Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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    July 28, 2014

    Five Dallas Dives Guy Fieri Should (Not) Visit

    Everyone's favorite backwards-sunglasses and flaming-shirt enthusiast Guy Fieri revisits DFW this week, sort of, with an hour-long rehash of former Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives episodes that he's calling "The Legends of Texas" tour, airing all week. As we wrote about in 2012, this means some people's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    An Ode to Louie's Other Pie, From Scratch and Made by Mom Herself

    Been to Louie's lately? You know the place: bad parking, cash and AmEx only, expensive cans of beer, potentially surly waitresses and all that other fine stuff. Customers just either get the whole-in-the wall spot or they don't. Whether or not you like cracker-like pizza crust and flavors (both cul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    Zoli's, a New York-Style Pizza Shop from Il Cane Rosso's Jay Jerrier, Opens in Oak Cliff Next Week

    If all goes according to plan, next Tuesday Jay Jerrier will throw open the doors to his new pizzeria, Zoli's, at 202 W. Davis in Oak Cliff. This pizza spot is different from Jerrier's other two restaurants, Il Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum and at White Rock Lake, in that this newest creation focuses N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Back Door Bootleg Bacon Fried Chicken Meal for $20 Will Blow Your Fried Chicken Mind

    I got here as quick as I could. That bird was cooking no less than half an hour ago. This is a need-to-know to know kind of deal, and you all need to know. For a little background: Chef Kenny Mills cut his teeth in the mean steakhouses of Dallas before going completely solo and opening an obscure ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    Picking a Bone With Pecan Lodge

    Want access to some of the best barbecue in Texas? Get in line.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2013

    Kenny Mills Expands His Smoky Empire with Chop House Steak and Seafood in Pantego

    Chef Kenny Mills knows a thing or two about running a steakhouse. His resume includes The Capitol Grille, Sullivan's and Dallas Chop House. But a few years ago, Mills grew tired of the Dallas scene and took a chance on a burger joint in a pretty nondescript strip mall in central Arlington. He didn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Zoli's Lands in old BEE: Best Enchiladas Ever Spot in Oak Cliff

    Since Il Cane Rosso opened in Deep Ellum in 2011, it has been one of Dallas' favorite pizza spots. Guy Fieri even made a stop there for an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which made the wait lines for authentic Neapolitan pizza even longer. As reported last week, owner Jay Jerrier is also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Chop House Burgers Announces Second Location, Plus Check the 12/12/12 Burger

    Chef Kenny Mills of Chop House Burgers in Arlington (1700 W. Park Row Drive) is busy busy BIZ-EE! Last week we reported that he's expanding with a steak and seafood restaurant in Arlington. And today Mills signed a lease for a second Chop House Burgers, this one in Mansfield. See also: Don't Confu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Chef Mills of Chop House Burgers in Arlington Expands with Steak and Seafood Restaurant

    Bud Kennedy at DFW Eats Beat got the official word on a new spot from Chef Kenny Mills of Chop House Burgers in Arlington. Mills recently took over what was most recently the Blue Danube restaurant in Pantego and has plans to open a steak and seafood restaurant in its place. See Also: Guide to Chea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Dropping In On Fred's Cafe In Forth Worth

    When Fred's Cafe appeared on Diners Drive-ins and Dives in 2008 the small, bare bones cafe sat on a nearly empty Fort Worth street. In the four years since, condos, apartments and parking garages have popped up all around the tiny building, wrapping the burger joint in cocoon of cement. Fred's is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Update on the Lower Greenville Food Truck Park and News of Cheese Steaks

    Teresa Gubbins over at Culture Map just broke some news on the new food truck park going in across from a (future) Trader Joe's on Lower Greenville. Chef Jason Boso, of Twisted Root fame, has been tapped as "boss" of the food truck park, and he'll work on pulling together all the details. Boso, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    The Onion Breaks Into Food TV With Porkin' Across America

