Best Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives! Grab A Map of Guy Fieri's Favorite Eats

Best Michigan Diners Drive ins and Dives with Guy Fieri and Food Network | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Grab a map of Guy Fieri's favorite eats and let's make a trip through Flavortown!

If you are as obsessed with Food Network, Diners Drive Ins and Dives, and Guy Fieri as we are, you have a fork in hand, ready to go!

We have probably watched every episode of Diners Drive Ins and Dives ever made.  (Yeah that sounds a little stalkery, but I prefer to think of us as SUPER FANS!)

We decided it was time to start following in Guy Fieri's footsteps and check these places out.  We couldn't find an interactive map of just Michigan's episodes so we researched and pulled together this handy dandy interactive map...just for you (you're welcome!).  

If you want a complete listing of all Food Network's Diners Drive Ins and Dives with memorabilia, recipes and photos, grab Guy's All American Road Trip book. 

Grab Your Interactive Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives Map!

*Be sure to click this link to open this Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives in Google Maps so you can see where they are as you drive!

We created this Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops and aid in planning your trip. 

Helpful Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 

Are you ready?  Let's GO!  Be sure to use the map above to reference all our stops!

The Purple Carrot Food Truck

Address: 4480 S Hagadorn Rd, Okemos, MI 48864

  • Season 28, Episode 9

I wanted to launch our Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives page with The Purple Carrot as this is the Red Haven restaurant's food truck. Red Haven is a fantastic Michigan Farm to Table restaurant that we visit whenever possible. The carrot soup, wraps and harvest salad are my favorites at the restaurant. The food is spectacular and the service is so very friendly so the food truck will also delight. 

The Purple Carrot Food Truck launched in 2013 as Michigan's First Farm to Truck food stand! 

“That [deep fryer] looks like the community pool in Flavourtown."

~Guy Fieri

(It sounds like a nice place to vacation, wonder if they rent condos on VRBO?)

The Cosmos

The Cosmos (Pizza). Photo and Recipe courtesy of the restaurant and Food NetworkThe Cosmos (Pizza). Photo and Recipe courtesy of the restaurant and Food Network

Address: 611 E Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906 

  • Season 28, Episode 8

Guy called The Cosmos, "an out of this world pizza joint!" Kick off your Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives by first making a pizza!

Nick's Cosmic Meatball Pizza (Courtesy of The Cosmic restaurant)

Nick's Cosmic Meatball Pizza (courtesy of The Cosmic restaurant)


8 ounces white bread (de-crusted, cut into 1/2-inch cubes)

2/3 cup heavy cream

4 cups minced red onion

1 cup grated Parmesan

1 cup minced parsley

6 tablespoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

8 ounces pancetta, minced

8 eggs

5 pounds 50/50 pork and beef blend


1 pizza dough ball (use your favorite store bought or make your own)

3 ounces pizza sauce (use your favorite store bought or make your own)

2 meatballs

Fresh mozzarella, sliced, as needed

Ricotta, as needed

Pepperoncini peppers, thinly sliced, as needed

Pickled onions, as needed


  1. For the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Combine the white bread and heavy cream in a large mixing bowl. Mash the bread until it is thoroughly broken down. Add the red onions, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, salt, fennel seed, oregano, pepper, pancetta and eggs and mix thoroughly. Add in your pork and beef blend, again mixing until fully incorporated.
  3. Using a 3-ounce ice cream scoop, portion your meatballs onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Align them tightly packed but not touching! Bake until golden brown or the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the meatballs from the oven and place in a cooler or refrigerator until cooled to 40 degrees F.
  5. For one pizza: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  6. Roll out the dough. Ladle the pizza sauce onto your dough, spreading evenly. (Feel free to add more if you like heavy sauce!) Crumble the meatballs, evenly spreading them out over the entire pizza. Next, add your fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Place in small increments starting along the outside and working your way in to the center. Evenly spread your pepperoncini slices and pickled onions all over the pizza. Cook until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. (Depending on how you like your pizza, this time will vary.)

Cook’s Note

When making any pizza, follow the "Less is More, Better Spread Out" rule. You want to taste every topping in every bite, but you also need balance. Try not to bunch up your toppings or your cheeses, and make sure everything is nice and evenly spread for best results!

Eastside Fish Fry and Grill

Address: 417 East Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48912

  • Season 27, Episode 7

Eastside Fish Fry & Grill is known for cooking up spectacular chicken wings that are prepared with a 48-hour dry rub marinade and fried to order. If you want to get a little crazy, try their crispy fried gizzards and pig skins. Definitely an original Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives.

