Decadent Dishes That Throw Moderation to the Wind

As seen on Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations, these delightfully decadent offerings from around the world will make your heart race ... and then probably slow it wa-a-y down.

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Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor not only provides Hong Kong with amazing views, but also amazing seafood. Much of the city’s delicious cuisine includes fresh fish from these waters. 960 1280

marco wong / Moment / Getty Images  

Typhoon-shelter crab

Typhoon-shelter crab

The typhoon-shelter crab dish served at Hee Kee is made in a cooking style called Bei Feng Tang, which combines chilies, garlic, scallions and the perfect crab. 960 1280

  

Congee

Congee

A bowl of Mui Kee's signature dish, a favorite Chinese breakfast called congee, features fish, fresh meats and broth seasoned with ginger and mandarin peel. 960 1280

  

Zurich

Zurich

Situated along the lake that shares its name, Zurich is a wealth of great food. From chocolate to cheese, you can always find something rich and delicious in Switzerland’s largest city. 960 1280

Cosmo Condina / Stone / Getty Images  

Alplermagronen

Alplermagronen

The traditional Swiss meal Alplermagronen consists of macaroni, potato, onion, cheese, cream and apple. It’s like mac-and-cheese casserole with a Swiss twist. 960 1280

Christopher Ames / iStock / Getty Images  

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese is heated until the top has melted, which is then scraped off over potatoes to create a gooey but delicious dish.  960 1280

vintagerobot / E+ / Getty Images  

St. Louis

St. Louis

This Gateway to the West has come to represent St. Louis since it was completed in 1965. The monument was not initially greeted with a lot of public support, but the promise of new jobs to help construct the arch quickly changed opinions. The arch sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis and is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. 960 1280

DelensMode / Moment Open / Getty Images  

St. Louis-Style Pizza

St. Louis-Style Pizza

You may have heard of New York- or Chicago-style pizza, but there is another city that lays claim to its own spin on the tomato pie. In St. Louis, pizza is built on cracker-thin crusts made without yeast and includes Provel cheese, which is a combination of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar cheeses. 960 1280

  

Pork Steak

Pork Steak

St. Louis natives love barbecue, so it’s no surprise that they take the same cut of meat typically used for pulled pork (pork shoulder) and cook it like a beef steak. This slow-cooked dish is a staple in any St. Louis BBQ restaurant. 960 1280

  

Munich

Munich

The Alps’ peaks provide the perfect backdrop for the Munich city skyline. 960 1280

bkindler / E+ / Getty Images  

Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Usually made from pork, schnitzel is tenderized, battered and fried before being served with a variety of sides, such as potatoes, peppers or a cream sauce. The dish is so popular in Germany that it has found its way into kitchens in other countries via German immigrants and is now enjoyed around the world.  960 1280

Foodcollection / Getty Images  

Pretzels

Pretzels

The pretzel is one of the most iconic foods in the world. Be it from a street vendor, ballpark or bakery, this knotted dough can be found almost everywhere. But despite its global accessibility, the pretzel got its start in seclusion, most likely originating in German monasteries during the Middle Ages. 960 1280

Natalie_B / iStock / Getty Images Plus  

Ramen

Ramen

You can find a heaping bowl of ramen almost anywhere. But you won’t get the real deal unless you are in Tokyo, where the dish has been mastered over centuries. 960 1280

Ant Photography / Moment / Getty Images  

Tokyo

Tokyo

Known for its electric energy, Tokyo features some exquisitely unique cuisine, from crispy, elegant shrimp tempura to sushi made with jewel-like precision. 960 1280

sack / E+ / Getty Images  

Yakitori

Yakitori

At Bird Land restaurant in Tokyo, chef Toshihiro Wada serves up beautiful displays of various yakitori dishes, including skewered chicken parts of all types. 960 1280

  

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The iconic and historic skyline of Florence, Italy 960 1280

SerrNovik / iStock / Getty Images Plus  

Pasta

Pasta

Perhaps nowhere else in the world can you get fresh pasta as you can in Florence. 960 1280

  

Gelato

Gelato

Gelato served up fresh and delicious from Vivoli in Florence.  960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

