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Favorite Seinfeld food moments

It's amazing what dreadful food Seinfeld eats. Elaine likes the Big Salad just because it's big. Food is often used as a proxy for something else. Everyone wants to be given a free meal at Mendy's, not because it's good but because it's expensive. Bread from a good bakery is given as a status gift. But it's amazing how often food comes up. Chinese takeout, Chinese food at a restaurant with a sadistic, churlish owner, lobster (which makes repeat appearances -- in Long Island, as bisque, etc) , lots of scenes at restaurants. And there's some true food wisdom there. Seinfeld befriends a Pakistani who runs a wildly successful restaurant offering ecletic crowd-pleasers. He persuades him to change to rigorously authentic Pakistani food. No one wants it and the restaurant tanks. George wonders how a restaurant with 200 items on the menu manages to keep everything fresh. "Look at that. They got lobster on the menu. Who would order a lobster here. I mean, do they bring a lobster in everyday hoping *todays* the day?"

What are your favorites?

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  1. Brian, Certainly the Soup Nazi is on the short list. (From what I understand, he was based upon a real-life character in New York.) One of the joys of watching Seinfeld was knowing that Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer had no social redeeming values--including those associated with food.

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      1. re: Leper

        The Soup Nazi was based on a real guy in NY who had one little soup place - west 55th if I recall correctly. Soups were amazing, prices high and he, Al Yeganeh the owner, was behaved exactly as he was portrayed on the show. I was there years and years ago before Seinfeld. Yeganeh, who made quite a stink with Seinfeld over the Nazi reference, now has a chain of soup places all over the city. I haven't tried them.

        1. re: laylag

          I went there about a year after the show. There must have been a line of 50 people waiting outside for a $10 cup of soup, including one guy who pulled up in a limo and had his driver stand in line. From what I could tell, at least half the people in line were tourists like me. It was exactly like the show. Place your order, step to the right, and you get free bread. Depsite the hype, the soup was really quite good, although that was a long time ago.

          1. re: wak

            The soup was amazing and sadly closed a few years ago so he can get his franchise business up and running. His chain, The Original Soup Man, is a disgusting replacement.

            And for the record, Babu's Dream Cafe in Seinfeld was anything but wildly successful. There was no one in the restaurant which is why Jerry recommended he change it to a Pakistani place.

            1. re: ESNY

              The Soup Nazi also spawned imitators like -- I kid you not -- "Soup Nutsy."

              1. re: Bob W

                Brian, Babu's restaurant was not successful initially. That's why Jerry tried to convince him to change it to a Pakistani place.

                On a side note, I happen to know that the real Seinfeld is a lousy tipper.

                1. re: christocc

                  Said in Babu's thick Pakistani accent "Oh, Jerry, you're a very very BAD man"
                  Adam

              2. re: ESNY

                I know this is an old post but i was just going to make this comment about it being wildly successful. Not!

                1. re: southernitalian

                  "anything *but* wildly successful" is the quote, though....

        2. Elaine takes up residence in a janitor's closet of another apt bldg because a Chinese place won't deliver to her home.

          "No soup for you!"

          Elaine goes through great lengths to recover a lost nearly-full punch card of a sub shop she hates, all to get that free awful sub.

          At the movies, Elaine is called to the hospital because her boyfriend was in an accident. She first takes the time to buy some joogie (sp?) fruits. He notices this and breaks up with her.

          Kramer & Jerry, watching an operation from high up in the viewing gallery, flip a Junior Mint into their friend's body while Kramer is trying to force one on Jerry. He almost dies from complications later but makes a miraculous recovery. The doctor credits it to "assistance from above."

          Kramer counts the days until the "Mackinac peaches from Oregon" (no such thing-there are great peaches here though) but loses his sense of taste from staying in Jerry's apt while it's being flea-bombed. Recovers it, but has already given away all the peaches to Newman.

          Chocolate bobka!

          Jerry & Kramer get banned from the neighborhood grocer for daring to return bad fruit.

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          1. re: Leonardo

            I like when Jerry and Kramer get banned from the fruit vendor, and Geroge goes out to but them fruit. Geroge then try's some of the mango, and feels like it gives him a vitamin B shot like Viagra.

            1. re: Leonardo

              Elaine and the chocolate bobka! The soup nazi goes w/o saying. How about the one where George is sweating in his office from eating the Kung Pao but his boss thinks it's b/c he's involved in recent thefts in the office and fires him. I think he also talked in the 3rd person like Jimmy... HA!

              1. re: Leonardo

                Jujee fruits - jujubes that always got stuck on your teeth. They were fruit flavored and shaped like tiny inverted flour pots.

                1. re: EllenMM

                  Aren't they shaped like fruits? I thought Dots were shaped like pots.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Jujubes (pronounced ju ju bees) and Jujyfruits (pronounced ju jee fruits), while both from Heide, are NOT the same candy! Jujubes are the "flowerpot " shape are subtlety flavored and are almost a hard candy. Jujyfruits come in a variety of shapes, each color tasting different, and are softer than Jujubes. Jujyfruits are what Elaine was eating.

                      1. re: PugLove888

                        I LOVE this thread! My son has an arrangement of Seinfeld posters hanging in his home. It's clear who's a Seinfeld fan and who isn't among his visitors -- either ya "get" the posters immediately, or ya just don't.

                         
                         
                         
                         
                        1. re: CindyJ

                          Very cute! I wonder if there are others too?

                            1. re: CindyJ

                              I just ordered the postcards!

                              1. re: andieb

                                Definitely a good place to start!

                2. Let's not forget the Marble Rye and the lobster hauled in from the ocean by Kramer!

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                  1. re: CindyJ

                    The Marble Rye show is the classic in my mind. And don't forget about the Beefarinos - same episode, Kramer bought huge cans of them at the Price Club and couldn't eat them, so he fed them to the horses. That was all one big show plot centered around food items.

                    1. re: wak

                      He fed them to the horse which pulled his carriage through central park, and the horse kept farting!

                      1. re: onefoodguy

                        The purpose of that particular ride was to take Susan's parents for their anniv, so as to distract them from George trying to replace the marble rye that his parents had brought the night before, but was not served, so they took it back, and Jerry had to snatch the last one from an old lady who was a friend of his parents in FLA, then he hooked it to the end of a line and George reeled it in from the third floor. Of course, because of the horse's farting the ride was cut short, ensuring they would catch George in the act!

                        1. re: Leonardo

                          The shot of him having reeled in the rye and holding it up like a trophy fish just as Susans parents walked in is classic.

                          DT

                          1. re: Leonardo

                            That must rank up there as one of the best plots in SitCom history. The whole show is a classic.

                      1. re: chickstein

                        Yes indeed--tied with George eating the already disposed of pastry from the garbage and the muffin crown thing--selling only the top halves and ditching the bottom.

                        1. re: eve

                          The muffin top episode is my favorite food related Seinfeld.

                        2. re: chickstein

                          Yes! That black and white cookie description inspired me to try my first ever black and white cookie when I first moved to NYC...and Jerry was so right, it really tastes best when you get a little bit of both sides in every bite!

                        3. Hmmmm... does envelope glue count?