronald on those special edition glasses...

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    In 1985, two L.A. lawyers decided to try their luck in the restaurant business by riffing on the gourmet pizzas popularized by Wolfgang Puck. They pooled resources and opened shop in Beverly Hills offering a menu of internationally-flavored pies...

  • 10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting Slideshow
    Is Australia lousy with steakhouses? Not really, but that didn’t stop a small crew of Florida-based Chilis franchise-holders from establishing Outback in Tampa in March of 1988. The goal was to sandwich an affordable, but high (enough) quality...

  • 10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting Slideshow
    There is no Jason, and this under-the-radar franchise isn't a deli, though its 200-plus outlets do offer deli-style sandwiches. What Jason’s Deli is is a combination salad bar, sandwich shop, and cafeteria — a bustling, kid-friendly,...

  • 10 Chain Restaurants Worth Visiting Slideshow
    Denver native Steve Ells trained at the Culinary Institute of America and cooked under Jeremiah Tower at Stars in San Francisco for a couple of years before he headed home in 1993, bought an old ice cream shop, and opened the first Chipotle Mexican Grill...

  • Beard Pop-Up Launches In New York's Chelsea Market
    What goes into designing the space for a James Beard Foundation pop-up in New York's Chelsea Market? "Four long tables, 27 days, a half mile of wire, 1,200 light bulbs, 80 chairs, and 100 jars of colored water," said James Biber of...

  • Guidelines to Eating Green When Eating Out
    Dining out may not be the most socially-conscious, environmentally-sound practice. After all, you can be more careful about sourcing, cooking practices, composting, and recycling at home. That doesn't mean there aren't things you can do to make...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    A “Royale with cheese” can definitely be enjoyed at this Lower East side burger haunt. With a stunningly modern and sexy outdoor patio, and a cozy, brooding pub interior, Royale is great for all seasons. But its latticed garden is a great...

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Pay attention to what you are drinking. Studies show that satiation signals don’t register as well when it comes to liquid calories. Sodas, wine, and cocktails can provide between 100 calories per drink to upwards of 500 calories for a margarita.

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Let’s face it, salt is essential for big flavor, and restaurants use lots of it. Salty taste isn’t really a good indicator of high sodium content, so your food doesn’t necessarily need to taste salty to be loaded with sodium. Some...

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    We all know what these are, the bread and olive oil, chips and salsa, crispy noodles and duck sauce. Mindless munching can provide a dinner’s worth of calories before your meal even arrives.

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Spreads like herbed mayo, pesto, honey mustard, and aioli add flavor and moisture to a sandwich, but are also concentrated sources of calories. While you might add a smear of these at home, just two tablespoons can add up to 200 calories.

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Particularly Cobb salad, or other “meal” salads can contain big portions of meat, bacon, cheese, and dressing that add up to more calories than you think.

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    This is used extensively in many sauces, including Indian curries and Italian dishes like alfredo, vodka, carbonara, and Bolognese. The fat in the cream holds the sauces together, gives it thickness, and well, creaminess.

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Flavor, sodium, and fat all in one tasty package. In comes on salad, in wraps, and melted on your smothered burrito. At 100 calories per ¼ cup of shredded cheese (and believe me, that’s not a lot), it adds up quickly.

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Restaurants have access to cuts and grades of meat that you don’t as a home cook. They are decadently marbled with fat, giving much more flavor, moistness, and of course, calories, to burgers and steaks. Even turkey burgers are often made with...

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Fat is a major contributor to taste. It keeps food moist and tender, gives texture and thickness to sauces, keeps food from sticking in the pan, and provides great mouthfeel. The reason that the grilled fish in a restaurant is so moist is because of fat...

  • 10 Hidden Restaurant Saboteurs Slideshow
    Many dishes are “finished” with butter because it gives food an appetizing shine and thickness. Even if you order plain grilled meat or a nice, healthy side of vegetables, you can be nearly certain it has been finished with butter.

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    You can’t get much more outdoors than camping, burger camping that is! That’s what Dan Petersen does at the first sign of spring with That Burger Tent. Starting April 3rd Peterson set up camp outside Artists & Fleas in Brooklyn and...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    This long-standing cue joint specializes in Memphis, dry-rub style ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese. But it also does an equally quality burger. Outdoor sidewalk seating greets diners and is perfect for people-watching and chowing down on...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    One of the most famous burger spots in Manhattan, JG Melon has been serving little morsels of beefy goodness since 1972. Melon has an exclusive outdoor seating area, which on summers days, features the sun hitting just right on the corner. A Bloody Mary...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    Lay around on the sand or perch yourself on outdoor picnic tables and enjoy the view of the East River. This South Street Seaport location of Water Taxi Beach serves up burger impresario George Motz's signature “Motz Burger.” A moist...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    Pier I Café (sister restaurant of Frying Pan) opened in 2005. There are outdoor tables sheltered by umbrellas scattered along the pier with neatly-trimmed hedges and flower pots at your table. Pat La Frieda supplies the foundation for a perfectly...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    If you can brave the hordes of Shack fans in Madison Square Park, you will be pleased by Danny Meyer’s über-successful juicy-burger chain. Shake Shack's burgers are highlighted by bright colors (green, leafy lettuce; ruby red tomatoes;...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    Brothers Don and Ken Sofer of Blockheads Burrito fame turn out a decent burger in this large outdoor plaza setting. During the winter there’s not much room inside to sit, but Mother Burger shines in the spring. The single Mother Burger is your...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    This Brooklyn burger spot, which opened in Williamsburg in 2005, has enjoyed burger fame for its monolithic portrayal of the American sandwich. Round patties are carefully and lovingly marinated in a secret sauce and char-grilled and mounted on a crispy...

  • New York's 10 Best Burgers to Eat Outdoors Slideshow
    This staple Murray Hill brunch spot has proven itself for serving fresh, great, innovative Belgian food time and again since opening in April 2007. With an extensive list of Belgian beers and imported ales, you’ll have no problem lounging in Resto...

  • Food & Wine's Best New Chefs 2011
    Food & Wine showed off its picks for 2011's Best New Chefs In America uptown at the Bohemian National Hall last night. And the high-ceilinged space was full of culinary stars everywhere you looked — shades of the Food & Wine Classic...

  • Shake Shack Upper West Side
    Slowly, Danny Meyer's Shake Shack is changing the landscape of the burger world. It started in Madison Square Park in 2001, with a hot dog cart created by Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy's...

  • Shake Shack Upper East Side
    Slowly, Danny Meyer's Shake Shack is changing the landscape of the burger world. It started in Madison Square Park in 2001, with a hot dog cart created by Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy's...

