Video: Sugar and Plumm

Adam learns the secret behind the special off-menu sweet tsunami.

About the Show

Adam Richman is on the ultimate quest to uncover the most unique, surprising hidden food treasures in the world. He eats off-the-menu dishes you'd never find anywhere else on the planet, all at places you would never expect.

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Vancouver: 33 Acres Brewing Co.

Vancouver: 33 Acres Brewing Co.

With over 80 craft breweries in Vancouver, local Michael Sadowski says it’s hard for a tourist to choose right and that they usually end up at Steamworks in Gastown, were the cruise ships dock. When Sadowski, an always-on-the-road Intrepid Travel PR manager, is home in Vancouver he heads to 33 Acres, his go-to neighborhood coffee shop and brewery for a pick-me-up. "Nowhere else in the city do these two worlds collide as perfectly as they do here," says Sadowski. "You can find me enjoying a 33 Pick Up, a shot of espresso paired with a pint." 960 1280

  

Vancouver: Toshi Sushi

Vancouver: Toshi Sushi

Besides beer, you can’t visit Vancouver without trying its "culinary claim of fame" -- sushi, says Sadowski. "My personal favorite is a spot called Toshi by chef Toshiyuki Saito," shares Sadowski. "Hands down the city's best sashimi and nigiri." 960 1280

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Chicago: Belly Q

Chicago: Belly Q

With the Windy Cindy’s thriving food scene, a visitor might feel overwhelmed with choices of where to eat. Local food blogger Kit Graham of The Kittchen, suggests Belly Q, a causal Asian-barbecue restaurant well off the tourist-track. “The menu is creative and shareable, and features things like curry BBQ pork butt, Korean short ribs, and pork belly mac made with Japanese noodles, Thai curry and cheddar," says Graham. "It's like sending your taste buds on an adventure; the balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors is spot on.” 960 1280

  

Chicago: Pub Royale

Chicago: Pub Royale

Tourists might only have eyes for deep-dish pizza on a visit to Chicago, but Graham suggests trying out a local favorite, Pub Royale, a British style pub serving up Indian food. "The cocktails are reason enough to add this restaurant to your itinerary, and the menu has a fun mix of pub fare and Indian food, with plenty of vegetarian options." Kit adds, "It’s an equally-fitting place for a quiet date or a gathering with friends." 960 1280

  

Paris: Les Trois Huit

Paris: Les Trois Huit

With every romantic sidewalk cafe looking so inviting in Paris, it can be hard to know where to go. Paris local and founder of tour company Urban Adventures, Timothee Demeillers suggests heading to the up-an-coming Ménilmontant district in Paris, to find Les Trois Huit, a small bar on a tiny street. Demeillers describes the local haunt: "An authentic craft beer drinker's paradise that serves tap beers from all over the world, with a weekly-renewed menu displayed on the chalkboard." 960 1280

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Paris: Septime

Paris: Septime

Where do the locals go in Paris for a special night out? Demeillers points to Septime. "This 'new generation' style of French restaurant serves up unpretentious and truly delightful dishes," shares Demeillers. "The chic style interiors with a Scandinavian bent add to the unfussy atmosphere. Not cheap but certainly recommended for a special occasion that won’t break the bank." 960 1280

  

Washington, DC: Compass Coffee

Washington, DC: Compass Coffee

How do Washingtonians stay so perky? You’ll find local food writer and cookbook author Nevin Martell dishing about his latest meal at Compass Coffee, his go-to coffee shop in the Shaw neighborhood, a world away from more touristy-areas like Georgetown and around the National Mall. "I love stopping for their high-octane nitro cold brew, which is the perfect fuel when I need a pick-me-up on a hot summer day," says Martell. 960 1280

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Washington, DC: Tail Up Goat

Washington, DC: Tail Up Goat

After a day of museum-hopping and monument photo-snapping, escape the tourists and grab a bite alongside Washingtonians on a tucked-away corner in Adams Morgan. Martell’s restaurant top pick of the moment is Tail Up Goat. "The Medi-minded charmer is worth searching out," says Martell. "Chef Jon Sybert dazzles with creative pastas, almost-too-beautiful-to-eat artisanal toasts, seasonal small plates and shareable large format entrees." 960 1280

  

Miami: Yambo

Miami: Yambo

Looking to escape South Beach tourist traps? Miami local and travel writer Priscilla Blossom’s recommends local spot Yambo, a Nicaraguan restaurant in Little Havana."Open 24 hours, you can order authentic fritanga staples like gallo pinto, carne asada, queso frito and fresh juices from their take-out window, or sit inside where the walls are adorned in Nicaraguan handicrafts," says Blossom. 960 1280

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Miami: Churchill’s Pub

Miami: Churchill’s Pub

You never know what you’re going to get at Churchill’s Pub, shares Blossom, about this local hangout in Miami. "Part English pub, part punk-rock club, part open mic venue, it’s a home away from home for Miami's social 'outcasts' and alternative creatives," says Blossom. "Gritty, exciting, and in a class of its own." 960 1280

  

London: Choccy Woccy Doodah

London: Choccy Woccy Doodah

While tourists might head to Soho, London’s entertainment mecca, only the locals know where to find this hidden chocolate shop and café, that’s almost an art studio, shares Linton Street, founder of London tour company Urban Adventures. A local authority on food and drink, Street applauds Choccy Woccy Doodah, "These former rockabillies craft such amazing, edible works of art that they were given their own reality cooking show in England." 960 1280

