Buya Ramen brings an off-beat attitude to Asian cuisine. The Japanese-style gastropub is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and legit ramen. Guy’s family gives the ramen and the dynamite shishito peppers glowing reviews.
Guy heads to this little Cajun smoke house for a righteous taste of New Orleans. Their flaky hot sausage meat pies are cooled down with a rockin' house-made poblano ranch and the beef tallow fries are “stupid good,” according to Guy.
Eastside Fish Fry & Grill is known for its amazing chicken wings, prepared with a 48-hour dry rub marinade and fried to order. The adventurous can also find local delicacies like crispy fried gizzards and pig skins, aka deep-fried bacon strips.
At Fat Olives, Chef and Owner John Conley is making true Neapolitan pizza using an oven handcrafted in Italy, handmade mozzarella and the finest “00” Caputo flour. The Belgio Dulce Pizza is a creative mix of brussels sprouts, house-made Calabrian chile oil, honey and pistachios on a cream base.
This bakery in San Antonio aims to transport you back to Mexico City circa 1950. The Mexico City-raised owners Jose Cceres and David Cceres are cranking out authentic bread and pastries like Guy has never had. Guy’s sons join him to make the bakery’s best seller, the Tequila-Almond Croissants.
For a taste of Mediterranean classics done right head to Zaytoon where a Michigan native with Middle Eastern roots is serving up amazing chicken shawarmas with luscious garlic sauce and super-legit lamb grape leaves served with creamy hummus.
In an odd location, inside of a cellular store, Chef and Owner Linh Lee and Co-Owner Regan Louchart are fusing their two cultures together for a truly unique dining experience. The Brisket Bahn Mi is a combination of meltingly tender smoked brisket and the classic banh mi toppings like pickled daikon, cucumber and cilantro.
For tostadas with a towering twist and more elevated Mexican classics head to La Tostaderia which is tucked away in Grand Central Market in L.A. The chef was born in Mexico and later went back to culinary school to learn more about flavor profiles and it shows. Guy was impressed by the tender octopus tostada and blown away by the cheesy shrimp burger.
Guy steps into a rock and roll fantasy straight out of Flavortown at this Southern-style barbeque joint. Standouts include the house-smoked pork belly pastrami and pickle fries that are “another level of ridiculous.” Don’t miss the smoked wings with the coffee-kissed Black Magic sauce.
Guy heads to Thai Mee Up for Thai-inspired Hawaiian food right by the airport. Their “out-of-bounds” stuffed chicken wing with sweet-and-sour plum sauce is crispy on the outside and bursting with veggies and rice noodles on the inside. Their boneless pork ribs also take Guy to new heights. “On a scale of 1 to 100 that’s a 101,” he says of the immaculate dish. “This is like a freight train to Flavortown.”
Patrons flock to The Dirty Buffalo for the best wings south of Buffalo. Fresh wings that have never been frozen are tossed with any of the unique creations from their huge catalog of sauces. Guy loved the Buffalo Soldier sauce so much that he said he wanted “to use it as a stir fry sauce.”
Chef-Owner Cory McKay left behind his native Canada to start his burrito-making business in Cancun, Mexico. Head to this 24-hour spot and you’ll find McKay and his team churning out massive, tortilla-wrapped creations bursting with a blend of fillings and sauces. “That’s real deal,” Guy said after taking a bite of the Mahi Shrimp Burrito. This beauty comes stuffed with succulent morsels of fresh shrimp and marinated cubes of mahi-mahi, along with onions, tomatoes, green peppers and corn. Before folding the tortilla around the fillings, McKay douses his creation with a blend of different sauces.
Chef-Owner Terron Henry delivers an authentic taste of his native Jamaica with spice-laden dishes that sing with traditional island flavors. Guy said the curried goat will make a convert out of anyone. “That is some of the most tender, flavorful and balanced curried goat I’ve ever had,” Guy declared after tucking into the meat. Henry marinates the goat with a heat-packed blend of housemade wet jerk and Madras curry powder, then cooks the meat in a seasoned curry sauce studded with carrots, onions and potatoes. A trio of sides (rice, cabbage and plantains) round out the plate. The exquisitely seasoned oxtails are another popular pick.
Husband-and-wife team Marcello and Pelusa Marini have perfected the art of the fried pastries that are a staple of their home country. They opened their first restaurant back in 1971 after immigrating to the United States from Argentina, and continue to draw the crowds today with their homemade empanadas. The menu is crowded with dozens of options stuffed with fillings both sweet and savory, but for a taste of an Argentinean classic, Guy recommends the beef gaucho empanada. The ground beef is artfully seasoned, layered with olives and then enveloped in a light and airy dough before being plunged into the deep fryer.