21 episodes

Restaurant obsessives Michael Russell and Gary "The Foodie" Okazaki break down the latest news, major openings and more from the wide world of American food.

Walk-Ins Welcome Gary Okazaki and Michael Russell

    • Arts
    • 3.9 • 15 Ratings

Restaurant obsessives Michael Russell and Gary "The Foodie" Okazaki break down the latest news, major openings and more from the wide world of American food.

    21 -- Gary Evades Quarantine

    21 -- Gary Evades Quarantine

    Fresh off his recent trip to Hong Kong and Seoul, Gary gets flagged by the CDC due to his two-hour stopover in Shanghai's airport. Meanwhile, Michael visits Minneapolis and comes back with a flu of his own. Episode includes digressions on makgeolli, Mingles and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    • 42 min
    20 -- America's Restaurants of the Decade

    20 -- America's Restaurants of the Decade

    Gary and Michael snake draft America's top 10 restaurants of the decade, including Mission Chinese Food, Franklin Barbecue, Sqirl, State Bird Provisions and The Grey. Gary also breaks down his top 10 meals of the 2010s, and the duo debate whether any Portland restaurant deserves a shot at a national best-of-the-decade list.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    19 -- 2019 Year-End Recap: Part Two

    19 -- 2019 Year-End Recap: Part Two

    In the second and blessedly shorter part of their 2019 year-end recap, Gary and Michael break down the best things they ate this year, both in Portland and beyond, then talk about the places they hope to visit in 2020. Happy New Year everyone!

    • 23 min
    18 -- 2019 Year-End Recap: Part One

    18 -- 2019 Year-End Recap: Part One

    Gary and Michael break down their year in eating 2019, including their favorite meals and best new restaurants. Then Gary predicts the top 10 from The LA Times' upcoming restaurant guide, the first without Jonathan Gold.

    • 59 min
    17 -- America's Best New Best New Restaurants of 2019

    17 -- America's Best New Best New Restaurants of 2019

    That's right, it's a list about lists! Gary and Michael analyze the year in Best New Restaurants lists, including GQ, Eater, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and Esquire (with Thrillist still to come). At the end, Gary predicts next year's James Beard Award new restaurant finalists, and Michael talks a bit about his recent guide to Portland's best croissants.

    • 45 min
    16 -- Mexico City

    16 -- Mexico City

    Gary and Michael smoke clove cigarettes, drink vermouth and recap their recent visit to Mexico City, including each of their top five restaurants from the trip. At one, Michael finds his favorite meal, perhaps ever.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

MikeGreene ,

Very Good Pod !

Gary the Foodie and Michael Russell are always fun, informative and interesting. Their opinions and insights into the food scene in and around Portland, and beyond, are very useful to me.

Johnny Red Sox... ,

Excellent, well informed and entertaining!

Gary knows more about fine dining (or any kind of dining) than anyone I know. Michael adds a critic’s eye and is a great compliment to Gary. Highly recommended to anyone interested in a global or local food scene.

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