Feasting on Asphalt

Saturday 9:00 PM on Food Network Premiered Jul 29, 2006 In Season


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  • Season 2 Episode 6: Lutefisk Express

  • Places Visited:

    Alma Fishing Float - Alma, WI
    Whistle Stop Café - Frontenac, MN
    Russian Tea House - St Paul, MN
    Olsen Fish Company - Minneapolis, MN
    Mickey's Diner - St Paul, MN
    Traditional Smorgasbord at private home - St Paul, MN
    Bob's Java Hut - Minneapolis, MN
    Nordic Inn - Crosby, MN
    Uptown Tattoo
    Head Waters of the Mississippi - Lake Itasca State Park, MN

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Mid-American Pie

  • Places visited in this episode:
    Historical reenactment - Monroe City, MO
    18 Wheeler restaurant - Taylor, MO
    Baxter Vineyards and Carol's Pies - Nauvoo, IL
    Quality Fisheries - Niota, IL
    Clam Shell Diner - Muscatine, IA
    Button history - Muscatine, IA
    John Deere - Moline, IL
    Asparagus field - Highway 96, IL
    Kalmes Restaurant - St Donatus, IA
    Breitbach's Restaurant - Balltown, IA

  • Season 2 Episode 4: Take Me to the River

  • Places visited in this episode:
    Canoeing and camping - Tiptonville, TN
    Barge trip - between Wickliffe, KY and Paducah, KY
    Popeye statue - Chester, IL
    Visitor's center - Alton, IL
    Fast Eddie's Bon Air - Alton, IL
    Pie Town Stomping Ground - Alton, IL
    Donut Drive-In - St Louis, MO
    World's Fair Donuts - St Louis, MO
    St Louis Hills Donut Shop - St Louis, MO
    Maid Rite Sandwich Shop - Quincy, IL

  • Season 2 Episode 3: Soul Food Survivor

  • Places visited in this episode:
    Doe's Eat Place - Greenville, MS
    Joe's White Front Café - Greenville, MS
    Ray's Dairy Maid - Barton, AR
    Pink Palace Museum - Memphis, TN
    Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ - Memphis, TN
    Wiles – Smith Drugs - Memphis, TN
    Melanie's Soul Food - Memphis, TN

  • Season 2 Episode 2: Fry Me A River

  • Places Visited:

    Uncle Bill's Spices - Baton Rouge, LA
    The Donut Shop - Natchez, MS
    Club 601 - Natchez, MS
    Natchez State Park - Natchez, MS
    Natchez Trace Parkway - Natchez, MS
    Old Country Store - Lorman, MS
    Biedenharn Candy Co. and Coca Cola museum - Vicksburg, MS
    Jim's Café - Greenville, MS

  • Season 2 Episode 1: A Strong Brown God

  • Famous Quotes:

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance - Anonymous

    Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind - Seneca

    There may be nothing sadder than people who spend their lives talking about what might have been - Anonymous

    Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing - Helen Keller

    Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted - Albert Einstein

  • Season 2 Mission Statement:

    The American story is an ode to movement. We've never been able to stay put, which explains the intricate mesh of highways and byways that connects this country to its inner self. Is it any wonder then, that our national cuisine evolved at tarmac's edge? Let's face it, no matter what sophisticated urban chefs create, deep down, what we really crave is what the diner, the café, and the truck stop can offer. Alas, the modern interstate has rendered our pallets comfortably numb with its rolling miles of paved pabulum, and that is a shame, because if we don't savor the flavor of the road, then our edible heritage will soon become history. So America, it is with a full tank and an empty stomach, that I say to you in the words of my fore fathers: Lets ride.

  • Places Visited:

    End of the road, and a helicopter tour of where the river meets the Gulf - Venice, LA
    Luzianne Tea - New Orleans, LA
    Mulate's Restaurant - New Orleans, LA
    Big Fisherman - New Orleans, LA
    Kliebert's Alligator and Turtle Farm - Hammond, LA
    B & C Seafood - Vacherie, LA
    Bailey's Andouille and Produce - Laplace, LA

  • Season 1 Episode 4: California or Bust

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

  • Famous Quotes:
    We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. - Hilaire Belloc

    Only he that has traveled the road knows where the holes are deep. - Chinese Proverb

    Life doesn't happen along the interstates. It's against the law. - William Least Heat-Moon

    I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. - Robert Louis Stevenson

    The road is life - Jack Kerouac

  • Season 1 Episode 3: High Plains Feaster

  • 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

  • Season 1 Episode 2: I Smell Pork

  • 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

  • Season 1 Episode 1: The South Shall Fry Again

  • 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.

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