Decadent Dishes That Throw Moderation to the Wind

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Salted Caramel Pie - Atlanta

Salted Caramel Pie - Atlanta

The Salted Caramel Pie at Atlanta's Oak Steakhouse may make you swoon over its gooey goodness. Sea salt enhances the sweet caramel flavor, and each slice is topped with fluffy whipped cream and bits of chocolate.  960 1280

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Apple Pie Slab - Atlanta

Apple Pie Slab - Atlanta

The Apple Slab Pie is a new favorite at Lure, a fresh seafood restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. It's not served at lunch, but you can try it as a dinner substitute with a scoop of brown sugar ice cream and a slice of aged Gouda cheese. Trust us on this. 960 1280

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Towering Coconut Cream Pie - Multiple Locations

Towering Coconut Cream Pie - Multiple Locations

Sink your fork through the mound of whipped cream, past the layer of coconut-custard filling and into the thick, vanilla wafer crust of this slice. As if it wasn't rich enough, the Towering Coconut Cream Pie served at Del Frisco's Grille is topped with decadent white chocolate shavings for just the right amount of sweetness.  960 1280

Del Frisco's Grille  

Raspberry Rhubarb Jalapeno Pie - Custer, SD

Raspberry Rhubarb Jalapeno Pie - Custer, SD

The Purple Pie Place, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, makes its own pies in flavors like Strawberry Rhubarb, Bumbleberry and Blackberry. But it's the Raspberry Rhubarb Jalapeno Pie, made with locally-sourced rhubarb, that has become a customer favorite, thanks to its combination of sweetness, spiciness and tartness. 960 1280

Purple Pie Place  

Backyard Calamondin Cream Pie - West Palm Beach, Fla.

Backyard Calamondin Cream Pie - West Palm Beach, Fla.

Calamondins are small fruits that come from citrus trees (often mandarin oranges) crossed with kumquats. They're tart and even sour, until they're turned into Backyard Calamondin Cream Pies at the Hilton West Palm Beach. Hotel chefs use calamondins from the trees around the pool deck to make these pies in-house.  960 1280

Hilton West Palm Beach  

Monica's Grape Pie - Naples, NY

Monica's Grape Pie - Naples, NY

New York's Finger Lakes region is wine country, so it's not surprising that all those vineyards inspired Monica Schenk, of Monica's Pies, to create grape-infused baked goods, jams, jellies and more. Her popular Grape Pie features sweet and tangy Concord grapes, and she has generously provided the recipe on her website.  960 1280

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Fried Pies - Nashville

Fried Pies - Nashville

Old-fashioned fried pies are on the menu every day at Nashville's Peg Leg Porker. These classic Southern favorites come in flavors that include chocolate, peach and apple, and you can enjoy them a la mode. 960 1280

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Bourbon Pecan Pie - Atlanta

Bourbon Pecan Pie - Atlanta

There are pecan pies, and there are flavored pecan pies. This one has a touch of Bourbon to rachet up the taste of the delicious filling and the topping of freshly chopped pecans. Sweet Auburn BBQ, in Atlanta, serves it with a scoop of High Road Brown Butter Praline Ice Cream, whipped cream, strawberries and salted caramel. Better save room for this one.  960 1280

Sweet Auburn BBQ  

Key Lime Pie - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Key Lime Pie - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

The homemade Key Lime Pie at Nelson's, at L.A.'s Terranea Resortfeatures a tart filling and a powdery, graham cracker crust. All this citrusy decadence is garnished with whipped cream and twists of fresh lime.  960 1280

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Pueblo Pie - Albuquerque

Pueblo Pie - Albuquerque

Traditional Pueblo pies are made with sweet prune, apple or pumpkin fillings, layered between sheets of cakey dough. The Pueblo people of New Mexico have baked them in outdoor ovens, made of adobe and heated with cedar, for centuries. They're popular with diners at Albuquerque's Pueblo Harvest Cafe, located in the Pueblo Indian Cultural Center. 960 1280

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Cranberry Tarragon Pie - Albuquerque

Cranberry Tarragon Pie - Albuquerque

Tell the others at your table you're not sharing. The Cranberry Tarragon Pie at Standard Diner comes as an individual serving with a scoop of house-made tarragon ice cream. In case you've never tried tarragon, it's a spice with an aroma similar to anise, and it tastes slightly bittersweet.  960 1280

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Greek Pot Pie - Yardley, Penn.