The Boston Harbor shining brightly at dusk. 960 1280

SeanPavonePhoto / iStock / Getty Images Plus, SeanPavonePhoto  

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

The Boston cream pie is one dessert that you can find almost anywhere. But to get the original, you have to go to Boston. 960 1280

  

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Boston baked beans may be the most recognizable food for a city affectionately nicknamed, Beantown. 960 1280

  

The Acropolis

The Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, with Lycabettus Hill in the background. 960 1280

  

Dolmades

Dolmades

These dolmades, or rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, onions and minced meat, are from Taverna Louizidis in Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

A slice of the legendary spanakopita, made from a 100-year-old recipe, at Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki in the Psirri area of Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower adds a stunning backdrop for any dining adventure in Paris. 960 1280

  

Macarons

Macarons

A gorgeous gift box of a dozen fresh macarons from Arnaud Larher in Paris. 960 1280

  

Café La Palette

Café La Palette

The fresh bread cart at Café de la Palette in Paris. 960 1280

  

London

London

A skyline view of London’s Financial District and the historic Tower Bridge. 960 1280

QQ7 / Getty Images, QQ7  

Roast's

Roast's

Roast's traditional Sunday roast is topped with a healthy portion of gravy before being served to hungry customers in London. 960 1280

  

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Fresh fish and chips are fried and ready to be devoured at Toff's of Muswell Hill. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

New York City is a food lover’s paradise. With so many cultural influences, there is always something new and delicious to satisfy your appetite.  960 1280

Nisian Hughes / Getty Images, Nisian Hughes  

John's of Bleecker Street

John's of Bleecker Street

The pizza from John's of Bleecker Street is a New York treat —arguably the best pizza in the city. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

The legendary pastrami sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen is a must-try for foodies young and old. The New York landmark is the oldest working deli in the United States (since 1888!). 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Dusk falls over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While generally known for its outrageous nightlife (especially during Mardi Gras), NOLA is a food lover’s mecca, with Cajun cuisine inspired by unique local flavors. 960 1280

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images  

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The muffuletta from Central Grocery is a sandwich with layers of salami, ham, cheese and olive salad that looks almost as good as it tastes. 960 1280

  

Creole Gumbo

Creole Gumbo

The Creole gumbo made by James Beard Award-winning chef Tory McPhail at Commander's Palace in New Orleans is loaded with seafood, sausage, rice and deliciousness. 960 1280

  

Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Grab a pint and get ready to enjoy schnitzel, an Austrian favorite, at Figlmüller Wollzeile in Vienna, Austria. Deep-fried and delicious.  960 1280

  

Sachertorte

Sachertorte

At Hotel Sacher in Vienna, make sure to order up a Sachertorte: two layers of soft and light chocolate cake separated by apricot jam and coated with a delicious chocolate icing. You’ve never had a chocolate cake quite like this before.  960 1280

  

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Pass the sopaipillas, please! Eben Ezer in La Vega Chica market in Santiago, Chile serves up sopiapillas with pebre, giving the fried dish a little bit of a kick.  960 1280

  

Machas a la Parmesana

Machas a la Parmesana

Santiago’s Donde Augusto dishes out an unforgettable plate with machas a la parmesana. Clams and cheese—what’s not to love?  960 1280

  

Coney Dog

Coney Dog

The infamous Coney dog at Detroit, Michigan’s American Coney Island is an all-American classic you wouldn't want to miss. Topped with chili, onions and mustard—say no more. We’ll take two!  960 1280

  

Detroit-style Pizza

Detroit-style Pizza

In the mood for a slice? Stop by Detroit’s Buddy’s Pizza for their Detroit-style pizza—a square deep-dish pizza with the toppings on the bottom and sauce covering the top—and you’ll leave having devoured your daily intake of deliciousness.  960 1280

  

Scottish Breakfast

Scottish Breakfast

There’s no better way to start the day in Edinburgh, Scotland than with a Scottish breakfast! Pile a plate high with sausage, bacon, eggs and more and you’ll be ready to face the day. 960 1280

  

