Guy Fieri's California Spots
Santa Rosa, CA
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Taqueria Molcajetes
Chef and owners Zacarias Martin and Dionicia Valdovinos are serving up authentic Mexican food with influences from Guadalajara and Michoacán. The food incorporates chilis and spices, like cloves, and many of their dishes make use of the use of the molcajete, the traditional Mexican mortar and pestle. The Molcajete Mixto is a mixture of steak, chicken, shrimp and vegetables served inside a smoking-hot molcajete. Guy was in heaven, calling the it, “without question, one of the best Mexican food experiences I have ever had.”
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Napa, CA
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Eight Noodle Shop
A this tiny spot in Napa, Chef and owner David Lu is putting out delicious Asian cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Guy loved the Kimchi Fried Rice with braised beef cheeks and the house-made ramen.
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Simply Vietnam Express
For authentic Vietnamese food made with love, head to this Fieri-family favorite. Chef and co-owner John Nguyen serves up the recipes that mother and co-owner Be Nguyen cooked as a chef in Vietnam.
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Sonoma, CA
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Cochon Volant BBQ Smokehouse
Rob Larman and his wife are serving up old school barbeque in the heart of California wine country at Cochon Volant. Chef Larman puts his unique spin on fried chicken by soaking it in a sweet-and-spicy brine laced with granny smith apples and pasilla chile paste. “This is a chef’s fried chicken,” said guy between bites. Their other claim to fame is the towering WTF Burger. A seared beef patty is topped with 14-hour smoked brisket, smoked pork shoulder, house-cured maple bacon, a fried chipotle pork cake, melted cheddar cheese and house-made barbeque sauce
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Williams, CA
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Granzella's Restaurant
When Guy was growing up, his family would stop at Granzella’s Deli on road trips for the best muffuletta ever. Stop in and try one of their 30 different sandwiches.
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Zoftig Eatery
Guy was shooting Guy’s Grocery Games in Santa Rosa when his buddy brought him the Korean Burrito from Zoftig Eatery. He loved it so much he needed to put the place on DDD. At Zoftig, chef and owner Matt Spector taps into his fine-dining background to spice up the menu, sourcing local but peppering the menu with international flavor. The Korean Burrito is packed with marinated, local ground beef, pickled vegetables, kimchi, fresh herbs, avocado and barbeque sauce. “I’m going to drown in my own drool,” Guy said before digging into it.
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Burlingame, CA
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Grand Harbor
This San Francisco destination is one of the biggest Triple D joints ever, with seating for more than 450 people. Serving up traditional Chinese fare, Grand Harbor regulars rave about the pork buns, dim sum chicken feet and a selection of fresh seafood. Bonus: The restaurant's view of the San Francisco Bay is absolutely spectacular.
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Alameda, CA
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Scolari's Good Eats
Good eats, indeed. This Triple D destination offers up American fare that includes a must-try Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich and a Blueberry Bacon Blue Cheeseburger that's an absolute winner. Bonus: While waiting for your food, enjoy a drink from the Lucky 13 bar, located adjacent to Scolari's.
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San Carlos, CA
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Pazzo
This San Carlos destination puts its spin on classic Italian food with wood-fired pizzas and handmade pastas. The restaurant makes a knockout Ricotta Gnocchi with artichoke, lemon and mint that's absolutely worth your time and taste buds.
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Oakland, CA
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BRIX 581
This Puerto Rican hot spot is known for its bold flavors and (bottomless) brunch bashes. Regulars love the Chicharron Mofongo and Canoa, but the restaurant also offers up some incredible vegan options.
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Palo Alto, CA
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Calafia Café
This Palo Alto destination serves up a farm-to-table experience with organic and locally-sourced ingredients. The result: fresh California cooking with dishes that won't leave you feeling weighed down. Guy suggests trying the Calafia Citrus Carnitas or the Vegan Gnocchi.
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Oakland, CA
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Southern Café
Southern flavors reach the west coast at this Oakland hot spot. Comfort food favorites include Beef Meatloaf, Southern Fried Chicken, slow-cooked Oxtails, Macaroni and Cheese, Collard Greens and more. Plus, the Peach Cobbler and Banana Pudding are absolute winners.
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Palm Springs, CA
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Sherman's Deli & Bakery
If you follow the intoxicating aroma of fresh-baked rye bread in Palm Springs you could find yourself at Sherman’s Deli & Bakery. Once there, try the house-made turkey pastrami which is layered on that fabulous bread. “If that’s the only thing that you sold here I could expect lines all the way to Wisconsin,” said Guy. Or try the real-deal latkes that serve as the "bread" for meltingly tender brisket topped with creamy horseradish sauce. Be sure you don’t leave without a taste of the fan-favorite banana tart.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar
Nighthawk Breakfast Bar specializes in serving breakfast for dinner. Chef and owner Chef and Owner Jeremy Fall is all about pushing the envelope on beloved childhood flavors. The Drunken French Toast is a crispy creation topped with cognac sautéed pears, mascarpone mousse and a dash of pear brandy.
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Los Angeles, CA
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La Tostaderia
For tostadas with a towering twist and more elevated Mexican classics head to La Tostaderia which is tucked away in Grand Central Market in L.A. The chef was born in Mexico and later went back to culinary school to learn more about flavor profiles and it shows. Guy was impressed by the tender octopus tostada and blown away by the cheesy shrimp burger.
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Temecula, CA
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HoBo's BBQ
Diners flock to Hobo's for the best barbeque in Southern California. Guy tries the lasagna, a unique dish of pulled pork and chicken layered with pasta sheets, cheese and barbeque sauce.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Azla Ethiopian Vegan Cuisine
Guy called Azla and Nesanet Abegaze “culinary ambassadors,” as they serve a meatless take on traditional Ethiopian cuisine at their restaurant. The mother-daughter team's standouts include the misir wot, a flavorful stew made from red lentils cooked down with onions, tomatoes and pungent spices sourced straight from Ethiopia. “There’s a ton of flavor in that,” Guy declared after dipping into the dish with a piece of injera, the spongy flatbread that’s traditionally used for scooping up food.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Barone's
This family-owned eatery is famous for slinging rectangular thin-crust, Neapolitan-style slices, which they've been doing since well before pizza made it to the West Coast in a big way. Back in the 1940s, Barone's owners set out to re-create the Italian-style pizza popular in New York using the only tool available — a sheet pan — and thus the signature slices were born. Another must-try is the ricotta and Parmesan lasagna, served with meatballs and housemade marinara sauce.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Delancey
Owner George Abou-Daoud opened this joint as an homage to the Italian restaurants in downtown Manhattan, and it’s apparent once you open the menu, filled with pizzas named after New York streets — think Fulton, Crosby and Mercer. Pork lovers, opt for the Gramercy. In addition to featuring red sauce and melted mozzarella, this pork-centric pie comes loaded with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, soppressata and guanciale. Once cooked, the pizza is brushed with a garlic-infused olive oil.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Harold & Belle's
Opened in 1969 by a pair of Louisiana transplants, this joint is still serving classic Creole dishes. Try the classic standout gumbo, or opt for the crawfish etouffee. This dish starts with an old-school roux made from shrimp stock and a mix of tomato and cream of mushroom soups, which surprised Guy. Loaded with spices and tender crawfish tails, the resulting etouffee is “deep and rich and creamy,” Guy says.
