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G. Garvin puts together an incredible holiday feast, cooking his favorite southern inspired holiday dishes at home for family and friends. The meal starts with appetizers including Southern Style Deviled Eggs and Pimento Cheese Toast With Smoked Ham Hock. Then it's onto the meal with mouthwatering Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs, Roasted Cornish Hens and Orange and Honey Baked Ham. G.'s mother and daughter join him in the kitchen to make some of their family favorite sides like Candied Sweet Potato Casserole and Homemade Mac and Cheese. Plus, no holiday meal is complete without dessert and G. is making the ultimate Southern treat, Peach Cobbler.
G. Garvin heads to Boston where he finds some serious Southern comfort. He starts off at Estelle's where he gets in the kitchen and cooks up Chicken Fried Steak topped with Sausage Gravy before heading to Highland Kitchen for a taste of their much talked about Spicy Goat Stew. G. ends the evening at Darryl's Corner Bar and Kitchen for some Catfish Tacos and jams to the house band.
G. Garvin heads to Connecticut searching for southern-inspired dishes. He starts his road trip at Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge in Norwalk where they're putting their own fresh spin on some traditional Southern classics like their Es
G. Garvin travels to Ft. Lauderdale on a mission that only he can accomplish. First, G. hits the high seas with Captain Jay and cooks up the catch of the day, Fried Fish with Spicy Mayo and Cheesy Grits. His next stop is Hot & Soul where a husband-and-wife team are serving up Southern comfort specialties with a twist, like their Gnaughty Gnocchi with oxtail. Then at Southern Swank, G. heads into the kitchen and learns how to make their famous Smoked Beer Can Chicken.
G. Garvin is searching for Southern classics in Miami, FL, and begins at Crackers where he cooks up tender Maple Glazed Pork Chops with a side of Buttery Sweet Potato Mash. The road trip then takes him to Swine where he gets a lesson in how
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 hits the streets in Hawaii and meets up with the owner of Dat Cajun Guy Food Truck who prepares a New Orleans-style jambalaya that brings Bourbon Street straight to Oahu. Then he heads to Monkey Pod for a juicy pulled pork sandwich and classic down-home kale salad, topped off with their take on strawberry cream pie. G. ends his trip at Hughley's Southern Cuisine where a military vet is serving up traditional soul food like smothered pork chops and gravy, mashed potatoes and sauteed green beans.
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 heads to his hometown of Atlanta sampling some of its culinary delights starting with shrimp and grits at Local Three before satisfying his sweet tooth with red velvet cake at A Piece of Cake. He tops off the day with some inventive cocktails and fried chicken from JCT Kitchen.
G. Garvin is trying Nashville's best meals including pork loin, greens and mac and cheese from Lockeland Table, hot chicken from 400 Degrees Hot Chicken and caps off the trip with fried chicken livers from John A's Restaurant.
G. Garvin's trip to Indianapolis starts off at Wildflour, a bakery that's dishing up a Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding that would make any Southern grandma proud. Then it's a visit to Jay's Table for a twist on some Lowcountry classics with dishes like grilled salmon with ham hock and chicken livers with brown gravy and scrambled eggs. G. then heads to Valley restaurant where they're using the freshest local ingredients to make dishes like their famous pork fries -- french fries tossed in smoked paprika, topped off with pulled pork tenderloin, gravy and melted cheese.
On this road trip, G. Garvin sets out to find Southern specialties in Rhode Island. First stop is Bistro 22 for seared scallops over grit cakes, and "breakfast in jar," a dish made with house smoked bacon, crispy potato, short rib and a poached egg. Next, Succotash, for a brisket sandwich that's loaded with so much love, you need a knife and fork to eat it! G. brings it on home at Haven Brothers Diner, a Rhode Island institution that's serving up guilty pleasures like their "triple murder burger," three juicy burger patties topped with bacon and a whole lot of fixin's. He washes it all down with their delicious homemade coffee milk shake.
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 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 gets a taste of the south when he works on a goat farm in Franklin, TN, heads to a restaurant where tea is the star in Louisville, KY, and gets a tour of the bourbon process with a cooking lesson in Bardstown, KY.
G. Garvin samples the unique eats of Philadelphia starting with red velvet waffles and pineapple upside-down bread pudding. Next, he has the best oxtail and gravy in town before trying the famous Philly Cheesesteak Cookie.
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