The High: Stampede 66 (pictured; $18)
Why it’s Worth it: You get to savor Stephan Pyles’ culinary cleverness in a cowboy-chic environment. The honey-fried chicken is simply phenomenal, with its mildly sweet undertones and perfectly crisp skin. The mashed potato tots on the side are sublime.
The Low: Mama’s Daughter’s Diner ($8.75)
Perks/Trade-offs: While it’s far more casual than Stampede’s Uptown digs, you get more side dishes at this meat-and-three haven.