4 Food Shows with Pittsburgh Episodes
It's fun to see these various TV hosts' take on the 'Burgh.
“Bizarre Foods USA”
Travel Channel personality Andrew Zimmern, famous for his questionable food choices, visited the ’Burgh two years ago for “Bizarre Foods: USA.” He spent five days touring spots including S & D Deli in the Strip, Pierogies Plus in McKees Rocks and Cure in Lawrenceville. The episode’s theme? Catfish and kiska.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the crew of Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares” came to Wilkinsburg in May 2012 to transform Miss Jean’s Southern Cuisine. Ramsay worked with the owners and wait-staff to update the look, business practices and menu — and, as expected, had a few heated exchanges during the taping.
Ramsay also revamped Beaver restaurant Levanti’s in June 2012. After getting Ramsay’s famous treatment, the business owners sold it to former PNC Park Executive Chef Rich Montini, who remodeled the restaurant and renamed it Heirloom.
“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”
While touring the country looking for America’s “greasy-spoon” restaurants, spikey-haired celebrity eater Guy Fieri stopped in Pittsburgh at least seven times.
For Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” Fieri ate at Big Jim’s in the Run (Greenfield), Crystal’s Restaurant (Strip District), Dor Stop Restaurant (Dormont), Lo Bello’s (Coraopolis), Nadine’s Bar (South Side), Starlite Lounge (Blawnox) and the original Kelly O’s (Ross Township). Watch below to see Fieri eat some pierogies at Kelly O’s and Lebanese lamb at Crystal’s.
“Man v. Food”
Travel Channel’s Adam Richman took on Pittsburgh foods in the first season of “Man vs. Food.” He started at the flagship Primanti’s Bros. location, ate an enormous sandwich with the works and then walked a few blocks to the original DeLuca’s for chocolate-chip pancakes. Richman ended his Steel City challenge with a plate of scorching atomic hot wings from Quaker, Steak & Lube.
Richman returned and said Primanti Bros. makes some of the best sandwiches in America after going behind the scenes to observe how the capicola-egg option is made.