Food Paradise: Pot Pie

From a chock-full-of-chicken pie on Cape Cod and a manly Aussie meat pie in Georgia to a rib-sticking steak pie in Chicago, get a hearty helping of these comfort foods.

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Sweet cinnamon sticky buns are perfect with pecans on top. 960 1280

  

Cooked in a vat of bubbling oil, these french fries are a true indulgence. 960 1280

  

Fill up with a plate of tasty spaghetti served with tomato sauce and flecks of fresh basil. 960 1280

  

The only thing that can improve on a tasty slice of rich New York cheesecake is a gooey topping of sweet cherries. 960 1280

  

This burger is an all-American favorite, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, special sauce and, of course, bacon. 960 1280

  

Don't just dismiss mac and cheese as kids' food; the luscious, creamy goodness tempts adult palates, too. 960 1280

  

The crisp green beans and burst cherry tomatoes look tasty, but the star on this plate is the mouthwatering steak. 960 1280

  

Who needs a plain doughnut when you can enjoy one topped with creamy icing and colorful sprinkles? 960 1280

  

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Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie
Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Raise your spirits this Thanksgiving with Mrs. McMullen's Appleberry Pie. We’d happily trade canned cranberry sauce for this cocktail combination of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. 960 1280

  

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep

Start the summer off with a bang this Memorial Day by toasting with Frozen Mint Juleps. For non-southerners, this twist on the Kentucky Derby delight may make the bourbon more palatable -- and refreshing. 960 1280

  

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Ring in the New Year (or Christmas -- it’s festive) with a classy, champagne cocktail like Liam's Midnight Toast. Garnish with an orange slice, and leave the speeches to your guests! 960 1280

  

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini

For your adults-only Halloween party, serve this Black Devil Martini. This spooky spirit gets its color from dark rum, course orange sugar and a black olive garnish. 960 1280

  

Autumn Colors Cocktail

Autumn Colors Cocktail

The name says it all. This crisp, sweet-tea-vodka mixture is pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table thanks to pomegranate liqueur and orange zest. 960 1280

  

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Warm your belly during the holidays with beloved Hot Buttered Rum. This classic mixed drink containing rum, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg is perfect for enjoying fireside. 960 1280

  

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

It’s a wonderful life! We think right after Clarence, George Bailey’s guardian angel, finally got his wings he reached for this hot, cranberry concoction. 960 1280

  

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

One part Thanksgiving, 2 parts Christmas, we bet the big guy in red loves Santa's Pumpkin Pie Martini -- we do, too! 960 1280

  

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Paradise is found with a sip of this raspberry-infused, hot-chocolate cocktail, some people might say. Top the whipped cream with a drizzle of Chambord and a fresh raspberry. 960 1280

  

Flavored with spices and warmed to perfection, a glass of mulled wine soothes the spirit. 960 1280

  

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary. 960 1280

  

Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit and hit the sand ' it's frozen daiquiri time. 960 1280

  

Not just for the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is always a refreshing treat. 960 1280

  

Believed to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a Piña Colada hits the spot no matter where you drink it. 960 1280

  

Once considered an old-fashioned cocktail, the gimlet is gaining in popularity across America. 960 1280

  

Long a favorite in Spain, a fruity glass of sangria is the perfect summer cocktail. 960 1280

  

All you really need are tequila, triple sec and lime if you want to visit Margaritaville. 960 1280

  

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French Toast

French Toast

Served thick and with powdered sugar, syrup and plenty of butter, nothing says breakfast all day like french toast. 960 1280

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Turkey Club

Turkey Club

This turkey club sandwich is likely one of the healthier diner items - which doesn't mean it skimps on portion size. 960 1280

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Cheeseburger and Fries

Cheeseburger and Fries

It's not a real diner unless it has a deliciously greasy cheeseburger and fries. This one comes complete with onion rings and bacon as a bonus. 960 1280

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Banana Split

Banana Split

Why choose just 1 flavor of ice cream for dessert? This banana split is sure to be on your favorite diner's menu. 960 1280

