| April 22, 2010 | 11:31am
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?
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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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