Host Natalie Forte scours the country to feature those hidden gems, and locals favorites in each episode of America's Best Bites.

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Season 1, Episode 8


America's Best Bites host Natalie Forte goes big-game hunting on the streets of Chicago and discovers Frontier, a cross between rustic lodge and sports bar! New Orleans born Chef Brian Jupiter brings Cajun flavors to some of his exotic offerings. We feature Elk Chop, Chicken Wings and Powdered Doughnut Beignets.

Dec 23
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 4

Miramar Bistro

America's Best Bites host Natalie Forte discovers a classic French Bistro infused with a touch of Havana just 40 miles north of Chicago. Chef Gabriel Viti brings an intense discipline to everything he does, from cooking to mountain climbing to marathon running! "Tres, tres bien" describes the whole experience at Miramar Bistro! We feature Crespelle, Bouillabaisse and Steak Frites.

Dec 30
7am | 6c
Season 1, Episode 9

Vin De Set

America's Best Bites host Natalie Forte discovers an almost-downtown St Louis rooftop gem sitting on the third floor of a restored malt house. Chef Ivy Magruder creates upscale, yet approachable fare that boasts an American twist on Southern French cuisine. We feature Game Hen with Cassoulet, Mussels Basque and Eggplant Napoleon.

Dec 30
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 1, Episode 10

Trattoria Stefano

America's Best Bites host Natalie Forte finds herself in the Bratwurst Capital of Sheboygan, Wisconsin experiencing authentic Italian cooking! Chef Stefano Viglietti has combined his grandmother's recipes with a lifetime of trips to Italy in order to produce mouth-watering food that transports you to the Italian countryside! We feature Cotoletta di Maide Con Guanciale, Orecchiette della Nonna and Insalata Rustica.

Dec 30
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 11

Goose the Market

America's Best Bites host Natalie Forte discovers what happens when an Indiana boy goes to culinary school, works in top restaurants and returns home to fulfill his dream of becoming a butcher! Chef Chris Eley shows us the results of his successful foray into the butchering, curing and smoking world! We feature the Batali Sandwich, Rabbit Sugo and Chesnut and White Bean Puree.

Dec 30
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 12

The Tavern

America's Best Bites Host Natalie Forte discovers a mecca for exquisite comfort food that's artfully reinvented in West County St Louis! Chef Justin Haifley brings major culinary credentials back to his hometown and partners with some of his high school buddies at Tavern. We feature Char Sui Pork Steak, Ricotta Gnudi with Oxtail Ragout and Pigs Under a Blanket.

Dec 30
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 13

Crazy Water

America's Best Bites host Natalie Forte discovers Milwaukee's favorite example of subdued elegance in a renovated 19th century feed store! Chef Peggy Magister substituted a Chef's toque for a nurse's cap to do what she always wanted to do...cook! We feature Caramelized Garlic & Goat Cheese Tart, Jasmine Tea-glazed Salmon and Lemon Curd Tart with sourdough-pretzel crust.

Dec 30
9:30am | 8:30c

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50 State Dishes

We asked our fans which dish best represents each state and put together fifty tasty state recipes and a culinary roadmap of the USA.
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All America's Best Bites Recipes

Bouillabaisse with Pernod Broth

Bacon Wrapped Elk Chops with Pickled Brussels Sprouts and Pumpkin Puree

Caramelized Garlic and Goat Cheese Tart with Lingonberry Salsa

Ricotta Gnudi with Oxtail Ragout

Batali Sandwich

Orecchiette della Nonna

Seared Duck with Country Ham and Bourbon Demi-Glace

Thai Style Fried Chicken with Lemongrass Sauce

Crespelle with Spinach and Taleggio

Tri-tip Ramen

Char Sui Pork Steak with Hawaiian Style Fried Rice and Pineapple Habanero Salsa

Hoosier Sweet Biscuits & Gravy

Pigs Under a Blanket with Sofie Beer Cheese Sauce

Steak Frites with Black Peppercorn Sauce

Chilled Farro Salad with Blood Orange and Roasted Leeks

Porchetta with Truffled Potatoes and Maple Glazed Root Vegetables

Lemon Curd Tart with Sourdough Pretzel Crust and Blueberry Compote

Ahi Tuna Napoleon

Wood Grilled Octopus with Merguez and Hummus

Eggplant Napoleon

Jasmine Tea Glazed Alaskan Salmon with Hoisin-Braised Bacon, Green Rice and Orange-Cashew Salad

Rabbit Sugo with Garlic Sausage and Homemade Ricotta

Powdered Doughnut Beignets with Apple Rum Sauce

Seared Lake Superior Whitefish with Dashi Broth

Roasted Game Hen with Toulouse Sausage and Cassoulet

Smoked Michigan Beef Pierogi

Insalata Rustica

About the Host

Natalie Forte

Natalie Forte, a self-proclaimed "Food Magician", is the host of America's Best Bites.