Greek Pot Pie - Yardley, Penn.

Canal Street Grille, in Bucks County, Penn., specializes in homemade Greek-style and American foods. Their Greek Pot Pie is a classic chicken pot pie with a delicious twist: It's prepared with layers of tender phyllo dough.  960 1280

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Yoder's Peanut Butter Cream Pie - Sarasota, Fla.

Yoder's Peanut Butter Cream Pie - Sarasota, Fla.

Yoder's Amish Resturant, in Sarasota County, Fla., is famous for its homemade pies. The bakers prepare more than 100 fresh pies daily, in more than 25 different varieties. Don't miss the yummy Peanut Butter Cream Pie, made from Mrs. Yoder's original recipe and served with fresh whipped cream.  960 1280

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Sweet Pickle Pie - Bicknell, Utah

Sweet Pickle Pie - Bicknell, Utah

Utah's Sunglow Family Restaurant and Motel might take the cake, so to speak, for unusual pies. Its Sweet Pickle Pie has a mincemeat-like texture, with flavors of allspice and cinnamon, and, of course, tangy sweet pickles. Try a pie sampler that comes with four slices: one sweet pickle, and one each of buttermilk, oatmeal and pinto bean pies.  960 1280

VisitUtah.com  

Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Grab a pint and get ready to enjoy schnitzel, an Austrian favorite, at Figlmüller Wollzeile in Vienna, Austria. Deep-fried and delicious.  960 1280

  

Sachertorte

Sachertorte

At Hotel Sacher in Vienna, make sure to order up a Sachertorte: two layers of soft and light chocolate cake separated by apricot jam and coated with a delicious chocolate icing. You’ve never had a chocolate cake quite like this before.  960 1280

  

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Pass the sopaipillas, please! Eben Ezer in La Vega Chica market in Santiago, Chile serves up sopiapillas with pebre, giving the fried dish a little bit of a kick.  960 1280

  

Machas a la Parmesana

Machas a la Parmesana

Santiago’s Donde Augusto dishes out an unforgettable plate with machas a la parmesana. Clams and cheese—what’s not to love?  960 1280

  

Coney Dog

Coney Dog

The infamous Coney dog at Detroit, Michigan’s American Coney Island is an all-American classic you wouldn't want to miss. Topped with chili, onions and mustard—say no more. We’ll take two!  960 1280

  

Detroit-style Pizza

Detroit-style Pizza

In the mood for a slice? Stop by Detroit’s Buddy’s Pizza for their Detroit-style pizza—a square deep-dish pizza with the toppings on the bottom and sauce covering the top—and you’ll leave having devoured your daily intake of deliciousness.  960 1280

  

Scottish Breakfast

Scottish Breakfast

There’s no better way to start the day in Edinburgh, Scotland than with a Scottish breakfast! Pile a plate high with sausage, bacon, eggs and more and you’ll be ready to face the day. 960 1280

  

Shortbread

Shortbread

Freshly baked and absolutely scrumptious, shortbread from Edinburgh’s Pinnies and Poppyseeds with a cup of hot coffee is the perfect afternoon snack.  960 1280

  

Whisky

Whisky

But no trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling a 12-year-old single-malt whisky like this one, produced by Deanston Distillery of Doune. After one sip, it might be hard to leave—and not just because you’re hungover.  960 1280

  

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

Considered one of Seoul’s most famous street foods, tteokbokki combines chewy rice cakes and spicy red chili pepper broth for one incredible snack. Next time you’re walking the streets of Seoul, you'll want to give this dish a try.  960 1280

  

Patbingsu

Patbingsu

Dessert is calling, so naturally, it’s time for patbingsu: Korean shaved ice with condensed milk, and red bean jam and rice cakes added for even more flavor. And don’t forget the roasted soybean powder on top! Order this treat at Mok Myeok San Bang as a great way to end your culinary journey through Seoul…until next time.  960 1280

  

Sonoran Hot Dog

Sonoran Hot Dog

Eager for some local flavor in Tucson, Arizona? The Sonoran Hot Dog at El Güero Canelo is the way to go. (No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That is bacon.)  960 1280

  

