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No reservations : southwest

Imho, the best episode yet, I've traveled most all of those roads many times, I always wanted to try those date shakes, and get down to the Salton sea, but time would not allow, as for the red vs green chile,I love'm both, growing up in the Pecos valley of N.M., I ate both almost daily, and can vouch for them being as good a A.B. said, the visit with uncle Ted was the icing on the cake!, A.B. thanks for a great show!

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  1. I have a completely different take as I thought it was perhaps the worst NR ever. With the volume of options in the southwest I find it mind boggling that Tony would waste 20+ minutes on Ted Nugent. Why anyone would care about the opinions of 70's has- been hate monger is beyond me.
    I realize Tony wants to distance himself as far as possible from the $40 a Day genre, and that's what is so great about his show, we all love the edge. But to bypass Santa Fe, which is probably one of the top 5 food cities in the country to listen to Ted Nugent's insane political views? Is this No Reservations or Fox News? What's next; the world view of REO Speedwagon while sampling the sausage in Chicago?

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    1. re: tofuburrito

      I will admit Ted is an acquired taste, as for bypassing Santa Fe, I think that move was spot on, being a native New Mexican, we used to jokingly refer to S.F. as San Francisco east, it is a tourist town, with lots of high profile residents from other parts of the country, and that's fine, but for a road trip that us "common folks" would take it was great,uhhhhh except for the beemer!, should have something a little more common man, as for Ted being a hate monger?...hardly.

      1. re: jword2001

        There are some highly respected chefs in Santa Fe. Napa is a tourist trap too but Tony made a special trip to the French Laundry.
        During Ted's time on NR he managed to bad mouth Sting, the Grateful Dead, democrats, vegetarians and people who wear clothes on their heads. He didn't do it in funny way. There seemed to be a boiling hatred for anyone who disagrees with his world view.

    2. WAY too much of the Nuge, not nearly enough of New Mexico. Other than that, and the finish-the-side-of-beef-in-an-hour-or-less place in Texas (worthy of the Food Network in my own opinion), I enjoyed it very much.

      (In all honesty, Nugent's food looked fantastic, and I'm sure it tasted that way too. But I never liked his music, even back in the Amboy Dukes days, and without even considering his politics, I like his personality even less. I never liked Alice Cooper's music either, but I would much rather share a meal with him.)

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      1. re: Fydeaux

        Tony loves firing guns, as shown on other episodes. He even shot a mini deer in England, and to get the chance to fire an m-60 machine gun and blow up bombs, too much to resist. That steak place was on the Texas board. A great place if you like being humiliated in front of a crowd, food reviews were mixed. I could do without him buying cowboy boots, outside of farm and ranch land nobody wears boots or hats. Surprised? Shows like Rachel Ray and the like make a big point of buying boots, as a Texan, I'm sick of it.

        1. re: James Cristinian

          I'm so over the Texas cowboy boot thing, too. I live near Dallas, and i rarely see cowboy boots or hats. Same goes with the rural parts of Texas i've traveled to.

          1. re: iluvtennis

            Cut Tony some slack about the boots, he always wears them. The episode he did in Paris he made the comment about wearing cowboy boots there.

            Also the part of the show in Hatch, New Mexico was pretty good because it was in Hatch, New Mexico. For us chiliheads the Hatch Chili Festival is a culinary Meca!

        2. re: Fydeaux

          He sped through Arizona too. A hot dog at Cooperstown and that's it??? I kind of understand though. When you make that drive, the Big Texan and the Date Shake place do feature pretty prominently. East Coasters, it's kinda like South of the Border. You know it's gotta be lame, but after seeing billboards for 300 miles, one's interest is piqued.

          It would've been cool if he stopped on a res somewhere for fry bread or something. To roadtrip the SW and not include anything Native American was a bigger omission than not exploring Sante Fe, Albuquerque or Phx.

          And I thought Uncle Ted was pretty amusing, though I wouldn't want to have to endure a plane ride next to him or anything.

          1. re: yamalam

            funny since i will be seeing ALL those south of the border signs in 2 days. i do know what you mean! :)

        3. alice and ted in the same episode (and a quick mention of iggy pop in the preceeding south carolina episode)! tony, keep the detroit love coming and stop by for a coney, a vernors, some lays potato chips, some good polish food in hamtramck, and some saunders hot fudge! we will have bob seager, kid rock, eminem, and martha reeves show you around.

          1. I would have paid good money for Tony to stop by when in Texas, pick up NFNS's Lisa Garza and take her over to Nugents! LOL

            1. Sorry, a highly anticipated episode that was almost completely disappointing. Alice Cooper & hot dogs covers Arizona cuisine? Come on. What does the Salton Sea have to do with traveling AND food? One stop in NM which was one of the highlights of the show. And enough said about Ted Nugent. What a shame. A great region for food and this is what they came up with.

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              1. re: KHT

                My feelings too. Was definitely looking for more good road food on this episode, especially in Arizona. The NM stop was indeed a highlight. And nothing wrong with Alice and his place, necessarily, but how about Sonoran hotdogs or something else more unique?

                Not the worst episode yet, but a very disappointing one indeed.

                1. re: Joan Kureczka

                  But what was the purpose of this trip? Was it to sample the best of the region? The way he talked at the start, while leaving LA, it sounded as though he choosing the worst, the things that would challenge his ability to be a gracious guest. He's already done Vegas, once, maybe twice. He's done the Tex-Mex border. Others had done the highlights of New Mexico such as Santa Fe and Taos. Alton sampled fry bread - and dry bread - on the rez, as well as the swinging grill at Mexican Hat.