There’s a solid chance any time you turn on Food Network that you’re gonna see Guy Fieri and his spiky hair headed to Flavortown on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The show has filmed nearly 40 seasons, and that means visiting more than 1,250 restaurants around the country along the way (via dinersdriveinsandivelocations.com). So it’s safe to say that Guy Fieri has seen — and tasted — it all. And you can taste it all too, if you’ve got a big appetite and you’re willing to do some traveling.
But where to start? A thousand restaurants is a lot to swallow, but what if you aim for, say, 50 of Fieri’s favorites? Well, Mashed has done all the work for you. We’ve gone across the map, state by state, to round up the tastiest and most "funkalicious" food destinations featured on Triple-D. Here are the best Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives restaurants in every state.
Alabama: Sunset Pointe
Nestled on the coast of Southwestern Alabama is the small town of Fairhope, Alabama. There you’ll find waterfront restaurant Sunset Pointe, run by a man known as "Panini Pete" who caught the attention of Guy Fieri not for his sandwiches, but his fresh and delicious seafood creations. Relax in the casual atmosphere, gaze out at the ocean view, and be sure to check out the Eastern Shore Bouillabaisse, loaded with gulf coast shrimp, mussels, and leeks; and the Gulf Snapper Throats bathed in garlic butter.
Alaska: The Cookie Jar
Next time you find yourself in Alaska, escape the cold and grab yourself a treat at The Cookie Jar, a 30-year-old Fairbanks institution. While The Cookie Jar started out as a small bakery, it’s beloved for so much more than its sweet treats. Guy Fieri fell in love with the Prime Rib with Au Jus (via Food Network), but you also can’t miss out on the homemade cinnamon rolls. They’re made with a secret ingredient (potato flakes), and they’re a fan favorite.
Arizona: Paradise Valley Burger Company
If you like creative, gourmet, and seriously loaded burgers, then you have to check out Paradise Valley Burger Company in Phoenix, Arizona. Besides wowing Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you’ve also seen this joint on Man vs. Food… oh, and it was also named the best burger in Arizona by the Travel Channel. Need we say more? Fieri chowed down on the Country Fried Burger and the Booze Burger (smothered in green chili, bacon, vodka cream sauce… wow). But the restaurant is also known for its Brûlée Burger that’s served on a burnt sugar bun.
Arkansas: Root Cafe
In Little Rock, Arkansas, Root Cafe is doing more than just serving up good food. The restaurant is committed to sourcing 100 percent of its meat, eggs, and bread, plus much of its produce and other ingredients from small, local farmers and producers. Beyond that, Root Cafe is involved in a number of local community organizations. Enjoy the Old World Style Bratwurst, which Guy Fieri called "outstanding", or the Pimento Cheeseburger for a little kick, and leave happy knowing you supported a business with a cause.
California: Duarte’s Tavern
Guy Fieri loves to eat in California, and he’s been to nearly 200 diners, drive-ins and dives in the state. But one of his favorite spots is a family-owned restaurant in Pescadero called Duarte’s Tavern. He once praised the James Beard Award-winning restaurant in an interview with The Street for their garden grown produce, "everything from berries for pies to artichokes for dips." If you wanna eat like Guy, go for the Crab Cioppino, and a local favorite, the Abalone Sandwich (via Food Network).
Colorado: Zoe Ma Ma
Serving up understated, outspoken Chinese street food in Boulder and Denver, Colorado is the unassuming eatery known as Zoe Ma Ma. In this star location run by chef and mother Anna Zoe, guests can get their fill on family recipes like Ma Ma’s potstickers and Ma Ma’s Famous Chicken Noodle Soup. Make sure you try the pork steamed buns and the Za Jiang Mian noodle dish, which are just some of the offerings that led Guy Fieri to call this "the best fast Asian food I’ve seen in 10 years" (via Food Network).
Connecticut: Valencia Luncheria
It’s far away from South America, but Connecticut is home to some amazing Venezelan food, thanks to Valencia Luncheria. This restaurant tucked away in Norwalk is run by a passionate and highly seasoned chef and is known for its wide variety of unique arepas and empanadas, along with a variety of other classic Latin dishes. Guy Fieri tried out the roasted pork arepa (via Food Network), but we’ve got our eye on their Nutella and peanut butter empanada.