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Reuben

Reuben

For those who prefer their sandwiches hot, a Reuben sandwich is a perfect diner choice. 960 1280

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

If you have room for dessert after all that diner food, apple pie will be sure to hit the spot. 960 1280

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Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Flapjacks are another diner mainstay, such as this short stack of blueberry pancakes. 960 1280

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Chili

Chili

Chili is sure to fill you up, whether you like it Texas-style or vegetarian. 960 1280

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Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

For a breakfast with a little class, and a lot of buttery hollandaise sauce, eggs Benedict is sure to be a hit. 960 1280

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Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe

Tuck a napkin into your shirt and dig in to a dinner classic, the sloppy Joe. 960 1280

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Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Regular fries not greasy enough for you? Try these chili cheese fries. 960 1280

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Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

This cherry pie is sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. 960 1280

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Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce

Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce

In Naperville, IL, Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce ("Devil's Sweat") uses 3 types of ghost peppers. 960 1280

  

Dried cayenne pepper

Dried cayenne pepper

Dried cayenne pepper is a popular spice used to add “heat” to dishes. It is most commonly used in powder form. 960 1280

  

Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet

Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet

New Orleans Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet, serves up his signature dish: the spicy jambalaya omelette. 960 1280

  

habanero chili pepper

habanero chili pepper

The habanero chili pepper is considered exceptionally hot -- hotter than the popular jalapeno pepper, according to the Scoville heat unit scale. Unripe peppers are green and turn orange or red as they ripen. 960 1280

  

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Li'l Dizzy's Café in the Treme section of New Orleans, serves up some of the hottest Creole cuisine in the Big Easy. 960 1280

  

hot peppers

hot peppers

In 1912, Wilbur L. Scoville invented a technique to measure the pungency of a pepper. The scale ranges from 0 Scoville units for a bell pepper, to over 1,000,000 units for the super hot Bhut Jolokia. 960 1280

  

chicken wings

chicken wings

In addition to the XXX hot wings, Chicago’s Jake Melnick’s is also known for its 2011 Wing Fest champion Firecracker Wing and their “Best in Show,” the wood-fired Pancho wings. 960 1280

  

Tolbert's Restaurant outside Dallas serves up traditional Texas fare, including Paris (Texas) Fried Catfish. 960 1280

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Brick Lane Curry House

Brick Lane Curry House

In New York’s East Village, on East 6th Street (also known as Old Indian Row), a giant red pepper hangs ominously over the door to the Brick Lane Curry House as a warning to diners: Enter at Your Own Risk. 960 1280

  

vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish)

vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish)

As the mecca for all things curry, Brick Lane is known for preparing some of the hottest vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish) west of the Ganges. 960 1280

  

indian food

indian food

Courageous customers of Brick Lane are welcome to its blistering buffet of spicy Indian offerings. 960 1280

  

Phaal

Phaal

A sampling of Brick Lane’s hot curry dish called Phaal. 960 1280

  

Tucked underneath a parking structure in downtown Chicago is a hot wings haven called Jake's Melnick's Corner Tap. 960 1280

  

Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge

Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge

At LA’s Jitlada, the “Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge” consists of chicken, Thai eggplant, red bell pepper, whole baby peppercorns and sliced Thai chilies all doused in a pungent, chili-curry sauce. 960 1280

  

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake's offers an impressive beer selection and great food, but everyone comes for the wings. 960 1280

  

fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha

fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha

Jitlada's Chef Tui uses fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha -- a sauce made of pureed fresh chili and garlic -- to spice up their Thai dishes. 960 1280

  

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black bean soup

black bean soup

Year-round, but especially during the cold winter months, black bean soup is a must. El Azteca in Fort Wayne, IN, has been called “one of the best.” And when available as the soup of the day, we’d recommend Shanty Grille in Ellicott City, MD, and Back Porch restaurant on Ocracoke Island, NC. 960 1280

