Season 19 kicks off with Guy cruising around his hometown of Ferndale, Cal., visiting places that hold a special place in his heart. His tour includes an apple orchard and a local watering hole, plus he spends time with an old-school butcher and an artisan cheesemaker.
Guy gets a taste of New York. Included: a Bronx-bred pizza chef in Eureka, Cal.; a former filmmaker known for his spicy atomic fireballs in Queens; and seasonal sandwiches served at a farm-to-table spot in the Lower East Side.
Guy has a four-star burger in the East Village of New York City; roasted oysters and wild mushroom cobbler at a hangout in Eureka, Cal., and authentic Vietnamese dishes, including bánh xèo and suon nuong xa.
Asian-fusion cuisine, including Brussels sprouts and sous vide sammie in Miami; and a soul food spot in Eureka, Cal., that features fried jerk chicken and shrimp-and-crawfish etouffee. Also: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian joins Guy for pizza in midtown New York.
Guy meets with siblings in New York's Lower East Side who pickle, smoke, cure and ferment everything from goat necks to chicken wings to pig ears. Also: Mediterranean favorites are prepared by a husband and wife in Eureka, Cal.; and a brother and sister in Miami dish out Low-Country cuisine, including whole-fried snapper and beer-braised baby back ribs.
Guy tries a chimi burrito and lobster lollipops at a Miami watering hole known for its unique spin on standard bar food; and in Sandy, Utah, he eats pizza topped with white beans and steak, plus potato croquettes made with Canadian bacon. Also: a 10-ounce meatball in Salt Lake City.
Comfort food is highlighted, beginning with spicy oxtail and ragu served by a former law student in Miami. Also: a chivito club and chicken bowl with rice in Park City, Utah; and a mom-and-pop ski lodge known for its osso buco, vegetarian mushroom stroganoff, and crispy pork belly.
Family-run restaurants with international flare are featured, beginning in Holladay, Utah, where Guy meets siblings who serve Vietnamese delicacies, including pho and bahn mi. Other highlights: kalbi ribs and mochiko chicken in Hawaii; and a Greek joint in Salt Lake City known for grilled octopus and lamb tacos.
Highlights of a trip to Hawaii include a family-run Filipino restaurant known for its lechon special and pork-adobo fried rice; and a tiny cafe in Kailua that serves red-curry fish and Mandarin duck confit. Also: Guy orders pan-fried ono and ahi cakes at a drive-in.
In Miami, Guy meets a husband and wife who serve up classic Americana fare with a 21st-century twist; and he visits a taco truck in Orange County, Cal., known for its "drunken torta" and green chicken chilaquiles. Also: huli-huli chicken in Oahu, Hawaii.
Guy tries the Fat Jerry sandwich at Fat Sal's Deli in Los Angeles; and on the pier in Monterey, Cal., he visits a place serving fresh abalone sliders and a seasonal crab feast. Also: oxtail soup and a grilled turkey sandwich from a bowling alley/restaurant in Aiea, Hawaii.