What happens when you go to all your favorite fast food restaurants, camera in tow and record and post reviews of everything from Dunkin Donuts’ Frozen Hot Chocolate to Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco? I’ll tell you what happens! The viewing public flocks to your YouTube page, like and comment on your various videos and then the Travel Channel finds you and changes your life with your own show! Don’t believe me? Just ask the Travel Channel’s biggest and boldest new star, Daymon Patterson. This is the man behind one of the most viral reviews ever of Five Guys!
Daymon is a meat-loving man with an affinity for fast food. He decided one day to play around with a new camera he’d gotten and his YouTube channel, Daym Drops was born. It was this very channel that the Travel Channel found and offered Daym his own weekly show, “The Best Daym Takeout,” where this larger-than-life personality shares the best in mom and pop “fast food” from around the U.S. with his devoted fan following.
I just had to meet this man and learn about his food obsession and his envy-inducing journey to the Travel Channel. We set up our lunch date at one of NYC’s best BBQ fast food joints–Tres Carnes–and I could tell by Daym’s first bite that he was glad I chose the Texas-smoked Mexican-inspired restaurant. With brisket, the most tender pork shoulder you’ve ever had and chicken always on the menu, Tres Carnes has managed to give quick Mexican treats like nachos, tacos and burritos a delicious and authentic down-home flavor you can only get with time-consuming Texas smoking.
Kudos to restauranteur Michael Sinensky (Village Pourhouse, Hudson Terrace, SideBAR, Little Town), his partner and executive chef, Sasha Shor and pit master, Mike Rodriguez for developing and mastering this approachable and culturally-infused dining experience.
Check out what Daym thought of this yummy fusion and get to know more about Mr. “Super Official!”
Prepare to have your guiltiest pleasure foods couple with Daym’s unique style of reviewing on your TV screen every week on the Travel Channel!
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Check Out This Gallery Of The Yummiest Soul Food Dishes From Your Fave Celebs!
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1. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson still enjoys soul food, however, she goes for the lower calorie version: turkey wings, baked sweet potato fries and greens. I am thinking Jennifer does not cook her greens with ham hocks or salt pork. (Photo: AP)
2. President Obama
Collard greens and sweet potatoes were planted in the First Lady’s White House garden. Mr. President loves him some sweet potato pie. (Photo: AP)
3. Barack and Michelle Obama
In 2009, the White House hosted the first soul food brunch in American history. Grits, Fried Chicken, Barbecue Ribs, Collard Greens, Black Eyed Peas, Macaroni and Cheese, Potato Salad, Candied Yams, Peach Cobbler to name a few were served up. Yummy! A lot more folks know about soul food now! (Photo: AP)
If you ask Beyonce what is her favorite food . . . she says ‘Soul Food’ and if you ask for her most favorite soul food dish, she says fried catfish. (Photo: AP)
5. Kanye West
Soon after Kim and Kanye hooked up, Kim tweeted ‘cooking some soul food for my baby! along with a photo of the plate filled with mac & cheese, fried chicken, green beans and cornbread! Who knew she could cook! (Photo: AP)
6. Patti LaBelle
I don’t know if mac & cheese is Patti LaBelle’s favorite soul food dish, however, I read that her home-made macaroni and cheese is soooo delicious, it made Oprah cry. WOW! (Photo: AP)
7. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez loooooves fried chicken and said in an interview once that she actually likes to cook it when she’s home. (Photo: AP)
8. Meagan Good
Meagan Good confesses her most favorite soul food dish is Mac & Cheese. (Photo: AP)
9. Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige says her favorite soul food dish is Mac & Cheese too. (Photo: PR Photos)
10. Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland doesn’t just have just ONE favorite soul food dish! Don’t get her started, she loves mac & cheese, rice, gravy, yams and oxtails to mention a few. (Photo: PR Photos)
11. LeBron James
LeBron James loves fried okra and chicken & waffles. (Photo: AP)
12. Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer said she cannot wait until the red carpet events are over so she can get her buddy Jessica Chastain to cook her up some good ol’ vegan soul food! Really? (Photo: AP)
13. Chris Brown
Chris Brown cooked up a huge meal for Karrueche Tran and himself back when they were in love. She tweeted a photo of him cooking and then a pix of the finished product: fried chicken, green beans, mac & cheese, corn on the cob and cornbread. (Photo: AP)
14. Will Smith
Will Smith says his favorite soul food dish is also mac & cheese. (Photo: AP)