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Top 10 LA Eateries From 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'

Top 10 LA Eateries From 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives'

From a roving food truck serving Chinese and Mexican fusion to a tiny traditional Polish restaurant, we tracked down all the LA restaurants that Guy Fieri has visited during his Triple D adventures. We’ve highlighted the most essential spots to visit in LA, covering cuisine born of LA’s talent for cultural fusion, as well as traditional restaurants that have just never stopped doing things right.

Whether you first learned about these one-of-a-kind places from Guy, or you’re a local who’s been coming back for years, these humble restaurants deserve a lot of love and affection. Even if you’re not an avid watcher of “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” you have to appreciate Fieri’s ability to find these great spots. The man has eyes in the back of his head, after all. Oh wait, those are his sunglasses.

The great thing about these locally beloved “dives” is that you can taste some of the best food in LA for just a few bucks. Prices range from the $2.50 maple bacon donut at Nickel Diner, as long as you get there before it’s sold out, to the $18 pierogi dinner platter at Polka if you want to sample them all; and you do.

For a more in-depth look at LA's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, check out our slideshow.

Average Plate: $10

Must Try: Adobada stew

10227 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Phone: (310) 838-0963

Average Plate: $8

Must Try: Duck fat fries

532 S Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 387-2337

Don Chow’s Taco Truck

Average Plate: $6

Must Try: Chimales

Location: Rotating

626-502-8328

Average Plate: $11

Must Try: DA special

1013 Alpine St., Los Angeles, California 90012

(213) 250-2464

Average Plate: $10

Must Try: The Burger with Sweet Potato Wedges

426 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone: (323) 782- 8331

Average Plate: $7

Must Try: Tamales

3328 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 226-9383

Chomp Chomp Nation

Average Plate: $8

Must Try: Chili Crab Cake Sandwich

Location: rotating

(949) 637-1688

Average Plate: $10

Must Try: Maple Bacon Donut

524 S Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone number (213) 623-8301

Average Plate: $13

Must Try: Ann's Cornbread Bibingka

1267 W Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 481-2800

Average Plate: $13

Must Try: Pierogi

4112 Verdugo Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90065

(323) 255-7887


Jitlada Restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

Locations Guy Fieri visits in the USA - Places to eat comfort home-style, healthy, gourmet & fast food meals!


Don't want to pass up this great Thai spot serving out some of the most authentic dishes outside of Asia. Located off a strip mall, it can be easily looked over but we promise you that it's worth making your way inside. For many of you whom have actually had a chance to travel Thailand, you'll most definitely remember that flavors throughout. Many local spot try to mimic this cuisine yet usually fall very short. That is why we're so excited to recommend this wonderful find right in the middle of Los Angeles. They master the traditions such as Pad Thai, Tom Kha Soup or Sate. It's really tough to find these great non-chain spots that believe in making meals from scratch, kind and thoughtful service and fair prices. There is plenty of seafood and tons of great hot sauces to take it up as spicy as you can handle. So remember friends, don't worry about the exterior.. it's worth the visit!


Address / Location:

For menu, health nutrition facts, hours, delivery, reservations or gift cards please call: 323-667-9809


Rino's Place Restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

Locations Guy Fieri visits in the USA - Places to eat comfort home-style, healthy, gourmet & fast food meals!


We've been to plenty of Italian based restaurants and diners, and we can honestly say that none come as close to being in Europe itself such as this place - it really is that amazing. With so many delicious menu options such as their famous Lobster Ravioli, Shrimp with Lemon Liquor and plenty more. To find and experience a truly authentic Italian spot is such a treat, especially in Boston which doesn't have too many to visit these days. When you think Italian, instantly you should be taken away to kisses on the cheek, glasses of wine, beautiful landscapes and amazing platters of freshly prepared foods. This is exactly what this place achieves, each and every day for customers. Of course, this restaurant is family-owned and family-run. Without this aspect, it would literally be impossible to duplicate the quality and service which Rino's provides. They take the highest care in each step of the process here from finding the freshest, best ingredients, to the preparation, presentation and overall service. So many comfort-style food choices here that will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling from start to finish. When you happen to pass through the East Boston area, this is the spot to dine at. Chef Anthony has taken his skills, love of the culinary arts and overall drive to create this success story which is nearly 30 years old. Again, so many favorites here that you won't find anywhere else such as the fist sized Ravioli, secret recipe Red Sauce and more. Come pay them a visit and be sure to leave room (or takeout) some of their Italian dessert options.


