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MA eats..where would you send Guy Fieri

If you were to email Guy Fieri to make a rec for Diners Drive Ins and Dives, where would you send him? BTW, that is my fav Food Network show. I would rec George's Coney Island in Wormtown.

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  1. My daughter and I were discussing this the other day. We've lived in MA, ME, and RI, and we can't think of anyplace that really matches up to most of the stuff on DD&D. Usually, they find small places that make better food than you'd expect by looking at the place. They have some specialty, whether it's huge portions/value, creative twists, or eclectic offerings. For example, Fieri was supposed to go to the Owl Diner in Lowell, but backed out. What exactly stands out with the Owl? It's good, and we eat there, but it's one of many similar little working class diners in the area, serving unremarkable food. Like Becky's in Portland or Blue Plate Diner in Middletown, RI. There are a ton of weiner joints like Coney Island in RI, too, and all they really do is serve little hot dogs with meat sauce.

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    1. re: Dinsdale45

      I think you'd have to look at places like Pollo Tipico in Lawrence, great ethnic Puerto Rician, chicken dishes or Jacqelines, also in Lawrence, for empanadas. On the other side, maybe The Druid, a great dive bar with good burgers etc. Also, New Bridge for anything on the menu.

      1. re: Dinsdale45

        Dinsdale, I completely agree, Coney Island only serves the dogs but man, it's a great spot. I love the ideas below..what a fun topic. Thanks for joining in.

      2. Pleasant Cafe in Roslindale for pizza-dive
        J and M Diner in Framingham for home fries- diner
        One Love Cafe Worcester-dive
        Tasty Treat Ashland, fried clams, ice cream-Drive in
        Chicken Bone Framingham, wings- dive
        Howards Brookfield, clams-drive in

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        1. re: trufflehound

          Howard's in Brookfield for the Onion Rings as well, they're awesome.

          1. re: belcherveggie

            In Fall River, Mass
            Ugly American for burgers & hand cut fries of all kinds. Mesa 21 for Pizza. Sarges for Portugese food.

          2. re: trufflehound

            I grew up in Framingham, but I don't know where J and M is! Where is it? (Please...)

            1. re: ciclista

              Old Ct path, next plaza to Fireflies.

          3. Bridge Diner in Clinton, MA It's a tiny place, an old railroad car. It has been there for ages, and it a local icon.

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            1. re: gryphonskeeper

              I've eaten at the Bridge Diner (visiting my aunt, years ago at Clinton Hospital); a little grungy, but the food can be trusted.

            2. Central Kitchen & Grill in New Bedford definately qualifies. Less that 20 seats defines it as a 'hole in the wall'. The specialty, made only on Wed. and Sat. I believe, is Manchupa. It's a Cape Verdean staple that is made with corn, chunks of corned beef, kidney and lima beans, kale and linguica. They sell tons of the stuff in quarts to go. If memory serves, it about $4.00 per quart. Be warned, get there early as the giant pot sells out fast!

              1. I'd have him do a Providence breakfast battle. Watching Julian's v. Nick's v. Modern (okay, just over the PVD line) would be fun.

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                1. re: invinotheresverde

                  I think he should do this as well, but I don't want the lines at Modern to get any longer. ;)

                2. Woburn's Lanna Thai, because it is good Thai food in a VERY small ("Thainy"? - forgive me!) original dining car.

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                  1. Guy filmed a whole episode in RI over the summer that will air this fall. His wife is from North Providence (Nawt Prov).


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                    1. re: Bob W

                      He picked pretty crappy spots. They're all meh, at best.

                      1. re: invinotheresverde

                        They certainly wouldn't have been my choices. The Modern Diner should definitely have been one of his three. I'll be hitting it Sunday before the Pats game for one of the weekend brunch specials -- the various french toast dishes are really good.

                        Add to that a weiner joint like the Olneyville NY System or Wein-o-Rama. How about Allie's Donuts? Maybe one of the outstanding ethnic joints in CF? Give people a taste of "real" RI. Plus, his show needs more in the "dive" category.

                        Jeez, you'd think his wife could have sent him to Twin's Pizza too.

                        Based on what I've read about Evelyn's, I'm a bit more skeptical of GF these days.

                        1. re: invinotheresverde

                          Yeah, I've been to a shockingly large number of places GF has visited on DDD (around 20% last time I tallied it up, I travel a lot!), and for my tastes and preferences, he bats around 50%. About half the places I love. About a quarter the places I wonder what the heck he saw in them. And the rest of the places were good but nothing special.

                          But, to each their own. :)

                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                            What? Crazy Burger is awesome as well are the Gagga's in Olneyville...

                            1. re: Sean

                              Crazy Burger would be the best of what he chose, yes. The best of the worst, if you will.

                              1. re: invinotheresverde

                                Ah, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Louis, to me, the quintessential dive (even if my stomach can no longer take the abuse!)

                        2. The White Hut in Springfield.
                          Teo's in Pittsfield.
                          Pit Stop BBQ in Dorchester.
                          Santarpio's mainly for the sausage and lamb bbq.
                          A few years ago I would have suggested Ma Glockner's just to see if he could actually stomach making an episode there. I never really did get what "birched chicken was"

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                          1. re: Wursthof

                            I had the birched chicken once after reading about it on another foodie website. "Birched" is a word in a Scandinavian language that means "little chips from a pine tree put on a plate with nothing to recommend it except the strange name". Ma's has finally died a meriful death.

                          2. Galleria Umberto in Boston's North End. Great food, certainly qualifies as a dive.

                            1. Bethany's Airport Diner, Block Island
                              best breakfast around!!!

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                              1. re: Asumnuthin

                                I don't know - I was unimpressed with Bethany's last Saturday. They can't seem to find the paprus plates to drain the sausage, and especially the bacon. Our table had three sides of it, each had the bacon sitting in its own puddle of bacon grease. A side order of sausage (patties) was composed of one patty. Prices are as big as the pancakes - $9 for two pancakes? I know it's BI, but still. And, I wish they'd switch coffee brands to anything but the current.

                              2. In the Berkshires Cafe Reva!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                1. stazt in norh brookfild mass

                                  1. BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge for good 'cue.