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butternut squash soup

butternut squash soup

A spicy, hearty and creamy butternut squash soup is always good. Next time you’re in Park City, UT, whether visiting family and friends, attending the Sundance Film Festival or having a ski adventure, hop over to Good Karma for their butternut squash soup. 960 1280

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minestrone soup

minestrone soup

A classic: minestrone soup. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones traveling to Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl, head over to Iaria’s Italian Restaurant. Their traditional pasta dinners are all served with homemade minestrone soup and garden salad. 960 1280

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pumpkin soup

pumpkin soup

As soon as October is over, everyone’s mind jumps to Thanksgiving. And on a cold fall night, what better way to cap it off than with pumpkin soup? Next time you’re in Portland, OR, head over to The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar where they serve a 4-course feast during Thanksgiving, which includes pumpkin soup as the starter. 960 1280

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beef stew

beef stew

New England is no stranger to cold winter months, and when we need to warm up with a cup or bowl of beef stew, we head over to the New England Soup Factory in Brookline and Newton, MA. 960 1280

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meatball

meatball

Mmm… mamma mia! We love Italian meatball soup, especially made by Italians. Outside of Buffalo, NY, is Ilio DiPaolo’s. The DiPaolo family has been serving its customers authentic Italian cuisine since 1965. Buon appetito! 960 1280

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White bean soup

White bean soup

White bean soup is another classic, and Little Havana in NYC serves their soup with spicy Spanish chorizos. 960 1280

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gumbo stew

gumbo stew

Some would say that a trip to New Orleans isn’t complete until you’ve had gumbo and visited Cochon restaurant -- and they happen to make a mean gumbo. Delicious! 960 1280

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gazpacho

gazpacho

On warm days a classic gazpacho is almost necessary. In the city of brotherly love -- Philadelphia -- the authentic Spanish tapas restaurant Amada serves the tomato-based soup. 960 1280

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chicken noodle soup

chicken noodle soup

Who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup? Get this … Asian restaurants have reportedly perfected the art of making free-range chicken noodle soup (pho ga). So the next time you’re in San Francisco, head over to Hai Ky Mi Gia and try their take on chicken noodle soup. 960 1280

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tomato soup

tomato soup

A delicious tomato soup is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. At Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, they serve a delicious and hearty tomato soup. And the best part is, their organic produce is provided by local farmers. 960 1280

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shrimp creole

shrimp creole

To get an authentic taste of New Orleans’ cuisine, in this case shrimp Creole, you don’t always have to visit the Big Easy. If you happen to be in Las Vegas, head over to Lola’s where the atmosphere is "100 percent New Orleans." 960 1280

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Chicken Tortilla soup

Chicken Tortilla soup

Need some spice in your life? What about this delicious chicken tortilla soup. In Austin, TX, Mesa Rosa is a favorite when craving the rich chicken stock with chunks of celery, carrots, corn and chicken garnished with avocado and Monterey Jack cheese. 960 1280

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potato bacon soup

potato bacon soup

Craving comfort food? You can’t go wrong with this rich and creamy potato bacon soup. At Conor O’Neills, order their take on the tradition with their potato leek soup, served with homemade Irish soda bread and butter. Conor’s has 2 locations: Ann Arbor, MI, and Boulder, CO. 960 1280

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cheddar brocolli soup

cheddar brocolli soup

Our final soup classic is broccoli and cheese. Everything tastes better with cheese, don’t you think? With 6 locations in Texas, Hoffbrau Steaks serves a creamy broccoli cheese jalapeno soup. Mmm … 960 1280

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chili

chili

Whether it’s served with or without beans, chili warms the heart and belly. Another American classic restaurant is Ben’s Chili Bowl, a Washington, DC, institution since 1958. The beef-filled, house-made chili sauce is delicious by itself or served as a decadent french-fry topping. 960 1280

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chowder

chowder

For a classic New England clam chowder, visit an American classic -- Union Oyster House in Boston -- America’s oldest restaurant, established in 1826. 960 1280

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