James Beard Award-winning TV personality Andrew Zimmern marks the 100th episode of his Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods America July 9. Preceding the milestone episode is a one-hour retrospective that airs at 8 p.m. before the new season of Bizarre Foods America airs.
The sixth season includes such highlights as Zimmern eating armadillo in Central Florida and lamb’s tongue at a one-night only pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles. During the season, Zimmern travels to Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, Mississippi, and San Diego to explore each city’s quirky subcultures and the enduring culinary traditions.
In the 100th episode, Zimmern travels to Las Vegas to uncover Sin City’s extremes, including the Bellagio buffet, which feeds 4,000 people a day.
"Our show is all about exploring cultures through food," said Zimmern, "and the new season reveals even more eternal truth about our food, our country, and our relationship to the rest of the world."
In honor of the 100th-episode milestone, the man who has traveled around the world and documented his gastronomic adventures eating bat paste, durian, and other bizarre foods, presents, in his own words, his observation on the top nine most bizarre American foods and where to get them:
Because so many truths in labeling laws are non-existent, you don’t hear a lot about nonstick chemicals in microwave popcorn bags, rennet made from cloned cow parts, bugs in cereals and canned goods, red dyes made from ground pests, pink slime, tuna scrape, tri-poly-phosphate-soaked shrimp and scallops… these everyday food experiences are sadly commonplace in our culinary landscape, and they make most of what I eat pale in comparison. But here are a few of my "favorites," that fall into the overt category: see Andrew Zimmern’s Top 9 Most Bizarre American Foods.
Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.