  

London: The Dog & Duck

London: The Dog & Duck

Another local-approved spot Street recommends in London? The Dog & Duck. "Hidden away in Soho's tiny back streets is this fantastic example of a remodeled Victorian Gin Palace," shares Street. Perhaps a place to find inspiration, too, as George Orwell frequented the joint -- he's even rumored to have written parts of "1984" while sipping on drinks here. 960 1280

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San Francisco: Gracias Madre

San Francisco: Gracias Madre

While Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant, isn't exactly a secret gem, local travel blogger Megan Eileen McDonough of Bohemian Trails says it’s overlooked by many tourists. "I'm not a vegan, but that doesn't stop me from frequenting Gracias Madre more times than I care to count," says McDonough. "In a neighborhood filled to the brim with popular Mexican joints, it requires some extra special secret sauce to really stand out among the crowd." 960 1280

  

San Francisco: The Fine Mousse

San Francisco: The Fine Mousse

San Francisco’s Nob Hill might be no stranger to tourists, but McDonough says The Fine Mousse, an intimate corner bistro in the heart of this bustling neighborhood, is surprisingly mostly frequented by locals. "This self-proclaimed 'bubbly and fries' bar specializes in gourmet mayos, like their Parmesan & Truffle and Hibiscus & Pink Peppercorn flavors," says McDonough, adding, "Split a bottle of sparkling wine with friends over happy hour, or save this romantic spot for date night." 960 1280

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NYC: Sanuria

NYC: Sanuria

New York City local and founder of The Expeditioner, Matt Stabile channels his same skills for finding hidden gems on the road as he does in his home city, too. "My favorite Malaysian restaurant that no sane tourist would ever find is Sanuria in Chinatown," says Stabile. "It's down a set of dingy stairs on a side street, but it's some of the best, most authentic Malaysian cuisine you can find 9,000 miles away from Kuala Lumpur." 960 1280

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NYC: Barawine

NYC: Barawine

New York City local Teri Johnson, better known as Travelista Teri, a Travel Channel video host and travel expert, loves to hang out in her neighborhood of Harlem when she’s not gallivanting across the world. Her favorite neighborhood hangout? Barawine. “It's beautiful, vibrant, and French with a great wine selection,” says Johnson. “This Harlem gem also has one of the best happy hours in N.Y.C. (Monday — Friday, 4-8 p.m.).” 960 1280

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Honolulu: Rainbow Drive-In

Honolulu: Rainbow Drive-In

There are many iconic places to eat in Honolulu, says travel journalist and local Jermel-Lynn Quillopo, and Rainbow Drive-In is one of her favorites. Known for its generous-sized plate lunches, this local spot is where you’ll find island-style comfort foods, like heavy macaroni salad and heaping scoops of rice. Quillopo suggests after your meal checking out the attached retail store to bring home a taste of the island, "Buy some gifts for loved ones, such as Hawaiian-style chili seasoning or a shaka neko ceramic cat that's said to bring good luck and good surf." 960 1280

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Honolulu: Liliha Bakery

Honolulu: Liliha Bakery

Instead of standing in line for shaved ice on Honolulu’s packed streets, head to where the locals get their sweet fix. Quillopo recommends Liliha Bakery, and more specifically their coco puffs, what put them on the map, she says. "They have a light crust, are filled with a light chocolate cream and are topped with a dollop of Chantilly frosting," and adds, "If you end up liking the signature jelly or coco puffs, they can be packaged up for you so you can take them home." 960 1280

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San Juan, Puerto Rico: Stop & Go

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Stop & Go

While San Juan’s hotel-lined Condado Beach is where many visitors set up base on a vacation in Puerto Rico, there are also local spots devoid of tourists here, too.

Amaury Gelabert, digital editor for New York’s Resident magazine, lived in his native country of Puerto Rico until college, and suggests heading to Stop & Go in Condado Beach, if you want a true taste of San Juan, without the tourists. "This spot is the Puerto Rican typical hangout place; cheap, good, friendly, and fun," says Gelabert. Located right in front of La Concha Hotel, Stop & Go has been the favorite weekend spot of many locals, including Gelabert, for many years.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico: Raices

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Raices

Another San Juan favorite of Gelabert’s? Raíces. “After opening their first location 30 minutes away from San Juan, Raices has gained the love of so many Puerto Ricans that they opened another restaurant in the heart of Old San Juan, where now even tourists are starting to like it.” The must-try dish at this restaurant serving traditional island favorites? Anything that comes with the mashed-plantain delishness of mofongo. 960 1280

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The Alyson

The Alyson

Adam poses with Grilled Cheese Grill owner Matt Breslow and the off-menu Alyson, which adds apples to the rainy-day classic. 960 1280

  

Grilled Cheese Grill

Grilled Cheese Grill

The exterior of the Grilled Cheese Grill may not be much to look at, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts — namely, deliciously sculpted grilled-cheese sandwiches with a funky twist. 960 1280

  

Burnside Brewing Co.

Burnside Brewing Co.

