Feasting on Asphalt

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Feasting on Asphalt
Also known as Feasting on Waves
Genre food
Created by Alton Brown
Written by Alton Brown
Directed by Alton Brown
Starring Alton Brown
Theme music composer Alton Brown
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
Production
Executive producer(s) Alton Brown
Location(s) United States, Caribbean
Broadcast
Original channel Food Network
External links
Website

Feasting on Asphalt is a television series starring Alton Brown of the Food Network programs Good Eats and Iron Chef America.

Brown's third series, Feasting on Asphalt explores "road food" (eating establishments which cater to travelers) in the historical and present-day United States, with an emphasis on unique restaurants and regional cuisine. In the first two seasons, Brown and his crew seek "good eats" across the country, via Brown's BMW motorcycle. "As far as I’m concerned, there’s no better way to experience the road than from the back of a bike," says Brown. During the third season (titled Feasting on Waves), Brown trades the motorcycle for a boat to island hop throughout the Caribbean with a similar mission.

Season 1[edit]

Season 1 consisted of four episodes, initially broadcast July 29, August 5, August 12, and August 19, 2006 (Shot Spring/Summer '06). Brown traveled from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and sampled food along his travel route. The episodes included segments documenting famous journeys and travelers (from the Odyssey to the Crusades, to Lewis and Clark, and Jack Kerouac), and interviews with many of the restaurant owners and patrons he met en route.

Brown suffered a motorcycle crash during the shooting of the Nevada segment, injuring his right clavicle. This injury was caught on camera and was shown in episode 4.

Brown began his trip in Mount Pleasant, SC, then wound his way through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and then to the California coast.

Episode 1[edit]

Title: "The South Shall Fry Again"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Mount Pleasant, SC 32°51.38′N 79°47.92′W / 32.85633°N 79.79867°W / 32.85633; -79.79867 Jack's Cosmic Dogs This was the only (open) food establishment Alton Brown admits to being familiar with prior to the roadtrip
Mount Pleasant, SC 32°47.22′N 79°52.59′W / 32.78700°N 79.87650°W / 32.78700; -79.87650 Pitt Street Pharmacy Soda Jerk
Savannah, GA 32°03.81′N 81°05.94′W / 32.06350°N 81.09900°W / 32.06350; -81.09900 Streamliner Diner
Gilsonville, SC not given Robert Lee Smalls Store Pickled Pig's Feet
Place and establishment identified on foodnetwork.com, but not on the broadcast.
Washington, GA 33°43.6242′N 82°43.119′W / 33.7270700°N 82.718650°W / 33.7270700; -82.718650 Bones Biscuit-bar & Grill
Toccoa, GA 34°34.62′N 83°19.90′W / 34.57700°N 83.33167°W / 34.57700; -83.33167 The Chicken Basket Closed
Toccoa, GA 34°34.62′N 83°19.90′W / 34.57700°N 83.33167°W / 34.57700; -83.33167 Shirley's Soul Food Cafe
Spartanburg, SC 35°02.55′N 81°48.51′W / 35.04250°N 81.80850°W / 35.04250; -81.80850 Hobo Hollar Produce
Charlotte, NC 35°11.57′N 80°52.41′W / 35.19283°N 80.87350°W / 35.19283; -80.87350 South 21 Drive-In

Episode 2[edit]

Title: "I Smell Pork"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Cashiers, NC 35°17.95′N 83°08.86′W / 35.29917°N 83.14767°W / 35.29917; -83.14767 The Carolina Smokehouse
Sunbright, TN 36°21.76′N 84°45.86′W / 36.36267°N 84.76433°W / 36.36267; -84.76433 Lou's Cafe
North Corbin, KY 36°56.64′N 84°05.73′W / 36.94400°N 84.09550°W / 36.94400; -84.09550 Sanders Cafe Original Colonel Sanders
Bowling Green, KY 36°59.67′N 86°26.73′W / 36.99450°N 86.44550°W / 36.99450; -86.44550 Duncan Hines' Home
Bowling Green, KY 36°59.98′N 86°26.80′W / 36.99967°N 86.44667°W / 36.99967; -86.44667 Smokey Pig BBQ
Evansville, IN 37°58.61′N 87°33.84′W / 37.97683°N 87.56400°W / 37.97683; -87.56400 Greyhound Bus Station Vending machines
Evansville, IN 37°58.30′N 87°34.53′W / 37.97167°N 87.57550°W / 37.97167; -87.57550 YWCA Tea Room
Evansville-New Harmony Road, IN 37°59.16′N 87°36.44′W / 37.98600°N 87.60733°W / 37.98600; -87.60733 Hilltop Inn Brain Sandwich, Squirrel Burgoo
St. Louis, MO 38°35.37′N 90°18.47′W / 38.58950°N 90.30783°W / 38.58950; -90.30783 Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Episode 3[edit]

