If you could dine at any restaurant in the States, where would you go? Forget the hyped-up neighborhood spots you’ve been wanting to check out. Think about the places you would cross the country for if you had the opportunity.
Start working on your culinary bucket list and tune in to Top 10 Restaurants with Food Network Magazine on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 9|8c to compare notes. Bobby Flay is host of the Food Network special and will reveal America’s must-try meals, coast to coast. In this drool-inducing countdown, the Iron Chef and restaurateur works his way from a small-town dive to a spot on the coast where diners sit above the clouds. He’ll guide you through the specialty dishes as well as the culture behind each restaurant. From a world-renowned nine-course meal to a backyard BBQ joint run by a 79-year-old pitmaster, you’ll have a hard time prioritizing the diverse list. Whether you go to taste an innovative, new way of cooking or to feast from a menu that hasn’t changed in decades, each pick on this list is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.
When you’re in the mood for noodles, do you crave a steaming bowl of stir-fry or soup? Or would you prefer something cold? While you probably wouldn’t want spaghetti straight from the fridge, many Asian noodle dishes are meant to be served chilled and taste delicious that way — think peanut-sesame noodles or rice noodle salad.
Food Network Magazine wants to know which side you’re on. Vote in the poll below and tell FN Dish which kind of Asian noodle dishes you like more: hot or cold.
If coffee a morning must for you, it’s time to shake up your everyday routine. Indulge in a fancy coffee drink — homemade pumpkin spice latte, anyone? Or perhaps your coffeemaker has seen better days. Find out which machines Food Network stars love and cross one off your wish list. If you’re only into the java flavor, not the beverage, bake something delicious that features coffee as an ingredient. This mocha quick bread calls for instant espresso powder in both the batter and the glaze. Finally, take the coffee quiz from the most recent issue of Food Network Magazine. It’s a fun way to start the day while sipping your morning joe. Plus, you just might learn a thing or two about how to make better coffee.
It’s impossible to go wrong with fondue. You can go the savory route and dunk chunks of bread into a bowl of thick and velvety melted cheese, or you can opt for the sweet variation and dip strawberries, marshmallows and other goodies into a warm pot of chocolate. Both options are deliciously decadent, but which is better?
Food Network Magazine wants to know which side you’re on: chocolate or cheese. Vote in the poll below and tell FN Dish what type of fondue you prefer.
If you’re attending Food Network in Concert this September 20, your dinner plates (and wine glasses) will be in the hands of the city’s greatest chefs. Surrounded by succulent barbecue, dreamy pasta and sushi like you’ve never seen it before (to name just a few), it’s safe to say you won’t have to worry about food on the night of the festival. But what about the rest of your trip? Here, Food Network stars and headliner Phillip Phillips share their dinner recommendations to continue your culinary adventure in Chicago.
Geoffrey Zakarian: Paul Kahan’s restaurants Avec and Blackbird, and Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat.
Anne Burrell: The Purple Pig, BellyQ, and I always have to go for a piece of BIG MEAT, so I like to go to Gibsons!
When people hear “Chicago,” they think deep-dish pizza. But when we asked chefs for their favorite places to go for lunch in the area, the infamous crust did not make the cut — Mexican food and banh mi sandwiches did. Find their recommendations below, keeping in mind that Jeff Mauro is a trustworthy local. Whether you’re heading to Food Network in Concert this September or are a Chicagoan yourself, this list will come in handy when you’re on the hunt for an afternoon bite in the Windy City.
Geoffrey Zakarian: Frontera Grill — Rick Bayless’ place.
Anne Burrell: The Tavern on Rush is always fun to sit outside and people-watch, and Kuma’s Corner (pictured above) has even better burgers.
It’s nearly impossible to not get excited at the sight of these chocolate cupcakes. Filled with strawberry and vanilla ice cream and covered by a crunchy layer of chocolate shell topping, they’re so scrumptious that the title “Ice Cream Cupcakes” doesn’t do them justice. That’s why Food Network Magazine is challenging you to come up with something clever and fun. Submit your best name and you could win big. Here’s how to enter:
1. Read the recipe, and come up with a creative name for the dish.
2. Fill out the official entry form here.
Hurry — the contest closes on Tuesday, August 26, 2014! The winner will receive a $500 gift card to FoodNetworkStore.com, and three runners-up will each receive a $50 gift card.
On Sept. 20, Food Network is throwing the ultimate end-of-summer bash: an outdoor food and music festival in Chicago. With today’s top chefs and big musical artists like John Mayer and Phillip Phillips, it’s sure to be a delicious experience worth the travel.
The event officially starts at 11:30am with lunch, so concertgoers will be on their own for breakfast, which isn’t a bad thing at all considering the countless great restaurants in the area. To narrow down the best options, we enlisted the help of Food Network chefs. From old-school diners to five-star hotels, here are Chicago’s best breakfast spots. (Just try to save some of your appetite for all of the gourmet hot dogs, award-winning burgers and other mouthwatering eats at the festival.)
Geoffrey Zakarian: The Drake Hotel
Anne Burrell: I love going to The Palace Grill [Sandwich Shop]. They have the best breakfast, and the owner, George, has even better jokes!
If you’re tired of the standard chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, this book’s for you. Desserts can be a wonderful way to experiment in the kitchen, from trying flavors like coconut and pineapple to creating cakes that look like mounds of cheese or even a burger with french fries. For those ready to take the plunge into creating the most luxurious delicacies, look no further than this new cookbook by the editors of Food Network Magazine, Sweet: Our Best Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy and More.
From exotic twists on old classics with recipes like Mini Bacon Cheesecakes and Poppy Seed Tortes to fruity favorites like Apple-Walnut Galette and Orange-Cream Pops, there are recipes for every mood and age group. Kids will love the Fake-Out Cakes section of the book, which involves cakes shaped like popcorn and lobster rolls, while adults will devour the grown-up flavors of the Chocolate and Olive Oil Fig Cake as well as the Hazelnut Dacquoise. With step-by-step instructions and full-page color photographs to make sure you’re on the right track, Sweet demystifies dessert and makes sure you’re doing it right.
You can buy a copy of Sweet here, or you can enter to win one for free from FN Dish. We’re giving five lucky, randomly selected readers each a copy of Sweet, and all you have to do to enter to win one is leave a comment below telling us your favorite dessert recipe (you must include the recipe URL in your comment to be entered to win — find dessert recipes here).
Backstage snacks are some of the perks of being a pop star — whether they’re there to fuel energy, help calm nerves or simply enjoy. While working on Food Network in Concert coming up this September, Food Network Magazine discovered the reported food requests of some of today’s top stars. Can you match each snack with the correct musician?