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Cafe Du Monde 

800 Decatur St New Orleans, LA (504) 525-4544

At Café du Monde, you’ll find near-perfect New Orleans doughnuts topped with powdered sugar, called beignets. But don’t ask for much el

  • GOLD for Cafe Du Monde

 

Katz's Deli 

205 E Houston St New York, NY (212) 254-2246

Traditional American Eclectic & International 
Michael Psilakis - Knoblewurst

  • GOLD for Katz's Deli

 

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria 

439 N Wells St Chicago, IL (312) 828-9800

Italian Pizza 
the oldest family name in deep-dish pizza. Layer after layer of cheese, meat, veggies and sauce, bake on a delicate, buttery deep-dish pie s

  • GOLD for Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

 

Gino's East 

162 E Superior St Chicago, IL (312) 266-3337

Italian Pizza 
He feasts his eyes on a mammoth deep-dish pizza overflowing with meat and, of course, tons of bacon.

  • GOLD for Gino's East

 

Chap's Pit Beef 

5801 Pulaski Hwy Baltimore, MD (410) 483-2379

Guy Fieri - Chaps Submarine

  • GOLD for Chap's Pit Beef


 

Primanti Brothers 

46 18th Street Pittsburgh, PA (412) 854-7401

Traditional American 
Located in the Strip District, Primanti Brothers is a legendary fast-food joint known for its sandwiches, always topped with freshly made fr

  • GOLD for Primanti Brothers

 

Kuma's Corner 

2900 W Belmont Chicago, IL (773) 604-8769

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Adam Gertler - Plague Bringer Burger

  • GOLD for Kuma's Corner

 

Tony Luke's 

26 E Oregon Ave Philadelphia, PA (215) 551-5725

Italian Cheesesteak 
Marc Summers - Cheesesteak

  • GOLD for Tony Luke's

 

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

 

Melt Bar & Grilled 

14718 Detroit Ave Lakewood, OH (216) 226-3699

Traditional American Vegetarian 
Anne Thornton - The Godfather

  • GOLD for Melt Bar & Grilled

 

Pats King Of Steaks 

1237 E Passyunk Ave Philadelphia, PA (215) 468-1546

Steakhouse Soups 
Cheesesteak Feud - Winner!

  • GOLD for Pats King Of Steaks

 

Al's Italian Beef 

1079 W Taylor St Chicago, IL (630) 858-9121

Italian Steakhouse 
Camille visits Al's Italian beef -- a Chicago staple for 70 years -- to learn about the restaurant, its history and to experience their famo

  • GOLD for Al's Italian Beef

 

Pappy's Smokehouse 

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

Ribs Food Feud.

  • GOLD for Pappy's Smokehouse

 

Philippe's The Original 

1001 N Alameda St Los Angeles, CA (213) 628-3781

Soups French 
Wolfgang Puck - French Dipped Sandwiches

  • GOLD for Philippe's The Original

 

Hash House A Go Go 

6800 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV (702) 804-4646

Traditional American New American 
Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict

  • GOLD for Hash House A Go Go

 

Acme Oyster House 

724 Iberville St New Orleans, LA (504) 522-5973

Seafood Cajun & Creole 
This episode's challenge was to finish 15 dozen oysters at Acme Oyster House and join the "15 Dozen Club". Adam succeeded in this challenge

  • GOLD for Acme Oyster House

 

Voodoo Doughnuts 

22 SW Third Ave Portland, OR (503) 241-4704

Vegetarian Bakery 
Great place to end a bar crawl

  • GOLD for Voodoo Doughnuts

 

Mother's Restaurant 

401 Poydras St New Orleans, LA (504) 523-9656

Traditional American Cajun & Creole 
Sunny Anderson - Bread Pudding

  • GOLD for Mother's Restaurant

 

Hominy Grill 

207 Rutledge Ave Charleston, SC (843) 937-0930

Traditional American Southern 
American Classics - Best Shrimp and Grits.

  • GOLD for Hominy Grill

 

Giordano's Pizzeria 

20 E Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL (312) 939-4646

Pizza 

  • GOLD for Giordano's Pizzeria

 

Ted Drewes 

6726 Chippewa St Saint Louis, MO (314) 481-2652

Vegetarian Cafe 
Best upside-down frozen treat.

  • GOLD for Ted Drewes

 

Hodads Restaurant 

5010 Newport Ave San Diego, CA (619) 224-4623

Hamburgers 
Guy Fieri - Bacon Burger

  • GOLD for Hodads Restaurant

 

DiNic's 

1136 Arch St Philadelphia, PA (215) 336-2333

Roast Beef 
Roast beef sandwiches

  • GOLD for DiNic's

 

Cherry Cricket 

2641 E Second Ave Denver, CO (303) 322-7666

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Aaron Sanchez - Cricket Burger w/Green Chili

  • GOLD for Cherry Cricket

 

Loveless Cafe 

8407 Old Harding Rd Nashville, TN (615) 673-2511

Southern American 
Comfort Foods - Best Old-Fashioned Biscuits

  • GOLD for Loveless Cafe

 

Doughnut Plant 

379 Grand St New York, NY (212) 505-3700

Bakery Bagels 
Pat & Gina Neely - PB&J Doughnut

  • GOLD for Doughnut Plant

 

The Pit 

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

Steakhouse 
American Classics - Best NC-style Pig.

  • GOLD for The Pit

 

Gus's 

310 S Front St Memphis, TN (901) 527-4877

Chicken 
then hops down to Memphis, Tenn. to see if buttermilk or brine makes for the most crave-worthy fried chicken.