Shortbread

Shortbread

Freshly baked and absolutely scrumptious, shortbread from Edinburgh’s Pinnies and Poppyseeds with a cup of hot coffee is the perfect afternoon snack.  960 1280

  

Whisky

Whisky

But no trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling a 12-year-old single-malt whisky like this one, produced by Deanston Distillery of Doune. After one sip, it might be hard to leave—and not just because you’re hungover.  960 1280

  

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

Considered one of Seoul’s most famous street foods, tteokbokki combines chewy rice cakes and spicy red chili pepper broth for one incredible snack. Next time you’re walking the streets of Seoul, you'll want to give this dish a try.  960 1280

  

Patbingsu

Patbingsu

Dessert is calling, so naturally, it’s time for patbingsu: Korean shaved ice with condensed milk, and red bean jam and rice cakes added for even more flavor. And don’t forget the roasted soybean powder on top! Order this treat at Mok Myeok San Bang as a great way to end your culinary journey through Seoul…until next time.  960 1280

  

Sonoran Hot Dog

Sonoran Hot Dog

Eager for some local flavor in Tucson, Arizona? The Sonoran Hot Dog at El Güero Canelo is the way to go. (No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That is bacon.)  960 1280

  

Tamales

Tamales

When in doubt, go with tamales—perfect pockets of savory goodness, right at your fingertips. And at the Tucson Tamale Company, they know tamales.  960 1280

  

Mangoyada Raspado

Mangoyada Raspado

Sugar, spice and everything nice: Tucson’s Sonoran Delights serves up mangoyada raspado topped with tamarind candy. Your taste buds might never be the same. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Your grandma’s sauerkraut recipe just got an upgrade. Raise a glass—er, stein—to these Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls from Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.  960 1280

  

Polish Boy Sandwich

Polish Boy Sandwich

Freshly chopped coleslaw, French fries, original recipe barbeque sauce and an all-beef hot dog sandwiched together in a bun. Yes, this flavor-explosion has a name: It’s the Polish Boy sandwich from Seti’s Polish Boy food truck in Cleveland. Road trip, anyone? 960 1280

  

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Malley’s Chocolates in Cleveland! The combination of chocolate and peanut butter make for one tasty, creamy candy. (And they're perfect for the holidays!) 960 1280

  

Vuelve a la Vida

Vuelve a la Vida

Seafood lovers, this one is for you: Vuelve a la Vida. Served up in Veracruz, Mexico, the cocktail is made with crab, shrimp, oysters AND octopus—proving you can never really have too much seafood in one dish—with spicy tomato sauce and avocado.  960 1280

  

Café Lechero

Café Lechero

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte! In Veracruz, treat yourself to a café lechero to tackle your caffeine carving. 960 1280

  

Feteer

Feteer

Sweet toppings or savory toppings, you decide. There’s no wrong way to enjoy feteer in Dubai.  960 1280

  

Pani Puri

Pani Puri

Pani puri—fried hollow shells filled with flavored water, potato, chutney and crispy balls of chickpea flour—is a dish worth booking a trip to Dubai for.  960 1280

  

Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

Where in the world can you get these carne asada fries? San Diego, of course! At Lolita’s Taco Shop, ditch the ketchup and pile your fries high with seasoned carne asada, cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. (Just make sure to ask for extra napkins.) 960 1280

  

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo isn’t just pleasing to the eye—it tastes great, too! Romesco’s dish combines crispy fried tostada with sautéed octopus, caramelized onion paste, chopped preserved lemon, fresh seagrass and jalapeños for extra heat.  960 1280

  

Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Say goodbye to your usual sandwich order because the banh mi might be your new go-to. In Ho Chi Minh City, this French-inspired Vietnamese sandwich combines pate, mayonnaise, cold cut, pickled cucumber, carrot and daikon all on a soft, warm baguette. Pick this one up at Banh Mi Nguyen Sinh in District 1.  960 1280

  

Oreille de Cochon

Oreille de Cochon

Soak in the energy of the South and chow down on beignets at Café de Amis in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Stuffed with boudin and topped with cane syrup, Oreille de Cochon is one mouthwatering dish you won’t soon forget.  960 1280

