The 10 Most Popular Restaurant Dishes in the Country
Sifting through 155 million reviews, Yelp—the app that helps you find restaurants—has figured out the most popular dishes around the country. How many have you tried?
Noodle on this
If you’re looking for a restaurant in a new place, you look to Yelp, the app on which users rate restaurants. But you can also find out the best dish at every dining place, and now Yelp has figured out the top ten dishes in the United States, reports Food & Wine. And coming in at number 10? Curry Udon at Marukame Udon in Honolulu: thick, smooth and chewy noodles drowned in curry. The chefs here painstakingly craft handmade Sanuki Udon, a type known all over Japan for its renowned, subtle taste. The process is elaborate and the result, divine. Mildly seasoned, Japanese-style, the dish is also filled with shredded beef and tender onions. Here are 9 rules about eating Japanese food that you must follow.
This chicken will make you cross the road
Courtesy Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
When you think Miami, authentic melt-in-your-mouth Southern fried chicken doesn’t immediately come to mind. Apparently, that’s a mistake: Miami Beach’s Yardbird serves Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken—number nine on Yelp’s list. This all-natural, hormone-free chicken is brined for 27 hours, coated in a secret flour-and-spice mixture, fried up to Southern perfection, and served with a honey hot sauce.
Spiky on the outside, soft on the inside
Uni Pasta is made from sea urchins, those tough little critters known for their porcupine-like exterior. Also called ricci di mare in Italian, the taste is slightly briny and the texture is pure velvet. EMC Seafood & Raw Bar’s famed version nabbed the number eight on Yelp’s Popular Dishes list, along with the hearts of both locals and tourists to the Los Angeles area. The creamy dish is served with dried seaweed and fish roe. Find out the secrets hiding in your restaurant menu.
A true pearl in the Big Easy
New Orleans and awesome food go together, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Acme Oyster House, the home of Yelp’s number seven most popular dish: Chargrilled Oysters. Acme’s version is drenched in herb-butter sauce and served sizzling hot with topped with mixed cheese.
Where crab is king
The seafood is on a roll, holding down spots eight, seven, and now number six: The King Crab Legs at the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. These meaty, succulent legs come with a drawn butter dispenser—simplicity takes the day. These favorites are fit for any king—on land or under the sea. Here are 11 ways to navigate a buffet like a boss.
Not for the faint of heart
Anthony Tahlier/ Courtesy Girl & the Goat
The Wood Oven Roasted Pig Face at Chicago’s Girl & the Goat earned number five: Crisp, succulent, and juicy, it’s flavored with tamarind, cilantro, and a red wine-maple sauce, served with a sunny-side up egg on top, plus crunchy potato stix. Richly flavored with just the right amount of fat, this one will melt in your mouth.
Read the tea leaves
Chock full of nuts, seeds, and other crunchy delights, number four on Yelp’s list is the Tea Leaf Salad at Burma Superstar, in San Francisco. It arrives looking more like lovingly-crafted artwork than an edible meal. But take just one bite and you’ll start swooning. Available as a vegetarian dish or with plump, juicy shrimp, this fragrant dish will even give you a caffeine boost. Check out the secrets your restaurant server isn’t telling you.
Some like it hot
Some prefer it cold. You can have the Maine Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster in Boston either way. Both versions are fan favorites, coming in third place. The hot version is topped with delicious, drawn butter. The cold version is served with a piquant homemade mayonnaise. Both come prepared on a toasty, crunchy, brioche roll.
Pig out on these buns
Courtesy Ippudo NY
The fluffy, pillow-like Ippudo Pork Buns at Ippudo New York are stuffed with fragrant, tasty pork belly—no wonder they nabbed the number two spot on Yelp’s list. Fans describe these little pockets of heaven as “melt-in-your-mouth,” and “soft, juicy, and saucy.”
New England in the Northwest
Kate Baldwin Photography/Courtesy Pike Place Chowder
Coming in at the top spot on Yelp’s Most Popular Dishes list is the to-die-for New England Clam Chowder served at Pike Place Chowder in Seattle. Stuffed with succulent, meaty clams that have been flavored with bacon and seasoned with a proprietary spice blend. Find out more of the best restaurants in the country, according to customers.