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A cameraman films Andrew Zimmern near the Chicago River. On this trip to the Windy City, Andrew discovers some of the best food in the world. 960 1280

  

Andrew visits George's Kabab Grill in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Andrew eats pacha, an Iraqi stew made with lamb-stomach dumplings, lamb trotters, stewed head and dried mint. 960 1280

  

A butcher prepares several hogs each day to stock the deli counter at Gene's Sausage on Belmont Avenue. 960 1280

  

Andrew stops at Rick Bayless' XOCO, a quick-service restaurant inspired by the Mexican street-food scene. 960 1280

  

Ruby's Fast Food has a variety of tasty Filipino delicacies on their menu. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Franks 'N' Dawgs' tur-dawgen, a turkey and date sausage topped with crispy duck confit, herb garlic aioli, house-pickled onion relish and pickled carrot. 960 1280

  

At George's Kabab Grill, Masma Jajou shows Andrew how to make lamb-stomach dumplings, a key ingredient in pacha. 960 1280

  

This boiled pig head is made into head cheese at Chicago's Mado Restaurant. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples this delicious cheddar risotto bratwurst with beer-braised onions and cheese snack crackers. 960 1280

  

Take a look at Alinea Restaurant's famous sardine antenna made with country bread, yellow tomato, sardine poached in olive oil and aromatics, horseradish, red chili flakes, fried caper, and arugula flower. 960 1280

  

Andrew and Rick Bayless try mango chili and guava ice cream at Maxwell Street Market. 960 1280

  

Graham Elliot's foielipops are made with foie mousse, fleur de sel and strawberry pop rocks. 960 1280

  

The Bizarre Foods production crew films at Graham Elliot's restaurant, where having fun while creating whimsical dishes is required. 960 1280

  

Visit Alinea Restaurant to pick up this unique dish. It's English pea paired with iberico ham, burrata cheese, honeydew melon and sherry wine. 960 1280

  

Be sure to try the stewed goat at XOCO in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Andrew talks to the camera in front of the tomb where John the Baptist's head is kept in Syria. 960 1280

  

Walking through the ruins in Palmyra at sunset is a must. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Luke Logan gets some shots of the locals. 960 1280

  

A man carefully sets up a display of fruits and vegetables at a souk (aka market) in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Andrew prepares for a camel ride with some Bedouins. 960 1280

  

Andrew explores a souk and checks out a colorful display of dried fruit in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Men and women walk to the Umayyad Mosque for a call to prayer in Damascus. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples omelets from King of Ejja in Aleppo. 960 1280

  

Jockeys prepare for a camel race in Palmyra. 960 1280

  

Andrew samples an Abu Shaker juice drink topped with fruit, sweetened cheese, cookies and nuts. 960 1280

  

Andrew takes on Chicago where he uncovers some of the best food in the world. 960 1280

  

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Andrew and the production crew shoot a scene in front of the tomb of John the Baptist's head for the Syria episode of Bizarre Foods. 960 1280

  

Andrew milks a sheep in the desert outside Palmyra, Syria. 960 1280

  

Greek cookbook author Diane Kochilas invites Andrew into her home to show off some of her legendary cooking skills. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats with Goschenhoppen Historians, Inc. at the historic Henry Antes house in Perkiomenville, PA. The group was founded in 1964 to preserve folk culture of the Pennsylvania Germans, the area's earliest settlers. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern adds the key ingredient, a pig's head, to a boiling cauldron of scrapple in White Haven, PA. 960 1280

  

'These cheesy straw hats worn by gondoliers are an irresistible tourist trinket even for me.' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'I love Venetian seafood, especially when it's raw!' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Photographer Adrian Danciu takes a moment to take in the beautiful landscape in Lapland, Finland. 960 1280

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Andrew digs into a pot of seal meat with on Hailuoto Island, located off the northern coast of Finland. 960 1280

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Andrew and his guide Rachel Raj pick up some fresh challah bread at Carimama Pizzazo in Hungary. 960 1280

  

Andrew dances in the rain with his new Roma friends in Paszab, a rural village in Hungary. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and his Jewish Quarter guide Rachel Raj discuss Jewish bread pudding. 960 1280

  

Andrew observes how local fishermen on Lake Balaton net large Busa carp. 960 1280

  

'My guide, Edison, explains some of the fascinating Himba rituals in Madagascar.' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

'This is the backyard kitchen of a 'Smiley Den' in the Katatura slum of Namibia -- where the food is pretty hardcore.' ' Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

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McVeggie sandwich

McVeggie sandwich

The McVeggie sandwich at McDonald's in Mumbai is a spicy vegetarian option. 960 1280

  

Maharaja Mac

Maharaja Mac

The Maharaja Mac is McDonald's vegetarian version of the classic Big Mac, made specially for India. 960 1280

