Killer garlic rolls
Known for 20+ years of serving "gargantuan proportions" of classic Italiano, every meal at C&O starts off with a plate of garlic rolls whose addictive qualities were compared to crack by our LA editor Jeff Miller, who has smoked more than his fair share of them.
Bruschetta with mussels and fried zucchini
Il Mulino South Beach
Miami and New York
Stomaching the price tag of $50 ravioli can be tough, but Il Mulino does its damnedest to please with a parade of free eats starring bruschetta and fried zucchini.
Milk Duds, donut holes, and ice cream
Lou Mitchell's Restaurant
Milk Duds originated in Chicago, and the founder was a regular customer and buddy of Uncle Lou himself. Thus began the tradition of passing the candy out to every woman and child. As if that weren't enough, they also offer free freshly baked donut holes and a scoop of ice cream.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. He can confirm that several cornbread muffins were harmed in the making of this story. Follow him to suspiciously bulgy pockets at @Dannosphere.