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The W Hotel Club Sandwich
The W Hotel Club Sandwich

The W Hotel Club Sandwich

The Club Sandwich
Where: The W Hotel in Washington, DC
What: It’s a triple-decker sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, mayo and a sunny side up fried egg, all in 3 slices of sourdough bread.
For more, visit the Best Sandwich in America website.
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Crab Cakes from Faidley Seafood

Crab Cakes from Faidley Seafood

Crab Cake Sandwich
Where: Faidley Seafood in Baltimore
What: These traditional sammies are filled with 6.5 ounces of jumbo lump crabmeat, fried to perfection.
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Chicken Cheddar Biscuit from Time-Out

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit from Time-Out

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit
Where: Time-Out Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC
What: This sandwich has a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with an oozing piece of cheddar cheese resting between a large, fluffy biscuit.
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The Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi's

The Chicken Conquistador from Zunzi's

The Chicken Conquistador
Where: Zunzi’s in Savannah, GA
What: The Conquistador consists of a baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and special sauce on French bread.
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The BLT from Crown Candy Kitchen

The BLT from Crown Candy Kitchen

The BLT
Where: Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis
What: A mountain of thick-sliced crisp bacon is topped with tomato slices and lettuce, all sandwiched between 2 pieces of golden brown white toast.
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The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia
Where: The Blacksheep in Richmond, VA
What: This creations has with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple and remoulade sauce.
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Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich from Katz's

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich
Where: Katz's Deli in New York City
What: The meats are on rye bread with mustard but Adam’s favorite way to eat this sandwich is with Russian dressing and coleslaw.
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Grouper Reuben

Grouper Reuben

Grouper Reuben
Where: Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, FL
What: The sandwich is a filet of grouper topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and warm sauerkraut placed between 2 slices of marble rye bread.
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Shrimp Po Boy

Shrimp Po Boy

Shrimp Po' Boy
Where: Domilise’s Po-Boy and Bar in New Orleans
What: It has loads of fresh shrimp straight from the fry basket piled onto a loaf of locally made bread. It is dressed with tomato, lettuce and creole mustard with some pickles to top it off.
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4-Courser Sandwich

4-Courser Sandwich

4-Courser Sandwich
Where: The Fifty/50 in Chicago
What: The sandwich has smoked pulled pork with a gouda béchamel sauce, pickles, jalapeño chips, sweet potato chips with BBQ sauce and a waffle-ized macaroni and cheese, all between a smoked pretzel bun.
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Al’s Combo Italian Beef

Al’s Combo Italian Beef

Al’s Combo Italian Beef
Where: Al's in Chicago
What: The fall-apart tender beef is piled high on top of an Italian Sausage grilled to perfection. It is topped with sweet hot peppers and Giardiniera, and is sandwiched between a hearty Italian roll that soaks up the au jus, giving it that extra burst of flavor.
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Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY
Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Smother the dog with sauce, top it with chopped onions and mustard, and slap it on a freshly-steamed bun, and you’ve got “The Works” at Newest Lunch in Schenectady, NY. 960 1280

  

Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Newest Lunch, Schenectady, NY

Here in upstate New York at Newest Lunch, these sauce-covered dogs are called "Michigans," and just like their Coney Island cousin in the Great Lakes state, their meaty topping is what makes these dogs so delicious. 960 1280

  

Gene and Jude's, Chicago, IL

Gene and Jude's, Chicago, IL

While ketchup is a common compliment to hot dogs and French fries, it's one condiment that is permanently banned from Gene and Jude's in Chicago, IL. 960 1280

  

Doggie Style, Alameda, CA

Doggie Style, Alameda, CA

With such a diverse range of flavors, Doggie Style in Alameda, CA has many regulars eager to try every crazy combination on the menu. 960 1280

  

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

The paper hat and white apron the cooks wear at American Coney Island in Detroit, MI, play a special part in continuing their old-fashioned tradition. 960 1280

  

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

American Coney Island, Detroit, MI

From the black and white tile floor to the red, white and blue pennants on the walls, American Coney Island has an old-fashioned and patriotic charm. 960 1280

  

Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI

Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI

Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI, sits several steps to the west of American Coney Island, giving customers a constant source of debate: Who makes the better chili dog? 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Chef Keith’s background in gourmet cooking comes through in the unique ways he dresses up his pups at Hot Diggity in Philadelphia, PA. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

The Philly Surf and Turf Dog at Hot Diggity pays homage to an old Philadelphia classic by wrapping the entire dog in a deep fried fishcake and then topping it with pepper hash. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Customers at Hot Diggity dine in the presence of local artwork from Philly-based artist Hawk Krall, who came up with original paintings that portray the menu selections in wiener-wonderful ways. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

If making choices isn't your strong suit, then let someone else choose from one of 17 dipping sauces at Hot Diggity on your behalf. 960 1280

  

