Following the May broadcasts featuring two Delaware dining favorites on Guy Fieri’s Food Network hit show known by fans as ‘Triple D,’ the series is set to pump up several more local haunts visited by the energetic, spiky-haired star in February.
Stoney’s Pub, Farmer & the Cow, Maiale and Mrs. Robino’s will all get their 15 minutes of national fame when Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’ episodes this month and in July bring their First State delights to foodies across the country.
The show’s producers call the year-old Farmer & the Cow on Market Street in Wilmington a ‘bourbon bar,’ even though locals would call it hamburger heaven.
When Union Street’s Mrs. Robino’s played host to Fieri and his crew, owner Andrea Wakefield – the great-granddaughter of the eatery’s founders – said the experience was “an honor” although a bit nerve-wracking.
“I was so excited, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Wakefield. “I’m just so happy we could do it … I know my great-grandparents and my grandmother would be so thrilled and honored.”
Wakefield said Fieri didn’t decide what the kitchen would make until he took a long, careful look at their offerings. “He looked at the menu and decided what he wanted to have. He picked two items I would not have predicted but he loved them.”
“Beef Bonanza” will be the final episode featuring a Delaware restaurant. (However, several downstate residents hope Triple D will make a return visit to the state to sample some of the great fare in their neck of the woods.)
In May, the Little Italy neighbors Locale BBQ and Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities had their time in the sun; now Fieri will highlight the unique delicacies produced by the other local kitchens, ranging from British fish and chips, to burgers to sausage to ravioli. You can probably guess where each is to be found!
According to the Food Network website, the broadcast schedule is as follows:
Stoney’s Pub (3007 Concord Pike) – June 14, 9 pm
Farmer & the Cow (413 N. Market St.) – July 5, 9 pm
Maiale (3301 Lancaster Pike) – July 12, 9 pm
Mrs. Robino’s (520 N. Union St.) – July 26, 9 pm