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San Francisco, CA
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Radio Africa Kitchen
Chef-Owner Eskender Aseged left quite the impression when he appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games — so much so that Guy made sure to check out Aseged’s Ethiopian joint when he was in San Francisco. Follow Guy’s lead and order the seared tuna. It’s topped with chermoula, a Moroccan cilantro and parsley sauce, and served over a bed of sauteed vegetables. “I don’t want this dish to end,” Guy exclaimed.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Belly & Snout
Chef-Owner Warren Almeda serves up American twists on classic Filipino dishes at this Koreatown joint. Guy just had to try the Sisig Hot Dog. As the name suggests, this dog is dressed up with sisig (a Filipino mixture of ground pork belly and pork snout, made in-house daily), in addition to garlic crema, pickled red onions, radishes, green onions, a fried egg and the Filipino citrus known as calamansi.
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San Francisco, CA
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CatHead's BBQ
Co-owners Pamela Schafer and Richard Park are bringing the best flavors of down-home barbecue to San Francisco at CatHead’s BBQ. This joint takes its name from the “cathead” biscuit — a Southern staple that’s the size of a cat’s head. It’s also one of the rare spots in the city with a barbecue pit. As such, Guy had to try the classic pulled pork biscuit sandwich served with a housemade mustard slaw and a side of pickles.
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Stockton, CA
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Gian's Delicatessen
This authentic Italian deli churns out 4,000-plus ravioli a week using a ravioli machine that dates back more than a century. “I have seen really cool kitchen equipment in my day,” Guy said of the gear. “This might be the coolest.” The deli’s signature ravioli are stuffed with a combination of beef, cheese, spinach and Swiss chard, then served with a homemade Bolognese-style meat sauce
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Stockton, CA
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Smitty's Wings & Things
Former NFL player Steve Smith has traded in the pigskins for wings, which he slings at this Stockton joint. One popular option is the Damn Hot, which Guy called a “good old-fashioned funky, crunchy wing.” For this dish, the wings are coated in a paprika-laced flour mix, fried and then slathered in a fiery sauce whose heat factor is kicked up with cayenne, smoked jalapenos and green chiles.
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Burbank, CA
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Commonwealth Restaurant
The allure of craft brews is what first drew many locals to Commonwealth, but it’s the food that keeps them coming back. The craft tacos are one crowd-pleaser that Guy just had to try. “There’s so much flavor in each one,” he declared of the trio that included a banh mi taco layered with cilantro, jalapenos, pickled carrots, red radish and pulled pork tossed with a housemade umami sauce.
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Oakland, CA
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Souley Vegan
Chef-Owner Tamearra Dyson serves up Creole classics and soul food favorites with a surprising twist: All the dishes offered at her restaurant are vegan. Guy just had to check this creative menu out, so he stopped in to try Chef Dyson’s okra gumbo and her meatless spins on succulent sandwiches.
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Modesto, CA
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Food Fix Truck
This family-run food truck is all about community, from its origins as a crowd-funded project on Kickstarter to its use of regionally sourced ingredients. And the locals are certainly lining up for the creative comfort foods cranked out here, as Guy found out when he swung by to chow down on the Root Beer Pulled Pork.
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Oakland, CA
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Clove And Hoof
A mecca for ethically minded carnivores and anyone who loves top-quality meat, Clove and Hoof houses both a butcher shop and restaurant under one roof. Owners John Blevins and Analiesa Gosnell use only antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat in their dishes, like the cheesesteak that Guy stopped in to try.
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Stockton, CA
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Midtown Creperie & Café
For a taste of New Orleans in the midst of Stockton, Calif., Guy made a beeline for this Miracle Mile restaurant. In addition to crepes (both savory and sweet), this spot also serves up its own twist on traditional beignets (chocolate or caramel dipping sauce, anyone?).
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Oakland, CA
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Cosecha
Staying true to its name (cosecha translates to “harvest”), this Mexican spot determines many of its dishes based on which ingredients are in season. Guy stopped by this high-energy cafe to chow down on two pork-centric dishes: carne adovada (braised pork seasoned with guajillo chile) and pork belly tacos.
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Culver City, CA
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Tub's Fine Chili
Chef-Owner Rick Hodges and his wife, Margie, are slinging more than six varieties of chili daily at their Wild West-themed restaurant. Each portion is served in an individual toasted flatbread tub (hence the restaurant’s name), which Guy thought was a great touch. He stopped here to sample the Turkey Drive Chili, which features roasted ground turkey seasoned with plenty of chili powder and Cajun spices.
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Modesto, CA
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Bauer's 66 1/2
At this cool little spot in Modesto, Chef-Owner Tye Bauer serves up a tantalizing array of dishes inspired by his Portuguese and German ancestries. Guy headed here on Diners Drive-Ins and Drives to chow down on the three-meat Octavian Sandwich (think Portuguese sausage, pulled pork and Portuguese braised beef) and a lamb burger topped with mushrooms, bacon and gorgonzola.
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San Francisco, CA
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El Nuevo Frutilandia
This classic spot in the Mission District dishes up Puerto Rican and Cuban favorites. Guy was impressed by Chef-Owner Rafael Frias’ version of ropa vieja, which is made from a recipe passed down by the restaurant’s previous owners. “I like that there’s real texture to the meat,” Guy declared of the dish, which features tender, shredded chuck roll that’s sauteed with peppers, onions and tomatoes.
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Sebastopol, CA
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Zazu Kitchen + Farm
At ZAZU kitchen + farm, Chef Duskie Estes and her husband Chef John Stewart are serving up true farm-to-table dishes with a creative flair. Their menus change daily based upon the ingredients they grow and source from the surrounding area. Guy loved their Bacon-in-the-Batter Waffle served with house-made bacon toffee and bourbon gelato. Get anything with their house-cured bacon!
