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Tonight at its new time — 9|8c — an all-new episode of Burger Land follows hamburger expert George Motz as he heads down to New Orleans to find some of the most unique burger creations the Big Easy has to offer.

How about a cheeseburger served up on a crispy, yet fluffy, loaf of po’ boy bread? Or a smoky, gooey burger slathered with marinated mushrooms and shredded cheddar cheese? Hungry yet? We sure are!

Tune in tonight for a little of NOLA’s rich burger history and a lot of juicy burger goodness. But before you do, go to our My Favorite Burger community, and show us where you find your favorite burgers!

Tonight at 10|9c on an all-new episode of Burger Land, burger expert George Motz heads south — all the way south — to Miami to get a taste of the city’s multicultural flavors. In particular, he’s there to taste some Latin-inspired burgers.

George comes across 2 restaurants with a long history of competition between their own styles of the frita, a Cuban burger known for being topped with thin slices of fried potatoes.

He also finds a chorizo and beef burger served on plantains instead of a bun, as well as a burger so big and delicious, it had to be called the Latin Macho.

Do you know of a burger so delicious, it deserves its own minute of Internet fame? Then post your burger-tastic pictures to our My Favorite Burger photo gallery, and share your foodie find with the TravelChannel.com community!

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“¡Cuidado con los pajaros!” said the counter guy, as he pointed to my food on the table outside. I quickly figured out what he was saying, meanwhile birds were descending on our food.

After shooing the feathered scavengers away, my dad and I dove into our roasted chicken and Magna beers at El Verde BBQ.  It’s the very definition of roadside dive as we could almost touch the cars going by. Following the advice of Anthony Bourdain, we had taken a chance on the place, pulled in, and began eating without fear.

Randomly, a grizzled man plopped down at our table. He said a greeting in Spanish that my dad responded to in between bites of juicy chicken. One reason I choose Puerto Rico for this father-son trip was because my dad taught himself Spanish. I figured he’d enjoy getting to use it.

Then the old man spoke to me in English: “It’s good that you bring your dad here. My dad is 90 now and we see each other often. That is good.” He also told us how long he had lived in the Puerto Rico, how much he liked his homeland and he offered some of his thoughts about life in general. Then he said goodbye and left.

As he got into his truck, all of the workers waved goodbye.  We soon learned that  the man we were talking to was the owner of the restaurant.

I liked his style. No showy welcome to his restaurant, no attempts to win our attention with a free beer and no questions about what we thought about the food. It was just a pleasant conversation from a pleasant man while eating pleasant food.

In the space of an hour, Puerto Rico taught us three lessons: watch out for birds stealing your food, random roadside dives are delicious and always welcome a stranger to the table.

Courtesy of Greg Stroud

- Written by Greg Stroud

 

Last week, we asked our Instagram followers to show us their favorite burgers, and a ton of you put shame aside and uploaded a mouthwatering, filtered photo.

Check out our top 15 Instagrams below, and don’t forget to watch tonight’s premiere of Burger Land at 10|9c for even more juicy, delicious and unique burger finds from around the country!

(In order, left to right)
1. @Sarahsudar – “fat kid heaven.” (Winghart’s Burger & Whiskey Bar, Pittsburgh)
2. @brecksss – “Hey @travelchannel check out this #BurgerLand #burgerbite from The Committed Pig in Manasquan, NJ! Two Pat Lafrieda ground steak patties, American cheese, ketchup on a #krispykreme donut! #BurgerLand #mouthwatering #jerseyshore
3. @ khal22l – “This burger is outrageous.” (Big Pink, Miami)
4. @dbbistromiami – “The original db burger, best to try once or twice. #burgerland #db #dbistromiami #travelchannel #miami #burger #fries #foiegras #shortrib #jwmarriottmarquis” (DB Bistro, Miami)
5. @gluttontron – (Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin, TX)
6. @poestavern – “The #sleeper burger. Roasted garlic #bluecheese & #buffalo #fried #shrimp on a juicy house ground beef patty. #lunch of #champions” (Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island, SC)
7. @flyingphotog – “Presenting “El Shady” – beef, chorizo, cheese & sliced grilled jalapeño, topped by a fried egg. Incredible!!” (Shady’ Burger Joint, Richardson, TX)
8. @boochy13 – “Dinner time! Stuffed cheeseburger with bacon! #dinner #dinnertime #burger #cheeseburger #stuffedcheeseburger #food #foodpics #foodporn #sharefood @share_food #share_food #yummy #tasty”. @poestavern – “#burgeroftheday has #mozzarella #tomato #basil drizzled with a #balsamic reduction!#yum #chseats” (Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island, SC10.  @nopo4 – (Emma Keys, Greensboro, NC)
10.@nopo4 – (Emma Keys, Greensboro, NC)
11. @laburgstagram- “LABurger with a side of K-fries. Photo credits: @namhannah #LABurger #food #photooftheday #burgers #fries #korean #american #fusion #instadaily” (LA Burger, Texas)
12.  @vanhattenphoto – “Nothing beats a Miho burger! @amihoexperience” (MIHO Gastrotruck, San Diego, CA)
13. @syzeworld – (Fresno, CA)
14. @jcreich43 – “It’s a cheeseburger kind of day. #Food #BBQ
15.  @laburgstagram- “Westcoast burger with swiss. #burgerland #LABurger” (LA Burger, Texas)

