|The stars of the show -- Chef Rodrigo and family|
R&R had to close today and November 14 to accommodate the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives crew, but the owner Rodrigo Albarran-Torres was allowed to invite a few people to appear as customers. I was honored to get the nod, and I had a great time even though I had to leave while the cameras were still working inside with Rodrigo, Fieri and his guest Joe Theismann.
This was fun like I had fun on a fishing trip where we caught nothing. The sun was beautiful. I talked to the folks behind the Strobist blog and Southern Skies Coffee Roasters. I also chatted with Alberto Flores, who left the first comment about R&R two years ago. (Alberto and his wife recommended a new dish at another spot for me to try -- which set Rodrigo teasing them that they were helping the competition.)
We watched Fieri and Theismann film a little piece with the show's signature Camaro at the Shell station's pumps. My favorite moment was watching the two celebrities pose together so that they could each have someone snap a photo with their personal cell phones. Then we stood around talking until I had to go back to work. The crew is subtle enough people had no idea they were filming a show. People kept trying to walk into the restaurant, and a guy had to walk over and explain why the doors were locked.
Let me know when anyone hears when DD&D will air the R&R episode. I'd love to update. This couldn't happen to a nicer guy -- or for better food. This wasn't a PR event. It was bunch of people standing outside because they really like Rodrigo and R&R. Click here for all the posts about R&R and its delicious tacos, ceviche, agua fresco, etc.