What started as a catering company soon became a hidden hot spot for Los Angelinos looking for tried-and-true Filipino comfort food. Guy loved the barbecue beef short ribs paired with a sharp crema horseradish sauce. And diners better watch out -- the addictive Bibingka cornbread is a real winner.
This Compton location is closed, but you can still get Bludso's craveworthy 'cue at the Hollywood locale. The joint serves up Texas-style barbecue like the ribs with a side of spicy barbecue sauce that won over Guy Fieri. Owner Kevin Bludso really goes all out at the holidays with deep-fried turkeys injected with a decadent concoction of butter and seasonings, which he refers to as “liquid gold.”
The chili recipe at this 1950s-style diner is so old that it came with the building when the LoGuercio family bought the place. Laced with beef cracklings and two secret spice blends, this meaty chili tastes extra delicious served over spaghetti and topped with cheese, onions and oyster crackers.
Diners say The Banshee is Chico’s best kept secret. Chef Will Brady’s food combines his Boston background with his time in Southeast Asia into true fusion comfort food. The Pho French Dip is made with braised beef and topped with house-made pickled cucumbers, onion, carrots and spicy mayo and then dipped in a spicy broth. “You’re taking folks international and they don’t need a passport,” said Guy.
When Guy tasted the authentic fish and chips that Dublin-native Chef Jason Killalee was dishing out he said, “If you can a make a living off a fish and chips truck in a town like Los Angeles, you must be doing it right.”
Guy said the bark is worth every bite at this barbeque joint in Los Angeles. The fried chicken sandwich was so good Guy predicted a line down the street for it and jokingly dubbed the smoked pork belly his favorite salad.
Diners come to Daniele Ius place for an amazing breakfast experience. The popular Cortez French Toast is the perfect marriage between cinnamon rolls and French toast. “If you like French toast it doesn’t get much more creative than that,” said Guy. The spicy Dragon Potatoes are another favorite. Guy compared the dish to a gigantic, deconstructed carnitas burrito.
Momona was started by three friends hoping to fill in a culinary gap in Chico, CA. They brought in the food they wanted to eat which was great noodles and baos that combined Hawaiian and Asian flavors. Guy loved the unique combination of flavors in the Mochiko Fried Chicken Bao and the Chico Ramen.
Stop by Frankinbun for one of the best vegan dishes Guy has ever had. The meat-free hot dog is crafted from brown rice flour, black eyed peas and aromatics and then topped with a dynamite house-made chili. Plus, try their handheld version of chicken and waffles which consists of Bavarian chicken apple sausage surrounded by a crisp waffle shell served with maple syrup.
Wilma & Frieda is a brother-and-sister-run joint that specializes in eclectic breakfast and lunch food. The luscious short rib melt is freshened up with peppery arugula and tangy pickled onions. Their breakfast tarts are filled with fruit and slathered with frosting and sprinkles.
Diners head to Grana for pasta and comfort food done right. This centerpiece of this farm-to-table restaurant is the oven that Chef Jeff King had imported from Italy. Two must-try dishes are the Braised Pork Ragu topped with a bright salsa verde and the deceptively simple Braised Chicken Leg served with dreamy white cheddar polenta and braised greens.
With over 30 signature burgers, there’s something for everyone at Grill-a-Burger. Guy tries the spicy Devil’s Revenge and the Napa cabbage-topped Buddha Burger.
At ediBOL, Chef and Owner Andrea Uyeda pours her Asian-influence and a dramatic sense of style into off-the-charts creative bowls. The visually stunning layers of flavor in the Miso Peanut Ramen leave Guy speechless.
Inspired by DDD, a local guy opened Zobo and Meester’s to feed the hungry mouths around an industrial park. A favorite is the Flame Thrower panini which is a mixture of house-made roast beef and pulled pork spiced up with pepper jack cheese, house-made habanero salsa and jalapenos. On Saturdays only they serve authentic barbecue smoked on site.