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Where would you film an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in Lexington?

Here’s where we think Guy Fieri should stop the next time he’s filming an episode in Lexington.

Two plates with burgers and cheese covered fries next to two milkshakes

Nothing says satisfying like a stop at Tolly Ho for some burgers and cheese-covered fries. | Photo by LEXtoday

If you’re a fan of Food Network or just a devotee of spiky-haired, goatee-clad television hosts, you’ve probably seen an episode or two of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. It’s been a staple of the channel since 2007 and boasts more than 400 episodes, with restaurateur Guy Fieri traveling the country searching for casual spots with delicious food.

Fieri has stopped in the area before, but only one of the restaurants he’s visited is still open today: Wallace Station, the Kentucky-centric deli and bakery located in Versailles.

So we’d like to propose that the “King of Flavortown” make his triumphant return to Lexington and stop at these well-loved restaurants. If you’re reading this, Food Network, you’re welcome.

Tolly Ho

This late-night spot is a staple for college students and alumni looking to relive their glory days. Although many corners of town have served as home to Tolly Ho, its menu has stayed tried and true with its family of burgers: The Country Fried Ho, The Super Ho, and the Mega Ho. Plus, get that full diner experience with one of it’s loaded milkshakes — we love the banana pudding.

Blue Skillet

Soul food is the name of the game at this East End restaurant. Choose your own main course from catfish to salisbury steak, then finish out your comfort meal by adding a side of mashed potatoes, mac + cheese, green beans, and more.

A door leading into the deli with a sign that says "Dad's Favorites Est. 2008"

If you can’t trust Dad with your sandwich picks, then who can you trust? | Photo by @libbys_food_mood

Dad’s Favorites Deli

This unassuming spot inside of the Garden Springs Shopping Center is guaranteed to pack a punch of flavor. Go with one of the daily specials (like Wednesday’s Cuban) or everyday menu items such as its asiago pot roast sandwich served with roasted red pepper sauce.

Now listen — Lexington’s restaurant scene could fill a whole “Triple D” season, so our episode is only scratching the surface. We want to know where you would send Guy Fieri if he were to roll into town.

Let us know your favorite local diners, drive-ins, and dives in this survey, and we may include them in an upcoming newsletter.

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