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Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/14/10 12:07 PM
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Has anyone tried any of the places that have been featured on the food networks "Diners, Dives and Drive ins"?  If so, was the food as good as he says it is?

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/14/10 3:18 PM
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I've been to all the places in the Phoenix area he's visited and yes, they are good places to eat. He has a book out now with places he's been. He's a Stern's Copycat!

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/14/10 3:46 PM
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wild lily


Has anyone tried any of the places that have been featured on the food networks "Diners, Dives and Drive ins"?  If so, was the food as good as he says it is?


He is in Knoxville, TN this week.  I have no idea where.  He was here previously at the Pizza Palace on Magnolia.  His crew was downtown this weekend hanging out.
 
I sorta like him myself but I could never ever do what he does.  Way too much food for me.
 
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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/14/10 3:52 PM
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I have been to all the places in the Baltimore area  and  most are fine  but  not the  best example of  a  great place. 

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/14/10 4:42 PM
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A lot of his antics turn me off, but he did a good review of Martin's BBQ near Nashville. His description was good enough to make me want to try it out on our next visit to the Music City.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/14/10 4:45 PM
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Yes, we went to Tecolote Cafe in Santa Fe, NM, and it was divine!  See my trip report for more details.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/14/10 4:52 PM
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Wild Lily,
The bottom line is that they're not going to put a place on National TV that's sub standard. They'll be at least very good to outstanding.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 5:59 AM
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We went to Super Duper Weenie in Connecticut,talked about on this forum...and it was exactly as advertized. Great food, and his show captured the essence of the place!!!

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 8:53 AM
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Wild Lily,
The bottom line is that they're not going to put a place on National TV that's sub standard. They'll be at least very good to outstanding.

Of course they would.  They're putting together a TV show, not the Michelin guide.  Many of these places look mediocre at best, and Guy has said that not all the stuff is very good.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 9:48 AM
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It is not surprising that Roadfooders have been to lot of places covered on the show, one of the producers of the show was here on Roadfood asking for our advice on what places to feature.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 10:44 AM
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There's like 7 or 8 places that DDD has been to in Balimore area. I've been to 4 of them - all are spot on places one should go when in Baltimore. They're not the ONLY 4 places to go in Baltimore, but they are each worth the aggravation of dealing with the tourists who now go to these places since they were featured on DDD. 
 
DiPasquale's is an absolutely awesome place. I'd say it's Baltimore's answer to DC's (arlington) Italian Market, but Balto has DC beat. A true Italian marketplace. It's not in "Little Italy" but IMO, Balto's Little Italy is overpriced except for Vaccaro's, which is a bakery, and even then....   Most people don't get to that side of Patterson Park, but should. This place would survive in any town's Little Italy, but I like its off the beaten path location. The deli, the imports, the butcher, it's all "A One."
 
Went to Stoney Creek Inn in Orchard Beach (Pasadena), MD without knowing this was on DDD. So I had no preconceptions. It was just a place that was near some real estate I was researching. The result: I thought I had discovered this place, I started planting flags to mark my conquest....only to find later that I wasn't the first to stumble upon this quaint Bay joint.  The best crab cakes I've had, yes, even over the venerable Faidley's. All crab, there wasn't really any filler, which is why the crabcake fell apart into perfectly seasoned crab chunks. The hush puppies were, indeed, a bit unwhelming, but, I can accept that since the hush puppies haven't the chance of outdoing the crabcakes anyways. I wouldn't drive an hour for hush puppies or anything else on their menu...but for the crabcakes, heck yeah! 
 
Blue Moon Cafe is fantastic. Now, it's not particularly "Baltimore" in that it's not a hole in the wall in Fells Point (and there aren't as many of those around anymore either), but they serve excellent food, breakfast in particular, in a casual and fun atmosphere that is the trend in the made-over Fells Point. It's right up there with Miss Shirley's. Although, the best option would be to take the best items from both places and leave out the few on each's menu that doesn't work.
 
I could say that, "G & A isn't the 'best' " - but that's simply because I grew up on hotdogs from a different sausage factory. So, for me, if it doesn't taste like Hofmann Brand Franks and Coneys (white hots) of Syracuse, NY, then I'm not blown away. But, when in Coney Island, I like Nathan's and when in Baltimore I like G & A.  Hot dogs are one of those items where one won't find it the best unless it tastes like the tubers one grew up on. So, the best compliment that can be given is this: if I grew up in Baltimore, these are the doggies that I would've grown up on and defended to the end. Like my beloved Heid's of Liverpool, it's a gem.
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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 11:57 AM
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He's a Stern's Copycat!

