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Restaurant "G" and the roasted cauliflower sandwich from "G" in Washington DC
Best Ballpark Food

Best Ballpark Food

Steering away from the ballpark classics (i.e. peanuts hot dogs French fries) we've got our eye on the best ballpark food at Washington DC's Nationals Park stadium: the roasted cauliflower sandwich from Chef Mike Isabella's G. "There is no better bite during a ballgame than a sandwich from G" says Nevin Martell. "Choose from a rag?-rich chicken Parmesan accented with Thai basil or a roasted cauliflower soaked with poppy paprika lemon vinaigrette" add Martell. The roasted cauliflower sandwich packs a flavorful punch especially for vegetarians or vegans looking for something delightful at the game. You're welcome! 960 1280

Greg Powers  

Best Ice Cream Shop

Best Ice Cream Shop

We're taking you back in time to the heyday of shave ice but this time with a twist: it's accompanied by ice cream! Our pick for best ice cream shop in the summer is Matsumoto on Hawaii's North Shore. Established in 1951 Matsumoto provides over 1000 shave ices to tourists each year. "Make sure you get with ice cream underneath. Will change your life" says Chef Michael Voltaggio. Who doesn't love a little ice accompanied by cream? 960 1280

Matsumoto Shave Ice  

Best Seafood Restaurant

Best Seafood Restaurant

Summers in the Northeast automatically mean that it's time for fresh lobster. Our pick for best seafood restaurant to get said lobster is the adorable Beach Plum Restaurant (connected to The Beach Plum Inn) located in the small town of Menemsha in Martha's Vineyard MA overlooking Menemsha Harbor. "Chef Chris Fischer grows his own vegetables at his Beetlebung Farm. The food is fresh delicious and not too fussy. You can watch the fishing boats come in with their daily haul" adds Peden and Munk. 960 1280

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Best Brunch Spot

Best Brunch Spot

Plump tomatoes certainly say summer and eating them when they are green and fried is a Southern tradition (also eating them outside in the summer sun is a must). Fried green tomatoes are served at Baltimore's legendary brunch spot Miss Shirley's which has locations in Baltimore's Inner Harbor and a few short minutes from Annapolis Harbor. "They've got just the right amount of tang inside and savory crunch outside" says Robin Bennefield. "For a twist on eggs Benedict have them with mini crab cakes and poached eggs dusted with Maryland's Old Bay seasoning. You'll need to walk off Miss Shirley's hearty portions with a stroll along the shimmering harbor." 960 1280

Miss Shirely?s Cafe  

Best (Summer) Restaurant with a View

Best (Summer) Restaurant with a View

Summer can mean a lot of things, but to us it means shorts, flip flops and burgers. And there is no better place to find this than at Le Tub in Hollywood, FL. While you're sinking your teeth into one of their critically acclaimed burgers, enjoy a gorgeous, "Why don't I live here?" view of the Intracoastal Waterway. "You'll gladly wait a well-worth-it hour for a burger as you sip a cold beer overlooking the water, watching mega yachts cruise by," says Robyn Lindars. 960 1280

Mchael Marusin Scott Audette for VISIT FLORIDA  

Best BBQ

Best BBQ

We probably need to create an entire "Best of Barbecue" list to tackle this one but Southern barbecue is at its finest at Southern Soul Barbeque on charming St. Simons Island GA. Their juicy slow-smoked chicken pairs perfectly with their Hoppin' John (black-eyed peas and rice) collard greens and cornbread. "Sit on one of their outdoor picnic benches or grab your BBQ to go and head to one of the many beach areas (just 5 minutes away)" says Danielle "Diva Q" Dimovski. "It is like a mini vacation as you smell the Atlantic Ocean and the delicious wafts of barbecue smoke from one of their many pits" she adds. 960 1280

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Best Food Truck

Best Food Truck

From Washington DC to California there are some "out-of-this-world" food trucks! But "1 truck has never escaped my mind -- Kogi BBQ Taco Truck" says Rani Robinson-Kiganda. Located in Los Angeles Kogi jams an incredible amount of flavor into each bite of its tacos and burritos. "I highly recommend the chicken taco and the sliders -- what used to be a 'special' occurrence on the menu and has since become a permanent menu option. Order either the short rib slider or replace it with a meat of your choice (chicken please!)" adds Robinson-Kiganda. Three different trucks are positioned from Long Beach to Burbank in LA County from Monday to Friday. Follow the Kogi BBQ Taco Truck on Twitter @kogibbq. 960 1280

