Food Paradise

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Food Paradise
Format Cooking, Reality TV
Starring Mason Pettit (narrator)
Composer(s) The Music Collective
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 38
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin Burns
Producer(s) Philip Kruener
Editor(s) Eddie Arguelles, Greg Clausen, Charles Donohoe, Titus Heard, Jennifer Lehman, Matt Kay, Casey Lee, Jayson Meadows, Margaret Moore, Janelle Ashley Nielson, Spyke
Location(s) various
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Prometheus Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel Travel Channel
Original run 2008 – Present
External links
Website

Food Paradise is a television series narrated by Mason Pettit that features the best places to find various cuisines at food locations across America. Each episode focuses on a certain type of restaurant, such as "Diners", "Bars", "Drive-Thrus" or "Breakfast" places that people go to find a certain food specialty.[1] New episodes currently air on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

Contents

List of Restaurants by Episode[edit]

Sandwich Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Katz's Delicatessen Lower East Side, New York City, New York Pastrami on rye with mustard & Beef salami sandwich
Stage Deli Midtown, Manhattan, New York 35 oversized celebrity-named sandwiches (classic pastrami)
Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe Naugatuck, Connecticut Italian Grinder sandwiches ("Meat Combo")
Jersey Mike's Subs Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey Submarine sandwiches ("Club Sub" with oil & vinegar)
Primanti Bros. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Italian-style meats, coleslaw & fries-stuffed sandwiches
Phillipe The Original Los Angeles, California French dip sandwiches (roast beef, lamb, pork, & turkey with au jus & spicy mustard)
Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop Greenwich Village, New York City, New York 400 combos of peanut butter sandwiches (PB & Fluff, "Elvis"-PB, bananas, bacon, "The Pregnant Lady-PB & pickles)
Tony's I-75 Restaurant Birch Run, Michigan Oversized BLT sandwich (World's biggest)

Steak Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Peter Luger Steak House Brooklyn, New York Dry-aged USDA prime beef, heavy-cut lamb chops
Hilltop Steakhouse Saugus, Massachusetts Prime rib, Rib eye steak
Pat's King of Steaks Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia cheese steak (chopped steak with Cheese Wiz)
Geno's Steaks Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia cheese steak (sliced steak with provolone)
Cattleman's Steakhouse Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USDA prime & choice steaks, (T-Bone Steak, "Cattlemen’s Strip Sirloin")
Big Texan Steak Ranch Amarillo, Texas Big Texan Challenge: 72 ounce top sirloin, dinner roll, side salad, baked potato, and vegetables
The Buckhorn Exchange Denver, Colorado Wild game steaks: (buffalo, yak, elk, ostrich)

Breakfast Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
The Machine Shed Urbandale, Iowa Farmhouse Breakfast (big portions): "Farmer's Daughter" & "Hungery Man's Breakfast", "I Love Eggs"-get a free egg, giant cinnamon rolls
Loveless Cafe Nashville, Tennessee South-style breakfast: hot biscuits and gravy & country ham with sorghum syrup
Pancake Pantry Nashville, Tennessee 23 different kinds of pancakes: sweet potato pancakes
Petite Abeille Lower East Side, New York City, New York Belgian waffles: (Brussels waffles & Liege waffles)
Murray's Bagels Greenwich Village, New York City, New York Hand-rolled bagels: Lox & whitefish, "Leo" (Special)-lox, eggs, onions on salt bagel
Cereality Cereal Bar & Cafe Santa Cruz, California Create "Cereal-My-Way" with different kinds of combinations
Swingers Santa Monica, California Late-night organic breakfast: Huevos Rancheros, pancakes, waffles, omelettes.

Bar Food Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Union Oyster House Boston, Massachusetts Blue point oysters on the half-shell, 5 to 16 lb lobsters, "clam chowda"
Jimmie Kramer's Peanut Bar Reading, Pennsylvania unlimited bowl of free peanuts
Restaurant Moderno Piedras Negras, Mexico created the original nachos with cheese & pickled jalapenos
J. Gilligan's Bar and Grill Arlington, Texas "Irish Nachos"-cottage fries, cheese, peppers, onions, jalapeno's served in a skillet
Finn McCool's Irish Pub Santa Monica, California Guinness beer, Loaded potato skins with Irish bacon & mushrooms
Barney's Beanery West Hollywood, California World famous chili (on burgers, hot dogs, fries, hashbrowns), "Champaign Breakfast"-chili cheese dog with Dom Pérignon
Frank & Teressa's Anchor Bar Buffalo, New York World famous original Buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing & celery
National Buffalo Wing Festival Buffalo, New York Hundreds of different kinds of chicken wings, plus wing eating contests

Ice Cream Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Bassett's Ice Cream @ Reading Terminal Market Philadelphia, Pennsylvania America's Oldest Ice Cream Company - ice cream consisiting of high butterfat content (makes it creamier) - Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, English Toffee Crunch
The Berkey Creamery University Park, Pennsylvania 100 ice cream flavors, 10 frozen yogurt flavors and 6 sherbet flavors - "Alumni Swirl" (vanilla Ice Cream with Swiss mocha chips and blueberry swirl), "Pralines 'N Cream" (Praline flavored ice cream with praline pecans and caramel swirl)
Ben and Jerry's Waterbury, Vermont "Cherry Garcia" (cherry ice cream with cherries & fudge flakes), "Chunky Monkey" (banana ice cream with fudge chunks & walnuts), "Chubby Hubby" (fudge-covered peanut butter filled pretzels covered in vanilla malt ice cream swirled with fudge & peanut butter), "The Vermonster" (a huge ice cream sundae served in a bucket filled with 20 scoops of ice cream, 4 bananas, hot fudge, 3 chocolate chip cookies, a chocolate fudge brownie, walnuts, 4 choice toppings and whipped cream.
Doumar's Drive-In Norfolk, Virginia Creators of the ice cream cone - homemade Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry or Pecan ice cream inside a famous Doumar hand-rolled waffle cone.
Max and Mina's of Main Street Queens, New York Homemade Ice Cream & Ices (with eccentric experimental ice cream flavors) "Lox", "Corn on the Cob", "White Fish" (w/ vodka), "Cotton Candy (w/ marshmallows), "Halava", "Chocolate Cupcake", "Praline Pecan" "French Toast", "Garlic" and "Beer & Nuts".
Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain Pasadena, California Lime Rickey, Egg Creams, Milkshakes, ice cream sodas, "Classic Sundae" (ice cream sundaes w/ hot fudge, chopped nuts, whipped cream and a cherry), "All-American Banana Split" (a scoop of vanilla, chocolate & strawberry ice cream topped with hot fudge, strawberry & pineapple sauces with whipped cream, cherries and a split banana.
Serendipity 3 Manhattan, New York "Strawberry Fields Sundae" (cheese cake, strawberry ice cream and strawberry topping and whipped cream), "Forbidden Broadway Sundae" (chocolate "blackout cake", ice cream, hot fudge topped with whipped cream), "Can't Say No Sundae" (humble pie, ice cream, banana and hot fudge with whipped cream), "Frrrozen Hot Chocolate" (frozen drink with 15 different blends of chocolate a topped with whipped cream), Guinness World Record "Golden Opulence Sundae" ($1,000 ice cream sundae with Tahitian Vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans and edible gold leaf topped with Paris dried fruit, 23-karat gold-covered almonds, gold sugar flowers, passion fruit caviar and gold flakes served in an Amedei Porcelana & Venezuelan Chuao chocolate, 23K edible goldleaf-lined Baccarat crystal goblet eaten with an 18K gold spoon.

Diner Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Speciality(s)
Modern Diner Pawtucket, Rhode Island Breakfast Food - Custard French Toast topped with warm fruit and coconut shavings.
Rosie's Diner Rockford, Michigan Fried Bologna Sandwich, "Cobblestone French Toast", meatloaf sandwich served with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Empire Diner New York, New York Rail-car diner with a full bar – hamburgers, club sandwiches.
Ed Debevic's Diner Chicago, Illinois Cheeseburgers, cheese fries, milkshakes, pies. "Double-burger Special" (14 ounce beef patties)
Fog City Diner San Francisco, California Gourmet diner – mac n' cheese with ham & peas, Todo Santos Fish Tacos, Mu Shu Pork Burritos, Buffalo Burgers, truffle-oil fries, famous Bloody Marys, Dungeness Crab Cippino, signature crab cakes.
Papermoon Baltimore, Maryland Breakfast quesadillas, "Cranberry Melt" (turkey with Swiss cheese and cranberry sauce on toast) "Mom's Meatloaf" (served with mashed potatoes and gravy), "David's Delight" (omelette stuffed with lox, cream cheese and capers)
Napa Valley Wine Train Napa Valley, California Seasonal Menu - Mahi Mahi Special with fresh vegetables paired with wine, braised short ribs with a merlot sauce.

Pizza Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Lombardi's Pizza Napoletant (Little Italy) New York City, New York Neapolitan-style thin-crust coal oven pizza, "Margerita"-cheese and sauce, famous pesto pizza
Ray's Pizza (on Prince St.) New York City, New York Original Ray's traditional thin-crust pizza
The Original Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana ("Little Italy" – Wooster Square) New Haven, Connecticut New Haven-style coal fire oven pizza
Sally's Apizza Restaurant New Haven, Connecticut Coal fire thin-crust pizza
Pizzeria Uno Chicago, Illinois Original deep dish pizza, "Numerio Uno" – cheese, sauce, sausage and pepperoni
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Chicago, Illinois Deep dish pizza with buttery flaky crust, Wisconsin cheese and Illinois pork sausage, Chocolate chip pizza
Giorano's Famous Stuffed Pizza Chicago, Illinois Stuffed pizza Turino-style - 4 1/2 pound pizza pies with double crust, cheese on bottom and sauce on top
Caioti Pizza Cafe Studio City, California California-style gourmet pizza with unexpected toppings, "Pizza Rockafella"-seafood topped pizza
California Pizza Kitchen Beverly Hills, California (1st), (Throughout U.S.) Gourmet California-style pizza, Original Bar-B-Que chicken pizza
Nino's Bellissima Pizza (Upper East Side) Manhattan, New York "Luxury Pizza" - $1,000 gourmet pizza with crème fraîche, lobster tail, caviar and salmon roe

Ribs Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Nugget Rib Cook-Off Sparks, Nevada "Best in the West BBQ Rib Cook-Off" (every BBQ region is represented)
Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues Minneapolis, Minnesota Two-time BBQ pork ribs champion, "All American BBQ Feast" – ribs, chicken, corn bread, fries, corn on the cob and baked beans
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Barbecue (aka: "Church BBQ") Huntsville, Texas "Devine Soul Food Ribs" – Oak wood-smoked dry rub secret seasoning barbecue ribs
Charles Vergo's Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs Memphis, Tennessee Charcoal longback rib racks (dry rubbed and basted) with vinegar solution and Greek seasoning
The Shed BBQ & Blues Ocean Springs, Mississippi Fall-off-the-bone BBQ baby back ribs and spare ribs (dry rub with brown sugar and secret sauce
Baby Blue's Bar-B-Q Venice Beach, California Soul Food, slow-cooked hybird baby back BBQ ribs (dry rub marinade, smoked, grilled, and sauced), Memphis-style pork ribs, Texas-style beef ribs
Nancy's Pig Heaven (Upper East Side) New York City, New York (wet rub) Chinese spare ribs with Chinese red sauce (honey, five-spice powder, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sherry and rice wine)

Donut Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Café Du Monde New Orleans, Louisiana beignets with powdered sugar, cafe au lait
Kane's Donuts Saugus, Massachusetts home-style cake donuts, honey-dipped donuts, giant coffee rolls
Randy's Donuts Inglewood, California 50-foot ceramic doughnut-shaped sign, glazed, sugar and chocolate raised donuts
The Spudnut Shop Richland, Washington "Spudnuts" – potato flour donuts, "Nutty Spuddy", "Spufins" – potato flour muffins
Voodoo Doughnut Portland, Oregon "Voodoo Doughnut" – raspberry jam-filled voodoo doll-shaped doughnut, "Bacon Maple Bars", "Dirt Doughnuts", bubblegum doughnuts, "Dirty Snowball", "Memphis Mafia"
Top Pot Doughnuts Seattle, Washington old-fashioned spice cake doughnuts, maple doughtnuts, "Rainbow Doughnuts", "Pink Feather Boa" – pink icing with coconut
Doughnut Plant (Lower East Side) New York City, New York designer gourmet doughnuts, glazed doughnuts with edible flowers, raspberry glaze, doughnut jelly square, pistachio nut glaze

Hamburger Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Louis' Lunch New Haven, Connecticut invented original hamburger sandwich in 1895 using vertical flame broilers
White Castle (First) Wichita, Kansas (throughout U.S.) famous 2 1/2 inch steamed sliders with chopped onions
All-American Drive-In Massapequa, New York old-fashioned classic "All American Burger"
Bob's Big Boy Burbank, California "Original Double Deck Hamburger" (2 patties), "Super Boy Big Combo"
World Famous Ted's Restaurant Meriden, Connecticut Steamed cheeseburgers with white cheese
Half-Moon Restaurant & Saloon Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Wild-game burgers (buffalo, ostrich, elk, antelope, wild boar and kangaroo)
The Spot Natural Food Restaurant Hermosa Beach, California Homemade veggie burgers
Pop Burger (Lower West Side) New York City, New York 3 inch mini burger gourmet sliders
Old Homestead Steakhouse (Chelsea/Meat Packing District) New York City, New York $41 Kobe beef burger with exotic mushrooms and tater tots
Waylon's Kuku Burger Miami, Oklahoma Giant grilled burgers with buttered buns and any topping

Hot Dog Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Nathan's Famous Coney Island, New York famous frankfurters (chili dogs, sautee onion & pepper dog), crinkle-cut fries, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Pink's Hot Dogs Hollywood, California 21 celebrity-named grilled hot dogs, chili cheese dogs
The Varsity Atlanta, Georgia World's biggest hot dog stand and drive-in, water-boiled hot dogs (chili dogs, chili slaw dog), onion rings,
Superdawg Drive-In Chicago, Illinois "Superdawgs" voted best Chicago hot dogs – (smokey & garlicy)
Hot Doug's The Sausage Superstore Chicago, Illinois Wild-game sausages sandwiches, corn dogs, "The Dog" – Chicago dog
Jimmy Buff's Hot Dogs & Sausages East Hanover, New Jersey Originators of the Italian hot dog (fried hot dogs with fried potatoes, onion & peppers stuffed into a roll
Franktitude (Southbeach) Miami, Florida Chilean-style seafood dogs, salmon franks, low calorie chicken/tofu franks)

