Feasting on Asphalt

Saturday 9:00 PM on Food Network
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  • show Description
  • This series presented by Food Network follows Alton Brown of Good Eats fame as he and his crew travel the open roads of America in search of great food. Season one started on the shores of South Carolina, and followed the crew on their way to Los Angeles, steering clear of interstates when possible, Alton visits culinary landmarks along the way, some known, and some unknown, all while enlightening us with history of cuisine and culture along the way. Set to return this fall, Alton and company will travel the length of the Mighty Mississippi for season 2.Nothing plucks the heart strings of the American spirit like an open road. Oh, I'm not talking about those rivers of concrete which lure us with stable speeds and zero surprises. I'm talking about the highways and byways that really stitch this crazy quilt of a country together. Why, on routes like this, anything can happen. Consider cuisine: interstates give you culinary conformity, but out here, flavors change with the contour of the land, and words like hospitality take on old meanings. Why, I bet down around that curve there is a cafe, diner, tea room, or truck stop where the waitresses still call ya hun, and the cooks actually cook! How do I know? I don't, but I've got a map, and a motorcycle, and a month to find out. I'm Alton Brown, and this is Feasting on Asphalt - Alton Brownmoreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 6

    Lutefisk Express

    Aired 9/8/07

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    Mid-American Pie

    Aired 9/1/07

  • S 2 : Ep 4

    Take Me to the River

    Aired 8/25/07

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    Soul Food Survivor

    Aired 8/18/07

  • S 2 : Ep 2

    Fry Me A River

    Aired 8/11/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alton Brown


  • Ramon Engle


  • Lamar Owen


  • Tom Munroe


  • Mike Clark


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Alton: (Voice over) Well, if I've learned anything these first few days, its that this is gonna be a lot harder than I'd imagined. Deciding what to eat, when to eat it, who to talk to, which road to take, all darned hard decisions. From now on, we'll just stop when Tom gets hungry, because he has to eat every couple of hours. I am encouraged though, because in a couple of days we've eaten some very real food, and enjoyed some very warm hospitality. My one regret? That pig's foot, not doing that again.

    • Alton: (upon eating a pickled pigs foot) Well, there...there's good news. It is astoundingly good at ridding you of your hunger. (laughs) Because I'm not hungry anymore!

    • Alton: (Voice over) Leaving Savannah, I kick myself mentally for having taken us a hundred miles off course, for a real diner, serving no real diner food. I'm soon distracted however, by a tremendous storm, what my grandmother used to call a "Frog Strangler". We resist the urge to build an ark, and push on. By the time the storm abates, hunger is newly upon us.

    • Alton: So you like brain sandwiches? Melady V.: I do, they taste kinda like a tenderloin. Alton: Kinda like a tenderloin... Melady V.: Yes.

    • Alton: I love the smell of hickory in the morning.

    • Alton: Alright, we'll use some Emeril Essence. I'll..I've been in very close proximity to Emeril Lagasse, I'll tell you if this smells like him or not. (smells bottle of essence) No. That's not what the Essence of Emeril is. Emeril is much--a lot muskier that that.

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    Notes (2)

    • Official name for this season is - Feasting on Asphalt II: The River Run.

    • This season was filmed during April and May of 2007

    Trivia (17)

    • Famous Quotes: You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars. - Charles Kuralt Today the American road has no end; the road that went nowhere now goes everywhere. - Henry Ford II Oh public road, you express me better than I can express myself. - Walt Whitman We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink. - Epicurus Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out on the inside. - Mark Twain

    • Places visited in this episode: Jack's Cosmic Dogs - Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina Pitts Pharmacy - Isle of Palms, South Carolina Streamliner Diner - Savannah, Georgia Robert Lee Smalls Store - Gilsonville, South Carolina The Biscuit Place - Washington, Georgia The Chicken Basket - Toccoa, Georgia Shirley's Soul Food Cafe - Toccoa, Georgia Hobo Hollar Produce - Spartanburg, South Carolina 21 South Drive-In - Charlotte, North Carolina

    • Throughout the series, Alton drives a 2005 BMW R1200RT Touring Motorcycle. One that has been seen on episodes of his Food Network regular series, Good Eats.

    • Famous Quotes: That's all the motorcycle is, a system of concepts worked out in steel. - Robert M. Pirsig Feed the poor and get rich or feed the rich and get poor. - Colonel Harlan Sanders I've run less risk driving my way across country than eating my way across it. - Duncan Hines The highway is replete with culinary land mines disguised as quaint local restaurants that carry such reassuring names as Millie's, Pop's, and Capt'n Dick's. - Bryan Miller A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. - Lao Tzu

    • Places visited in this episode: The Carolina Smokehouse - Cashiers, North Carolina Lou's Cafe - Sunbright, Tennessee Sanders Cafe - Corbin, Kentucky The Home of Duncan Hines - Bowling Green, Kentucky The Smokey Pig BBQ - Bowling Green, Kentucky Greyhound Bus Station - Evansville, Indiana YWCA Tea Room - Evansville, Indiana The Hilltop Inn - Evansville, Indiana Ted Drewes Frozen Custard - St. Louis, Missouri

    • Famous Quotes: Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end - J.R.R. Tolkien The highway was their home, and movement their means of expression - John Stienbeck It is not down in any map; true places never are - Herman Melville The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome - Unknown Author The average American spends a lot of his leisure time cruising the highway. That's why the gas stations, roads, motels, and remote inns are American through and through - Simone de Beauvoir

    • Places visited in this episode: Location of the 1904 World's Fair - St. Louis, Missouri Tourist/Cabin Court - Weaubleau, Missouri Spring Fling - Florence, Kansas Harvey House - Florence, Kansas Closed Woolworth Lunch Counter - La Junta, Colorado The Copper Kitchen - La Junta, Colorado Pikes Peak - Pikes Peak, Colorado Ted's Taco - Mancos, Colorado The Mexican Hat Lodge - Mexican Hat, Utah

    • Alton's cast reads: If you can read this, odds are I'm about to scream

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    Allusions (4)

    • High Plains Feaster The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1973 movie High Plains Drifter, starring Clint Eastwood.

    • A Strong Brown God The title of this episode is an allusion to the book The Strong Brown God: The Story of the Niger River, written by Sanche De Gramont.

    • Take Me to the River The title of this episode is an allusion to the Al Green song of the same name.

    • Mid-American Pie The title of this episode is an allusion to the song American Pie by Don McLean.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • awesome show

    By aSweetLifeeb, Sep 29, 2007

  • Makes me wish I knew how to ride a motorcycle if only for the chance to join Mr. Brown on the road.

    By bdwoolf, Aug 30, 2007

  • great show...

    By Fwirrel, Aug 12, 2007