Ruins is Tony Brown’s own personal culinary Disneyland. The menu is constantly changing but seek out the Dirty Fries. Guy was enamored with the crispy shoestring potatoes tossed with house-made aioli, salsa verde and roasted pork shoulder. “This is like something you have for your last meal,” he remarked. And don’t miss the Parisian-style gnocchi, made with a pate a choux dough instead of potato and then crisped up and tossed with Gruyere and tarragon.
If you are in the the River North region of Chicago and craving old school Italian head to Danny Alberga’s Bella Luna Café. Try the crispy deep-dish sausage pizza with hand-crushed tomato sauce and the massive handmade sausage ravioli.
New York chef Brian O'Conner trained in classic cuisine but ended up falling for fried chicken. The dishes at Bok A Bok Fried Chicken & Biscuits highlight his love for the bird. The Soy Sesame Garlic Sandwich is fried up until potato chip crispy, topped with sweet soy sauce and arugula and served on a roll spread with lemon aioli.
The folks of Ashland have Chef Birong Hutabarat and his wife Leslie Hutabarat transporting them to Indonesia in the heart of Oregon. They specialize in super flavorful curries that incorporate spices brought back from fresh markets in Indonesia
Chef Robin Ganir and his wife Jean Nguyen are mashing up Filipino and Hawaiian flavors into new sensations. The Garlic Furikake Chicken has outstanding over-the-top crunch and the contrasting sauces make it sing. “You really take the time to do things right,” Guy remarked.
Del Seoul is owned by a brother and sister team who turn out creative Korean cuisine with California influences in Chicago. Be careful, you might start dreaming about the crispy K-Town Chicken Wings.
At Original Thai, owner Sa'ing Schueler is serving up a creative mixture of Thai and Chinese cuisine. The SSS Duck is a gorgeous dish that is braised and then fried until crispy and topped with a special spicy sweet and sour sauce. “This is crazy,” said Guy. “I would fly from California to come and have this twice a year.”
This restaurant specializes in Russian piroshki; they serve 20 different varieties of the savory, pastry-wrapped pockets. They are also dishing out traditional soups, dumplings, salads and more. Guy gushed over the Pelmeni, chicken-filled dumplings in a steaming broth. “I came here for the piroshki, but this soup is stealing the show,” he said.
For a taste of traditional Hawaiian food, head to this spot where chef and owner Zachary Gibson has been serving local favorites for 17 years.
This knockout joint brings Nashville hot chicken to Seattle. Dig into wings, tenders, white/dark meat or a half bird with your prefered level of spice ("lil bit" to "insane"). The restaurant also has a selection of Southern favorites, such as chicken and waffles, homemade biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes and more.
Latin fare meets traditional Asian dishes at this Chicago hot spot. From pork carnitas pho soup to arrozo con edamame, Saucy Porka brilliantly balances the fusion of flavors. We recommend trying the Asian Style Paella (Chinese Lap Chang pork sausage, spicy sausage, pork carnitas, edamame, bean sprouts and scallions) or the Pork Pozole (smoky guajillo peppers and tomato base soup served with pickled cabbage, cilantro and corn tortillas).
Take in the breathtaking views of Kailua Bay while dining oceanside at this knockout joint. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Island Lava Java features standout dishes like Guava BBQ Ribs and tropical pizza. The restaurant also offers up 100% Kona Coffee, a variety of fresh juices and incredible craft cocktails.
Known for its old-school pub menu and local craft beers, The Red Door is a favorite among locals. You can't go wrong with the fish and chips—the cod is super crispy on the outside and perfectly flaky on the inside. The beef dip sandwich, made with prime rib, is another great option.
This San Francisco destination is one of the biggest Triple D joints ever, with seating for more than 450 people. Serving up traditional Chinese fare, Grand Harbor regulars rave about the pork buns, dim sum chicken feet and a selection of fresh seafood. Bonus: The restaurant's view of the San Francisco Bay is absolutely spectacular.
Rebel Kitchen brings international soul food to beautiful Kealakekua with a menu that includes a selection of creative burgers, sandwiches, entrees, salads and homemade sauces. While visiting with Triple G, Guy enjoyed the restaurant's Poke Burger and Coconut Curry Ono & Shrimp.