We’ve all seen at least a few episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on The Food Network. Even if you’re not a regular at watching bleach-haired Guy Fieri drive around in his cherry red ‘68 Camaro, stopping at popular foodie destinations around the country and devouring 4-pound cheeseburgers, you’ve most likely seen an episode while you’re at the hair salon or on a lobby waiting room tv. Guy goes to pretty epic places, and there are a good number of Austin restaurants on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives that have been featured in various seasons.
There’s something kind of fun about stopping by a restaurant that’s been featured on a major tv show. It just feels special (in part because a foodie celebrity has eaten there.) But not all of the Austin restaurants on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives are really all that worth going to. In fact, some of them have already closed. But there are a handful that are excellent places to add to your Austin bucket list, and we’ll mention them all below.
All The Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Here’s a list of every single Austin restaurant that’s been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Note that some of these restaurants have been permanently closed. Read on for the full list, and then scroll down to see which restaurants haven’t made it.
How many of these have closed?
It’s actually a bit shocking how many are still around! In a city where restaurant turnover can be brutal, the majority of the Austin restaurants on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives are still functioning.
Of course, lots of them have closed one or more of their locations, moved to a different spot in town, or just completely permanently closed.
Casino El Camino
The original location on South Lamar has permanently closed. Taco Xpress has moved to a food truck located on Barton Springs Rd.
Luke’s Inside Out
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Foreign and Domestic
Noble Sandwich Co
Still open - moved to a bigger location
Louis Mueller BBQ
Still open - has expanded to more locations
Still open, but the original location on the show has closed
Still open, now has a second location in north Austin
Green Mesquite BBQ
SLAB BBQ & Beer
Still open, and it has new locations
Still open, but one of the two locations has permanently closed.
Which Diners Drive-ins and Dives in Austin Are Worth Visiting?
If you really have a hunger for greasy diner food and you want to say you’ve been to some of the places where Guy Fieri ate in Austin, here are the nine Austin restaurants you should visit that were featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Casino El Camino
It’s totally worth visiting because the burgers are actually that good. They’re featured in our guide to the 30 best burgers in Austin. And yes, their giant burgers, and part of the fun of Casino is that the burgers are photographed really well (there’s definitely a reason why Guy Fieri chose this Austin burger bar), but they’re actually delicious burgers. Full stop.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
This place is SO good, it might have made its way onto this list even if Guy Fieri had never visited it while he was in Austin. Like, “hey, here’s this random restaurant that has nothing to do with Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, but you should go anyway.” It’s that good. The smoked meats are out-of-this-world amazing, and the Tex-Mex favorites, like homemade flour tortillas, charro beans, and brisket-filled guac, are next level. Put it all together? *Chef’s kiss.* It’s legitimately worth a trip down to south Austin just for one of those breakfast tacos.
Pieous is a sneaky little place, because it’s typically mentioned as a pizza spot (and those authentic Neapolitan pies really are a great option for best pizza in Austin), but the sandwiches, salads, and baked goods are equally good (maybe even better?) than those pizzas! The ½ pound pastrami sandwich is absolutely insane, the housemade mozzarella is craveable again and again, and the clubhouse salad is so hearty and decadent, it’s probably the only salad you might crave even more than a pizza.
Literally some of the best tacos you can find in Austin, and ever since their feature on Guy Fieri’s show, Onetaco has totally exploded all over Austin! They have more locations than ever, including two locations at Q2 Stadium.
Truly delicious diner food. It doesn’t feel greasy and “diner-y” at all. It’s fresh and can be healthy (depending on what you order!), and that Counter burger is easily one of the best burgers in Austin.
If you’ve visited Austin at least once or lived here for more than a minute, you’ve probably already been to Homeslice. But it’s worth repeating: get the pizza, of course, but also get the meatball sub and the Italian sub. That housemade bread is dense and chewy and everything a NY-style sub should be.
It’s a bit north of Austin (Georgeotwn, which is about 30 minutes north on I35), but Monument Cafe feels small-town Texas and it’s an adorable place to stop for lunch on your drive from Austin up to Waco or Dallas. And yes, the pie is that good.
Half the fun of visiting Maria’s Taco Xpress was the giant statue of Maria on top of the building, holding out her arms and welcoming in customers. And now that the original location has closed and it’s a smaller food truck on Barton Springs, a bit of the fun has disappeared. But Taco Xpress still has the hippie culture, and the tacos are good. If you want to visit an Austin restaurant that was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, try to stop by this food truck in south Austin.
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