Barbeque Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Arthur Bryant's Kansas City, Missouri 12-hour hickory & oak slow-smoked beef brisket, pork ribs with signature vinegar-based BBQ sauce.
Interstate Bar-B-Que Memphis, Tennessee Dry-rubbed brisket, pork ribs, chicken and sausage, 1-pound pulled pork sandwich, "Barbeque Spaghetti" (seasoned rib meat mixed with BBQ tomato-based sauce over spaghetti)
Smitty's Market Lockhart, Texas Slow smoked brisket and signature smoked sausage.
Kreuz Market Lockhart, Texas Fast-smoked brisket, boneless beef shoulder, and smoked sausage.
Black's Barbecue Lockhart, Texas Smoked brisket, turkey, pork loin and beef ribs with signature BBQ sauce.
Annual Barbecue Festival Lexington, North Carolina Chopped or sliced pork shoulder in a ketchup & vinegar-based BBQ sauce called "Dip" served with cole slaw. Hot pork skins and barbeque turkey legs.
Lexington BBQ Lexington, North Carolina Lexington-style barbeque slow-smoked fire pit pork shoulders with vinegar-based BBQ sauce. Chopped pork sandwich served with "red slaw" (ketchup-based cole slaw), hush puppies and sweet tea.
Cowboy Flavor (Catering) Santa Maria, California Santa Maria-style "cowboy barbeque" (over an open firepit with red oak smoke) "Barbacoa", Beef shoulder, Linguica sausage served with pinto beans and salsa.
The Hitching Post Buellton, California "World's Best BBQ Steaks", Modern Santa Maria-style barbeque (vinegar & garlic-infused vegetable oil basted angus rib chops, prime top sirloin, filet mignon, grilled ostrich meat, barbequed artichokes with smoked tomato ancho-chili mayonnaise)
17th Street Bar and Grill Murphysboro, Illinois Award-winning barbeque (apple wood smoked), dry-rubbed pork ribs smothered with signature tomato & vinegar-based BBQ sauce and sprinkled with "Magic Dust" (secret seasoning)

All You Can Eat Paradise (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Bellagio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Bellagio Buffet (200 selections) suckling pig, Beef Wellington, sushi rolls, fish-smoked salmon roulade, Alaskan crab legs
The Broadmoor Hotel Colorado Springs, Colorado Gourmet Sunday Brunch (tapas, cheeses, desserts--chocolate fountain, chocolate showpieces)
The Castaway Burbank, California Sunday brunch (shellfish, shrimp, crab legs, sushi) full bar (Bloody Mary's & champaign), 25 different desserts
Gauchos Village Glendale, California "Rodizio"--Brazilian buffet ("pacana" - Brazilian grilled meat on skewers, empandas) Brazilian dancers
Pea Soup Andersen's Buellton, California All-you-can-eat "bottomless bowl" of split pea soup
Cafe Fleuri @ The Langham Hotel Boston, Massachusetts (Sept-June) "Chocolate Bar" – dessert buffet with 520 items (chocolate fantasies & chocolates of the world—chocolate soup, creme brulee, chocolate fountain, crepe station)
Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Clearfield, Pennsylvania World's largest hamburger, (1 to 15 pound burgers)

Steak Paradise 2: A Second Helping (2008)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse Chicago, Illinois Wet aged beef (char-broiled 32 ounce T-bone), beef fat cottage fries
David Burke's Primehouse Chicago, Illinois 40 day Himalayan salt cured dry aged free aged prime beef (hot rock skewers, Kobe beef sashimi)
The Palm Restaurant (Midtown East) Manhattan, New York 28–35 day dry-aged beef, broiled steaks (New York strip)
Lawry's The Prime Rib Beverly Hills, California 17 pound prime rib roast, spinning bowl farmhouse salad
The Grill House & Rock Bottom Bar Allegan, Michigan "Do-It-Your-Own Steakhouse"-pick out and grill your own choice meat, (only haunted steakhouse in U.S.)
Musashi Japanese Steakhouse Las Vegas Hibachi-grilled Kobe beef steaks
Bern's Steak House Tampa, Florida 8 week dry aged beef, wine & steak (8 ounce Delmonico steak), world's largest wine selection of any restaurant (1/2 million bottles in underground wine cellar)

Deep Fried Paradise (2009)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Willie Mae's Scotch House New Orleans, Louisiana Best fried chicken
Jive Turkey Brooklyn, New York Deep fried turkey, fried turkey sandwich
Goodson's Café Tomball, Texas The best chicken fried steak in Texas
Sodolak's Original Country Inn Snook, Texas Chicken fried bacon with cream gravy
Hollywood Café Robinsonville, Mississippi fried dill pickles, fried green tomatoes
Dyer's Burger Memphis, Tennessee Deep fried hamburgers and cheeseburgers in 100-year-old oil
Rutt's Hut Clifton, New Jersey Deep fried hotdogs with secret mustard relish
Chipshop Brooklyn, New York (Will fry up anything!) fish 'n' chips, deep-fried Mars bars, deep-fried pizza

Deep Fried Paradise 2: Extra Crispy (2010)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Acme Oyster House New Orleans, Louisiana Fried oysters, po' boys, "Boo Fries" – cheese fries with gravy, oyster challenge (15 dozen in 8 minutes)
Ye Old King's Head Pub Santa Monica, California British chip shop (fish 'n' chips)
Montgomery Inn: The Ribs King (Montgomery suburb) Cincinnati, Ohio fried Saratoga chips (aka potato chips)
Fletcher's Corney Dogs @ Fair Park Fairgrounds Dallas, Texas "Texas State Fair Fried Food Competition" (corn dogs)
Clark's Outpost Bar-B-Q Tioga, Texas Deep fried corn-on-the-cob, "Lamb Fries" – lamb testicles
No Name Pub Big Pine Key, Florida Deep fried conch fritters
Kushiage Dining Horon Torrance, California "Kushiage"-Japanese panko-fried meat or seafood skewers, "Do-It-Yourself Mashed Potatoes"
Cafe Coyote Old Town, San Diego, California Deep fried ice cream

Bacon Paradise (2010)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
All Good Cafe Dallas, Texas Thick-sliced Wright's peppered bacon
Slater's 50/50 Burgers by Design Anaheim, California "The 50/50 Burger"-50% ground beef 50% ground bacon (topped with fried egg, pepper jack cheese, avocado & chipotle mayo), "Peanut Butter & Jealousy Burger", bacon milkshakes, bacon brownies
3 Bar & Grill Arlington, Virginia Own spice-cured smoked bacon, bacon-wrapped pork chop with bacon cornbread, "Heritage Hog"-pig roast
The Lido Deck Newport Beach, California Homemade pig and lamb bacon, wild boar bacon with soft-boiled egg on top, elk burger with wild boar bacon
Bad Decisions Bar (Fell's Point) Baltimore, Maryland Happy hour bacon cocktails (all drinks served with a side bowl of fried bacon)
Hash House A Go-Go San Diego, California Bloody Mary BLT, "Hair-of-the Dog" – 24 ounce beer served with honey-cured smoked bacon, "BBBLT"-triple the bacon, lettuce & tomato
Martini's at the Beach Santa Cruz, California World's biggest BLT sandwich (oversized sandwich piled high with bacon)

Pie Paradise (2010)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Mom's Pies Etc. Julian, California Homemade apple pies and apple crumble
Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery Kimmswick, Missouri "Levee-High Apple Pie" – apple filling piled high under pie crust
Dooky Chase's Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana Famous sweet potato pie
Tuck Shop: The Great Aussie Bite (East Village) New York City, New York Australian meat pies (beef pies)
Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe Key West, Florida Key lime pie, chocolate covered key lime pie slice on a stick
Dangerously Delicious Pies Baltimore, Maryland "Baltimore Bomb Pie" – cookie pie with vanilla cheese filling, "Mobtown Brown"- pecan pie with Swiss chocolate & caramel
House of Pies Coffee Shop (Los Feliz Village) Los Angeles, California Strawberry cream pie, glazed fruit pies

Food Truck Paradise (2010)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Uncle Gussy's Traditional Greek Cuisine (51st St. & Park Ave.) New York City, New York Gyros, Souvlakis, Greek salads
Flying Pig Healthy Taste (Washington Blvd.) Los Angeles, California & (Sunset Blvd. & Cole Ave.) Hollywood, California French-Asian tacos (pork belly tacos & sliders)
The Grilled Cheese Truck East Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Hollywood & Venice Beach, California "Cheesy Mac 'n' Rib"-macaroni and cheese & BBQ rib meat grilled cheese sandwich
Ali Baba's Turkish Kebabs @ Food Cart Pods (parking lot) (10th St. & Alder St.) Portland, Oregon Lamb and rice kebabs
The Dump Truck @ Food Cart Pods Portland, Oregon Dumplings (bacon cheeseburger dumplings)
Saucy's BBQ @ North Station Pod (2800 North Greeley Ave. & North Killingsworth St.) Portland, Oregon Sweet-sauced BBQ pork ribs
Whiffle's Fried Pies @ Cartopia Food Pod (SE Hawthorne Ave. & SE 12th St.) Portland, Oregon Famous fried fruit pies
Pyro Pizza @ Cartopia Food Pod Portland, Oregon Stone-oven baked thin-crust pizza pies
Potato Champion Belgian Fries @ Cartopia Food Pod Portland, Oregon "Pomme Frites"-Belgian fries (cheese curds & gravy fries, peanut butter & jelly fries)
Mr. C's Grease Truck @ Rutgers University campus New Brunswick, New Jersey Grease Truck food, "Fat Sandwiches" – 8-inch overstuffed sandwiches with meats, fries, sauces, and cheeses (famous "Fat Darrell", "Fat Cat") Fat Sandwich Challenge
Fojol Bros. of Merlindia: A Traveling Culinary Carnival (Logan Circle Park @ Rhode Island Ave. & 14th St.) Washington D.C. First performance food truck, Indian food (chicken curry, mango lasse popsicles)
Roman Chewing Candy (5510 Constance St.) New Orleans, Louisiana Horse drawn cart, Roman candy sticks (vanilla, chocolate & strawberry taffy-like candies)

Pasta Paradise (2010)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Patsy's Italian Restaurant New York City, New York Frank Sinatra's NYC favorite, Neapolitan cuisine: Linguine in calm sauce, veal Milanese
Filomena Ristorante Washington D.C. Handmade pasta: gnocchi, spinach and cheese ravioli
Fori d'Italia Restaurant San Francisco, California Northern Italian cuisine, pumpkin ravioli
S'MAC (East Village) Manhattan, New York 12 different types of macaroni and cheese served in a sizzling skillet
Marino Ristorante Hollywood, California Sinatra approved, homemade Italian food: "spagetti ala vongole"
La Dolce Vita Restaurant and Bar Beverly Hills, California Sinatra approved, table-side service: pasta, veal, fish and lobster
Lasagna Ristorante Chelsea, Manhattan, New York 17 different kinds of baked lasagna

Food Paradise: Manliest Restaurants (2011)[edit]

  • Note: This episode aired as a special in December 2011.
  • The list below features the nine different regional competition finalists of Men's Health Magazine's "2011 Manliest Restaurants".
Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Keens Steakhouse New York City, New York King's cut prime rib, mutton chop, whiskey and pipe smoking
Alabama Jack's Bar & Grill Key Largo, Florida conch fritters, crab cakes, lima bean soup
Gus's Fried Chicken Memphis, Tennessee Famous hot & spicy fried chicken, baked beans and cole slaw
Primanti Bros. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stuffed sandwiches with deli meat, fries and cole slaw inside, "Pittsburger cheese steak"
Original Joe's San Jose, California "Man-sized Italian meals and charcoal-broiled meats: steaks, short ribs, award-winning hamburgers, spaghetti and meatballs
Couloir Restaurant at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Jackson Hole, Wyoming Wagu beef, duck, local fish, smoked buffalo tenderloin
The Salt Lick Driftwood, Texas Pork and beef open-pit BBQ: beef brisket, sausage, pork ribs, and turkey
Jethro's BBQ Des Moines, Iowa Giant portions, 24 hour-smoked oak and hickory "down home BBQ": beef brisket, famous smoked hot wings, "Adam Emmenecker Sandwich": 5 pounds pork tenderloin, bacon cheeseburger, chicken fingers, brisket, fried cheese and cheddar cheese sauce
Salt's Cure Hollywood, California Old-fashioned butcher shop-style smoked, slice and salt-cured meats: smoked whole pig, smoked ham, famous chicken salad sandwich

Tailgate Paradise (2011)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
University of Wisconsin (Badgers) Madison, Wisconsin *Stadium Sports Bar (open-air) – "Brats & Beer" (bratwurst) and deep fried cheese curds
*Lot 16 Badger Wagon Party beef, pork and chicken sausage
Auburn University (Tigers) Auburn, Alabama Wild game meats (fried deer meat), deviled eggs, "humingbird cake" (with bananas, pineapple and cream cheese icing)
LSU (Tigers) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Creole cuisine, fried Cajun turkey, alligator meat, chicken fricassee with rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, "sauced pecans"
University of Tennessee (Volunteers) Knoxville, Tennessee Smoked BBQ meats (pork ribs and barbeque sauce)
Ohio State (Buckeyes) Columbus, Ohio Fresh fish from Lake Erie, beef brisket, pulled pork, "Buckeyes" (chocolate & peanut butter candy), "Fried Buckeye" (fried cake and brownies)
University of Texas (Longhorns) vs. University of Oklahoma (Sooners) @ Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas *Texas: Beer & BBQ (smoked beef ribs, brisket, chicken and pork), "Corny Dogs" (corn dogs)
*Oklahoma: Fried foods (fried bacon, fried pizza, fried peanut butter & jelly, fried butter and fried coke-a-cola)
University of Florida (Gators) vs. University of Georgia (Bulldogs) @ The Football Classic, Jacksonville, Florida *Florida: "Gatoribs", gator gumbo, cuban sandwiches, bratwurst, Mayport shrimp, key lime pies and whoopie pies
*Georgia: "Bulldog Balls" (meatballs in tereiki sauce), marinated barbeque chicken and fried chicken
USC (Trojans) Los Angeles, California Gourmet-themed catering (Barbeque spice rubbed cedar wood-plank salmon, bacon-wrapped hot dogs with California peppers & onions, bratwursts, flank steak, chicken and chocolate fountain)