Capital City BBQ

Address: 1026 W. Saginaw St, Lansing, MI 48915

  • Season 27, Episode 5

If you are lookin' for some good eats, try the Brisket Bahn Mi.  It's a combination of delicious tender smoked brisket and the classic banh mi toppings like pickled daikon, cucumber and cilantro.

What they are known for: Brisket Banh Mi, Pork and Shrimp Spring Roll

*Need more fun ideas of things to do and see while in Lansing?

“If it tastes really good and it’s funky, it’s funkalicious.” ― Guy Fieri

-an except from the dictionary in the Flavourtown library

(We just nabbed a copy-we needed to be down with the lingo, baby!)

Zaytoon Mediterranean

Address: 940 Elmwood Dr, Lansing, MI 48917

  • Season 27, Episode 5

Want something yummy? Try the chicken shawarma with garlic sauce and delicious lamb grape leaves served with creamy hummus.

Meat Southern BBQ and Carnivore Cuisine 

Address: 1224 Turner St, Lansing, MI 48906

  • Season 27, Episode 4

This Southern-style barbeque joint is known for their house-smoked pork belly pastrami and pickle fries that are per Guy, “another level of ridiculous.” Also try the smoked wings with Black Magic sauce. Sounds like a great Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives!

Union Woodshop

Address: 18 S Main St, Clarkston, MI 48346 

  • Season 13, Episode 3

Union Woodshop is known across the land for their awesome barbecue- even Kid Rock loves it!

Try The Porker, made with house-ground pork, housemade Michigan maple bacon and housemade hotlinks. This dish really rocked Guy Fieri's world when he visited.  Sandwiches not your thing? Try their pizza and whiskey bar!

Joe's Gizzard City

Address: 120 W Main St, Potterville, MI 48876

Season 2, Episode 3

You bet, Joe's Gizzard City is known for their deep fried chicken gizzards and they guarantee their gizzards will be the best gizzards you’ve ever tasted. (This is definitely the record number of times I have written gizzard in one sentence...or ever, for that matter)

They also toot their own horn about their freakin' good chicken dinners, hot sandwiches, hand battered onion rings and burgers.  Oh, and they fry up a mean Twinkie too! What a fun Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives!

The Fly Trap

Address: 22950 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220

In this episode, Guy Fieri had a thing for the Pho Bowls, so you gotta try one!

  • Season 2, Episode 11

Special Dishes: Vietnamese Pho Bowls, Thai-Style Peanut Chicken, Homemade Salmon Burger, Gingerbread Waffles

Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger

Address: 304 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

So I hear the fresh-ground burgers are freakin' awesome but you have to order right.

  1. First the size 
  2. Then the bun and toppings
  3. Lastly, the cheese

“Look at the festival of funk,” Guy said of his burger piled with onions, peppers, bacon, salami and mushroom.

Be sure to order crunchy onion rings!

Polish Village Cafe

Address: 2990 Yemans Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212

  • Season 12, Episode 13

The Hungarian pancakes are fried and topped with a goulash made with pork butt. Guy loved the crunch from the pancakes and the "megatender" meat. Feeling fiesty?  Try the dill pickle soup!!

Supino Pizzaria

Address: 2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207

  • Season 12, Episode 12

The City Wing Thing pizza (topped with piles of smoked turkey, cherry peppers, smoked Gouda, mozzarella and roasted garlic) came out a winner in Guy's book.

Grab a margarita pizza with a glass of wine for one heck of a meal at this Michigan Diners Drive Ins and Dives!

*Need more fun things to see and do while visiting Detroit?

Clarkston Union Bar and Kitchen

Address: 54 S Main St, Village of Clarkston, MI 48346

  • Season 0, Episode 13

This was the episode where Guy Fieri visited the restaurant with Kid Rock

Owner, Curt Catallo, transformed an old church into a comfort food diner that is now known as THE SPOT for mac and cheese. 

Kid Rock and Guy Fieri dug into a bowl of creamy mac and cheese, calling it the "most macked mac & cheese."

It's also a great spot to grab a cold beer.

Traffic Jam and Snug

Address: 511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201

  • Season 13, Episode 1

The cool thing about Traffic Jam and Snug is their dedication to making everthing yourself.  It's a dream restaurant!  Their menu changes seasonally to reflect the seasonal best from local farms and markets. They have a ton of vegetarian, vegan, fish, meat and poultry options. Plus some great desserts!

What did Guy eat? The hot-sauce jelly beans in the pork loin kamatsu salad! Locals also enjoy the huge braised-beef panini sandwich made with their fresh baked bread.

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