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Minnesota restaurants featured on foodie T.V. shows

Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Photo by Ethan Miller

Have you ever watched the Food Network and wished you could eat at one the restaurants featured on Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives, or Man vs. Food, or even Food Wars? Guess what? You can!

Minnesota is home to many of the eateries showcased on the little screen. And by Minnesota, I basically mean the Twin Cities, right?. Possibly Duluth. . . Yeah.

I used to scour each show's site looking for anything having to do with Minnesota, hoping against hope to somewhere to find a culinary gem in the too often vast, empty, epicurean desert that is much of this part of America's heartland. You know it's true.

I'm not saying there's not good food here. Just a little variety would be nice. Something not made with cream of mushroom soup and frozen shredded potatoes. Can I get an amen?

Lucky for me, I am not alone in my quest to actually go and taste the delights made and showcased right here in the gopher state. There's an entire website devoted to pointing local foodies to dining establishments of all types and sorts in Minnesota with one caveat: they've been featured on television.

I know. Too good to be true. Check out tvfoodmaps.com where you will find eateries showcased on T.V., which show aired the program, and all relevant contact information. A couple of glaring oversights: Mirror of Korea in St. Paul and Gannucchi's Deli in Duluth - although I just caught a pic of Guy Fieri hanging out at Gannucchi's on FaceBook, so who knows. So, stop complaining there's no good food up north (or is that just me?) and get out there and eat local. By the way, if you know of an amazing Minnesota eatery, let me know about it. I'm all about the food.

Here's a list of the restaurants and their respective T.V. shows. No, I didn't link them all. Come on. Google it:

5-8 Club featured on Food Wars and Man vs. Food
Al's Breakfast featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Drives
B-52 Burgers and Brews, featured on Food Paradise
Brasa Premium Rotisserie, featured on Man vs. Food
Broders, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Bronk's Bar and Grill, featured on Restaurant Impossible
Bryant Lake Bowl, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Burger Jones, featured on Outrageous Food
Chester Creek Cafe, in Duluth, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Colossal Cafe, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Drives
Dari-ette Drive In, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Donatelli's, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Duluth Grill, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Emiluy's Lebanese, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Famous Dave's BBQ – um . . . o.k. but to give him his props, the actual Dave is a really good BBQ cook – featured on Food Paradise
Fulton Brewery, featured on 24 in 24
Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit and Mario's Keller Bar, featured on Man vs. Food
Gordy's Hi-Hat in, brace yourselves, Cloquet, MN, featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives
Grand Ole Creamery, featured in Man vs. Food Nation
Happy Gnome, featured on Man vs. Food Nation
Haute Dish, featured on Bizarre Foods America
Hola Arepa, featured on Bizarre Foods America
Izzy's Ice Cream, featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay
Kramarczuk's featured on both Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives and Food Paradise
Landmarc Grill, featured on Man vs. Food
Lola, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Maria's Cafe, feature on 24 in 24
Marla's Carribbean Cuisine featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Matt's Bar, featured on both Food Wars and Man vs. Food
Mojo Monkey, featured on Unique Sweets
Northern Waters Smokehaus, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Nye's Polonaise Room, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Piccolo, featured on No Reservations
Psycho Suzie's Motor Lounge, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Punch Neapolitan Pizza, featured on Man vs. Food Nation
Q Fanatic BBQ, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Rackshack BBQ, featured on Man vs. Food Nation
Randy's Premier Pizza, featured on Outrageous Food
Salt Tart Bakery, featured on both Best Thing I Ever Ate and Unique Sweets
Smack Shack, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Sonora Grill, featured on 24 in 24
The Anchor Fish and Chips, featured on 24 in 24
The Blue Door Pub, featured on both Bizarre Foods America and Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
The Modern Cafe, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
The Nook, featured on both Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives and Food Paradise
The Weinery, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Tilia, featured on Best Sandwich in America
Tin Cup, featured on Man vs. Food Nation
Town Talk Diner, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives
Travail, featured on Bizarre Foods America
Two Smart Cookies, featured on Unique Sweets
Victor's 1959 Cafe, featured on Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives