[Photograph: Daniel Zemans]

Nine Pancakes We Love in Chicago: Where to find some of Chicago's best flapjacks.

Sliced Smoked Brisket at Podnah's in Portland, OR: Texas barbecue relocated to Portland, serving up some of the best smoked meat in town.

First Look: 606 R&D in Brooklyn: A small, multifaceted restaurant in Brooklyn, dishing up doughnuts, cocktails, a full dinner menu, and even Kombucha on tap.

Encinitas, CA: Wiener Burgers at Dog Diner House: Hamburgers pose as Chicago-style hot dogs at this California diner; despite the identity crisis, they're downright delicious.

Manchester, VT: Brick Oven Pizza and More in the Unlikeliest of Places, Depot 62: All of your notions of department store food will be erased after a meal at this hidden eatery in Vermont.

A 12-Course Vegan Feast at Craigie On Main in Cambridge, MA: Craigie On Main consistently has regular and vegetarian tasting menus offered, but here's an all-vegan menu that's just as impressive.

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