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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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Doc’s Rib Joint

Doc’s Rib Joint

Mikey shows off the best barbecue in town: ribs, fries, coleslaw and cornbread at Doc’s Rib Joint located at the Kingston Mines blues club. 960 1280

  

Kingston Mines

Kingston Mines

Mikey jumps on stage at Kingston Mines, the club that brought the blues to Chicago's North Side. 960 1280

  

Kingston Mines

Kingston Mines

At Kingston Mines, you’ll not only find great music, but also some of the best macaroni and cheese around. 960 1280

  

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's prides itself on its bacon-infused menu. From a beer & bacon pairings menu, to beer-battered bacon, to a BLT overflowing with half a pound of “B,” there’s something to satisfy any late-night craving. 960 1280

  

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's

Mikey makes some friends at Paddy Long's, an unassuming neighborhood pub. 960 1280

  

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's offers a late-night menu full of the biggest and best bacon dishes you’ll find anywhere -- especially at 1a.m. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern first opened in 1934, but has since expanded to several locations. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

Cheesy and delicious, a burger from the Billy Goat gives Mikey the fuel he needs for the long night ahead. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

A supposed curse on the Chicago Cubs and a classic Saturday Night Live sketch made the Billy Goat Tavern famous. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

Mikey works the line at Billy Goat Tavern. 960 1280

  

Diner Grill

Diner Grill

Mikey rubs elbows with a mixture of night owls, blue-collar workers and post-bar revelers at the Diner Grill. 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

  

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Breakfast All Day

Breakfast All Day

Breakfast All Day
At B.A.D. Burger in New York City, the B.A.D. stands for "burgers/breakfast all day" -- a perk that's on the radar of many foodies. Open 24/7, this comfort-food joint serves up classic breakfast options (steak and eggs, anyone?), as well as vegan alternatives (such as shroom burgers), for cravings from dusk till dawn -- and beyond.
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Bread Upon Request

Bread Upon Request

Bread Upon Request
There's nothing quite like warm bread right out of the oven, and many restaurants are catching on to the idea. At Fishtails Café in Newport, OR, the bread is baked fresh daily. So are the muffins, biscuits and pies.
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Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food
At Triangle Char and Bar in Mount Pleasant, SC, the ingredients are homegrown and sustainable. The head chef has developed relationships with area farmers and bakers to provide the freshest bar food around, such as burgers made from local grass-fed beef.
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Steve Cole  

Small Portions

Small Portions

Small Portions
Tapas, antojitos, small plates -- call them what you will, but this trend isn't leaving the culinary scene anytime soon. Restaurants such as Oyamel, a Mexican eatery in Washington, DC, are giving patrons the opportunity to taste many different plates at once.
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Spicy Food

Spicy Food

Spicy Food
Part of the fun of dining out is getting the chance to taste cuisines from around the world -- especially spicy ones. If you’re looking for watery eyes and beads of sweat on your brow, head to new Thai restaurant Stang of Siam in Baltimore for its drunken noodles.
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Barbara Dudzi√Ö¬Ñska  

Menu Narrative

Menu Narrative

Menu Narratives
Menus can showcase a chef's vision for the food he prepares. At Pican restaurant in Oakland, CA, the menu tells the story of Southern culinary traditions; it includes complimentary corn bread and a comprehensive bourbon guide.
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Siri Stafford  

Veggies for Dessert

Veggies for Dessert

Veggies for Dessert
A few restaurants are surprising diners with vegetable-themed desserts. Del Posto in New York City proudly serves celery sorbet with a fig sweet-and sour-sauce, giving patrons a great excuse to eat dessert first.
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Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology

Mobile Technology
Restaurateurs are seeing the advantages of finding technology at their tables. Lark Creek Steak in California uses tablet computers to display its menu. Diners can see photos of the farm where their steak was sourced and what it will look like when it arrives tableside.
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Andrei Spirache  

Fine Dining Burgers

Fine Dining Burgers

Fine Dining Burgers
A burger can be so much more than fast food. With locations in Georgia and Alabama, Top Chef's Richard Blais's Flip Burger Boutique artfully crafts burgers with toppings such as pomegranate ketchup, seared foie gras and cucumber relish -- not all together, of course.
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Dennis Gottlieb  

Fine Dining for Kids

Fine Dining for Kids

Fine Dining… for Kids
Fine dining no longer has to exclude the kids. High-end French country restaurant Sel de la Terre in Boston offers a kids' menu, with choices such as chicken fingers or grilled cheese with pommes frites. Mom and dad no longer have to sacrifice fine dining for family-friendly fare.
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Catherine Yeulet  

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