Slideshow: This Week in Eating Out

A Sandwich a Day: Gyros at GRK in the Financial District (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Gyros at GRK in the Financial District (NYC)
The house-made pitas they come wrapped in are fluffy and chewy right on the spot, and they remain that way even after a 20-minute subway trip, sogging up a bit from the fillings but still way better than any mass-market stuff. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Salmon BLT at 2 Sparrows (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Salmon BLT at 2 Sparrows (Chicago)
Don't call it balanced, but it's a hell of a sandwich. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Heirloom Tomato and Pine Nut Hummus at The Dutch (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Heirloom Tomato and Pine Nut Hummus at The Dutch (NYC)
It's warm and creamy with a nutty finish, perfect for catching the mountain of tomatoes. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

A Sandwich A Day: Grilled Kimcheese at Porsena Extra Bar (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Grilled Kimcheese at Porsena Extra Bar (NYC)
The thick-cut griddled pullman bread is soft and buttery, the filling a mix of puréed kimchi that adds bright heat to nutty aged cheddar and creamy mayo. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Beer Battered Lake Superior Smelt Sandwich at Farmhouse (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Beer Battered Lake Superior Smelt Sandwich at Farmhouse (Chicago)
All flavors mesh wonderfully in this sandwich featuring beer battered smelt, Wisconsin cheddar, and challah. Read more here »

[Photograph: Huge Galdones]

A Sandwich a Day: The Frank Sinatra at Othello Deli in Astoria (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: The Frank Sinatra at Othello Deli in Astoria (NYC)
This hot prosciutto and provolone sandwich is tempered by fried eggplant, roasted red pepper, and a sweet-sour balsamic vinaigrette. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

A Sandwich a Day: 2 Meat Combo at Kenny & Ziggy's (Houston, TX)
A Sandwich a Day: 2 Meat Combo at Kenny & Ziggy's (Houston, TX)
With top-quality seeded rye providing the outline, the moist and lighter turkey meat is a surprisingly pleasant partner for the gutsier corned beef. Read more here »

[Photograph: Patric Schneider]

Bronx Eats: A Mighty But Disappointing Sandwich At Mike's Deli, Arthur Avenue (NYC)
Bronx Eats: A Mighty But Disappointing Sandwich At Mike's Deli, Arthur Avenue (NYC)
The King David, advertised soppresata with "chunks of Parmesan," roasted red bell peppers peppers, and basil. It's big but not great. Read more here »

[Photograph: Chris Crowley]

A Sandwich a Day: Catfish at Van Horn in Cobble Hill (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Catfish at Van Horn in Cobble Hill (NYC)
This sandwich features well-fried, delicately flavored fish plus a big bright dressing. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

A Sandwich a Day: Pierna Torta at Panadería Chuy (Austin)
A Sandwich a Day: Pierna Torta at Panadería Chuy (Austin)
This simple pierna torta is like a huge Mexican sloppy joe. Read more here »

[Photograph: Meredith Bethune]

A Sandwich a Day: The Beer Can Chicken Melt from the Lager House (Cincinnati)
A Sandwich a Day: The Beer Can Chicken Melt from the Lager House (Cincinnati)
The sandwich is solid—the smoky bacon complements the roasted tomato and cheddar, and the onion is sweet but not at all overpowering. Read more here »

[Photograph: Laura Arnold]

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Breast Sandwich with Bacon from Epic Burger (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Breast Sandwich with Bacon from Epic Burger (Chicago)
As far as chicken breasts go, this one is relatively tender, with plenty of crunch-producing char to make up for the cut's inherent dryness. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

Reality Check: Culver's Colby Jack Pub Burger is a Hefty, Delicious Fast Food Option
Reality Check: Culver's Colby Jack Pub Burger is a Hefty, Delicious Fast Food Option
Ditching American cheese for a stringy Colby Jack elevates the burger (if only metaphorically) above your typical cheeseburger. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lacey Muszynski]

The Carpetbagger from Edgewood Corner Tavern (Atlanta)
The Carpetbagger from Edgewood Corner Tavern (Atlanta)
This burger version of a buffalo chicken sandwich is a superbly tasty stunt that surprises with how genuinely spectacular it really is. Read more here »

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

West Village: Perla's Burger Is So Good You Might Even Skip The Pasta (NYC)
West Village: Perla's Burger Is So Good You Might Even Skip The Pasta (NYC)
This burger isn't afraid to break out the potato roll bun—and pair it with caciocavallo, a stretchy provolone-like cheese that heightens the natural tanginess of the beef. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

