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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

  

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

  

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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