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2011 Food and Drink Awards: Five Best Lunches

Normally we compile our annual food awards by smacking our bellies and trying to recall everything we’ve consumed to make them so jiggly and penis-concealing. This year we turned to celeb­rities, chefs, and Maxim readers to create our most mouthwatering list yet. See our five best lunches below or dig into our five best breakfasts and five best dinners.

1. Burger & Milkshake at Flip Burger Boutique


Flip Burger Boutique, Atlanta, GA
"The burgers at Flip Burger, by that Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais, are amazing. It’s funny because they look like these tiny little nothing burgers, but he treats it like a gourmet recipe, so there’s all kinds of stuff inside the patties. All you need is a burger and a milkshake and you’re totally stuffed. I had a Kobe burger there that I loved and a Nutella milkshake with toasted marshmallows. There’s also a Krispy Kreme milkshake that tastes exactly like a Krispy Kreme donut. And there’s a full bar. What else could you want?" Mark Gindick, Big Apple Circus performer


2. Soup Dumplings at Din Tai Fung


Din Tai Fung, Arcadia, CA
"They’re prepared as close to your eating them as possible. You’ll literally see someone making them after you order. They’re filled with minced pork, scallions, and ginger, with cartilage mixed in. When they’re steamed, the cartilage becomes liquefied, so when you pop it in your mouth it bursts with intense, meaty juices, and you get the tang of the ginger." —Roy Choi, chef, Kogi Korean BBQ truck and A-Frame, Los Angeles


3. Hot & Spicy Shrimp Plate at Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp Truck


Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Truck, Oahu, HI
"Fumi’s is basically a delivery truck with a kitchen inside that sits right next to the ponds where they grow the shrimp. There are 11 different combi­nations you can order, but the hot & spicy shrimp plate is awesome. They’re not peeled—they just sauté ’em in the sauce and you suck all the juice out, then peel and eat it." Hagen Peyser, Maxim reader and David Donahue Menswear sales director


4. Chicken and Brisket at The Little Dooey


The Little Dooey, Starkville, MS
"You wouldn’t even know the original Little Dooey was a restaurant—it looks like an old house—but that only adds to the mystique. It has fried tomatoes, fried catfish, fried everything. I always get some chicken and brisket. The texture of the meat is amazing—it’s so well cooked. And they have a homemade hot sauce, called Dooey sauce, that I love. Whenever we’re in town I stop in." —Kirk Herbstreit, college football analyst and cohost of ESPN College Gameday


5. Plain Pizza at Town Spa Pizza

Town Spa Pizza, Stoughton, MA
"They got a great sauce, so you get the zip of the sauce, and then the cheese complements it rather than paving it over. Used to be the cheese complemented the sauce. Then the cheese started dominating to the point where some places hand out cups of sauce. When Pizza Hut put the cheese in the crust, that was the kiss of death. If cheese was disco, that was, like, February 1980. Like, this shit is over. Anyway, Town Spa pizza is ridiculous." Bill Burr, comedian