Address / Location:

For menu, health nutrition facts, hours, delivery, reservations or gift cards please call: 617-567-7412


This small restaurant serves strictly hot dogs, but they are some of the best in West Virginia. The most popular is called the Homewrecker which is a gigantic hot dog covered in jalapenos, several types of cheese, chili sauce, mustard, slaw, peppers, onions, lettuce, and tomato.

One bite and visitors of the establishment are sold on their food, but there are also so many other hot dogs for visitors to choose from. They also serve a battery of sides like onion rings, deep-fried mushrooms, and so much more.


8 Scratch Made Classics (8.2/10)

In Santa Barbara, California, Guy stops by Lito's Cafe for scratch-made favorites. The carnitas is the go-to dish and are braised for three hours in a traditional copper pot, so tender it falls apart on your plate.

Venturing outside of the United States, Guy takes a trip to Vancouver, Canada. Save-On Meats Diner was once a butcher shop in the 50s, now re-imagined as a four-story bakery, meat market, and diner. Rounding out the episode, Guy visits The Redhead, a neighborhood spot focusing on Southern comfort food.


Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri's Top Six Diners and Dives

), can probably afford to eat out these days in the fanciest of establishments. But he prefers places with character -- or, better yet, that are run by characters -- where the cooking is hearty, the atmosphere gritty and the lines always out the door.

The spiky-haired Fieri, himself no small character, pays homage to such places in what is arguably his best Food Network series to date,

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

The show&aposs simple philosophy?

"If it&aposs funky, we&aposll find it," says Fieri, who explains that he searches for restaurants that serve "real" food ("I don&apost care if it&aposs just a chili dog, but let it be a righteous chili dog"), and those that have a story behind them.

We sat down with Fieri on a sweltering morning during the

2008 South Beach Wine & Food Festival -- he was kind enough to offer us a towel so that we could wipe our brow -- and asked him to name a few favorites among the dozens of diners, drive-ins and dives he&aposs profiled.

2500 S.W. 107th Ave., Miami, Fla.

Puerto Rican cuisine in a luncheonette setting.

"A nondescript joint, run by a family," says Fieri.

It was so good, says Fieri, "I just about lost my mind."

The menu is heavy on seafood, but the house favorite is the mofongo, a dish made with mashed fried plantains and any number of additions, from pork to chicken.

Pizza Palace

3132 Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, Tenn.

Yes, pizza in Tennessee -- in a decades-old establishment run by Greeks, no less.

But Fieri says it shouldn&apost be so unexpected: Greeks are among the best cooks around, known for their expertise in running diners.

At this Knoxville establishment, "Everything they make, they make from scratch," Fieri notes. And in case you&aposre not in the mood for a pie, they&aposre equally known for their -- you guessed it -- Greek salad.

Mike&aposs Chili Parlor

1447 N.W. Ballard Way, Seattle, Wash.

A Seattle fixture since 1922.

"They put chili on spaghetti, chili on

hot dogs, chili on grilled-cheese sandwiches," says Fieri.

To top it off -- no pun intended -- it&aposs not your everyday chili. "It&aposs more like a meat sauce," explains Fieri, adding that it&aposs made from a secret recipe.

Psycho Suzi&aposs Motor Lounge

2519 Marshall St. N.E., Minneapolis, Minn.

Don&apost let the name scare you:

This place is "a real funky joint," converted from an old motel and coffee shop, says Fieri.

The food fits the spirit, from battered and deep-fried hot dogs ("Red Rockets," they&aposre called) to a Hawaiian-inspired pizza with rum-soaked raisins.

Duarte&aposs Tavern

202 Stage Rd., Pescadero, Calif.

The restaurant takes up about "three quarters of the town," says Fieri, noting that the 104-year-old eatery has a "humongous" garden where they "grow everything from berries for the pies to artichokes for the dips."

Plus, they make a cioppino, the popular California seafood stew, that Fieri promises is "to die for." ("And I&aposm a cioppino junkie," Fieri adds.)

Bayway Diner

2019 South Wood Ave., Linden, N.J.

eight-stool Jersey diner has special significance for Fieri since it&aposs the first location the series ever shot.