Burnside Brewing Co. is known for its classic burgers and award-winning home brews. 960 1280

  

Ultimate Burger

Ultimate Burger

The off-menu ultimate burger at Burnside Brewing Co. in Portland, OR, is so big that it’s hard to keep it between the buns. 960 1280

  

The Fried Onion

The Fried Onion

The Fried Onion offers a little taste of the Big Apple in Rip City. 960 1280

  

The Moussa

The Moussa

There’s steak, peppers and a whole lot of goodness in the Moussa sandwich at the Fried Onion. 960 1280

  

Kenny & Zuke's

Kenny & Zuke's

Kenny & Zuke's is a local favorite in Portland, with 3 locations throughout the city. Arguably the most popular is its downtown deli location, where you can get the off-menu specials. 960 1280

  

The Jeremy

The Jeremy

The Jeremy at Kenny & Zuke's is 1 part mac and cheese, 1 part Reuben sandwich — and entirely awesome. 960 1280

  

Albondigas Sandwich

Albondigas Sandwich

Adam and chef Dionicio Jimenez with the Albondigas sandwich at the Ranstead Room in Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Ranstead Room

Ranstead Room

Behind this unmarked door is a secret speakeasy called the Ranstead Room. 960 1280

  

PYT

PYT

PYT stands for “pick your topping,” and that’s exactly what you can do at this Philadelphia burger joint, which offers some of the more outrageous burger combinations, such as chocolate-covered bacon and lobster.  960 1280

  

Chicken and Beer Burger

Chicken and Beer Burger

The off-menu fried chicken and beer burger at PYT. 960 1280

  

National Mechanics

National Mechanics

It may look like a museum or federal building, but step inside this Romanesque exterior to find the restaurant National Mechanics. 960 1280

  

Ultimate Chili Pie

Ultimate Chili Pie

The off-menu Ultimate Chili Pie at National Mechanics. 960 1280

  

Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts dishes out amazing doughnut flavors such as chocolate peanut butter and lemon ricotta. 960 1280

  

Dill-Pickle-Glazed Chicken

Dill-Pickle-Glazed Chicken

The off-menu dill-pickle-glazed fried chicken at Federal Donuts. 960 1280

  

The Hush Sandwich

The Hush Sandwich

Adam poses with chef Winston "Al" Niles and his deli’s Hush sandwich, which is created on the spot and made uniquely for each customer. No 2 people are alike, and no 2 Hush sandwiches are the same, either. 960 1280

  

Al's Deli - Original Location

Al's Deli - Original Location

The sign at Al Niles' original location said Wan Convenience Store, but the building hadn’t been anything but Al’s Deli for years. The confusing signage just added to the secrecy of this delicious lunch spot, which has now relocated.  960 1280

  

KO Pies

KO Pies

Hidden in this old industrial shipyard is the Australia-themed restaurant KO Pies. 960 1280

  

Aussie Eats

Aussie Eats

The inner workings of the signature item from KO Pies in Boston. 960 1280

  

Bogie's Place

Bogie's Place

JM Curley is a well-known spot in Boston where you can get amazing burgers from a no-nonsense staff. But the real gem is the 5-star, super-secret steakhouse in the back of the restaurant, Bogie’s Place. 960 1280

  

Bad to the Bone

Bad to the Bone

The secret rib-eye dinner served at Bogie’s Place comes with its own special dipping sauce — fresh marrow right off the bone. 960 1280

  

Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking

Located in the backyard/garage of the owner’s home, Alive and Kicking Lobsters serves up its namesake in a unique setting you’ll find only in Boston. 960 1280

  

Lob-stah

Lob-stah

The signature item cooked to perfection at Alive and Kicking. 960 1280

  

Quail at Two Urban Licks

Quail at Two Urban Licks

Adam poses with Two Urban Licks chef Russell Kook and his special off-menu dish of quail. 960 1280

  

Two Urban Licks

Two Urban Licks

Two Urban Licks offers up fresh wood-fried cuisine and a fully stocked wine bar. 960 1280

  

Bad Dog Taqueria

Bad Dog Taqueria

Bad Dog Taqueria, located just off the campus of Emory University, is a popular hangout spot for Atlanta locals. 960 1280

  

Mac Daddy Taco

Mac Daddy Taco

The specialty at Bad Dog Taqueria is the off-menu Mac Daddy Taco, which is filled with macaroni and cheese. 960 1280

  

Daddy D'z BBQ Joynt

Daddy D'z BBQ Joynt

Ever had succulent ribs with a side of barbecue wraps? Well, you can find them at Daddy D'z BBQ Joynt in Atlanta. 960 1280

  

Yeah! Burger

Yeah! Burger

The eco-friendly Yeah! Burger has a lineup of locally sourced ingredients, including many options for people with different dietary needs and the same burger craving. 960 1280

  

Dirty South Burger

Dirty South Burger

But the real star at Yeah! Burger is the Dirty South Burger, which combines pimento cheese and homemade chili. 960 1280

  

Big CC Dog

Big CC Dog

Adam poses with Gabby's owner Doug Havron and the off-menu Big CC Dog, a 5-ounce hot dog that is topped with cheddar, Swiss and cream cheese and covered in chili. 960 1280

  

Gabby's is known for its delicious hot dogs and arguably the best burgers in Nashville. 960 1280

