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American Coney Island 

114 W Lafayette Blvd Detroit, MI (313) 961-7758

Californian Traditional American 
Camille visits American Coney Island, which is considered to be one of the oldest businesses in Detroit, still family-owned and operated.

  • GOLD for American Coney Island

Anchor Bar 

1047 Main St Buffalo, NY (716) 884-4083

Italian Californian 
Camille travels to Buffalo's Anchor Bar - the restaurant responsible for inventing Buffalo Chicken Wings in 1964. These are the original chi

  • GOLD for Anchor Bar

Arcade 

540 S Main St Memphis, TN (901) 526-5757

Californian Southern 
Elvis sandwich

  • SILVER for Arcade

Arnold's Country Kitchen 

605 Eigth Ave S Nashville, TN (615) 256-4455

Californian Traditional American 
Visit Arnolds for their iconic southern meat and three, pork chops smothered in gravy, collard greens, squash casserole and/or fried green t

  • GOLD for Arnold's Country Kitchen


Aunt Mary's Cafe 

4307 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA (510) 601-9227

Californian American 
A neighborhood joint putting a southern spin on an English breakfast tradition called Bubble and Squeak


Bang! 

3472 W 32nd Ave Denver, CO (303) 455-1117

Californian Seafood 
an old Victorian home turned restaurant, where they're scratch making southern favorites from peach cobbler to gumbo with cornbread.

  • SILVER for Bang!

Big Jims Restaurant & Bar 

201 Saline St. Pittsburgh, PA (412) 421-0532

Italian Californian 

  • SILVER for Big Jims Restaurant & Bar

Blue Bottle Cafe 

66 Mint St San Francisco, CA (415) 495-3394

Californian Tea 
Handcrafted artisanal produced coffee and small breakfast options.


Blue Palms Brewhouse 

6124 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA (323) 464-2337

Californian Sandwiches 
Steak Melt

  • BRONZE for Blue Palms Brewhouse

Brats Brothers 

13456 1/2 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA (818) 986-4020

Californian Hot Dogs 
Triple-D fans show Guy their favorite spot for real deal German bratwurst.

  • SILVER for Brats Brothers

Buckeye Roadhouse 

15 Shoreline Hwy Mill Valley, CA (415) 331-2600

Californian Traditional American 
Tyler Florence - Smore Pie


Cafe Poca Cosa 

110 E Pennington St Ste 100 Tucson, AZ (520) 622-6400

Californian Mexican 


Cafe Shambala 

382 4TH Ave Salt Lake City, UT (801) 364-8558

Californian Vegetarian 


California Modern 

1250 Prospect St La Jolla, CA (858) 454-4244

Californian Vegetarian 
Aaron Sanchez - Fish Tacos


Citizen Cake 

2125 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA (415) 861-2228

Californian Sandwiches 
rock and roll edge that is known for crafting eye-catching cakes with creative flavors and artistic flair.

  • SILVER for Citizen Cake

Dinah 

6521 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA (310) 645-0456

Californian 
Its not just the amazing fried chicken that draws in the crowds here -- many come to enjoy the raucous atmosphere and the company of the qui


Dott's Back Inn 

4030 Macarthur Ave Richmond, VA (804) 266-3167

Californian Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Dott's Back Inn

Doumar's Drive-In 

1919 Monticello Ave Norfolk, VA (757) 627-4163

Californian 

  • GOLD for Doumar's Drive-In

Euro Pane 

950 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA (626) 577-1828

Californian Vegetarian 
Adam Gertler - Egg Salad Sandwich

  • BRONZE for Euro Pane

Firenze Osteria 

4212 Lankershim Blvd Toluca Lake, CA (818) 760-7081

Italian French 
Located a stone's throw from Universal Studios, Firenze Oestaria offers gourmet Italian cuisine prepared by Chef Fabio Viviani, Fan Favorite

  • BRONZE for Firenze Osteria

Forbes Island 

Sea Lion Harbor - H Dock San Francisco, CA (415) 951-4900

French Californian 
a man-made island that is actually a barge, which weighs about 700 tons. Made to look like an island, it is actually floating vessel with a


Frances  

1870 17th St San Francisco, CA (415) 621-3870

French Californian 
Applewood bacon beignet, served with maple syrup cream.


