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17th Street Bar and Grill 

32 N 17TH St Murphysboro, IL (618) 684-3722

Traditional American 
Michael Symon - Baby Back Ribs

  • SILVER for 17th Street Bar and Grill

Alan Wong's Restaurant 

1857 S King St Ste 3 Honolulu, HI (808) 949-2526

Traditional American Pan-Asian & Pacific Rim 
Wong prepares his most mouthwatering dishes -- Chinatown roast duck nachos with avocado salsa and tapioca chips; crispy won ton ahi poke bal

  • BRONZE for Alan Wong's Restaurant

Aqui es Texcoco 

1043 Broadway Suite:108 Chula Vista, CA (619) 427-4045

Mexican 
BBQ joint that specializes in an Aztec-inspired way to serve lamb. Andrew has Texcoco-style BBQ lamb -- slow-roasted whole lamb that’s se


Argyle Street Cafe 

345 Argyle St S Caledonia, Canada (905) 765-9622

John samples old time classics like chicken and ribs: crispy rotisserie chicken with a massive rack of fall-off-the-bone ribs


Arthur Bryant's Barbeque 

1727 Brooklyn Ave Kansas City, MO (816) 231-1123

Steak Chicken 
Arthur Bryant's is a landmark BBQ joint that has been serving up some of KC's best BBQ for nearly a century.

  • GOLD for Arthur Bryant's Barbeque


Bakersfield 

1213 Vine St Cincinnati, OH (513) 579-0446

the Southwestern spot serving up short rib tacos and a killer chicken tort


Bludso's BBQ 

811 S Long Beach Blvd Compton, CA (310) 637-1342

Southern Sandwiches 
the Texas-inspired barbecue joint smoking pork ribs and putting smoked turkey necks in the collard greens


Bogart's Smokehouse 

1627 S 9th St St. Louis, MO (314) 621-3107

Some of the best barbecue in St. Louis is at Bogart's. On the menu: smoky beef brisket, turkey, pulled pork and apricot-bruleed ribs.


Boneheads 

1014 Barrington St. Halifax, Canada (902) 407-4100

Pulled pork and magic spice rubbed ribs draw the crowds at Boneheads BBQ in seafood centric Halifax, NS. Host John Catucci licks smoked chic


Boots and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen 

151 Hekili St Kailua, HI (808) 263-7929

Vegetarian American 
Hawaiian favorites like Hawaiian-style kalbi ribs and mochiko chicken


Brasserie St-James 

901 S Center St Reno, NV (775) 348-8888

Brasserie Braised Oxtail and Short Ribs


Buz and Ned's  

1119 N Blvd Richmond, VA (804) 355-6055

Steakhouse 
Buz & Ned's is a Richmond institution, serving the best barbecue around. Adam samples Buz's famous hickory-smoked spare ribs.

  • GOLD for Buz and Ned's

Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral 

5955 Merle Hay Rd Johnston, IA (515) 331-0057

Sandwiches American 
fiery bbq sauce made from the hottest pepper on Earth


Chicken Scratch 

2303 Pittman St Dallas, TX (214) 749-1112

Chicken 
Not-to-miss, traditional South Texas barbacoa: cow cheek, cow tongue, beef short ribs and grilled sweetbreads.


Chosun Galbee 

3330 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA (323) 734-3330

Korean 
Beau MacMillian - Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs


Coach Insignia 

100 Renaissance Ctr Ste 71 Detroit, MI (313) 567-2622

On top of the Renaissance Center great steakhouse with great views. Nadia has root beer braised short ribs


Columbia Firehouse 

109 S Saint Asaph St Alexandria, VA (703) 683-1776

Traditional American 
Historic eatery that's dishing up a classic stroganoff made with succulent bison short ribs and buttery, homemade noodles.