  

Reuben eggs Benedict

Reuben eggs Benedict

The Reuben eggs Benedict at Pinewood Social in Nashville. 960 1280

  

Pinewood Social

Pinewood Social

Pinewood Social is billed as a place to meet. Between the bowling alley, cafe, bar and restaurant, you can pretty much do it all during your visit.  960 1280

  

Apple Jack

Apple Jack

The Apple Jack at Pepperfire Hot Chicken combines sweet apples, hot chicken and deep-fried grilled cheese. 960 1280

  

Pepperfire

Pepperfire

Pepperfire Hot Chicken has quickly became a local favorite for lovers of hot chicken. 960 1280

  

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits

Mason's Southern Provisions turns out Southern classics including shrimp and grits. 960 1280

  

The off-menu liquid nitrogen ice cream soda with the off-menu Maverick burger at Mason's Southern Provisions. 960 1280

  

Manny's on Second

Manny's on Second

If you are Cleveland Browns fan living in New York City, Manny's on Second is the place for you. 960 1280

  

Brownies Power

Brownies Power

Adam poses with Manny's on Second owner Nick Ligotino and his restaurant’s delicious Polish Boy Tot-chos, which combine Cleveland’s favorite sandwich with tater tots and nachos. 960 1280

  

Polish Boy Tot-chos

Polish Boy Tot-chos

The Polish Boy Tot-chos, up close and delicious. 960 1280

  

Bennett Brothers

Bennett Brothers

Adam chats with NFL players and brothers Martellus Bennett of the Chicago Bears and Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks while enjoying some food at Overlook in New York City. 960 1280

  

Wogies

Wogies

Wogies is a New York sports bar catering to natives of the City of Brotherly Love. 960 1280

  

2 for 1

2 for 1

Feast your eyes on the best combination of 2 Philadelphia classics: a Philly cheesesteak in a soft pretzel bun. 960 1280

  

Little Town

Little Town

The delicious and delectable off-menu funnel cake at Little Town in New York City. 960 1280

  

Miller Time

Miller Time

Adam with Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller at Little Town. 960 1280

  

Sugar and Plumm

Sugar and Plumm

Sugar and Plumm is a little piece of dessert heaven in New York City. 960 1280

  

Sweet Tsunami

Sweet Tsunami

Adam helps Sugar and Plumm’s director of pastry, Christina Rakitze, prepare an off-menu monster dessert called the Sweet Tsunami. It includes 3 big pieces of cake, 8 scoops of ice cream and tons of toppings. 960 1280

  

Upper West Sliders

Upper West Sliders

The off-menu Upper West Sliders at Sugar and Plumm are made with braised short ribs.  960 1280

  

Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos

From the outside, Cienfuegos doesn’t look like anything special, but behind these doors is a Cuban restaurant you won’t want to miss. 960 1280

  

Short Rib Ropa Vieja

Short Rib Ropa Vieja

The short rib ropa vieja at Cienfuegos. 960 1280

  

El Sabroso

El Sabroso

A small lunch counter called El Sabroso is dishing out authentic cuisine from Puerto Rico.  960 1280

  

Roasted Pork

Roasted Pork

The roasted pork at El Sabroso is so tender that it melts in your mouth.  960 1280

  

Tre Dici Steak

Tre Dici Steak

Tre Dici is a well-known restaurant in New York, but it was the lesser-known second level, called Tre Dici Steak, that Adam and the crew visited. 960 1280

  

Inside Out Veal Chop

Inside Out Veal Chop

The Inside Out Veal Chop Valdostana is an off-menu dish you will find only at Tre Dici Steak. 960 1280

  

Red Pepper Jelly Hot Wings

Red Pepper Jelly Hot Wings

If you name your place Bayou Hot Wings, you’d better serve up some delicious wings. Paired with a side of onion rings, this dish lives up to expectations. 960 1280

  

Bayou Hot Wings

Bayou Hot Wings

Adam poses with Bayou Hot Wings owners Allen Nguyen, left, and Kyle Makepeace in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

McClure's Barbeque

McClure's Barbeque

McClure's Barbecue might not be in a traditional BBQ hotbed , but a taste test will prove that it belongs. 960 1280

  

Barbecue Redfish

Barbecue Redfish

The off-the-menu barbecue redfish is a specialty at McClure's Barbecue in New Orleans. 960 1280

  

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

Parkway Bakery & Tavern is a New Orleans institution of great food. 960 1280

  

A Sandwich With Soul

A Sandwich With Soul

You won’t find a surf-and-turf dish like this anywhere else. A mix of barbecue, fried shrimp and melted cheese makes up the James Brown sandwich at Parkway Bakery & Tavern. 960 1280

  

Pizza Delicious

Pizza Delicious

The Big Easy gets a dose of the Big Apple at Pizza Delicious, a pizzeria with New York roots. 960 1280

  

Garlic Knot-chos

Garlic Knot-chos

Are they garlic knots? Are they nachos? Well, they’re both — behold the garlic knot-chos. 960 1280

  

Park on Fremont chef Cesar Herrera

Park on Fremont chef Cesar Herrera

Adam poses with Park on Fremont chef Cesar Herrera in Las Vegas. 960 1280

  

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

The bar at Park on Fremont in Las Vegas. 960 1280

  

Chicken Waffle Sandwich

Chicken Waffle Sandwich

Chicken and waffles come together in a deliciously different way at Park on Fremont. Now that’s what we call a breakfast sandwich. 960 1280

  

Mac and Cheese-steak

Mac and Cheese-steak

What’s better than having a side of mac and cheese with your cheesesteak? Putting the mac and cheese on top of the cheesesteak. 960 1280

  

Capo's

Capo's

Adam gets the inside scoop on the menu at Capo's in Las Vegas. 960 1280

  

Home Slice

Home Slice

Adam finds a little slice of home hidden in the Cosmopolitan hotel — a New York-style pizza shop simply called the Pizzeria. 960 1280

  

The Pizzeria's Bryan Fyler.

