Guy Fieri’s Virginia Picks: Feast at These 10 ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ Favorites

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Holy moly, Stromboli – it’s time to explore the best Triple D restaurants in Virginia! Running for 17 years, Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has built up quite the list of delicious diners across the U.S. for every kind of food lover. From Georgia to Texas the food show favorite is the go-to sources diners. Today we take on Virginia and travel far and wide to find the best places to feast – dig in!

Hillbilly Hot Dogs

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Appeared on:
Season 03, ep 6
Season 10, ep 1
Season 32, ep 7

Up there with the best Triple D restaurants in Virginia has to be Hillbilly Hot Dogs. Found in Lesage Virginia back in 1999, the weenie stand is run by married couple Sonny and Sharie. The Mayor of Flavortown is such a big fan that Hillbilly Hot Dogs have been featured not once, not twice, but three times on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you’re feeling brave, make sure to pick from their Homewrecker menu which includes The Original WidowMaker – a 30-inch, two-pound hotdog with four pounds of toppings!

ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

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Appeared on: Season 31, ep 5

With strong roots in Texas, co-owner Chris Fultz wanted to bring Texan barbecue to Virginia. So in 2013, along with Alex Graf, he set up ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque. It got the thumbs up from Guy Fieri when he visited during season 31 of Triple D. Enjoy everything from pulled pork shoulder to smoked seitan sandwiches to Texas sheet cake at this Richmond-based favorite.

Carena’s Jamaican Grille

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Appeared on: Season 31, ep 3

If you’re looking for some authentic Jamaican cuisine in Virginia, you can’t go wrong with Carena’s Jamaican Grille. Guy Fieri visited this tasty spot back in 2019 on Triple D and it’s safe to say he was a fan. The portion sizes are great here and the prices are very reasonable – you won’t find anything above $20. You can expect to be served quickly by the team too – just another reason to swing by Carena’s when visiting Chesterfield, Virginia!

The Grilled Cheese Bistro

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Appeared on: Season 27, ep 4

Combining upscale vibes with a small, intimate atmosphere, The Grilled Cheese Bistro is a must-visit when it comes to the best Triple D restaurants in Virginia. There is a huge range of creatively-made grilled cheese sandwiches including ‘Gooey’ (cheddar, fontina, and mozzarella on sourdough) and ‘The Deli’ (double pastrami, fried shallots, pickle, gcb tartar sauce, and Swiss on a pretzel roll). Whatever you pick from the menu at this Norfolk-based restaurant, you’re sure to be satisfied!

Rigoletto Italian Bakery & Café

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Appeared on:
Season 12, ep 10
Season 21, ep 16

A double-time feature on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Rigoletto Italian Bakery & Café can be found in Virginia Beach. Serving a variety of delicious Italian dishes, from pizzas to pastries to cookies. It’s the desserts many flock to this bakery for, with it being a sought-after wedding catering option for brides and grooms with a sweet tooth!

Metro 29 Diner

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Appeared on: Season 10, ep 11

Metro 29 Diner has a long line of famous patrons who have enjoyed its delicious traditional diner grub. Not only did the king of frosted tips visit during season 10 of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives but President Joe Biden and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have both been to Metro 29 Diner. With the friendliest staff and huge menu, this spot is definitely one of the best Triple D restaurants in Virginia.

Captain Chuck-A-Muck’s

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Appeared on: Season 04, ep 4

If seafood is on your mind, Captain Chuck-A-Muck’s is the spot for you. An early favorite on Triple D, Guy Fieri tasted the delights of this family-owned restaurant back in 2008. The menu features everything from steak to crab soup, to crab in butter. Prices are reasonable and the staff are very welcoming, so get your fill of your seafood cravings and head down to Captain Chuck-A-Muck’s next time you’re near Rescue, Virginia!

The Fancy Biscuit

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Appeared on: Season 32, ep 01

For some true Southern hospitality in Richmond, The Fancy Biscuit is the place to go and it’s considered one of the best Triple D restaurants in Virginia. From the classic biscuit to build-your-own biscuit combinations like fried egg, fried green tomatoes, and pepper jelly, there’s something for everyone. The fried chicken sandwich is also a must-try and the potato salad is especially delicious!

The Dirty Buffalo

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Appeared on: Season 26, ep 15

From their mouth-watering wings to their fried pickles, you won’t be disappointed when visiting The Dirty Buffalo. Proudly stating ‘eat dirty!’ on their website, you know there’ll be no judgment when tucking into the food from this Norfolk-based restaurant. With 40 flavors of wings, TVs everywhere you look and a great atmosphere, this is an ideal spot to catch the game with friends and family.


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Appeared on: Season 30, ep 19

Serving traditional Jewish cuisine with a modern spin, Perly’s is no doubt one of the best Triple D restaurants in Virginia to visit. Found in Richmond, this Guy Fieri-approved spot has a real vintage feel to it, with the tables and booths close together, and lines of people usually waiting to get in (always a good sign!). The food is packed with flavor and favorites include the corned beef hash and the Deli Dogs.

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