Diners and Dives: Sarasota’s Best Dive Bars

Introduction: What is a Diners Drive In and Dive Bar?

Diners Drive Ins and Dives Sarasota is a tv show that airs on the Food Network. The premise of the show is to highlight iconic diners, drive in’s, and dive bars scattered across America. Every episode features three establishments; two are diners and one is a bar. The show’s host Guy Fieri visits each establishment while interacting with staff, patrons and interviewing locals. Guy then provides an in depth review of all three restaurants before making his pick for the best diner, drive in, or dive bar.
Last season, they visited Hop Nuts Burgers in Wisconsin, The Big Bang Burger in Ohio, and a bar in St. Louis known as The 710 Club.
In this podcast, I will discuss what constitutes a diner, drive in and dive bar.
I will proceed to apply the definition of diner to the Diners series of restaurants showcased by host Guy Fieri. I will then look into the concept of diners in America through a brief historical review. Finally, I will establish the parameters or standards proposed by host Guy Fieri with regards to his idea of a “Legendary” diner, drive in, or dive bar.

diners drive ins and dives sarasota
diners drive ins and dives sarasota

What are the Best Diners and Dives in Sarasota? And Tampa Bay Area?

I initially asked around on the internet and got several responses on what diners people like in Tampa Bay Area and Sarasota, Florida. People had different ideas about what makes a great diner or dive bar. I then set out to answer my own questions to just get a general idea of what makes diners famous. I also wanted to find out what diners people see as their favorites. I found the best way to do this was through Yelp and Trip Advisor. I think that it is important to use online sources that are not associated with the restaurant industry or Guy Fieri’s show in any way. Reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor seem more genuine than say something written on a website dedicated to Guy Fieri or diner’s.
The next step was to get a list of diners. I used Google and Yelp to get the area’s most popular diners. The list I compiled is below. The list includes a variety of diners and dives. Some of the best places that other people have mentioned are also included. Please note that this selection is not comprehensive and only includes a few of the most popular places in the area as determined by Yelp rating and reviews on Trip Advisor.

diners drive ins and dives sarasota
diners drive ins and dives sarasota

Best Dive Bars for Dining Out in Florida

Sarasota, Florida is surrounded by beautiful beaches, one of the most popular tourist spots being St Pete Beach. The area is a paradise for the foodie and the economically inclined since it has an abundance of both. However, Sarasota might be best known throughout Florida and even nationally as the place where Guy Fieri was born. The show, Diners Drive-Ins and Dive Bars has featured several of the best diners and bars in Florida. These include:
“Guy Fieri had his first restaurant at the tender age of 19. He was the executive chef at Johnny Garlic’s in California, where he cooked up delicious dishes and showed people how to prepare unique recipes. Guy Fieri then went on to appear on the Food Network making a name for himself with his larger than life personality.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fieri)

diners drive ins and dives sarasota
diners drive ins and dives sarasota

What is a Lonely Planet Restaurant Guide Book & List of the Best Restaurants In The World?

A Lonely Planet Restaurant Guidebook is a book of restaurant listings produced by the Lonely Planets team of writers. Every restaurant on the guidebook is carefully graded, rated, and recommended by an experienced staff of reviewers. For example, Seattle is awarded the third highest rating of just under 10 out of 10. This guidebook is an incredibly useful tool for people who love to travel. It includes a detailed list of all the best restaurants in the world. The guidebook is written by the people who have visited all of these restaurants and rated them from 1 to 10. Please note that you can also rate restaurants yourself, and make some recommendations if you use this website to plan your next vacation.
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diners drive ins and dives sarasota
diners drive ins and dives sarasota