Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (often nicknamed Triple D and stylized as Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives) is an American food reality television series that premiered on April 23, 2007, on the Food Network. It is hosted by Guy Fieri. The show originally began as a one-off special that aired on November 6, 2006.[2] The show features a "road trip" concept, similar to Road Tasted, Giada's Weekend Getaways, and $40 a Day. Fieri travels around the United States (although he has also featured some restaurants in European cities, including London, England and Florence, Italy, and in Canada[3][circular reference]. He has also featured restaurants in Cuba; see the episodes page to see where Guy has traveled) looking at various diners, drive-in restaurants, and dive bars.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
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GenreFood reality television
Presented byGuy Fieri
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons31
No. of episodes384[1] (list of episodes)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Page Productions (2007–2011)
Citizen Pictures (2011–present)
Original networkFood Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 23, 2007 (2007-04-23) –
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Each episode generally has a unifying theme (such as burgers, ribs, or seafood) with the host visiting multiple restaurants within a single city to sample the food that corresponds to this theme. The program focuses on small, independent eateries featuring traditional comfort foods (such as barbecue, smoked meat, hamburgers, deep-fried food, pizza, steak, and bacon-and-egg breakfast), regional styles, or ethnic specialties. Often, the chosen restaurants will use fresh ingredients, home-style recipes, and gourmet culinary approaches to what is usually not considered gourmet food. The host interacts with both the customers, to get their opinion on the food, and with the kitchen staff, who demonstrate how to prepare one or more of the dishes.

Guest appearancesEdit

The show has had various stars appear in the kitchen alongside Guy Fieri, including fellow chefs Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimmern, Michael Symon, Emeril Lagasse, and Geoffrey Zakarian, as well as celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey, Gene Hackman, Rosie O'Donnell, Joe Theismann, Kid Rock, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Clint Bowyer, Gene Simmons of KISS, Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth, and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.


In May 2011, Page Productions, the original producers of the show filed a lawsuit against Food Network. The lawsuit alleges that the network failed to pay required production costs, and failed to make the show's host, Guy Fieri, available for taping. The producer also alleges that Guy Fieri harassed crewmembers and "raided their fridges".[4][failed verification]

A week after Food Network counter-sued the producer, a settlement was reached in August 2011, allowing the 12th season of the show to resume, with a new production company, Citizen Pictures.[5][6]

Positive ImpactEdit

Throughout the years, more that 800 restaurants have been giving recognition from this Food Network show and has dramatically drawn in more costumers for said businesses. Due to the show's popularity, long term effects have been incredibly visible; increase in sales, large crowds of costumers, and even substance increases.[7] Even in 2010, DDD had "jump started" Northern Waters Smokehaus's mail-order businesses. In an article by Twin Cities Business, the owner of said story had nothing but positive things to say for the show stating that thanks to the airing of the episode, the grown in business "hasn't slowed".[8]

Another example of the show’s positive impact on small, local businesses is when Donatelli’s, a restaurant located on White Bear Lake Minnesota, shares that their appearance in DDD, “saved us from going out of business.” experiencing an average, sustained 20% increase in sales since the airing of the episode, which was in 2008. The restaurant, over ten years later, is still reaping the benefits of their appearance on DDD.[9] Other restaurants have noted that their sales always skyrocket when a rerun of their episode is air, proving sustainability for the shows lasting positive effects.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "World chefs – Powers finds history is made in diners". Reuters. March 27, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  3. ^ List of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives episodes#Season 29 (2018–2019)
  4. ^ "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives producer says Food Network wants to dash " Twin Cities Business Journal; May 16, 2011
  5. ^ Satran, Joe (August 18, 2011). "Food Network's Legal Battle With Producer Of Guy Fieri's 'Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives' Comes To End". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Parker, Penny (October 7, 2011). "Parker: Food Network show switches to Denver production company". The Denver Post. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "The Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Effect". Twin Cities Business. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  8. ^ "The Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Effect". Twin Cities Business. Retrieved 2020-02-27.
  9. ^ "The Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Effect". Twin Cities Business. Retrieved 2020-02-27.

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