Triple D Visits. Hits and Misses.
So we've started a mini debate on how good or not the places featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives are. I've been to about 10 and while I'd say one was no better than good, none have been terrible. Which has been eluded to off and on in various posts. I would say that most I've been to have been at least 9 out of 10. I'm not that hard to please though. I generally go in thinking I'm gonna enjoy myself and do.
So, with all that said, where have you been and what's it been like??
Here is my list somewhat in order of enjoyment.
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger ~ Ann Arbor, Mi (One of the best burgers I've ever had. Awesome place)
Chino Bandido ~ Phoenix, Az. (Stupid good and strange fusion of Mexican and Chinese)
Blue Ash Chili ~ Cincinnati, Oh. (Great Cinci chili and other local favourties)
Matt's Big Breakfast ~ Phoenix, Az. (Only ate one breakfast but it was outstanding)
Martin's BBQ ~ Just outside Nashville, Tn. (Great Q but not awesome like the ones above)
Joe's Gizzard City ~ Pottersville, Mi. (Some great food here. A few misses and lots of grease. Loved it though)
Lake Effect Diner ~ Buffalo, NY. (Good, solid to exceptional diner fare. Great people too)
Wallace Station ~ Midway, Ky. (Really good but my burger rated top 5 by Guy was not in my top 10)
Rick's White Light Diner ~ Frankfort, Ky. (Good but not better. Well worth a visit. If just for Rick himself)
So let's hear it. Where have you been and what was it like??
Mrs. Sippi wanted me to point out the excellent PB&J milkshake at Lake Effect Diner. Made with strawberry jam.
I go to Bizzarro Italian Cafe ~ Seattle, WA quite a bit. It is a wonderful place, really funky atmosphere and quality, thoughtful food.
I have been to two in the SF Bay Area.
Gorilla BBQ is in my town. They are a takeout only place, well there are some picnic tables outside. Their food is considered to be very good, but unfortunately for me, I am not a big BBQ fan, so my opinion is not that valuable on that count. They are extremely popular however and have been since they opened, even before DDD. I drove by yesterday afternoon and there were at least 20 people in line.
The other place is In SF proper is the Tee Off, which was called "a five star, dive bar" on DDD. I used to go there pretty frequently, because a friend lives nearby. I think I heard about it here on CH first. When I first started going there the DDD episode had been filmed, but it took almost a year before it was aired. The owner bar has a background in fine dining and he handles the kitchen, his wife and co-owner works the bar, they are very nice people. It really is a bar first with a tiny kitchen. I have had some great meals there, the chef likes to work with unusual ingredients. He serves kangaroo and other game meat pretty often. I loved the ostrich burger. When they are having a good night it's great but they are so small they can get swamped quickly and then service is slow and they run out of specials, etc.
We went to Manci's Antique Club in Daphne, AL on our way home from TX last year. It was okay. I had the Spider Sandwich (SS crab). I think DH had the shrimp poboy. It was a little dirty and sketchy. The food was okay, but not memorable. We probably won't go back, because it's a bit of a hike off the highway when we're driving from FL to TX.
I eat Southern Soul Barbecue (St Simons Is, Ga) at least once a week great food & great people.