Food Paradise: Drive Thru Pictures

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The Meatloaf Bakery
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, Atlanta, GA
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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All Good Cafe

All Good Cafe

According to the owner of Dallas' All Good Cafe, their thick-sliced bacon is the crispiest, tastiest peppered bacon on the planet. 960 1280

  

All Good Cafe

All Good Cafe

At the All Good Cafe, customers come in for the famous, honey-cured, pepper bacon. 960 1280

  

All Good Cafe

All Good Cafe

The peppered bacon is a tasty addition to any sandwich. 960 1280

  

All Good Cafe

All Good Cafe

All Good Cafe’s bacon is baked in an oven to render more fat and create a crispier product. 960 1280

  

Marini's

Marini's

The key to the chocolate-covered bacon at Marini's in Santa Cruz, CA, is the crispiness of the meat. 960 1280

  

Hash House

Hash House

Another bacon-lovers delight is the Sage Fried Chicken Benedict at Hash House in San Diego. The dish includes just about everything -- from bacon to mashed potatoes. 960 1280

  

Hash House

Hash House

The bartender adds pepper to this Hash House signature cocktail: a B.L.T. Mary. 960 1280

  

Hash House

Hash House

Love a good bacon waffle? How about one served with Hash House’s fried chicken on top? 960 1280

  

Hash House

Hash House

The star of the Hash House menu is the bacon, of course. 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