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Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs, CO
Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs, CO

Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs, CO

Piled atop all that meat at Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs, CO, are fresh-cut veggies, 2 1/2 pounds of mozzarella cheese and a mountain of pepperoni.  960 1280

  

Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs, CO

Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs, CO

Two couples at Beau Jo's look at the 14-pound pizza they ordered in disbelief.  960 1280

  

Pizano's in Chicago

Pizano's in Chicago

In Chicago, they’ve been dishing it deep for more than half a century. And for many in the Windy City, no place makes a more authentic, old-school deep-dish pizza than Pizano's.  960 1280

  

Pizano's in Chicago

Pizano's in Chicago

What separates a Pizano's deep-dish pizza from its rivals' pies is a 2-inch-thick crust that’s best eaten with a knife and fork.  960 1280

  

Pizano's in Chicago

Pizano's in Chicago

Constructing the Rudy Special begins by topping that famous dough with fresh, whole-milk mozzarella. Then comes Pizano's specially made sausage. Add on fresh-cut mushrooms, onions and peppers, sauce, and Pizano’s secret seasonings — and the Rudy Special is ready for the oven.  960 1280

  

Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco

Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco

No matter how you slice it, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco has a pie to please your palate and a sideshow that rolls in the dough. 960 1280

  

Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco

Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco

The rave reviews for Tony’s margherita pizza aren’t just a local phenomenon. Tony has won the most prestigious pizza prize on the globe: the World Pizza Cup.  960 1280

  

Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco

Tony's Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco

Even more impressive than all of Tony’s top-shelf toppings is how fast this pizza cooks. Forget 30 minutes or less; the margherita pizza cooks up in under 2 minutes.  960 1280

  

Pizza Doctors in La Crosse, WI

Pizza Doctors in La Crosse, WI

Pizza Doctors in La Crosse, WI, is the brainchild of owner Larry McMahon, who first opened this hospital for the sugary insane in 1991. 960 1280

  

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitana in Brooklyn, NY

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitana in Brooklyn, NY

Take the N train to the heart of Brooklyn, and you’ll find Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitana, which has served thin-crust mozzarella-and-tomato perfection since 1924.  960 1280

  

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitana in Brooklyn, NY

Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitana in Brooklyn, NY

The employees at Totonno's Pizzeria don't just make New York-style pizza — they define it.  960 1280

  

Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, IA

Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, IA

Fong's Pizza in Des Moines, IA, has a fun, funky nostalgia that also means great eats, beginning with a true Asian specialty: the crab rangoon pizza. 960 1280

  

Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills, CA

Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills, CA

So many stars have autographed the walls at Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills, CA, that owner Richie Palmer has a hard time picking favorites — although a few do stand out.  960 1280

  

Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills, CA

Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills, CA

What separates Mulberry from other California eateries is Richie’s commitment to traditional pizza-making techniques.  960 1280

  

Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills, CA

Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills, CA

Richie's old-school pies bake for 15 minutes, and then come out of the oven transformed into a Hollywood superstar!  960 1280

  

Grinders in Kansas City, MO

Grinders in Kansas City, MO

In Kansas City, MO, people don't believe in just talking the talk. So if it’s hard-core pizza you’re looking for, stop right here — because this is Grinders, and it's ready to rock 'n' roll.  960 1280

  

Grinders in Kansas City, MO

Grinders in Kansas City, MO

From tandoori chicken to Philly cheesesteak, the pizzas at Grinders nearly always draw a crowd.  960 1280

  

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Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC

There’s almost always a long line of cars at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen in Chapel Hill, NC, but owner David Allen’s buttermilk biscuits – made from his grandmother’s recipe – are the ultimate cure for road rage. 960 1280

  

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC

Quick is the name of the game in this 500-square-foot kitchen where 7 employees hustle to make 900 biscuits every weekday and up to 2,000 on Saturday and Sunday. 960 1280

  

Sammy’s LA Pastrami in Las Vegas, NV

Sammy’s LA Pastrami in Las Vegas, NV

Sammy’s LA Pastrami in Las Vegas, NV, has an eclectic menu that features more variety than a Vegas stage, including 17 kinds of burgers and 42 different sandwiches. 960 1280

  

