Gallery: This Week in Eating Out

A Sandwich a Day: Open Face Beef Cheek Sandwich at Perla (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Open Face Beef Cheek Sandwich at Perla (NYC)
This is actually a meat and egg monster posing as a sandwich. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Schnitzel Sandwich at Olga's Deli (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Schnitzel Sandwich at Olga's Deli (Chicago)
Featuring five fried layers of meat and measuring approximately six inches tall, this would intimidate even certain gluttonous TV hosts. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

We Eat All the Sandwiches at Potbelly (Chicago)
We Eat All the Sandwiches at Potbelly (Chicago)
Potbelly offers a surprisingly consistent sandwich experience, probably due to the fact that it toasts each order. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Salmon Sandwich from the Gage (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Salmon Sandwich from the Gage (Chicago)
Essentially a gussied up BLT, the sandwich features pastrami-smoked Nova Scotian salmon, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grain mustard, and pickle aioli, all artfully layered between two slices of sourdough bread. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

A Sandwich A Day: Crispy Eggplant at Tortaria (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Crispy Eggplant at Tortaria (NYC)
Pickled jalapeños bring a touch of heat to the sandwich, while Chihuahua cheese cools it down. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Local Bluefish with Leeks at Num Pang (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Local Bluefish with Leeks at Num Pang (NYC)
Full disclosure: this is a seriously fishy sandwich, not some mild, tasteless white meat. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Walleye Pike Sandwich at Mermaid Bar & Grill in Saugatuck (Michigan)
A Sandwich a Day: Walleye Pike Sandwich at Mermaid Bar & Grill in Saugatuck (Michigan)
The fried fillet is crispy and thin, which lets the white meat of the walleye come through. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Fried Chicken Sandwich at Bar Tartine (San Francisco)
A Sandwich a Day: Fried Chicken Sandwich at Bar Tartine (San Francisco)
It's a beast of a lunch, layering lightly crumbed and fried moist chicken thigh meat from Fulton Valley Farms with shredded cabbage, ripe tomato, and thinly sliced purple onion, dressed with garlic mayo and a spicy tonkatsu sauce made with apricot and tamarind. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

A Sandwich a Day: Shredded Egg at Barbarini (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Shredded Egg at Barbarini (NYC)
The fluffy, creamy egg is bolstered by house-made mayo, which is rich and full bodied but doesn't overpower the egg. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: Porchetta at Lecosho (Seattle)
A Sandwich a Day: Porchetta at Lecosho (Seattle)
It's got a nice crackling crust, but it's still terrifically tough in spots, making it difficult to bite and chew and forcing the eater to leave behind some unchewable parts.Read more here »

[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

A Sandwich a Day: The Lett at Sal's Deli (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: The Lett at Sal's Deli (Chicago)
The sandwich is layered in such a way where you can taste the elements—salty meat, crunchy slaw, creamy dressing—without having to unhinge your jaw. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich A Day: The Soho at Il Cantuccio (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: The Soho at Il Cantuccio (NYC)
With just two ingredients, this sandwich is startlingly simple, but it didn't want for anything else. Read more here »

[Photograph: Christine Chung]

A Sandwich a Day: Carne Asada Torta at Chapala Tianguis (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Carne Asada Torta at Chapala Tianguis (Chicago)
The thin bread is slathered with avocado, mayonnaise, and refried beans, and stuffed with crunchy lettuce. But the juicy hunks of caramelized steak steal the show and ensure that each bite is exceptionally beefy. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Dive Bar Burgers Done Right at Doods Foods (San Diego)
Dive Bar Burgers Done Right at Doods Foods (San Diego)
There's a lot that goes very right. The fatty beef is exceptionally juicy, and browns up beautifully, with a good crust on both sides.Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Beer Belly's Burgers are a Little Bland, But Well Cooked (Milwaukee)
Beer Belly's Burgers are a Little Bland, But Well Cooked (Milwaukee)
Overall, these burgers tasted like they were from a really good backyard cookout. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lacey Muszynski]

Richard Blais Brings Juicy Lucy to The Spence; You Should Bring a Napkin (Atlanta)
Richard Blais Brings Juicy Lucy to The Spence; You Should Bring a Napkin (Atlanta)
Critics have said it's "a marvel of engineering and an incredible burger." But after trying it twice, Todd Brock disagrees. Read more here »

