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  • If you've ever written an angry letter to a corporation demanding that they remove all trans-fat from their products, this show might not be your cup of tea.

    Normal humans, on the other hand, will think that it is mac-daddy money and totally off the hook (which is to say, rather enjoyable).

    Host Guy Fieri drives his red 1967 Camero convertible across the country on a never-ending road trip to Flavortown. He stops at locally owned restaurants which generally feature big portions, big flavor, big attitude, and big crowds. Many of the restaurants on this show have been local favorites for decades, some going back 90 years or more.

    The restaurants featured on "Triple D" usually have some unusual feature. This includes a restaurant inside of a gas station, a classically trained chef serving meals at a bowling alley, a roving wagon which brings bar-be-que to your neighborhood, a restaurant that is made out of old school buses, a joint that serves a combination of Mexican-Jamaican-Chinese food, and hundreds more.

    As a cooking show, I find DDD to be better than most of the shows on Food Network. With most pot and pan shows, the host is trying to impress you with their cleverness. On DDD, you get to watch actual people cook actual food for actual crowds of people spending actual money. You see plenty of innovative techniques and flavor combinations for making and serving great food when time is of the essence.

    Many of these techniques and flavor combinations can be applied to lean protein, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains. In other words, you can watch this show and then make a healthy meal for your family that they'll actually eat. Watch this show with a pen and a notepad. You'll be glad you did.

    Diners Drive-Ins And Dives showcases America's diversity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. 500 years from now, historians will study this show to understand American culture in the early 21st century, and to laugh at Guy Fieri's hairstyle.
  • phj14025619 December 2010
    Over in Britain we are brain washed into assuming Americans eat nothing but junk food, but triple d with Guy Fieri is excellent, and shows us all the unknown gems which are good wholesome carefully prepared American independent food. Everything is freshly prepared, and such care taken by the people who make the meals, and what meals,I have never seen a burger made from minced sirloin steak, and all there own secret recipes, fresh produce too.

    I sit here in Britain writing this comment, realising just how much the public in the UK are ripped off,on DDD servings are generous and seem excellent value for money. Keep on making the series Guy, it makes my mouth water watching you try the different dishes, I am very envious of your job.I was thinking of a holiday in the USA, the usual sort of thing Disney etc, but I would love to travel and eat at some of the places you have visited Guy during your great series.
  • ...Guy Fieri needs a little more finesse.

    I mean, I like the show because it does show some excellent culinary wizardry in various locales across the country, but the few things I don't like are Guy's showmanship, the way he wants to stick his nose into wanting to assist where It's not very welcome, also sticking his fingers into things like sauces, batters, unfinished products, and so on (bad hygiene!); but the one thing that sickens me is his "hunch" - good lord, Guy do you have to stuff half a sandwich in your mouth to enjoy it? What if you got a whole mouthful of raw garlic or undercooked chicken? Would you then call it ridonkulous? How many takes does it need to be what you really call edible? I'm sure no restaurant chef or diner cook is going to redo the same plate more than three times to satisfy your pallet!

    Other than, it's good to watch, but he could lose the childish behavior and jokes behind. Maybe I am just overcritical here, but like I said, I do enjoy the series.
  • This is a pretty fun and interesting show. Guy Fieri gives the viewer a well rounded assessment of what he saw and ate while he was out and about. I like how Mr. Fieri does his thing – he is always positive and never says anything bad about any establishment. I can only assume the intent is to leave hard-core opinions up to the diner to decide. Additionally, I have gone to a few of the eateries mentioned and some have been excellent before and after his visits and others have not fared so well. In particular - there is this favorite lunch spot we all go to while working in Florida. Before Guy showed up, the food was pretty good, nothing to write home about - but the ambiance was really very cool. After Mr. Fieri showed up, ate and left – the food quality went down as the prices went up. This is actually a very rare case. Are all Guy's 'hot spots' like this? No way. This is the only flippity-flop experience I ever had. All the other places I have frequented (that Guy also visited) – continued to practice what brought him there in the first place. Quality local food at quality local prices. Good Show and I will continue to watch as an avid fan.
  • that are thinking of attending a live event: Went to the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival sponsored by the Food Network. This was the worst event I ever attended.

    With a name like "Guy Fieri's Cheesesteak Battle", I assumed 2 things: (1) It would be a "battle" like iron chef or chopped and (2) Guy Fieri would actually be a host or MC. Neither of which were true.

