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May 12, 2008 11:45 PM

High Five to Triple D

This is a tribute to my current fave on TFN: Diners, Drive-ins and Drives. I know, its low brow and Guy's mouth is very big, but the food almost always looks great and the people--the people! Both the owners and the eaters are just about always charming. I love the Greek American diner owners, the African American soul food and bbq folks, the Hispanic cooks and owners, the mid westerners who left corporate America to open or keep going a local institution. Many of these folks are multi-generational families or people who are just following a dream. Many bring a sophisticated creativity to "diner food" and all seem really happy at what they do. Their customers seem devoted to the joints and are often very multi-culti. In fact, Triple D may be the most diverse show TFN. Go Guy!

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  1. I agree with you. I think DDD is a terrific show and Guy is a great host. It's obvious how much he loves the food and respects the people who own, manage and cook at these places. He is never condescending or disrespectful or disinterested.

    Unlike many, I don't find Guy particularly annoying...different, but not annoying. I actually find the "darling" of Chowhound threads, Alton Brown, much more annoying, condescending and irritating.

    1. I enjoy that show a lot. It's fascinating to see all the great places to eat all over the place. I make a mental note all the time "if I'm ever in (California, SW florida, etc) I have GOT to go to that place). I like Guy a lot---*on that show*.

      It's his Friday's commercial that makes me want to puke my guts out. He has a good TV show all about independent, non-chain places with great food, then sells his soul to a chain restaurant with the crappiest food ever. I hope he got a lot of money from them at least.

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      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

        Him and Marc Summers were extremely annoying on that show about finding "the best " whatever....they were pimping for Fridays as well,, was Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumber....choereographed, obnoxious sound fingers on a chalk board
        On DDD he is unrehearsed and more spontaneous.....the venues /owners/workers/food at the establishments make the show....he is a , albeit loud, conduit....some can't stand him, but I don't mind him at all on this show . He comes across as a self deprecating , average Joe.
        Unfortunately when the the FN powers that be try to squeeze every iota of charm and personality out of their stable it becomes banal, and dilutes everything we found endearing about these people , often to the point of neausea.......

      2. agree! this show is way entertaining.

        my only complaint: stop falling back on the "i could eat (insert low number) or (insert high number) of those, i tell ya brother" joke.

        1. A fantastic show.
          We are always checking to see if we can hit a place on our trips down yonder.

          I think Guy is the perfect host for that show but somehow suspect that he'd get on my nerves if I were around him too much. Love the schtick but only in small doses.

          DD&D all this week. That's bananas. And bananas is good.


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          1. One of the few shows on FN i will watch.

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            1. re: swsidejim

              My favorite show on the FN, for sure. I wanna eat at every place they've covered... and dream about the Penguin Drive In in North Carolina.

              I know that Guy drives some people crazy, but I really think he's providing a valuable service... by covering all the great spots. It's getting harder and harder to find authentic mom & pop's in this Disneyfied world, so kudos to GF and FN.

              1. re: blacksab67

                some of his "guyisms" are kind of goofy(money, off the hook, etc), but I enjoy the show, and the concept of finding these "greasy spoons" & other pieces of Americana around the country.