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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.
G. Garvin takes a foodie road trip out west starting in Las Vegas, NV, for some chicken-fried steak then pancakes in Las Angeles before having rotisserie pork loin, sweet potato spread and a cocktail in Venice, CA.
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 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.
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 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 foodie jackpot in Las Vegas, NV, with stops at Hash House a Go Go for fried pork tenderloin and Sandy Valley Ranch for a cowboy lesson and steaks before trying the sweet and savory flavors of Pink Box Doughnuts.
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'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.
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 Espresso-Rubbed Short Ribs. The next stop is the Corner, a breakfast spot in Milford that has all the locals buzzing with its southern flavors in dishes like their Spiced Duck Tortilla and Peaches and Cream-Stuffed French Toast. G. ends his tour at Sandra's Next Generation in New Haven where they're cooking up staples so authentic, you'd think you were in the deep south!
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.
G. Garvin goes on a culinary adventure in Washington, DC, starting at Sixth Engine for grilled shrimp and black eyed peas then on to Birch and Barley for honey-glazed duck. Finally, G. stops by Boundary Road for brick chicken.
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 is in Southern California where he helps pick farm fresh items for a mixed greens salad and assists husband and wife restaurant owners as they prepare salmon croquettes and one of G.'s favorites: fish and grits.
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 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 Brooklyn to see what makes this borough so vibrant beginning with Pies 'N' Thighs, a Southern restaurant free of frills and pretension. G. joins the restaurant's owners to sample their fried chicken and fixin's, and gets the scoop on how Sarah Buck makes her sour cherry pear pie. G. then stops by the Burger Bistro and meets with chef and owner John to make his Ossobucco burger before making his own Brooklyn-worth creation. Finally, G. heads to Breukelen Distillery and visits with Brad Estabrooke who walks G. through the process of making their delicious gin.
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.
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