How to Make the Dishes Seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Take a culinary tour around the country without leaving your kitchen with these recipes from Guy's favorite stops.

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Crab Burgers with Tiger Slaw

Inspired by Singaporean cuisine, Chef Gina Galvan of Chomp Chomp Nation is cooking up some "exotic tropical Chinese food" in a food truck. Guy loved the crunchy, sweet and salty crab cake topped with slaw and spicy ketchup.

Get the Recipe: Crab Burgers with Tiger Slaw

Garlic Furikake Chicken

Chef Robin Ganir and his wife Jean Nguyen are mashing up Filipino and Hawaiian flavors into new sensations at Broke Da Mouth Grindz. The Garlic Furikake Chicken has outstanding over-the-top crunch and the contrasting sauces make it sing.

Get the Recipe: Da Famous "Broke Da Mouth" Garlic Furikake Chicken

Beef Chow Fung

The Beef Chow Fung from Sun Wah BBQ in Chicago has incredible house-made rice noodles. Check out the recipe below to make them at home.

Get the Recipe: Beef Chow Fun

K-Town Chicken Wings

Del Seoul is owned by a brother and sister team who turn out creative Korean cuisine with California influences in Chicago. Be careful, you might start dreaming about the crispy K-Town Chicken Wings.

Get the Recipe: K-Town Wings

Monte Cristo Sandwich

This take on the classic sandwich from Storm Castle Café in Bozeman, Montana is one of the best breakfast dishes Guy has ever had on DDD.

Get the Recipe: Monte Cristo

Po Campo/Pork Carnitas

The star of this dish, from Storm Castle Café in Bozeman, Montana, is the slow-roasted pork leg which is combined with breakfast potatoes and cheese in a tortilla and then deep fried. Serve it with fire roasted salsa and homemade queso.

Get the Recipe: Po Campo/Pork Carnitas

Pernil Al Horno

It takes six to seven hours to make this slow-roasted Venezuelan dish from La Terraza Rum & Lounge in Little Rock, but it is worth it. Serve it with beans and rice and fried plantains for an authentic experience.

Get the Recipe: Pernil al Horno

Gumbo Cheese Fries

Chef Georgina Jones, from Flyaway Brewing Company in Little Rock, makes a thick and spicy gumbo packed with shrimp, crawfish, chicken and sausage and ladles it over crispy cheese fries.

Get the Recipe: Gina's Gumbo Cheese Fries

Torta Kataifi

“Not your average Greek restaurant by any means,” Guy declared of Axios in Denver, where owner Telly Topakas draws on traditional recipes from the motherland and tweaks them with modern touches (think lighter dishes without so much oil). Torta Kataifi is their take on a Greek ricotta cheesecake topped with toasted shredded filo pastry, pistachios and drizzled with an orange syrup.

Get the Recipe: Torta Kataifi

Jimmy's Wrigleyville Grill San Antonio Italian Beef

At Wrigleyville Grill in San Antonio, Chef Demetrios Tingas, aka Jimmy, spent 41 years in Chicago and brought his hometown staples with him when he moved south. “That’s as close as it is to the original,” Guy said between bites of the Famous Italian Beef.

Get the Recipe: Jimmy's Wrigleyville Grill San Antonio Italian Beef

Porcini Noodles in the Style of Stroganoff

The homemade noodles for this dish are infused with umami-rich porcini powder. High-quality local mushrooms and creamy goat cheese add richness to this pasta creation from Zazu Kitchen and Farm in Sebastopol, California.

Get the Recipe: Porcini Noodles in the Style of Stroganoff

Pork Rinds with Chile-Lime Salt

These house-made pork rinds from Highland Tavern in Denver are coated in an addciting chile-lime salt. Guy said were the best he has ever had.

Get the Recipe: Pork Rinds with Chile Lime Salt

Reuben Fritters

At Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse, NY, Chef Damien Brownlow serves up pub food with a twist. Guy loved the Reuben fritters because of their creamy "melt-in-your-mouth" flavor and the accompanying honey mustard horseradish.

Get the Recipe: Reuben Fritters

Dragon Eggs

The Wild Thaiger is a Thai restaurant in Phoenix that gets playful with spicy flavors and classic preparations. Their striking Dragon Eggz are acutally pork, crab and shrimp dumplings.

