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Food Network host visits Ky. truck stop

Mar. 18, 2008 @ 10:59 PM

Go ahead and give Guy Fieri a key to the Tri-State.

Better yet, make that a coconut creme pie.

Fieri, the fiery, tattoed host of The Food Network's popular show, "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," is featuring one of I-64's hot spots in Eastern Kentucky in his latest episode called, "Like Mama Made."

In the episode, Fieri and his country-cooking-loving posse drove around the country to find some recipes that really do come from mama.

The show features a St. Louis landmark where a former backup singer is dishing up real deal soul food; the Phoenix gas station where everything's authentic Mexican and the Kentucky truck stop with real country cookin', Smokey Valley Truck Stop, located off I-64 at 40 Bond Court.

The episode, "Like Mama Made," will air at 11:30 p.m., Sunday, March 23; 2:30 a.m. Monday, March 24; 9 p.m. Friday, March 28; midnight on Saturday, March 29; 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30; 1 p.m. Monday, March 31 and noon on April 11.

Interestingly, the Olive Hill stop is just a pre-cursor to Guy's culinary explorations in the Tri-State.

He made stops at several Huntington-area establishments including Hillbilly Hotdogs, Rocco's and Central City Cafe during a taping this past fall.

Although an air date is not set yet for that episode, it will most likely air in April, said Nick Guettler, with Page Productions, which films the show.

For more info about "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," go online at www.food network.com and click onto the show.

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