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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
Church Brew Works

Church Brew Works

At Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA, the converted church serves up some of the most popular pierogies in the country, including one dish that has a bit of a bite -- rattlesnake. 960 1280

  

Church Brew Works

Church Brew Works

Here at Church Brew Works, in one of the most unique -- some say celestial -- eateries in the country, diners can dive into a heavenly assortment of food. 960 1280

  

Linger Lodge

Linger Lodge

The Linger Lodge in Bradenton, FL, specializes in down-home, Southern-style cooking. 960 1280

  

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn

Kegel’s Inn in Milwaukee, WI, offers up plenty of German dishes, including their boneless roasted duck and Beef Rouladen 960 1280

  

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn also serves the classic German dish, Wiener Schnitzel, which is breaded veal that’s seasoned and pan-fried. 960 1280

  

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare in San Francisco has many meat selections including the always-popular rabbit, and all of them wow even apprehensive eaters. 960 1280

  

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare

The most popular dish here at the “Hare” remains its namesake entrée, the rabbit ragu, served with herb salsa and polenta. This savory stew is guaranteed to make any meat lover hippity hop all the way home with joy. 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada, FL, is all about catering to the locals, but it’s also been a popular destination stop for customers traveling between Miami and the Outer Keys since opening in 1947. 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

The turtle may have a reputation for being slow, but people here gobble it up as fast as they can! 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

Since Islamorada, FL, is the sport fishing capital of America, the chefs at the Green Turtle are glad to cook up your catch of the day. 960 1280

  

Prejean's

Prejean's

Chef Ernest's latest crave-worthy creation at Prejean's in Lafayette, LA, is his award-winning pork skin-crusted frog legs. 960 1280

  

Prejean's

Prejean's

Chef Ernest Prejean is the culinary mastermind who turns these little green legs into finger-licking Southern specialties. 960 1280

  

Bodega Bistro

Bodega Bistro

San Francisco's Bodega Bistro's defining dish is the squab, which frequently lands on local food critics’ top 10 lists. And unlike chicken, every edible portion of squab is served, from the head to the feet. 960 1280

  

Bodega Bistro

Bodega Bistro

After one bite of Bodega's Vietnamese fare, even the most doubtful diner will become a convert. 960 1280

  

Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles
Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

Dinah's in Los Angeles is a classic, family-owned diner that screams "Americana" with its red, white and blue decor and its commitment to keeping its atmosphere old school. 960 1280

  

Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

Dinah's Family Restaurant, Los Angeles

A true Los Angeles landmark, Dinah’s sits under the city’s very first chicken tub sign and serves up nearly 4,000 pieces of its famous fried chicken a day. 960 1280

  

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

With roots in Harlem, Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles went on to become an LA institution. The restaurant now serves more than 1,000 meals a day at 6 locations. 960 1280

  

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Los Angeles

In the heart of Hollywood, diners join together to worship a bit of heaven on a plate at Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. 960 1280

  

400 Degrees Hot Chicken, Nashville, TN

400 Degrees Hot Chicken, Nashville, TN

The spicy chicken at 400 Degrees Hot Chicken in Nashville, TN, makes this restaurant the perfect fit for Food Paradise. 960 1280

  

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart owner Donna King is known far and wide as the “chicken lady.” Her recipe for fiery fried chicken is definitely giving the other Kentucky cluckers a run for their money. 960 1280

  

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

The Bon-Ton started serving its world-famous chicken about 20 years ago, when Donna King was a waitress. She persuaded her boss to buy deep fryers so the restaurant could start serving home-style fried chicken prepared with a secret recipe she helped to perfect. 960 1280

  

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Bon-Ton Mini Mart, Henderson, KY

Don’t let the modest mini-mart storefront fool you, one bite of Bon-Ton’s signature spicy, succulent chicken will prove there’s nothing paltry about this poultry. 960 1280

  

