Tom's Top Spots

Federal Donuts

The menu here is simple: doughnuts, fried chicken and coffee. The Korean-style chicken is twice-fried to create an extra-crunchy c …

Canter’s Deli

This late-night California spot is known for its old-school vibe and standout menu rife with Jewish deli staples. A favorite is th …

Termini Brothers

Since 1921, this bakery has been the destination for the Holy Grail of Italian desserts: the cannoli. Each batch contains a little …

The Doughnut Project

This fun graffiti- and Star Wars-themed doughnut shop is churning out some of New York City’s most-inventive and -unique flavors. …

Masri Sweets

Masri Sweets is a Dearborn, Michigan institution famous for Middle Eastern desserts. People come from all over for the kunafa, mel …

Chene Modern Bakery

Chene Modern Bakery opened in the 1930s, one of their specialties is the paczki, fruit-stuffed Polish doughnuts served with cream.

Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles

Retired NFL quarterback Ron Bartell opened Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles to help boost a stretch of Detroit’s famed Avenue of Fashion. …

Gendusa Bakery

This bakery has been cranking out loaves 20 hours a day, seven days a week since 1922. John Gendusa, the great grandfather of the …

El Gallo Bakery

People line up early in the morning to get their pan dulce, aka sweet bread, a category of Mexican pastry that comes in many varie …

Oda House

Georgian cuisine is all about rich meats, great wine and bread. At Oda House, chef and owner Maia Acquaviva serves almost 20 diffe …

Cafe Reconcile

Since 2001, Café Reconcile has been training at-risk youth in the restaurant business while serving up soul-filled classics.

Beiler’s Bakery

Beiler’s Bakery, located in Reading Terminal Market in Philly, is the place for the ultimate sticky bun. Based on an old-school Pe …

Creme Caramel LA

Owner Kristine de la Crus experiments with funky, Filipino-inspired crème caramel at her bakery. Her recipes combine traditional F …

Santarpio's Pizza

Santarpio's Pizza is the place to indulge in sausage and peppers. Their handmade sausage is charred over an indoor grill and serve …

Lodge Bread Company

Owners and chefs Alex Phaneuf and Or Amsalam are bread rock stars. Inside their Culver City bakery, they experiment with ancient g …

Flour Bakery + Cafe

Food Network chefs can’t get enough of this cafe’s tantalizing treats that have been featured on four shows. Giada is crazy about …

Maria's Pastry Shop

Boston’s North End is a mecca for Italian bakeries like Maria’s Pastry Shop. The owner, Maria Merola, is famous for her no-nonsens …

Sister Pie

After working in New York’s best pastry shops, Lisa Ludwinski came home and started Sister Pie. Don’t miss the Banana Pete, a moun …

Gian Piero Bakery

Gian Piero Bakery is an Italian-American icon and a great place for pastries, bread and legendary rainbow cookies.

Sarcone's Deli

The Junk Yard Special at Sarcone's Deli is anything but a pile of junk. Owner Anthony Bucci stuffs mozzarella, provolone, spinach, …

Bien Cuit

Since opening its doors in July of 2011, Bien Cuit has received heaps of well-deserved praise for their must-try baked goods. When …

Al Ameer Restaurant

Lebanese restaurant is a family legacy carried on by Abbas Ameer. Try their classic shawarma and pillowy pita baked in a pita oven …

Pagu

Pagu is an Asian-Spanish tapas restaurant sandwiched between MIT and Harvard. Owner and chef Tracy Chang’s menu is a mix of tradit …

Zimmer's Seafood

Zimmer’s uses the nearby Gendusa Bakery for their famous shrimp po’ boys.

Vito's Pizza

Anyone who says they haven’t had great pizza in L.A. hasn’t been to Vito’s. This unassuming shop is the place for New York-style p …

Where to Eat

Season 1, Episode 5

Detroit: Doughtown Delights

Tom Papa takes a trip to Detroit to visit chefs and bakers helping to revitalize Motor City and its food scene. At Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles, a former NFL player serves up decadent, cake-like, red velvet waffles with spicy fried chicken. Sister Pie, a sweet corner bakery, whips up roasted banana chess pie topped with mountains of meringue and crumbled cinnamon cookies. Tom heads to Dearborn, Mich., to make amazing Middle Eastern food like fresh-baked pitas filled with roasted lamb and a fine-spun pastry topped with gooey, melted, sweet cheese. At Chene Modern Bakery, Tom learns how to make paczki, the Polish take on a rich, buttery, filled doughnut.

