Chowdown Countdown 20-1 Travel Guide

We're finishing up our countdown with the best of the best in American cuisine.


Restaurants & Bars
Jack-n-Grill
We visit an award-winning joint serving up gigantic 7-lb. breakfast burrito smothered in Jack-n-Grill's famous green chile verde, a family secret recipe.
  • 2524 Federal Boulevard
  • Denver, CO 80211 US

Jack-n-Grill

We visit an award-winning joint serving up gigantic 7-lb. breakfast burrito smothered in Jack-n-Grill's famous green chile verde, a family secret recipe.
2524 Federal Boulevard Denver, CO, US
Phone: +1 303-964-9544
Hillbilly Hot Dogs
We head west to check out the Great Dane of hot dogs, Hillbilly Hotdog's Homewrecker -- a 15 inch, 1-lb. wiener topped with a mountain of 10 different toppings for a total of 3 1/2-lbs.
  • 6951 Ohio River Road
  • Lesage, WV 25537 US

Hillbilly Hot Dogs

We head west to check out the Great Dane of hot dogs, Hillbilly Hotdog's Homewrecker -- a 15 inch, 1-lb. wiener topped with a mountain of 10 different toppings for a total of 3 1/2-lbs.
6951 Ohio River Road Lesage, WV, US
Gus's
We try Gus's world famous fried chicken -- served hot and juicy with a spicy kick and a crackling skin to boot, it's easy to see why it's Tennessee's favorte.
  • 310 South Front Street
  • Memphis, TN 38103 US

Gus's

We try Gus's world famous fried chicken -- served hot and juicy with a spicy kick and a crackling skin to boot, it's easy to see why it's Tennessee's favorte.
310 South Front Street Memphis, TN, US
Phone: +1 901-527-4877
Lambert's Cafe'
We catch some "throwed rolls" and pig out on an unlimited "pass-arounds" at this favorite Missouri eatery.
  • Various Locations
  • Sikeston, MO US

Lambert's Cafe'

We catch some "throwed rolls" and pig out on an unlimited "pass-arounds" at this favorite Missouri eatery.
Various Locations Sikeston, MO, US
Phone: +1 573-471-4261
Arthur Bryant's
We get a taste of the quintessential Kansas City barbecue at Arthur Bryant's, a legendary institution.
  • 1727 Brooklyn Avenue
  • Kansas City, MO 64127 US

Arthur Bryant's

We get a taste of the quintessential Kansas City barbecue at Arthur Bryant's, a legendary institution.
1727 Brooklyn Avenue Kansas City, MO, US
Anchor Bar
We pay a visit to the original home of everyone's favorite bar food -- buffalo wings.
  • 1047 Main Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14209 US

Anchor Bar

We pay a visit to the original home of everyone's favorite bar food -- buffalo wings.
1047 Main Street Buffalo, NY, US
Phone: +1 716-883-1134
Katz's Deli
We go to the Big Apple to try overstacked sandwiches at Katz's, home to some of the best pastrami in the world.
  • 205 East Houston Street
  • New York, NY 10002 US
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Katz's Deli

We go to the Big Apple to try overstacked sandwiches at Katz's, home to some of the best pastrami in the world.
205 East Houston Street New York, NY, US
Louis' Lunch
We pay homage to the grandfather of all chow down spots -- Louis Lunch, the home of the very first ever hamburger.
  • 263 Crown Street
  • New Haven, CT 06511 US

Louis' Lunch

We pay homage to the grandfather of all chow down spots -- Louis Lunch, the home of the very first ever hamburger.
263 Crown Street New Haven, CT, US
Phone: +1 203-562-5507
Pat's King of Steaks & Geno's Steaks
We visit Philly to witness a battle between 2 cheesesteak giants that's been waging for decades -- Pat's v. Geno's (located right across the street from one another).
  • 12337 E Passyunk Ave.,
  • Philadelphia, PA 19147 US

Pat's King of Steaks & Geno's Steaks

We visit Philly to witness a battle between 2 cheesesteak giants that's been waging for decades -- Pat's v. Geno's (located right across the street from one another).
12337 E Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA, US
Phone: +1 215-468-1546
Primanti Brothers
We check out Pittsburgh's legendary sandwiches at Primanti Brother's, where each of their signature creations are stuffed with coleslaw, tomato and fresh-cut fries.
  • 46 18th Street
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15222 US

Primanti Brothers

We check out Pittsburgh's legendary sandwiches at Primanti Brother's, where each of their signature creations are stuffed with coleslaw, tomato and fresh-cut fries.
46 18th Street Pittsburgh, PA, US
Voodoo Doughnut
We visit a quirky indie shop in Portland, OR, for some of the most one-of-a-kind doughnuts around.

