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Guy's Hometown Tour
Guy's taking us on a tour of Ferndale, Calif., which is not only his hometown, but one of many small towns in Humboldt County with righteous food and a whole lotta flair. There's the generations-old apple orchard with a special place in Guy's heart, to the local's watering hole where Guy first experienced work life in the kitchen; the old-school butcher and the artisan cheese maker. This is a super chef's hometown tour you won't wanna miss!
If there's one thing Guy could eat all day, it's Italian food. And on DDD, he's tasted all kinds of authentic varieties derived from all over the boot. From scratch-made tortellini and house-cured bresaola at the Italian Corner to the native Italian chef at Cafe Citti dishin' out polenta with porcini sauce to the decadent pork sandwiches at Marie's Italian Specialties. And who could forget the legendary lobster ravioli at Rino's Place, or the out of bounds beef cheek manicotti they're serving up at Torinos' at Home? These joints are cranking out homemade Italian dishes that'll rival Nonna's home cooking.
All Things New York
Guy's gettin' a taste of New York in and out of the Big Apple. In Eureka, Calif., the Bronx-bred pizza maker bringing unique Neapolitan-style pies to northern California. In Queens, N.Y., the filmmaker turned chef making a huge proposal and kickin' out killer dishes like the spicy atomic fireballs. And in New York's Lower East Side, the farm to table spot taking fresh and local to a whole new level, servin' up standout seasonal sammies like the winter pig.
Guy's seen a ton of sammies and there are a few he'll not soon forget. From the traditional, like the po-boys he whipped up with Emeril Lagasse at Mahoney's Po-Boy Shop, to the ethnic, like the outrageous arepas at Pica Pica, to the downright ducky French dip at Beer Belly. The meat in the middle's taking center stage in standouts like the Smack Shack where the lobster is bursting from the bun and at The Refuge where Guy's divin' into an all-out pastrami extravaganza. These joints are bringin' the old bagged lunch staple to a whole new level.
Big Time Bites
Guy's rolling up to some joints pullin' out all the stops. In New York's East Village, the neighborhood spot plating up a standout burger worthy of a four star review. In Eureka, Calif., the popular hangout servin' up all kinds of local favorites fired up in the righteous oven, from roasted oysters to wild mushroom cobbler. And in Ridgewood, N.Y., the rocking Vietnamese joint in an obscure industrial park kickin' out authentic dishes like banh xeo and suon nuong xa.
Keepin' It Real
Guy's gettin' into the heart of some long-standing traditions. In Miami, Fla., the Asian fusion spot delivering the bomb dot com Brussels sprouts and going all out ducky on the sous vide sammie. In Eureka, Calif., the soul food spot takin' a page out of grandma's cookbook with down home favorites like jerk fried chicken and shrimp and crawfish etouffee. And in midtown New York, the Italian pizza maker schooling Guy and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian on the authentic Neapolitan technique behind standout pizzas like pistacchio e salsiccia and montanara starita.
Guy's checking out some spots keepin' it all in the family. In New York's Lower East Side, the sibling spot starting at the very beginning ??? pickling, smoking, curing and fermenting, everything from the goat necks to chicken wings to pig ears. In Eureka, California the husband and wife team cranking out Mediterranean favorites like the lamb plate alongside bar standards like the pulled pork po' boy. And in Miami, Fla., the Southern-bred brother/sister duo servin' up grandma's lowcountry recipes with unique touches on favorites like whole fried snapper and beer braised baby back ribs.
Kickin' It In Key West
Guy's checking out some of the awesome eats of the island ??? Key West, Fla., that is. From a funky little shack servin' up New England seafood with coastal twists to a husband/wife team dishing up standout fish tacos just down the street. And a trip to this eclectic oasis wouldn't be complete without a stop to the teeny tiny food cart crankin' out hundreds of Asian/Caribbean fusion dishes a day.
Late Night Legends
Guy has sampled some of the best food in America and its border buddies. Many of those joints have a special way of keeping us up late, like polka and pierogi at Nye's Polonaise Room, and servin' up outrageous food well into the midnight hour, like the around-the-clock menu at Sip and Bite. From triple decker duck at Tattooed Moose to top notch pub grub at Tampa Bay Brewing Company to 24-hour spots from coast to coast, one thing all these late night haunts have in common is great food at all hours.
Guy hits up a diverse roster of totally righteous Vegas joints pulling out all the stops, like out-of-this world finger foods at Bachi Burger, the generations-old butcher shop slingin' killer ribs at John Mull's Meats and Road Kill Grill, and the legendary spot that was one of DDD's very first restaurants ever featured ??? Four Kegs Sports Pub, where they're servin' up all kinds of Italian favorites. Then he's headed over to the Bulgarian joint, Forte European Tapas Bar and Bistro, and a trip to Vegas wouldn't be complete without a trip to Guy's alma mater, UNLV, where Guy's checkin' in with the culinary department and cookin' up Thai Shrimp with Sticky Rice. You can put your money on it ??? the culinary side of Vegas is a full spread of winners.
Crazy For Chicken
The bird is definitely the word. Guy has traveled the country digging into an incredible variety of chicken dishes, and somehow every new plate offers a twist on the traditional bird. From the garlic chicken at Opal Thai Food to stuffed Native American-style tacos at Tocabe, there's all kinds of unique spins on a farm favorite. Served crispy, shredded and flavorful to the bone, this one-hour special wouldn't be complete without a stunner, at Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque where the wings had Guy and his buddies calling for mama.
From Meatballs To Lollipops
Guy's getting into a festival of flavorful faves. In Miami, Fla., the local watering hole puttin' a unique spin on standard bar food with the loaded chimi burrito and lobster lollipops. In Sandy, Utah, the mountain town favorite scratch-makin' everything from breads to smoked meats and a creative combos like Canadian bacon and potato croquettes and white bean and steak pizza. And in Salt Lake City, the New Jersey native serving up authentic Italian family recipes like the larger than life ten ounce meatball.
Real Deal Mexican
Some of the tastiest stops on Guy's DDD road trip have been at Mexican joints, where generations-old family recipes and totally fresh ingredients combine to create incredible food. Coast to coast, from Chicago to Salt Lake City to San Diego, new twists on old classics are keeping tradition alive. From the chicken stuffed sopapilla at Salsa Brava to the pozole at La Texanita and the outta bounds smoked trout at Momocho, this one-hour special is stuffed to the brim with south of the border stunners.
Guy's cruisin' through Hawaii for an authentic taste of Oahu. In Waipahu, the family-run Filipino joint serving up scratch-made favorites straight outta mama's cookbook like the lechon special and pork adobo fried rice. In Kailua, the tiny cafe serving up modern twists on Hawaiian classics like red curry fish and the super flavorful Mandarin duck confit. And on the windward side of the island, in Kaneohe, the tiny authentic Hawaiian drive-in where a world-class chef is crankin' out crazy fresh fish like pan-fried ono and signature ahi cakes.
Guy's diggin' into some diverse dishes on both sides of the Pacific. In Los Angeles, the East Coast buddies piling on a plateful of guilty pleasures like the Fat Jerry sammie, a smorgasbord of fried favorites from chicken fingers to mozzarella sticks to steak. In Monterey, Calif., the boat-to-table spot on the pier crankin' out all kinds of fresh fish like the abalone sliders and the seasonal crab feast. In Aiea, Hawaii, the double-duty bowling alley/restaurant is keeping it funky with one of DDD's best-ever oxtail soups and the flavorful grilled turkey sandwich.
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