41. Butterscotch bourbon pie
A la Mode Pies (address and info)
It’s definitely not the prettiest pie in the pageant, but the dense butterscotch pudding means it’s more substance than style. Mounded high with whipped cream, crowned with pecans, and crusted by vanilla wafers and more pecans, it’s ready for its close up.
42. Hommous bi Lahm ou Snobar
Cafe Munir (address and info)
Hummus, that Middle Eastern chickpea dip, is hardly a food most would consider to be wow-inducing. But only because they haven’t tried it here, where ground lamb sizzles across the top, adding more flavor and texture than any version you’ve ever eaten before.
43. Dan dan hand-shaven noodles
Seven Stars Pepper (address and info)
Let’s toss out the word "authentic" because, to be very clear: these are nothing like what dan dan noodles are in Sichuan, China. However, the thick, nutty sauce, dotted with pockmarks of pork, and coating ropy noodles shaved from hunks of dough, is so good that it'll make you re-think the original concept of the dish.