101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown

We're kicking off our list of the best chow down joints in the country! In this first hour of 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown, we'll discover the best lobster shack in Maine, the official BBQ capital of Texas ...

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Abe's Bar-B-Q

This Mississippi must-eat place features a double-decker sandwich over-stuffed with tender BBQ pork and coleslaw called "The Big Abe."

616 N State St., Clarksdale, MS 38614

Bassetts Ice Cream

Bassetts Ice Cream was established in 1861, making it the oldest ice cream company in America. We head to Philly's Redding Terminal Market to find out the secret to their sweet success.

45 North 12 St., Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Black's Barbecue

Black's Barbecue, one of the best BBQ places in Lockhart, Texas.

215 North Main St., Lockhart, TX 78644

The Buckhorn Exchange

We stop by the oldest restaurant in Denver for the largest selection of exotic meats around -- from yak to rattlesnake to Rocky Mountain Oysters (aka deep-fried bull testicles)!

1000 Osage St., Denver, CO 80204

Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel

We head to the Langham Hotel in Boston for every chocolate lover's fantasy -- a dessert buffet that serves as much chocolates as you can handle, in more ways than you can possibly imagine!

250 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110

Cattleman's Steakhouse

Right outside El Paso, we travel deep in the desert to find amazing, giant steaks and a gorgeous sunset that's well worth the trip!

3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd., Fabens, TX 79838

Daichan Kaiten Sushi

We go to L.A.'s favorite Kaiten-style restaurant, where you can choose from a never-ending array of delectable morsels brought straight to your seat via a conveyor belt!

11301 Olympic Blvd., Ste 203, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Denny's Beer Barrel Pub

Good luck fitting your hands -- let alone your mouth -- around these big boys! At Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, these juicy one-man burger challenges start at 2 lbs. and go all the way up to 15!

1452 Woodland Rd., Clearfield, PA 16830

Doughnut Plant

At this favorite New York City spot we see how fresh, seasonal ingredients and a gourmet sensibility elevates this everyman's favorite pastry to a new level!

379 Grand St., New York, NY 10002

Five Islands Lobster Co.

We head to Maine, the undisputed lobster capitol, to get the biggest and best lobster around ... with a gorgeous view to boot!

1447 Five Islands Rd., Georgetown, ME 04548

Gaucho's Village

We introduce you to a carnivore's dream: a buffet where over a dozen types of meat keep coming till you cry uncle!

411 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203


We fly to the Windy City to try Giordano's famous stuffed crust pizza: a deep-dish style pizza on steroids.

730 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611

Hominy Grill

From shrimp and grits, to a sandwich simply called "The Big Nasty," Hominy Grill has your fix for down-home Low-country eats!

207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403

Jimmy's Buff's

If marrying a pizza with a hot dog is wrong, we don't want to be right. We head to Jersey to unwrap the inner workings of an Italian Dog.

354 River Rd., East Hanover, NJ 07936

Nick Tahou Hots

Can't decide what to get? That's no problem at the original home of the Garbage Plate in Rochester. Here you can get anything you want piled high all on one plate!

320 West Main St., Rochester, NY 14608

Philippe The Original

We're off to the City of Angels for the best place to get a dripping, juicy French Dip sandwich -- Philippe The Original!

1001 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Schmidt's Sausage Haus

We visit Columbus' charming German Village for an unlimited buffet of sausages, which include the signature spicy "Bahama Mama."

German Village, 240 East Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

Smitty's Market

We mosey down to 2 of the best BBQ places in Lockhart -- the official BBQ capitol of Texas -- Black's and Smitty's.

208 South Commerce, Lockhart, TX 78644

Time Out Chicken

We've got the college kid's cure for a crazy late-night of ...um, studying. It's the must-try chicken cheddar biscuit at this UNC hotspot, Time Out Chicken.

133 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2525

The Vortex Bar & Grill

We hit up The Vortex in Atlanta for some of the craziest, most creative burger combinations you've ever seen! Think you've seen it all? How about a burger with 2 grilled cheese sandwiches in place of a bun?

438 Moreland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

Willie Mae's Scotch House

We visit one of New Orleans most beloved institutions to crunch on some of the best fried chicken you've ever had!

2401 Saint Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70119


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