  • GOLD for Gus's

 

Smoque 

3800 N Pulaski Rd Chicago, IL (773) 545-7427

Traditional American Chicken 
BBQ Ribs

  • GOLD for Smoque

 

Ben's Chili Bowl 

1213 U St NW Washington, DC (202) 667-0909

Southern Mexican 
"Half-Smoke," a half-pork, half-sausage frankfurter topped with Ben's famous chili

  • GOLD for Ben's Chili Bowl

 

The Vortex Bar & Grill 

878 Peachtree St Atlanta, GA (404) 875-1667

Traditional American Hamburgers 
There are plenty of unique burgers on the menu at The Vortex, and Adam tries a burger so monstrous that it's held together by 2 grilled chee

  • GOLD for The Vortex Bar & Grill

 

The Nook 

492 Hamline Ave S St Paul, MN (651) 698-4347

Hamburgers 
Reopened after a fire burned down the restaurant, the Nook serves up some amazing stuffed burgers

  • GOLD for The Nook

 

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

 

Matt's Big Breakfast 

801 N 1st St Phoenix, AZ (602) 258-1747

Vegetarian Sandwiches 
Guy Fieri - The Chop & Chick

  • GOLD for Matt's Big Breakfast

 

Twisted Root Burger Co 

2615 Commerce St Dallas, TX (214) 570-9999

Hamburgers 
A Burger, A Bowl and a Slice

  • GOLD for Twisted Root Burger Co

 

Geno's Steaks 

1219 S Ninth St Philadelphia, PA (215) 389-0659

Steakhouse Soups 
Cheesesteak feud - loser.

  • GOLD for Geno's Steaks

 

Cochon Butcher 

930 Tchoupitoulas St New Orleans, LA (504) 588-2123

Southern New American 
Chris Cosentino - Boudin Sausage

  • GOLD for Cochon Butcher

 

Steuben's 

523 E 17th Ave Denver, CO (303) 830-1001

Traditional American 
An auto garage turned restaurant serving regional favorites from Southwestern Green Chiliburgers to Maine lobster rolls.

  • GOLD for Steuben's

 

Pancake Pantry 

1796 21st Ave S Nashville, TN (615) 383-9333

Traditional American 
Pancake Pantry boasts a menu of 23 different types of pancakes, none more unique than the Village Smithy – cornmeal pancakes cooked wit

  • GOLD for Pancake Pantry

 

Big Texan 

7701 E Interstate 40 Amarillo, TX (806) 372-7000

Steakhouse 
The top restaurant on the big, bigger, biggest list for its large sized everything. Try the challenge and if you finish a 72-ounce sirloin

  • GOLD for Big Texan

 

The Varsity 

61 North Ave. Atlanta, GA (404) 261-5200

Traditional American Hamburgers 

  • GOLD for The Varsity

 

Junior's  

386 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY (718) 852-5257

Traditional American 
Rocco DiSpirito - Cheesecake

  • GOLD for Junior's

 

Sam's No. 3 

1500 Curtis St Denver, CO (303) 534-1927

Mexican 
Triple D fans show us their favorite diner for green chili burritos with a Greek twist.

  • GOLD for Sam's No. 3

 

Cattleman's Steakhouse 

1309 S. Agnew Oklahoma City, OK (405) 236-0416

Steak Steakhouse 
Blast from the past

  • GOLD for Cattleman's Steakhouse

 

Gladys Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken & Waffles 

529 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA (404) 874-9393

Southern 
Widely regarded as having some of the best southern soul food in the state of Georgia, this restaurant is also known for its delectable dess

  • GOLD for Gladys Knight and Ron Winan's Chicken & Waffles

 

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

 

Rendezvous 

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

Tyler Florence - BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

  • GOLD for Rendezvous

 

Founding Farmers 

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC (202) 822-8783

Vegetarian American 
Robert Irvine - Devil-ish Eggs

  • GOLD for Founding Farmers

 

Pink's Hot Dogs  

709 N La Brea Ave Hollywood, CA (323) 931-4223

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Hot dogs throwdown. Winner: Bobby Flay

  • GOLD for Pink's Hot Dogs

 

Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge 

2519 Marshall St NE Minneapolis, MN (612) 788-9069

Pizza 
Bamboo tiki bar

  • GOLD for Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge

 

Pat O'Brien's 

624 Bourbon St New Orleans, LA (504) 525-4823

Many famous drinks were created in New Orleans. Probably the most widely known is The Hurricane, whose creation has been credited to Pat O

  • GOLD for Pat O'Brien's

 

Grinder's 

417 E 18th St Kansas City, MO (816) 472-5454

Pizza Sandwiches 
Crazy pizzas. Chili bomb with tater tots and chili.

