MAN FINDS FOOD
Airs Wednesdays at 9:00pm ET/PT on Travel Channel [Half-hour episode]
Shhh…Adam Richman has a secret! In the new original Travel Channel series, “Man Finds Food,” the foodie and in-the-know host crisscrosses the country on the ultimate quest to uncover unique, surprising, delicious and hidden food treasures. Having spent years on the road introducing viewers to America’s most interesting eating establishments, Richman has tasted nearly every dish imaginable and learned of many cuisine secrets lurking around the American food scene. He unveils a combination of off-the-menu items and off-the-grid restaurants – some that are even hidden to locals!
Wednesday, June 17 at 9pm ET/PT – “Magic School Bus”
Richman travels to Portland to uncover the following secret-eats:
- Adam’s first stop in PDX is Burnside Brewing Company, a local brewery known for their perfect pairings of homemade beers and delicious bar food. He’s on the lookout for one dish in particular, though, an off menu burger so epic, it’s known only as the Ultimate Burger. Giving Adam the inside scoop on this off menu dish is Burnside chef, Ted Witte. Starting with a searing of burger atop duck fat, Ted then seasons a medallion of pork belly in a veal-jerk seasoning reduction and poaches lobster in melted butter. A sea urchin aioli gets spread on the buns, before the burger is topped off with the pork belly and lobster, as well as mango chutney and greens.
- Next, Adam heads to the industrial district for an unassuming food cart hidden in the midst of storage facilities and seemingly abandoned buildings: The Fried Onion. Here, Adam’s in the know about a secret customer-created sandwich that goes by the name of “The Moussa.” Owner, Becky McGrath, shows Adam how it’s made, all starting with a grill of pastrami, buffalo chicken, and onions on a Mongolian grill. These ingredients are then assembled on an onion roll and topped with Muenster cheese, spicy mayo, and local peppers to complete this east coast meets west coast creation.
- Adam’s third stop is Grilled Cheese Grill, a rather unique food stand that takes their customers back to a taste of their childhood. In addition to a dining room fashioned out of a school bus and grilled cheeses that make everyone feel like a kid at heart, there is an off menu grilled cheese Adam just has to try: The Alyson. Owner, Matt Breslow, takes Adam though the steps. Starting with two slices of local bread on the grill, Matt adds Tilamook cheddar, colby jack, swiss, and mozzarella. To make this sandwich truly legendary, Matt then adds potato chips, seared braeburn apple slices, and a fried egg to make a secret grilled cheese so versatile, it covers “every possible flavor”.
- Adam heads downtown to Portland’s Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen for his last food find. Alongside their lineup of classic deli favorites is the Jeremy, an off menu mingling of two of Kenny & Zukes’ most decadent items: the mac and cheese, and the house-made pastrami. After trying a bite, Adam heads to the kitchen to learn how it’s made. Owner, Ken Gordon, gets started by layering a sauté pan with butter, cooked macaroni, white cheddar, swiss, blue cheese, pecorino, cream, tomato, and diced zucchini. After tossing it over the stove, Ken adds some of his famous pastrami for an off menu surprise that samples almost everything Kenny & Zuke’s has to offer.