  

Photos

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor not only provides Hong Kong with amazing views, but also amazing seafood. Much of the city’s delicious cuisine includes fresh fish from these waters. 960 1280

marco wong / Moment / Getty Images  

Typhoon-shelter crab

Typhoon-shelter crab

The typhoon-shelter crab dish served at Hee Kee is made in a cooking style called Bei Feng Tang, which combines chilies, garlic, scallions and the perfect crab. 960 1280

  

Congee

Congee

A bowl of Mui Kee's signature dish, a favorite Chinese breakfast called congee, features fish, fresh meats and broth seasoned with ginger and mandarin peel. 960 1280

  

Zurich

Zurich

Situated along the lake that shares its name, Zurich is a wealth of great food. From chocolate to cheese, you can always find something rich and delicious in Switzerland’s largest city. 960 1280

Cosmo Condina / Stone / Getty Images  

Alplermagronen

Alplermagronen

The traditional Swiss meal Alplermagronen consists of macaroni, potato, onion, cheese, cream and apple. It’s like mac-and-cheese casserole with a Swiss twist. 960 1280

Christopher Ames / iStock / Getty Images  

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese is heated until the top has melted, which is then scraped off over potatoes to create a gooey but delicious dish.  960 1280

vintagerobot / E+ / Getty Images  

St. Louis

St. Louis

This Gateway to the West has come to represent St. Louis since it was completed in 1965. The monument was not initially greeted with a lot of public support, but the promise of new jobs to help construct the arch quickly changed opinions. The arch sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis and is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. 960 1280

DelensMode / Moment Open / Getty Images  

St. Louis-Style Pizza

St. Louis-Style Pizza

You may have heard of New York- or Chicago-style pizza, but there is another city that lays claim to its own spin on the tomato pie. In St. Louis, pizza is built on cracker-thin crusts made without yeast and includes Provel cheese, which is a combination of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar cheeses. 960 1280

  

Pork Steak

Pork Steak

St. Louis natives love barbecue, so it’s no surprise that they take the same cut of meat typically used for pulled pork (pork shoulder) and cook it like a beef steak. This slow-cooked dish is a staple in any St. Louis BBQ restaurant. 960 1280

  

Munich

Munich

The Alps’ peaks provide the perfect backdrop for the Munich city skyline. 960 1280

bkindler / E+ / Getty Images  

Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Usually made from pork, schnitzel is tenderized, battered and fried before being served with a variety of sides, such as potatoes, peppers or a cream sauce. The dish is so popular in Germany that it has found its way into kitchens in other countries via German immigrants and is now enjoyed around the world.  960 1280

Foodcollection / Getty Images  

Pretzels

Pretzels

The pretzel is one of the most iconic foods in the world. Be it from a street vendor, ballpark or bakery, this knotted dough can be found almost everywhere. But despite its global accessibility, the pretzel got its start in seclusion, most likely originating in German monasteries during the Middle Ages. 960 1280

Natalie_B / iStock / Getty Images Plus  

Ramen

Ramen

You can find a heaping bowl of ramen almost anywhere. But you won’t get the real deal unless you are in Tokyo, where the dish has been mastered over centuries. 960 1280

Ant Photography / Moment / Getty Images  

Tokyo

Tokyo

Known for its electric energy, Tokyo features some exquisitely unique cuisine, from crispy, elegant shrimp tempura to sushi made with jewel-like precision. 960 1280

sack / E+ / Getty Images  

Yakitori

Yakitori

At Bird Land restaurant in Tokyo, chef Toshihiro Wada serves up beautiful displays of various yakitori dishes, including skewered chicken parts of all types. 960 1280

  

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The iconic and historic skyline of Florence, Italy 960 1280

SerrNovik / iStock / Getty Images Plus  

Pasta

Pasta

Perhaps nowhere else in the world can you get fresh pasta as you can in Florence. 960 1280

  

Gelato

Gelato

Gelato served up fresh and delicious from Vivoli in Florence.  960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