  • GOLD for Grinder's

 

White Manna Hamburgers 

358 River St Hackensack, NJ (201) 342-0914

Hamburgers Fast Food 
Michael Psilakis - Sliders (Cheeseburgers)

  • GOLD for White Manna Hamburgers

 

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

 

Shake Shack 

3071 Steinway St New York, NY (212) 889-6600

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Claire Robinson - Corn Dog

  • GOLD for Shake Shack

 

El Indio Mexican Restaurant 

3695 India St San Diego, CA (619) 299-0385

Mexican 
Founded in 1940 by Ralph Pesqueira Sr., El Indio started out as a tortilla factory, but became a world-famous restaurant with their deliciou

  • GOLD for El Indio Mexican Restaurant

 

Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles 

1514 N Gower St Los Angeles, CA (323) 466-7453

Traditional American Southern 
Duff Goldman - Chicken and Waffles

  • GOLD for Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

 

Pine State Biscuits 

3640 SE Belmont St Portland, OR (503) 236-3346

Southern Vegetarian 
All Kinds of Classics

  • GOLD for Pine State Biscuits

 

Lulu's Bakery and Cafe 

918 N Main Ave San Antonio, TX (210) 222-9422

Bakery American 
Richman visited Lulu's Bakery and Caf? to examine the plate-sized chicken fried steak and sample one of their famous 3.5-pound (1.6 kg) cinn

  • GOLD for Lulu's Bakery and Cafe

 

Denver Biscuit Company 

3237 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO (303) 377-7900

Southern Sandwiches 
the double-duty corner bar smoking pork for its biscuits and topping pizzas with the bounty of the county

  • GOLD for Denver Biscuit Company

 

Hot Doug's - CLOSED 

3324 North California Chicago, IL (773) 279-9550

Traditional American Hot Dogs 
American Classics - Best HotDog Menu

  • GOLD for Hot Doug's - CLOSED

 

Louis' Lunch 

263 Crown St New Haven, CT (203) 562-5507

Sandwiches American 
Geoffrey Zakarian - The Original Burger

  • GOLD for Louis' Lunch

 

Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop 

1810 W Washington St San Diego, CA (619) 296-8226

Mexican 
Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop is a Mexican-wrestling-themed shop in Mission Hills that features the Surfin' California Burrito -- a steak, s

  • GOLD for Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop

 

Blue Water Seafood 

3667 India St San Diego, CA (619) 497-0914

Seafood 

  • GOLD for Blue Water Seafood

 

The Magnolia Pancake Haus 

606 Embassy Oak Ste 100 San Antonio, TX (210) 496-0828

Traditional American 
a breakfast joint servin' up waffles filled with bacon and an old school pfannekuchen from a decades-old recipe.

  • GOLD for The Magnolia Pancake Haus

 

Crown Candy Kitchen 

1401 Saint Louis Ave St Louis, MO (314) 621-9650

Traditional American Hot Dogs 
Adam had to drink five 24-ounce malt milkshakes in 30 minutes, a challenge offered by the restaurant since 1913.

  • GOLD for Crown Candy Kitchen

 

Metro Diner 

3302 Hendricks Ave Jacksonville, FL (904) 398-3701

Traditional American 
Scratch made menu that goes from meatloaf to stuffed French toast.

  • GOLD for Metro Diner

 

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

 

The Tamale Place 

5242 Rockville Rd Indianapolis, IN (317) 248-9771

Mexican 
a tamale spot loading homemade masa with everything from Mexican-spiced beef to apples with pecans

  • GOLD for The Tamale Place

 

Iron Barley 

5510 Virginia Ave St Louis, MO (314) 351-4500

Monte Cristo hot dog

  • GOLD for Iron Barley

 

Billy Goat Tavern 

430 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL (312) 222-1525

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Famous for their cheeseburgers and the Cubs curse.

  • GOLD for Billy Goat Tavern

 

Peter Luger 

178 Broadway Brooklyn, NY (718) 387-7400

Steakhouse 
Michael Psilakis - Sizzling Bacon

  • GOLD for Peter Luger

 

Bachi Burger 

9410 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV (702) 255-3055

Asian Fast Food 
Burger spot mixing up meat with an Asian twist.

  • GOLD for Bachi Burger

 

Buckhorn Exchange 

1000 Osage St Denver, CO (303) 534-9505

Steakhouse Traditional American 
Dine at Denvers oldest restaurant, a place that specializes in game meat such as yak, buffalo and elk.

  • GOLD for Buckhorn Exchange

 

Domilise's 

5240 Annunciation St New Orleans, LA (504) 899-9126

Soups Traditional American 
Alex Guarnaschelli - Shrimp Po Boy

  • GOLD for Domilise's

 

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

 

Thurman Cafe 

183 Thurman Ave Columbus, OH (614) 443-1570

Traditional American 
Enormous Hamburger

  • GOLD for Thurman Cafe

 

Barbecue King Drive-In 

2900 Wilkinson Blvd Charlotte, NC (704) 399-8344

Fast Food 
Guy Fieri - BBQ Chicken

  • GOLD for Barbecue King Drive-In

 

Franklin BBQ 

900 E 11th St Austin, TX (512) 653-1187

Tipsy Texan brisket and sausage sandwich,

  • GOLD for Franklin BBQ

 

Matt's Bar 

3500 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, MN (612) 722-7072

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Camille visits Matt's Bar, a legendary Minneapolis eatery that claims to have invented and perfected the infamous "Jucy Lucy" cheeseburger

  • GOLD for Matt's Bar

 

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

 

Lombardi's 

32 Spring St New York, NY (212) 941-7994

Italian Pizza 

  • GOLD for Lombardi's

 

Chino Bandido 

15414 N 19TH Ave Ste K Phoenix, AZ (602) 375-3639

Mexican 

  • GOLD for Chino Bandido

 

Bunk Sandwiches 

621 SE Morrison St Portland, OR (503) 477-9515

Vegetarian Sandwiches 
Chris Cosentino - Pork Belly Cubano

  • GOLD for Bunk Sandwiches

 