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Hot Diggity, Philadelphia, PA

Despite all the innovative and creative dogs that span the culinary spectrum, Hot Diggity's version of the traditional Chicago dog remains a favorite among locals. 960 1280

  

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

With a menu featuring 21 creative combinations, it can be quite a challenge choosing your hot dog at La Perrada de Edgar in Miami. 960 1280

  

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

La Perrada de Edgar, Miami, FL

La Parrada customers can choose links from Latin American countries like Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil, all brimming with traditional toppings. 960 1280

  

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Nestled on the east side of the Ohio River, in the town of Lesage, WV, Hillbilly Hot Dogs is truly a backwoods culinary adventure. 960 1280

  

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

If you’re looking for something under 3 1/2 pounds, try the egg dog, taco dog, pepperoni dog, junkyard dog, buckeye dog or nacho dog from Hillbilly Hot Dogs. 960 1280

  

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs, Lesage, WV

Hillbilly Hot Dogs signature dog, the Home Wrecker, is 15 inches long, 2 inches in diameter and smothered with 12 towering toppings. 960 1280

  

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

The kitchen at the Whistle Pig in Niagara Falls, NY, has been cooking up delicious dogs since 1939. 960 1280

  

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

Whistle Pig, Niagara Falls, NY

Determined to preserve the local landmark they loved as kids, the Whistle Pig’s owners, Tim Shiah and Dave Bruno, gave the joint a nice, new polish, but kept the mom-and-pop vibe by bringing back the kiddy carnival rides, classic car night and opening an ice cream parlor next door. 960 1280

  

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor, MI
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

Stacked patties sit on the cutting board at Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor, MI. 960 1280

  

Apple Pan

Apple Pan

Try the famous Hickory Burger at the Apple Pan in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Casper's & Runyon's Nook

Casper's & Runyon's Nook

The 2-lb. Nooky Supreme at Casper's & Runyon's Nook in St. Paul, MN, is more meat than should ever be consumed in one sitting. 960 1280

  

My Brother's Bar

My Brother's Bar

The Jalapeno Cream Cheese Burger sits on display at My Brother's Bar in Denver, CO. 960 1280

  

Kuma's Corner

Kuma's Corner

The Kuma Burger at Kuma's Corner in Chicago, IL, is known for its addition of a fried egg to top things off. 960 1280

  

Shooting Star Saloon

Shooting Star Saloon

Dig into the Star Burger at Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville, UT. 960 1280

  

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill

Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill

The Antelope Burger at Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill in Elroy, TX, is the favorite of nearly every local in town. 960 1280

  

Heart Attack Grill

Heart Attack Grill

Talk about a heart attack waiting to happen – get a look at the Quadruple Bypass Burger at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. 960 1280

  

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Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Midtown at this modern American restaurant. Má Pêche is offering a special New Year’s Eve 4-course prix fixe chicken and rice dinner that includes a champagne toast at midnight. 960 1280

  

Commerce

Commerce

Wax nostalgic for a bygone Manhattan era at Commerce's historic Greenwich Village space. Amid the restaurant’s Art Deco murals, classic cocktails and cozy booths, you can reminisce about Old New York while you toast to the New Year. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

This East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties. Chef Vito and his team are hosting an intimate celebration, featuring a 5-course menu that includes risotto lobster Bolognese and pan-seared Crescent Farms duck breast with wine pairings.  960 1280

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Soccarat

Soccarat

Transport yourself to Spain on New Year’s Eve. Gather your friends and prepare to share tapas and paella at this charming space in Midtown. Grapes will be provided for the "12 grapes of luck" tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight. 960 1280

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Affaire

Affaire

Ring in the New Year Parisian-style without leaving the East Village! This cozy French bistro's New Year’s Eve party includes 3 rooms of music by in-house and guest DJs, a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is semi-formal or burlesque … if you really want to get into the mood. 960 1280

  

Centro

Centro

Have a “Buon Anno Nuovo!” at this Italian hot spot in the West Village. Go all out with a 5-course menu or choose the 4-course menu -- antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Indulge one last time before New Year's resolutions kick in with the decadent homemade dolci. 960 1280

  

TOY Restaurant

TOY Restaurant

For a memorable New Year’s Eve, head to this Gansevoort Hotel hot spot for dinner and a show. Laser lighting, aerialist performances and cutting-edge DJs make this “multi-sensory, stimulating fantasy playground” the setting for an extraordinary night.   960 1280

  

Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

This is every Francophile’s dream spot for ringing in the New Year. This slice of Paris on the Upper East Side is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, with 3 seatings. The first is kid-friendly, the second has a Broadway pop show, and the third has the Broadway pop show and a midnight toast. And if you can’t get enough, come back for the bistro’s New Year’s Day brunch.  960 1280

