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Answered: Where you’d film a Lakeland episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

Swan City isn’t yet a part of the Triple D Nation — so we cast our own episode using your recommendations. If you’re reading this Food Network, you’re welcome.

Guy Fieri raises a glass at his restaurant in Harrahs Cherokee Casino

We’re making our case for why the Mayor of Flavortown should visit Lakeland.

Photo by Michael J. Bowen Photography

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” (also called “Triple D,” for those of us in the know).

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. And while the self-proclaimed Mayor of Flavortown has visited numerous spots in Florida, not once has he stopped in Lakeland. His loss.

In our bid to get Fieri and his team to get a taste of Swan City, we designed a Lakeland-based episode of “Triple D” with the top three recommendations you shared via our recent poll. Let the road trip begin.

A hand holds a bagel sandwich in front of Uncle Nick's Deli in Lakeland. The cheese bagel is wrapped in aluminum foil. The deli is in a small shopping center and has a few tables and chairs by the front entrance.

You’re looking at a fresh mozzarella bagel from Uncle Nick’s with sausage, egg, cheese, and cream cheese.

Photo by LALtoday

Uncle Nick’s Italian Deli and Bagels, 6955 Old Rd. 37

This family-owned hole-in-the-wall is truly a local favorite. More than 50% of our respondents made sure to call the deli out as a must-visit spot, most notably for its New York-style bagels + eggplant parmesan.

S&L Restaurant, 2915 S. Combee Rd.

If this spot is good enough for Sheriff Grady Judd to eat, it’s gotta be good enough for Guy Fieri, right? This cash-only eatery got called out numerous times for its burgers, with reader Angie B. even saying they’re “the best burgers you will ever eat.”

A white plate on a table filled with runny eggs, hashbrowns, and a bagel.

Don’t sleep in on a Fat Jack’s breakfast.

Photo via @kamalasu

Fat Jack’s Deli and Pub, 2940 S. Florida Ave.

Readers nominated this spot for its history as a Lakeland staple — and its variety of affordable comfort food, particularly the Reuben sandwich, didn’t hurt either.

Now listen — Lakeland’s restaurant scene could fill a whole “Triple D” season, so our dream episode is only scratching the surface. Keeping letting us know where you would send Guy if he were to roll into town.

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