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"Triple D Goes Hawaiian" Debuts Tonight!

The Food Network’s hit food road show ‘Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives’ with host Guy Fieri will debut its “Triple D Goes Hawaiian” episode tonight, Monday, April 5, 2010 on Oceanic Cable (Hawaii) at 7pm and repeat at 10pm.

Tonight’s episode will feature Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kaka’ako, Nico’s at Pier 38, Highway Inn in Waipahu and Germaine’s Luau.

Places they taped at that didn’t make tonight’s episode will be fitted into other Triple D episodes. Poke Stop will be featured on Triple D on May 3rd, Murphy’s Bar & Grill will be featured on Triple D on May 17th and Rainbow Drive In will be featured on Triple D on June 28th.

Keep in mind they were here on Oahu taping all the way back in October 2009, so it took that long from production time to air time.

Come to find out from HawaiiMagazine.com, there’s quite a few criteria restaurants must meet to be eligible for consideration to be featured on Triple D.

Some of those guidelines are:
•  Restaurants must not have been featured on Food Network within the previous six to seven years.
•  All dishes featured must be made in-house using fresh (never frozen) ingredients. Gravies and sauces must be made from scratch.
• Restaurateurs must be willing to disclose recipes of all featured dishes. If recipes involve “secret ingredients,” a majority of these must be revealed.
• All restaurant staff appearing on camera must be “interesting and dynamic” and willing to remain at the location for the complete duration of DD&D filming.
• Restaurants should have only one location. Hank’s Haute Dogs, which has two locations, was a rare exception.

Wow, they have to give out their “secret” recipes? That’s quite a stretch just to get “free” advertising on a national level! As for not being on a Food Network show in the previous six or seven years, I remember Rainbow Drive In was featured on their now canceled show called ‘The Secret Life of…’ with host Jim O’Connor. Not sure exactly how long ago that was though.

Other nationally televised traveling food shows that recently featured eateries in Hawaii include the Travel Channel’s ‘Man v. Food’ with Adam Richman, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and several years ago, ‘No Reservations’ with Anthony Bourdain.

Again, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives “Triple D Goes Hawaiian” episode debuts tonight, April 5, 2010 @ 7pm and 10pm on the Food Network via Oceanic Cable (Hawaii).

If you have satellite (dish) service, or if you’re on the mainland, check your local listings for this episode’s specific air time.

Catch it!  A-L-O-H-A!

9 thoughts on “"Triple D Goes Hawaiian" Debuts Tonight!

  • April 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Pomai, I sure Guy know much of Hawaiian Foods hope he got a tour guide to teach of it. Poi is one thing many people who for first time get shocik by it. Many do like Kalua Pig the best.

  • April 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Pomai, can’t see Guy eating poi and smile and liking it but we all have to see on tv.

  • April 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    So what did you folks think of the show? I thought it was FANTASTIC!

    I guess I’ll have to return to Nico’s and try that stuffed Opah with Crab and Watercress sauce, as well as that Marlin Burger. Man, they sure made those items sound ono!

    I wasn’t as fond of Highway Inn’s Pipikaula as Guy made it sound. But I still say as of this writing, Highway Inn has the best Laulau.

    I already know the first hot dog I’m going to try at Hank’s is the Lobster Dog. Price doesn’t matter. Did you see how he makes it? That’s AMAZING! I also got dibs on that “Hawaiian Dog”, and then after that I’ll certainly try Hank’s authentic Chicago Dog. Imagine, he imports all those ingredients from the windy city! No wonder the prices there are higher than the norm. You’re paying for some exotic stuff!

    I like how Guy said the show is now called “Triple D ‘n L” in reference to visiting Germaine’s Luau.

    Looking forward to watching his visits to Rainbow Drive Inn, Poke
    Stop and Murphy’s Bar and Grill on those upcoming episodes!

    Oh, the Woody car they borrowed from a local collector was cool as well. I thought they were gonna’ rent a commonly-seen late model Mustang convertible. Then again, that would have went against his Chevy Camaro creed back on the CONUS. lol

    More Hawaiiian Triple D! More Hawaiian Triple D! More Hawaiian Triple D! Guy, please come back and tape more places here in Hawaii!


  • April 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Good episode, Guy didn’t even flinch when he tasted the poi, think he even had 2 bites LOL. But Pomai, I think you need to revisit Nico’s – that place looked ‘off the hook’ ;-) Sure looked better than a 1 musubi. Avoid the deep fried stuff and order some of that opah, that’s my favorite fish! I want to see opah porn!!!

  • April 5, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Also wanna try that Lobster Dog! He also serves a Foie Gras Dog on weekends but the main weekend treat… fries cooked in duck fat…..

  • April 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Okay, we surely didn’t order the right plates at Nico’s last time. But I will definitely order the marlin burger next time around! Man the stuff dripping out it made my mouth water!

    Also I like the related Highway Inn Google ad below this post, cha ching!

  • April 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Diner A, although Lent is over, from the way it looks at Nico’s (contrary to our experience), I’d still stick with the fish there! As Dana suggested, just don’t go with the deep-fried stuff.

    Ryan, folks on Yelp all rave about Hank’s fries, with some members voting it “best fries on the island”. Cooked in Duck Lard? Now that’s GOTTA’ be good! I’m very impressed that he makes all his own gourmet dogs right on site. Did you see him cook the Lobster Dog in clarified butter, THEN lets it SOAK in MORE clarified butter before “bunning” it? Now I MUST try that! What wine would you pair with that? You know me, no matter what it is, I always shoot for Merlot or Cabernet (or anything deep red).

    Dana, I was surprised how non-offended Guy was upon first taste. He seems like the type that would have quickly assimilated it to wallpaper paste, but instead he said Poi reminded him of yogurt of all things. That’s a first. At least he got it right by commenting how the Poi compliments the saltiness of the meats it’s being eaten with. FINALLY someone new to the dish understands this. That’s good teaching on the part of the Toguchi ohana in carefully explaining to him what each dish is all about.

    But, yes, after watching that episode, we definitely need to hit back Nico’s for some fresh FISH! All that dill weed in the Marlin burger had me SOLD. Love dill with fish and pasta.

  • April 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Wished they focused on Hank’s Fries and ORings. They are truly some of the best ones we’ve had…this also includes the dipping sauces too.

    Additionally, their drinks are awesome.

    Nico’s deserves a second visit from us. That burger looked so ono.
    Highway Inn folks are some of the nicest people around. Will definitely be back to extend the congrats to them too.

  • April 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

    That was a great show!

    Embarrassingly, I usually hit Hank’s about three times a visit, usually Friday (lobster dog), Saturday (rabbit-foie gras) and Sunday (Kobe). The lobster and r-fg are both awesome, and the Kobe is a real standout — the toppings put it over the top (but all their toppings on the daily specials are well thought out). Last Sept. I had the duck fat fries. So decadent — if I lived there (and if they weren’t only available on weekends), I’d probably make myself sick on them. But their regular fries and onion rings are also good (especially with the dipping sauces), and, yes, the drinks are awesome. Other things I want to try there are the truffle mac-n-cheese, the creme brulee and (*gasp*) the Fat Boy!

    I had kind of dropped Nico’s from my list of places to try, because I read a couple of so-so reviews (including the one here). But, having seen the guy at work, I think I’ll put it back on. And probably order the marlin burger!

    Highway Inn is kind of off the beaten path (at least by The Bus), but I might have to travel for lau lau!


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