Title: "High Plains Feaster"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Saint Louis, MO 38°38.62′N 90°17.46′W / 38.64367°N 90.29100°W / 38.64367; -90.29100 Grounds, 1904 World's Fair
Weaubleau, MO 37°53.44′N 93°32.47′W / 37.89067°N 93.54117°W / 37.89067; -93.54117 Anonymous tourist court
Florence, KS 38°14.51′N 96°55.59′W / 38.24183°N 96.92650°W / 38.24183; -96.92650 Spring Fling event Brisket BBQ
Florence, KS 38°14.51′N 96°55.59′W / 38.24183°N 96.92650°W / 38.24183; -96.92650 Harvey house
La Junta, CO 37°59.26′N 103°32.59′W / 37.98767°N 103.54317°W / 37.98767; -103.54317 Former Woolworth's lunch counter closed
La Junta, CO 37°59.26′N 103°32.59′W / 37.98767°N 103.54317°W / 37.98767; -103.54317 Copper Kitchen Cafe
Pikes Peak, CO 38°50.45′N 105°02.84′W / 38.84083°N 105.04733°W / 38.84083; -105.04733 Brown's campstove on Pikes Peak summit Coffee at 14,000 feet, brewed with Pikes Peak snow
Mancos, CO 37°22.27′N 108°15.88′W / 37.37117°N 108.26467°W / 37.37117; -108.26467 Ted's Taco frybread
Mexican Hat, UT 37°09.04′N 109°51.97′W / 37.15067°N 109.86617°W / 37.15067; -109.86617 Mexican Hat Lodge

Episode 4[edit]

Title: "California or Bust"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Monument Valley, UT not given Linda and Woody's RV hash browns, made using "Essence of Emeril" (which Alton points out "doesn't actually smell like Emeril")
Kayenta, AZ not given Linda W.'s house mutton stew, fry bread, intestine, stomach fat, blue cornmeal mush, wild pine nuts, Navajo tea, Navajo tacos
Indian Springs, NV 36°27.86′N 115°26.04′W / 36.46433°N 115.43400°W / 36.46433; -115.43400 anonymous gravel road Alton's motorcycle mishap, he traveled by car from this moment on
Las Vegas, NV not given Curly Q Camp chuck wagon re-enactment; due to Alton's injuries from above incident he was unable to attend although remainder of crew did
Rialto, CA 34°06.40′N 117°20.95′W / 34.10667°N 117.34917°W / 34.10667; -117.34917 Wigwam Motel hardtack, homemade by Alton from "an authentic Civil War recipe"
Ontario, CA 34°01′54″N 117°37′05″W / 34.0316°N 117.6180°W / 34.0316; -117.6180 Cathy and John's semi and Fork in the Road Restaurant muffler beef stew (made with an accessory originally designed for snowmobiles) and meatloaf cooked using plug-in cooker
Hawthorne, CA not given (mobile) lunch wagon breakfast burrito
Hawthorne, CA 33°54.90′N 118°20.63′W / 33.91500°N 118.34383°W / 33.91500; -118.34383 Continental Gourmet market empanadas
Hawthorne, CA 33°54.11′N 118°19.99′W / 33.90183°N 118.33317°W / 33.90183; -118.33317 B&R Old Fashion Burgers royal burger (2.5 lb. - pastrami, egg, etc.)
Hawthorne, CA not given Dino's drive-through pastrami hot dog
Hawthorne, CA 33°55.45′N 118°21.16′W / 33.92417°N 118.35267°W / 33.92417; -118.35267 Fosters Freeze soft serve ice cream with Hawthorne PD Detective (now Hawthorne PD Sergeant and host of The Hungry Detective) Chris Cognac ; supposedly site of inspiration for the Beach Boys song Fun, Fun, Fun but, was actually the A&W hamburger stand on Hawthorne Blvd; ice cream; pepper balls
Hawthorne, CA 33°55.85′N 118°21.36′W / 33.93083°N 118.35600°W / 33.93083; -118.35600 Acosta's tacos

Note: Coordinates were incorrectly shown in ddmmss format on the program.