Plus, Fieri is a diner fanatic: "You pack everybody in there, they cook right in front of you," he explains of the appeal of such eateries.

As for this one, he doesn&apost wax poetic about a particular dish or two so much as the impossibly small setting, replete with a cramped basement where the roasted turkey is prepared.

Such places, Fieri concludes, are all about "a love affair with food."

Charles Passy is a Florida-based writer who covers food, travel, entertainment and consumer culture and products.


The Smoky Sixteen: Oklahoma's Heavenly Barbecue Restaurants

Barbecue, barbeque, BBQ or bar-b-q: no matter how you spell it, the end result is nothing short of delicious. Dry-rubbed, salt and peppered, or smothered with sauce, Oklahoma&rsquos delicious barbecue restaurants are waiting to serve up some tasty 'cue just how you like it.

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Oklahoma barbecue is known best for what it isn&rsquot: not exclusive to one kind of meat, not as vinegary as some or as saucy as others. Instead, Oklahoma barbecue hits the mark, striking a perfect balance between other famous styles. Take a tour of Oklahoma&rsquos barbecue standouts by visiting one of the BBQ hotspots listed below and don&rsquot forget to bring your appetite &ndash you&rsquoll need it!

Van's Pig Stand&mdashShawnee, Norman & Moore

Van&rsquos Pig Stand, or simply Van&rsquos as it&rsquos known to locals, began in Shawnee and has since spread to neighboring Norman. The original Van&rsquos is located in an old service station and has a vintage feel to it, while the newer restaurants each have a personality of their own. Despite the decorating differences, Van&rsquos Pig Stand makes the list because of their perfectly smoky and spicy barbecue sauce that is mouthwatering on its own. Add a drop of it to Van&rsquos perfectly smoked ribs, which have just the right amount of char outside and pink, tender meat inside, and you&rsquoll be hooked. Make your meal &ldquoa Van&rdquo and they&rsquoll throw in a side of their famous curly fries, many of which stretch over a foot long.

Smokin Joe&rsquos Rib Ranch&mdashDavis

Anyone driving along Highway 77 in Davis can smell Smokin Joe&rsquos Rib Ranch a mile away. This no-frills barbecue joint is so sought after they had to move to a larger location to accomodate all the hungry customers. While the ribs are what the restaurant is named for, don&rsquot be shy about trying brisket so tender you can cut through it with a plastic fork. Smokin Joe&rsquos helpings are big enough to share, but so good you won&rsquot want to.

Burn Co Barbecue&mdashTulsa

Pull into the parking lot of Burn Co Barbecue and you'll know you're in for a treat from the amazing smoked meat smell in the air. This one-of-a-kind Tulsa BBQ joint serves traditional and unique barbecue dishes and everything on the menu is guaranteed to satisfy. Every item at Burn Co is cooked over hardwood charcoal in a Hasty Bake Charcoal Oven for amazing smoked flavor. Their most famous menu item is the Fatty, a mixture of bratwurst, hot links and smoked sausage encased in ground sausage and wrapped in bacon.

Smoked, braised, grilled, rubbed or smothered with sauce, Oklahoma&rsquos top barbecue restaurants are waiting to serve up some tasty &lsquoque.

Clark Crew BBQ&mdashOklahoma City

When it comes to award-winning barbecue, Clark Crew BBQ on Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City has plenty of titles, including American Royal Champions in 2017. Building from contest successes and a growing following, this brick and mortar restaurant was born. Clark Crew BBQ offers something for a variety of tastes with everything from smoked meats and barbecue items, to delicious burgers, sandwiches and brick-oven pizzas.

Mac's Barbeque&mdashSkiatook

For premium meats and ingredients cooked the old fashioned way over hickory and pecan wood, head to Mac&rsquos Barbeque in Skiatook. For over three decades, this small barbecue joint has been offering big flavor in northeast Oklahoma. While some of the most popular picks include a hearty three meat combo and pork spare ribs, hungry diners will also find unique entrees like the barbecue Frito pie, which combines chips, chopped beef, barbecue beans, diced peppers and onions and shredded cheese. In addition to the homemade rub used on all the barbecue, Mac&rsquos also produces their own award-winning sauce made fresh each week.