Foodbme, you are so right!  I enjoy all these food shows, but I'd feel so much better if, just once, someone cited the Sterns in the credits...because we all know their research starts on Roadfood.com on in the books!    Chris

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 1:13 PM
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I live in the next town to O'Rourkes in Middletown Ct and use to go there often but since the fire a few years ago have only been there once.  It was expensive (breakfast for 2 $30 no tax or tip) I had the Irish breakfast the hash was vinegary, the colcannon had way to many caraway seeds and I was told I could not sub the kind of toast served? It was also just warm.
to be fair Brian ( owner and cook) was not  there that day.  Also on DDD Brian looked very uncomfortable having them there, again being fair the place is small and I am sure the DDD crew can be over taking.  Try it,  they must be doing something right because on weekends there is always a line down the sidewalk

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 3:56 PM
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 I think those on DDD submit their own restaurants for review.  There might even be money involved, but I'm not positive.  This is just second hand information.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/15/10 4:32 PM
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mar52


 I think those on DDD submit their own restaurants for review.  There might even be money involved, but I'm not positive.  This is just second hand information.

My understanding is that they make their selections from Emails sent in by customers who recommend places as well as other sources. You see Guy talking to some of the customers who sent in emails to DDD during the show.
That being said, because a restaurants business usually increases after a place is on the show leads me to think that Greed, Money and Hanky Panky under the table payoffs could certainly be a factor!

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Thu, 09/16/10 11:16 AM
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That being said, because a restaurants business usually increases after a place is on the show leads me to think that Greed, Money and Hanky Panky under the table payoffs could certainly be a factor!

 
I don't know about the insinuation there, but a restaurant's business will certainly increase... when we first went to Pizza Palace in Knoxville in July '09, the owner told us that a customer had mentioned seeing them on DDD every single day since its first broadcast.  Those further immortalized in one of the two tie-in books are guaranteed additional custom.
 
Of the restaurants in the books (I've only seen the show twice or three times), I've been to the Palace, the Marietta Diner, Red Arrow Diner in NH and Blue Moon Cafe in Baltimore, and all are certainly worth visiting.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Thu, 09/16/10 11:36 AM
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He was at my little hangout, "Havana Hideout" in Lake Worth, Florida.  Food there is excellent, and he did them good by putting them in the spotlight!
 

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Thu, 09/16/10 1:03 PM
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Heartbreaksoup




That being said, because a restaurants business usually increases after a place is on the show leads me to think that Greed, Money and Hanky Panky under the table payoffs could certainly be a factor!


I don't know about the insinuation there, but a restaurant's business will certainly increase... when we first went to Pizza Palace in Knoxville in July '09, the owner told us that a customer had mentioned seeing them on DDD every single day since its first broadcast.  Those further immortalized in one of the two tie-in books are guaranteed additional custom.

Of the restaurants in the books (I've only seen the show twice or three times), I've been to the Palace, the Marietta Diner, Red Arrow Diner in NH and Blue Moon Cafe in Baltimore, and all are certainly worth visiting.

You took my statement out of context. Read the whole thing.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Thu, 09/16/10 1:51 PM
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Scorereader
 

There's like 7 or 8 places that DDD has been to in Balimore area. I've been to 4 of them - all are spot on places one should go when in Baltimore....
 

Score - 
 
I think he also visited Chap's Pit Beef, as well.  I think I remember seeing that giant Guy Fieri poster the last time I was there.  The line was out the door on the hottest day of the year.  I remembered it being busy the previous time I was there, but I suspect that their appearance on DDD has increased their business significantly.
 
ayersian


Foodbme

He's a Stern's Copycat!

Foodbme, you are so right!  I enjoy all these food shows, but I'd feel so much better if, just once, someone cited the Sterns in the credits...because we all know their research starts on Roadfood.com on in the books!    Chris


Chris, 
 
I know that you know I am not disagreeing with you, but the sad reality is that TV > Books.  Thus, it will likely go down that from the point of entry of DDD, Guy Fieri and DDD will probably get the credit for keeping this type of dining establishment thriving.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Thu, 09/16/10 3:07 PM
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I've been to 3 places - Virginia Diner in Wakefield, VA; The Silver Skillet in Atalnta; and Blue Ash Chili in Cincinnati.
 
I liked all of them.  I could see that the buffet at the Virginia Diner might not have been the best but I just ordered some ham biscuits and the peanut pie off the menu and I like that a lot.
 
The Silver Skillet was great.  Country ham, red eye gravy and lemon ice box pie for breakfast.  We went back the next time we were in Atlanta.
 
