Thrillist’s Tips

1. Umami Burger

8.5
4655 Hollywood Blvd (at Vermont Ave.), Los Angeles, CA
Burger Joint · Los Feliz · 173 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: There's a reason this is the burger that launched a movement: it's that good. The roasted slice of tomato? Yes. The salty crisp of Parmesan? Yesss. That killer meat patty? Yesssss. Read more.

2. Totto Ramen

9.0
366 W 52nd St (btwn 8th & 9th Ave), New York, NY
Ramen Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 513 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: This is a worthy destination for the chicken-based paitan ramen, which is slurped up al dente with scallion, onion, pork, and seaweed. Read more.

Sable's is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

3. Sable's

7.9
1489 2nd Ave (btwn E 77th & 78th), New York, NY
Gourmet Shop · Upper East Side · 32 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: GET the chicken and waffles. The buttermilk-brined chicken and perfect little round waffles are terrific, while the secret weapon is the dark, rich Burton’s maple syrup from Indiana. Read more.

Sozai Banzai is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

4. Sozai Banzai

8.3
1089 E Golf Rd (at S Meier Rd.), Arlington Heights, IL
Japanese Restaurant · 7 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: This spot does a variety of authentic Japanese lunch dishes like grilled mackerel, as well as a ramen bowl w/ porky broth, toothsome noodles, and a garnish of green onions and shaved radish. Read more.

5. Chicago Q

9.1
1160 N Dearborn St (at W Division St.), Chicago, IL
BBQ Joint · Near North Side · 124 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Score brunch with a delicious down-home BBQ twist at this Downtown destination. Try the sweet potato pancakes smothered in pecan butter and bourbon maple syrup, or the Kobe brisket eggs Benedict (!!). Read more.

Tra Di Noi is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

6. Tra Di Noi

8.0
622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY
Italian Restaurant · Belmont · 7 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Their killer lasagna Bolognese is everything you wished mom’s could be. It’s substantial and hearty without being too rich. Don’t sleep on the seafood, either. Read more.

Bowery Meat Company is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

7. Bowery Meat Company

8.9
9 E 1st St (btwn 2nd Ave & Bowery), New York, NY
Steakhouse · East Village · 69 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Go for the the broiled oysters (w/ garlic, breadcrumbs, and Romano), stay for the duck lasagna. Read more.

8. Henry's First Ave Tavern

7.1
1518 1st Ave S (at S Edgar Martinez Dr), Seattle, WA
Bar · 27 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: It doesn’t get much better than the bacon mac 'n cheese burger, with applewood-smoked bacon and an Elysian Immortal cheddar sauce. Read more.

Artie's New York Delicatessen is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

9. Artie's New York Delicatessen

7.0
2290 Broadway (btwn 82nd and 83rd St), New York, NY
Deli / Bodega · Upper West Side · 55 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Artie’s does up a solid assortment of Jewish deli classics at 83rd and Broadway. In addition to the well-steamed pastrami, be sure to try the hot dogs (both at once?). Read more.

10. Belly Bombz

7.9
Long Beach, CA
Food Truck · Granada Hills South · 12 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: This spot does its wings boneless or bone-in, w/ birds in a variety of unique styles: the tangy Sriracha lime, the spicy garlic Parmesan, the smoky "bomb dust", & the aforementioned sweet soy caramel. Read more.

Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

11. Taïm Falafel and Smoothie Bar

9.4
45 Spring St (at Mulberry St), New York, NY
Falafel Restaurant · NoLita · 193 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: There are 3 things you need to remember about the chickpea fritters. Green = parsley and mint; red = red pepper; and yellow = spicy harissa. Go balls to the wall with a three-in-one pita pocket. Read more.

12. Percy's BBQ & Darts

6.5
210 Avenue A (at E 13th St), New York, NY
BBQ Joint · East Village · 50 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Beer and pigs in a blanket on #BDOYL! Celebrate the first day of summer right!

Radegast Hall & Biergarten is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

13. Radegast Hall & Biergarten

9.2
113 N 3rd St (at Berry St), Brooklyn, NY
Beer Garden · Williamsburg · 408 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: If you’re trying to get rowdy without all the pretense that “eating” brings with it, Radegast is your new best friend. Bring a deck of cards, stake out a massive table, and let the party begin. Read more.

Cheeky Sandwiches is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

14. Cheeky Sandwiches

9.3
35 Orchard St (btwn Canal & Hester St), New York, NY
Sandwich Place · Chinatown · 181 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: The chicken biscuit, topped with gravy, is unmatched, the oyster (or shrimp) po’ boy is an excellent and classic option, and don’t skip the horseradish-spiked beef sandwich, either. Read more.

Ten Mile House is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

15. Ten Mile House

8.3
1700 Central St, Evanston, IL
American Restaurant · 7 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: The menu, which is loaded with things that’ll help you pack on an extra layer of insulation this winter. Think: wood-fired pizzas, a slow-cooked pork shoulder sandwich, and dry-rubbed baby back ribs. Read more.

