Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Diner's, Drive-ins & Dives

Ok, Ok, I know what you're thinking...isn't that the title of the Food Network show about greasy white-trash joints? Well, ok you might not actually be thinking that as you are probably not a big Food Network dork like me (and the funny thing is I love the shows but hate cooking!) Anyways, it's a show hosted by a blonde haired beefhead named Guy Fieri who visits American Diners, Drive-ins & Dives (hence the show title) and ravishes their speciality-whether it be pulled pork sandwiches or ten pound burgers.  The other strange thing is that I'm a vegetarian so it's not like I can eat any of the food he's reviewing but I think the visual sensation of watching a burger is almost as good as eating one!

So, this show got me to thinking- what are my favourite Ottawa diners, drive-ins and dives? Well as far as Diners go- the Wellington Diner is a 5 minute walk from my condo and it serves delicious perogies.  My boyfriend and I walked there on Sunday night for a breakfast-dinner (aren't those the best-especially if you don't wake up until 5 p.m. as I did!) I ordered a fruit and yogourt parfait (of galaxy proportions) and he ordered blueberry pancakes with sliced bananas.  On the walk there, we passed by some rather interesting fire hydrant sculptures mimicking various vegetables and local businesses.

Ankle Boots- Primark UK; Flower Tights- Wonder Bra

Long Black Sequin Sweater- Costa Blanca; Dress-Smart Set; Black Vinyl Clutch-Thrift Store

Headband-Aldo; Necklace- Smart Set

 Anyway back to my list of fav Ottawa diners, drive-ins and dives.

Diners: Elgin Street Diner (I go for the 24 hour service and the great people watching) & Zak's Diner (mmm deep fried Mars bars!)

Drive-ins: Burger King (I recently discovered their veggie burgers and mozza sticks-delish!) & Dick's Drive-in & Dairy Dip (get your mind out of the gutter!)

Dives: Ahora (a relatively unknown Mexican basement restaurant with great nachos and homemade guacamole at amazing prices) & Royal Thai ($3.99 girly coktails- need I say more?)

                                                   What are your favourite diners, drive-ins and dives?


  1. My boyfriend will heartily agree with you on the Elgin Street Diner pick! Though I love Zak's coz I walk there at 3:00 in the morning dring pancake craving pangs!


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  2. Don't you just love 24 hour diners? Nothing better than a late night craving that you can actually fulfill! The Banana Republic nacklace is stunning!


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