The host samples burgers topped with bacon jam at the mobile eatery Skillet Street Food in Seattle; 2-lb. fried chicken breasts at Carver's Country Kitchen in Atlanta; and a meat-loaf sandwich at the All Star Sandwich Bar in Cambridge, Mass.
Italian meats are sampled along the East Coast. Stops include Vinny's in Somerville, Mass., for veal osso bucco; Pane E Vino in Providence, R.I., for ragù Napoletano, made with Kobe beef and sweet Italian sausage; and Escopazzo in Miami Beach for Tuscan wild boar.
French fries are the focus. Included: gourmet burgers served with double-truffle fries at Zinburger in Tucson; waffle-fry nachos topped with sloppy-Joe meat at KGB in Las Vegas; and polenta fries that are the specialty at La Laiterie in Providence, R.I.
Chef Rama tries the 45-ounce tomahawk steak at Hank's Fine Steaks in Henderson, Nev. He then heads to Boston's SoulFire Barbecue for a taste of their baby-back ribs, and later, Miami chef Michelle Bernstein shares the secret to her short ribs.
Meaty meal deals are sought across the country. Stops include Agave in Las Vegas for lamb tacos and duck quesadillas; Dong Phuong in New Orleans for pork po' boys; and Atlanta's Urban Cannibals Bodega & Bites for Reuben sandwiches.
Featured eats include oxtail stew from CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen in Tucson; pastrami sandwiches with a West Coast spin from Tat's Delicatessen in Seattle; and braised fennel-ginger beef from Le Truc in San Francisco.
Meaty comfort foods are sampled. Included: short-rib stroganoff at Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria, Va.; shepherd's pie at the Salt Factory Pub in Roswell, Ga.; meat loaf served with fried pickles at Houston's Zelko Bistro.
Breakfast meats are sampled. Stops include Elizabeth's in New Orleans for praline bacon and pork loin smothered in sausage gravy; and the Huckleberry Café in Santa Monica, Cal., for savory brisket hash and maple-bacon biscuits.
Chef Fama seeks out some of the country's spiciest meats. Stops include Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans for Cajun gumbo and alligator; Philadelphia's Han Dynasty for a lamb dish made with hundreds of hot peppers; and the Little Bitty Burger Barn in Houston for jalapeño-habanero burgers.
Chef Fama heads to Philly to eat at Old Original Nick's Roast Beef, a 70-year-old institution, in the Season 2 opener. Other stops include Chili Addiction in Los Angeles, where more than 90 varieties of chili are served; and the farm-to-table eatery Founding Farmers in Washington, D.C.