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The next two Syracuse-based segments of celebrity chef Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" show will make their Food Network debut this month

Byblos Mediterranean Cafe, 223 N. Clinton St., is featured in the episode called "Authentic Eats." It debuts at 10 p.m. Dec. 10 and airs again at 1 a.m. Dec. 11 and 3 p.m. Dec. 14. 

Food NetworkGuy Fieri brings his "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" show to Syracuse.

As if we needed proof that Central New York has its share of diners, drive-ins and dives: Food Network host Guy Fieri is bringing his TV show of that name to town this weekend.

The “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” star — famous for his spiky blonde hair and the red 1967 Chevy Camaro convertible he drives — will also be in town for an appearance at the state fair’s Chevy Court at 2 p.m. Wednesday. That show is free with fair admission.

Before that, Fieri and his production crew will profile some local restaurants.

One is Byblos, a Lebanese restaurant at 223 N. Clinton St. (just outside The Post-Standard’s back door).

Word is Fieri will concentrate on Byblos’ Lebanese-style falafel, which was the subject of a 2010 Post-Standard story.

Look for the film crew — and the red convertible — at Byblos on Saturday. Fieri himself is not expected there until Monday.

The show is also reportedly featuring Eva’s European Sweets, at 1305 Milton Ave.

Officially, however, the Food Network isn't talking.

"Unfortunately we don’t confirm shoot locations in advance," said Seth Hyman, Food Network public relations manager.

Syracuse's Downtown Dining Week(s) set for Feb. 15-29

Published: Monday, January 30, 2012, 11:24 AM Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012, 3:44 PM
By Don Cazentre / The Post-Standard 
Photo By: Dick Blume / The Post-Standard file photo The Mission Restaurant 

Syracuse, NY -- Downtown Syracuse's annual effort to lure diners to locally owned eateries in midwinter begins Feb. 15 and ends Feb. 29
This year, 25 restaurants are involved in Downtown Dining Week, or weeks, a new record (beating last year's total of 22).
During the two weeks, participating restaurants offer deals of 3 courses for $25 or less. 
New to the promotion this year is a deal where dining week diners can show their receipts and gain half-price admission to the Clinton Square ice rink. 
Participating restaurants this year are: Ale 'N Angus Pub; Anthony's Pasta bar; bc Restaurant; Big Slim's Grill; Bistro Elephant; Bittersweet Wine & Dessert Bar; Black Olive Mediterannean Taverna; Bull & Bear Pub; Byblos Mediterranean Cafe; Dinosaur Bar-B-Que; Elbow Room; Empire Brewing Co.; Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant; L'Adour Restaurant Francais; La Taqueria Fresh Mexican Grill; Lemon Grass; The Mission; Namu; Parisa; Pastabilities; PJ's Pub & Grill; Prime Steakhouse; Sakana-Ya Sushi Bar; Syracuse Suds Factory; and Wise Guys Bistro.

The events' principal sponsors are AmeriCU Credit Union and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

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