The Pizzeria's Bryan Fyler.

Adam poses with the executive sous chef at the Pizzeria, Bryan Fyler. 960 1280

  

When in Vegas

When in Vegas

Hey, it wouldn’t be a trip to Vegas without playing some cards! 960 1280

  

The Jamminator

The Jamminator

The Jamminator (at the apptly named Jamms) combines pastrami, sauerkraut and eggs. This off-menu treat even comes on a fried pretzel bun. 960 1280

  

Jamms

Jamms

It’s always a good idea to talk with a local before ordering a meal. This gentleman clearly is in the know, since he ordered the Jamminator. 960 1280

  

The Doc Is In

The Doc Is In

Adam poses with Doc at Starbelly in San Francisco. Adam was there to try out the infamous (and secret) burger that bears her name.  960 1280

  

The Doc's Way Burger

The Doc's Way Burger

The Doc's Way burger at Starbelly is as delicious as it looks. But you won’t find it on the menu; you’ll have to be in the know. 960 1280

  

All Along the Waterfront

All Along the Waterfront

Adam takes in the view at San Francisco's waterfront. 960 1280

  

Fried Gator

Fried Gator

The fried gator at Boxing Room isn’t a secret dish, but that’s OK. Adam just had to try some anyway. 960 1280

  

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Boxing Room

Boxing Room

Adam posting up at the bar inside Boxing Room in San Francisco. 960 1280

  

French Fry Po’boy

French Fry Po’boy

This gooey mess of a sandwich is something you will find only at Boxing Room. An off-menu twist of the NOLA classic, the french fry po’boy is topped with a bacon-infused giblet gravy and smoked cheddar. 960 1280

  

A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life

Adam snuggles up with diners (and dogs!) at the Little Skillet in San Francisco. 960 1280

  

The World is Your Dining Room

The World is Your Dining Room

Some of the best spots have some of the most basic dining rooms, including the Little Skillet, where guests can sidle up to this alleyway loading dock next door. 960 1280

  

Loco Moco

Loco Moco

Where can you find something this good? Only at Namu Gaji in San Francisco, where the Loco Moco combines homemade kimchi fried rice, bacon, hot dog pieces, sushi rice and fermented cabbage. Then, it’s topped with a short rib/chuck burger, 2 fried eggs and dashi gravy seasoned with tamari and Parmesan cheese. 960 1280

  

Namu Gaji chef Dennis Lee

Namu Gaji chef Dennis Lee

Adam poses with Namu Gaji chef Dennis Lee as they get ready to prepare the Loco Moco. 960 1280

  

On the Hunt In L.A.

On the Hunt In L.A.

Adam Richman is in Los Angeles to find mouthwatering “off-menu” dishes at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, Cha Cha Chili, Jitlada and The Escondite.  960 1280

  

Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese

Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese

Adam poses with Eric Greenspan of Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese and the off-menu dish “Inside Out Champ.” 960 1280

  

Inside Out Champ

Inside Out Champ

Cheesy goodness. The off-menu dish “Inside Out Champ". And you’re just going to have to watch the show to see how this beauty was made at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. 960 1280

  

Cheese-topped Apple Turnover

Cheese-topped Apple Turnover

Yes, ladies and gentlemen – even the desserts have cheese! Pictured here: cheese-topped apple turnover at Greenspan’s. 960 1280

  

Cha Cha Chili

Cha Cha Chili

Next, Adam heads over to Cha Cha Chili. 960 1280

  

Preparing the Lomo

Preparing the Lomo

Cha Cha Chili chef Gavin Cha prepares the off-menu – fully loaded -- “Lomo Burrito” for Adam to sample. 960 1280

  

A Chef and His Burrito

A Chef and His Burrito

A happily sampled Lomo Burrito, poses with Adam and chef Cha. 960 1280

  

Cooking Up Magic

Cooking Up Magic

Kitchen staff at Jitlada prepare food for Adam and other hungry guests 960 1280

  

Chef Jazz Singsanong

Chef Jazz Singsanong

Adam poses with chef Jazz Singsanong and the off-menu Jazz Burger 960 1280

  

Jazz Burger

Jazz Burger

Off-menu Jazz Burger at Jitlada. 960 1280

  

the Escondite

the Escondite

Exterior of The Escondite 960 1280

  

Godzilla Destroys Skid-rokeo

Godzilla Destroys Skid-rokeo

Adam poses with Escondite chef Brian Houck and the off-menu Godzilla Destroys Skid-rokeo 960 1280

  