An Excellent Burger Among Dogs at Show Dogs (San Francisco)
An Excellent Burger Among Dogs at Show Dogs (San Francisco)
Served open face on a well toasted Acme organic pan de mie bun, the patty came set on a bed of fresh arugula and tomato and was topped with a generous amount of white cheddar. Read more here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Reality Check: Hatch Chile Burger at Fuddruckers
Reality Check: Hatch Chile Burger at Fuddruckers
Fuddruckers recently added a spicy new item to send-off summer: Hatch Chile Burgers, featuring a fresh, never frozen, beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese and grilled Hatch chiles. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Toppings Get Top Billing at Luigi's Pizza Fresca (Marlton, NJ)
Toppings Get Top Billing at Luigi's Pizza Fresca (Marlton, NJ)
Its slogan is "fresh ideas in pizza," and Luigi's Pizza Fresca delivers on that promise, with house-made sausage, creamy ricotta, and pizza toppings renowned throughout South Jersey. Read more here »

[Photograph: Casey Barber]

What To Expect at Franklin Barbecue in Austin (Besides The Finest Barbecue in All The Land)
What To Expect at Franklin Barbecue in Austin (Besides The Finest Barbecue in All The Land)
Sweet, succulent pulled pork. Turkey as moist as a prime rib. Snappy sausage as juicy as you'd like, and some of the finest brisket in all the land. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Date Night: Cozy Argentinian at Porteño in Chelsea (NYC)
Date Night: Cozy Argentinian at Porteño in Chelsea (NYC)
Argentina certainly has a way with meat, and the sausage in this dish came in shapes that mimicked phases of the moon, from round coins to half-circles to slivers. Read more here »

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

The Vegetarian Option: Quartino (Chicago)
The Vegetarian Option: Quartino (Chicago)
The salads here are a great way to kick off a veggie-friendly meal. The romaine hearts with shaved grana padana cheese, honey, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil is simple and light, well suited for the season. Read more here »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Sausage City: Al's #1 Char-Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwich (Chicago)
Sausage City: Al's #1 Char-Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwich (Chicago)
With both sweet and hot peppers, that crisp sausage, the chewy bread and all that "gravy," you've got a messy, but remarkably delicious sandwich to contend with. Read more here »

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Mexican Eats: Solid Breakfast at Alimentos Saludables, Plus a Tamale Sandwich (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Solid Breakfast at Alimentos Saludables, Plus a Tamale Sandwich (NYC)
It may be small and scummy, but it's serving the real deal: a true Mexican breakfast of champurrado, arroz con leche, and some of the best tamales in the city. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jake Lindeman]

Breakfast at Maison Kayser: For Best Results, Stay Close to the Bread (NYC)
Breakfast at Maison Kayser: For Best Results, Stay Close to the Bread (NYC)
Kayser and his cohorts wisely use his extraordinary bread (specifically his tourte de meule, a large loaf made mostly from sourdough) as the foundation for most of the breakfast menu. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

The Vegetarian Option: New Orleans Classics at Sugarfreak in Astoria (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: New Orleans Classics at Sugarfreak in Astoria (NYC)
The little bits of okra are lightly battered and deep fried, and served with a spicy dipping sauce. Read more here »

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Knockout Noodles: Yaya Noodles at Thalia Spice (Chicago)
Knockout Noodles: Yaya Noodles at Thalia Spice (Chicago)
The linguini-like noodles arrived firm but nicely chewy, with a delightful doughy consistency and a subtle green-vegetable flavor. Read more here »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Chicago Tacos: Cantina Laredo
Chicago Tacos: Cantina Laredo
These tacos are carefully arranged, very restrained, and lacking fireworks. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Standing Room Only: Branko's (Chicago)
Standing Room Only: Branko's (Chicago)
Marinated chicken only gets tossed on the grill after the order, resulting in chicken with genuine grilled flavor that is still impressively juicy. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Bar Eats: Raymi (NYC)
Bar Eats: Raymi (NYC)
This Peruvian restaurant has many options for appetizers including this tasty chicken anticucho with sweet soy glaze and ginger-scallion sauce. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nancy Huang]

Kolaches from Czech Stop in West (Texas)
Kolaches from Czech Stop in West (Texas)
You can choose from peach, prune, apricot, pineapple, plum, pumpkin and cream cheese, and the omnipresent jalapeno and sausage, just to name a few. Read more here »

