Slideshow: This Week in Eating Out

Braised Trotter, Salsa Verde, and Carciocavallo at Salumeria (San Francisco, CA)
Braised Trotter, Salsa Verde, and Carciocavallo at Salumeria (San Francisco, CA)
A nose-to-tail take on a Sloppy Joe, this messy, greasy braised trotter sandwich stole the show at our recent Salumeria sandwich feast. The sweet, meltingly tender trotter was spilling out of the sandwich at first bite, left to be scooped up by fingers and forks. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Chicago's Best Looking Sandwiches
Chicago's Best Looking Sandwiches
Here are the best looking sandwiches we've eaten so far in 2012. Read more here »

A Sandwich a Day: Cevapi at Ukus in Astoria (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Cevapi at Ukus in Astoria (NYC)
These slender, juicy, garlicky, and nicely charred Balkan minced meat kebabs are wonderful on a pita stuffed with the minced onions, ajvar (smoky red pepper spread), and creamy, tangy kaymak (a soured clotted cream). Read more here »

A Sandwich a Day: Milanesa Torta from Bakersfield (Cincinnati)
A Sandwich a Day: Milanesa Torta from Bakersfield (Cincinnati)
This torta seems to pull inspiration from a few different cuisines, all coming together for a fantastic sandwich. Read more here »

[Photograph: Laura Arnold]

A Sandwich A Day: Poblano Cemita at Cascabel Taqueria (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Poblano Cemita at Cascabel Taqueria (NYC)
The Poblano Cemita is a great sandwich that transcends all stereotypes about gentrified Mexican joints. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich from Square Bar & Grill (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich from Square Bar & Grill (Chicago)
While the fries are well seasoned and super crispy, the sneaky chicken sandwich hiding in the corner is still the star of the show. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

A Sandwich A Day: Pulled Portobello at Rub BBQ (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Pulled Portobello at Rub BBQ (NYC)
An attempt at recreating the smoky bliss that is pulled pork on a bun, this sandwich features strips of smoked, sauced portobello mushrooms and crunchy grilled onions on a generic seeded burger bun with a couple pickle chips on the side. Read more here »

[Photograph: Sam Levison]

A Sandwich A Day: The Grilled Chicken Club at Feast (Chicago)
A Sandwich A Day: The Grilled Chicken Club at Feast (Chicago)
A hearty piece of chicken breast is grilled and topped with romaine lettuce, thick slices of tomato, crispy bacon, and a hearty dollop of guacamole. Read more here »

[Photograph: Michell Eloy]

18 Great Chicken Sandwiches (NYC)
18 Great Chicken Sandwiches (NYC)
A really good chicken sandwich can be hard to find since so many are dry, stringy, or downright boring. Check out this list to eat the only good stuff. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

The Super Secret Pork Belly Slider from the Bar at the Palm Court (Cincinnati, OH)
The Super Secret Pork Belly Slider from the Bar at the Palm Court (Cincinnati, OH)
Made with Dean Farms pork belly, savoy cabbage, carrots, and sesame aioli, the perfectly cooked piece of pork sits on a buttered and toasted bun, with large, housemade seasoned potato chips partitioning each of the three sliders. Read More Here »

[Photograph: Laura Arnold]

A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll at City Porch  (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll at City Porch (Chicago)
Overpriced food is one thing, but overcooked lobster should never be tolerated. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Eggplant Parm at Goodfellas Pizzeria (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Eggplant Parm at Goodfellas Pizzeria (NYC)
It hits all the New York Italian standards: crisp breading, not too greasy, reasonably sweet tomato sauce, well-melted mozz, and a crusty bread that gives way to a soft crumb.Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

The Gimmicky Griddle Burger at The Woodsman Tavern (Portland, OR)
The Gimmicky Griddle Burger at The Woodsman Tavern (Portland, OR)
Long story short, this was no home run. The burger was completely fine but nowhere near close to one worthy of breaking the $10 barrier. Read more here »

[Photograph: Adam Linsley]

Reality Check: Steak 'n Shake's Jalapeño Crunch Steakburger
Reality Check: Steak 'n Shake's Jalapeño Crunch Steakburger
It was a warm, gushy, meaty, cheesy, bready mouthful with a slight crunch and some residual spice. Read more here »

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Union Square: Tortaria's Torta Burger Needs Work (NYC)
Union Square: Tortaria's Torta Burger Needs Work (NYC)
The beef burger is a mediocre patty with high quality toppings that somewhat salvage the iffy meat. Read more here »

[Photograph: Gracie Dulik]

A Good, If Not Great Burger at Magnolia (but Great, Great Beer) (San Francisco)
A Good, If Not Great Burger at Magnolia (but Great, Great Beer) (San Francisco)
The self-described pub burger ($14) has a pedigree worthy of Magnolia's well-curated menu: Prather Ranch beef, an Acme bun, and sides of housemade aioli and beer mustard. Read more here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

