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Guy Fieri filming in allston

just spotted filming outside of the Deep Elum/Lone Star Taco Bar - doing exterior shots with the red convertible ... not sure which place he was working in.

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    1. There's no shame in getting cited on DD&D: as awful as Poochie's shtick is, he does routinely uncover very good places. Getting caught dining in one of *his* restaurants, on the other hand...

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Agreed, but why the eff does he feel the need to sign the walls of the places? His 'graffiti' (serious emphasis on those scare-quotes) mural over the door of Tupelo is a damned eyesore.

        (Edit: Agreeing with Slim's original post, not with the claims of jealousy. Because... no. No no no.)

        1. re: TimTamGirl

          I like DD&D, but I was at the Greek Corner the other day and there was a signed photo on the wall! Doe's he have that much cache?

          1. re: bizkat

            Judging from what happened to Rino's (and others), there's no doubt that Fieri has the power to move enormous crowds to the restaurants he covers.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              plenty of places that he reviews have met their maker soon after. He can bring in crowds, but the restaurants need to satisfy them.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Agree, I went to a place in in CA, it used to do a good business and has great food, now the Fee Eddy has spray painted his graffiti on a wall in the restaurant it's been it a total zoo.

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            I agree that he visits some good places. I just wish he would swallow his mouthfuls before regurgitating his slogans ("That's money," "That's on-point," and "That's off the hook"). And maybe he should clean the grease and clumps of cheese off of his face before confronting the camera.

            1. re: Kenji

              Don't forget when he whistles as the owner of the establishment begins to assemble a sandwich. WOW!

              1. re: treb

                Yeah, the out-of-context whistling is his latest tic. What's whistle-worthy about onions tossed in a pot or pickles placed on a cheeseburger?

            2. I'll get the 55-gallon drums of Purell, someone else find some sage to burn for the ceremonial cleansing.

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              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                goddamit I need a new keyboard!!!! Smudge this!!!

              2. so does anyone know which places he went to?

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                1. re: Karl

                  So far, I've heard Lone Star Taco Bar / Deep Ellum, Blunch in the South End, possibly dropped by Toro to eat, and since he stopped by WAAF, maybe the fancy place that the radio dude co-owns in Sudbury.

                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    nice! or in the words of Guy, OUT OF BOUNDS!!!!

                    1. re: Karl

                      Wait, he has catchphrases now? This could be a total game-changer.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        to activate an assortment of 10 catchphrases you need to present to him something covered in melted cheese or bacon

                        1. re: Karl

                          You'll know that you're in flavortown then!

                          1. re: kimfair1

                            That statement is really ON POINT!!!

                        1. re: hiddenboston

                          I can only assume that he's just digging through my old Phoenix reviews for ideas.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                        2. re: MC Slim JB

                          Also rumored: Saus near Faneuil Hall, Mike's City Diner, and Cafe Polonia.

                          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Yes on Saus - saw the post on their Facebook page. The comments were: great! great! awesome! that sh1tstain? great! awesome!

                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              He was at Cafe Polonia yesterday. I went to get lunch there, and it was closed due to filming. I was sad, but ended up getting amazing sandwiches at DJs instead.

                        3. I saw him taping outside of Inman Square this morning, near Trina's and Punjabi Dhaba. You've been warned.

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                          1. re: craigasaurus

                            Per their Facebook page, he was indeed at Trina's today.

                            1. re: LeoLioness

                              I wonder what on their menu drew him there.

                              1. re: viperlush

                                Ew, I just had a terrible vision of him chomping down on one of their hot dogs.

                                1. re: viperlush

                                  Hot dogs, sloppy joe's, fried chicken.

                                  I also feel like they could show both Trina's/Parlor Sports and Deep Ellum/Lone Star on the same episode, as they both share a wall and a kitchen.

                            2. Casa Razdora about noon. picture in that thread. ~sob~

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                              1. re: ajmoose

                                As if Razdora isn't packed enough on a regular day? Going to get horrible over there. Another FiDi lunch spot down the drain :-(

                              2. Not sure why everyone seems to not like Guy Fieri. Have you ever had some of the food he cooks? What you see on TV is exactly who the man is - on and off tv. He loves what he does and some may even call him a bit OCD to make sure it's done perfectly.