Tamales

Tamales

When in doubt, go with tamales—perfect pockets of savory goodness, right at your fingertips. And at the Tucson Tamale Company, they know tamales.  960 1280

  

Mangoyada Raspado

Mangoyada Raspado

Sugar, spice and everything nice: Tucson’s Sonoran Delights serves up mangoyada raspado topped with tamarind candy. Your taste buds might never be the same. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Your grandma’s sauerkraut recipe just got an upgrade. Raise a glass—er, stein—to these Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls from Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.  960 1280

  

Polish Boy Sandwich

Polish Boy Sandwich

Freshly chopped coleslaw, French fries, original recipe barbeque sauce and an all-beef hot dog sandwiched together in a bun. Yes, this flavor-explosion has a name: It’s the Polish Boy sandwich from Seti’s Polish Boy food truck in Cleveland. Road trip, anyone? 960 1280

  

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Malley’s Chocolates in Cleveland! The combination of chocolate and peanut butter make for one tasty, creamy candy. (And they're perfect for the holidays!) 960 1280

  

Vuelve a la Vida

Vuelve a la Vida

Seafood lovers, this one is for you: Vuelve a la Vida. Served up in Veracruz, Mexico, the cocktail is made with crab, shrimp, oysters AND octopus—proving you can never really have too much seafood in one dish—with spicy tomato sauce and avocado.  960 1280

  

Café Lechero

Café Lechero

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte! In Veracruz, treat yourself to a café lechero to tackle your caffeine carving. 960 1280

  

Feteer

Feteer

Sweet toppings or savory toppings, you decide. There’s no wrong way to enjoy feteer in Dubai.  960 1280

  

Pani Puri

Pani Puri

Pani puri—fried hollow shells filled with flavored water, potato, chutney and crispy balls of chickpea flour—is a dish worth booking a trip to Dubai for.  960 1280

  

Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

Where in the world can you get these carne asada fries? San Diego, of course! At Lolita’s Taco Shop, ditch the ketchup and pile your fries high with seasoned carne asada, cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. (Just make sure to ask for extra napkins.) 960 1280

  

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo isn’t just pleasing to the eye—it tastes great, too! Romesco’s dish combines crispy fried tostada with sautéed octopus, caramelized onion paste, chopped preserved lemon, fresh seagrass and jalapeños for extra heat.  960 1280

  

Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Say goodbye to your usual sandwich order because the banh mi might be your new go-to. In Ho Chi Minh City, this French-inspired Vietnamese sandwich combines pate, mayonnaise, cold cut, pickled cucumber, carrot and daikon all on a soft, warm baguette. Pick this one up at Banh Mi Nguyen Sinh in District 1.  960 1280

  

Oreille de Cochon

Oreille de Cochon

Soak in the energy of the South and chow down on beignets at Café de Amis in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Stuffed with boudin and topped with cane syrup, Oreille de Cochon is one mouthwatering dish you won’t soon forget.  960 1280

  

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor not only provides Hong Kong with amazing views, but also amazing seafood. Much of the city’s delicious cuisine includes fresh fish from these waters. 960 1280

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Typhoon-shelter crab

Typhoon-shelter crab

The typhoon-shelter crab dish served at Hee Kee is made in a cooking style called Bei Feng Tang, which combines chilies, garlic, scallions and the perfect crab. 960 1280

  

Congee

Congee

A bowl of Mui Kee's signature dish, a favorite Chinese breakfast called congee, features fish, fresh meats and broth seasoned with ginger and mandarin peel. 960 1280

  

Zurich

Zurich

Situated along the lake that shares its name, Zurich is a wealth of great food. From chocolate to cheese, you can always find something rich and delicious in Switzerland’s largest city. 960 1280

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Alplermagronen

Alplermagronen

The traditional Swiss meal Alplermagronen consists of macaroni, potato, onion, cheese, cream and apple. It’s like mac-and-cheese casserole with a Swiss twist. 960 1280

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Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese is heated until the top has melted, which is then scraped off over potatoes to create a gooey but delicious dish.  960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

This Gateway to the West has come to represent St. Louis since it was completed in 1965. The monument was not initially greeted with a lot of public support, but the promise of new jobs to help construct the arch quickly changed opinions. The arch sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis and is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. 960 1280