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Fortuna, CA
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Clendenen's Cider Works
Guy claims Clendenen’s apple cider is the best he’s ever had. They grow their own apples in an orchard that dates back to 1879. After the apples are pressed, they are sold immediately for the freshest apple cider in Fortuna, which Guy likens to “nectar from the gods.”
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San Francisco, CA
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Miller's East Coast Delicatessen
Miller's East Coast Deli may be in San Francisco, but that doesn't mean it can't dish out one hearty bowl of matzo ball soup. Add to that, "nothing's been lost in translation" from east to west, as Guy dove right into the potato latkes with uber tender cuts of corned beef and pastrami.
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Eureka, CA
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Brick & Fire
Guy heads to California to check out Brick and Fire’s Mushroom Cobbler featuring ingredients from Chef Jim Hughes’ garden. It is stuffed with an array of wild mushrooms that have been oven-roasted, stewed in butter and then made into a creamy cobbler mix that is topped with biscuits and cheese.
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San Diego, CA
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Studio Diner
Studio Diner carries breakfast 'round the clock -- and lunch and dinner, too. Take it from Guy, who says "everything is top-notch" here. Owner Stu Segall insists on flying in whole belly clams and lobster from Maine, and for a real late-night treat, divulge in the deep-fried favorite: Monte Cristo.
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San Francisco, CA
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Pier 23 Cafe
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.
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Gardena, CA
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Jay Bee's Bar-B-Q
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."
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Sonoma, CA
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Schellville Grill
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.
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Sacramento, CA
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Jamie's Bar & Grill
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.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Don Chow Tacos
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.
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Santa Cruz, CA
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Santa Cruz Diner
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."
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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North End Caffe
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."
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Oinkster
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.
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San Francisco, CA
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Tommy's Joynt
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."
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Worth Our Weight
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.
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Forestville, CA
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Russian River Pub
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.
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Fountain Valley, CA
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Paul's Coffee Shop
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.
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Oakland, CA
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Aguachiles El Tamarindo Taco Truck
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
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Los Angeles, CA
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Nickel Diner
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."
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Long Beach, CA
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Schooner Or Later
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.
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San Diego, CA
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Pizzeria Luigi
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.
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Pacifica, CA
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Gorilla Barbeque
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.
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Bakersfield, CA
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Moo Creamery
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.
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Bakersfield, CA
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K C Steak House
Open since 1939, this retro steakhouse serves down-home classics like Chicken Piccata, Stuffed Pork Chops and Lobster Mac & Cheese.
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Bakersfield, CA
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24th Street Cafe
This retro diner excels at comfort classics, including chili, biscuits, pancakes and burgers.
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Bakersfield, CA
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Muertos Kitchen & Lounge
This 19th-century firehouse serves eclectic dishes, including Basque-style Lamb Tacos with blue cheese, and crispy Popcorn Pork with chipotle dip.
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Bakersfield, CA
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Mama Roomba
This eclectic Bakersfield restaurant can satisfy multiple cravings with its Mexican, South American and Caribbean dishes, including habanero-spiced fried chicken.
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Bakersfield, CA
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Salty's BBQ & Catering
This "real deal barbecue," including oak-grilled tri-tip, chicken and smoky pulled pork, is worth a road trip.
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Bakersfield, CA
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Pyrenees Cafe
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.
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Bakersfield, CA
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Athena's Greek Cafe
This authentic Greek restaurant specializes in baked goods, hearty entries and beef-stuffed cabbage leaves in lemon sauce that Guy finds delicious.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Little Jewel of New Orleans
This restaurant brings Cajun flavors to Chinatown, with po' boys, muffulettas and breakfast beignets. A standout is the crawfish-laced mac and cheese that incorporates caramelized onions, white wine and a Creole spice blend.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Cha Cha Chili
Korean and Mexican cuisines come together at this casual restaurant in dishes like kimchee quesadillas and Korean short rib burritos.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Chichen Itza
Serving the cuisine of Yucatan, Mexico, this counter-service Downtown restaurant is popular for its Cochinita Pibil — pork cooked in banana leaves.
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Los Angeles, CA
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BiergartenLA
Set in the heart of Koreatown, this modern beer hall fuses pub food and Korean flavors, with dishes like beer-infused, roasted Drunk Chicken, German Fried Rice in beer gravy, and a Bratwurst Corn Dog.
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Taft, CA
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Asian Experience
Guy heaps the praise on this restaurant's Pad Thai and Tom Yum Kung soup, calling it "nice and light and bright and fresh."
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Brentwood, CA
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Johnny Garlic's Brentwood
Only at Guy's restaurant can you get a little Italian, Mexican, Cajun and Asian. The grilled-onion-and-garlic tortilla stack, inspired by Guy's mom, has "dynamite" texture and flavor. Guy's Sashimi Won Tacos dressed with eel sauce were double gold winners at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
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From Scratch Restaurant
From Scratch is what Guy calls “old school in hyperdrive.” They take classics and inject them with more flavors. For example, the biscuit and gravy consists of a handmade biscuit topped with a sausage patty and gravy. Another must-try is the brisket chili that is both spicy and sweet.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Jitlada Restaurant
There’s regular Thai food and then there’s Jitlada. Guy swore that if the chef of Jitlada won GGG he would come to the restaurant, and he was not disappointed. “This is one of the best Thai experiences I have ever had,” Guy said after tasting the Green Curry and the Tom Yum Soup.
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Alpine, CA
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Tapatio's
Host of Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri, discovers some homemade authentic Mexican food at Los Tapatios, in San Jose, CA, a former lunch truck that upgraded to a full-blown restaurant.
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San Diego, CA
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Hob Nob Hill Restaurant , San diego Breakfast restaurant
San Diegoans know Hob Nob Hill as a historical landmark. The menu never changes and that's the way they like it. On DDD, Guy raved about the fall-apart corned beef. But the comforting chicken and dumplings were the real deal — he called them "the definition of chicken and dumplings."
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Walnut Grove, CA
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Giusti's Place
This funky former saloon that's off the beaten path has't changed that much in a hundred years, from the fixtures to the main courses. Stop by to enjoy homemade classics such as the lamb shanks with polenta that Guy calls "beyond fall of the bone tender" and Grandma's minestrone recipe.
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San Jose, CA
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Falafel's Drive In
The motto at Falafel's Drive-In goes, "Feeling awful? Have a falafel." On DDD, Guy couldn't have agreed more. These fried chickpea balls are made with fresh herbs and a perfect blend of spices. Regulars know when getting their "falafel fix" that a refreshing banana shake is the perfect complement.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Baby Blues BBQ - Venice
Southern California maybe isn't the first place someone would think of when looking for great barbecue, but Baby Blues BBQ in Venice Beach smokes their pulled pork for 16-18 hours. They also make their own ''XXX'' hot sauce with Scotch bonnet and poblano peppers, which knocked Guy's socks off.
