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May 18, 2008 01:39 PM

Diners Drive-Ins or Dives in Austin?

I'm a big fan of the show "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri on Food Network. I've been trying to think of places in Austin that fit the spirit of that show. As for Diners, I haven't been to any true "diners" in Austin, or any place diner-esque that comes to mind. Drive-ins? Top Notch is the only one I can think of in that category, and I've not been as excited about Top Notch as others have been (haven't tried the fried chicken yet, though). Is Dirty's a drive-in? I've only eaten inside, but I did enjoy it. And I know we have "dives", but none are coming to mind.

Where would you send Guy Fieri in Austin for a big ol' plate of DD&D food?

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    1. Unfortunately, you are a little late. The Frisco Shop (The last of the Nighthawk chain of restaurants) closed its doors this past week. While they are moving to a larger space, much of the charm came from the old style building.

      Hofbrau on 6th would qualify as a dive. I suppose you could also count Casino El Camino as a dive.

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      1. re: Homero

        what!? the frisco shop is closed? no! i promised to take some pals there on our burger, barbecue and bats tour of texas in september.

        1. re: cookingwithmonkey

          They are reopening I think next month

          1. re: moosy

            Don't worry - five minutes ago, I passed by the old Curra's. They were hanging the Frisco sign out front. As I passed by Burnet/Koenig, they've already demo'ed the building on the corner. Old Frisco is next in line.....

      2. I think that the cafe at Dart Bowl might qualify as a dive; also, Casino el Camino?

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