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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.

The iconic Chevy Camaro sits outside Byblos Mediterranean Cafe on North Clinton Street Monday, a sign that TV host Guy Fieri was visiting

A police car flanked the shiny red Camaro parked along North Clinton Street Monday afternoon, a stretch normally clogged by trucks to the newspaper’s loading entrance. A handwritten sign outside Byblos Mediterranean Cafe said, "Closed Today," and a small crowd stood on the curb.

A production company sets up for shooting for the Food Network at the Byblos restaurant on Clinton Street in Syracuse

Byblos, a Lebanese restaurant at 223 N. Clinton St., was closed this morning as a film crew began shooting.

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.

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

Syracuse, NY -- Downtown Syracuse's annual effort to lure diners to locally owned eateries in midwinter begins Feb. 15 and ends Feb. 29

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2010 Taste of Syracuse takes place in downtown Syracuse around Clinton Square.

Dining Out: Byblos Mediterranean Cafe

The restaurant takes its name from a city in Lebanon which is believed by many to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Khabbaz draws on the culinary talents of his Lebanese-born parents, Philip and Violette, who rely on fresh ingredients and tried-and-true recipes to set Byblos’ menu apart.

Feasting on Falafel: The Middle East's famous fried patties can be addictive

Before he left his home in Beirut, Lebanon for the last time, in the early 1980s, Philip Khabbaz went to see a man named Jean who owned a shop that sold nothing but falafel, the famous fried vegetable patties of the Middle East.

Some might call it a restaurant boom in the city of Syracuse.

Some might call it a restaurant boom in the city of Syracuse. By the end of next month, the city will have nearly a dozen new restaurants on its dining roster.