                                I find the food I have had that he has made is delicious, inventive and you can tell was made by someone with a passion for what he does. He is also a great human being doing lots of things for others that you never hear about.

                                I have tried many of the places I have seen on DDD and have agreed with his comments. Most of the places in Boston that have been highlighted end up becoming huge successes. All those people can't be wrong....

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                                1. re: MeffaBabe

                                  Allow me to help by recapping many of the comments already in this thread:

                                  1. DD&D does indeed identify good places. Rino's Place. Cutty's. Many of the places on his current trip. QED.

                                  2. Guy's own gifts as a restaurateur are debatable. I don't need to have dined at his Times Square restaurant or Johnny Garlic's to think: "Casual-dining hell."

                                  3. He may be a lovely person in real life (though accusations of homophobia by his former producer cast some doubt on that). Regardless, to many viewers, his TV persona is painful, an obnoxious burlesque of bro-dude-itude.

                                  It's not hate; it's mockery. I'm sure Fieri is laughing all the way to the bank.

                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                    FWIW MeffaBabe's point about his culinary skills are somewhat orthogonal to your point #2.

                                    It's entirely possible that he's a good cook but he's AOK with capturing the hoi polloi market.

                                    1. re: jgg13

                                      I asked when he cooked for her personally, and the mods didn't like that. I asked about her knowing what he's like off camera, and the mods didn't like that. I asked about his charitable good works, but the mods didn't like that. I said he was a putz, and the mods didn't like that.

                                      I've been to many celebrity chef establishments. Emeril has never personally cooked for me. I've met a number of celebrity chefs, but they may as well have been on camera. They're in professional mode. No way to tell how they are in real life in real time, unless you spend a good chunk of time with them.

                                      1. re: jgg13

                                        I guess the obvious question then is, if not at one of his restaurants, where does one get to sample Fieri's cooking? It's not like in the 18 years since he started opening his own he has ever essayed anything more ambitious than, ahem, Tex Wasabi's.

                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                          That's a very fair question and I suspect the answer is "be named Hunter". I'm not even advocating that he *is* a great cook, just noting that it's entirely possible that a) he is and b) his restos suck

                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                        You're not required to like them. They're not required to like homosexuals. Tolerance is a two way street.

                                        Let's try to keep this focused on the food, ok?

                                        1. re: Beachowolfe

                                          Keeping the focus on the food.

                                          He has horrible manners. Stuffing food in his mouth, talking with food in his mouth, picking off the plate, shows poor hygiene in the kitchen etc.

                                          1. re: viperlush

                                            You don't think that that's just part of his schtick? And how much of his schtick was pushed on him by FN?

                                            I remember when he was on the next fn star, while he'd be totally recognizable to a contemporary viewer the judges definitely guide the formation of his image. The one thing in particular I remember was pushing him towards being more of an everyman.

                                            1. re: jgg13

                                              well, if the schtick was pushed on him by FN and it didn't fit him, why didn't he leave? why would someone let others determine the formation of his image, if his primary goal was not making $$$$, no matter what it takes to do it?

                                              The answer is, his primary goal was $$$$.

                                              There is something called integrity.

                                              1. re: Madrid

                                                Oh, I personally think that he's likely kind of a tool IRL. And I'm not suggesting that this is some completely concocted persona (at least not by FN - he certainly had a lot of this going in to TNFNS). I'm suggesting that they polished the rough edges as they were in order to appeal better to their target demo. IIRC the largest issue they had with him throughout the show was that he relied too much on professional kitchen speak and they felt that would turn off the average viewer.

                                                As for his goal being $$$, I have no doubt about that. But who cares, really. When I was much younger I used to shun any band who had more than 2.3 fans because they clearly sold out their artistic integrity for mass appeal. While it still irks me when an artist builds their initial popularity with a strong moral stance, most people don't do that. For the people in the latter camp I don't see why anyone should care if their motivation is money.

