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ot Pie Paradise and Deli in Hayward, CA

ot Pie Paradise and Deli in Hayward, CA

Straight out of the oven, the pies are laid out on cooling racks at Pot Pie Paradise and Deli in Hayward, CA. 960 1280

  

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Locals flock to Pot Pie Paradise and Deli, a cozy little pot pie shop, to gobble up more than 500 of the savory sensations a week! 960 1280

  

leasant House Bakery in Chicago

leasant House Bakery in Chicago

The savory filling provided by Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago is sealed inside a pot of pastry, baked to a golden brown. 960 1280

  

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

If you're not in the mood for something exotic, Pot Pie Paradise and Deli also offers up the classic chicken pot pie. 960 1280

  

Lobster Pot Pie

Lobster Pot Pie

Located in Kennebunk, ME, the most sought-after of all the lobster-laden delights on Academe's menu is its famous pot pie. 960 1280

  

Royal Pies

Royal Pies

Chicago’s Pleasant House Bakery treats customers to flaky, buttery “Royal Pies.” These British-inspired, hearty dishes live up to their title; each is made by hand using the best meats (the owners butcher their own meat!) and quality produce (many of the vegetables used are grown in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood). 960 1280

  

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

The bowl at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company is overloaded with freakishly large, whole button mushrooms, and drowned in a rich red sauce. 960 1280

  

Round-Abouts Restaurant

Round-Abouts Restaurant

Mother-and-son pot pie impresarios Nate and Bev Kellison opened Round-Abouts Restaurant in 2010, introducing the city of Lincoln, NE, to their unique brand of pot pie: the “Round.” 960 1280

  

Traveling Fare

Traveling Fare

The pies at Traveling Fare are so delicious that there's always a line of people waiting out the door. Even the mayor declared them the official pot pie of Marietta, GA. 960 1280

  

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Another one of Pot Pie Paradise and Deli’s signature pies is the Indian-inspired chicken tikka masala. 960 1280

  

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts maintains a sweet, small-town ambiance with a vintage flair. 960 1280

  

Academe’s Lobster Pot Pie

Academe’s Lobster Pot Pie

The waters here are overflowing with this succulent crustacean -- and so is Academe’s lobster pot pie. 960 1280

  

Kennebunk Inn in Maine

Kennebunk Inn in Maine

No place serves up New England flavor better than Academe at the Kennebunk Inn in Maine. 960 1280

  

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

The best thing about the chicken pie at the Centerville Pie Company is the gravy and the crust, full of chicken and extra deliciousness. 960 1280

  

Pleasant House Bakery

Pleasant House Bakery

Kale, mushrooms and chicken balti curry are among the daily offerings at Pleasant House Bakery. But the king of the Royal Pies on the menu is the steak and ale. 960 1280

  

The Melt Bar and Grilled

The Melt Bar and Grilled

If you’re looking for a truly memorable experience at Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland, OH, try the Melt Challenge. This massive sandwich jams 13 different cheeses into 3 slices of bread. Add a pile of fries and slaw, and you’re faced with over 5 pounds of food! 960 1280

  

The Melt Bar and Grilled

The Melt Bar and Grilled

The star of Melt Bar and Grilled's menu is the Parmageddon -- a monster melt made of sharp cheddar, sautéed onions, vodka kraut and 2 potato and cheese pierogies! 960 1280

  

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

There’s a huge selection of beer, burgers and munchies at Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar in Dallas, TX, but what keeps ‘em coming back every time are the cheddar fries. 960 1280

  

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar serves up an A-plus combo of cheese and fries. 960 1280

  

Squeeze Inn

Squeeze Inn

The trick to perfecting cheese at the Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, CA, is in their custom-made stainless steel hood. That's where the cheese bubbles into a crisp circle of heaven known as the “cheese skirt.” 960 1280

  

Squeeze Inn

Squeeze Inn

With 8 locations in northern California and a new food truck, the Squeeze Inn proves that no matter where you are, all you need is cheese. 960 1280

  

Baumgartner's

Baumgartner's

Baumgartner's in Monroe, WI, has been around since 1931, and current owners Chris and Tyler are dedicated to ensuring it remains the champion of stinky cheese. 960 1280

  

Baumgartner's

Baumgartner's

All the sandwiches at Baumgartner's are served simply on a piece of butcher paper – no plates allowed. 960 1280

  