  • BRONZE for Columbia Firehouse

Company 7 BBQ 

1001 S Main St Englewood, OH (937) 836-2777

Cafe Barbecue 
Each day, ribs, pork shoulder and beef brisket are lovingly prepared and smoked for 12 to 18 hours before they are served to customers on th


Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ 

301 Stockyards Blvd. Fort Worth, TX (817) 626-6464

Barbecue Ribs 
Coopers specializes in the hot and fast Hill Country Style barbecue. Try their beef brisket, pork ribs and Big Chop -- a 2-inch thick pork c


Daddy Dz BBQ 

264 Memorial Dr SE Atlanta, GA (404) 222-0206

Southern 
Aaron Sanchez - Rib Tips

  • GOLD for Daddy Dz BBQ

Daisy May's 

623 11th Ave New York, NY (212) 977-1500

Southern 
Michael Symon - BBQ Beef Ribs

  • BRONZE for Daisy May's

El Caminos 

3250 Main Street Vancouver, Canada (604) 875-6246

Latin cuisine at El Caminos. Nothing warms Johns heart, or tantalizes his palate, quite like a Spanish sandwich stuffed with short ribs and


Fat Matts Rib Shack 

1811 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA (404) 607-1622

Anthony stops for a quick BBQ lunch

  • BRONZE for Fat Matts Rib Shack

Gates and Sons BBQ 

3205 Main St Kansas City, MO (816) 753-0828

Duff Goldman - Burnt Ends on Bun

  • GOLD for Gates and Sons BBQ

Germantown Commissary 

2290 S Germantown Rd Memphis, TN (901) 754-5540

Dry Rub Pork Ribs


Haugen's Chicken and Ribs 

13801 Highway # 12 Port Perry, Canada (905) 985-2402

John samples their top secret dipping sauce. Some patrons have been known to drink it straight


Helena's Hawaiian Food 

1240 N School St Honolulu, HI (808) 845-8044

Vegetarian Japanese 
sampled pipikaula short ribs and Laulau - pork and cod wrapped in Luau and ti leaves


Henry's World Famous Hi-Life 

301 W Saint John St San Jose, CA (408) 295-5414

Steak American 
Henry's World Famous Hi-Life, opened in 1960, serves steaks, chicken, and pork chops but is most noted for its baby back ribs

  • SILVER for Henry's World Famous Hi-Life

Honky Tonk BBQ 

1213 W 18th St Chicago, IL (312) 226-7427

Vegetarian Barbecue 

  • GOLD for Honky Tonk BBQ

Hot Sauce Williams 

7815 Carnegie Ave Cleveland, OH (216) 391-2230

Adam goes to this legendary barbecue joint on Cleveland's east side for the deliciously messy Polish Boy, a kielbasa sausage buried by fries

  • SILVER for Hot Sauce Williams

House of Prime Rib 

1906 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA (415) 885-4605

Steakhouse Traditional American 
Brian Boitano - Prime Rib

  • GOLD for House of Prime Rib

JMueller BBQ 

1502 South First Austin, TX (512) 948-8935

Anthony Bourdain and barbecue blogger Daniel Vaughn visited John Mueller’s (Aaron Franklin’s old boss) BBQ trailer for his legenda

  • BRONZE for JMueller BBQ

Jack Stack Barbecue 

13441 Holmes Rd Kansas City, MO (816) 942-9141

Steak Sandwiches 
Ribs

  • BRONZE for Jack Stack Barbecue

KGB  

3475 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV (800) 214-9110

meaty fries so good they should be a government secret. No doubt about it – everyone's a winner with Chef Kerry Simon's indulgent and f

  • BRONZE for KGB

Kingstone Mines 

2548 N Halsted St Chicago, IL (773) 360-5759

Southern American 
Blues club with a great ribs joint.


