Fans of iconic lunch staple Munch's will want to fire up the DVR tonight. The popular restaurant in southern St. Petersburg is scheduled to be featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives hosted by zany-haired host Guy Fieri at 9 p.m.
Opened in 1952 at 3920 Sixth St. S in St. Petersburg, Munch's comfort food had made it a family-style favorite, with killer fried green tomatoes, ribs, brisket and creamy milk shakes.
In an interview in March, Larry Munch said its reputation got the network to give it a call, but it was a sense of humor that seemed to seal the deal. After an inquiry from a producer, he made a video and e-mailed it to the network.
In it, bald-headed Larry is wearing a Fieri wig and saying to the camera that he's so obsessed with the Diners show, people say he's starting to look like Guy. The camera pans to his waitress, Carmen Taylor, also wearing a Fieri wig, and she agrees. Then the camera moves to the kitchen where the African-American cook, Eric Harvey, is also looking a lot like Guy, blond tips and all.
"We got a phone call the next day," Munch said.
During the filming of the show, Fieri was helping make Munch's famous Texas hash, made with home-smoked chicken that's pulled off the bone and mixed with garlic, peppers, onions and potatoes and served with eggs and a buttermilk biscuit.
As he does at all his restaurant visits, Fieri spray-painted his likeness on a wall and signed it as a souvenir.
Munch's wasn't the only place that Fieri visited in Tampa Bay this spring. He also stopped by the Taco Bus and Skipper's.