Blue Ash was nothing really off the charts special for me but it was a very good example of Cincinnati Chili.  It was good but not so much better than any of the others that I've had.
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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Fri, 09/17/10 9:15 AM
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There are several websites that map and comment on the places visited on D-D-D. The set-up on a couple look a lot like the restaurant review section of the RF site, organized by state etc.
Here is a sample...there are several others.
http://www.flavortownusa.com/

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/18/10 9:29 AM
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The most interesting discovery on the Flavortown site thus far is learning that Charlotte is the only city in NC that DDD has visited, and they've come back seven times!

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sun, 09/19/10 5:55 AM
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D,D&D may have started by researching this site, but they certainly have moved on.  There have been eight places visited around here, and not one of them has been in any of the Sterns' books, or is officially reviewed on Roadfood.com.

For the curious, the two that have been visited and commented on by Roadfooders are Blue Marlin and Tap-Tap.
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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sun, 09/19/10 8:36 AM
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One of the things I have been taking notice of while watching the various foodie-visiting places shows is the seating arrangements in the establishments. I have given up on Man vs Food as it appears he packs the place with a cheering section for his adventures. Some of the places visited 'before the challenge' do give an honest view of how tightly packed the regular crowd can be. DDD does a fair job when Guy  mixes with the customers for comments about the food at a given place.
Saturday evening TV used to be a Bore for me, but now with 2 hours of DDD on the food channel (9-11 PM) and 3 hours of COPS on Fox (8-9 PM) and G4 (9-11 PM), I keep the remote jumping from chase to food and back !!

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Mon, 09/20/10 12:23 AM
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Al, you're like me: you watch a few shows at once. Drives my wife nutty, but it keeps my interest.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/25/10 2:25 AM
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I like the show too. Wonder if he has ever come close to Northeast Wisconsin.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/25/10 8:12 AM
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I can think of two places I've been for sure.
Red Iguana in Salt Lake and yes it is probably the best Mexican Food between Denver and the West Coast. It's Mexican not Tex Mex.
Lankford's Grocery in Houston does make a pretty good burger but the place has gotten too popular since the show.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/25/10 9:06 AM
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Received a form e-mail from DDD. "Thanks for your suggestion..." Not a single Iowa restaurant on DDD.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/25/10 12:40 PM
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I  loved this place before his show aired, and other than a longer wait I still really love eating here... http://www.flavortownusa.com/crazy-burger.aspx

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/25/10 12:52 PM
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In Dallas, I've been to the same places he visited for years. My favorite (genuine dive) is, Louie's. Although, many won't agree because of the (can be sometimes) abusive service.
But, it's one of the few true, east coast type "dives" in Dallas.
 
The other place he visited was Twisted Root Burger. It used to be much better when they first opened. It's still good but I won't go anymore because they won't do their 1/2 pound burger rare.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/25/10 12:55 PM
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mayor al


One of the things I have been taking notice of while watching the various foodie-visiting places shows is the seating arrangements in the establishments. I have given up on Man vs Food as it appears he packs the place with a cheering section for his adventures. Some of the places visited 'before the challenge' do give an honest view of how tightly packed the regular crowd can be. DDD does a fair job when Guy  mixes with the customers for comments about the food at a given place.
Saturday evening TV used to be a Bore for me, but now with 2 hours of DDD on the food channel (9-11 PM) and 3 hours of COPS on Fox (8-9 PM) and G4 (9-11 PM), I keep the remote jumping from chase to food and back !!

 
Same here, Al

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sat, 09/25/10 3:26 PM
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Man VS Food encourages the owners to promote their appearance. They visited Chompies in Tempe AZ and the owners ran ads and in-store signs letting people know when they would be there. The show's producers encourage the crowd to get rowdy.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Sun, 09/26/10 10:29 AM
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I'm sure there were probably more places he visited but the ones I know about are Joey K's and Cassamento's which have always been good, and popular with locals.  His Cassamento's show was rerun last week.  Now that it's open after being closed for the summer, I just wonder how hard it's going to be to get in, now the "secret's" out.  Same goes for Parkway Bakery since Pres. Obama ate their last month during a Katrina anniversay visit. 

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 10/13/10 8:00 PM
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Every time he runs Gaffey Street Diner's episode there's a 2 hour wait now for breakfast on the weekend. I have to time my visits accordingly now!

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 10/13/10 8:42 PM
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The Travelin Man

I know that you know I am not disagreeing with you, but the sad reality is that TV > Books.  Thus, it will likely go down that from the point of entry of DDD, Guy Fieri and DDD will probably get the credit for keeping this type of dining establishment thriving.

