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Where in Phoenix is Andrew Zimmern?

Don't be surprised if you see a familiar, affable face and shiny chrome dome at a local restaurant sometime in the near future.

Travel Channel star Andrew Zimmern was scheduled to land in Arizona with his crew this week, filming a new episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World. He'll be hitting up everything from Dot's Diner at the Shady Dell in Bisbee to the Navajo Nation.

I talked to folks from his show a number of times in the past few weeks, and gave them a slew of suggestions for Zimmern to check out. 

First and foremost, I thought he needed to try a bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog, slathered with beans and tomatoes and onions and mayo. So if you drive down Indian School Road and see a camera crew at the local favorite hot dog stand at 20th Street, that's gotta be him. His people sounded really intrigued when I described it to them -- in fact, I think I made them hungry.

There are a lot of other possibilities as well -- including Kai at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Fry Bread House, Rito's, Carolina's, and more.

Sounds great! I'm dying to see the episode, whenever it airs. I'll keep you posted when I hear more.