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Jungsik

Jungsik

Treat yourself to modern Korean cuisine this New Year's Eve. TriBeCa's Jungsik is offering 2 New Year’s Eve seatings: a 4-course prix fixe spread and a 10-course option. Splurge with a wine pairing add-on for the special night. 960 1280

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Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains

Food Network star and chef Marc Murphy's New York-style fish shack is a lively spot to ring in the New Year. With its informal vibe and casual chic dress code, Ditch Plains is a fuss-free option for the big night. 960 1280

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Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, CA

Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, CA

An aerial view of the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, CA. 960 1280

  

Shopping for Ground Beef

Shopping for Ground Beef

DIY’s Cool Tools host Chris Grundy and Juicy’s CEO Brett shop for ground beef in the supermarket. They’ve filled 3 shopping carts, and they’re still not finished. 960 1280

  

The Cooking Staff

The Cooking Staff

The cooking staff mixes the ground beef that will be used to build the 800-lb. hamburger. 960 1280

  

Prepping the Bun

Prepping the Bun

Nick preps the giant hamburger bun. 960 1280

  

Juicy’s mobile grill

Juicy’s mobile grill

Brett and Nick talk about their plans for the giant burger in front of Juicy’s mobile grill. 960 1280

  

Assembling the Grill

Assembling the Grill

Nick and Brett begin assembling the grill that will be used to cook the hamburger. 960 1280

  

Grilling Juicy's Chickens

Grilling Juicy's Chickens

Juicy’s isn’t just about the burger. Brett’s cooking staff is hard at work grilling several chickens on a giant grill for the fair. 960 1280

  

Smoked Turkey Legs

Smoked Turkey Legs

Nick and Chris stand behind the grill at the smoked-turkey-leg food stand. 960 1280

  

Performers on Stilts

Performers on Stilts

Performers on stilts walk in front of the food stands at the county fair. 960 1280

  

Juicy's Burger Stand

Juicy's Burger Stand

A night shot of Juicy’s burger stand at the county fair. 960 1280

  

The 800-lb Burger

The 800-lb Burger

The finished product -- Juicy’s 800-lb. hamburger. 960 1280

  

Anella

Anella

Anella is well worth the hike from Manhattan into Brooklyn. This Greenpoint gem doesn’t try too hard with its relaxed vibe and no-frills decor, but it still meets perfection with dishes like ricotta gnocchi, pan-seared pork chops and steamed mussels. 960 1280

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Lexington Brass

Lexington Brass

A popular lunch and brunch spot in Midtown, Lexington Brass serves American bistro favorites with a twist of sophistication. You’ll feel right at home here with comfort foods like roasted chicken served in cast-iron pans. 960 1280

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Olives

Olives

Located in Union Square’s W Hotel, Olives is a swanky spot for a meal or a meetup, with an extensive small-plates menu and creative cocktails such as the Heart Beet -- vodka-infused beet lemonade. 960 1280

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Café de la Esquina

Café de la Esquina

Where else can you find a retro Mexico dinner that takes menu suggestions from neighborhood locals? Williamsburg, of course. The hip Brooklyn hood’s Café de La Esquina dishes are a spicy spin on the classics, such as the hamburguesa, a burger topped with jalapenos, avocado and chipotle mayo. 960 1280

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Macelleria

Macelleria

This Italian steakhouse in the Meatpacking District is a carnivore’s dream, with dry-aged porterhouse, Tuscan sausage and chicken alla diavola. But fear not, vegetarians: There are plenty of meat-free pasta dishes, too. And tiramisu doesn’t always have to wait until dessert. 960 1280

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Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Midtown’s modern American restaurant Má Pêche's menu changes daily, but the extensive raw bar is always a perfect starter. On the way out pick up dessert -- an addictive slice of Crack Pie or Compost Cookie -- at the sister bakery, Momofuku’s Milk Bar. 960 1280

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Amali

Amali

Amali, a Mediteranean eatery on the Upper East Side, adheres to a strict farm-to-table dining experience -- using local vegetables, grains and dairy products -- and only buying whole animals. Greek-infused specialities like the lamb porterhouse and Kataifi cannoli are not to be missed. 960 1280

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Masak

Masak

Sweet and spicy street foods from Singapore are given a sophisticated touch at East Village’s Masak. Start off dinner with the signature dish Quih Pie Tee (pictured), fried rice cracker cups filled with seasonal flavors like foie gras, sweetcorn and strawberries. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen and Winebar

Aroma Kitchen and Winebar

Aroma, an East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar, focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties, such as the risotto del giorno. And you’ll feel like royalty with the service; Chef Vito is known to personally deliver his signature dishes to your table. 960 1280

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‘Cesca Enoteca and Trattoria

‘Cesca Enoteca and Trattoria

Friendly and rustic, this southern Italian spot is a welcome culinary spot on the Upper West Side. Authentic Italian dishes like linguine alla vongole, are best paired with an Italian varietal on the extensive award-wining wine list. 960 1280

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