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Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie
Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Mrs. McMullen’s Appleberry Pie

Raise your spirits this Thanksgiving with Mrs. McMullen's Appleberry Pie. We’d happily trade canned cranberry sauce for this cocktail combination of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. 960 1280

  

Frozen Mint Julep

Frozen Mint Julep

Start the summer off with a bang this Memorial Day by toasting with Frozen Mint Juleps. For non-southerners, this twist on the Kentucky Derby delight may make the bourbon more palatable -- and refreshing. 960 1280

  

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Liam’s Midnight Toast

Ring in the New Year (or Christmas -- it’s festive) with a classy, champagne cocktail like Liam's Midnight Toast. Garnish with an orange slice, and leave the speeches to your guests! 960 1280

  

Black Devil Martini

Black Devil Martini

For your adults-only Halloween party, serve this Black Devil Martini. This spooky spirit gets its color from dark rum, course orange sugar and a black olive garnish. 960 1280

  

Autumn Colors Cocktail

Autumn Colors Cocktail

The name says it all. This crisp, sweet-tea-vodka mixture is pretty enough for the Thanksgiving table thanks to pomegranate liqueur and orange zest. 960 1280

  

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Warm your belly during the holidays with beloved Hot Buttered Rum. This classic mixed drink containing rum, caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg is perfect for enjoying fireside. 960 1280

  

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

Clarence’s Cranberry Toddy

It’s a wonderful life! We think right after Clarence, George Bailey’s guardian angel, finally got his wings he reached for this hot, cranberry concoction. 960 1280

  

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

Santa’s Pumpkin Pie Martini

One part Thanksgiving, 2 parts Christmas, we bet the big guy in red loves Santa's Pumpkin Pie Martini -- we do, too! 960 1280

  

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Paradise is found with a sip of this raspberry-infused, hot-chocolate cocktail, some people might say. Top the whipped cream with a drizzle of Chambord and a fresh raspberry. 960 1280

  

Flavored with spices and warmed to perfection, a glass of mulled wine soothes the spirit. 960 1280

  

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary. 960 1280

  

Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit and hit the sand ' it's frozen daiquiri time. 960 1280

  

Not just for the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is always a refreshing treat. 960 1280

  

Believed to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a Piña Colada hits the spot no matter where you drink it. 960 1280

  

Once considered an old-fashioned cocktail, the gimlet is gaining in popularity across America. 960 1280

  

Long a favorite in Spain, a fruity glass of sangria is the perfect summer cocktail. 960 1280

  

All you really need are tequila, triple sec and lime if you want to visit Margaritaville. 960 1280

  

Linger Lodge in Florida
Linger Lodge in Florida

Linger Lodge in Florida

The front entrance to Linger Lodge in Bradenton, FL, which serves up fried alligator bites inside. 960 1280

  

Hot dogs at The Varsity in Atlanta GA

Hot dogs at The Varsity in Atlanta GA

Loaded tray of hot dogs with all the fixin's at The Varsity in Atlanta, the biggest hot dog restaurant in the city that sells 15,000 to 20,000 hot dogs every day. 960 1280

  

Steak at Meat and Potatoes in Pittsburgh

Steak at Meat and Potatoes in Pittsburgh

Juicy cuts of steak being sliced at Pittsburgh's Meat and Potatoes, a steak lover's paradise featuring items like steak tartare and a massive rib eye for 2. 960 1280

  

burgers at Ted's Restaurant in Connecticut

burgers at Ted's Restaurant in Connecticut

An assembly line of burgers prepared for their toppings at Ted's Restaurant in Connecticut. At Ted’s they offer customers something that's not only delicious but unique: steamed burgers! 960 1280

  

Surf and turf dish at Vesta Grill in Denver

Surf and turf dish at Vesta Grill in Denver

Denver’s Vesta Dipping Grill's signature surf-and-turf dish: 3 pepper grilled flatiron steak with Manila clams. Mmm mmm! 960 1280

  

Funnel cake at Funnelicious in Greenville South Carolina

Funnel cake at Funnelicious in Greenville South Carolina

Brings back memories of the state fair, doesn't it? At Funnelicious in Greenville, SC, you can order your funnel cake in standard size, super-size or at 16 inches! 960 1280

  

Mac and cheese in Oakland

Mac and cheese in Oakland

At Homeroom in Oakland, CA, pick from a variety of mac-and-cheese creations, including this one served with lobster. 960 1280

  

Barbecue in Kansas City

Barbecue in Kansas City

Taste some of the best barbecue the Midwest has to offer at Gate's Bar B.Q. in Kansas City, MO. 960 1280

  

Barbecue in Oklahoma City

Barbecue in Oklahoma City

Taste some of the best Oklahoma City barbecue at Leo's BBQ. Order the Ultimate Barbecue Southern Platter with all the fixin's. 960 1280

  

Bacon Mania food truck in California

Bacon Mania food truck in California

The Bacon Mania food truck serves bacon in every item it offers -- even in the whipped cream! Locations in Southern and Northern California. 960 1280

  

Sandwich at Benji's Deli in Milwaukee

Sandwich at Benji's Deli in Milwaukee

Located in Milwaukee, Benji's Deli has been serving up Jewish fare since 1963. Try one of its signature sandwiches: Hear-O-Israel. 960 1280