Alton Brown is shown wearing a sling for three quarters of this episode after his motorcycle accident and resulting shoulder injury. On the sling is written: "If you can read this odds are I'm about to scream."

Season 2[edit]

The second season, Feasting on Asphalt 2 - The River Run, began airing August 4, 2007 on the Food Network. The journey began in Venice, Louisiana, with Brown and his crew tracing the Mississippi River north. According to Brown's website, Feasting on Asphalt 2 was filmed during April and May 2007,[1] and consists of six episodes along the Great River Road. Brown deviates from the Great River Road, however, missing several of the cities that travel along the Mississippi River; rather than following the river through towns such as Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and Bemidji, Minnesota, Brown cuts straight over from Crosby, Minnesota to Itasca State Park in order to reach the source of the Mississippi River.

Episode 1[edit]

Title: "A Strong Brown God"

According to Brown, a strong brown god is a term used by T. S. Eliot to describe the Mississippi River.

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Just outside New Orleans, LA Luzianne Tea blends formulated for iced tea. According to Brown, Luzianne kept its employees on full salary during the months the company was closed following Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans, LA 29°56.65′N 90°03.88′W / 29.94417°N 90.06467°W / 29.94417; -90.06467 Mulate's Gumbo, grilled alligator, frog legs, bread pudding.
New Orleans, LA Big Fisherman Boiled crawfish, crawfish pies, sausage, stuffed artichoke.
Hammond, LA 30°27.29′N 90°29.10′W / 30.45483°N 90.48500°W / 30.45483; -90.48500 Kliebert's Gator & Turtle Farm Has been raising alligators since the 1940s. Kliebert's ranching methods are said to have increased the alligator population. The alligators are fed frozen nutria.
Vacherie, LA B&C Seafood Red beans and rice, alligator, gumbo, boudin balls, sausage, potato salad.
La Place, LA 30°04.34′N 90°28.34′W / 30.07233°N 90.47233°W / 30.07233; -90.47233 Bailey's Andouille Andouille, tasso, hog head cheese.

Episode 2[edit]

Title: "Fry Me a River"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Baton Rouge, LA Uncle Bill's Spices A demonstration on grinding sassafras leaves into filé powder.
Natchez, MS 31°32.34′N 91°23.77′W / 31.53900°N 91.39617°W / 31.53900; -91.39617 The Donut Shop Drive-thru donut shop.
Natchez, MS 31°33.64′N 91°23.81′W / 31.56067°N 91.39683°W / 31.56067; -91.39683 Club 601 Spaghetti and fried catfish.
Outside Natchez, MS Natchez State Park Alton cooked breakfast for the crew. Grits with head cheese, picante scrambled eggs, and fried andouille.
Natchez Trace Parkway A brief history of this historic road, while traveling to their next destination.
Lorman, MS 31°49.24′N 91°03.02′W / 31.82067°N 91.05033°W / 31.82067; -91.05033 Old Country Store Fried chicken, corn bread, and greens. Alton said it was the best fried chicken he'd ever had.
Vicksburg, MS 32°21.12′N 90°52.08′W / 32.35200°N 90.86800°W / 32.35200; -90.86800 Biedenharn Candy Co. Alton discussed the strategic importance of Vicksburg during the American Civil War, and Biedenharn first bottling Coca-Cola in 1894.
Greenville, MS 33°51.21′N 91°03.71′W / 33.85350°N 91.06183°W / 33.85350; -91.06183 Jim's Cafe Beef tips on pancakes.

Episode 3[edit]

