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Series: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Food Network series starring Guy Fieri, as a spin-off from his Guy's Big Bite series. Guy travels the United States in his Cool Car, looking for places that are a diner, a drive-in or a dive.

The show's 13th seasonnote  ended in March 2012.


This show provides examples of:

  • Bacon Addiction
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce:
    • Most of the BBQ joints featured on the show have a variant of this.
    • One episode's restaurant serves the "Triple 6 Wings", buffalo wings with a sauce made from habneros, Scotch Bonnets, and ghost peppersnote . Guy made some of his camera crew eat a wing along with him. They all regretted it.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Guy, and frequently the cooks he visits. Having two of them in the room often results in Ham-to-Ham Combat.
  • Bonus Material: The Season One DVD set contains unaired recipe clips from the first four seasons.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: A lot of the people Guy interviews ends up using one of his catchphrases. And there are a lot of them.
  • Bowling For Ratings: Played With. Guy visits Bryan Lane Bowl in Minneapolis, MN, which is a diner... and a bowling alley. But it's hardly the working class dive as it serves pad thai, buffalo burgers and smoked salmon salad.
  • Brain Freeze: Title of a Season Four episode about - what else? - ice cream. And yes, Guy did get a brain freeze.
  • Catch Phrase: Guy has several of these:
    • This is bananas... and in this case, bananas is good!
    • This is legit!
    • That is MONEY!
    • Holey Moley Stromboli!
    • Taking the bus to FLAVOR TOWN!
    • That is IN IT to WIN IT!
    • That's OFF THE HOOK!
    • It's on like Donkey Kong... grab a hammer, jump over the barrel and save the girl!
    • Winner, winner, ______ dinner! Originally just used for chicken dishes (as in the original saying), but since expanded.
  • Celebrity Star:
    • Rosie O'Donnell shows up in at the diner in Miami.
    • Ace Of Cakes star Duff Goldman shows up to take Guy to his fave pit beef joint when Guy visits Baltimore.
    • Michael Symon shows up at Lucky's Cafe to share some biscuits and gravy.
    • Kid Rock takes Guy around to several of his favorite places in his hometown.
    • Mario Batali stole Guy's car in a New York City-based segment.
    • Andrew Zimmern meets Guy in a pizzeria in Minneapolis to try a pizza with fried eggs.
    • Gene Hackman makes an appearance at a diner in Santa Fe which he frequents.
    • Dennis Miller shows up in one episode and ruthlessly pokes fun at Guy with Guy's older son Hunter there to watch the carnage.
  • Comfort Food: Featured by various establishments, but highlighted in the Season Three episode, "Like Mama Made".
  • Cool Car: Guy drives several vintage cars in the intros and outros, his red 1967 Camaro showing up most frequently.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: The Tiolis Crazee Burger serves an alligator burger with a gravy consisting of dried fruit, heavy cream, and curry. Subverted as Guy actually really liked it (which was a huge surprise to him).
  • Crossover: Of the culinary kind. An episode featured Chino Bandido, a joint mixing up Chinese, Mexican and Carribean food.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: The "Hemi" burger at The Penguin in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Deep-Fried Whatever: The episode featuring Joe's Gizzard City - Guy created a battered and deep-fried burger that was later named "the Triple D Burger". Joe's already carried deep fried Twinkies called "Frinkies"
  • Does Not Like Eggs: Guy does have some dislikes when it comes to food, such as eggs, sweets, and breakfast items. But that doesn't mean he's unwilling to try or appreciate them.
  • Driver Faces Passenger: Invoked in the intros and outros, as Guy spends as much time (if not more) talking to the camera as he does looking at the road, especially in the later seasons.
  • Fan Nickname: invokedTriple D, which Guy ends up using in later series.
  • Foreign Queasine: Inverted. It's the LOCAL stuff like pig's ear sandwiches and Menudo (pig's feet and tripe) that can stop Guy in his tracks.
    • Unlike most cooking shows...heck...all cooking shows...occasionally Guy eats something that he simply doesn't like. But he generally makes it so humorous that the chef doesn't seem to mind.
  • From My Own Personal Garden: Joe's Farm Grill in AZ grows their own veggies. As well as Lucky's Cafe.
  • Food Porn
  • Hash House Lingo: Guy orders a "B-17 for the Snagglepuss table, stat" in the first episode.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite his appearance and personality, Guy does know a decent amount about cooking.
    • Several of the chefs fall under this too. There are quite a lot of tattooed Boisterous Bruiser cooks on the show that know perfectly well what they're doing in the kitchen.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Guy is famous for these.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: So far, only Seasons 1-4 are on DVD.
  • Meat Versus Veggies: Averted. While a big meat eater, Guy has raved about vegetarian dishes, such as the spinach quesadillas at The Cove in San Anotonio, TX and the vegetarian Pho soup at The Fly Trap in Ferndale, MI.
  • Missing Episode: From Season One - the episode "Blast from the Past" is not included on the Season One dvds.
  • Oh Crap: "Nobody said anything about Ghost Chilies!"
  • Orgasmically Delicious: Guy has been known to mutter "Hold Me!" after something especially good.
  • Out of Order: See Bonus Material and Missing Episode.
  • Real Men Cook: As one can imagine, a lot of the cooks on the show are male.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Averted. Guy loves his pancakes and (deep fried) cinnamon rolls. In general he says he's not a fan of sweets, but he'll still gladly have some if it's offered by his host.
  • Regional Speciality
  • Secret Ingredient: Guy often tries to find out what the ingredient is, but the cooks are adamant about keeping it secret.
  • Spot of Tea: Lampshaded. The British-born chef at the Tick-Tock Diner in NJ uses a tea pot to hold his cooking oil.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Barely averted, but one of the greatest chicken Guy has ever tasted was From Uncle Lou... created, served and attended almost exclusively by an African American with grandma recipe. To put icing on the cake, Lou is almost a real life version of Chef, down to the voice.
  • Supreme Chef: Jamie's Bar and Grill blows Guy's mind, making beef sandwich with mignon prepared every morning, chopping each spice by hand, smoking his own prime rib, cooking through weekends without being open for business, and so on. Then there's Lucky's Cafe, a place that makes absolutely everything from scratch. The corned beef, breakfast sausage, pickles, ketchup, etc.
  • Tastes Like Chicken: Lampshaded. When a chef makes grilled octopus he tells Guy that it "Tastes Like Chicken!"
  • Up to Eleven: Lucky's Cafe makes everything from scratch. That's including the pickles and condiments.


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