A man who makes his living eating bizarre bar food found plenty to fill his plate during a Friday visit to Des Moines.
Adam Richman of the Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" spent a few hours Friday afternoon at the downtown restaurant High Life Lounge. He planned stops at Jethro's BBQ in the Drake University neighborhood and Black Market Pizza in Ankeny.
Footage from Richman's visit is scheduled to air Oct. 6 on the show, in which Richman explores the dining scene of a city, then ends the episode with a food challenge.
The High Life Lounge was informed of Richman's visit a month ago and invited regulars to the filming.
"We didn't do things any differently than we normally do," said High Life co-owner Andy Massoth. "We kept it pretty honest."
Richman and about a dozen Travel Channel employees showed up around 11 a.m. Crew members kept customers from using camera phones, and anyone caught on film signed a waiver giving their permission to be shown.
The bar and restaurant at 200 S.W. Second St. is styled like a 1960s-era corner tap, with shag carpet and vintage beer signs and bowling pictures lining the wood-paneled walls.
Massoth said Richman dined on the broasted chicken meal, along with the bar's signature bacon-wrapped tater tots.
The show chose frequent High Life customer Zenia Phyun to talk on camera about the broasted chicken with Richman, while another regular, Whitney McKinstry, talked about the tots.
"He's exactly like he is on TV. It's not an act," McKinstry said. She said she has avoided ordering the bacon-wrapped appetizer because of the calories, "but today I ate the whole plate."
Jethro's presents an obvious food challenge for Richman with the Adam Emmenecker sandwich, a huge item named after a former Drake University basketball star that includes a pork tenderloin, burger, brisket, bacon, fried cheese, buffalo chicken tenders and more cheese. Crew members also said the program was considering making a stop at the Iowa State Fair.