Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
|Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives|
|Genre||Food reality television|
|Presented by||Guy Fieri|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||31|
|No. of episodes||411 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Page Productions (2007–2011)|
Citizen Pictures (2011–present)
|Original network||Food Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||April 23, 2007 –|
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (often nicknamed Triple D and stylized as Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives) is an American food reality television series that premiered on April 23, 2007, on the Food Network. It is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began as a one-off special that aired on November 6, 2006. The show features a "road trip" concept, similar to Road Tasted, Giada's Weekend Getaways, and $40 a Day. Fieri travels around the United States and Canada looking at various diners, drive-in restaurants, and dive bars. He has also featured some restaurants in European cities, including London, England and Florence, Italy), as well as Cuba (see the episodes page).
Each episode generally has a unifying theme (such as burgers, ribs, or seafood) with the host visiting multiple restaurants within a single city to sample the food that corresponds to this theme. The program focuses on small, independent eateries featuring traditional comfort foods (such as barbecue, smoked meat, hamburgers, deep-fried food, pizza, steak, and bacon-and-egg breakfast), regional styles, or ethnic specialties. Often, the chosen restaurants will use fresh ingredients, home-style recipes, and gourmet culinary approaches to what is usually not considered 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.
The show has had various stars appear in the kitchen alongside Guy Fieri, including fellow chefs Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimmern, Michael Symon, Emeril Lagasse, and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey, Gene Hackman, Rosie O'Donnell, Joe Theismann, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Clint Bowyer, Gene Simmons, Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth, E-40 and Mick Fleetwood.
In May 2011, Page Productions, the original producers of the show filed a lawsuit against 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.
Throughout the years, more than 800 restaurants have been mentioned on the show, resulting in a dramatic increase in customers. Due to the show's popularity, long-term effects have included increases in both customers and sales.
In 2015, the owner of Duluth specialty market Northern Waters Smokehaus said that being featured in a 2010 episode had "jump started" its mail-order business, and that the long-term growth in business hadn't slowed.
Donatelli's, a restaurant in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, said that their appearance on the show "saved us from going out of business." They experienced an average, sustained 20% increase in sales since the airing of the episode in 2008. Over ten years later, the restaurant was still reaping the benefits of their appearance.
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- "The Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Effect". Twin Cities Business. Retrieved 2020-02-27.