I’ve been to New York three times now and I’ve never been to Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. or to see a Broadway show. Like most British people, I don’t rate Hershey’s chocolate, so a visit to Hershey’s World is not high on my list of things to do. I’m not a fan of fending off tour guide touts either, so you can probably tell that Times Square is not one of my favourite places.
I’d definitely hate to go to a themed restaurant. So Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen and Bar had to have a special draw, as it was exactly that. Dad introduced us to Guy’s Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Since then, we’ve become obsessed with the weird and wonderful places Guy visits on Triple D. Phil has even made a list of all the places featured in the programme for the states we are visiting. We bought his cook book. So we were pretty excited to stop off in “theaterland” and hit up Flavor Town.
The restaurant was nearly empty. We ordered ridiculously large lunches: the Bacon Mac’n’Cheese Burger and the Crispy Shrimp’Po Boy, and we waited. And waited. And waited. After over half an hour, our food arrived, and it was amazing.
The crispy fried shrimp and creole mayo was delicious. I can’t wait to get to New Orleans for the real thing!
But we couldn’t help thinking that this was exactly the sort of place Guy wouldn’t feature on Triple D. It lacked authenticity and, discounting the sloppy service, it was too polished. Guy loves a backstreet barbeque or dive bar joint, like the ones we hope to find in the South; definitely not a tourist restaurant off Times Square.