Everyone has a bucket list of things to accomplish in their lifetime. They usually look a bit like this: hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Graceland, go on a New Orleans ghost tour, get pulled onto stage at a Vegas magic show – but Chef Todd Fisher hungers for experiences with a bit more meat to them. As a life-long restaurateur, Chef Todd’s passion for palate pleasers has him questing for the best bacon, burgers, and steaks at not just eateries, but meat temples, across the nation in Destination America’s new original series UNITED STATES OF FOOD, premiering Sunday, July 8 at 10 PM E/P with “United States of Bacon.” Subsequent episodes include “United States of Burgers” on July 15 and “United States of Steak” on July 22.
Throughout the series, UNITED STATES OF FOOD visits venues with the best and most innovative menus items in the nation. Making Chef Todd’s “bucket list” are pop culture mainstays like Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern, whose “cheeburgers” were made famous by Saturday Night Live, as well as trail-blazing small businesses like the Bacon Bacon Truck in San Francisco and their traffic-stopping grilled cheese, which oozes bacon jam in addition to containing a few strips of the real stuff. A visit to NYC’s famous Crif Dogs proves serendipitous as record-holding hot dog competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi is spotted among the crowd of diners tasting his first bacon-wrapped hot dog. UNITED STATES OF FOOD rounds out its journey at venues as interesting as the dishes they concoct, such as The Grill House in Allegan, Mich., a grill-your-own steak joint that is also rumored to be haunted.
The three one-hour episodes include:
United States of Bacon
Premieres Sunday, July 8 at 10 PM E/P
Bacon is undeniably, irrefutably one of America’s most favorite foods. But long gone are the days when all that greasy goodness was restricted to a measly side order at breakfast. Today, America is taking bacon to a wild, new extreme that has it popping up in meals and on menus you’d never expect and in ways your taste buds have only dreamed. Chef Todd Fisher samples bacon burgers at Slaters 50/50 in Huntington Beach, Cal., learns how NYC’s Crif Dogs crafts their bacon-wrapped hot dogs, nibbles a bacon and chocolate ice cream sandwich at Big Gay Ice Cream, and halts traffic to taste test the Bacon Bacon Truck’s bacon jam-filled grilled cheese in San Francisco. These aren’t just restaurants or eateries. They’re bacon temples. One man. One country. One strip of bacon at a time.
United States of Burgers
Premieres Sunday, July 15 at 10 PM E/P
The hamburger is America’s signature sandwich, but Chef Todd Fisher only has the best of the best on his burger bucket list. His food journey begins in Connecticut at Louis Lunch, the home of the hamburger’s creation and then onto Boston where Bartley´s Gourmet Burgers constantly adds a twist to the staple sandwich. Next, Chef Todd finds hamburger perfection in a New York City steakhouse and then hits Chicago for “cheeburgers,” made famous by a Saturday Night Live skit but inspired by the grill masters at Billy Goat Tavern. The bucket list then brings Chef Todd to Memphis for a mouthwatering deep-fried burger from Dyer’s On Beale, and finishes in Atlanta at Holeman and Finch, where the coveted “Burger Time” ritual offers 24 carefully assembled burgers each night.
United States of Steak
Premieres Sunday, July 22 at 10 PM E/P
Todd Fisher is on a mission to check the best steaks in America off of his bucket list. Kicking off in the Lone Star State, known for their cattle and cowboys, he tastes the perfect Texas T-Bone and samples a down-home classic: the chicken fried steak. In Michigan, Chef Todd cooks up his favorite cut of beef at a haunted grill-your-own steak joint then makes his way to Boston for the classic Yankee fare and a monstrous prime rib. Stopping in Brooklyn, Chef Todd finds out why Peter Luger’s Porterhouse has been rated number one in New York for 28 years running before finishing his journey in Mississippi at the unlikeliest steak mecca you’d ever imagine.