  • Extravagant Athlete Cakes Slideshow
    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade with his 29th birthday cake and teammate LeBron James.

  • Extravagant Athlete Cakes Slideshow
    LeBron James with his Divine Delicacies birthday cake.

  • Extravagant Athlete Cakes
    Not too long ago there was a flurry of press about LeBron James' extravagant cake after he posted a photo of it on Twitter. The five-tiered cake was made by Divine Delicacies, a family-owned, Miami-based bakery that has handled quite a few cakes for...

  • Time Out New York 2011: Food & Drink Awards
    Time Out New York's 2011 Food & Drink Awards went down at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. New York City's gastroratti mingled in the basement space listening to Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks while noshing on tastes presented by nominees and...

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    Fruits and vegetables provide lots of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber and antioxidants that your body needs. You should aim for five to seven servings a day of fruits and vegetables. Any kind are good, though dark or brightly-colored fruits and...

  • 6 Great Irish Cheeses Slideshow
    Make sure you get the aged version of this organic goat cheese from Co. Clare. It's creamy with a nice wrinkly rind, and goes great with crispy white wines and lagers.

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    Increasing intake of healthy fats is good for everyone, including athletes. These healthy fats reduce risk of heart disease, can increase joint function, brain function, and the immune system.   Good examples include: Fish (especially salmon),...

  • 6 Great Irish Cheeses Slideshow
    This handmade, pasteurized sheep’s milk cheese from Tipperary has beautiful bluing, great flavor, and is nicely matched with a fortified wine and stout beer.

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    High-fiber carbohydrates provide the energy your body needs to run well. High-fiber carbs provide sustained energy rather than a big hit and the subsequent low blood sugar that follows. Each meal and snack should contain some high fiber carbs....

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    Athletes need extra protein to build, repair, and maintain muscle mass. They are also a good source of B vitamins that are necessary for converting glucose into energy. Every meal and snack should contain some protein.   Good examples include:...

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    It's important to replace muscle glycogen and protein to repair muscles after an event. If you have no appetite, drink a caloric beverage such as Gatorade. As soon as you have an appetite, eat a meal that consists mainly of carbohydrates with a...

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    Water quenches thirst, regulates body temperature, and helps the liver and kidneys clear the body of unhealthy toxins. All athletes must drink water before, during, and after exercise. Here are guidelines for how much and when:   One to Two...

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    Your goal here is to build up your muscle glycogen for use during the event. Eat carbohydrates for that, but your meal can be larger and include more protein. This is what people think of as "carbo loading." While going to extremes...

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    Here you can eat something with slightly more substance, but you still want to be sure that what you're eating is not going to cause a drop in blood sugar or divert too much energy towards digestion. It's probably best to keep it to whole grain...

  • Athletes' Game-Day Diets Slideshow
    Your goal here is eat easily digestible carbohydrates that will provide a little instant energy. But don't overdo it on quantity because too many carbs will result in drop in blood sugar (decreased energy, shakiness, foggy thinking).   Good...

  • 6 Great Irish Cheeses Slideshow
    A semi-soft, white, bloomy-rind cow's milk cheese from County Tipperary. It's a pasteurized cheese from a farmstead that does a small, limited production. Dunbarra is super creamy with a lush, almost buttery mouthfeel.

  • 6 Great Irish Cheeses Slideshow
    A washed rind farmstead cow's cheese made on the Ardrahan Farm in Kanturk, Co. Cork. It's best when allowed to become fully creamy, and goes great with a well-aged Irish whiskey.  

  • 6 Great Irish Cheeses Slideshow
    This semi-firm raw cows' milk from Co. Cork is washed in brine regularly when it's young. It develops a bit of a grainy crust when well-aged. and goes great with big red wines.

  • 6 Great Irish Cheeses Slideshow
    Made in Shull, Co. Cork using pasteurized milk from the Gubbeen family farm. Gubbeen develops a great earthy, forest floor flavor — it's almost reminiscent of mushrooms. Pair this with aged, big red wines.

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws
    There are many things in the legal world you'll probably disapprove of no matter your political persuasion or criminal track record. The site dumblaws.com lists a host of ridiculous laws they claim to be (or have been) on the books. The site's...

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws Slideshow
    According to the code of ordinances, it is illegal in Athens-Clarke, Ga. to sell two or more alcoholic beverages for a price substantially the same as is charged for one such alcoholic beverage. And don't even try to sell, offer to sell, or deliver to...

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws Slideshow
    According to the Massachusetts legislature, if you sell candy containing liquid or syrup that has more than one percent of alcohol you can be fined $100. Sure, there are kids out there to look out for, but one percent is ok and two isn't? Seems kind...

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws Slideshow
    According to the Massachusetts legislature, you can't give, sell, or deliver alcoholic beverages to a patient in any hospital who is suffering from inebriety, or from the effect of inebriety. Except, that is under the direction of a physician. So...

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws Slideshow
    According to the site for the Town of South Berwick in Maine, it does indeed seem true that it is illegal to park in front of the Dunkin' Donuts on Main Street "to a point 25 feet south." Take a look for yourself at the street view of the...

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws Slideshow
    According to the Indiana Legislative Services Agency package liquor stores can only sell: liquor, beer, wine, bar supplies, tobacco, uncooled water and sodas, printed materials, lottery tickets, cooled or uncooled nonalcoholic malt beverages, and flavored...

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws Slideshow
    As far as it seems, it is unlawful for any person to live, dwell, cook, sleep, change clothes, or use toilet facilities inside any vehicle within the corporate limits of the Town of Fenwick Island, Del.

  • Bizarre Food and Drink Laws Slideshow
    According to the code of ordinance in Mobile, Ala., "no person shall spit or throw fruit skins, parings or peelings upon any sidewalk in the city or upon the floor of any bus operated within the city or in any public elevator, public building, public...

  • List-Feast: More Bizarre Food and Drink Laws
    The site dumblaws.com lists a host of ridiculous laws they claim to be or have been on the books across the country. Among the many laws cited are a huge number of seemingly ridiculous food and drink related laws. They make no claims as to how accurate...

  • May-May's Tapsi
    Here in the Philippines, one of the most famous dishes is called Tapsilog or Tapsi for short. A lot are saying that the best Tapsi can be found in Tagaytay. But for me, the best there is just in the heart of Manila — Taguig City. May-May's...

  • Food Nerd Day Trips From Seattle
    Top Pot Doughnuts, Pike Street Fish Fry — heck, the original Starbucks, there are plenty of great and iconic food and drink spots to hit in Seattle. But the tourist fish-toss at Pike Place Market gets pretty old pretty quickly. So when you need a...