The Vegetarian Option: Carlton Park Delivers on its Simple, Seasonal Promise (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: Carlton Park Delivers on its Simple, Seasonal Promise (NYC)
With dishes like their Heirloom Tomato Salad, the restaurant is a pleasurable reminder of what seasonal cooking can actually deliver. Read more here »

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Pizza Pilgrims Can Satisfy Your Olympic-Sized Pizza Craving (London)
Pizza Pilgrims Can Satisfy Your Olympic-Sized Pizza Craving (London)
Their story is a unique one; two brothers decided to jack in their jobs and travel around Italy for 6 weeks, learning the craft of pizza and to pick up that all important 3-wheeled van. Once back in London, a pizza oven was built into the back of it and they started training. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lizzi Mabbot]

Daily Slice: King of New York Pizzeria (Los Angeles)
Daily Slice: King of New York Pizzeria (Los Angeles)
Their website repeats the mantra: "Darn good thin crust pizza," and that's exactly what they serve.Read more here »

[Photograph: Kelly Bone]

For the Pizza Lovers: Ragazza
For the Pizza Lovers: Ragazza
We love the Bianca pie here. It's a masterpiece of salty-tangy-fresh flavors. Chef Sharon Ardiana, the mastermind behind the Lower Haight hotspot (not to mention Gialina, one of the original Bay Area pizza destinations), blends sharp, aged provolone, preserved Meyer lemon, and a straight-up dangerous onion crema to form the Bianca's base. Great neighborhood spot. Perfect for a foggy Valentine's evening with a bottle of red wine. Read more here »

Ragazza: 311 Divisadero Street, San Francisco CA 94117 (map); 415-255-1133; [Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Mission Chinese Food: Every Bit As Good As Its Predecessors (NYC)
Mission Chinese Food: Every Bit As Good As Its Predecessors (NYC)
Mission Chinese Food plays fast and loose and all over the map, employing Sichuan flavors deployed in both expected and totally novel ways. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Chicago Tacos: Carnitas Uruapan
Chicago Tacos: Carnitas Uruapan
Here the meat is tender and juicy, but not greasy, while the edges are crisped up and brown. You can tell they care about the product. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Apps Only: Nopa (San Francisco)
Apps Only: Nopa (San Francisco)
Nopa has an ample selection of sharable starters and sides such as their grilled calamari, flatbread, or Early girl tomato salad. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Beaker & Flask in (Portland, OR)
Bartender's Choice: What to Order at Beaker & Flask in (Portland, OR)
The cocktails are often rooted in the classics, but also whimsical and experimental, like the .38 Special, a beer cocktail served in glass wrapped in a paper bag. Read more here »

[Photograph: Katie Burnett]

Where to Eat Tasty Fish Tacos in Tijuana and Ensenada (Mexico)
Where to Eat Tasty Fish Tacos in Tijuana and Ensenada (Mexico)
Fish tacos may be one of San Diego's most iconic eats, and while there are some seriously good options north of the border, the best place to taste the Baja-born delicacy is right where it was invented. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

TGI Fry-Day: Chicharrón Taquito de Canasta from La Chaparrita (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Chicharrón Taquito de Canasta from La Chaparrita (Chicago)
Literally "little basket tacos," they are made by dipping warmed tortillas in a heated blended salsa, adding a spoonful of filling, folding them in half, and allowing them to steam in a covered container (traditionally a basket) for a few hours until they are soft and texturally homogeneous. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

TGI Fry-Day: Sticky's Finger Joint's Classic Chicken Fingers (NYC)
TGI Fry-Day: Sticky's Finger Joint's Classic Chicken Fingers (NYC)
Since spring, Sticky's Finger Joint has been serving a creative menu centered around chicken that is "antibiotic-free, hormone-free, cruelty-free, and free range." Read more here »

[Photograph: Jessie Pascoe]

The Vegetarian Option: Quesadilla La Reyna del Sur (Chicago)
The Vegetarian Option: Quesadilla La Reyna del Sur (Chicago)
The quaint corner restaurant on Western Avenue serves a fully vegetarian menu, including housemade soy-based alternatives to steak, pork, chicken, sausage...pretty much everything in the handbook of Mexican cookery. Read more here »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Sugar Rush: Apricot and Pistachio Tarts at Maison Kayser (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Apricot and Pistachio Tarts at Maison Kayser (NYC)
Impossibly fresh, the thin shell is crisp, buttery, and well-browned. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