                                                  1. re: Madrid

                                                    So every person needs to prioritize Madrid's metric scale over what makes them happy?

                                                    Where exactly is this arbitrary line of yours drawn? Is an NFL player a bad person because they choose to make tons of money in the NFL instead of the more true to historical rules CFL?

                                                    1. re: jgg13

                                                      I don't think he's saying people need to do that. He's just saying he is leary of money as a motivator.

                                                      For what it's worth I am skeptical when people say they are motivated by other things more than money. I think it is the best motivator. Then again I'm a big fan of the power of capitalism and markets to achieve desired outcomes, in general.

                                                      1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                        I think that having strong artistic (or whatever) integrity and doing things for purposes other than financial gain is extremely laudable. However, most people never claim to be doing this and I think that it is childish to pass judgement on them for that.

                                                        1. re: jgg13

                                                          As a consumer, it can definitely be advantageous to me when a firm is doing things for other reasons, but from their perspective, they are essentially making themselves worse off, and me better off. Good for me, bad for them. Good for the consumers, bad for the investors. I seem to see a lot of claims by people, firms or product packaging that they are doing things for non-financial reasons. It's all just marketing to me because in the end, they are serving themselves BY serving customers.

                                                        2. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                          people are motivated by pride, by friendship by love, by altruism. You have a very narrow idea of human beings if you think that the only motivating factor in life is money,

                                                          Do you think that Bach wrote the Mass in B minor - which was never played in his life-time for money?

                                                          I assume that your only friends are green and sleep in your matress with you.

                                                          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                                                            I think it is the strongest motivator for most people, people are definitely motivated by other things but probably not as much as money. I'm motivated by all of the things you listed, but self preservation and money are probably the top 2.
                                                            I think that nothing is truly selfless, but that doesn't preclude people from helping others. I just think deep down, people do things for themselves, whether it is helping a fellow human, or donating to charity; bottom line is that deep down, you're basically doing it for yourself.

                                                            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                              That's a pretty sad view of the universe :(

                                                              I personally don't agree.

                                                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                I suppose.

                                                                Answer me this:
                                                                If I perform identical actions as another human, are my actions less valuable because my motivations are different even though everything else is identical?

                                                                How I see the universe does not preclude me from helping others or being a good person. I do what many people would consider selfless acts, if it were done by them. But for me I know why I'm doing it, and it's for myself, even though it still directly helps another person.

                                                                1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                  The Bunk, of course. There is a whole series of drawings someone did a few years ago. http://www.thedigitalage.com/gallery/...

                                                                  I'm partial to the Snoop and Brother Mouzone ones.

                                                                  1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                                    I think you meant Clay Davis.
                                                                    Those drawings are pretty badass though.

                                                                    1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                      You're right, clearly it's time to rewatch

                                                                      1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                                        I'm currently on my sixth rewatch haha, it's just too good.

                                              2. re: viperlush

                                                With a remote and fast forward you can breeze the opening, hit the 2 minute segments where the people actually cook and be out in about 15 total.

                                                But it still bums me out when he cooks with all that "bling" on his hands.

                                                Horrifying.

                                              3. re: Beachowolfe

                                                I'm frankly amazed that someone who has worked in the restaurant business for over 20 years, and in the entertainment business for eight, can function without a more enlightened attitude toward gay people. Multiple sources have confirmed that behavior of his, and it is repugnant.

                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                  Sorry, Beachowolfe, but while your sound bite ("Tolerance is a two way street.") sounds catchy, it's one of the more stupid things I've read on chowhound. (And trust me, you have lots of competition.) Should we "tolerate" Paula Deen's racism, too, since "tolerance is a two way street"? After all, she's not required to like black people.

                                                  1. re: Blumie

                                                    Again, for Blumie, Guy Fieri is welcome to have any opinions about the gays that he wants. As JO states below, you're free to dislike him for it but in doing so you lose claim to any moral superiority you may feel from you enlightened worldview.

                                                    The point of my comment was to leave that discussion out of this message board and focus on the food.

