Food Paradise: Best Buns

Sticky buns, juicy cheeseburgers, creamy lobster rolls, Italian subs and more. We're featuring the most delicious and mouthwatering food products stuck between 2 buns.

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A cameraman films Andrew Zimmern near the Chicago River. On this trip to the Windy City, Andrew discovers some of the best food in the world. 960 1280

  

Andrew visits George's Kabab Grill in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Andrew eats pacha, an Iraqi stew made with lamb-stomach dumplings, lamb trotters, stewed head and dried mint. 960 1280

  

A butcher prepares several hogs each day to stock the deli counter at Gene's Sausage on Belmont Avenue. 960 1280

  

Andrew stops at Rick Bayless' XOCO, a quick-service restaurant inspired by the Mexican street-food scene. 960 1280

  

Ruby's Fast Food has a variety of tasty Filipino delicacies on their menu. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Franks 'N' Dawgs' tur-dawgen, a turkey and date sausage topped with crispy duck confit, herb garlic aioli, house-pickled onion relish and pickled carrot. 960 1280

  

At George's Kabab Grill, Masma Jajou shows Andrew how to make lamb-stomach dumplings, a key ingredient in pacha. 960 1280

  

This boiled pig head is made into head cheese at Chicago's Mado Restaurant. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples this delicious cheddar risotto bratwurst with beer-braised onions and cheese snack crackers. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Alinea Restaurant's famous sardine antenna made with country bread, yellow tomato, sardine poached in olive oil and aromatics, horseradish, red chili flakes, fried caper, and arugula flower. 960 1280

  

Andrew and Rick Bayless try mango chili and guava ice cream at Maxwell Street Market. 960 1280

  

Graham Elliot's foielipops are made with foie mousse, fleur de sel and strawberry pop rocks. 960 1280

  

The Bizarre Foods production crew films at Graham Elliot's restaurant, where having fun while creating whimsical dishes is required. 960 1280

  

Visit Alinea Restaurant to pick up this unique dish. It's English pea paired with iberico ham, burrata cheese, honeydew melon and sherry wine. 960 1280

  

Be sure to try the stewed goat at XOCO in Chicago. 960 1280

  

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Fried Pies

Fried Pies

Take a big ole bite out of a tantalizing fruit-filled fried pie -- and we don’t mean the McDonald’s kind. Tennesseans have been wrapping apples, peaches and berries in pie crust and deep-frying it for years, and they know how to do it right. 960 1280

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Sweet tea

Sweet tea

No Southern meal is complete without a glass of sweet tea. Iced tea sweetened with plenty of sugar is standard in the South, so consider this your warning if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth. 960 1280

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RC Cola and Moon Pie

RC Cola and Moon Pie

First invented at Chattanooga Bakery, moon pies are a Tennessee tradition. In the 1950s stores began selling moon pies and RC Cola together. The combination was the inspiration for the ’50s hit “Gimme an RC Cola and a Moon Pie,” as well as the annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival.
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Country ham

Country ham

Country ham is arguably Tennessee’s most famous delicacy. The hams are salt-cured and served boiled, broiled or fried, and give Virginia’s Smithfield hams a run for their money. 960 1280

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Fried catfish

Fried catfish

Tennesseans also love their fried catfish, a popular Southern specialty that’s often served with hush puppies -- little balls of fried cornmeal. 960 1280

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Stack cake

Stack cake

An Appalachian specialty, stack cake is made of thin layers of cake with an apple filling between each. Legend has it that the cakes were originally a wedding tradition -- guests would each bring a layer, and the number of layers represented the popularity of the bride. 960 1280

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes

The official fruit of Tennessee, tomatoes grow particularly well in the state’s soil and sun. 960 1280

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Memphis Ribs

Memphis Ribs

You can’t visit Tennessee without a big ole plate of Memphis barbecue, distinctive for its flavorful dry rub rather than the usual messy sauce. 960 1280

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Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

Tennessee is also home to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey; the famous spirit has been distilled and bottled in Lynchburg, TN, since 1875. 960 1280

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Baked beans

Baked beans

Bush’s Original Baked Beans also have their roots in Tennessee, but don’t bother asking for the recipe -- it has remained a closely-guarded family secret since the 1930s. 960 1280

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Biscuits and red-eye gravy

Biscuits and red-eye gravy

The perfect accompaniment to Tennessee country ham is a spread of biscuits and red-eye gravy -- a sauce made from a mixture of ham drippings and coffee. 960 1280

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Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

This goose is cooked and ready for sale at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Food guide Theresa Lin shows off the plump oysters in the popular oyster omelet at the Ning Xia Market of Taipei. 960 1280

  

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial sits in the heart of modern Taipei, Taiwan. 960 1280

  

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans and pumpkin make for a popular and healthy dish in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Chinese pancakes filled with cream or bean paste are a popular street eat at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo shows off the snails he's about to eat on the streets of Myeongdong. 960 1280

  

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies are a key ingredient in sambal, a popular sauce served with most street eats. 960 1280

  

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

This street eat stand in Ubud, Bali, sells as many as 6 roasted pigs each day. 960 1280

  

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

At Jimbaron Beach in Bali, buy your fish from the fishermen and locals will grill it for you, each adding their own special spicy sauce. 960 1280

  

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali are one of the island's most alluring sights. 960 1280

  

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi makes jalebi, a sweet dough fried in oil. 960 1280

  

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant has her daily bowl of fresh noodles on the streets of Delhi, India. 960 1280

  

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Amazing street eats can be found in the narrow alleys of Chandni Chwok in Delhi. 960 1280

  

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats are more than simple snacks; they’re delicious whole meals that can be bought for under $5. 960 1280

  

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea and red beans is a cool and refreshing treat during the hot summer days in Kyoto, Japan. 960 1280

  

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of Kyoto's most iconic locations, the Kiyomizudera Temple, sits in the lush hills above this ancient city. 960 1280

  

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A popular American dish, the grilled cheese can be made with any cheese, but the most common choice is cheddar, featured here with a yummy tomato soup. 960 1280

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Another delicious use of everyone's favorite cheese: meatballs stuffed with cheddar! Yum. 960 1280

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Gouda cheese made with herbs and spices is sliced for tasting at the Jacobs family dairy in Kfar Haroeh in central Israel. 960 1280

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A yummy brie is spread out on a cutting board with crackers. 960 1280

  

Cheese can be paired with just about anything. You know that saying, 'Everything's better with cheese'? Well, it's true! Check out KFC's 'Double Down' sandwich, consisting of bacon, cheese and a special sauce between 2 slabs of their original- recipe fried chicken. 960 1280

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Who doesn't love warm French bread covered in hot cheesy goodness? 960 1280

  

Whether you like it thin and crispy or deep and delicious, a mozzarella pizza is hard to beat. 960 1280

  

Chili cheese fries are popular at baseball games, along with roasted peanuts, of course. 960 1280

  

Spicy or mild, Mexican enchiladas aren't complete until you add the melted Monterey Jack cheese. 960 1280

  

Blue cheese makes great dipping sauces as well as tangy toppings for salads and hamburgers. 960 1280

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Provolone cheese is featured frequently on deli sandwiches. 960 1280

  

For a quick treat, try rolling salami and Swiss cheese together. 960 1280

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Parmesan cheese is one of the most popular. Try it on Italian dishes like chicken parmesan, spaghetti and lasagna. 960 1280

  

Pecorino is a hard Italian cheese, similar to parmesan, but with a little more bite. 960 1280

  


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