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14 Foods That Mike Rowe Loves to Eat

He's done hosting Dirty Jobs, but maybe Mike Rowe still wants to get his hands dirty in the kitchen.

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Mike Rowe is a storyteller and man of many talents. (Much like Bing Crosby.) He’s charmed viewers as the host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” and delighted listeners as a documentary narrator, podcaster and opera singer. Here are some of the foods Mike loves to eat when he’s not working on a crab boat or in a lumberjack camp!

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This is a man who has no doubt eaten many great meals, but he claims that his favorite was a batch of oysters he had in South Carolina that were “partly steamed, partly simmered, partly grilled and totally delicious.” Oysters Rockefeller should do the trick!
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Chocolate Doughnuts

Mike says he would finish his best meal with some chocolate doughnuts from Krispy Kreme, but we’d say homemade potato doughnuts would be even better. (For anyone else who’s a serious doughnut-lover, here are even more of our top donuts!)
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Scrapple is a mixture of pork scraps, cornmeal and spices that’s commonly found in Amish regions. In one episode of Dirty Jobs, Mike learned first-hand how to make the delicacy, which he prefers with ketchup or syrup.
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Crab Cakes

Mike was born and raised in Baltimore, so he knows all there is to know about good crab cakes. He says that his mother, who is famous thanks to his Texts From Mother blog, makes the best he’s ever had. She’d love our version, though!
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Baked Beans with Bacon

What are baked beans without bacon? Nothing! The charismatic TV host agrees, and would choose the combo as a side dish for his best-ever meal.

Need even more bacon goodness? We’ve got you covered.

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Sourdough Bread

He now lives in San Francisco, so you know he must eat the City by the Bay’s famous sourdough bread regularly! Learn how to make your own sourdough starter and then read up on our secrets for sourdough success.
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Grilled Ribeyes

Mike doesn’t own a super-fancy grill, and he told Men’s Health that it’s not necessary: “You just need a great cow and a heat source and some common sense.” This simple Grilled Marinated Ribeye would suit him nicely!
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Blueberry Pie

It’s hard to think of making blueberry pie as a dirty job, but Mike did an episode in Maine all about it! Though he did end up with flour in his hair, it was undoubtedly one of his sweetest (and least messy) gigs.
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Corn on the Cob

Mike voice loves simple corn on the cob; we think he’d love our buttery horseradish version, too. (If you’d rather boil your corn than grill it, use this helpful guide.)
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Chicken Parmesan

One of Mike’s go-to Baltimore restaurant recommendations is Sabatino’s, a place in Little Italy where he feasted after his prom. He says their chicken Parmesan is always fresh. (Wonder if he’s been to Giada’s restaurant in Baltimore?)
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Lobster Mashed Potatoes

Lobster mashed potatoes are about as fancy as Mike’s food preferences get. Since he’s successfully acted as a lobster fisherman for a day, maybe he can help you catch some to add to these buttery potatoes!
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Blue Crabs

This brilliant Baltimorean can’t get enough crab, so we know he’d love this hearty Maryland-style crab soup.

To make authentic crab legs, see our guide here. You’ll make Mike proud!

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Waffle Fries

Mike is the epitome of an all-American man, so it’s no surprise that he loves waffle fries. We’d make him this batch, loaded with cheese and bacon, or maybe these Waffle Fry Nachos.

See all Top 10 fast food fries, ranked.

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Mike often tasted not-so-appetizing things on Dirty Jobs, but he says that easily the worst food he ate was a fish shake. We know he’d prefer a strawberry milkshakes (or honestly, any of our Top 10 shakes) a lot more.

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.
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