BuddyTV picks the top 15 places to grab a bite with our favorite TV restaurants.
#15 Merlotte’s Bar and Grill, ‘True Blood’
In Bon Temps, Louisiana, Merlotte’s is the perfect place for fun. The waitresses are sassy and psychic and there’s always the chance to meet a real-life vampire. The food is good, but don’t tick off the flamboyantly gay cook or he could serve you a scalding hot spoon with your soup.
#14 Central Perk, ‘Friends’
Central Perk seems like a fun place to hang out and get some coffee and a muffin, but if you want a good seat, you have to get there early. Sometimes it seems like every single day the same six people always monopolize the couch, taking up a ton of space without even ordering anything.
#13 Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand, ‘Arrested Development’
On a hot day on the boardwalk, there’s no better refreshing treat than a frozen banana covered in chocolate and nuts. The “big yellow joint,” as some people call it, is also a great place to score some weed, which is convenient because after you smoke you’ll just get even hungrier for another frozen banana.
#12 The Crab Shack, ‘My Name is Earl’
The people of Camden may not be that bright, but they love their beer and crabs. There’s a danger of getting involved in a bar fight at the Crab Shack, but if not, you’ll enjoy some delicious crustaceans served by the Crabman himself. Wash them down with a cold beer and you’re guaranteed a fun night out.
#11 Satriale’s Pork Store, ‘The Sopranos’
Do you want the world’s best chicken parm sandwich or maybe an authentic Italian cannoli? Satriale’s is as real as it gets, and you can also get an espresso or just buy some meat to prepare a nice dinner at home for the family. Just avoid the back room, because there’s a good chance you could get whacked.
#10 The Alamo Freeze, ‘Friday Night Lights’
It’s after school and you just want an ice cream sundae with jimmies served by one of your high school’s cute football stars. The Alamo Freeze in Dillon, Texas is your place, and if you’re cute enough, a little flirting can even get you some free dessert. The paper hats may be silly, but the food is just right.
#9 Doublemeat Palace, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
You certainly don’t want to know how it’s made, but the idea of combining chicken and beef into one delicious meat patty is the perfect fast food concept. If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is – the secret is that the food contains no actual meat, making it the perfect choice for closet vegetarians.
#8 Hell’s Kitchen
If you want the world’s best risotto and scallops, Hell’s Kitchen is your primary destination, since they’re always on the menu. We’d suggest waiting several weeks after it opens to go, because in the early stages there will be long waits and a lot of cursing from the kitchen.
#7 Wienerlicious, ‘Chuck’
Gourmet hot dogs may not sound all that wonderful, but when served by a drop-dead gorgeous blonde woman wearing lederhosen, the taste will be the last thing on your mind. However, be sure to go soon, because a Wienerlicious restaurant can be converted into a smoothie stand at any minute.
#6 Cafe Diem, ‘Eureka’
Whatever you want, it’s yours at Cafe Diem. The owner and chef Vincent is a culinary genius, literally, and he can prepare any meal you want. His storage room is miles long, containing every imaginable ingredient, so don’t worry about finding that perfect restaurant with the one thing you want – Cafe Diem has it all.
#5 The Pie Hole, ‘Pushing Daisies’
With only the freshest ingredients, every dessert from the Pie Hole is sure to leave you wanting more. The owner is a bit odd and the servers are a bit flighty, but all that will disappear as soon as you take that first bite, whether it’s a la mode or not. It’s also a great place to go if you’re looking to hire a private investigator.
#4 The Soup Nazi’s Restaurant, ‘Seinfeld’
Based on Soup Kitchen International, the Soup Nazi’s restaurant on Seinfeld was the best place to get the most delicious soup. At just $3.99 for 32 ounces of mouth-watering Mulligatawny, Crab Bisque or Jambalaya, it’s the ideal place to eat. Just be sure not to tick off the man behind the counter.
#3 Luke’s Diner, ‘Gilmore Girls’
If you’re looking for a good cup of coffee, there’s no better recommendation for Luke’s Diner than Lorelai Gilmore, who drinks at least two pots every day. Enjoy the gruff yet lovable owner Luke Danes and, if you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the wacky residents of Stars Hollow.
#2 The Peach Pit, ‘90210’
Back in the ’90s, the Peach pit was the place for rich teenagers to go after school for a quick bite or some hanging out. Nearly two decades later, the Peach pit is still around for a new generation to enjoy, and Nat is still around to serve food or give a job to a struggling student.
#1 The Max, ‘Saved by the Bell’
Come for the burgers and fries, stay for the magic. The Max is owned by a magician, meaning customers can get a magic trick with every order. If that’s not enough of a selling point, it’s also the perfect place to stage a fashion show, pep rally, or radio station charity drive.