Hot & Spicy Paradise (2011)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Lil' Dizzy's Cafe (Tremé), New Orleans, Louisiana "A Baquet Family Restaurant" – "Wayne's Famous Gumbo" (cerole-style gumbo) and spicy jambalya omelette
Tolbert's Restaurant Grapevine, Texas Red hot spicy chili, chili con queso with five-alarm chili sauce
Salvador Molly's Sun Stop Cafe Portland, Oregon "The Great Balls of Fire" (habanero fritters with "sunshine and pain" salsa), "Volcano" (Hot barbeque Kalua pork on grarlic bread)
Brick Lane Curry House (East Village), New York City, New York "Vindaloo" Indian-style curry x 10 = "Phaal" (13 different peppers + ghost chilies)
Jitlanda Restaurant & Southern Thai Cusine (Thai Town, Los Angeles, California "Kua Kling Phat Tha Lung" (Shredded beef Thai curry)
Jack Melnick's Cornertap vs. Crosstown Pub & Grill Chicago, Illinois *Cornertap - "Wingfest" ("XXX Wings")
*Crosstown - "Dynomite Spicy Challenge" ("Devil's Sweat Wings")

Big Beef Paradise (2011)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Riscky's Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth Stockyards), Fort Worth, Texas Fall-off-the bone, all-you-can-eat beef ribs
Ward's House of Prime Milwaukee, Wisconsin 8, 16 & 24-ounce prime rib "The Baby Dame" (40-ouncer), "The Big Bulgalshy" (64-ouncer), "The Amazing Alyssa" (72-ouncer), "The Mighty Lind" (88-ouncer), "The Legendary Halaka" (96-ouncer), "Holly Scmidt" (125-ouncer)
Big Ass Sandwich (Truck) Portland, Oregon "Gut-Bomb" (2-pound roast beef sandwich stuffed with fries and cheese sauce)
Incanto San Francisco, California "Leg of Beast" (braised beef shank with "God's Butter" – bone marrow), lamb tongue, goose testicles.
Kelsey's Steak & Seafood Restaurant Valparaiso, Indiana "Six Pound Challenge" (eat a 96-ounce top sirloin steak in one hour)
Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar Southgate, Michigan 101-134-pound burgers, largest hamburger in Guinness Book of World Records (350-pound burger)
Tweed's Restaurant & Buffale Bar Riverhead, New York (Established in 1896) American Bison steak and one-pound burgers

State Fair Foods Paradise (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Colorado State Fair Pueblo, Colorado *Jungle George's Exotic Meats & Bugs - "Maggot Melt" (grilled cheese with dried maggots), python skewer, aligator meat, yak burgers, kangroo sausage
*Good ol' Burgers - "Belly Buster Burgers" (4½-pound patty with 4 American cheese slices and 2 sides of vegetables)
*T&T Express - "Rocky Mountain Osyters" (deep-fried bull testicles)
*Indian Summer Kettle Corn - kettle corn (popcorn served with chili & lime and jalpeno peppers
*Fun Zone Concessions - Deep-fried Capt'n Crunch on-a-stick
Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, Minnesota *Ole and Lena's – "hotdish" (casrole) on-a-stick with cream of mushroom dipping sauce, tatertots and meatball combo, "China Town" (Ostrich meat on-a-stick)
*Bayou Bob's - gator brots on-a-stick, deep-fried gator nuggets, "Big Fat Bacon" (thick-cut bacon on-a-stick)
*Giggles' Campfire Grill - Walleye pike fish cakes with wild rice, salad on-a-stick with a mozzarella, lettuce and tomato skewer
*Axel's - "Bull Bites" (blackened beef tenderloin with cajun spice), fried mac n' cheese on-a-stick, "Breakfast Lollipop" (sausage patty with corn meal batter and maple glaze)
*Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar - "Cookies-in-a-Pail" (homemade chocolate chip cookies in a large pail)
*Nitro Ice Cream - Liquid nitrogen in ice cream mix
*Blue Moon Diner - Sweet corn ice cream with wild blueberry and honey butter bacon topped with cayenne peanuts
*Famous Dave's - "Pig Lickers" (applewood smoked bacon dipped in chocolate with salt pieces), "Pig Ankles" (barbeque pig "wings")
Wisconsin State Fair Milwaukee, Wisconsin *The Machine Shed Restaurant – Deep-fried butter, "Brad & Harry's" (deep-fried cheese curds), fried beer (with cheddar cheese sauce)
*Cream Puff Pavillion - Homemade cream puffs
*Grebe's Bakery, Sports Bar & Grill - Deep-fried mac n' cheese burger, Krispy Kreme dounut cheeseburger with chocolate bacon, fried beer with Wisconsin cheddar sauce
Arizona State Fair Phoenix, Arizona *Cardinali's Pizza - Firewood pizza – spicy pizza with ghost chilies and jalpenos served with Dave's 357 Hot Sauce (6ft long, 2ft wide), "Mambo Italiano Pizza" (9-pounds of toppings including Italian sausages), deep-fried watermelon wedges with fruit sauce and powdered sugar
*Jungle George's - "Cricklet Melt" (grilled cheese with dried crickets), chocolate-covered scorpions and crickets, deep-fried energy drinks
*Brander Enterprises - "Capt'n Crunch Burger", maple donut topped with bacon bits
*J&L Concessions - Deep-fried peanut butter pops with chocolate sauce, honey or powdered sugar
*Original Navajo Tacos & Fried Bread - Navajo Indian fried bread with beans, cheese and salad
Iowa State Fair Des Moines, Iowa *Fyfe Concessions - Deep-fried 4½-pound butter on-a-stick served with cinnamon or honey
*Dutch Letters – "S"-shaped Dutch pastries with almond paste
*Oasis Concessions – "Un-Fried Ice Cream" (vanilla ice cream coated with cinnamon & sugar tortilla flakes dunked in chocolate sprinkles)
*The Best Around – Red velvet funnel cakes, with cream cheese icing
*Campbell's Corn Dogs – First ever foot long corn dogs
*Audubon County Park Producers – Pork chop on-a-stick
*Cattleman's Beef Quarters – "Hot Beef Sundae" (bowl of mashed potatoes, gravy of shredded beef sprinkled with two cheeses and a cherry tomato on top)
Texas State Fair Dallas, Texas *Stiffler Brothers – "Fried Autnmn Pie" (pumpkin pie filling between two ginger snap cookies fried in funnel cake batter rolled in crushed ginger snaps)
Mark Zable's - Deep-fried buscuits served with gravy on-a-stick
The Dock Restaurant – Deep-fried peaches n' cream, deep-fried pineapple upside down cake, fried peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, fried bubblegum (bubble gum extract fried in funnel cake batter with pink & green colored icing topped with Chicklets
Weiss' Concessions – Fried salsa fritter with side of queso, fried guacamole, buffalo chicken in a flapjack with syrup, pancake batter fried jalpeno crumbs
Frock Tails – Fried Cocktails (wine-based with fried garnishes)
Fletcher's Corny Dogs – "The Corn Dog King" original corn dogs with secret batter

Food Paradise: London (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Duke's Brew & Que East End, London, England American Barbeque – beef ribs, pulled pork sliders, deep-fried pickles, smoked porter ale
Eyre Brothers East End, London, England Modern "Iberian" (Spanish & Portuguese) cuisine – "Mozambie Prawns" (grilled with chili piri-piri sauce), hake fish with salsa verde sauce, chocolate tart
Caravan Restaurant, Bar & Roastery East End, London, England Modern British cuisine – "Bubble and Squeak" (fried potato cake with ham and poached eggs served with HP sauce)
Street Food Venders @ Southbank Centre London, England *Arancini BrothersRisotto balls – "Colossus" (risotto ball wrap with hot peppers and crispy fried onions topped with tomato chutney/fenel mayo)
*Tongue n' Cheek – Full (24 hour) roast suckling pig (pork sandwich with homemade apple sauce)
*Grays & Feather Bubbles – "Award-Winning Bubbly" (wines and pimms)
*Creperie NicolasNutella crepes and peanut butter & banana crepes
*Well Kneaded Wagon - "Wood Burning Sourdough Fire Bread" (British-style pizza), leak pizza
The Bull and Last Highgate, London, England 1800s Pub – Roast lamb atop spiced chickpeas and eggplant puree, haddock fish & chips, Camden Town pale ale
Toff's Fish Restaurant Highgate, London, England Award-winning fish & chips shop, fresh battered fried fish and chips (handcut thick fries)
Rotti Chai Marylebone, London, England Homestyle Indian cuisine – curries, dal, tikka, and lamb kebabs, "Spicy Chicken 65" (deep-fried with sesame seeds), "mutter paneer" (popular curry dish), tandom roti (Indian flat bread), chicken lollipops in a tandori marinade, spiced milky tea
Bea's of Bloomsbury Camden Town, London, England High tea and afternoon teafinger sandwiches, margaines, clotted cream, pastries, brownies, marshmallows, American-style cupcakes with Italian-style buttercream, strawberries & cream cupcakes, "Fairy Cakes" (sweet cakes)

Bacon Paradise 2: Another Slab (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Bacon Austin, Texas Salt-cured smoked thick slab bacon. Tabasco bacon B.L.T., "Double Grind Burger" (grind bacon into the ground chuck beef), corned-bacon pastrami sandwich.
John Berryhill's Bacon Boise, Idaho "Bacon Lasagna" (marinara, pasta, ricotta, 2 shredded cheeses, bacon, wild mushrooms with onions & garlic, and goat cheese Béchamel sauce)
Zazu Restaurant & Farm Santa Rosa, California "Black Pig Bacon" (applewood smoked). Bacon waffle with espresso gelato and bacon fat toffee, bacon maple popcorn, and maple glazed bacon donuts.
Grub Los Angeles, California "Sweet & Sassie Bacon" (aka: "Crack Bacon"), "B.F.P." (Big Flippin' Pancake) (crack bacon and chedder cheese inside pancake batter)
Paddy Long's Chicago, Illinois Beer and bacon pub. Beer-battered bacon strips, "The Bacon Bomb" (brown sugar applewood-smoked bacon loaf stuffed with 5 lbs of spicy beef & pork sausage and black pepper bacon)
"Baconfest" (UIC Forum) @ University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois *Bleeding Heart Bakery – "Bacon Pork Pocket" (deep-fried bacon-wrapped pork sausage croissant with horseradish mustard sauce)
*David Burkes Primehouse – Mini bacon burger dipped in beer cheese sauce
*Sable Kitchen & Bar - Applewood-smoked bacon pretzel with bacon jam & smoked pepper dip
*Red Butter – Bacon Chili Gulab jamun (Indian dessert – donut hole with ground-up bacon and chilies soaked in syrup and topped with brittle)
*Atwood Cafe Bacon poprocks, bacon gummy black peppercorn cherry candy, bacon fruit roll-ups and bacon Pixie Stix
*Gemini Bistro/Rustic House - Panchetta Ravioli with a bacon vinagrette topped with a crispy pancetta chip
The Berkshire Denver, Colorado "The King Sandwich" – Elvis Presley-inspired crunchy peanut butter, caramelized bananas and Berkshire bacon on toasted sweet Hawaiian bread, "Surf n' Pig", "Deconstructed B.L.T." and bacon martini (bacon-fused vodka)
Baconery (Union Square) New York City, New York Bacon + bakery = Baconery (bacon infused desserts) Chocolate bacon peanut butter cookies (with Reese's Pieces), chocolate-covered bacon, bacon pecan pie, bacon brownies, beacon chocolate chip cookies, bacon banana bread

Meatloaf Paradise (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Datz Delicatessen Tampa, Florida Four cheese (sharp cheddar, Fontana, smoked gouda & Velveeta) and bacon mac n' cheese stuffed into a one-pound meatloaf (made with diced onions & green peppers, ketchup, yellow mustard, salt, black pepper, eggs and saltine crackers) topped with ketchup and served with a side of mashed potatoes and green peas
Neptune Diner Lancaster, Pennsylvania "Meat Loaf Stacks" (three slices of top grade chuck meat loaf seasoned with beef & chicken base, onions, ketchup, hot sauce, A1 sauce, oats, chili powder and parsley mixed with eggs and breadcrumbs baked and grilled served on top of mashed potatoes, smothered with mushroom & onion gravy and cheddar cheese sauce and topped with fried onion rings)
The Praline Connection New Orleans, Louisiana Cajun-spiced meat loaf (Ground beef mixed with Cajun spices, chopped onions & green peppers and French bread) served with mashed potatoes & gravy and green beans or corn bread and sweet potatoes.
Barbeque Company Phoenix, Arizona BBQ Meat Loaf (Pecan and mesquite-smoked, grilled and sauced ground pork & beef meat loaf mixed with secret spices, rib rub, Ancho chilies and homemade BBQ sauce), "Smokey Chipotle Cheddar Cheese & Bacon Meat Loaf"
Suppenküche San Francisco, California Traditional German-style meat loaf (Ground pork, beef & veal meat mixed with pureed carrots, onions & garlic, parsely, eggs, mustard, ketchup Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce stuffed with hard-boiled eggs wrapped in bacon and topped with onion sauce served with mashed potatoes on the side)
Rye American Bistro Brooklyn, New York Meat Loaf Sandwich (ground pork, beef, veal & duck meat mixed with ham trimmings, sautéed leaks, onions & portabella mushrooms, eggs, homemade breadcrumbs tamarind BBQ sauce, ground cumin, paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper and dried thyme baked and smothered with house-made gravy and placed on frisé topped with crispy buttermilk onions between French bread)
Buck's Grill House Moab, Utah Buffalo Meat Loaf (2½-pounds of ground buffalo meat and ½-pound ground pork mixed with diced onion, carrots and red peppers, toasted breadcrumbs, BBQ sauce and eggs baked into a loaf then grilled and topped with house-made onion gravy served with skin-on mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley)
The Meatloaf Bakery Chicago, Illinois Meatloaf cupcakes – "The Mother Loaf" (ground beef, pork & veal mixed with onions, celery & red pepper, ketchup, mustard, eggs, Worchestershire sauce and a blend of crackers & oatmeal baked into cupcake molds topped with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes as icing served with a side of demi-glace), "Herby Turkey" (Ground turkey meat loaf cupcake topped with stuffing and a side of cranberry sauce)