Get the Recipe: Dragon Eggs

Bok a Bok Sesame Garlic Chicken Sandwich

New York chef Brian O'Conner trained in classic cuisine but ended up falling for fried chicken. The dishes at Bok A Bok Fried Chicken & Biscuits highlight his love for the bird. The Soy Sesame Garlic Sandwich is fried up until potato chip crispy, topped with sweet soy sauce and arugula and served on a roll spread with lemon aioli.

Get the Recipe: Bok a Bok Sesame Garlic Chicken Sandwich

K-Town Wings

Del Seoul is owned by a brother and sister team who turn out creative Korean cuisine with California influences in Chicago. Be careful, you might start dreaming about the crispy K-Town Chicken Wings.

Get the Recipe: K-Town Wings

Parisienne Gnocchi with Bacon and Tarragon

Ruins is Tony Brown’s own personal culinary Disneyland in Spokane, Washington. The menu is constantly changing but seek out the Dirty Fries and the Parisian-style gnocchi, made with a pate a choux dough instead of potato and then crisped up and tossed with Gruyere and tarragon.

Get the Recipe: Parisienne Gnocchi with Bacon and Tarragon

Burnt End Melt

Dignowity Meats is what happens when an East Coast boy moves San Antonio, Texas and falls in love with barbecue but misses his classic deli sandwiches. Chef Andrew Samia merges these two into his Burnt End Melt. Guy called the combo of hickory smoked prime angus brisket, mac and cheese, sliced pear and cheddar cheese, “a lethal weapon.” “You’d have to register this in Flavortown,” he mused.

Get the Recipe: Burnt End Melt Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

Dignowity Meats is what happens when an East Coast boy moves San Antonio, Texas and falls in love with barbecue but misses his classic deli sandwiches.

Get the Recipe: Reuben Sandwich

Ma Harper's Creole Gumbo

Patrons head to Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen for some of the most-authentic New Orleans cuisine outside of New Orleans. Alice Martinez "Ma Harper", now in her 80s, got into the restaurant business after retiring from the nearby air force base. She learned to cook by feeding her 15 siblings while growing up in New Orleans.

Get the Recipe: Ma Harper's Creole Gumbo

Ma Harper's Cornbread

Patrons head to Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen for some of the most-authentic New Orleans cuisine outside of New Orleans. Alice Martinez "Ma Harper", now in her 80s, got into the restaurant business after retiring from the nearby air force base. She learned to cook by feeding her 15 siblings while growing up in New Orleans.

Get the Recipe: Ma Harper's Cornbread

Pimento Cheese Burger

Jack and Corri Sundell are taking the food business and DIY to a whole new level at The Root Cafe in Little Rock. They grind the meat in house for the Pimento Cheeseburger and handle it as little as possible before it’s cooked, then top it with spicy pimento cheese, 14-day, house-made sweet pickles and garlic vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: The Root Cafe Pimiento Cheese

Pork Ramen

A Eight Noodle Shop in Napa, Chef and owner David Lu is putting out delicious Asian cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Guy loved the Kimchi Fried Rice with braised beef cheeks and the house-made ramen.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork Ramen

The Root Cafe Sauerkraut

Jack and Corri Sundell are taking the food business and DIY to a whole new level at The Root Cafe in Little Rock. Guy loved the Old World-Style Bratwurst which is made by hand and then topped with this house-fermented sauerkraut. The sauerkraut should be ready after about 2 to 4 weeks, depending on temperature.

Get the Recipe: The Root Cafe Sauerkraut

Catelli's 10 Layer Lasagna with Domenica's Sauce

After 55 years in business, Catelli's Restaurant in Geyserville, California closed in 1991. But in 2010, brother-sister duo Domenica and Nick Catelli reopened the restaurant and brought the old family recipes back to life.

Get the Recipe: Catelli's 10 Layer Lasagna with Domenica's Sauce

Chargrilled Oysters

At Casamento's Restaurant, the raw oysters are "a tradition," says Guy Fieri. Family-owned since 1919, the classic NOLA establishment is also known for irresistible fried-oyster sandwiches, fried shrimp and soft-shell crab.

Get the Recipe: Chargrilled Oysters

Clam, Sausage and Calamari Saute

After 55 years in business, Catelli's Restaurant in Geyserville, California closed in 1991. But in 2010, brother-sister duo Domenica and Nick Catelli reopened the restaurant and brought the old family recipes back to life.

