Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Michigan
“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” often shortened to “Triple D,” is one of the Food Network’s most successful shows, and it’s easy to see why.
Guy Fieri is a skilled chef with an appetite almost as big as his personality, which makes watching him travel nationwide to eat the best food in each state a blast.
He’s been across the states and even to other countries in search of the top restaurants and never fails to find iconic spots with top-tier cuisine.
After cruisin’ the country, Guy Fieri has parked his Camaro in Michigan since finding Flavortown in our own backyards.
Today we’re rolling out, listing all of Michigan’s greatest Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
If you’re looking for “Diners Drive Ins and Dives near me,” we’re including a handy map to help you find the nearest spot.
Metro Detroit Diners, Drive Ins and Dives
2457 Russell St., Detroit, MI
First-aired: Season 12; Episode 12
In Season 12; Episode 12, “Triple D” took on Supino Pizzeria in Detroit. At this beloved pizza spot Guy tried and loved the City Wing Thing pizza, topped with smoked turkey, banana peppers, smoked Gouda, mozzarella, and roasted garlic.
Beyond this hit pie, both their “red” and “white” pizzas are available in 12” and 18” options. However, if you’re just looking to snack and want to grab a slice to go, you can do that too with either pepperoni, cheese, or the special.
Must-Try: San Gennaro – complete with red sauce, roasted red peppers, onion, and house-made Italian sausage.
304 S Ashley St., Ann Arbor, MI
First-aired: Season 2; Episode 12
Season 2 Episode 12 was all about burgers, rings, and fries – and there’s no better stop in Michigan for that than Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor.
On the episode, Guy’s burger was stacked high with onions, peppers, bacon, salami, and mushrooms, a combination of flavors he called “the festival of funk.”
These burgers are unbelievably good but you have to order right and in the right order.
- The size
- The bun and toppings
- Lastly, the cheese
Must-Try: Onion rings to go with your burger. A crispy and delicious alternative to fries.
Polish Village Cafe
2990 Yemans St.,Hamtramck, MI
First-aired: Season 12, Episode 12
Immediately following Supino’s spotlight, Polish Village Cafe was visited on Episode 13 of Season 12. This spot nestled among the strong Polish roots of Hamtramck is the place to go in Metro-Detroit for some traditional eastern European cooking.
Hungarian pancakes, Polish pierogi, and plenty of meats, including schnitzel and kielbasa, are just a few of the classic beloved menu items.
Must-Try: The Dill Pickle Soup. It’s everybody’s favorite and the MVP of any meal. This meat-free cream-based soup has potatoes, carrots, and dill pickles, as the name promises.
Traffic Jam and Snug
511 W Canfield St., Detroit, MI
First-aired: Season 13; Episode 1
Featured on the premiere episode of Season 13, Traffic Jam and Snug became a hit among Detroiters. Their seasonal menu, local produce, and made-in-house meals have made them a premier fresh-food destination in the city.
With everything from vegan and vegetarian options and all things meat, including fish and poultry, everyone can find something delicious for every season year-round.
Don’t forget to try one of their decadent desserts as well!
Must Try: The Berlin Doner. This sandwich has roasted and shaved spice lamb topped with cabbage, cucumber, tomato, and onion salad with creamy yogurt dressing on a traditional Turkish bun.
Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen
54 S Main St., Village of Clarkston, MI
First-aired: Season 13; Episode 3
Kid Rock joined Guy Fieri on a tour around Detroit on Episode 3 of Season 13. Owner Curt Catallo transformed an old church into what is now known to be one of the best comfort food diners in the state with plenty of mac and cheese and sandwiches.
Grab a beer and a sandwich of your choice, from comforting grilled cheese to the classic Reuben and see what makes this spot so charming.
Must-Try: Mac and Cheese. This joint serves up mac and cheese three ways, including a lobster mac and a portobello mushroom gratin.
18 S Main St., Village of Clarkston, MI
First-aired: Season 13; Episode 3
Another destination on Guy Fieri and Kid Rock’s exploration of Detroit food on Episode 3; Season 13, the Union Woodshop made a lasting impression.
A sister restaurant to Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen, the Woodshop specialized in slow-smoked BBQ, wood-fired pizza, and plenty of craft beer. The rustic yet hip environment draws crowds to the space to share a drink over scrumptious food.
Must-Try: The Porker. This dish made with ground pork, Michigan maple bacon, and hotlinks (all made and prepared in-house), really rocked Guy’s world, so we’re sure it’ll rock yours too.
The Fly Trap
22950 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI
First-aired: Season 2; Episode 11
Season 2, Episode 11 brought The Fly Trap in Ferndale some attention. This compact and colorful “finer diner” offers a lot of the favorite fare but with a global twist that makes them stand out.
In this episode, Guy Fieri praised the Pho Bowls, but there’s more where that came from, including Thai-style peanut chicken, a salmon burger, and even housemade hot sauce and jam.
Must Try: Gingerbread Waffles. Make your breakfast sweet with a bit of spice, served with sautéed apples, cherries, and cinnamon syrup.