Klondike Rib and Salmon Grill  

2116 2nd Ave Whitehorse, Canada (867) 667-7554

rich and creamy elk stroganoff


Kogi BBQ 

Truck Los Angeles, CA (323) 573-3985

Adam Gertler - Korean Short Rib Tacos*

  • SILVER for Kogi BBQ

Koja Kitchen 

Moving Target San Francisco, CA

unique take on Asian-fusion in the pork belly and short rib kojas


Kroll's 

1658 Main St Green Bay, WI (920) 468-4422

Traditional American 
This family-owned restaurant has been in business for more than 70 years. It is located right across the street from Lambeau Field. Adam rat


Krolls West 

1990 S Ridge Rd Green Bay, WI (920) 497-1111

Traditional American Pizza 
Krolls West is a gameday institution right across the street from Lambeau Field. Adam's pick? Their prime rib sandwich, 8 ounces of chargril


LA Pines Cafe 

3333 Pontchartrain Dr Slidell, LA (985) 781-4151

Latin American American 
Little joint under the water tower putting their spin on a classic southern Po' Boy with house smoked prime rib.

  • BRONZE for LA Pines Cafe

LC's Bar-B-Q 

5800 Blue Pkwy Kansas City, MO (816) 923-4484

Burnt Ends

  • BRONZE for LC's Bar-B-Q

La Cubana 

392 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto, Canada (416) 538-7500

Guava BBQ Short Rib with Yca Frita


Lamberts 

401 W 2nd Street Austin, TX (512) 494-1500

Pork ribs and frito pie.


Lawry's the Prime Rib 

100 N La Cienega Blvd Beverly Hills, CA (310) 652-2827

Steakhouse Traditional American 

  • BRONZE for Lawry's the Prime Rib

Lucques 

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

Italian French 
Frank Bruni - Braised Short Ribs


Mable's Smokehouse 

44 BERRY ST Brooklyn, NY (718) 218-6655

BBQ - Brisket, Pulled Pork, St. Louis Ribs


Marlowe's Ribs 

4381 ELVIS Presley Blvd Memphis, TN (901) 332-4159

Steak Soul Food 

  • BRONZE for Marlowe's Ribs

Memphis Barbeque Co 

709 Desoto Cv Horn Lake, MS (662) 536-3762

barbecue joint puttin' the championship touch on ribs, cheese fritters, and burgers with pork rinds.

  • BRONZE for Memphis Barbeque Co

Michy's 

6927 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL (305) 759-2001

French New American 
Short Ribs

  • BRONZE for Michy's

Montgomery Inn 

109 Illinois Ave Cincinnati, OH (513) 821-6302

Seafood American 
Saratoga Chips - Fresh Potato Chips

  • SILVER for Montgomery Inn

Moonlite Bar-B-Q 

2840 W Parrish Ave Owensboro, KY (270) 684-8143

American Traditional 
Mutton BBQ


Moose's Sixth St. Bar & Grill 

3514 SW 6TH Ave Amarillo, TX (806) 372-6667

Ribs


Oklahoma Joe's 

3002 W 47th Ave Kansas City, KS (913) 722-3366

Sandwiches Cafe 
Adam Richman heads to Oklahoma Joe's for succulent pulled pork and saucy spare ribs. This award-winning barbecue does the city proud.

  • GOLD for Oklahoma Joe's

Old Hickory 

338 Washington Ave Owensboro, KY (270) 926-9000

Chicken American 
Since 1918, 6 generations of one family have been serving smoked chopped mutton with white bread and sweet tea.


Osborne Family Farm 

105 N 8th St Ste 1 Little Rock, AR (501) 843-6502

partake in their barbecue benefiting the Little Rock Police and Fire Departments, which included heaping servings of oven-barbecued ribs, br


Pappy's Smokehouse 

3106 Olive St St Louis, MO (314) 535-4340

Ribs Food Feud.

  • GOLD for Pappy's Smokehouse

Peg Leg Porker 

903 Gleaves St Nashville, TN (615) 780-2792

Dry Rub Ribs and some amazing BBQ Nachos


Pegleg Porker 

904 Gleaves Street Nashville, TN (615) 829-6023

Tennessee is famous for its barbeque, and no stop is complete without a visit to Pegleg Porker for its dry-rub baby back ribs.


