Reality Television

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Aired on: Food Network

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Every once in a while, when there is nothing on network television, you do a little channel surfing.  Sometimes that channel surfing leads you to a great find - a unique show you have never seen before, with a host unlike any other.  Such was the case when I discovered Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network, hosted by Guy Fieri.

            At only ten years of age, Guy Fieri began his career in the food industry, selling his version of the soft pretzel from a three wheel bicycle cart in California.  Selling pretzels and washing dishes earned him enough money to study abroad in France where he learned about international cuisine.  From there it was on to the restaurant business where he remained until he was persuaded to try out for season two of The Next Food Network Star.  He won the competition and is now host of three popular shows on the Food Network, but I’m only obsessed with one.

            In Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy travels all over America in search of the best tasting food in the least likely of places.  Over the years, he has visited some rather unique locations all serving some rather unique dishes, like a diner created out of a former car tire store that still maintains some of the original aspects of the garage, including a bunch of booths that are redesigned cars, and where you can have just about anything served over mac‘ and cheese.  Or how about the best barbecue ribs served out of a trailer smack dab in the middle of New York City?  And then there is the place out in Oregon serving everything you can think of on Southernstyle biscuits

            Diners, Drive-ins and Dives airs at various times during the week, but I usually catch the episodes airing on Fridays at 9PM and 9:30PM (EST).  No matter where Guy goes and what interesting dishes we watch being created, I always find myself hungry in the end and wishing I lived somewhere near the locations he has visited in the episode.  But I have to wonder, with all the food that Guy samples at the various locations he visits, how high is his cholesterol?! 

            Diners, Drive-ins and Dives can be seen Mondays at 10PM and 10:30PM (EST), Fridays at 9PM and 9:30PM (EST) and Sundays at 3PM and 3:30PM (EST).  If you’re smart, you’ll make sure you have eaten before watching this show or you’ll be craving every tasty meal featured in each episode.  Who knows, perhaps Guy will visit a diner, drive-in or dive in your area and you can actually sample something featured on his show that made your mouth water. 

            Oh, and Guy, if you happen to be reading this, I have a couple of places out here by me that you would absolutely love!


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