Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:31 a.m.
Helen and Jan from Sweet Republic will soon be on TV, along with five other local food faves.
The Food Network has given a lot of love to Phoenix area restaurants over the past few years, but now another TV channel is about to showcase a slew of local food faves.
new series, Best Food Ever
, premieres at 9 p.m. on May 3, and includes six hour-long episodes narrated by actor John Goodman
. Each one focuses on a specific food category and 10 top destinations that specialize in it -- from sandwiches to cheese, and beyond.
The best thing about this TV road trip?
It features several Arizona indie businesses that I'm psyched to see from the comfort of my living room couch.
Episode 1, "Sandwiches," includes Scottsdale's The Lodge
in its roundup, episode 2 highlights Sweet Cakes Cafe
in Mesa, episode 3 profiles Sweet Republic
as one of the top 10 food carts, and episode 4 showcases Black Canyon City's Rock Springs Cafe
among the country's best diners.
Wait, there's more. CenPho's Tuck Shop
is in the cheese episode (number 5), while Stacy's Smokehouse
, also in CenPho, shows up in the finale.
I suspect that all of the above businesses will soon be slammed with new business -- just think about that neverending line at Matt's Big Breakfast caused by Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives . . .
A wonderful thing, really.