Food Paradise: Meatloaf

Ah, meatloaf. Doesn’t it bring back childhood memories of the go-to meal of the week? Check out some of the best dishes and restaurants that serve this iconic staple of the dinner table.
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Since it opened in 2008, The Meatloaf Bakery has been dishing out cupcake-shaped loafs made from your pick of beef, pork, veal, salmon, chicken or turkey, all dressed up with a variety of toppings like blue cheese, spicy hot wing sauce or strategically swirled angel hair pasta.

The Meatloaf Bakery’s owner, Cynthia Kallile, learned to cook from her mom and grandmother, but one look at her clever creations and you'll see ... this is not Grandma’s kitchen!

The little loaves bake for 30 minutes in a 350-degree convection oven, and are topped with potato, pasta or vegetables.

Spaghetti and meat balls looks easy to handle and hard to resist at Chicago's Meatloaf Bakery.

In Chicago, a creative little shop called The Meatloaf Bakery is taking the Windy City by storm.

Chef Jason Dame of Datz restaurant prepares each individually stuffed loaf by hand with premium ground beef from a local purveyor.

The customer has one important decision to make when ordering Datz’s Stuffed Meatloaf: Do I pair it with traditional garlic mashed potatoes and peas, or with sweet-and-salty chips with creamy blue-cheese drizzle? Mmm, decisions, decisions ...

For a taste of the original meatloaf, visit Suppenkuche, a German restaurant in San Francisco.

Suppenkuche’s customers enjoy traditional German dishes like Wiener schnitzel: sautéed pork loin and meatloaf prepared with bacon and egg.

The Neptune Diner maintains a classic diner experience: from the chrome stools to the neon ceiling accents.

The meatloaf is formed and then baked for 2 hours at 275 degrees. This hot Cajun loaf comes out of the oven ready to rock your taste buds.

The robust flavors of the meatloaf, sliced 2 heartfelt inches at a time, and grilled to a crisp, satisfy the heartiest appetites.

It’s The Praline Connection's zesty meatloaf that really attracts the New Orleans French Quarter crowd. Get your meatloaf the traditional way -- with mashed potatoes and green beans -- or try it with cornbread and sweet potatoes.

For a taste of Cajun-style meatloaf, look for the bright red building and follow your nose to The Praline Connection.

Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy - the quintessential home cooked American dinner.

Whether you think it’s conceptual culinary art or the latest advancement in meatloaf-ology, one thing is certain: the Meatloaf Bakery has developed a deeply devoted following.

Most people come to Tampa, FL, for the sun and surf, but those lucky enough to stumble upon a little place called Datz will find they’ve also discovered Meatloaf Paradise!

While buffalo may never have actually roamed here, herds of them are devoured nightly at Buck’s Grill House in Moab, UT.