The Boston Harbor shining brightly at dusk. 960 1280

SeanPavonePhoto / iStock / Getty Images Plus, SeanPavonePhoto  

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

The Boston cream pie is one dessert that you can find almost anywhere. But to get the original, you have to go to Boston. 960 1280

  

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Boston baked beans may be the most recognizable food for a city affectionately nicknamed, Beantown. 960 1280

  

The Acropolis

The Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, with Lycabettus Hill in the background. 960 1280

  

Dolmades

Dolmades

These dolmades, or rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, onions and minced meat, are from Taverna Louizidis in Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

A slice of the legendary spanakopita, made from a 100-year-old recipe, at Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki in the Psirri area of Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower adds a stunning backdrop for any dining adventure in Paris. 960 1280

  

Macarons

Macarons

A gorgeous gift box of a dozen fresh macarons from Arnaud Larher in Paris. 960 1280

  

Café La Palette

Café La Palette

The fresh bread cart at Café de la Palette in Paris. 960 1280

  

London

London

A skyline view of London’s Financial District and the historic Tower Bridge. 960 1280

QQ7 / Getty Images, QQ7  

Roast's

Roast's

Roast's traditional Sunday roast is topped with a healthy portion of gravy before being served to hungry customers in London. 960 1280

  

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Fresh fish and chips are fried and ready to be devoured at Toff's of Muswell Hill. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

New York City is a food lover’s paradise. With so many cultural influences, there is always something new and delicious to satisfy your appetite.  960 1280

Nisian Hughes / Getty Images, Nisian Hughes  

John's of Bleecker Street

John's of Bleecker Street

The pizza from John's of Bleecker Street is a New York treat —arguably the best pizza in the city. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

The legendary pastrami sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen is a must-try for foodies young and old. The New York landmark is the oldest working deli in the United States (since 1888!). 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Dusk falls over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While generally known for its outrageous nightlife (especially during Mardi Gras), NOLA is a food lover’s mecca, with Cajun cuisine inspired by unique local flavors. 960 1280

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images  

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The muffuletta from Central Grocery is a sandwich with layers of salami, ham, cheese and olive salad that looks almost as good as it tastes. 960 1280

  

Creole Gumbo

Creole Gumbo

The Creole gumbo made by James Beard Award-winning chef Tory McPhail at Commander's Palace in New Orleans is loaded with seafood, sausage, rice and deliciousness. 960 1280

  

Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Grab a pint and get ready to enjoy schnitzel, an Austrian favorite, at Figlmüller Wollzeile in Vienna, Austria. Deep-fried and delicious.  960 1280

  

Sachertorte

Sachertorte

At Hotel Sacher in Vienna, make sure to order up a Sachertorte: two layers of soft and light chocolate cake separated by apricot jam and coated with a delicious chocolate icing. You’ve never had a chocolate cake quite like this before.  960 1280

  

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Pass the sopaipillas, please! Eben Ezer in La Vega Chica market in Santiago, Chile serves up sopiapillas with pebre, giving the fried dish a little bit of a kick.  960 1280

  

Machas a la Parmesana

Machas a la Parmesana

Santiago’s Donde Augusto dishes out an unforgettable plate with machas a la parmesana. Clams and cheese—what’s not to love?  960 1280

  

Coney Dog

Coney Dog

The infamous Coney dog at Detroit, Michigan’s American Coney Island is an all-American classic you wouldn't want to miss. Topped with chili, onions and mustard—say no more. We’ll take two!  960 1280

  

Detroit-style Pizza

Detroit-style Pizza

In the mood for a slice? Stop by Detroit’s Buddy’s Pizza for their Detroit-style pizza—a square deep-dish pizza with the toppings on the bottom and sauce covering the top—and you’ll leave having devoured your daily intake of deliciousness.  960 1280

  

Scottish Breakfast

Scottish Breakfast

There’s no better way to start the day in Edinburgh, Scotland than with a Scottish breakfast! Pile a plate high with sausage, bacon, eggs and more and you’ll be ready to face the day. 960 1280

  

Shortbread

Shortbread

Freshly baked and absolutely scrumptious, shortbread from Edinburgh’s Pinnies and Poppyseeds with a cup of hot coffee is the perfect afternoon snack.  960 1280