    If you're more of a Diners Drive-ins and Dives basher than a Guy Fieri fan, and Man Versus Food turns your stomach, you might get a kick out of The Onion's latest video series. Porkin' Across America parodies the shows that have developed a cult like following as devoted fans follow their favorite p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 38: The Chile Relleno At Avila's

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. It was the brisket gordita that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but I thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Pecan Lodge Is Joining Baker's Ribs To Represent Dallas In Texas Monthly's BBQ Festival

    Tickets for the third annual Texas Monthly BBQ Festival went on sale today. Twenty-one barbecue joints will gather just south of Lady Bird Lake to show off their take on brisket, sausage, ribs and anything else with enough fat content to stand up to an hours-long stint in a smoker. If you need an ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Embracing Gluttony: The Hot Mess at Pecan Lodge

    We've decided to take a look at a few of Dallas' most glutton-friendly dishes and do something you probably really don't want us to: count calories. Total buzzkill? No. More like "smart calorie allocation." So, let's get smart. Say you have 2,000 calories, more or less, at your disposal everyday; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    If You Had A Little More Than A Day In Dallas, Where Would You Eat?

    Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, Facebook @ Cityofate or in the comments. I'm from Charleston, and I'm going to be in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Don't Confuse Chop House Burger With Other Houses, Chops or Burgers

    The apparently now required in every meatstaurant In Dallas cuts-of-meat mural count: 1 Guys burping count: 2 When I heard about Chop House Burger on Main Street, I instantly thought, "Oh, weren't they on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives and don't they have another location in Arlington or somewhere?" And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Food Trucks And Beer Fests in 3, 2, 1: This Week In Dallas Grubbing

    Ready for the weekend? You should be. With a massive food truck festival to the north, and a big ass beer festival to the west, there are lots of reasons to get out of the house this weekend. We should probably wrap up the week before we start drinking, though. This week I reviewed nothing, opting ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 10, 2012

    The Fieri Effect

    Local restaurants try survive the crush of customers that follows a visit from Food Network's frosted-tip rainmaker.

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    April 6, 2012

    On Rangers' Opening Day, a Guide to Pre- and Post-Game Eating and Drinking in Arlington

    "Chain Restaurant Hell" could have easily described Arlington for ages. But with Cowboys Stadium, the Super Bowl and record admissions at UTA, it's finally got a few places with character. Well, OK, a lot of them are still chains, but not in the fast-food sense. If you want to head over early or sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Maple and Motor, Il Cane Rosso Get the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Treatment in April

    Burgermeister Jack Perkins announced via Facebook yesterday that the Food Network will be airing the Maple and Motor-featured episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Monday, April 9, at 9 p.m. The gloriously douchey (But somehow still lovable? No? Just me?) Guy Fieri tore through Dallas in late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    The Beefy Tale of Two Chop House Burger(s)

    On Tuesday we reported that Chop House Burger opened on Main Street in Dallas. The first comment on the post asked if this spot was related to Chop House Burgers in Arlington and went on to congratulate them on expansion. Soon after clarifying that these two places with almost identical names -- l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Hid In 2612: A Pop-Up Bar That's Hidden, Sure, But Not Quite Worth Seeking

    ​"This right here is the epitome of a hipster palace," my boyfriend so eloquently put it. We had just stepped through the front doors of Hid In 2612, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it pop-up bar located at 2612 Commerce in Deep Ellum for just four nights. The brainchild of bartenders -- excuse me, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Hid In 2612: The New Pop-Up Bar at Cane Rosso, by the Guys Who Brought You Bar 828

    A while ago I checked in with Jay Jerrier from Cane Rosso to see how his appearance on Diners Drive-ins and Dives would shape the future of his pizza business. He told us he'd taken control of the space next door and would turn it into additional seating for the restaurant as well as some lounge spa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Taste Europe in Arlington. Guy Fieri Did.

