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Southern food expert Damaris Phillips and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood are two friends that are obsessed with everything southern: the people, the culture, but mainly the food. On their road trip through the South, they'll highlight the most memorable dishes and real, down-home restaurants that remind them of the ones they grew up eating in and that always feels like home.

Monday 10:00 PM et/pt on Cooking Channel
1 Season, 14 Episodes
October 9, 2017
Food, Reality, Travel
9.7/10
Cast: Rutledge Wood, Damaris Phillips
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Southern and Hungry Full Episode Guide

  • Damaris Philips and Rutledge Wood find themselves in the unofficial Cajun capital of the south -- the French Louisiana region of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. Their first stop is Cafe Vermilionville for their New Orleans-inspired Crawfish 'Beignets' and Turtle Soup. Next, it's off to roadside stop Best Stop Boudin for their Boudin Blanc, Boudin Balls and fan-favorite Cracklins. Finally, a Cajun tour can't end without gumbo so Rut and Damaris sample three-time World Champion gumbo complete with live music at Prejeans.

  • Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood are sold on Birmingham, Alabama's, Southern hospitality and amazing eats! At the charming 1950s hot dog shop Gus's Hot Dogs, the duo feasts on a spicy wiener packed with decidedly Southern flavors and spices. Next up is Johnny's restaurant where they're serving up a classic meat n' three with a surprising Greek twist. Finally, a trip to the charmingly rustic Ovenbird where a feast of locally raised, Braised Goat and buttery grits awaits.

  • In a city like Biloxi, Mississippi, it's a must to indulge in all the fresh seafood fished daily from the gulf so Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood waste no time settling in. Their tour starts at local favorite seafood joint Hook with their fresh-caught fare like speckled trout smothered with a scratch-made Pass Christian sauce. On a visit to White Pillars, they feast on exceptional farm-to-table fare, chowing down on chicken-fried rabbit with black rice and grits. Finally, the duo finishes up at Bozo's for the mother of all Biloxi dishes -- hot and spicy crawfish tailor-made to make you sweat.

  • Damaris Philips and Rutledge Wood continue their tour in Knoxville, Tennessee -- a city that insists on using only the freshest regional ingredients for its spectacular Southern cuisine. Their first stop is at a down-home spot called the Lunch House where the meat 'n three plate with a superstar meatloaf is as good as grandma's. Next, it's a drive into the mountains of rustic Appalachia for some homemade ham-jam biscuits, spicy pickles and delectable pork belly with a tea-poached egg on top. Finally, Damaris and Rutledge are off to Tootsie Truck for a locally sourced duck breast salad and a finger-licking trout po' boy.

  • Damaris Philips and Rutledge Wood shift their food tour into high gear exploring stunning Chattanooga, Tennessee -- a city full of transformation yet steeped in history. First, they check out Main Street Meats where expert butchery skills and love of quality food is reflected in the delectable Fried Bologna Sandwich and mouthwatering Strawberry Hand Pie. Next up is the whimsical Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe where family recipes are honored by dishing up Southern picnic food with a twist like BBQ Pulled Pork Hashbrown Casserole and a Rainbow Sandwich full of surprises. Then, it's time for the most important meal of the day with breakfast at Syrup and Eggs. One of the new top spots in town, they're taking breakfast to the next level with their Sweet Peach Pancakes, heavenly Brûléed Grapefruit and savory Blue Cornmeal Taco Pancakes.

  • Damaris Philips and Rutledge Wood are all about mixing old traditions with new flavors in the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Rutledge and Damaris discover hip, true-to-the-region cooking starting with a trip to Biscuit Head where they're knocking out amazing biscuit concoctions like their Country Ham Biscuit with fried green tomato and red-eye gravy. Next, a trip to the South isn't complete without a stop by King Daddy's for Sweet Potato Hush Puppies and their talk-of-the-town Pumpkin Waffles. Finally, it's time for something sweet at Hole Doughnuts where a couple of Los Angeles natives serve up made-to-order doughnuts topped with eclectic glazes from foraged local ingredients.

  • Damaris Philips and Rutledge Wood get their southern food tour rolling in a growing city with an emerging food scene rooted in tradition -- Charlotte, North Carolina! Their first stop is at Brooks' Sandwich House -- a roadside shack that's remained in the family for 45 years -- famous for burgers smothered in their signature secret chili recipe. Next, Damaris and Rutledge are in for a fried food flavor overload with Steak and Shrimp Hibachi Fries and House-Made Tots from What The Fries food truck. Their Charlotte food expedition wraps up at an amazing up-and-coming southern barbecue joint called Seoul Food Meat Company known for their creamy Ramen Mac and Cheese and mind-blowing Asian barbecue ribs.

  • Season finale. Southern food expert Damaris Phillips and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood are two friends that are obsessed with everything Southern: the people, the culture, but mainly the food. On their road trip through the South, they'll highlight the most memorable dishes and real, down-home restaurants that remind them of the ones they grew up eating in and that always feels like home.

  • Damaris Phillips and NASCAR's Rutledge Wood find a super-sized fried chicken and waffle sandwich in Memphis, a savory beignet fried up with shrimp and okra in Charleston, SC, and a salty pastrami duck leg in Jeffersonville, IN.

  • It's all deeply flavored fun as NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood and Damaris Phillips head to Savannah, Georgia, for succulent fried oysters dished up in a waffle cone and some homemade ice cream chilled to perfection. Next, the friends descend on Louisville, Kentucky, for a visit to The Silver Dollar, where they can't pass up some succulent hen grilled in a steam bath of beer. Then, Damaris and Rutledge make a stop at Payne's BBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, to fill up on fall-off-the-bone beef ribs and deep-fried sausage.

  • Southern food gets schooled when Damaris Phillips and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood indulge in a super-sized fried chicken and waffle sandwich at the hip, nostalgia-inspired Lunchbox Eats in Memphis. Then it's on to Damaris' hometown of Louisville, Ky to chow down on Southern staples fused with Asian flavors at MilkWood. They try their housemade fried pork rinds, watermelon soup, and the chef's pan seared Grouper. Later it doesn't get any more off the beaten path than at Walls BBQ in Savannah, where an indoor open pit is grilling up mouth-watering chicken alongside ooey, gooey mac & cheese.

  • Damaris Phillips and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood make their way to Treylor Park in Savannah, for their unique and delectable shrimp and grits tacos! They also try the local spin on spicy chicken wings with the peanut butter and jelly wings. Then it's on to Mississippi where Taylor's Grocery whips up succulent catfish served both blackened and fried. And don't forget the, picture perfect hush puppies that are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside. Fore desert the duo heads to Memphis for a double dose of treats with real fruit-made ice pops and an award-winning chocolate pie.

  • Damaris Phillips and NASCAR personality Rutledge Wood sop up the sauce in Charleston, S.C., as they discover the pleasures of whole hog barbecue with legendary pitmaster, Rodney Scott. Then they are on to one of the best burgers in America, where the meats are butchered in house at the Neon Pig in Oxford, Miss. Finally, it's a feel good lesson in down home cooking with fall-off-the bone oxtail at Addielee's Restaurant in Monk's Corner S.C.

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