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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

  

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

  

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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

  

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

  

Camp Washington Chili, Cincinnati, Ohio

Camp Washington Chili, Cincinnati, Ohio

At Camp Washington, skeptics convert to believers with their first bite of freshly made chili-covered spaghetti. 960 1280

  

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili isn't just limited to the bowl at Chili Addiction; it's also a great topper to burgers, hot dogs and fries. 960 1280

  

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Sprinfield, Illinois

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Sprinfield, Illinois

You can chow down on a chili-topped hot dog at Joe Rodgers’ Chili Den in Springfield, IL. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

In Seattle, the grunge capital of the world, you’ll know you’ve found paradise when you spot the Slim's Last Chance blue neon sign that reads “Cold Beer… Booze… Hot Chili.” 960 1280

  

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

To make sure their chili is the spiciest around, the Phoenix Saloon combines a variety of hot peppers into the mix. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Once the turkey and spices are cooked up, the cooks at Slim’s add homemade chicken broth and white beans. Then they let it simmer for an hour and a half – the finished product is a pot of chili gold. 960 1280

  

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Slim's Last Chance, Seattle, Washington

Try “The Works” at Slim’s and a blowtorch will melt cheese over your chili, and then cover it with sweet onions, diced tomatoes, sour cream, tortilla chips, cilantro, chives and a roasted jalapeno. 960 1280

  

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

Joe Rodgers' Chili Den, Springfield, Illinois

In 1993, the state legislature officially proclaimed Springfield "the Chili Capital of the Civilized World." If Springfield is the chili capital, then this stop along historic Route 66 is the capitol building - Joe Rogers' “The Den” Chili Parlor. 960 1280

  

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

During the Capital Challenge, in order to make sure all participants inhale the full 6 1/2 pounds, each portion is put on a scale at Texas Chili Parlor. 960 1280

  

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

Texas Chili Parlor, Austin, TX

The XXX Chili at Texas Chili Parlor is so hot, it comes with a release limiting the parlor’s liability if your mouth spontaneously combusts. 960 1280

  

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

“The Slinger” may not be haute cuisine, but served with a side of bread, you’re looking at all 4 food groups on a single plate. This is the breakfast … and lunch… of champions. 960 1280

  

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction, Los Angeles, California

Chili Addiction’s ever-revolving selection of flavors will have you jonesing for your daily fix. 960 1280

  

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

Phoenix Saloon, New Braunfels, Texas

For those craving something besides a bowlful, the Phoenix Saloon’s take on the chiliburger has the spice stuffed inside rather than slathered on top. 960 1280

  

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

White Knight Diner, St. Louis, Missouri

Perched on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Louis, the Gateway to the West is also the gateway to this castle-themed time capsule in the heart of downtown - the White Knight Diner. 960 1280