Aaron Sanchez reveals the best fried thing he ever ate: fried Brussels sprouts from Michael Symon's Lolita restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. These Brussels sprouts are fried and topped with a warm vinaigrette made from red wine vinegar, anchovies, capers, garlic and shallots, transforming the humble vegetable into an unforgettable dish.
Join Guy Fieri as he visits The Green Mesquite BBQ restaurant in Austin, Texas. Known for their brisket, ribs, scratch-made jambalaya and a variety of sandwiches, Guy is there to try Green Mesquite's chicken fried steak. Owner Tom Davis walks Guy through his process for making this Texas favorite. Tom whisks eggs and whole milk together to create the batter. He then mixes self-rising flour, a seasoned pepper mix (salt, sugar, pepper and dried bell peppers) and dry ranch dressing mix for the breading. The steak is first coated in batter before being covered with breading mix. Tom repeats the process, double-dipping the steak before deep-frying it for three minutes. Tom coats the steak with lots of white gravy before dishing it up. Guy takes a bite, noting it's tender enough to be cut with a fork, and mentioning that he can taste the ranch dressing in the batter, which is one of the thickest he's ever had on a country fried steak.
Guy Fieri shares that the best fried thing he ever ate was mofongo at Benny’s Seafood in Miami. Mofongo is a Puerto Rican specialty made of plantains, chicarrones (fried pork skins), chicken stock and a bit of fried pork. Owner Benny Ojeda uses a giant mortar and pestle – with a baseball bat for a pestle – to mash together the fried plantains, chicarrones and garlic. The mashed mixture is dished up and served with fried pork and consomme on the side.