Another taco joint? No. The Taco Taco Cafe. We're pretty sure putting taco in your name twice should count for something, but even if it doesn't, this Alta Vista eatery impresses with a solid variety of taco options, including chicharron, carnitas, shredded chicken, and the famous Nortendo, as well as a selection of breakfast tacos, breakfast plates, and traditional lunch plates like enchiladas, fajitas, and flautas. Notice anything missing? That would be dinner — because they don't serve it.
Founder Albertha Grant might be gone, but the cooks at Bertha's Kitchen are keeping her spirit alive and well. Part of that might be due to the fact that they're her daughters, and possibly due to the fact that they serve up soul food made with the same love and care that made their mother's Union Heights haunt so popular. This fry house serves up a great bone-in pork chop, fried fish filet, and fried chicken, as well as heart sides like white and red rice, okra soupe, beef stew, and baked mac & cheese. It's not fancy, but it's not expensive, either, and if you want to experience all Lowcountry cuisine has to offer, you might want to start here.
Any place that has two exclamation points better be good, and Tiger! Tiger! is no exception. Set in the North Park neighborhood, this tavern serves as both a casual eatery and pub, offering a menu that's heavy on sandwiches — think pork belly Bahn Mi, the Cuban pork shoulder Puerco, and house-made sausage — as well as killer fries and a hearty bunch menu. Of course, there's plenty of beers on offer, too, with 30 taps serving up generally great microbrews alongside a few choice imports. Just remember: the kitchen closes at ten, so don't wait too long to get your order in lest you find yourself happily buzzed yet hungry.
Forget your pre-conceived notions of Thai food at the door — if you're looking for Pad Thai, you've come to the wrong place. That said, Pok Pok is serving up some of the best Asian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest, with plenty of surprises — and spice — in store. The Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings are a must-order, and are joined on the menu by a number of sharing-style options, grilled specialties, and single plate meals. And don't forget the drinks, which are good enough on their own to warrant a sister bar across the street.
It might not look like much from the outside, but as you can tell by the parking lot full of cars, the lines, and the fact that the road's named after the place, B's Barbecue is a big deal. And that's due to the tiny place's food, most specifically the pulled pork and chicken, which are slow cooked over charcoal and spiced so well that it's unlikely you'll need to take advantage of the bottle of sauce on your table. The sides are solid, the prices are low, and the lines are long — so plan on getting there early, because they shut down when they run out of food. And that happens more often than you might think.
The name might be a little light-hearted, but there's nothing silly about the food at The Silly Goose. This East Nashville eatery serves up tasty sandwiches, couscous, fish, steak, and salads, all made with fresh local ingredients and given some appropriately silly names. The menu also includes a decent selection of white and red wines, several varieties of tea, and some very good desserts, including a continually rotating selection of housemade ice creams. Depending on the time of day you may find yourself in a bit of a line, but the wait is totally worth it. [Scouted by Rob & Thomas]
Where to start? Located in a former gold rush town that's now home to a single family and this restaurant — and nothing else — the Meers Store & Restaurant might not seem worth the trip. But it's far more than just a historical footnote. Despite its seemingly shack-like condition, this family-owned affair serves up the best burgers around, made exclusively from Texas Longhorn beef raised on the family's own ranch. It also serves its own unfiltered wheat beer — Meers Gold brew — made using the original recipe from the Choctaw Nation — and is filled with historic photos and knick knacks. But perhaps the most surprising feature is the active seismograph, installed in May of 1985 by the Oklahoma Geological Survey, monitored by the store staff, and one of the most sensitive stations in the country.
Street food is great — but the typical problem with it is you'd have to travel around the world to get a good variety of cuisines. Or you could just head to the World Street Kitchen. This Uptown joint features a bright, clean interior, a seasonal menu that's inspired by street-style dishes from the around the world, served in accessibel burrito, taco, sandwich, lettuce wrap, and rice bowl form, and a solid selection of local draft beer, bottled import options, cocktails, and wine. It's sort of like eating dinner at Epcot, but without the high prices and screaming kids.
90 years is a long time for any business to stay in operation — so you know when a place is approaching that milestone, it must be doing something right. So it is with Abes's Bar-B-Q, a Mississippi Delta staple since 1924. Situated at the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49, this humble restaurant operates a barbecue pit, but likes to finish its ribs, pork, and beef on the stove top, adding even more juiciness. Also on the menu are the expected sides — fries, beans, and slaw — along with not-so-expected tamales and chili cheeseburgers, both of which are surprisingly great considering they're not even touted on the aging sign outside.
Quentin Tarantino's love of all things Asian is well-known and obvious to anyone who's every watched his films — so it's no surprise that he'd be a co-owner of a Korean restaurant. Do Hwa is its name, it's located in the West Village, offers delivery, and features a modern interior that would serve as a fine backdrop to a samurai or kung-fu throwdown. The menu includes plenty of Bibimbop options, as well as spicy favorites like the Duk Boki and a barbecue menu featuring rib-eye, short ribs, and pork belly. The drink menu is also solid, with a selection of wines, draught and bottled beers, Korean spirits, and a cocktail menu with names like "The Flying Bicycle" and "Battle Royale" — sadly, Mr. Blue is no longer listed, although we hear they'll still mix you one up if you ask nicely.
When looking for a taste of New York, NOLA's Bywater neighborhood might be one of the more unlikely places to find it — but that's exactly what you'll find Pizza Delicious. Open every day but Monday, this unpretentious spot cooks up 18-inch, NY-style pies, with the stand cheese, pepperoni, and margherita options available at any time, alongside a brief menu of daily specials that include one-off pies, pasta, small plates, salads, and desserts. To drink, they offer a few beers on tap, ranging from PBR to local brews — and all available by the glass or pitcher — as well as a handful of wines. Feeling lazy? Not to worry, as they offer bike delivery to Marigny and Bywater from 4-10 pm.
Most people get slightly confused when they hear that Hog & Hominy is a Southern/Italian restaurant. They seem to think that means foods inspired by the southernmost regions of the European country — but in fact, this Brennan-area restaurant actually mixes Italian staples with American South sensibilities. The result is an interesting menu that includes brick oven-cooked pizzas — one sporting boudin and scrambled eggs — farm-fresh vegetables, poutine, sweetbreads, short ribs, and gnocchi — with a fantastic peanut butter pie to finish it off. There's also a tasty cocktail menu, which provides the perfect accompaniment should you decide to throw a game of bocce outside.