ChefsResource.com's 10-in. nickel-plated, cast-iron grill pan, $80, is virtually indestructible, says foodie turned e-tailer Rick Smith. The nickel won't melt, peel or chip-you can even clean it with a wire brush. Unlike standard cast iron, the pan won't give food a metallic taste. It also conducts heat better than stainless steel. Says Smith: "I've never seen steak sear so well." A 10-in. skillet is available for $75.
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