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Jun 26, 2010 07:16 PM

Diners,Drive-ins, and Dives Calgary.

Would love to hear about DDD joints in Calgary, not just burger joints but places that have tasty, interesting twists on old favorites just like the show. I swear I get hungry every time I watch an episode!!

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  1. A few places that come to mind right away...

    Diner Deluxe, Rocky Burger Bus, Dairy Lane, Tubby Dog, and...

    Peter's Drive In - I'm not a big fan but it's an institution and will be a requirement if DDD did an episode in Calgary.

    I'm hungry now.

    Dairy Lane Cafe
    319 19 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2J2, CA

    Diner Deluxe
    804 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6, CA

    Tubby Dog
    1022 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5, CA

    1. DDD is all about heart attacks on a plate- as such it's unavoidably american-focussed (and not just because it's on FNUSA). I can't think of any places in Calgary analogous to the get-stuffed-until-you-puke element of DDD's features. I'd say for over-the-top, throw caution to the wind food, there are only two places in town that comply. One is as mentioned by karma Tubby Dog. The other is Jimmy's A and A.

      i don't think this is a bad thing. The notion of getting huge piles of fried things is great when you're on vacation but the number of people on that show who proudly say that they get the same garbage plate every week is pretty scary, especially with 42 million Americans without health insurance!

      Tubby Dog
      1022 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5, CA

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      1. re: John Manzo

        John have you ever watched the show? I can recall just off the top of my head and from last season alone stops to authentic Mexican, Peruvian, El Salvadorian, Italian and German restaurants. The show has no boundaries on cuisines and certainly does not focus on "huge plates of fried things" as you were saying.

        1. re: Doc1200

          John's comments do have merit. While the show does have in part the focus you point out, with the requirement that food be prepared (mostly) from fresh ingredients, as well as being a one-off kind of establishment, I have yet to see even one show where the portions were not average plus to humongous. None have small portions.

          Here's one of my favourites.

        2. re: John Manzo

          John, While I agree some/a lot of the food on Triple D is high fat.. I wouldn't necessarily say its all "huge piles of fried things," and as I recall we have this little event each year in Calgary called the Stampede which features endless booths serving ONLY fried things.. by the pile, bag, even on a stick. If they did a show about the stampede people would think that all Calgarians are so large they need assistance bathing. That's not the case (for the most part.)

          Now I agree that the average American could stand to eat a little better, and that they do have a HUGE (no pun intended) problem with obesity but I believe that has a lot more to do with KFC's, Wendy's, and McDicks dollar menu than the places featured on triple D. As Scary pointed out its (for the most part) fresh made on the premises by the chef/owner who is trying to live out their dreams opening a small eatery and catering to what people want to eat. If you ask me we need more places like this in Calgary and less places owned by Vickers and the like who think we all want to eat $55 steaks when we go out for a casual dinner.

          It comes down to a food culture thing... They could never shoot a Triple D episode in Calgary because our restaurant culture is not Diners Drive-ins and Dives.. Its pompous, pricey and pretentious. Triple P.

          The places Guy goes to are simple quite often southern homecookin style joints. That's classic American food. Smoked ribs, chicken, brisket, Mac and Cheese, burgers, fries, steaks, pasta.. That's what middle class Americans eat! That's what a lot of Canadians eat as well.. Ever been to the east coast provinces? Every place you go to has big plates of assorted fried sea food.. Is it because east coasters are fat bastards eating their way to an early grave? Or because they have an abundance of fresh sea food and its easiest to fry? What about Quebec and their love of poutine? Or even better their love of foie gras, I have never seen any foie on triple D but its fat content is higher than anything I have seen on the show. People will choose to eat unhealthy wherever they are.. Triple D is just showcasing they food culture in blue collar America, and I for one find it very interesting... I have seen some techniques used by chefs/cooks on that show that are very useful and inventive even though the chef is only preparing something simple like a burger. Its more than people getting stuffed-till-they-puke as you said.