  

Whisky

Whisky

But no trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling a 12-year-old single-malt whisky like this one, produced by Deanston Distillery of Doune. After one sip, it might be hard to leave—and not just because you’re hungover.  960 1280

  

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

Considered one of Seoul’s most famous street foods, tteokbokki combines chewy rice cakes and spicy red chili pepper broth for one incredible snack. Next time you’re walking the streets of Seoul, you'll want to give this dish a try.  960 1280

  

Patbingsu

Patbingsu

Dessert is calling, so naturally, it’s time for patbingsu: Korean shaved ice with condensed milk, and red bean jam and rice cakes added for even more flavor. And don’t forget the roasted soybean powder on top! Order this treat at Mok Myeok San Bang as a great way to end your culinary journey through Seoul…until next time.  960 1280

  

Sonoran Hot Dog

Sonoran Hot Dog

Eager for some local flavor in Tucson, Arizona? The Sonoran Hot Dog at El Güero Canelo is the way to go. (No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That is bacon.)  960 1280

  

Tamales

Tamales

When in doubt, go with tamales—perfect pockets of savory goodness, right at your fingertips. And at the Tucson Tamale Company, they know tamales.  960 1280

  

Mangoyada Raspado

Mangoyada Raspado

Sugar, spice and everything nice: Tucson’s Sonoran Delights serves up mangoyada raspado topped with tamarind candy. Your taste buds might never be the same. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Your grandma’s sauerkraut recipe just got an upgrade. Raise a glass—er, stein—to these Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls from Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.  960 1280

  

Polish Boy Sandwich

Polish Boy Sandwich

Freshly chopped coleslaw, French fries, original recipe barbeque sauce and an all-beef hot dog sandwiched together in a bun. Yes, this flavor-explosion has a name: It’s the Polish Boy sandwich from Seti’s Polish Boy food truck in Cleveland. Road trip, anyone? 960 1280

  

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Malley’s Chocolates in Cleveland! The combination of chocolate and peanut butter make for one tasty, creamy candy. (And they're perfect for the holidays!) 960 1280

  

Vuelve a la Vida

Vuelve a la Vida

Seafood lovers, this one is for you: Vuelve a la Vida. Served up in Veracruz, Mexico, the cocktail is made with crab, shrimp, oysters AND octopus—proving you can never really have too much seafood in one dish—with spicy tomato sauce and avocado.  960 1280

  

Café Lechero

Café Lechero

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte! In Veracruz, treat yourself to a café lechero to tackle your caffeine carving. 960 1280

  

Feteer

Feteer

Sweet toppings or savory toppings, you decide. There’s no wrong way to enjoy feteer in Dubai.  960 1280

  

Pani Puri

Pani Puri

Pani puri—fried hollow shells filled with flavored water, potato, chutney and crispy balls of chickpea flour—is a dish worth booking a trip to Dubai for.  960 1280

  

Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

Where in the world can you get these carne asada fries? San Diego, of course! At Lolita’s Taco Shop, ditch the ketchup and pile your fries high with seasoned carne asada, cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. (Just make sure to ask for extra napkins.) 960 1280

  

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo isn’t just pleasing to the eye—it tastes great, too! Romesco’s dish combines crispy fried tostada with sautéed octopus, caramelized onion paste, chopped preserved lemon, fresh seagrass and jalapeños for extra heat.  960 1280

  

Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Say goodbye to your usual sandwich order because the banh mi might be your new go-to. In Ho Chi Minh City, this French-inspired Vietnamese sandwich combines pate, mayonnaise, cold cut, pickled cucumber, carrot and daikon all on a soft, warm baguette. Pick this one up at Banh Mi Nguyen Sinh in District 1.  960 1280

  

Oreille de Cochon

Oreille de Cochon

Soak in the energy of the South and chow down on beignets at Café de Amis in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Stuffed with boudin and topped with cane syrup, Oreille de Cochon is one mouthwatering dish you won’t soon forget.  960 1280

  

Pig's Head Cuban: The Cannibal, Los Angeles and N.Y.C.

