Gallery: This Week in Eating Out

A Sandwich a Day: The North Park Special at Svea
A Sandwich a Day: The North Park Special at Svea
This is about as perfect a sandwich as you could hope for to counter the impending winter.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich A Day: Duck Confit at Caviar and Bananas, Charleston SC
A Sandwich A Day: Duck Confit at Caviar and Bananas, Charleston SC
You can't go wrong with the duck confit ($9), shredded duck with pickled red onion and sweet fig preserves stuffed between two slices of toasted sourdough bread.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

A Sandwich a Day: Two New Vietnamese Sandwiches in Morningside Heights
A Sandwich a Day: Two New Vietnamese Sandwiches in Morningside Heights
Pork shoulder marinated in a sweet and savory glaze comes grilled and tender, with deep char and delightfully crispy bits of caramelized sugar and browned fat clinging to its surface.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

A Sandwich a Day: Dominick's Two Pound All American Sub
A Sandwich a Day: Dominick's Two Pound All American Sub
It's nearly impossible to open your jaw wide enough to stuff this in.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Pambazo Torta at El Mariachi
A Sandwich a Day: Pambazo Torta at El Mariachi
There's nothing subtle about a potato and chorizo sandwich on a bun painted with chili sauce. But damn does it satisfy.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

A Sandwich a Day: Sandwich Cubano at La Unica Food Mart
A Sandwich a Day: Sandwich Cubano at La Unica Food Mart
It's warm, cheesy, porky, and chewy.

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[Photograph: Nathan Lurz]

First Look: Lauretta Jean's, Portland, OR
First Look: Lauretta Jean's, Portland, OR
The popular pie stand opens a storefront.

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[Photograph: photog]

Eating at The Office, Grant Achatz's Subterranean Speakeasy
Eating at The Office, Grant Achatz's Subterranean Speakeasy
Of all the "speakeasies" that have opened recently, none takes the meaning quite as literally as The Office.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

First Look: Chez Sardine, Gabriel Stulman's Latest West Village Restaurant
First Look: Chez Sardine, Gabriel Stulman's Latest West Village Restaurant
Just like Fedora, the menu is bold, unapologetic, a bit wacky. While the restaurant has been called an izakaya—though it was always, in their terms, a "very inauthentic" izakaya—they're not confining themselves to that label.

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Fast Food: KFC Chicken Dip'ems
Fast Food: KFC Chicken Dip'ems
One of the dirty open secrets of the fast food racket is that a lot of alleged menu innovation owes more to marketing and packaging than to the introduction of all-new items.

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Slurped: The Rice Noodles at Yun Nan Flavour Snack
Slurped: The Rice Noodles at Yun Nan Flavour Snack
If you have a texture fixation, then you will probably like these noodles.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Lunch in the Loop: La Cocina Mexican Grill
Lunch in the Loop: La Cocina Mexican Grill
Not everything's a home run, but it's definitely a welcome option against Chipotle.

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[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Deep Fried Chicago: Hackney's Printer's Row
Deep Fried Chicago: Hackney's Printer's Row
Hackney's has an intentionally extra-urban feel. The suburb-sized portions are topped only by the improbably low prices.

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[Photograph: Joe Roy]

First Look: New Brunch Cocktails at Clyde Common in Portland, OR
First Look: New Brunch Cocktails at Clyde Common in Portland, OR
Fun twists on cocktail classics.

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[Photograph: Katie Burnett]

Date Night: Uneven Organic Dishes at Foragers City Table
Date Night: Uneven Organic Dishes at Foragers City Table
In the days following Hurricane Sandy, Foragers City Table in Chelsea closed. It recently reopened with a new menu that's pricier and not as suited for sharing. But the focus on organic ingredients prepared with an Asian inflection in an open, echoing space remains the same.

