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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

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

  

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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

  

barbecue sausage, baked beans and french fries at Sonny's in Texas

barbecue sausage, baked beans and french fries at Sonny's in Texas

A Texas establishment for over 100 years, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse has been serving up some of the state's best smoked meats. Try their barbecue sausage, baked beans and french fries on for size. 960 1280

  

Hot dogs on the grill at Hot Doug's in Chicago

Hot dogs on the grill at Hot Doug's in Chicago

Masterfully crafting a variety of hot dogs and sausages, Hot Doug's has become a Chicago institution. Featured here are 4 corn dogs on the grill. 960 1280

  

cinnamon rolls at Johnson's in Denver

cinnamon rolls at Johnson's in Denver

Don't miss out on Johnson's Corner's world-class giant cinnamon rolls. Located just outside of Denver, Johnson's Corner is a favorite stop amongst truck drivers and travelers. 960 1280

  

Dish of pasta, lobster, shrimp and clams from Daily Catch in Boston

Dish of pasta, lobster, shrimp and clams from Daily Catch in Boston

A close up of a dish at the Daily Catch complete with pasta, lobster, shrimp and clams. A traditional Sicilian seafood restaurant in Boston, the Daily Catch features dishes like this, served up in pans. 960 1280

  

Grilled cheese sandwich from Tom + Chee in Cincinnati

Grilled cheese sandwich from Tom + Chee in Cincinnati

A close up of Cincinnati's Tom + Chee specialty grilled cheese with mac and cheese – it doesn't get any more comforting than that! 960 1280

  

chili cheeseburger from The Blind Mule in Mobile Alabama

chili cheeseburger from The Blind Mule in Mobile Alabama

A close up of The Blind Mule's famous chili cheeseburger in Mobile, AL. 960 1280

  

Gumbo at The Gumbo Shop in New Orleans

Gumbo at The Gumbo Shop in New Orleans

The front exterior of the Gumbo Shop in New Orleans. When visiting New Orleans, it’s impossible not to stop for the signature dish from the Gumbo Shop. 960 1280

  

Bison steak in Billings Montana at Rex Restaurant

Bison steak in Billings Montana at Rex Restaurant

Located in Billings, MT, Rex Restaurant has made a name for itself as the king of steaks in Montana, serving up a variety of meats including this bison steak paired with asparagus and mashed potatoes. 960 1280

  

Fresh ingredients at La Fonda Boricua in Spanish Harlem

Fresh ingredients at La Fonda Boricua in Spanish Harlem

Transport yourself to Puerto Rico with fresh ingredients at La Fonda Boricua in Harlem, NY. Sample their Ensalada de Lechuga y Tomate (mesclun and tomato salad) or Ensalada de Camarones (shrimp salad). 960 1280

  

Variety of meats at Kegel's Inn in Milwaukee

Variety of meats at Kegel's Inn in Milwaukee

A variety of meats served at Kegel's Inn restaurant in Milwaukee, WI. This traditional German restaurant takes its heritage very seriously. 960 1280

  

Fried chicken at Martha Lou's Kitchen in Charleston South Carolina

Fried chicken at Martha Lou's Kitchen in Charleston South Carolina

Prepare yourself, because you might be looking at the best fried chicken … in the country! That's right. Several claim that Martha Lou's Kitchen in Charleston, SC, serves the best of the best. 960 1280

  

Adam Emmenecker challenge in Des Moines Iowa

Adam Emmenecker challenge in Des Moines Iowa

A beauty shot of the Adam Emmenecker challenge at Jethro's BBQ in Des Moines, IA. Jethro’s is more than just a neighborhood sports bar and grill, it’s a place where families and friends come together to enjoy delicious American food. 960 1280

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Pecan pie from Moonlite BBQ in Kentucky

Pecan pie from Moonlite BBQ in Kentucky

A delish pecan pie served at Moonlite BBQ in Owensboro, KY, known for its mutton (meat of an adult sheep) that keeps customers coming back for more. 960 1280

  

rattlesnake at The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh

rattlesnake at The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh

A close up of the rattlesnake that the Church Brew Works uses in their unique pierogies. The Church Brew Works is an old church converted into a restaurant and brewery, and it’s a favorite for Pittsburgh natives and tourists. 960 1280

  

Adam's Grub Truck in San Francisco

Adam's Grub Truck in San Francisco

Adam's Grub Truck serves up some of the biggest sandwiches you can find in San Francisco. Sample sides like Grubbin Asian Slaw and Dinosaur Nuggets or The Kraken (fried soft shell crabs) and The Falkor, panko-crusted fried chicken loaded up on a brioche bun. 960 1280

  

Double Dogs in Bowling Green Kentucky

Double Dogs in Bowling Green Kentucky

Double Dogs in Bowling Green, KY, takes the prize for most unique way of serving up a dish for its Bo's Dog Bowl Nachos, which come to the table in a dog bowl! 960 1280

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Tomasita's in Sante Fe

Tomasita's in Sante Fe

Tomasita's in Sante Fe, NM, offers some of the best burritos and Mexican salads this side of the Rio Grande. 960 1280

  

Tally's Cafe in Tulsa Oklahoma

Tally's Cafe in Tulsa Oklahoma

Tally's Café is one of the most popular diners and cafes in Tulsa, OK. They're known for their famous breakfast of eggs sunny side up, sausage and hash. 960 1280

  

Morrison Hotel Bar in Portland Oregon

Morrison Hotel Bar in Portland Oregon

A local watering hole and restaurant that has been making a name for itself in Portland, OR, Morrison Hotel Bar is quickly becoming a food destination for those living in and visiting the city. Don't miss their pig fries! 960 1280

  

Donut burger at PYT in Philadelphia

Donut burger at PYT in Philadelphia

Featuring an array of burger choices like the "Doh! Nut" burger, PYT is one of the most popular spots in Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

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