The Madness is finally upon us. Thousands of fans will pack arenas nationwide to support their team. If you're one of the lucky ones heading out to watch your team play over the next couple days, make a point to grab a bite at the best spot in town.
Poole’s has been around since the 1940s and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Chef Ashley Christensen won a James beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2014. It also serves what might be the best mac n’ cheese in the entire US.
This place is a must-stop in Des Moines, Iowa as it serves up some of the best burgers in America. A fast food joint with a post-apocolyptic feel, Zombie Burgers features 30 different burgers such as “28 Days Later” and “La Horde”. If you’re feeling super hungry, try “The Walking Ched” – breaded + deep fried mac n’ cheese bun, bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelize + raw onion, mac n’ cheese, and mayo.
In New York City, there a thousands of places to eat, but if you’re sticking in the local area of Brooklyn, do yourself a favor and stop into Roberta’s. It’s not only delicious but arguably the best slice in the 5 boroughs. While it’s best to go in the summer to enjoy the beer garden, the pizza is tasty all year round.
If you’re looking for St. Louis style BBQ, you’re in the wrong place. Pappy’s brings Memphis-style BBQ up the Mississippi and the locals can’t get enough. Voted #1 restaurant in the city by several publications since opening in 2008, Pappy’s is the go-to spot for BBQ in the city.
Located in the 16th Street Mall right in the heart of downtown, 5280 Burger Bar is one of the best spots in the city. Almost every is made in house including ketchup, sauces, buns, even American cheese. If you’re hungry, try the Boss Hog Burger – angus beef, cheddar cheese, slow roasted pulled pork, BBQ sauce and pecan smoked bacon.
For those fans getting used to the west coast time change (looking at you Maryland) then head to Frank’s Diner, named best breakfast in Spokane 14 out of the last 15 years. The diner is in an old rail car made in 1906 (not kidding) and draws rave reviews from both locals and visitors.
Providence might not be a large town, but it’s big enough for two Harry’s. Located on the Hill and on Main, Zagat has named Harry’s the Best Burger in Rhode Island and CNN had it on it’s Top 10 Burgers of the Year. Almost all ingredients come from the local New England and surrounding area.
If you want the best burger in Oklahoma City, head to Nic’s Grill, a short drive away from Chesapeake Energy Arena. It’s a small restaurant that serves up breakfast, lunch and burgers that’ll make your mouth water. Good chance everybody from Norman already knows this, but for those coming in from out of town, Nic’s is an essential spot.