Guy Fieri knows how to find the best of the underrated and understated. These six St. Louis restaurants have all appeared on his show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and are helping put St. Louis on the culinary map. From a restaurant that had its own reality show to fusion cuisines of all kinds and a food truck, you can taste a little bit of everything here and know that it is all Guy-approved.
Season 3, Episode 2 (2008)
Miss Robbie, the owner of Sweetie Pie’s, is no stranger to show biz. An ex-background singer for Ike and Tina Turner, she was also the star of the reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s,” which followed her and the business’s success. When Guy visited this soul-food restaurant, he loved the mac and cheese, and the smothered pork, okra, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice and gravy; the cabbage and greens were also well-liked. Miss Robbie’s recipes are the same recipes passed down by her mother, meaning everything here is just “Like Mama Made.”
Guerrilla Street Food
Season 15, Episode 8 (2012)
Enjoy authentic Filipino street food at this food truck that also has two brick-and-mortar locations. Guy visited the food truck and loved the blue crab ceviche and pancit palabok made with fresh noodles, as well as the “One Inch Punch” drink made with black currant and pineapple juice, coconut milk and mint.
Season 15, Episode 10 (2012)
This unique eatery serves a mix of Greek and Italian food, owed to the fact that the owners (and brothers) were raised by an Italian father and Greek mother. Anthonino’s is known for their toasted raviolis, a beloved St. Louis dish, and Guy loved them as well as the chicken Slovakia and dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves). The pasta here is fresh and never dried and the sauces are made from scratch in-house.
The Shaved Duck
Season 15, Episode 11 (2012)
Before the sun rises, the pitmasters at this restaurant are already smoking their meats over locally sourced wild cherry and hickory wood. The scratch kitchen specializes in Southern classics such as skillet cornbread, mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, and jalapeno cream corn. Guy dug into the cheese fries topped with smoked pork butt and rib meat as well as the smoked duck topped with cherry juniper jam on his show. No explanation is needed as to why The Shaved Duck appeared in the “Food Done Right” episode.
Dressel’s Public House
Season 15, Episode 12 (2012)
Featured on the “Pubs and Grub” episode, Dressel’s Public House serves up a locally-sourced and seasonal menu with a Welsh character. Guy proclaimed the porchetta “Louie” made with Provel cheese, rapini and pepperoncini to be “spectacular” and he loved the “Dressel’s Pretzel” for its salt, crust and chew. The menu also features options such as fried oysters, truffled grilled cheese on Texas brioche, a Missouri lamb burger made with apricot chutney and mushroom fettucine.
The Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen
Season 16, Episode 1 (2012)
Located in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis on Highway 61, known as “The Blues Highway” that connects St. Louis to New Orleans, this roadhouse serves up a little bit of everything, from shrimp and grits wontons to CajAsian potstickers, gumbo and jambalaya to roadhouse tacos and a Texas philly sandwich. When Guy visited here, he tried and loved the BBQ spaghetti. You can even get a “D. D. D. sampler” of all three dishes tried on “Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives.”