Pine State Biscuits in Portland, OR

Pine State Biscuits in Portland, OR

Just as the name suggests, Pine State Biscuits in Portland, OR, is all about the buttery, fluffy, home-style biscuits. But for fried chicken fans, the biscuits are basically a delivery system for the battered bird. 960 1280

  

American Cupcake in San Francisco

American Cupcake in San Francisco

Perhaps the country's most unusual, unheard-of and unmatched fried chicken treat is at American Cupcake in San Francisco. 960 1280

  

American Cupcake in San Francisco

American Cupcake in San Francisco

At American Cupcake, you can get Red Velvet Fried Chicken on a bun, in a salad or atop a weekend brunch special. 960 1280

  

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Nothing flies out of the Jacques-Imo's kitchen in New Orleans like its crispy bird. 960 1280

  

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Jacques-Imo's, New Orleans

Chef Austin may have contributed to the menu, but the atmosphere and decor at Jacques-Imo's are all Chef Jacques. 960 1280

  

The Busy Bee Cafe, Atlanta

The Busy Bee Cafe, Atlanta

The chicken at The Busy Bee Cafe in Atlanta is deep-fried in a special fryer for 8 minutes to give the Busy Bee's fried chicken its signature bee-licious crust and juicy flavor. 960 1280

  

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY, wouldn’t be a corral of comfort cuisine without the Sanders’ authentic sides like stewed tomatoes and spinach casserole. 960 1280

  

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY

Nearly 80 years ago, Colonel Sanders experimented with pressure cookers to fry his chicken faster. His pioneering efforts revolutionized the frying process, making the meat even more moist and tender. 960 1280

  

LAVO, Las Vegas, NV
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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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

  

Church Brew Works

Church Brew Works

At Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA, the converted church serves up some of the most popular pierogies in the country, including one dish that has a bit of a bite -- rattlesnake. 960 1280

  

Church Brew Works

Church Brew Works

Here at Church Brew Works, in one of the most unique -- some say celestial -- eateries in the country, diners can dive into a heavenly assortment of food. 960 1280

  

Linger Lodge

Linger Lodge

The Linger Lodge in Bradenton, FL, specializes in down-home, Southern-style cooking. 960 1280

  

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn

Kegel’s Inn in Milwaukee, WI, offers up plenty of German dishes, including their boneless roasted duck and Beef Rouladen 960 1280

  

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn

Kegel's Inn also serves the classic German dish, Wiener Schnitzel, which is breaded veal that’s seasoned and pan-fried. 960 1280

  

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare in San Francisco has many meat selections including the always-popular rabbit, and all of them wow even apprehensive eaters. 960 1280

  

Beast and the Hare

Beast and the Hare

The most popular dish here at the “Hare” remains its namesake entrée, the rabbit ragu, served with herb salsa and polenta. This savory stew is guaranteed to make any meat lover hippity hop all the way home with joy. 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada, FL, is all about catering to the locals, but it’s also been a popular destination stop for customers traveling between Miami and the Outer Keys since opening in 1947. 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

The turtle may have a reputation for being slow, but people here gobble it up as fast as they can! 960 1280

  

The Green Turtle

The Green Turtle

Since Islamorada, FL, is the sport fishing capital of America, the chefs at the Green Turtle are glad to cook up your catch of the day. 960 1280

  

Prejean's

Prejean's

Chef Ernest's latest crave-worthy creation at Prejean's in Lafayette, LA, is his award-winning pork skin-crusted frog legs. 960 1280

  

Prejean's

Prejean's

Chef Ernest Prejean is the culinary mastermind who turns these little green legs into finger-licking Southern specialties. 960 1280

  

Bodega Bistro

Bodega Bistro

San Francisco's Bodega Bistro's defining dish is the squab, which frequently lands on local food critics’ top 10 lists. And unlike chicken, every edible portion of squab is served, from the head to the feet. 960 1280

  

Bodega Bistro

Bodega Bistro

After one bite of Bodega's Vietnamese fare, even the most doubtful diner will become a convert. 960 1280

  

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