Macbar

Macbar

In Manhattan’s hipster Soho district, the MacBar is a comfort food oasis where Chef Michael Ferraro creates mac ‘n cheese magic by adding high-end elements to his cheese-alicious creations. 960 1280

  

Macbar

Macbar

Whether it’s their one-of-a-kind sign or word of mouth, the MacBar keeps reeling in new fans with their sophisticated spin on a tried and true kids’ classic. 960 1280

  

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon in Chicago, IL, serves a variety of traditional Greek dishes, including feta and olives. 960 1280

  

Parthenon

Parthenon

If the Greek gods were to come down from Mount Olympus and check out Chicago, their first stop would surely be at The Parthenon … for an Olympic-size feast and a truly authentic experience. 960 1280

  

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon's spinach and cheese pie is made with paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough layered with a gooey mixture of its namesake ingredients. 960 1280

  

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot in Thousand Oaks, CA, serves all the fixings with their fondues to ensure a delectably memorable meal. 960 1280

  

Homeroom

Homeroom

You’ll find the ultimate ooey gooey after-school snack right here at Homeroom -- mac and cheese in Oakland, CA. 960 1280

  

Homeroom

Homeroom

Customers love Homeroom's cheesy, crunchy concoction, and it all starts with a basic béchamel base of flour, butter, milk and salt. 960 1280

  

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Head to Chicago for the world’s largest food festival. Now in its 33rd year, the 5-day festival attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. Highlighted foods include Chicago-style pizza, the famed Eli’s Cheesecake, plus various regional foods. The annual event is held in July. 960 1280

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Over 6 weeks, this annual fall festival at Epcot Theme Park showcases food and wine specialties from 25 countries. Explore international kiosks, cooking demonstrations, mixology classes and wine tastings, as well as live musical performances. 960 1280

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Held in September, the annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival was founded by 2 of Hawaii’s James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong. The 4-day festival also features a lineup of more than 50 leading chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. 960 1280

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Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

August 2012 marks the second-annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. The 4-day event will build on the success of last year’s lineup, which showcased more than 30 different restaurants and 200 vineyards. 960 1280

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New Orleans Wine & Food Festival

New Orleans Wine & Food Festival

In May the New Orleans Wine & Food Festival celebrates its 20th year -- all for a good cause. In its 2 decades, the festival has raised more than $1 million for nonprofit organizations based in New Orleans (like the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans), while attracting an impressive roster of local food and chefs, as well as national and international wines. 960 1280

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Taste of Vail

Taste of Vail

Every spring the annual Taste of Vail attracts more than 30 of the finest local chefs. The festival also attracts owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the country’s top wineries. 960 1280

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Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Every March, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival attracts nearly 20,000 food and wine aficionados from around the country. The 4-day event most recently featured the best in wine, barbecue and tacos, using Lowcountry ingredients. 960 1280

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Heading into its 12th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefits Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended the event, raising approximately $2 million for the university. The festival is next slated for February 2013. 960 1280

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Key West Food & Wine Festival

Key West Food & Wine Festival

This annual 4-day festival, held in January, turns up the heat in Key West. Celebrate Key West’s rich food and drink heritage with walk-around tastings at sunset, along with education wine and food seminars led by local talent. 960 1280

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Portland Eat Mobile Festival

Portland Eat Mobile Festival

Portland has more than 400 food carts, making it a top destination for mobile eats. Every April the city’s best street food takes center stage at the Portland Eat Mobile Festival. Attendees also enjoy food demonstrations and discussions on ways to incorporate green-friendly practices into their daily lives. 960 1280

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NYC Wine & Food Festival

NYC Wine & Food Festival

Eat, drink, end hunger -- that’s the mission of the NYC Wine & Food Festival. In the past, this annual fall festival has attracted more than 50,000 attendees and 200 celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. In all, 100% of the festivals net proceeds benefit the NYC Food Bank and Share Our Strength, a nonprofit committed to end child hunger. 960 1280

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Austin Food & Wine Festival

Austin Food & Wine Festival

Every April the "live music capital of the world” plays host to the 2-day Austin Food & Wine Festival. Among the highlights: 35 cooking demos, plus wine and cocktail seminars. In between, grab a complimentary drink at the VIP Lounge. Then sample the best in local and regional restaurants at the H-E-B Grand Tasting Pavilion. 960 1280

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Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Aspen Food & Wine Classic

In June the Aspen Food & Wine Classic celebrates its 30th anniversary as one of America's top culinary events. The 3-day event showcases cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel talks by leading wine and culinary experts. 960 1280

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