Food Paradise: Soups and Stews

Get Travel's picks for the best soups and stews around including black bean soup, New England Clam Chowder, Ben's famous chili and more.

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The Bizarre Foods production crew grabs a few shots outside John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern points out a personal favorite at Chocolate by Mueller in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew demonstrates the proper way to hold a 40-lb. snapping turtle in Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

The crew films Philly's skyline from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts -- made famous in the movie Rocky. 960 1280

  

Andrew tastes bigos -- a traditional Polish stew -- at Czerw's Kielbasy in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew pulls a rack of sausage links out of the old-school smokehouse at Czerw's Kielbasy. 960 1280

  

Chef Masaharu Morimoto shows Andrew how to prepare a signature dish at Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and John Bucci, owner of John's Roast Pork, share a cheesesteak in South Philly. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu films 4 snarling, snapping turtles near the small town of Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu gets an establishing shot of Philadelphia's Italian Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Delmar Anthony prepare a pot of snapping-turtle soup by carving up meat in Drums, PA. 960 1280

  

Andrew and the crew watch snapper expert Delmar Anthony artfully prepare a dish using snapping turtle. 960 1280

  

In White Haven, PA, Andrew adds a key ingredient -- a pig's head -- to a boiling cauldron of scrapple, a loaf made of cornmeal and pig scraps. 960 1280

  

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Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

For men with a caveman-sized appetite for slow-cooked meat on the bone, Cattleman’s smokes up massive half-cow racks of beef ribs. 960 1280

  

Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

Cattleman's Steakhouse, Fabens, Texas

If you’re looking for a restaurant where you can chow down on a man-sized meal, reaffirm your place at the top of the food chain at Cattleman’s Steakhouse in West Texas. 960 1280

  

Incanto, San Francisco, California

Incanto, San Francisco, California

One of Incanto's more popular dishes is the bone marrow and beef tongue plate. If you’re lucky enough to visit when it’s on the “odds and ends” board, you will not be disappointed with your order. 960 1280

  

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

With its giant portions of protein fresh from the ocean, unpretentious surroundings and burly fishermen unloading their catch just steps away from the front door, Mabel’s reeks of deep-sea testosterone. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

When you visit Oklahoma Joe's, make sure you’re hungry, because they have a variety of dishes that will leave you more than satisfied. 960 1280

  

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

In Jackson Hole, WY, there are mountain bike trails, ski slopes and hiking trails, and they all tend to lead right here to the Snake River Brewing Company. 960 1280

  

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Snake River Brewing Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Find a no-bull attitude and great grub -- including a meaty original that makes real men weak in the knees -- at the Snake River Brewing Company in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Not only do guys want great food in a barbecue joint, but they also want an atmosphere where the guy you're sitting elbow-to-elbow with will grunt in appreciation when you fill your plate with brisket. 960 1280

  

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

Oklahoma Joe's is considered one of the manliest barbecue joints around because of the quality of their food and the juiciness of their meat. You just can't beat it. 960 1280

  

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

Every thick, doughy pie that comes out of Burt’s Place in Chicago is a paragon of freshness: light on cheese and heavy on char marks from the signature cast-iron pans — and every bit as soft underneath as Burt himself. 960 1280

  

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

Burt's Place, Chicago, Illinois

The reason why the pizzas of Burt’s Place are so awesome and so manly is because he uses cast-iron pans that have been around probably as long as his beard has been. 960 1280

  

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

These Korean BBQ tacos excite even the manliest of men. Pick any protein – from chicken and pork to shrimp and tofu – and Hankook’s will pile it on. 960 1280

  

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

Hankook Taqueria, Atlanta, Georgia

Hankook Taqueria is a no-frills restaurant. Customers come in knowing they’re getting great food at a great price and that they’ll never leave hungry. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz’s is a New York institution, and it’s the place to go when you want New York-style soul food. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz's Delicatessen, New York, New York