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St. Louis-Style Pizza

St. Louis-Style Pizza

You may have heard of New York- or Chicago-style pizza, but there is another city that lays claim to its own spin on the tomato pie. In St. Louis, pizza is built on cracker-thin crusts made without yeast and includes Provel cheese, which is a combination of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar cheeses. 960 1280

  

Pork Steak

Pork Steak

St. Louis natives love barbecue, so it’s no surprise that they take the same cut of meat typically used for pulled pork (pork shoulder) and cook it like a beef steak. This slow-cooked dish is a staple in any St. Louis BBQ restaurant. 960 1280

  

Munich

Munich

The Alps’ peaks provide the perfect backdrop for the Munich city skyline. 960 1280

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Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Usually made from pork, schnitzel is tenderized, battered and fried before being served with a variety of sides, such as potatoes, peppers or a cream sauce. The dish is so popular in Germany that it has found its way into kitchens in other countries via German immigrants and is now enjoyed around the world.  960 1280

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Pretzels

Pretzels

The pretzel is one of the most iconic foods in the world. Be it from a street vendor, ballpark or bakery, this knotted dough can be found almost everywhere. But despite its global accessibility, the pretzel got its start in seclusion, most likely originating in German monasteries during the Middle Ages. 960 1280

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Ramen

Ramen

You can find a heaping bowl of ramen almost anywhere. But you won’t get the real deal unless you are in Tokyo, where the dish has been mastered over centuries. 960 1280

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Tokyo

Tokyo

Known for its electric energy, Tokyo features some exquisitely unique cuisine, from crispy, elegant shrimp tempura to sushi made with jewel-like precision. 960 1280

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Yakitori

Yakitori

At Bird Land restaurant in Tokyo, chef Toshihiro Wada serves up beautiful displays of various yakitori dishes, including skewered chicken parts of all types. 960 1280

  

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The iconic and historic skyline of Florence, Italy 960 1280

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Pasta

Pasta

Perhaps nowhere else in the world can you get fresh pasta as you can in Florence. 960 1280

  

Gelato

Gelato

Gelato served up fresh and delicious from Vivoli in Florence.  960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

The Boston Harbor shining brightly at dusk. 960 1280

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

The Boston cream pie is one dessert that you can find almost anywhere. But to get the original, you have to go to Boston. 960 1280

  

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Boston baked beans may be the most recognizable food for a city affectionately nicknamed, Beantown. 960 1280

  

The Acropolis

The Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, with Lycabettus Hill in the background. 960 1280

  

Dolmades

Dolmades

These dolmades, or rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, onions and minced meat, are from Taverna Louizidis in Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

A slice of the legendary spanakopita, made from a 100-year-old recipe, at Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki in the Psirri area of Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower adds a stunning backdrop for any dining adventure in Paris. 960 1280

  

Macarons

Macarons

A gorgeous gift box of a dozen fresh macarons from Arnaud Larher in Paris. 960 1280

  

Café La Palette

Café La Palette

The fresh bread cart at Café de la Palette in Paris. 960 1280

  

London

London

A skyline view of London’s Financial District and the historic Tower Bridge. 960 1280

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Roast's

Roast's

Roast's traditional Sunday roast is topped with a healthy portion of gravy before being served to hungry customers in London. 960 1280

  

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Fresh fish and chips are fried and ready to be devoured at Toff's of Muswell Hill. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

New York City is a food lover’s paradise. With so many cultural influences, there is always something new and delicious to satisfy your appetite.  960 1280

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John's of Bleecker Street

John's of Bleecker Street

The pizza from John's of Bleecker Street is a New York treat —arguably the best pizza in the city. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

The legendary pastrami sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen is a must-try for foodies young and old. The New York landmark is the oldest working deli in the United States (since 1888!). 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Dusk falls over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While generally known for its outrageous nightlife (especially during Mardi Gras), NOLA is a food lover’s mecca, with Cajun cuisine inspired by unique local flavors. 960 1280

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The Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The muffuletta from Central Grocery is a sandwich with layers of salami, ham, cheese and olive salad that looks almost as good as it tastes. 960 1280

  

Creole Gumbo

Creole Gumbo

The Creole gumbo made by James Beard Award-winning chef Tory McPhail at Commander's Palace in New Orleans is loaded with seafood, sausage, rice and deliciousness. 960 1280

  

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