Some of my favorite restaurants do not even exist. These are the places that serve as hangouts for television characters I’ve tuned in to watch every week. They create the atmosphere for some of television’s greatest moments and become a real part of our memories. Apart from a random trivia question, many of these restaurants have been filed away in the back of our minds. Today, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane and recall some of my favorite restaurants from television history.
10) Arnold’s, Milwaukee, WI (Happy Days)
While Al Delveccio manned the grill in early seasons, Arnold’s was actually owned by Pat Morita’s character, Mesuma “Arnold” Takahashi, who took the nickname “Arnold” from the previous owner to prevent needing to change the sign. Anywhere I can get a burger cooked by Mr Miyagi is alright by me.
9) The Lanford Lunchbox, Lanford, IL (Roseanne)
I have never had a loose meat sandwich. It sounds pretty good. Sure the owner is rude, but it seems pretty easy to pick up either of the waitresses.
8 ) The Hub, Point Place, WI (That 70’s Show)
My first thought was The Maxx from Saved by the Bell. The Hub is way cooler though. Mitch Hedberg is in the kitchen, they have pinball, and it does not seem to double as a school cafeteria periodically owned by a creepy magician.
7) Mel’s Diner, Phoenix, AZ (Alice)
Any restaurant where the waitress can tell her boss to “Kiss My Grits” is my kind of place.
6) Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand, Balboa Island, CA (Arrested Development)
Who doesn’t like a frozen banana served by one of the most normal kids on television and the first cousin he has a huge crush on. Ok, maybe he is less normal than I thought.
5) Vesuvio, Newark, NJ (The Sopranos)
Artie Bucco seems like one heck of a chef. Tony Soprano eats there often. Tony Soprano strikes me as a guy who knows a good Italian restaurant.
4) Merlotte’s, Bon Temps, LA (True Blood)
Sure the place seems a little violent, but we all have to live on the wild side sometimes. There don’t seem to be a lot of dining options in Bon Temps. I will pass on the True Blood though.
3) Krusty Burger, Springfield, ?? (The Simpsons)
While Moe’s might be the more famous restaurant in the series, I would not eat the food. Krusty Burger seems to always be introducing something more gluttonous each week and I bet their kid’s meals always come with a cool prize.
2) Jack’s Bistro, Santa Monica, CA (Three’s Company)
After spending many hours at The Regal Beagle, Chef Jack Tripper opened his own restaurant. The specialty of the house was Coq Au Vin. I am a little ashamed that all of that came from memory.
1) Cheers, Boston, MA (Cheers)
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.
There is my top ten list. There were lots of honorable mentions that did not make the cut. Do you have one you think should have been included? Leave a comment and let me know what I missed. The fun doesn’t have to end here.