If you've always wanted to gain insider access to Los Angeles' top-secret underground food scene, you're in luck. Top Chef judge and celeb chef Graham Elliot is hosting a second season of Going Off the Menu, where he'll be joined by celeb guests as he uncovers the hidden doors and secret passwords unlocking L.A.'s best speakeasies, dining pop-ups, and exclusive off-the-radar parties.
In the first episode, Graham takes TV personality Cheryl Burke along for the ride as they visit three spots that transform into epic dining destinations—first, a design studio by day that turns into a full-on Moroccan pop-up restaurant at night, complete with belly dancers, tarot card readers, and a multi-course menu. "The belly dancing was out of control," said Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl. "I don't even think I could do that."
Next, Graham and Cheryl stop by a UPS driver's front yard that becomes the hottest barbecue joint in town every weekend. He built his massive smoker, nicknamed "Lucifer," himself and cooks up delicious, one-of-a-kind 'cue—everything from brisket to ribs to a special green chorizo sausage that's from a region in Mexio called Toluca (it's green due to the added herbs and vegetables). "You've got the smell and you've got the grain of the meat and then you've got the snap from the casing. All of that comes together," Graham enthused after tasting the chorizo.
Finally, Graham and Cheryl visit a casual Chinese takeout spot that transforms into a white tablecloth supper club called Fat Dragon, serving up legitimately tasty Cantonese and Sichuan dishes. No ingredient is off limits, including exotic sea cucumber and geoduck—a large clam that resembles a certain part of the male anatomy. "I'm a little bit scared," Cheryl admitted when presented with the thinly sliced geoduck dressed with soy and scallions.
And after her first bite? "It was great. Love it," she said.
"Every bite's an unmami bomb," Graham raved while chowing down on bbq lamb rack, mala beef jerky, and razor clams with shishito peppers.
Watch the full episode above, and tune in every week for a brand-new episode to discover more tasty spots in L.A.'s hidden food scene.
Bravotv.com’s digital series Going Off the Menu takes viewers on an exclusive culinary adventure as host Graham Elliot uncovers the most delicious offerings within Los Angeles’ underground food scene. From a secret supper club serving smuggled cheeses to an eight-course liquid dinner, join Lance Bass, Cheryl Burke, Reza Farahan, and more as they give fans the secrets to unlock these extraordinary food experiences.
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