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15 TV Restaurants We Wish We Could Dine In

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | February 25, 2014 | Comments ()


With the news that the pie-maker is coming back in action (albeit in musical form), I started thinking about television restaurants I wished were real, where I could stuff my mouth with pie and burgers and hang out with the keep company with characters I love. If these restaurants existed in real life, I would set up shop in a corner booth and never leave. For the purposes of this list, no bars were included, either. We’d love to become regulars at these food establishments:

1. The Pie Hole, Pushing Daisies
Pie is the perfect dessert, and cup-pies are the perfect companion (suck it, cupcakes). Eating in a dessert-shaped restaurant, with Lee Pace serving you, makes everything even better. Afterward, you could head to Olive’s bovine-shaped the Intrepid Cow for mac ‘n’ cheese.

2. Double R Diner, Twin Peaks
I’ve been to the diner it’s based on, and yes, they have a damn fine cup of coffee, and the cherry pie isn’t that bad either. (Less Tweety Birds on Twin Peaks, though.)

3. JJ’s Diner, Parks and Recreation
Where they’ll bring you ALL the waffles and ALL the bacon you’d ever want. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially when you eat it throughout the day.

4. Luke’s Diner, Gilmore Girls
By now, you must know that Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows, partially because of Luke’s Diner, where any patron, Gilmore or otherwise, could eat to their heart’s content: burgers, chili fries, pancakes, eggs, pies (!), doughnuts, and of course five gallons of coffee, all in one sitting. The guy in the hat behind the counter isn’t too shabby, either.

5. Bob’s Burgers, Bob’s Burgers
Punny burgers make for the best kind of burgers.

6. Der Waffle Haus, Dead Like Me
Before father figure-supreme Mandy Patinkin was Saul Bellows, he was Rube Sofar, the leader of grim reapers in Seattle. Freeing people’s souls takes a lot out of you, and the faux-German eats always left him satisfied.

7. The Max, Saved by the Bell
Every high school has a local haunt where dreams are made and broken, life lessons are learned, and french fries are shared with sweethearts. At least that’s what TV taught me.

8. The Peach Pit, Beverly Hills 90210
Just 20 minutes away from The Max is this high school spot, where those same lessons were learned, just with more money.

9. Los Pollos Hermanos, Breaking Bad
“I’d like the bucket of fried chicken, with a side of crystal blue, please.”

10. Bellefleur’s Bar and Grill (formerly known as Merlotte’s), True Blood
Ignore the fact that many people who work or frequent this Louisiana bar tend to die horrific deaths, and focus more on the southern cuisine whipped up in style by Lafayette.

11. Satriale’s Pork Store, The Sopranos
All your sandwich needs are met here, and if you need something else taken care of, head to the back office.

12. The Gilded Truffle, The Simpsons
Be sure to order their finest food stuffed with their second finest food: lobsters stuffed with tacos. Hey, it beats the miscellaneous animals that make up a Krusty Burger…

13. Krusty Krab, Spongebob
Speaking of krusty, the Krabby Patty, made with a secret mix, is cooked with sea-worthy love.

14. Monk’s Cafe, Seinfeld
Take a break from all the cholesterol-laden meals and order the Big Salad to go.

15. Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand, Arrested Development
What better way to end the day than with a G.O.B (frozen banana with twice the amount of chocolate, nuts, and sticks) from the big yellow joint?

Nadia Chaudhury would eat anything Ned makes.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    The Barrel at Niagra Falls, and I would wear a shirt with lots of animals on it.

  • apsutter

    Hold up...Merlotte's is called Bellefleur's now? I gotta get back into True Blood

  • kirbyjay

    The Hub, That 70's Show. Imagine a circle then to The Hub for munchies.

  • PDamian

    I've never seen Pushing Daisies, but a restaurant called The Pie Hole that serves cup-pies sounds AWESOME.

