Food Paradise: Truck Stop Paradise Pictures

From a rib-sticking 16-oz. steak in Virginia to a finger-lickin' deep-fried pork sandwich in Iowa, fuel up at the heartiest truck stop grub shops nationwide.

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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

  

A cameraman films Andrew Zimmern near the Chicago River. On this trip to the Windy City, Andrew discovers some of the best food in the world. 960 1280

  

Andrew visits George's Kabab Grill in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Andrew eats pacha, an Iraqi stew made with lamb-stomach dumplings, lamb trotters, stewed head and dried mint. 960 1280

  

A butcher prepares several hogs each day to stock the deli counter at Gene's Sausage on Belmont Avenue. 960 1280

  

Andrew stops at Rick Bayless' XOCO, a quick-service restaurant inspired by the Mexican street-food scene. 960 1280

  

Ruby's Fast Food has a variety of tasty Filipino delicacies on their menu. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Franks 'N' Dawgs' tur-dawgen, a turkey and date sausage topped with crispy duck confit, herb garlic aioli, house-pickled onion relish and pickled carrot. 960 1280

  

At George's Kabab Grill, Masma Jajou shows Andrew how to make lamb-stomach dumplings, a key ingredient in pacha. 960 1280

  

This boiled pig head is made into head cheese at Chicago's Mado Restaurant. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples this delicious cheddar risotto bratwurst with beer-braised onions and cheese snack crackers. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Alinea Restaurant's famous sardine antenna made with country bread, yellow tomato, sardine poached in olive oil and aromatics, horseradish, red chili flakes, fried caper, and arugula flower. 960 1280

  

Andrew and Rick Bayless try mango chili and guava ice cream at Maxwell Street Market. 960 1280

  

Graham Elliot's foielipops are made with foie mousse, fleur de sel and strawberry pop rocks. 960 1280

  

The Bizarre Foods production crew films at Graham Elliot's restaurant, where having fun while creating whimsical dishes is required. 960 1280

  

Visit Alinea Restaurant to pick up this unique dish. It's English pea paired with iberico ham, burrata cheese, honeydew melon and sherry wine. 960 1280

  

Be sure to try the stewed goat at XOCO in Chicago. 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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For over 90 years, The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs has been exuding culinary opulence with their Sunday brunches. 960 1280

  

It takes the Broadmoor chefs a week to create the Sunday feast, which features homemade sausages and chocolate filigrees. 960 1280

  

Las Vegas is the pleasure capital of the world, and the buffets served in hotels like the Bellagio reflect that title. 960 1280

  

Gourmet buffets are the specialty at the Bellagio with trays of Kobe beef, suckling pig and 8 types of pizza. 960 1280

  

Located high in the Burbank hills near Los Angeles, the Castaway is a nautically themed restaurant known for its seafood. 960 1280

  

Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA, set a Guinness World Record for its 123-lb. beef burger. 960 1280

  

Visit Gauchos Village in Glendale, CA, for a little taste of Brazilian cuisine like churrasco and deep-fried bananas. 960 1280

  

Bring your sweet tooth to the chocolate heaven at Boston's Langham Hotel's Café Fleuri chocolate bar. 960 1280

  

Chocoholics indulge in over 120 desserts made from different types of chocolate at Langham's Café Fleuri chocolate bar. 960 1280

  

If you are looking for the ultimate soup-eating experience, head to Pea Soup Andersen's in Buellton, CA. 960 1280

  

Pea Soup Andersen's uses over 135 tons of peas to prepare bottomless bowls of its famous split pea soup. 960 1280

  

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The shimmering stainless steel at Rosie's Diner in Rockford, MI, gives the joint a classic appeal both inside and out. 960 1280

  

Rosie's serves hearty, home-style meals and a round of golf on the 18-hole miniature-golf course outside. 960 1280

  

With classic 1950s decor, Ed Debevic's in Chicago is not only well-known for its food, but for its fun-loving servers. 960 1280

  

Ed Debevic's Diner is famous for its simple and fun diner food, like hot dogs, meat loaf and milkshakes. 960 1280

  

The 1920s railcar known as Empire Diner has been a fixture in the artsy community of New York's Chelsea for decades. 960 1280

  

The art deco Empire Diner serves classic American comfort food with a touch of metropolitan flair, including a full bar. 960 1280

  

Rhode Island is where the American diner got started at places like the Modern Diner in Pawtucket, RI. 960 1280

  

While most diners were designed only to look like railroad cars, the Napa Valley Wine Train is the real deal. 960 1280

  

Guests aboard the Wine Train can sip and swirl their wine while viewing the lush landscape of Napa Valley. 960 1280