Title: "Soul Food Survivor"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Greenville, MS Doe's Eat Place Tamale Trail. Preparation of tamales, and theories about their popularity on the Mississippi delta.
Rosedale, MS 33°51.21′N 91°01.65′W / 33.85350°N 91.02750°W / 33.85350; -91.02750 Joe's White Front Cafe "Koolickles" (pickles made with cherry Kool-Aid), and corn husk tamales.
West Helena-Helena, AR 34°35.86′N 90°47.80′W / 34.59767°N 90.79667°W / 34.59767; -90.79667 Ray's Dairy Maid Pecan and coconut meringue pies. City erroneously given as Helena, Alaska (AK) on map.
Memphis, TN 35°07.55′N 89°57.55′W / 35.12583°N 89.95917°W / 35.12583; -89.95917 Pink Palace Museum Replica of the original Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
Memphis, TN 35°05.15′N 90°03.42′W / 35.08583°N 90.05700°W / 35.08583; -90.05700 Jim Neely's Interstate Bar-B-Que Memphis school of barbecue. Pork skins, baby back ribs, chopped pork on spaghetti, deep fried sausage.
Memphis, TN Wiles-Smith Drugs Cherry milk shakes at a drug store lunch counter. Alton mistook a stuffed porcupine for a nutria.
Memphis, TN 35°10.05′N 90°00.61′W / 35.16750°N 90.01017°W / 35.16750; -90.01017 Melanie's Soul Food Restaurant Soul food – turkey leg, greens, corn bread, beans, caramel cake.

Episode 4[edit]

Title: "Take Me To The River"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Paducah, KY Alton's barge trip ends here.
Chester, IL 37°54.32′N 89°50.01′W / 37.90533°N 89.83350°W / 37.90533; -89.83350 Home of Popeye Home of Popeye's creator and Alton’s taste of canned spinach.
Alton, IL Alton IL, Visitor Center Where Alton Brown learns how midwesterners pronounce the name Alton.
Alton, IL 38°53.29′N 90°09.78′W / 38.88817°N 90.16300°W / 38.88817; -90.16300 Fast Eddie's - Bon Air Off the river road road-house. Built in the 1920s by Anheuser Busch.
Alton, IL 38°54.204′N 90°08.947′W / 38.903400°N 90.149117°W / 38.903400; -90.149117 Pie Town Best pecan pie north of the Mason-Dixon line according to Alton. Closed Dec 2008.
Saint Louis, MO 38°35.521′N 90°18.169′W / 38.592017°N 90.302817°W / 38.592017; -90.302817 Donut Drive-In 6525 Chippewa Street - Best donuts Alton has ever consumed
Saint Louis, MO 38°37.016′N 90°15.712′W / 38.616933°N 90.261867°W / 38.616933; -90.261867 Worlds Fair Donuts 1904 S Vandeventer - Peggy the fastest change maker doesn't have much time for Alton after the camera man gets in her way. Old school donuts.
Saint Louis, MO 38°34.377′N 90°17.707′W / 38.572950°N 90.295117°W / 38.572950; -90.295117 Saint Louis Hills Donut Shop 6917 Hampton - Where Alton teaches a kid how to drink coffee and does a taste test with cold milk.
Quincy, IL 39°56.221′N 91°23.794′W / 39.937017°N 91.396567°W / 39.937017; -91.396567 Maid Rite 507 North 12th Street - Home of the Maid-Rite.

Episode 5[edit]

Title: "Mid-American Pie"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinates Establishment Notes
Monroe City, MO 39°34′52″N 91°39′57″W / 39.5811°N 91.6657°W / 39.5811; -91.6657 Civil War battle reenactment Union vs. Confederate coffee taste test. (Note: The GPS coordinates shown are not that close to Monroe City MO.)
Taylor, MO 39°54.995′N 91°31.670′W / 39.916583°N 91.527833°W / 39.916583; -91.527833 The 18 Wheeler Restaurant The truck stop with the country's biggest breakfast.
Nauvoo, IL 40°32.560′N 91°22.329′W / 40.542667°N 91.372150°W / 40.542667; -91.372150 Baxter's Vineyard 2010 Parley St - Where Mike the sound guy gets to taste midwestern wine. Alton also tries rhubarb pie with concord grape juice.
Niota, IL 40°37.560′N 91°17.333′W / 40.626000°N 91.288883°W / 40.626000; -91.288883 Quality Fisheries On IL Hwy 96 - 157 Arbor. River fish that have been hot smoked. Deep fried morel mushrooms.
Muscatine, IA 41°25.22′N 91°02.15′W / 41.42033°N 91.03583°W / 41.42033; -91.03583 The Clam Shell Valentine Diner number 2111. Also where pearl buttons come from river mollusc shells.
Moline, IL 44°30.45′N 90°31.13′W / 44.50750°N 90.51883°W / 44.50750; -90.51883 John Deere Visitors Pavilion Deere Prairie Breaker plow
Savanna, IL U-Pick Asparagus Pick your own asparagus outside of Savanna on the Great River Road.
Saint Donatus, IA 42°21.85′N 90°32.36′W / 42.36417°N 90.53933°W / 42.36417; -90.53933 Kalmes Store Fried chicken livers with seafood cocktail sauce and pork tenderloin sandwiches with Luxembourg noodles. And the special machine to make the noodles.
Balltown, IA 42°38.36′N 90°31.10′W / 42.63933°N 90.51833°W / 42.63933; -90.51833 Breitbach's Restaurant Iowa's oldest bar. Lots of pies including rhubarb custard.