                                                    Additionally, Congratulations! You've now introduced race into the debate, equating racism with homophobia. I'm sure there's some catchy-sounding logical fallacy at play here but I'll just stick with the original point... LET'S KEEP THIS FOCUSED ON THE FOOD. Thanks.

                                                    1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                      How do racism and homophobia differ, exactly?

                                                      (Though I have a feeling I already know your answer and it includes the word "lifestyle", so I won't be too disappointed when the mods remove this)

                                                      1. re: LeoLioness

                                                        Well for starters one is based on skin color and the other is based on sexual preference.

                                                        Either way, this isn't the fucking debate at hand! Altering the argument is one of the more stupid debate tactics.

                                                        1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                          Both of those isms are equally repugnant to me.

                                                          I think the only place he visited that I've frequented is Café Polonia. I don't know if there's huge uptick in customers after a place is on DDD (does anyone know if there is??), but if there is, good for CP and bad for me.

                                                          1. re: Beachowolfe

                                                            You introduced the topic with a baffling notion of what constitutes tolerance: "He has the right to be a bigot". No one contests that, as long as you understand that this in no way shields him from being called out as a hateful dick.

                                                            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                              Folks, this is getting personal and unfriendly, as well as really far off-topic for anything to do with Chowhound. Please let this go. Thanks.

                                                    2. re: Beachowolfe

                                                      I'm not asking for him to be taken off the air, am I? He has the right to be an idiotic jackass, I have the right to call him an idiotic jackass. That's how it works.

                                                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                        the moderators don't take kindly to people calling him idiotic jackass. Your post will be deleted in 5, 4, 3...

                                                      2. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                        The proof for this allegation is what? A piece by the former producer who got cut out of the show and out of the money from it? Read the defense of the story: they contacted a line producer who said she was told to tell Fieri the owner, etc. was gay. Here's her exact quote, referring in the first sentence to the guy David Page who was the main source of the original article and who was cut out of the show:

                                                        "And he said that as part of the briefing I needed to let Guy know he was homosexual before entering the restaurant. That's what I did. He heard all of that information, he said okay, he came into the restaurant, and we shot the segment, it turned out great, the chef pulled off a miracle of all miracles and cooked the two dishes."

                                                        So maybe Fieri isn't comfortable with gays. That doesn't make him "homophobic" in the sense of hatred or denying them rights. His late sister Morgan was gay and was the director of his foundation. If there's a comparison to Dick Cheney - which I've heard - where's the evidence that Fieri actually wants to discriminate against gay people? I haven't seen it.

                                                        Calling a person a "homophobe" is a big deal. That implies he wants to deny marriage rights, maybe even deny the right to service (e.g., wedding cakes) and maybe deny benefits. The only evidence I've seen is that Fieri actually went in and shot an episode with a gay person.

                                                        I don't give a fig for Fieri but please.

                                                        And Page describes how he was kicked out as though Food Network wasn't involved. It's pretty clear from the lawsuit that the network drove out Page and his production company. Whatever Fieri had to do with it, it was the network's money and their call. They pay for the show. I suspect they own it and contract production.

                                                        1. re: lergnom

                                                          I have to admit I'm slightly unclear on why the reasons for my dislike of a highly divisive media personality are so important to others.

                                                        1. re: LeoLioness

                                                          Really! "Because I said so!" That says it all about Page to me.
                                                          Not Sure I'd Enjoy Working For Him,
                                                          CocoDan

                                                          1. re: LeoLioness

                                                            A piece written by the former producer with an axe to grind is not much evidence. Fieri's late sister was gay. Not mentioned in the article. I posted more above but read the actual quote from the line producer source: she says she was told to tell Fieri that the chef was gay, that she did and that they shot a great episode. That he may be uncomfortable with gay people is not hatred. Or maybe he needs as a performer, for some reason in his head, to know this about the person he's interacting with. Beats me but the only direct quote doesn't show homophobia.

                                                            1. re: lergnom

                                                              You might want to look at how Gary Page's story was confirmed by Kari Kloster, another line producer on the show, who called Fieri's homophobia "common knowledge among the crew", something they routinely had to work around: http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2011/...

