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Boise Fry Company’s Po’ Balls
Boise Fry Company’s Po’ Balls

Boise Fry Company’s Po’ Balls

In Boise, ID, bite into Boise Fry Company’s Po’ Balls. A popular variation on tater tots, BFC’s Po’ Balls are grated russet potatoes, seasoned and deep-fried. 960 1280

  

Unicorn Droppings

Unicorn Droppings

Visit Seattle’s Unicorn for a taste of Unicorn Droppings -- deep-fried peanut butter cups with banana and whipped cream. 960 1280

  

Dickie Dee's Italian Hot Dog

Dickie Dee's Italian Hot Dog

Dickie Dee’s in Newark, NJ, serves up a mouthwatering Italian hot dog -- a pizza bread pocket filled with mustard, 2 deep-fried hot dogs, and topped with peppers and onions, fried potatoes and ketchup. 960 1280

  

Adam's Grub Truck Kraken

Adam's Grub Truck Kraken

Stop by Adam’s Grub Truck in San Francisco for a taste of the Kraken -- a deep-fried soft shell crab sandwich served with 2 jumbo soft shell crabs, avocado wasabi, pickled ginger, fried egg, Asian slaw, bacon and roasted seaweed served on a brioche bun. 960 1280

  

Chicken Charlie's Jelly Donut Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Charlie's Jelly Donut Chicken Sandwich

Head to Chicken Charlie’s at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, CA, for the Jelly Donut Chicken Sandwich -- deep-fried chicken on a raspberry jelly donut, topped with honey and powdered sugar. 960 1280

  

The Mighty Cone Fried Pickles

The Mighty Cone Fried Pickles

At The Mighty Cone in Austin, TX, the hot and crunchy, deep-fried Pickles and guajillo chili dusted fries are a customer favorite. 960 1280

  

The Fritti at Salty Caper

The Fritti at Salty Caper

For a deep-fried sugar coma, try The Fritti at Salty Caper in Salisbury, NC. The Fritti is deep-fried pizza dough stuffed with a variety of chocolate candy bars, deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar and hot fudge. 960 1280

  

BFC Bourgeois Fries

BFC Bourgeois Fries

Bourgeois Fries at the Boise Fry Company in Boise, ID, are sliced russet potatoes deep-fried in duck fat and topped with truffle salt. 960 1280

  

The Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
The Wicked Spoon

The Wicked Spoon

The Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas serves up everything from Southern-style chicken to dim sum. And if you’re overwhelmed by the mind-boggling menu, why not try a little of everything? After all, that’s the beauty of a buffet. 960 1280

  

The Wicked Spoon

The Wicked Spoon

Stop by the stations, and you’ll find concoctions just as crazy as crispy tofu, like slow-roasted bone marrow or their fiery fried chicken. 960 1280

  

The Wynn Buffet

The Wynn Buffet

The Wynn Buffet in Las Vegas serves up 16 live action stations of scrumptious selections from across the globe. 960 1280

  

The Wynn Buffet

The Wynn Buffet

Let your taste buds take a tour, and try their sautéed, stir-fried and south-of-the-border specialties. 960 1280

  

The Wynn Buffet

The Wynn Buffet

And forget about lukewarm, lackluster food -- everything is cooked fresh right in front of you. 960 1280

  

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

All the fun and food at Stubb's Bar-B-Q in Austin is the legacy of Texas native Christopher B. Stubblefield, who grew up on gospel and had a gift for barbecue. 960 1280

  

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Beyond the brisket and catfish, Stubb’s Sunday Gospel buffet offers up a comforting spread of southwestern specialties. 960 1280

  

Nordic Lodge

Nordic Lodge

While the superstar on this menu is definitely the lobster, the seafood options at Nordic Lodge in Charlestown, RI, doesn't end there. 960 1280

  

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary

In Long Beach, CA, you’ll find the historic ocean liner and hotel, the Queen Mary. Once you climb aboard, you’ll be sailing straight to buffet paradise! 960 1280

  

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary

You’ll feel like royalty from the moment you enter the Grand Salon and set your eyes on the Queen Mary’s Sunday Champagne Brunch. 960 1280

  

Taverna Cretekou

Taverna Cretekou

Step through the doors of Taverna Cretekou in Alexandria, VA, and belly up to their big, fat, Greek buffet -- the only place in town where you can fill your plate and break it too! 960 1280

  

Taverna Cretekou

Taverna Cretekou

The Taverna’s massive Mediterranean menu also features stuffed grape leaves called dolmades, a Greek lasagna called pastitsio and the well-known dessert, baklava. 960 1280

  

The Bristol Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel

The Bristol Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel

The spread at the Bristol Lounge in Boston is sure to satisfy even the most saccharine sweet tooth. 960 1280

  

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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

  

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The Meatloaf Bakery

The Meatloaf Bakery

Since it opened in 2008, The Meatloaf Bakery has been dishing out cupcake-shaped loafs made from your pick of beef, pork, veal, salmon, chicken or turkey, all dressed up with a variety of toppings like blue cheese, spicy hot wing sauce or strategically swirled angel hair pasta. 960 1280

  

The Meatloaf Bakery

The Meatloaf Bakery

The Meatloaf Bakery’s owner, Cynthia Kallile, learned to cook from her mom and grandmother, but one look at her clever creations and you'll see ... this is not Grandma’s kitchen! 960 1280

  

The Meatloaf Bakery

The Meatloaf Bakery

The little loaves bake for 30 minutes in a 350-degree convection oven, and are topped with potato, pasta or vegetables. 960 1280

  

Chicago's Meatloaf Bakery

Chicago's Meatloaf Bakery

Spaghetti and meat balls looks easy to handle and hard to resist at Chicago's Meatloaf Bakery. 960 1280

