"Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" Personal Page by msbrandysue

A Taste of Everywhere

Florida-Jamaica Kitchen-Jamaican/Chinese food because immigrants of China raised in Jamaica-stewed ox tails/curried ox tails, meat turnovers or Jamaican hamburgers are very hot, pigs tail

Pittsburgh-Crystal-Lebanese-lamb on the rocks which looks like meat kebab and eat each piece of meat on bread with sauces, meat loaf or meat ball, grape leaves

Salt Lake City-Red Iguana-Mexican-mole sauces-mango enchiladas on Fridays, chimichangas!, chorizo is like a Mexican sausage

All Kinds of BBQ

Adkins, Texas 20 miles East of San Antonio-Texas Pride Barbeque

New Orleans, Louisiana-The Joint (white people in the 9th ward), pulled pork, sauce is hot sauce and root beer but has different from the three different areas/preferences, pork ribs good too, salad dressing invented here from smoked veggies

Ocean Springs, Mississippi-The Shed-sweet bbq, ribs, brisket, sauce is award-winning and very sweet, mama's pasta salad

All Kinds of Classics

Portland, Oregon-Southern style biscuits-Pine State Biscuits

Fort Worth, Texas-Texas dishes-Fred's Texas

North Miami Beach, Florida-smoked fish-Blue Marlin Fish House Restaurant

All Over the Map

Phoenix, Arizona-authentic Mexican tacos-Los Taquitos Mexican Food Grill

Seattle, Washington-Greek restaurant leg of lamb-Georgia's Greek Deli

San Francisco, California-Italian joint-Bolognese and clams-Rocco's

American Cookin

Southwestern Michigan-Rosie's Diner-can order everything here, pies too,

Northern California's Wine Country-Russian River Pub-burgers, wings, beer, but specialties include grilled chicken and ahi tuna

Minneapolis, Minnesota-Al's Breakfast-omelettes, pancakes, NO credit cards, only one counter to sit at

St. Paul, Minnesota-Dari-ette-Italian food in drive-in-meatballs and sausage, sandwiches


Venice, California-Baby Blues BBQ-baby back ribs and pulled pork, mac n cheese, grilled corn, sauce

North Carolina-BBQ King Curb Service-bbq chicken and pulled pork sandwiches

Taylor, Texas-Louie Mueller BBQ-brisket, sausage, ribs (can run out so get there early) and can order the brisket lean/dry

Best From the Road

Northern California-Johnny Garlic's

Tucker, Georgia-10 miles from Atlanta-Matthew's Cafeteria-cafeteria style-homemade biscuits and then some with sausage gravy, chicken and dumblings, brunswick stew

San Antonio, Texas-The Cove-(carwash and laundromat and in the middle the restaurant)-lamb burgers, portabello quesadillas, fish tacos with poblano sauce

Fairfield, Connecticut-Wilson's Holy Smoke BBQ-pulled pork, brian chicken (?) smoked chicken I guess

Chicago, Illinois-Vito and Nick's-crispy crust pizza, italian beef pizza, breakfast/egg pizza

Baxter Springs, Kansas-Cafe on the Route-Bounella Cheesecake (fried)

Baltimore, Maryland-G&A Restaurant-hot dogs with chili and gravy on fries, coney burgers comes with cooked onions

San Francisco-Tommy's Joynt-corned beef (sandwich), roast beef (sandwich), turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, meatball sub, chili, lamb shanks, daily specials

Better Than Ever

Atlanta, Georgia-The Colonnade-kangaroo and Southern comfort food, fried chicken stuffed with grits, pulled pork

Daphne(?), Alabama-Manci's Antique Club-po boys and bloody mary

Omaha, Nebraska- Amato's-Italian food, fresh sausage-sandwiches, pancakes too

Big Time Flavor

Dallas, Texas (Deep Ellum)- (Twisted Root Burger was where he went last time)Cane (caneh) Rosso- pizza-bacon marmelade pizza (ask for a little aroogula), pasta roshashana