[Photograph: Todd Brock]

Old Homestead Should Stick to Steak (NYC)
Old Homestead Should Stick to Steak (NYC)
The meat is beefy and delicious with a rough grind and loose pack but the toppings are a bit too assertive and the buns are abominable. Read more here »

[Photograph: Sam Levison]

Mediocre Burgers at Masa of Echo Park (Los Angeles)
Mediocre Burgers at Masa of Echo Park (Los Angeles)
The Echo Park Cheeseburger is an eight ounce patty of commercial chuck. They throw some awkward spears of Romaine lettuce, a few mediocre tomato slices, and some red onion on it and give you a choice of cheese. Read more here »

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

Chain Reaction: Joe's Crab Shack (San Diego)
Chain Reaction: Joe's Crab Shack (San Diego)
The biggest surprise was the shrimp and onion strings actually worked with the beef patty. The deep-fried coating adds a hot, oily crunch and a kick of salt, the shrimp tastes surprisingly good with the beef, and the remoulade ties the whole mess together. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Daily Slice: Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar (Los Angeles)
Daily Slice: Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar (Los Angeles)
Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar has been loudly serving generous happy hour tapas while quietly serving a well-crafted, very chef-driven, pizza. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kelly Bone]

Daily Slice: Tomato Pie from Serpe Bakery (Wilmington, DE)
Daily Slice: Tomato Pie from Serpe Bakery (Wilmington, DE)
Serpe's tomato pie is the real deal, as good as or maybe even better than your average Philly bakery. Read more here »

[Photograph: Hawk Krall]

Daily Slice: The Campagnola at Springfield, NJ's Saporito
Daily Slice: The Campagnola at Springfield, NJ's Saporito
It consists of nothing more than a slice of toasted or grilled bread that's rubbed with a fresh garlic clove, then with the cut side of a tomato so the fleshy juiciness smears itself onto the crust. Read more here »

[Photograph: Casey Barber]

Nicoletta: What Michael White is Really After (NYC)
Nicoletta: What Michael White is Really After (NYC)
In the end, the answer to "Is it great pizza?" is definitely no, but the thing is that Michael White would be the first to admit it. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Daily Slice: Mini Pizzas from Calandra's Bakery (Newark)
Daily Slice: Mini Pizzas from Calandra's Bakery (Newark)
The personal pizzas, served at room temperature, are made from a light, spongy dough and hit home with the "comfort food" receptors. Read more here »

[Photograph: Hawk Krall]

Sausage City: Mirabell's Traditional All-Veal Bratwurst (Chicago)
Sausage City: Mirabell's Traditional All-Veal Bratwurst (Chicago)
When you order the bratwurst, it comes not just boiled or grilled, but soaked in milk, dipped in egg, and fried in butter. Read more here »

[Photograph: Blake Royer]

Pok Pok Wing Has Reopened as Pok Pok Phat Thai (NYC)
Pok Pok Wing Has Reopened as Pok Pok Phat Thai (NYC)
The noodles are a far cry from the sticky-sweet versions you'll find almost everywhere else in the city. They're barely sweet at all, with genuine spice and fishy funk from both fish sauce and dried shrimp. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

A Look at Coi's New Vegetable Menu with Chef Daniel Patterson (San Francisco)
A Look at Coi's New Vegetable Menu with Chef Daniel Patterson (San Francisco)
The menu includes unusual preparations like celtuce served with a burnt hay sauce, carrots infused with coffee, and a tofu dish coagulated with ocean water. Read more here »

[Photograph: Christine Tsai]

Date Night: Chote Nawab (NYC)
Date Night: Chote Nawab (NYC)
Although this restaurant focuses on the meat dishes of India's princely states, there are some vegetarian options. Read more here »

[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

The Vegetarian Option: Urban Vegan (Chicago)
The Vegetarian Option: Urban Vegan (Chicago)
The menu favors the expected set of Americanized Thai (and some Chinese) dishes, such as pad Thai and pad see-ew, but also offers some more original creations that seem to be a direct outgrowth of the restaurants' vegan underpinnings. Read more here »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Lunch in the Loop: Walnut Room at Macy's (Chicago)
Lunch in the Loop: Walnut Room at Macy's (Chicago)
If you want to pretend you're rich for an hour, the Walnut Room isn't a bad space to spend some time, even if it feels like you're stuck in 1950. Read more here »