Sammy’s LA Pastrami in Las Vegas, NV

Sammy’s LA Pastrami in Las Vegas, NV

Sammy's LA Pastrami's sandwiches and burgers are so big, you might want to think twice before trying to eat this one behind the wheel! 960 1280

  

Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, IL

Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, IL

In addition to corn dogs, Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, IL, serves chili cheese hot dogs, as well as an enormous pork tenderloin sandwich. 960 1280

  

Maid-Rite, Des Moines, IA

Maid-Rite, Des Moines, IA

The Maid-Rite restaurant chain in Des Moines, IA, opened their doors in 1926, and history credits them with establishing the first drive-up/walk-up window. 960 1280

  

Company 7 BBQ, Englewood, OH

Company 7 BBQ, Englewood, OH

From ribs and brisket to pulled pork and chicken wings, Company 7 in Englewood, OH, offers all the hottest barbecue classics to ring your dinner bell. 960 1280

  

Roberto's, San Diego, CA

Roberto's, San Diego, CA

Drive-thru Mexican food has been a nationwide sensation for years, but it all started with Roberto and Delores Robledo’s genius idea – fresh, authentic and filling meals served up at modest prices to locals on the go. 960 1280

  

Roberto's, San Diego, CA

Roberto's, San Diego, CA

Carne asada is the star of this burrito. It’s made from fresh-cut beef, delivered each day by the same butcher Roberto’s in San Diego, CA, has been using for over 30 years. The beef gets stuffed into a giant, toasted tortilla, along with hot French fries and a special blend of cheese. 960 1280

  

Roberto's, San Diego, CA

Roberto's, San Diego, CA

Every Roberto’s franchise is owned and operated by a member of the Robledo family, or one of their longtime employees. 960 1280

  

Tommy's Burger, Los Angeles, CA

Tommy's Burger, Los Angeles, CA

The next time you’re cruising through L.A. and get hit by a hunger pang, look out for the shack with the red roof and a sign reading “Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers!” 960 1280

  

DBC Bar and Grill, New Orleans, LA

DBC Bar and Grill, New Orleans, LA

In the city that boasts the best Mardi Gras party in the world, the DBC Bar and Grill in New Orleans, LA, may be the only drive-thru in existence that encourages patrons not to indulge behind the wheel. 960 1280

  

DBC Bar and Grill, New Orleans, LA

DBC Bar and Grill, New Orleans, LA

Driving and dining in your car can get you thirsty, and in the Big Easy, they're serving a grown-up frosty drink through the drive thru that might surprise most fast food lovers. 960 1280

  

The Stinking Rose

The Stinking Rose

This monument to all things garlic is so pungent, no respectable vampire would dare approach the front door! Prepare to eat, drink and --- stink at The Stinking Rose in San Francisco. 960 1280

  

The Stinking Rose

The Stinking Rose

Called bagna cauda, this Northern Italian specialty starts with butter, garlic, anchovies and olive oil, which is then oven-roasted and served with their house-made focaccia. 960 1280

  

The Stinking Rose

The Stinking Rose

For those addicted to heavy doses of the halitosis-inducing herb, The Stinking Rose serves up the ultimate garlic dish – the world-famous 40-clove garlic chicken. 960 1280

  

Jake's Sandwich Board

Jake's Sandwich Board

Everything on the menu at Jake's Sandwich Board in Philadelphia is cooked fresh to order. 960 1280

  

Jake's Sandwich Board

Jake's Sandwich Board

These 2 guys seem to be enjoying the "Garlic Bomb" at Jake's a little too much. The Garlic Bomb is packed with Jake's famous garlic spread, then smothered with provolone cheese and topped with fried, crispy, whole cloves of garlic! 960 1280

  

The Garlic

The Garlic

For the next stop on our search for great garlic grub, we flock south to New Smyrna Beach, FL. This coastal city was recently voted one of the top 20 surf towns in the world by National Geographic, and in the middle of this vacation paradise, we find a garlic paradise called simply: The Garlic. 960 1280

  

The Garlic

The Garlic

Every steak that goes into Il Forno comes out with a perfectly-seared crust. 960 1280

  