Tuesday
Sep 4
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 2

New York: If You Can Bake It There

Tom Papa heads to New York City to get a slice of the Big Apple's diverse food scene. At The Doughnut Project, he meets up with comedian Jim Gaffigan to make the ultimate New York mashup: a glazed doughnut covered in everything bagel toppings. Then Tom visits Gian Piero Bakery for an Italian-American classic, rainbow cookies, which consist of colorful layers of cake and jam covered in chocolate. At Oda House, Tom falls in love with khachapuri, a boatload of bread brimming with bubbling cheese, eggs and tons of butter. Finally, Bien Cuit's Chef Zachary Golper gives Tom a master class in baking Old World bread and cheesy croissants.

Saturday
Sep 8
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 5

Detroit: Doughtown Delights

Tom Papa takes a trip to Detroit to visit chefs and bakers helping to revitalize Motor City and its food scene. At Kuzzo's Chicken and Waffles, a former NFL player serves up decadent, cake-like, red velvet waffles with spicy fried chicken. Sister Pie, a sweet corner bakery, whips up roasted banana chess pie topped with mountains of meringue and crumbled cinnamon cookies. Tom heads to Dearborn, Mich., to make amazing Middle Eastern food like fresh-baked pitas filled with roasted lamb and a fine-spun pastry topped with gooey, melted, sweet cheese. At Chene Modern Bakery, Tom learns how to make paczki, the Polish take on a rich, buttery, filled doughnut.

Saturday
Sep 8
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Boston: The Baked Goods Are Coming!

Tom Papa visits the brash and brainy cities of Boston and Cambridge to find their best baked goods. Steps from Harvard, he learns how to make a lobster roll served on a jet black bun at Pagu, and he finds hamburgers and buns that are so decadent that only 18 can be made each night! At Maria's Pastry Shop, Tom helps bake massive, flaky, cream-filled pastries called lobster tails, and then he heads to Santarpio's Pizza to bake Italian bread and grill hot Italian sausage. Finally, Tom learns the secret to perfect pie crust from a Harvard-educated baker and helps her craft her take on everyone's favorite toaster pastry.

Monday
Sep 10
10pm | 9c
Season 1, Episode 6

Los Angeles: A Toast to Tinseltown

Tom Papa heads home to sunny Los Angeles to celebrate the city's baked gems. He stops by Vito's Pizza, where the crust is so special there's a bodyguard to protect the dough starter. At the legendary Canter's Deli, Tom makes a Monte Cristo sandwich stacked with ham, turkey and cheese griddled on fresh-baked challah French toast. At Creme Caramel LA, he samples the glitter-covered meringue known as unicorn poop and learns the secret behind their signature dessert, a psychedelic purple custard crowned in caramel. At East L.A.'s El Gallo Bakery, Tom helps bake Mexican sweet breads with chocolaty sugar crust, and he meets up with two of his baking heroes at Lodge Bread Company to make hearty, rustic bread and L.A.'s trendy treat, avocado toast.

Monday
Sep 10
10:30pm | 9:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Boston: The Baked Goods Are Coming!

Tom Papa visits the brash and brainy cities of Boston and Cambridge to find their best baked goods. Steps from Harvard, he learns how to make a lobster roll served on a jet black bun at Pagu, and he finds hamburgers and buns that are so decadent that only 18 can be made each night! At Maria's Pastry Shop, Tom helps bake massive, flaky, cream-filled pastries called lobster tails, and then he heads to Santarpio's Pizza to bake Italian bread and grill hot Italian sausage. Finally, Tom learns the secret to perfect pie crust from a Harvard-educated baker and helps her craft her take on everyone's favorite toaster pastry.

Tuesday
Sep 11
1am | 12c
Season 1, Episode 6

Los Angeles: A Toast to Tinseltown

Tom Papa heads home to sunny Los Angeles to celebrate the city's baked gems. He stops by Vito's Pizza, where the crust is so special there's a bodyguard to protect the dough starter. At the legendary Canter's Deli, Tom makes a Monte Cristo sandwich stacked with ham, turkey and cheese griddled on fresh-baked challah French toast. At Creme Caramel LA, he samples the glitter-covered meringue known as unicorn poop and learns the secret behind their signature dessert, a psychedelic purple custard crowned in caramel. At East L.A.'s El Gallo Bakery, Tom helps bake Mexican sweet breads with chocolaty sugar crust, and he meets up with two of his baking heroes at Lodge Bread Company to make hearty, rustic bread and L.A.'s trendy treat, avocado toast.

