Neighborhood Knockouts Guy's traveling up and down the west coast in search of funky neighborhood joints. In San Diego, the "everybody knows your name" all-day breakfast joint servin' up a decadent creme brulee French toast. In Portland, Ore., a husband and wife team are cranking out good ol' Americana with dishes like corned beef hash and chipped beef. And in San Francisco, the hot dog spot holding the block down with unique selections like the lamb merguez dog and fried chicken sandwich.
Meat Lover's Paradise Guy's signing up for a meat-crazed master class. In Portland, Ore., the craft-cooking family joint with a chef who butchers, cures, preserves and smokes everything in-house, from headcheese to great-grandma's fried chicken recipe. In San Carlos, Calif., the pastrami-crazed neighborhood spot crankin' out burgers, cheesesteaks and signature sammies.
Servin' Up San Francisco Guy's cruisin' the San Francisco coast for a diverse culinary road trip. First, Guy swings by the repurposed garage in the Mission District for some southern hospitality served up in braised beef short ribs and spicy shrimp and gravy. Then he's off to the NY-style deli crankin' out old-fashioned chicken noodle with matzo ball soup and potato latkes. And the food extravaganza ends at San Fran's food truck park, where the reinvented Japanese/Korean truck hooks Guy up with a totally unique take on Asian-fusion in the pork belly and short rib kojas.
Cannoli, Fritters And Wings Guy's rollin' out for a festival of flavors. In Portland, Ore., the Guamanian food truck serving up righteous shrimp fritters and a unique spin on chicken salad. In Wheat Ridge, Colo., the family-run comfort food joint crankin' out killer cannoli and kraut burgers. And in San Francisco, the fusion food truck combining Filipino and Latin traditions in adobo buffalo wings and grandpa's recipe for pork tacos.
Aces Of Authenticity Guy's hittin' up some joints that are authentic to the bone. In Santa Fe, N.M., the farm-raised Chimayan owner turnin' out traditional dishes like blue corn enchiladas with red chile sauce and chile en nogada. In Portland, Ore., the noodle house cranking out mom's recipes for all kinds of authentic Chinese dishes like won ton soup. And in Albuquerque, N.M., the Italian joint with a native Frenchman at the helm, serving up totally fresh pastas like beef cheek manicotti and squid ink black pasta with calamari.
Sammies And Stew Guy's diggin' into some super sandwiches and savory stew. In Santa Fe, N.M., the cafe with a native Kenyan in the kitchen serving up totally fresh fish, like island spiced banana leaf mahi mahi and a killer Caribbean goat stew. And in Albuquerque, N.M., the school lunch maven crankin' out creative sammies like turkey avocado with green apple chile chutney and a totally unique Duke City reuben.
All Kinds Of Gobble Gobble Guy's gettin' a variety of Thanksgiving tastes and treasures. In Albuquerque, N.M., the father/son bakery crafting a totally unique take on the Thanksgiving bird. In Santa Fe, N.M., the off-the-beaten-path deli turning out traditional turkey wild rice soup and pumpkin pie. And in Kansas City, Mo., the lifelong 'cue master cranking out smoked turkey and beans to please locals and barbecue competitors alike.
Comfort And Soul Guy's hittin' up some joints that'll warm the palate and the soul. In Portland, Ore., the funky neighborhood cafe cranking out comfort foods like the heartless artichoke sandwich and a curried lentil dish that hits all the right notes. In Albuquerque, N.M., a double duty brewery is serving up soul food with a New Mexico twist, like southern fried chicken and crackling cornbread. And in Kansas City, Mo., the barbecue and blues joint with a die-hard barbecue competitor dishing up regional favorites like burnt ends and battered fries and a local NASCAR hero to boot.
Pork, Pasta And Barbecue Guy's checking out some tried and true local faves. In Kansas City, Mo., the neighborhood favorite killin' it with their scratch-made standouts like pork hash with black beans. Down the road in Kansas City, right on the Missouri/Kansas border, the former chef to the President of Italy dishing up authentic homemade pastas straight out of the family recipe book. And in Albuquerque, N.M., the southern pride joint situated on Route 66, serving up a smorgasbord of dishes from smoked barbecue chicken to specialty hot dogs.
South Of The Border Guy's headed south of the border to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. On the town's main drag, the taco joint that's turning out totally fresh octopus tacos and Guadalajaran-inspired sauces that'll knock your socks off. On the marina, the all day spot dishin' up stuffed fish with lobster sauce and a unique spin on French toast. And down the dock, another marina favorite serving up a taquito trifecta alongside super fresh sushi with Mexican flair.
Tennessee Holiday Traditions Guy's digging into the unique holiday traditions in Tennessee. In Hendersonville, the barbecue joint with a storied past serving up the traditional shoulder pull and a holiday ham with a fiery finish. And in Nashville, the tiny taco joint wrappin' up traditional Mexican tamales and unique quinoa sweet potato tacos.
Family Time Guy's visiting some families keeping it real in the kitchen. In Nashville, the husband/wife duo taking to the streets in their gourmet food truck with unique versions of the good ol' grilled cheese sammie. Around the corner in the Sylvan Park area of Nashville, a totally authentic Italian spot staying true to grandma's recipes with their namesake lasagna and lamb shanks. And in Kansas City, Mo., the sibling-owned Chinese joint sharing some of their family traditions with dishes like chili pepper wontons and firebird chicken.
Soup, Salad And Seafood Guy's diving into all kinds of classic comfort foods. In Kansas City, Mo., the real deal chef serving up his dressed-up version of comfort food with dishes like chicken pot pie and steamed mussels. In Franklin, Tenn., the southern spot crankin' out comfort food favorites like jambalaya, chargrilled oysters and the regional favorite hot chicken. And near the airport in Nashville, the food truck turned deli keepin' it funky with all kinds of homemade soups, salads and even some graffiti.