Eric Shin  

Best Bar Food

Best Bar Food

When choosing the best bar food spot we really had to concentrate on location. There are some great bars out there but Big Sur's Nepenthe made the cut with its stunning mountain views of the California countryside. "I'm one of those beat travelers who stop at Nepenthe in Big Sur after a day of hiking for a few simple pleasures: a glass or 2 of wine from Monterey County and some California-made snacks" says Casey Barber. "Order Nepenthe's Laura Chenel goat cheese and creamy roasted Gilroy garlic while taking in the 360-degree views from the mountain perch of the restaurant's outdoor terrace" adds Barber. 960 1280

Tom Birmingham  

Best Food Festival

Best Food Festival

Nearly every state in America hosts a State Fair each year and with that comes irresistible fair foods. The Minnesota State Fair made our list as one of the best. When it comes down to it it's a massive food fest with nearly 1000 vendors offering favorites like fried cheese curds jumbo buckets of double-dipped French fries giant melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies grilled pork chops on a stick and classics like hamburgers and hot dogs. "Every year I start every day at the fair with a real natural casing German-style foot long hot dog with mustard grilled onions and sauerkraut" says Andrew Zimmern. 960 1280
Best Place for Pie

Best Place for Pie

Using only fresh seasonal ingredients Dangerously Delicious Pies (2 locations in DC 1 in Baltimore MD) quickly rose to the top of our "Best Place for Pie" list. Order summer classics like cherry strawberry blueberry and their noteworthy Key lime pie or go for something authentic -- the Baltimore Bomb pie. "Dangerously Delicious Pies has a unique pie that is stupidly addictive. Berger cookies thick with fudge are melted into a vanilla chess filling to make up the gooey Baltimore Bomb" says Amy McKeever. 960 1280

Dangerously Delicious Pies  

Jamaica's Discovery Bay

Jamaica's Discovery Bay

Andrew and Dayne Buddo ride Discovery Bay's rough seas with local fishermen. 960 1280

  

Fresh Grilled Snapper

Fresh Grilled Snapper

Head to Jamaica to sample tasty dishes, including this fresh grilled snapper topped with onions and spicy scotch peppers. 960 1280

  

Cuisine of Kingston

Cuisine of Kingston

Andrew and his guide Jacqui Sinclair make a pit stop to taste a few dishes served at food stands in Kingston, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

"All-in-One" Dish at Ishanti Ital Restaurant

"All-in-One" Dish at Ishanti Ital Restaurant

Andrew tries this dish; a plate called "all-in-one" served at the Ishanti Ital restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Preparing Lionfish

Preparing Lionfish

Andrew carefully cuts away a lionfish's spine before cooking it. 960 1280

  

Rastafarian Drink With Shredded Coconut

Rastafarian Drink With Shredded Coconut

Wolde 'The Yatti Man' Selasie prepares an all-natural Rastafarian drink by shredding coconut. 960 1280

  

Curried Goat at Angela's Shack

Curried Goat at Angela's Shack

At Angela's Shack, Andrew tries curried goat with steamed callalou, a traditional Jamaican delicacy. 960 1280

  

Jerk Chicken at Scotchies in Ocho Rios

Jerk Chicken at Scotchies in Ocho Rios

Jerk is prepared the traditional way on pimento wood at Scotchies in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Andrew With the Queen of Rastafarian Ital Cuisine

Andrew With the Queen of Rastafarian Ital Cuisine

Andrew discusses his meal with Yvonne Hope, the queen of Rastafarian Ital cuisine. 960 1280

  

Jamaica's Hellshire Beach

Jamaica's Hellshire Beach

Bizarre Foods photogs Adrian and Dane film Hellshire Beach, located on the southeastern coast of Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Crab at Aunt Merle's Fish Shack

Crab at Aunt Merle's Fish Shack

Andrew shows off his crab at Aunt Merle's Fish Shack in Hellshire Beach, Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Faith's Pen

Faith's Pen

The Bizarre Foods crew shoots a scene at Faith's Pen, a famous area that serves the most interesting food in Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Curried Tripe in Faith's Pen

Curried Tripe in Faith's Pen

Curried tripe with rice and beans is just one of several dishes served at a food shack in Faith's Pen. 960 1280

  

Food Crawl in Faith's Pen

Food Crawl in Faith's Pen

Andrew does a food crawl in Faith's Pen, where he finds this delicious pork dish ready to be served at a local food shack in Jamaica. 960 1280

  

Chicken, Plantains, Cassava and Fish at Faith's Pen

Chicken, Plantains, Cassava and Fish at Faith's Pen

At another food shack, owners display chicken, plantains, cassava, and fish consume, ready to be consumed by hungry customers. 960 1280

  

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