First Look: Swine, Porky Small Plates and Charcuterie in the West Village (NYC)
First Look: Swine, Porky Small Plates and Charcuterie in the West Village (NYC)
The restaurant predominantly focuses more on small plates to share than full entrées and house-made charcuterie forms the backbone of the menu. Read more here »

[Photograph: Dave Katz]

A Taste of the Menu at 'Pork Slope,' Dale Talde's New Park Slope Bar (NYC)
A Taste of the Menu at 'Pork Slope,' Dale Talde's New Park Slope Bar (NYC)
Dale Talde's new Park Slope dive bar will feature rice flour fried chicken and $6 burgers. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Standing Room Only: Chicago's Dog House
Standing Room Only: Chicago's Dog House
The best thing here: the frips. There are no fries on the menu, instead the side of choice are freshly fried potato chips that are extra thin, crispy, and fantastic. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Sugar Rush: Nutella Panini at Pounds & Ounces (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Nutella Panini at Pounds & Ounces (NYC)
It’s not made with bread, but with buttery slices of housemade pound cake that are quickly toasted on the panini press and dusted with powdered sugar. Read more here »
Fast Food: Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad Is Actually Spectacular
Fast Food: Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad Is Actually Spectacular
At a staggering $6.49, this is one of the most expensive standalone items in the fast food marketplace, but I assure you it's worth it. Read more here »

[Image: Wendy's]]

Mexican Eats: Taqueria La Paz Takes Over Beloved Xochimilco in Sunset Park (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Taqueria La Paz Takes Over Beloved Xochimilco in Sunset Park (NYC)
The menu is smaller and anchored by breakfast: bagels with butter, pancakes, and spinach and mushroom omelets with Chilaquiles, tacos, salads, and tortas rounding out the menu. Read more here »

[Photograph: Scarlet Lindeman]

Sugar Rush: Strawberries and Champagne at Hakkasan (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Strawberries and Champagne at Hakkasan (NYC)
It's whimsical and fresh, with a handful of quartered strawberries from the Greenmarket and poached rhubarb. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

First Look: Garden-to-Glass Cocktails at Homestead (Chicago)
First Look: Garden-to-Glass Cocktails at Homestead (Chicago)
Each of the 10 drinks on the cocktail menu has either an ingredient or garnish that came from this seasonal restaurant's garden. Read more here »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Which Taco Chain Makes the Best Fish Tacos?
Which Taco Chain Makes the Best Fish Tacos?
Considering the fish, breading, tortilla, and toppings, we decide whether Rubio's, Baha Taco, Wahoo's, or Del Taco is the fish taco king. Read more here »

[Photograph: Farley Elliot]

Lidia Bastianich's Shopping Guide to Italian Ingredients in Queens
Lidia Bastianich's Shopping Guide to Italian Ingredients in Queens
Authentic Italian chef Lidia Bastianich tells us where she gets her pasta, cheese, pastries, and more. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

On The Game Trail With Joe DiStefano: A Tour of Flushing and Elmhurst's Asian Enclaves (NYC)
On The Game Trail With Joe DiStefano: A Tour of Flushing and Elmhurst's Asian Enclaves (NYC)
This culinary journey culminated in the sampling of 16 different and distinct dishes from Yanbian in China down to Indonesia. Read more here »

[Photograph: Chris Crowley]

A Look Inside Iris Cafe's New Takeaway Market, Brooklyn Heights (NYC)
A Look Inside Iris Cafe's New Takeaway Market, Brooklyn Heights (NYC)
Iris Take Away is like the best version of a neighborhood bodega in which all of their products are either locally sourced or are the personal favorites of owner Rachel Graville (and she has great taste). Read more here »

[Photograph: Andrew Strenio]

The Best Beers from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2012 (NYC)
The Best Beers from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2012 (NYC)
This year we scoured the tents for the best of the breweries' offerings, many of which were rare or one-off beers brewed especially for BCTC. Read more here »

[Photograph: Chris Lehault]

Sugar Rush: Ice Cream Sandwiches at Dinette (Seattle)
Sugar Rush: Ice Cream Sandwiches at Dinette (Seattle)
Dinette's got two or three ice cream sandwiches on the daily menu, including the sweet and savory Salted Peanut Ice Cream Sandwich with Chocolate Cookies. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

Bronx Eats: Carnitas and Mole de Olla at Xochimilco, Melrose (NYC)
Bronx Eats: Carnitas and Mole de Olla at Xochimilco, Melrose (NYC)
The carnitas stand out the most with their occasional char that livens up bites, and their citrus notes that burst through with delicious clarity. Read more here »

[Photograph: James Boo]

Sugar Rush: Black Sesame Mochi at Cha-An (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Black Sesame Mochi at Cha-An (NYC)
The mochi is made fresh daily and comes by the set of three for $9. They offer a classic red bean version and black sesame. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]