Cafe Beignet 

334 Royal St Ste B New Orleans, LA (504) 524-5530

Alton Brown - Beignets

  • GOLD for Cafe Beignet

 

Franklin Fountain 

116 Market St Philadelphia, PA (215) 627-1899

Bakery American 
Marc Summers - Chocolate Soda

  • GOLD for Franklin Fountain

 

Giordano's 

730 N Rush St Chicago, IL (312) 951-0747

Italian Pizza 
Opened in 1974, Giordano's is renowned for serving up award-winning deep dish and stuffed pizzas

  • GOLD for Giordano's

 

Blue Moon Cafe 

1621 Aliceanna St Baltimore, MD (410) 522-3940

Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Blue Moon Cafe

 

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

 

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger 

304 S Ashley St Ann Arbor, MI (734) 663-4590

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Adam heads to downtown Ann Arbor to visit the legendary Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger, a local favorite since 1953.

  • GOLD for Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

 

Slows Bar BQ 

2138 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI (313) 962-9828

sandwich made with Applewood smoked bacon, pulled pork and grilled ham. He used an orange pop BBQ sauce with the sandwich, which he enjoyed

  • GOLD for Slows Bar BQ

 

5-8 Club 

5800 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, MN (612) 823-5858

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Camille journeys to The 5-8 Club. This former speakeasy turned restaurant claims to have created the most delicious "Juicy Lucy" cheeseburge

  • GOLD for 5-8 Club

 

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

 

Pawleys Front Porch 

827 Harden St Columbia, SC (803) 771-8001

American Cafe 

  • GOLD for Pawleys Front Porch

 

Pizzeria Uno 

29 E Ohio St Chicago, IL (312) 321-1000

Pizza 
Camille visits Chicago's Pizzeria Uno the restaurant responsible for the invention of deep-dish pizza.

  • GOLD for Pizzeria Uno

 

Uncle Lou's 

3633 Millbranch Rd Memphis, TN (901) 332-2367

Chicken 
Guy Fieri - Fried Chicken

  • GOLD for Uncle Lou's

 

Berns Steak House 

1208 S Howard Ave Tampa, FL (813) 254-9367

Steakhouse Traditional American 
Alex Guarnaschelli - Strip Steak

  • GOLD for Berns Steak House

 

Kenny & Ziggy's 

2327 Post Oak Blvd Houston, TX (713) 871-8883

Kosher Sandwiches 

  • GOLD for Kenny & Ziggy's

 

AJ Bombers 

1241 N Water Street Milwaukee, WI (414) 221-9999

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Barrie Burger, an outrageous chunky peanut butter bacon cheeseburger that

  • GOLD for AJ Bombers

 

Commander's Palace 

1403 Washington Ave New Orleans, LA (504) 899-8221

Traditional American Cajun & Creole 
American Classics - Best Gumbo.

  • GOLD for Commander's Palace

 

Safe House Nightclub 

779 N Front St Milwaukee, WI (414) 271-2007

Traditional American 
#2 A secret restaurant which requires a password and then requires you to use a map to find clues to even get to your table. Must try the fa

  • GOLD for Safe House Nightclub

 

Cabo Fish Taco 

3201 N Davidson St Charlotte, NC (704) 332-8868

Seafood Southwestern 

  • GOLD for Cabo Fish Taco

 

Willie Mae's Scotch House 

2401 Saint Ann St New Orleans, LA (504) 822-9503

Southern Chicken 
Andrew visits the Treme neighborhood where residents are still rebuilding after the damage left by hurricane Katrina. This special place is

  • GOLD for Willie Mae's Scotch House

 

Terry's Turf Club 

4618 Eastern Ave Cincinnati, OH (513) 533-4222

Vegetarian Sandwiches 

  • GOLD for Terry's Turf Club

 

Wafels and Dinges 

7th Ave S & Christopher St New York, NY (866) 429-7329

One of the Big Apple’s most popular food trucks is Wafels and Dinges featuring the BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel – a Belgian waffle topped with

  • GOLD for Wafels and Dinges

 

Athens Family Restaurant 

2526 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN (615) 383-2848

Traditional American Greek 

  • GOLD for Athens Family Restaurant

 

Lankford Grocery 

88 Dennis St Houston, TX (713) 522-9555

Southern Hamburgers 

  • GOLD for Lankford Grocery

 

Holeman & Finch Public House 

2277 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA (404) 948-1175

Vegetarian American 
Anne Burrell - Double Cheeseburger

  • GOLD for Holeman & Finch Public House

 

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

 

Marietta Diner 

306 Cobb Pkwy S Marietta, GA (770) 423-9390

Sandwiches American 

  • GOLD for Marietta Diner

 

Over Easy 

4730 E Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ (602) 468-3447

American Cafe 
Beau MacMillan - Waffle Dogs

  • GOLD for Over Easy

 

Niko Niko's 

2520 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX (713) 528-4976

Greek Fast Food 

  • GOLD for Niko Niko's

 

Comet Cafe 

1947 N Farwell Ave Milwaukee, WI (414) 273-7677

Vegetarian American 
A small venue whose bacon-wrapped meatloaf sandwich and bacon cheddar apple pie have patrons begging for more.