                                                              http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                              1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                See above, MC. She didn't "confirm" homophobia. She told him the chef was gay and he shot a great episode. She doesn't offer any examples of him refusing to shoot with a gay person or saying anything negative about gay people. She only says she had to tell him and gives this one example. That says very little to me. It doesn't say he wants to deny gay marriage or let photographers not work at gay weddings or prohibit gay partners from receiving benefits. Maybe he's uncomfortable. Maybe he feels a need to calibrate his shtick differently. I don't know. But that's not evidence of much.

                                                                1. re: lergnom

                                                                  Kloster's complete quote below. Homophobic or not, you make the call. He sure sounds like a homophobe to me:

                                                                  "Kari Kloster... offered more details about what it was like to break the news of a guest's gayness to Fieri: 'We'd vet the place before Guy -- in terms of personality of people, quality of food, if the restaurant is clean, not only for Guy but the reputation of DDD. That would be a common practice to make sure this is a place worthy of shooting for Diners.

                                                                  In the course of doing that in a day and a half the crew pulled me aside and basically told me that I was going to have to tell Guy that this owner was gay and it was going to be a problem. From their experience with him, that was their advice to me. I had a few concerns about how the shoot was going to go, including the fact that the crew had pulled me aside to tell me that there was a homosexual.

                                                                  So I called David Page to consult with him. I told David that the owner was homosexual and the crew told me it could be a real problem, real problem meaning Guy might walk out on it and not want to shoot the segment, he might treat the guy poorly throughout the process, it might be bad chemistry on camera. So David told me what I needed to do was wait for Guy outside the restaurant and when his car pulled up I needed to brief Guy on the restaurant as I normally would. 'Here's what we're doing, we're going to make this and that.' And he said that as part of the briefing I needed to let Guy know he was homosexual before entering the restaurant.

                                                                  That's what I did.

                                                                  He heard all of that information, he said okay, he came into the restaurant, and we shot the segment, it turned out great, the chef pulled off a miracle of all miracles and cooked the two dishes.

                                                                  It was a successful shoot day.

                                                                  From my memory of being a field producer it's just well-known to me among the crew that Guy has a problem - if there was a homosexual in a restaurant, as the main character, the shoot went different.

                                                                  I know he has a gay sister but Dick Cheney has a gay daughter. That's not something I know a lot about. I've never discussed the issue with Guy so I don't feel comfortable going into detail on his feelings there but it was well-known among the crew.

                                                                  If any crew members denies it, they're just lying. We all knew that we needed to tell him that. The fact that the crew advised me on it, they clearly knew.'"

                                                                  http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                    I read that. I quoted that. If you feel that a) something she hasn't discussed with Fieri, b) that doesn't show an actual aversion to working with gay people because he does even in the anecdote, c) that doesn't show actual animus toward gay people, d) that doesn't show any particular beliefs about gay people other than a 2nd hand statement that he's uncomfortable and that a shoot "went different" is "homophobia" then I really have nothing to say. That you choose to infer something so awful about a person from scanty evidence - presumably influenced by your dislike of his TV character - is a statement.

                                                                    1. re: lergnom

                                                                      As I said, you make the call. One man's patent bigotry is another's, ""Ehhh, he's just 'uncomfortable' with *those people*."

                                                                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                        thanks for finding this Slim. I had found the Page suit/counterpoint a while ago, but had never seen the piece from Kloster; greatly appreciate the second/less-reason-to-be-biased source on this, as it's a view about Guy I'd held since reading about the original suit.

                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                          To return to MC's point of the difficulties having this attitude in this career path are mind blowing...

                                                                          and makes me think of a joke that a friend/server in the 90's South End told me when I asked about the prevalence of gay folk in the rest. business..

                                                                          "How many straight Boston waiters does it take to change a light bulb?"

                                                                          "both of them"

                                                            2. re: MeffaBabe

                                                              which Guy Fieri restaurant did you try? Johnny Garlics, Tex Wasabi, Guy's American Kitchen? And what did you like?