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Mexican Eats: Getting Saucy at Tacos Morelos in Jackson Heights (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Getting Saucy at Tacos Morelos in Jackson Heights (NYC)
This restaurant is a home base for real Mexican cooking with an ample menu and a full bar, inherited from the dive that formerly occupied the space. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jake Lindeman]

Murray's Cheese Bar in the West Village: A Tricky Concept, But A Good Restaurant (NYC)
Murray's Cheese Bar in the West Village: A Tricky Concept, But A Good Restaurant (NYC)
There's a massive cheese list, of course, but then every imaginable category of cheese-inclusive eats. Cheese sandwiches, griddled cheeses, cheesy pastas, cheese spreads, straight-up fried cheese. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Gluten Free in Chicago: La Madia
Gluten Free in Chicago: La Madia
Thankfully, La Madia's gluten free menu provides equal opportunity enjoyment. Read more here »

[Photograph: Debbie Carlos]

A Taste of the New Food at the US Open (NYC)
A Taste of the New Food at the US Open (NYC)
this year's US Open is selling dishes by celebrity chefs, sushi, and other items beyond the typical hot dogs. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jose Gonzalez]

Knockout Noodles: Hiyashi-Chuka at Slurping Turtle (Chicago)
Knockout Noodles: Hiyashi-Chuka at Slurping Turtle (Chicago)
Slurping Turtle's hiyashi-chuka is sort of like a light summertime pasta salad, by way of Japan. Read more here »

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

The Vegetarian Option: Upscale Indian Food Delivers at Benares (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: Upscale Indian Food Delivers at Benares (NYC)
Not all the dishes live up to their promise, but overall Benares is upscale Indian that doesn't disappoint. Read more here »

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

The Brunch Dish: Foie Gras Pancakes at Perla (NYC)
The Brunch Dish: Foie Gras Pancakes at Perla (NYC)
They're dessert sweet, but they're also big on personality: half an inch thick with an almost yeasty character. An open, fluffy crumb welcomes the sweet-tart juices from caramelized peaches that come along for the ride. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Standing Room Only: Art's Drive-In (Chicago)
Standing Room Only: Art's Drive-In (Chicago)
The natural casing hot dog was crisp and plump, and the toppings were evenly applied. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

TGI Fry-Day: Fish & Chips from The Gage (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Fish & Chips from The Gage (Chicago)
The Gage's interpretation of the British pub staple is on the short list of ones people suggest here in Chicago. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joy Roy]

TGI Fry-Day: Fried Chicken Special at Kin Shop (NYC)
TGI Fry-Day: Fried Chicken Special at Kin Shop (NYC)
Moist, perfectly seasoned meat is a given. A sweet, savory, tart and spicy nam pla is the kind of subtle but exacting accent sauce that Harold Dieterle and his crew deliver again and again. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Philly-Style Pretzels at The Pretzel Bakery (Washington D.C.)
Philly-Style Pretzels at The Pretzel Bakery (Washington D.C.)
For those that haven't had many quality pretzels, one bite from The Pretzel Bakery and you'll never look at Auntie Anne's the same way again. Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Afternoon Snack: Tianjin Pancake from Tianjin Xianbing at the Golden Shopping Mall (NYC)
Afternoon Snack: Tianjin Pancake from Tianjin Xianbing at the Golden Shopping Mall (NYC)
Take your time to relish the funk of this little pancake; dumplings aren't the only big flavors in small wrappers around Flushing. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Sugar Rush: Flap Jack Cupcake at Baked and Wired (Washington, D.C.)
Sugar Rush: Flap Jack Cupcake at Baked and Wired (Washington, D.C.)
The Flap Jack cupcake is one bacon augmentation that doesn't feel forced. Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Sugar Rush: Cake Doughnuts From Craigie On Main (Cambridge, MA)
Sugar Rush: Cake Doughnuts From Craigie On Main (Cambridge, MA)
Delicately flavored with a fine, moist crumb, their greatest feature is their formidable crust, which comes from being fried to order, each doughnut babied in the fryer one at a time to ensure a substantially thick, even, and golden brown crust. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

5 Milkshakes We Love (Washington, D.C.)
5 Milkshakes We Love (Washington, D.C.)
An excellent milkshake should taste like fresh, high-quality dairy with a good balance of milk and ice cream and 5 places get it right in D.C. Read more here »

