Guy says if you're looking for live music, fresh delicious seafood, a huge patio and good times, you've got to head to Pier 23. Many come for the legendary NorCal oven-roasted Dungeness crab, but if you have room for more, try the duck jalapeno poppers.
Guy has been rolling to Jay Bee's for more than 15 years for "real deal" barbecue. You could say owner Beverly Neely has barbecue in her blood, as both her brother and nephew (Food Network's own Pat Neely) have been doling out delicious barbecued pork, ribs and chicken so good Guy's "stricken."
KoJa Kitchen not only redefines food truck cuisine, but owner and Chef Alan Tsai is reinventing traditional Korean-Japanese eats too. KoJa short ribs are kiwi-marinated, then placed between two rice patties. Guy couldn't believe his taste buds. This is "Asian food at its best," he said.
To get to Schellville Grill you will need to search off the beaten path. Once you're there, you can't miss the "Tuscan-style" signatures that Chef Matthew Nagan creates, including a twelve-layer eggplant lasagna that Guy called "outstanding," or The Yahoo Burger with Creamy Chipotle Sauce.
The only way you'll find this unmarked dive bar is if you know to look for its green awning. The filet mignon sandwich with toasted garlic bread left Guy speechless. He also appreciated the melt-in-your-mouth smoked prime rib with au jus. Be sure to check out their rotating daily specials too.
Don Chow Tacos Los Angeles food truck fuses Chinese and Mexican cuisines to create such unique dishes as Chimales (Chinese-Mexican tamales, meat-stuffed masa wrapped in corn husks and steamed). Also worth a try: Kung Pao Chicken Tacos and the sweet 'n' smoky Chinese BBQ Pork Burritos.
Classic diner fare meets Vietnamese comfort food at this homey California spot. The family-friendly diner serves everything from eggs Benedict to spicy Thai coconut soup, and Guy says the pho (a rice noodle soup with thinly sliced beef and broth) is "crazy good."
After buying a one-way ticket to Rome, John Atkinson returned home to Manhattan Beach, Calif., and opened his version of gourmet short order. He learned the trick to a great pasta carbonara. As for the signature Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls? Guy said they were "supercalifragilistic tender."
The house-cured pastrami at The Oinkster redefines slow fast food says owner Andre Guerrero. Guy couldn't agree more. The signature Oinkster pastrami sandwich was best described as "liqua smoka porka flavor," and with homemade ketchup and perfect onion rings, the meal was totally on-point.
A neighborhood favorite for more than 60 years, Tommy's Joynt is a German hofbrau serving fresh-carved hot meat sandwiches packed full of turkey, pastrami, brisket, ham and more. Need a recommendation? Guy says the corned beef "just melts in your mouth" and the roast beef is "better than prime rib."
The name behind W.O.W. - Worth Our Weight comes from its payment policy, as you only pay what you think is fair. Here, deserving youth receive tuition-free culinary training. Guy happily paid extra for his nectarine scones and pulled pork huevos rancheros -- he donated a pretzel car.
For more than 25 years, Russian River Pub has been the go-to place for good ol' family fun. Just ask Guy, who considers the pub his stompin' grounds for him and his son. Don't be fooled by the pool tables and cabin decor. You can order grilled pesto chicken, beef tri-tip and Ahi tuna salad.
Marines and veterans from all forces are all welcome at Paul's Coffee Shop. Owner Phil Martinez, a former marine, takes this "military coffee shop" to new levels, as Guy swung by for some of their knock-out chicken fried steak, pork chops and the SOS plate, an actual lunch tray with toast and gravy.
Tamarindo serves Mexican dishes made with organic, local ingredients. Guy declares his love for the drunken torta, which dresses up flank steak with salsa, onion, tomatoes, arugula, bean spread and mayo. Another must-try dish is the chicken chilaquiles with achiote marinade for a tangy, spicy taste
Go sweet and savory at this 1940s-era eclectic diner with California flair. You'll find donuts smothered in bacon, upside-down floor lamps and funky names for dishes, like "Hangover Helper" and "Smac and Cheese."