  • Sandwich of the Week: New York's Best Bauru
    The bauru — you remember — is that Brazilian sandwich that consists of soft, hollowed-out bread with a flaking crust, tomatoes, pickles, moist roast beef or ham, and oozing melted cheese. The Bauru originated in São Paulo in 1934 at...

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter
    These days, it's not enough to have a great restaurant with innovative dishes and good service, or to have parlayed a restaurant into a successful career as a celebrity chef on television. It's not necessarily even enough for a chef to have a blog...

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Chef Michael Chiarello can lay claim to just 584 tweets, but he follows 5,747 users. Perhaps that helps to account for his 83,110 followers. Handle: @ChefChiarello

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Chef Gordon Ramsay's account notes 926 tweets, follows 619 other accounts, and boasts 266,725 followers. Handle: @GordonRamsay01

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    The host of Bizarre Foods has tweeted 3,064 times, and follows 17,732 other accounts. He boasts a respectable 157,581 followers. Handle: @andrewzimmern

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Ray-Ray has tweeted just 136 times. Just 136 times! At 117, she almost follows more accounts than she's tweeted. Still, she has 100,622 followers. Handle: @rachael_ray

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Giada's account features 1,038 tweets, and notes that it follows just 40 other accounts, but registers a very strong 251,344 followers. Handle: @GDeLaurentiis

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Bam! Emeril may only follow 237 other accounts, and he has tweeted a relatively tame 1,151 times. Still, he has 138,872 followers. Handle: @Emeril

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    King of the Food Network, Bobby Flay has almost a quarter million followers (236,428), but like his colleague GIada follows a very limited number of accounts (37). He boasts 1,002 tweets. Handle: @bflay

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Tyler Florence's Twitter account follows 609 other accounts, registers 3,451 tweets, and has a very strong 264,827 followers, putting him in fourth place on this list. Handle: @TylerFlorence

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    With 4,600 tweets and 1,058,269 followers, Jamie Oliver is one of the most followed chefs in the world. As of this time his account follows 3,938 people on Twitter. Handle: @jamie_oliver

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Paula Deen has tweeted 1,456 times, her account follows 290 other accounts, and her 327,243 followers puts her in a strong third place, just 10,000 followers behind Anthony Bourdain. Handle: @Paula_Deen

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Rocco's Twitter account features 2,547 tweets, follows 394 accounts, and just gets over the 100,000 mark with 100,082 followers. Handle: @roccodispirito

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    At 1,878 tweets, Anthony Bourdain has less than half of Jamie Oliver's 4,600 tweets, and about a third of the followers. But 338,482 followers is nothing to scoff at (especially with him only following 65 people) putting him in a solid second place...

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Chef Tom Colicchio is engaged with 160 other members of the Twitter community, and boasts respecable 2,685 tweets. His followers total: 125,963. Handle: @tom_colicchio

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    Chef Rick Bayless may only follow 121 other accounts, but he has a very impressive 124,321 followers. Even more impressive? The 6,338 tweets to his credit, which are the most of any chef on this list. Handle: @Rick_Bayless

  • 15 Most Followed Chefs on Twitter Slideshow
    "Brotha" of the everyman, Guy Fieri also only follows about 40 accounts, and has tweeted just 460 times. But that doesn't change the fact that he has a whopping 232,255 followers. Imagine what would happen this culinary/cultural zeitgeist...

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    In the annals of art history, meat as still life isn't unheard of, but it might not be the first subject that comes to mind —at least for most people. Scott Conary is not most people. For several years, the artist has focused on meat —...

  • Backup Food Almanac
    In The Food Almanac, Tom Fitzmorris of the daily online newsletter The New Orleands Menu lists interesting food facts, sayings, and advice. Looking Up The Full Oyster Moon occurred over the weekend. Down here in Louisiana, oysters are at their...

  • The Weekly Media Mix: First Lady to Write Garden Book, Radiation-Contaminated Fish, Noma Denied
    The Daily Meal is dedicated to consuming and analyzing the latest food news and trends. Every Friday on The Daily Byte the Weekly Media Mix rounds up some of the week's biggest food news stories from across the country. This week's stories...

  • Colony Serves Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza
    Regulars at Colony Grill in Stamford, Connecticut, on St. Patrick's Day may well find themselves doing double-takes when they see the signs on the wall: "You are not dreaming! For one day, and one day only, the Colony Presents: Corned Beef...

  • Corned Beef, Whiskey, and a Celtic Culinary Tiger
    For some, St. Patrick's Day means wearing green, getting wasted, and maybe eating corned beef and cabbage. But there's so much more to St. Patrick's Day and to contemporary Irish cuisine. To find out more about its culinary traditions we...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need
    "Dude, I was camping and forgot my spork — I almost starved!" "Oh, great. You opened the wine bottle but didn't finish all the Grüner. How are we supposed to close it up again so the wine doesn't spoil?"...

  • Searching for Sifty
    Eater is about to post Sift Happens, and bets are being placed on how many stars The New York Times' dining critic Sam Sifton will award in this week's review. Where has the busy critic been? Which restaurants has he been frequenting? Where has...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need Slideshow
    If you’re so obsessed with Outback that you’re making these at home, my friend, you may have a problem. And anyway, if you really wanted to make your own Bloomin’ Onion at home without an onion blossom maker, we'll bet you could...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need
    Just because the spoon-fork hybrid has been around since the end of the 19th century doesn’t mean we’re pro-sporking. One or the other works just fine. That’s not to say it’s totally useless — the friendly plastic spork is...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need Slideshow
    A special appliance dedicated to making quesadillas? What’s next? An automated pancake machine?  (Oh, wait.) Yes, this little sandwich press cooks two flour tortillas (“flour only,” the instructions warn) and cuts them into six...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need Slideshow
    “Dice, chop, and mince in seconds!” the commercial claims. To clean it you can just “pop [it] open like a butterfly." And it even comes with a handy cheese grater called a “Graty” (two, actually “If you order right...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need
    Let’s look at three commonly asserted benefits ascribed to this uni-tasker. It quickly breaks down cloves. It increases flavor by breaking down the garlic’s cell walls. And your hands don’t smell like garlic. It’s true that the...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need
    Despite the simplicity of the process (boil water, add vinegar, stir water vigorously, drop egg in center, poach, remove with slotted spoon), poaching eggs can be a daunting and frustrating task for many. So a tool that makes the process foolproof would...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need Slideshow
    Many muffin lovers consider the muffin’s top to be the superior portion. Still, that doesn't make a muffin top baking pan any less ridiculous. To quote the Seinfeld episode, “You gotta make the whole muffin, then you pop the top, toss the...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need
    The average home salad doesn’t typically inspire much excitement, and prepping vegetables can be tedious, so why not make everything a little more fun by using the SaladShooter? Turn chopping vegetables into a game! Watch them fly into a bowl!...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need Slideshow
    “The possibilities are endless with tater gloves!” That’s right, endless. Infinite. This piece of as-seen-on-TV ingenuity claims to let you “peel a potato in eight seconds.” Then you read the fine print: Potatoes need to be...

