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These RI restaurants have been featured on Guy Fieri's 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'

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2023-09-23
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The Mayor of Flavortown is no stranger to the Ocean State – in fact, Food Network star Guy Fieri has featured multiple local eateries on his show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and his wife is a Rhode Island native (he married the former Lori Brisson of New Providence in 1995).

(Fun fact: The Food Network itself has its roots in Rhode Island. The Television Food Network, known today as The Food Network, began Nov. 23, 1993, by Colony Communications, which was owned by the Providence Journal Co.)

Here's a list of Ocean State spots to make Triple D.

Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar

Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar in Narragansett will be featured on "Triple D Nation: Flavortown Favorites," a show in which Fieri revisits some of the best restaurants he had featured in the past, according to a post on their Facebook page.

He first visited Crazy Burger in Season 8, Episode 3, "Stacked, Stuffed and Loaded," and, according to the Food Network, he "marveled at the menu featuring more than 30 burgers, including the roasted tempeh Poco Loco Vegan Burger or the Mahi Mahi Taco Burger."

Crazy Burger, which opened in 1995 and is located at 144 Boon St., is a longtime local favorite, and got some national attention when it made Yelp's Top 100 Burgers in America list back in May. Yelpers loved the Goofy Gorgonzola Burger, the plant-based burgers and the Mahi Mahi Taco Taco Burger.

Evelyn's Drive In

Located on Main Road in Tiverton, perched above Nanaquaket Pond, Evelyn's Drive-In has made a name for itself over the past 34 years as a popular waterfront tourist destination in the summer months. Known for its classic dishes: lobster rolls, New England and Rhode Island-style chowders, clam cakes, crab cakes, Evelyn's lobster chow mein rocked Fieri's world. "As wrong as it is, it's right," he joked on the show.

Aunt Carrie's

On the episode, Fieri said he'd been coming to Aunt Carrie's, a Rhode Island "legend," when he visits his in-laws, and on the show, he learns from owner Elsie Foy how to make clam cakes (in what he described as a "cement mixer"). Aunt Carrie's has been serving clam cakes and more at 1240 Ocean Road for over 100 years. In fact, it's a James Beard Foundation America's Classics winner for offering a taste of its place.

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Louis Family Restaurant

According to Fieri, Louis Family Restaurant, located at 286 Brook St. in Providence, gets "16 tickets to Flavortown" for its BBQ Chicken & Cheese Ravioli, which is made from scratch with 16 ingredients. You'll get big portions of really delicious food, from the meatloaf dinner or lasagna to the grilled pumpkin muffins.

Edgewood Cafe

Fieri visited Edgewood Cafe, located at 1864 Broad St., Cranston, in his "Pubs & Grubs" episode. Located in the historic Edgewood section of Cranston, the BYOB spot is owned and operated by Chef John Walsh, a Johnson & Wales alum. Fieri particularly enjoyed the littlenecks over pasta.

Anthony's Seafood

Anthony's Seafood, at 963 Aquidneck Ave. in Middletown, was featured on Season 15, Episode 8, "Burgers, Noodles and Quahogs." As the title suggests, he got to try a stuffed quahog, but he also loved the more unique Kung Pao Calamari.

Italian Corner

This Italian market and deli, located at 10 Boyd Ave., East Providence, was featured on the "Handcrafted" episode. Owner Massimo Dell'Olio showed Fieri how he makes the Brasato Sandwich, which was likened to an Italian roast beef sandwich. Fieri lamented the fact that his late father-in-law, who liked to travel around Rhode Island with Fieri trying out different Italian delis, could not be there to try it. Fieri also got to see how Dell'Olio makes tortellini. Italian Corner recently posted that it was ending its Saturday night sitdown dinner service to focus on the deli and catering business.

Angelo's Civita Farnese

Angelo’s Civita Farnese Restaurant, 141 Atwells Ave., Providence, (was featured in the "East Coast Comfort" episode, in which Fieri enjoyed the braciola – thinly sliced beef rolled and wrapped around spices – and the meatballs and fries smothered in marinara sauce. Angelo's features large booths and Italian classics – a "people pleasing menu," according to Projo food editor Gail Ciampa, who counts Angelo's among Rhode Island's best Italian restaurants.

Mediterraneo Caffe

Fieri left Angelo's and headed across the street to Mediterraneo Caffe, 134 Atwells Ave., Providence, where he tried spaghetti a la vongole, little neck and baby neck clams sauteed in white wine and served with white sauce, and another Italian classic, chicken piccata. Fun fact: Even Steven Spielberg has visited this Federal Hill restaurant. Former Mayor Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. had a regular table at the Atwells Avenue restaurant. Mediterraneo Caffe closed in 2015.

Liberty Elm Diner

Fieri visited this now-shuttered diner in Season 8, Episode 8, "Comfort Classics," and enjoyed some RI classics, johnnycakes and coffee milk.

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