In the Chicago premiere, airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Richman visits the bar Scofflaw in Logan Square, Italian favorite A Tavola, hot dog stand Fatso's Last Stand in Ukrainian Village, and the Brazilian-influenced La Sirena Clandestina in the West Loop.
The show originally was scheduled to premiere last summer, but was postponed after Richman went on a tirade on Instagram in response to criticism of his use of the hashtag "#thinspiration." He had posted the hashtag with a photo to show his recent weight loss.
In "Man Finds Food," Richman seeks out off-the-menu dishes and gets the stories behind them from the chefs and restaurant owners.
At Scofflaw, it's the gut-busting Guapachosa sandwich, layered with a bit of every dish on the menu. Richman calls it "one of the biggest, dankest, most awesome-looking sandwiches" he's seen.
At Fatso's Last Stand (filmed when it was still called Phil's Last Stand), he samples the shoestring potato-topped shrimp po' boy.
La Sirena Clandestina chef John Manion cooks Richman a platter of meat dubbed the Size Me Up, which includes sweetbreads, chicken hearts and short ribs.
At A Tavola, chef Dan Bocik grills a 3-pound ribeye while revealing, to Richman's delight, the existence of a second kitchen in the basement. The steak comes with a generous helping of gnocchi and is called by those in the know, which is anyone who watches this episode, the Italian Meat and Potatoes.
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