Slideshow: This Week in Eating Out

A Sandwich a Day: The Rocket Pig at Rocket Pig (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: The Rocket Pig at Rocket Pig (NYC)
It's a remarkably well-balanced sandwich, fatty and meaty, savory and sweet, crispy and chewy. Read more here »

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

8 Great Lobster Rolls (Chicago)
8 Great Lobster Rolls (Chicago)
Just as oysters seemed to pop up at each new restaurant opening last year in Chicago, now lobster rolls seem to be everywhere. Of course, not all lobster rolls are created equal. Here are eight you should try now. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich A Day: Panino Soppressata at Grandaisy Bakery (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Panino Soppressata at Grandaisy Bakery (NYC)
Mild heat from the salami and jalapeño spread is present without being overpowering; the pecorino is plenty sharp, and the sweet peppers are a nice touch. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich A Day: Smoked Mozzarella at Birdbath (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Smoked Mozzarella at Birdbath (NYC)
Sure, cheese, broccoli rabe and pesto sounds harmless enough...I mean, there's broccoli in there, right? Think again. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

First Look: Bar Tartine's New Sandwich Shop (San Francisco)
First Look: Bar Tartine's New Sandwich Shop (San Francisco)
Their new oven allows them to bake bread like their tender sprouted rye pan loaf or their caramelized onion fennel potato loaf. Read more here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

A Sandwich a Day: Italian Sub at Fiore's (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Italian Sub at Fiore's (Chicago)
The Italian sub with oil and vinegar hits all the right notes. You get a nice saltiness from the meat, a good amount of acid and crunch from the giardiniera, and the bread, though a little chewy, did a good job of holding everything together. Read more here »

[Photograph: Debbie Carlos]

A Sandwich A Day: Alla Pancetta at San Matteo (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Alla Pancetta at San Matteo (NYC)
While perhaps not an excellent sandwich, it succeeds in a way many pizzas do—a combination of meat, cheese and well-made dough can't be that bad. And for the size and quality of the meat, the price tag is something of a steal. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich A Day: The Wolf Me Down at Milk Bar (New Orleans)
A Sandwich A Day: The Wolf Me Down at Milk Bar (New Orleans)
This Wolf Me Down uses an unusual combination of hummus and mozzarella to jazz up a roast lamb sandwich. Read more here »

[Photograph: Abby McCartney]

A Sandwich a Day: Roasted Turkey Breast & Cheddar on a Pretzel Salt Bagel from NYC Bagel Deli
A Sandwich a Day: Roasted Turkey Breast & Cheddar on a Pretzel Salt Bagel from NYC Bagel Deli
The fillings worked well together: the high-piled turkey was mild and moist, the cheddar was sharp and creamy, and the vegetables added just the right amount of freshness. But the star was the pretzel salt bagel, which highlighted the best features of its namesakes. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

25 Pork Sandwiches We Love (NYC)
25 Pork Sandwiches We Love (NYC)
It's hard not to love a pork sandwich. Chicken is great, but nothing matches pork's flavor, fat and versatility (pulled! smoked! cured!). We combed through our sandwiches archives for 25 of our the unforgettable pork sandwiches we have had the pleasure of trying. Read more here »

[Photograph: Adam Kuban]

A Sandwich a Day: The Grilled Vegetable Panini at Salad House (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: The Grilled Vegetable Panini at Salad House (Chicago)
The assortment of vegetables lends itself to a variety of flavors and textures, resulting in a sandwich that's both crunchy and chewy, savory and sweet. Read more here »

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

A Sandwich a Day: Breakfast Sandwich at Market Café (Los Angeles)
A Sandwich a Day: Breakfast Sandwich at Market Café (Los Angeles)
This breakfast sandwich breaks expectations even as it tows on the side of convention. The usual cast is all there, just in upgraded versions with better accessories. Read more here »

[Photograph: Christine Chiao]

TGI Fry-Day: Fried Shrimp Po'Boy from Phil's Last Stand (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Fried Shrimp Po'Boy from Phil's Last Stand (Chicago)
The combination of ingredients is winning: a toasted Gonnella French roll is layered with Phil's sauce, tomato and pickle slices, house coleslaw, panko-crusted fried shrimp, fresh-fried shoestring potatoes, and Vern's cheddar sauce. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

