Lobster roll entrepreneur and lover of all things summer, Sabin Lomac travels the coasts, waterways and lakes of the USA searching for the legendary local dishes, seasonal standouts and classic comfort foods that enthusiastic customers wait all year to dig into. From fresh seafood and flame-grilled burgers to slow-and-low BBQ and double-dipped desserts, these mouthwatering snacks showcase vacation eating at its finest.
Lobster roll expert Sabin Lomac heads to Manchac, La., to try the Thin-Fried Catfish, Hush Puppies and Alligator Sliders that draw crowds all the way from New Orleans and Baton Rouge to Middendorf's. In Grand Haven, Mich., he sets his eyes on poppin' summertime joint the Toasted Pickle's classic, messy sandwich called the Nashville Hottie and their slightly less-messy but equally fun Green Goddess Grilled Cheese with a light pesto sauce. In his hometown of Scarborough, Maine, Sabin goes to The Garage BBQ where they're mashing up summer favorites into perfect barbecue dishes from their Pork Belly Lobster BLT to their famous BBQ Chicken with a side of Lobster Frites. Finally, Sabin cools things down in Miami, Fla., at Lulu's Nitrogen Ice Cream where he indulges in Goat Cheese and Guava Ice Cream served in a warm made-to-order waffle cone and a Key Lime Pie Milkshake that tastes just like the real thing.
Sabin Lomac starts this trip in the historic Fishtown district of Leland, Mich., where he roughs it at the Cove with their summer-fresh Campfire Whitefish and perfect Michigan Cherry Pie that has a secret in ingredient. In Bluffton, S.C., Sabin heads to Bluffton BBQ -- a charming counter-serve spot cueing up slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone BBQ Ribs and a juicy, perfectly smoked BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich that steals more from Kansas City than South Carolina. In Ventura, Calif., Sabin heads to Beach House Tacos to check out their deep-fried Calamari Tacos and their summer staple Beach Corn. Finally, in Portland, Maine, Sabin hits up the quirky go-big-or-go-home spot Silly's where he has a go at the Greek Havoc -- a lamb and pork burger topped with a creamy dill and cucumber sauce that transports you to the Greek Islands -- before indulging in their seven-layer Maine Blueberry Cake.
Sabin Lomac heads to Calabash, N.C., for a Calabash Stew with fresh seafood and a one-two punch of sausage and deep-fried corn at Waterfront Seafood Shack. In Miami, Fla., he finds a hidden gem at Moreno's Cuba in South Beach, famous for their traditional Lechon served with rice and beans and their nontraditional Ropa Vieja Empanada. Next, Sabin heads to Traverse City, Mich., where artisan sausage joint Wren the Butcher is serving up scratch-made Farmhouse Sausage that uses pickled veggies in a play on sausage and peppers. Their Poutine is a Canadian classic reimagined for an ooey-gooey flavor explosion. Finally, back in Scarborough, Maine, Sabin relives his childhood at Salty Bay where he can once again get his hands on their famous Clam Cakes and Fish Bits that are a quintessential Maine combo.