Ramen has established its place on the list of ultimate comfort foods. Forget about those packets of instant noodles you ate in college — these craveworthy bowls are the real deal. You’ll now find this slippery noodle dish all across the country, not just in dorms and Japanese enclaves. Chefs are putting their spin on it, creating their own mash-up versions with everything from coconut curry broth to toppings like matzo balls or cheese. Check out the full gallery for all 12 steaming bowls that are sure to beat your winter blues.
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A heaping platter of crunchy, gooey nachos might be simple, yet its power to satisfy and comfort is undeniable. Whether flaunting pork, brisket or pickled onions, this cheese-shellacked blanket of tortilla chips is especially cherished during football season. To satisfy your cravings during these football-free weeks before the big game, check out 10 of of the country’s best takes on this humble staple of Tex-Mex joints in our full gallery.
Los Angeles: Border Grill (pictured above)
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the dames behind modern Mexican institution Border Grill, are known for their Skillet Nachos. At the downtown Los Angeles location — as well as in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay and the Forum Shops at Caesars — the dish arrives piled high with housemade tortilla chips, from-scratch cheese sauce, organic black beans and tender morsels of carne asada.
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.
by Cindy Augustine
One of the busiest pizza nights of the year is — wait for it — the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. It makes perfect sense: With most Americans prepping turkeys, chopping veggies and baking pies, who has time to make dinner? Fortunately, a hot and tasty meal is only a phone call, and sometimes just a delivery, away. Here are some of the best independent pizza spots across the country — no reservations required. Check out the full gallery to find the best pies near your Thanksgiving destination. Read more
This past weekend, the finale of The Great Food Truck Race brought the remaining two teams to Florida. Tyler had the teams on a five-city tour of the state from Tampa to Key West, covering over 4,000 miles. Along the way he had them face challenges that even included cooking alligator in the Everglades. Luckily, they didn’t have to catch their meat first. In the end, one team brought something different to the game and came out on top, earning their own food truck and $50,000 (find out who won).
Whether you’re looking for seafood specialties in the Keys or Cuban classics in Tampa, you’ll find unique flavors that will have you going back for more in the Sunshine State. Check out all that southern Florida has to offer with these top 10 restaurant selections.
This week on The Great Food Truck Race, the route took the teams to Alabama. On their first day Tyler had the teams getting their hands dirty — picking frozen shrimp in a challenge to see who could get close to 100 pounds. One team left with their spoils but soon found the challenge of peeling and cleaning the Gulf Coast delicacy holding them back. Later in the day Tyler challenged the two teams who had cooked the best brunch dish on Day Two to a seafood cook-off. In a surprise turn of events, the team that won was actually sent home.
Some were more successful than others at selling seafood dishes, but when in the South, where the fruits of the sea are the freshest, there’s no excuse not to partake of the bounty. And the state of Alabama has a lot to offer when it comes to seafood delicacies, including shrimp po’ boys and shrimp ‘n’ grits. For the meat lovers, there’s barbecue ribs, burgers and good ol’ Southern cooking.
This past week on The Great Food Truck Race, the rookies rolled into St. Louis, where they’d soon learn a lesson or two about food truck ownership. In a Speed Bump challenge Tyler had them earn their seed money by selling the city’s specialty, toasted ravioli. After that, the trucks got back to selling their normal menus, but before they knew it, Tyler visited the trucks to test their food. Finding their quality lacking, he instituted a Truck Stop cooking challenge, whose winner would double their till. At the end of the two days a frontrunner was sent home, learning that it doesn’t pay to mess with quality.
Whether you’re looking for the local specialty or just want a sweet fix, St. Louis has a little bit of everything, including comfort food, international specialties, made-from-scratch doughnuts and more.
Oklahoma City was this past week’s stop for the food truck teams on The Great Food Truck Race. On Day One, many teams thought a few menu tweaks might be a good idea to appeal to the locals, whereas other teams planned to simply keep cooking their signature dishes. But in the end it didn’t matter, because Tyler Florence’s Truck Stop challenge had all the teams cooking the same dish: the local specialty of fried onion burgers. Putting the teams on an even playing field really showed who would rise to the top. And in the end, two did just that, while one remained in the middle and two fell to the bottom.
Whether you’re looking for the famous fried onion burger or for other comforting classics, Oklahoma has a wealth of eating options. Check out all that Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas in the state have to offer.
This week on The Great Food Truck Race the food truck rookies found themselves moving from the Southwest into the heart of Texas. Because Austin is known for “keeping it weird,” Tyler Florence decided to pull some interesting tricks on the teams. On Day One he had them partner up, which produced some odd pairing, e.g., Let There Be Bacon and Middle Feast. Later all the teams moved to a dating event, where they had to work their charms on selling food to singles, which had some mixed results. And in one final eccentric challenge, Tyler instituted a Truck Stop truck swap. You can imagine how weird that was for the teams.
In the end, many of the teams found it difficult selling in Austin, just because they were competing against some of the best restaurants and established food trucks in the country. And Austin has got a little bit of everything in that regard: tacos, barbecue, comforting classics, international specialties and more. Find out all that Austin has to offer.
The second stop in The Great Food Truck Race brought the rookies to Tucson. Many of the trucks thought that going from Southern California to the Southwest meant it would be an easy transition, but that wasn’t the case for everyone. Those who took the opportunity to adapt to local tastes found the best customer response, resulting in top sales. And Tyler’s Truck Stop challenge had the teams all selling a Sonoran hot dog, which proved to be one of the best ways of testing the teams’ marketing abilities. In the end, the team from SoCal came in first place, proving that they could make a comeback from last week.
Whether you’re looking for Southwestern favorites like burgers, Sonoran hot dogs or modern Mexican cuisine, we’ve narrowed down the restaurant offerings to the top 10 from the area, which include a few surprises like Jamaican stew and a Philly favorite.