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Oct 21, 2010 06:02 AM

IS DD&D Xenophobic?

I don't watch any of those FN shows enough to know, but every time I turn it on it seems to focus on burgers, fried chicken, chili, and a host of standard American fare. When are they going to get to the little place making banh mi, bao, papusas, etc?

Or maybe they could do one of theose 'top ten burger' shows and include Xian lamb burgers.....

Maybe a better question: Is FN xenophobic?

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  1. Well, FN is pretty much geared towards the average American taste. The has been an infinite number of threads devoted to the lack of ethnic cuisine shows on FN. To a certain extent, the Travel Channel is the same way, Bizarre Foods and No Reservations have made what was once exotic more common place but I don't think that was the original intent of the shows.

    DD&D is just serving up what the FN executives THINK the general public wants.

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    1. re: Phaedrus

      I would rephrase that and say that it caters to the lowest common demoninator and not the average, but otherwise, I agree.

    2. I don't think it's xenophobia, just that Guy likes what he likes. I'm no fan, btw. He's way too hyper and jargon-ful for my taste. Back to your question, wouldn't you rather have someone making/showing banh mi, bao, papusas, etc. who really likes these foods? I know I would.

      1. Well. None of those eateries are Drive-ins, much less Diners. I suppose they could be considered Dives.

        Then again, would they/do they need advertising?

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        1. re: Cathy

          I agree. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives imply affordable American comfort food.

          However, the show has highlighted Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern, Italian and a Chinese-Mexican place.

          1. re: dave_c

            "However, the show has highlighted Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern, Italian and a Chinese-Mexican place."

            Sure has

        2. I think, by definition, most DD&D places fall into the American fare category. I have seen "Diner" episodes that feature ethnic foods such as Greek, Polish, Vietnamese, Eastern European, etc.

          1. After reading the OP and thinking about a reply two others posted about what I was going to say. Of course many of the episodes of this show feature traditional American foods, just look at the title and this is America after all. But to imply that D, D & D ONLY goes to places that features American food is incorrect. They have gone to a lot of places that feature ethnic food of all kinds. If you don't actually watch the show but just occasionally glance at it from time to time, you really cannot make a judgement as to it's value. (This is similar comment I hear people make about the weather and saying the weatherman 'never gets it right'. Well, you only remember when they get it wrong, not the majority of the time when they produce an accurate weather forecast).

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            1. re: John E.

              I occasionally glance at it from time to time and remember Fieri visiting "ethnic" joints. Last time I saw the show, he went to a place that made mofungo -- quite a far cry from hamburgers and fried chicken.