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2006/08/12 09:12:31 (permalink)

TV producer looking for 'dives'

I am looking for suggestions of 'dives' to feature in a TV special ... I am defining a dive as a place at least 30 years old, preferably older, with the ambience you'd expect of a 'dive,' proud to be called a dive, with character, characters, and at least one unique or fabulous food item.
Thanks,
David Page
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    ann peeples
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 09:43:43 (permalink)
    You need to visit some of the older George Webb restaurants in and around the Milwaukee area.Let me know if you want specifics.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 10:28:28 (permalink)
    David, Is this show being produced on spec, or do you have a network lined up to broadcast?

    My favorite dive is probably Ernie's BBQ at 1843 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Around since 1957 I think, it has a Key West vibe, and although they do provide valet parking at lunch time, you would never confuse this place with anything upscale. The barbecue sauce is actually better than the barbecue. But the real standout here is the Conch Chowder served with thick slices of Bimini Bread.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 10:39:38 (permalink)
    Many dumps but no dives in my area.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 11:19:39 (permalink)
    The Raccoon Saloon in Marlboro, NY - for hamburgers and beer
    The Eggs Nest in High Falls, NY - for Deli sandwiches, and Southwestern influenced items, and well made drinks.
    P&G's in New Paltz, NY, - for hamburgers and beer.
    El Cap in St Petersburg, FL - for hamburgers and beer and sports TV.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 12:38:06 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by pageprod

    I am looking for suggestions of 'dives' to feature in a TV special ... I am defining a dive as a place at least 30 years old, preferably older, with the ambience you'd expect of a 'dive,' proud to be called a dive, with character, characters, and at least one unique or fabulous food item.
    Thanks,
    David Page
    952-210-7733



    Three Brothers Cafe in Petaluma. If they are still open, they would fit the bill. I received the recommendation that if I was to eat there, use the plastic utensils. I have to agree.
    It has been a decade since I ate there, so who knows if they are still open.
    I would order the Master Blaster sandwich which was a grilled chicken breast with a split (very hot) link and topped with a great BBQ sauce on a bun.

    The Colony Grill in Stamford, CT may also fit. It is kinda dumpy and is renowned for the one item that is on the menu. A one sized pizza that has a cracker thin crust and drips plenty of oil. Info on that place kind be found through searching this website.

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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 12:46:06 (permalink)
    Staniches, Portland Oregon.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 13:03:26 (permalink)
    Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis Mn; Golden Light Cafe in Amarillo TX. Don't know how long the Golden Light has been around, but Al's has been around for a while - over 30 years at least.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 13:05:00 (permalink)
    Oh, and Ben's Chili Bowl in DC - a local institution.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 16:08:12 (permalink)
    Not sure if Redbones in Somerville MA counts http://www.redbonesbbq.com
    The Mars Bar in the East Village, NYC is definitely proud to be called a dive. Years ago when I was there, a man was spouting drunken German poetry at me.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 16:21:08 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Pigiron

    Pick a Waffle House, any Waffle House (except, you won't find a fabulous food item).


    Well, I have a little girl in my family who thinks Waffle House is wonderful and she loves their waffles. All patrons are well behaved and most of their restaurants are well maintained and with a cheerful staff so I will have to disgree with you on this one.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 22:07:44 (permalink)
    I don't know if I would call it a dive but this is the place I would recommend -- Caspers' and Runyons' Nook on Hamline Avenue in St. Paul, MN. Here is my quick review in the Roadfoods.com Pork Tenderloins thread. They are more known for their Jucy Lucy hamburgers and the place has been in business since 1938.

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=423&whichpage=14
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 22:21:23 (permalink)
    Hinkle's in Madison Indiana, beautiful historic rivertown

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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/12 23:56:39 (permalink)
    Here are a few in Little Rock, Arkansas:

    Homer's Restaurant
    The Box
    David Family Kitchen
    Doe's Eat Place
    Juanita's Mexican Cafe & Bar
    Original O. W. Pizza
    Vino's Pizza * Pub * Brewery
    Your Mama's Good Food
    Browning's Mexican Restaurant
    Buffalo Grill - Riverdale
    Chip's Barbecue
    Grady's Pizza & Subs
    Leo's Greek Castle
    The Oyster Bar
    Pizza D Action
    Sim's Bar-B-Que
    U S Pizza Company
    Asher Dairy Bar
    Grampa's Southern Catfish House-North Little Rock
    The Faded Rose
    Canon Grill
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 08:22:34 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by TheJerseyTomato

