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Cooking Channel explores rare and unconventional in new series 'Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy'

by jmaloni


Tue, Sep 9th 2014 06:20 pm

Chef Jim Stacy is known for doing things his way, whether it is his clever takes on traditional foods or his famous corndogs - the "Fryinstein Monster" and the "Bananas Foster Corndog." Now, Cooking Channel takes viewers inside the head of this eccentric trailblazer with "Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy," premiering Friday, Oct. 17, at 9:30 p.m.

Viewers can join Jim through six half-hour episodes as he celebrates America's roadside rebel chefs - the people who create quirky eateries that are off the beaten path and serving up deliciously offbeat food and experiences.

Throughout the series, Jim's travels take him to some of the most unique and adventurous spots around, in places you would least expect - from Oakland to Boca Raton to Falls Church, Virginia. Some of the fun he experiences includes a restaurant in Seattle with circus-like d├ęcor that serves carnival-inspired dishes; a Louisville fan-favorite destination that is one part old-school arcade and one part gastro-pub; and a restaurant in San Francisco's Mission district that includes an indoor mini-golf course.

For Jim, it is all about the people he meets and the nostalgia he encounters along the way. From hidden local gems to restaurants doing surprising new things where you least expect it, "Offbeat Eats" is a roadmap to restaurants that are a little hard to find, but always worth the journey.

Jim Stacy is a self-trained cook who marches to the beat of his own drum. He's done it all: run landmark bars, revamped a historic drive-in movie theater, built the south's most famous corndog truck, and created one of Georgia's hottest new restaurants, Pallookaville Fine Foods. He has always been a champion of those who think a little differently from the status quo. Famous for his eccentric tastes, Jim has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Destination America."

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