Food Paradise: Chili

From the scorching Triple-X Texas Red to a hard-rocking roadhouse chili in Seattle, Travel Channel is serving up the hottest and meatiest bowls of chili in the country.

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The Bizarre Foods production crew grabs a few shots outside John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern points out a personal favorite at Chocolate by Mueller in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew demonstrates the proper way to hold a 40-lb. snapping turtle in Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

The crew films Philly's skyline from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts -- made famous in the movie Rocky. 960 1280

  

Andrew tastes bigos -- a traditional Polish stew -- at Czerw's Kielbasy in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew pulls a rack of sausage links out of the old-school smokehouse at Czerw's Kielbasy. 960 1280

  

Chef Masaharu Morimoto shows Andrew how to prepare a signature dish at Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and John Bucci, owner of John's Roast Pork, share a cheesesteak in South Philly. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu films 4 snarling, snapping turtles near the small town of Mountain Top, PA. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Adrian Danciu gets an establishing shot of Philadelphia's Italian Market. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Delmar Anthony prepare a pot of snapping-turtle soup by carving up meat in Drums, PA. 960 1280

  

Andrew and the crew watch snapper expert Delmar Anthony artfully prepare a dish using snapping turtle. 960 1280

  

In White Haven, PA, Andrew adds a key ingredient -- a pig's head -- to a boiling cauldron of scrapple, a loaf made of cornmeal and pig scraps. 960 1280

  

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ot Pie Paradise and Deli in Hayward, CA

ot Pie Paradise and Deli in Hayward, CA

Straight out of the oven, the pies are laid out on cooling racks at Pot Pie Paradise and Deli in Hayward, CA. 960 1280

  

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Locals flock to Pot Pie Paradise and Deli, a cozy little pot pie shop, to gobble up more than 500 of the savory sensations a week! 960 1280

  

leasant House Bakery in Chicago

leasant House Bakery in Chicago

The savory filling provided by Pleasant House Bakery in Chicago is sealed inside a pot of pastry, baked to a golden brown. 960 1280

  

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

If you're not in the mood for something exotic, Pot Pie Paradise and Deli also offers up the classic chicken pot pie. 960 1280

  

Lobster Pot Pie

Lobster Pot Pie

Located in Kennebunk, ME, the most sought-after of all the lobster-laden delights on Academe's menu is its famous pot pie. 960 1280

  

Royal Pies

Royal Pies

Chicago’s Pleasant House Bakery treats customers to flaky, buttery “Royal Pies.” These British-inspired, hearty dishes live up to their title; each is made by hand using the best meats (the owners butcher their own meat!) and quality produce (many of the vegetables used are grown in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood). 960 1280

  

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company

The bowl at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company is overloaded with freakishly large, whole button mushrooms, and drowned in a rich red sauce. 960 1280

  

Round-Abouts Restaurant

Round-Abouts Restaurant

Mother-and-son pot pie impresarios Nate and Bev Kellison opened Round-Abouts Restaurant in 2010, introducing the city of Lincoln, NE, to their unique brand of pot pie: the “Round.” 960 1280

  

Traveling Fare

Traveling Fare

The pies at Traveling Fare are so delicious that there's always a line of people waiting out the door. Even the mayor declared them the official pot pie of Marietta, GA. 960 1280

  

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Pot Pie Paradise and Deli

Another one of Pot Pie Paradise and Deli’s signature pies is the Indian-inspired chicken tikka masala. 960 1280

  

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts maintains a sweet, small-town ambiance with a vintage flair. 960 1280

  

Academe’s Lobster Pot Pie

Academe’s Lobster Pot Pie

The waters here are overflowing with this succulent crustacean -- and so is Academe’s lobster pot pie. 960 1280

  

Kennebunk Inn in Maine

Kennebunk Inn in Maine

No place serves up New England flavor better than Academe at the Kennebunk Inn in Maine. 960 1280

  

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

Centerville Pie Company in Massachusetts

The best thing about the chicken pie at the Centerville Pie Company is the gravy and the crust, full of chicken and extra deliciousness. 960 1280

  

Pleasant House Bakery

Pleasant House Bakery

Kale, mushrooms and chicken balti curry are among the daily offerings at Pleasant House Bakery. But the king of the Royal Pies on the menu is the steak and ale. 960 1280

  

Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce

Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce

In Naperville, IL, Crosstown Pub & Grill’s hot sauce ("Devil's Sweat") uses 3 types of ghost peppers. 960 1280

  

Dried cayenne pepper

Dried cayenne pepper

Dried cayenne pepper is a popular spice used to add “heat” to dishes. It is most commonly used in powder form. 960 1280

  

Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet

Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet

New Orleans Li’l Dizzy’s owner Wayne Baquet, serves up his signature dish: the spicy jambalaya omelette. 960 1280

  

habanero chili pepper

habanero chili pepper

The habanero chili pepper is considered exceptionally hot -- hotter than the popular jalapeno pepper, according to the Scoville heat unit scale. Unripe peppers are green and turn orange or red as they ripen. 960 1280

  

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Li'l Dizzy's Café

Li'l Dizzy's Café in the Treme section of New Orleans, serves up some of the hottest Creole cuisine in the Big Easy. 960 1280

