Anyone saw this last night? I missed 90% of the "Fried Foods" episode but caught the "BBQ" one.
On the one hand, it sort of struck me as a great big product placement for Food Network's existing "talent" (even if Alex Guarnaschelli & Michael Symon are a couple of my favorites). It was also sort of baffling that they should feature 2 places in Texas and 2 in New York (Syracuse? Really?) but completely omit any N.C. 'cue, for instance.
On the other hand, I did think the selections showed some interesting variety. I thought it was clever of Alex Guarnaschelli to squeeze some New Orleans "bbq" shrimp into the theme, as well as Chris Cosentino to get Yank Sing's bbq pork buns in there too.