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Encinitas, CA
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Haggo's Organic Taco
It's hard to find a shack near the beach with fish tacos ''bordering on gourmet,'' but that's exactly what Guy thought of Haggo's Organic Taco near Leucadia, Calif. Owner James Haggard uses ''at least 95 percent'' organic ingredients in all of his dishes and cooks halibut with his own dry rub.
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Monterey, CA
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Loulou's Griddle In the Middle
Loulou’s abalone slider is the perfect dish for a self-proclaimed “abalone junkie” like Guy. The bun is grilled, slathered with aioli, topped with the abalone and slaw, then served with a side of fruit slaw. If you are at Loulou’s between November and June, don’t miss out on the Dungeness crab.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Fat Sal's Deli
Fat Sal’s is everything health-conscious LA is not and deliciously so. Guy gets his hands on a Fat Jerry sandwich stacked with cheese steak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon, fried eggs and fries. He also indulges in the Meat Luv’rz pizza roll stuffed with beef, pepperoni and sausages. Jeff and Audrey Dunham were in to taste their 13-pound creation: Big Fat Fatty. This mega sandwich features five burger patties, five fried eggs, ribeye, pastrami and bacon topped with a basket of fries, onion rings, chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks.
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Eureka, CA
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Cafe Nooner
Joe and Lorrena Filgas quit their corporate jobs to start Cafe Nooner, a Creole-Mediterranean fusion restaurant. Local, organic ingredients are used here to create tantalizingly fresh dishes. Guy can’t get enough of the Creole-seasoned pulled pork sandwich that is crispy, tender and full of flavor.
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Eureka, CA
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Bless My Soul Cafe
Guy swings by Bless My Soul Cafe to sample Creole fusion dishes served up by Mama Janisse. Mama’s signature green Creole sauce adds some kick to various dishes on the menu, including the crawfish and shrimp etouffee. Regulars return to Bless My Soul for the scrumptious eats and Mama’s sassy charm.
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Eureka, CA
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Paul's Live From New York Pizza
Paul’s Live is a New York pizza joint with one little twist — it’s in California. Here, you can find “old-school, authentic, East Coast pie.” Guy’s favorite is the margherita pizza. Deep-dish fans, take note: Paul’s Sicilian pizza is good enough to have changed Guy’s mind about thick crusts
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Loleta, CA
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Loleta Cheese Factory
When a student of former high school teacher Bob Laffranchi asked him how cheese is made, Bob decided to find out. Since then, the self-taught cheese maker has been running Loleta Cheese Factory, which makes 5,000 pounds of cheese daily using local milk. Guy’s favorite? The spicy habanero Jack.
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Ferndale, CA
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Ferndale Meat Co
Ferndale Meat Co. is the local butcher shop in Guy’s hometown. The specialty here is the “outstanding” Italian sausage composed of equal portions of beef and pork seasoned with six different spices and red wine. Guy recommends dipping the sausage in applesauce for an extra pop of flavor.
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Ferndale, CA
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Ivanhoe Hotel, Restaurant & Saloon
Hotel Ivanhoe is where Guy got his first kitchen job. Tucked away in his hometown of Ferndale, this American-Italian restaurant serves “old-school Italian” fare like chicken cacciatore, which Guy calls “one of the most comforting things you could eat.” The risotto with Italian sausage is also a hit.
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San Francisco, CA
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Señor Sisig
The signature sour pork Sisig tacos at Senor Sisig have been a hit with Los Angelinos, Filipino-fusion fans and Guy himself, who called these tacos "salty, spicy goodness." If you want to ramp up the spice, make sure to grab a plate of the Buffalo wings glazed with a savory adobo-chipotle sauce.
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San Francisco, CA
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The Front Porch
Be it the rocking chairs out front or the food, The Front Porch is the funky little neighborhood joint with plenty of charm. Guy swung by this South-meets-San Francisco joint and doled out his share of love for the "killer," "outstanding" and "succulent" Dr. Pepper short ribs and shrimp and grits.
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San Carlos, CA
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The REFUGE
Refuge's pastrami sandwich knows no bounds, and for this upscale Bay Area pub, it rivals East Coast legends, as in "OMG" delicious. Hardcore pastrami fans must try the pastrami burger. After one bite, Guy admitted: "You could be a hardcore New Yorker, but nothing will prepare you for that."
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San Francisco, CA
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Show Dogs
Show Dogs has scratch-made written all over its rock-out menu. Guy's trip included two showstoppers. First, a fried chicken sandwich that's "like a Pink Floyd concert -- classic." As for the headliner? Try the House Merguez, lamb sausage topped with mission-fig chutney and house-made Dijon mustard.
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Monterey, CA
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The Wild Plum Cafe
The Wild Plum is dedicated to organic and sustainable cuisine. Everything here, aside from the ketchup and mustard, is made from scratch. A hit item is the porchetta, which features pork loin stuffed with roasted pork shoulder and then wrapped in bacon and served on a bed of hand-fried potatoes.
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Long Beach, CA
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Tavern On 2
Tavern on 2 features a gastropub menu that draws influences from Asian and Mexican cuisine. Guy recommends the pig tails, which are fried and covered in a sticky, spicy Asian sauce. For a unique take on surf and turf, try the “incredibly flavorful” Belly & Sucker, composed of pork belly and octopus.
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Long Beach, CA
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The Factory Gastrobar
Named after Andy Warhol’s famed art studio, The Factory Gastrobar specializes in comfort food that is seasonal, sustainable, local – and aesthetically pleasing. Guy recommends the open-faced grilled asparagus sandwich and the pig ’n’ grits made with beer-braised, all-natural, organic pulled pork.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
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Little Napoli
For Southern Italian cuisine that will “knock your mama out the rocking chair,” Guy heads to Little Napoli. Enjoy the simplicity of the Baked Cannelloni “Tricolore,” with its blend of sauces, or savor the spicy Il Pescatore “Cioppino Rosso,” featuring fresh seafood and just the right amount of heat.
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Monterey, CA
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Cannery Row Brewing Company
Guy ventures to the Cannery Row Brewing Company for some “high-end bar grub.” Everyone’s favorite is the Parmesan pretzel with beer cheese dip. But you won’t want to miss out on the short rib grilled cheese either, complete with one slice of bread that’s entirely blanketed by provolone.
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Long Beach, CA
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Starling Diner
The star item on the menu at Starling Diner is the slow-roasted pot roast. Polenta, potatoes and chuck roast seared in butter are wrapped up in a gravy-topped tortilla to make one tantalizing dish that Guy calls a “power bomb of flavor.” Also try the fluffy scones served with orange honey butter.
