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Dukes is an Aiken, South Carolina all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, featuring pulled pork plus terrific fried chicken and a couple dozen exemplary side dishes. Continue reading Dukes

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  • Humanitree House

    Augusta, Georgia

    Humanitree’s vegan menu includes sandwiches as well as cold-pressed juices & smoothies with superfood add-ins. Its vibe is laid-back, artistic, counter-culture.

  • Freeman’s Bar-B-Q

    Beech Island, South Carolina

    A third-generation BBQ serving superb South Carolina-style ‘cue, Freeman’s has ribs, chopped or sliced pork, and chicken — all with wickedly flavorful sauce.

  • Feel Good Food Truck

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Feel Good Food Truck is a high-spirited enterprise serving spectacular hamburgers, outlandish grilled cheese and beer-battered French fries. Seats outside & in.

  • Carolina Buffet

    West Columbia, South Carolina

    A no-frills but big-flavored southern-style buffet featuring great fried chicken, vegetables, and banana pudding and/or peach cobbler for dessert.

  • Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ

    Augusta, Georgia

    Ray’s is a welcoming, low-key BBQ with blues music in the background and excellent meats on plates & sandwiches. Ribs are superb. Sauce is bright, tangy, sweet.

  • Ray’s Tavern

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Ray’s is a dark and smoky Aiken tavern known for hefty half-pound hamburgers and fine all-beef chili dogs. And, of course, beer.

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Texas' legendary Round Rock Donuts are more substantial than evaporative Krispy Kremes, yet not the least bit heavy like the more dunkable cake donuts. Continue reading Round Rock Donuts

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  • Louie Mueller Barbecue

    Taylor, Texas

    Louie Mueller’s brisket is the best BBQ in Texas, maybe best on earth. Also try sausage that virtually explodes with juice when its natural casing is severed.

  • Hill Country Cupboard

    Johnson City, Texas

    Texas Hill Country is is home of some superb chicken-fried steaks; this spacious restaurant in Johnson City is a contender for the blue ribbon best.

  • Blanco Bowling Club Café

    Blanco, Texas

    If you are a pie fancier, put Blanco Bowling Club Cafe on your must-eat list. Meringues rise high, cream fillings are outlandishly creamy. Some of Texas’ best.

  • Texan Cafe

    Hutto, Texas

    Texan Café classics include hunks of meat that range from basic burgers and chicken-fried steak to mighty sirloins, plus fine pies for dessert.

  • Texas Pie Company

    Kyle, Texas

    The Texas Pie Company bakes individual as well as full-size pies. Lemon chess is a standout, as is strawberry cake crowned with fruit-flavored frosting.

  • Summermoon Coffee

    Austin, Texas

    An Austin, Texas, coffee house that is quaint and stress-free, Summermoon wood-roasts its beans and offers a unique sweetener/creamer known as moon milk.

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Pizza at Connecticut's Colony Grill is so thin it's brittle. There is real oomph to the crust, and luscious crunch unlike any other pizza. Try hot oil topping! Continue reading Colony Grill

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  • Pommes Frites

    New York, New York

    Pommes Frites is a New York City Belgian-style frites shop with a long history of serving one of the best versions of this late-night street food.

  • Denmo’s Snack & Dairy Bar

    Southbury, Connecticut

    Denmo’s is a happy Connecticut drive-in restaurant serving excellent fried seafood & hot lobster rolls as well as beautiful foot long hot dogs with hot relish.

  • Clamp’s Hamburger Stand

    New Milford, Connecticut

    Clamp’s is a favorite hamburger drive-in restaurant for Connecticut summer people and year-rounders. Best condiment: fried onions, cooked until caramel-sweet.

  • Amigo’s Deli

    Danbury, Connecticut

    Amigo’s Deli in Danbury, Connecticut is a short-order Latin-American diner & grocery store. Highlights: gorgeous rotisserie chicken; a super Cuban sandwich.

  • Lubins-N-Links

    Tarrytown, New York

    A tiny Tarrytown restaurant with minimal seating, Lubins-N-Links makes hot dogs with countless toppings plus Lubins, which is a proprietary form of roast beef.

  • Burgers, Shakes & Fries

    Greenwich, Connecticut

    Hamburgers in this Greenwich, Connecticut, restaurant are big and full-flavored. They come on thick toast that is buttered and grilled to add extra savor.

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A laid-back market/cafe with an old-neighborhood feel, Pittsburgh's Pear and the Pickle makes artisan sandwiches at breakfast and lunch. Continue reading Pear and the Pickle

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  • Pierogies Plus

    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

    Pierogies are the featured attraction on a menu that also includes haluski (noodles & cabbage), stuffed cabbage, hunter’s stew, and kielbasa. A Pittsburgh best!

  • Jerry’s Curb Service

    Beaver, Pennsylvania

    Car hops carry burgers and fries, chicken tenders, and deep-fried chipped ham to the car window, Jerry’s drive-in is fast and fun. Since 1947.

  • Giannamore’s Pizza

    Wintersville, Ohio

    Giannamore’s serves up the local regional specialty pizza, where the toppings are added after it has come out of the oven.

  • Enrico Biscotti Co.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Mostly a bakery making great biscotti, macaroons, and cookies, Enrico Biscotti also is a charming little Italian restaurant, a treasure of Pittsburgh’s Strip

  • Jozsa Corner

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Appointment-only dinners at Pittsburgh’s Jozsa Corner feature such superb Hungarian comfort food as chicken paprikash, haluska, and goulash.

