Like real life, a lot of TV shows revolve around the world of food and drink. When you think about it, what better way is there to gather with friends than over a delicious burger, ice cold pint of beer, or bucket of fried chicken? And as anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant industry will tell you, kitchens are a great source for hilarious hijinks and heartbreaking drama. And while there’s no shortage of amazing restaurants in the real world, well, these 15 fictional restaurants would make the culinary landscape just a little brighter. Or at least, the food world would be a lot more interesting.
OK, a frozen banana is an incredibly niche product. But some frozen fruit, covered in chocolate, would be a welcome addition to a day spent on the California boardwalk. Plus, you’d get to spot G.O.B. Bluth wearing the Mr. Banana Grabber costume, and that’s a guaranteed laugh.
New York may not be one of the best cities in the world for coffee, but Central Perk sure made it feel like the caffeinated center of the universe. Sure, this place was less of a restaurant and more of a café, but there definitely were pastries served here.
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If you want a damn fine cup of coffee and maybe some of the best cherry pie in the world, well, you’ll have to imagine you’re at The Double R in Twin Peaks, Washington. Sure, there’s a murder to be solved, but you can always make time for some dessert.
“Welcome to Goodburger, home of the Goodburger. Can I take your order?” Who wouldn’t want to be greeted that way?! Unfortunately, Goodburger and the dimwitted cashier Ed are stuck in the ‘90s Nickelodeon universe. You’ll have to eat at one of the best burger joints in America instead…
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Sure, Krusty Burger is known for being some of the unhealthiest fast food out there, with bacon cheeseburgers oozing grease and fat. You won’t find any surprisingly healthy fast food items here, but, you know, sometimes the grossest things are the most delicious.
The burgers at this animated fast food joint are known for being seriously addictive, thanks in some part to Spongebob’s positive attitude and grilling techniques. The secret formula is so delicious and so elusive, rival restaurant The Chum Bucket (and its owner Plankton) has been after it for nearly 20 years.
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Come for the cold cuts, stay for the sass straight out of Roseanne’s mouth. This laid-back luncheonette sold loose meat sandwiches (whatever that meansa beloved specialty in parts of the Midwest), but this scrappy little restaurant would be the perfect place for a midday meal, don’t ya think?
OK, was Los Pollos Hermanos really just a front for Gustavo Fring’s drug trafficking? Yes. But do they serve some top-notch fried chicken? Probably! Heck they even have breakfast platters with four-egg omelets. That’s really cooking chicken every way.
Luke may be a complete and total grump, but this Stars Hollow diner seems to have everything you could ever possibly want on its menu, and that’s a welcome addition to any picturesque town. And if Lorelai and Rory are to be believed, the coffee is truly addictive.
MacLaren's Pub may be based off of McGee’s Pub in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, but if the gang from How I Met Your Mother is to be believed, there’s magic in the booths at this fictional bar/restaurant. The beer is always cold, the TV is always on, and the menu boasts 11 deep-fried appetizers. What more could you want?
What other teen-friendly restaurant features a host who doubles as a magician, impromptu dance contests, and beach parties? Exactly. It’s only The Max, the corny restaurant on the even cornier Saved By The Bell. The Max Burger is a food of legends, and we bet it’s just as good as any other burger in California.
Yes, Monk’s Café on Seinfeld’s exterior is the famous Tom’s Restaurant, but the interiors, shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles, could not be any more different. Characters on the show insist Monk’s is the best place to get certain signature dishes we wish we could sample. Who wouldn’t want to try a bite of Elaine’s big salad or one of Jerry’s egg white omelets?
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Sure, people get shot at Pop’s, but Riverdale is kind of a dangerous place in general for such a small town. The malts here are legendary, and no matter what ungodly hour of the day you show up at this old-school diner, there’s bound to be someone you know there burning the midnight oil. And while you can’t go to Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, you can visit the very real, very best 24-hour diners any time.
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