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Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA

Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA

More than 70 years later, the Ox Yoke Inn in Amana, IA, continues to serve up a taste of its German-American heritage. The full-service restaurant’s menu has also expanded to include a variety of other hearty meals, such as steak, roast beef and fried chicken. 960 1280

  

Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA

Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA

Guests at the Ox Yoke Inn enjoy the simple delicacy of a locally raised baked ham. With or without the pineapple, this piece of meat is pure porcine perfection! 960 1280

  

Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA

Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA

At the Ox Yoke Inn, what started as a communal kitchen for the residents of Amana, IA, has since become a dining destination for locals and tourists alike. 960 1280

  

Smithfield Inn, Smithfield, VA

Smithfield Inn, Smithfield, VA

The braised pork shanks at Smithfield Inn in Virginia have a glaze that is paired perfectly to work with the tenderness of the meat. 960 1280

  

Smithfield Inn, Smithfield, VA

Smithfield Inn, Smithfield, VA

Another popular dish at the Inn is the Fried Green Tomato BLT. With freshly fried green tomatoes and the famous Smithfield bacon, this sandwich will knock your socks off![ 960 1280

  

Smithfield Inn, Smithfield, VA

Smithfield Inn, Smithfield, VA

In 1752, the Smithfield Inn and Tavern opened up, serving guests delicious salt-cured hams and solidifying Smithfield, VA’s reputation for producing some of the finest hams in the country. 960 1280

  

Silver Skillet, Atlanta, GA

Silver Skillet, Atlanta, GA

If the sweet aroma of grilling ham steaks wasn't enough for you, the Silver Skillet in Atlanta keeps bacon sizzling from open to close. 960 1280

  

Nick's Kitchen, Huntington, Indiana

Nick's Kitchen, Huntington, Indiana

When the tenderloin at Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, IN, is golden brown and crunchy, it’s layered with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a 5-inch-thick bun. 960 1280

  

Ali'I Luau, Oahu, HI

Ali'I Luau, Oahu, HI

The luau at Ali'i Luau in Oahu, HI, officially begins when a pig is peeled out of its private sweat lodge and presented to hog-hungry guests. 960 1280

  

Ali'I Luau, Oahu, HI

Ali'I Luau, Oahu, HI

The only thing louder than Hawaiian shirts is the line of growling stomachs waiting at the Ali'i Luau buffet, where a bounty of customary Hawaiian dishes await. 960 1280

  

Ali'I Luau, Oahu, HI

Ali'I Luau, Oahu, HI

The Ali’i Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu feeds up to 600 guests every night! 960 1280

  

Cochon, New Orleans, LA

Cochon, New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is the birthplace of Cajun cooking -- and there’s one place putting all that juicy Louisiana flavor into one pork-filled menu: Cochon! 960 1280

  

Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, TX

Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, TX

At the Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth, TX, chef Tim Love uses sweet meat like this to make the restaurant’s most popular porky treat -- pork tacos. 960 1280

  

Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, TX

Woodshed Smokehouse, Fort Worth, TX

On a busy day, the Woodshed Smokehouse sells more than 400 pounds of its famous fall-off-the-bones ribs. 960 1280

  

Puerto Sagua, Miami, Florida

Puerto Sagua, Miami, Florida

The pork dishes at Puerto Sagua in Miami keep the hungry beachcombers happy -- and the line out the door. 960 1280

  

Church Brew Works

Church Brew Works

At Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA, the converted church serves up some of the most popular pierogies in the country, including one dish that has a bit of a bite -- rattlesnake. 960 1280

  

Church Brew Works

Church Brew Works

Here at Church Brew Works, in one of the most unique -- some say celestial -- eateries in the country, diners can dive into a heavenly assortment of food. 960 1280

  

Linger Lodge

Linger Lodge

The Linger Lodge in Bradenton, FL, specializes in down-home, Southern-style cooking. 960 1280

  

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn

Kegel’s Inn in Milwaukee, WI, offers up plenty of German dishes, including their boneless roasted duck and Beef Rouladen 960 1280

  

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn also serves the classic German dish, Wiener Schnitzel, which is breaded veal that’s seasoned and pan-fried. 960 1280

  

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare in San Francisco has many meat selections including the always-popular rabbit, and all of them wow even apprehensive eaters. 960 1280

