SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Who doesn't love it when Andrew Zimmern, the host of the popular series "Bizarre Foods", stuffs a handful of crickets in his mouth, or eats fermented Hakarl or Horse-Rib-and-Rectum Sausage? The peculiar foodie has brought his show to the Central Coast and you can see the episodes this month.
The City of Santa Maria and its signature Santa Maria Style Barbecue are featured on an episode of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" titled "Cruising the Pacific Coast Highway."
Filming took place at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge where grill masters Larry Tanner, Jerry Lloyd, Carol Sorenson, Willie Moore and Tom Sartain showed Zimmern the art of Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a 150-year-old local tradition.
“We prepared a full Santa Maria-style meal for them, from start to finish,” said Ike Simas of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge and third-generation grill master. “The crew taped for about five hours and they expressed how unique our way of barbecuing here is. Andrew Zimmern seemed amazed at the way we cut and serve it. Their crew worked pretty doggone hard taking photos and asking questions.”
Zimmern called it the "best beef ever" on his Instagram account, and even praised Michelle's Donuts at 1341 N. Broadway in Santa Maria as the "world's best donuts!...end of discussion."
Catch "Cruising the Pacific Coast Highway" on the Travel Channel on:
- Monday, March 13, at 9 p.m.
- Tuesday March 14, at 12 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m.