Commentary: Livin' in Liverpool June 16

Man v. Food host pigs out at Heid's

Come September or so, Heid's grillmeisters will be featured frying franks and coneys on the Travel Channel's TV show Man v. Food.

The reality program's host, Adam Richman, visited our landmark hot dog stand Wednesday, June 9. The day before, Richman and his camera crew made the scene at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que down city but swung north to Liverpool on Hump Day to eat dogs at Heid's and salt potatoes at the Salt Museum.

Richman's producers asked diners to remain natural, ignore Richman's comic commentaries and -- above all -- don't look at the camera. If any pesky reporters showed up, they said, production would be curtailed. So we're not yet sure if Richman faced one of his famous food challenges here, but it would be fun to see how many coneys he could stomach.

On a show that aired March 18, 2009, Richman consumed 17 hot dogs at a North Carolina restaurant, and on the following week's episode he ate a one-meter-long German bratwurst in Minneapolis.

In New Jersey's Star-Ledger, television critic Alan Sepinwall described Man v. Food this way: "It ain't deep, and it certainly ain't healthy (I could feel my arteries clog just from watching), but it's fun." Since 2008, the Travel Channel has produced 39 episodes.

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, the 36-year-old Richman doesn't have to act to eat. He's a natural meat-lover. Man v. Food: Carnivore Edition aired on March 3 celebrating Richman's more "carnivorous" food stops including a barbecue in Amarillo, Texas, and the Thurman Burger joint in Columbus, Ohio.

Both Heid's and the Dinosaur should rate high on Richman's meat meter. We shall see in September.

Food compulsions explained

Anyone who willingly swallows a 7.5-lb. Sasquatch Burger in Memphis and a 10-lb. stuffed pizza in Hartford, Conn., may be in need of some professional counseling. Too bad Adam Richman didn't hang around the village for another week.

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