                                                              One of my friends/business partners is from Santa Rosa; he does not think that johnny garlics is food done to perfection. you know that his Times Square establishment got 0 stars from the NY Times.

                                                            3. Each year I volunteer at a charitable event and he is the celebrity chef. I get to see him prepare, create and make the food I am eating. I get the privilege to spend multiple weekends each year enjoying his meals.

                                                              He has a foundation that teaches children how to cook and he is expanding it to teach children with intellectual disabilities how to cook and work as chefs in the food industry. He has been doing this for many years now and it is making such a difference in the lives of these kids.

                                                              So you don't like his personality, can't stand the DUDE thing - I think he is just a regular guy who is pretty funny and never takes himself too serious. As far as eating and talking - EVERYONE on the Food Network does that - They eat, taste, talk with full mouths all the time. Look at that Jeff "Sandwich King" he does the same stuff....

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                                                              1. re: MeffaBabe

                                                                The fact that other people also stuff their faces and talk on the Food Network doesn't make the habit any less appalling.

                                                                As has been cited many times here, his obnoxious TV shtick is not the only reason many people don't care for him. But it's nice to hear that he supports charitable causes these days.

                                                                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                              2. am mystified that so many of you can't stand him (or his schtick, whatevs) yet still watch his show?

                                                                i watched about 5 minutes of hell's kitchen. never again. fieri's promos are sufficiently off-putting for me, why would i subject myself to entire episodes?

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                                                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                  Agreed. I watched it for 5-6 minutes once and that was more than I could take. Same goes for everything on food network or bravo, except that I didn't even need to watch 5 minutes of most stuff.

                                                                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                    I have limited myself to episodes of his shows that feature Boston restaurants or chefs. Otherwise, no.

                                                                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                      is that like saying i don't inject heroin i only smoke it?

                                                                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                        I'd say it's more like rooting for the Sox at Yankee Stadium. Or maybe watching them on TV at a seedy strip club because it's the only place on the block with NESN.

                                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

                                                                    2. re: hotoynoodle

                                                                      I'm with you on this. I do not want to waste my time watching his show, so I do not watch it. It's fun to hear that he is in Boston/Cambridge, but I still won't watch. I have better things to do.

                                                                      1. re: mvi

                                                                        While his shtick is tiring, I do a lot of traveling within the US, and have found some great places to eat from watching the show. I use it more of a "what's that person making in that place in "anywhere USA"? That looks good, I should check that place out if I'm ever in that area". A few years ago, my wife and I found ourselves in Idaho, and after looking at the website to confirm the name of a "off the hook" burger joint he reviewed, we went there and found a great funky bar with excellent burgers and fries. There wasn't much around the area except chain fast food, so it was nice to have a better choice. I use Chowhound the same way, but a lot of the other Chowhound boards aren't as active as the Boston board, and some of the info is either lacking or out of date.

                                                                        1. re: kimfair1

                                                                          Same. He's a complete tool, but his producers find some great spots.

                                                                          1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                            Yup....we visited a Keegan's Seafood Grille in Indian Rocks Beach, FL shortly after they covered it in one of the first seasons. It was exactly what we were looking for and didn't disappoint.

                                                                          2. re: kimfair1

                                                                            Yup on this, they showcase great spots

                                                                            1. re: devilham

                                                                              Spots greater than what you could otherwise find?

                                                                              I think there is an element of confirmation bias at play here.
                                                                              Also, greasy food generally tastes pretty good.

                                                                              1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                Maybe yes, maybe no, I just like those types of places (sometimes), I guess I probably could find it on my own, not sure why that makes a difference, but whatevs

                                                                                1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                  Keegan's (my example) is not a greasy food place....pretty clean fresh seafood prepared lovingly.

                                                                                2. re: devilham

                                                                                  Couldn't you guys just use the web site and skip watching the show?

                                                                                3. re: kimfair1

                                                                                  Just to play devil's advocate - I've gone to some real stinkers that he's covered as well. I suspect in those cases they went downhill afterwards - either because they figure they don't have to try as hard w/ the newfound crowds or because they can't keep up w/ the newfound crowds.