  • Sandwich of the Week: La Carreta's Medianoche
    Best Cuban in Miami? Loaded topic. You need time to wade through all the challengers. El Rey de las Fritas? Miami New Times awarded it the title in 2010. Then again, they said Moro Castle had Miami's best Cuban in 2008. Local site, 3 Guys From Miami...

  • In Search of Ebinger's Blackout Cake Slideshow
    All you have to do is go to the Entenmann's website and find Blackout Cake under their product listing. Use their store locater to find which supermarkets within proximity to your zip code have received Blackout Cake shipments within the last three...

  • In Search of Ebinger's Blackout Cake Slideshow
    A thick crumb-dusting coats a layer of cake and pudding.

  • In Search of Ebinger's Blackout Cake Slideshow
    Top down view of Entenmann's Blackout Iced Cake, which casts soft cake crumbs all around it.

  • In Search of Ebinger's Blackout Cake Slideshow
    Entenmann's has brought back its authentic version of Blackout Cake, which while not Ebinger's, may still do the trick enough to trigger some happy memories of the original. The label doesn't mention the storied bakery, but makes its appeal.

  • In Search of Ebinger's Blackout Cake Slideshow
    Inside the box: pure chocolate crumb nostalgia.

  • 10 Athlete Epicures
    For some athletes, food is about fuel, not fine dining. For others the intersection of sport and cuisine goes farther. Consider the many athlete-owned restaurants — a few years ago ESPN and UrbanSpoon listed more than 140 athletes who opened their...

  • You Better Eat Your Wheaties
    Is there a more perfect union of athlete, food, and product endorsement than Wheaties? When you make it to that orange cover you pretty much know you never need to look for the prize in one of those sugar cereals ever again. Check out the commercials...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits. Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes. According...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    Last June, MindBodyGreen did a Q&A with the Olympic medalist titled: "Olympic Gold Medal Winning Foodie." Turns out that beyond her typical breakfast of Irish oatmeal with berries and coconut oil, Coughlin treats herself to salads, 90% of...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    "What would Brian Boitano do? If he was on TV right now, He'd make some food And he'd cook it through, That's what Brian Boitano'd do."   Apparently, after winning the gold in Calgary in 1988 in the men's singles...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    Beckham's culinary connections haven't been limited to being honored during the World Cup finals with a new Pot Noodle flavor, Golden Meat(Balls). The Midfield footballer for the LA Galaxy launched his own food line, GO3, which includes frozen...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    Yao Ming — another NBA veteran with food connections you might not have known. Aside from owning his own restaurant in Houston (Yao Resturant & Bar's tagline is "Great men deserve great food... Come and experience greatness"), Yao...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    Forget the celebrity endorsements (like the Shaq Pack at Burger King), that he has recipes named for him, or his acts of culinary kindness (like donating 2,500 pounds of pasta). In 2007 "The Big Agave" created a TV show, “Shaq’s Big...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    Regarding drinking, Armstrong went on the record with Men's Journal as saying, “I mean, for 20 years I lived like a monk, but now if you open a bottle of red, I’ll be the first one at the table.” That may not make him a gourmand, but...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    Food seems pretty important to this surfer according to a piece that Men's Health did on him. It starts by talking about his "Push Start" where he begins his "day at the blender with a smoothie." Some of Laird's focus and...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    When he signed with the Heat in 1992 NBA power forward James Salley decided to become a vegetarian. Since then, his interest in food has turned into the development of a chipotle heavy product line that includes: herb crisps, chipotle crisps, chipotle...

  • 10 Athlete Epicures Slideshow
    You hate the word that LA Weekly used recently to describe the Lakers' center Pau Gasol when they called him "the team's resident foodie," but when you read the interview with him you get the idea. He frequently eats at The Bazaar, has...

  • Celebrity Chef Catered Weddings
    Do you and your fiancée live for food? Ever wanted to do your wedding Josh Ozersky-style — catered by some of the country's best chefs — but do it legit? Ready to have your reception catered by some of the country's best...

  • 10 Food and Drink Inventions We Didn't Need Slideshow
    Here’s the first question: Why not just finish the damn bottle? OK, maybe you just want one glass, there’s still no excuse to own one of these. Someone please explain the need for a reusable stopper when a bottle of wine comes with one; it...

  • Williamsburg's Brooklyn Star Reopens
    It was a little more than a year ago, the night after visiting Brooklyn Star for the second consecutive heartily enjoyable meal, that a fire shut it down. Well, Chef Joaquin Baca is set to reopen in a larger space, but with several old favorites on the...

  • Tasting New Orleans' Cuisine (Outside NOLA)
    For Mardi Gras revelers, last weekend was the big one in New Orleans. If you couldn't make it for fried oysters and Hurricanes, but you're hankering for the flavors you missed, here are some options in The Daily Meal's 11 featured cities...

  • Grant Achatz on the Role of Food Media
    Last night at the ICE, The New York Times' Recipe Redux columnist Amanda Hesser, interviewed Chef Grant Achatz and Nicholas Kokonas of Alinea in advance of the wide-release of their book, "Life, On The Line." During a brief Q&A...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Boston Sandwich Search
    If Californians make snide remarks about New York City's Mexican food, you can only imagine what New Yorkers have to say about Boston's version. After all, when it comes to Mexican food, New Yorkers would probably like to forget where Boston even...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    Mark Bittman’s acclaimed cookbook was the first full cookbook adapted for an app, and as the #3 downloaded Lifestyle app for the iPad in 2010, it’s clear that the app’s practicality and breadth have made it a kitchen authority for a new...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    Fans of Edible’s coverage of the New York City food scene clamored for an app, and they got one. Currently, the app is a digital version of the printed magazine, but plans are in the works for added video footage, photo outtakes, event and business...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    The food community mourned the closing of Gourmet, but the magazine made a comeback as an iPad app last summer. Though the app has faced technical issues and criticism from the beginning, the company has responded to user feedback and developed the app...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    The iPad is uniquely suited for reading, and catching up on your favorite food blogs is even easier with the Food Blogroll app. The world’s top food blogs are bookmarked into one easy-to-navigate interface, allowing for optimal browsing. The app...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    Food delivery website Grubhub’s ordering app is perfect for those who can’t pull themselves away from their iPad. Grubhub’s presence in 13 major American cities, with plans to expand to 26 cities by the end of this year, makes it the...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    Urbanspoon is known for its “Shake” feature — “a Magic 8 ball experience for restaurants” — that has helped the indecisive across America choose a restaurant. As the “first truly native restaurant app launched on...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    Released February 17, 2011, the Everyday Food app is a digital version of the print magazine, with bonus components such as video cooking demos, extra editorial content, and slideshows.   As editor-in-chief Anna Last explained, “The tone of...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    The Epicurious iPad app is an example of how traditional food media can be integrated with a new mobile platform. As Epicurious’ Editor-in-Chief Tanya Steel explained, “Our website is very much about context, authority, and timeliness, while...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow
    “With the iPad app we can take a topic of interest deeper, but we can hold your hand and offer a curated experience,” said Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin.   The Food & Wine app is not simply a page for page replica of...

