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."
There's no rush at Schooner or Later in Long Beach, Calif. (a schooner is a 24-ounce chalice of beer). The breakfast and lunch landmark's bangin' Belgian waffle and fluffy crab omelet with avocado are perfection. Hit the jackpot with The Mess: griddled eggs with ham, peppers, onion and cheese.
It only took one bite of Pizzeria Luigi's Capone meat-lover pizza for Guy to instantly become a fan (he has since deemed it his favorite West Coast pizza). The Donatello pie delivers equally delicious flavors with sweet mozzarella, garlic, spinach and creamy ricotta dollops all over.
Guy had to check out Gorilla Barbeque, which is housed in a bright orange boxcar. Regardless of size, Gorilla Barbeque still grills 1,500 pounds of meat each week. The Philly cheese steak with barbecued brisket explodes with flavor, just like the mac 'n' cheese baked with a Goldfish cracker crust.
Tucked into an industrial park near the railroad tracks, this ice cream shop and restaurant serves creative burgers — including a peanut butter-topped burger with bacon jam — and homemade ice cream.
Open since 1939, this retro steakhouse serves down-home classics like Chicken Piccata, Stuffed Pork Chops and Lobster Mac & Cheese.
This retro diner excels at comfort classics, including chili, biscuits, pancakes and burgers.
This 19th-century firehouse serves eclectic dishes, including Basque-style Lamb Tacos with blue cheese, and crispy Popcorn Pork with chipotle dip.
This eclectic Bakersfield restaurant can satisfy multiple cravings with its Mexican, South American and Caribbean dishes, including habanero-spiced fried chicken.
This "real deal barbecue," including oak-grilled tri-tip, chicken and smoky pulled pork, is worth a road trip.
Set just off the Southern Pacific Railroad in East Bakersfield, this local institution has served served excellent Basque dishes since the 1930s. Guy deemed the Fried Garlic Chicken "outstanding," saying it would be the example if he ever served the dish.
This authentic Greek restaurant specializes in baked goods, hearty entries and beef-stuffed cabbage leaves in lemon sauce that Guy finds delicious.