Delaware: Farmer & the Cow
Farmer & the Cow in Wilmington, Delaware has become a local favorite for its over-the-top approach to casual pub fare. The restaurant is known for its fully loaded and very extra gourmet burgers, the creative shakes (like one made with cereal), and an expansive bar menu. And despite its name, Farmer & the Cow is serving up more than just bovine bites. One of the more beloved menu items, and one that really impressed Guy Fieri, is a burger called That’ll Do Pig (via Food Network). It’s piled high with bacon done three different ways, plus cheese, special sauce, and even tater tots. The deep fried Chicken Skins are another hit here. Oh, and did we mention that Farmer & the Cow serves up the only bacon flight in the state of Delaware (via Only in Your State)?
Florida: Se7en Bites
The story behind Se7en Bites in Orlando is an inspiring one: The chef and owner dreamed up the idea after a health issue redefined how she ate. Now, after nearly 15 years in business, Se7en bites has continued to grow, wowing Florida residents and catching the attention of the press throughout its existence. The restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in 2017, and in 2019, it was named one of the "Essential 28 Restaurants in Orlando" by Eater.
On any given day, expect to wait in a line that spills out the front doors (but don’t worry, they say it goes fast). The food is made in house at all times, and the owners suggest coming early for your favorites, because once they run out of something, it’s gone. And you can bet that happens often for the signature menu items featured on Triple-D, including the scratch-made Chicken Pot Pie that Fieri called "epic goodness" and a mouthwatering concoction known as the Vanilla Bean Bacon Bourbon Moonpie.
Georgia: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
When you think of the best food in Georgia, a lot of southern and soul food probably comes to mind. But when you’re in the Peach State, you’ll be missing out if you don’t check out the barbecue scene. Particularly, you have to try Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. The restaurant is the product of the homesickness of twin brothers from Texas, who missed their native barbecue when they picked up and moved to Atlanta.
Today, Fox Bros. is considered an institution in Atlanta, and a must-visit barbecue destination in the southeast, having gained both local accolades and national attention. And it’s such a favorite, it’s been featured on several episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Specialties to try out include the Chicken Fried Ribs, served with house-made white BBQ sauce, and the Fox Bros. "Burger," which is essentially a chopped brisket sandwich loaded up with the most incredible toppings, including pimiento cheese and peppered bacon.
Hawaii: Mike’s Huli Chicken
Guy Fieri and his red Camaro have been to dozens of restaurants across Hawaii, but it turns out one of the best diners, drive-ins and dives on the islands is actually just a humble yellow food truck. But while Mike’s Huli Chicken may come in a small package, the little truck is serving up big flavors.
At Mike’s Huli Chicken, whole birds are brined, coated in spices, and slow-roasted in a custom oven over local Hawaiian wood. And the result is nothing short of magic. In fact, Fieri calls it "the crispiest chicken that anybody will ever try that’s not been fried"(via Food Network). In fact, the methods at Mike’s Huli Chicken impressed Fieri so much, they actually inspired him to build his own rotisserie oven at home . Besides their signature chicken, be sure to also try out the "sweet and smoky" Char Siu Pork.
Idaho: Jimmy’s Down the Street
If you’ve never been, you should definitely plan a trip to beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The town is situated on a scenic lake surrounded by forests and mountains on the western edge of the state, and it’s home to a plethora of cute shops and good local eats. One of those is long-standing breakfast and lunch spot Jimmy’s Down the Street. The restaurant embodies the exact casual, familiar vibe that its name implies, and serves up made-from-scratch comfort food favorites. Standout dishes include the Chicken and Dumplings (which Guy Fieri called "righteous") and a huge, gooey Caramel Pecan Roll.
Illinois: Kuma’s Corner
Next time you’re in the Chicago area, get your fix of great music and even better food at the legendary Kuma’s Corner. The heavy metal-themed burger joint opened its doors in 2005, and since then, it has exploded in popularity for its hardcore sandwich creations. It’s infamous Ghost Burger (topped with braised goat shoulder, ghost pepper aioli, aged white cheddar, red wine reduction, and a Communion wafer… you read that right) caused all kinds of uproar, enraging the Catholic Church (via Eater). Time Magazine called it one of the most influential burgers of all time. It’s no longer a permanent fixture on the menu, but they do bring it back every now and then.
