From pork chops in Miami to pecan rolls in Idaho, Flavortown is a state of mind!
For 33 seasons (and counting), celebrity chef Guy Fieri has been criss-crossing the country, chatting with local diners and kitchen staff, and sampling staples like baked mac and cheese, all-day breakfast, and anything deep fried. Restaurants typically welcome Fieri with open arms (and kitchens), and for good reason: A feature on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is almost guaranteed to increase sales.
Some of the places Fieri visits—largely independent, family-owned small businesses—have been around for decades or more than a century, while others are brand new. But they all have something in common: Whether it’s a diner, drive-in, dive, or somewhere in between, these places are the beating heart of their communities—and essential stops on any road trip.
Here are 9 of the best diners, drive-ins, and dives across the U.S., paired with a corresponding campground—because with a little planning, luck, and a few gallons of hot oil, Flavortown can be found almost anywhere.
Arkansas: Bruno’s Little Italy
Since 1949, the Bruno family has been serving up red-sauce Neapolitan Italian classics such as manicotti and pizza. Now operated by brothers Vince and Gio, Little Rock’s “best Italian food” was featured in season 29 of Diners. Fieri was particularly impressed with the Lasagna Imbotito and handmade toasted ravioli—but Bruno’s Little Italy also offers antipasto salads, several kinds of spaghetti, and a classic dessert menu with Tiramisu, cannoli, and spumoni ice cream.
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