The Best Episodes of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
Last Updated: May 31, 2019
Host Guy Fieri travels across America in search of the best diners, drive-ins and dives. He visits classic "greasy spoon" restaurants and talks to staff and customers about the food. Episodes often feature eateries linked by a common theme, such as burgers or comfort food.
#1 - In The Family
Season 3 - Episode 13
Benny's Seafood Restaurant (South Miami, FL), Chaps Pit Beef (Baltimore, MD), Burger Bar (Roy, UT) Guy Fieri checks out some great family-run joints including a Baltimore favorite for pit beef with Ace of Cakes Duff Goldman. Next in Miami, visit a stop with recipes all the way from Puerto Rico and in Salt Lake City, a classic drive in burger joint.
#2 - BBQ Road Show
Season 14 - Episode 7
This trip, Guy's tucking in the napkin and gettin' into some righteous barbecue. In Dallas, the barbecue stand tucked into a farmers' market, dishing out classic beef brisket and Carolina pork. And outside Las Vegas, the longtime meat market turning its knives on fresh sausage and slow-cooked ribs.
#3 - Something Different
Season 3 - Episode 6
Dot's Back Inn (Richmond, VA), Scully's Tavern (Miami, FL), Hillbilly Hotdogs (Lesage, WV) Guy Fieri rolls out to find some places doing great food their own unique way: The West Virginia joint built into a couple of old busses, where they’re serving one pound deep fried hot dogs – and three pound burgers; The Florida bar that’s doing classic French escargot and fresh mahi mahi sandwiches; and in Virginia, what looks like just another café’, but with a classically trained chef who’s making it all from scratch – from chicken with feta, white wine and artichokes, to home made pesto.
#4 - Unexpected Eats
Season 14 - Episode 6
This trip, Guy's going for some unique chow. In Stillwater, Minn., get a pirate's take on barbecue and a sadist twist on hot wings. In Santa Rosa, Calif., Guy's own joint serves up his twist on Asian, Mexican and Italian. And in Portsmouth, Va., check out an epic hot dog joint turning its attention on chicken dumplings.
#5 - Comfort Food
Season 3 - Episode 10
Tip Top Cafe (San Antonio, TX), Grampa's Bakery & Restaurant (Dania Beach, FL), Blue Moon Cafe (Baltimore, MD), Central City Cafe (Huntington, WV) Guy Fieri uncovers some of America's greatest comfort food including a Baltimore cafe with a variety of French Toast, a third-generation family place in San Antonio with comfort food Texas style, a bakery-turned-restaurant in south Florida and a Huntington, W.V. cafe with home made cornbread
#6 - L.A. Eats
Season 17 - Episode 10
This trip Guy's got visitors — a whole cast of 'em! In this comedy-filled, star-studded episode, Guy gets a visit from Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade, the stars of the film Grown Ups 2, and invites them along for the Los Angeles ride. First, the Filipino barbecue joint that's got everyone going bonkers over the cornbread and the coconut beef. Then they're off to a decades-old family-run Italian joint, where they're piling up monster sandwiches and some meatball madness.
#7 - Regional Favorites
Season 3 - Episode 3
Charlie Parker's (Springfield, IL), Virginia Diner (Wakefield, VA), Tecolote Cafe (Santa Fe, NM) Guy Fieri journeys from the East Coast to the southwest for regional specialties including classic Southern cooking at a landmark diner in Virginia; the Horseshoe Sandwich at a steel Quonset hut in Springfield, Ill; and red and green chili, the signature dishes of New Mexico at a joint in Santa Fe.
#8 - All Kinds of Barbecue
Season 3 - Episode 12
The Shed (Ocean Springs, MS), The Joint (New Orleans, LA), Texas Pride BBQ (Adkins, TX) Guy Fieri takes a Southern swing to check out different varieties of BBQ including a Mississippi barbecue "dive" where the locals like it sweet, a New Orleans, a little place doing North Carolina style pulled pork and outside San Antonio, Tx., visits a sprawling barbecue complex.
#9 - Porkapalooza
Season 9 - Episode 5
At Last Cafe (Long Beach, CA), Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint (Nolensville, TN), Virgil's Cafe (Bellevue, KY) This trip Guy hits the road for pork from coast to coast. On Saint Simons Island, Georgia, a barbeque joint where the pit master's been perfecting pulled pork since he was a kid. In Bellevue, Kentucky, a local cafe making Andouille sausage from scratch. And in Long Beach, California, a neighborhood favorite where they're stuffing honey-marinated pork chops with granny smiths and cranberries.
#10 - Real Deal BBQ
Season 2 - Episode 5
Jay Bee's Bar-B-Que (Gardena, CA), Smoque (Chicago, IL), BBQ Shack (Paola, KS) Guy travels to LA, Chicago, and Kansas City for some real BBQ.
#11 - Grabbin'a Sandwich
Season 4 - Episode 11
Moochie's Meatballs & More (Salt Lake City, UT), Cemita's Puebla (Chicago, IL), Tioli's Crazee Burger (San Diego, CA) Guy Fieri pulls up for a sandwich: In Salt Lake City, a old pottery school making homemade meatball subs and a cheesesteak done Philly-style; in San Diego, 30 kinds of burgers including ostrich, alligator and Angus beef and in Chicago, a one-of-a-kind Mexican sandwich.
#12 - Like Mamma Made
Season 3 - Episode 2
Sweetie Pie's (St. Louis, MO), Smokey Valley Truck Stop (Olive Hill, KY), Roberto's Mexican Food (Phoenix, AZ) Guy Fieri goes where the recipes really do come from mama: A St. Louis landmark where a former backup singer is dishing up real deal soul food; the Phoenix gas station where everything's Mexican authentic and the Kentucky truck stop with real country cookin'.