  • GOLD for Comet Cafe

 

Lynn's Paradise Cafe - CLOSED 

984 Barret Ave Louisville, KY (502) 583-3447

Southern Vegetarian 
Alton Brown - Kentucky Hot Brown

  • GOLD for Lynn's Paradise Cafe - CLOSED

 

Sonny Bryan's BBQ 

2625 Seelcco St Dallas, TX (214) 353-0027

Adam goes to Sonny Bryan's for a true Texas Style meal, the brisket and onion rings with a choice of side – French fries, coleslaw, potato

  • GOLD for Sonny Bryan's BBQ

 

Slaters 50/50 

6362 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd Anaheim, CA (714) 685-1103

Bacon Paradise - 50/50 burger (half burger half bacon). Bacon chocolate cake. Bacon milkshake.

  • GOLD for Slaters 50/50

 

Tommy's Joynt 

1101 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA (415) 775-4216

Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Tommy's Joynt

 

Tampa Bay Brewing Company 

1812 N 15th St Tampa Bay, FL (813) 247-1422

the brew is flowing outside the tap and into the kitchen on favorites like meatloaf with homebrewed demi glace.

  • GOLD for Tampa Bay Brewing Company

 

Superdawg 

6363 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL (773) 763-0660

Hot Dogs Fast Food 

  • GOLD for Superdawg

 

Four Kegs Sports Pub 

276 N Jones Blvd Ste B Las Vegas, NV (702) 870-0255

  • GOLD for Four Kegs Sports Pub

 

Round Rock Doughnut 

106 W Liberty S Round Rock, TX (512) 255-3629

Giant Donuts

  • GOLD for Round Rock Doughnut

 

Pecan Lodge 

2702 Main St Dallas, TX (214) 748-8900

Southern Soul Food 
located in a farmers market, known for their brisket and homemade bbq sauce

  • GOLD for Pecan Lodge

 

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

 

Lafayette - Coney Island 

118 W Lafayette Blvd Detroit, MI (313) 964-8198

Traditional American Hot Dogs 
This Detroit institution has been serving delicious Coney Island hot dogs since 1914. Their staff is famous for performing magic tricks behi

  • GOLD for Lafayette - Coney Island

 

Kramarczuk's  

215 E Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN (612) 379-3018

Eastern European Polish & Czech 
Eastern European comfort food.

  • GOLD for Kramarczuk's

 

Doumar's Drive-In 

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

Californian 
It's the home of the original waffle cone!

  • GOLD for Doumar's Drive-In

 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream 

714 N High St Columbus, OH (614) 294-5364

Vegetarian Ice Cream 
Best Exotic Ice Cream

  • GOLD for Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

 

Sweetie Pie's 

4270 Manchester Ave St Louis, MO (314) 371-0304

  • GOLD for Sweetie Pie's

 

Jethro's BBQ 

3102 Forest Ave Des Moines, IA (515) 279-3300

Sandwiches American 
The Jethro, with breaded tenderloin, pulled pork, and homemade bacon

  • GOLD for Jethro's BBQ

 

Joe's Stone Crab 

11 Washington Ave Miami, FL (786) 273-9912

Steakhouse Traditional American 
Bobby Flay - Stone Crabs

  • GOLD for Joe's Stone Crab

 

Lucky's Cafe 

777 Starkweather Ave Cleveland, OH (216) 622-7773

Vegetarian Sandwiches 
Michael Symon - Biscuits and Gravy

  • GOLD for Lucky's Cafe

 

The Buffet at Bellagio 

3600 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV (702) 693-7111

Seafood 

  • GOLD for The Buffet at Bellagio

 

Dottie's True Blue Cafe 

28 6th St San Francisco, CA (415) 885-2767

American Cafe 
Comfort Cookin'

  • GOLD for Dottie's True Blue Cafe

 

Old Ebbitt Grill 

675 15TH St NW Washington, DC (202) 347-4801

Seafood American 
Established in 1856, it was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt and is still a popular meeting spot fo

  • GOLD for Old Ebbitt Grill

 

Keens Steakhouse 

72 W 36th St New York, NY (212) 947-3636

Steakhouse Traditional American 
American Classics - Best Old School Steak.

  • GOLD for Keens Steakhouse

 

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack 

123 Ewing Dr Nashville, TN (615) 226-9442

Southern Meat-And-Three 
This James Beard Award-winning restaurant has become an American classic for its hot chicken.

  • GOLD for Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

 

Magnolia Cafe 

2304 Lake Austin Blvd Austin, TX (512) 478-8645

Traditional American Vegetarian 

  • GOLD for Magnolia Cafe

 

The Oinkster 

2005 Colorado Blvd Eagle Rock, CA (323) 255-6465

Hamburgers Fast Food 

  • GOLD for The Oinkster

 

White Palace Grill 

1159 S Canal St Chicago, IL (312) 939-7167

Traditional American 

  • GOLD for White Palace Grill

 

Chef Point Cafe 

5901 Watauga Rd Watauga, TX (817) 656-0080

Italian Traditional American 
Bloody Best Bloody Mary

  • GOLD for Chef Point Cafe

 

K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen 

416 Chartres St New Orleans, LA (504) 596-2530

Seafood Cajun & Creole 
Aaron Sanchez - Blackened Louisiana Drum - K

  • GOLD for K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

 

Chompie's 

1160 E University Drive Tempe, AZ (480) 557-0700

Kosher Sandwiches 
Adam Richman takes on the Ultimate Slider Challenge, 12 challah rolls stuffed with brisket, potato pancakes and cheese plus a mountain of on

  • GOLD for Chompie's

 

The Donut Man 

915 E Route 66 Glendora, CA (626) 335-9111

Best-Dressed Doughnut.