  • 10 Best iPad Food Apps Slideshow.
    The simple, beautiful design of The Photo Cookbook app garnered comments that the app “could be from Apple itself.” Every recipe is presented in step-by-step detail with high-resolution photos “which are shown to their best advantage...

  • Behind the Chopping Block: Chopped's All-Stars
    With Worst Cooks over, and Top Chef All-Stars almost over, the next cable culinary competition on the horizon (March 6th) is Food Network's Chopped All-Stars. Ted Allen has returned to usher Chopped through its fifth season (the first All-Stars)....

  • Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ
    Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ presented by Allen Brothers hosted by Bobby Flay and Friends sponsored by Miami magazine Friday, 2/25,10:22 p.m. Okay, so there were a whole bunch of chefs at BubbleQ doing BBQ that really don't have much business doing...

  • E-Table: The Future of Restaurant Menus?
    Ordering food in a restaurant via iPad is so 2010. Think beyond the iPad. Imagine a future without waiters, without anyone asking you if you want sparkling or still. Without the condescending glance of a server who thinks they know so much. Imagine...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Bowery Beef in New York City
    New York City wants and needs a new Boston interloper like, well, the Red Sox want Johnny Damon back and like the Yankees want say, Papelbon to come to the Bronx. In other words, let's stop the New England cross-transplanting with Frank Pepe coming to...

  • Chef Michael White's Dolce Brunch
    At the Delano, Bravo's Top Chef judge Gail Simmons hosted the Dolce Brunch at Blue Door Fish with a menu by Chef Michael White of Marea fame in New York City. Dolce winemaker Greg Allen introduced vintages of his sweet wine with interesting...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Iron Chef Michael Symon wins the People's Choice Award, "It's all about meat on meat, baby."

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Marc Murphy took the Judges' Award with Landmarc's The Big Marc, an all beef hamburger on a homemade black pepper and Cheddar bun with spiked ketchup and housemade pickles.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    The Amstel Light Chef was Jonathon Sawyer, the National Contest Winner's Burger. It featured anchovy and Bucheron. "I think we're doing a unique burger with a personal touch that hopefully should turn some heads," he noted.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Chef Symon was the 2010 Amstel Light People's Choice Award Winner. This year, he represented his Cleveland restaurant, B Spot with the Yo! Burger. It featured fried salami, provolone, shasha sauce, and pickled onion. He served it with a Nutella and...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Chef Michael Schwarz served his Genuine Bacon Egg & Cheeseburger with heirloom tomato chutney, white Cheddar, and quail egg on a rosemary biscuit.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Chef Geoffrey Zakarian made his Burger Bash debut with The National Burger, a wood roasted Gruyère cheese, spicy pickles, and The National secret sauce. Read an interview with the chef about his plan of attack for this year's event.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Iron Chefs everywhere I tell you. Chef José Garcs served the Village Burger from his restaurant, Village Whiskey in Philadelphia. A sesame roll, housemade Thousand Island, tomato, Boston bibb, and a side of poutine: duck fat fried potatoes with...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    You love Morimoto. You love egg on burger action. And it appeared that the crowd did too — there was a line for this burger that stretched across the tent and nearly met up with the one for the burger on the other side of the tent. But this wasn...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Danny Meyer's Shack Burger won the first Burger Bash back in 2007, but this was the first year he'd personally done the event. He amiably handed out the always-strong Shack Burger, along with sunglasses and French fries coated in cheese and...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    The local institution, El Mago de las Fritas made their Burger Bash debut by featuring their Frita Cubana, a Latin spiced burger topped with raw onions, matchstick potatoes, and El Mago sauce. Their side was a refreshing batido de mamey, a tropical...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Host Rachel Ray and festival founder Lee Schrager kick off the festival with the Amstel Light Burger Bash.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Members of the Florida International University Hospitality and Tourism Management program use a clever system to feed the masses at Burger Bash: a conveyor belt.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    There was a lot of buzz around Adam Fleischman's Umami Burger — talking to people, it almost started to seem like there was a groundswell of support that might swing it into an award. The burger was about an inch thick and very rare. And...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    It wouldn't be a big-time food event without Team Eater now, would it? From left: Lockhart Steele, Amanda Kludt, and Raphael Brion. Check out Eater's Burger Bash coverage here.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Iron Chef Bobby Flay entered a Napa Valley Burger Crunchified to represent his growing chain, Bobby's Burger Palace. The burger featured fresh goat cheese, watercress, Meyer lemon honey mustard, and potato chips. A well-cooked burger, one of the few...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Chef Michael White's White Label Burger from Ai Fiori featured black tomato, butter lettuce, and white American cheese. Bun and toppings were solid, the meat was nicely medium-rare and featured the funk of dry-aged beef. A decent burger, but nothing...

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Chef Michael Schlow won the 2008 Amstel Light People's Choice Award. The Schlow Burger featured Vermont Cheddar, crispy onions and horseradish black pepper sauce and was served with potato salad with green onion and chipotle.

  • 2011 Amstel Light Burger Bash Slideshow
    Spike made a strong showing with his beef burger topped with applewood smoked bacon, Cheddar cheese, beer battered onion rings, and chipotle BBQ sauce on a toasted bun. His toasted marshmallow milkshake is always badass, and it proved to be one of the...

  • Michael Symon Wins Burger Bash Back-to-Back
    Twenty-six burgers, a tent full of elbows, and just a little more than three hours, this was the challenge: Can you taste all the burgers? Yes, you can. Starting at the back of the tent and working back to the front was the strategy for this year's...

  • Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival
    The Daily Meal's Senior Editor Arthur Bovino is down in Miami covering the 2011 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Check in here for regular updates on burgers, beach bums, and all things Wine & Food. See all of The Daily Meal'...