Pot Pie Paradise (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Paul's Pot Pie's Marietta, Georgia "Chicken Curry Pot Pie" (white meat chicken, broccoli, carrots, peas, basmati rice and golden curry sauce in 10-inch puff pastry crust)
Centerville Pie Company Centerville, Massachusetts Chicken Pie (pie crust filled with 1-pound boiled white & dark meat chicken and 16-ounce of chicken stock gravy)
Australian Bakery Cafe Marietta, Georgia Aussie meat pies. "Ned Kelly Pie" (hand-ground steak meat, egg, cheese, and bacon in a mini pie crust), "The Croc Hunter Pie" (filled with crocodile meat)
Pleasant House Bakery Chicago, Illinois Yorkshire-style pies ("Royal Pies") "Steak and Ale Pie" (mini pie with beef stewed with seasonal ale, garlic, shallots, carrots, plum tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and original spice blend of rosemary, sage, marjoram)
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois Pizza Pot Pies (layered with Wisconsin brick cheese, whole-button mushrooms and tomato meat sauce capped with Sicilian-style dough)
Acadene Maine Brasserie & Tavern @ Kennebunk Inn Kennebunk, Maine Lobster Pot Pie (tail, knuckle and claw lobster meat added to a cream-based spiced lobster stock with corn, potatoes and peas with a puffed pastry lid)
Round-Abouts Restaurant Lincoln, Nebraska "Pot Pies with a Twist" ("Round" open-topped pie) "Reuben Round" (mini round of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing) "Yo-Yo's" (dessert filled round pies)
Pot Pie Paradise & Deli Hayward, California Butternut Squash Pot Pie (roasted butternut squash and Yukon potatoes, onions, edamame, smoked gouda, parmesan, cream and nutmeg in pie crust)

Hamburger Paradise 2: The Double-Decker (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
The Apple Pan Los Angeles, California Steakburger (ground sirloin topped with melted Tillamook chedder, pickles, lettuce, mayo and signature relish), Hickory Burger (same toppings and smothered in a tangy hickory sauce)
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger Ann Arbor, Michigan Build-your-own burgers by choosing the number of burger patties layered, type of cheese, type of bun and pick from 30 toppings.
Capser & Runyon's Nook St. Paul, Minnesota "Juicy Nookie" (a Jucy Lucy-style burger with black Angus chuck seasoned with special spice mix stuffed with American cheese on a brioche bun)
My Brother's Bar Denver, Colorado Jalapeño Cream Cheese Burger ("J.C.B.") (ground beef patty, cheese and jalapeño, pimentos and cream cheese whipped topping on a bakery bun), "Johnny Burger" (Swiss, American cheese, cream cheese and grilled onions)
Kuma's Corner Chicago, Illinois Burgers named after metal bands. "Kuma Burger" (beef patty with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese on a pretzel roll topped with a fried egg, red onions and lettuce)
Shooting Star Saloon Huntsville, Utah Burgers with secret seasoning blend on a toasted sesame bun with cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes and onions. Also with bacon and sautéed onions. "Star Burger" (two cheeseburger pattys laid with knockwurst)
Wild Bubba's Wild Game Grill Elroy, Texas "Wild Hamburgers" – buffalo, elk, venison, cabrito (goat), and wild boar burgers. Antelope Burger (1/3-pound antelope meat dusted with spice mix with lettuce and tomato) "F1 Burger" (one-pounder with BBQ sauce)
Heart Attack Grill Las Vegas, Nevada "Quadruple Bypass Burger" (9,982 calorie burger with four ½-pound pig fat bacon cheeseburger patties topped with tomatoes and satueed onions on buttered-lard buns)

Barbecue Paradise 2: Another Rack (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Franklin Barbecue vs. JMueller BBQ Austin, Texas *Franklin: Full-brisket seasoned with salt & pepper slow-smoked for 16-hours with post oak, ribs, sausage, pulled pork and turkey.
*JMueller: Salt & pepper rubbed 8-hour post oak wood smoked brisket.
Gates Bar-B-Q Kansas City, Kansas Sweet & sticky hickory-smoked pork ribs smothered with thick & tangy barbecue sauce.
Germantown Commissary BBQ Memphis, Tennessee 2½-pound dry-rubbed spare ribs with traditional Memphis-style barbeque sauce.
Memphis in May BBQ Festival Memphis, Tennessee *Cool Smoke - Pork shoulder infused with apple juice and secret spice rub.
*Natural Born Grillers (NBG) - Honey mustard glazed "million dollar"-rub brown sugar pork ribs basted with apple juice, smoked for 6 hours.
*Fatback Collective - Wood-smoked whole purebred hog.
Skylight Inn BBQ Ayden, North Carolina Award-winning oak wood-smoked eastern North Carolina-style pulled pork smoked for 14-hours with hot sauce and vinegar.
Sweatman's Bar-B-Que Holly Hill, South Carolina Oak, hickory and pecan wood-smoked whole hog smoked for 8–10 hours slathered with a mustard-basted barbeque sauce, homemade pork rinds and pork "hash" sauce.
Moonlite Bar-B-que Owensboro, Kentucky Hickory-smoked vinegar basted, salt and pepper rubbed mutton (sheep), "Burgoo" (thick stew with mutton, beef and chicken).

Sausage Paradise (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Gene's Sausage Shop Chicago, Illinois Alpine Sausage (double-smoked, double garlic pork Polish sausage from the Alpine region char-grilled to perfection) Alpine Chedder (Alpine sausage stuffed with chedder cheese)
Ina's (Breakfast Queen) Chicago, Illinois Amylu Sausages – "Amy's Omlette" (apple & gouda cheese chicken sausage, brie and asparagus stuffed omelette), veal chive sausage, Chorizo (Mexican sausage hash) and Andouille sausage
Hominy Grill Charleston, South Carolina Pork shoulder sausage patties. "Big Nasty" (Southern-fried chicken breast and cheddar cheese between two big biscuits smothered with homemade pork sausage gravy)
Southside Market & Barbeque Elgin, Texas "Elgin Sausage" (aka "Hot Guts") (smoked long-link natural casing beef sausage with a pepper fiery flavor grilled over post oak wood)
Wurstküche (Sausage Kitchen) Venice Beach, California Exotic sausages: Char-grilled rattlesnake sausage, buffalo sausage, crocodile & pork Andouille sausage and duck & bacon sausage
Old German Beer Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin Usinger's Famous Sausage: Dunkel Beer and applewood bacon flavored bratwurst in a corn-dusted bun or fresh-baked pretzel roll
Ferdinando's Focacceria Brooklyn, New York Homaemade Italian sausages (Sicilian-style natural casing pork sausage with wild fennel, salt & pepper and secret spices), sausage Parmesan on a fresh-baked focaccia roll
Horse Brass Pub Portland, Oregon "Bangers and Mash" (English-style pork water-plumped sausage with mashed potatoes, fried onions and green peas served with "pub mustard", Banger Sausage Roll (pigs in a blanket-style), Scotch Egg

Chili Paradise (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Texas Chili Parlor Austin, Texas "Bowl of Red" (Brisket, chuck, round, and shoulder meats, with a spice mix of dried onions, cilantro, oregano, cumin, and garlic powder, tomato juice, bock beer and 5 pounds of chili powder) "Frito Pie" (Fritos chips with cheese and chili)
Phoenix Saloon New Braunfels, Texas Texas Red (sirloin beef, secret spices and William Gebhardt's original Mexican-style chili powder) "Double-Shot" (chili with sautéed serranos and habaneros) "Ring of Fire" (chili with a chipotle, habaneros and serranos purée) "The Killer" (Double-Shot & Ring of Fire chilis with a ghost pepper mixture)
Joe Roger's The Den Chili Parlor Springfield, Illinois Firebrand Chili ("beef-n-beans blend" – ground beef, oil/secret spice mix and kidney beans)
Camp Washington Chili Cincinnati, Ohio Chili-Covered Spaghetti (bull meat round ground beef with sautéed onions with secret spice blend of chili powder, paprika, and cinnamon) "2-Way" (chili & spaghetti) "3-Way" (chili, spaghetti and cheese) "4-Way" (chili, spaghetti, cheese and onions) "5-Way" (chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions and beans)
Slim's Last Chance Seattle, Washington Turkey & White Bean Chili (ground turkey, sautéed serranos, jalapeños, red & green bell peppers, chopped garlic, onions with a spice blend of black pepper, smoked paprika, ancho chili powder, cumin, sage, and garlic salt, chicken broth and white beans), "Brisket & Bean Chili" (Texas Red-style chili with beans)
White Knight Diner St. Louis, Missouri "Super Slinger" (hash browns, hamburger patty, eggs, American cheese, slathered with beef chili and sautéed vegetables on top)
Chili Addiction West Hollywood, California "Jamaican Gold" (Jerk Chicken Chili – Ground chicken, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, habaneros, jalapeños and Thai chilies), "Spontaneous Combustion" (carne asada base chili with chipotles, serranos, Thai chilies and ghost peppers), "Maui Wowi" (chili with Maui onions)
The Shed Santa Fe, New Mexico "Santa Fe Green" (Chile Verde Con Papas) ("Green chili with potatoes" – stewed pork, "Sandia" roasted hatch chile, garlic, pork base and jalapeños purée and potatoes)

Food Paradise: Manliest Restaurants 2 (2012)[edit]

  • Note: This episode aired as a special on November 21, 2012.
  • The list below features the 9 different regional competition finalists of Men's Health Magazine's "2012 Manliest Restaurants in America" competition.
  • The competitors must fall into one of the nine essential categories: steakhouse, brew pub, burger spot, pizza parlor, sandwich shop, adventurous eating, seafood shack, taco stand and barbeque joint.
Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Cattleman's Steakhouse Fabens, Texas Wet-aged Angus beef steaks with secret chili spice rub cooked on inlined steel grill, "Cowboy" (2-pound steak), 4-pound T-bone steak and porterhouse steaks served with baked potato, baked beans, pineapple cole slaw, corn-on-the-cob and house-baked bread. Smoked half cow racks of beef ribs.
Snake River Brewing Co. Jackson Hole, Wyoming "The Roper" (cayenne pepper & mustard powder spice rub brisket braised in apple cider & beer mixture, bacon, and horseradish stacked in between two homemade buttered buns. Elk burgers and river trout.
Butcher & The Burger (Northside) Chicago, Illinois Butcher & build-your-own burgers. Wildgame burgers (elk and bison burgers). Prime Blend Beef Burgers - "Chicago Steakhouse Style" (6-ounce 100% prime beef patties seasoned to order, chargrilled, toasted buns and dressed with any of the 15 housemade toppings)
Burt's Place (Northside) Chicago, Illinois Chicago-style create-your-own deep dish pizza with signature caramelized pan-style crust. (1-pound cast iron pan filled with dough, whole milk mozzarella, tomato sauce, sausage and mushrooms)
Katz's Delicatessen (Lower East Side) New York City, New York Hand-carved pastrami brined and smoked for three days in a salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder and coriander rub. "pastrami on rye" with mustard and corned beef sandwich served with half-sour pickles, matzo ball soup, grilled hot dogs and knishes.
Incanto San Francisco, California Adventurous eats (duck testicles, goats eyeballs and lamb's head smothered in onions & mint,) "Odd & Ends" (chalkboard specials of "God's Butter"--bone marrow, tuna spine, pig skin spaghetti and beef tongue)
Mabel's Lobster Claw Restaurant Kennebunkport, Maine 4½-pound lobsters. "Lobster Savannah" (1 1/4-pound lobster stuffed with shrimp & scallops in a "Newberg" sauce—butter, flour, half & half, sherry, and papriki, topped with aged provolone, roasted green & red peppers, grated parmisan cheese baked in the oven) Lobster rolls and "Lazy-style" shelled lobster.
Hankook Taqueria Atlanta, Georgia Part Korean cafe and part taqueria. Korean barbeque beef taco (beef marinated in soy sauce, pineapple juice and sugar, sliced onion, hot sauce and sesame soy salad in a soft flour tortilla) Sesame fries tossed with red pepper flakes and "bibim-bop" (spicy beef on top of white rice with a fried egg)
Oklahoma Joe's Barbeque & Catering Kansas City, Kansas Winner of Manliest Restaurant in America. "Burnt Ends" (19-hour smoked beef brisket ends) "Z-Man Sandwich" (Slow-smoked brisket and provolone cheese topped with two crispy onion rings on a Kaiser roll) "hog-O-Maniac" (pulled pork, smoked pork ribs and pork sausage with Texas toast and pickles)

Drive Thru Paradise (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Sammy's L.A. Pastrami and Burgers Las Vegas, Nevada "The Pastrami Burger" (1/4-pound burger topped with 1/2-pound pastrami, provolone cheese, pickles and yellow mustard), "Zombie Burger" (stack of 3 beef patties, cheese, hot links, bacon and 2 onion rings), "Chipotle Burger" (topped with cheese, fries, bacon, spicy ketchup and a fried egg), "502 Mega Meal" (pound of fries, 1/2 of pastrami, chili, ribeye steak and cheese topped with jalapenos and fried onions)
Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburgers Los Angeles, California Double Chili Cheeseburger (two 80/20 beef patties, topped with secret-spiced chili, cheese, a tomato, pickles, chopped onions and yellow mustard on toasted buns)
Roberto's Taco Shop (Ocean Beach), San Diego, California "California Burrito" (salt, pepper and garlic spiced carne asada beef, fries, cheese, sour cream and guacamole stuffed into a giant toasted tortilla), Rolled Tacos (deep-fried corn tortilla topped with guacamole, sour cream and cheese)
DBC Bar & Grill (Daiquiri Bay Café) New Orleans, Louisiana Drive-thru Daiquiris – Pina Colada, "Banana Banshee" (crème de cacao & rum), "Chocolate Kiss" (fudge schnapps & crème de cacao), "House Special" – combination of "Island Citrus" (orange curacao, 151 rum, 190 everclear, & triple sec) & "Jungle Juice" (190 & vodka)
Company 7 BBQ Englewood, Ohio Slow-cooked dry-rubbed barbeque – pulled pork sandwich, pork ribs and smoked beef brisket, signature sauces – "Lieutenant Tangy" (thick Kansas City-style tangy BBQ sauce), "Commissioner Burns" (Texas-style hot BBQ sauce), "Chief Smokey" (smoky-flavored BBQ sauce)
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen Chapel Hill, North Carolina Drive-thru breakfast – Chicken and Cheddar Biscuit (fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese between a buttery buttermilk biscuit), Egg Sausage & Cheese Biscuit
Cozy Dog Drive-In Springfield, Illinois "Cozy Dog" – corn dog (cornmeal batter-dipped beef hot dogs fried in hot oil served with ketchup or yellow mustard), homemade chili, famous vinegar & salt hand-cut fries
Maid-Rite Drive-In Des Moines, Iowa "Maid-Rite" (loose meat sandwich – scoop of Omaha ground beef topped with American cheese, pickles, chopped onions, ketchup and yellow mustard between steamed buns served with homemade potato chips), "Cheese-Rite" (with white cheddar cheese) "Blue-Rite" (with blue cheese on a ciabatta bun), "Rare-Bit" (with marble rye and white cheddar cheese sauce)

