The Illegal Eater

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The Illegal Eater takes viewers on a journey to uncover some of the tastiest, creative, illegal food in a city’s unlicensed – secret – underground venues. It’s in these places where the food is always fresh, local, and the experience is completely authentic.

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Charlie’s Burgers + The Illegal Eater – Illegal Eater

Season One finale, Steven starts in Toronto, Ontario where he goes to illegal eatery Charlie’s Burgers for their version of a junk food meal. Inspired by his travels Steven puts on his own underground dinner at his house in New York.

Coterie & Tie + Sabor – Illegal Eater

Steven jets to Atlanta, Georgia where celebrity chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson eases him into the city’s culinary jungle. He uncovers a speakeasy only accessed via a hidden phone booth, then it’s off to Asheville, North Carolina.

Highlands Dinner Club + Deer & Almond – Illegal Eater

Steven is in Brooklyn where he is invited to take part in the Highlands Dinner Club. With fellow musician Mike Doughty, the duo dine high above the city. From there, Steven heads to Winnipeg, Manitoba to attend a coveted pop-up.

L.I.M.E. + pHeast

Steven goes to Los Angeles, where he finds pHeast, an eatery run by the great grandson of country music star Lefty Frizzell. From there Steven rerturns to Charleston where he visits L.I.M.E., an eatery happening in a former jail.

Legume + This Sous Rising – Illegal Eater

New York City, a place where cultures meet and collide. Steven uncovers a food community in Legume, an underground restaurant that fuses Venezuelan and Chinese cuisine. From there Steven travels to Chicago to eat at This Sous Rising.

ChefLive + GraffEats – Illegal Eater

Steven journeys to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he encounters an restaurant that feels like an east-coast kitchen party. From there Steven ventures to San Francisco where he meets with Paul Myers and they go to a clandestine restaurant.

Hidden Agenda + Brasstacks – Illegal Eater

Steven is in Los Angeles where he dines at the ultra decadent Hidden Agenda where bacon is on the menu tonight! From there he heads to Cambridge,
Massachusetts a city with a deep underground food culture.

We’ve Got Soul + Studio Feast – Illegal Eater

The Big Easy awaits Steven as he uncovers We’ve Got Soul, a pop up that makes a weekly appearance in the back of a dive-bar. Steven then heads to Brooklyn, where he attends Studio Feast, an eatery that’s serving up delicious seafood.

Yo Soy + Frank – Illegal Eater

Steven is in Chicago for a concert but stops at Yo Soy an underground restaurant first in order to take in the illegal eateries in the city. From there Steven travels to Dallas, Texas where he attends Frank an off-the-grid restaurant run by two former reality TV food competitors.

Supper Underground + Cobra – Illegal Eater

Austin, Texas, self-dubbed as the city of weird. Steven searches for an odd illegal dining experience and uncovers more than he bargained for. From authentic roadhouses to giant street rappers to the Museum of Weird… Austin may just be the most normal stop on his journey (maybe Steven is the weird one). Steven then heads to Ottawa, Ontario where he dines on cheval, discovers a speakeasy behind a bookcase and finds the elusive upscale underground restaurant Cobra where he eats Wild Yak heart and marijuana leaf smoked octopus.

Summer Solstice Supper Club + Milkfish

Steven begins in San Francisco, and ends up in Yolo County for the all-raw Summer Solstice Supper Club. From there he heads to New Orleans, and uncovers the land of the open container and a pop-up Filipino restaurant called Milkfish.

Uncurry + Guerrilla Cuisine – Illegal Eater

Steven Page begins his journey into the Los Angeles culinary underground, getting help from friend Jason Priestley. Steven uncovers Un-Curry, a Bombay underground eatery in the Chef’s home.

Uncovering the Underground: A Guide to Illegal Eating

If youʼve got an adventurous palate and want to dine at an illegal restaurant but don’t know where to start, here are a few helpful tips in finding that clandestine dining experience your taste buds have been craving for.

The Illegal Eater’s “Illegal” Tour

In Travel+Escape’s The Illegal Eater, Steven Page explores North America’s thriving underground restaurant scene. From diners to distilleries, bartenders to bloggers, here’s how to follow in his “illegal” footsteps.