“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” is my favorite show on the Food Network. Even if I’ve just consumed an entire turkey and a pie (which I’ve never done before, but I’m just saying), I would probably still have to go find a snack while watching D, D & D. It just makes me so hungry.
Every greasy spoon visited by host Guy Fieri has obviously been highly recommended by the locals, and always has at least one really good signature dish. Fieri spends time back in the kitchen while the chef or head cook shows him how they make those signature dishes. Usually, it’s a lengthy, from-scratch process. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone start by throwing a frozen beef patty on the grill or hauling out cartons of ready-made stock, but then again, I don’t watch every episode or I’d weigh 400 pounds by now.
Every time I do tune in, I wonder what greasy dive Guy Fieri would find worth visiting in Southwest Virginia. Would he love watching the guys at Texas Tavern making a batch of chili? Drool behind the scenes at Short Sugar’s Bar-BQ in Danville? Moan with ecstasy while devouring a plate of biscuits with sausage gravy at The Roanoker? Do any of those places even qualify as diners, or drive-ins, or dives? What does?
I posted this question over Twitter and Facebook last week and got some interesting suggestions about where Guy should go in Southwest Virginia. Read on for the list so far. Please keep adding to it, and if we can come up with a solid suggestion or two, I will send them to Mr. Fieri.
* Texas Tavern, downtown Roanoke
* Dip Dog Stand, Marion
* Hi-Lo Burger, Abingdon
* Burger Bar, Bristol
* Wildflour, Roanoke (I really like Wildflour, but I don’t think this qualifies as a D, D or D)
* Pink Cadillac Diner, Natural Bridge
* Roanoke Weiner Stand, Roanoke
* Tavern on the Market, Roanoke
* Cavalier Store, Lynchburg (more like Central Virginia, but that’s OK)
* Lil’ Cucci’s, Daleville
* Lew’s, Roanoke
* Kenny’s, Buena Vista
* New York Pizza, Vinton
* Dogwood Cafe, Vinton
* Gillie’s, Blacksburg (Does Guy even do vegetarian?)
* Starlite Drive-In, Christiansburg