Monday, October 5, 2009

Fascinating Places To Stop Along the Diners, Driveins, and Dives Itinerary

By Evelyn Skymore

The Food Network has created a big hit with the series Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives as some of the best local eateries jump out of the television screen to invite you for an awesome sampling of food. In fact, the series has become so successful that you wouldn't be the only one if you started planning road trips around the top Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives locations.

Diners, Driveins, and Dives Seattle, Washington covered an interesting little joint known as Bizzarro Italian Cafe. They weren't kidding. From the picture featured on the menu to the ambiance to the food combinations, they were being serious when they named their cafe. However, don't let that be a negative. It's far from it. With interesting salads, and three simple meat choices, there is more to this establishment than meets the eye.

Also on the west coast Diners, Driveins, and Dives Sacramento, California aired an episode including Jamie's Bar and Grill. A step away from the bizarre, this restaurant caters to the pleasing tastes that come from years of practicing perfection. Their tastes and their menu reflect some traditional flavors while they also blend some very unique flavors that come popping out in your mouth to the extreme.

Diners, Driveins, and Dives Texas took us to Forth Worth, where the Chef Point Cafe was discovered. What was once a gas station is now a thriving Texas restaurant that offers menu selections that you just can't get anywhere else. Everything from Escargot and sauteed mussels to a delicious tomato Florentine soup proves that this old Texaco station isn't churning out the usual gas station microwave meals.

The only way to get into Guy's good graces is to deliver unique and well composed food. Mapping out a Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives road trip is taking like taking a trip through the culinary world's most impressive local faire. It's also a trip through the ethnic and regional differences that make food more interesting. The things you can learn just by taking a road trip based on where you'd like to eat.

It has been well established that Diners, Driveins, and Dives gives voice to the small business restaurant. Family owned operations, holes in the wall joints, and specialized places of interest are highlighted every season. This gives the small business restaurant a new advertising tool as well as national recognition for the neat or interesting take they present.

Food choices are plenty for the picking when you look into Diners, Driveins, and Dives maps. These maps practically hold your hand to find you some of the best represented establishments that are geared up for business. Following Guy Fieri's suggestions, recommendations, or disappointments gives you the best chance of finding these sweet little places that were inspired by just one good idea.

As Guy Fieri's diners have proven over and over again sometimes all it takes is a little imagination and a helping of culinary skill to develop a place where friends are made, stories are shared, and life moves forward thanks to the simple pleasures of sharing good meals and a good time.

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