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Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this food docuseries -- which features local food joints across the country that serve up comfort food -- frequently focuses on high-calorie, high-fat food. It contains some mild references to food looking or tasting “sexy”, and on occasion meals are enjoyed over beers and/or other alcoholic beverages. The names and general location of each restaurant is prominently featured. Overall, the show is mild, and might be a show families can enjoy together, though kids without an interest in food or food preparation might be bored.
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What's the story?
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, and DIVES is a fun docuseries that features interesting local eateries that serve up great comfort food. Host Guy Fieri travels across the country checking out diners, cafes, and other food joints that are known to their local communities for serving up delicious (and sometimes unique) comfort foods. Fieri goes into each kitchen to see how popular dishes like 3-Star Meat Loaf, Lemonade Pork Chops, and Twisty Diner Bread are prepared. After some quick demonstrations, the lucky host gets to taste the food first hand. Conversations with restaurant owners, long-time employees, and happy clients also shed light on the eateries’ history.
Is it any good?
The down-to-earth series features lots of mouth-watering old-time favorites as well as interesting variations of popular dishes. The series also highlights how many of these restaurants reflect the local flavors and/or traditions of the local culture. Fieri’s energy and excitement for every dish adds to the show’s charm.
Foodies looking for examples of elegant dining won’t find it here. But if you are looking for examples of places that serve up finger-licking good food, or some ideas on how to prepare it, this show will be sure to please.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about food. What is your favorite dish? Where does the recipe come from? Does this dish have a special meaning to you and/or your family? Is there a restaurant in your community that serves it?
Comfort foods and other dishes are fun to eat, but aren’t always the healthiest choices. When is it okay to eat these foods? When is it a good idea to limit them and make different choices? What does this TV show say about people’s eating habits? How does the media contribute to these habits? Parents: Here’s some information about managing your kids’ exposure to unhealthy food advertising.