Unconventional Comforts Guy's food radar is all over the map. On the east coast of Oahu, Hawaii, the general store crankin' out traditional Hawaiian dishes like lau lau stew. In Chicago, the real deal Italian family serving up totally scratch-made Sicilian sandwiches like the schiacciata. And in Hernando, Miss., the underground cafe going bananas with their twist on French toast.
Goin' The Extra Mile Guy's headin' to some joints going all-in on some classic comfort foods. In Chicago, the burger joint with Asian flair proudly serving all things umami. In Memphis, a high-end chef taking low-down Southern staples to whole new level like the chorizo meatloaf with green tomato gravy. And on Oahu, Hawaii, the gas station joint fillin' up the locals with all sorts of island favorites like kalua pork and mahi mahi.
Savory Standouts Guy's slammin' on the breaks for some enticing eats. In Chicago, the authentic Cuban joint platin' up family recipes like the fricase de pollo. In Memphis, a neighborhood gastropub serving eclectic dishes like duck fried rice and homemade popcorn. And in Annapolis, Md., the sidewalk shack worth stopping for, with dishes like chipotle habanero barbecue pork sandwiches.
Surf 'N' Turf Jackpot Guy's hit the gold mine of surf and turf. In Horn Lake, Miss., the Memphis-style barbecue joint puttin' the championship touch on ribs, cheese fritters, and burgers with pork rinds. And in Kaneohe, Oahu, the poke palace serving up over thirty flavors of fresh fish, including tuna and octopus caught by the owner himself.
Massachusetts Madness Guy's grubbin' from one end of Massachusetts to the other, fillin' up the tank with stuffed specialties. In Boston, the corner joint servin' up a seafood feast straight out of Italy, and hosting the mayor to boot. And in Brookline, Mass., the gourmet sandwich shop dishin' out roast beef and pork perfection.
East Coast Comfort Guy's makin' stops up and down the east coast for some home cooking. In Cambridge, Mass., the Southern comfort joint servin' up all kinds of twists on the classics, like the confit pork belly corn dog. In Fall River, Mass., the Polish joint specializing in all kinds of pierogi, from cabbage and pork to mac and cheese. And in Providence, the cornucopia of Federal Hill begins at an old school spot that's passing out meatballs and fries, and the new school restaurant crankin' out totally fresh linguine and clams.
Flavortown Medley Guy's diggin' into all kinds of fantastic flavors. In Memphis, the bar turned bistro offering low brow favorites like duck fried rice and Jack Daniels bread pudding. In Haleiwa, Hawaii, the food truck rocking out Thai short ribs and crunchy local shrimp. And in Baltimore, Guy revisits a joint firing up the grills for the signature taste of pit beef sandwiches.
Burgers, Noodles And Quahogs Guy's on the road for some stellar food mashups. In Somerville, Mass., the burger joint putting the crowning touch on a mac and cheese burger. In Middletown, R.I., a seafood spot stuffing quahogs with chorizo and turning calamari into a Kung Pao classic. And in St. Louis, the Filipino-inspired food truck hand pulling noodles for savory dishes, and washing it all down with a two-finger punch drink.
Handcrafted Guy's checkin' in on tasty joints run by food fanatics. In Memphis, the chef-slash-farmer's market guru running a farm to table spot serving up a whole lot of classic comfort from meatloaf to sloppy joes to catfish. And in Providence, the real deal family run Italian deli scratch-making meat tortellini and curing their own bresaola meats.
All Family, All The Time Guy's headed to the places where families rule. In Memphis, the kid-inspired joint serving up the serious fried chicken. On the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, the Thai spot where mom and pop spice up the island with pad Thai, pork larb, and the big seller: garlic fried chicken wings. And in St. Louis, the Italian-Greek joint run by two brothers, serving up a town staple in fried ravioli and mom's recipe for dolmathes.
Food Done Right Guy's diggin' into food made the right way. In Narragansett, R.I., the summer shack servin' up clam cakes cooked in beef fat and scratch made strawberry shortcake. In St. Louis, the neighborhood joint putting the smoke on cheesefries and delicious duck. And in East Boston, the family Mexican spot cooking up mom's chilaquiles recipe.
Pubs And Grub Grilled cheese and a porchetta dish are sampled at a British-style pub in St. Louis. Also: craft-made beers and shrimp-and-grits in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; and pasta served with littleneck clams in Cranston, R.I.
Turn On Traditional uy's gettin' a taste of traditional recipes, with a kick. In Chesterfield, Mo., the Mexican joint serving up a turn on mom's pork chile verde. In Boston, a second generation lobster shack turning heads with cod cakes and lobster mac and cheese. And in Syracuse, N.Y., the real deal Irish pub stuffing the Rueben into fritters and layin' out an Irish meatloaf.