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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.