Valley BBQ restaurant featured on 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A local restaurant is getting some national television exposure.

Tom's Thumb Market
in Scottsdale was featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" Friday night.

Attached to a gas station and car wash, the market does have typical gas station snacks. But it also features high-end pastries and an acclaimed barbecue restaurant.

Owner Kipp Lassetter says that in the rural South, it's perfectly normal for a gas station to house a barbecue restaurant. But in the middle of the episode, Guy Fieri turned to the camera and said, "Really? This is all in a gas station."

Tom's Thumb was packed Friday night with patrons watching the episode on TV and celebrating the restaurant's big break.

"The first time you meet Guy, he comes right next to you and you're cooking," Lassetter recalled. "You don't get introduced."

But Lassetter said what surprised him most about the famous foodie was "his enthusiasm."

"He obviously loves what he does and he loves food," Lassetter said.

The eclectic nature is one reason the Food Network wanted to feature Tom's Thumb Fresh Market.

"If you've got to go get your car washed and get it filled with gas and you're hungry, why not do that all at the same place?" Lassetter said.

But there was a mishap with the smoker shortly before Fieri and his crew arrived.

"It was really an episode out of kitchen nightmares," Lassetter said. "Thirty minutes before Guy was supposed to show up, we had a pile of meat in the bottom of the smoker."

Fortunately, they were able to fix the problem in time.

For residents in other parts of the Valley, driving to 94th Street and Bell Road might be a bit of a trek. But Lassetter says it will be worth it.

"Because you're not going to find anything like this anywhere in the Valley," he said.

So now that they've gone national, are Lassetter and his staff ready for all the attention?

"Well, I thought, 'We are going to be busy,' " Lassetter said of the moment he learned Fieri was coming. "We hope we're ready. We'll find out."