More Chowdown Countdown: Locations 101-81 Pictures

The countdown to the top chow down spot in America starts here! Join us as we dive into a healthy helping of chicken and waffles in Harlem, a burrito the size of a baby in Los Angeles and more.

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Sweatman's BBQ

Sweatman's BBQ

The chef inspects the meat before plating it at Sweatman's BBQ in Holly Hill, SC, where they’ve been roasting whole hogs, each roasted for 14 hours over hot coals and embers, since 1977. 960 1280

  

La Taqueria

La Taqueria

San Fran's authentic Mexican joint, La Taqueria, opened in 1973. As you can see, the burritos at La Taqueria are different then almost any other in the world, leaving out the rice for a meatier taste. 960 1280

  

Melt Bar & Grill

Melt Bar & Grill

Head to the Rock n' Roll city of Cleveland, OH, for one of Melt's most delicious -- and massive -- grilled cheese sandwiches. 960 1280

  

Cafe Coyote

Cafe Coyote

A close-up of San Diego's Cafe Coyote's world-famous, deep-fried ice cream treats. 960 1280

  

Goldberg's Deli

Goldberg's Deli

In the mood for a manly meal? Goldberg's Deli in Bellevue, WA, has you covered! This popular West Coast deli serves up all the classics, including a Reuben that weighs just over 5 pounds! 960 1280

  

This Is It Soul Food

This Is It Soul Food

This Is It opened in 1959 in Houston, TX, but they’ve had to relocate 3 times to bigger spaces due to an overwhelming number of soul food-loving customers. 960 1280

  

Squeeze Inn

Squeeze Inn

Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, CA, restaurant adds a unique style of cheese to their burgers -- a cheese skirt! The skirt of cheese surrounds the patty on the bun and keeps the customers coming back for more. 960 1280

  

Marabella's Meatball Company

Marabella's Meatball Company

Chef Gabe Marabella puts his famous meatballs in the oven. But this Philadelphia staple serves up much more than just delicious meatballs. They have so many different combinations to choose from, you’d have to get a mathematician to add them all up! 960 1280

  

Frontier Restaurant

Frontier Restaurant

Located across the street from the University of New Mexico, Frontier Restaurant in Albuquerque is a chili lover’s paradise! Their secret ingredient? Frontier serves green chili in just about every item on the menu. 960 1280

  

Wagner's Pharmacy

Wagner's Pharmacy

Wagner’s Pharmacy in Louisville, KY, is both a diner-style restaurant and a pharmacy in the same building! You can pick up your medication and chow down on a hearty meal in just 1 trip. 960 1280

  

The Pancake Pantry

The Pancake Pantry

The Pancake Pantry, a popular restaurant in Nashville, TN, serves up many different kinds of pancakes -- all with flour milled locally. 960 1280

  

Casa Orinda

Casa Orinda

Casa Orinda opened in California in 1932 and has been serving the same classic dishes since then. They’re most famous for their fried chicken, selling more than 20,000 orders every year! 960 1280

  

The Spudder

The Spudder

The Spudder has been serving up steak in Tulsa, OK, since 1974 and carnivores have travelled from all over to try it. Their tastiest steak, the Gusher, weighs in at around 22 ounces. 960 1280

  

Rack Shack

Rack Shack

Next stop, the Rack Shack in St. Paul, MN, famous for their signature dish: The Hobo. This loaded dish includes a smoked potato topped with beans, jalapeno mac and cheese, pulled pork, blue cheese bacon coleslaw, a creamed corn bake with corn bread in it, cheese sauce and bbq sour cream. 960 1280

  

Truck Yard

Truck Yard

A close-up of Truck Yard's signature Philly cheesesteak. Truck Yard is just that, a yard with abandoned trucks turned into a bar, kitchen and stage for live music. 960 1280

  

Poe's Tavern

Poe's Tavern

This Edgar Allan Poe themed restaurant in Sullivan's Island, SC, serves up American-style cuisine and is famous, not only for being Poe themed, but for their delicious burgers, as well. 960 1280

  

Kloby's Smokehouse

Kloby's Smokehouse

Ever think to yourself, "This meal is so delicious, I wish I could just throw it in a blender and drink it?" Well, if you're one of those people, then Kloby's Smokehouse in Laurel, MD, is the place for you. Kloby's serves up your favorite barbecue food in a jar. Drink up! 960 1280

  

Phil's Last Stand

Phil's Last Stand

This popular Chicago restaurant is known for their hot dogs, sausages and fried shrimp! Their most popular dishes are on a “secret” menu, including the Phil's Last Stand special: A grilled Vienna sausage split open with a regular hot dog inside with salami-infused macaroni and cheese to rounding out the dish. 960 1280

  

Mama Carolla's

Mama Carolla's

This tasty Italian restaurant in Indianapolis, IN, serves up several chowdown-worthy foods, including their very popular rosemary chicken lasagna. 960 1280

  

Arthur's Tavern

Arthur's Tavern

A crock of the French onion soup from Arthur's Tavern in Morris Plains, NJ, sits on display. However, the tavern is best known for their succulent steaks. Arthur’s opened in 1956 and serves up any kind of steak you would want, including 16-ounce, 24-ounce and even 48-ounce steaks. 960 1280