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Anaheim, CA
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Rosine's
Rosine’s is a local favorite when it comes to Italian meals. The towering portions of lasagna feature “superrich” layers of ground chuck, red sauce and a creamy mix of cheeses. The minestrone soup is also worth a taste. Guy loves that it includes atypical ingredients like cabbage and shredded beef.
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Monterey, CA
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Monterey's Fish House
Monterey’s Fish House is all about fresh seafood. Guy feasts on oak-grilled oysters, which are slathered with butter and garlic, then served with a spicy cocktail sauce. He follows them up with the Sicilian Holiday Pasta, which features housemade linguini dressed up with seasonal fish and seafood.
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Garden Grove, CA
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Sabroso! Mexican Grill
The chef at Sabroso! decorated the menu with his mom’s recipes from Mexico, so you know you are going to taste true homestyle cooking here. Both the Chamorro plate and the pork tamale (which Guy praises for having the perfect masa-to-pork ratio) deliver Mexican flavor with a Californian twist.
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San Diego, CA
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Crest Cafe
Situated in one of San Diego's 24-hour neighborhoods, Crest Cafe serves up outrageous comfort food for both morning (creme brulee French toast) and night. One bite of the signature Butter burger, and Guy's fingers weren't dry for long: "This is a level of juice you haven't seen before."
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San Francisco, CA
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Tee Off Bar & Grill
Guy calls Tee Off Bar & Grill a "five-star dive bar." The husband-and-wife-owned spot is known for high-end, homemade dishes like Double Pork Chops With Apricot Relish and Deep-Fried Sweet Corn, but it's their signature dish, Paul's Crafty Mac N Cheese, that has Guy promising to come back for more.
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San Rafael, CA
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Sol Food
This authentic Puerto Rican comfort food restaurant is channeling the flavors of the Caribbean. Guy was won over by the Pastelon de Carne, a hearty dish that locals liken to lasagna. Ground beef is seasoned with adobo, then studded with olives and layered over a base of sweet plantains. And don’t sleep on the bistec sandwich that comes stuffed with melty Swiss cheese, tender sirloin, grilled onions and avocado slices. “That’s like [a] Puerto Rican-Cuban-Philly cheesesteak,” Guy declared.
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Santa Barbara, CA
cafe
Savoy Cafe & Deli
Paul and Kathy Shields are cooking and baking up some fresh and delicious meals. Guy thought the turkey pasilla fritters made with free-range turkey meat and served with a side of quinoa mango salad were outstanding. Locals favor the chicken Marsala.
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Los Angeles, CA
cafe
Rutts Hawaiian Cafe
Rutt’s is the go-to place for Hawaiian food in Los Angeles. Guy recommends the Hawaiian Royale with its tasty mix of teriyaki beef and scrambled eggs. Another pick is the Lau Lau plate: a flavorful blend of pork and butterfish wrapped in taro leaves. Locals love the large portions and value prices.
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Emeryville, CA
cafe
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe
Rudy's is all about creating a welcoming environment where "all walks of life" can feel at home. So far, they haven't failed, with a 20-burger menu and classic breakfast specials. For what Guy might call a hunch-worthy bite, try The Monster Chili Cheeseburger with two patties and scratch-made chili.
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San Francisco, CA
cafe
Rocco's Cafe
At Rocco's, the Italian food is made from scratch, following Chef Don Dial's grandpa's recipes. The deep and sweet flavors in the Bolognese sauce were "killer" according to Guy. He also enjoyed the "super tender" chicken piccata. The house favorite is the linguini with clams and white sauce.
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Berkeley, CA
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Rick & Ann's Restaurant
At this eatery, the special is comfort food with flair. Guy is a fan of the jalapeno pesto flank steak sandwich with sauteed bell peppers and Jack cheese. The brined and smoked pork chops with homemade apple sauce, potato pancakes and sour cream also receive rave reviews.
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San Francisco, CA
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Q Restaurant and Wine Bar
A neighborhood diner in the Richmond district of San Francisco, Q Restaurant specializes in "funky, American comfort." Try the Pulled Pork or Funky American-Style Duck Confit, made over 16 days, finished in the deep fryer and served with polenta and asparagus. Guy's take: "So worth it!"
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Los Angeles, CA
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Polka Polish Cuisine
Chef Katherine Dabrowski grew up helping her mom in the kitchen and now she is sharing her Polish dishes at Polka. Guy devoured the pierogi done three ways - with meat, sauerkraut and potato. The goulash impressed with its tender meat and gnocchi. For dessert, try the creamy filled crepes.
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San Jose, CA
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Naglee Park Garage
Although this auto-repair shop turned grub stop may be small, "the flavor's big." So says Guy, who devoured the 10-ounce burger patties served with handmade everything, from the fries and ketchup to the mayonnaise. But the real end-of-the-meal kicker? A side of Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon.
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Baker, CA
cafe
The Mad Greek Cafe
The middle of the desert might not seem like the best place to open a Greek diner, but the Mad Greek Restaurant has been attracting crowds for over 20 years. Chef Larry Dabour uses his grandmother's recipes for specialties like gyros, spanakopita (spinach pie) and shawarma — Guy's favorite.
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Santa Barbara, CA
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Mac's Fish & Chip Shop
A British couple visits California and what do they decide to do? Start a British comfort food shop! Guy and his son loved these "real deal" fish and chips made with wild Alaskan cod. The bangers with a side of mash also garnered praise. Feeling brave? Try the fried haggis balls.
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San Francisco, CA
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Joe's Cable Car Restaurant
A burger to us is fresh ground steak to Joe. At Joe's Cable Car, the meat is the star (that and his neon-orama dining room). Fresh chuck is ground daily to attain griddle glory as a patty melt or burger (favorite topper: avocado). Guy's verdict? Big. Juicy. Bananas (contains no actual banana).
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Truckee, CA
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Jax At The Tracks
JAX at the Tracks may be an old-school diner, but all the dishes have an upscale, gourmet twist. Owner Bud Haley redid everything when he took over, including the menu. For a DDD first, Guy couldn't help but love the housemade English muffin used for the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict.
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Ferndale, CA
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Humboldt Sweets
The quintessential mom-and-pop place, Humboldt Sweets cranks out what Guy calls “cinnamon rolls gone wild.” These jumbo-sized caramel-pecan cinnamon rolls are gooey and sweet. Another popular item on the menu is the ham and cheddar scone with a side of bacon gravy.