Bob&rsquos Pig Shop&mdashPauls Valley

Housed in a quirky cobblestone cottage, Bob's Pig Shop in Pauls Valley offers up lunch and dinner in a rustic atmosphere complete with wood paneling and a mix match of booths and chairs. What they lack in ambiance, they make up tenfold with food. Open since 1933, Bob's Pig Shop has withstood the test of time including the Great Depression and World War II. Stop by today to taste the pig sandwich, a local favorite that comes with thin sliced pork and barbecue sauce served on a fluffy bun with a side of beans and crispy pickle. With nearly 80 years in the making, you&rsquore sure to leave satisfied after a stop at Bob&rsquos.

Dink's World Famous Pit Bar-B-Q&mdashBartlesville

Dink's World Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, known to local Bartlesville residents simply as Dink's, offers heaping helpings of brisket, ribs, pork loin, bologna, turkey, sausage and chicken seven days a week. With decades of culinary experience, the staff at Dink&rsquos expertly prepares the meat in an outdoor pit filled with hickory wood, which produces a juicy, smoky concoction of irresistible flavor. Balance out the savory with a splash of Dink's homemade light, sweet barbecue sauce.

Ray's Smokehouse BBQ&mdashNorman

Few things go together quite like barbecue and football. Both are celebrated with vigor at Ray&rsquos Smokehouse BBQ in Norman, owned by former University of Oklahoma and New York Jets player Darrol Ray who has been serving up the good stuff since he opened his doors in 2008. Like any good barbecue joint, ask three different people what you should order from Ray&rsquos and you&rsquoll get three different answers. So why not cover your bases and go with the three-meat combo? Feast on chopped or sliced brisket, smoked low and slow to perfection, paired with delectable offerings like ribs, hot links, pulled pork and other favorites. While the meats are the star of the show, Ray&rsquos excellent sides likes collard greens, mac and cheese, potato salad and fried okra deserve plenty of fanfare as well. Get your fill, but try to save room for a generous slice of Ray&rsquos homemade chocolate, lemon or strawberry cake to round out your meal. Drop by this family-owned institution and see why it&rsquos a favorite among football and barbecue fanatics alike.

Danny's BBQ Head Quarters&mdashPonca City

In 1945, Donovan 'Uncle Bud' Head had just returned to his Oklahoma home from serving as a cook on a naval destroyer in WWII. He brought with him recipes he whipped up aboard the ship using simple, wholesome ingredients. One of the recipes was a barbecue sauce that was an instant hit with everyone who tried it, thus Head Country Bar-B-Q sauce was born. The folks at Danny's BBQ Head Quarters in Ponca City put just as much thought into how the meat is prepared, so go expecting slow cooked meats served by themselves or as a sandwich with a side of pickles and onions. Afterward, take home a bottle of Head Country, which comes in original, hickory smoke or hot.

Wild Horse Mountain Bar-B-Q&mdashSallisaw

Wild Horse Mountain Bar-B-Q is a family owned and operated barbecue joint that has been serving up heaping helpings of barbecue beef, pork ribs and hot links for over 20 years. Pair your meal with a side of their famous barbecue beans, which come slightly peppery with bits of onion and tender meat mixed in. Afterward, check out the newspaper articles, funny signs and autographed pictures of famous people who have also discovered this hidden gem of a restaurant tucked away on Highway 59 just south of Sallisaw.

Leo's Barbecue&mdashOklahoma City

Since being featured on the Food Network's popular TV show 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' with Guy Fieri, Leo's Barbecue in Oklahoma City has been discovered by the masses, but that hasn't changed the top-notch quality and generous quantity of food that hungry diners have come to expect. Satisfy your appetite with Leo's Special, which comes with a sampling of ribs, thick-cut bologna, chopped beef and hot links paired with two sides. Save room for dessert because each meal at Leo's comes with a complimentary slice of their famous strawberry-banana cake.

Jake's Rib&mdashChickasha

Jake's Rib in Chickasha is known for delicious food and plenty of it. Stop by this local favorite to feast on their namesake spare ribs as well as succulent sliced beef, smoked sausage, juicy steaks and more. Jake's Rib features a smorgasbord of sides, and the popular curly fries are big enough to feed an entire family. Or, kick up the spice a notch with their pepper puppies, which are miniature versions of jalapeno corn bread. Loosen your belt and make the trip to Jake's Rib next time you're in Chickasha.

