Andrew Perloff was a fish out of water, a Brooklynite driving from the Atlanta airport to Auburn, Ala., last fall. He was on his way to a football game, part of his job as a “Danette” for The Dan Patrick Show, and wanted to stop for some barbecue. Problem was he had no idea where to go.
Enter Paul Pabst, executive producer of The DP Show and Perloff’s co-host on The Leisuremen Podcast. Pabst is a BBQ buff so Perloff texted him seeking help. At home in Connecticut, Pabst sent out a tweet asking for recommendations, then used GPS to find Perloff’s exact location and began matching them up. A few minutes later, Perloff had his destination, an ETA and a note from Pabst saying, “Go there, ask for Jimmy and tell him Paul sent you.”
“It was like a Jason Bourne movie,” Pabst said.
The story illustrates the lengths Perloff and Pabst go to find good food when traveling. They’ve turned that passion into a video series on The DP Show, where they do city-specific food tours. They hit Houston BBQ joints for the Super Bowl, and last week they did a taco tour of Los Angeles. I wrote about their experience for Inside Hook. (Click the link to see all five spots they hit.)
Of course I got way more material than I needed for the Inside Hook piece, which will happen when you spend a couple afternoons eating tacos with two people who talk for a living. Here are a few extra notes:
- Pabst loves trying out all the local spots, but don’t ask him for his favorite. “It’s not about judging what’s the best,” he says. “It’s more about showing people some options, what’s out there to eat. I saw on the DP Show this cool BBQ place or taco truck, and maybe you have a great meal because of it. We look at it like a PSA for our audience.”
- L.A. Rams quarterback Sean Mannion joined the tour for Leo’s and La Isla Bonita. He became a big fan of the show in college at Oregon State and jumped at the opportunity to come along. “I had nothing else going on and, shoot, come eat some tacos?” he says. “It sounded like just a fun thing to do.”
- Pabst had a lot to say on the intersection of food and football, a topic I’ve covered on J&T. “Nobody just like sports. Food and sports are almost synonymous,” Pabst says. “Tailgating is my favorite thing in the world and sometimes the food is more important than the football game. When you have friends over to watch a game, the game may suck but the food shouldn’t. We look at this thing like, What do sports fans do? Sports fans eat. So we give food tips to fans of the show.”