A Tavola

A Tavola

Adam Richman poses with A Tavola chef Dan Bocik and the “off-menu-dish” meat and potatoes. The menu at A Tavola is comprised of the freshest organic ingredients, making it one of the best restaurants in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Meat and Potatos

Meat and Potatos

Another mouthwatering, hard-to-resist picture of the meat and potatoes dish. 960 1280

  

“Size Me Up”

“Size Me Up”

At La Sirena Clandestina their off-the-menu dish called “Size Me Up” comes with an assortment of accompaniment.  960 1280

  

I'm Here for the Meat

I'm Here for the Meat

Hungry? Feast your eyes on this! The "Size Me Up" sausage, steak and chicken dish at La Sirena Clandestina. 960 1280

  

La Sirena Clandestina

La Sirena Clandestina

Adam poses in the La Sirena Clandestina kitchen with chef John Manion and the “Size Me Up" dish. 960 1280

  

Scofflaw

Scofflaw

Adam with Scofflaw chef Mickey Neely and the off-the-menu Guapichosa sandwich. 960 1280

  

Guapichosa

Guapichosa

The larger-than-life, but oh-so-good guapichosa sandwich consists of braised brisket, fied pork belly, roasted pork loin, white bean puree, pimento aioli, butter, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, sirarcha, cilantro, mustard, crème fraiche, pickled cauliflower, pickled red onion and chicken liver mouse. Whew. Get this – now -- at Scofflaw. 960 1280

  

Phil's Last Stand

Phil's Last Stand

Chef Robert Corbett at Phil's Last Stand mans the burgers on the grill. 960 1280

  

Shrimp Po'boy

Shrimp Po'boy

Adam with chef Corbett and the off-menu shrimp po'boy sandwich. 960 1280

  

The Char Grilled Salami

The Char Grilled Salami

The Char Grilled Salami – one of the many delicious sandwich creations from Phil's Last Stand. 960 1280

  

Makes Mouths happy

Makes Mouths happy

Adam poses with some happy customers at Phil's Last Stand. 960 1280

  

About the Host

Adam Richman grew up in New York City and began his love affair with food early on, sampling all of the diverse culinary specialties The Big Apple had to offer. From samosas to sushi, even at a young age, Richman had a desire to taste it all.

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Secret Eats With Adam Richman Shhh…Adam Richman has a secret! In Secret Eats with Adam Richman, the foodie and in-the-know host crisscrosses the globe on the ultimate quest to uncover unique, surprising delicious and hidden food treasures. He unveils a combination of off-the-menu items and off-the-grid restaurants – some that are even hidden to locals.
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Vancouver: 33 Acres Brewing Co.

Vancouver: 33 Acres Brewing Co.

With over 80 craft breweries in Vancouver, local Michael Sadowski says it’s hard for a tourist to choose right and that they usually end up at Steamworks in Gastown, were the cruise ships dock. When Sadowski, an always-on-the-road Intrepid Travel PR manager, is home in Vancouver he heads to 33 Acres, his go-to neighborhood coffee shop and brewery for a pick-me-up. "Nowhere else in the city do these two worlds collide as perfectly as they do here," says Sadowski. "You can find me enjoying a 33 Pick Up, a shot of espresso paired with a pint." 960 1280

  

Vancouver: Toshi Sushi

Vancouver: Toshi Sushi

Besides beer, you can’t visit Vancouver without trying its "culinary claim of fame" -- sushi, says Sadowski. "My personal favorite is a spot called Toshi by chef Toshiyuki Saito," shares Sadowski. "Hands down the city's best sashimi and nigiri." 960 1280

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Chicago: Belly Q

Chicago: Belly Q

With the Windy Cindy’s thriving food scene, a visitor might feel overwhelmed with choices of where to eat. Local food blogger Kit Graham of The Kittchen, suggests Belly Q, a causal Asian-barbecue restaurant well off the tourist-track. “The menu is creative and shareable, and features things like curry BBQ pork butt, Korean short ribs, and pork belly mac made with Japanese noodles, Thai curry and cheddar," says Graham. "It's like sending your taste buds on an adventure; the balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors is spot on.” 960 1280

  

Chicago: Pub Royale

Chicago: Pub Royale

Tourists might only have eyes for deep-dish pizza on a visit to Chicago, but Graham suggests trying out a local favorite, Pub Royale, a British style pub serving up Indian food. "The cocktails are reason enough to add this restaurant to your itinerary, and the menu has a fun mix of pub fare and Indian food, with plenty of vegetarian options." Kit adds, "It’s an equally-fitting place for a quiet date or a gathering with friends." 960 1280

  

Paris: Les Trois Huit

Paris: Les Trois Huit

With every romantic sidewalk cafe looking so inviting in Paris, it can be hard to know where to go. Paris local and founder of tour company Urban Adventures, Timothee Demeillers suggests heading to the up-an-coming Ménilmontant district in Paris, to find Les Trois Huit, a small bar on a tiny street. Demeillers describes the local haunt: "An authentic craft beer drinker's paradise that serves tap beers from all over the world, with a weekly-renewed menu displayed on the chalkboard." 960 1280