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[Photograph: Garrett Ziegler]

21 Cheap Eats We Love in Chicago's River North
21 Cheap Eats We Love in Chicago's River North
River North, the neighborhood just north of the Chicago River, has no shortage of exceptional restaurants. In fact, it's hard to think of another place as jam packed with potential places to so eat well—if, that is, you have the money to do so. Eating cheaply here is a totally different prospect, one that requires planning and some serious detective skills.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Daily Slice: The Rivington at Delancey, Los Angeles
Daily Slice: The Rivington at Delancey, Los Angeles
The crust encompasses what owner George Abou-Daoud remembers as great New York pizza. Built on his memory, the crust is crisp from end to tip.

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[Photograph: Kelly Bone]

For Taste or Nutrition? Charlotte's Pure Pizza Puts You to the Test
For Taste or Nutrition? Charlotte's Pure Pizza Puts You to the Test
The flavor is definitely lighter, sweeter, and altogether more satisfying than whole wheat.

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[Photograph: Lance Roberts]

Charleston, SC: Small Plates and Sizeable Burgers at Big Gun Burger
Charleston, SC: Small Plates and Sizeable Burgers at Big Gun Burger
The hefty half-pound burger is composed of a blend of brisket and chuck that's ground in-house and cooked to order.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Mexican Eats: Taqueria El Paisa, an Electrified Al Pastor, NYC
Mexican Eats: Taqueria El Paisa, an Electrified Al Pastor, NYC
On a sharp corner in Bushwick's Southern row is Taqueria El Paisa, a tiny triangle of a taqueria. Just three stools, a circumscribed menu, a walk-up counter, and some of the best al pastor tacos in the city.

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[Photograph: Scarlett Lindeman]

Sip Sak: Orhan Yegen's Ottoman Empire
Sip Sak: Orhan Yegen's Ottoman Empire
Orhan Yegen cooks some of NYC's best Turkish food.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Sugar Rush: Southern Sweets at Savannah's Candy Kitchen, Atlanta
Sugar Rush: Southern Sweets at Savannah's Candy Kitchen, Atlanta
Here you'll find everything from single slices of German chocolate cake to peanut brittle.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Sugar Rush: Golden Toast at Spot Dessert Bar
Sugar Rush: Golden Toast at Spot Dessert Bar
Here the bread is cut, buttered to bliss, and baked until the top is golden. It's crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, but buttery throughout. In the traditional version, the toast is finished with drizzles of condensed milk.

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[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Nutella-Ricotta Calzone at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel
Sugar Rush: Nutella-Ricotta Calzone at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel
It's an ideal marriage, the custardy ricotta functioning as a buffer to the heady rush of Nutella. Call it rich but not excessive, in partial thanks to the fact that it's baked and not fried.

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[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Doughnuts at Abbe's Donuts in Port Charlotte, FL
Sugar Rush: Doughnuts at Abbe's Donuts in Port Charlotte, FL
With so many doughnuts to choose from, go in prepared to try at least three different flavors—and don't be surprised if you can't get out of the store without an even dozen.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

A Sandwich a Day: Prosciutto Sandwich at Sullivan Street Bakery Chelsea (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Prosciutto Sandwich at Sullivan Street Bakery Chelsea (NYC)
Simple but really top-notch ingredients on the updated Prosciutto-Mozzarella Sandwich at the Chelsea location of Sullivan Street Bakery.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jill Barron's Logan Square (Chicago)
Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Jill Barron's Logan Square (Chicago)
The Executive Chef/Owner of MANA Food Bar, who has lived in Logan Square for 12 years, shares her favorite spots in the neighborhood.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Sugar Rush: Isola Galleggiante at Monello in San Diego
Sugar Rush: Isola Galleggiante at Monello in San Diego
In English, the names translates to "floating island": baked soft meringue is floating on top of crème anglaise.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

Behind the Scenes: Making Limoncello at Hopeland in Brooklyn (NYC)
Behind the Scenes: Making Limoncello at Hopeland in Brooklyn (NYC)
We are so fond of the sweet-citrusy-boozy lemon liqueur that we asked co-owner Marino to show us how it's made.