San Francisco is a huge tourist destination, with Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge all drawing crowds. Sure, on my trip out west, I had to see the sights, but right across the famous red bridge was the best part of my getaway: The often-overlooked Mill Valley, located 14 miles north of San Francisco in the beautiful, mountainous Marin County.

What feels like a combination of beach town and Swiss mountain hamlet, Mill Valley offers a quiet taste of NorCal life, with boutique shops, eco-conscious restaurants and enough outdoor space to fill days and days with hiking. When I escaped to warmer climes for a week, stumbling upon Mill Valley was a happy accident.

My Top Picks in Marin County:

Mill Valley Inn
Imagine an upscale beachside hotel. But at the foot of a mountain. Surrounded by woods. With free breakfast, a free wine and cheese reception, a fireplace in the room and a balcony overlooking redwoods, this is my new favorite hotel. They’ll also offer you a bike, if you’d like to explore that way. But beware: there are a lot of hills.

El Paseo

Tucked away in a stone-covered alleyway, El Paseo is Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar’s take on a traditional chophouse, serving up finely aged steaks and local, sustainable ingredients. The pair worked together to restore this historic restaurant, which was originally opened in 1948. El Paseo retains its rustic feel with exposed brick, reclaimed wood and plenty of candlelight. Also, you have to order a steak. And perhaps the crispy duck wings.

Bungalow 44
A stylish bar with large, cushy booths, Bungalow 44 prides itself on its California cuisine, as well as its creative cocktails. It doesn’t get much fresher than their cucumber margarita and perfectly cooked ahi tuna. Even though I ate here before the live Jazz started, I still felt like I was dining in a 1940s supper club.

Super Duper Burger
This place may claim to serve fast food, but it is anything but typical. There are 5 locations throughout San Francisco, and luckily there is one right down the street from the Mill Valley Inn. The beef is delivered from San Fran’s own Niman Ranch and ground fresh daily. The pickles are homemade and the buns are toasted. Top it all off with fries finished with fresh garlic and 6-month aged cheddar. I mean, come on.

Stinson Beach

Even on a foggy day, Stinson Beach is a beautiful place for a walk. Climb over rocks and watch the waves crash below you, or sit along the shore and watch the surfers take their chances. Hidden on the other side of Mount Tamalpais, (if you’re prone to car sickness, watch out – the road is CURVY) this beach feels worlds away from Mill Valley. On the drive back, pull over wherever you can find a parking spot, because sure enough, there will be a trailhead with spectacular views of the water.

Marin Headlands

If you pull off the road right before getting on the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll come across the Marin Headlands. Drive up the road a little and you’ll find overlooks that’ll take your breath away. After grabbing pics of the San Francisco skyline, hike a little further. Not only will the Golden Gate look so close you could touch it, but there you’ll also find the historic Fort Barry and Fort Cronkhite. Or what’s left of them.

Austin Food

Earlier this month, I attended the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, TX. While my days were filled with attending panels on digital media and meeting with tech startups, no trip to Austin would be complete without indulging in Austin’s delicious food scene. Here are my top 5 picks for best eats (and drinks!) in Austin, after 5 years of attending South by Southwest!

La Condesa
400A West 2nd St
La Condesa is high-end Mexican. Sit outside if the weather’s nice, and try their guacamole, margaritas, and their assortment of delicious, unique tacos. The fish tacos there were my favorites.

Manuel’s Downtown
310 Congress Ave
Manuel’s is also an upscale Mexican restaurant. They’re well known for their fresh, delicious salsas and queso, and tacos and mole enchiladas. Make sure to make a reservation in advance!

Uchi
4200 N Lamar Blvd
You probably weren’t expecting sushi in Texas, but this place is a must-try while in Austin! Chef Tyson Cole is a James Beard award winner and sushi master. Try one of the tastings, and get a variety of different sushi and sashimi to try. Some favorites of mine are the shag roll, the zero sen roll, and the wagyu beef.

