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Triple D - Drive ins, Diners and Dives

 
 
Mame
 
Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 09:05 am
How many have seen this show? I can't believe how much Guy Fieri can eat - I hope it's not all in one day Smile but I love watching this show because I'm a foodie. One day I'd like to do a vacation across the States based solely on the places he's featured - wouldn't that be fun? We should do a meet up for this purpose - who's in?

Here's a link to the places he's been:

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/diners-guy

If anyone has been to any of these places, I'd love to hear your opinions.
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JPB
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 09:25 am
@Mame,
I've been to this one twice. Great Peruvian food! We liked it so much the first time, we took joefromchicago there for his birthday. Not exactly a fine dining experience, but that's not what you expect from a DD&D.

http://www.tasteofperu.com/
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:15 am
@Mame,
Two groups from my food group have done vacations around his 'finds'. The word was 'never again'.

I quite like the show - he's a good entertainer. I think I'd rather go to one of his restaurants - based on his actual cooking show, he knows his way around developing good recipes.
joefromchicago
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:34 am
I've never seen this show, but I have a friend who is a devoted viewer, and together we've gone to three restaurants featured on the show (two in Chicago, one in Buffalo). I enjoyed all three. And, as JPB mentioned, I've been to Taste of Peru (which I didn't even know was on the show) -- that was quite good as well.
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Mame
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:44 am
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

Two groups from my food group have done vacations around his 'finds'. The word was 'never again'.


What was that, ehBeth?
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Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:46 am
@Mame,
I've been to:

Sam LaGrassa's
44 Province Street Boston MA 02108
From Episode DV0709H - Blast From the Past
- its good, but I wouldn't picture it this noteworthy; has good sandwiches

Mike's City Diner
From Episode DV0207H - Talkin' Turkey
1714 Washington St Boston MA 02118 - I liked this a bit better - more a diner style


I too, would not travle around to visit a food place, however, I would visit such a recommendation if I were in the area.
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 10:48 am
@Linkat,
I think it'd be a fun trip. I haven't watched all the shows, of course, and I know I couldn't eat the portions I see them serving, but I'm up for some new food ideas. Some of them sound delicious. And innovative.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 12:28 pm
I'm going to have to look up individual diners (etc.). I checked the california and albuquerque lists and haven't heard of any of the places... and I'm a food hound.
True, I left LA a decade ago, though I've visited for weeks at a time - but I still read the LA Times and LA Weekly re food, and read the SF Chron food section and the Albuquerque paper, the Alibi re local places.

LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold is very respected as a restaurant searcher-out extraordinaire, so I'll see if he has some takes on the places listed.
Lash
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 01:02 pm
@Mame,
Awesome!!! I love this show. This IS the coolish guy with the spikey, bleached-out hair, correct? I am going to some of the places he's featured in NorCal. I'll report back. Great thread idea!!
Mame
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 01:12 pm
@Lash,
Lucky you! Waaah. He hasn't come to Canada yet and when I googled, I only found one diner here in Calgary Smile
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 01:16 pm
@ossobuco,
Lady Diane and i went to the "Standard Diner" here which was featured on his show. It wasn't a "diner" as is the Route 66 Diner; it was a mediocre restaurant "slightly up-scale" $15 hamburgers, no plans to return.
Lash
 
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Reply Tue 21 Dec, 2010 06:40 pm
@dyslexia,
Hell. That better be one tasty burger!
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 05:18 am
@Lash,
Round here its the hunt for the perfect crab cake sammich. In New Jersey, Diners are the source for the worlds greatest pies. AND SCRAPPLE
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 06:57 pm
I'm still trying to figure out how to work the Diner's site to most easily wrest out lists from different cities that I can then check with reviewers I might listen to, but in the meantime, I found out that the guy I mentioned, Jonathan Gold, sort of a food crazyman, won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism - first time for a restaurant reviewer, and a first for the LA Weekly. This was in 2007 - but I wasn't in LA in 2007. Neat that he got it, anyway.

http://vvoice.vo.llnwd.net/e8/1431129.28.jpg
Jonathan Gold and Laurie Ochoa celebrating the announcement (Photos by Rena Kosnett)

Part of the article -

He’s tackled the Porno Burrito, faced down the city’s toughest maitre d’s, scouted out street-side taco carts at midnight, slurped the San Gabriel Valley’s spiciest noodles and experienced every possible sensation of smoke and char and animal in a single thin slice of astronomically expensive Kyushu rib eye. Now Jonathan Gold, the L.A. Weekly’s restaurant critic, has won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. This is the first Pulitzer Prize for the L.A. Weekly and the first time a restaurant critic has won the distinguished award.

“From Brillat-Savarin to M.F.K. Fisher to Jonathan Gold, there is a tradition of writers who understand the value of fine food and strong drink,” said Michael Lacey, executive editor of Village Voice Media, which owns the L.A. Weekly. “Jonathan’s particular brilliance is that he is as likely to illustrate this notion with a pushcart vendor as a sushi chef. And like many of our best critics, he is a cultural omnivore who can write captivatingly about almost anything. His gift to us is that he chose food.