Phil's BBQ 

3740 Sports Arena Blvd # 6 San Diego, CA (619) 226-6333

American Continental 
Adam has to check out Phil's BBQ in Midway for their Dinosaur Sized Ribs -- mesquite-grilled to a smoky perfection and slathered in their se

  • GOLD for Phil's BBQ

Podnah's Pit 

1469 NE Prescott Portland, OR (503) 281-3700

Sandwiches Barbecue 

  • SILVER for Podnah's Pit

Prohibition 

504 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO (303) 832-4840

throwback bar known for their short rib burger and apple strudel

  • BRONZE for Prohibition

Q BBQ & Tequila Bar 

207 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA (215) 625-8604

The hot-and-spicy-heavyweight hails from Old City, as the boys challenge each other to finish off a rack of infamous Hellfire Ribs.


Raz'z Bar and Grill 

2241 Murfreesboro Pike Nashville, TN (615) 399-8084

Steak Seafood 
Neelys - Jambalaya Pasta

  • BRONZE for Raz'z Bar and Grill

Rendezvous 

52 S 2ND St Memphis, TN (901) 523-2746

Tyler Florence - BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

  • GOLD for Rendezvous

Rib Line 

12308 Los Osos Valley Rd San Luis Obispo, CA (805) 543-7427

Adam coaches history teacher Naader Reda through The Brahma Bull Challenge. In 42 minutes he has to eat 3 lbs. of Tri-tip steak sandwiched b


Riscky's BBQ 

300 Main St Fort Worth, TX (817) 877-3306

Riscky's BBQ has been feeding the people of Texas since 1927. The family-run business serves up 2,000-lbs. of ribs a day and a secret sauce

  • BRONZE for Riscky's BBQ

Ronnie's Ribs Wings and Other Things 

25th and Main Richmond, VA (804) 308-7524

BBQ 
Delilah Winder - BBQ Pork Ribs

  • BRONZE for Ronnie's Ribs Wings and Other Things

Rum Boogie Cafe 

182 Beale St Memphis, TN (901) 528-0150

Traditional American 
on historic Beale Street, Blues City Cafe offers great southern style food such as BBQ ribs, southern fried catfish, and broiled steaks, not

  • SILVER for Rum Boogie Cafe

Saint John Ale House 

1 Market Square Saint John, Canada

eight pounds of lobster and 42 ounces of prime rib steak rolled into one


Sam's Soul Food 

596 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY (718) 665-5341

Sam's Soul Food boasts Southern-style cooking that's just a short walk from Yankee stadium and features oxtail, ribs and cornbread.


Scratch Truck 

Moving Target! Indianapolis, IN (317) 721-3613

Grilled Cheese featuring red wine braised short rib, caramelized onions and arugula.


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

Smith and Wollensky 

797 3rd Ave New York, NY (212) 753-1530

Steakhouse 
Anne Burrell - Coconut Layer Cake

  • SILVER for Smith and Wollensky

Smitty's Market 

208 S Commerce St Lockhart, TX (512) 398-9344

American Cafe 
catches the cattle train to Texas where he walks the 'Avenue of Barbecue Dreams.

  • GOLD for Smitty's Market

Soul Fire BBQ 

5 Central St Boston, MA (978) 531-5744

Boston's best baby back ribs.


Steak & Main 

107 S Main St North East, MD (410) 287-3512

Great Steak Challenge - he had to eat two 13-ounce Delmonicos, a 12-ounce New York Strip, an 8-ounce Filet Mignon, a 16-ounce Flat Iron, and

  • BRONZE for Steak & Main

Tavern on 2 

5110 E 2nd St Long Beach, CA (562) 856-4000

pork belly with octopus and serving up slam dunk short ribs



The Blue Door Pub 

1811 Selby Ave St. Paul, MN (651) 493-1865

Andrew makes a stop here, where they’ve taken the classic, local Juicy Lucy hamburger in a new direction.

