Daymon Patterson made a series of videos on YouTube of his trips around Connecticut tasting food from different fast food restaurants. Most often sitting in his car, he would try the food and then explain its flavors and give his honest opinion of it, and it was made obvious that he loves takeout food. He would rather sit behind the wheel of his car and drip crumbs in his lap than go to a sit down restaurant. This has shot him into stardom because he now has his own show on the Travel Channel called “Best Daym Takeout”, where he gets to leave his hometown area, and crisscross the country in search of the best fast food restaurants in the country.
The show premiere on July 31st began with dual episodes, 30 minutes each, where he started out at Pequod’s in Chicago, where they are known for their deep dish pizzas. He then goes to a joint called Superdawg, where he has a hot dog of epic proportions. It is then off to Mr. Beef where he enters the takeout restaurant and exclaims, “I’m a big guy! I don’t like a small sandwich!” When he gets each order, he returns to the quiet of his car, where again, he enjoys his food behind the wheel, dripping food down his shirt.
After he satisfies his appetite behind the wheel of his car, the show takes a turn that resembles that of many other shows where the host tries food at different restaurants. He will go back to the restaurants and make friends with the owner and cook, and find out how the dish or sandwich are put together. He also asks them to share the story behind the dish and the restaurant. This part of the show is kind of cliché, but I suppose if you see a dish that you have not heard of and want to duplicate in your own kitchen, this part would be of interest. On the opening night, however, there really wasn’t anything that you could not figure out how it was being made, so perhaps that is why this part seemed redundant.
Best Daym Takeout is kind of a binge eater’s type of show. Daymon is a big guy who is obviously not concerned about his weight, and loves to pig out on deep fried food. The fact that he likes to eat alone behind the wheel of his car is a little weird too. It kind of reminds me of people who go through drive-thru’s and order a bunch of food and hide in their car to eat it so no one will know. It is different, so if that is what you are looking for you can catch it on the Travel Channel at 10/9c on Wednesdays.
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