TTM, you're so right -- I hadn't thought about it that way.  Now that is indeed sad!
 
But he (read: his research staff) does look for a place with a certain vibe -- the taste almost gets second billing sometimes.  I went to a Mexican place in Omaha after seeing an episode on it, and the taste of the food was average -- but the place itself was cool.  And the owner told me that business spikes every time the rerun is shown, which is obviously good for those places.    Chris

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 10/13/10 9:41 PM
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Scorereader


Al, you're like me: you watch a few shows at once. Drives my wife nutty, but it keeps my interest.

 
Ditto, here.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Thu, 10/14/10 1:07 AM
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Twinwillow


Scorereader


Al, you're like me: you watch a few shows at once. Drives my wife nutty, but it keeps my interest.


Ditto, here.


Our Solution---Wife's TV set upstairs, Mine downstairs. That raises the question---Why are they called "sets"?

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Mon, 09/24/12 7:26 PM
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This is certainly not worth starting a brand-new thread for, but I thought I'd tack it on here.  As usual, the comments below the review are pure gold. Lorenzo said it best: "How can [Fieri], on TV, high-five mom and pop and tell them how it's no wonder their food has gained such a loyal following and then turn around and do THIS to his fans?"    Chris

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Mon, 09/24/12 7:32 PM
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Chris,
 
Funny you should mention Diners Drive Ins and Dives. 
I just found out on the local news that Angelo's Civita Farnese is going to be featured on the show

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Mon, 09/24/12 7:45 PM
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The theme restaurant in Times Square isn't exactly meant to compete with Mom & Pop diners from the South and Midwest.
 
I think the production company that created the show was dropped by the Food Network, and now its run by other people. There was an article in a local Minnesota paper where the old producers had a dramatic Airing Of Grievances. It was kinda over the top. If you pick some obscure Italian-American restaurant chef, and stick a bunch of cameras in his face you are just going to get some material that isn't exactly "politically correct".

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Mon, 09/24/12 7:57 PM
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ayersian


This is certainly not worth starting a brand-new thread for, but I thought I'd tack it on here.  As usual, the comments below the review are pure gold. Lorenzo said it best: "How can [Fieri], on TV, high-five mom and pop and tell them how it's no wonder their food has gained such a loyal following and then turn around and do THIS to his fans?"    Chris

 
Fieri already was a restauarnt owner with a few restaurants well before he hosted the DDD show.  
 
 
Glenn
 
 
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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Mon, 09/24/12 8:00 PM
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Chris,

Funny you should mention Diners Drive Ins and Dives. 
I just found out on the local news that Angelo's Civita Farnese is going to be featured on the show


The episode with Angelo's is on tonight at 10.
 
 
Glenn
 
 

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Mon, 09/24/12 8:36 PM
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WJ, I think he's really shaking the bushes for TV-ready spots.  They just visited Tupelo down the block from us for their ridiculously heinous neo-Southern cuisine.  To each his own, I guess.
 
trzhotel, you're correct in the non-competition.  It's just sad that the Times Square place goes directly against what he preaches on the show.  Granted, this is the guy who was the spokesperson for TGI Friday's, so expectations are irrelevant.   Chris

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 2:02 AM
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Yep. Frank's Diner. Would not let my DOG eat there.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 1:45 PM
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I've been to two local places in Cincinnati. Terry's Turf Club was terrific, and Virgil's Cafe in Bellevue, KY across the river has become a regular place for us.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 2:11 PM
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stricken_detective


Yep. Frank's Diner. Would not let my DOG eat there.

 
When I see Frank's Diner, I think of the one in Spokane, but this probably isn't the one you are referencing. 


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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 2:32 PM
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mayor al


One of the things I have been taking notice of while watching the various foodie-visiting places shows is the seating arrangements in the establishments. I have given up on Man vs Food as it appears he packs the place with a cheering section for his adventures. Some of the places visited 'before the challenge' do give an honest view of how tightly packed the regular crowd can be. DDD does a fair job when Guy  mixes with the customers for comments about the food at a given place.
Saturday evening TV used to be a Bore for me, but now with 2 hours of DDD on the food channel (9-11 PM) and 3 hours of COPS on Fox (8-9 PM) and G4 (9-11 PM), I keep the remote jumping from chase to food and back !!


