Starting Wednesday, July 31, at 10 p.m., you’ll be able to follow Daymon Patterson around the country, as he eats some of the best food in America while hosting 'Best Daym Takeout.' There’s a twist, though: as opposed to sitting in the dining room with the owner looking over his shoulder, he’s grabbing it to-go and chowing down in his car.
If you’re unfamiliar with Patterson, he first gained popularity thanks to a series of YouTube videos in which he reviewed fast-food items while eating them in the front seat of his car while on breaks from his job in retail management, where he’s spent the past 17 years. One thing led to another, and now he’s hosting his own six-part limited series, which will take him to Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco.
"My style is different from most of what’s out there," he told us. "It’s more for the everyday, blue collar individuals. Everywhere you go, there are these amazing mom-and-pop shops and that’s what we’re looking to highlight. We’re asking if it has the best, hot and fresh takeaway food, and I’ll talk about it while sitting in the front seat of my car."
As for going from chatting about Burger King’s French toast sticks into his camera-phone to traveling around the country with a camera crew, it’s a dream come true for Daymon. "I’m still in shock," he said. "I see it and I still say, 'Is that really me?' I always wanted this job, meeting new people and learning what type of food they enjoy."
In the first episode, Daymon drops by some of Chicago's most renowned working-class hangouts, including Pequod’s Pizza, Superdawg, and Mr. Beef, and the second episode takes him to Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Acme Oyster House, and Freret St. Po-Boys and Donuts in New Orleans.
It’s just a six-episode series for now, but he’s hoping that it will be a success, warranting a full order of episodes.
"I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Daym will become a household name," he said.