Google Earth map of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Nithya and I have been big fans of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives show hosted by Guy Fieri on the Food Network. We love the fact that it travels the country looking for the small anonymous restaurants that serve great food without emptying your wallet.

Update: Check out my new site FamousFood.us to easily find restaurants from Diners, Drive-Ind and Dives and other Food Network shows in a single place. Designed for both PC and mobile (iPhone, Android) use.

One day we were wondering if any of the show restaurants were in the Bay Area when I stumbled on this page that lists all the eateries they have visited on the show. Now the list is a good thing to have but is not much use to see an address like “Baker, CA” since I have no idea where that is (near Death Valley). What you ideally want is a map that shows the locations of all the restaurants – that way you can look in your city and see if there are any local places. This is where my inner hacker got interested and I ended up writing this PHP script that downloads the list page and parses the HTML to build a list of the restaurants along with their addresses and any other available information. It then outputs a kml file which opens in Google Earth and shows you a map with each restaurant denoted by an individual pushpin (see screenshot below). Clicking on a pushpin or selecting a restaurant name from the left menu will give you more information such as the address, phone number and any available website.

Google Earth mashup of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Now that you have been warned, click here and have fun visiting Diners, drive-ins and dives. I personally plan on visiting as many of them as I can and started with dinner at the Falafels Drive-In in San Jose last week.

Update: Check out my new site FamousFood.us to easily find restaurants from Diners, Drive-Ind and Dives and other Food Network shows in a single place. Designed for both PC and mobile (iPhone, Android) use.

Update (24-June-09): Check out my map of Throwdown with Bobby Flay competitors at http://www.rahulnair.net/blog/2009/06/24/map-of-throwdown-with-bobby-flay-competitors/

Update (20-July-09): Yet another map mashup, this time of The Best Thing I Ever Ate

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