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25 Restaurant Copycat Recipes That are Better Than the Real Thing

You're craving your favorite restaurant meal, but not the drive, the wait or the bill. Make it yourself! Home cooks are serving up their best renditions of famous restaurant recipes, right here.

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Inspired by: Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Panera Bread

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie's Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan
Get Our Recipe: Cheesy Broccoli Soup in a Bread Bowl
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Inspired by: Carnitas from Chipotle

Slow cooker pork with green chilies always makes my hungry family happy. Getting creative with the leftovers is part of the fun. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
Get Our Recipe: Green Chili Shredded Pork
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Inspired by: Loaded Potato Skins from TGI Fridays

Wondering how to make potato skins taste great? I top my restaurant-worthy loaded potato skins with cheese, bacon and a dollop of sour cream. Have them at lunch, snack time or cocktail hour. —Trish Perrin, Keizer, Oregon
Get Our Recipe: Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins
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Inspired by: The Original Recipe from KFC

If you've wanted to learn how to make fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana
Get Our Recipe: Crispy Fried Chicken
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Inspired by: Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks

Indulge in a coffeehouse-quality drink with this caramel mocha recipe. With whipped cream and a butterscotch drizzle, this treat will perk up even the sleepiest person at the table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Get Our Recipe: Creamy Caramel Mocha
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Inspired by: Orange Chicken from Panda Express

These tangy Asian-inspired nuggets go a long way. We eat them over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
Get Our Recipe: Crispy Orange Chicken
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Inspired by: Pepperoni Pizza from Sbarro

I've spent years trying to come up with the perfect pizza crust and sauce, and they're paired up in this recipe. I fix this crispy, savory pizza for my family often, and it really satisfies my husband and sons. —Susan Lindahl, Alford, Florida
Get Our Recipe: Pepperoni Pan Pizza
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Inspired by: Pasta e Fagioli from Olive Garden

This chunky soup is good to the last spoonful. It's my go-to recipe because it's so hearty and we all always want more. —Penny Novy, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Get Our Recipe: Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
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Inspired by: Barbacoa from Chipotle

My husband adores this beef roast simmered in lime juice, chipotle and cumin. He would eat it one a week if I would make it that often! We have it over rice with cilantro and a spritz of lime. —Aundrea McCormick, Denver, Colorado
Get Our Recipe: Slow Cooker Barbacoa
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Inspired by: Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster

These wonderful, buttery biscuits complement any dinner. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota
Get Our Recipe: Flaky Cheddar-Chive Biscuits
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Inspired by: The Big Mac from McDonald's

I was planning to grill burgers, and then it dawned on me: How about a Big Mac salad? The original recipe doesn't call for a tomato, but it's awesome here. —Pam Jefferies, Cantrall, Illinois
Get Our Recipe: Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad
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Inspired by: Thai Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen

Contributor Gigi Miller, from Stoughton, Wisconsin, provided a fabulous recipe for sweet and saucy chicken thighs that she serves with rice. We took it a step further, and used the chicken and sauce to make this restaurant-inspired Thai pizza. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Get Our Recipe: Saucy Thai Chicken Pizzas
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Inspired by: Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp from Red Lobster

These coconut-fried shrimp are downright addicting. If you ask me, the bigger the shrimp, the better. That way you can pick up even more of that sweet pina colada sauce. —Debbi Barate, Seward, Pennsylvania
Get Our Recipe: Quick Coconut Shrimp
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Inspired by: Chicken & Gnocchi Soup from Olive Garden

I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to try and make it myself. Here's the delicious result! It's wonderful on a cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California
Get Our Recipe: Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup
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Inspired by: Very Berry Coffee Cake from Starbucks

This tasty, wholesome coffee cake is loaded with fresh berries. It's perfect for those with a sweet tooth. —Heather O'Neill, Troy, Ohio
Get Our Recipe: Berry-Topped Coffee Cake
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Inspired by: Shamrock Shake from McDonald's

Save a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies for this creamy milkshake that's fun for kids and adults, too. —Shauna Sever, San Francisco, California
Get Our Recipe: Thin Mint Milk Shake
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Inspired by: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera Bread

Years ago, I fell hard for a lemony Greek soup at Panera Bread. It was just a special back then, and I re-created it at home so we could eat it whenever a craving hit! —Kristin Cherry, Bothell, Washington
Get Our Recipe: Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup
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Inspired by: Eggplant Parmigiana from Olive Garden

Here's a healthy version of a restaurant classic that you can easily make at home. Our recipe has 300 fewer calories and half the fat and sodium of typical eggplant Parmesan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Get Our Recipe: Makeover Eggplant Parmesan
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Inspired by: Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili's

Even though they have many other delicious dishes on the menu, I always find myself ordering Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili’s. Here's the skinny version I make at home. —Traci Campbell, Saginaw, Texas
Get Our Recipe: Makeover Chicken Enchilada Soup
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Inspired by: Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Applebee's

These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are so good, you can serve them plain—no butter or gravy is needed. This is one of our favorite red potato recipes. —Valerie Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas
Get Our Recipe: Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes
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Inspired by: Cheese Sticks from Pizza Hut

We love the breadsticks at our local pizza joint. Now I can get that same gooey-from-the-oven treat, but I never have to leave the house. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine
Get Our Recipe: Herbed Cheese Sticks
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Inspired by: Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory

I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning red velvet cheesecake recipe? It's best when served chilled, right out of the fridge. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee
Get Our Recipe: Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake
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Inspired by: Julius Original from Orange Julius

I love to treat my overnight guests to this creamy orange frappe. Just blitz a few basic ingredients in your blender and enjoy. —Joyce Mummau, Mount Airy, Maryland
Get Our Recipe: Morning Orange Drink
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Inspired by: Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald's

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York
Get Our Recipe: Burger Americana
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Inspired by: Maple Butter Blondie from Applebee's

Ever since I tried the maple blondie at Applebee's, I've been determined to figure out the recipe. I tried several variations until I came up with this one, and it's become one of our family favorites. —Pat Parker, Chester, South Carolina
Get Our Recipe: Blond Brownies a la Mode