Minneapolis, Minnesota-Marla's Caribbean Cuisine-dalpury (hot so order water), ox tail

Austin, Texas- Counter Cafe-homemade biscuits (quail and eggs for breakfast featured), (burgers and sweet potato fries, breakfast tacos, pancakes all look good but not featured) and the information for show says they feature chicken burgers but never shown on YouTube video from restaurant

Burgers 'n More

Truckee, California (hour and a half east of Sacramento)-Burger Me!-Italian Stallion is deli meat and hamburger, Chili burger has peanut butter and chilies in it

Kansas City, Missouri-Swagger-deep fried, battered burger (coleslaw on the burger and very warm), beer chili, Texan burger is a burger in between 2 grilled cheeses

Nashville, Tennessee-Athen's (Greek food)-lamb burger with crazy spices and bacon, meatballs on rice and green beans, Greek pot pie

Comfort Cookin

Phoenix, Arizona-Over Easy-breakfast-steak and red eye gravy

San Francisco, California-Dotties True Blue Cafe-long line in the mornings-chili cheddar cornbread and pumpkin oatmeal pancakes

Milwaukee-Comet-bacon on everything/everywhere-bacon wrapped meatload and deep fried turkey-The Comet burger in between grilled cheeses with veggies-free bacon with beer on Sat nights

Comfort Food Classics

Charlotte, North Carolina-chicken and dumblings/home cookin'- at Dish

Providence, Rhode Island-Johnny Cakes, Coffee Milk, chowder, fresh turkey sandwich-Liberty Elm Diner

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Chicago, Illinois-Scandinavian dishes-Tre Kronor Svensk Restaurang

Arlington, Texas-Middle Eastern cooking at a drive-in-Prince Lebanese Grill

Santa Rosa, California-Mexican-La Texanita

Diners Times Three

Santa Cruz, California-Santa Cruz Diner-Vietnamese cooking along with American food-Pha (pronounced fa) is rice noodle soup, spring rolls

Norman, Oklahoma-The Diner-chili, burrito

Boston, Massachusetts-The Little Depot Diner-breakfast-Cuatua (gratuawn) or something, mashed pork, malagatone soup, Boston baked beans

Diners You Sent Me To

Minneapolis, Minnesota-Town Talk Diner-diner gourmet-lamb shank, chicken and waffles, fried pickles, braut burger, bar with different drinks like bacon fat bourbon

Baltimore, Maryland-Broadway Diner-huge menu-seafood pasta, salmon wrapped in potato, open 24 hours a day, goulash

Salt Lake City-Blue Plate Diner-hash, salmon smoked outback, great Mexican food like pork chili verde

Dives Worth a Drive

Between Milwakee and Chicago on Rte 41-The Shanty-Whiskey Shrimp dinner (most popular dinner), Conch Filet wrapped in bacon

Cleveland, Ohio-Parkview nite-club-great bar-smoked salmon BLT, honey chipotle pork tacos

East Anherst, New York-Grover's-Bruiser burger, cheeseburger soup, garlic parmesan buffalo wings

Doin' Their Own Thing

Salt Lake City, Utah-Lone Star Taqueria-authentic Mexican food/tacos, burritos are huge, fish tacos with different fish from market

Minneapolis, Minnesota-Modern Cafe-comfort food-mac and cheese, ravioli, chutney burger, wings, fish cakes

Omaha, Nebraska-Brewburgers-deli sandwiches and alligator bites, burgers, onion rings, guacamole, pesto as side, cajun nachos, cheese in burger

Family Style

Providence, Rhode Island-homemade ravioli stuffed with bbq chicken-Loui's Family Restaurant

Houston, Texas-traditional Bosnian food-Cafe Pita

Glendale, California-authentic Cuban dishes-Mam Bos
San Joe, California-homemade burgers and fries

Farm to Table

Midway, Kentucky-Wallace Station-burgers, sandwiches like paninis, Big Brown Burger, bread/biscuits

