The TLC show “Best Food Ever” episode featuring Jake’s Dixie Roadhouse won’t air until next month, but buzz about the upcoming appearance has already caused a spike in new customers at the Waltham restaurant.
Owner Don Yovicisn said he expects his restaurant to become a destination spot, especially since it is the only New England barbecue joint featured on the show.
“In their research they sent producers into the city to find the place with the best food and the best story,” Yovicisn said, “our story is pretty good.”
Ten years ago, before opening Jake’s Dixie Roadhouse, Yovicisn said he took a tour of the barbecue belt: Kansas City, Memphas, through the Carolinas, and Texas.
“I was stopping at every barbecue shack, eating, drinking, learning, and taking courses,” he said.
The tour influenced the flavor and style of his Waltham restaurant, and helped it earn the highest Phantom Gourmet rating for barbecue joints in New England.
The episode, which is narrated by John Goodman, features classic favorites like pork shoulder as well as menu items that demonstrate Yovicisn’s love of bacon, including maple bacon ice cream, deep fried bacon, and chocolate chunk bacon cookies.
Yovicisn said he hopes his national TV debut will show foodies that New England has more to offer than just lobster rolls and clam cakes.
“We’re excited to get national television exposure and to show the country we can do good barbecue here in New England.”