Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

About a year or so ago, I stumbled upon a show on the food network called Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.  The host, Guy Fieri, travels around the country and features unique dining locations that might be overlooked unless you're a local, or you've heard about it from a local.  Sometimes it's a spot that has gained notoriety because they do something out of the ordinary, or something exceptionally well.  In my area, we've had a few places that were featured.  I have visited all three of the locations before I ever heard about the show, and loved them all.  One of them I have been visiting since I was a small kid.

After talking with some of our friends from Pennsylvania, we found out a while back that they were big fans of the show, and try to hit as many locations as are on the LIST.  The were going to visit one about 75 miles away, and wanted to know if we wanted to go.  SURE.

So we headed to Dot's Back Inn in Richmond.  

I'm sorry to say, we were a little disappointed.  The atmosphere was all that was promised in the show, it was small and tucked away, and we almost missed it.  We went on Saturday, about 1:00pm.  We waited about 30 minutes for a table, and then took a look at the menu.  It was a brunch menu, and only had a couple of the dishes that were featured on the show.  I personally was really looking forward to the Chicken MacArthur.  G & D were looking forward to the Sailor Sandwich.

We asked if these items were available, and were told "Not on the weekends".  Really???  You're featured on this great food show on Food Network, and you aren't going to offer the dishes that were featured on the weekends?  When most people can get there?  OK.  We'll settle on burgers.  G & I ordered ours medium rare.  D order hers medium well.  They looked good when they came, and we quickly realized they weren't quite right.  Mine was well.  D's was rare.  And G's was well.  D & I were able to switch, but G had to eat his.  

The visit wasn't a total loss, as we got to visit one of the locations on the list, and the company was fun!

Where to next?  Who knows...  Can't wait to get up to Baltimore and visit some spots there.  There are 4 or 5 there alone!



Annapants! said...

The taste of adventure sometimes falls flat! However, I love Guy - I check on that show here and there; love some of the places featured on the west coast! :)
I totally need to go back to New Mexico; goodness I loved it there!

AMW said...

There's a handful of location in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We're thinking of a trip out there in October to see BB, so if we go, we're gonna look up the DDD's there!

Dora said...

If you hit any more DDD places, this map may help you find 'em:

On the map, there's a link to a blog in the upper left-hand corner. It'd be great if you have the time to make comments there about the DDD joints you've visited.

AMW said...

Wow! Thank Dora for the link and comment! Welcome...


Dora said...

And thank you for visiting mine! Loved your pix here, btw. Keep 'em comin'.