GUY FIERI GIVES METRO 29 A CULINARY THUMBS-UP!
When you’re a family-owned, New York-style diner feeding folks in the metro DC area, you don’t expect to get a call from the Food network. When you’re a diner with entrées and pastries as delicious as the ones you find at Metro 29, perhaps you should—and Metro 29 did. Owner Peter Bota picked up the phone one day to find he was being contacted by the producers of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives hosted by none other than Guy Fieri. Fieri scours the nations searching for the best “greasy spoons” he can find. The show found Metro 29. After a look at the mouthwatering menu, the neighborhood favorite earned a spot on national TV.
Peter and the staff were very excited to welcome Fieri. The spiked-hair host wanted to learn more about the homestyle French toast and the famous roasted leg of lamb Metro 29 serves on weekends. Having Guy and his film crew shoot the diner and cooks made the staff a little nervous.
They weren’t used to all the media attention, as well as the large crowd that gathered out front to watch. But Peter credits Fieri with making everyone feel comfortable with his down-to-earth and friendly demeanor. Fieri made shooting wide shots and close-ups, interviewing patrons and chefs seem incredibly natural and easy. The shoot went off without a hitch. Fieri raved about the French toast and the leg of lamb. In turn, Metro 29 got a little taste of Hollywood.
The Metro 29 segment first aired during Thanksgiving 2010. You can still catch it on reruns of the very popular show. Since the show started airing, people from all corners of the country have stopped in to taste the wonderful food and ask Peter about his experience with Fieri. With dishes this good, it’s a safe bet that Metro 29’s fifteen minutes of fame won’t end any time soon.