[Photograph: Brian Oh]

Sugar Rush: Peach Sundae at North End Grill (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Peach Sundae at North End Grill (NYC)
This sundae has alternating scoops of fresh peach ice cream and raspberry sorbet, all tied together with a pour of spiced peach-ginger compote, pecan streusel, and ginger whipped cream. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Brownies and Olive Oil Muffins at Vegan Divas (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Brownies and Olive Oil Muffins at Vegan Divas (NYC)
They're made from a base of spelt flour and a handful of non-dairy dark chocolate chips. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Divina at Azucar (San Diego)
Sugar Rush: Divina at Azucar (San Diego)
In the Divina, the balancing elements are the passion fruit curd and the raspberries: two tart additions that round-out the sugary marshmallow and white chocolate cake. Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Sugar Rush: Sesame Sundae at Masak (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Sesame Sundae at Masak (NYC)
The sesame is bold but never overwhelming. Paired with crumbled halvah and crisp sesame tuile, the sundae makes for a playful study in sesame. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

First Look: New Drinks at Five Leaves, Brooklyn (NYC)
First Look: New Drinks at Five Leaves, Brooklyn (NYC)
For the most part, they're fresh, ingredient-driven drinks, rather than ones based around showcasing a single brand of spirit.Read more here »

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Where to Drink Beer in Bruges (Belgium)
Where to Drink Beer in Bruges (Belgium)
Why go to Belgium? These five words pretty much sum it up: beer, waffles, french fries, chocolate. Now, I'm only certified to speak as an authority on one of these consumables, and as much as I'd like to say that I'm a card-carrying french fry expert, I'm not. I'm a beer guy. So here's my guide to the best spots for drinking beer in the city of Bruges. Read more here »

[Photograph: Mike Reis]

First Look: New Cocktails At The Beagle (NYC)
First Look: New Cocktails At The Beagle (NYC)
Bar manager Dan Greenbaum has designed an entire list of new drinks, quite a few more than before, and of a greater variety. Read more here »

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

First Look: History and Cocktails at The Parish (Los Angeles)
First Look: History and Cocktails at The Parish (Los Angeles)
Upon a desire to highlight the spirit in their cocktails, their drinks are strong. Read more here »

[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Harvard and MIT (Cambridge)
College Tours: Where to Eat Near Harvard and MIT (Cambridge)
Continuing our College Tours series, we check out Cambridge to see what's good near Harvard and MIT. Ice cream, late-night ramen, sticky buns, and more. Read more here »

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Princeton University (New Jersey)
College Tours: Where to Eat Near Princeton University (New Jersey)
There are good eats in Princeton if you know where to look—from an ice cream shop that I prefer to any in New York, to excellent soups and sandwiches at an always-lively coffee shop, to genuinely avant-garde fine dining. Read more here »

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

Slurped: Are the Noodles at Dumpling Shops Any Good? (NYC)
Slurped: Are the Noodles at Dumpling Shops Any Good? (NYC)
The noodles at dumpling shops can be worth eating if you know where to look. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

College Tours: Where to Eat Near Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
College Tours: Where to Eat Near Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
Middletown has way more to offer than meets the eye. From a Thanksgiving turkey sandwich that will rival your grandmother's turkey dinner to some of the best hash browns on the planet, they are many great spots to eat around Wesleyan University. Read more here »

[Photograph: Will Levitt]

College Tours: Where to Eat Near the University of Texas at Austin
College Tours: Where to Eat Near the University of Texas at Austin
Although you should venture outside the UT area to experience the full breadth of the unique Austin food scene, there are some good spots to eat around the school. Read more here »

[Photograph: Meredith Bethune]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Sam Sifton's Red Hook (and Southwest Brooklyn) (NYC)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Sam Sifton's Red Hook (and Southwest Brooklyn) (NYC)
To whet our palates in anticipation of his book's release, Sam Sifton shared his favorite places to eat undercover in and around his Red Hook neighborhood.Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Where to Eat Near NYU (NYC)
Where to Eat Near NYU (NYC)
In most college towns, you're lucky if you get one or two mediocre pizza places, a Chinese takeout joint, and one slightly fancy restaurant for family dining. But this is New York City, and NYU is at the heart of some of the town's best eating. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]