Guy Fieri reportedly called their Black Sabbath Burger (seasoned with blackening spice and loaded with chili and pepper jack) "up there in the top five burgers on Triple-D." This one is also no longer on the menu, but with Kuma’s Corner earning accolades like Chicago’s Best Burger and being named one of the best burger spots in America by Food Network, you really can’t go wrong picking anything off their menu.
Indiana: 3 Sisters Cafe
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day — and that’s definitely true in Indianapolis, where 3 Sisters Cafe is serving up unique and tasty culinary creations that have made it one of the most popular morning eateries in the city for more than two decades. Funny enough, there are no sisters involved in this operation, but there are specialties like the Guy Fieri-approved blueberry goat cheese pie, lemon corncakes, and French dip-style roast pork sandwiches. And Fieri isn’t the only one raving about 3 Sisters Cafe – USA Today calls it one of the best restaurants in Indianapolis.
Iowa: Flying Mango
A surprising Triple-D favorite can be found hidden away in the Midwest, serving up Caribbean-inspired, Southern-style barbecue. From its location just outside downtown Des Moines, Iowa, Flying Mango offers dishes like Memphis-style and baby back ribs, served with classics like sweet potato pancakes and red beans and rice on the side. But what really got Guy Fieri’s attention was the Smoked Catfish Cakes alongside cornbread and collard greens, which he described as "delicate, big flavor," and "about as real deal as it comes." Fieri loved Flying Mango so much, he even chose to feature it again in his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives spinoff, Triple D Nation, according to the Des Moines Register.
Kansas: Woodyard Bar-B-Que
When you’re in Kansas, you gotta try some barbecue. If you want to do it right, go to Woodyard Bar-B-Que in Kansas City. Be sure to get the ribs, of course, and be prepared for "a knockout" experience, according to Guy Fieri. The host said pork ribs had "the most unique dry rub" that he’s ever tried, adding that they don’t even need sauce. We certainly don’t need any more convincing than that, but locals are also said to love Woodyard’s smoked chicken and the burnt ends sandwich. So much so that you can usually expect a long line of hungry customers on most days (via Travel Channel).
In Louisville, Kentucky, some of the best food in town can be found in a century-old Victorian home that’s been converted into what they call the city’s first "bed and beverage," a small inn with a cafe on the first floor that serves up way more than just drinks. Gralehaus has become a local favorite, with its scratch-made menu that offers "southern-style cooking using the rich culinary traditions of Kentucky and memories of mothers’ and grandmothers’ cooking." Expect comfort food with a twist, like Lamb and Grits, or their take on a cheesy fried bologna sandwich, which Guy Fieri called "straight up legit awesome." It also happens to be a favorite of another celebrity chef, Damaris Phillips, who joined Fieri in the Gralehaus episode of his program.
Louisiana: Turkey & the Wolf
When you’re in Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans, by all means, get your fill of gumbo, jambalaya, and other Cajun favorites. But whatever you do, don’t leave without stopping at Turkey and the Wolf. This small, unassuming sandwich shop has garnered some major attention for its eclectic menu of out-of-the-box sandwiches and more.
Guy Fieri tried Tacos Inauthenticos made with hog’s headcheese (if you don’t know what that is, you should probably read this). Fieri absolutely loved them, saying, in true Guy Fieri fashion, "They’re going to flock-o for this taco." Fieri also tried the Collard Green Melt, which may be the star of the menu. Turkey and the Wolf was named Bon Appétit’s "#1 Best New Restaurant in America" in 2017, arguably because of that Collard Green Melt, which the magazine described as "otherworldly."
Maine: Maine Diner
In most cases, you may wanna steer clear of diner seafood. But that’s likely not the case in Maine, and especially not at the famed Maine Diner. Located on the coast, just north of Portsmouth, this no-frills, family-owned establishment has garnered national attention with home-cooked recipes passed down by the owner’s grandmother (via Seacoastonline). There’s a lot to choose from on this menu, but make sure to try the Triple-D favorites: codfish cakes, seafood chowder (Guy called it "Maine in a bowl"), and Maine Diner’s signature dish, Lobster Pie.
