Gallery: This Week in Eating Out

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Cheese at Astoria Bier and Cheese (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Cheese at Astoria Bier and Cheese (NYC)
Thick-cut slices of country bread hold a trio of fresh mozzarella, cheddar, and raclette, calibrated to be gooey and bold but still plenty accessible. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

A Sandwich a Day: Leg of Lamb on French Bread at Miller's Pub (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Leg of Lamb on French Bread at Miller's Pub (Chicago)
The lamb is tender and not too gamey. Sadly, it's served on a stiff and oddly spongy roll, which the restaurant for some cruel reason calls French bread. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Original Italian from Jack's Place (Philadelphia)
A Sandwich a Day: Original Italian from Jack's Place (Philadelphia)
It's built with the standard seeded roll and Italian meats, but what really brings this to the next level is the crumbled sharp provolone and olive spread. Read more here »

[Photograph: Hawk Krall]

A Sandwich a Day: Pulled Pork Sandwich at Wrigley BBQ (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Pulled Pork Sandwich at Wrigley BBQ (Chicago)
The pulled pork is sweet, smokey, and very tender. Read more here »

[Photograph: Chelsea Ross]

Mexican Eats: Austin Comes to Brooklyn at Güeros (NYC)
Mexican Eats: Austin Comes to Brooklyn at Güeros (NYC)
They have a number of tasty tacos, like their taco featuring crumbles of housemade green chorizo and hunks of skin-on potato—chili-forward, with a scattering of herbs and a flicker of warm spice. Read more here »

[Photograph: Scarlett Lindeman]

Lunch in the Loop: Harry's Sandwich Shop (Chicago)
Lunch in the Loop: Harry's Sandwich Shop (Chicago)
The bread is toasted on a little conveyor belt, and their sandwich construction involves meat and cheese on both the top and bottom for maximum toasted pleasure. Read more here »

[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

A Sandwich A Day: Roasted Organic Chicken Sandwich at Café Gitane (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Roasted Organic Chicken Sandwich at Café Gitane (NYC)
The chicken is tender and the additions of roasted tomatoes and parmesan give the sandwich a hearty, suitable-for-supper quality. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Ask The Pastry Chef: What to Eat at Dominque Ansel Bakery (NYC)
Ask The Pastry Chef: What to Eat at Dominque Ansel Bakery (NYC)
Dominique Ansel shares his favorite sweets from his Soho bakery, including this cream puff featuring chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel. Read more here »

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

A Sandwich a Day: The Dirty Sanchez at Wagyu Wagon (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: The Dirty Sanchez at Wagyu Wagon (Chicago)
The patty itself is nice and crispy, but ultimately ends up being a reconnaissance unit waiting for texture reinforcements that never show up. Read more here »

[Photograph: Josh Conley]

First Look: Cocktails at Tooker Alley in Brooklyn (NYC)
First Look: Cocktails at Tooker Alley in Brooklyn (NYC)
The Monk's Dream is actually a take on the Martini, about half way between where it started and where it is now. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maryse Chevriere]

First Look: Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop (San Francisco)
First Look: Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop (San Francisco)
There are 15 sundaes, most featuring the signature hot fudge sauce which is made in shop every day using melted Ghirardelli chocolate. Read more here »

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Sugar Rush: Caramel Panna Cotta at Otto (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Caramel Panna Cotta at Otto (NYC)
The caramel is rich in that haunting, smoky sort of way, and it pairs perfectly with a serving of crème fraîche gelato. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Bab al Yemen: Destination-Worthy Middle Eastern in Bay Ridge (NYC)
Bab al Yemen: Destination-Worthy Middle Eastern in Bay Ridge (NYC)
It's a restaurant best tackled in groups of four or greater so you can share the plates of mezze or try an array of stews, braises, and roasted meats, such as the Lamb Masloog, which comes with braised summer squash, potatoes, and okra over rice, and a lipsmacking sauce that's lighter on the spices and heady with carrots and the essence of lamb. Read more here »

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Chicago Pizza: Floriole Cafe & Bakery Pizza
Chicago Pizza: Floriole Cafe & Bakery Pizza
They experiment with toppings, such as their pizza with bacon, potatoes, chives, thyme, and crème fraîche. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Juicy Burgers and Bold Bloodies at the Wicked Hop (Milwaukee)
Juicy Burgers and Bold Bloodies at the Wicked Hop (Milwaukee)
Cross-hatched grill marks lace the patties with a nice char and it's so juicy they soak the bottom bun. Read more here »

[Photograph: Lacey Muszynski]

Burgers with a Side of Country Music History at Burger Bar (Bristol, VA)
Burgers with a Side of Country Music History at Burger Bar (Bristol, VA)
The patties are made from locally-sourced, grass fed beef and sprinkled with a generous amount of the house spice blend. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jed Portman]

A Fine Fusion Burger at Abricott (Los Angeles)
A Fine Fusion Burger at Abricott (Los Angeles)
The beautifully griddled crust of the patty gets the twofold sweetness from the Maillard reaction and the marinade. Read more here »

