20 Delicious Regional Dishes Across America

In his 10th year eating his way around the world for Travel Channel, Andrew Zimmern travels across the United States to find the least known and most loved regional specialities that America has to offer for the latest season of Bizarre Foods. From Southern California barbecue to Finnish sweetbreads in the Midwest, get ready to dig into these appetizing local dishes.

 

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Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles

Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles

Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Waitstaff preparing tables at Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant

Waitstaff preparing tables at Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant

Waitstaff preparing tables shortly before the opening of Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck. 960 1280

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Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products

Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products

Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue in preparation for the opening of his pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Raw tongue at Andrew's pop up restaurant

Raw tongue at Andrew's pop up restaurant

Raw tongue used for making the third course at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles

Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles

Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop up restaurant in Los Angeles

Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop up restaurant in Los Angeles

Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

  

Octopus simmering at Andrew Zimmern's pop up restaurant

Octopus simmering at Andrew Zimmern's pop up restaurant

Octopus simmering. The octopus is one of the ingredients to be added to the salad that will be the first course at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon

Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon

Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon. 960 1280

  

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert in Los Angeles

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert in Los Angeles

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert while chef Michael Voltaggio looks on. 960 1280

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Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon in Los Angeles

Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon in Los Angeles

Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon: the amuse-bouche at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

  

Andrew in Colombia

Andrew in Colombia

Andrew Zimmern helps a local fisherman pull up his nets off the coast of Bocachica in Colombia. 960 1280

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Andrew holds a live caiman

Andrew holds a live caiman

Andrew holds a live caiman - a cousin to the alligator - caught in the remote village of Gambote. 960 1280

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Caiman skin

Caiman skin

After killing, the skin of a caiman can be very useful in Gambote. 960 1280

  

Locals skin a capybara

Locals skin a capybara

Andrew and local guide Rainbow Nelson watch as locals skin a capybara -- the largest rodent in the world -- at El Cochi. 960 1280

  

Bazurto Market

Bazurto Market

A skinned ñeque rat is one of the many foods for sale at Bazurto Market -- in Cartagena’s central, open-air market. 960 1280

  

A super-sized jungle rat at Bazurto Market

A super-sized jungle rat at Bazurto Market

Andrew gets friendly with dinner: a super-sized jungle rat at Bazurto Market. 960 1280

  

Vendor at Bazurto Market

Vendor at Bazurto Market

The money stand: This vendor at Bazurto Market sells testicles, eyeballs, intestines, hearts and livers. 960 1280

  

Food at El Rancho Llanero

Food at El Rancho Llanero

Andrew appreciates the primal style of cooking at El Rancho Llanero -- simple skewered slabs of meat cooked over an open fire on the side of the road. 960 1280

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Roasted armadillo at El Cochi

Roasted armadillo at El Cochi

A roasted armadillo sits on the table at El Cochi. 960 1280

  

Capybara on the grill

Capybara on the grill

Ñeque (capybara) cooks on the grill at El Cochi. 960 1280

  

Andrew pours "medicinal tonic"

Andrew pours "medicinal tonic"

Andrew pours local guide Rainbow Nelson a generous helping of Palenque's "medicinal tonic." 960 1280

  

Andrew views Cartagena from Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Andrew views Cartagena from Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Andrew soaks in the sensational views of Cartagena from the top of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a colonial Spanish fortress built in 1536. 960 1280

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Andrew Zimmern with a fan and her dog

Andrew Zimmern with a fan and her dog

Andrew takes a photo with a fan passing by with her pooch in Boston's North End neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eating Italian sausage sandwich

Andrew Zimmern eating Italian sausage sandwich

Andrew stops at Il Panino Express, one of his favorite sandwich shops, and shares his Italian sausage sandwich with a boy. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

The production crew prepares to film Andrew eating some of the seafood served at The Daily Catch. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

Andrew Zimmern at The Daily Catch

Andrew enjoys a seafood dinner at The Daily Catch, a family-owned restaurant. He samples skate served with stone clams and pasta made with flour and squid ink. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Guy Martignetti of Salumeria Italiana

Andrew Zimmern and Guy Martignetti of Salumeria Italiana

Andrew meets Guy Martignetti, the owner of Salumeria Italiana. 960 1280

  

Olive Salad

Olive Salad

Yum! Try this tasty olive salad at Salumeria Italiana, a restaurant that’s been selling imported handmade Italian meats and cheeses for 50 years. 960 1280

  

Salads at Salumeria Italiana

Salads at Salumeria Italiana

Look at this spread of salads at Salumeria Italiana. It’s just one of the many eateries Andrew visits in Boston's North End neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Andrew eating salad at Salumeria Italiana

Andrew eating salad at Salumeria Italiana

Andrew samples one of the many delicious salads served at Salumeria Italiana. 960 1280

  

Italian Bread

Italian Bread

Here’s a close-up shot of the Italian bread served at the restaurant. 960 1280

  

Massachusetts Bay

Massachusetts Bay

Ah, what a picturesque view of Massachusetts Bay. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern on fishing boat

Andrew Zimmern on fishing boat

Andrew has fun with local fishermen in Marblehead, MA. 960 1280

  

Andrew fishing for spiny dogfish

Andrew fishing for spiny dogfish

Andrew fishes for spiny dogfish on Massachusetts Bay in Marblehead, MA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holding a giant lobster

Andrew Zimmern holding a giant lobster

Andrew holds up a giant lobster in Marblehead, MA. 960 1280

  

Dish from O Ya Restaurant

Dish from O Ya Restaurant

Try this dish from O Ya Resturant, one of Andrew Zimmern's favorite restaurants. 960 1280

  

Food at O Ya Restaurant

Food at O Ya Restaurant

Chef Cushman, at O Ya Restaurant, tries to create single bites of food that pack in the flavor of an entire meal. Looks tasty, doesn't it? 960 1280

  

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