  • Ben

    Jurrasic Fork from that eppisode of parks and recreation where they go to it for Gerry's Birthday.

  • saltydog

    those places all look kind of awful, sure I'd go there if there characters were real people and I could hang out with them, otherwise none of those places really sound like they have appealing food.

  • There is actually a place called The Pie Hole in Los Angeles.

  • Yeah, but that's a brothel, which is a completely different kind of dining experience.

  • Target_Blonde

    I'd add to the discussion but now I'm all distracted thinking how much I loved it when Lorelei proposed to Luke after his freak out about getting Rory back in to Yale.

    What were we talking about again?

  • TacoBellRey

    The Grassy Knoll from Clone High.

  • Mrs. McGregor

    "The Brick" from Northern Exposure.

    (Which, yeah, IS a real bar in Roslyn, WA and still in business. But just not the same without Holling, Joel, Ed, and Chris-in-the-Morning.)

  • John W

    Roslyn's Cafe

  • John W

    The noodle bar in Blade Runner

  • John W


  • chanohack

    I have been to the Twisters that IS Los Pollos Hermanos. (It's kinda gross.)

  • BWeaves

    The Double Meat Palace from Buffy? It's vegetarian. It's not a place I'd want to hang out, exactly.

  • wsapnin

    What about Mel's Diner and the Central Perk?

  • Central Perk with the GIANT mugs of coffee and comfy couch!

  • becks2point0

    I always wanted to eat at that pizza place that Kevin and Winnie hung out in. The chicken that Larry David betrayed Judaism for was also appealing and Dave's Steak Me Home, Tonight sandwich truck was good enough for Colin Hanks so it's good enough for me.

    One place I never wanted to eat was The Lunchbox on Roseanne. Not a fan of the loose meat sandwich.

  • loo shag brolley

    I hear the food at Litchfield can be decent, just be sure to complement the cook.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That sounds ... ominous.

  • Freddy's BBQ Joint (from House of Cards), followed by a 'damn fine piece of pie' from that place from Twin Peaks.

  • BWeaves

    Cheeburger, Cheeburger from SNL. Strangely enough, someone opened a restaurant by that name in Orlando a while back. I think they're still in business.

  • loganbowes

    Cheeburger Cheeburger is a legitimate chain restaurant. http://cheeburger.com/

    The one in my town closed down due to piss poor management. The burgers are fantastic, but that restaurant had horrible service and was kinda filthy.

  • You can go to the real thing. It was based on the Billy Goat, a Chicago institution.

  • BWeaves

    Arnold's Drive-In from Happy Days.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Old people unite!

  • Guest

    16 / Seize - Live and Let Dine - Archer

    Not the Yogurt / Sheep head dish for the Albanian Ambassador dinner though.


    Totes to Bob's Burgers, Der Waffle Haus, Pie Hole (There is a actual Pie Hole in Vancouver where I live), and The Barrel from Wonderfalls.

    Also: Freddy's BBQ Joint - House of Cards

  • em.me

    Where in Vancouver is the Pie Hole and is it any good? Also does it have a corner location and a quaint crust roof?

  • Guest

    Cambie and 11th. No pie crust which could explain why Ned needs money as the exterior of the Piehole looks pretty expensive.


  • Guest

    *Also: Not for the food but for the atmosphere and clientele:


  • Sara_Tonin00

    Elzar's on Futurama?

  • Spice Weasel. BAM!

  • Semilitterate

    How could you forget the greatest restaurant on a series------evah----Cafe Diem from "Eureka". You ask for it, they serve it----gratis.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Der Waffle Haus"

    Oh, come on! I know that Anglo-Saxons get confused when a language has more than one definite article, but is it asking to much to do a little research?

  • AvaLehra

    Der Waffle Haus! There's a lot of Dead Like Me popping up today. I like it.

  • perky

    Holy cow I know! I'm in a casino and they have a "dead like me" slot machine!

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