  

Nachos dish at Cowgirl's in Sante Fe New Mexico

Nachos dish at Cowgirl's in Sante Fe New Mexico

Cowgirl's is famous for its hot 5 Pepper Diablo Nachos. This Santa Fe restaurant is a top pick among tourists and locals alike. 960 1280

  

Big-Ass Sandwich in Portland Oregon

Big-Ass Sandwich in Portland Oregon

With 2 locations in Portland, OR, the Big-Ass Sandwiches food truck always has a long line for its famous, larger-than-life sandwiches. 960 1280

  

shrimp and grits from Hungry Owl in Alabama

shrimp and grits from Hungry Owl in Alabama

Alabama's Hungry Owl serves up comfort food like smoked gouda grits and alligator pot pie. Owner and head chef Tony Nicholas displays its famous shrimp and grits dish. 960 1280

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Pepperfire in Nashville

Pepperfire in Nashville

In the mood for spicy, hot, fried chicken? Look no further than Pepperfire in Nashville, TN. 960 1280

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Hot sauce at D-Spot in St. Paul

Hot sauce at D-Spot in St. Paul

This restaurant's passion? Wings! D-Spot in St. Paul, MN, offers more than 90 flavors of wings! Pictured here is just a sampling! 960 1280

  

Open faced turkey sandwich at Jamie's Broadway Grille

Open faced turkey sandwich at Jamie's Broadway Grille

What's not to love about this: Thanksgiving on a slice of bread. In Sacramento, CA, Jamie's Broadway Grille offers this open-faced turkey sandwich. 960 1280

  

Chi'lantro food truck in Austin Texas

Chi'lantro food truck in Austin Texas

Austin is known for its endless number of delicious food trucks, and Chi'lantro food truck is among the favorites. Customers will wait for its signature dish of kimchi fries -- caramelized kimchi with Korean BBQ, chopped grilled onions, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, along with cilantro, magic sauce, sriracha, sesame seeds, all atop a pile of french fries. 960 1280

  

Deep dish pizza at Gino's East

Deep dish pizza at Gino's East

Mini deep-dish pizzas are just some of the delicious fare offered at the legendary Gino's East in Chicago. Also make sure you try its Meaty Legend pizza. 960 1280

  

enchilada at Sadie's in Albuquerque

enchilada at Sadie's in Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s Sadie's has been serving customers its popular enchilada dish since 1950. This enchilada, known as Sopapilla, is 6 1/2 pounds of meat, potatoes, beans, chili and cheese. It’s all then topped with pinto beans, potatoes, stewed chicken, ground beef and tender pork. 960 1280

  

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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

  

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concession stands

concession stands

First stop at the Colorado State Fair: the concession stands where you’ll find deep-fried items like Oreos, cheesecake and peanut butter. 960 1280

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chocolate covered bacon

chocolate covered bacon

Who doesn't love chocolate? What about bacon dipped in chocolate? Get some at the Famous Dave's stand at the Minnesota State Fair. 960 1280

  

little girl eats ice cream

little girl eats ice cream

A young girl enjoying her sweet corn ice cream from the Blue Moon Dine In Theater at the Minnesota State Fair. 960 1280

  

cream puffs

cream puffs

One of the main attractions at the Wisconsin State Fair: freshly made cream puffs on a tray from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion. 960 1280

  

Fried bubblegum

Fried bubblegum

Fried bubblegum, a 2011 Big Tex Award winner for most creative food item at the Texas State Fair. 960 1280

  

grill

grill

Delicious! The grill at Juicy's stand at the Arizona State Fair. 960 1280

  

maggots on a sandwich

maggots on a sandwich

Feeling brave? Try a "maggot melt" sandwich at Jungle George’s food concession stand at the Colorado State Fair. 960 1280

  

Close-up of Nutty Bar ice cream

Close-up of Nutty Bar ice cream

Nutty Bar, an Iowa State Fair tradition. Classic vanilla ice cream on a stick dipped in chocolate and covered with nuts. Try one at the Oasis Concessions. 960 1280

  

Sign for baked chocolate chip cookies

Sign for baked chocolate chip cookies

Minnesota State Fair goers line up at Sweet Martha's Cookies for freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. A state fair tradition. 960 1280

  

Close-up of Belgian waffles

Close-up of Belgian waffles

Belgian waffles waiting to be dressed at the Belgian Waffles stand at the State Fair of Texas. 960 1280

  

Cardinali's Woodfire Pizza stand is "home of the world’s largest fair food," at the Arizona State Fair. 960 1280

  

6-foot pizza

6-foot pizza

Cardinali's pizza -- the giant 6-foot pizza is shown off by Cardinali's owners and employees at the Arizona State Fair. 960 1280

  

hot beef sundae

hot beef sundae

Cattlemen’s Beef Quarter's hot beef sundae is one of the star food items at the Iowa State Fair. 960 1280

  

prepared ribs

prepared ribs

Pounds of ribs are prepped for smoking at Famous Dave's at the Minnesota State Fair. 960 1280

  

brownies

brownies

Blue ribbon brownies, another decadent treat baked at the Original Cream Puff Pavilion at the Wisconsin State Fair. 960 1280

  

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