The Overboard from Ippolito's Fish Market (Philadelphia, PA)
The Overboard from Ippolito's Fish Market (Philadelphia, PA)
The slaw that topped the sandwich was excellent, freshly made and better than what you get at most delis, and the homemade pepper hash was terrific, familiar but with a slight smokiness and spice. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Hawk Krall]

A Sandwich a Day: The Pilgrim at Uncle Sammy's Sandwich Classics (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: The Pilgrim at Uncle Sammy's Sandwich Classics (Chicago)
Thick and juicy slices of turkey are layered in a roll, along with raisin herb stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise. It's not the best example of this kind of sandwich in town, but it's well balanced, meaning you can sample one more than once a year and not feel guilty about it. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Delicious American Classic at Irv's Burgers (Los Angeles)
A Delicious American Classic at Irv's Burgers (Los Angeles)
One of America's truly classic burger stands at the west end of Route 66 is serving up one of the very best burgers in Los Angeles. Read more here »

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

Solid, but Overcooked Burgers at O'Lydia's (Milwaukee, WI)
Solid, but Overcooked Burgers at O'Lydia's (Milwaukee, WI)
Their burgers are solid, but what really stands out are the apps, specials, and serviceRead more here »

[Photograph: Lacey Muszynski]

Satisfying Smashed Burgers at The Stockyards (Toronto)
Satisfying Smashed Burgers at The Stockyards (Toronto)
What sets the burgers apart from most is two-fold: They're cooked on a griddle using the smashing technique and you can get your burger cooked reliably to order. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

What the Eff is Up With the Burgers at J-FAT? (San Diego)
What the Eff is Up With the Burgers at J-FAT? (San Diego)
J-FAT is known for having good burgers but they failed to produce one that is properly cooked not once, not twice, but three times! Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Lunchbox Laboratory's 'Burger of the Gods' (Seattle)
Lunchbox Laboratory's 'Burger of the Gods' (Seattle)
Lunchbox Laboratory pushes the burger envelope by experimenting with flavor combinations and encouraging diners to do the same. Read more here »

[Photograph: Denise Sakaki]

Chain Reaction: Bison Burger at True Food Kitchen (San Diego)
Chain Reaction: Bison Burger at True Food Kitchen (San Diego)
Among the healthy menu items at True Food Kitchen is a bison burger, but please, do not order it. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jacson]

Daily Slice: Marinara from Posto (Somerville, MA)
Daily Slice: Marinara from Posto (Somerville, MA)
The sum is definitely greater than the parts here—with these few simple ingredients adding up to big flavor. Read more here »

[Photograph: Meredith Smith]

Skip the Pizza and Get The Sandwiches at Goodfellas Lower East Side (NYC)
Skip the Pizza and Get The Sandwiches at Goodfellas Lower East Side (NYC)
The problem is that the pie is inexpensive, but it also tastes that way. Your best bet with this style of pie is to pile on as many flavorful toppings as you can and hope for the best. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

In Which We Eat the Pizzabon from Cinnabon
In Which We Eat the Pizzabon from Cinnabon
Break the roll apart and you'll find whole slices of pepperoni, more cheese, and maybe a smattering of tomato-based sauce... all rolled up jellyroll-style in the same basic dough as the chain's cinnamon treats. Read more here »

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

A Taste of Maison Kayser, Eric Kayser's New Bakery on the Upper East Side (NYC)
A Taste of Maison Kayser, Eric Kayser's New Bakery on the Upper East Side (NYC)
Eric Kayser's first New York boulangerie/patisserie/cafe opened last week on the Upper East Side, and on day two was already packed with crowds, black-and-white-striped waiters shuttling sandwiches and pastries to tables, and of course many, many baguettes. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Slurped: Of Bad Dates and Good Rice Noodles at Hon Won (NYC)
Slurped: Of Bad Dates and Good Rice Noodles at Hon Won (NYC)
There is one great thing about Hon Won: their rice noodles. For five to six dollars, they couldn't make their product much better. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Lunch in the Loop: Courtway Restaurant (Chicago)
Lunch in the Loop: Courtway Restaurant (Chicago)
There's nothing fancy here, no twist on any cuisine, no fusion anything. Just diner food with a few surprises—and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Read more here »

