25 Guy Fieri 'Triple D' Restaurants Within Driving Distance of Cincinnati

Guy Fieri is well known for his hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, in which he travels all over the country to sample dishes from restaurants and diners who serve traditional, out-of-this-word food options. Over the course of his show, he's visited a variety of restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, which are all within driving distance of Cincinnati. If you've been looking to try more dining options in or out of the Queen City, you may want to check out this list — approved by the blonde-spiked guy himself.

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Island Frydays
2826 Short Vine St., Corryville
Season 21, Episode 4
Island Frydays is the definitive restaurant to break out of culinary monotony, featuring authentic Caribbean cuisine made by former University of Cincinnati football captain and Jamaica native Leo Morgan. Though the restaurant has a petite and unassuming interior, they pack a whole lot of flavor. Their Carribean jerk chicken and spicy snapper were approved by Fieri on the show. 
Photo via Facebook.com/IslandFridays

Island Frydays

2826 Short Vine St., Corryville
Season 21, Episode 4
Island Frydays is the definitive restaurant to break out of culinary monotony, featuring authentic Caribbean cuisine made by former University of Cincinnati football captain and Jamaica native Leo Morgan. Though the restaurant has a petite and unassuming interior, they pack a whole lot of flavor. Their Carribean jerk chicken and spicy snapper were approved by Fieri on the show.

Photo via Facebook.com/IslandFridays
Senate Pub
1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Season 21, Episode 6
Senate’s mission is to present upscale street food and they do a terrific job of it, grabbing national attention from the likes of the New York Post, Forbes and more. The menu plays heavily on hot dogs, from gourmet Chicago dogs to more interesting dog-of-the-days and menu staples like the Trailer Park, with applewood bacon, American cheese and crushed Grippo’s. Fieri loved the Korean hot dog, with homemade kimchi, braised short rib, pickled cucumber and sesame seeds.
Photo: Catie Viox

Senate Pub

1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Season 21, Episode 6
Senate’s mission is to present upscale street food and they do a terrific job of it, grabbing national attention from the likes of the New York Post, Forbes and more. The menu plays heavily on hot dogs, from gourmet Chicago dogs to more interesting dog-of-the-days and menu staples like the Trailer Park, with applewood bacon, American cheese and crushed Grippo’s. Fieri loved the Korean hot dog, with homemade kimchi, braised short rib, pickled cucumber and sesame seeds.

Photo: Catie Viox
Pho Lang Thang
1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Season 21, Episode 9
Pho Lang Thang is a Vietnamese spot that has moved from its original, cramped Findlay Market location to a larger spot just down the street. The eatery serves up delicious bowls of pho and banh mi sandwiches. The restaurant also features an upbeat vibe where customers, such as Fieri, can easily warm up and feel free to slurp loudly.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pho Lang Thang

1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Season 21, Episode 9
Pho Lang Thang is a Vietnamese spot that has moved from its original, cramped Findlay Market location to a larger spot just down the street. The eatery serves up delicious bowls of pho and banh mi sandwiches. The restaurant also features an upbeat vibe where customers, such as Fieri, can easily warm up and feel free to slurp loudly.

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Blue Ash Chili
9565 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Season 9, Episode 7
Blue Ash Chili offers a variety of Cincinnati-style chilli combinations and double-decker sandwiches at its various locations. On the show, Fieri described the Blue Ash location as a chili parlor taking customer favorites to the next level.
Photo via @jedportman/Instagram

Blue Ash Chili

9565 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
Season 9, Episode 7
Blue Ash Chili offers a variety of Cincinnati-style chilli combinations and double-decker sandwiches at its various locations. On the show, Fieri described the Blue Ash location as a chili parlor taking customer favorites to the next level.

Photo via @jedportman/Instagram
Taste of Belgium
1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Season 21, Episode 6
Taste of Belgium’s Vine Street location was visited by Fieri and a few of his family members, though the restaurant has several locations across Cincinnati. The eatery offers authentic Belgian-style dishes with an American twist. The restaurant is best known for its signature Belgian waffle, which Fieri truly loved. 
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Taste of Belgium

1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Season 21, Episode 6
Taste of Belgium’s Vine Street location was visited by Fieri and a few of his family members, though the restaurant has several locations across Cincinnati. The eatery offers authentic Belgian-style dishes with an American twist. The restaurant is best known for its signature Belgian waffle, which Fieri truly loved.