Get the Recipe: Sausage, Clam and Calamari Saute

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Guy said the bark is worth every bite at Horse Thief BBQ in Los Angeles. The fried chicken sandwich was so good Guy predicted a line down the street for it

Get the Recipe: Fried Chicken Sandwich

Jack and Cola Bread Pudding with Whiskey Ice Cream

This decadent dessert from South of Beale in Memphis is inspired by the flavors of the classic combo of whiskey and cola.

Get the Recipe: Jack and Cola Bread Pudding with Whiskey Ice Cream

Meat Luv'rz Pizza Rolls

Fat Sal’s is everything health-conscious LA is not and deliciously so. To make the ultimate Meat Luv’rz Pizza Rolls stuff spring roll wrappers with beef, pepperoni and sausage and serve with your favorite marinara sauce.

Get the Recipe: Meat Luvrz Pizza Rolls

Texas Chili

Three different types of dried chiles go into one of the best chilis Guy has tried on Triple D. This 24th Street Cafe favorite simmers in the oven leaving your stove free for other purposes.

Get the Recipe: Texas Chili

Ba'Corn Cheese

Once you get a taste of this unique combination of corn, cheese and bacon it will become your new must-have side. Guy loved this unique dish from The Bun Shop in Los Angeles, saying, "I've never seen anything like it."

Get the Recipe: Ba'Corn Cheese

Asado Con Palta


Gian Carlo Accinelli and his wife are putting their love on the line all in the name of their buns at Mr. & Mrs. Bun. The Peruvian couple serve all of their unique sandwiches on their signature, house-made buns. For the Asado con Palta sandwich, slow-cooked eye of round is piled on a fresh bun with avocado and crispy onions and then served with the jus from the cooked meat. “That is without question one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time,” said Guy. “It’s actually giving me goosebumps.”

Get the Recipe: Asado Con Palta

Mom's Meatloaf

Just like mom used to make! Try this comforting classic from Charity Boyd of South Side Soda Shop.

Get the Recipe: Mom's Meatloaf

Boot Dumplings

These crispy bites of smoked pork and shrimp from Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse are drizzled with a house-made mango-chipotle barbecue sauce.

Get the Recipe: Boot Dumplings

Nepali Momo

Chef Phinsto Lama of Momo Ghar is cooking up Tibetan and Nepalese specialties in the middle of an international market in Columbus. Learn how to make her signature Tibetan steamed chicken dumplings topped with a spicy fenugreek tomato sauce.

Get the Recipe: Nepali Momo

Kao Soi

Chef and Owner Kim Naka and her daughters are creating authentic Thai dishes in Boulder at Aloy Thai. If you can't make it to Colordao, whip up this fragrant Kao Soi in your kitchen.

Get the Recipe: Kao Soi

Black Truffle Mac and Cheese (Hangover Grilled Cheese)

This sandwich from The Grilled Cheese Bistro is stuffed with gooey, three-cheese mac and cheese and lobster. We hear it cures a hangover.

Get the Recipe: Black Truffle Mac and Cheese (Hangover Grilled Cheese)

Kalbi Short Ribs

Crowds line up for Hawaiian classics at this can’t-miss joint by the Maui airport. Da Kitchen's marinated short ribs are a standout favorite. Get the secret recipe for their homemade teriyaki sauce to make this lip-smacking favorite at home.

Get the Recipe: Kalbi Short Ribs in Da Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce

Nonna's Traditional Meatballs

These traditional pork and beef meatballs from The Meatball Stoppe are simmered in a house-made Roasted Tomato Sauce. Serve them over creamy polenta to get the authentic restaurant experience.

Get the Recipe: Nonna's Traditional Meatballs

Root Beer Pulled Pork

If you can't make it to Modesto to seek out Food Fix Truck, create their succulent Root Beer Pulled Pork at home. Rubbing the meat with salt and pepper a day ahead allows for more flavor development during braising.

Get the Recipe: Root Beer Pulled Pork

Lobster and Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese

The best-selling dish at Down The Hatch in Lahaina, Hawaii is this absolutely decadent lobster and crab grilled cheese served on Hawaiian sweet bread and doused in lemon beurre blanc.

Get the Recipe: Lobster and Crab Stuffed Grilled Cheese

Mrs. Manwarren's Cinnamon Rolls

The massive cinnamon rolls from Mountain Shadows in Colorado Springs are made from a buttery dough that comes bathed in a decadent glaze that Guy calls “maple madness.”

Get the Recipe: Mrs. Manwarren's Cinnamon Rolls

The Big Dog Sandwich as Served at The Smoke Shack in San Antonio, Texas, as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Season 29.