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Hank's Creekside Restaurant
In Guy's hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif., his favorite place to get a meal on the weekend has always been Hank's Creekside, where owner Hank Vance grinds the whole wheat for his famous pancakes in-house. He also serves up Homemade Corned Beef Hash, Eggs Benedict and Cinnamon-Walnut French Toast.
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San Francisco, CA
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The Grubstake
A 1927 rail cable car with Portuguese food? Guy says The Grubstake Diner is a one-of-kind San Francisco find. Today the menu pays homage to owner Fernando Santos' Portuguese heritage. Guy loved the spicy pork chops and raved about the "green soup" made with kale and topped with plenty of linguica.
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Saint Helena, CA
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Gott's Roadside
Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet won a James Beard Award for Best American Classic, so it's no surprise this Napa Valley staple serves up amazing hamburgers. The special is the Wisconsin burger, with grilled mushrooms, bacon and melted cheddar cheese. As Guy said, ''It's all about the quality.''
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Los Angeles, CA
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Fab Hot Dogs
When a New Jersey transplant opens a hot dog joint in Reseda, California, you get classic hot dogs like the Bald Eagle Ripper served with a sweet relish made with cabbage, carrot, garlic and oregano. Adventurous eaters may want to try the double-dog burrito or the deep-fried, bacon wrapped hot dog.
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Victorville, CA
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Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe
Emma Jean's son and daughter keep tradition alive with their mother's recipes. This legendary trucker paradise aims for a "keep it simple" menu that's stayed true to its roots for more than 60 years. The result? Guy devoured the homemade biscuits and couldn't resist the all-American Brian Burger.
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San Diego, CA
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El Indio Mexican Restaurant and Catering
Guy's love of taquitos met its match at El Indio, where this "home of the great taquito" has been dishing tasty Mexican cuisine for more than six decades. Regulars flock for the handmade chile rellenos and, if you're waiting in line, you might get a hot-off-the-press tortilla.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Eastside Market Italian Deli
Situated in L.A.'s original Little Italy, the Eastside Market Italian Deli has been serving Los Angelinos classic Italian dishes since 1929. Take note of the D.A. Special. Guy devoured every last bit of sausage, meatball, roast beef and pastrami on this sandwich of "incomparable deliciousness."
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San Francisco, CA
cafe
Dottie's True Blue Cafe
The food at this cafe is so delicious that patrons are willing to wait hours for one of the 40 seats inside. Guy thought that the cornbread and jalapeno jelly made a perfect combo and he appreciated the flavorful buttermilk dill bread. The veggie chili was appreciated for its complex flavors.
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San Diego, CA
restaurants
Crazee Burger
With a name like Crazee Burger, it's no surprise that Chef Lothar Manz serves burgers that are far different than your typical fare, including ones made with ostrich, venison and kangaroo meat. Guy never thought he'd be eating an alligator burger, but he was sold on the first bite.
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Sacramento, CA
cafe
Café Rolle
Quiche on a salad and a grilled ham and Brie cheese sandwich are just some of the French country-style favorites at this deli. Guy appreciated the nice and rich flavors of the chicken pate and goat cheese sandwich and loved the "floral notes" found in the chilled lentil salad with roasted prawns.
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Truckee, CA
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Burger Me
Guy's trip to Burger Me had him witness everything from chicken burgers to the beloved BBQ Bison Burger. But the Italian Stallion burger (where burger meets deli sandwich) forced Guy to hunch over to take a bite, as it included beef, salami, mortadella, hot peppers and Cabernet vinaigrette.
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San Anselmo, CA
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Bubbas Diner
At Bubba's Diner, they believe that "great ingredients turn out really good quality food." The Ahi Tuna Pot Stickers with homemade wrappers served on a bed of wilted spinach melted in Guy's mouth, as did the Soft-Shell Crab BLT. Locals like the Kobe beef meatloaf and Creme Brulee French Toast.
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San Diego, CA
restaurants
Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill
The two brothers that run this eatery lure in the locals with their fresh fish, which is the main ingredient in every dish they serve. Guy thought the fresh sea bass taco with lemon garlic butter was "outstanding." The cioppino with wahoo, mahi mahi, ahi tuna and scallops gives a spicy kick. Other standouts include the halibut sandwich, oyster shooters and clam chowder.
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Long Beach, CA
cafe
At Last Cafe
Diners who visit At Last Cafe say "at last" for the flavorful dishes, reasonable prices and fresh ingredients. On Triple D, Guy was also saying "I'd eat that on a shoe" about the super tender and juicy pork chops and the homemade polenta made with a rich and creamy portabella mushroom sauce.
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Sacramento, CA
restaurants
Gatsby's Diner
Visit Gatsby's Diner for Old World European comfort food and unique vegetarian dishes. The pastrami-marinated beet sliders with green goddess dressing and homemade chips were meaty and tender according to Guy. Meat lovers should try the flavorful beef rouladen or the brined pork chops.
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Anaheim, CA
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Chomp Chomp Nation
Inspired by Singaporean cuisine, Chef Gina Galvan is cooking up some "exotic tropical Chinese food" in a food truck. Guy loved the crunchy, sweet and salty crab cake topped with slaw and spicy ketchup. The halal lamb burger topped with curry yogurt and edamame sprouts is a "package deal," said Guy.
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Ventura, CA
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Pete's Breakfast House
At this diner, an English husband and wife are livin' the American dream and serving up breakfast all day. Guy claims that the pancake roll with yogurt and berries is "righteous." Want a burger? Try the chorizo burger with fiery hot habanero salsa, avocado and flavor that is "out of bounds."
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Pescadero, CA
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Duarte's Tavern
Guy is convinced that this fourth-generation family-owned tavern, which uses locally sourced produce and seafood, makes the best Crab Cioppino. Generous portions of Dungeness crab, clams and shrimp are bathed in a light tomato sauce seasoned with cumin, which gives the dish a healthy kick. Guy is also a fan of the tavern’s take on a classic California specialty, a seafood-centric sandwich that features abalone stuffed between two slices of homemade sourdough bread.
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Santa Rosa, CA
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Willie Bird's Restaurant
When it comes to turkey, Willie Bird does it all, which includes raising nearly 100,000 turkeys on a turkey farm. Guy had to meet owner Willie Benedetti, aka "The Big Bird," the man who's using turkey eggs in batters, making turkey fried steak and serving Thanksgiving turkey dinner 365 days a year.
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Santa Cruz, CA
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Aldo's Harbor Restaurant
Aldo's Restaurant is the ideal location for fresh seafood dining. Situated on the scenic Santa Cruz harbor, Aldo's brings in fresh seafood daily, everything from calamari to salmon. Guy devoured the cioppino. As for the handmade ravioli — he'd order those by the thousands.