Voodoo Doughnut

We visit a quirky indie shop in Portland, OR, for some of the most one-of-a-kind doughnuts around.
Various Locations Portland, OR, US
Cotham's Mercantile
We head to Cotham's Mercantile for a taste of their giant Hubcap Burger. One look at the size of these patties is enough to understand the name.
  • 5301 Highway 161 S
  • Scott, AR 72142 US

Cotham's Mercantile

We head to Cotham's Mercantile for a taste of their giant Hubcap Burger. One look at the size of these patties is enough to understand the name.
5301 Highway 161 S Scott, AR, US
Phone: +1 501-961-9284
Durgin Park
We visit Faneuil Hall's Durgin Park for a juicy prime rib so big, one plate isn't enough.
  • 340 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St
  • Boston, MA 02109 US

Durgin Park

We visit Faneuil Hall's Durgin Park for a juicy prime rib so big, one plate isn't enough.
340 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St Boston, MA, US
Phone: +1 617-227-2038
Fenton's Creamery and Restaurant
We find out what makes the ice cream so special at Fenton's, where they've been scooping up Oakland's favorite sundaes for 115 years.
  • 4226 Piedmont Avenue
  • Oakland, CA 94611 US

Fenton's Creamery and Restaurant

We find out what makes the ice cream so special at Fenton's, where they've been scooping up Oakland's favorite sundaes for 115 years.
4226 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA, US
Phone: +1 510-658-7000
Roscoe's House of Chicken' N Waffles
We head to Roscoe's in Los Angeles to sink our teeth into the best chicken and waffles in the country.
  • Various Locations
  • Los Angeles, CA US

Roscoe's House of Chicken' N Waffles

We head to Roscoe's in Los Angeles to sink our teeth into the best chicken and waffles in the country.
Various Locations Los Angeles, CA, US
Big Texan Steak Ranch
We visit one of the world's best steakhouses and the original steak challenge -- the legendary 72-oz. steak dinner. If you finish it in an hour, it's on the house!
  • 7701 East I-40
  • Amarillo, TX 79118 US

Big Texan Steak Ranch

We visit one of the world's best steakhouses and the original steak challenge -- the legendary 72-oz. steak dinner. If you finish it in an hour, it's on the house!
7701 East I-40 Amarillo, TX, US
Phone: +1 806-372-6000
Lulu's Bakery and Cafe'
We wrestle a 3 1/2-lb. cinnamon roll in San Antonio, so big and fluffy, it looks like a full sized cake.
  • 918 North Main Avenue
  • San Antonio, TX 78212 US

Lulu's Bakery and Cafe'

We wrestle a 3 1/2-lb. cinnamon roll in San Antonio, so big and fluffy, it looks like a full sized cake.
918 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX, US
Phone: +1 210-224-5001
The Salt Lick Barbecue
Arguably the best barbecue joint in Texas. The secret just might be the open pit on which piles of juicy beef, pork ribs, sausages and chicken slow cook over a woodfire -- but of course, they'll never tell.
  • 18300 Farm to Market 1826
  • Driftwood, TX 78619 US

The Salt Lick Barbecue

Arguably the best barbecue joint in Texas. The secret just might be the open pit on which piles of juicy beef, pork ribs, sausages and chicken slow cook over a woodfire -- but of course, they'll never tell.
18300 Farm to Market 1826 Driftwood, TX, US
Al's Beef
We chomp into the world renowned Big Al Italian beef sandwich -- thin slices of oven-roasted beef dipped in au jus piled onto an 8-inch roll and topped with jardiniere, their special pepper relish.
  • 1079 West Taylor Street
  • Chicago, IL 60607 US

Al's Beef

We chomp into the world renowned Big Al Italian beef sandwich -- thin slices of oven-roasted beef dipped in au jus piled onto an 8-inch roll and topped with jardiniere, their special pepper relish.
1079 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL, US
Albano's Pizzeria
We head outside of Chicago to discover a deep-fried calzone also known as the "pizza puff," the size of a football.
  • 5913 West Roosevelt Road
  • Cicero, IL 60804 US

Albano's Pizzeria

We head outside of Chicago to discover a deep-fried calzone also known as the "pizza puff," the size of a football.
5913 West Roosevelt Road Cicero, IL, US
Phone: +1 708-863-0060
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