Street Eats: Africa Pictures

Street foods in Africa and the Middle East immerse visitors in the local culture.

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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

  

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Dry Rub Ribs from Rendezvous

Dry Rub Ribs from Rendezvous

Did You Know? The delicious tradition of BBQ arose in the early 1500s when Spanish explorers introduced pigs to the native populations of Florida. In turn, native Americans taught Europeans a grilling technique they called "barabicu", meaning "sacred fire pit."

Dish 1: Dry-Rub Ribs
Where: Rendezvous, 52 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103
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Big Ben BBQ Platter

Big Ben BBQ Platter

Did You Know? Pulled pork is a form of barbecue in which pork, usually shoulder cut (sometimes referred to as Boston butt) or mixed cuts, is cooked using a low-heat, long-cook method.

Dish 2: Big Ben BBQ Platter
Where: Pappy’s Smokehouse, 3106 Olive St, Saint Louis, MO 63103
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Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Did You Know? Most barbeque joints serve up two kinds of ribs: baby back and spare. Spare ribs, the larger and flatter of the two, come from the belly side of the pig. Baby back ribs, smaller, curvier and meatier, are what’s between the spare rib and the spine.

Dish 3: Baby Back Ribs
Where: Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 West St John St, San Jose, CA 95110
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BBQ Feast at Osborne Family Farm

BBQ Feast at Osborne Family Farm

Did You Know? Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. Brisket is also the national food of the Republic of Texas.

Dish 4: BBQ Feast
Where: Osborne Family Farm, 19400 Kanis Rd, Little Rock, AR 72223
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BBQ Ribs at Buz and Neds

BBQ Ribs at Buz and Neds

Did You Know? In the pre-Civil War period, Southerners ate, on average, 5-lbs. of pork for every 1-lb. of beef.

Dish 5: BBQ Ribs
Where: Buz n Ned’s, 1119 North Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230
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Did You Know? One of the challenges of grilling chicken is getting the breasts, thighs, legs and wings so they are all cooked perfectly.

Dish 6: BBQ Chicken Dinner
Where: The Brick Pit, 5456 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608
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pan-fried chicken

pan-fried chicken

Did You Know? Fried food is so delicious partly because of 2 flavorsome reactions that occur on the surface of the food: carmelization and maillard reactions. In carmelization, heat converts any sugars on the surface of the food to a deep delicious brown caramel and in maillard reactions, heat causes hundreds of different flavor compounds to form, making a truly mouthwatering mouthful.

Dish 1: Pan-Fried Chicken
Where: Stroud’s, 5410 Northeast Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119
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Round Rock Donuts

Round Rock Donuts

Did You Know? Donuts are said to have originated in 19th century Holland. Back then, they were sweet dough balls fried in pork fat called "oily cakes". Legend has it the modern doughnut was created in 1847 by a Maine sea captain who poked a hole in the middle to ensure even cooking and minimal grease.

Dish 2: Donuts
Where: Round Rock Donuts, 106 W Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664
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Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Did You Know? Deep-frying cooks food faster than baking because oil conducts heat much better than the air in a convection oven. When done properly, frying steams food from the inside out, confining the oil to just the outer surface, producing a soft and moist inside with a crunchy outer shell.

Dish 3: Salty Dog
Where: Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Chuleta Can Can

Chuleta Can Can

Did You Know? Deep-frying dates back to ancient Rome. The Roman cookbook Apicius was said to have a deep-fried chicken recipe.

Dish 4: Chuleta Can Can
Where: Raices, Recinto Sur St #315, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish

Did You Know? In 1841, the first state fair was held in Syracuse, NY. Since then, these annual events have evolved from simple competitive exhibitions of livestock and baked goods to full-out festivals of family fun and golden fried wonders.

Dish 5: Fried Catfish
Where: California State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
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Deep-fried cheesecake

Deep-fried cheesecake

Dish 6: Deep-fried Cheesecake
Where: California State Fair
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Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Dish 7: Deep-fried Giant Twinkie
Where: California State Fair
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Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Dish 8: Twister Dog
Where: Tornado Potato at the California State Fair
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Mikey Roe at Butter

Mikey Roe at Butter

Mikey Roe holds up his Hawaiian Punch cocktail before diving into the deep-fried goodness that Butter is so well-known for.  960 1280

  

Butter in San Francisco

Butter in San Francisco

Butter is known to its patrons as a “trashy paradise.” 960 1280

  

An appetizer at Butter

An appetizer at Butter

An appetizer at Butter 960 1280

  

Mikey and Butter’s chef

Mikey and Butter’s chef

Mikey and Butter’s chef enjoy a late-night meal together. 960 1280

  

Butter in San Francisco

Butter in San Francisco

Butter’s menu includes everything from SpaghettiOs to deep-fried Twinkies.  960 1280

  

Butter in San Francisco

Butter in San Francisco

Mikey takes a bite out of the deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich at Butter. 960 1280

  

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Sam Yu, the owner of Yuet Lee in San Francisco’s Chinatown dares Mikey to try an extra-spicy dish.  960 1280

  

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Mikey catches a crab from the tank at Yuet Lee. 960 1280

  

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Mikey goes behind the scenes at Yuet Lee. 960 1280

  

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Yuet Lee in San Francisco

Even though the ginger crab is Mikey’s go-to dish at Yuet Lee, he trusts head chef Sam to give him something new.  960 1280

  

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