  • Oram’s Donut Shop

    Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

    Raised and glazed cake donuts and cream puffs are best bets at Oram’s. Must eat: the hugely satisfying cinnamon roll.

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Pies have made Betty's reputation in Northern Minnesota, and they are sweet treats to remember, especially the milk shake made with a whole slice of pie. Continue reading Betty’s Pies

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  • Anchor Bar

    Superior, Wisconsin

    Anchor Bar is a Twin Ports dive bar that serves the best hamburgers in the northland, accompanied by handsome hand-cut French fries. Priced right, too!

  • At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe

    Duluth, Minnesota

    At Sara’s Table serves farm-to-fork healthful meals a day, plus gorgeous fruit pies, thick cream pies, and devil’s food cake with buttercream frosting.

  • Northern Waters Smokehaus

    Duluth, Minnesota

    Minnesota smoked fish at its best! Or have a Northern Waters sandwich of smoked bison shoulder braised in Schlitz and barbecue sauce on a bun.

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Chez Micheline is a Quebec snack bar serving excellent poutine, les hot dogs "Michigan" and a bowl of comfort called nouilles chinoise. All tables are outdoors. Continue reading Chez Micheline

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Humanitree's vegan menu includes sandwiches as well as cold-pressed juices & smoothies with superfood add-ins. Its vibe is laid-back, artistic, counter-culture. Continue reading Humanitree House

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  • Dukes

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Dukes is an Aiken, South Carolina all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, featuring pulled pork plus terrific fried chicken and a couple dozen exemplary side dishes.

  • Freeman’s Bar-B-Q

    Beech Island, South Carolina

    A third-generation BBQ serving superb South Carolina-style ‘cue, Freeman’s has ribs, chopped or sliced pork, and chicken — all with wickedly flavorful sauce.

  • Feel Good Food Truck

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Feel Good Food Truck is a high-spirited enterprise serving spectacular hamburgers, outlandish grilled cheese and beer-battered French fries. Seats outside & in.

  • Carolina Buffet

    West Columbia, South Carolina

    A no-frills but big-flavored southern-style buffet featuring great fried chicken, vegetables, and banana pudding and/or peach cobbler for dessert.

  • Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ

    Augusta, Georgia

    Ray’s is a welcoming, low-key BBQ with blues music in the background and excellent meats on plates & sandwiches. Ribs are superb. Sauce is bright, tangy, sweet.

  • Ray’s Tavern

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Ray’s is a dark and smoky Aiken tavern known for hefty half-pound hamburgers and fine all-beef chili dogs. And, of course, beer.

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A third-generation BBQ serving superb South Carolina-style 'cue, Freeman's has ribs, chopped or sliced pork, and chicken -- all with wickedly flavorful sauce. Continue reading Freeman’s Bar-B-Q

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  • Dukes

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Dukes is an Aiken, South Carolina all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, featuring pulled pork plus terrific fried chicken and a couple dozen exemplary side dishes.

  • Humanitree House

    Augusta, Georgia

    Humanitree’s vegan menu includes sandwiches as well as cold-pressed juices & smoothies with superfood add-ins. Its vibe is laid-back, artistic, counter-culture.

  • Feel Good Food Truck

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Feel Good Food Truck is a high-spirited enterprise serving spectacular hamburgers, outlandish grilled cheese and beer-battered French fries. Seats outside & in.

  • Carolina Buffet

    West Columbia, South Carolina

    A no-frills but big-flavored southern-style buffet featuring great fried chicken, vegetables, and banana pudding and/or peach cobbler for dessert.

  • Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ

    Augusta, Georgia

    Ray’s is a welcoming, low-key BBQ with blues music in the background and excellent meats on plates & sandwiches. Ribs are superb. Sauce is bright, tangy, sweet.

  • Ray’s Tavern

    Aiken, South Carolina

    Ray’s is a dark and smoky Aiken tavern known for hefty half-pound hamburgers and fine all-beef chili dogs. And, of course, beer.

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Starting as a country-road BBQ parlor up in Hemingway, Rodney Scott's has become a smoke-house landmark on Charleston's Upper King Street. Quality remains high. Continue reading Rodney Scott’s BBQ

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  • 167 Raw

    Charleston, South Carolina

    Very small and very, very popular, 167 Raw is worth a wait in line for insanely buttery lobster rolls, plush tuna burgers, raw oysters, & seafood tacos.

  • Queen Street Grocery

    Charleston, South Carolina

    A vintage corner grocery store with laid-back, counter-culture vibe, Queen Street makes fantastic crepes (sweet & savory) and pressed sandwiches.

  • Second State Coffee

    Charleston, South Carolina

    Second State is an earnest coffee house that roasts its own and meticulously crafts elegant espressos, pourovers, and cold brews. Good pastries are available.

  • Leon’s Poultry & Oyster Shop

    Charleston, South Carolina

    Casual, immensely hip and urban-popular, Leon’s doesn’t lose track of its mission: to serve great Carolina chicken & oysters and lots of beer & wine.

  • Gullah Grub

    Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

    Gullah Grub is on a mission to celebrate & serve the vivid creole cuisine of the Lowcountry’s Sea Islands. A South Carolina regional-food best!

  • Wild Flour Pastry

    Charleston, South Carolina

    Wild Flour is a small storefront bakery in Charleston making world-class scones, turnovers and muffins as well as great single-serving cakes and pies.