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Sep 17, 2007 10:11 AM

Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: MSP

A heads-up for Twin Cities fans of the Food Network series Diners' Drive-Ins and Dives:

A postcard-sized photo with a life-sized scrawl was propped next to the register at Casper & Runyon's Nook last night. Guy Fieri and his crew were taping there recently for an episode, and left it as their thank-you note. The bar staff told me that they didn't know the air date, but would definitely broadcast the show when it happened.

Seems like a perfect fit, doesn't it?

Did anyone have any other sitings of the crew in MSP? I can think of a couple of places that would be great candidates for such a show, starting with (ahem) the drive-ins that Dara covered in the City Pages not so long ago.

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  1. Cool! Thanks for the heads up. It's nice to see something other than Mickey's Diner get covered, which seems to get attention practically every time the food network comes to town. I'd love to see them cover the Dari-Ette on Minnehaha in St. Paul. EDIT: or Conny's Creamy Cone on Dale (not a drive-in, but a "dive" I guess.) I would say Maverick's in Roseville, but, since their recent re-model, I'm not sure they qualify as a "dive" anymore!


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      the Dari-ette was on last season of Diners' Drive-Ins and Dives also mpls Al' Diner


      1. re: jimstime

        Neat! Sorry I missed it. Al's is a great choice, too.


      2. re: The Dairy Queen

        The Dari-ette, Al's Breakfast, Mickey's Diner, and the Peppermint Twist in Delano have all been featured on the Food Network in the past and some numerous times. Alton Brown drug out Mickey's Diner just recently on Feasting on Asphalt River Run. Maybe it is time for new stuff. The Nook definitely deserves the spotlight.

        1. re: Davydd

          I used to teach at the little school up the hill from the Dari-ette-formerly Parkway school, now it's the French Immersion. There is no bribery quite so useful as telling the kids if they work hard on their MCA tests, we will all go to the Dari-ette for a cone! I miss those days...there's nothing like taking 30 sixth graders out for ice cream! Good times.

      3. Actually, Guy was in town to judge a "Top Chef" style competetion at the US Foodservice show at the convention center last Wednesday....

        1. The Nook episode is airing tomorrow night, Jan 21, 2008--it's called "Burgers, Rings and Fries"

          The "Viewer's Choice" episode that featured Psycho Suzie's is airing (again) today Jan 20 at 3:30pm...

          The episode featuring Al's was called American Cookin', but I can't see when that's going to be aired again, alas...

          I can't see that the Dari-ette was ever featured on this series...

          EDIT: ah, okay, I see after a bit of googling that it was featured on the pilot for the series.


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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            I can't wait to see Guy's face when he bites into a Jucie Lucy!

          2. Did he think it was off the hook? The guy does interesting shows (a very long time ago I did a lengthy article about the best diners on the East Coast and had a blast doing it and I remain a diner fan and search them out whenever I travel), but if he says off the hook one more time, I'm gonna snap.

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            1. re: Pete Oldtown

              I don't remember hearing him say "off the hook" in this episode, so, you'd be safe watching in the inevitable 3 dozen times they'll re-run it.

              It is amazing watching him bite into about 20 burgers in a single episode. I guess he's only eating a bite or two of each, but, gosh, I fear we're going to watch him have a "cardiac event" in one of these episodes.

              Apparently, the secret to the Nook's fries is vinegar. I had always wondered if they par cooked the beef in the lucys, but, no, they take a slice of cheese, fold it, and plop it between two ultra thin beef patties and seal it up. They do puncture the lucy during cooking so it doesn't explode.

              I liked that they went down the street to PJ Murphy's to check out the freshly made buns.

              And, yum, did you see the lodge burger (with the cheese on the bottom, "where your tastebuds are")--I don't think he named it on the show, but, I recognized it!

              The burgers at Joe's in SF looked great, too, but I'll have to say, the burgers and onion rings at Blimpies in Ann Arbor really did not look appealing. They were so sloppy. Is that the double grinding of the beef that makes the burgers look more like maid rites than hamburger patties? I'm sure they're tasty and are clearly beloved by all of those Michigan students, but they sure look messy. That's one thing I love about jucy lucy's--so tidy and contained...(I know, I'm revealing something really weird about my character by admitting that...)


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Blimpie Burgers are messy, but boy are they good. The cooking process is probably what makes them look the way they do. I didn't see the episode, but the burgers start as meatballs, and are flattened repeatedly as they cook, until they're paper thin.

                1. re: Danny

                  Well, dang, now I have to plan a trip to Ann Arbor--it sounds really good!


                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                  As a MI expat in MN, I've had my share of Blimpies and Jucy Lucy's, and neither one is particularly easy to eat. The meat on the Blimpies does fall apart if you get it dry, but if you get it with cheese it sort of binds it together. For a special treat I like a quad with fried egg and pepper jack.

                  1. re: g rote

                    I see--cheese as binder. The ones with the fried eggs looked good!