  • Best Barbecue Restaurants in America
    From The Daily Meals' 101 Best Restaurants in America, here are the panel's picks for the best barbecue restaurants. Arthur Bryant's (Kansas City, MO) The Pit (Raleigh, NC) Kreuz Market (Lockhard, TX) Lambert's Downtown Barbecue...

  • Best Restaurants in the West
    From The Daily Meals' 101 Best Restaurants in America, here are the panel's picks for the best restaurants in the West.   Best Restaurants in the West

  • Best Restaurants in the South
    From The Daily Meals' 101 Best Restaurants in America, here are the panel's picks for the best restaurants in the South.   Best Restaurants in the South

  • Best Restaurants in the Northeast
    As noted in The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America, "best restaurant" lists are tricky. That goes double in the Northeast. Beyond New York you have Boston, Providence, and more. So any list is going to be contentious, OK. But what...

  • Best Restaurants in New York
    As noted in The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America, "best restaurant" lists are tricky. That goes double, triple even in New York City. Gotham's natives are partiularly spoiled with an abundance of great restaurants. Come up...

  • Best Restaurants in the Midwest
    From The Daily Meals' 101 Best Restaurants in America, here are the panel's picks for the best restaurants in the Midtwest. Best Restaurants in the Midwest

  • Best Restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic
    As noted in The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America, "best restaurant" lists are tricky. Come up with a list of the best restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic region and you immediately face a difficult question, how to represent such a...

  • Best Restaurants in California
    From The Daily Meals' 101 Best Restaurants in America, here are the panel's picks for the best restaurants in California.   Best Restaurants in California

  • Geoffrey Zakarian Takes on Burger Bash
    Every year a winner tries to defend the throne, and every year new chefs take up the challenge. At this year's Burger Bash at the 2011 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Chef Geoffrey Zakarian of The Lambs Club and The National in...

  • A Decade of Dining with Oscar
    For 17 yearsnow, chef Wolfgang Puck has been catering the Governor's Ball, the ultimate Oscar night after party. Tuna tataki, Spago-style pizzas, these are the treats that the post-award crowd gets to sample. But how have things changed over the years...

  • Word of Mouth: Template
    Brunch: Fancy: Best Value: Bar Scene/Drinks: Business Lunch: Burger: Pizza: Sandwich: Food Truck: Regional: Hidden Gem: Mexican/Latin-American: Japanese: Spanish/Tapas: Thai/Southeast Asian: Wine List: Chinese: Seafood...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    "Send a salami to your boy in the army!" This Jewish kosher deli has been making converts with its salami — and pastrami and hot dogs and more since 1888. You go in, get a taste at the counter from one of the expert slicers like Eddie, and...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    To say Peter Luger Steakhouse is a New York institution is an understatement. It has been doing steak since 1887. The menu is simple. Single steak, steak for two, steak for three, or steak for four. In other words, how many people are you going with? Okay...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Quick, where will you find the restaurant with the biggest wine list in the world? That's right, Tampa, Fla. Founded in 1956 by the late Bern Laxer, Bern's Steak House is still a family-run restaurant, with Bern's son, David Laxer, at the helm...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    When Frank Bruni described his friend's reaction at biting into one of Masa's toro-stuffed maki rolls in his 2004 review in The New York Times — twitching lips and rolling eyes were involved — and awarded the restaurant four stars...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Patrick O'Connell, self-taught as a chef, opened this restaurant in 1978 in what was originally a garage in a little town about an hour's drive from D.C. He formed alliances with local farmers and artisanal producers long before it was fashionable...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    With his Santa Claus build, his amiable nature, and his obvious passion for his métier, Michel Richard sometimes looks like the happiest chef alive as he leans over a plate at Citronelle holding one of his imaginative, brilliantly executed...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the few chefs in New York City with the distinction of four stars from The New York Times. At his eponymous restaurant in the Trump International Hotel and Tower, his classic French technique bridges old and new worlds...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Chez Panisse is, of course, where it all started, four decades ago this year. Before Chez Panisse, practically nobody in America served only fresh local foods and wrote menus according to the season, if not the day. Practically nobody cared like Alice...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    High-profile organo-loca-sustainavore Dan Barber has found the perfect home at Blue Hill Stone Barns, a beautiful restaurant in a bucolic but hard-working setting on a year-round farm and educational center. Most of what you eat here will be grown, raised...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    There's little question that Grant Achatz, whose training includes stints with Charlie Trotter, Thomas Keller, and Ferran Adrià, deserves the title of America's most creative chef. The menu at his Alinea sounds deceptively simple...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Daniel. This very grown-up restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side maintains standards of service and cuisine — French haute cuisine, very much an endangered species today — that hark back to an earlier era… But the cooking is...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Think Le Bernardin and you think accolades: Michelin, The New York Times, James Beard. Is it a little stuffy? Sure. But if cooking fish well is an art, then Chef Eric Ripert is a master. His contemporary French touch has led some to call his creations...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Having triumphed in California, Thomas Keller returned to New York with this elegant dining room overlooking Central Park in the Time-Warner Center. Per Se upholds the standards set by The French Laundry, and — despite the defection...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    How did a chef whose innovative restaurant in Manhattan failed and who headed west to cook in a downtown L.A. hotel suddenly emerge in the Napa Valley to create a restaurant to rival the great three-star establishments of rural France? Hard work and...

  • What's Good At Trader Joe's?
    What's Good at Trader Joe's? Devotees of the popular chain might respond with, "Everything!" Since last August, one blog has taken the question as its name and mission: to systematically review every product. It isn't the only...

  • Sandwich of the Week: West Palm Beach's Grease Beast
    Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach has a menu featuring different soups, sandwiches, chicken wings, and bratwursts, and almost just as many types of burgers, and 'burger bling' to trick them out. But looking over the menu there's one thing...

  • A Meal at Harlem's Red Rooster
    First Red Rooster was going to open later this year (2010). Then Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem restaurant was going to open sometime after Labor Day. Early December was the next date. The restaurant finally opened in mid-December. During the...

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona Slideshow
    The Shanty Location: 401 E. 9th Street, Tucson, Ariz. Founded: 1937

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona Slideshow
    The Spirit Room Bar Location: 166 Main Street, Jerome, Ariz. Founded: 1914

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona Slideshow
    Rusty Spur Saloon Location: 7245 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, Ariz. Founded: 1951

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona Slideshow
    Paul and Jerry's Saloon Location: 206 Main Street, Jerome, Ariz. Founded: 1961

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona Slideshow
    Coach House Location: 7011 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Founded: 1959

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona Slideshow
    The Palace Restaurant and Saloon Location: 120 South Montezuma Road, Prescott, Ariz. Founded: 1877

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona Slideshow
    Buffet Bar & Crock Pot Location: 538 E. 9th Street, Tucson, Ariz. Founded: 1934

  • Weekly Media Smörgåsbord: First Lady Goes Global, Fabi Done, and Boston Lost Sans Dunkin'
    The Daily Meal is dedicated to consuming and analyzing the latest food news and trends. Every Friday on The Daily Byte the Weekly Media Smörgåsbord rounds up some of the week's biggest food news stories from across the country. This...

  • Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Bagels
    Toasting. A highpoint of civilization. Think about it — fire plus the greatest thing since, sliced bread. You take something perfect — bread in all its forms — born of cultures geographic and microscopic, a food that can be...

  • Why Non-New Yorkers Toast Bagels
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • The Jewish English Muffin
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • A Bagel And Coffee — There's Nothing Better
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • The Ideal L.E.O.
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • Arson In The 1st: The Crime of Bagel Toasting
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • Why Bagels Have Gotten Bigger
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • The Art Of The Quick Toast
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • Montreal's Bagels – Better than New York's?
    The essay "Real New Yorkers Don't Toast Their Bagels" tackles the question of bagel-toasting with eight prominent bagelers and critics. Read the full interviews for more on bagels, cream cheese, and who has better bagels, New York or...

  • South Beach Burger Bash Quiz Slideshow
    Answer: Just one. Each year the Burger Bash has been held at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

  • South Beach Burger Bash Quiz Slideshow
    Answer: Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Morimoto, Jose Garces, and Ingrid Hoffman.

  • South Beach Burger Bash Quiz Slideshow
    Answer: Shake Shack is the only restaurant that will have competed in all five South Beach Burger Bash events.

  • South Beach Burger Bash Quiz Slideshow
    Answer: Just two — in 2009 (Spike Mendelsohn) and 2010 (Michael Symon).

  • 2011 South Beach Burger Bash Predictions
    The 2011 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is fast approaching (Feb. 24th-27th). And there's no bigger event than the Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Allen Brothers hosted by Rachael Ray. If you're interested in an in-depth...

  • South Beach Burger Bash Quiz Slideshow
    Answer: The People's Choice Award winners have been: Michael Symon (2010), Spike Mendelsohn (2009), Michael Schlow (2008), and Shake Shack (2007).

  • 2011 South Beach Burger Bash Preview
    It's coming. The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is less than three weeks away. BBQ, celebrity chefs, and, of course, burgers will be celebrated during 2011's 10th annual festival in Miami. New York's gastroratti may see...

  • South Beach Burger Bash Quiz Slideshow
    Answer: Bobby Flay, Morimoto, Michael Schlow, and Tim Love.

  • South Beach Burger Bash Quiz Slideshow
    Answer: Howie Kleinberg, Stephanie Izzard, and Spike Mendelsohn.

  • Rub Burgers
    Righteous Urban Burgers

  • Pretzel Truffles Available at Momofuku Milk Bar
    Bring the pretzel count on New York City's Momofuku Milk Bar's dessert menu to three — at least three desserts highlighting pretzel. Candy bar pie and compost cookies are joined by a dessert featuring pretzels more prominently, the pretzel...

  • Weekly Media Smörgåsbord: FDA Denies Contrave, Food Processor Turns 40, and More...
    The Daily Meal is dedicated to consuming and analyzing the latest food news and trends. Every Friday on The Daily Byte the Weekly Media Smörgåsbord rounds up some of the week's biggest food news stories from across the country. This week's...

  • 30,000 Pounds of Bananas and Other Spills
    It was just after dark when the truck started down the hill that leads into Scranton Pennsylvania. Carrying thirty thousand pounds of bananas. Carrying thirty thousand pounds (hit it Big John) of bananas. — "30,000 Pounds of Bananas,...

  • Lombardi’s (New York City)
    Sometimes you have to re-establish the baseline. There are certain things you do that signal you’ve earned your stripes as a New Yorker: crossing one of the major avenues without a walk signal during rush-hour, getting something stuck in the closing...

  • Chef Bios: Joël Robuchon
    "At his birth April 7th, 1945 in Poitiers, nothing compelled this bricklayer's son to walk off with all those titles and rewards," proclaims chef Joël Robuchon's website biography. "He once thought about entering the service of God...

  • Patrón’s Great Debate After-Party Slideshow
    Party-goers around the pool at the W Hotel.

  • 21 Strange Food Deaths Through History
    You know the expression, "death by chocolate." Well, actual food fatalities go much further. And while accidental food poisoning is no joke, you figure that every way you could possibly go, people have gone. Indeed, there have been bizarre food...

  • 14 Bank-Breaking Dishes
    The Michelin-starred French restaurant’s rich spin on the childhood staple features fresh tagliatelle pasta topped with gobs of Parmesan cheese, brown-butter truffle froth, and shaved white truffles. P.S. The dish is only served October through...

  • 14 Bank-Breaking Dishes Slideshow
    The Araucana fowl lays a beautiful blue egg, which the French-American restaurant soft-poaches and crisps before plating it alongside risotto or handmade gnocchi or tagliatelle. Why the triple-digit price? A generous topping of fresh Périgord...

  • 14 Bank-Breaking Dishes Slideshow
    Order 72 hours in advance to enjoy this royal repast made black truffles; French Polynesian vanilla beans; and pears, apricots, quinces, and figs that have spent years marinating in Jamaican rum. The cake is covered in 24-karat gold leaf, and served in a...

  • 14 Bank-Breaking Dishes Slideshow
    Starting with sourdough bread, this triple-decker sandwich is then stuffed with jamón Ibérico air-cured for 30 months, white truffles, hardboiled quail eggs, France’s famed poulet de Bresse chicken, and semi-dried Italian tomatoes....

  • 14 Bank-Breaking Dishes Slideshow
    Nestled inside the $8.5 billion Aria Resort & Casino complex, Chef Masa Takayama’s Shaboo offers a sophisticated riff on Japan’s hot pot cuisine. There are no menus, so wait patiently as waiters present you with pristine platters of Omi...

  • 14 Bank-Breaking Dishes Slideshow
    If you’d like to spend a little less for breakfast, this London restaurant offers a fleeting seasonal splurge: a gull's egg omelet, only available from April to mid-May. Three of the black-headed gull's rare eggs (only 40,000 are collected...

  • 14 Bank-Breaking Dishes Slideshow
    This fluffy morning extravagance is crafted with six eggs, an entire lobster, and a whopping 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar. If you’re pinching pennies, you can opt for a version with one ounce of caviar for the bargain price of $100. 

