Food Paradise: Meatloaf

Ah, meatloaf. Doesn’t it bring back childhood memories of the go-to meal of the week? Check out some of the best dishes and restaurants that serve this iconic staple of the dinner table.

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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

  

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

  

Close up of 2 donuts

Close up of 2 donuts

At the Doughnut Plant in New York City, doughnut flavor options include the cinnamon roll and pomegranate. 960 1280

  

Outside of Doughnut Plant

Outside of Doughnut Plant

Exterior shot of the Doughnut Plant. 960 1280

  

Fresh donuts on a tray

Fresh donuts on a tray

An employee brings out fresh donuts at Spudnut Shop in Richland, WA. 960 1280

  

Spudnut owner preps donuts

Spudnut owner preps donuts

Owner Val Driver makes donuts at the Spudnut Shop. 960 1280

  

Outside of Cafe du Monde in New Orleans

Outside of Cafe du Monde in New Orleans

Exterior shot of Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

close up of beignets

close up of beignets

Powder-dusted beignets at Cafe du Monde. 960 1280

  

Outside picture of Kane's Donuts

Outside picture of Kane's Donuts

Exterior shot of Kane's Donuts in Saugus, MA. 960 1280

  

Kane's donuts

Kane's donuts

An assortment of deliciousness at Kane's Donuts. 960 1280

  

Outside shot of Randy's Donuts

Outside shot of Randy's Donuts

Randy's Donuts sign and exterior shot of the shop in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Close up of donuts at Randy's

Close up of donuts at Randy's

Close-up shot of fresh donuts at Randy's Donuts. 960 1280

  

Grape flavored donuts at Voodoo Doughnuts

Grape flavored donuts at Voodoo Doughnuts

Grape-flavored doughnuts are served up at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, OR. 960 1280

  

Customers select their donuts

Customers select their donuts

Customers at Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle make their selection. 960 1280

  

Close shot of donuts

Close shot of donuts

Close-up shot of Top Pot Doughnuts' selection. 960 1280

  

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