Maryland: Miss Shirley’s Cafe
When it comes to cuisine, Maryland easily lives up to its Southern roots, thanks to award-winning restaurants like Baltimore’s Miss Shirley’s Cafe. The destination dining spot has been serving up Southern and Soul food classics like chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits, since 2005. And Southern Living dubs it one of the best breakfast spots in the South to boot.
Guy Fieri recommends the Coconut Cream Stuffed French Toast or the Southern Slammer Sandwich, which is loaded with fried green tomato, bacon, avocado and a fried egg. But since you’re going to be in Maryland, we also highly recommend the Crab Cake and Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict.
Massachusetts: Yankee Lobster
Massachusetts is another state that you’d be remiss to visit without trying the local seafood. The area is known for producing some spectacular shellfish, plus high quality haddock and cod. But the true gem of Massachusetts is New England seafood is lobster. And there are few places to get it that could beat Yankee Lobster.
The bustling Boston Harbor mainstay is run by a family that’s been in the fishing business for generations, specifically within the lobster industry. You can stop in the market for freshly made seafood specialties or buy fresh seafood by the pound to take home. Guy Fieri tried the cod cakes, describing them as the "perfect storm," as well as the lobster mac and cheese, which he called "ridiculous" (in a good way!).
Michigan: Union Woodshop
Something you learn watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is that great barbecue can be found in the most unlikely places. This is true in Michigan, where Union Woodshop, about an hour outside Detroit, is now wowing more than just the locals. Guy Fieri was introduced to this place by none other than Kid Rock, and the local brought the chain national attention.
Be sure to try out "The Porker," which is piled high with a freshly ground pork patty, house-made Michigan maple bacon, a house-made hot link, pickled chilis, Woodshop cold smoked cheddar cheese, and something called South Carolina mayo. And if you have any room left after devouring that monstrosity, go for the mind-blowing Maple Bourbon Sundae, which features a Jim Beam sauce poured over house-made liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Minnesota: Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
Minnesota is much cooler than it gets credit for. Besides behind the land of 10,000 lakes, the state is also where we got Prince, Bob Dylan, Milky Way candy bars, and the game Twister (via Minnesota Post). It’s also home to one of the funkiest, most iconic Tiki bars in America, also known as Psycho Suzie’s Motor Lounge in Minneapolis.
Psycho Suzie’s has been named one of the best Tiki bars in the country by Food Network, Thrillist, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Time Out, and Esquire. You’ll come for their intriguing and somewhat sassy cocktail menu, and stay for the delicious food, like the state fair blue ribbon-winning Grainbelt-Battered Cheese Curds that Guy Fieri tried. Their menu is currently changing, but you can bet that whatever dishes and cocktails they are serving up, you’ll go wild for them.
Mississippi: Memphis Barbecue Company
Who knew that the best of Memphis could be found in Mississippi, but such is the case, thanks to the Memphis Barbecue Company. Located in Horn Lake, a city just near the Mississippi/Tennessee border (and not too far from its namesake town), the barbecue they’re serving up is made by World BBQ Champion Melissa Cookston, who’s been called the "Winningest Woman in Barbecue." Guy Fieri went all in on the baby back ribs, praising their flavor and tenderness, while the locals love the house-made cheese fritters.
Missouri: Shaved Duck
Let’s just cut to the chase: Everything on the menu at the Shaved Duck in St. Louis, Missouri looks delicious, with its unique spins on Southern comforts. When Guy Fieri made a visit, he tried the crispy-skinned smoked duck breast served with cherry juniper jam, and the host couldn’t put it down. We can attest — just watching the episode had our mouth watering. Or go for the smothered fries piled high with a whole bunch of smoked pork and homemade cheese sauce, which Fieri called "killer."
Montana: Storm Castle Cafe
Guy Fieri has been to literally hundreds of restaurants around the country for Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, so when he calls something one of the best things he’s ever had on the show, you know it has got to be amazing. In fact, he said you should add Bozeman, Montana to your next list of road trip destinations, solely to get a taste of the Po Campo Chimichanga at Storm Castle Cafe. It’s stuffed with carnitas, country potatoes, and cheese, and then deep fried. Fieri says it’s "outstanding," adding that "it’s one of the best breakfast dishes I’ve had." He also called their farm-to-table take on a Monte Cristo a "next level… destination dish.".
