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Here is a list of places in the SF Bay Area that have been on the show Diners, Drive Ins & Dives. I've seen a couple of mentions in previous posts about finding these places. A lot of them are good, and well represented on CH. Some get trashed on here. Either way it's a fun list to check out and might be helpful next time someone is looking for them.

For those of you who don't know the show, it's hosted by Guy Fieri, a local restauranteur in Santa Rosa (Tex Wasabi's & Johnny Garlic's). On his show, he travels the country profiling independents. He features casual places that specialize in scratch cooking. He has a lot of schtick in his personality, but his recos are pretty good and I appreciate the exposure he gives to the little guys. One of the restaurant owners I spoke to after he was on the show said he got a 400% bump in business after DDD. Pretty cool.

http://www.chow.com/lists/15733

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  1. Sol Food is indeed awesome, if by awesome you mean lame. The food seems to be made from actual ingredients, which may be impressive in some parts of the country.

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    Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
    732 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      To each his own. I like the place and so do a lot of other people. I have enjoyed everything there but the tostones, which were not awesome (texture is too chewy). I like the spicy orange soda sauce they provide on the tables and the sandwiches. I'm not sure what your issue is from your reply, other than people from other parts of the country might like them for reasons you don't approve of. Seems unlike you, and a little reckless for a local food critic, to just call a place "lame" without having a reason. I'm curious to know what your beef is with Sol Food.

      1. re: Shane Greenwood

        Two words: vegan mofongo.

        Despite that abomination, Sol Food's OK. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there, but I stop by if I'm driving past and hungry. Though eating there makes me wish I were in New York.

        I'm no more a food critic than any other customer who posts here.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Okay, thanks for clarifying Robert. Vegan mofongo is definitely an "it must be northern california" moment. Btw, I am familiar with your work as a reviewer and your previous comments on CH about your work as a food critic. Your posts here have a lot of credibility and weight because they are viewed through that filter.

          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            Robert has difficulties with mofongo variants.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3727...

            1. re: wolfe

              Nothing difficult about it. If they sold real mofongo, it wouldn't bother me if they offered a vegetarian version.

              El Nuevo Frutilandia has the real deal (and a vegetarian alternative), and is the kind of place that really deserves attention from that show.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                There is a link on the show's website page where you can suggest places to go. Would be great if they covered the east bay more.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        Gotta say, I completely agree with Robert on this one. The deal is: given the fact that there's really no PR community in the Bay Area, a place like Sol Food that tries hard -- and to their credit -- uses good ingredients, still doesn't stand up to the basic competition in NY, let alone PR itself.

        But it's got a fun ambiance, and well-designed interior.

        1. re: escargot3

          I'll do a third or Robert's comments.

          It is Californicated Puerto Rican. Nothing wrong with that. Tasty enough. However, if the goal is real Puerto Rican food, this isn't it.

          What ticks me off ... and I have no logical reason for it ... is that the new restaurant one block away from the original which is still operating ... serves the EXACT same menu. WTF?

          I was hoping the new joint would offer some new dishes.

      3. Rocco's is one of my favorite places for breakfast, and they also make a very good meatball sandwich. By chance, I had popped in the day they were shooting and got trapped for several hours. Ultimately, after two plates of veal picatta (they shot me cutting it and eating it, then brought another plate when Fieri sat down to talk with me), they only used a nano-second of my footage, so I guess I'm not very telegenic...

        1. ive tried bubba's soft shell crab BLT. It wasnt "off the hook," as Fieri described it, but it wasnt all that bad.

          also tried duarte's and taylor...both are pretty good, if not out of the way if you live in the immediate bay area.

          1. 900 Grayson sticks out like a sore thumb in that list.

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            1. re: bbulkow

              I dunno, Rudy's Can't Fail because it's across the street from Pixar, and Rick and Ann's is surrounded by >$1 million homes. They're not really the kinds of places I expect to see on that show.