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Chowhound’s 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

Chowhound’s 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Essentials

No holiday raises more cooking questions than Thanksgiving, and there’s no better place to ask for advice than Chowhound. Check out ... READ MORE

Chowhounds Pick the Best Banh Mi Sandwiches in San Jose

Chowhounds Pick the Best Banh Mi Sandwiches in San Jose

Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are a quick, inexpensive meal that relies on the quality of a few ingredients: lightly pickled vegetables, grilled or roasted meats, pâté, and shatteringly crisp French rolls. With its large Vietnamese community, San Jose, California—capital of Silicon Valley—is a prime banh mi destination, where the sandwich quality is high, prices are low, and the competition is fierce. Here, in alphabetical order, are the top picks on Chowhound: 1. CAM HUNGThis friendly café offers a dozen banh mi, including vegetarian options. 2. DAKAOChowhounds agree that this Downtown spot is quick, cheap, and tasty. 3. HUONG LAN The grilled pork sandwich at this Chowhound favorite hits the right balance of meaty and fatty. READ MORE

Seattle’s Best Teriyaki Shops

Seattle’s Best Teriyaki Shops

Teriyaki is everywhere in Seattle. That's not surprising, since Seattle's the birthplace of American teriyaki, an adaptation of Japanese yakitori featuring a soy glaze heavily sweetened with sugar instead of mirin. (In 2007, traced the city's teriyaki history, beginning in the mid-1970s.) Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of nine Seattle-area teriyaki joints that Chowhound users think are the region's best. JOY TERIYAKI Teriyaki chicken is an option here, but Chowhounds know that it's the authentic Mongolian specialties that make this Lake City restaurant a worthy destination. KONA KITCHEN This Hawaiian and Japanese fusion restaurant serves up delicious teriyaki beef; it's skewered with pineapple, mushrooms, and other veggies. OKINAWA TERIYAKI This downtown favorite rises above the average teriyaki joint. Lunch always draws a crowd. READ MORE

LA Koreatown’s Best Spots for BBQ

LA Koreatown’s Best Spots for BBQ

Koreatown in Los Angeles is one of the densest urban areas in the United States. It’s packed with people, coffee shops, designer boutiques, markets, and nightclubs, but the restaurants—some of which are open 24 hours—are its biggest draw. So who has the best Korean barbecue? Here’s an alphabetical list of top spots from Chowhound. CHOSUN GALBEEThis venerated restaurant is upscale and pricey, but the high-quality meats and panchan are worth every penny. DWIT GOL MOK/DGMFamous for its bo ssam (steamed pork wrapped in lettuce or cabbage) and fried chicken wings, this busy, Korean-style pub also does barbecue. Beware the large smoking section on the terrace. GENWARecently expanded, this go-to spot dishes out over 20 panchan plates. Go for the barbecue, but don’t miss the bibimbap! READ MORE

New York’s Best Falafel

New York’s Best Falafel

New York is deep in first-class falafel, from trucks, takeout dives, Israeli-style lunch counters, and homey Lebanese kitchens, among other places. Here's an alphabetical list of some of Chowhounds' favorite places to get it: ALFANOOSE This Syrian-Lebanese restaurant, a longtime Financial District lunch hangout, rolls out fresh, cumin-spiced falafel. AZURI CAFÉ Even the famously cranky proprietor doesn't deter hounds from these Israeli-style falafel sandwiches and standout salads. DARNA FALAFEL This cozy café adds portobellos and roasted peppers to its well-constructed falafel wrap. READ MORE

Portland’s Best Doughnuts

Portland’s Best Doughnuts

Did the Great Recession help the doughnut's rise? These days, a $3 "gourmet" doughnut can be an affordable luxury for an underemployed hipster or a family on a budget. Whatever the reason, Portland, Oregon's doughnut culture is booming, ranging from Middle Eastern specialties to tongue-in-cheek, candy-loaded gems. Here's an alphabetical list of Chowhound favorites: ACME DONUTS Known for flavors like PB&J and a great selection of vegan doughnuts. ANNIE'S DONUTS A cake doughnut is the way to go at Annie's. COCO DONUTS "Do you want interesting donuts or good ones?" Chowhounds ask. If the answer is good, get the Coco doughnut, a glazed beauty with a dusting of cacao. READ MORE

Chicago’s Best Hot Dogs

Chicago’s Best Hot Dogs

It's not even close, America—Chicago is the nation's hot dog capital. Here, it's an all-beef wiener with a snappy natural casing, buried under a virtual salad of ingredients, all topped with celery salt—just don't add ketchup! Below, in alphabetical order, is a list of nine hot dog joints that Chowhounds love.   BYRON'S HOTDOGS Conveniently close to Wrigley Field; for a Chicago-style dog, ask them to hold the lettuce. FRANKS 'N' DAWGS The hot dogs are worth a try, but the heart of the menu is the array of tasty sausages. GENE & JUDE'S A must-stop for hot dog purists: The only condiments you'll find here are mustard, relish, onions, peppers, and pickle. READ MORE

NYC’s Best Asian Chicken Wings

NYC’s Best Asian Chicken Wings

Check out these nine spots in New York City where the Asian-style chicken wings rule, according to buzz on the Manhattan and Outer Boroughs Chowhound boards. We've listed them in alphabetical order: BONCHON CHICKEN The first Korean fried-chicken specialist to land in New York still rocks, spicy or soy-garlic style. KUMA INN The signature Filipino-style wings are slow-cooked à la adobo, crisped in the fryer, and topped with coconut sauce. MISSION CHINESE FOOD Chongqing wings get a fiery rub of Sichuan pepper, cumin, and more. Crisp-fried tripe puts them over the top. READ MORE

Austin’s Best BBQ Joints

Austin’s Best BBQ Joints

When it comes to barbecue in Austin, the only thing Chowhounds can agree on is that anyone wanting to find the best should leave time to try as many spots as possible. Behold, in alphabetical order, 12 places that have racked up praise on Chowhound in the past nine months. BLACK'S BARBECUE It's worth a drive just for the beef ribs. #1 on map COOPER'S OLD TIME PIT BAR-B-QUE A nice drive in the springtime, go for the mesquite barbecue brisket and sausage. #2 on map FRANKLIN BARBECUE Featured on CHOW Tour Austin, it's a current barbecue hot spot. Get there early. #3 on map READ MORE

San Francisco’s Best Beer Bars

San Francisco’s Best Beer Bars

San Francisco is one of America's best cities for draining a pint. Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of Bay Area craft beer places Chowhounds are talking about. Visit Chowhound to join the discussion. AMSTERDAM CAFE This low-key bar in the Tenderloin is within walking distance of many Union Square hotels—enjoy the open-air café atmosphere and the extensive bottle list. BEER REVOLUTION One of Oakland's "ridiculously awesome" beer bars. CHURCH KEY While there are only a few beers on tap, they're all quality choices, and the extensive bottle list helps round out your choices at this seldom-crowded North Beach bar. READ MORE