Nebraska: Big Mama’s Kitchen
Big Mama’s Kitchen in Omaha, Nebraska has been putting a whole lot of soul into their soul food for more than 40 years, after starting as a catering company and opening a full-fledged restaurant in 2007. Big Mama wowed Guy Fieri with her oven-fried chicken made with a special rub she learned from her grandmother. Big Mama herself passed away in 2018, and her family continues to carry on her culinary legacy for destination diners and locals alike.
Nevada: John Mull’s Road Kill Grill
When in Vegas, you can bet on getting an incredible meal at John Mull’s Road Kill Grill. Don’t be fooled by the name — this family barbecue business has been smoking high-quality meats for more than three decades, and doing it right. Guy Fieri absolutely raved over the 16-hour cured, applewood-smoked, house-made sausage hot links, saying "this has got to be one of the best, not just on Triple-D… I’m talking in general." And you can’t really beat those odds.
New Hampshire: Tuckaway Tavern
Hidden away in Raymond, New Hampshire is the aptly named Tuckaway Tavern, and it’s a must-try if you can make it to the Northeast and looking for a hearty meal. You could try steak tips from their award-winning butchery or feast on one of their burgers, which have been named the best in the state by Yankee Magazine. Guy Fieri tried a Tuckaway specialty, Chili and Cheese Corn Holes. They’re basically mini meat and cheese corn dog bites, and we’re already craving them.
New Jersey: Bayway Diner
You can get some delicious, homemade diner classics in New Jersey at Johnny Prince’s Bayway Diner in Linden. It’s a casual joint serving up well known diner staples, but locals call it "a special place." And Guy Fieri once called it one of his favorite stops on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (per an interview with The Street). During your visit, we advise you go big on the Monster Burger, stacked with bacon, cheese, and huge onion rings, or the Philly Cheese Steak.
New Mexico: Slow Roasted Bocadillos
You can find great flavor for a good cause in New Mexico at Slow Roasted Bocadillos. Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the restaurant was started by one woman selling burritos out of the back of a truck. Now, it’s become a local favorite serving up scratch-made artisan sandwiches stuffed with meats that are cooked for at least 12 hours. And that’s not all. Bocadillos also provides over a thousand meals a day for local schools before opening up each day. Guy Fieri’s favorite was the homemade biscuits and green chili gravy: "This isn’t your grandma’s gravy, let me tell you that much," he said.
New York: Pies-n-Thighs
In all honesty, it was harder to choose the best featured restaurant in New York compared to several other states. There’s just a lot of good food to be found, especially in New York City. But one restaurant in particular stood out among the rest, and not just for its catchy name, but also its scratch-made, Southern food done right.
Time Out New York says "Pies ‘n’ Thighs in Brooklyn feels as authentic as any venerable Dixieland food shack." The unique creations at Pies ‘N’ Thighs have been featured by numerous foodie publications, including Eater, Bon Appétit, and more. And they are racking up accolades along the way, already having been awarded Best Donuts and Best Biscuits in New York, along with recognition for some of the Best Apple Pie and Best Fried Chicken in the country. If you want to go for Guy Fieri’s favorites, try the chicken and waffles, pulled pork sandwich, or Pecan Crunch donut.
North Carolina: Copper Penny
Simple, affordable and delicious. That’s the kind of experience you’re in for at the Copper Penny in the beachside town of Wilmington, North Carolina. The menu offers no-frills, upscale pub food, with a selection of burgers and sandwiches, not to mention some award-winning chicken wings. The local favorite is their take on a chicken Philly cheesesteak called the 109 Chesnut Chicken Sandwich. Guy Fieri said it was "delicious" and "done right." But he really couldn’t control himself with the Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings — he told the chef to take those away from him! Another Philly-inspired specialty you gotta try is the Hot Roasted Pork Sandwich. After Fieri’s first bite, he said it would bring him back to Copper Penny at least once a week if he lived there.
North Dakota: Pounds
Your cross-country Diners, Drive-ins and Dives road trip might slow down a little bit when you reach the state of North Dakota, where Guy Fieri has only made it to two restaurants. But don’t let that fool you — there is delicious food to be had, especially if you make it to Fargo. That’s where you’ll find local hangout Pounds doing its own thing, and doing it well. The Pounds menu is an eclectic blend of burgers and bar food plus loaded mac and cheese combos, alongside healthy superfood bowls. Indulge on the BBQ Porker loaded mac and cheese, which Guy Fieri couldn’t get enough of. He called it a "dynamite dish…right on top of right and add some more right."