Pig's Head Cuban: The Cannibal, Los Angeles and N.Y.C.

With a name like The Cannibal, it shouldn’t be surprising that this butcher-and-beer-based restaurant has a sandwich called the Pig's Head Cuban. Meat lovers will lose their heads over this take on the Caribbean classic with its griddle-pressed pig head terrine with gruyere and pickles. 960 1280

  

Broccoli Classic Sandwich: No. 7, Ace Hotel, N.Y.C.

Broccoli Classic Sandwich: No. 7, Ace Hotel, N.Y.C.

An homage to his favorite childhood sandwich, this hero packed with mom-approved roasted broccoli, and more grown-up ingredients including lychee muchim, feta cheese and fried shallots, is just of No.  7 chef Tyler Kord’s meatless creations. 960 1280

  

Hot Pressed Gelato Sandwich: Bucket & Bay, Jersey City, N.J.

Hot Pressed Gelato Sandwich: Bucket & Bay, Jersey City, N.J.

This artisanal grass-fed milk gelato maker in Jersey City, Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato Co., is already known for mixing things up with their seasonal and spirits infused flavors, such as Strawberry Port and Bourbon Peach. Don’t leave here without trying the Hot Pressed Gelato Sandwich, filled with housemade jam, and served on a French croissant babka roll from neighboring Choc-O-Pain bakery. 960 1280

  

Full-Bellied Pig Sandwich: Café Patachou, Indianapolis, Indiana

Full-Bellied Pig Sandwich: Café Patachou, Indianapolis, Indiana

Toasted wheat bread, peanut butter, strawberry jelly--- reminds you of your childhood lunches, right? What about adding Smoking Goose bacon, fresh jalapeños to that PB&J? This sandwich innovation is what Café Patachou calls this their Full-Bellied Pig Sandwich. 960 1280

  

Grilled Apple Pie With Chicken Chicken: Treylor Park, Savannah, Georgia

Grilled Apple Pie With Chicken Chicken: Treylor Park, Savannah, Georgia

Why wait for desert when you can eat it with your dinner? Savannah’s Treylor Park serves two American favorites simultaneously with its grilled apple pie with chicken sandwich, mixing sweet and savory in one big mouthwatering bite. 960 1280

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Fried Clam and Pig Ear Sandwich: Loyal Nine, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Fried Clam and Pig Ear Sandwich: Loyal Nine, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Loyal Nine offers a creative spin on New England cuisine with its Fried Clam and Pig Ear Sandwich. This local favorite features crispy Vermont Ossabaw bacon, frisée and fried whole-belly clams — shucked right at the restaurant — and battered with IPA, corn meal and corn flour. If that isn’t enough for your taste buds, a fried egg on top is optional. 960 1280

  

Chicken and Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich: Coolhaus Trucks, Los Angeles, California, New York City, N.Y. and Dallas, Texas

Chicken and Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich: Coolhaus Trucks, Los Angeles, California, New York City, N.Y. and Dallas, Texas

We know, you’ve heard of the fried chicken and waffle sandwiches, but this one is filled with ice cream and pressed in two snickerdoodle cookies, too. Ice cream pioneer Coolhaus has mobile trucks in LA, NYC, and Dallas, dishing out this sweet-meets-savory ice cream sandwich that will satisfy all cravings in one bite. 960 1280

  

Swamp Thing: Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Swamp Thing: Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Swamp Thing … We think we love you. Inspired by Black Dolphin Inn chef’s home state of Florida, The Swamp Thing is BBQ brisket drowning in two local specialties: fried okra and coleslaw. (No crocodiles in this one, we promise.) 960 1280

  

Pulpo Octopus Roll: Boqueria, Washington, D.C. and N.Y.C.

Pulpo Octopus Roll: Boqueria, Washington, D.C. and N.Y.C.

Boqueria takes the lobster roll and replaces it with octopus, and adds some Spanish flare! Made with 3 ounces of cooked octopus, the Pulpo Roll is packed with celery, purple and white cabbage, jalepeno, pickled red onions, spicy pimenton de la vera, citrus aioli, salt and lemon, all on a potato bun. 960 1280

  

Banh Mi: Mercantile and Mash, Charleston, S.C.