16. Fable

7.8
558 Castro St (btwn 18th & 19th), San Francisco, CA
New American Restaurant · Castro · 31 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Fable’s back patio is finally open, and it’s everything you hoped it would be and more. Get the Southern-style fried chicken sandwich. And yeah, you should add an egg for two bucks. Read more.

Big Pink is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

17. Big Pink

8.6
157 Collins Ave (at 2nd St), Miami Beach, FL
American Restaurant · South Point · 239 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Two words: Waffle Burger. The brunch-y goodness involves bacon, cheddar and a fried egg...smothered in syrup. Mhmmm. Read more.

18. Old Fashioned Donuts

9.1
11248 S Michigan Ave (btwn 112th & 113th St), Chicago, IL
Donut Shop · Roseland · 48 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: The apple fritter is crunchy, sweet, salty, with tender bits of real apple and actual walnuts throughout...and it's the size of a catcher’s mitt. Read more.

The Black Squirrel is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

19. The Black Squirrel

7.8
2427 18th St NW (at Belmont Rd NW), Washington, D.C.
Pub · Adams Morgan · 79 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: The pumpkin mac & cheese packs five cheeses (goat, Manchego, brie, Parmesan & cheddar), oven-roasted pumpkin & sweet potato purée into a neat lil' skillet. It's a must get. Read more.

Mŏkbar is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

20. Mŏkbar

8.1
75 9th Ave (btwn W 15th & W 16th St), New York, NY
Korean Restaurant · Chelsea · 91 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: This ramen spot has noodles with kimchi bacon broth or classic braised pork broth, and they have disco fries with ramen gravy. Disco fries. With ramen gravy. Read more.

21. Double Wide Bar & Southern Kitchen

8.2
505 E 12th St (at Avenue A), New York, NY
Bar · Alphabet City · 68 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: On #BDOYL (6.21.14), we're chowing down on loaded tater tots and washing 'em down with a nice cold brew.

More Than Waffles is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

22. More Than Waffles

9.2
17200 Ventura Blvd #109 (btw Louise Ave & Oak Park Ave.), Encino, CA
Breakfast Spot · Encino · 73 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: You can order more than just waffles at this family-owned institution, like the big-ass omelets, stacks on stacks of pancakes, and sweet/savory crêpes. But you should also get waffles Benedict. Read more.

THELEwala is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

23. THELEwala

9.0
112 Macdougal St (at Minetta St.), New York, NY
Indian Restaurant · Greenwich Village · 98 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: This place serves an incredible mix of vegetarian and oh-thank-God-not-vegetarian stuff. Try the Bhel puri, or the okra roll, which's still crunchy, just spicy enough, and wrapped in a fresh paratha. Read more.

Sotto 13 is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

24. Sotto 13

8.6
140 W 13th St (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · West Village · 79 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Some people aren't hugely into eating pigs' feet that look like pigs' feet, so Chef Ed Cotton covered them with mozz, basil, & slow-roasted tomato sauce. Feast your eyes on Baked Pigs' Feet Parmesan. Read more.

25. Cumin

8.5
1414 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn Wolcott Ave. & Evergreen Ave.), Chicago, IL
Indian Restaurant · Wicker Park · 64 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: We won't blame you if you wanna get in on everything at this authentic Wicker Park 70-seater's Nepalese lunch buffet, where you'll likely get delicious saag with corn or paneer, and allll the samosas. Read more.

26. Compass Rose

7.8
1346 T St NW (at 14th St NW), Washington, D.C.
New American Restaurant · U-Street · 35 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Get the khachapuri. It's a Georgian dish resembling a cheese, butter, and egg calzone. It’s more addictive than Double-Stuffed Oreos. Also spring for the deep-fried baked potato. Read more.

27. The Corner Store

8.6
5 Masonic Ave (at Geary Blvd), San Francisco, CA
American Restaurant · Lone Mountain · 79 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: The Corner store has a burger packed w/aged cheddar, pickled red onion, bread & butter pickle, garlic aioli, pan de mie bun, and last but certainly not least: bacon jam. Yeah. Order it. Read more.

28. Memphis Minnie's BBQ

8.7
576 Haight St (at Steiner St), San Francisco, CA
BBQ Joint · Lower Haight · 87 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Home to one of 2013's best sandwiches in SF, this Memphis-style BBQ spot focuses on dry rubbed meat and BBQ sandwiches. They offer fantastic sauces like the mustard-based South Carolina-style sauce. Read more.

Decoy is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

29. Decoy

9.1
529 Hudson St (Charles and West 10th St), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · West Village · 50 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: Order one whole duck ahead of time, and then you get to choose small plates, a side dish or veggie fried rice, and a main in different amounts. Any way you do it, it's actually a pretty decent deal. Read more.

Fuleen Seafood Restaurant is one of Thrillist’s Tips.

30. Fuleen Seafood Restaurant

7.1
11 Division St (Bowery), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · Chinatown · 20 tips and reviews

ThrillistThrillist: You don’t have to fight the crowds here to get a late-night whole fish feast or a seafood lunch special. This is one of the best (and tastiest) deals in Chinatown. Read more.