Chef Guy Fieri Visits Alamo City Again, Random Rock Star Chef Sightings Occur…
Ok…so the cat is officially out of the bag so to speak. I have had a ton of phone calls and e-mails from readers of this website, friends, colleagues and foodies all asking me if it was true that Guy Fieri was in town. Yes he was. Guy was in town early this month to film content on some of the local flavor for future episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
What I love about his visit this time was that he highlighted several personal favorites of mine and I am glad to see one location in particular get some much deserved national exposure. More on that in a bit. The Food Network crew hit local Mexican food joints Beto’s and Taco Taco Cafe.
Bun ‘N’ Barrel and Magnolia Pancake Haus rounded out the American classics part of the menu and I am sure that he had his fill of BBQ, Burgers, Cinnamon Rolls and Designer Pancakes! El Bohio, Moroccan Bites and Dough Pizzeria were the final visits on this trip. It was refreshing to see a national show highlight other cuisine that we have here in San Antonio besides Mexican Food and Classic Texas BBQ. No doubt we can be proud of our MANY institutions that we are famous for here in SA Town, but we have so much more talent and diversity here!
I mention Dough Pizzeria because I happen to think that Chef Doug Horn and his team are producing some of the best pizza on the planet! I don’t make that statement flippantly either…Many of my fans know that I have lived in Europe, New York City and Italy where amazing authentic PIzza Napoletana is just about as common and easy to find as breakfast tacos are here in San Antonio and Austin. Doug made the commitment (both financially and personally) to learn the authentic ways of producing the recipes we get to enjoy here in town and to purchase the correct equipment and raw ingredients that have made his joint one of the elite 32 certified here in the states and #292 in the world to receive the prestigious certification from L’Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana.
The TV show should give all of the restaurants named above well deserved recognition and more importantly, national exposure to the talented owners and staff of these great places.
Now to answer the other question, rumor, gossip topic that I have been getting asked alot about Mr. Fieri’s visit to our area….Could there be a certain Rock Star Chef helping a certain Diners, Drive-In and Dives host chef create, produce and implement a line of branded food items that may or may not appear on retail grocery store shelves in the next few months??? And can anyone think of any corporate headquarters of rumored retail grocers in the San Antonio or Austin city limits ???
Hmmmmmm…I guess y’all will have to stay tuned to find out!