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A Must-Visit for Civil Rights and War Buffs

Alabama lies steeped in a history of race relations. For a history fix, visit Fort Morgan, the Rosa Parks Museum and Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. The state is also home to a string of lovely Gulf Coast beaches.

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Bucket of blood in Birmingham, AL
Bucket of blood in Birmingham, AL

Bucket of blood in Birmingham, AL

This bucket holds the key ingredient for a blood sausage that Andrew will make with chef Donald Link, whose restaurant Cochon was named Best New Restaurant in 2007 by the James Beard Foundation. 960 1280

  

Dungeness crab at Red Pearl Restaurant in AL

Dungeness crab at Red Pearl Restaurant in AL

Salt-encrusted Dungeness crab fresh from the deep fryer at Red Pearl Restaurant, located in the Super Oriental Market, just outside of Birmingham, AL. 960 1280

  

Farm-raised sea urchin in Alabama

Farm-raised sea urchin in Alabama

The only farm-raised urchin currently available in the United States hails from Birmingham, AL, and Andrew has to have a taste. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern with bullfrog in Birmingham, AL

Andrew Zimmern with bullfrog in Birmingham, AL

Andrew with a bullfrog before it hits the plate at the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL. 960 1280

  

Food from Shindigs Food Truck in Birmingham, AL

Food from Shindigs Food Truck in Birmingham, AL

Customers at Shindigs, a local food truck that serves up dishes with an international flare, like pork belly or fried catfish on steamed Asian buns. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats pulled pork sandwich in Alabama

Andrew Zimmern eats pulled pork sandwich in Alabama

This is how they do a pulled pork sandwich in Birmingham, AL! 960 1280

  

Pig-skin noodles at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL

Pig-skin noodles at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL

The Asian-inspired pig skin noodle bowl at Hot and Hot Fish Club, layered with blue crab, frog legs, snapper throat and freshly wilted tatsoi. 960 1280

  

Bobwhite quail at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL

Bobwhite quail at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL

Chef Chris Hastings' rustic preparation of bobwhite quail with heirloom sweet potatoes and forcemeat-filled ravioli, dressed in a blood sauce at Hot and Hot Fish Club. 960 1280

  

Filming Bizarre Foods America at The Fish Market in Birmingham, AL

Filming Bizarre Foods America at The Fish Market in Birmingham, AL

Our cameraman gets a quick steam bath without missing the action in the kitchen at The Fish Market in Birmingham, AL. 960 1280

  

Fried calamari at The Fish Market in Birmingham, AL

Fried calamari at The Fish Market in Birmingham, AL

George Sarris of The Fish Market serves fried calamari to his special Thursday night dinner guests, before hitting them with less familiar fare like Greek-style goat soup called "vrasti yida." 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Miss Myra at Miss Myra's in Birmingham, AL

Andrew Zimmern and Miss Myra at Miss Myra's in Birmingham, AL

Andrew gives his compliments to Myra Harper Grissom, who's been serving up stellar barbecue at Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q since 1985. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Donald Link at Bodnar Farm in AL

Andrew Zimmern and Donald Link at Bodnar Farm in AL

Andrew and chef Donald Link set up shop in the barn at the Bodnar Farm to prepare fresh blood sausage. 960 1280

  

Ribs, sausage and pork on the grill at Bodnar Farm

Ribs, sausage and pork on the grill at Bodnar Farm

Ribs, sausages and pork shoulder sizzle on the grill at the Bodnar Farm. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at Chappapeela Farms in Husser, LA
Andrew Zimmern at Chappapeela Farms in Husser, LA

Andrew Zimmern at Chappapeela Farms in Husser, LA

Chappapeela Farms owners Louis and Rebecca Lirette welcome Andrew and chef John Besh of La Provence to their duck and hog farm in Husser, LA. 960 1280

  

A dish of duck testicles

A dish of duck testicles

Chef John Besh turns duck testicles into an elevated dish, pan-fried with shallots, white wine and lemon juice. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats seafood boil in Louisiana

Andrew Zimmern eats seafood boil in Louisiana

While at Casanova's Seafood in Saint Bernard, LA, Andrew digs into the seafood boil and boudin, the sausage of Cajun cuisine. 960 1280

  

A dish of duck liver

A dish of duck liver

This duck liver was transformed into a pate, made with duck eggs and emulsified duck fat at La Provence in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats gumbo at La Provence

Andrew Zimmern eats gumbo at La Provence

Andrew is all smiles after tasting chef John Besh's gumbo, made with Chappapeela Farms pork sausage, okra, duck neck and duck fat roux. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern goes hog hunting

Andrew Zimmern goes hog hunting

Andrew takes a boat ride out to feral hog territory in Bay Minette, AL. 960 1280

  

A wild boar head in Alabama

A wild boar head in Alabama

This wild boar was the guest of honor at a pig potluck in Bay Minette, AL. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern with Saint Bernard parish local

Andrew Zimmern with Saint Bernard parish local

Saint Bernard parish local Mike Martin takes a break from cooking up his Louisiana marsh hen gumbo to tell Andrew about the hardships his community has overcome in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 960 1280

  

Ingredients in an Isleno-style nutria stew

Ingredients in an Isleno-style nutria stew

Kathy Ann Zeigler shares Isleno-style cooking, passed down from descendants of the Canary Islands. The main ingredient in this stew? Nutria, an invasive species of river rat. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern poses with stingray in Alabama

Andrew Zimmern poses with stingray in Alabama

There are plenty of fish in the sea, and after eating this stingray off the coast of Alabama and Florida, Andrew's tried almost every one of them. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern makes a skate taco in Alabama

Andrew Zimmern makes a skate taco in Alabama

Andrew and bow-fishing pro Dustin Mizell create the perfect skate tacos. 960 1280

  

Grilled skate for tacos in Alabama

Grilled skate for tacos in Alabama

Alabama chef Will Hughes knows what to do with grilled skate -- marinate it in collard green chimichurri and serve it with salsa and pickled onions. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern poses with duck in Louisiana

Andrew Zimmern poses with duck in Louisiana

Andrew with duck before its liver becomes pate. 960 1280

  

A fermented fish stew in Alabama

A fermented fish stew in Alabama

In Bayou La Batre, AL, Andrew samples an authentic Vietnamese stew of fermented fish, shrimp, pork belly and fresh-rolled mullet balls. 960 1280

  

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