Sandwich Paradise 2: The Upper Crust (2012)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Jimmy & Drew's 28th Street Deli Boulder, Colorado "Jimmy's Favorite" (Reuben sandwich - corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, topped with thousand island dressing in between two latkes (potato pancakes) instead of on rye bread served with a Chicago-style pickle and cole slaw), "Drew's Favorite" (meat loaf sandwich with caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, lettuce and tomato topped with Russian dressing), "The Cowboy" (roast beef sandwich with cheddar, coleslaw and red onions topped with barbeque sauce), "The Spudnik" (hot pastrami & corned beef on rye with melted Swiss cheese topped with cole slaw, fries and Russian dressing)
Jerry's Sandwiches, Spirits & Music Chicago, Illinois "Jerry's B.L.T." (buttermilk, hot sauce and corn meal fried green tomatoes, two slices of applewood bacon and two slices of Benton's Tennessee country bacon, white American cheese and iceberg lettuce and arugula between challah bread topped with mayo and Louisiana crystal hot sauce), "Diego A." (steak, avocado, cheese on a pretzel bun topped with adobe sauce), "Miles S." (turkey, mozzarella and cranberry sauce on a multi-grain bun), "The Zippy" (grilled cheese sandwich with portobello mushrooms, basil, jalapenos and grilled onions)
White House Sub Shop Atlantic City, New Jersey "Home of Submarines" - "White House Special" (2-pound, 2½-foot long submarine sandwich on shredded lettuce, provolone cheese, Italian bologna, capicola and Genoa salami, onions, tomatoes, diced Italian peppers topped with oregano and oil on fresh baked Italian bread), "Six Foot Sub for the Stars" (Italian sub)
Mother's Restaurant New Orleans, Louisiana "World's Best Baked Ham" – "Ferdi Special" (baked glazed smoked ham and roast beef po'boy with shredded cabbage and pickles topped with 6-ounces of "debris" – shredded roast beef stewed in beef stock and gravy)
The Carving Board Sandwiches Tarzana, California "The Bentley" (¼-pound seasoned filet mignon topped with bacon mayo (chopped bacon, bacon grease & black pepper), blue cheese crumbles, grilled onions and spinach on fresh baked ciabatta bread served with homemade potato chips), "turk Dinner Sandwich" (dark & white meat turkey, stuffing, dried cranberries and grilled onions on sourdough bread served with a side of gravy), "The Pot Roast Sandwich" (beef stew inside a hollowed out ciabatta bread topped with a potato pancake), "The Appitizer" (3-sandwiches-in-1 – 2-pound B.L.T. with 4 slices of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, 2 hamburger patties, 2 fried eggs and 2 grilled cheeses)
Morrette's Steak Sanwiches Schenectady, New York King-sized Philly-style steak sanwiches – "King Size" (6-ounces of thin sliced ribeye beef with three different kinds of cheeses, grilled onions, mushrooms and peppers topped with signature marinara sauce on an 8-ounce steak roll served with double-fried fries and gravy), buffet of toppings for steak sandwiches
Juan Mon's International Sandwiches Houston, Texas 21 "Juanwiches" - "#14 San Diego" (red wine vinegar, olive oil citrus & garlic marinated beef round, melted cheddar and oaxoca cheese, fried red potatoes, tomato, onion, avocado, and jalapeno rajas topped with mayo pico de gallo and salsa verde on buttered bolillo bread), "#20 Jerusalem" (Shawarma-spiced chicken, tomato, onion, lettuce topped with feta cream sauce on white bread), "#17 Venice" (spaghetti, salami, provolone cheese, char-grilled onions topped with sour cream on baguette bread), "#8 Paris" (ham, bacon and tomatoes topped with dejon mustard on French bread), "#18 Houston" (beef, sausage, grilled onions topped with Texas-style barbeque sauce on bolillo bread)
Cozy Corner Restaurant Memphis, Tennessee The Bologna Sandwich (thick-cut secret dry-rubbed barbequed beef bologna, American cheese topped with cole slaw and BBQ sauce on a toasted bun), sliced BBQ pork sandwich

Hot Dog Paradise 2: The Missing Links (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Hillbilly Hot Dogs Lesage, West Virginia "The Home Wrecker" (A 1-pound 3½-inches long all beef hot dog deep fried and topped with habanero sauce, nacho cheese sauce, jalapenos, grilled onions & peppers, spicy chili sauce, cole slaw, lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese on a toasted bun), "Egg Dog" (topped with habanero & cheese sauces and a fried egg), "Taco Dog", (topped with chili, lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheese), "Pepperoni Dog" (topped with jalapenoes, mustard, cole slaw, pepperoni and shredded cheese), "Junkyard Dog" (topped with yellow mustard and cole slaw), "Buckeye Dog" (topped with chili and ketchup), "Nacho Dog" (topped with nacho cheese, chili and jalapenoes)
Gene & Jude's Hot Dogs Chicago, Illinois Vienna Beef "Red Hots" (two all-beef boiled hot dogs topped with yellow mustard, relish, onions, hot peppers and fresh-cut double-fried fries on a steamed bun)
American Coney Island
vs.
Lafayette Coney Island
Detroit, Michigan *American – "Coney Dog" Dearborn sausage 90% beef 10% pork lamb skin casing grilled hot dog topped with secret-spiced creamy Greek-style meat chili sauce, Beligan mustard, chopped vidalia onions on a steamed bun
*Lafayette "Coney Dog" - hot dog topped with secret Greek-style spicy chili sauce, yellow mustard and Spanish onions on a steamed bun)
Newest Lunch Schenectady, New York "Michigan's" (Coney Island hot dogsWhite Eagle brand grilled no casing frankfurters, meat chili sauce with papariki, garlic powder and 7-different secret spices, yellow mustard and chopped onions on a steam bun)
The Whistle Pig Hot Dogs Niagara Falls, New York "Whistle Pig" (Pork & beef skinless hot dog wrapped in bacon deep-fried and smothered in signature cheese sauce topped with red peppers or dill relish, mustard or ketchup, jalapenos, onions or sauerkraut on a toasted bun) served with "Piggie Tail Fries (thin-cut curly fries), "Poutine" (Canadian-style straight-cut fries topped with cheese curds and gravy), "Bruno's Reuben Dog" (hot dog topped with Swiss cheese, corned beef, thousand island dressing and sauerkraut)
Doggy-Style Hot Dogs Alameda, California "Doggyzilla" (steamed-grilled hot dog or bratwurst topped with Asian slaw, shredded seaweed, wasabi mayo and teriyaki sauce on a roll), "Umai" (hot dog smothered in Japanese mayo, teriyaki sauce, pickled radishes and seaweed), "Banh Mi" (hot dog topped with cilantro, shredded vinegar-pickled carrots & diakon and Sriracha sauce), "Kimchi Pyro" (spicy hot link topped with Kimchi, spicy mayo and cucumbers), "Dirty South" (hot dog topped with chili, cheese and onions), "All-American" (topped with cole slaw, cheese, bacon and barbeque sauce), "Nut & Jelly" (topped with Chex cereal, peanut sauce, jelly and granola)
Hot Diggity Philadelphia, Pennsylvania "The Seattle Grunge" (All-beef grilled hot dog topped with garlic cream cheese, onions straws, chopped tomatoes and scallions on a fresh baked toasted bun), "Windy City" (Chicago-style hot dog), "Texas Hold 'Em" (bacon-wrapped hot dog, cheese, scallions and barbeque sauce), "Bronx Bomber" (hot dog with sweet carmelized onions, spicy mustard and sauerkraut), "Desert Dog" (Mexican-style hot dog topped with red onions, cilantro, tomatoes and fried tortilla strips), "Big Kahuna Dog" (Hawaiian-style hot dog with pineapple, onions, and tomatoes), "Fiesta Dog" (topped with guacamole, lettuce, and tomatoes), "Philly Surf and Turf" (fish cake wrapped hot dog deep fried topped with Amish-style pepper hash)
La Perrada de Edgar Miami, Florida "House of the Colombian Hot Dog" – "Colombia" (topped with pineapple, mayo, potato sticks and a quail egg) "Edgar Special" (dessert hot dog topped with whipped cream, dried fruit, pineapple and strawberry sauce), "Super Edgar" (topped with shrimp and crab) "Chilean" (hot dog covered in guacamola and tomato), "Agrentina" (topped with eggs, mozzarella, ketchup and mayo), "Venezuelan" (topped with cole slaw and spicy hot sauce), "The Brazilian (topped with masjed potaoes, onion and corn)

Pork Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Silver Skillet Restaurant Atlanta, Georgia Country Ham Steak (bone-in ham marinated in a brown sugar, papriki and soy sauce served with red eye gravy and grits), Cured Ham Steak, Fried Pork Chops.
Smithfield Inn Restaurant & Tavern Smithfield, Virginia World-Famous Smithfield Ham Rolls (Thin sliced Smithfield Country Ham on a buttered sweet potato buscuit), Pork & Apples (braised thick-cut pork shanks with caramelized Granny Smith apples and asparagus topped with green peppercorn veloute), Pork Wings (fried petite pork shanks tossed in house-made wing sauce)
Ox Yoke Inn Amana, Iowa Amana Meat Shop & Smokehouse pork/ham products - Honey Apple Pork Chops (marinated in apple cider, honey, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and soy sauce char-broiled to perfection), Smoked pork chops, Jager Schnitzel (cracker meal-coated pork cutlet grilled in butter topped with mushroom gravy and served with spaetzel)
Nick's Kitchen Huntington, Indiana World-Famous Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich (4-ounce center-cut pork loin marinated in buttermilk, eggs and flour breaded in Saltine cracker crumbs and deep-fried layered on a 5-inch bun topped with lettuce, onions and tomatoes served with crinkle-cut fries)
Puerto Sagua Restaurant Miami, Florida Pernil Asado (pulled pork shoulder rubbed with salt, diced garlic and mojito marinade made with vinegar, sour orange, garlic, salt and oregano roasted for 2 1/2 hours shredded and topped with sauteed white onions and mojito sauce), Masas de Puerco Fritas (fried pork chop chunks marinated in bay leaves, salt, garlic, papriki and lemon juice deep-fried and topped with onions), "The Cubano" (pressed pork sandwich with cheese, pickles and mustard), "Medianoche" (midnight Cuban sandwich with cheese and pork on an egg bread)
Woodshed Smokehouse Fort Worth, Texas Whole pig brined in a bath of garlic & chili flakes, rubbed with guajillo chili placed on a mesquite wood fire spit - Pork Tacos (5-ounces of pork, lime, tortilla and cotija cheese served with "salsa curda" made with jalapenos, white vinegar & sauce and "salsa madre" made with toasted red onions & oregano), Pork Ribs (fall-off-the-bone pork ribs)
Ali'i Luau @ Polynesian Cultural Center Oahu, Hawaii Kalua pork ("pua'a" or whole pig stuffed with red-hot lava rocks cooked for 7-hours in an Imu then shredded and placed into the buffet)
Cochon Cajun Southern Cooking New Orleans, Louisiana Cochon means "pig" in French – Braised Pork Cheeks (seasoned with salt & pepper seared in pork fat served with sweet corn grits and topped with sauteed mushrooms), "Boudin Balls" (fried pork sausage with pickled peppers)

Meatball Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Maroni Cusine (Long Island) Northport, New York "Grandma Maroni's Famous Meatballs" (A pound of ground chuck, grated onions, fresh garlic, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, fresh basil, homemade breadcrumbs, eggs and milk baked in the oven and served with Pomodoro sauce with fresh basil and romano cheese over spaghetti)
The Meatball Shop Lower East Side, New York City, New York Customized Meatballs (four beef meatballs made with ground chuck, salt, chili flakes, fennel seeds, fresh oregano & parsley, stale cubed baguettes, eggs and ricotta cheese with your choice of sauce & pasta and served with focaccia bread in a bowl)
Marabella Meatball Co. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Create-your-own Meatballs – Traditional Meatball Sandwich (beef meatballs made with ground chuck, fresh herbs, parmasian cheese and homemade breadcrumbs, tomato sauce and melted aged provolone on a toasted long roll)
Bartolini's Restaurant Midlothian, Illinois "Bartolini Meatball" (world famous beef meatballs made with soaked Turano bread served with "red gravy") 10-pound meatball submarine sandwich (5-pounds of meatballs topped with 1-pound of red gravy (tomato sauce), sweet peppers, and mozzarella baked in the oven)
Tombolini's Meatballs Tomball, Texas "World's Greatest Meatballs" – "Beef Ball" (ground angus chuck fresh parsley, grated parmesan cheese and other secret spices) - "Texan Meatballs" (deep-fried beef meatballs topped with Texas "rossa sauce" (tomato sauce laced with barbecue sauce) served over fettuccini pasta)
Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant Sister Bay, Wisconsin Swedish Meatballs – (100% ground beef, salt, sugar, eggs, and Swedish limpa bread deep-fried meatballs in traditional Swedish beef gravy served with lingonberry sauce)
Somethin' Else Cafe New Orleans, Louisiana "Boudin Balls" (Cajun-style meatballs made with Boudin sausage stuffed with a pork, rice and chayene, shaped, battered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried served with their secret sauce of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Cajun spices)
Lavo Italian Restaurant @ The Palazzo Resort & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada One Pound Meatball (a double-baked Kobe beef, pork and veal meatball mixed with dried spices, eggs, white bread, carmelized white onions and chicken stock smothered in ragu sauce and whipped ricotta topped with pecorino cheese, parsley and olive oil served in your own personal cast iron skillet)