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    This ain’t your dorm-room ramen: Chef Wang Cong-Yuan spent 15 years perfecting his steeply-priced soup, which is constructed with four special cuts of slow-braised beef (from Australia, the U.S., Brazil, and Japan), a blend of up to six different...

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    The New Orleans stalwart’s dessert is a patented blend of bright-red red berries, vanilla ice cream, a port–red wine sauce, whipped cream, mint, and a 5-karat pink diamond ring that once belonged to British financier and philanthropist Sir...

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    The foot-long haute, err, hot dog is sizzled in white truffle oil, planted in pretzel bread painted with white truffle butter, and finished with caramelized onions, black truffle–studded foie gras, heirloom-tomato ketchup and — phew! —...

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    The pie’s the limit at this pizza shop, where a thousand bucks buys a luxurious thin-crust extravagance that’s crowned with chives, lobster, crème fraîche and a half-dozen kinds of caviar.

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    This costly curry (its name means “seafood treasure”) is assembled with an ocean’s worth of luxe ingredients, including abalone, crab, caviar, and lobster, whose shell is shellacked with loads of edible gold. White truffles, morel...

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    While pricey Scotch and cognac are omnipresent on restaurants’ drinks lists, rums rarely reach double-digit prices — save for one of the few remaining bottles of this uncommon grog, which was once rationed out to members of the Royal Navy....

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    The former Top Chef toque takes the burger-and-a-beverage to decadent new heights with this two-handed splurge, which is made with rich Kobe beef crowned with foie gras and black truffles. The meaty spectacle is paired with a bottle of 1995 Petrus wine...

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    A lot has changed since Mariah Carey’s five-octave-range heyday — and it’s not just her singing style (or the fact that she’s married the same man twice). Rather, the musical diva who once demanded Cristal in her dressing room...

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    A current rider for Britney Spears may be unavailable, but we’ll go on the record and say the pop star’s eating habits during her early touring years were downright toxic. With a buffet of Cap’n Crunch, Fruit Loops, and Pop Tarts from...

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    Sugar-sweet starlet Taylor Swift’s rider is bound to induce diabetes. While a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and a pint of Chocolate Brownie Frozen Yogurt were regularly demanded on her 2008 tour, Swift also had a...

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    While Eminem may do his best to play the role of “bad boy,” his rider suggests he really might just be a kid at heart. The rapper’s long list of requests includes peanut butter and strawberry jelly, as well as Lunchables (“three...

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    He’s barely out of grade school, so it should come as no surprise that teenybopper Justin Bieber likes gummy candy when he’s touring. If in the United States, it’s Swedish Fish for the 16-year-old crooner; while in Canada, he asks for...

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    What do the guys behind Tenacious D snack on while on the road? Well, it all depends on the day of the week. If it’s a Saturday, they'll probably be dining on “Thai, stirfry [sic] or Indian dishes.” Tuesday means seafood or steak. On...

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    Banjo-plucking funny guy Steve Martin sticks to healthy options. His rider outlines a buffet, which includes a platter of cold cuts; six-packs of canned beverages (“for Steve to compare his abs to”); twelve coconuts, hollowed and split in two...

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    Musicians aren’t the only ones with demands. Even politicians, like former presidential candidate, Senator John Kerry, have them. But while Kerry’s rider outlines specific dishes like “Szechwan string beans” as must-haves, perhaps...

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    A woman who wears slabs of meat as a costume to red carpet events may seem high-maintenance, but surprisingly Lady Gaga’s rider requests have gotten more low-key the more time she’s spent on the road. During her The Fame Monster tour two years...

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    Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk is a self-proclaimed foodie and investor in the Del Mar hot spot, Market. Chef Carl Schroeder, a Michael Mina and Bradley Odgen-protégé, turns out fresh California fare such as an heirloom tomato and burrata...

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    Michael Jordan’s sleek neighborhood place offers a seasonal menu, and maybe the best deal in town. On Wednesdays in the bar there is a fried chicken and champagne dinner. Sounds like an odd pairing, but the bird comes with Asian pear slaw, a...

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    Paying homage to his mother’s southern cooking, retired boxing champ and restaurateur, Evander Holyfield, named his roadside gem in Riverdale, Georgia after her. Most main course offerings, like oxtail, pigs feet, and fried chicken, are under $10...

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    Though he kicks clutch field goals for the San Diego Chargers, Nate Kaeding has maintained a connection to his hometown of Iowa City, Iowa, by buying a stake in this bare-knuckle burger and beer joint. The corn-fed beef comes from Ed Smith’s Farm...

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    While playing for the Seattle Supersonics in the late 1990’s, former NBA point guard, Gary Payton, became a co-owner of this authentic Southern spot. The menu is as fun to read as the food is to eat: Sho’Nuff Fried Green Tomatoes, Grandpa...

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    An Australian grille in South Carolina? It might not be the first thought that comes to mind about the Southern state’s cuisine, but it’s there, set along the Intracoastal Waterway in the golfer’s paradise of North Myrtle Beach. From the...

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    In Denver, John Elway is God. The former Bronco quarterback did what few legends have done — won his second Super Bowl in 1999, retired on top, and then stayed retired. His foray into fine dining has been equally successful. He co-owns two...

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    Like his former coach, Don Shula of Shula’s Steakhouse fame, retired Miami Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino, went into the food business after his football career ended. Taking advantage of his fanbase, Marino has opened five establishments around...

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    The namesake restaurant of Canada’s most beloved hockey player and NHL Hall of Famer is strategically located a block and a half from the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite being closer to the ballpark than the hockey arena,...

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    Though he now plays in the NFL, quarterback Vince Young remains king in Austin, Texas, for leading the Longhorn football team to the NCAA national championship in 2005. Last fall, he returned to his college stomping grounds to open his first restaurant...

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    Having virtually reinvented Japanese food for non-Japanese diners (his black cod with miso became one of the signal dishes of the 1990's in restaurants all over the country), Matsuhisa today oversees, with varying degrees of personal involvement,...

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    An article of his in Gourmet in early 2009 was responsible for dramatic improvements in labor conditions in the tomato farms of Florida — the state grows roughly half of all the tomatoes consumed in America — and Estabrook has continued to be...

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    Viertel, who has been at the helm of Slow Food USA since 2008, was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (he is 32) for his leadership of the American Slow Food movement. A grassroots initiative born in Italy, Slow Food aims to...

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    As the founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, Meyer is the powerhouse restaurateur behind Union Square Café, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, and The New York Times four star-rated Eleven Madison Park, among other Manhattan eateries name a...

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    From a Southern California convenience store, Trader Joe's has grown into a culinary-cultural phenomenon with offbeat semi-supermarkets in 31 states (and more to come), establishing standards of quality and purity for suppliers (they have a famous...