[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Chris Bradley's Gowanus (NYC)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Chris Bradley's Gowanus (NYC)
The executive chef of Danny Meyer's latest restaurant inside the Whitney Museum of Art, Untitled, shares some of his favorite eats, like this whole belly clam roll. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Deep Fried Chicago: Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer at the Chicago French Market
Deep Fried Chicago: Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer at the Chicago French Market
These properly seasoned blonde fries are tender, with a pillowy-creamy interior not unlike an expensive memory foam pillow. Read more here »

[Photograph: Joe Roy]

Daily Slice: The Frankford Taco at Pizza Brain (Philadelphia)
Daily Slice: The Frankford Taco at Pizza Brain (Philadelphia)
It consists of a slice of cheese pizza topped with a big scoop of pizza-flavored ice cream from the restaurant's conjoined Little Baby's Ice Cream counter. Read more here »

[Photograph: Hawk Krall]

Tradition Never Graduates at Rocco's (South Bend, IN)
Tradition Never Graduates at Rocco's (South Bend, IN)
The Rocco's Combo pizza comes with crumbles of homemade sausage, shaved raw green peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Read more here »

[Photograph: Casey Barber]

A Sandwich a Day: Kitfo Sandwich at Jebena Cafe (Seattle, WA)
A Sandwich a Day: Kitfo Sandwich at Jebena Cafe (Seattle, WA)
This sandwich is filled with Kitfo (often described as 'Ethiopian steak tartare')—a raw meat dish, lightly warmed by mixing in spiced butter. Read more here »

[Photograph: Naomi Bishop]

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Tikka Kabob Sandwich at Salam (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Tikka Kabob Sandwich at Salam (Chicago)
The juicy chunks of chicken breast are bolstered with the unmistakable char of fast and high heat in a sandwich that finds the right balance of assertive heat with good, spicy flavor. Read more here »

[Photograph: Josh Conley]

A Sandwich A Day: Lamb and Beef Gyro at Hummus & Pita Co. (NYC)
A Sandwich A Day: Lamb and Beef Gyro at Hummus & Pita Co. (NYC)
This pita is judiciously proportioned with straight-from-the-spit lamb and beef, and can be garnished with tabouleh and actual tzatziki, lighter than the mayo-based sauces you'll find elsewhere. Read more here »

[Photograph: Paul Yee]

Senza Serves Completely Gluten Free Menu in Lakeview (Chicago)
Senza Serves Completely Gluten Free Menu in Lakeview (Chicago)
From the amuse-bouche to the beer, all the dishes on the menu, like this plump trio of salty, caramel colored scallops atop a tangle of pickled choucroute (tangy dressed sauerkraut), is gluten free. Read more here »

[Photograph: Rachel Gillman]

First Look: Paul Virant's New Menu at J. Parker (Chicago)
First Look: Paul Virant's New Menu at J. Parker (Chicago)
The new menu was developed with Chicago's upcoming cold weather in mind, so these sweet potato beignets were given a hearty fall twist. Read more here »

[Photograph: Chelsea Ross]

Hot Dog Lovers: Get Yourself to Net Cost Market (Chicago)
Hot Dog Lovers: Get Yourself to Net Cost Market (Chicago)
This is the hot dog holy grail considering its vast selection of natural casing hot dog brands and preparations, like this Russian Style dog with lots of mayo, mustard, ketchup-based sauces, pickles and crispy fried onions. Read more here »

[Photograph: Hawk Krall]

Sugar Rush: Cinnamon Buns at Macaron Parlour (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Cinnamon Buns at Macaron Parlour (NYC)
It's plush, sweet, and loosely swirled, with honey and melted brown sugar dripping into every curve and right off the edges. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Bar Eats: No Name Bar in Greenpoint Moves in a Thai Direction (NYC)
Bar Eats: No Name Bar in Greenpoint Moves in a Thai Direction (NYC)
The soup features fish balls, tofu and bok choy, with bright pops of lemongrass and coriander flavors in the broth. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nancy Huang]

Via 313: Great Detroit-Style Pizza (Austin, Texas)
Via 313: Great Detroit-Style Pizza (Austin, Texas)
A generously thick layer of salty cheese is spread right to the edge, resulting in an exceptionally caramelized and crispy crust. Read more here »

[Photograph: Meredith Bethune]

Nine-Ten's Burger is an Eleven (San Diego)
Nine-Ten's Burger is an Eleven (San Diego)
Every element of this burger is precisely calibrated burger perfection, from the bun (a soft and squishy sesame-topped brioche that's made fresh daily, in house), to the garnish (ruby red slices of tomato, lettuce, and various pickled veggies). Read more here »

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Brie and Prosciutto at Jack & Nellie's in Forest Hills (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Grilled Brie and Prosciutto at Jack & Nellie's in Forest Hills (NYC)
It's a snack-portioned sandwich of pleasantly oily herb-flecked focaccia, the eponymous ingredients, and a generous schmear of sweet fig jam to balance the savory oiliness of it all. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

