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The Cooking Channel's G. Garvin features South Florida restaurants

Staff writer

Now in its third season, the Cooking Channel’s “Road Trip With G. Garvin” has taken its host from California to Connecticut in search of the country’s best Southern food.

At 9 p.m. Wednesday, Garvin, a chef, visits three Miami-Dade restaurants, including the quirky Crackers in Miami Springs. Owners Jo and Jeff Mitnick serve po’boys, burgers, fried chicken and the maple-glazed pork chops that will be featured on the show. Jeff Mitnick prepares the chops with a mustard maple glaze and serves them over a buttery sweet-potato mash. Many of the restaurant’s seats are outside underneath a huge tiki hut.

“They were here for seven hours, and it’s only going to be seven minutes,” says Jo Mitnick, who will host a viewing party at the restaurant.

Garvin also goes to Batch Gastropub in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood for crispy pork belly with honey-soy glaze, served with pear and parsnip puree. The episode ends at Swine Southern Table and Bar in Coral Gables for Hoppin’ Jack, confit rabbit leg, faro, black-eyed peas, crispy Brussels sprouts and fennel gravy.

On June 25, the show returns to South Florida, where Garvin samples Gnaughty gnocchi with oxtail at Hot and Soul in Fort Lauderdale and visits Southern Swank Kitchen in Davie, where he learns how to make smoked beer-can chicken.

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