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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Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor, MI
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

Stacked patties sit on the cutting board at Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor, MI. 960 1280

  

Apple Pan

Apple Pan

Try the famous Hickory Burger at the Apple Pan in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Casper's & Runyon's Nook

Casper's & Runyon's Nook

The 2-lb. Nooky Supreme at Casper's & Runyon's Nook in St. Paul, MN, is more meat than should ever be consumed in one sitting. 960 1280

  

My Brother's Bar

My Brother's Bar

The Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger sits on display at My Brother's Bar in Denver, CO. 960 1280

  

Kuma's Corner

Kuma's Corner

The Kuma Burger at Kuma's Corner in Chicago, IL, is known for its addition of a fried egg to top things off. 960 1280

  

Shooting Star Saloon

Shooting Star Saloon

Dig into the Star Burger at Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville, UT. 960 1280

  

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill

The Antelope Burger at Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill in Elroy, TX, is the favorite of nearly every local in town. 960 1280

  

Heart Attack Grill

Heart Attack Grill

Talk about a heart attack waiting to happen – get a look at the Quadruple Bypass Burger at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. 960 1280

  

Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA
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

  

Ox Yoke Inn, Amana, IA
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

  

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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