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Here’s Where Guy Fieri Went in Chico for the Newest Episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Residing in Santa Rosa, Guy Fieri is a Northern California local and has been very active supporting the first responders following the historic wildfires that devastated multiple local communities. That’s why it’s no surprise that he filmed his most recent episode of Diners, Dine-Ins and Drives in Chico, where he spent much of November feeding the people displaced by the Camp Fire.

When Fieri visited Chico, the producers were quiet about where he visited in town. We can assume, after a Tweet from Fieri and his continued support of people affected by wildfires, that he will spend time on the show paying tribute to local first responders while eating unique foods.

As the Food Network announced the air dates of April 19 and 20, we were able to piece together what will be featured on the popular show. Here is the description given:

Coming Together in Cali

For this trip, Guy Fieri zeroes in on Chico, California, celebrating the town’s food scene as residents and restaurant owners recover from ravaging fires that rocked the area. There’s a wood-fired Italian spot cooking up powerhouse pork ragu and killer chicken, and a bakery servin’ up standout savory specialties like their legendary black bean chili and a Korean pork salad. Plus, a pub elevating their grub with a “Pho-rench Dip” and banh mi tacos.

Having great experience with Chico food, this description, along with a little bit of whispers in town, we were able to piece together what will be featured on the episode. Here’s a hint, he stayed in just a two block radius in downtown Chico.

First off, the restaurant that serves “wood-fired Italian spot cooking up powerhouse pork ragu and killer chicken” is:

Grana

Photo via Downtown Chico

This downtown restaurant located on the corner of E. 2nd St and Wall St, specializes in wood-fire Italian with a modern flare. Their unique style has helped grow a loyal group of foodies in Chico.

“Always an incredible meal with excellent service. I often go to grana with high expectations and everytime I am blown out of the water,” wrote Yelp user Nicole G.

Here are some delicious meals you can eat at Grana:

Next up we take a look at a “bakery servin’ up standout savory specialties like their legendary black bean chili and a Korean pork salad”:

Upper Crust

Photo: TripAdvisor

Upper Crust is the premiere bakery in Chico, serving up delicious breakfast eats, like egg sandwiches and croissants, in the morning and making mouthwatering lunch meals throughout the day. Located on Main St near E. 2nd St in downtown Chico, this bakery has become a staple in the community.

“Sandwiches, salads, pastries, cookies – everything is perfect and I have likely tried everything – but the cinnamon rolls have ruined me for life,” wrote Yelp user Madame X.

Here are some of the delicious dishes served at Upper Crust:

Last, we search for the “pub elevating their grub with a “Pho-rench Dip” and banh mi tacos”:

The Banshee

Photo: Yelp/L “luis” G.

This is an obvious one. Any Chico local who frequents downtown knows the Banshee as an awesome bar serving delicious and unique foods. The Banshee is usually dark and crowded, with a wide variety of craft beers and handing out some of the best food in town. It’s located on E. 2nd St downtown where you can order a unique and tasty meal inside or at their outside window at night.

“Easily my favorite place to eat in Chico. I can honestly say I’ve had everything on the menu, and they’re all amazing! Quesadillas, Burgers, Wings, and awesome beer selection,” wrote Yelp user
Christian E.

Here are some of the dishes to expect at this Chico staple:

Extras

None of this has been confirmed but according to dinersdriveinsdiveslocations.com, Momona, Sin of Cortez and The Rawbar were also visited by the show. All three of those restaurants sit on the top of the list of popular Chico restaurants and are no surprise seeing them on the list. Will they also be included in the episode? I guess we’ll have to tune into the Food Network on April 19 and 20 to find out.

Happy eating, NorCal!

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Brien O'Brien

As the Food Editor and Co-Founder of Eating NorCal, Brien O'Brien is one of the most influential foodies in NorCal. After being named the “14th Best Home Cook in America” in 2017 by the FOX television show MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay, he moved to the Napa Valley where he spent a year and a half studying food and wine at the Culinary Institute of America. Now, he resides in the Farm to Fork Capital of America - Sacramento.

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