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

Naptown = Flavortown. Here’s where we think Guy Fieri should stop the next time he’s filming an episode in Indy.

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Kountry Kitchen’s fried catfish is an Indy staple.

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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 Indianapolis before, but only two of the locations he’s visited are still open today: Steer-In, a historic diner on the east side, and The Tamale Place, a quick-serve Mexican stop near the airport.

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

Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place

A few years ago, Fieri wouldn’t have been able to stop by Kountry Kitchen, as a devastating fire forced the owners to close its doors for nearly four years. But last fall, it finally reopened, welcoming customers back to enjoy true southern fried-everything cuisine. It’s more than just a local legend — dozens of celebrities have dined here, including former President Barack Obama and, just recently during All-Star Weekend, Shaq.

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If you’re looking for a milkshake that comes with its own army of additional desserts crammed inside, you’ve come to the right place.

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Big Hoffa’s

Just north of the city, Big Hoffa’s serves up fall-off-the-bone smoked meats and delicious sides in a pirate-themed setting (to be honest, we’re not sure we get the connection, but the food is so good we haven’t questioned it). And if that wasn’t enough, save room for dessert — the restaurant’s creamery makes showstopping milkshakes that are so big, they demand sharing.

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Want to down your burger with a cocktail? Workingman’s Friend also has a full service bar.

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The Workingman’s Friend

This no-frills diner is so old school and casual that it doesn’t even accept credit cards. But don’t let the unassuming facade fool you — the joint has received many awards for its incredible smashburgers, including best burger in Indiana.

What other restaurants do you think fit the Triple D bill? Cast your own episode.

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