12 February 2010


The Travel Channel recently aired a series counting down the best chowdown joints in America. Since when I travel, my favorite thing to do is eat, this was a perfect series for me. Now I know all the local joints to eat at when I visit a new city.

Here is their list. If you want the complete list with addresses and a quick blurb as to why these places are worth visiting, let me know and I will e-mail you the Excel file.

1 Louis' Lunch (New Haven, CT)
2 Roscoe's House of Chicken' N Waffles (Los Angeles, CA)
3 Primanti Brothers (Pittsburgh, PA)
4 Fenton's Creamery and Restaurant (Oakland, CA)
5 Katz's Deli (New York, NY)
6 Pat's King of Steaks (Philadelphia, PA)
6 Geno's Steaks (Philadelphia, PA)
7 The Salt Lick Barbecue (Driftwood, TX)
8 Albano's Pizzeria (Cicero, IL)
9 Lulu's Bakery and Cafe (San Antonio, TX)
10 Durgin Park (Boston, MA)
11 Al's Beef (Chicago, IL)
12 Gus's (Memphis, TN)
13 Jack-n-Grill (Denver, CO)
14 Arthur Bryant's (Kansas City, MO)
15 Hillbilly Hot Dogs (Lesage, WV)
16 Big Texan Steak Ranch (Amarillo, TX)
17 Anchor Bar (Buffalo, NY)
18 Cotham's Mercantile (Scott, AR)
19 Lambert's Cafe (Sikeston, MO)
20 Voodoo Doughnut (Portland, OR)
21 Eagle's Deli (Brighton, MA)
22 American Coney Island (Detroit, MI)
22 Lafayette Coney Island (Detroit, MI)
23 El Tepeyac Cafe (Los Angeles, CA)
24 Charles Vergo's Rendezvous (Memphis, TN)
25 Acme Oyster House (New Orleans, LA)
26 Beth's Cafe (Seattle, WA)
27 Heart Attack Grill (Chandler, AZ)
28 Ben's Chili Bowl (Washington, DC)
29 Tony's 1-75 (Birch Run, MI)
30 Chipshop (Brooklyn, NY)
31 Helena's Hawaiian Food (Honolulu, HI)
32 RU Hungry (New Brunswick, NJ)
33 Paseo (Seattle, WA)
34 Junior's Restaurant (Brooklyn, NY)
35 The Thurman Cafe (Columbus, OH)
36 Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound (Seabrook, NH)
36 Markey's Lobster Pool (Seabrook, NH)
37 Ted Drewes (St. Louis, MO)
38 Obrycki's (Baltimore, MD)
39 Grimaldi's Pizzeria (Brooklyn, NY)
40 Slow's Bar-B-Q (Detroit, MI)
41 Chino Bandido (Phoenix, AZ)
42 Sodolak's Original Country Inn (Snook, TX)
43 Big Jud's Country Diner (Boise, ID)
44 Doe's Eat Place (Greenville, MS)
45 Cecilia's Cafe (Albuquerque, NM)
46 Superdawg Drive Inn (Chicago, IL)
47 Matt's Bar (Minneapolis, MN)
48 Pappy's Smokehouse (St. Louis, MO)
49 Country Pancake House (Ridgewood, NJ)
50 DiNic's in the Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia, PA)
51 Max and Mina's Ice Cream (Flushing, NY)
52 Big Lou's Pizza (San Antonio, TX)
53 Juan in a Million (Austin, TX)
54 Steak and Main (North East, MD)
55 Interstate Bar-BQ Restaurant (Memphis, TN)
56 Big Mama's Kitchen (Omaha, NE)
57 Chick and Ruth's Delly (Annapolis, MD)
58 Taqueria La Cumbre (San Francisco, CA)
59 Munchies 420 Cafe (New York, NY)
60 Sylvia's Restaurant (Sarasota, FL)
61 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Syracuse, NY)
62 Goodson's Cafe (Tomball, TX)
63 Chaps Charcoal Restaurant (Baltimore, MD)
64 Round Rock Donuts (Round Rock, TX)
65 Camp Washington Chili (Cincinnati, OH)
66 Talkeetna Roadhouse (Talkeetna, AK)
67 Iguana's (San Jose, CA)
68 Yoder's Restaurant (Sarasota, FL)
69 The Cozy Inn (Salina, KS)
70 El Guero Canelo (Tucson, AZ)
71 The Grill House (Allegan, MI)
72 GCS Ballpark (Sauget, IL)
73 Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven, CT)
73 Sally's Apizza (New Haven, CT)
74 Original New York System (Providence, RI)
75 The Buffet at the Bellagio (Las Vegas, NV)
76 San Francisco Creamery Co. (Walnut Creek, CA)
77 Lynn's Paradise Cafe (Louisville, KY)
78 Kopp's Frozen Custard (Greenfield, WI)
79 The Cherry Cricket (Denver, CO)
80 The Brick Pit (Mobile, AL)
81 Nick Tahou Hots (Rochester, NY)
82 Willie Mae's Scotch House (New Orleans, LA)
83 Schmidt's Sausage Haus (German Village) (Columbus, OH)
84 Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel (Boston, MA)
85 Daichan Kaiten Sushi (Los Angeles, CA)
86 Cattleman's Steakhouse (Fabens, TX)
87 Hominy Grill (Charleston, SC)
88 Giordano's (Chicago, IL)
89 Doughnut Plant (New York, NY)
90 The Vortex Bar and Grill (Atlanta, GA)
91 Time Out Chicken (Chapel Hill, NC)
92 Black's Barbecue (Lockhart, TX)
93 Smitty's Market (Lockhart, TX)
94 Jimmy's Buff's (East Hanover, NJ)
95 Gaucho's Village (Glendale, CA)
96 Philippe The Original (Los Angeles, CA)
97 Five Islands Lobster Co. (Georgetown, ME)
98 Bassetts Ice Cream (Philadelphia, PA)
99 The Buckhorn Exchange (Denver, CO)
100 Denny's Beer Barrel Pub (Clearfield, PA)
101 Abe's Bar-B-Q (Clarksdale, MS)