Diners Drive Ins and Dives in the Lansing Area
Joe’s Gizzard City
120 W Main St. Potterville, MI
First-aired: Season 2; Episode 3
One of Guy’s earliest stops on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” was Joe’s Gizzard City in Potterville on Episode 3 of Season 2.
Just as you’d expect, Joe’s Gizzard City is known for deep-fried chicken gizzards. If gizzards don’t sound appetizing, there is a whole other menu of deep-fried deliciousness, including chicken dinners (gizzards excluded), onion rings, and even desserts.
Must-Try: Joe’s Famous Chicken Gizzards. Seriously. It’s called Joe’s Gizzard City for a reason.
Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine
1224 Turner Rd., Lansing, MI
First-aired: Season 27; Episode 4
In the fourth episode of its 27th season, “Triple D” took to Lansing to highlight Meat Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine, a southern-style barbecue joint known for house-smoked pork belly and pickle fries that Guy described as “another level of ridiculous.”
Get ready for hefty portions of eclectic meat-and-potatoes dishes exploding with bold southern flavors in Michigan’s capital city.
Must-Try: Smoked wings with Black Magic sauce. You can thank us later.
Capital City BBQ
1026 W Saginaw St., Lansing, MI
First-aired: Season 27; Episode 5
Featured on Episode 5 of Season 27, Capital City BBQ is serving up inventive and delicious BBQ goodness with a Vietnamese twist.
With a split menu offering Vietnamese dishes like pho and spring rolls on one side and barbecue classics like baby back ribs and brisket on the other. The blend of these two flavors is unlike anything anywhere else in the state and makes Capital City BBQ well worth a visit.
Must-Try: Brisket Banh Mi. Tender smoked brisket topped with classic banh mi toppings like pickled daikon, cucumber, and cilantro.
940 Elmwood Rd., Lansing, MI
First-aired: Season 27; Episode 5
Southeast Michigan is known for fantastic Mediterranean food, but you can also find these fantastic flavors in Lansing at Zaytoon Mediterranean restaurant, as shown on season 27 episode 5 of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Zaytoon offers a whole menu full of delicious food, including combos with both mixed-diet and vegetarian options. Dine on classic chicken shawarma with garlic sauce or order some falafel for a meat-free snack.
Must Try: Lamb grape leaves with a side of creamy hummus.
Eastside Fish Fry and Grill Eastside Fish Fry & Grill
2417 E Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI
First-aired: Season 27; Episode 7
On Season 27; Episode 7, Guy Fieri returned to Lansing to try Eastside Fish Fry & Grill.
Of course, fresh seafood is a staple of their menu; try classic fish fry favorites like tilapia and catfish or snazzier fish like red snapper.
Otherwise dive into local Michigan flavor with walleye or lake perch.
Aside from seafood, you might be surprised to know that Eastside Fish Fry & Grill is known for spectacular chicken wings prepared with a 48-hour dry rub marinade and fried to order.
Must-Try: Fried walleye (pike perch), fresh and local from the Great Lakes.
1200 N Larch St., Lansing, MI
First-aired: Season 28; Episode 8
In Episode 8 of Season 28, game Michigan pizza-lovers what they wanted with coverage of The Cosmos, which Guy Fieri himself described as “an out of this world pizza joint.”.
With about a dozen pizzas on the menu to choose from, they’re sure to satisfy any taste, from those looking for classic flavors to those brave enough to try the “Trust Us” option for a delicious surprise that will knock your socks off.
Must Try: The Spaceall Pizza. Complete with crumbled meatball, pepperoni, pickled onions, and both mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.
The Purple Carrot
First-aired: Season 28; Episode 9
The Purple Carrot food truck was featured on Episode 9 of Season 28, meant to highlight some savory seafood spots around the county.
Traveling throughout Okemos, near Lansing, The Purple Carrot (in association with Red Haven) uses high quality local Michigan products to create unforgettable meals from farm to table…or truck.
The menu changes with the seasons to provide products from the most recent and fresh local harvests.
Must-Try: Shrimp burger topped with broccoli slaw and sriracha-sesame aioli. It’s served on a brioche bun with a side of salt-and-pepper fries.
Map of Where to Find Michigan Diners, Drive Ins and Dives Near Me?
A. Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives has been to Michigan a whopping 16 times, according to 16 times, according to Flavortown USA. In addition to the 14 restaurants listed in our article, he has also visited the now-closed Rosie’s Diner in Rockford, MI and the Webberville Brewery and Pub in Webberville, MI.
About the Author-
Bella DiMascio is a Content Editor with mymichiganbeach.com. She grew up in the Detroit suburb of Westland and later attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in English: Writing. Creative writing has been a hobby and interest of Bella’s since she was in elementary school and she is thrilled to be using her talents to highlight the Great Lakes State. Outside of writing, Bella enjoys getting outside with her two Australian Shepherds, playing video games, and binging shows on Netflix.
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