Same here, Al

Sure have! In Atlanta, the Silver Skillet, Colonnade, and Mathew's Cafeteria.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 5:19 PM
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We've been to a couple of the places mentioned on Triple D and I have to say that we were impressed. The food was good, as advertised on DDD. Terry's Turf Club in Cinci makes what may be the best burger in the US. And the Ice Cream at Creole Creamery is worth the trip to NOLA alone. I like the show. Haven't ever eaten at one of Guy's restaurants but would go to a Triple D recommended one any day.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 5:35 PM
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Just went to the D D & D recommended Farmer's Shed in Lexington SC
Found it mediocre at best.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 6:58 PM
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship tour decided to come to the Twin Cities because of Diners, Dives and Drive-ins. Seems guy has visited 21 restaurants in the Twin Cities.
 
http://www.startribune.co.lifestyle/170202896.html

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 7:19 PM
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I can definitely see ayersian's point with the Times Square restaurant, but, the Pointy Haired Guy did lead me to Rino's in East Boston(World Class RF)and Grandpa's in Lauderdale(1st Class RF).
 
 

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 7:44 PM
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Pretty much every FN personality is a study in duality: Tyler Florence and Rachael Ray showing people how to cook at home while promoting Applebee's and Burger King respectively, Bobby Flay telling culinary students who ask how they can get their own show to go to acting school if that's what they want yet he has a big hand in The Next Food Network Star program. Fieri is a brand. I love learning about some of the pretty cool places on DDD but I also fully expect any place with his name attached to be an extension of that branding and I set the bar for my expectations accordingly.

I do follow and respect the fine folks at SENY and I thought they gave it an even-handed review. I work near Times Square frequently but almost never eat in that area unless forced to by a friend or family member.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 8:16 PM
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I see Guy Fieri as an audition call or hand picked paid actor for the show who got his start on the Next Food Network Stars show with no previous cred with diners, dives or drive-ins. He did not create the show and I would question how much input if any he has with picking restaurants. The show pretty much made him a brand personality and now he is capitalizing on it. A Jane and Michael Stern he is not and never will be. Nor is he even close to an Anthony Bourdain.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 10:12 PM
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Hope this helps those of you that are interested.
http://www.tvfoodmaps.com...Diners-Drive-Ins-Dives

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Tue, 09/25/12 10:24 PM
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I will say that Guy was "on point" with the last few places he visited in Dallas earlier this year. Especially, Cane Rosso (pizza) and, Pecan Lodge (BBQ).
What it's done though is kill the chance to eat at these places now. Pecan Lodge serves great BBQ but, they're only open Thursday-Sunday from 11:00AM till 3:00PM. Used to be you could walk in at lunchtime and order right away. Now since the show, the line is still easily 50 people strong and growing at 11:00AM - Six months later!

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/26/12 12:34 AM
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Since the Food Network is not very shy about running 12 hour marathons...it's always just a matter of time before it becomes overtime at the Pancake Factory.

Every Friday I cross my fingers for no Jersey City...no Jersey City. Mondays too.



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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/26/12 9:26 AM
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I went to two DDD reviewed restaurants in Portland, Or last month. I went to these restaurants because they are highly recommended by Portlanders. They just so happened to be on DDD, just another perk to make the lines longer. The two restaurants in Portland were, Pine State Biscuits and Otto's Sausage, both I would also recommend. I like DDD because almost all the restaurants show hard working people just making their way in life. If it wasn't for a show like DDD, how would we ever know about the small, hard working Mom and Pop restaurants in downtown USA. I think you still have to read between the lines when watching the show, the menu item thats shown could be a "one trick pony" kind of place..............pnwc

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/26/12 11:08 AM
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Franklin's BBQ in Austin, Noble Pig in Round Rock, Monument Cafe in Georgetown, and Singleton's Fish Market in Mayport. Yes they were all as good as triple-d said they were.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/26/12 11:37 AM
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When "bananas is good" ...drink your shot.

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Re:Diners Dives and Drive ins? - Wed, 09/26/12 11:50 AM
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CC, we could could make a great drinking game out of all the FN shows.
 
Take a shot every time:
Guy Fieri says "and bananas is good"
Rachael Ray says "yummo"
Ina Garten says "how bad can that be?"
Tyler Florence uses the word "rock star" in any context
Giada - says the word "Limoncello" in a thick Italian accent
Duff  says "awesome" (insert this rule occasionally or you'll be blotto before you know it)
anytime there is an awkward silence between Bobby Flay and any of his co-stars
whenever Roger and Aaron utter "dude", "hombre" or "bro" on Heat Seekers
and last, but certainly not least whenever Paula Deen uses butter, mayonnaise and cream cheese together in one recipe!!
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