MOORHEAD — At least three Fargo-Moorhead restaurants could soon appear on the Food Network show "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives."
Locals first spotted show host and restaurateur Guy Fieri filming Monday afternoon, June 22, at Sol Ave. Kitchen on First Avenue North in Moorhead, near Junkyard Brewing Company.
Fieri was interviewing diners at Sol Ave., though neither the Food Network nor Fieri's social media accounts confirmed what the TV star is doing in town.
Addie Loerzel and her mother, Marisa Bengtson-Loerzel, immediately took off for Sol Ave. to meet Fieri after seeing a post about his surprise visit on a local Facebook group.
Bengtson-Loerzel said her daughter is a huge fan of Fieri's. She has dressed as the Food Network host for Halloween and has tried to convince former Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams to change the name of the city to "Flavortown," Fieri's famous phrase.
Images of Fieri's face are on a quilt in Addie's bedroom, and above her bed is a poster of the Food Network host.
Bengtson-Lorezel said Fieri was impressed when she showed him a photo of her daughter's costume.
"He told Addie 'you're a better looking me than me,'" she said.
Bengtson-Lorezel said Fieri was "excellent" to her daughter, and she says she thinks he wanted to show her the car he uses for "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." It appeared, however, that the car had already left for Fieri's next shoot in Fargo.
Fieri was also shooting at Rustica Eatery and Tavern, a casual fine dining restaurant located in the historic Kassenborg Block Building in downtown Moorhead.
A short time later, a red convertible with the license plate "Flavortown" was spotted in front of Pounds restaurant in downtown Fargo. Pounds is well-known locally for its bloody mary bar, where visitors can garnish their drinks with everything from fried chicken to pizza rolls.
In an interview outside Pounds, Fieri joked with WDAY-TV reporter Andreas Haffar that the famous 1967 Camaro SS convertible was a prop for the TV show.
"It's a blow-up — nobody even knows, it's not even a real car," he said, pointing toward the vehicle. "We just let the air out, right here, and it folds up like a tent."
Bengtson-Lorezel said it was an absolute "dream come true" for Addie to meet Fieri and they're both still "crying and shaking."
Bengtson-Lorezel said Fieri complimented Addie on her Moorhead Spuds shirt, but he told her he'd hook her up with some "swag" and asked a production crew member to make sure to get her address and size.
"He was just as nice as I thought he'd be," Addie said.