Garlic Mike's

Garlic Mike's

The owner of Garlic Mike's in Gunnison, CO, chose his restaurant’s location for its view and its element of surprise. 960 1280

  

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Each year, over a hundred thousand garlic groupies descend on Gilroy for some seriously stinky food and frivolity at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. 960 1280

  

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Every year on the last weekend of July, Gilroy is home to one of the largest - and most pungent - food festivals in the world: The Gilroy Garlic Festival. 960 1280

  

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

What better way to wash down all those savory garlic dishes than with a big scoop of garlic ice cream? 960 1280

  

Saleem's West

Saleem's West

At Saleem's West in Winchester, MO, garlic goes in just about everything, from the cocktails and dips to their lamb dishes and kibbeh. 960 1280

  

Thanh Long

Thanh Long

Inside the secret kitchen where the An family chefs create the famous garlic noodles at Thanh Long in San Francisco, they also prepare several other signature garlic dishes, including roast garlic crab and colossal royal tiger prawns. 960 1280

  

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

Whether you're chowing down on a funnel cake, pickle dog or one of the more than 50-plus items at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, one thing is certain -- you won’t leave hungry. 960 1280

  

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair not only boasts an amazing array of fried treats -- this is also the proving ground for new ones. 960 1280

  

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

Dig into a “Pickledawg” at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. 960 1280

  

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

Chow down on the double-bacon corn dogs at the Iowa State Fair. 960 1280

  

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

Red velvet funnel cake sits on display at the Iowa State Fair. 960 1280

  

Ozona Grill & Bar

Ozona Grill & Bar

The featured dish at Ozona Grill & Bar in Dallas, TX, is a deep-fried, chicken-fried steak. 960 1280

  

Sumo Grub

Sumo Grub

The fried mac and cheese is one of the most popular dishes at Sumo Grub in Berkeley, CA. 960 1280

  

Sumo Grub

Sumo Grub

If contestants finish Sumo Grub's Six Feet Under Challenge, they eat for free. Fail, and they end up on the Wall of Shame. 960 1280

  

Beer Belly

Beer Belly

Beer Belly in Los Angeles is a beer-lover’s paradise, serving only local brews and the most decadent deep-fried delights to pair with them. 960 1280

  

Beer Belly

Beer Belly

Beer Belly's sizzling specialty includes seasoned deep-fried cheese with the restaurant’s special dipping sauce. 960 1280

  

Beer Belly

Beer Belly

Another deep-fried favorite on the Beer Belly menu is the wildly popular duck fat fries. 960 1280

  

Beer Belly

Beer Belly

Beer, cheese and a deep fryer -- say hello to the new Hollywood diet! 960 1280

  

Funnelicious

Funnelicious

At Funnelicious in Greenville, SC, funnel cakes can be ordered standard size or super-sized -- we’re talking a freakishly large 16 inches of crispy, doughy delight! 960 1280

  

Funnelicious

Funnelicious

Steve Pennington and his wife opened Funnelicious in 2011 so they could offer fun, deep-fried Carnival-type fare 365 days a year. 960 1280

  

Funnelicious

Funnelicious

Here's something that you've probably never seen before! Get a look at the deep-fried Kool-Aid balls at Funnelicious. 960 1280

  

Forcella

Forcella

Forcella in NYC uses old-school methods in their kitchen to make their famous deep-fried pizzas. 960 1280

  

Forcella

Forcella

Forcella isn't the only place to deep fry pizzas. Pizza fritta is actually an authentic delicacy in Naples that dates back hundreds of years. 960 1280

  

Dos Diablos

Dos Diablos

Those who have a huge appetite for deep-fried dining in Chicago can head to the Mexican restaurant Dos Diablos. 960 1280

  

Dos Diablos

Dos Diablos

Feast your eyes on Dos Diablos' freakishly fried fiesta phenomenon that is The Big Mel -- a 3 1/2 pound chimichanga. 960 1280

  

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies near Davis, OK, offers hold-in-your-hand fried pies that have been legendary among the locals since 1893, when owner Nancy Fulton’s grandmother would deliver them on horseback to ranchers working the mountains. 960 1280

  

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie

Deep-fried apple pie sits on display at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies. 960 1280

  

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