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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Harlem: The 5 and Diamond is a Diamond With Some Rough: The 5 and Diamond has moments of greatness, and even with some shortcomings is something of a neighborhood gem.

Montreal: Smoked Meat Pizza and the Man Behind It at Le Gros Jambon: There's nothing quite like Dixon's awesomely rich pies, a descendent of the doughy, over-the-top grease-fests from Lachine Canal pizzerias like Centrale and Dani's.

We Try Everything at Japadog: This Canadian chain boasts a menu of dogs topped with nori, bonito flakes, tonkatsu sauce, and much more.

Murphy's Red Hots: A red hot here entails a natural casing hot dog from Vienna Beef, either steamed or charred, stuffed into a fluffy poppy-seed bun, and loaded with all the Chicago-style essentials.

Sugar Rush: Carrot Cake at MarieBelle: MarieBelle's moist and dense carrot cake is made with rough grated carrots and a handful of crushed walnuts, then a whipped cream cheese frosting that has a tangy finish.

Dungeness Crab Cake Po' Boy at Starbelly, San Francisco: The Dungeness crab cake po' boy, couched in a warm, fresh roll, with tomato slices as thick as the red pepper-laced crab cakes, allows the flavor of the crab to shine through.

Chain Reaction: Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: These two-ounce lean beef patties are ultra-thin and grill-smashed, cooked up with a proprietary seasoning of salt spiked with garlic, onion, paprika, and other spices.

Austin, TX: Awesome Shaved Ice at Sno Beach Food Truck: The endless and unusual options at Sno Beach, when paired with the quality of the shaved ice and toppings, create a perfect afternoon treat.

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