[Photograph: Meredith Bethune]

TGI Fry-Day: Sweet Potato Falafels from I Dream of Falafel (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Sweet Potato Falafels from I Dream of Falafel (Chicago)
The crispy orange stained exterior houses a creamy and well-spiced interior where "sweet" is the operative word. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

TGI Fry-Day: Pani Puri at Bombay Chat in Jackson Heights (NYC)
TGI Fry-Day: Pani Puri at Bombay Chat in Jackson Heights (NYC)
It's all the joy of Indian snack food in a bite-size treat: fried and crisp, cool and clean, spicy and herby, and a little funky to boot. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Sugar Rush: Provence Cake at Dominique Ansel Bakery (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Provence Cake at Dominique Ansel Bakery (NYC)
A cake as beautiful as it is delicious. Tiny, housemade lemon marshmallows dot the exterior of this Provence Cake. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Banana Pudding from Sweet Ride (Chicago)
Sugar Rush: Banana Pudding from Sweet Ride (Chicago)
Nilla wafers and slices of fresh banana are nestled among layers of vanilla pudding so thick and creamy it could almost pass as custard. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lindsey Becker]

Sugar Rush: Hazelnut Gelato at Cold Fusion Gelato, Newport (Rhode Island)
Sugar Rush: Hazelnut Gelato at Cold Fusion Gelato, Newport (Rhode Island)
It's the purest expression of hazelnuts you can possibly imagine. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kate Shannon]

Sugar Rush: Castella Cake at Tous Les Jours (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Castella Cake at Tous Les Jours (NYC)
Sweetened with a generous hand of honey, imagine the richness of pound cake in the body of sponge cake. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Peach Jamboree at Magnolia Bakery (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Peach Jamboree at Magnolia Bakery (NYC)
They are making their seasonal Jamborees with peaches right now by layering slices atop a fluffy cream cheese filling and vanilla shortbread base. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Cake Shake from Holy Cacao (Austin)
Sugar Rush: Cake Shake from Holy Cacao (Austin)
You can get their Cake Shake with your choice of vanilla or chocolate ice cream and blended with chocolate, white, red velvet, or carrot cake. Read more here »

[Photograph: Leah Douglas]

First Look: Soda Fountain-Inspired Cocktails at The Corner Store (San Francisco)
First Look: Soda Fountain-Inspired Cocktails at The Corner Store (San Francisco)
Featuring boozy milkshakes, shandies sparkling with housemade seasonal sodas, and plenty of spirit-driven options, the 11-drink menu reads like a serious cocktail menu, to be sure, but one with a decidedly lighthearted vibe. Read more here »

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

What to Eat at the 2012 Feast of San Gennaro (NYC)
What to Eat at the 2012 Feast of San Gennaro (NYC)
Much like Mulberry Street the rest of the year, there are two stands to really pay attention to: Rubirosa and Torrisi Italian Specialties, both of which lie near the northern end of the fair. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

All The Cocktails At The Varnish (Los Angeles)
All The Cocktails At The Varnish (Los Angeles)
They have a very classic cocktail program. One ingredient may be replaced with another, but the basic structure remains intact. Read more here »

[Photograph: Mike Kai]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Katy McNulty's Bed-Stuy (NYC)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Katy McNulty's Bed-Stuy (NYC)
La Mar's Katy McNulty picks her favorite things to eat in her Bed-Stuy neighborhood, such as Jamaican beef patties or to-go grits. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

College Tours: Where to Eat Near USC (Los Angeles)
College Tours: Where to Eat Near USC (Los Angeles)
The mix of Korean, Mexican, Central American, Armenian and African-American cultures means there's always something delicious waiting to be discovered around USC. Read more here »

[Photograph: Farley Elliot]

Which Chain Makes the Best Veggie Burrito?
Which Chain Makes the Best Veggie Burrito?
Taco Bell, Del Taco, Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Rubios and Wahoos battle it out for the title of best vegetarian burrito. Read more here »

[Photograph: Farley Elliot]

College Tours: Best Cheap Eats Near DePaul University (Chicago)
College Tours: Best Cheap Eats Near DePaul University (Chicago)
There are limitless places to eat for this university located in the middle of Lincoln Park. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Pratt Institute (NYC)
College Tours: Where to Eat Near Pratt Institute (NYC)
Pratt students are surrounded by affordable, delicious food options, with many more just a G Train ride away. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kelly Bone]