#13 - Fast Food Their Way
Season 9 - Episode 8
Northern Waters Smokehaus (Diluth, MN), Rainbow Drive-in (Honolulu, HI) This trip Guy's pulling up for a different kind of fast food. In Honolulu, Hawaii, a 48-year-old drive-in where burgers and dogs come with rice and macaroni salad. In Nashville, Tennessee, a Jamaican cafeteria at the farmer's market serving mango chutney chicken and curried goat. And in parking lots all over Los Angeles, California, a taco truck doing Chinese-Mexican fusion.
#14 - From the Heart
Season 17 - Episode 12
This trip, Guy's hittin' up some spots putting their heart and soul into everything they do. In Carlsbad, Calif., the family-owned Italian joint staying true to a long-standing ravioli recipe. In Troutdale, Ore., the ages-old riverside tavern crankin' out killer sloppy joes. And in San Francisco, the Mexican joint with a real deal chef servin' up authentic Mexican dishes like quesadillas, tortas and pozole rojo.
#15 - Pizza, Pancakes, and Pork
Season 12 - Episode 12
This trip, triple D is all over the triple P. In Detroit, Michigan, a pizza joint crankin' out pies with totally homemade toppings, and a unique crepe-filled lasagna. In Virginia Beach, Virginia, a beachside breakfast favorite the locals come running to for their citrus orange glazed pancakes and innovative benedicts. And in Chicago, Illinois, the tiny dive servin' up flavor in massive proportions, like the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly sandwich.
#16 - Where The Locals Go
Season 3 - Episode 11
Matthews Cafeteria (Tucker, GA), The Rivershack Tavern (Jefferson, LA), Monte Carlo Steak House (Albuquerque, NM) Guy Fieri finds local favorites from a third generation cafeteria outside Atlanta that serves Southern favorites, a Louisiana bar with a culinary school grad who's making everything from rabbit to turtle soup; and the Albuquerque, N.M. steakhouse you can enter through the liquor store.
#17 - Turn On Traditional
Season 15 - Episode 13
This trip, Guy's gettin' a taste of traditional recipes, with a kick. In Chesterfield, Mo., the Mexican joint serving up a turn on mom's pork chile verde. In Boston, a second generation lobster shack turning heads with cod cakes and lobster mac and cheese. And in Syracuse, N.Y., the real deal Irish pub stuffing the Rueben into fritters and layin' out an Irish meatloaf.
#18 - A Festival of Flavor
Season 17 - Episode 7
This trip Guy's pullin' over for the bounty of the county. In Denver, the throwback bar going gangster on a short rib burger and a savory apple strudel. In Tempe, Ariz., the Pakistani spot serving up authentic goat and Tandoori chicken. And in Philadelphia, a local's joint crankin' out chicken pie without the pot and awesome grilled octopus.
#19 - Flavortown Medley
Season 15 - Episode 7
This trip, Guy's diggin' into all kinds of fantastic flavors. In Memphis, the bar turned bistro offering low brow favorites like duck fried rice and Jack Daniels bread pudding. In Haleiwa, Hawaii, the food truck rocking out Thai short ribs and crunchy local shrimp. And in Baltimore, Guy revisits a joint firing up the grills for the signature taste of pit beef sandwiches.
#20 - You Called It
Season 9 - Episode 12
Gordy's Hi-Hat (Cloquet, MN), Paul's Coffee Shop (Fountain Valley, CA), Rick's White Light Diner (Frankfort, KY) Guy Fieri checks out eateries suggested by viewers, including an old diner in Frankfort, Ky.; a burger joint in Cloquet, Minn.; and a coffee shop in Fountain Valley, Cal.
#21 - Real Deal Fast Food
Season 3 - Episode 8
Joe's Farm Grill (Gilbert, AZ), Maria's Taco Express (Austin, TX), Panini Pete's (Fairhope, AL) Guy Fieri tracks down some great places that prove fast food can also be great food. In Fairhope, Ala., pressed panini sandwiches, filled with everything homemade; in Austin, Tx., homemade tacos done every which way; and in Gilbert, Az., a fast food joint right on the farm.
#22 - Timeless Traditions
Season 17 - Episode 8
This trip Guy gets the lowdown on some longstanding traditions. In Philadelphia, the Jamaican joint going all out authentic with the jerk chicken. In Scottsdale, Ariz., the decades-old family joint servin' all kinds of sandwiches, and a time-tested sausage recipe. And in Denver, Guy's diving into some serious soul food for rabbit and chitlings.
#23 - That's Fresh
Season 17 - Episode 13
This trip, Guy's stopping by some joints that are keepin' it fresh. In San Francisco, the Venezuelan joint servin' up a totally gluten-free menu of authentic standbys like arepas and empanadas. And in Portland, Ore., the family-run sausage spot cranking out dozens of homemade meats like Italian red wine dry cured salami and roasted garlic and rosemary bologna.
#24 - Open 24/7
Season 2 - Episode 10
Studio Diner (San Diego, CA), White Palace Grill (Chicago, IL), The Dining Car & Market (Philadelphia, PA) Guy visits places where you can order great food around the clock.
#25 - Streamlined Sammies
Season 14 - Episode 2
This trip, Guy's pullin' right up to the window and digging in. In Austin, Texas, there's a tiny trailer serving up scratch-made sammies to customers on the street and in the bar next door. In Minneapolis, a food truck cranks out fresh lobster rolls that do double duty in a dive bar. And in Dallas, a side-of-the-road joint focuses on one thing only: burgers.