101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown

In the final hour of 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown, we reveal the coveted top 20 spots on our countdown. From coast to coast, we've seen some of the biggest and baddest eats this country has to offer, but ...

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Al's Beef

We chomp into the world renowned Big Al Italian beef sandwich -- thin slices of oven-roasted beef dipped in au jus piled onto an 8-inch roll and topped with jardiniere, their special pepper relish.

1079 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

 
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Albano's Pizzeria

We head outside of Chicago to discover a deep-fried calzone also known as the "pizza puff," the size of a football.

5913 W. Roosevelt Rd., Cicero, IL 60804

 
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Anchor Bar

We pay a visit to the original home of everyone's favorite bar food -- buffalo wings.

1047 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14209

 
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Arthur Bryant's

We get a taste of the quintessential Kansas City barbecue at Arthur Bryant's, a legendary institution.

1727 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City, MO 64127

 
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Big Texan Steak Ranch

We visit one of the world's best steakhouses and the original steak challenge -- the legendary 72-oz. steak dinner. If you finish it in an hour, it's on the house!

7701 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79118-6915

 
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Cotham's Mercantile

We head to Cotham's Mercantile for a taste of their giant Hubcap Burger. One look at the size of these patties is enough to understand the name.

5301 Highway 161, Scott, AR 72142

 
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Durgin Park

We visit Faneuil Hall's Durgin Park for a juicy prime rib so big, one plate isn't enough.

340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl., Boston, MA 02109

 
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Fenton's Creamery and Restaurant

We find out what makes the ice cream so special at Fenton's, where they've been scooping up Oakland's favorite sundaes for 115 years.

4226 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611

 
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Gus's

We try Gus's world famous fried chicken -- served hot and juicy with a spicy kick and a crackling skin to boot, it's easy to see why it's Tennessee's favorte.

310 South Front St., Memphis, TN 38103

 
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Hillbilly Hot Dogs

We head west to check out the Great Dane of hot dogs, Hillbilly Hotdog's Homewrecker -- a 15 inch, 1-lb. wiener topped with a mountain of 10 different toppings for a total of 3 1/2-lbs.

6951 Ohio River Rd., Lesage, WV 25537

 
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Jack-n-Grill

We visit an award-winning joint serving up gigantic 7-lb. breakfast burrito smothered in Jack-n-Grill's famous green chile verde, a family secret recipe.

2524 N. Federal, Denver, CO 80211

 
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Katz's Deli

We go to the Big Apple to try overstacked sandwiches at Katz's, home to some of the best pastrami in the world.

205 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002

 
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Lambert's Cafe'

We catch some "throwed rolls" and pig out on an unlimited "pass-arounds" at this favorite Missouri eatery.

2305 E. Malone Ave., Sikeston, MO 63801

 
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Louis' Lunch

We pay homage to the grandfather of all chow down spots -- Louis Lunch, the home of the very first ever hamburger.

261-263 Crown St., New Haven, CT 06510

 
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Lulu's Bakery and Cafe'

We wrestle a 3 1/2-lb. cinnamon roll in San Antonio, so big and fluffy, it looks like a full sized cake.

918 Main St., San Antonio, TX 78207

 
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Pat's King of Steaks & Geno's Steaks

We visit Philly to witness a battle between 2 cheesesteak giants that's been waging for decades -- Pat's v. Geno's (located right across the street from one another).

Pat's: 1237 E. Passyunk Ave.; Geno's: 1219 South 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Primanti Brothers

We check out Pittsburgh's legendary sandwiches at Primanti Brother's, where each of their signature creations are stuffed with coleslaw, tomato and fresh-cut fries.

46 18th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 
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Roscoe's House of Chicken' N Waffles

We head to Roscoe's in Los Angeles to sink our teeth into the best chicken and waffles in the country.

5006 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

 
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The Salt Lick Barbecue

Arguably the best barbecue joint in Texas. The secret just might be the open pit on which piles of juicy beef, pork ribs, sausages and chicken slow cook over a woodfire -- but of course, they'll never tell.

18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

 
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Voodoo Doughnut

We visit a quirky indie shop in Portland, OR, for some of the most one-of-a-kind doughnuts around.

1501 N. E. Davis St., Portland, OR 97232

 

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