Pizza Paradise 2: Another Slice (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Tony's Pizza Napoletana San Francisco, California "Pizza Margherita" – (San Marzano tomato sauce with sea salt, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella fior de latte topped with extra virgin olive oil baked in a wood-burning brick oven) "White Pie" (pizza with clams and garlic), "The California" (pizza with mozzarella, a combo of Calabrese and Sorano peppers, caramelized deep-fried onions, hand-sliced Piave cheese and North Beach honey)
Grinder's Pizza Kansas City, Missouri "Chili Bomb Pie" (secret red sauce, three-blend cheese and pepperoni topped with tater tots, chili, Cheese Whiz and scallions all in the center of the pie), "Le Hog (white sauce, cheese, bacon bits, Canadian bacon, sausage, ham and hamburger meat), "Philly Cheese Steak" (red sauce, mozzarella, cheesesteak meat, banana peppers, onions, mushrooms and provolone), "Bengal Tiger" (Indian-flavored pizza with a green pesto sauce topped with tandori chicken, crab meat, hearts of palm and cilantro)
Totonno Pizzaria Napolitana Coney Island, New York New York-style thin crust pizza (20-inch pizza made with secret homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and olive oil imported from Italy)
Mulberry Street Pizzeria Beverly Hills, California Brooklyn-style thin-crust pizza (Manhattan-water dough, famous tomato sauce and fresh slices of mozzarella topped with secret spices), Half Lasagna and Half Rigatoni Pizza
Beau Jo's Pizza Idaho Springs, Colorado Colorado Style Pizza - "Mountain Pies" (14-pound pies made with 7 pounds of dough with braided crust, 2½-pounds of mozzarella cheese, sausage, green peppers and pepperoni), "The Combo" (tomato sauce, cheese, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, sausage and peperoni) "Dude Ranch Pie" (ranch sauce, bacon, tomatoes, chicken and two kinds of cheeses) Pour honey over unfinished crust for dessert!
Fong's Pizza Des Moines, Iowa "Crab Rangoon Pizza" (cream cheese, crab, mozzarella and asiago cheese, green onions and topped with fried wontons or "crispy cracklin's" drizzled with sweet chili sauce), "Thai Chicken Pizza", "Kung Pao Chicken Pizza"
Pizanos Pizza & Pasta Chicago, Illinois Chicago-style deep dish pizza – "Rudy Special" (2-inch thick crust, handmade dough, fresh whole-milk mozzarella cheese slices, specially-made sausage and mushrooms baked in aged cast iron pans), Chicago thin-crust pizza
Pizza Doctors La Crosse, Wisconsin "The Freudian Slip" (bratwurst, sauerkraut and cheddar cheese), "The Doc Holiday" (topped with turkey, stuffing gravy and cheddar cheese), "The Doc Mac" ("Big Mac-inspired pizza made with Thousand Island dressing, beef, pickles, onions, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses and topped with lettuce), Dessert Pizzas - "Peanut Butter and M&M Pizza", "Freedom cheesecake Pizza" (topped with red [strawberries], white [cream cheese] and blue [blueberries]), "Dr. Sam's German Chocolate Cake Pizza" (chocolate pizza crust covered with caramel sauce topped with chocolate chips, nuts and coconut)

Fried Chicken Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Claudia Sanders Dinner House Shelbyville, Kentucky Kentucky Fried Chicken (secret herbs and spice rubbed, dipped, breaded and deep-fried chicken served with country sides like corn pudding, stewed tomatoes, mock oysters, mashed potatoes, spinach casserole, beets and baked apples)
Bon Ton World Famous Chicken Henderson, Kentucky World Famous Fried Chicken (marinated, floured, secret seasoned spicy deep-fired farm fresh chicken served with crinkle-cut fries, onions rings, cole slaw or mashed potatoes & gravy)
Pine State Biscuits Portland, Oregon Fried Chicken-and-Biscuits – "The Reggie Deluxe" (Fried chicken made with Texas Pete hot sauce, secret spice mix, coated in dry flour & black pepper mixture and deep-fried, two slices of thick-cut bacon and American cheese on top of a buttermilk biscuit topped with a fried egg and sausage gravy), "The McIsley" (Fried chicken with "chickle" (crinkle-cut dill pickle chips), stone-ground mustard and local honey on top a biscuit)
American Cupcake San Francisco, California "Red Velvet Fried Chicken" (3 pieces of savory brined chicken soaked in red velvet cake batter, deep fried in homemade red velvet breading served with cream cheese mashed potatoes and cocoa-infused slaw)
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles Los Angeles, California "Chicken & Waffles" – (4 pieces of secret seasoned fried chicken fried in a cast iron skillet 2 secret recipe waffles served with butter and maple syrup), "The Herb Special" (fried chicken smothered in gravy and 2 waffles)
Dinah's Chicken Los Angeles, California "Original Recipe Fried Chicken" (battered in flour, herbs and spices then pressure-fried and served with a side of their famous pancakes)
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack Nashville, Tennessee "Hot Chicken" (secret seasoned extra hot & spicy fried chicken served with crinkle-cut fries, zesty pickle slices and white bread)
400 Degrees Hot Chicken Nashville, Tennessee Tennessee-style "Hot Chicken" (deep fried and smothered chicken in their extra spicy and thick secret hot sauce served atop two slices of white bread) Different degrees of spice (100 degrees – mild, 200 degrees – medium, 400 degrees – hot!)
Jacques-Imo's Cafe New Orleans, Louisiana Fried Chicken Plate (crispy deep fried chicken marinated in salt & pepper, battered in an egg bath and coated in deep flour mix, topped with parsley and pickle chips)
Busy Bee Cafe Atlanta, Georgia "Southern Cookin" - Down Home Fried Chicken (brinded, floured and seasoned chicken deep-fried in peanut oil served with soul food sides like collard greens, baked beans and mashed potatoes)

Soul Food Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specially(s)
Sylvia's Restaurant Harlem, New York "Sweet & Sassy Ribs" (full rack of pork ribs seasoning rubbed, marinated and cooked in vinegar smothered in signature sweet & sassy barbeque sauce served with black eyed peas and mac n' cheese or corn and mashed potatoes) World-Famous Fried Chicken (marinated and seasoned meat and dark meat breaded and flash-fried smothered in beef gravy served with grits)
Mary Mac's Tea Room Atlanta, Georgia "Georgia Peach Cobbler" (fresh peaches smothered in homemade brown sugar, nutmeg & cinnamon cobbler sauce topped with a candied crust served a la mode), "Southern Special" (3 entrees including meatloaf, chicken & dumplings, roast pork, country fried steak, roasted turkey, and baked or fried chicken and 3 sides including fried green tomatoes, sweet potato soufflé and tomato pie)
Houston This It Is Soul Food Houston, Texas Cafeteria-style soul food – Oxtails (oxtails seasoned with salt & pepper, garlic powder and secret spices cooked with chopped vegetables smothered in beef gravy served with signature mac n' cheese and corn beard)
The Four Way Soul Food Restaurant Memphis, Tennessee Southern-style Catfish (spicy cornmeal breaded farm-raised deep fried catfish topped with hot sauce and served with collard greens, candied yams and a corn bread muffin), lemon meringue pie, strawberry cake and sweet potato pie
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen New Orleans, Louisiana Cajun-style soul food – "Chicken and Andouille Gumbo" (pan-braised chicken & andouille smoked sausage with the "holy trinity" of oinions green bell peppers and celery cooked in a 150-year-old cast iron pot with chicken stock & dark roux served with white rice), "Blackened Louisiana Drum" (drum fish seasoned & blackened in a cast iron skillet with drawn butter, topped with lump crab meat and chipotle compound butter and served with mashed potatoes and veggies), Cajun Jambalaya, Stuffed Soft Shell Crab
Martha Lou's Kitchen Charleston, South Carolina World-Famous Fried Chicken (seasoned with salt, pepper & secret seasoned, twice-floured, battered and deep-fried chicken served with mac n' cheese, lima beans and collard greens) Okra Stew (made with tomatoes, onions & ham)
Mama Dip's Kitchen Chapel Hill, North Carolina "Traditional Country Cooking" – Chitlins (deep-fried, pan-fried or boiled pork intestines seasoned with vinegar, salt and crushed red pepper flakes), fried pork chops, fried chicken, banana pudding
Fu-Fu Cuisine Phoenix, Arizona African & Caribbean Cuisine – "Jerk Barbecue Chicken" (marinated & grilled chicken breast with jerk seasoning, onions, maggi & secret sauce served with West African "Wolof" rice or mashed potatoes and broccoli), "Fu-Fu" (sticky dough of yam flour & water) "Egusi Soup" (made with ground melon, spinach, crayfish, goat meat & beef), "Pof-Pofs" (deep-fried sweet Jamician-style donuts made with flour, sugar, butter)

Deli Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specially(s)
Carnegie Deli New York City, New York Pastrami on rye (One pound of steamed pepper-crusted pastrami piled high on rye bread with mustard and a pickle), Reuben sandwich (open-faced corned beef topped with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese on top of rye bread)
Molinari's Delicatessen North Beach, San Francisco, California Salami sandwich (House-cured savory dry Italian salami, provolone cheese topped with mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peperoncinis between a hard Italian roll)
Canter's Delicatessen Los Angeles, California "Fairfax Sandwich" (1/2 pastrami 1/2 corned beef on rye bread served with cole slaw and a pickle and a side of signature deep-fried potato pancakes)
Nate 'n Al Delicatessen Beverly Hills, California "Matzah Brei" (fried matzah with scrambled eggs fried in drawn butter), eggs and smoked fish, toasted bagel cream cheese and lox (smoked salmon)
Zingerman's Delicatessen Ann Arbor, Michigan Corned Beef Reuben (house-cured corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese on top homemade grilled rye bread topped with Russian dressing) #97 "Lisa C's Boisterous Brisket Sandwich (hand-pulled beef brisket in signature BBQ sauce on a soft bun served with maplewood-smoked baked beans)
Kramarczuk Deli Minneapolis, Minnesota "Combination Plate" (cabbage roll stuffed with pork and rice, potato perogies, sauerkraut, your choice of five different sausages and a pickle)
Rubin's Kosher Delicatessen Brookline, Massachusetts Hot Beef Brisket Sandwich (baked and special seasoned and sauced kosher beef brisket sliced and served on a bun or rye bread), meat knishes, chicken matzo ball soup
Goldberg's Famous Delicatessen Seattle, Washington Five Pound Reuben (4 pounds of corned beef, 1/2-pound sauerkraut, 1/4-pound melted Swiss cheese on grilled rye bread with Russian dressing served with fries and a pickle)

Cheese Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Melt Bar & Grilled Cleveland, Ohio Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches such as: “Big Popper”, “Rising Sun Shrimp”, “Wet Hot Buffalo Chicken”. Favorite: “Parmageddon” (grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with sharp cheddar, vodka and cider vinegar sautéed onion and kraut and two potato-and-cheese pierogiess) “Monte Cristo” (deep-fried grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with cordon bleu-chicken). “The Melt Challenge” (a 4-pound grilled cheese sandwich with 13 different cheeses into three slices of bread served with a half-pound of hand cut-fries and vinegar-based coleslaw)
Squeeze Inn Sacramento, California “The Best Burger in Town”: Home of the “Squeezeburger” or the “Squeeze with Cheese” (1/3-pound beef patty seasoned with salt cooked on a flat top grill and 1/4-pound of their cheddar cheese “skirt” stacked with pickles, tomatoes and onions) “Big Skirt” (extra cheese) or “Mini Skirt” (a little bit of cheese)
Homeroom Mac + Cheese Oakland, California 10 different kinds of macaroni and cheese that you can customize with bacon, veggies or panko crumbs on top. “Trailer Mac” (béchamel base of flour, butter, milk and salt, aged cheddar cheese and pecorino, ‘’Niman-Ranch’’ all-beef hot dog, elbow noodles, topped with crushed potato chips) Popular Plates: “Gilroy Garlic Mac” (stuffed with garlic-butter, smoked Gouda and sharp pecorino cheese) and “Mexican Mac” (pork chorizo, jack cheese, chipotle sauce, cilantro and a hint of lime)
MacBar Soho, Manhattan, New York 12 different gourmet macaroni and cheese dishes. Top seller: “Mac Lobsta’” (béchamel base with cognac, tarragon, salt and pepper, tabasco, elbow pasta, lobster stock, Maine lobster and topped with white cheddar and fresh chives), “Mac ‘Shroom” (seasonal roasted mushrooms and mascarpone cheese drizzled in truffle oil), “Mac Quack” (homemade duck confit, caramelized onions and fontina cheese)
The Parthenon Restaurant Greektown, Chicago, Illinois Home of the “Flaming Saganaki”: First restaurant to flambé in 1968. (Traditional Greek appetizer or “meze”—thick cut kasseri cheese made from sheep’s milk, dipped in a milk and egg mixture and dredged in flour then pan-fried in olive oil and set-aflame with a splash of Brandy) Signature dish: spinach-cheese pie (paper-thing sheets of phyllo dough layered with a feta cheese and spinach mixture and baked in the oven)
The Melting Pot Thousand Oaks, California Cheese fondue restaurant: 6 different types of fondue made with award-winning Wisconsin cheeses served with gourmet “dippers” including lobster, fillet mignon and Atlantic salmon. Most popular: “Boston Lager Cheddar Fondue” (with beer, bacon, a splash of tabasco sauce, a hint of cracked black pepper, cheddar cheese and topped with scallions served with a side of veggies, and bread cubes for dipping)
Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern Monroe, Wisconsin Established in 1931: cheese counter with 40 different cheeses. House specialty: “Limburger” (Est. 1885 ‘’Chalet Cheese Co-op’’ Limburger strong cheese) Almost World Famous “Swiss Apple Sandwich” (Four slices of Limburger cheese, a couple slices of red onion between two slices of dark rye bread served with a ‘’Andes’’ after-dinner mint) Classic Cheese Plate (local summer sausage, thick-cut slices of brick cheese, Swiss cheese and cheddar cheese)
Snuffer’s Restaurant & Bar Dallas, Texas “Cheddar Fries”—first crafted here in 1978. (Hand-cut Idaho potato fries topped with aged-Wisconsin cheddar cheese melted twice under the broiler after a second layer of fries and cheese is added and topped with bacon, chives and jalapeños served with their homemade Ranch dressing for dipping) "Cheddar Fries Burger" (beef patty topped with cheddar fries, lettuce and tomato)

Chinese Food Paradise (2013)[edit]