Photo: Brittany Thornton
The Tamale Place
5226 Rockville Road, Indianapolis
Season 12, Episode 3
The Tamale Place offers two locations in Indianapolis and has been slinging excellent tamales since 2003. The eatery creates its popular tamales daily by hand and with freshly ground corn, which Fieri learned about during his visit. In addition to tamales, they also offer tacos, nachos and sides. 
Photo via The Tamale Place /Facebook

The Tamale Place

5226 Rockville Road, Indianapolis
Season 12, Episode 3
The Tamale Place offers two locations in Indianapolis and has been slinging excellent tamales since 2003. The eatery creates its popular tamales daily by hand and with freshly ground corn, which Fieri learned about during his visit. In addition to tamales, they also offer tacos, nachos and sides.

Photo via The Tamale Place /Facebook
Melt Revival
4100 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Season 21, Episode 2
Formerly known as “Melt Eclectic Cafe,” this funky little eatery moved down the street on Hamilton Avenue. Since Fieri’s visit, it has changed ownership and is now owned by former employees of the original. The eclectic cafe serves healthier food options, such as salads and sandwiches with plenty of vegan options. Fieri particularly enjoyed their creative spin on vegan chili and barbecue chicken.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Melt Revival

4100 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Season 21, Episode 2
Formerly known as “Melt Eclectic Cafe,” this funky little eatery moved down the street on Hamilton Avenue. Since Fieri’s visit, it has changed ownership and is now owned by former employees of the original. The eclectic cafe serves healthier food options, such as salads and sandwiches with plenty of vegan options. Fieri particularly enjoyed their creative spin on vegan chili and barbecue chicken.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Gralehaus
1001 Baxter Ave., Louisville
Season 25, Episode 12
This Louisville comfort food haven serves up a mean cheesy bologna sandwich, which Fieri described as “dynamite.” The sandwich is made with two slices of fried, housemade bologna, a sunny-side-up egg, mustard greens, some hot sauce and a cheesy brioche bun. 
Photo via Facebook.com/gralehaus

Gralehaus

1001 Baxter Ave., Louisville
Season 25, Episode 12
This Louisville comfort food haven serves up a mean cheesy bologna sandwich, which Fieri described as “dynamite.” The sandwich is made with two slices of fried, housemade bologna, a sunny-side-up egg, mustard greens, some hot sauce and a cheesy brioche bun.

Photo via Facebook.com/gralehaus
Parkette Drive-In
1230 E. New Circle Road, Lexington
Season 10, Episode 4
This classic Lexington eatery opened in 1951 and serves American diner favorites like their chicken, shrimp and fish boxes, hot dogs, burgers and shakes. Fieri visited the restaurant during his “You Found It” episode, where he visited dining destinations suggested by viewers.
Photo via @ParketteDrive-In/Facebook

Parkette Drive-In

1230 E. New Circle Road, Lexington
Season 10, Episode 4
This classic Lexington eatery opened in 1951 and serves American diner favorites like their chicken, shrimp and fish boxes, hot dogs, burgers and shakes. Fieri visited the restaurant during his “You Found It” episode, where he visited dining destinations suggested by viewers.

Photo via @ParketteDrive-In/Facebook
Momocho
1835 Fulton Road, Cleveland
Season 8, Episode 9
This hip, dimly lit cantina serves a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes. And while there, Fieri sampled their tuna tacos, blood orange marmalade and guacamole with house-smoked trout, which are all a hit.
Photo via via Food Network/YouTube

Momocho

1835 Fulton Road, Cleveland
Season 8, Episode 9
This hip, dimly lit cantina serves a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes. And while there, Fieri sampled their tuna tacos, blood orange marmalade and guacamole with house-smoked trout, which are all a hit.

Photo via via Food Network/YouTube