First Look: Sugar and Plumm (NYC)
First Look: Sugar and Plumm (NYC)
There is an array of wonderful sweets to choose from, like this Tropical Cake, which alternates layers of coconut cake, pineapple ganache, and coconut mousse, and is topped with a delicate sprinkle of passion fruit seeds. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maryse Chevriere]

The Vegetarian Option: La Esquina (NYC)
The Vegetarian Option: La Esquina (NYC)
Their appetizers offer some worthy vegetarian options, such as the Queso fundido, featuring a gooey cheese melted in a small cast iron pan and covered in spicy candied pumpkin seeds. Read more here »

[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Dip at Crosby's Kitchen (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Chicken Dip at Crosby's Kitchen (Chicago)
The white meat is astoundingly tender, and the chicken jus just adds to the juiciness. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

TGI Fry-Day: Sweet Potato Cakes at Legend (NYC)
TGI Fry-Day: Sweet Potato Cakes at Legend (NYC)
Think of them as delicately fried mochi, coated in sesame seeds and stuffed with a sweet potato filling that's custard-soft with a bit of chew. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Sugar Rush: Pistachio-Agave Cookies at Toby's Estate (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Pistachio-Agave Cookies at Toby's Estate (NYC)
The toasty pistachio flavor is vibrant, and the touch of agave seems only to amplify it, while the texture is like a cross between a flourless cookie and traditional meringue. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Lunch Today: Anson Mills Grits at SCRATCHbread (NYC)
Lunch Today: Anson Mills Grits at SCRATCHbread (NYC)
The grits are cooked to a perfect creamy, almost fluffy consistency and they are great with a poached egg, thick-cut bacon, and a seriously spicy jalapeño sauce. Read more here »

[Photograph: Carey Jones]

A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Albacore Tuna at Fol Epi (Victoria, BC)
A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Albacore Tuna at Fol Epi (Victoria, BC)
It features succulent chunks of tuna, wasabi cream cheese, lettuce, and some half slices of cucumber, making the overall affair both soft and crunchy—and simply super-tasty. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

Sugar Rush: Chocolate Snowballs at Zucker Bakery (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Chocolate Snowballs at Zucker Bakery (NYC)
These packed balls hover somewhere between cake and milk chocolate fudge with a definite kick of espresso. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Standing Room Only: Fat Johnnie's Mother-In-Law Deserves Fame (Chicago)
Standing Room Only: Fat Johnnie's Mother-In-Law Deserves Fame (Chicago)
The mother-in-law features one of those cornmeal tamales Chicago has been mass producing for decades plus chili, most of the toppings from a fully loaded Chicago-style hot dog, and, for good measure, some raw cucumber. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Williamsburg Pizza: A Cause for Celebration (NYC)
Williamsburg Pizza: A Cause for Celebration (NYC)
It features an old school NYC slice crust that has a crisp veneer and tender insides, with plenty of color and bubbles to boot. Read more here »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Get Rich, Flavorful Burgers at The Spotted Horse Tavern (Westport, CT)
Get Rich, Flavorful Burgers at The Spotted Horse Tavern (Westport, CT)
The well charred patties are slightly crisp on the outside, while the interior offers a slightly hand-pressed texture. Read more here »

[Photograph: Jeff Schlesinger]

First Look: New Fall Cocktails at Clover Club (NYC)
First Look: New Fall Cocktails at Clover Club (NYC)
Their new cocktails include the quintessential flavors that we think of in the fall and some new inspirations, like this drink made with blanco tequila and mezcal to complement the rich vegetal profile of the beets. Read more here »

[Photograph: Maryse Chevriere]

A Sandwich a Day: Lamb Shish Kabob at Murray's Falafel (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Lamb Shish Kabob at Murray's Falafel (NYC)
It features well-seasoned lamb that's tender and rosy in the center, a bright salad of cucumber, tomato and cabbage, and a choice of breadstuff that's fresh and pleasantly chewy. Read more here »

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Zoe Nathan's Los Angeles
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Zoe Nathan's Los Angeles
The Executive Chef of Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe and co-owner and Head Baker for all of the Rustic Canyon family of restaurants shares her neighborhood favorites. Read more here »

[Photograph: Katie Robbins]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jeff Mauro's Guide to Elmwood Park (Chicago)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jeff Mauro's Guide to Elmwood Park (Chicago)
The Food Network host shares his hometown favorite eats, like this Italian beef combo at Johnnie's Beef. Read more here »

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Good Bread: 4 Chocolate Breads (NYC)
Good Bread: 4 Chocolate Breads (NYC)
Richly flavored but not too weighty, these loaves make a perfect start to the day, particularly when washed down with espresso. Read more here »

[Photograph: Andrew Coe]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Kathleen King's East End of Long Island (NYC)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Kathleen King's East End of Long Island (NYC)
Kathleen King may sell her famed Tate's chocolate chip cookies across the country, but the original store, and her home, is in the East End of Long Island. Find out where she goes to get a sweet bite, all year-round. Read more here »

[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]