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Paris: Septime

Paris: Septime

Where do the locals go in Paris for a special night out? Demeillers points to Septime. "This 'new generation' style of French restaurant serves up unpretentious and truly delightful dishes," shares Demeillers. "The chic style interiors with a Scandinavian bent add to the unfussy atmosphere. Not cheap but certainly recommended for a special occasion that won’t break the bank." 960 1280

  

Washington, DC: Compass Coffee

Washington, DC: Compass Coffee

How do Washingtonians stay so perky? You’ll find local food writer and cookbook author Nevin Martell dishing about his latest meal at Compass Coffee, his go-to coffee shop in the Shaw neighborhood, a world away from more touristy-areas like Georgetown and around the National Mall. "I love stopping for their high-octane nitro cold brew, which is the perfect fuel when I need a pick-me-up on a hot summer day," says Martell. 960 1280

Nevin Martell  

Washington, DC: Tail Up Goat

Washington, DC: Tail Up Goat

After a day of museum-hopping and monument photo-snapping, escape the tourists and grab a bite alongside Washingtonians on a tucked-away corner in Adams Morgan. Martell’s restaurant top pick of the moment is Tail Up Goat. "The Medi-minded charmer is worth searching out," says Martell. "Chef Jon Sybert dazzles with creative pastas, almost-too-beautiful-to-eat artisanal toasts, seasonal small plates and shareable large format entrees." 960 1280

  

Miami: Yambo

Miami: Yambo

Looking to escape South Beach tourist traps? Miami local and travel writer Priscilla Blossom’s recommends local spot Yambo, a Nicaraguan restaurant in Little Havana."Open 24 hours, you can order authentic fritanga staples like gallo pinto, carne asada, queso frito and fresh juices from their take-out window, or sit inside where the walls are adorned in Nicaraguan handicrafts," says Blossom. 960 1280

Lorraine Boogich  

Miami: Churchill’s Pub

Miami: Churchill’s Pub

You never know what you’re going to get at Churchill’s Pub, shares Blossom, about this local hangout in Miami. "Part English pub, part punk-rock club, part open mic venue, it’s a home away from home for Miami's social 'outcasts' and alternative creatives," says Blossom. "Gritty, exciting, and in a class of its own." 960 1280

  

London: Choccy Woccy Doodah

London: Choccy Woccy Doodah

While tourists might head to Soho, London’s entertainment mecca, only the locals know where to find this hidden chocolate shop and café, that’s almost an art studio, shares Linton Street, founder of London tour company Urban Adventures. A local authority on food and drink, Street applauds Choccy Woccy Doodah, "These former rockabillies craft such amazing, edible works of art that they were given their own reality cooking show in England." 960 1280

  

London: The Dog & Duck

London: The Dog & Duck

Another local-approved spot Street recommends in London? The Dog & Duck. "Hidden away in Soho's tiny back streets is this fantastic example of a remodeled Victorian Gin Palace," shares Street. Perhaps a place to find inspiration, too, as George Orwell frequented the joint -- he's even rumored to have written parts of "1984" while sipping on drinks here. 960 1280

Simon Greenwood  

San Francisco: Gracias Madre

San Francisco: Gracias Madre

While Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant, isn't exactly a secret gem, local travel blogger Megan Eileen McDonough of Bohemian Trails says it’s overlooked by many tourists. "I'm not a vegan, but that doesn't stop me from frequenting Gracias Madre more times than I care to count," says McDonough. "In a neighborhood filled to the brim with popular Mexican joints, it requires some extra special secret sauce to really stand out among the crowd." 960 1280

  

San Francisco: The Fine Mousse

San Francisco: The Fine Mousse

San Francisco’s Nob Hill might be no stranger to tourists, but McDonough says The Fine Mousse, an intimate corner bistro in the heart of this bustling neighborhood, is surprisingly mostly frequented by locals. "This self-proclaimed 'bubbly and fries' bar specializes in gourmet mayos, like their Parmesan & Truffle and Hibiscus & Pink Peppercorn flavors," says McDonough, adding, "Split a bottle of sparkling wine with friends over happy hour, or save this romantic spot for date night." 960 1280

Can Balcioglu  

NYC: Sanuria

NYC: Sanuria

New York City local and founder of The Expeditioner, Matt Stabile channels his same skills for finding hidden gems on the road as he does in his home city, too. "My favorite Malaysian restaurant that no sane tourist would ever find is Sanuria in Chinatown," says Stabile. "It's down a set of dingy stairs on a side street, but it's some of the best, most authentic Malaysian cuisine you can find 9,000 miles away from Kuala Lumpur." 960 1280

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NYC: Barawine

NYC: Barawine

New York City local Teri Johnson, better known as Travelista Teri, a Travel Channel video host and travel expert, loves to hang out in her neighborhood of Harlem when she’s not gallivanting across the world. Her favorite neighborhood hangout? Barawine. “It's beautiful, vibrant, and French with a great wine selection,” says Johnson. “This Harlem gem also has one of the best happy hours in N.Y.C. (Monday — Friday, 4-8 p.m.).” 960 1280

Osmany Torres Martín  

Honolulu: Rainbow Drive-In

Honolulu: Rainbow Drive-In

There are many iconic places to eat in Honolulu, says travel journalist and local Jermel-Lynn Quillopo, and Rainbow Drive-In is one of her favorites. Known for its generous-sized plate lunches, this local spot is where you’ll find island-style comfort foods, like heavy macaroni salad and heaping scoops of rice. Quillopo suggests after your meal checking out the attached retail store to bring home a taste of the island, "Buy some gifts for loved ones, such as Hawaiian-style chili seasoning or a shaka neko ceramic cat that's said to bring good luck and good surf." 960 1280

