As Seen on TV: 30 Charlotte restaurants featured on food shows

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I love to hate Guy Fieri. Or hate to love him. I can’t tell. The Food Network host is over the top and frankly a little unbearable with his bleached hair and bowling shirts, but does he not introduce us to some of the best “worst” restaurants in the country? He does.

Charlotte has gotten its fair share of coverage on Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, as well as on Alton Brown’s Feasting on Ashphalt, Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate and the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food and Eden Eats.

Most recently, Fieri was in town to film at Mert’s, Pinky’s, Pit Road Bar & Grill and The Tin Kitchen. Here’s a running list of all the Charlotte restaurants I could find that have earned their 15 minutes of fame with national air time over the years.

300 East

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: Butterscotch Ice Cream Sandwiches with Molasses Cookies and Caramelized Pineapple

Antojitos Mi Colombia Bakery

As seen on: Eden Eats
What they ate: Arepas Reina Papiada (translated as “sexy queen arepa”)

Bar-B-Q King

As seen on: Best Thing I Ever Ate and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: BBQ fried chicken

Bollywood Bites (closed)

As seen on: Eden Eats
What they ate: daabeli (sandwiches with mashed potatoes and spices)

Brooks Sandwich House

As seen on: Burger Land
What they ate: All the Way cheeseburger

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Cabo Fish Taco

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: honey wasabi tuna burritos and mango barbecue fish tacos

Cabo Fish Taco

Caribbean Hut

As seen on: Eden Eats
What they ate: tin mackerel and dumplings

Crave

As seen on: Drinking Made Easy
What they drank: TBD

Cowfish

As seen on: Food Paradise
What they ate: Dynamic Duo, Porky’s Revenge and Granny’s Southern Pimento Cheeseburger

Cowfish

The Diamond

As seen on: Burgerland
What they ate: Southern style burgers

Dish

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: chicken and dumplings

Dish Charlotte

Dixie Tavern (closed)

As seen on: Drinking Made Easy
What they drank: Queen City Hurricane

Grand Asia Market

As seen on: Eden Eats
What they ate: Taiwanese pickle sandwich and milk bubble tea

Intermezzo

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: eggplant musaka

Intermezzo

photo via Intermezzo’s Facebook page

Jackalope Jack’s

As seen on: Man vs. Food
What they ate: 25 pulled pork sliders and the Kobe Mexicali burger

Jackalope Jack's

Jake’s Good Eats

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: venison quesadilla

Krazy Fish

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: gumbo

Landmark Diner

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: boiled turkey and fixins and spanikopita

Loft 1523 (closed)

As seen on: Drinking Made Easy
What they drank: Wakin’ Bacon and Chocolate Cherry Bacon-infused martini

Mert’s Heart and Soul

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: Soul Rolls

Nova’s Bakery

As seen on: Eden Eats
What they ate: fresh-baked bread

Nova's Charlotte

PePeRo

As seen on: Eden Eats
What they ate: ddeok (rice cakes) and kimchi jjigae

The Penguin (closed)

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Man vs. Food
What they ate: Penguin Double Pounder

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Pinky’s Westside Grill

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: Carolina Burger Chili and corn dog shrimp

Pit Road Bar & Grill

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: Hot Lap Sandwich

Price’s Chicken Coop

As seen on: Man vs. Food
What they ate: fried chicken, livers and gizzards

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Prohibition

As seen on: Drinking Made Easy
What they drank: chocolate-covered strawberry shots and American Pie

South 21 Drive-In

As seen on: Feasting on AsphaltDiners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Burgerland
What they ate: fried chicken and cheeseburgers

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Sweet Tea (closed)

As seen on: Restaurant Impossible
What they ate: chicken and waffles

Tin Kitchen Food Truck

As seen on: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
What they ate: chana masala

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VBGB

As seen on: Drinking Made Easy
What they ate: beer cheese sauce, 10 pretzels and “nearly everything else on the menu

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