    Event was outside in 90 degree heat, it was muggy and started raining. You had to wait in overcrowded lines for cheese steaks and walk through grass which turned to mud. My wife and her heals didn't appreciate this at all.

    We paid $80 a ticket because we thought we were going to a 3 hr event/show, INDOORS, with FOOD NETWORK QUALITY CHEFS...NOPE. Cheesesteaks were from sub-par establishments and chain restaurants. Lee's Hoagies had the best steak and it was a 6 on a scale of 1-10 for anyone who has ever been to Philly.

    We left after an hour and a half so maybe Guy eventually showed his face. I don't really care, it was an awful event that took advantage of Guy's fans by attaching his name to it. I had come to expect more from the Food Network brand.
  • The absolute nadir of food shows. Guy Fieri builds every place up to be the epicenter of a city's culinary universe, but they're all just dumpy places in strip malls (DD&D featured a chicken shack in my neck of the woods once; Fieri called it "beloved" and a hotspot; the online reviews for the place were almost universally negative). No matter what their specialty is, they all seem to include five sticks of butter and at least one trip to the deep fat fryer in their recipe.

    Worst of all are the tasting sessions. Fieri slops the food all over his sweaty face, his fat fingers, the cooking surface, etc., and then grunts with his mouth full: "Man, that is spectacular! Right on, brother!" It's like he recorded it six years ago and just plays the tape back at the conclusion of each segment.

    The show makes all the food look disgusting. And with the repeated fryings, it probably is. I can't imagine being able to hold down my lunch with Fieri sitting across from me, a 50-year-old man dressed like an eight year old, yucking it up with all those bad puns and diving face first into food like a rabid hog. Absolutely grotesque.
  • jaemiewaters29 December 2011
    it is a great TV show i never saw anything like this before it is one of the best shows in the world it is a masterpiece this is the show that you could watch over and over again it is one cool show i like it a lot and so will you it is a hoot it is the bomb i never saw anything like this before it is one cool show make this the number 1 best food show on TV it is amazing i think his is the best show on TV b far it is one of the best shows in the world you will like it a lot it is a show that you will say wow that was a great show lets watch that again Guy is amazing he is a great Host he is cool i never saw a show this good before this show hits a home run i never saw a show this good before this show should be voted the best food show on TV because it is just a really good i like this more than chopped man v food man v food nation it is just a really good show that you and your whole family will enjoy even your kids will like it because it is just a really great show
  • I started watching DDD when I swore off restaurants that have pre packed food like Applebees and Olive Garden. I can microwave stuff from the Grocery store myself, no need to go to joints like that.

    All that said, I call restaurants to find out what ingredients they use, such as the episode playing now in which the cook uses Corn Syrup and Canola Oil, and cooks with Aluminum foil and serves Burgers almost raw. None of that works for me.

    It's a great series, but it appears quite a few of the cooks have absolutely no education in the arena of what is and what isn't healthy. I get it of course, a lot of the joints are much better than the fast food chains, but it's still fast food when the same ingredients are used.
  • Firstly, Guy Fieri looks like he walked into an AXE commercial and decided to live inside of it. Seeing him alongside normal human beings is jarring. It's kind of like seeing a clown at a funeral. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives does a fine job of displaying the restaurants but the insufferable host and editing make it a chore to have on in the background, let alone actually watch. The best thing to come out of the show is watching Guy get flat-out ignored when he makes a joke. It's rare for a host to consistently fall so flat on his face but Fieri's unintentional talent for schadenfreude manages to keep the show above an unwatchable level.

    Watching the show also reveals how shockingly little Guy knows about cooking. Keep in mind that, at the time of writing, he has 5 restaurants currently open. It's testament to Fieri's skill (or lack thereof) that every single time he opens his mouth to guess an ingredient used in a dish or even suggest one, he gets shut down. As it turns out, you should not add melted cheese to literally everything no matter how often Fieri suggests it. And whatever you do, don't try to deep fry everything. Nothing Fieri advocates so fiercely could possibly be any good.

    The New York Times called this show a "carefully engineered reality show" which is a claim I'd agree with as it does feel incredibly fake and forced but generally a reality show does a better job at not making a fool out of its host. I suppose there isn't any amount of manipulative editing that could make Fieri not seem like a bumbling buffoon.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Certainly there's places in the TV culinary world for diverse shows and talent to exist with each having their fans with even an overlapping portion. Ask anyone who comes to mind as of 2017 and don't be surprised if you get the answer Guy Fieri. Guy has changed the landscape. Starting out with a somewhat "unconventional conventional" cooking show, he found his massive audience with the seemingly ubiquitous Food Network show called Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in which he does no actual cooking himself instead finding some talent that is mostly obscure outside of their locality. This is like mining and finding gold because it's a synergistic match between the host, viewers, and the food auteurs profiled. It is in no small part due to Guy who started out a bit edgy in his earlier show, but became more warm and fuzzy as his wise-cracking good-time dude persona fully formed. A wide audience accepted him as the wacky relative that no get together is complete without.

