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Alton Brown's Best Bites in New Zealand

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Culinary expert and Food Network personality Alton Brown knows a thing or two about where to find “good eats”—so much so that he hosted a show by the name for over a decade. When we sent Brown to New Zealand with just 24 hours’ notice, he turned his adventure into a search for taste-bud treats. These were the best bites Alton Brown found in New Zealand.
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22 St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Rd, Auckland City, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Brown followed a local’s advice and headed to Karangahape Road, a lively shopping district where he found a “charming jewel box of a sandwich shop” called Fort Greene. What did he order? “The Fish One”, a sandwich...
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1 Goodwin Ave, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Dragonfired, located Waiheke Island’s Little Oneroa Beach, has a trailer-hitched, wood-fired oven that serves pies with an ocean view. When Alton Brown visited the beachside pizza hut, he devoured his dream pizza: caramelized onion and feta...
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124 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
Island Gelato Company, opened in 2014 on Waiheke Island, serves more than 70 different flavors on any given day, experimenting with weekly and seasonal varieties. When Brown visited Island Gelato Company, he consumed two cups simultaneously (all...
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109 Puhoi Rd, Puhoi 0873, New Zealand
At Puhoi General Store, located in the settlement of Puhoi next to a river of the same name, Brown ordered a classic New Zealand treat: oysters and chips. “The lady at the counter told me they were out of mussels, but assured me that the...
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44 Wellesley St W, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Greedy Guts, a cozy café housed in an alcove just off the sidewalk in downtown Auckland, features three two-top tables, a square foot of counter, and a compact kitchen. “I ordered salmon, avocado, and pea sprouts on wafer-thin toast,...
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5 Vitasovich Ave, Henderson, Auckland 0612, New Zealand
Alton Brown described the scene at the Auckland Night Market at Henderson under Kmart as “part art street fair, part flea market, and part food stall roundup.” The “Blade Runner–gone-to-carnival vibe” market (again,...
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2 College Hill, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Alton Brown sincerely believes that if you really want to understand a culture, you must visit its grocery stores. According to the quirky culinary hero, “the New World market in Freemans Bay is as mega-mart as mega-marts get”. Brown...
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571 Dominion Rd, NZ 1041, New Zealand
Brown downed a dozen steamed pork and onion dumplings at Barilla Dumpling, a local Chinese food hotspot on Auckland’s Dominion Road. The meal was so delicious, he says, that he never once looked at his phone, not even to Instagram the...