Food Paradise: Meatball Paradise Pictures

From cheese-smothered meatball perfection in Philly to burly balls of Texas brisket -- and even to a 1-pound wonderball in Las Vegas, get ready for hearty helpings of mouthwatering meatball dishes.

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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

  

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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

  

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