  • GOLD for The Donut Man

 

Big Lou's Pizza 

2530 S Ww White Rd San Antonio, TX (210) 337-0707

Pizza 
barbecue brisket pizza and to tackle the "Big Lou Super 42". Richman sat down with Lou's extended family one of the restaurant's signature 4

  • GOLD for Big Lou's Pizza

 

Dott's Back Inn 

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

Californian Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Dott's Back Inn

 

Baby Blue's BBQ 

444 Lincoln Blvd Venice, CA (310) 396-7675

Southern Comfort Food 
Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Mac & Cheese and spicy XXX BBQ Sauce.

  • GOLD for Baby Blue's BBQ

 

Cemita's Puebla 

3619 W North Ave Chicago, IL (773) 772-8435

Mexican 
Pork Pablanos

  • GOLD for Cemita's Puebla

 

Mesa Grill 

3570 Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV (702) 650-5965

Southwestern 
Michael Symon - Tiger Shrimp Corn Tamale

  • GOLD for Mesa Grill

 

The Purple Pig 

500 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL (312) 464-1744

Vegetarian Mediterranean 
Cheese, swine and wine bar. Amazing wine selection and a menu highlighting pork.

  • GOLD for The Purple Pig

 

Jaleo 

480 7TH St NW Washington, DC (202) 628-7949

Spanish Tapas / Small Plates 
Marc Murphy - Paella

  • GOLD for Jaleo

 

Silver Skillet 

200 14th St NW Atlanta, GA (404) 874-1388

Southern Meat-And-Three 
In the decades since her father opened the restaurant in 1967, owner Teresa Breckenridge has continued to use his unconventional recipes, al

  • GOLD for Silver Skillet

 

The Meatball Shop 

84 Stanton St New York, NY (212) 982-8895

Italian Traditional American 
In New York, he eats the goat Billy Balls at The Meatball Shop which has locals lining up until 4am for their succulent round morsels.

  • GOLD for The Meatball Shop

 

Daddy Dz BBQ 

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

Southern 
Aaron Sanchez - Rib Tips

  • GOLD for Daddy Dz BBQ

 

Mas Tacos por Favor 

732 McFerrin Ave Nashville, TN (615) 543-6271

Mexican Vegetarian 
Mexican tamales and unique quinoa sweet potato tacos

  • GOLD for Mas Tacos por Favor

 

Joe's Farm Gril 

3000 E Ray Rd Gilbert, AZ (480) 563-4745

  • GOLD for Joe's Farm Gril

 

Quaker Steak & Lube 

3600 Forbes Ave Pittsburgh, PA (412) 381-9464

Steakhouse 
Atomic Hot Wings Challenge

  • GOLD for Quaker Steak & Lube

 

Bassetts Ice Cream 

45 N 12TH St Philadelphia, PA (215) 925-4315

he gets his doctorate in all things frozen and strawberry all in his search to satisfy his craving for the perfect ice cream.

  • GOLD for Bassetts Ice Cream

 

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.  

2121 N Clark St Chicago, IL (773) 248-2570

Italian Pizza 
Marc Murphy - Pizza Pot Pie

  • GOLD for Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.

 

Dinosaur Bar B Que 

246 W Willow St Syracuse, NY (315) 476-1662

Caribbean American 
Adam Gertler - BBQ Half Chicken

  • GOLD for Dinosaur Bar B Que

 

Ike's Place 

3506 16th St San Francisco, CA (415) 553-6888

Traditional American 
Duff Goldman - Backstabber

  • GOLD for Ike's Place

 

Ann Sather 

909 W Belmont Ave Chicago, IL (773) 348-2378

Traditional American Swedish 
Ted Allen - Cinnamon Rolls

  • GOLD for Ann Sather

 

Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana 

157 Wooster St New Haven, CT (203) 865-5762

Pizza 
#4 -t try the signature White Clam Pie, which was invented in the 1950s. Baked in a coal-fired pizza oven, this mouthwatering pie comes com

  • GOLD for Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana

 

The Cove 

606 W Cypress St San Antonio, TX (210) 227-2683

Seafood Vegetarian 
Great lamb burgers in a restaurant attached to a carwash

  • GOLD for The Cove

 

Serendipity 3 

225 E 60th St Manhattan, NY (212) 838-3531

Soups Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Serendipity 3

 

Casino El Camino 

517 E Sixth St Austin, TX (512) 469-9330

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Bar with great burgers with a secret burger called the Tony Randall.

  • GOLD for Casino El Camino

 

Tocabe American Indian Eatery  

3536 W 44th Ave Denver, CO (720) 524-8282

Native American Taco

  • GOLD for Tocabe American Indian Eatery

 

Faidley Seafood 

400 W Lexington St Baltimore, MD (410) 727-4898

Seafood 
Crabcake Feud - Winner

  • GOLD for Faidley Seafood

 

Johnnys Po-Boy 

511 Saint Louis St New Orleans, LA (504) 524-8129

Cajun & Creole 
Scott Conant - Muffaletta

  • GOLD for Johnnys Po-Boy

 

The Crab Pot 

1301 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA (206) 624-1890

Seafood 
historic waterfront district for their signature "Captain's Combo" of shrimp, clam strips, calamari, cod, and halibut

  • GOLD for The Crab Pot

 

The Lady and Sons 

102 W Congress St Savannah, GA (912) 233-2600

Southern American 
Tyler Florence - Hoecakes

  • GOLD for The Lady and Sons

 

Top Pot Doughnuts 

609 Summit Ave E Seattle, WA (206) 323-7841

ecclectic doughnut shop that makes the iconic rounds in countless and creative flavors.

