Food Network host Guy Fieri made a social and legacy media splash while visiting Wilmington for the first time earlier this year.
Later this month, we’ll learn more about the places he visited. Fieri focuses on small, locally owned restaurants through his popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show.
In a few cases, the initial push has contributed to expansion. One example is Metro Diner, which was featured years ago by Fieri and now has locations around the country, including three in New Castle County alone.
The network recently rolled out its late-May, mid-June schedule for Fieri’s show. While specific establishments were not mentioned, hints were pretty strong.
“In Wilmington, Del., a righteous spot smokin’ up chicken salad and off-the-chain chili,” will be featured That would seem to point to Locale, a Little Italy barbecue restaurant Fieri visited.
The following week, he will visit “a funky little Italian joint in Wilmington, Del., serving outrageous arancini and veal scaloppini.” It’s fairly certain that the dining spot in question is Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabiliites in Little Italy.
The next week, Stoney’s, a north Wilmington pub with British-Scottish fare seems to be on the schedule. After all, how many British pubs do we have?
Fieri and crew were models of efficiency with his quick visit that inlcuded his Camaro parked prominently outside. It remains to be seen as to when or whether his other reported stops, downtown Wilmington’s Farmer and the Cow, Little Italy’s Mrs. Robino’s and sausage specialist Malale, just outside Wilmington, will be featured.
As is nearly always the case in the TV world, owners are sworn to secrecy prior to airing.
The short segments feature a couple of comments from diners, Guy visiting the kitchen to help cook up one or two items, and the host always praising the finished product. If you miss the show, repeats are frequent.
Burger of the Day back in May at Iron Hill
Iron Hill kicked off its popular yearly burger promotion on May 1 through 31 but there is still plenty of time to check out the remaining offerings.
The Wilmington-based company that has more than two dozen restaurants, has offerings that will include a Cinco de Mayo burger on Sunday.
Iron Hill underwent a major renovation of a flagship location in Wilmington but kept the restaurant-brewery open. Iron Hill got its start on Main Street in Newark.
Click here for the full list of burgers.
High Five delivers
Three of High Five Hospitality’s restaurants now offer delivery through Eat Street.
The list includes two Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Bear and Newark and Limestone BBQ and Bourbon near Limestone Road and Kirkwood Highway west of Wilmington.
Next up for High Five is the opening later this year of Eggspectation, the first Delaware location for a Canada-based group of breakfast, brunch and lunch establishments. The restaurant will open in the Stanton-Christiana area near Delaware Park and next door to the Buffalo Wild Wings location.
High Five operates Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in Delaware and a portion of Maryland. It also operates Stone Ballon Ale House on Main Street in Newark.