  

sandwich

sandwich

The locally grown produce at Israel's Subway makes their sandwiches especially appealing. 960 1280

  

McCafé

McCafé

McDonald's in Hong Kong hires a foam "artist" to put special touches on its McCafé drinks. 960 1280

  

Fairwood

Fairwood

Fairwood is a Hong Kong-based fast-food chain that serves full meals, such as this hot pot, at bargain prices. 960 1280

  

Jumbo King

Jumbo King

India's Jumbo King serves the famous Vada Pav sandwich, also known as a "Bombay burger," but make no mistake, it's vegetarian. 960 1280

  

salad sandwich

salad sandwich

This salad sandwich is a breakfast sandwich with vegetables and cheese, thought to be originally created to appeal to Japanese women. 960 1280

  

Subway sandwich

Subway sandwich

A foot-long Subway sandwich in Berlin is popular with Germans. 960 1280

  

Subway

Subway

Subway stores in Israel are strictly kosher, adding no cheese and definitely no bacon to their meat sandwiches. 960 1280

  

KFC Original Recipe

KFC Original Recipe

In addition to the Colonel’s Original Recipe, KFC in Hong Kong has elected to serve a spicy menu to its customers. 960 1280

  

Kentucky Fried Chicken Original

Kentucky Fried Chicken Original

The Colonel's classic Kentucky Fried Chicken Original and Crispy recipes are popular across Asia. 960 1280

  

pizza

pizza

The Pizza Company is an American-style fast-food restaurant with a twist: A pizza with sausages baked into the crust is also served with Thai limes. 960 1280

  

Vada Pav sandwich

Vada Pav sandwich

A Vada Pav sandwich is a vegetable patty made with peas. 960 1280

  

Doc’s Rib Joint

Doc’s Rib Joint

Mikey shows off the best barbecue in town: ribs, fries, coleslaw and cornbread at Doc’s Rib Joint located at the Kingston Mines blues club. 960 1280

  

Kingston Mines

Kingston Mines

Mikey jumps on stage at Kingston Mines, the club that brought the blues to Chicago's North Side. 960 1280

  

Kingston Mines

Kingston Mines

At Kingston Mines, you’ll not only find great music, but also some of the best macaroni and cheese around. 960 1280

  

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's prides itself on its bacon-infused menu. From a beer & bacon pairings menu, to beer-battered bacon, to a BLT overflowing with half a pound of “B,” there’s something to satisfy any late-night craving. 960 1280

  

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's

Mikey makes some friends at Paddy Long's, an unassuming neighborhood pub. 960 1280

  

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's

Paddy Long's offers a late-night menu full of the biggest and best bacon dishes you’ll find anywhere -- especially at 1a.m. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern first opened in 1934, but has since expanded to several locations. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

Cheesy and delicious, a burger from the Billy Goat gives Mikey the fuel he needs for the long night ahead. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

A supposed curse on the Chicago Cubs and a classic Saturday Night Live sketch made the Billy Goat Tavern famous. 960 1280

  

The Billy Goat Tavern

The Billy Goat Tavern

Mikey works the line at Billy Goat Tavern. 960 1280

  

Diner Grill

Diner Grill

Mikey rubs elbows with a mixture of night owls, blue-collar workers and post-bar revelers at the Diner Grill. 960 1280

  

French Toast

French Toast

Served thick and with powdered sugar, syrup and plenty of butter, nothing says breakfast all day like french toast. 960 1280

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Turkey Club

Turkey Club

This turkey club sandwich is likely one of the healthier diner items - which doesn't mean it skimps on portion size. 960 1280

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Cheeseburger and Fries

Cheeseburger and Fries

It's not a real diner unless it has a deliciously greasy cheeseburger and fries. This one comes complete with onion rings and bacon as a bonus. 960 1280

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Banana Split

Banana Split

Why choose just 1 flavor of ice cream for dessert? This banana split is sure to be on your favorite diner's menu. 960 1280

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Reuben

Reuben

For those who prefer their sandwiches hot, a Reuben sandwich is a perfect diner choice. 960 1280

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

If you have room for dessert after all that diner food, apple pie will be sure to hit the spot. 960 1280

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Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes

Flapjacks are another diner mainstay, such as this short stack of blueberry pancakes. 960 1280

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Chili

Chili

Chili is sure to fill you up, whether you like it Texas-style or vegetarian. 960 1280

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Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

For a breakfast with a little class, and a lot of buttery hollandaise sauce, eggs Benedict is sure to be a hit. 960 1280

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Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe

Tuck a napkin into your shirt and dig in to a dinner classic, the sloppy Joe. 960 1280

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Chili Cheese Fries

Chili Cheese Fries

Regular fries not greasy enough for you? Try these chili cheese fries. 960 1280

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Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

This cherry pie is sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. 960 1280

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