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

A Look at Pier NYC, Roosevelt Island's Riverside Bar and Cafe
A Look at Pier NYC, Roosevelt Island's Riverside Bar and Cafe
This summer pop-up cafe with on-the-water views of the Manhattan skyline is serving a mix of casual seafood as well as barbecue from Queens' John Brown Smokehouse. Read more here »

[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Lunch Today: Shredded Pork and Preserved Cabbage Rice Cakes at Shanghai Asian Cuisine (NYC)
Lunch Today: Shredded Pork and Preserved Cabbage Rice Cakes at Shanghai Asian Cuisine (NYC)
Don't expect smoky wok hei flavors here; instead look for light, tender, slightly sweet rice cakes fragrant with mild pickled cabbage and punctuated by quiet bites of pork and mushroom. Read more here »l

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Date Night: Vegetables Take Charge at Vesta in Astoria (NYC)
Date Night: Vegetables Take Charge at Vesta in Astoria (NYC)
This restaurant indeed lives up to its promise to uphold "A commitment to a menu without borders". Read more here »

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

Mexican Eats: Vegetarian Tacos At The Brooklyn Flea (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Vegetarian Tacos At The Brooklyn Flea (NYC)
There's no shortage of tasty treats at The Brooklyn Flea, on Saturdays in Fort Greene. It's a cornucopia of edible wares, but if you're vegetarian and in the mood for Mexican food the array is reduced to just two stands. Qualifications aside, there are some admirable eats to be found among them. Read more here »

[Photograph: Scarlett Lindeman]

Off-Menu Fried Chicken Dinners at ChurchKey (Washington, D.C.)
Off-Menu Fried Chicken Dinners at ChurchKey (Washington, D.C.)
The house-butchered chicken is served up three ways: classic buttermilk, jerk, and General Tso's. The buttermilk comes as thighs and drumsticks and is the quintessential southern fried chicken experience. The skin is thin, crispy, and well-seasoned while the meat is incredibly moist. Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Lotus Blue in Tribeca: Pricey Modern Yunnan Fare (NYC)
Lotus Blue in Tribeca: Pricey Modern Yunnan Fare (NYC)
We don't like ripping on restaurants; but we also don't like paying $40/head in food alone for a meal we're unhappy with. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Bronx Eats: Sizing Up Astor Avenue's Side by Side Pizza & Burek, Pelham Parkway (NYC)
Bronx Eats: Sizing Up Astor Avenue's Side by Side Pizza & Burek, Pelham Parkway (NYC)
While none of Side by Side's burek are as buttery as their competitors, they're without a doubt less oily and there's no need to ask them not to microwave your order. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jason Crowley]

Obsessed With: OatMeals, the World's First All-Oatmeal Bar (NYC)
Obsessed With: OatMeals, the World's First All-Oatmeal Bar (NYC)
The warm bowls of steel-cut oatmeal and a cold option—the no-cook fridge oatmeal with yogurt and chia seeds—comes in three sizes. Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear. Read more here »

[Photograph: Andrew Strenio]

The Vegetarian Option: Simplicity's the Star at Max Soha in Harlem (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: Simplicity's the Star at Max Soha in Harlem (NYC)
Sometimes stumbled-upon meals can be a blessing, and Max Soha was an especially fortuitous find. It takes good ingredients, treats them simply, and makes the best of them. Read more here »

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Bar Eats: 508 Gastrobrewery (NYC)
Bar Eats: 508 Gastrobrewery (NYC)
With the distinction of being one of Manhattan's few brewpubs, the "gastro" part of 508 Gastrobrewery fittingly serves its brewery half with a menu of beer-friendly plates, including a selection of small plates perfect for bar dining. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nancy Huang]