Banh Mi: Mercantile and Mash, Charleston, S.C.

Gourmet food emporium Mercantile and Mash plays with the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich with its Charleston version that includes Hoisin pork belly, chicken liver mousse, carrots, radish, jalapenos and cucumbers. 960 1280

  

Malted Waffle Sandwich: The Normal Diner, Tempe, Arizona

Malted Waffle Sandwich: The Normal Diner, Tempe, Arizona

For those breakfasts when you just can’t decide what you want, order the Malted Waffle Sandwich at (not-so) Normal Diner in Graduate Tempe hotel. Ham steak, scrambled egg and aged cheddar are sandwiched between two malted waffles. Even better? This all-in-one breakfast sandwich is served all day at this re-imagined American diner. 960 1280

  

Reindeer Sandwhich: Embers Ski Lodge, Nashville, Tennessee

Reindeer Sandwhich: Embers Ski Lodge, Nashville, Tennessee

Reindeer in a bun? Apres-ski-inspired Embers Ski Lodge is known for its 50/50 Remix sandwich that comes with an even mix of reindeer meat (flown in from Alaska!) and Andouille sausage, along with sautéed red peppers and onions, served in a toasted New England-style hot dog bun. 960 1280

  

Charmery’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich: Baltimore, Maryland

Charmery’s Ice Cream Donut Sandwich: Baltimore, Maryland

There’s nothing old school about this ice cream sandwich. Baltimore’s Charmery partners with Center Cut Doughnuts to create this ice cream concoction: a Challah-nut donut, stuffed with Malty Chip ice cream, balsamic glazed strawberries and hot fudge. 960 1280

  

Tequila-Infused Surf and Turf: Barley Mash, San Diego, California

Tequila-Infused Surf and Turf: Barley Mash, San Diego, California

Barley Mash, a San Diego restaurant that integrates bar staples beer and bourbon into their cuisine, offers an alcohol-infused Surf & Turf "Between the Buns" sandwich. Their signature spin on the Surf & Turf includes a grilled beef patty, cream cheese, añejo tequila 'n' butter-poached Maine lobster meat, baby arugula, whiskey-caramelized onions and white truffle aioli. 960 1280

  

Pierogi Melt: Melt Bar and Grilled, Cleveland, Ohio

Pierogi Melt: Melt Bar and Grilled, Cleveland, Ohio

Cheese lovers will devour Melt Bar and Grilled's Parmageddon: A monster melt stuffed with sharp cheddar, Napa vodka kraut, two potato and cheese pierogies, and sautéed onions. This grilled cheese creation is named after owner Matt Fish's hometown, Parma, Ohio. 960 1280

  

I Heart Mac and Cheese Sandwich: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

I Heart Mac and Cheese Sandwich: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

What could be more comforting that a dish of Mac and Cheese smothered in bread? I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual concept by Chef Michael Blum, pays homage to the comfort food with limitless made-to-order combinations and toppings (hello, Black Truffle Salt.) There's even a mac & grilled cheese-baked sandwich filled with starchy/cheesy goodness. 960 1280

  

Muffuletta: Central Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Muffuletta: Central Grocery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Home of the original Muffuletta, New Orlean’s Central Grocery created this legendary sammie in 1906, in order to make a traditional Sicilian lunch more portable. Versions of this old-world creation, a round sesame bun stuffed with layers of salami, ham, cheese, marinated olives and pickled vegetables, can now be found all over the country, but you need to taste the original, right? Right. 960 1280

  

Brain Sandwich: Schottzie's, St. Louis, Missouri

Brain Sandwich: Schottzie's, St. Louis, Missouri

Once a popular, inexpensive delicacy in St. Louis’ days of being a meatpacking mecca, cow’s brain sandwiches are nowadays not as easy to find. Andrew Zimmern tracked down of the last places still serving brains sandwiches (now made with pork) in St. Louis, Schottzie’s, for a taste of the old-time organ meat treat. 960 1280

  

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