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 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 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.
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 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 to make Key Lime Pie, a Miami favorite, and gets a taste of their famous dish: the Hoppin' Jack Rabbit. G. wraps things up downtown at Batch Gastropub for some of the best Pork Belly in town and a taste of their specially blended cocktails.
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 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'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 tours the Midwest starting in South Bend, IN, at Cordance where they're turning out unique dishes like Pig Face Flatbread and Ham Hock Cupcakes. Then it's off to Carriage House in Chicago for a modern take on Lowcountry cooking. G. joins Chef Mark Steuer to bring the South up north with dishes like sweet bread, oyster roast and fried chicken with bread and butter pickles, sweet potato hot sauce and local honey. The trip ends in Ypsilanti, MI, at Cuppy's where G. samples the best of Southern comfort food -- everything from catfish and collards to meat loaf and fried okra.
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 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.
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.