Second Bar & Kitchen
200 Congress Ave
Second offers contemporary American food with a twist. Make reservations, because it gets crowded. Try the buffalo fried pickles, avocado fundido, truffle fries and yellowtail carpaccio.

Iron Works BBQ
100 Red River
Iron Works is a staple for barbeque in Austin! It’s close to the convention center, making it a perfect place to stop by for lunch in between SXSW events. Be prepared for a long line, but it moves quickly  – and it’s worth it! Grab a barbeque sandwich or load up on one of their BBQ plates full of sliced beef with potato salad and beans on the side.

For more on Nisha’s trip to Austin, check out her Postcard From South By Southwest

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Travel Channel is dishing out comfort food that’s good for the belly and the soul: From rib-sticking, gravy-smothered oxtails in Houston to crispy fried catfish in Memphis and hot spicy gumbo in New Orleans, it’s time to scream out hallelujah, and enjoy these lip-smacking-good meals. Tonight at 11|10c, don’t miss out on these soulful Southern classics, as well as other delicious, heavenly fare like a decadently seasoned fried chicken, a delicious pecan pie and much more!

Hungry for more? Check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos of soul food dishes that are sure to get your tummy rumbling.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Each February, the City of Saints is decked out in green, purple and yellow, wild parades roll through town, and countless strands of colorful beads dangle from trees, power lines, balconies … and attractive women. If you’re lucky enough to be in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, Travel Channel’s got you covered.

Mardi Gras

The Big Easy is one big party during Mardi Gras. Check out photos from past celebrations, and get tips from locals on how to navigate the boisterous crowds.

The French Quarter

Work your way down NOLA’s infamous Bourbon Street and admire the flashing neon signs urging you to slurp down a daiquiri, a “grenade,” or a “huge-ass beer” – all served in to-go cups, of course. The Quarter is Mardi Gras mecca, but if you can’t make it there for the year’s most debaucherous day, visit in spirit with a (virtual) stroll through the city.

The Music Scene

Sure, Bourbon Street is a must-visit. But there is much more to the Crescent City than the cluster of bachelor-party-filled bars that line the city’s most lively (and touristy) street. Locals flock to nearby Frenchmen Street, where you can take your pick from a number of great live music clubs. For more, check out our article on New Orleans’ Coolest Live Music Venues, and be sure to check out who’s playing at Tipitinas and the Maple Leaf during your visit.

NOLA Food

Sip chicory coffee and give in to your craving for those world-famous beignets doused in powdered sugar … but certainly don’t stop there! You’d be remiss if you didn’t have at least one awesome po’ boy, a cup of gumbo, a plate of Willie Mae’s fried chicken and a bite of King Cake! To stir up your appetite, get a Taste of New Orleans and or browse restaurant suggestions from our editors in our New Orleans Travel Guide.

Voodoo Magic

What’s New Orleans without a little dose of Voodoo? On your Weekend Trip to New Orleans, take a Cemetery Voodoo Tour through St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 and leave an offering at the grave of Marie Laveau – NOLA’s “Voodoo Queen.” She’s rumored to have powers even in death, so you’d better not get on her bad side.

The Garden District

Get a glimpse of some of the best-preserved Southern mansions in the US as you explore the Garden District. You may even recognize some residents – Sandra Bullock, Peyton Manning and Nicolas Cage all have homes here. Plus, keep an eye out for the house where The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was filmed. For more suggestions for things to do, be sure to check out our New Orleans Travel Guide.

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Americans eat over 20 billion pounds of chicken every year, and this bountiful bird is most satisfying when it’s wrapped in a crispy, golden-brown skin that’s dripping with flavor and sizzling hot — straight from the fryer.

Fried Chicken Paradise is delivering a bucketful of crispy, finger-lickin’, fried chicken goodness! Sample fiery Memphis hot chicken, a wild red-velvet-battered bird and the original Kentucky fried classic, tonight at 11|10c.

Plus, don’t forget to check out exclusive photos from tonight’s episode.

Attention all you pizza lovers out there, Travel Channel is back with a second helping of Pizza Paradise. Travel from New York, where the pizza is as crispy as a potato chip, to Chicago, where they serve the deepest and most delicious dish in town.

If you love pizza — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? — then join us for an all-new episode of Food Paradise, tonight at 11|10c.

Plus, don’t forget to check out behind-the-scenes photos that are sure to make you crave slice after slice of pizza perfection.

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