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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Is San Antonio the True Flavortown?: Guy Fieri Stopped By a Record Number of Local Restaurants This Year

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 9:13 AM

  • The Brooks Group
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri may zigzag all over the U.S. looking for the best bites, but it seems like his trail keeps leading back to San Antonio.

On Friday, December 28, he will have spotlighted five local restaurants in less than two months.

Fieri’s final San Antonio stop for the year is part of a new program on the Food Network. For the upcoming Triple D Nation, a sort-of spinoff of his long-running Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Fieri will revisit established joints as well as look for new places to chow down. Among the spots he’s visiting for the first time is Luna Rosa Puerto Rican Grill y Tapas.

Set to air Friday, December 28, at 8 p.m., Triple D Nation will lead Fieri to the South Side’s spot for Puerto Rican as part of its “Piling on the Pork” episode. Foodies can see the Food Network personality sample Caribbean nachos and chuleta kan-kan pork chops.

The Luna Rosa spotlight comes just weeks after San Antonians watched Fieri visit four other local restaurants as part of DDD. Smoke Shack was noted on the November 23 “Burgers, Bacon and BBQ” episode for its awesome ’cue. A week later, Wrigleyville Grill and Fat Tummy Empanadas made their TV debuts during the “From Sandwiches to Stroganoff” episode. On December 14, Fieri featured Dignowity Meats on the “Regional Recipes” episode, billing the spot as an East Coast-Texas deli known for its smoked meats.

That brings the count of S.A.-area restaurants featured on the Food Network (and that are still open) to 23. Other notables include Big Lou’s Pizza, Magnolia Pancake Haus, La Panaderia, Texas Pride BBQ, The Cove and Two Bros. Barbecue.

So many restaurants, so little time. Find out the latest San Antonio dining news with our Flavor Friday Newsletter.

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