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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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Mr. Bartley's

Serving Boston since 1960, Mr. Bartley's is most famous for its gourmet burgers, each packed with 7 ounces of fresh ground beef. With burgers like “The Justin Bieber” with blue cheese and hot sauce, to “The Hashtag” with Boursin cheese and bacon, good luck picking a favorite.


Don’t miss Fried Chicken Night at Watershed in Atlanta. A pioneer in Atlanta’s farm-to-table movement, Watershed offers authentic local cuisine done with local ingredients.


Back in the day, Gilley's in Portsmouth, NH, was a lunch cart towed by a horse. Today, its location is permanent, but Gilley’s retains its charm, still serving the burgers and hot dogs that drew hungry patrons back in the ’40s.

Idle Spurs

This work in progress, a plate of steak and potatoes mid-meal, is what Idle Spurs in Barstow, CA, is known for. Drawing visitors to Route 66 since the 1950s, Idle Spurs is the place to go for a good steak.

Bunk Sandwiches

A shot of the menu at Bunk Sandwiches, a Portland institution offering sandwiches for any palate. From pork belly Cubanos to Russian fries topped with Russian dressing and caramelized onions, Bunk’s menu is always expanding.


No visit to Maryland is complete without diving into a bushel of steamed crabs with a couple of cold beers, and look no further than Cantler’s to check this off your list. Located right by the waterfront in historic downtown Annapolis, MD, Cantler’s has been feeding the locals since 1974.

Grinders Pizza

In Kansas City, MO, Grinders Pizza serves up some of the best New York-style pizza in the Midwest. They also pride themselves on one of the most eclectic beer selections in Kansas City.

My Brother's Bar

The chef at My Brother's Bar, the oldest bar in Denver, cooks up some of their delicious meals. People come to this piece of Denver history to satisfy their burger cravings.

Amy Ruth’s

Amy Ruth’s in Harlem, NY, is the place to go for delicious, authentic soul food. And it doesn’t get any better than the chicken and waffles.

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik in Sister Bay, WI, is family-owned and authentically Swedish, down to the goats that graze the sod roof. Chow down on a plate full of homemade Swedish meatballs served with fresh mashed potatoes.


Domilise's in New Orleans has been serving authentic po-boy sandwiches with generous helpings of fried shrimp since 1924.

Skylight Inn

A chef chops up meat at the Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC. The self-proclaimed “BBQ Capital of the World” adds pork cracklings to its barbecue, making it worth the trip.

Comet II Drive-In

Owner Johnny Martinez's famous tacos at the Comet II Drive-In in Santa Rosa, NM, draw visitors to this classic Southwestern establishment.

The Chimneyville Smokehouse

The Chimneyville Smokehouse in Jackson, MS, is famous for its delicious smoked meats, and it started with nothing but a trailer and a few classic recipes.

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier

Feed your sweet tooth at Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier in Madison, WI. Sourcing her own cacao to create single-origin chocolates, Gail Ambrosius makes what Alton Brown has called, “the holy grail of chocolate.”

Sammy's LA Pastrami & Burger

An unassuming shack, Sammy's LA Pastrami & Burger is a Las Vegas landmark serving pastrami sandwiches, burgers and Philly-style cheesesteaks.


Don’t miss the meatloaf at Datz in Tampa, FL. Stuffed with bacon-jalapeno mac and cheese and served with garlic mashed potatoes, this isn’t your grandma’s meatloaf.

White Knight Diner

It’s hard to miss the White Knight Diner in St. Louis. This vintage diner pays homage to the ’50s with its retro décor and simple menu featuring timeless cheeseburgers.

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room in Savannah, GA, is the epitome of family-style dining. With a different menu everyday, platters of food are set out to be shared among the tables set for 10. Get to know a stranger while indulging in Southern comfort food.

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit food truck in Los Angeles offers Filipino fusion to the locals. Try a burrito, taco or nachos topped with Filipino-style meats.

Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Pub

The Bacon Bomb at Paddy Long's Beer and Bacon Pub in Chicago is 5 pounds of ground sausage, pork and beef wrapped in a brown-sugar bacon weave. Chow down on the whole thing by yourself in 45 minutes, and Paddy Long fame can be yours.

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