Drive 45 minutes from NYC to discover this funky little joint in Belmar, N.J., and sample its take on California-inspired Mexican food. Try the mac 'n' cheese and chicken wings; both have a little extra spice, compliments of adobo. For big appetites, get a burrito smothered in Chipotle Cream Sauce.
Inspired by Singaporean cuisine, Chef Gina Galvan is cooking up some "exotic tropical Chinese food" in a food truck. Guy loved the crunchy, sweet and salty crab cake topped with slaw and spicy ketchup. The halal lamb burger topped with curry yogurt and edamame sprouts is a "package deal," said Guy.
A strip mall doesn't sound like the usual location for a dive bar, but Jeff Merback and his crew at The Highlander in Atlanta already have 16 years of success under their belt. Guy was blown away by Head Chef Ice Jahumpa's mozzarella sticks, which are wrapped in pasta prior to frying.
Pastabilities is committed to super sauces, "baller" pizzas and a signature Central New York dish: Wicked Chicken Riggies, a spicy chicken rigatoni. If you go, Guy warns you to never, and he means never, pass up the hot tomato oil appetizer.
Chef Mike Marone is putting his funky touches on traditional Irish pub food at Galway Bay Irish Pub. The low-key, casual environment is serving what Guy likes to call “Irish sushi” — steamed cabbage leaves stuffed with potato and corned beef, and served with a whole-grain mustard sauce.
At this kid-friendly diner the mom-and-pop duo are putting a fresh spin on American classics. The fried chicken with corn on the cob and turnip greens impressed Guy. Diners also like to order the adult grilled cheese with smoked Gouda, goat and cheddar cheese.
Locals flock to this restaurant for its authentic Jamaican home cooking. Guy enjoyed the "delicious heat" found in the curry goat. The goat head soup was "full flavored" and had tender pieces of goat. The savory and slightly spicy stewed and fried whole red snapper is a fan favorite.
This Jewish Deli is serving up all the classics from chopped liver and egg salad to tongue sandwiches. Guy was enthused by the "dynamite" flavoring of the matzo ball soup. The flaky brisket knishes paired with red horseradish and the meaty and savory kishkes with au jus are customer favorites.
Guy heads to Caffe Nonna for a rustic Italian meal, and nothing on the menu is more rustic than the Lasagna Nonna. This delectable eight-layer dish is filled with butternut squash, spinach, pasta, ricotta and sauteed Swiss chard, and it's finished off with two sauces and lots of cheese.
At Evelyn's Drive In, you'll find great local favorites and scenic views of Nanaquaket Pond. The eatery is famous for fried clams and the traditional Rhode Island Clam Chowder that adds cream at the end. Guy couldn't believe the Lobster Chow Mein and joked, "As wrong as it is, it's right."
The Federal is a modern American tavern that offers comforting, scrumptious dishes. The Buffalo Style Pig Wing, served with blue cheese mousse and pickled celery and carrots, has Guy reaching for more. Another menu item he recommends is the venison chili with grit fries, chipotle and Cotija cheese.
At this food truck focused on pork fusion, hungry locals line up for dishes like the stacked arepa that had Guy exclaiming, “Prime time!” The traditional Colombian fried cake is loaded with melty mozzarella cheese, pineapple pulled pork and spinach, then finished with cilantro, lime juice and Sriracha for added kick.
You know they're seriously cranking it out when every steak goes through a needling machine, guaranteeing it'll be tender. Get the "Presidential Choice" T-Bone Steak, named after President Bush Sr., who ordered it while visiting the steakhouse. Or try the popular Pepper Steak with peppercorn sauce.
Guy's trip to Burger Me had him witness everything from chicken burgers to the beloved BBQ Bison Burger. But the Italian Stallion burger (where burger meets deli sandwich) forced Guy to hunch over to take a bite, as it included beef, salami, mortadella, hot peppers and Cabernet vinaigrette.
Owners James Starr and Jason Bernstein cook up clever dishes with all-Californian ingredients. Guy's favorite was the pulled pork sandwich with pickled jalapenos and onions and a killer hot mustard sauce. The grass fed-lamb burger with yogurt dill sauce and sweet potato fries was "rock star" too.