Mexican Food Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Casa Bonita Denver, Colorado 1,000-seat restaurant featuring cliff divers and gunfight shows, children rides and arcade with an “All You Can Eat” Mexican Buffet: chicken and beef enchiladas in a red or white sauce and hard beef or chicken tacos served with refried beans and rice, includes dessert—"Sopaipillas" (a Mexican pillow-shaped donut deep-fried and drizzled with honey)
Tomasita’s Santa Fe, New Mexico New Mexican cuisine: chalupas, chili rellenos and enchiladas. "Burrito Grande" (or “Christmas Burrito”-- large burrito filled with ground beef, jack cheese and green chili sauce and re-fried beans and smothered with grade-A farm-raised hatch chili peppers—half red/roja and half green/verde chili sauces and topped with melted jack cheese)
Guelaguetza Restaurante Koreatown, Los Angeles, California Authentic Oaxacan cuisine. Signature sauce: Molé Negro (Oaxocan black mole sauce) both made with four different chilies, Oaxacan chocolate, a mixture of fried ground nuts, sesame seeds, raisins, plantains, bread and spices made into a paste and then blended with Oaxocan roasted tomatoes and added to simmering chicken broth and more chocolate. “Molé Negro con Pollo” (steamed chicken breast smothering in black mole served with white rice) “Festival de moles” (a sampling of moles including estofado, coloradito, molé negro and molé rojo in small pots with chicken inside and served with rice and tortillas) Fried Chapulines (pan-fried “popcorn” grasshoppers with a squeeze of lime)
El Charro Café Tucson, Arizona Sonoran-style cuisine since 1922. World-famous “Carne Seca” (thinly-sliced Angus beef marinated in garlic and lime juice and dried in their rooftop greenhouse, shredded and sautéed with New Mexican peppers—green chili and poblanos—onions, tomatoes and spices plated and served with yellow rice, re-fried beans, queso cheese and a side of stewed cactus) “Bandra Platter” (three tamales or enchiladas topped with red chili, white roja, and green tomatillo sauces as a tribute to the Mexican flag) Also known for their rolled tacos and shrimp ceviche (made with jicama avocado and lime) Birthplace of the Chimichanga (owner accidentally dropped a burrito into the deep-fryer)
Bone Garden Cantina Atlanta, Georgia Authentic Mexican cuisine based on the Mexican kitchen staffs family recipes from the Acapulco region. Restaurant theme is based on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) “Carne Adobo Taco” (handmade grilled masa tortilla filled with a carne asada beef steak marinated in salsa and lime juice topped, grilled and re-sauced with cilantros and onions with a side of picante) Homemade Tamales (“Pasilla Tamale”—filled with Mexican black-pepper salsa and cactus, “Azteca Tamale”—filled with shredded pork wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf, “Pasilla Patron Tamale”—filled with cactus and cheese) Enchiladas: topped with 6 different sauces such as tomatillo sauce, roasted tomato sauce and “Guajillo Enchilada” topped with a rich and smoke sauce) 60 different Tequilas.
El Indio Mexican Restaurant Mission Hills, San Diego, California Mexican Cuisine since 1940 serving up a triple-threat of tamales, taquitos, and world-famous homemade corn tortillas. Tamales are made from cooked corn, steeped overnight and grinded down through a stone wheel into masa dough and spread on a corn husk filled with either pork, chicken, cheese, chili or vegetables and steamed and drenched in a choice of three sauces—chili bean, salsa verda and enchilada sauce and garnished with cheese) Birthplace of Taquito (corn tortilla filled with shredded beef and rolled up deep-fried and topped with salsa, lettuce, cheese and guacamole)
Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant Fort Worth, Texas Authentic Tex-Mex Cuisine: Family-style Fajitas (chicken breast marinated in beer and secret spices, grilled and cut into slices, sautéed green and red bell peppers and onions on steaming-hot on a sizzling plate served with white rice and re-fried beans with sides of pico de gallo, guacamole, hot sauce and tortillas) Family-style Enchilada Dinner (two cheese-filled enchiladas, two tacos, two nachos, rice, re-fried beans, guacamole, and corn tortillas) Best Margarita’s in town.
Yuca’s Taco Hut Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California “Tipico” street food native to Yucatan peninsula. James Beard Award-winning homemade tacos and burritos. Famous Taco: “Cochinita Pibil” (Yucatan-style spicy pork slow roasted for 12 hours in south-of-the-border spices and banana leaves and served in a house-made tortilla topped with pico de gallo) Made-to-order Burritos (flour tortilla filled with either pork or chicken, beans and topped with Yuca’s special salsa) Saturday special: “Vaporcitos” (“little vapors”—thin pork tamales wrapped in a banana leaf and smothered in a homemade tomato sauce.

Steak Paradise 3: Prime Cuts (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Smith & Wollensky New York City, New York Established in 1977, known for their "Steaks & Chops". Most popular: fillet mignon and porter house. Best kept secret: 30-ounce sizzling Colorado rib eye (dry-aged for three weeks thick cut rubbed with Cajun seasoning (oregano, thyme, basil, white and black pepper, cayenne, paprika, garlic, cumin and salt) and marinates it in olive oil and chopped onions for 48 hours and broiled.
Meat & Potatoes Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania City’s first gastropub. Most popular dish: "Dinner for Two" (34-ounce grilled prime rib eye nicknamed "Tomahawk" because of the 12-inch end bone, seasoned with olive oil, sea salt and pepper served with deep-fried rosemary and garlic confit potatoes, sautéed wild mushrooms and bone marrow seasoned with sea salt, black pepper, garlic, rosemary and thyme plated on top of a wooden cutting board) Steak Tartar (raw American wagyu beef mixed with Dijon mustard, chives, capers, Japanese chili, salt, pepper and olive oil served in a bowl smeared ground up with seaweed, olive oil, and egg yolk and topped with a broken "smoky egg") "Leg of Beast" (massive braised beef shank served with brussel spouts and risotto).
Doe's Eat Place Greenville, Mississippi “Downhome Dive” serving their steaks since 1947. Signature steak: 2 ½ to 2 ¾-pound porterhouse steak aged 25 days rubbed with Creole seasoning broiled in a 67-year-old top-flamed broiler.
St. Elmo's Steak House Indianapolis, Indiana Prohibition-era steak recipes: Fillet mignon, rib eye, New York strip, and 32-ounce bone-in prime rib. House specialty: 28-ounce grilled porterhouse wet-aged for 35 days in their custom meat locker seasoned with in-house secret spices served with mashed potatoes and string beans and also served signature spicy shrimp cocktail appetizer (five jumbo shrimp smothered in horseradish sauce.
Vesta Dipping Grill Denver, Colorado Steaks come with a choice of 30 dipping sauces to choose from: aiolis, chutneys, salsas and pestos (roasted corn sauce, curry sauce, pineapple sauce, ghost pepper barbeque sauce) Signature dish: three-pepper grilled flatiron steak with Manila clams (center-cut flatiron steak seasoned with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and chili powder and grilled served with in-shell Manila clams in chimichurri butter, Greek sausage, beer and clam juice on top of pom frites and charred tomatoes and choice of three dipping sauces) Wild game steaks: grilled vension fillet marinated in yellow curry paste, virgin olive oil and coconut milk topped ginger-ale sautéed oyster mushrooms and a dried cherry, port wine cream sauce.
Sparks Steak House Midtown, Manhattan, New York Old-fashioned New York-style steakhouse serving only two cuts of steak: prime sirloin and fillet mignon. Favorite cut: Prime sirloin top-secret in-house aged and broiled to perfection served with classic steakhouse sides such as creamed spinach and baked potatoes. Hidden gem: Lamb chops. Also famous for the mafia hit on December 16, 1985, Gambino Family crime boss “Big Paul” Castellano was gunned down right outside before a dinner meeting.
The Rex Billings, Montana Buffalo Bill Cody's personal chef, Alfred Heimer established this steakhouse in 1910 naming it "Rex" meaning "King" in Latin. Bison steak dishes: Garlic-Roasted Bison Fillet in a Conac Dijon mustard sauce and Bacon-Wrapped Bison Fillet topped with blue cheese crumbles and rosemary demiglace and onion crisps (both rubbed in salt and pepper and stuffed with garlic cloves and served with mashed potatoes and string beans) Also serves up a New York strip, marinated hanger steak, flatiron steak, bone-in rib eye, kabobs and 14-ounce blacked prime rib.
C.P's Five O’Clock Steakhouse Milwaukee, Wisconsin Established in 1948 with a 1960s supper club-decor. Signature steak: "King Fillet" (one-pound 6-ounce fillet mignon 30 day wet-aged, seasoned with spices and olive oil and char-broiled and slathered in their secret black "char sauce" and drizzled in homemade au jus served with one side—sautéed button mushrooms), "Ladies Fillet" (smaller version of King Fillet) Bacon-Wrapped Fillet Mignon.

Seafood Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Jack’s Fish Spot & Crab Pot @ Pike Place Market Seattle, Washington Located in the world famous fish market of the Pacific Northwest’s seafood scene where the fish mongers throw and catch your fresh fish to order. Specialty: House Smoked Salmon (Local king salmon rubbed in a salt and brown sugar mixture and cold smoked over alderwood for a sweet and smoky finish) Most popular: fresh fish and crab cocktails. "Cioppono" (crushed tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and green peppers with Copper River sockeye salmon, prawns, muscles, Vancouver Island clams, east coast bay scallops and Dungeness crab in a tomato-based broth)
Faidley’s Seafood @ Lexington Market Baltimore, Maryland Award-winning jumbo lump crabcakes (crushed saltine crackers mixed with dry mustard, mayonnaise and Baltimore’s signature Old Bay seasoning, Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and a ladle full of secret yellow sauce, shaped into massive baseball-sized balls and flash-fried in soybean oil in the deep fryer and served on a bed of lettuce with a tomato and saltine crackers) Fresh clams and raw oysters.
The Place Restaurant Guilford, Connecticut Outdoor Clambakes: from April to October. Roast clam special (local Stoney Creek[disambiguation needed] clams fire-grilled on a pit, buttered and drizzled with cocktail sauce and grilled again served tableside) Fire-grilled shrimp, lobster, salmon, bluefish, corn-on-the-cob and “veggie-bobs”.
Pelletier’s Restaurant Fish Creek, Wisconsin Only open from May to October for their famous "Fish Boil" featuring Lake Michigan whitefish only available two months out of the year (Two 7-ounce whitefish steaks, red potatoes, yellow sweet-boiling onions, boiled in salt in a massive 35-gallon kettle on a fire-burning maple and oak wood slabs outside the restaurant then a cup of kerosene is poured on the fire for a “boil-over” to lose the fish oil then it’s all and topped with butter and served with coleslaw)
Flors-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar Pensacola, Florida Beachside watering hole that boarders on the Florida and Alabama beach-line locals nicked named the “Redneck Rivera”. Signature dish: “Oysters McClellan” (freshly shucked oysters topped with garlic seasoning, diced onions, bacon, shredded Swiss and American cheeses baked to perfection) “Cajun Oysters” (steamed and smothered oysters with cayenne pepper, homemade hot sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese) “Perdido Oysters” (baked on the half shell oysters topped with jalapeños, onions and Monterey jack cheese) Raw oysters on the half-shell topped with choice of lemon juice, shallot vinegar or famous hot sauce)
Paradise Cove Beach Café Malibu, California Iced Seafood Samplers (huge serving of fresh seafood served over a mound of shaved ice in a silver bowl) “Gigantic Seafood Tower” (massive version of the iced seafood sampler which includes: from the bottom-up; pickled herring, signature scallop ceviche made with pico de gallo, mussels, jumbo ocean-steamed prawns, shrimp steamed with pineapple, crab meat, calamari, house-smoked salmon, ahi tuna poke and crowned with a lobster head and lobster tail) Shrimp Tacos (sautéed shrimp with pico de gallo stuffed in three tortillas with guacamole and sour cream garnish)
Crawfish Town USA Henderson, Louisiana Specialty: Crawfish Boil (Four-pounds of fresh crawfish boiled in clear clean water then soaked in a seasoned bath and served with red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, onions and their secret dipping sauce) Other Cajun dishes include: stuffed crab, frog legs, alligator bites. Alligator entrée stuffed with Cajun sausage served whole with an apple in its mouth.
No-Name Fish Pier Restaurant Boston, Massachusetts Established in 1917, oldest family-run restaurant in town. House specialty: Fried Seafood Plate (cracker meal breaded fried shrimp oysters, scallops, clams and haddock fillet served over fresh fries and tangy coleslaw) Broiled Seafood Sampler, shrimp in garlic butter sauce and seafood and clam chowder.

Taste Like Chicken Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Church Works Brew Works Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania "Rattlesnake Pierogies" (filled with Colorado farm-raised rattlesnake meat, seasoned in a chipotle, cayenne and bell pepper rub, sautéed southwest cactus and poblano peppers, mozzarella stuffed in pierogie dough, fried and topped with a chipotle corn sauce) Wild game burgers: bison burger, elk burger.
Linger Lodge Restaurant Bradenton, Florida “Gator Bites” (bite-sized local alligator meat marinated in buttermilk, coated in cornmeal and deep-fried served with fries, coleslaw, homemade remoulade and “venom sauce”—made with Tabasco sauce) Alligator Rib Special (seasoned with garlic, onion, paprika and white pepper slow-cooked for several hours served with a side of barbecue sauce), “Gator Chowder” (seasoned with 15 different spices)
Kegel's Inn Milwaukee, Wisconsin "Hosenpfeffer" (rabbit stew made with secret seasonings, vegetables—yellow and green bell peppers, onions and carrots—served over noodles in a sweet- sour gravy), boneless roasted duck, beef roulade, “Weiner Schnitzel” (seasoned, breaded and pan-fried veal)
Beast and the Hare Mission District, San Francisco, California “Rabbit Ragout” (local farm-raised rabbit braised overnight then shredded and sautéed in bacon and caramelized onions and added to the stew served over white-corn polenta and topped with homemade herb salsa verde) “Rabbit Rillette” (appetizer of rabbit rubbed with fennel, ginger, garlic, cloves, mustard seed and salt, marinated in stock and fat then pulled off the bone and whipped into a pate to spread on grilled toast and a sherry-mustard sauce)
Sid & Roxie’s Green Turtle Inn Islamorada, Florida, Florida Keys “Turtle Chowder” (farm-raised Georgia snapping turtles browned and sautéed with onions, Roma tomatoes, red bell peppers, Cajun seasonings, salt and pepper, a shot of sherry, veal stock and dark roux, topped with red-bliss potatoes and scallions) “Cracked Conch” (deep-fried conch served with moho onion, sweet peppers and Key West mustard)
DownUnder Wines and Bistro Gilbert, Arizona “‘Roo Burger” (Australian-raised Kangaroo meat shaped into a massive patty thrown on the “barbie” to medium rare topped with caramelized onions, crumbled blue cheese, cranberry-mustard sauce, lettuce, tomato and fried onion strings served with sweet potato fries) “Jump Steak” (seared and sliced Kangaroo loin served medium rare atop a sautéed portabella mushroom, topped with fried onion strings and drizzled in port wine sauce) Crocodile Bratwurst in a bite-mark roll, Python Mousse (python sausage mixed with edamame, cucumber and Thai chilies plated with Lavash crackers and veggies),
Prejean’s Restaurant Lafayette, Louisiana Frog Legs (“the chicken of the swamp”) “Pork-skin Crusted Frog Legs” (farm-raised Louisiana bull frog legs marinated in milk and Cajun spices then dipped in a pork-skin breading and deep fried drizzled with chef-special “Carencro Kicker Sauce”—Cajun heat and sweet chili sauce topped with scallions) Frog Leg Etouffee in a spicy tomato picante.
Badega Bistro San Francisco, California “Cuisine Indochine”. “Chim Quay” (Vietnamese-style Squab: whole one-pound farm-raised squab from head to feet soaked in a secret spice blend marinade and bathed in soy sauce and honey then hung to dry for an hour, seared in the oven and flash-fried plated with caramelized onions and sautéed raisins and topped with a lime sauce)