Episode 6[edit]

Title: "Lutefisk Express"

Places Visited:

Place Coordinate Establishment Notes
Alma, WI 44°19.30′N 91°42.35′W / 44.32167°N 91.70583°W / 44.32167; -91.70583 Great Alma Fishing Float "The Mess" with smoked fish and sauerkraut named "Best road breakfast yet" by Alton.
Frontenac, MN 44°33.20′N 92°28.32′W / 44.55333°N 92.47200°W / 44.55333; -92.47200 Whistle Stop Cafe A good example of a great "Road Joint."
St. Paul, MN 44°52.32′N 93°10.48′W / 44.87200°N 93.17467°W / 44.87200; -93.17467 Russian Tea House Once visited by U2. Alton enjoys piroshki, a traditional Russian hamburger-like dish.
Minneapolis, MN 44°54.43′N 93°11.48′W / 44.90717°N 93.19133°W / 44.90717; -93.19133 Olsen Fish Company Providers of Alton's Lutefisk enjoyed at the end of the show.
St. Paul, MN 44°56′50″N 93°5′53″W / 44.94722°N 93.09806°W / 44.94722; -93.09806 Mickey's Dining Car Authentic diner food.
St. Paul, MN 44°56.78′N 93°11.48′W / 44.94633°N 93.19133°W / 44.94633; -93.19133 Unnamed catering company with Soile Anderson Smorgasbord is defined and enjoyed.
Minneapolis, MN 44°57.78′N 93°17.13′W / 44.96300°N 93.28550°W / 44.96300; -93.28550 Bob's Java Hut Alton gets a tattoo in the shop upstairs.
Crosby, MN 46°29.06′N 93°57.25′W / 46.48433°N 93.95417°W / 46.48433; -93.95417 The Nordic Inn Nordic theme hotel built in a converted Methodist Church
Itasca State Park 47°14.23′N 95°12.27′W / 47.23717°N 95.20450°W / 47.23717; -95.20450 End of the road, source the Mississippi River.

Season 3[edit]

The third season uses the title Feasting on Waves as Brown travels the Caribbean by boat in search of local cuisine with less emphasis on established restaurants and more roadside stands and visits to residents' kitchens.[2]

  • Sugar on Isle One - a visit to Saint Kitts, Brown seeks traditional foods from roadside stands, street vendors, and homes of locals. Dishes explored include a bush tea created from fragrant grasses foraged from the roadside
  • Fungi With Foraging and Fish - a visit to Saint Martin / St Maarten and a lolo stand, brews a local drink called mauby, and helps a local family prepare a boiled fish feast with local ingredients and traditions.
  • Island Thyme - Alton sails on to discover "perfect" foods and home made wines made from unexpected ingredients. Sea life becomes the focus as the exploration moves below the surface.
  • Won Love - Traditional family recipes and a friendly church social are just a couple of the places AB finds the "best sauce" which turns out to be the main ingredient of all of his travels.

Motorcycles and gear[edit]

Season 1[edit]

In the series, Alton Brown is seen riding a BMW R1200RT, a touring motorcycle, with a number of accessories. He wears a variety of gear including textile jackets or suits made by BMW, Aerostich, and Vanson, and Aerostich "Combat Touring" boots. His web site lists his motorcycle and camping gear, much of it procured from Aerostich. His motorcycle was purchased used from a BMW dealer and has made prior appearances on Good Eats.[3] Its fate following the accident outside Las Vegas has not been divulged.

Season 2[edit]

For Season 2 Alton Brown and his crew rode the BMW R1200GS, a dual-sport motorcycles. He is wearing BMW motorcycle apparel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alton Brown's official website — Where's AB at the Wayback Machine (archived April 4, 2007)
  2. ^ "Alton Brown: 'Feasting on Asphalt,' Town by Tow". NPR. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  3. ^ "AB's Motogear". Alton Brown official web site. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 

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