The Butcher BBQ Stand&mdashWellston

Plenty of places might lay claim to the title of best barbecue in central Oklahoma, but the Butcher BBQ Stand in Wellston has the accolades to back it up. This dining destination has been racking up awards and satisfied diners since it opened in 2015. After an impressive 30 years on the compettitive barbecue circuit, the Butcher BBQ team opened its permanent dining location on Route 66 after bringing home more than 400 first-place ribbons, being named the 2012 World Food Champion in Las Vegas, and even appearing on the BBQ Pitmasters TV show. Enjoy all your barbecue favorites like pulled pork, tender smoked brisket&mdashdon't forget the burnt ends!&mdashand succulent, St. Louis-style ribs in a no-fuss, outdoor environment complete with a giant Jenga game set, a horshoe set-up and live music performances.

John & Cooks Real Pit Bar-B-Cue&mdashLawton

Don't be fooled by the size of this southwestern Oklahoma barbecue joint. John & Cooks Real Pit Bar-B-Cue may be small on the outside, but the flavors found within are massive. Come feast on classics like ribs, brisket, pulled pork, hot links and more, smoked low and slow to perfection. Get your choice of 100% woodfire-smoked meat(s) piled high on a sandwich, on a plate with baked beans and coleslaw, or take it home by the pound. Save room, if you can, for one of John & Cooks irresistable desserts like their famous lemon cake or sweet potato pie to truly complete the experience. However you do it, you'll definitely be glad you made the trip to Lawton for this can't-miss barbecue hotspot that's been around for more than 90 years.

Bedlam Bar-B-Q&mdashOklahoma City

Nothing brings people together quite like barbecue. Bedlam Bar-B-Q in Oklahoma City may take its name from the intense rivalry between OU and OSU, but everyone who eats here can agree on one thing: Bedlam does it right. Since 2003, this beloved barbecue joint has brought together smoked meat fanatics of all allegiances over platters of sliced or chopped brisket, delectable smoked turkey and ribs that fall right off the bone. Order up with a side of collard greens, cowboy beans or mac and cheese and you'll forget about any outside rivalries in no time.

Caddo Street BBQ Company&mdashArdmore

While still relatively new to the scene, Ardmore's Caddo Street BBQ Company has quickly become a must-visit spot in southern Oklahoma. Serving a brisket that diners drive miles for, Caddo Street also smokes dry-rubbed ribs, chicken, burnt ends, bologna, sausage and pulled pork that meet the same high standard. If you're looking for a sandwich, don't miss the Tuperello - a mouthwatering combination of sliced brisket, sausage, pulled pork, bacon and a scoop of mac and cheese. a As many other spots on this list, Caddo Street's sides are not to be missed, particularly the crowd favorite baked beans and "kickin'" greens. Finish up with some banana pudding for the full experience and don't forget to grab a koozie or hat on the way out.

For a complete list of Oklahoma's heavenly barbecue hotspots, along with special deals and events, click here.


The Red Iguana

Saalebaer / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

Opened in 1985 by the Cardenas family, The Red Iguana is one of Salt Lake City's best-loved restaurants, serving some of the best Mexican food you can find anywhere. The original location near the Utah State Fairpark is so popular, the owners opened The Red Iguana 2 right around the corner.

Known for: Moles, tacos Don Ramon (beef and chorizo), carne asada, chile verde, chile Colorado.


The Bagel Deli

The Bagel Deli, tucked away in an unassuming strip mall off Hampden, offers classic Jewish deli fare in a no-frills atmosphere. At a loss for what to order? Try the corned beef on rye accompanied by Dr. Brown's cream soda. More adventurous diners can order an appetizer of gefilte fish or a tongue sandwich. The Bagel Deli is a kosher-style deli with many gluten-free options.


America’s finest restaurant, revisited

In the 19th century and well into the 20th there was absolutely no doubt that Delmonico’s was the nation’s finest restaurant, for decades the only one with a worldwide reputation. It was one of the few places in this country that European visitors compared favorably with the glittering restaurants of Paris’s “super mall” of the 19th century, the Palais Royal. [above: cafe section of Fifth Avenue and 26th Street Delmonico’s]

Founded by two Italian-Swiss immigrants in 1823 as a small confectionery shop in New York City, it soon grew into a “restaurant Français” occupying various New York City locations over its nearly 100-year run under family ownership. The Delmonico restaurants of the 1830s and subsequent decades were favored by foreign visitors, but soon Americans came to appreciate them too as their fame spread. As a form of homage — sometimes tongue-in-cheek — restaurants high and low, all over the USA, christened themselves Delmonico’s.