    The simple concept behind "Triple D" is brilliant. It's one almost everyone can relate to since these places are almost all universally inexpensive and accessible. Even if you haven't been to a single "joint" you've seen on the show you've probably found a similar place at some time in your life and you know it's a special kind of fun. The hard to define part of DDD is that without smell or taste the viewer joins in on the on-screen fun. In my best analysis I credit this to the intersection, or collision if you will, of the personable host and plenty of inspiring cooks plying their trade with true passion outside of any glamour or glitz…save their less than 15 minutes of fame with Fieri.

    When I first started seeing Fieri I wanted to dislike him because he seemed like a kind of poseur who wanted to be in The Red Hot Chili Peppers or ape the style of his friend Sammy Hagar but with food. As I watched more and more Triple D shows he won me over. Regardless of if it was a created character I started to just connect with Fieri's obvious love of what he's doing. He makes it look so easy and natural to which I know it's not since he often starts very early and works for several days to do a short profile on each food establishment. If you say this couldn't be the real deal since every place he visits has food that is wonderful you'd not be out of line. Well, you have to realize that due to costs of production the places are carefully vetted after coming to the attention of either Guy or his producers. The idea is to profile only the places doing something just slightly amazing - and if the place itself is humble, the owner/cook eccentric,or a blend of cuisines against the grain that's even better. These things are what makes the show a winner. And as a bonus aspiring cooks can actually learn something just by watching actually making it a tool to propel future talent or just help one raise the bar at home.

    I imagine there are those for who Guy's style is a turn-off. He has his critics in the industry no doubt to which if you're interested it's easy to Google. But, for many, and I include myself, even though I'm not going to start bleaching my hair and wearing bowling shirts I find his style engaging. After watching so many cooking shows where there is too much seriousness ,and dishes I can't easily replicate ,this seems like a great blend of a food show where I can come away with some fresh ideas and I'm supremely entertained. It's an every-man's food show that is truly fun.
  • If you are looking for Julia Child, this is not the show for you. Guy Fieri, the host of the show, visits diners, drive-ins and dives, just like the title says. These places feature down-home cooking, bar food, truck-stop standards, Cajun recipes, Southern dinner table traditions, NJ diner menu items, etc. In short, they feature comfort food. What is comfort food? According to Wikipedia, comfort food is "food which provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to the consumer and is often characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, and simple preparation." In short, the show features food that is comforting as well as delicious. Guy travels from the Atlantic to the Pacific and highlights restaurants that have a reputation for comfort food. He visits the kitchens and a few menu items are prepared in toto with us, the food-loving public, watching.

    Guy has a style all his own, but the show's emphasis is on the food, which is usually mouthwatering. As HGTV is to home remodeling and buying, DD&D is to food preparation and consumption.

    Watching the restaurant customers chow down on the food is both satisfying and tortuous, because you want to partake yourself. Watching the food preparation gives the viewer a vivid concept of the subtleties of the recipes, and some of them are not simple despite the definition of comfort food.

    This is enjoyable viewing for anyone who appreciates finding those hidden treasures of delightful dining that are somewhere in every small town and big city.
  • This is a great show - with one exception. Guy Fieri cannot seem to get through a show without letting us see the contents of his mouth while chewing and raving about what he's just eaten. I understand it's supposed to be a show about casual fare, but weren't we all taught this basic rule when we were kids? Perhaps a little editing would be in order, so that I can watch it without losing my appetite. Aside from that, he's enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He's not so much a reviewer as he is a cheerleader for these places. This show makes me want to go on a DDD road trip, but please Guy, swallow your food before you talk about it! I know people who won't even watch anymore because of this.
  • lexva55 July 2018
    Yuck is the best way to describe fat people gorging on oil fatty food whilst trying to look bright and shiny in those tropical clothes. I also don't like the frantic editing style, but hey it goes well with this programme to obliterate consciousness from viewers
  • that_hog_binch11 September 2019
    This is guy fieri's second best work of art. His first best you'll have to find on your own. I'm n ot going to helpyou find his best work.