  

The Meatloaf Bakery

The Meatloaf Bakery

In Chicago, a creative little shop called The Meatloaf Bakery is taking the Windy City by storm. 960 1280

  

Datz Restaurant

Datz Restaurant

Chef Jason Dame of Datz restaurant prepares each individually stuffed loaf by hand with premium ground beef from a local purveyor. 960 1280

  

Lots of Decisions

Lots of Decisions

The customer has one important decision to make when ordering Datz’s Stuffed Meatloaf: Do I pair it with traditional garlic mashed potatoes and peas, or with sweet-and-salty chips with creamy blue-cheese drizzle? Mmm, decisions, decisions ... 960 1280

  

Suppenkuche Meatloaf

Suppenkuche Meatloaf

For a taste of the original meatloaf, visit Suppenkuche, a German restaurant in San Francisco. 960 1280

  

Prepared With Bacon and Eggs

Prepared With Bacon and Eggs

Suppenkuche’s customers enjoy traditional German dishes like Wiener schnitzel: sautéed pork loin and meatloaf prepared with bacon and egg. 960 1280

  

The Neptune Diner

The Neptune Diner

The Neptune Diner maintains a classic diner experience: from the chrome stools to the neon ceiling accents. 960 1280

  

A Hot Cajun Loaf

A Hot Cajun Loaf

The meatloaf is formed and then baked for 2 hours at 275 degrees. This hot Cajun loaf comes out of the oven ready to rock your taste buds. 960 1280

  

Robust Flavors of Meatloaf

Robust Flavors of Meatloaf

The robust flavors of the meatloaf, sliced 2 heartfelt inches at a time, and grilled to a crisp, satisfy the heartiest appetites. 960 1280

  

The Praline Connection

The Praline Connection

It’s The Praline Connection's zesty meatloaf that really attracts the New Orleans French Quarter crowd. Get your meatloaf the traditional way -- with mashed potatoes and green beans -- or try it with cornbread and sweet potatoes. 960 1280

  

Cajun-Style Meatloaf

Cajun-Style Meatloaf

For a taste of Cajun-style meatloaf, look for the bright red building and follow your nose to The Praline Connection. 960 1280

  

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy - the quintessential home cooked American dinner. 960 1280

  

Conceptual Culinary Art

Conceptual Culinary Art

Whether you think it’s conceptual culinary art or the latest advancement in meatloaf-ology, one thing is certain: the Meatloaf Bakery has developed a deeply devoted following. 960 1280

  

Meatloaf Paradise

Meatloaf Paradise

Most people come to Tampa, FL, for the sun and surf, but those lucky enough to stumble upon a little place called Datz will find they’ve also discovered Meatloaf Paradise! 960 1280

  

Buck’s Grill House in Moab, UT

Buck’s Grill House in Moab, UT

While buffalo may never have actually roamed here, herds of them are devoured nightly at Buck’s Grill House in Moab, UT. 960 1280

  

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta knows that the best way to keep their diners happy is to give them a little taste of everything with their All You Can Eat Southern Special -- an unlimited offering of any 3 entrees and any 3 sides. 960 1280

  

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Mary Mac’s menu is full of great Southern classics, but its family-style soul food feast makes it one of the best restaurants around. 960 1280

  

K-Paul's

K-Paul's

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans has been serving up heart-warming home cooking since 1979. 960 1280

  

K-Paul's

K-Paul's

Although his blackening technique put Chef Paul on the map as an international sensation, there is another item on the menu that many loyal customers hold with higher esteem -- the gumbo. 960 1280

  

K-Paul's

K-Paul's

One of the soul food delights on K-Paul's menu is Chef Paul's famous blackened drum. 960 1280

  

This Is It

This Is It

From mac and cheese and oxtails to pork chops and ribs, there’s only one spot to get your soul food fix -- This Is It in Houston. 960 1280

  

This Is It

This Is It

The top dish at This Is It is the gravy-smothered oxtails. 960 1280

  

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant in Memphis, TN, dishes up everything from cornbread and turnip greens to fried green tomatoes and candied yams. 960 1280

  

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant

The food at The Four Way is made from scratch each day by its seasoned cooks. 960 1280

  

The Four Way Restaurant

The Four Way Restaurant

With plenty of foods to feed your soul, you can bet The Four Way will be churning out full bellies and big smiles for decades to come. 960 1280

  

Martha Lou's Kitchen

Martha Lou's Kitchen

The dishes at The Holy City's staple, Martha Lou's Kitchen in Charleston, SC, are as good for the belly as they are for the soul. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

In 1976, Mama Dip opened her own place with merely $64. Since then, her business has expanded to a new, bigger location in Chapel Hill, NC, custom-built for Mama Dip in 1999. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

A country favorite at Mama Dip's is its crispy fried okra. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

When you come to Mama Dips, don't forget to sink your teeth into its decadently seasoned fried chicken. 960 1280

  

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Mama Dip's Kitchen

Nothing finishes off a country cookin’ feast like Mama Dip’s delicious pecan pie. 960 1280

  

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Nigerian-born-and-Jamaican-raised chef Esther Mbaikambey serves up soul food that traces its roots to Africa and the Caribbean at her Phoenix-based restaurant, Fu-Fu Cuisine. 960 1280

  

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu’s impressive menu is a joyful union of beloved African dishes and Caribbean staples. Chef Esther’s most popular offering -- the spicy jerk chicken -- is a perfect combo of these 2 culinary traditions. 960 1280

  

Fu-Fu Cuisine

Fu-Fu Cuisine

For the complete African-Caribbean-infused experience, don’t miss a healthy helping of Fu-Fu’s namesake dish -- fufu, a sticky, starchy staple that is as important to Africans as pasta is to Italians. 960 1280

  

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