During much of the 19th century, most of America’s restaurants were located in hotels up to the Civil War most operated on the American plan. This meant that everyone sat at large tables with others not necessarily of their choosing while bowls and platters of whatever was being served that day were set on the table to be shared – or not — by the diners. The Delmonicos introduced the European plan which allowed guests to have their own table and order just what they wanted, prepared the way they wanted.

An 1838 menu revealed that fine preparation was only part of Delmonico’s appeal. It also offered a profusion of dishes including 12 soups, 32 hors d’oeuvres, 28 entrées of beef, 46 of veal, 22 of game, 48 of fish, plus 51 vegetable or egg choices, and 45 pastries, cakes, and other desserts. (That 11-page menu is replicated in Lately Thomas’s classic book Delmonico’s, A Century of Splendor.) [Beaver street location shown above]

The number of dishes offered at Delmonico’s is overwhelming proof that the abbreviated reproduction menu that is commonly displayed and offered for sale online is a fake.

The original Delmonico brothers’ mission was what one observer writing in The Nation in 1881 characterized as establishing “a little oasis of civilization in the vast gastronomic waste which America at the time of their arrival presented.” For many Americans, the enjoyment of food bordered on sinfulness. Not only was it viewed as a monetary extravagance, claimed the essay, but there was a feeling among reform-minded people “that all time devoted to the table must be subtracted from that dedicated to spiritual improvement.”

So lauded was Delmonico’s that it’s necessary to point out that it had its critics who disliked the extravagant balls and banquets it hosted. In 1865, a year in which the newly Civil-War-rich were pouring into Delmonico’s, Morton Peto, a British railway and real estate developer, held a banquet for 100 guests. The cost was an astounding $250 a head. For comparison, as much as sixteen years later, the restaurant paid its waiters $30 a month. Another banquet that drew public disapproval was the dinner for James G. Blaine, a Presidential candidate in 1884. His backers, wealthy men who stood to gain from his election, were mocked in a front page cartoon in The World, which named the event after a Babylonian prince who tried to engineer his ascension to the throne. [above: front page of The World, 1884]

For a long time the Delmonico’s menu was entirely in French, without translation, a problem for English-only guests. If a guest ordered badly he (only men were given this task) imagined he could hear his waiter snickering. As a New York Times reporter put it in 1859, “we are made nervous by the sneerful smirk of the waiter, if we order the wrong wine in the wrong place . . .” And he might end up with a dinner of pickles and brandied peaches as happened to one hapless patron. The solution was to throw yourself on the mercy of the waiter and ask for his recommendations. [above: Fifth Avenue and 14th Street]

It’s interesting to note that Charles Delmonico, who ran the family empire following the death of Lorenzo, was said to be fond of the Italian restaurant Café Moretti. There he ordered risotto, a favorite dish that his restaurant’s French cooks did not know how to prepare. [above: Delmonico’s, Fifth Avenue and 26th Street]

Over time Delmonico’s moved from their initial “society” restaurant on the corner of Beaver, William, and South William streets [shown above, third from top] to three successive Fifth Avenue locations. Like all wise businesses, they were following in the path of their wealthy patrons. In 1862 they moved into an elegant mansion at Fifth Ave and 14th Street and in 1876 jumped up to 26th. In 1897 they settled in their final Fifth Avenue location at 44th Street, facing off with arch-rival Sherry’s. [above: Fifth Avenue and 44th Street]

Through the years the Delmonicos always kept at least one other location farther downtown for businessmen and politicians. The restaurant at 22 Broad Street served Stock Exchange brokers and speculators. It was said that for them “not to go to Delmonico’s for one’s lunch or tipple was to lose caste on ‘the Street.’”

In 1897 Delmonico’s yielded to music and smoking in its hallowed halls, a sign many regarded as evidence of a downhill slide. By then the 44th Street Delmonico’s was the last one doing business. It closed in 1923, a victim of weak management, increasingly informal dining customs, and Prohibition.

Delmonico’s was one of my early posts, and I realized I hadn’t given the subject its full due. This is an enhanced version.


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