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Berkeley, CA
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Bette's Oceanview Diner
Ever since Bette Kroening opened her Berkeley, Calif., diner, she's been dishing out home-style favorites to adoring local fans. Guy couldn't get enough of the Philadelphia-style scrapple and even an apple brandy pancake souffle that's light, airy and, as regulars say, like "eating a cloud."
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Berkeley, CA
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900 Grayson
Guy may have visited 900 Grayson for his Triple D Goes Tailgating special, but that didn't mean 900 Grayson was serving nachos. Instead, they feature dishes from the East to the South, like the LadyBoy prawn salad or the Demon Lover chicken and waffles plate topped with spicy buttermilk gravy.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Gaffey St. Diner
Drive by this joint and it'd be a mistake, says Guy on Triple D. This husband-and-wife duo defies expectations by making everything by hand, from orange juice to biscuits. But the John Wayne "hangover" dish is legendary: eggs, home fries, sausage wagons and cheese all covered in Spanish sauce.
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Santa Monica, CA
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Patrick's Roadhouse
As a Santa Monica institution with an unmistakable neon green exterior, Patrick's Roadhouse has been specializing in eclectic burgers for more than 35 years. On Triple D, Guy becomes a fan of The Governator egg dish but for something more upscale, try the Rockefeller burger with caviar spread.
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Santa Rosa, CA
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La Texanita Restaurant
In their hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif., Guy and his son Hunter have been longtime fans of La Texanita. Owner Alma Mendez's carne asada taco is served on handmade tortillas, and one of Guy's favorites is the posole — an authentic Mexican pork stew.
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Sacramento, CA
restaurants
Squeeze Burger
This tiny burger joint is short on space, but customers pack in for favorites like the Squeezeburger with Cheese. A 1/3-pound patty is heaped with so much cheese (more than half a pound) that the topping forms a crisp skirt of sorts after a turn on the flat top. “That thing is money,” said Guy of the cheese-blanketed burger, which comes topped with dill pickles, tomatoes, mustard and mayonnaise.
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Ramona, CA
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Ramona Cafe
This small-town cafe doesn't know the meaning of small. Guy learned that all the dishes at Ramona's are standout winners, handmade by owner Sonja Vanderveen. He loved the deep-fried cordon bleu with melted Swiss. To top it off, Sonja's giant pecan cinnamon rolls could barely fit in his mouth.
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Los Angeles, CA
restaurants
Mom's Tamales
For delicious homemade tamales, drop by Mom's Tamales and sample one of eight options, all steamed and using scratch-made batter. The corn and cheese, chicken mole and beef tamales are particularly noteworthy. Also worth a try: specialties like stuffed peppers, queso fresco and sopes asadas.
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Kenwood, CA
cafe
Cafe Citti
Located in the heart of Sonoma wine country, Cafe Citti bills itself as a casual Italian trattoria. Chef Luca hails from Lucca, Italy, and all his dishes bring handmade to the table. On his DDD visit, Guy called the ravioli an "orchestra of flavors," and he loved the homey polenta with porcini sauce
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Los Angeles, CA
cafe
Gloria's Cafe
Since 1981, Gloria Flores has been sharing her traditional El Salvadoran cooking to adoring Los Angeles locals. Guy's visit on Triple D left him scraping his plate of Adobada, a pork stew with a rich tomato sauce. And he was absolutely bowled over by the Seven Seas Soup brimming with crab legs and shrimp. “That is delicious — deep, deep flavor,” Guy exclaimed.
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Berkeley, CA
restaurants
Meal Ticket
Scottish-born chef Jimmy Carter is "whipping up a little American Southern," and a little punch of flavor gets thrown into every bite at Meal Ticket. He's making great fusion food with dishes like the pulled pork with coconut curry, which has Thai-Southern flair with a little Mexican in the mix.
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Anaheim, CA
restaurants
Mama Cozza's
Get a taste of old-school Italian at Mama Cozza's, home to 20 scratch-made sauces that pretty much guarantee a quality Italian dish. Try Mama's sauce or Domery's sauce, and don't leave without having some pizza here. Guy says, "they’re doing it the way real Italians do it!"
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Healdsburg, CA
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Jimtown Store
The cornucopia of spices used for the luscious brisket sandwich at Jimtown Store goes hand in hand with the bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs found in owner Carrie Brown's garden. The nationally recognized country store was also a DDD favorite, as Guy loved the thick "standup" Chain Gang Chili.
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Winters, CA
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Putah Creek Cafe
Everything at Putah Creek Cafe is made fresh, right down to the homemade sausage and killer gravy. But the top-notch cioppino made with crab and shrimp had to be Guy's favorite. Want something just as impressive? How about a dynamite herb chicken pizza made from the trailer-towed pizza oven outside?
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Oakland, CA
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Aunt Mary's Cafe
When Texan native Jack Stewart came to California, he started an artisanal Southern comfort food diner. Guy downed the potato and collard green pancakes topped with Potlikker Gravy and enjoyed the French toast-like Pain Perdue. Try the shrimp and grits and kick it up a notch with Tabasco Gravy.
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Sacramento, CA
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The Golden Bear
The Golden Bear quickly became a Sacramento, Calif., favorite and Guy couldn't agree more. His visit changed his attitude about slaw, as he called The Sausage and 'Slaw pizza with homemade sausage and smoked slaw "out of control." The taco with citrus-achiote chicken's also a flavor town winner.
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San Francisco, CA
restaurants
The Broken Record
Take a drive to the southern tip of San Francisco and you'll be in good company at the Broken Record. Guy's Triple D crew marveled at the more than 300 kinds of whiskey. But Guy got a real kick out of the food, including the creamiest roasted mushroom polenta. The real kicker -- it's only $8.
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San Francisco, CA
cafe
HRD
San Francisco locals swear by HRD for its Korean-style breakfasts. On Triple D, Guy hunkered down on the huge spicy pork and kimchee breakfast burrito. Want another pick-me-up? Try the Korean Loco Moco made with a hodgepodge of kimchee-fried rice and burger patty all atop sunny-side eggs.
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Geyserville, CA
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Catelli's Restaurant
After 55 years in business, Catelli's closed in 1991. But in 2010, brother-sister duo Domenica and Nick Catelli reopened the restaurant and brought the old family recipes back to life. Guy stopped by for Jack's Covelo Beef Meatball Sliders. But the ravioli? Two words: handmade perfection.
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Sonoma, CA
cafe
Sunflower Caffé
Located in the heart of California's wine country, this espresso and wine bar celebrates food, wine and art. Guy enjoyed the creamy feta and tangy chimichurri in the lamb burger and he devoured the borscht made with fresh local produce. The smoked duck sandwich with melted Gruyere is also popular.
