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.

TLC's 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? 

Local Eateries Featured in New TLC Series, Best Food Ever

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.

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