Heid's, Salt Museum on national TV this weekend

In early-June, Adam Richman, the host of the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food," visited three Central New York gastronomical landmarks with his video crew.

On June 8, Richman pulled some pork at down city's Dinosaur Bar-B-Que before swinging north to Liverpool the next day to eat dogs at Heid's and salt potatoes at the Salt Museum.

On June 10, "Man v. Food" wrapped up its Upstate stay with a stop at Mother's Cupboard Fish Fry at 3709 James St. Customers there are dared to consume five pounds of pancakes, but Richman opted for the Frittata Challenge - a massive breakfast scramble of eggs, potatoes, onions, peppers and meats weighing in at more than six pounds.

Cupboard staffers have been sworn to secrecy, but I'll bet Richman had no problem pounding down that mess o' eggs.

Find out for yourself how the Brooklyn-bred Richman fared against that formidable frittata and watch him hype Hinerwadel's salt potatoes and Hofmann's hot dogs when the Syracuse episode of "Man v. Food" airs at 8:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 3 on Time Warner Cable Channel 41. It'll be repeated at 12:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 4, according to travelchannel.com.

Baja Alaskan cod

Speaking of tasty regional meals, The Retreat has debuted a deliciously low-priced appetizer special called Baja Alaskan cod. The crispy tortilla-style breaded filets from the Last Frontier State are deep fried and served with a Creole caper tartar sauce and a chipotle chili dipping sauce.

Two can share the six finger-sized filets or one can make a whole dinner out of 'em. The cod is fresh, sweet and tender, and the zesty sauces perk up the palate.

Best yet, The Retreat's Baja Alaska appetizer costs just $6.95.

Ninety-nine cent sandwiches!

And speaking of great deals on prepared food, here's a recession special: 99-cent sandwiches at Fastrac!

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