the photograph of the diners with their heads covered says it all . definitely not proud .
Gee, Ross, you mean as opposed to the greed-is-good, never-too-rich-or-too-thin, only-suckers-pay-taxes, Billionaire-Boys-Club ideologies that characterized Reaganism? Or how about the Hell No We Won't Go burn-your-draft-card '60s youths who later--in comfortable middle age--declared that no-exceptions military service should be compulsory for all those selfish spoiled youngsters? Or your own penultimate-year-of-Generation-X (you're younger than I thought, Ross) bunch who are pretty much on the scene now and seem to be the basis for so many of your current complaints?Oh, yes, the millennials have a tough act to follow.
Here is Guy's show "Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives" in a nutshell: Guy drives up in his classic red Camero. He makes the intro while cameraman is careful not to reveal the name of the cafe before Guy does. Cameraman shows wait staff putting plates of food in front of patrons. One patron says "This is the best ..... ever!". Guy then joins the chef in the kitchen and makes fun of the chef while they explain the pre-measured ingredients. Guy sneaks sticks his finger in the sauce before it's plated and laughs. Guy then is served the food and after tasting it says: "You can taste the sweetness, the spice, the heat of the peppers, and the crunch... it's off the hook, dude" and then high-fives the chef. He repeats 3 times, then says "I'll see you later on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives". Every restaurant gets 5 stars and credits roll. Since his show is always the same, you get the feeling he doesn't really understand a thing he is saying and it's all rhetoric that is meaningless in the end. Ugh!
At first glance I thought the diners were hiding their faces under their napkins in shame. As they should be.
I think Guy Fieri's status as a TV "celebrity" is very important. People watch him on TV and want to experience his restaurant. He's also opening restaurants on college campuses, the first of which is at Montclair State University (NJ). Now, thanks to the review, I'll save my money. A 500 seat restaurant is not only too big to give good service, it's GREEDY. This restaurant was generally panned by every critic, this is just the funniest one. For someone who visits diners, drive ins and dives, he has not been in NJ very much . NJ is the home of the most diners in the WORLD. He's only been to one outstanding diner (the Tick-Tock, of course), the rest of them have been marginal at best. I've always been skeptic of his over the top commentaries on DDD, even Andrew Zimmern has been shown spitting food out. Too bad the Foodnetwork chose his show over Alton Brown's Feasting on... series (As per Alton Brown). At least Feasting On gave you a sense of place regarding the food. And Mr Brown did throw away the pink pickled pig's foot (out of the store's owner's sight, of course) after tasting it.
Nice article, but I thought covers were dinners (meals), not diners?
Guy is a joke. He is a marginal chef at best and gets by on personality. He's like alot of Food TV persona. Become popular and write as many cookbooks, produce as many pots and pans and gadgets i'll see in "Kohl's" and soak the public for as much money as i can get while i'm relevant. If you watch enough of Diners/Drive Guy after a litle while is totally obnoxious, tries too hard to be funny, and the owners of these diners look like they can't wait till he leaves. I wouldnt' even bother to go to Guys restaurant and be part of his shameless hands off "money grab"
I'm seeing an opportunity here for a combination "Restaurant: Impossible" and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” episode.