Guy visits neighborhood joints on the West Coast. Included: a San Diego breakfast place serving up crème brûlée French toast; classic American dishes, including chipped beef, in Portland, Ore.; and a San Francisco hot dog spot known for its lamb merguez and fried chicken.
Meat is on the menu when Guy visits a family restaurant in Portland, Ore., where the chef butchers, cures, preserves and smokes everything in-house. Specialties include headcheese and their great-grandmother's fried chicken. Later, a neighborhood joint in San Carlos, Cal., known for its signature pastrami sandwiches, burgers and cheesesteaks.
Guy explores San Francisco's culinary offerings, beginning with spicy shrimp and gravy and braised beef short ribs. Also: A New York-style deli serves potato latkes and old-fashioned chicken noodle with matzo ball soup; and a food truck delivers a unique take on Asian fusion.
A Guamanian food truck in Portland, Ore., serves shrimp fritter and its own unique take on chicken salad; a Wheat Ridge, Colo., joint that specializes in comfort food offers Guy a taste of their cannoli and kraut burgers; and in San Francisco, Filipino and Latin traditions are combined to make pork tacos and adobo buffalo wings.
Guy's search for the most authentic restaurants takes him to Santa Fe, N.M., for blue corn enchiladas with red chile sauce and chiles en nogada. Also: a noodle house specializing in Chinese dishes, including wonton soup, in Portland, Ore.; and an Italian joint in Albuquerque serving up beef cheek manicotti and squid ink pasta with calamari.
Stew and sandwiches in New Mexico. Included: In Santa Fe, a Kenyan chef serves banana leaf-wrapped mahimahi and a Caribbean goat stew; and in Albuquerque, a woman who specializes in school lunches whips up her Duke City Reuben and a sandwich made with turkey, avocado and green apple-chili chutney.
Guy gets a taste of Thanksgiving during a trip to a bakery operated by a father and son in Albuquerque. Also: In Santa Fe, N.M., an off-the-beaten-path deli serves turkey-and-wild rice soup, plus pumpkin pie; and a lifelong barbecue master prepares smoked turkey and beans in Kansas City.
Guy sets off in search of comfort food for the soul and ends up at a funky neighborhood café in Portland, Ore., that's known for its "heartless artichoke sandwich," as well as a curried lentil dish. Also: A brewery in Albuquerque has Southern fried chicken and crackling cornbread on the menu; and a barbecue-and-blues joint in Kansas City serves up burnt ends with battered fries.
Pork hash with black beans at a neighborhood joint in Kansas City; and homemade pasta prepared by the former chef to the president of Italy. Also: Southern cuisine is the specialty of an Albuquerque restaurant, where smoked barbecue chicken and specialty hot dogs are served.
Guy travels to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and visits a taco joint that serves octopus and Guadalajara-style sauces. Also: stuffed fish with lobster sauce and a unique take on French toast; taquito trifecta and a Mexican twist on sushi.
Guy explores holiday traditions in Tennessee, where he visits a barbecue joint in Hendersonville that's known for its shoulder pull and fiery ham. Also: tamales and quinoa-sweet potato tacos in Nashville.
Guy visits several family-owned restaurants. Included: A husband and wife in Nashville run a gourmet food truck specializing in grilled cheese; and a nearby Italian spot serves grandma's recipes for lasagna and lamb shanks. Also: Siblings in Kansas City embrace their Chinese heritage by making firebird chicken and chili pepper wontons.
Classic comfort foods are featured when Guy travels to Kansas City and tastes one chef's versions of steamed mussels and chicken potpie. Later, in Franklin, Tenn., Southern favorites, including jambalaya, char-grilled oysters and hot chicken; and a Nashville food truck-turned-deli specializing in homemade soups and salads.