Jermel-Lynn Quillopo  

Honolulu: Liliha Bakery

Honolulu: Liliha Bakery

Instead of standing in line for shaved ice on Honolulu’s packed streets, head to where the locals get their sweet fix. Quillopo recommends Liliha Bakery, and more specifically their coco puffs, what put them on the map, she says. "They have a light crust, are filled with a light chocolate cream and are topped with a dollop of Chantilly frosting," and adds, "If you end up liking the signature jelly or coco puffs, they can be packaged up for you so you can take them home." 960 1280

Jermel-Lynn Quillopo  

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Stop & Go

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Stop & Go

While San Juan’s hotel-lined Condado Beach is where many visitors set up base on a vacation in Puerto Rico, there are also local spots devoid of tourists here, too.

Amaury Gelabert, digital editor for New York’s Resident magazine, lived in his native country of Puerto Rico until college, and suggests heading to Stop & Go in Condado Beach, if you want a true taste of San Juan, without the tourists. "This spot is the Puerto Rican typical hangout place; cheap, good, friendly, and fun," says Gelabert. Located right in front of La Concha Hotel, Stop & Go has been the favorite weekend spot of many locals, including Gelabert, for many years.

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Dennis K. Johnson  

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Raices

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Raices

Another San Juan favorite of Gelabert’s? Raíces. “After opening their first location 30 minutes away from San Juan, Raices has gained the love of so many Puerto Ricans that they opened another restaurant in the heart of Old San Juan, where now even tourists are starting to like it.” The must-try dish at this restaurant serving traditional island favorites? Anything that comes with the mashed-plantain delishness of mofongo. 960 1280

Steve Manson  

A Tavola

A Tavola

Adam Richman poses with A Tavola chef Dan Bocik and the “off-menu-dish” meat and potatoes. The menu at A Tavola is comprised of the freshest organic ingredients, making it one of the best restaurants in Chicago. 960 1280

  

Meat and Potatos

Meat and Potatos

Another mouthwatering, hard-to-resist picture of the meat and potatoes dish. 960 1280

  

“Size Me Up”

“Size Me Up”

At La Sirena Clandestina their off-the-menu dish called “Size Me Up” comes with an assortment of accompaniment.  960 1280

  

I'm Here for the Meat

I'm Here for the Meat

Hungry? Feast your eyes on this! The "Size Me Up" sausage, steak and chicken dish at La Sirena Clandestina. 960 1280

  

La Sirena Clandestina

La Sirena Clandestina

Adam poses in the La Sirena Clandestina kitchen with chef John Manion and the “Size Me Up" dish. 960 1280

  

Scofflaw

Scofflaw

Adam with Scofflaw chef Mickey Neely and the off-the-menu Guapichosa sandwich. 960 1280

  

Guapichosa

Guapichosa

The larger-than-life, but oh-so-good guapichosa sandwich consists of braised brisket, fied pork belly, roasted pork loin, white bean puree, pimento aioli, butter, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, sirarcha, cilantro, mustard, crème fraiche, pickled cauliflower, pickled red onion and chicken liver mouse. Whew. Get this – now -- at Scofflaw. 960 1280

  

Phil's Last Stand

Phil's Last Stand

Chef Robert Corbett at Phil's Last Stand mans the burgers on the grill. 960 1280

  

Shrimp Po'boy

Shrimp Po'boy

Adam with chef Corbett and the off-menu shrimp po'boy sandwich. 960 1280

  

The Char Grilled Salami

The Char Grilled Salami

The Char Grilled Salami – one of the many delicious sandwich creations from Phil's Last Stand. 960 1280

  

Makes Mouths happy

Makes Mouths happy

Adam poses with some happy customers at Phil's Last Stand. 960 1280

  

Albondigas Sandwich

Albondigas Sandwich

Adam and chef Dionicio Jimenez with the Albondigas sandwich at the Ranstead Room in Philadelphia. 960 1280

  

Ranstead Room

Ranstead Room

Behind this unmarked door is a secret speakeasy called the Ranstead Room. 960 1280

  

PYT

PYT

PYT stands for “pick your topping,” and that’s exactly what you can do at this Philadelphia burger joint, which offers some of the more outrageous burger combinations, such as chocolate-covered bacon and lobster.  960 1280

  

Chicken and Beer Burger

Chicken and Beer Burger

The off-menu fried chicken and beer burger at PYT. 960 1280

  

National Mechanics

National Mechanics

It may look like a museum or federal building, but step inside this Romanesque exterior to find the restaurant National Mechanics. 960 1280

  

Ultimate Chili Pie

Ultimate Chili Pie

The off-menu Ultimate Chili Pie at National Mechanics. 960 1280

  

Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts dishes out amazing doughnut flavors such as chocolate peanut butter and lemon ricotta. 960 1280

  

Dill-Pickle-Glazed Chicken

Dill-Pickle-Glazed Chicken

The off-menu dill-pickle-glazed fried chicken at Federal Donuts. 960 1280

  

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