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 Fieri does two seasons a year, to the confusion of all. ended in March 2012.
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 that's an lowball average of ~600,000 Scoville units. Guy made some of his camera crew eat a wing along with him. They all regretted it.
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.
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.
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!"
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.