To taste the funky and weird side of Austin, Rachael gets a local tip to visit Maria's Taco Xpress with its bright murals and good cheap eats. Rachael ordered the popular migas breakfast tacos, but for dinner, it's all about the pollo guisado chicken tacos made with a smoky chipotle sauce.
The pizza at Dough Pizzeria Napoletana is so authentic, owner Doug Horn even has the L'Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana certificate to prove he serves bona fide Neapolitan pizza. Guy's visit was a lesson in "mega awesome," starting with the handmade mozzarella and the irresistible prosciutto.
At this burger joint Chef Kenny Mills is cooking up real deal burgers with a twist. The Chop House Burger has a mixed patty of brisket and beef, which Guy claims is "outstanding." Football player Earl Campbell loves the gumbo made with his sausage, crab and crawfish and served over rice.
Most people probably wouldn't expect to find amazing food at a restaurant connected to a car wash and a laundromat, but The Cove in San Antonio is home to some of the best lamb burgers Guy's ever had. Owner Lisa Avestas' fish tacos and mushroom quesadillas are hometown favorites.
Barbecue joints aren't hard to find in Texas, but San Antonio locals are still willing to drive 20 miles to Adkins to check out Texas Pride Barbecue. Guy recommends their #1 selling smoked brisket, which is made even better with a side of baked beans.
The Tip Top Cafe in San Antonio hasn't changed the menu much since it first opened over 70 years ago, but that's because there hasn’t been any reason to do so. Guy couldn't stop eating the open-faced roast pork and gravy sandwich, the beef enchiladas and the buttery fried shrimp.
At this eatery they're serving over 2000 burgers a week with a gourmet twist. The barbecue sauce in the half-pound Western Burger with pepper Jack, bacon, onion strings and jalapenos was the "kicker" according to Guy. He also enjoyed the venison and bison burger with a side of spicy fried pickles.
Where can you "eat while you shop and shop while you eat"? At this Russian comfort food eatery, of course! Chef Irina Pavlova, a Russian native, served Guy potato pancakes with meat inside, which he described as "crispy, creamy and salty." Customers also enjoy the cabbage rolls and Russian sweets.
Red Lion owner Craig Mallinson says true English pubs should serve the long-ignored U.K. staple: Indian food. As Guy learned, Red Lion caters to both cuisines. Try the tasty chicken tikka masala; if you're still craving the British classics, the lamb shepherd's pie is a perfect dish for a cold day.
Owner Jack Perkins is grilling only burgers at his dive, and he is making over 600 a day. The half-pound burger with lettuce, bacon, cheese and jalapenos tantalized Guy's taste buds. Loyal customers enjoy customizing their burgers by adding an extra patty, chili, grilled onions and a fried egg.
Locals can't wait for Magnolia Cafe's giant gingerbread banana pancakes, and lucky for them, they don't have to. Guy loved the menu, packed with everything from chipotle hollandaise sauce on eggs Benedict to jambalaya stuffed in red peppers. As he says, "come back for the food and the funk."
Drop by Louie's to sample the Don, a burger that Guy says is "super-mondo juicy." The fresh-ground Angus patty is basted with a soy-and-garlic-laced secret sauce, layered with Swiss cheese, bacon and jalapeno, then nestled between slices of rye bread. Also try the thin-crust pizza slathered with crushed tomato sauce and topped with Angus beef-and-pork butt sausage, Wisconsin cheese, onions and green peppers.
Locals flock to this restaurant for its authentic Jamaican home cooking. Guy enjoyed the "delicious heat" found in the curry goat. The goat head soup was "full flavored" and had tender pieces of goat. The savory and slightly spicy stewed and fried whole red snapper is a fan favorite.
At this all-American diner, chef Terry Chandler is serving up classics with a Southwestern spin. Guy could barely take the heat from the seasonal New Mexico green chile and lamb stew. The steak with chipotle brown butter was memorable for its "big flavor." Locals enjoy ordering the cheeseburger.
At Foreign & Domestic, it's a culinary wedding of flavors. The husband-and-wife duo behind this restaurant have been turning foreign dishes a little domestic and vice versa. The result is a menu with savory, eclectic standouts, like Fideos pasta with eggplant butter or their signature Gruyere Popovers.