  • GOLD for Top Pot Doughnuts

 

Good Stuff Eatery 

303 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC (202) 543-8222

Vegetarian Fast Food 
Spike Mendelsohn - Fifth

  • GOLD for Good Stuff Eatery

 

Hillbilly Hot Dogs 

6951 Ohio River Rd Lesage, WV (304) 522-0044

Traditional American 
The homewrecker hot dog challenge.

  • GOLD for Hillbilly Hot Dogs

 

Emeril's  

800 Tchoupitoulas St New Orleans, LA (504) 528-9393

Traditional American 
Wolfgang Puck - Banana Cream Pie

  • GOLD for Emeril's

 

Hot N Juicy Crawfish 

4810 Spring Mountain Rd Las Vegas, NV (702) 891-8889

Seafood Cajun & Creole 
Spicy Crawfish

  • GOLD for Hot N Juicy Crawfish

 

Babe's Chicken Dinner House  

104 N Oak St Roanoke, TX (817) 491-2900

Traditional American 
Mellissa D'Arabian - Fried Chicken

  • GOLD for Babe's Chicken Dinner House

 

Flour Bakery & Cafe 

1595 Washington St Boston, MA (617) 267-4300

Sandwiches Bakery 
Bobby Flay - Sticky Buns

  • GOLD for Flour Bakery & Cafe

 

Danny's All American Dine 

4406 N Falkenburg Rd Tampa, FL (813) 740-0606

Traditional American 
chili and burgers are the long-standing stars at a roadside shack, and Guy invents a new half pounder for the menu - the Triple D Triple Pla

  • GOLD for Danny's All American Dine

 

Grimaldi's 

19 Old Fulton St Brooklyn, NY (718) 858-4300

Italian Pizza 
Winner of New York City Pizza wars

  • GOLD for Grimaldi's

 

Dooky Chase 

2301 Orleans Ave New Orleans, LA (504) 821-0600

Southern Cajun & Creole 
John Besh - Gumbo Z'herbes

  • GOLD for Dooky Chase

 

Girl and the Goat 

809 W Randolph St Chicago, IL (312) 492-6262

Meat-And-Three Mediterranean 
Marcela Valladolid - Bourbon Apples

  • GOLD for Girl and the Goat

 

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market 

243 Faneuil St Boston, MA (617) 787-0484

  • GOLD for Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market

 

Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar 

3535 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV (800) 351-7400

Robert Irvine recommends the bacon and mac and cheese burger.

  • GOLD for Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar

 

Maple and Motor 

4810 Maple Ave Dallas, TX (214) 522-4400

Vegetarian Fast Food 
a side-of-the-road joint focuses on one thing only: burgers.

  • GOLD for Maple and Motor

 

Tattooed Moose 

1137 morrison drive Charleston, SC (843) 277-2990

the husband and wife duo flying high for all things bird, like a duck club with homemade garlic mayo

  • GOLD for Tattooed Moose

 

Harold's Deli 

3050 Woodbridge Ave Edison, NJ (732) 661-9100

Kosher American 
Home to some of the best and biggest deli food in the world, like their ridiculous triple-decker sandwich and 2-foot-tall layer cakes.

  • GOLD for Harold's Deli

 

Frontera Grill 

445 N Clark St Chicago, IL (312) 661-0381

Mexican New American 
Alex Guarnaschelli - Carne Asada A La Oxaquena

  • GOLD for Frontera Grill

 

Squeeze Inn 

5301 Power Inn Rd Sacramento, CA (916) 386-8599

Traditional American Hamburgers 
How about a quarter pounder with your quarter pounder? At the Squeeze Inn, each cheeseburger is served with just as much cheese as meat!

  • GOLD for Squeeze Inn

 

Gray's Papaya 

2090 Broadway New York, NY (212) 799-0243

Hot Dogs 
Tony and Fat Dave stop in for a quick NYC treat (papaya drink and hot dogs) at one of Tony's favorite haunts.

  • GOLD for Gray's Papaya

 

Jacques-Imo's 

8324 Oak St New Orleans, LA (504) 861-0886

Southern Eclectic & International 
Adam Gertler - Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake

  • GOLD for Jacques-Imo's

 

Hash House A Go Go 

3628 5th Ave San Diego, CA (619) 298-4646

Traditional American 
Bacon Paradise - Bacon Waffle.

  • GOLD for Hash House A Go Go

 

Hattie B's Hot Chicken 

112 19th Ave S Nashville, TN (615) 678-4794

Chicken 
Souther fried spicy chicken, so hot you made need to try a craft beer.

  • GOLD for Hattie B's Hot Chicken

 

Central BBQ  

2249 Central Ave Memphis, TN (901) 272-9377

Steak Sandwiches 
Central BBQ has been ranked No. 1 in the city for the last several years running, likely due to their outstanding smoked hot wings that are

  • GOLD for Central BBQ

 

Taco Bus 

913 E Hillsborough Ave Tampa Bay, FL (813) 232-5889

Mexican 
authentic Mexican street food for the lunch crowd is served out of bus, crankin' out favorites like butternut squash tostadas.

