Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
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|Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||13|
|No. of episodes||140 and 4 specials (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||David Page (seasons 1 – 12)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Original channel||Food Network|
|Original run||November 4, 2006– present|
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (DDD, The Triple D) is an American food television series that premiered in November 2006 on the Food Network. Produced by Page Productions, the program stars and is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began as a one-off special, based on the idea proposed by David Page.
When Food Network launched its HD simulcast of its SD channel on March 31, 2008, later episodes of the series began to be presented in high definition, although it never aired on the former Food Network HD channel.
The show features a "road trip" concept, similar to Road Tasted, Giada's Weekend Getaways and $40 a Day. Fieri travels around North America looking for the best diners, drive-in restaurants, and dive bars.
Episode guide 
Each episode generally has a unifying theme (such as burgers or comfort food) with the host visiting multiple restaurants to sample the food that corresponds to this theme. The program focuses on small independent eateries featuring traditional American-style, sometimes Canadian, cuisine (such as barbecue, smoked meat, hamburgers, deep fried food, pizza, steak, and bacon-and-egg breakfast), regional styles, or ethnic specialties. Most often, the restaurants that the show chooses use fresh ingredients, home-style recipes, and gourmet culinary approaches to what is usually considered non-gourmet food. The host interacts with both the customers, to get their opinion on the food, and with the kitchen staff, who demonstrate how to prepare one or more of the dishes.
In May 2011, the Plymouth, Minnesota-based producer of the show filed lawsuit against the Food Network. The lawsuit alleges that the network failed to pay required production costs, and failed to make the show's host, Guy Fieri, available for taping.
A week after Food Network counter-sued the producer, a settlement was reached in August 2011, allowing the 12th season of the show to resume on September 12, with a new production company, Citizen Pictures.
Notable appearances 
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- Kevin Youkilis, MLB Player
- LaMont Jordan, NFL player
- Rosie O'Donnell, comedian, actress, and talk show host
- Michael Symon, chef, Iron Chef, and TV personality
- Gene Hackman, actor
- Martin Sheen, actor
- M. C. Gainey, actor
- Nick Rahall, politician
- Emeril Lagasse, chef and TV personality
- The Oak Ridge Boys, vocal quartet
- Ricky Skaggs, musician
- Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth
- Kid Rock, musician
- Don Larsen, former Major League Baseball pitcher
- George LeMieux, former US Senator from Florida
- Steve Hutchinson, NFL player
- Mario Batali, chef
- Matthew McConaughey, actor
- Brad Paisley, musician
- Joe Theismann, NFL player
- Dennis Miller, TV personality
- Earl Campbell, NFL Player
- Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston
- R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis
- Duff Goldman, Pastry chef, savory chef and TV personality
- Alice Cooper, Musician
- Travis Randall, Musician, BBQ Chef, TV Personality
Sophistafunk, a music group from Syracuse, New York
- Page Productions - Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
- Internet Movie Database (pilot aired 11/4/2006)
- "World chefs - Fieri finds history is made in diners" Reuters; Mar 21, 2007
- "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives producer says Food Network wants to dash " Twin Cities Business Journal; May 16, 2011
- Satran, Joe (August 18, 2011). "Food Network's Legal Battle With Producer Of Guy Fieri's 'Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives' Comes To End". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Parker, Penny (October 7, 2011). "Parker: Food Network show switches to Denver production company". The Denver Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
- Official website
- Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at the Internet Movie Database
- Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at TV.com
- FlavortownUSA fansite