Miami was a star in 2011. The past year saw many major national food-related shows film here in our fair city. Who could blame them? Between our thriving and ever-growing food scene and our seemingly endless miles of sandy beaches, palm trees, and ice-cream-colored art deco buildings, Miami is a producer's dream.
Here's a rundown of the food shows that were filmed on location this past year.
The Great Food Truck Race
The finale of The Great Food Truck Race saw the last two trucks battling in Miami for the $100,000 grand prize. Cleveland's Hodge Podge and
Irvine's Lime Truck were sent to various locations throughout our city in June. From Little Havana to Tobacco Road to the final race to
the finish on the sands of South Pointe Park, Miamians picked their
favorite truck and came out to cheer. In the end, Lime emerged
Anthony Bourdain's The Layover
In the sweltering heat of Miami in July, a buzz filled the warm, humid air. Tony Bourdain was in town to film an episode of his new show, The Layover. We diligently sought out info after his original itinerary was scrapped due to a leak. Where did Bourdain finally go? La Perrada de Edgar,
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Mac's Club Deuce, Garcia's Seafood,
and a food truck roundup (where he ate at Dim Ssam a Gogo and
Grillmaster Cafe). Also in the episode, Tony gets a tat and visits Stiltsville before swilling champagne straight from the bottle at a
suite at the Raleigh Hotel.
Time after time, Eat Street keeps coming back to film in Miami.
It could have something to do with the fact that show producers have
almost 100 food trucks to choose from when highlighting different street
foods for this Cooking Channel show. It could also have something to do
with the amazing B-roll they can shoot here -- after all, where else can
you get shots of sundowns, bikini babes, and palm trees with your
burger and fries? This year, Eat Street profiled Dim Ssam a
Gogo, Latin Burger and Taco, and Mr. Good Stuff in July (all of which are
scheduled to air this month). In October, Eat Street was back to
highlight Sugar Rush, Ms. Cheezious, and Latin House Grill (air dates to
be announced). Short Order bloggers were in the house to provide
commentary (and taste-testing skills). Eat Street certainly shows Miami some love.
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Emeril's The Originals
In February, Emeril Lagasse filmed an episode of his new show, The Originals, in Miami. The show, which focuses on restaurants that have stood the
test of time, visited Joe's Stone Crab and Tobacco Road, where Emeril
sat in with the band. Turns out Emeril's first love was music. Luckily for all of us, Lagasse chose the stove over the skins.
Meat and Potatoes
Host Rahm Fama dropped his carnivorous self down in Miami to film an episode of his show, Meat and Potatoes, which features meat. Lots and lots of meat. And some potatoes. Joining
him on the quest for the perfect piece of flesh were none other than
Short Order bloggers Riki Altman and Paula Niño.
Andrew Zimmern came to Miami just a few weeks ago to film an episode of Bizarre Foods. Though we don't have much in the way of wildebeest eyeballs, Zimmern did find some bizarreness. He tweeted his adventures, and by the looks of it, he visited the Everglades, hung with Michelle Bernstein, had some ice cream (and a lap dance) at Aphrodisiac Ice Cream, and partied the night away at the W Hotel. Sounds bizarre enough for us.