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[Photograph: Andrew Strenio]

Sugar Rush: Spiced Doughnuts at Abe & Arthur's (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Spiced Doughnuts at Abe & Arthur's (NYC)
Nine ping pong ball-sized doughnuts, spiced for winter and accompanied by housemade caramel, fresh strawberry sauce and warm chocolate.

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[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle
10 Terrific Tofu Dishes in Seattle
Go to a variety of Asian restaurants, as we do in Seattle, and you'll discover tons of ways to try tofu - like this Ma Po Tofu at Bamboo Garden.

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[Photograph: Jay Friedman]

Knockout Noodles: The Aviary's Trio of Ramen (Chicago)
Knockout Noodles: The Aviary's Trio of Ramen (Chicago)
Ramen service at The Aviary is handled quite differently than at your average noodle house.

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[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

Washington, DC: Matchbox Slings Solid, Accessible Pies
Washington, DC: Matchbox Slings Solid, Accessible Pies
With several locations in and around DC (each one more elaborate than the last), the question still remains: is the pizza any good?

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[Photograph: Brian Oh]

10 Places To Get Great Vegetarian Pasta In NYC
10 Places To Get Great Vegetarian Pasta In NYC
Here are ten kitchens we trust to make us a more than satisfying veg-friendly noodle.

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[Photograph: Howard Walfish]

Chicago Tacos: Pulled Pork Tacos at Brand BBQ Market
Chicago Tacos: Pulled Pork Tacos at Brand BBQ Market
Not exactly a reinvention of the wheel, but definitely one of the better one-off taco experiences we've had in Chicago.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

First Impressions of BrisketTown, Delaney Barbecue's New Brooklyn Restaurant (NYC)
First Impressions of BrisketTown, Delaney Barbecue's New Brooklyn Restaurant (NYC)
BrisketTown is still in its early days and figuring itself out, but we think it's off to an encouraging start.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Waterville, ME: Pad Thai Too's Legendary Dumplings
Waterville, ME: Pad Thai Too's Legendary Dumplings
These golden pouches are on just about every table at Pad Thai Too.

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[Photograph: Elizabeth Bomze]

A Sandwich a Day: Lemon Pecan Chicken Salad at Cafe Medina (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Lemon Pecan Chicken Salad at Cafe Medina (NYC)
If you're a fan of chicken salad, this one at Cafe Medina will do you right.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

A Sandwich a Day: The Chicken Shawarma Sandwich at Pita Inn (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: The Chicken Shawarma Sandwich at Pita Inn (Chicago)
Straightforward Mediterranean cuisine done simply, and done right.

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[Photograph: Joe Roy]

Holiday Bread: Traditional German Baumkuchen at Stork's Bakery (NYC)
Holiday Bread: Traditional German Baumkuchen at Stork's Bakery (NYC)
"Tree cake", made by coating a spit with layers of batter and baking them layer by layer in a special oven.

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[Photograph: Andrew Coe]

Sugar Rush: Pickle Petunia Pies at McNally Jackson Books (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Pickle Petunia Pies at McNally Jackson Books (NYC)
Among the daily offerings from Brooklyn-based Pickle Petunia is pumpkin pie.

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[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Sugar Rush: Sea Salt Toffee Squares at Poco Dolce, San Francisco
Sugar Rush: Sea Salt Toffee Squares at Poco Dolce, San Francisco
Great stocking stuffer or holiday treat for yourself: a slightly sweet, salty toffee square covered with a thin chocolate layer.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Daily Slice: Evolution of the Amore oi Mari at Pizzicletta in Flagstaff, AZ
Daily Slice: Evolution of the Amore oi Mari at Pizzicletta in Flagstaff, AZ
One of our favorite twitter feeds belongs to Caleb Schiff, partly because he cooks up inventive pies, but mostly because it reminds me that I need to get my butt back to Flagstaff for another Amore oi Mari.

