From "Kitchen Nightmares" to crazy food challenges, these Long Island restaurants stole the spotlight in their TV debuts.
Here are some local spots you've seen on the small screen.
Umberto's Pizzeria & Restaurant
Umberto's Pizzeria & Restaurant (633 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park): Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito took a trip to Umberto's for the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." The pizzeria's famous grandma pie was featured on the show's "Last Supper" episode during season 3. According to DiSpirito, "it's just about the closest to heaven that you can get" (status: open). More info: 516-437-7698, originalumbertos.com
Dirty Burger (12 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview): The burgers at this spot got national attention on the Cooking Channel's "Burgers, Brew & 'Que" on March 12, 2019. Host Michael Symon watched as chef-owner Ian Russo prepared his "CCB DirtyBurger," a patty dredged in cocoa and Dirty Dust topped with fried onions, white Cheddar, Dirty maple dipping sauce and, the crowning glory, candied bacon that's been flambéed with Young's Double Chocolate Stout. More info: 516-595-7399, dirtyburger.com
Cyril’s Fish House
Cyril's Fish House (2167 Montauk Hwy., Montauk): This seafood spot, which closed in 2016, can be seen on Season 3, episode 12 of HDNet's "Drinking Made Easy." Hosts Zane Lamprey and Steve McKenna highlighted this spot on its Montauk episode, which aired on Dec. 26, 2012 (status: closed).
The Surf Lodge
The Surf Lodge (183 Edgemere St., Montauk): This East End eatery and hotel was featured on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" in 2017 (status: open). More info: 631-483-5037, thesurflodge.com
The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn
The 1770 House Restaurant & Inn (143 Main St., East Hampton): This 250-year-old restaurant appeared on season 2 of the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." As seen on "The Classics" episode, Ina Garten tries the eatery's meatloaf, which she admits is better than her own mother's (status: open). More info: 631-324-1770, 1770house.com
East by Northeast
East by Northeast (51 Edgemere St., Montauk): This waterside eatery was featured on the Cooking Channel's "Bite this with Nadia G" in 2014. During the Hamptons-focused episode, the host sampled the restaurant's lobster tempura roll (status: open). More info: 631-668-2872, eastbynortheast.com
John’s Pancake House
John's Pancake House (721 Main St., Montauk): This spot was also featured on "Bite This With Nadia G." During the episode, the cast and crew take a look at the restaurant's fried ice cream (status: open). More info: 631-668-2383
Mary's Marvelous (207 Main St., Amagansett): Mary's Marvelous, which serves breakfast items, sweets, sandwiches and salads, was featured on the Food Network's "$40 a Day" with host Rachael Ray during season 3. The show followed Ray spending her day in the elite Hamptons with a $40 budget (status: open). Mary's Marvelous is now at 107 Newtown Ln., East Hampton. More info: 631-324-1055, marysmarvelous.com
All American Hamburger Drive In
All American Hamburger Drive In (4286 Merrick Road, Massapequa): Old-fashioned burger joint All American Hamburger Drive In appeared on the Travel Channel's "Food Paradise" on an episode titled "Hamburger Paradise." Regulars at this spot include Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Setzer from the Stray Cats and the Baldwin brothers, Alec, Stephen, William and Daniel (status: open). More info: 516-798-9574, allamericanhamburgerli.com
The Pit Stop
The Pit Stop (1706 Sunrise Hwy., Merrick): Viewers of Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" saw co-owner Tony Rubano cook spaghetti squash primavera, a hot Cuban sandwich and a teriyaki salmon salad at The Pit Stop in Merrick, while Guy Fieri marveled at how everything was made from scratch (status: open). More info: 516-223-7799, pitstopeats.com
Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park): Guy Fieri paid a visit to Hildebrandt's in a 2011 episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." The episode was taped in October after The Food Network "had gotten 2,000 e-mails about us from our customers," co-owner Susan Strano Acosta told Newsday. Fieri was there for four hours but the crew spent an additional two 14-hour days filming. "They had initially been interested in the artichoke Romano fondue and the pasta a la mama," said Acosta, "but once they got here and saw the menu they wanted to try everything. My mom, Joanne Strano, was in the kitchen and she wound up making 60 dishes...It turns out that Guy doesn't like chocolate so we made him a sundae with hot butterscotch and fresh whipped cream" (status: open). More info: 516-741-0608, hildebrandtsrestaurant.com
Maureen's Kitchen (108 Terry Rd., Smithtown): Maureen's standout brunch was highlighted on an episode of The Cooking Channel's "Unique Eats" in 2010 (status: open). More info: 631-360-9227
Tim's Shipwreck Diner
Tim's Shipwreck Diner (46 Main St., Northport): This eatery was featured on the first episode of the Food Network's "American Diner Revival" in 2014. While owner Tim Hess was away in Montauk, the spot got a face-lift -- gaining brand-new floors, skylights and malt machines. The '70s-style menu also got a reboot, adding three new dishes including the Wreck-less wrap featuring grilled salmon, egg whites, grilled tomato, avocado, arugula and lemon aioli on a whole wheat tortilla (status: open). More info: 631-754-1797, shipwreckdiner.com
Ciao Baby (50-74 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park): Ciao Baby appeared on "Man v. Food" in 2010. Host Adam Richman got into the spot's giant rice ball and meat platter, made up of five pounds of meat (meatballs, hot and sweet sausage) and two pounds of pasta. He also enjoyed the enormous gemelli platter, the pasta topped with sun-dried-tomato cream sauce, broccoli rabe, mushrooms and ricotta cheese (status: open). More info: 516-799-5200, ciaobabyrestaurant.com
Beach Bakery Cafe
Beach Bakery Cafe (112 Main St., Westhampton Beach): This spot's peach-raspberry crumb pie was featured on season two of the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" (status: open). More info: 631-288-6552
Chefs of New York
Chefs of New York (508 Larkfield Rd., East Northport): This Long Island spot was featured on season two of the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." Food personality Adam Gertler (who grew up in Commack) celebrated the restaurant's creamy, cheesy, garlicky spinach pie (status: open). More info: 631-368-3156, chefsny.com
International Delight Cafe
International Delight Cafe (322 Bedford Avenue Bellmore): "Man v. Food" host Adam Richman attempted to consume "The World" at International Delight Cafe in 2010. The dessert, many times the size of the one shown, contains 30 scoops of gelato, toppings and three Belgian waffles (status: open). More info: 516-409-5772, internationaldelig.wixsite.com
Port Royal Pub & Grille
Port Royal Pub & Grille, Islip: This pirate-themed place had a star turn on Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" when host Adam Richman successfully took on the Davy Jones' Locker challenge, eating massive amounts of seafood. The restaurant, which closed in 2015, was big on mac and cheese, offering many variations, including one laced with pulled pork (status: closed).
Classic American, West Babylon: When the little West Babylon eatery was floundering, its owners called in the big gun: Gordon Ramsay. After a "Kitchen Nightmares" makeover in November 2010, which aired two months later, the place experienced a major turnaround, but it closed three years later (status: closed).