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On October 26, 2008, live at The 13th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort in Orlando, chef Jamie Gwen caught up with Sophie Gayot in Los Angeles. During the course of the phone interview, the pair discussed’s recently released Annual Restaurant Issue.

Chef Jamie Gwen Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S. Sophie Gayot

In the face of current economic problems, Sophie offered listeners a few of her favorite picks from a list of the Top 40 Cheap Eats in the U.S., where inexpensive prices have not compromised the quality of the cuisine. An overview of this year’s culinary achievements, the Restaurant Issue also includes the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. as well as the country’s Top 10 New Restaurants.

Check out Jamie Gwen's cookbooks, Bountiful Buffets and Good Food for Good Times, and add some spice to your next dinner party.

Below is the list of restaurants that were mentioned during the show:



Shiro French
Dining Room at Shiro, South Pasadena, CA 1505 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Spare and stylish storefront space showcases chef-owner Hideo Yamashiro's seafood-centric creations. More...


Taco Mesa Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Taco Mesa, Orange, CA Saddleback Plaza
3533 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
Some of Orange County's best Mexican food at rock-bottom prices. More...


Hot Dog Heaven Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Hot Dog Heaven, Orlando, FL 5355 E. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
Some of the best hot dogs in Central Florida, served with a pile of crispy fries. More...


La Super-Rica Taqueria Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at La Super-Rica Taqueria, Santa Barbara, CA 622 N. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
A humble Mexican restaurant, housed in a tin roof shack, with a first-rate reputation. More...


Vincent's California
Dining Room at Vincent 113 W. Grand Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
Seasonal dining with French panache in historic downtown Escondido. More...

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