  

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare

The most popular dish here at the “Hare” remains its namesake entrée, the rabbit ragu, served with herb salsa and polenta. This savory stew is guaranteed to make any meat lover hippity hop all the way home with joy. 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada, FL, is all about catering to the locals, but it’s also been a popular destination stop for customers traveling between Miami and the Outer Keys since opening in 1947. 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

The turtle may have a reputation for being slow, but people here gobble it up as fast as they can! 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

Since Islamorada, FL, is the sport fishing capital of America, the chefs at the Green Turtle are glad to cook up your catch of the day. 960 1280

  

Prejean's

Prejean's

Chef Ernest's latest crave-worthy creation at Prejean's in Lafayette, LA, is his award-winning pork skin-crusted frog legs. 960 1280

  

Prejean's

Prejean's

Chef Ernest Prejean is the culinary mastermind who turns these little green legs into finger-licking Southern specialties. 960 1280

  

Bodega Bistro

Bodega Bistro

San Francisco's Bodega Bistro's defining dish is the squab, which frequently lands on local food critics’ top 10 lists. And unlike chicken, every edible portion of squab is served, from the head to the feet. 960 1280

  

Bodega Bistro

Bodega Bistro

After one bite of Bodega's Vietnamese fare, even the most doubtful diner will become a convert. 960 1280

  

LAVO, Las Vegas, NV

LAVO, Las Vegas, NV

LAVO Las Vegas's chef Marc Marrone loves his meatballs with fresh whipped ricotta cheese on top. 960 1280

  

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

The meatball recipe at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, WI, differs from a lot of Swedish recipes, most of which call for a mix of pork and beef. Al Johnson's uses 100% beef instead. 960 1280

  

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's menu is a veritable smorgasbord of authentic Swedish cuisine. And with Wisconsin being cow country, you can bet this family-owned restaurant serves up some mean beef meatballs. 960 1280

  

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Sister Bay, WI

Al Johnson's adjoining “butik” is stocked with still more stuff that screams “Stockholm.” 960 1280

  

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

Every meatball is made to order at The Meatball Shop in New York. So once the meatballs come out of the oven they are locked and loaded to the customer’s specifications. 960 1280

  

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

Michael and Daniel strive to make The Meatball Shop a meatball-centered restaurant. The meatballs are always the main course here. 960 1280

  

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

The Meatball Shop, New York, NY

Guests at The Meatball Shop can get their balls smothered or smashed -- served over pasta, potatoes, polenta or veggies. 960 1280

  

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

At Bartolini’s in Midlothian, IL, beefy brothers Christopher and Dominic Bartolini challenge their hungriest patrons to take their balls of meat to the max. 960 1280

  

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Every year, Bartolini’s ups the ante with its annual Meatball Eating Championship. Contestants get 7 minutes to chow down in front of a cheering crowd. 960 1280

  

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's, Midlothian, IL

Bartolini's meatball recipe comes from Grandfather Bartolini. What this restaurant does differently from everybody else is use Turano bread, produced by a local family-owned business. Bartolini’s soaks the bread in water and then presses it, which makes each meatball nice and fluffy -- with a really nice bite. 960 1280

  

Tombolini's, Tomboll, TX

Tombolini's, Tomboll, TX

Even though Tombolini’s in Tomball, TX, hasn’t been open very long, this neighborhood meatball joint is really on a roll, building a loyal customer base. 960 1280

  

Marabella Meatball Co., Philadelphia, PA

Marabella Meatball Co., Philadelphia, PA

Marabella Meatball Co. in Philadelphia is a family-owned-and-operated restaurant, continuing the traditions into the next generation with their family staple: the meatball. 960 1280

  

Somethin Else Café, New Orleans, LA

Somethin Else Café, New Orleans, LA

Stumbling distance from fabled Bourbon Street, Somethin' Else Cafe in New Orleans lures hungry patrons for an irresistible local favorite: the Boudin Ball. 960 1280

  

Maroni's Cuisine, Northport, NY

Maroni's Cuisine, Northport, NY

One pound of ground chuck, freshly grated onions, garlic, Pecorino Romano, parsley, basil, breadcrumbs, 3 large eggs and whole milk go into each batch of Maroni's homemade meatballs. 960 1280