Guy went to Salt Lake City, Utah to visit Aristo’s, and met with chef and owner Aristo Boutsikakis, who nearly quit before he started, because he missed his native Brooklyn. His family believed in him and helped him open his own place, and after ten years, the rest is history. Guy got to taste octopus that melted in his mouth. The lamb tacos were also one of Guy’s favorites.
In Holladay, Utah, he visited Oh Mai, and brought his friend Jimmy John Liautaud from Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches to check it out with him. They met with owners Mawn and Anna Tran, who decided to open the restaurant instead of retiring, and the citizens of Utah are thrilled. Anna made a Banh Mi sandwich for the pair, and they got the lesson from pickling daikon and carrots to the cooking of the rib eye, where each sandwich is made to order. The two guys were delighted with the kaleidoscope of flavors the sandwich gave them, but Jimmy John had to leave and return to the slopes. Now it was time for Guy to have his favorite Pho, the Vietnamese soup that contains beef, spices, rice noodles and a ton of flavor.
Next, no more driving, as Guy flew out to Hawaii for more international treats. In Kailua, Guy visited with Jessie Kiakona, whose father Boots founded the establishment called Boot’s & Kimo’s where he now runs the back of the house, and his brother Rick runs the front. Guy tasted the delicious mochiko chicken, the kalbi ribs, an awesome tribute to their father and uncle to keep the Hawaiian tradition going from generation to generation.
If you cannot hop in the red Camaro with Guy, tune in, and he may be coming to a place near you on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”