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[Photograph: Lance Roberts]

College Tours: Where To Eat Near Brigham Young University (Utah)
College Tours: Where To Eat Near Brigham Young University (Utah)
Provo is anything but a culinary wasteland. You'll find just about anything you think you might need. Even "Mormon Tiramisu."

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[Photograph: Alison J. Herzog]

First Look: Winter Cocktails at Rich Table, San Francisco
First Look: Winter Cocktails at Rich Table, San Francisco
Check out all four of Rich Table's new dessert drinks, and a couple of the market cocktails, in the slideshow.

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[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Is The NoMad's $26 Brunch Chicken Sandwich Worth It? (NYC)
Is The NoMad's $26 Brunch Chicken Sandwich Worth It? (NYC)
A $26 chicken sandwich. Could it possibly be worth the price?

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Standing Room Only: Half Pound Burger Worth the Wait at Mustard's Last Stand (Chicago)
Standing Room Only: Half Pound Burger Worth the Wait at Mustard's Last Stand (Chicago)
They turn out a delicious hot dog, but what really floored us was the Wildcat Burger.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

First Look: The Strand Smokehouse Brings Local Beer and Pastrami to Astoria (NYC)
First Look: The Strand Smokehouse Brings Local Beer and Pastrami to Astoria (NYC)
The Strand has been open for just a few weeks, but it's already garnered serious neighborhood attention. We go check it out.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

TGI Fry-Day: Vegetarian Salad at The Athenian Room (Chicago)
TGI Fry-Day: Vegetarian Salad at The Athenian Room (Chicago)
A salad so strangely satisfying that we found it hard to stop eating.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

A Sandwich a Day: Hummus Sandwich at Taïm (NYC)
A Sandwich a Day: Hummus Sandwich at Taïm (NYC)
Come for the falafel; stay for the salads - two of which you can pick to go in this sandwich.

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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

First Look: Sway in Austin
First Look: Sway in Austin
In a city where authentic Asian restaurants are few to be found, a legitimate Thai spot could really draw a crowd. We checked it out.

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[Photograph: Melody Fury]

San Diego: Monello Ups Little Italy's Pizza Ante
San Diego: Monello Ups Little Italy's Pizza Ante
Monello, the "naughty little brother restaurant" to Bencotto, has seriously upped the neighborhood's pizza game.

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[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

A Sandwich a Day: Pulled Chicken Sandwich at Fat Willy's (Chicago)
A Sandwich a Day: Pulled Chicken Sandwich at Fat Willy's (Chicago)
Is it distressing that the best thing about this sandwich has nothing to do with the meat in the middle?

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

First Look: U-Mini in Los Angeles Makes the Future of the Fast Food Burger Look Bright
First Look: U-Mini in Los Angeles Makes the Future of the Fast Food Burger Look Bright
Adam Fleischman and his Umami empire has opened the first outpost of his fast food operation in the Westwood section of Los Angeles. The flavor profile of the burger is immediately familiar. Click through to find out more!

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[Photograph: Damon Gambuto]

TGI Fry-Day: Mix Pakora at Benares (NYC)
TGI Fry-Day: Mix Pakora at Benares (NYC)
Crisp-chewy lotus root and little nuggets of cabbage, spinach, and onion. You need to get yourself some.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Must-Visit in New Orleans: Cochon
Must-Visit in New Orleans: Cochon
Bite for bite, Cochon has some of the most delicious food the city has to offer, like this roasted shrimp with hog jowls.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Sugar Rush: Pistachio-Almond Croissant at Mille-Feuille Bakery (NYC)
Sugar Rush: Pistachio-Almond Croissant at Mille-Feuille Bakery (NYC)
The classic croissant is split and filled with both crème d'amandes—a mix of ground almonds, sugar, butter, and eggs, and another version done with ground pistachios in place of almonds. Very unique and worth a trip to Mille-Feuille Bakery.

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[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]