We Eat All the Tacos at La Chaparrita (Chicago)
We Eat All the Tacos at La Chaparrita (Chicago)
La Chaparrita is not only one of the best taquerias in town, it's a Chicago dining experience unlike any other. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

10 Tasty Bites at the Carrboro Farmer's Market (North Carolina)
10 Tasty Bites at the Carrboro Farmer's Market (North Carolina)
There are few full-fledged eateries at this market, but you'll find plenty of samples and small treats as you fill your reuseable shopping bag. Read more here »

[Photograph: Eric Mine]

Sugar Rush: CCPC Cupcake at The Sugar Cube (Portland, OR)
Sugar Rush: CCPC Cupcake at The Sugar Cube (Portland, OR)
The crispy potato chips contrast wonderfully against the fluffy cupcake, and the salted caramel brings everything together while adding a second sweet dimension. Read more here »

[Photograph: Aaron Wakamatsu]

Behind the Sweets: Mara Jozefi Creates Transylvanian Pastries at Chimney Cake Island (Chicago)
Behind the Sweets: Mara Jozefi Creates Transylvanian Pastries at Chimney Cake Island (Chicago)
The term "labor of love" doesn't quite capture the time and care Mara Jozefi has dedicated to making chimney cakes, a centuries-old pastry with roots in the Hungarian villages of Transylvania. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Sugar Rush: Blueberry Pie at Union Square Cafe (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Blueberry Pie at Union Square Cafe (NYC)
The summer seasonality of the blueberries is intensified with a perfectly smooth scoop of sweet corn ice cream. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Seasonal Frosting at Butter Lane (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Seasonal Frosting at Butter Lane (NYC)
Here are two new updates on Butter Lane in the East Village. First, they recently rolled out four seasonal buttercream flavors to top your cupcake: cherry, key lime, pistachio, and lemon. Second, there are now ice cream sandwiches! Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

A Tour of Flushing with Jason Wang of Xi'an Famous Foods and Biang! (NYC)
A Tour of Flushing with Jason Wang of Xi'an Famous Foods and Biang! (NYC)
Jason Wang, the 25 year-old business manager of the Xi'an Famous Foods mini empire, showed us where he goes for dumplings, noodles, and roast duck over rice. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Peanutty Doughnuts Around New York
Peanutty Doughnuts Around New York
Neither peanuts nor doughnuts are actual botanical "nuts," but they sure taste great when combined. And we have found a number of doughnut shops who are adding a peanutty riff to their repertoire. Read more here »

[Photograph: Rachel Garbade]

5 Must-Visit Wine Bars in Brooklyn (NYC)
5 Must-Visit Wine Bars in Brooklyn (NYC)
When it comes to exciting wine bars, Brooklyn is on the up. A new wave of wine-obsessed buyers and bar-restaurant owners has forsaken the insipid, the safe, and the homogenous for glasses of singular vino from lesser-known regions and producers. Read more here »

[Photograph: Dave Katz]

Which Chain Makes the Best Ground Beef Taco?
Which Chain Makes the Best Ground Beef Taco?
Save your steak burritos for another day. Leave your carnitas at home. We're talking ground beef tacos, the absolute baseline for Mexican fast food eats. Read more here »

[Photograph: Farley Elliot]

Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Midnight Cowboy (Austin, TX)
Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Midnight Cowboy (Austin, TX)
The newly designed space suggests a Victorian-era brothel, with antique mirrors, plush leather booths, and lush wallpapers. A sultry vibe lingers in the private rooms in the back. Flick on the signal light switch and someone will come to your service. Here's our first look at the cocktails they're serving.Read more here »

[Photograph: Melody Fury]

8 Great NYC Haute Dogs Worth The Extra Dough
8 Great NYC Haute Dogs Worth The Extra Dough
We've seen our fair share of fancified hot dogs in this city, and frankly a lot of them feature overwrought, baroque toppings with underwhelming sausages. But a few stand apart as well thought-out creations that do right by the noble tubesteak. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: James Tracey's Carroll Gardens (NYC)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: James Tracey's Carroll Gardens (NYC)
The executive chef of Craft and Colicchio & Sons picks his favorite places to eat in his neighborhood. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]