    A few weeks back, when Guy Fieri and the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives crew stencil-painted the metroplex, tracking their movements was sort of like tracking a spiky-haired, loud-mouthed Santa. But when I heard they filmed an episode at a spot that I've driven by no less than 100 times and never once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Rachael Ray Visits Mariano's; No Word Whether She Stenciled Her Face on the Bathroom Wall

    Rachael Ray thinks you're quirky, Dallas. She thinks you're friendly, too. Below you'll find a clip from Rachael Ray's Food Network show, Tasty Travels. You know the drill -- lots of gesticulation, hand gestures, eye rolling and Rachael Ray's crazy intonation. She visits Mariano's and re-hashes the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Jay Jerrier of Il Cane Rosso on Guy Fieri, Naples and Making Peace with Yelp

    In one quick year, Il Cane Rosso has become the most esteemed pizza joint in Dallas. Owner Jay Jerrier discovered this style of Neapolitan pizza while on a trip in Naples with his wife in 1995 and has worked diligently to bring the same pizza experience to Dallas. Recently Guy Fieri and the Diners, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Cane Rosso Signs Lease on New Space, Set to Expand Next Door and Beyond

    ​Jay Jarrier confirmed today that he's signed a lease on the space next door to his Deep Ellum pizza restaurant, Cane Rosso. The 1500 square-foot space will be turned into a mixed-use area, filled with private dining space and tables for overflow when the main room gets crowded. And that main ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Guy Fieri Also Marked His Territory at Afrah in Richardson. Somehow That's Less Annoying.

    Afrah​Afrah Restaurant​Amidst his stops at Dallas' well loved "dives," Guy Fieri and his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives crew filmed at the Middle Eastern restaurant Afrah in Richardson last week. Brothers Ayad, Youssef and Nabil El-horr, who co-own and manage the restaurant together, init ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Fieri Sightings, Burgers, Puffy Tacos and New Openings: The Week in Dallas' Food Scene

    ​Ugh, indeed. I'm definitely still the new guy. I don't know how I can be described as anything but the new guy when you take into account my antics at the Loon last night. Apparently they pour their drinks with a heavy, heavy hand, and I was the last to know. The weekend is here, though, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Guy Fieri Sightings: Lunch at Chop House Burgers in Arlington, Then Dough Pizzeria for Dinner

    Dough Pizzeria Dallas​As Scott wrote about last week, Guy Fieri is in town to shoot episodes for his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at Maple and Motor and Pecan Lodge. We caught word that they also filmed at Chop House Burgers in Arlington yesterday. I called Chef Kenny Mills today. "I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Maple and Motor and Pecan Lodge to be Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

    This burger will likely be featured on the Food Network soon​Jack Perkins' Maple and Motor burger mecca will be closed for lunch next Thursday. A recent post to the restaurant's Facebook page has scarce details about the closure: We will be closed for lunch Dec 8. I'll tell you why later. T ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 27, 2011

    Dough Pizzeria Napoletana: VPNot

    Preston Hollow's newest Pizzeria makes decent pizza, but it's not as authentic as the menu claims

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Eat Street: James Cunningham Celebrates Street Food ... Not Here, Of Course

    Eat Street host James Cunningham lets food serve as the real star of his show.​Eat Street leads with one of its many trump cards when it starts out each episode with chrome-domed host, James Cunningham, just taking up some space on a city sidewalk, shooting the breeze. Cunningham may have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Prince Lebanese Grill: Another Good Thing from Nazareth

    Lauren Drewes DanielsPrince Lebanese Grill's chicken shawarma.​The city of Nazareth sits 1,000 feet above sea level in northern Israel between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Galilee. In the late evening, lamps light up this ancient city's white façade and buildings with a glow the color of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    A Guy's Guy: Food Network's Fieri is Awesome, Dude

    Food NetworkYou go, Guy.​There may be no other Food Network personality worthy of not just one but, count 'em, two Screen Bites reviews than Guy Fieri. Already the raucous center of a previous appreciation of his kitchen-bound program, Guy's Big Bite, which single-handedly proved that Fieri p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Guy Fieri Takes a Big Bite Out of Super Bowl XLV

    Eric Garcia​ We're combing through the massive influx of photos from the Super Bowl parties, and we caught this gem from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri. He was among a whole slew of celebrities at the Maxim Super Bowl party at Fair Park in Dallas, but one of the few to nearly t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Couch Potato: What Is It With This Guy?

