The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives iPhone app is the “unofficial” app for the hit TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Although I follow a relatively healthy everyday diet covering the basic food groups for myself and my family, sometimes you just get a hankering for some good ole’ greasy comfort food that can only be found at the best Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives around our great country. Thankfully, there’s an iPhone, Food & Drink app for that, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives The Unofficial Guide (by GoLocalApps) to help us easily locate places across America to satisfy these less than healthy, but oh so yummy cravings.
This Food & Drink app not only geo-locates these 554 restaurants for you, it categorizes them by Diner’s, Recipes, Seasons, Map, and includes some more in-depth filtering within these groups. The developers (GoLocalApps) call it the unofficial guide because this app is in no way associated with the Food Network nor Guy Fieri, the host of the popular show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, but uses “publicly available information about the locations highlighted in the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives TV show,” allowing the rest of us reap the benefit from the collected information, which also includes Food Network YouTube videos to watch the restaurant-related episodes, as well as the chance to try out recipes from some of the various diners on the Food Network.
The app is nicely designed, simply laid out, super easy to use, and features plenty of social sharing functions that allow you to Favorite and/or share on Email, Facebook, Twitter or Yelp! For the most part, the app is very intuitive with a filter flip screen to further group and sort by category of information (Distance, Alphabetical, Seasons, State). Diners, Drive-ins and Dives The Unofficial Guide lists 554 diners, but some are closed or have changed hands (as indicated in the app) but still remain listed as part of the history. Not all entries have the exact same information across the board (some are missing photos of the establishment, not all restaurants include recipes, nor have videos to watch), but overall is provides mostly consistent information.
The developers make it easy to identify which diners have episode videos to watch; a TV icon represents that there is an episode video to watch, a “R” icon represents that there is a restaurant recipe available, but I haven’t quite figured out what the mysterious white dot is for yet (most have it, but some do not). Beginning on the home screen there are 4 main navigational areas to jump into right away: Diners, Recipes, Seasons, and Map. I went straight to the Map and allowed the app to use my current location and pull up the closest greasy spoons near me, and fast as lightening purple pins zig-zagged across my state of Florida darting up and down the state with numerous locations north and south, east and west; thank goodness for the zoom out function allowing me to get a closer and better look.
There were 4 documented restaurants near me to tempt my taste buds. One of those was Danny’s All-American Diner located in Tampa, FL (from Season 13, Episode #1302), which included the diner description, contact info, directions from my current location, the episode video hosted by Guy Fieri, and a recipe. The included restaurant recipe was for Danny’s Mojo Pork, and I’m sure it’s great, but it was the description of their mouth-watering hamburger (in the description of the restaurant) that had me sold.
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives provides additional useful filters like the Distance filter to bring up the distance of eating locations from your current spot in mile increments: 10-25 miles, 25-50 miles, 50-100 miles, and more than 100 miles. The Seasons filter begins where the show started, which was at A1 Diner in Gardiner, Maine, which serves meals for all times of the day, serving up international cuisine, desserts and wine and beer.
But, if you’d prefer to eat at home, you can try your hand at making any of the provided recipes yourself by checking out the Recipes filter, which is set up alphabetically (A-Z), but starts with a 10-inch French Meat Pie (from Morin’s Hometown Bar & Grill in Attleboro, MA) and ends with a Ziggy’s Kasha Varnishkas (from Kenny and Ziggy’s located in Houston, TX), or filter a little more for Recipe Type (Breakfast, Burgers and Sandwiches, Condiments and Sauces, Dinner Mains, Sides, Starters, and Sweets) and whip up some sinfully delicious Bananas Foster French Toast for breakfast, Philly Cheese Steak Deluxe sandwiches, or Carmelized Onions with Thyme, Baby Back Ribs, Cajun Corn Pudding, along with plenty of Starters before finally ending with a sweet dessert.
Honestly, by time I perused through the numerous places to eat across the many states of our land, I felt like I had packed on at least ten pounds just reading through and looking at pictures of all the tantalizing comfort food recipes. Although this app wouldn’t be my everyday app, it’s definitely a good option when looking to satisfy an occasional comfort food craving and a nice break from the healthier everyday eating habits. Have you tried any of these listed restaurants or recipes yet? If you have, let us know what your experience has been like.