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G. Garvin heads to Hawaii and hooks up with the King of Kona's culinary scene, Sam Choy. Their first stop is Kaaloa's Super J's where they specialize in Lau Lau, a dish made with slow cooked pork and cabbage. Next stop is Big Jake's Island B-B-Q, where the Texas-style barbecue has customers lining up to taste some of their famous ribs, brisket and chicken. Then it's on to Umeke's for traditional Hawaiian Poke served up with lots of love! G. ends the day at a traditional Hawaiian luau, where he gets a hands-on experience creating the perfect southern-inspired menu under the stars.
G. Garvin explores Charleston, SC, a lovely busy city with a passion for quality and tradition. G. and Chef Chris Stewart of the Glass Onion cook a fresh and sophisticated pork belly dish. Tammy Karsada opens up her shop, Cakes by Kasarda, to G. when they make a fun cake from scratch. G. is then taken on a Lowcountry adventure with Shane Ziegler where they round up the seafood they'll need for a classic boil.
With a saying like "Keep Austin Weird," G. Garvin dives headfirst into the young and hip local food scene in Austin, TX, to see just what makes it special. Since you can't visit Austin without going to a food truck, G. gets to work at Tenderland, where he helps to make their fried pork tenderloin sandwich. He then makes a pit stop at Hoover's Soular Food Trailer where he tastes raw and healthy versions of Southern favorites. Lastly, G. heads to Frank where first bartender Tara shares The Red-Headed Stranger, the restaurant's take on a Bloody Mary before he works with head chef Jody on the jackalope sausage, a mix of jack rabbit and antelope.
G. Garvin is checking out the eats in San Francisco starting with a fried catfish po' boy at Brenda's Soul Food. Next, he cracks crabs for customers at the legendary Alioto's before trying a unique duck dish at Hops and Hominy.
G. Garvin is in Louisville, KY, sampling some local favorite restaurant fare like slow-cooked black bean oxtail with lima beans, pork belly BLT sandwiches, classic diner fare and classic Louisville burgoo stew.
G. Garvin heads to New York in search of big Southern flavors. First, it's Texas-style barbecue at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, where the chef is serving up juicy slow-cooked ribs, brisket and chicken. Then it's off to Bell Book and Candle where G. picks fresh vegetables from a roof-top garden to top off succulent pork belly and crispy buttermilk fried chicken. G. finishes his trip at Double Wide and has fun mixing up their signature Southern-inspired cocktails like Sweet Tea Bourbon Lemonade and the Dirty South Martini.
G. Garvin's hitting the best of Georgia stopping at Atlanta's Yeah! Burger for a bison burger, Decatur's Brick Store Pub for fish, chips and craft beer then Roswell's Fickle Pickle for a fried green tomato sandwich.
G. Garvin visits the Original Farmers Market in Las Angeles and enjoys the local eats with Southern flare including New Orleans cuisine, hot dogs, ice cream and pizza before getting a lesson in what makes great barbecue.
G. Garvin heads to Houston, TX, for a reminder of what true Texas barbecue is. At Tin Roof, a family-friendly spot with live entertainment and a father/son team working the smokers, G. tastes a unique sandwich called the Texas Cheese Steak and tons of fixin's. For a quick sweet fix, G. visits the Original Kolache Shoppe who makes these Czech pastries like no other. Finally, for a new spin on barbecue, G. checks out the custom-made smokers at Pitmaker and joins owner Victor to make a perfect surf-n-turf.
G. Garvin discovers the hard work and versatility of farm-to-table cooking in Raleigh, NC. He starts at Royal Oak Peanuts where he shares a peanut-inspired breakfast before preparing a meal using greens he helped picked at Coon Rock Farm.
G. Garvin searches for a taste of the south in Ann Arbor, MI. The first stop is Grange Kitchen and Bar, a local eatery that is serving up specialties like Fried Pig Head and Deep Fried Apple Pie. Then it's off to Ron's Road House to taste some of their delicious smoked barbecue sandwiches and sides before wrapping things up at Zingerman's Roadhouse where they combine two Southern classics in one with the Fried Chicken Mac and Cheese.
G. Garvin heads to the Windy City and stops at Grandma J's Kitchen, where they're putting their own spin on comfort food classics with dishes like Chicken and Waffle Fritters and "The Works": an egg, bacon, kale and potato hash served with fried tomatoes. Then it's off to Honey Butter Fried Chicken, a restaurant whose name says it all! G. wraps things up at The Purple Pig where he meets a father and son team that's bringing a unique Southern flair to dishes like Fried Pig's Ear with Crispy Kale, Pickled Cherry Peppers and a fried egg.
On this road trip, G. Garvin sets off to find some of the best Southern-inspired food the Empire State has to offer. First he heads to Harlem, where Chef Ayala Donchin serves up decadent desserts at Evelyn's Kitchen where specialties include their cupcakes and signature Pudgies. Next, he heads to Peaches in Brooklyn where they take Southern hospitality to a whole new level with mouthwatering dishes like the Black Skillet Chicken. G. wraps up his trip at Rye Roadhouse in Rye, NY, for some authentic Cajun specialties including the popular blackened alligator.
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