Chef Jordan Andino is on the hunt to find restaurants that reign supreme in the late-night food scene. He meets with passionate chefs to taste their most popular dishes and learn how they are revolutionizing after-hours dining.
Jordan samples a zesty house cocktail at Home Run BBQ in Charleston, SC.
Chef Jordan Andino heads to California's breadbasket, Sacramento. His first stop is Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company, a converted warehouse that serves up spectacular Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, tapas-style. Chef Matt Masera shows Jordan the secret to his Salumi Pizza -- fresh dough and locally made cured pork -- and Jordan sinks his teeth into an old Italian favorite, lemon arancini. For his second stop, Jordan hits up Sauced BBQ and Spirits for the Dougie, an oversized burger piled high with BBQ brisket, onion rings and one of their signature sauces. He also grabs a bumpkin, an egg roll stuffed full of brisket, cheese and Southwest flavor. Jordan's last stop is Chando's Cantina, where the Mexican street foods don't disappoint. He tries Chando's signature dish, Asada Pambazo, a mole-dipped meat sandwich bursting with flavor, and discovers a trio of Mexican dipping sauces that make the restaurant's chicken wings take flight.
Jordan Andino explores the Montreal food scene, and it doesn't disappoint. First, he heads to Notre Dame de Grace to try the late night discount menu at Monkland Tavern. Jordan falls in love with the braised calamari caponata, but his mind is blown by the many flavors in the soft shell crab banh mi. Next up, it's off to Moishe's, one of Montreal's oldest steak restaurants in Plateau Mont Royal. Jordan gets started with a superlative filet mignon poutine that's wowing the younger late night crowd and follows it up with grilled chicken and stuffed baked potato. Finally, he heads to Little Italy only to discover a Venezuelan hot spot serving cheesy, gooey pastries and a passionfruit pulled pork arepa that makes his heart sing.
Jordan Andino begins his tour of Beantown's late-night grub in rising old-time Boston neighborhood Southie. With their award-winning chicken and waffles, Throwback Korean BBQ and famous butterscotch pudding, Moonshine 152 truly is the crown jewel of Southie's late-night food scene. Next, Jordan's off to Cambridge where the food is so good, he's has to make two stops. First, it's craft brew bar and gastropub Lord Hobo where he tries their beer-infused Chicago-style corn dogs and gets a sneak peek at their crowd-pleasing nachos. Saving the best for last, Jordan finally ends up at Alden and Harlow where their world-famous burger is so secret it's not even on the late-night menu.
Jordan Andino is exploring the culinary delights of Toronto, Canada's most diverse city. He kicks off his tour at French-style bistro Chantecler, where Chef Colin Rayner blows Jordan's mind with a sophisticated take on fried chicken and an elegant yet simple take on a cheeseburger with pickles, their Royale with Cheese. For his second stop, Jordan looks for something sweet and finds Petit Potato's signature dish, Golden Toast. Syrup-drenched toast, green tea ice cream, matcha and red bean flavors make this dessert an outright hit. He also tries owner Fiona Cheung's take on a waffle with ice cream, only hers is flavored with purple yam. Jordan wraps up his tour at Nightowl Toronto, a retro restaurant dishing up classic comfort foods like mac and cheese with crunchy bacon, fish tacos and a boozy root beer float for dessert.
Chef Jordan Andino checks out the Bay Area's biggest city, Oakland, California, and makes his first stop at Seawolf Public House for classic comfort foods with international flavors, like the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich. He grabs an ancient Taiwanese chicken dish and shareable Black Pepper Shrimp at Dragon Gate Bar and Grille. For his final stop, Jordan visits Blind Tiger, where he tries soft-shell crab with kimchi and a side of Thai-style curry fries.
Jordan Andino kicks off his night in northern New Jersey with coconut crab buns at Dullboy in Jersey City. For his next stop, he's headed just a few blocks away to Talde for Filipino-style short ribs. Jordan's last stop takes him to Hoboken's Antique Bar and Bakery for the biggest bread pudding he's ever seen and a bit of local history.
Jordan Andino hits the ground running in Portland, Maine, a tiny New England town with a lot to offer late at night. He starts off at Nosh, a late night hangout known for supersized sandwiches and over-the-top snack food. First up is a juicy burger made with four kinds of meat served on a mac and cheese bun. He tops that off with something from the "lighter side" -- gooey, golden Polenta Cheese Fries. Then, it's off to Union Wharf to test out the late night menu at Liquid Riot, Portland's only triple-threat restaurant, brewery and distillery. Jordan sinks his teeth into their gourmet lobster roll and then samples their adult ice cream sandwich infused with house-made Fernet liqueur. He wraps up his trip at Rhum Food and Grog, a basement tiki bar dishing up delicious Polynesian skewers, chicken wings with a tropical twist and flaming cocktails to boot.