Saint Simons, Georgia-Blackwater Grill-seafood, Super Duper Gooper

Washington, D.C.-Comet-pizza and ping pong, pizza and calzone

Fast Food Their Way

Los Angeles, California-Donchow Tacos-Chinese Tacos-find on Twitter-tacos and chimale (chinese tamale)

Honolulu, Hawaii-Rainbow Drive-In-Hawaiian fast food (more of a diner than a drive-in and local food, not American)-gravy is good, chili dog meal on rice

Deluth, Minnesota-Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace-Northern Waters Smokehouse-smoked meat and sandwiches, salami

Fresh and Funky

Charlotte, North Carolina-Landmark Restaurant and Diner-turkey dinner

Reno, Nevada-Dish Cafe-small place, granola, soup, salad, paninis

San Francisco, California-Pier 23-fish tacos but lots of mayonaise, duck poppers with real duck

Fresh, Filled and Fried

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-Good Dog Bar-chicken pot pie, truffle cheese steak empanadas

Spokane, Washington-Chaps-French toast is like bread, (homemade oatmeal), stuffed pork chop

Portland, Maine-Porthole-Lobster rolls, ginger calamari, Hash for breakfast


Los Angeles, California-Glorias Mexican and Salvadorean Restaurant-Mexican food

Reno, Nevada-Louis' Basque Corner- (ox tails, rabbit stew, careful lol)

Jacksonville, Florida-13 Gypsies: A Peasant Kitchen-everything type of food but very different

Go-To Joints

North California-adobo steak sandwiches-Sol Food-puerto rican food-lasagna meat with green olives-

Westport, Connecticut-pub on beached barge-burgers-Black Duck Cafe under 95

Portland, Oregon-hot dogs from scratch-Otto's Sausage Kitchen

Grabbin' A Sandwich

Salt Lake City-Moochie's-Philly cheesesteak and meatball subs

San Diego-Tioli's Crazee Burger-meats made from all sorts of animals and all kinds of different sauces on burgers

Chicago-Cemita's Puebla-cemitas are sandwiches with avacado, chipoltle, cheese and carne asada and al pastor, and tacos with great meat almost Lebanese style meat with chipotle sauce

Homegrown and Homemade

Lexington, South Carolina-The Farmer's Shed-collard greens at farmers market, shrimp on potatoes shrimp n grits, Wednesday fried chicken breast, corn bread

Lackawanna, New York-Mulberry Italian Restaurant-homemade lasagna with stuffed peppers

Honolulu, Hawaii-Poke Shop-classic fish dishes


Seattle, Washington-Southern classics-Southern Kitchen-fried green tomatoes-fried chicken and macaroni cheese, hushpuppies

Arizona-Italian-Giuseppe's Italian Kitchen on 28

Santa Fe, New Mexico-Zia, Adobe Diner-chili cheese fries, smoked salmon quesadilla, fish/chips

In the Family

Baltimore, Maryland-pit beef-Chap's Pit for beef and Charm City Cakes for dessert

Miami, Florida- Puerto Rican dishes-Benny's-mafongo

Salt Lake City, Utah-burgers, Burger Bar (drive in)

Kansas City Barbeque Tour

Smokin' Guns-brisket, and you can ask for the burnt end which is cooked extra long

R.J.'s-in Mission, KS-brisket soup, sausage cooked in corn husk, fried corn, lamb ribs

Johnny's-bbq chicken is fried, pulled pork

(Great American BBQ Festival)


Made to Order

Saint Paul, Minnesota- The Blue Door Pub-Bluesy (burger with blue cheese inside the burger), fried pickles and green beans, Spam bites

Boston, Massachusetts-Rinos-lobster ravioli, Rino Special

Linden, New Jersey-Bayway Diner (only 9 stools) and then purchased a lunch truck, onion rings on the burger but nothing cooked on the show

