Revisit ‘flavortown’ with book
Get another taste of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with New York Times bestselling author Guy Fieri’s “The Funky Finds of Flavortown.”
With behind-the-scenes stories and recipes from restaurants visited on the Food Network television show, Fieri gives fans another look at the local eateries he has visited. There’s trivia, photos, updates, notes from the crew, information about the store and, of course, recipes in this book.
The book is divided into regional categories: Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, West and Southwest, Hawaii and Canada.
In Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, restaurants visited are Rino’s Place, Broadway Diner, Sip & Bite Restaurant, Rincon Criollo, John’s of 12th Street and Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar.
In South, restaurants included are Sonny’s Famous Steak Hoagies, The Whale’s Rib Restaurant, Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant, Culhane’s Irish Pub, Virgil’s Cafe, Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar, Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop, Louie and the Redhead Lady, The Glass Onion and Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint.
In the Midwest are restaurants The Kronor, Taste of Peru, Irazu, Big & Little’s, 3 Sister’s Cafe, Zydeco’s, Union Woodshop, Casper’s & Runyon’s Nook, Nye’s Polonaise Room, Pizzeria Lola, Smack Shack at the 1029 Bar, Grinder’s Pizza, Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering, Melt Bar and Grilled and Momocho.
West and Southwest includes dishes from restaurants like Roberto’s Authentic Mexican Food, Jamie’s Broadway Grille, Cafe Rolle, Bubba’s Fine Diner, Sol Food, Rocco’s Cafe, Fab Hot Dogs, La Texanita, Mambo’s, Aldo’s Harbor Restaurant, Pier 23 Cafe, North End Caffe, Cafe Citti, Schellville Grill, Paul’s Coffee Shop, Mama Cozza’s, Catelli’s, Mac’s Fish and Chip Shop, Tioli’s Crazee Burger, Lauer-Krauts, Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery, Bar Gernika, Westside Drive In, Standard Diner, The Coffee Cup, Forte European Tapas Bar & Bistro, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Otto’s Sausage Kitchen, Bunk Sandwiches, Pok Pok and Noble Pig Sandwiches.
Hawaii features the Rainbow Drive-In.
Canada has Fresh Local Wild, Tomahawk Restaurant, The Red Wagon Cafe and Meat & Bread.
I love picadillo so I tried the recipe featured from Sol Food, a Puerto Rican restaurant in San Rafael, Ca.
A dish using hamburger and a variety of spices and tomato juice, it is then served over rice and with sweet plantains. The day I made it my local grocery didn’t have any sweet plaintains (or green ones for that matter) so I only served it over rice, but it was still delicious.
I was thrilled to note that my local store carried recaito, a sauce one usually has to make that requires a lot of ingredients, and was canned. That made this dish a quick fix one busy weeknight that everyone enjoyed. If you can find the plaintains, sautee them in a bit of butter for an extra treat.
“The Funky Finds of Flavortown” is published by William Morrow. It is $21.99.