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$$$French/Belgian, Wine Bar, Modern, AmericanNew York
1 Review

"The fried chicken at Fedora, served with the claw still attached, is hands down the best non-traditional fried chicken around."

Daniel Holzman
Chef Daniel Holzman
The Meatball Shop

Rich Table

$$$Modern, AmericanSan Francisco
1 Review

"This is probably one of the best chicken liver preparations I've had. It is thinly spread around the bottom of a small bowl and then topped with expertly puffed rice and domes of puréed cranberry. I'm not sure if it's a regular on their "bites" offerings, but it should be."


$$$Southern, AmericanNew Orleans
1 Review

"So deliciously crispy and tender and perfectly accompanied with a corn hoe cake, hot sauce and local honey to highlight the delicacy of that tiny bird without disguising or overwhelming it. "

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

1 Review

"These doughy bites are seriously addicting. There is a reason the menu says, “Note: When we’re out, we’re out.” They are served with poblano “pimento” cheese, smoked drum mousse, and pickled veggies, but I can just eat them by themselves! Warm, buttery, tender, with a hint of sweetness, and the occasional pop of benne seeds."

Nguyet Nguyen
Chef Nguyet Nguyen
Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

Samosa House East

$Vegetarian, Indian/PakistaniLos Angeles
1 Review

"I wish I had the time to make a proper samosa. Luckily, there are a plethora of Indian markets around Culver City. Samosa House has become a staple in our house. These ones are wrapped in a paper-thin wrap and fried to perfection. The green chutney is the cherry on top."

Ben Ford
Chef Ben Ford
Ford's Filling Station

La Mexicana Bakery

$Mexican, BakeryAustin
1 Review

"I'd send one of my all time favorite hip hop groups People Under The Stairs to La Mexicana for some tacos. These guys are from LA and the tacos there, from my experience, are more Baja style—it's just different. Dope ass tacos for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. It's open 24 hours! Plus they have a bakery with fresh churros for days. It's also far enough away from the chaotic SXSW madness, but close enough to not have to stray away. *Editor's note: When asked where he'd send a band from this year's SXSW line-up."

Takuya Matsumoto
Chef Takuya Matsumoto
Ramen Tatsu-Ya

China Palace

1 Review

"Damn—I don't want to give this one out. This place looks like a hole in the wall, just a shitty, rundown, American-style Chinese buffet joint. They have two menus: one for people that like sesame chicken (which I like, too), and then the regular Chinese menu. Make sure to ask for this one, because they've got some great stuff. I start with spicy beef tendon, then go for the eggplant with black bean sauce. Finally, I like to lick the plate off with ma po tofu and white rice, my go-to dish here."

Tatsu Aikawa
Chef Tatsu Aikawa
Ramen Tatsu-Ya

20th Century Cafe

$$Dessert, Coffee/Tea Shop, Bakery, Eastern EuropeanSan Francisco
1 Review

"If I were Santa, I would sneak into 20th Century Cafe in Hayes Valley. Owner and pastry chef Michelle Polzine makes these thin and crisp yet moist chocolate chip cookies that are just incredible. They are not giant, obscenely big cookies that everybody likes to bake; they are small and very flavorful cookies. And because they are small, you can eat half a dozen. They're the best ones I've ever had."

Yank Sing

$$Chinese, AsianSan Francisco
2 Reviews

"There are many good dishes at Yank Sing, but these dumplings are perfect. The nutty, green, and earthy flavors meld together so well that I can eat all four by myself. There is no sharing, ever!"

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