Garlic Paradise (2013)[edit]

Truck Stop Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specially(s)
Dysart's Store & Restaurant (Exit 180 on I-95) Bangor, Maine American comfort food – Yankee Pot Roast (60/40 boneless chuck meat seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, roasted and braised with vegetables bathed in brown gravy served with a baked potato), Lobster Rolls (lobster meat with mayo with lettuce on a toasted roll), Blueberry Pie ala mode
Berky's Restaurant @ Lee Hi Travel Plaza (I-95 to U.S. 80) Lexington, Virginia American fare – "King of the Road" (one pound charbroiled chopped steak covered in fried onions and brown gravy served with mashed potatoes), buffet dinner.
R Place Restaurant (I-64, U.S. 35 North to I-80) Morris, Illinois Belly-busting burgers – "Premium Ethyl Special" - (4-pound burger topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and American cheese), Famous Bakery - German cream horns, strawberry pillows, cakes, pies and breads.
Tiger Truck Stop (I-55 South) Grosse Tete, Louisiana Southern Cajun-Creole Cooking – Red Beans & Rice (red beans in beef stock seasoned with bacon, onions, bell peppers, celery, parsely flakes, seasoning salt and garlic powder served in a bowl with onions, banana peppers and grilled alligator sausage) Crawfish Etoufee (crawfish served in a beef and mushroom-based stew over white rice), Boudin Balls (pork, liver and seasonings rolled in a ball of rice and flour then deep-fried)
Iowa 80 Truck Stop (I-80 North) Walcott, Iowa World's Largest Truck Stop (seven different restaurants)
  • Iowa 80 Kitchen – 50-foot salad bar and signature fried chicken.
  • Gramma's Kitchen – Deep-fried pork tenderlion sandwich (6-ounce center-cut pork loin battered and deep-fried topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickles on a buttered toasted kraiser roll served with fries) Meatloaf (80/20 ground beef chuck mixed with onions, celery, green peppers, asiago cheese, salt, pepper, eggs and milk served with mashed potatoes and veggies)
Billy Bob's Texas Truck Stop @ Driver's Travel Plaza (I-80 West to U.S. 35 South) Fort Worth, Texas Chicken-Fried-Steak Sandwich and the "6-pounder" (6-pound tenderized beef coated in breading and deep-fried topped with white gravy, lettuce and tomatoes onto a toasted sesame seed bun), Calf Fries (deep-fried calf testicles)
Johnson's Corner (I-35 North) Johnstown, Colorado Top 10 Breakfast in the World – World Famous Cinnamon Rolls (giant rolls made from flour, butter, cinnamon & sugar baked and topped with gooey gobs of icing) "Flavor of the Month Cinnamon Roll" (topped with blueberries, peach, bacon or pumpkin spice), Breakfast Burrito (scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese rolled in a flour tortilla with green chili sauce on top of it)
Omar's Hi-Way Chef Restaurant @ Triple T Truck Stop (I-25 South to I-10) Tucson, Arizona Freshly-baked deep dish apple and fruit pies topped with a towering dollop of soft-serve vanilla ice cream, "Brownie Bomber" (giant brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce, whipped cream and toasted peanuts)

Buffet Paradise (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
The Buffet @ Wynn Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada *Voted "Best Buffet in Las Vegas"* Seafood Station: split Alaskan opilio crab legs with clarified butter, citrus & taragon glazed salmon fillet, jumbo black tiger shrimp with cocktail sauce and sushi rolls; black Angus prime rib and pizza. Dessert Station: candy apples, tres leches cake.
Wicked Spoon @ Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada Tasty & unusual food selections served tapas-style in individual portions - Asian Station: sushi, egg drop soup, udon noodles, pork fried rice and "Thai Tofu" (crispy fried tofu with red Thai curry sauce topped with peanuts); slow-roasted lamb bone marrow, fiery fried chicken, Caribbean mojo sauce glazed rotisserie chicken, pork belly steamed bun with spicy mayo and pickled vegetables, "Angry Mac & Cheese" (spicy macroni and cheese). Dessert Station: gelato bar (salted peanut butter and strawberry balasmic).
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q’s Austin, Texas "Sunday Gospel Brunch" buffet – Live gospel music and a world-renowned buffet featuring their signature dry-rubbed post oak wood barbecue beef brisket served with their smokey sauce, southern-style grits, deep-fried paprika catfish, enchiladas stuffed with serrano peppers, cream cheese and spinach, "Migas" (Mexican-style eggs scrambled with sauteed tortilla chips and peppers) and "build-your-own" Bloody Mary's at the bloody mary bar.
Nordic Lodge Charlestown, Rhode Island Seafood buffet – all-you-can-eat whole lobsters, Alaskan king crab legs, bacon-wrapped scallops, steamed clams, seafood salads and hardy chowders. Raw Bar: oysters on the half shell and little neck clams on the half shell.
The Grand Salon @ The Queen Mary (oceanliner & hotel) Long Beach, California "Champagne Sunday Brunch" – features over 100 dishes from the Queen Mary's travels around the world inspired by the ship's original menu. Seafood Station: wild Alaskan salmon serpentine (slow-poached salmon). Signature Carving Station: prime rib with au jus and leg of lamb with mint jus. Carne asada tacos, beef & fried noodles and French desserts all served with a never-ending supply of champagne.
Taverna Cretekou Alexandria, Virginia Classical & Regional Greek Cuisine: Greek Buffet – Chicken Kalamata (chicken breasts served in an onion, garlic & olive sauce), moussaka (casserole layered with beef in a Béchamel sauce), spinach pie, spanakopita, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), pasticcio (Greek lasagna), baklava and galaktoboureko (cinnamon-type custard).
The Bristol Lounge @ The Four Seasons Boston, Massachusetts "Sundaes on Saturdays" (every Saturday night 9 pm till midnight) dessert buffet – house-made delicacies: red velvet cupcakes, crêpes made "à la minute" and an all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae bar with gourmet toppings (rum caramel sauce, passion pineapple sauce, fresh bananas, homemade whipped cream, caramelized popcorn, puff-pastry crostinis, pistachio & white chocolate bark, chocolate chip cookie dough bites, coconut macaroons).
The Pagoda Floating Restaurant Honolulu, Hawaii Hawaiian-style all-you-can-eat buffet – Whole steamed Kona kampachi ("the wonder fish") topped with mushrooms, osyter sauce, soy sauce, chili oil and soybean oil, hand-rolled sushi, tempura, crab legs, blackened marlin and ahi tuna.

Deep Fried Paradise 3: Grease is the Word (2013)[edit]

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
Ozona Grill & Bar Dallas, Texas Deep-fried chicken-fried steak (twice fried) topped with either chili, cheese sauce or white gravy served with mashed potatoes and toast points. Deep fried shrimp-stuffed chili rellenos.
Sumo Grub Berkeley, California Deep fried hamburgers (tempura battered) topped with grilled onions, tomato, lettuce and "Sumo Sauce" (Thai basil and chili sauce), "Six Feet Under Challenge" (finish 6 deep-fried hamburgers, fried mac and cheese balls, fried Twinkies, fried Oreos with six different sauces, whipped cream and chocolate sauce).
Iowa State Fair Des Moines, Iowa Established in 1854. "Grater Taters" (deep fried spiral-cut potato chips), Red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese glaze, German chocolate funnel cake topped with icing and chopped pecans.
  • Dawg House Concessions: "Pickle Dawg" (1/4 slice of a dill pickle with cream cheese with either ham or pastrami wrapped around it).
  • Campbell's Concession's: double-bacon corn dogs (bacon-wrapped hot dogs deep fried in a bacon bits corn batter).
  • Fyfe Concessions: Deep fried butter (½ a stick of butter dipped in a cinnamon & sugar batter deep fried on a stick and topped with powdered sugar).
Forcella (East Village) New York City, New York "Pizza fritte" (Deep fried thin-crust pizza), "Montanara" (deep fried dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil), deep fried calzones.
Dos Diablos Chicago, Illinois "The Big Mel" (3½ to 4 pound deep fried chimichanga stuffed with beef, beans, two cheeses and topped with red sauce and cheese) served with black beans and rice.
Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pie Davis, Oklahoma Deep fried pies (apple, lemon, cherry, blueberry, peach, chocolate, vanilla, beef, chicken and vegetable)
Beer Belly Los Angeles, California Deep fried cheese (with fresh-made provolone cheese tempura battered served with basil marinara dipping sauce), spicy fried bacon and chedder cheese, "Death by Duck" (French fries fried in duck fat and topped with duck confit), Catfish and chips served in a brown bag shaken with seasoning salt)
Funnelicious Greenville, South Carolina Super-sized 16-inch funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and chocolate, deep fried Kool Aid balls, deep fried cookie balls, and deep fried cheesecake.

Food Paradise: Sturgis' Most Tasty (2014)[edit]

During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a week dedicated to motorcycles, restaurants double and triple the size of their staff and food vendors come from all over the country to set up shop and serve the massives.

‘’’Note:’’’ The list below represents the best and tastiest food from Sturgis’ rally week.

Restaurant Location Specialty(s)
The Knuckle Saloon Sturgis, South Dakota Biggest and best burgers in town. “Murtha Burger” (named after Chef Austin Murtha beef patty topped with a brick of cream cheese and secret jalapeño jelly made with bacon, sautéed onions, grilled jalapeños, a splash of red wine vinegar and a shot of whiskey garnished with crispy onions, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a toasted bun served with either hand-cut skin-on fries or waffle-cut sweet potato fries) “The Knuckle Sandwich” (one-pound beef patty seasoned with garlic powder, onion salt, cumin and chili powder topped with Swiss and cheddar cheeses, three strips of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickles on a custom-baked bun stabbed with a steak knife to share) Steak Tip Appetizer (tenderloin beef slathered in homemade vinegar-based marinade then grilled with onions and coated in special buffalo butter—a mixture of blue cheese, butter and spices topped with blue cheese crumbles)
Buffalo Chip Campground (food court) Sturgis, South Dakota *Pie for the People, Joshua Tree, California - New York-style pizza, thin-crust pizza named after Rock n’ Roll music icons: “Barry White Pizza” (dough topped with pesto, mozzarella and feta cheeses, freshly-sliced strawberries, fresh garlic and steamed spinach) Most popular pizza pie: “David Bowie Pizza” (dough topped with “Bianca Sauce”, a white & creamy pizza sauce made with ricotta and parmesan Romano cheeses, fresh-cut parsley and chopped garlic, spices, herbs and olive oil then comes the jalapeños, bacon, roasted pineapple, sweet caramelized onions soaked in lager and whiskey and swirled with plum sauce)
*’’Porky’s Fry Stand’’ – Fried frog legs, fried alligator, blooming onions, fried watermelon. Specialty: Rocky Mountain Oysters (fried bull’s testicles) “Pancake Burger” (beef patty topped with cheese, an over-easy egg and bacon between two pancakes)
*Buffalo Chip Steakhouse – located in an old barn. Specialty: Surf n’ turf (grilled steak and lobster tail) “Pitchfork Fondue”.
Jeanne's Bourbon Street BBQ @ Sturgis RV Campground “Big Pig Rig” – the country’s longest food truck (61-foot long, 23,980 pounds empty) Wood-smoked barbeque: beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. Specialty: fall-off-the-bone barbeque four-pound pork ribs, rubbed with their special blend that includes rosemary, garlic salt and brown sugar, smoked low and slow for four hours and served with potato salad, baked beans and a roll.
Town-n-Country Plumbing Main Street, Sturgis, South Dakota Big roast beef and pulled pork sandwiches. Specialty: American Indian Fry Bread Tacos (homemade fry bread topped with seasoned locally sourced “Rocking Tree Red Angus Ranch’’ ground beef, beans, cheese, shredded lettuce, ripe tomatoes, jalapeños and sour cream)
Roscoe’s Steakhouse Sturgis, South Dakota Homemade Chili (sautéed onions, green peppers, chopped garlic, locally-grown tomatoes, 10-pounds of Black Angus ground beef all spiced with coriander, salt, pepper, rosemary, cayenne pepper, chili powder crushed red peppers and chili paste, beans are added and served in a bowl topped with jalapeños, chopped raw red onions and cheese with two cornbread muffins on the side) Grilled choice-cuts from local ‘’Green Valley Ranch’’: Rib eyes, sirloins, T-bones and New York strips served with toast, a baked potato and sautéed veggies.
Easyriders Saloon Junction Street, Sturgis, South Dakota World-famous barbequed beef brisket (cooked low and slow for nine hours, sliced, slathered and pan-seared in their beer barbeque sauce made with garlic, brown sugar, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar and beer) Back homemade mac n’ cheese (made with heavy whipping cream, butter, garlic and extra-sharp cheddar, pepper jack and American cheeses and their secret ingredient—cream cheese all poured our pasta and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and baked in the oven)
Sweeto Burrito (food truck) parked right outside Easyriders, Sturgis, South Dakota “All-American Burrito” (a deluxe bacon cheeseburger burrito—large tortilla filled with four-ounces of ground beef, American cheese, fresh-cooked bacon, French fries and special fry sauce made with ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and pickle juice) “Buff Chick Burrito” (tortilla filled with boneless chicken strips deep-fried in a tempura batter and coated in buffalo sauce, cheddar cheese, tatter tots and cilantro ranch sauce) “The sauces are the bosses” - cilantro ranch, creamy salsa, sweet or hot buffalo sauce and homemade salsa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Food Paradise - Restaurant Locations, Maps, Road Trip Planner". Tvfoodmaps.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

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