Jordan Andino's on the west coast, checking out what Vancouver has to offer after hours. His first stop is tapas bar Espana, where he cracks into a Spanish version of a British Scotch egg and follows that up with incredible seafood paella. Next he heads to the Gastown neighborhood and stops at Clough Club, known for its twisted-up street food and cultivated cocktails. Jordan spoons up Chef Alvin's unique creation, Potachos, a mashup of tater tots and classic nachos, and takes a bite out of a Banh Mi Hot Dog. He washes it all down with Clough Club's signature drink, a lemony, floral concoction playfully called the "It's Not You, It's Me." Finally, Jordan's off to The Arbor, where meatless cuisine takes a new turn with old favorites. He chows down on crispy Baja Tacos with a mushroom twist and their top-selling late night dish, the surprisingly "meaty" Arburger.
When the sun sets on Steeltown, Jordan Andino hits the streets to uncover unexpected late night delights in Pittsburgh. First Jordan heads to The Yard in Shadyside where they're grilling up more than 29 different kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches! He tries a breakfast grilled cheese that's sure to leave egg on his face before slaying his hunger with their Buffy the Mac Slayer, which is filled with buffalo chicken and gooey mac and cheese. Then Jordan heads downtown to Caribbean-themed Pirata for flavorful Jamaican beef patties, skirt steak tacos and adventurous pirate life. Lastly, it's a trip to Umami in Lawrenceville for some mouth-watering Japanese-style fried chicken and deep-fried mochi ice cream.
Chef Jordan Andino is in Tucson, Arizona, where cultures collide and the restaurants reflect Southern, West Coast and Mexican influences. His first stop is Pasco Kitchen and Lounge, where he tries street tacos with slow-roasted pork and their late-night bestseller, the Pasco Nachos loaded with cheesy platinum sauce and even more juicy pork. Next up, he takes an unexpected trip to the bayou at The Parish Gastropub, where he makes traditional Cajun Gumbo and gets an education in Cajun backcountry cuisine with his first taste of frog legs. The journey really heats up for Jordan's last stop at Dante's Fire, a restaurant fashioned after the seven deadly sins. He tries the Papardelle Diablo, a dish full of fiery chorizo, housemade pasta and luscious lump crab, and caps off the evening with a sinful sweet -- s'mores with housemade ice cream, bourbon caramel and a flaming meringue.
Jordan Andino travels to Washington, DC, for a truly capital late-night experience. He's starting off on Capital Hill where he sinks his teeth into a cheesy pimento burger at EatBar -- a gastropub on Barracks Row where staffers love to unwind after a long day's work. Next, it's off to Blagden Alley to sample Tiger Fork's Cantonese delights including their Hong-Kong-style bubble waffle sundae. Jordan finishes his night at The Passenger -- a dive bar serving up gourmet eats to a late-night crowd of chefs and savvy diners -- where he dives into their most infamous sandwich made with the crispiest, crunchiest porchetta he's ever eaten.
Jordan Andino's late-night tour of Charlotte begins in the city's vibrant arts district NoDa. He kicks off his evening at Haberdish -- a Southern kitchen and wine bar -- where he learns the secret behind their mouthwatering fried chicken. His next stop is Uptown but underground as he heads to The Cellar at Duckworth's. The former speakeasy captures that prohibition-style vibe and pairs it with a delicious menu of late-night delights including savory waffle cones filled with fresh ahi tuna, fried chicken and shrimp. Finally, Jordan travels just a few steps away to Uptown's Crave Dessert Bar to learn why they're considered the place to go in the wee hours for sinful sweets like their best-selling, flaming molten lava cake.
Jordan Andino is in Memphis -- a city known for barbecue and the blues -- to check out the late-night food scene. He's firing up the evening with some Southern-style Polynesian fare at Atomic Tiki -- a hidden oasis in Overton Park -- to try their pork belly steamed buns and Polynesian meatballs. Next, it's off to South Main for a taste of share plates from around the world including Duck Confit Fried Rice topped with a perfect, yolky egg at South of Beale. His last stop is just a trolley ride away at The Vault -- a late-night hot spot built in a former bank building serving up cool beers and delicious comfort foods with true Southern hospitality. He gets a look at their famous dinner-style Smash Burger before trying the most mind-blowing bread pudding of his life made with their award-winning biscuits.