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Sacramento, CA
restaurants
Dad's Kitchen
The Dad's Burger is so popular that when the current owners bought the restaurant, they kept it on the menu. Guy describes the signature 8-ounce bacon and blue cheese-encrusted beef patty as the most "righteous" and "juiciest" burger ever. If you prefer chicken, try the Hot Blonde with avocado.
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Santa Barbara, CA
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Norton's Deli
Norton's is bringing East Coast pastrami to the West Coast, and it's being cooked six different ways. Guy could barely handle the pastrami dog --- a quarter-pound hot dog topped with pastrami and sauerkraut. The PLT with crispy pastrami, lettuce and tomato is a tasty spin on an old classic.
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Sacramento, CA
restaurants
The Kitchen Restaurant
At this multitasking diner, owner Cathie Moreno is cooking, baking and brewing. Guy loved the hint of mint from the lamb burger paired with an acidic red pepper relish inside a fresh homemade bun. Locals recommend ordering the meatloaf sandwich and enjoying a nice cold beer with it.
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Santa Barbara, CA
restaurants
Lito's Mexican Restaurant
The authentic Mexican recipes make the food at this family-operated restaurant irresistible. Guy liked the juicy flavor of the carnitas, which can be ordered in a taco, burrito, enchilada or torta. The pork stew pozole also impressed Guy; he recommends topping it with cabbage, cilantro and lime.
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Los Angeles, CA
restaurants
Beer Belly
The duck-centric menu and rotating craft-beer selection keep the locals coming back to Beer Belly. Follow Guy’s lead and order the duck-fat fries topped with crisp fried duck skin and tender duck confit. Or opt for the grilled cheese. This towering, four-cheese creation is essentially two sandwiches stacked together, with a layer of maple syrup-drenched bacon in the middle and a fried egg on top.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Golden State
Owners James Starr and Jason Bernstein cook up clever dishes with all-Californian ingredients. Guy's favorite was the pulled pork sandwich with pickled jalapenos and onions and a killer hot mustard sauce. The grass fed-lamb burger with yogurt dill sauce and sweet potato fries was "rock star" too.
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San Francisco, CA
restaurants
Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen
On Triple D, Guy called the arepas at Pica Pica a "corn pocket wonder." The gluten-free tortilla acts as the container for dozens of Pica Pica's dishes. Guy's pick? The Arepa Beef Pabellon stuffed with shredded beef, sweet plantains and a black bean spread. Vegetarians, note: Tofu is available here.
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San Francisco, CA
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Nopalito
This Mexican joint is "everything but boring," Guy says. Everything is local and sustainable and completely homemade — right down to the tortillas. But the Torta de Chilorio, made with hot pork chorizo, queso fresco and bread soaked in adobo sauce? It's unlike any sandwich he's ever had.
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Carlsbad, CA
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Spirito's Italian Diner
Spirito's Italian Diner may be nestled in a strip mall, but that didn't mean Guy couldn't enjoy some "old-school Jersey gravy." Owner Mike Spirito has been keeping his family's recipes alive with pizza napoletana, "monster" ravioli and the signature Roman meatballs, made with raisins and pine nuts.
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San Diego, CA
restaurants
OB Noodle House & Sake Bar
When you visit OB Noodle House, make sure to pronounce the signature dish, Pho, correctly. It's "fuh" and not "fo." You'll be glad you did, because the expert blend of spices and meats makes for one unbelievable flavor. As Guy says, "You're going to have a pretty tough time finding it this good."
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San Diego, CA
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Hodad's
Hodads' burgers don't simply have bacon strips on top. Instead, this funky joint adds an entire bacon patty to the mix. They really "put the shama lama in ding dong," Guy says of his favorite burger, which includes two sizzling beef patties and cheese — a "run-down-your-arm burger," for sure.
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Los Angeles, CA
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The Park's Finest
What started as a catering company soon became a hidden hot spot for Los Angelinos looking for tried-and-true Filipino comfort food. Guy loved the barbecue beef short ribs paired with a sharp crema horseradish sauce. And diners better watch out -- the addictive Bibingka cornbread is a real winner.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Bludso's Bar & Que
This Compton location is closed, but you can still get Bludso's craveworthy 'cue at the Hollywood locale. The joint serves up Texas-style barbecue like the ribs with a side of spicy barbecue sauce that won over Guy Fieri. Owner Kevin Bludso really goes all out at the holidays with deep-fried turkeys injected with a decadent concoction of butter and seasonings, which he refers to as “liquid gold.”
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Burbank, CA
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Chili John's
The chili recipe at this 1950s-style diner is so old that it came with the building when the LoGuercio family bought the place. Laced with beef cracklings and two secret spice blends, this meaty chili tastes extra delicious served over spaghetti and topped with cheese, onions and oyster crackers.
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Palm Desert, CA
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Grill-A-Burger
With over 30 signature burgers, there’s something for everyone at Grill-a-Burger. Guy tries the spicy Devil’s Revenge and the Napa cabbage-topped Buddha Burger.
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Los Angeles, CA
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EdiBOL
At ediBOL, Chef and Owner Andrea Uyeda pours her Asian-influence and a dramatic sense of style into off-the-charts creative bowls. The visually stunning layers of flavor in the Miso Peanut Ramen leave Guy speechless.
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Cathedral City, CA
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Zobo & Meester's
Inspired by DDD, a local guy opened Zobo and Meester’s to feed the hungry mouths around an industrial park. A favorite is the Flame Thrower panini which is a mixture of house-made roast beef and pulled pork spiced up with pepper jack cheese, house-made habanero salsa and jalapenos. On Saturdays only they serve authentic barbecue smoked on site.
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Palm Springs, CA
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Frankinbun
Stop by Frankinbun for one of the best vegan dishes Guy has ever had. The meat-free hot dog is crafted from brown rice flour, black eyed peas and aromatics and then topped with a dynamite house-made chili. Plus, try their handheld version of chicken and waffles which consists of Bavarian chicken apple sausage surrounded by a crisp waffle shell served with maple syrup.
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Los Angeles, CA
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Horse Thief BBQ
Guy said the bark is worth every bite at this barbeque joint in Los Angeles. The fried chicken sandwich was so good Guy predicted a line down the street for it and jokingly dubbed the smoked pork belly his favorite salad.
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Palm Desert, CA
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Wilma & Frieda
Wilma & Frieda is a brother-and-sister-run joint that specializes in eclectic breakfast and lunch food. The luscious short rib melt is freshened up with peppery arugula and tangy pickled onions. Their breakfast tarts are filled with fruit and slathered with frosting and sprinkles.
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