Gold started out at the L.A. Weekly in 1982 as a proofreader while he was studying art and music at UCLA, and by the mid-’80s became one of the paper’s most popular writers. He’s had several jobs at the Weekly over the years, from caption guru to editor of several of the paper’s Best of L.A. issues. As music editor in the ’80s, he wrote groundbreaking pieces about new-music composers, thrash metal and the L.A. rap scene just as it was going national: Boulez, Metallica and N.W.A. But restaurant criticism is where he really captured people’s imagination in the city. With the encouragement of Weekly founder Jay Levin, he started his Counter Intelligence column in 1986 as a way of exploring Los Angeles’ ethnic neighborhoods, places that often go underreported in other papers. He took the column to the L.A. Times from 1990 to 1996, all the while writing “proper” restaurant reviews of high-end places in California and Los Angeles magazines, as well as music stories for Spin, Rolling Stone and Details. In 1999, he left Los Angeles to become Gourmet magazine’s New York restaurant critic and was the first food writer to be honored as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors. In 2001, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he revived Counter Intelligence for the Weekly while continuing to write for Gourmet.

“This is a sweet victory on so many levels,” said editor in chief Laurie Ochoa, who has been married to Gold since 1990 (they met at the Weekly in 1984). “I love that even as Jonathan established a national reputation, he continued to call the Weekly home.”

More, but I won't copy it.
http://www.laweekly.com/2007-04-19/eat-drink/jonathan-gold-wins-pulitzer-prize/

I've liked reading him, but didn't know all that stuff about him.

Meantime, the only place I've looked up so far from the Diners' site is a BBQ spot in Venice that I doubt was reviewed by Gold personally and which I wouldn't travel to as any kind of food pilgrimage re bbq.

But - if I were going to do the LA area for food, aside from the places I already love, I'd look up some of Gold's Counter Intelligence archives and pick a few spots to check out.

Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 07:16 pm
@Mame,
Here's his bio on the Food Network site, if you're interested in it:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/guy-fieri-bio/bio/index.html

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Only two short years ago, Guy Fieri competed on and won season two of The Next Food Network Star. Today he hosts three popular shows on Food Network, including Guy's Big Bite, where he teaches viewers how to make creative dishes with bold flavors, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, where he showcases home cooks' best recipes and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, where he travels across America to find the most unique food America has to offer. From daytime to primetime, Guy brings his unique personality to Food Network multiple times a week.

This likeable laid back California "guy" with his trademark bleached blond spiky hair began his love affair with food at the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father named "The Awesome Pretzel." Through selling pretzels and washing dishes, Guy earned enough money in six years to study abroad as an exchange student in Chantilly, France. While there, he gained a true appreciation not only for international cuisine, but the culture and lifestyle associated with it.

Guy attended University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management. He began his career with Stouffers, managing their flagship restaurant in Long Beach, Calif. After three years, Guy became District Manager of Louise's Trattoria, where he oversaw six restaurants and was in charge of recruiting and training for the growing chain.

In 1996, Guy and his business partner, Steve Gruber embarked on a Sonoma County, Calif. - based Italian restaurant, Johnny Garlic's. They opened their first location in Santa Rosa in the fall of 1996, a second outpost in Windsor in 1999 and a third is planned to debut in Roseville, Calif. in late 2008. With the success of their first restaurant concept, they developed Tex Wasabi's, a Southern BBQ and California Sushi restaurant in 2003 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Guy opened a second location in Sacramento in 2007. In addition to their thriving restaurants, customers can buy fun products from t-shirts, squeeze bottles and aprons to hats and more.

Guy has been a three-term President of the Restaurant Association of the Redwood Empire, serves on the Board of Directors for the Educational Foundation of the California Restaurant Association and most recently was Grand Marshall for NASCAR in Sonoma. Guy believes in using his celebrity to help others, and in the fall of 2007, the Navy flew him to the Persian Gulf to entertain and cook for the troops.

Guy lives in Northern California with his wife, Lori and two boys - Hunter and Ryder. When he isn't on the road or in a studio, he loves to spend time taking road trips with his family, cooking and restoring his classic race cars, dirt bikes and riding his lifted monster golf cart.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 07:20 pm
@ossobuco,
This is a better map of his tour. There are tabs to see a list by season or by city.

http://www.communitywalk.com/DinersDriveInsDives
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 07:32 pm
@Butrflynet,
Oh, thanks, I'll check that out. I'm not doubting Guy Fieri, I think I'm interested, at least in him.
I'll have to navigate a bit to see his takes on different places, and, for example, Gold's takes that were written by him. The places probably don't intersect, so it is probably a daft adventure.

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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 22 Dec, 2010 09:35 pm
@Butrflynet,
Here's a similar listing in list form that also gives the websites for the various places he's visited on DDD if they had a website:

http://www.pageprod.com/featured_locations.php

PageProd is the production company for the show.
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