Guy Fieri’s love for Austin continues during this season of his television show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Downtown punk rock diner Holy Roller is one of the latest stars of the Food Network show, appearing on the episode premiering on Friday, February 22 at 8 p.m.
The sandwich-centric episode features the diner’s meatloaf sandwich, prepped with mozzarella and crunchy cheese, as well as its take on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich, with biscuits instead of bread and turkey instead of ham.
Diners production team reached out to Holy Roller in the middle of fall. Chef and owner Callie Speer said that they asked for a list of restaurant’s best-selling items, which would include those migas kolaches. As it turns out, Fieri hates eggs (“that’s just not the way I like to party,” he told the Tampa Bay Times in 2017). A staffer asked if they would be able to make the popular dish without eggs. Alas, they couldn’t.
While Speer was originally wary of meeting the Platinum Prince (“I heard he was a nice person, I just kind of assumed he was going to be a little standoffish”), she was pleasantly surprised. “He was so so fun to be around, and super funny, and really just laid back and genuinely happy to be in the building,” she said.
Speer appreciates Fieri, because he’s a “champion for the underdog,” citing how his entire show is centered on “promoting small businesses.”
While the restaurant was warned against posting anything on social media about the taping, Fieri’s signature cherry-red Camaro parked outside of the restaurant on Rio Grande Street was a big giveaway. Many people gawked to the point where “traffic stopped in the street,” she described.
Holy Roller will host a watch party that Friday with details to come later.
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