Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Guy Fieri has influence. The controversial chef has inspired both fan clubs and feuds, and when his signature red convertible rolls into town, it’s a big moment for local restaurateurs. A visit from the self-proclaimed “mayor of Flavortown” can turn a sleepy dive into a bustling tourist mecca. The phenomenon even has a name: the “Guy Fieri effect.”
Over the course of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives 26-season run, Fieri has visited more than 800 restaurants. And at each one, he’s pronounced the food “dynamite,” “lights-out delicious,” “ righteous,” or “bomb-dot-com tasty.” Does Fieri love each of these restaurants and the meals they serve equally? We doubt it. But the ever-positive TV personality is loath to play favorites. Nonetheless, Fieri will occasionally mention a particularly memorable restaurant in an interview or TV segment.
Here are eight restaurants Guy Fieri has singled out for extra praise. One spot made such an impression that Fieri became friends with the chef and even spoke at his funeral.
You’re far more likely to see a burger joint or pizza place on Triple D than a sushi spot (though a few Japanese restaurants have made the cut). So it might surprise regular viewers to hear what food Fieri craves when her returns home from a season of filming.
“Thinking of sushi from Morimoto in Napa makes my mouth water,” he told The Daily Meal. Fans of Iron Chef America will recognize the name. Chef Masaharu Morimoto, a regular on the cooking competition show, owns the restaurant.