Four Hampton Roads Restaurants To Be Featured On ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’

Four Hampton Roads restaurants recently whipped up some good eats for Guy Fieri, host of the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”

Three upcoming episodes will feature Carib Shack, AlkalinePendulum Fine Meats and Jessy’s Taqueria for the show’s 26th and 27th seasons.

Viewers can watch Fieri feast on chicken bowls, beef burritos and other Caribbean recipes at Carib Shack in Virginia Beach on June 30. The episode, “Island and Desert,” will air at 9 p.m.

The show’s 27th season premiere, “Sandwiches, Spaetzle and Sticky Wings,” will air on July 7 at 9 p.m., and will feature two restaurants that share a space to provide diners with meats and sandwiches by day and Asian cuisine by night.

Fieri visited Pendulum Fine Meats, a butcher shop in the Ghent section of Norfolk, that sells fine meats as the name suggests and operates during normal business hours every day, but invites the folks over at Alkaline to pop up and wow guests with their own unique style of Asian classics every weekend.

Alkaline is an Asian street-style restaurant that offers modern versions of the classic dish, ramen. The restaurant doesn’t currently have its own building, but they can be found at Pendulum every Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and every Sunday and Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to the Pendulum website, Alkaline has a frequently-evolving menu, as well as a large community table to challenge social barriers and encourage customers to sit next to strangers and connect over a bowl of ramen.

Fieri also stopped by Jessy’s Taqueria in Ocean View, a hybrid that Food Network describes as “a market and restaurant with Mexican specialties that you probably haven’t seen before.”

Photo courtesy: Meagan Williams

Watch him embark on a “flavor adventure” at Jessy’s Taqueria on July 14 at 9 p.m.

This makes five restaurants total to be featured on the show within the past few months.

The first was the Dirty Buffalo, a Norfolk wing spot that serves fresh wings tossed in one of their signature sauces. Fieri tried wings dipped in their buffalo soldier sauce, which is just one of the 17 sauces that they offer.

According to Food Network, Fieri loved the buffalo soldier sauce so much that he said he wanted “to use it as a stir fry sauce.”

That episode, “From Spicy to Icy,” aired on June 16. If you missed it, you can catch it on Food Network on July 1 at 10 p.m.

Tune in to see what all the hype is about, or go online to suggest restaurants for Fieri to visit.