Shaley Bolks laughs when she’s nervous.
And as the co-owner of Daily Clean Food and Drink was standing side-by-side with one of her culinary idols, Guy Fieri, she couldn’t keep herself from smiling. The restaurant was one of six locations featured on the popular Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
“I was giggling the whole time,” she said. “I probably sound like a fangirl on the show.”
Bolks’ segment will air on the Food Network channel at 8 p.m. Friday.
Daily Clean Food and Drink at 6215 S. Western Ave. is the last Sioux Falls restaurant to be featured on the show. Restaurants Urban Chislic, Lalibela Ethiopian, O So Good in Garretson, Bread and Circus and Look’s Marketplace were all featured within the month of January.
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Bolks opened Daily Clean Food and Drink in 2018.She didn’t have any experience in the restaurant industry to start out with, but she started the restaurant after she found a passion for health and fitness and saw a need for creative healthy eating options in Sioux Falls. The restaurant features a range of options of plant-based, alternative and organic meals.
“I didn’t come from a food service background,” Bolks said, who also teaches fitness classes at Form Fitness. “This is my second year of being open and just figuring stuff out, and having the show feature the restaurant is just a lot of validation that what I’m doing is right.”
When Bolks got the initial inquiry phone call from producers back in spring 2020, she was so surprised that she had to pull over her vehicle while driving to gather herself.
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It was during a Father’s Day grill-out with her family that producers confirmed she would be featured on the show — and she couldn’t keep the secret from her family.
The actual filming of the segment felt like a tornado, she said. While she was busy with production inside, plenty of people surrounded the outside of the building, and some people even pretended to walk into different shops to try and get a glimpse of Fieri.
The show chose to film at her restaurant because it was a way to showcase tasty and alternative healthy food options, something that Fieri is passionate about himself, she said.
Fieri tasted the Daily Clean Food and Drink No Bull Burger and the Mightiest Mac.
The veggie burger is more than the standard black bean burger. It has over 10 vegetables in it, including green olives, artichokes, black beans, garbanzo beans and gluten free rolled oats.
“I spent the whole summer before opening up trying to find the right veggie burger,” Bolks said.
When Fieri reviewed it, it seemed like “the longest moment of silence in my entire life,” she said. And she was nearly speechless when he finally spoke, saying that her veggie burger was just as good as the one he serves at his restaurant — which is one of his top sellers, he told her.
The Mightiest Mac was originally a secret combination menu item primarily reserved for her employees. The meal is a mix of bison meatballs, chickpea and butternut squash mac and cheese and chimichurri, which is a spicy South American sauce usually reserved for meat dishes.
“It’s a little different all the way around,” Bolks said.
Tune into the Food Network for Daily Clean Food and Drinks’ appearance at 8 p.m.