You Gotta Eat Here! with John Catucci: Season 5 Primer

Season 5 of Food Network Canada’s popular series You Gotta Eat Here! premieres on February 26. Hosted by funny man John Catucci, You Gotta Eat Here! is the Canadian equivalent to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, with celebrity chef Guy Fieri.


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For season 5, Catucci travels across Canada in search of the best local eats offered at small family diners and large restaurants, but the producers have also expanded the series this year to include US dining destinations as well as special Rome, Florence, London, and Dublin editions.

Chew Boom put together a bit of a primer in the run-up to the season 5 premiere. Check out what we dug up in our quest for a tasty peek at what you can expect to see on season 5 of You Gotta Eat Here!

Hey, Calgary, look for the Oak Tree Tavern to make an appearance during season 5 of You Gotta Eat Here!

(Please take note, at the end of this sneak peek post of season 5, we have the details on the first 4 episodes, including the premiere episode set to broadcast on February 26.)

Here’s a couple of shots of Catucci at Satay Brothers in Montreal.

You won’t see this shot of Catucci on the show, but we thought we’d throw it in just for the hell of it. We hope the cookies were good.

Back in Calgary, Catucci and crew check out the Pig & Duke Pub & Eatery

Did CatucciCatucci actually eat that thing? We’ll have to wait and see.

Still in Calgary, but now at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club.

Team @palominosmokehouse filming @yougottaeathere today!!!

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Here’s Catucci making a stop at the NàRoma Pizza Bar in Hamilton, Ontario.

Enjoying a stop at the The Combine Eatery in Toronto.

Still in Toronto, You Gotta Eat Here! checks out Pizzeria Defina.

Here’s John at the Kekuli Cafe Coffee in British Columbia.

It’s off to The Burnt Tongue in Hamilton, Ontario.

Still in Hamilton at The Ship

Here’s John getting down on a donut at Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

Still in Vancouver, here’s John at the Panaderia Latina Bakery.

A stop at the Buckstop Denman in Vancouver.

Here’s John on the other coast at Piatto Pizzeria in St.John’s, Newfoundland.

At the YellowBelly Brewery St.John’s.

At the in Rostizado Edmonton.

A trip to the Prohibition in Montreal.

A stop for something yummy at PoutineVille in Montreal

This is by no means a complete list of the great eateries featured in season 5 of You Gotta Eat Here! but it does give you a taste of what’s to come.

Here’s a partial episode guide for season 5:

February 26, 2016

Kinton Ramen, Summit Café, Kokom’s Bannock Shack

Host John Catucci discovers the ultimate Japanese comfort food at Toronto’s Kinton Ramen, then reaches new heights of yumminess at Summit Café in Stony Mountain, Manitoba. In Dryden, Ontario John learns to make traditional bannock with a burger twist.

March 4, 2016

Happy Dog, Barb’s Country Kitchen, Brit & Chips

Host John Catucci proclaims his love for fully-loaded hot dogs at Happy Dog, Cleveland’s rock & dog palace. At Barb’s Country Kitchen in Orangeville, Ontario it’s all about the crazy portions, and Montreal surprises with inventive Brit & Chips!

March 11, 2016

Low & Slow, Casa Manila, Charlie the Butcher

Host John Catucci learns the secret to great barbecue in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. In Toronto, John discovers the international flavours of Phillipine cooking at Casa Manila, and then he heads to Charlie the Butcher to try Buffalo’s legendary beef on weck.

March 18, 2016

Prohibition Montreal, Battista’s Calzone Co., Burgers N’ Fries Forever

Host John Catucci knows brunch is the best meal of the day at Montreal’s Prohibition, then tries the specialty at Battista’s Calzone Co. in Edmonton. Burgers and fries are BFFs at Ottawa’s Burgers ’n’ Fries Forever.