Name That Cook

Oklahoma City, OK-onion burgers with fries ($4.25) and fried chicken-Nic's

Idaho-pork chops-Rick's Press Room Bar and Grill-salmon potatoes

Seattle, Washington-University District-Trinidad food-Pam's Kitchen-Trinidad bread/tortilla

Neighborhood Joints

St. Louis-Iron Barley-spaetzle

Virginia-The Village Cafe-New York calzones, chips and salsa homemade, stromboli

Glendale, Arizona-The Pitts Again-BBQ-everything-BBQ turkey

Philadelphia-Daddy Pop's diner-breakfast-scrapple (pig part scraps)

Off the Hook Specials

Kansas City-Grinders-chili and tator-tot pizza. chili cheesesteaks, sculpture outback

Long Beach, California-Schooner or Later on Alamitos Bar Marina Center-The Mess specialty (breakfast) and crab omelette, fresh turkey for the club sandwich and great drinks-24 oz. beers (hour or two wait)

Chicago, Illinois-BBQ-Northwest side of Chicago-Farmers Market, RV that says pulled pork-Pig Race maybe?-pulled pork nachos and sandwiches, Galewood Cookshack RV

Ferndale (?), Michigan-The Fly Trap-Vietnamese pho bowls (yuck), breakfast-green eggs and ham!, salmon burgers

Old Time Favorites

Idaho-Highland Valley Summit, 15 miles outside of Boise-Kodiak Grill and Country Store-huge portions

Portland, Oregon-Blueplate-grilled cheese and tomato soup, mac and cheese, malts and soda fountains, "sliders" like mini-burgers (half pork and beef) but put on a mayo-type spread

Miami, Florida-La Camaronera-Little Havana-seafood Cuban style

Only at This Joint

BBQ joint in Portland, Oregon-smoked trout (whole fish) and lamb ribs-Podnah's Pit BBQ-sliced beef brisket

Deerfield Beach, Florida-The Whale's Rib-whale joice-pub that serves Oyster Rockefeller

Boise, Idaho-Donnie Mat's-macaroni and cheese-nasty nachos-burgers

Pub Grub and More

Sacramento, California-The Golden Bear-Smoked Slaw Pizza (no cheese or sauce), Vietnamese Pork Sandwich

Washington DC-Tortilla Cafe-Pork and Cheese Paposa, chicken tamales

Philadelphia-Memphis Taproom (Dogfish?)-watermelon salad, fried pickles!, smoked coconut club with tofu

Real Deal BBQ

Los Angeles/Gardena, California-Jay Bee's Bar-b-que

Chicago-Smoque BBQ-brisket and baby back ribs, awesome beans and mac/cheese

Peola, Kansas-40 miles South of Kansas City-BBQ Shack-known for pig products-jalepeno poppers, order ahead will do a whole pig, brisket

Real Deal Italian

Baltimore, Maryland-Di Pasquale's-market with homemade italian
San Diego, California-pizza-Pizzeria Luigi-thin crust pizza
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-LoBello's-carve names in booth for tradition

Sandwiches Plus

Spokane, Washington-Elk Public House-Reuban sandwich, quesadillas

Minneapolis-Colossal Cafe-marinated pork sandwich, meatloaf sandwich, BLT, green apple walnut pancakes, homemade breakfast sandwiches

North Wildwood, New Jersey-Maui's Dog House-hot dogs and salty potato balls (sells out by end of day)

Sauced and Spiced

Duluth, Minnesota--Taran's Marketplace/Sara'sTable/Chester Creek Cafe-french toast with cranberry spread, red seafish sandwich (from Yemen)

Lexington, Kentucky-J. J. McBrewster's Smokehouse-BBQ goat, melon sauce (no melons in it), Max' Sloppy Sandwich (turkey)

Hendersonville, Tennessee-Cafe Rakka-Lamb Rakka (with traditional tomato sauce), cheese plate, filet mignon kabobs cooked on Himilayan salt block but served pretty rare

