Have to say I was actually surprised at Howie winning the Elimination Challenge (and doing so well in the Quickfire), but his final pork chop dish looked absolutely heavenly with the cider sauce! Ted Allen has good things to say about Howie on his blog. I suspect he'll be around longer than Joey will.
But what the heck was up with CJ's tuna casserole? That just looked completely icky.
And Hung (IMO) was rather childish and arrogant in saying that Alfred Portale didn't know what he was talking about when he commented about the gigantic "croutons" in putting Hung in the bottom 3 in the Quickfire.
As for Micah - the idea of the stacked meatloaf was OK, but even on television, it looked incredibly dry! Loved the Elks Lodge visitor saying "My meatloaf was crunchy!"
I do have to say I was actually looking forward to more imaginative renderings of American Comfort Food, but most of it just didn't seem all that appetizing. I will, however, be checking out the recipe for Howie's pork chops (especially with some real unpasteurized apple cider in my freezer!).