    Matthew McConaughey (left) and Guy Fieri​Everything about Guy Fieri is big and boisterous, and has been that way ever since he walked off a winner in the Food Network's second season of the Next Food Network Star. His voice's volume and rasp call to mind an overworked cattle-auctioneer. His sh ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 17, 2010
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    February 19, 2010

    Judge Has Ordered the Gutted Avila's on Maple Be Returned to the Way It Was By Today

    Ricardo Avila with Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives last year​The legal wrangling over the fate of Avila's on Maple Avenue will continue this afternoon at the George Allen Courts Building: Judge Ken Molberg has ordered Ricardo Avila appear in his courtroom at 1:30 p.m. To many, Ricardo's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    The Fight Over Avila's Results in Lawsuits, a Gutted Restaurant and a Sad Family Feud

    The inside of Avila's on Maple Avenue, four days after Ricardo Avila cleaned out the restaurant​I've been trying to keep up with the dramatic doings at Avila's on Maple Avenue via SideDish for the past week, which hasn't been easy -- especially following today's item concerning the beloved restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    A Look Behind the Scenes at Avila's, Which Is Easier When the Walls Are Stripped

    Robert Wilonsky​If you haven't swung past Avila's on Maple Avenue in the last week or so, you might be surprised by the sudden turn that's left the time-honored Mexican spot looking more This Old House than Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.It's a stirring cautionary tale of what can happen when you let ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    And The Winner Is...

    ​OK, so I should have had this thing posted half an hour ago.But, you see, I just finished a long conversation with Jesse "Hophead" Hughey on the relative value of doing beer flights in a crowded pub. Before that I was involved in a discussion about rye whiskey. Then our receptionist--I wasn't ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Dude Food: Avila's

    Noah W. BaileySeriously, Avila's, somebody could have parked there.​Avila's 4714 Maple Ave.214-520-2700Dude Factor: 8, or "Nuevo Laredo", on a scale of  1 ("Stays in Mexico") to 10 ("El Paso")A wise man once said "don't shit where you eat, kid." Whoever built Avila's blatantly ignored his adv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    From Your Hometown To The Reality Tube, Catching Up With Summer's Dallas-Bred TV Stars

    Megan Wants A Millionaire's David Cohen​In gearing up for Project Runway, we've been checking out Louise Black's fashions. We've also been gut-checking to see if we can handle watching Dallas' David Cohen on, um, Megan Wants a Millionaire (because Beauty & the Geek, Rock of Love and I Love Mon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Short Orders: Cock & Bull

    Cock & Bull6330 Gaston214-841-9111I missed out on about three years of American culture (i.e., reality television or programs hosted by former reality "stars"), so the folks at Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives may have featured the little Lakewood institution. If not, it merely adds to my conviction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Sloppy Seconds: As Seen On TV

    Having handily dispatched the written word, television's having its way with dining now, too -- at least, that's the idea you get after reading our last week on City of Ate. Not good news for those of us who write about food.From an Oxygen Network TV crew getting in our photographer's shot at Centra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Popular For Being Popular

    Kalandrakas via FlicrPlease forgive the rambling nature of this rant. It's Monday, there's no sign of the "Knockers" post due at 11 a.m., nor of some other stuff. I have a nice sunburn from the FC Dallas game. And on Saturday afternoon I waited in a 30 minute line, just so I could order one of Twist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Short Orders: Louie's

    View Larger MapSettling in for dinner at the esteemed pizza joint, my friend asked if I'd seen the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episode that included Louie's. Nope--don't watch the show, although I've run across it now and again.Nothing wrong with the concept, mind you. I would simply prefer they hig ... More >>