  

hot peppers

hot peppers

In 1912, Wilbur L. Scoville invented a technique to measure the pungency of a pepper. The scale ranges from 0 Scoville units for a bell pepper, to over 1,000,000 units for the super hot Bhut Jolokia. 960 1280

  

chicken wings

chicken wings

In addition to the XXX hot wings, Chicago’s Jake Melnick’s is also known for its 2011 Wing Fest champion Firecracker Wing and their “Best in Show,” the wood-fired Pancho wings. 960 1280

  

Tolbert's Restaurant outside Dallas serves up traditional Texas fare, including Paris (Texas) Fried Catfish. 960 1280

Fried Catfish  

Brick Lane Curry House

Brick Lane Curry House

In New York’s East Village, on East 6th Street (also known as Old Indian Row), a giant red pepper hangs ominously over the door to the Brick Lane Curry House as a warning to diners: Enter at Your Own Risk. 960 1280

  

vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish)

vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish)

As the mecca for all things curry, Brick Lane is known for preparing some of the hottest vindaloo (Indian curry made with meat or fish) west of the Ganges. 960 1280

  

indian food

indian food

Courageous customers of Brick Lane are welcome to its blistering buffet of spicy Indian offerings. 960 1280

  

Phaal

Phaal

A sampling of Brick Lane’s hot curry dish called Phaal. 960 1280

  

Tucked underneath a parking structure in downtown Chicago is a hot wings haven called Jake's Melnick's Corner Tap. 960 1280

  

Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge

Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge

At LA’s Jitlada, the “Chef Tui’s Dynamite Spicy Challenge” consists of chicken, Thai eggplant, red bell pepper, whole baby peppercorns and sliced Thai chilies all doused in a pungent, chili-curry sauce. 960 1280

  

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake's offers an impressive beer selection and great food, but everyone comes for the wings. 960 1280

  

fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha

fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha

Jitlada's Chef Tui uses fresh ground chili powder and house-made Sriracha -- a sauce made of pureed fresh chili and garlic -- to spice up their Thai dishes. 960 1280

  

The Melt Bar and Grilled

The Melt Bar and Grilled

If you’re looking for a truly memorable experience at Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland, OH, try the Melt Challenge. This massive sandwich jams 13 different cheeses into 3 slices of bread. Add a pile of fries and slaw, and you’re faced with over 5 pounds of food! 960 1280

  

The Melt Bar and Grilled

The Melt Bar and Grilled

The star of Melt Bar and Grilled's menu is the Parmageddon -- a monster melt made of sharp cheddar, sautéed onions, vodka kraut and 2 potato and cheese pierogies! 960 1280

  

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

There’s a huge selection of beer, burgers and munchies at Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar in Dallas, TX, but what keeps ‘em coming back every time are the cheddar fries. 960 1280

  

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar

Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar serves up an A-plus combo of cheese and fries. 960 1280

  

Squeeze Inn

Squeeze Inn

The trick to perfecting cheese at the Squeeze Inn in Sacramento, CA, is in their custom-made stainless steel hood. That's where the cheese bubbles into a crisp circle of heaven known as the “cheese skirt.” 960 1280

  

Squeeze Inn

Squeeze Inn

With 8 locations in northern California and a new food truck, the Squeeze Inn proves that no matter where you are, all you need is cheese. 960 1280

  

Baumgartner's

Baumgartner's

Baumgartner's in Monroe, WI, has been around since 1931, and current owners Chris and Tyler are dedicated to ensuring it remains the champion of stinky cheese. 960 1280

  

Baumgartner's

Baumgartner's

All the sandwiches at Baumgartner's are served simply on a piece of butcher paper – no plates allowed. 960 1280

  

Macbar

Macbar

In Manhattan’s hipster Soho district, the MacBar is a comfort food oasis where Chef Michael Ferraro creates mac ‘n cheese magic by adding high-end elements to his cheese-alicious creations. 960 1280

  

Macbar

Macbar

Whether it’s their one-of-a-kind sign or word of mouth, the MacBar keeps reeling in new fans with their sophisticated spin on a tried and true kids’ classic. 960 1280

  

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon in Chicago, IL, serves a variety of traditional Greek dishes, including feta and olives. 960 1280

  

Parthenon

Parthenon

If the Greek gods were to come down from Mount Olympus and check out Chicago, their first stop would surely be at The Parthenon … for an Olympic-size feast and a truly authentic experience. 960 1280

  

Parthenon

Parthenon

Parthenon's spinach and cheese pie is made with paper-thin sheets of phyllo dough layered with a gooey mixture of its namesake ingredients. 960 1280

  

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot in Thousand Oaks, CA, serves all the fixings with their fondues to ensure a delectably memorable meal. 960 1280

  

Homeroom

Homeroom

You’ll find the ultimate ooey gooey after-school snack right here at Homeroom -- mac and cheese in Oakland, CA. 960 1280

  

Homeroom

Homeroom

Customers love Homeroom's cheesy, crunchy concoction, and it all starts with a basic béchamel base of flour, butter, milk and salt. 960 1280