Stacked, Stuffed and Loaded

Naraganset, Rhode Island- Crazy Burger-more than 20 hamburgers on menu

Eagle Rock, California- The Oinkster

Rosenberg, Texas- Bob's Taco Station-Mexican food and snowcones

Surf 'n Turf

Mayport, Florida-Singleton's Seafood Shack-fresh shrimp in SO many delicious options, clam chowder

Manhattan Beach, California-North End Caffe-linguini carbonara with panchietta, Kahlua Pig Egg Rolls, pasta, sandwiches

Reno, Nevada-Gold N Silver Inn-lemonade pork rib, burgers with gravy, sandwich dipped

Talkin' Turkey

Boston, Massachusetts-Mike's City Diner-turkey dinner with gravy and stuffing and mashed potatoes and squash, Pilgrim Sandwich, breakfast too

Santa Rosa, California-Willie Bird's Restaurant-turkey dinner, turkey stroganoff, turkey fried steak

Sarasota, Florida-Alpine Restaurant-turduckit, stuffed oysters with spinach (appetizer)

Traditional Dishes

Baltimore, Maryland-Stoney Creek Inn-steams crab alongside corn on the cob (half to break them apart by yourself) but have all things crab

Memphis, Tennessee-Alcenia's-"chow chow"-Southern favorites-fried green tomatoes, catfish, cornbread, chicken and waffles

Minnesota-Donatelli's-homemade Italian-meatball sandwich and pasta (yummy cuz so much cheese), pizza

Triple D Goes Hawaiian

Highway Inn-traditional Hawaiian food

Honolulu Harbor-Niko's at Pier 38-fish dishes

Hank's Hotdogs

Germaine's Luau-locals come here for food and luau

Twists and Traditions

Chaffee, New York-Earl's Drive Inn-chicken a la king, shephard's pie,

Santa Cruz, California-Aldo's-fresh calamari, eat on outdoor deck, raviolis

Cleveland, Ohio-Mumocho-tuna tacos, guacamole three different types, brisket/muchaka

Who'Da Thunk It?

Boise, Idaho-Westside Drive-In-real food from chef-prime rib and finger sticks

Santa Fe, New Mexico-Backroad Pizza-pizza with cornmeal crust and subs, calzones

Fort Worth (Arlington), Texas-Jamaican-Jamaica Gates (goat)

You Called It

Frankfort, Kentucky-Rick's White Light Diner-server is a character and kinda tells you what to order-crawfish pie, oyster po'boy

Cloquet, Minnesota-Gordy's Hi-Hat-double cheeseburger, onion rings, strawberry shakes, bowl of chili

Fountain Valley, California-Paul's Coffee Shop-semper fi always said cuz former Marine-coffee shop-chicken fried steak, pork steak that takes a little to get used to (maybe not), SOS on a metal tray which is sausage gravy on toast and hashbrowns and a piece of fruit "to keep you regular" lol, Korean beef/bbq

You Can Say That Again

Miami Beach-Tap Tap Restaurant- Haitian Food-Creo or Frio (pork shoulder), Akra fritter is like a hush puppy and fried squash with a fun dipping sauce, fish dish get it fried sounds like Snackra maybe but fish comes whole with bones, etc

*South Beach Food and Wine Fest

Houston-Niko Niko's-always super busy, lamb shank has like no fat, Greek meatballs, looks like Greek lasagna, backlava (dessert), greek honey balls

Portland, Oregon-Pok Pok-walk up service-serves food from other countries-Mubahawon which is Thai food and eat the meat with some rice with your fingers, coconut curry soup, shrimp soup, pok pok also eaten with the sticky rice, Vietnamese chicken wings

You Picked 'em

Okarche, Oklahoma-fried chicken-Eischen's Bar and Iga (frito pie)

Houston, Texas deli-corned beef and kreplach-Kenny and Ziggy's New York Deli

Los Angeles-tamales-Mom's Tamales

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