Tuesday
Sep 11
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 4

Boston: The Baked Goods Are Coming!

Tom Papa visits the brash and brainy cities of Boston and Cambridge to find their best baked goods. Steps from Harvard, he learns how to make a lobster roll served on a jet black bun at Pagu, and he finds hamburgers and buns that are so decadent that only 18 can be made each night! At Maria's Pastry Shop, Tom helps bake massive, flaky, cream-filled pastries called lobster tails, and then he heads to Santarpio's Pizza to bake Italian bread and grill hot Italian sausage. Finally, Tom learns the secret to perfect pie crust from a Harvard-educated baker and helps her craft her take on everyone's favorite toaster pastry.

Saturday
Sep 15
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 6

Los Angeles: A Toast to Tinseltown

Tom Papa heads home to sunny Los Angeles to celebrate the city's baked gems. He stops by Vito's Pizza, where the crust is so special there's a bodyguard to protect the dough starter. At the legendary Canter's Deli, Tom makes a Monte Cristo sandwich stacked with ham, turkey and cheese griddled on fresh-baked challah French toast. At Creme Caramel LA, he samples the glitter-covered meringue known as unicorn poop and learns the secret behind their signature dessert, a psychedelic purple custard crowned in caramel. At East L.A.'s El Gallo Bakery, Tom helps bake Mexican sweet breads with chocolaty sugar crust, and he meets up with two of his baking heroes at Lodge Bread Company to make hearty, rustic bread and L.A.'s trendy treat, avocado toast.

Saturday
Sep 15
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

It's Always Yummy in Philadelphia

Tom Papa takes a trip to Philadelphia, where traditional roots run deep at local bakeries. At Termini Brothers, he learns the secret of their creamy, crunchy cannoli, and at Sarcone's, fourth- and fifth-generation bakers show him how to make savory, Sicilian-style tomato pie in a giant brick oven. Tom stops by Reading Terminal Market for a juicy roast pork sandwich and ooey-gooey sticky buns. Finally, the folks at Federal Donuts take Tom to sweet and savory heaven with funky doughnuts paired with perfectly crispy fried chicken.

Monday
Sep 17
10pm | 9c
Season 1, Episode 1

It's Always Yummy in Philadelphia

Tom Papa takes a trip to Philadelphia, where traditional roots run deep at local bakeries. At Termini Brothers, he learns the secret of their creamy, crunchy cannoli, and at Sarcone's, fourth- and fifth-generation bakers show him how to make savory, Sicilian-style tomato pie in a giant brick oven. Tom stops by Reading Terminal Market for a juicy roast pork sandwich and ooey-gooey sticky buns. Finally, the folks at Federal Donuts take Tom to sweet and savory heaven with funky doughnuts paired with perfectly crispy fried chicken.

Tuesday
Sep 18
1am | 12c
Season 1, Episode 1

It's Always Yummy in Philadelphia

Tom Papa takes a trip to Philadelphia, where traditional roots run deep at local bakeries. At Termini Brothers, he learns the secret of their creamy, crunchy cannoli, and at Sarcone's, fourth- and fifth-generation bakers show him how to make savory, Sicilian-style tomato pie in a giant brick oven. Tom stops by Reading Terminal Market for a juicy roast pork sandwich and ooey-gooey sticky buns. Finally, the folks at Federal Donuts take Tom to sweet and savory heaven with funky doughnuts paired with perfectly crispy fried chicken.

Saturday
Sep 22
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 2

New York: If You Can Bake It There

Tom Papa heads to New York City to get a slice of the Big Apple's diverse food scene. At The Doughnut Project, he meets up with comedian Jim Gaffigan to make the ultimate New York mashup: a glazed doughnut covered in everything bagel toppings. Then Tom visits Gian Piero Bakery for an Italian-American classic, rainbow cookies, which consist of colorful layers of cake and jam covered in chocolate. At Oda House, Tom falls in love with khachapuri, a boatload of bread brimming with bubbling cheese, eggs and tons of butter. Finally, Bien Cuit's Chef Zachary Golper gives Tom a master class in baking Old World bread and cheesy croissants.

Saturday
Sep 22
2:30pm | 1:30c

Tom Papa

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country finding success in film, TV, radio and podcasts as well as on the live stage.