    Not sure if Redbones in Somerville MA counts http://www.redbonesbbq.com
    The Mars Bar in the East Village, NYC is definitely proud to be called a dive. Years ago when I was there, a man was spouting drunken German poetry at me.
    Nah! Redbones has too many yuppies to be considered a "dive". I'm the King of Dives in the Boston area, just ask my friends, know most of them if not all. If I disclosed names and locations they would become yuppiefied. Some locations you have to keep in your back pocket to prevent this from happening. Chow Jim
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 08:31:15 (permalink)
    How far are you willing to travel?
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 08:53:46 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by TheJerseyTomato

    Not sure if Redbones in Somerville MA counts http://www.redbonesbbq.com
    The Mars Bar in the East Village, NYC is definitely proud to be called a dive. Years ago when I was there, a man was spouting drunken German poetry at me.


    I think the atmosphere at Redbones is more "college" than dive but the Porter Cafe which used to be a good place for BBQ in that area would have been a dive. Fred
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 09:30:12 (permalink)
    Any place that has a website is definitely not a dive.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 09:47:55 (permalink)
    Rubens Tamales on Rigsby in San Antonio
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 14:37:34 (permalink)
    We'd appreciate it if pageprod would provide a more complete description of his idea of a dive.

    cheers, John
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 15:10:30 (permalink)
    Workingman's Friend Tavern

    Best Double Cheeseburgers in Indianapolis. Owned (I think) by the same family since 1918.

    True dive in the best sense of the word.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 16:56:55 (permalink)
    Quatman's in Cincinnati. Great burgers, has a lunchmeat sandwich on the menu, and if you order something that comes with a beverage, you can opt for beer. Saw in the paper this morning that they are an outlet for that quintessential dive brew, Hudy and Hudy Delight which is being brewed in Cincinnati after a long hiatus.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 18:27:46 (permalink)
    The Yankee Doodle in New Haven and Nick's Catfish in Carlysle, Arkansas
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 18:53:39 (permalink)
    Keaton's BBQ in Cleveland, NC. They have been reviewed here on this site, by Jane and Michael. They are known for their barbecue chicken, and they are the epitome of the word "dive." There are even signs that say "No guns allowed, unless you are with the Sheriff's office, No Loud Cussing," etc. Check it out.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 19:03:25 (permalink)
    Rutt's Hut Clifton, N.J.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 19:20:02 (permalink)
    Helen's Barbecue in Brownsville, Tn. Just hurry before the whole building collapses.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 20:33:10 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by pageprod

    I am looking for suggestions of 'dives' to feature in a TV special ... I am defining a dive as a place at least 30 years old, preferably older, with the ambience you'd expect of a 'dive,' proud to be called a dive, with character, characters, and at least one unique or fabulous food item.


    I nominate my old hangout, the Busy Bee Pub in Watertown, MA. It meets all of the above characteristics, and they are widely known for their buffalo wings, which were awesome 15 years ago, and still pretty good today (though they've seemed to have shrunken).

    Another nominee may be "Lewis's" here in Norwood, MA. It is definitely a dive, but is known for its "Lewis Burger".

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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 20:41:21 (permalink)
    Ol' South Pancake House on University in Fort Worth, TX. It's been around since 1962, although I think its current building dates back to the early 80s. It is the best late night people-watching place in Fort Worth. The clientele consists of everyone from cowboys in town for the horse shows to fraternity and sorority kids from TCU to punk rockers to average joes and janes. The speciality of the house, in my opinion, is the German Pancake, sort of a pancake/crepe/omelette hybrid served with melted-butter/powdered sugar/lemon juice syrup that's mixed tableside then folded up inside the pancake by a waitress that has probably been serving them up for the last twenty years. It is one of my favorite go-to comfort foods.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 21:30:58 (permalink)
    George's Diner in Brooklyn on Coney Island Ave. The only time they have any customers is when the bars let out.
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    RE: TV producer looking for 'dives' 2006/08/13 21:49:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Adjudicator

    Any place that has a website is definitely not a dive.


    How about this place...

    http://www.mcsorleysnewyork.com/

    A classic dive, perhaps one of the longest, if not THE longest operating dives around! I once brought a girl I was dating there and she described it as "vile". I ditched the girl, but still hit McSorley's whenever the opportunity arises!


    and to add...

    http://local.yahoo.com/details?id=11038469

    Voted Best of Yahoo! for: Dive Bar

    How can you go wrong!
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