Gather 

2200 Oxford St Berkeley, CA (510) 809-0400

Californian Vegetarian 
Makes their own tofu with squash and carrot juice.


Incanto - CLOSED 

1550 Church St San Francisco, CA (415) 641-4500

Italian Californian 
At Incanto they eat every part of the cow. Their specialty is a whole beef shank, otherwise known as "leg of beast." The only thing missing


Jamie's Grill and Bar 

427 Broadway Sacramento, CA (916) 442-4044

Californian 

  • BRONZE for Jamie's Grill and Bar

Jar 

8225 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA (323) 655-6566

Steakhouse Californian 
Rocco Dispirto - Pot Roast


Katie's Restaurant and Bar 

3701 Iberville St. New Orleans, LA (504) 488-6582

Italian Californian 
Corner restaurant and bar where the local seafood sandwich is so large they call it The Barge.

  • SILVER for Katie's Restaurant and Bar

Larios On the Beach 

820 Ocean Dr Miami Beach, FL (305) 532-9577

Californian Cuban 
Owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, this landmark ocean front bistro, which opened in 1992 boasting Cuba's culinary delicacies, led way for

  • BRONZE for Larios On the Beach

Larry's 

24 Windward Ave Venice, CA (310) 399-2700

Californian Pizza 
gastropub a stone's throw from Venice Beach. Try the smoked ox tongue terrine with pickled carrots and sweet and sour chili relish. They may


Le Central - The Affordable French Restaurant 

112 E Eighth Ave Denver, CO (303) 863-8094

French Californian 


Leon's Frozen Custard 

3131 S 27TH St Milwaukee, WI (414) 383-1784

Californian 
Since 1942, this landmark has served up freshly-made custard in a variety of flavors. In addition, this drive-in serves sandwiches and soft

  • BRONZE for Leon's Frozen Custard

Lucques 

8474 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA (323) 655-6277

Italian French 
Frank Bruni - Braised Short Ribs


Mama's Food Shop 

200 E 3rd St New York, NY (212) 777-4425

Californian Southern 
the South heads north for scratch-made fried chicken and homemade peach cobbler.

  • BRONZE for Mama's Food Shop

McGillin's Olde Ale House 

1310 Drury St Philadelphia, PA (215) 735-5562

Californian Traditional American 
Originally called the Bell in Hand, the laborers who frequented it, nearly 150 years ago, started calling it McGillin's after the owner, Wil

  • BRONZE for McGillin's Olde Ale House

Mi Nidito 

1813 S 4th Ave Tucson, AZ (520) 622-5081

Californian Mexican 
Mexican Eats

  • BRONZE for Mi Nidito

Mizuna 

225 E Seventh Ave Denver, CO (303) 832-4778

Californian Traditional American 
Tony shares a meal with Chef Frank Bonanno at his award-winning restaurant Mizuna.


Mo's Seafood 

7600 Eastern Ave Baltimore, MD (410) 288-2424

Californian 
Tony eats here with Felicia (Snoop) Pearson from The Wire. This is one of her favorite restaurants.

  • BRONZE for Mo's Seafood

Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe 

808 E Jefferson St Phoenix, AZ (602) 262-9256

Californian Southern 
Best fried chicken

  • SILVER for Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe

Napa Rose 

1600 S Disneyland Dr Anaheim, CA (714) 300-7170

Italian Californian 

  • BRONZE for Napa Rose

Nopa 

560 Divisadero St San Francisco, CA (415) 864-8643

Californian Mediterranean 
Aida Mollenkamp - House Smoked Bacon Flatbread


Norma's 

118 W 57th St New York, NY (212) 708-7460

Californian Traditional American 
Alex Guarnaschelli - Chocolate Decadence French Toast

  • BRONZE for Norma's

Original Tommy 

2575 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA (213) 389-9060

Californian Hamburgers 
Ask any regular why they keep coming back and they’ll tell you: their famous chili.

