The Duffy Diner Drive-Ins And Dives Family Vacation

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Guy Fieri
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 04: TV personality Guy Fieri attends Patron Presents The MAXIM Party Featuring Coca Cola Zero Countdown at Indiana State Fairgrounds on February 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Maxim)
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First restaurant of the tour. One of the last few remaining authentic Jewish deli's in New York City. This one was in Queens. So good!
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this is Kreplach which was featured on the show. They're dumpling filled with ground meat or potatoes. We had both.
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My pastrami sandwich. It was so good and how I knew was it didn't need any condiments! Delicious!
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 015
Such a cool place. Tucked away in Queens. So quaint. My kind of place.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 017
Literally like a general store inside.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 018
Homemade macaroni and cheese. I think there were like 7 different cheeses and 9,000 calories. But worth every bite!
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation
Homemade tomato basil soup with goat cheese. Yeah, it was pretty delicious. I tried to be healthy with an avocado and marinated cucumber sandwich on whole grain bread. I made up for the calories elsewhere.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 021
Place called Sparrows in NYC. Not my favorite place. Had a brisket sandwich. Good but probably the least favorite place we went to in case you're thinking of ever doing this insanely fattening vacation!
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 022
The fries were actually better than the sandwich. They were herb flavored fries.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 027
This place was so cool. It was in Narragansett, RI. A long wait but worth it. Had a Whatsuppy Burger. I can't even remember what was on it...I just know it was good!
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 028
Inside was so cool. I'm big on atmosphere and I love the atmosphere as much as food.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 029
The "Whatsuppy Burger"
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 044
My ABSOLUTE favorite place on our vacation. This is in East Boston and it's a little place that seats maybe 20-25 people, if that. The show about this restaurant hasn't aired yet, but it's coming up soon. The owner sat with us and talked all about the process for the show, his food, his life. Honestly, the best experience of any restaurant. I believe it's his sister will be featured on Cupcake Wars as well. But that's supposed to be a secret! Email me at shelley@1007.com if you have any questions about it. Very cool stuff.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 045
Again, Guy Fieri in the background. All the restaurants must get an autographed poster!
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This was the meal I had there. Honestly, I wasn't even that hungry but I ate the entire plate. Yeah, I'm a pig. It was pasta with garlic, olive oil, capers and some other ingredients. The best I've ever eaten. The ravioli with cream sauce and shrimp was pretty awesome too.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 049
We traveled to Gloucester, Massachusetts. One of the most scenic places I've ever been and would move there in a heartbeat. Gorgeous. This was another one of the places featured on the show and we really had to hunt this one down. In the middle of nowhere but they dig for their clams literally in the backyard of the restaurant!
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 051
Very country, very local feel. A bunch of regulars were there.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 052
Legit New England clam chowda...or chowder as we like to call it here in Pittsburgh. Oh, and homemade lemonade.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 056
Was so excited for this place in Salem, Massachusetts. In the middle of a really cool market area near the downtown area.
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Was so looking forward to the famed, "Lobstertini." On the show they said it was New England's version of a dirty martini but was made with vodka and "lobster essence." Don't know what the heck that is but it wasn't my kind of drink. Was all vodka and as soon as it got even a little bit warm, didn't taste good at all. But it got an A+ for presentation. Yes, that's a lobster claw on top!
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 058
The meal was delicious though. Fisherman's Stew. Spicy, but really good!
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 073
Our vacation ended in Niagara Falls. Our daughters had never been there! Yeah, we're horrible parents. Anyway, as we headed home, we stopped at Sophia's, the last of our Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives restaurants.
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Diners Drive-Ins and Dives Vacation 2012 074
Inside Sophia. Guy Fieri's picture in the background.
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Sophia's is only open for breakfast and brunch and closes at 3:00 everyday. It's one of the amazing "dives" we visited and this one was in Buffalo. We ended our trip here after visiting Niagara Falls the night before. The girls had never seen the falls! Their homemade bread is to die for!! Everything was cooked to perfection.
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