Katz's is the Mecca of pastrami sandwiches. There are a lot of places that try to copy them, and there’s a good reason for that. 960 1280

  

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mabel's Lobster Claw, Kennebunkport, Maine

Mabel's Lobster Claw prepares around 2,000 to 3,000 Lobster Savannahs a year. 960 1280

  

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene’s Sausage is a European market that specializes in 40 different varieties of smoked meats and sausages. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

These legendary links spend 40 minutes in the oven before they’re dropped into a red sauce made with fresh tomatoes, fennel seed and a secret mix of spices known only to the restaurant’s chef-owner Francesco Buffa. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn is home to one of the oldest, most venerable sausage specialists in the country -- Ferdinando’s Focacceria. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Many customers stop by the Southside butcher counter to take home some of the finest sausage that Texas has to offer. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Elgin, TX, is known for just one thing -- sausage. Elgin sausage is so sensational that it’s sold all over America, but the best is still served at the oldest barbecue joint in the Lone Star State: Southside Market. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Sweet peppers and onions are a welcome topping to an already succulent Wurstkuche sausage. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche restaurant custom-designs 20 sausages, including classics such as Bockwurst, Hot Italian and even Vegetarian varieties. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The Polish Village cooks its succulent sausage in beer sauce. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The cooks at the Polish Village come straight from Poland or learned their craft from someone who did. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Like everything else on chef Robert Stehling’s menu, the star of this party is prepared from scratch, using only fresh, locally farmed ingredients. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill opened in 1996 as a Southern neighborhood restaurant in a great Southern neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

The bangers at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR, offer a trip to England without the passport. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

For those who prefer their pig in a blanket, the Horse Brass also serves up a banger sausage roll. 960 1280

  

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

The sausage that owner Hans Weissgerber serves up is much the same as what’s been served in Germany for over 500 years. 960 1280

  

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Traditional Japanese rolls and nigiri are prepared for take-out at Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC

Cooks prep ingredients for dishes made in woks at Yo! Sushi in Washington, DC. 960 1280

  

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger's energy bagels are a popular menu item. 960 1280

  

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC

Pret A Manger in Washington, DC, uses fresh bread for their signature sandwiches. 960 1280

  

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs

Ikea's famous Swedish meatballs are served with mashed potatoes and gravy and a side of lingonberries. 960 1280

  

Bingsu, a Korean parfait

Bingsu, a Korean parfait

Bingsu, a Korean parfait composed of ice shavings and fruit syrups, is a signature dessert at Caffe Bene in Korea and in the US. 960 1280

  

LA’s Yoshinoya

LA’s Yoshinoya

LA’s Yoshinoya serves their signature beef bowl, a juicy beef mixture on top of a bed of rice. 960 1280

  

Green tea cream puffs

Green tea cream puffs

Green tea cream puffs are offered at Beard Papa's locations around the world. 960 1280

  

85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California

85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California

A top seller at 85 Degrees C Bakery Café in California is the Berrytale, filled with blueberries and cream cheese. 960 1280

  

85 Degrees C Bakery Café

85 Degrees C Bakery Café

Taiwan’s popular Rosong bread is offered at 85 Degrees C Bakery Café. 960 1280

  

New York City’s Maoz

New York City’s Maoz

New York City’s Maoz is a fast food restaurant from Amsterdam geared toward vegetarians and vegans. 960 1280

  

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien

Ricotta Tartine from Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian café chain in New York City. 960 1280

  

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

Get your fill of soft-drink nostalgia at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. 960 1280

  

McDonald's headquarters in Chicago

McDonald's headquarters in Chicago

McDonald's corporate team members in a test kitchen at their headquarters in suburban Chicago. 960 1280

  

Giraffa's in Miami

Giraffa's in Miami

The grilled picanha dish is served with grilled vegetables, haricots and quinoa at Giraffa's in Miami. 960 1280