  • BRONZE for Original Tommy

Papermoon Diner 

227 W 29TH St Baltimore, MD (410) 889-4444

Californian 

  • BRONZE for Papermoon Diner

Pastiche Fine Desserts & Cafe 

92 Spruce St Providence, RI (401) 861-5190

Californian 
Located in Federal Hill, this place has the feel of a European cafe. The desserts are made from scratch and include pies, tarts, cakes and p

  • BRONZE for Pastiche Fine Desserts & Cafe

Perla 

4 W 58th St # 4 New York, NY (646) 257-2209

Italian Californian 
Italian pizza and sandwiches


Real Chili 

419 E Wells St Milwaukee, WI (414) 271-4042

Californian Traditional American 
Duff Goldman - Chili

  • BRONZE for Real Chili

Schmidt's Sausage Haus 

240 E Kossuth St Columbus, OH (614) 444-6808

Californian German 
Cream puffs and all you can eat sausage buffet

  • GOLD for Schmidt's Sausage Haus

Shady Glen Dairy 

360 Middle Tpke W Manchester, CT (860) 643-0511

Californian 
Ryan D'Agostino - Cheeseburger

  • BRONZE for Shady Glen Dairy

Sierra Mar 

Hwy 1 Big Sur, CA (831) 667-2800

Californian Traditional American 
Food Destinations - Best Meal with a view.


Sip and Bite 

2200 Boston St Baltimore, MD

Californian Greek 
check out the Greek spot where two cooking families come together to serve up age-old family recipes.

  • SILVER for Sip and Bite

Skippers Smokehouse 

910 Skipper Rd Tampa, FL (813) 977-6474

Californian Seafood 
Skippers Smokehouse in Tampa is a place to indulge your wilder side. For example, the alligator ribs aka Dragon Wings, are a one of a kind s

  • SILVER for Skippers Smokehouse

Sojourner Cafe 

134 E Canon Perdido St Santa Barbara, CA (805) 965-7922

Californian Vegetarian 


Solbar 

755 Silverado Trl Calistoga, CA (707) 226-0850

Californian Vegetarian 
John Besh - Steak Frites


Solly's Grille 

4629 N Port Washington Rd Glendale, WI (414) 332-8808

Californian Traditional American 
George Motz visits Solly’s Grille to eat their famous Butter Burger, made with a heaping dollop of butter.


Spread 

2879 University Ave San Diego, CA (619) 543-0406

Californian New American 
Tyler Florence , White chocolate pretzel peanut spread


Stephanie's on Newbury 

190 Newbury St Boston, MA (617) 236-0990

French Californian 
Cory Comeau, Executive Chef, Stephanie's on Newbury, Boston, MA (winner)


Sterle's Slovenian Country House 

1401 E 55TH St Cleveland, OH (216) 881-4181

Californian Eastern European 

  • BRONZE for Sterle's Slovenian Country House

The Big Kitchen 

3003 Grape St San Diego, CA (619) 234-5789

Californian Traditional American 


The Continental 

134 Market St Philadelphia, PA (215) 923-6069

Californian Traditional American 
Anne Burrell - Crispy Calamari Salad

  • BRONZE for The Continental

The Modern Cafe 

337 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 378-9882

Californian Traditional American 

  • BRONZE for The Modern Cafe

The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus 

150 Stockton St San Francisco, CA (415) 362-3900

Californian 
Tyler Florence - Seafood Cobb Salad


Top of the Mark 

One Nob Hill, 999 California St San Francisco, CA (415) 616-6916

French Californian 
With over 100 martinis to choose from, you won't go thirsty here. While there are differing stories on the invention of the Martini, one of


Traffic Jam and Snug Restaurant  

511 W Canfield St Detroit, MI (313) 831-9470

Californian Traditional American 
the 18,000 foot joint giving savory brisket a beer batter bath and a place on a fresh panini

  • SILVER for Traffic Jam and Snug Restaurant

Woodfire Grill 

1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE Atlanta, GA (404) 347-9055

Californian Traditional American 
Kevin Gillespie - Runner Up


Wright's Farm Restaurant  

84 Inman Rd Harrisville, RI (401) 769-2856

Californian Traditional American 


Wynkoop Brewing Company 

1634 18th St Denver, CO (303) 297-2700

Californian Traditional American 
Established in 1988, it's Denver's oldest brewpub. Founded by John Hickenlooper, now the mayor of Denver, who is also credited for starting

  • GOLD for Wynkoop Brewing Company

Zare at Fly Trap 

606 Folsom St San Francisco, CA (415) 243-0580

Californian Traditional American 
a Persian restaurant that uses real swords to skewer and grill juicy, one-pound bone-in lamb kebabs


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