You either love or hate Guy Fieri, there's really no in-between with his polarizing persona of bleached tips. On the new season of his Food Network TV show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Fieri is taking his beloved car around to at least six Dallas, Texas eateries. This season marks the 28th for the show that began airing after the new year.
While not all details are announced yet, and there could be even more Texas spots in the line-up, we do know that six specific places made the cut. Why does appearing on the show matter so much? If you haven't read Thrillist's great breakdown of the Fieri effect by Wil Fulton, check it out here. If you're not in the mood for a long read, all you need to know that Fieri warns restaurants and eateries to "be ready for a 200% increase in business." In the case of Griffin Bufkin's Southern Soul Barbecue in Georgia, "believe it or not, that's what happened. And it hasn't really stopped ever since." So without further ado, here are the confirmed Dallas restaurants.
1. Tacos Mariachi
You'll find Tacos Mariachi on Episode 2 of the season, first airing January 19. Listed on Food Network as a purveyor of "standout seafood tacos and unique mole fries," this episode is a must-watch. It will air four times throughout the season's run.
2. Nora Restaurant and Bar
On Greenville Avenue, Nora's is also featured in Episode 2 following Tacos Mariachi. Cooking up "lights-out dishes straight from Afghanistan," this is one restaurant that can't be missed. As GuideLive reported, it's the first Afghan restaurant featured on the show. Apparently, Fieri is very impressed with the restaurant's use of black cardamom.
3. One90 Smoked Meats
On February 2, Episode 3 will premiere featuring One90's incredible lineup of sandwiches. Titled 'Bird and Beef', it promises "a meaty spot smoking up the duck and piling up the brisket." Does it get anymore Texas than that? In Flavortown, it doesn't.
4. Whistle Britches
In the fourth episode of the season, premiering on February 9, you'll find Whistle Britches serving up "all kinds of the off-the-chain chicken." Marshi, one of the partners at Whistle Britches told GuideLive that their "chicken and waffles and a sandwich called the Hot Dang: Nashville-style hot crispy chicken served with dill ranch and bread and butter pickles" would appear as their featured dishes.
We can't wait to see some glamour shots of that juicy fried chicken.
5. Tutta's Pizza
On the January 5 episode of the show, Fieri headed over to Tutta's Pizza for a look at Texan twists on the classic pie. The featured pizza was aptly named the Texan and featured a barbecue sauce base that's topped with smoked brisket, pepperoncinis, red onion, and mozzarella. Talk about good food.
6. CrushCraft Thai
While there's no official word about what episode CrushCraft Thai would appear in for Triple D, or word about their featured dishes, this delicious Thai joint will have us waiting with bated breath to see their incredible creations on the screen.
Here's a list of the Dallas spots that have appeared in other seasons of the show.
- Twisted Root Burger Co
- Pecan Lodge
- Maple and Motor
- Cane Rosso
- Pepe's and Mito's
Which Dallas or Fort Worth spot would you send Fieri to? Maybe next season will find him touring Texas and visiting places outside the DFW area, like San Antonio and Austin.
If it were up to us though, we'd send him to El Paso to check out the best new restaurant in Texas of 2017.