  

Peter Luger Steakhouse

Peter Luger Steakhouse

Bite into one of the best steaks in America. Located in Brooklyn, NY, Peter Luger Steakhouse has been serving succulent, seasoned steaks for more than 125 years, and has been voted NYC’s No. 1 steakhouse for 30 years running. 960 1280

  

Pink's Hot Dogs

Pink's Hot Dogs

A famous Pink’s hot dog is dressed with hot peppers, mustard and other tasty ingredients. This Los Angeles restaurant attracts tourists, locals and celebrities by offering a unique and delicious variety of hot dogs and additional menu items. 960 1280

  

Suppenkuche

Suppenkuche

Enjoy a traditional, authentic German dinner such as meat and potatoes at Suppenkuche, a Bavarian-style restaurant located in the heart of San Francisco. 960 1280

  

Carnegie Deli

Carnegie Deli

Carnegie Deli is a true staple of the NYC food experience. Their 1-lb. pastrami sandwiches are one of their most requested menu options, in addition to their New York-style cheesecake. 960 1280

  

Beau Jo's

Beau Jo's

Enjoy a slice of Beau Jo’s famous 14er -- a 14-lbs. topping-loaded pizza. Located in Idaho Springs, CO, the restaurant is a local favorite, and offers a variety of dairy- and gluten-free menu options. 960 1280

  

Mother's Restaurant

Mother's Restaurant

Baked ham gets cut up and set aside for one of the delicious debris sandwiches at Mother’s Restaurant in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Faidley Seafood

Faidley Seafood

Maryland blue crabs wait to be cooked up at Faidley Seafood, a Baltimore restaurant known for its award-winning crab cakes. 960 1280

  

Prince's Hot Chicken

Prince's Hot Chicken

A chef at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, TN, serves fried chicken to customers. Here, customers have their choice of mild, medium, hot and extra-hot chicken seasoned and fried to perfection. 960 1280

  

Glorioso’s Italian Market

Glorioso’s Italian Market

From handmade Italian sausages to mouthwatering deli creations, Glorioso’s Italian Market in Milwaukee has been serving Mediterranean-style favorites for more than 6 decades. 960 1280

  

Tony Luke's Cheesesteak

Tony Luke's Cheesesteak

Cheese sauce gets poured on top of a Tony Luke’s cheesesteak. This Philadelphia sandwich joint serves specialty favorites such as roast pork Italian and chicken cutlet cheesesteak, seasoned fries and their very own South Philly Bites. 960 1280

  

Knockback Nat's Neighborhood Bar

Knockback Nat's Neighborhood Bar

Smoked wings are famous at Knockback Nat’s. Located in downtown Cincinnati, this is a great place to enjoy good food, cheap drinks and a game. 960 1280

  

Two Sister’s Kitchen

Two Sister’s Kitchen

At Two Sister’s Kitchen, the kitchen staff works hard to cook up delicious fried chicken. Located in a 2-story, historic home in Jackson, MS, this Southern-style restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. 960 1280

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Kravings

Kravings

At Kravings in Tarzana, CA, meat is skewered on a sword and ready to hit the flames. This world-fusion steakhouse serves a variety of Brazilian-style meats and sides that are sure to get your mouth watering. 960 1280

  

5-8 Club

5-8 Club

Ingredients are prepped to cook at the 5-8 Club in Minneapolis. Originally opened as a speakeasy in the Prohibition era, the restaurant serves famous burgers such as the Juicy Lucy -- a mouthwatering half-pound burger stuffed with cheese. 960 1280

  

Grizzly Manor

Grizzly Manor

The chef fries up some onions, peppers, ham and other ingredients at Grizzly Manor -- known as the best breakfast spot in Big Bear Lake, CA. 960 1280

  

Vitek's BBQ

Vitek's BBQ

A BBQ specialty is served at Vitek’s BBQ in Waco, TX. Originally opened as a meat factory in 1915, it now operates as a restaurant that serves BBQ favorites and specialties such as The Gut Pak -- a combination of Frito’s, hand-chopped brisket, sausage, beans, pickles, onions and jalapenos. 960 1280

  

Lexie's Joint

Lexie's Joint

One of the many burger options at Lexie’s Joint in Portsmouth, NH. With 3 different types of burger patties, this is the place to go for unique, handcrafted and mouthwatering burger options. 960 1280

  

Lardo

Lardo

Located in Portland, OR, Lardo is one of the area’s top sandwich spots. Enjoy delectable deli-style plates such as salami sandwiches, double-decker burgers and gigantic meatballs at one of the restaurant’s 2 locations. 960 1280

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The Fifty/50

The Fifty/50

The 4 Courser at The Fifty/50 is one of Chicago’s most famous sandwiches -- piled high on a pretzel bun with smoked pulled pork, melted Gouda cheese, fried jalapenos, sweet potatoes, BBQ sauce, “waffleized” mac ‘n’ cheese and BBQ sauce. 960 1280

  

Franklin BBQ

Franklin BBQ

Smoked beef brisket is popular at Franklin BBQ in Austin, TX. Voted one of the best BBQ restaurants in America, it’s often so busy that the line of customers is literally out the door. 960 1280

  

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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