  • GOLD for The Blue Door Pub

The Flying Spatula Diner 

125 Collingwood St Flesherton, Canada (519) 924-2424

traditional prime rib dinner and a massive hot turkey sandwich both smothered in hot and savoury gravy


The Foundry on Melrose 

7465 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA (323) 651-0915

French New American 
Comfort Foods - Haute Grilled Cheese

  • BRONZE for The Foundry on Melrose

The Front Porch 

65A 29th St San Francisco, CA (415) 695-7800

Southern 
repurposed garage in the Mission District for some southern hospitality served up in braised beef short ribs and spicy shrimp and gravy


The Gorbals 

501 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA (213) 488-3408

New American 
Gail Simmons - Bacon Wrapped Motza

  • GOLD for The Gorbals

The Main 

3864 boul. Saint-Laurent Montreal, Canada (514) 499-7098

ribs-steak-smoked meat! John goes meat crazy at The Main, a founding father of Montreal


The Pit 

328 W. Davie St Raleigh, NC (919) 890-4500

Steakhouse 
American Classics - Best NC-style Pig.

  • GOLD for The Pit

The Rosedale Diner 

1164 Yonge St. Toronto, Canada (416) 923-3122

decades-old bohemian joint serving up sticky Asian pork ribs and a Canadian staple.


The Salt Lick BBQ 

18300 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX (512) 894-3117

Duff Goldman & Bobby Flay - BBQ Combo Plate and BBQ Beef Ribs

  • GOLD for The Salt Lick BBQ

The Shed 

7501 Highway 57 Ocean Springs, MS (228) 875-9590

At The Shed, the ribs are so good they fall right off the bone with a combination of flavors and spices so complex and delicious they make t

  • GOLD for The Shed

The Silo 

115 N WATER ST Lewiston, NY (716) 754-9680

Adam visits The Silo where he samples their signature sandwich, The Silo Haystack: a full pound of rib eye blanketed with melted mozzarella,


The Smoke Joint 

87 S Elliott Pl Brooklyn, NY (718) 797-1011

Sandwiches American 
barbecue joint mashing up a variety of styles for their unique wings and their big time beef ribs

  • BRONZE for The Smoke Joint

The Spudder Restaurant 

6536 E 50TH St Tulsa, OK (918) 665-1416

Steakhouse 
Adam goes to The Spudder for The Gusher Special, a 22oz prime rib steak served with tomato soup, dinner rolls, a salad, and a baked potato.

  • BRONZE for The Spudder Restaurant

Tom's Bar-B-Q 

4087 New Getwell Rd Memphis, TN (901) 252-6642

Guy Fieri - Pork Rib Tips

  • GOLD for Tom's Bar-B-Q

Tootie's Texas BBQ 

68703 Perez Rd Ste A1 Cathedral City, CA (760) 202-6963

Chicken Burgers 


Truck Norris 

Rosemead, CA

Filipino food like their Ninja Shepherds Pie and Notorious R.I.B.


Ward's House of Prime 

540 E Mason St Milwaukee, WI (414) 223-0135

Steak Seafood 
For those who can't get enough prime rib, Ward's offers an 8-oz. to 124-oz. cut of beef! Every time someone finishes a bigger cut than the l


West Rib Cafe and Pub 

2201 E Parks Hwy Talkeetna, AK (907) 376-4484

Adam visits West Rib Cafe and Pub in Talkeetna where mountain-climbers and bush pilots stop in to refuel on burgers.


Whale's Rib 

2033 NE 2nd St Deerfield Beach, FL (954) 421-8880

Seafood 

  • SILVER for Whale's Rib

Whisk 

7382 SW 56th Avenue South Miami, FL (305) 663-3017

Gourmet Southern Food like whole fried snapper and beer braised baby back ribs


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