  • GOLD for Taco Bus

 

Alice Cooperstown 

101 E Jackson Street Phoenix, AZ (602) 253-7337

Adam stops at Alice Cooperstown for the Big Unit Hot Dog, nearly 2 feet of meat packed in an entire baguette loaf and smothered in chili, ch

  • GOLD for Alice Cooperstown

 

John Mull's Meats and Road Kill Grill 

3730 Thom Blvd Las Vegas, NV (702) 645-1200

Butcher shop turned to full restaurant served in their own backyard, serving homemade hot links

  • GOLD for John Mull's Meats and Road Kill Grill

 

Carnegie Deli 

854 7th Ave New York, NY (212) 757-2245

The biggest sandwiches. Famous for their pastrami.

  • GOLD for Carnegie Deli

 

City Tavern Restaurant  

138 S Second St Philadelphia, PA (215) 413-1443

Traditional American 
Adam Gertler - Pepperpot Soup

  • GOLD for City Tavern Restaurant

 

Keegan's Seafood Grille 

1519 Gulf Blvd Indian Rocks Beach, FL (727) 596-2477

Seafood Eclectic & International 

  • GOLD for Keegan's Seafood Grille

 

Blue Heaven 

729 Thomas St Key West, FL (305) 296-8666

Traditional American New American 
Camille journeys to Blue Heaven ??? the restaurant known for the delicious mountain of meringue they pile on top of their key lime pies. Bot

  • GOLD for Blue Heaven

 

Dish 

1220 Thomas Ave Charlotte, NC (704) 344-0343

Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Dish

 

R & R Taqueria  

7894 Washington Boulevard Elkridge, MD (410) 799-0001

Mexican Deli 
located in a gas station, this place serves up some of the best tacos in MD

  • GOLD for R & R Taqueria

 

Dyer's 

205 Beale St Memphis, TN (901) 527-3937

Traditional American Hamburgers 
Thin burgers fried in 100 year old grease.

  • GOLD for Dyer's

 

Dough Pizzeria Napoletana 

6989 Blanco Rd San Antonio, TX (210) 979-6565

Pizza 
a certified Napoletana pizza place, topping pies with everything from homemade sausage to prosciutto

  • GOLD for Dough Pizzeria Napoletana

 

A Salt & Battery 

112 Greenwich Ave New York, NY (212) 691-2713

Seafood English 
Sunny Anderson - Deep Fried Candy Bar

  • GOLD for A Salt & Battery

 

Pizza Palace 

3132 E Magnolia Ave Knoxville, TN (865) 524-4388

Pizza 

  • GOLD for Pizza Palace

 

Whale's Rib 

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

Seafood 

  • GOLD for Whale's Rib

 

Union Oyster House 

41 Union St Boston, MA (617) 227-2750

Traditional American Seafood 
Oldest restaurant in America and well known for its clam chowder

  • GOLD for Union Oyster House

 

Colonnade 

1879 Cheshire Bridge Atlanta, GA (404) 874-5642

Southern Meat-And-Three 
known for their southern favorites, been around for over 80 years

  • GOLD for Colonnade

 

Church Brew Works 

3525 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh, PA (412) 688-8200

Pizza American 
Tom learns an untraditional recipe for stuffing pierogies with rattlesnake and he tries some of the dishes they make with beer brewed on sit

  • GOLD for Church Brew Works

 

In-N-Out Burger 

7009 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA (800) 786-1000

Hamburgers 
Anthony Bourdain gets a double-double animal style cheeseburger and chocolate shake.

  • GOLD for In-N-Out Burger

 

Dangerously Delicious Pies 

2400 Fleet St Baltimore, MD (410) 522-7437

Duff Goldman - Baltimore Bomb Pie

  • GOLD for Dangerously Delicious Pies

 

T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse 

707 Hwy 146 Kemah, TX (281) 334-2133

Steakhouse Seafood 

  • GOLD for T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse

 

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

 

Pizzeria Luigi 

1137 25th St San Diego, CA (619) 233-3309

Pizza 

  • GOLD for Pizzeria Luigi

 

Chop House Burgers 

1700 W PARK ROW DR Arlington, TX (817) 459-3700

Steakhouse Hamburgers 
Guy's all-time favorite football player, Earl Campbell, joins Guy for real deal gumbo and burgers with brisket.

  • GOLD for Chop House Burgers

 

Graeter's Ice Cream 

332 Ludlow Ave Cincinnati, OH (513) 281-4749

Ice Cream Feud

  • GOLD for Graeter's Ice Cream

 

Yoder's Amish Restaurant 

3434 Bahia Vista St Sarasota, FL (941) 955-7771

fried chicken that was prepared in a special "pressure fryer", and later had a piece of their homemade peanut butter cream pie

  • GOLD for Yoder's Amish Restaurant

 

Westside Market 

1995 W 25TH St Cleveland, OH (216) 579-6800

Anne Burrel - Steve's Gyro

  • GOLD for Westside Market

 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

4455 Paradise Rd Las Vegas, NV (702) 693-5000

Soups Traditional American 
Eric Greenspan - The Gambler's Special

  • GOLD for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

 

Central Grocery 

923 Decatur St New Orleans, LA (504) 523-1620

Traditional American 
Central Grocery is famous for its olive salad relish, which tops its “real” muffuletta sandwiches with salami, mozzarella, ham and provo

  • GOLD for Central Grocery

 

McGuire's Irish Pub 

600 E Gregory St Pensacola, FL (850) 433-6789

Irish 
Robert Irvine - Reuben Eggroll

  • GOLD for McGuire's Irish Pub

 

The Barking Crab 

88 Sleeper St Boston, MA (617) 426-2722

Seafood Chowder 
Four pound crab bake

  • GOLD for The Barking Crab