          I would love to see a show that is the opposite.. Triple P.. Where they would go the only the best places in the world to eat... El Buli, The Fat Duck, Daniel, Per Se, The French Laundry, WD 50, Le Bernadin, au pied de cochon, Nobu ect... But there is such a small number of viewers interested high end resto's and an even smaller amount that can afford to eat at one of these places let alone get a reservation at one. I also don't picture Ferran or Thomas opening up their kitchens to food network camera crews any time soon. If they do ever decide to shoot Triple P I know the perfect host.. Goes by the name Clarkman. ;)

          I love Triple D, I think I have seen most of them, and no I don't have a man crush on weirdo Guy Fieri, I never like the looks of his cooking on his own show and I prefer my balls not to taste like wasabi (meat balls I mean.) I just think its interesting getting to see the inner workings of different kitchens. It also makes me more hungry than any other show in the food network (except for Giada who makes me hungry for something a little different.)

          Stay tuned for Triple P!

          p.s. I am definatly not talking smack about you Johnny Manzo just a difference of opinion.. I think your the best chow blogger we have in Calgary! Lets meet at the stampede and I'll buy you a pile of fried stuff, maybe even a beer;)

          1. re: Iamclarkman

            hahaha. PPP is a great description lamclarkman! I couldn't really think of an awesome mom/pop place to suggest for Triple D. Everything seems to be over priced and run by restaurant groupsand professional chefs now a days.

            I"m already dreaming about the crap I allow myself to eat at the Stampede! Reminds me.. i will start a post about that!

            1. re: TSAW

              Folks, if you have local suggestions for the DDD-style, please post them here, but if you'd like to discuss the show in general, please take that conversation to Food Media and News. Thanks!

              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                Love triple D, watch it almost every day. I reccomend Peter's Drive-in, Diner Deluxe, and across the road, In the Loop (formerly Nellies, but no longer), and Vietnamese Sub on 33rd in Marda Loop for their beef sate sub. For great pita sandwiches try Village Pita in Short Pants Plaza Memorial Dr and 28th st NE one block north.

                Diner Deluxe
                804 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6, CA

            2. re: Iamclarkman

              Nobody has ever called me Johnny! I wonder if 46 i too late to change that...

              And sure, look for me at Stampede!

          2. I'm 90% sure somebody asked this question before, but I can't find the thread.

            The food has to stand out one way or the other, and it can't be at an expensive restaurant. I would say it's hard to think of places like this in Calgary.

            Diner Deluxe, definitely, because they have some unique dishes. Also Thi Thi subs - Banh Mi is different here in Calgary, and people line up for it. Peter's Drive In is good because the burgers are unique, the milkshakes are fresh and you get a few pounds of fries. Tubby dog has a neat little space, and strange toppings like PB&J&Cap'n Crunch, or bacon and eggs. Big Fish could be a good place, too.

            It's hard to think of low-priced restaurants that aren't standard ethnic food, or semi-premade sysco garbage. Almost every pub in the city is the latter, for example.

            Edit: Come to think of it, the "are you gonna eat that?" blog covers a lot of places that fit into this category. Maybe check that out.

            Big Fish
            1112 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3K4, CA

            Diner Deluxe
            804 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB T2E 3J6, CA

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            1. re: 23skidoo

              Sate Sub, located at 920-7 Avenue SW Ph: (403) 263-8558, is a great place for Vietnamese subs, Pho, Bun, Salad rolls, Spring rolls, bubble tea, smoothies and more.

              I love my Beef Sate Sub with brown bread. MMMMmmmmmm, so good! Give it a try!

            2. Angel's Drive In certainly fits the "Dive" description. Not bad food though.


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              1. re: Sneaky

                I agree... Angel's is pretty good. I used to go all the time - swiss mushroom.

              2. John, I agree that you are the best food blogger here, but you are way off on this one and I'm agreeing wholeheartedly with iamclarkman.

                A & A is just garlic on a pita. Rocky's Burger Bus has the character and flavor worthy of DDD's, with very generous portions and not exactly 'skinny', but sooo good. Il Centro is a hidden gem that could easily be a DDD topic and their pizza is what a pizza should be. Dairylane consistently turns out very tasty, homemade dishes, a prerequisite of the show.

                I just hope more people put in their DDD worthy restaurants around Calgary.

                Il Centro
                6036 3 St SW #106, Calgary, AB T2H 0H9, CA

                Rocky's Burgers
                1120 46 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G2A6, CA

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                1. re: bakerbear

                  Rocky's Burger Bus would fit at the top of my list for DDD of Calgary. You get fat, juicy burgers and more fries than humanly possible to eat -- out of a bus in the middle of an industrial area. Nice blend of tasty, greasy food and odd locale.

                  Rocky's Burgers
                  1120 46 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G2A6, CA