Ohio: Lucky’s Cafe
Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland is a farm-to-table as it gets. Not only are many of the ingredients used locally sourced, but they grow much of their own produce in a garden that’s right out back. Locals love the quality of the fresh ingredients, which you can taste in each and every dish. It’s been called one of the best brunches you can get in Cleveland (via Cleveland). The Reuben sandwich, scratch-made start to finish (we’re talking homemade sourdough bread, homemade thousand island dressing, you get the idea), actually left Guy Fieri speechless, if you can believe it. And another celebrity chef, Michael Simon, swears by the biscuits and gravy at this joint.
Oklahoma: Nics Grill
If you want to get your hands on what’s been dubbed the best burger in Oklahoma City, and maybe even the whole state, then head over to Nic’s Grill and get in the inevitable line that will be spilling out the door of this tiny, no-frills joint. Once you do get up to the counter, do yourself a favor and try out the Onion Burger, a local favorite in Oklahoma. Nic’s version starts with a whopping half pound of beef, which is piled up with onions and served with a basket of fries — and a fork. Guy Fieri called it "killer," adding, "that’s what a burger is supposed to be."
Oregon: Fisherman’s Market
For some of the best seafood you can find in the Pacific Northwest, check out Fisherman’s Market in Eugene, Oregon. The restaurant and fish market is run by a long-time commercial fisherman from Alaska and serves up some of the freshest seafood you can find in the region. And when we say fresh, we literally mean live. Fisherman’s Market is the only live crab seafood restaurant in Eugene, and it also happens to be one of the largest Dungeness crab retailers in the whole state. So obviously, when you visit, don’t skip the crab dinner — it’s "the freshest experience you can get," according to Guy Fieri. Another surprising favorite? The Cajun Crawfish Pie, also known as creamy, "tender and succulent" comfort food wrapped in a flaky crust and served alongside flaky, smoked salmon.
Pennsylvania: Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat
In the middle of bustling downtown Philly, a husband-and-wife duo are making a name for themselves with their quirky, signature, "Southern Jewish" cooking style at Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat. With a menu offering classics like chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy alongside traditional matzo ball soup and challah french toast, there’s something for everyone here.
When Guy Fieri rolled through in 2011, they decided to impress him with their next-level take on old-school frito pie, two ways. There was the brisket Frito pie, made with meat cooked for five hours before it’s sliced and pan fried. And one of their former legendary top sellers was a chicken chili Frito pie. It’s no longer a permanent menu fixture, but it seems like they bring it back sometimes, so keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Rhode Island: The Italian Corner
Italian Corner in East Providence, Rhode Island is as authentic as it gets when it comes to Italian Delis. Right when you walk in, the massive display of deli meats should give it away. And then there’s the "pasta room" in the back, where fresh noodle creations are being made everyday. Not to mention the fact that the recipes, the equipment, the ingredients, and even the chef himself, are all straight from Italy. Get your hands on some handmade tortellini doused in Bolognese sauce if you can. Guy Fieri also recommends the brasato sandwich that’s stuffed with juicy and tender house-made roast beef on freshly baked bread.
South Carolina: Early Bird Diner
You probably already know you can expect great comfort food in South Carolina. Might we suggest getting it at Early Bird Diner in Charleston. You’ll want to try out their version of chicken and waffles first. It may not be the most original dish, but the flavor spin on it had Guy Fieri raving. He said "the savory, sweet, the crunchy, the salty" notes all coming together "seem so wrong, but it just feels so right." Another top seller on the menu is the fried pork chop with a homemade pepper jelly, which is so good, it’s "ridiculous," according to Fieri.
South Dakota: "O" So Good Restaurant
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, it’s that you can find great regional cuisine in the most unlikely places. Exhibit A: the spicy and flavorful jerk chicken from "O" So Good Restaurant in Garretson, South Dakota. Along with the collard greens on the side, Guy Fieri was absolutely loving it, saying "it works… I can’t stop eating it." Or try their Shrimp Cheesy Hot Plate, which is exactly what it sounds like — Fieri himself called it "the bomb."
