If Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly took you on a tour of the best bites in Houston, Texas, here are the spots he'd be sure to include.
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Since opening in 2008, Caplansky's Deli has almost singlehandedly revived Toronto's Jewish deli scene, largely thanks to owner Zane Caplansky's unique take on smoked meat. But where does Zane go when he's in the mood for something different? Luckily, he was nice enough to share some of his favorite spots in Canada's chief city with us.
Lardo chef Rick Gencarelli doesn't need to go far to score a great sandwich, but even so, his cravings take him all over town. Find out his top picks, which range from barbecued pork banh mi to an unusual take on PB&J.
At Grace, chef Curtis Duffy makes food that's so pretty it could be an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. When he's not at work, he mostly prefers to eat lighter, healthier fare, though he won't deny his kids an occasional Dairy Queen fix.
From the best chocolate soufflé to the freshest egg custard tarts, check out where Belinda Leong, owner and chef at B. Patisserie, gets dessert in San Francisco.
Hersh's Chef Josh Hershkovitz gives us the scoop on the best pit beef, the best burger, the best crab feast, and more in Baltimore, Maryland.
Karen and Quinn Hatfield of The Sycamore Kitchen and Hatfield's share their top picks in Los Angeles for breakfast and brunch, from a scenic spot tucked away in Griffith Park that pours Stumptown coffee to a French bakery in Pacific Palisades that they swear serves the very best croissants and pain au raisin in all of Los Angeles.
Chef Adam Starowicz has lived in Sunnyside for nearly four years, and he describes the neighborhood as not only safe and increasingly popular, but also as a place with more late-night restaurants than parts of Manhattan—an essential requirement for a busy chef.
When Il Principe's chef is dining out near home, his choices tend to veer toward the more simple than complicated—just like his own Italian cooking.
Nearly six years ago, Ryan Angulo and his wife left Astoria for Bay Ridge to be closer to Angulo's restaurant, Buttermilk Channel. Now the chef, who's busy at the restaurant's new sibling French Louie, has plenty of reasons to stay beyond work. His recommendations for Middle Eastern food and groceries, old school Italian, and pizza after the jump.
Chef Dan Silverman of the Regency Bar & Grill has lived in Ditmas Park since 2000. Over the past few years he's watched the restaurant scene there burst wide open. Here are his favorite places to eat in the neighborhood.
John Seymour, one of the co-owners of Sweet Chick, grew up and lived in Manhattan until moving to Williamsburg about 12 years ago—long before the Brooklyn neighborhood became filled with popular restaurants. Now that they're there, he doesn't go far for food. Here are his favorite spots in the neighborhood.
In the brief time that Shane Lyons, the chef at Distilled, has worked and lived in the Lower East Side, he's noticed that "99 Cent stores are now French restaurants." But the neighborhood's history and diversity are enough to keep him around and trying new places to eat. Here are his favorites.
Ed Cotton, the executive chef of Sotto 13, has lived in Long Island City, for the past four years (he's in a building right behind the Pepsi-Cola sign). Here's where he goes out to eat.
Aquavit's Marcus Jernmark lives near his restaurant on Central Park South, where there are more Michelin-starred places than more casual options. What are his go-tos? We talked with him to find out.
As a longtime resident on the east side of Manhattan, Nick Anderer has seen more restaurants pop up closer to the East River each year. The 35-year-old chef currently lives in Stuyvesant Town, not far from Maialino, where he's the head chef, and the East Village, where he lived before. He's discovered more favorites through years that he can keep track of, but Anderer shared his favorites with us this week.
Chef Mike Price grew up along the Chesapeake Bay, so it was no surprise when he landed in DUMBO not far from the East River. It also turns out that he is only a few subway stops away from downtown, where he's made a name for himself.
As much as Geoffrey Zakarian is in the spotlight—judging on "Iron Chef" and "Chopped" while also running two high-profile New York restaurants—he and his wife Margaret Zakarian like to keep it low-key in Midtown East.
When not cooking at the Musket Room in trendy Nolita, Matt Lambert hits up low-key restaurants in his home neighborhood on the Upper East Side. Here are his favorites.
While Danielle Chang, the founder of Lucky Rice, eats in Chinatown all the time—it's blocks away from her home in Nolita—she's often on the go searching for the best Asian food. Here are her favorites in and around Nolita.