Tennessee: Mas Tacos Por Favor
Nashville, Tennessee may be known for its hot chicken, but it’s also home to some "spot on" Mexican food, at least, according to Guy Fieri. Mas Tacos Por Favor has been serving up tacos and more since the 1970s, and the dish to go for is the tamales. Locals love them, and Fieri called them "one of the best I’ve ever had.’ And if you do want to go for tacos, try going vegetarian — Fieri said the quinoa and sweet potato taco is "delicious, creative, [and] hearty."
Texas: Pecan Lodge
You know what they say about Texas. The barbecue is definitely better, and Pecan Lodge in Dallas has some of the best. The signature dish is beef brisket, of course, and Pecan Lodges smokes theirs for up to 18 hours and serves it with house-made barbecue sauce. This Texas joint is also serving up ribs, pulled pork, and something called the "The Hot Mess," a sweet potato smothered with brisket, chipotle cream cheese and butter.
Utah: Ruth’s Diner
You know a restaurant that has been around for 90 years has to be delicious. Ruth’s Diner, which holds the title of second oldest restaurant in the state of Utah. It’s named for the woman who ran it for nearly 60 of those years. The huge menu offers all kinds of comfort food and diner favorites, but Guy Fieri really loved "Ruth’s Famous Mile High Biscuits." Diners can enjoy it all, along with canyon views and weekly live music (via Zagat).
Vermont: Bluebird Barbecue
It gets cold up in Burlington, Vermont. But you can warm up and fill up at Bluebird Barbecue, which has been named the best barbecue in the state by Travel Channel, Thrillist, and more. At Bluebird you’ll get more than just pulled pork, ribs, and scratch-made sides — they’ve also concocted their own fusions like Pit Master Ramen, which is sort of like beef Ramen, but on a new level, with smoked burnt ends, Texas BBQ sauce, and pickled jalapeños.
Perly’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in Richmond, Virginia is not like every other Jewish deli you’ll find. And yet locals have been loving it for nearly 60 years (via Lonely Planet). They make everything totally from scratch, and offer menu items featuring traditional flavors with unique twists, like their potato and duck pierogis, which Guy Fieri called "dynamite," or the Jewish egg rolls stuffed with corned beef and sauerkraut.
Washington: Mike’s Chili Parlor
It’s true that there are plenty of amazing restaurants serving all kinds of interesting cuisine in Seattle, Washington. But next time you’re there, you’ve gotta hit up a little joint called Mike’s Chili Parlor, purely for nostalgic purposes if not for the renown chili. Guy Fieri once called this place — which has been serving "world famous," secret recipe chili in Seattle since 1922 — one of his favorite Triple-D restaurants (via The Street). Mike’s Chili parlor is as casual as it gets, and also probably just as messy — this place puts chili on pretty much everything.
West Virginia: Hillbilly Hot Dogs
Perhaps one of the most unique eateries on this entire list is Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage, West Virginia. From the inside of old school buses in the middle of a makeshift junk yard, a husband and wife are creating some of the most seriously outrageous and delicious hot dog combos, like Pine-Appalachian Dog with BBQ sauce, country ham, and crushed pineapple or the Motham Dog, which is deep fried and topped with chili sauce, thousand islands dressing and onion rings. And don’t forget the almost one-pound Homewrecker, a deep-fried treat that Guy Fieri enjoyed on the show.
Wisconsin: Delta Diner
Delta Diner in Mason, Wisconsin (aka the middle of nowhere) is everything you imagine a classic roadside diner should be — from the retro sign out front to the long row of stools at the counter and a menu full of biscuits, pancakes, burgers and malts. Guy Fieri dug in to the homemade biscuits with red eye gravy and called it "Crazytown… which is right next to Flavortown." Sounds like it’s worth the trip!
Wyoming: Cafe Genevieve
At the foot of The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park, Jackson, Wyoming is a growing destination town in America, thanks to its proximity to nature and its destination-worthy food. It’s where you’ll find Cafe Genevieve, a quaint and cozy spot serving up refined American fare, like Bison Chili, Tiger Shrimp Hush Puppies, and their now infamous Pig Candy (house-made candied bacon) — perfect for filling up after a long day visiting Old Faithful.