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kattyeyes Dec 5, 2010 06:11 AM

Whaddyathink--shall we play a game? Bet we can compile quite the list. Bonus points if you actually *like* the songs you post--I love these:

"I'm in this dumb hotel by the Taco Bell without a hope in hell, I can't believe that I'm still around..."
Supertramp - "Gone Hollywood"

"Got a job at Chik-Fil-A"
Ben Folds Five - "Army"

Of course, there's always Alice's Restaurant, but I'm not a big fan. :) Whatchoogot?

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  1. Veggo Dec 5, 2010 06:25 AM

    This is a stretch, but Moon River as the theme song to Breakfast at Tiffany's is a classic forever.
    Your huckleberry friend.
    And Harry Chapin's 30,000 pounds of bananas never made it to the Tasty Freeze for banana splits in Scranton.

    1. MGZ Dec 5, 2010 06:31 AM

      Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London has two - Lee Ho Fook's and Trader Vic's.

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        Veggo Dec 5, 2010 06:48 AM

        Ah, yes the pina colada at Vic's. Rupert Holmes never told us where he sipped his.

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          kattyeyes Dec 5, 2010 06:50 AM

          "His hair was perfect!" HA HA HA! Ah-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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            kimmer1850 Dec 5, 2010 09:46 AM

            At a bar called O'Malley's is where they planned their escape.

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              Veggo Dec 5, 2010 10:11 AM

              Holy guano batman! What a memory jog. I saw Rupert's show at the Fountain Blue or whatever it's called in Miami, spring break about 1978, with my buddy Vince, we invited 12 girls from the University of Delaware. I broke my wrist earlier in the day vaulting over a parking meter in Lauderdale after a few breakfast beers, but I got out of the hospital in time to enjoy the show. And I fell in love with A.B.

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            oakjoan Dec 5, 2010 08:41 PM

            Warren Zevon also has "Carmalita", with the line: "He hangs out down on Alvarado, by the Pioneer Chicken stand" Of course, I don't think there's a Pioneer Chicken there, isn't it on Echo Park Blvd?

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            MacTAC Dec 5, 2010 06:40 AM

            And they were all impressed with your Halston dress
            And the people that you knew at Elaine's

            Big Shot by Billy Joel. Elaine passed a few days ago...

            1. kattyeyes Dec 5, 2010 06:48 AM

              "In the corner of my eye, I saw you in Rudy's, you were very high..."
              Steely Dan - "Black Cow"
              Uptown, baby--uptown, baby--we gets down, baby...

              You guys are great--keep 'em comin'!

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              1. re: kattyeyes
                buttertart Dec 7, 2010 05:08 PM

                O kattyeyes fellow Dan fan, how about "Meet me at midnight at Mr. Chow's...Szechuan dumplings after the deal has been done/ I'm the one/ It's a glamour profession..." Glamour Profession, Gaucho, the nec plus ultra of their albums.

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                  roxlet Dec 8, 2010 05:13 AM

                  We listen to SD at our house CONSTANTLY so I'm embarrassed I didn't think of these! SD and The Who are my DH's cooking soundtrack.

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                    buttertart Dec 8, 2010 05:19 AM

                    Don't tell me who's next! ;-)

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                      roxlet Dec 8, 2010 05:37 AM

                      ha, ha.

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                smartie Dec 5, 2010 06:58 AM

                just googled Alice's Restaurant - looks like it wasn't a real place.

                Does Margaritaville count? Jimmy Buffett named his restaurants after his song. However, Bama Breeze was a real place before a hurricane brought it down.

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                1. re: smartie
                  mamachef Dec 5, 2010 09:37 AM

                  Alice's restaurant most certainly was a very real place. The owner's name was Alice May Brock, and she wrote a great book about the restaurant. I wish I could've eaten there.

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                    smartie Dec 5, 2010 11:49 AM

                    there was an Alice but apparently the restaurant wasn't called Alice's. That's what I read, it may be incorrect.

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                      mamachef Dec 5, 2010 06:00 PM

                      Yes, the restaurant she opened AFTER the recording was made was called Alice's Restaurant. The church referred to in the song was one she bought and resconstructed and lived in with her first husband, and it was where they served the Thanksgiving dinner being consumed that day, the one that generated the trash in the first place.

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                        chileheadmike Dec 6, 2010 08:22 AM

                        But.. But... But...

                        It was only half of the trash, the rest was already at the bottom of the hill. I wonder if they ever caught the original litterers.

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                          mamachef Dec 6, 2010 08:29 AM

                          : ) if they did, I bet they took 'em straight to the Group W bench.

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                    Midlife Dec 7, 2010 04:48 PM

                    Well............. I happened upon the full 20 minute+ version by Arlo Guthrie on NPR the other night. I don't much care if there ever really was an Alice's Restaurant. That song, especially that version.................. is priceless!!!

                  3. Veggo Dec 5, 2010 07:17 AM

                    Adam Sandler sings a mean Sloppy Joe song, but it doesn't connect to the Key West resto.

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                      small h Dec 5, 2010 07:19 AM

                      "Cookie Puss" (Beastie Boys) - Carvel.

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                        MrsT Dec 7, 2010 07:26 AM

                        "Girls" by the Beastie Boys-- I can always make them smile
                        From White Castle to the Nile.

                      2. kattyeyes Dec 5, 2010 07:19 AM

                        "Suckin' on a chili dog outside the Tastee-Freez..."
                        John Cougar (Mellencamp, whatever!) - "Jack and Diane"
                        Who "sucks on" a chili dog, anyway?!!! :P So wrong. But, oh yeah, life goes on...

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                        1. re: kattyeyes
                          Veggo Dec 5, 2010 07:24 AM

                          I can think of about 175 or so.

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                            kattyeyes Dec 5, 2010 07:27 AM

                            I hope you have their numbers on speed-dial! :P

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                              Veggo Dec 5, 2010 08:55 AM

                              they call

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                              MacTAC Dec 5, 2010 09:25 AM

                              Is that you, Tiger?

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                            smartie Dec 5, 2010 07:23 AM

                            There is the Bull and Bush pub in Hampstead, London, made famous by the song 'Old Bull and Bush'.

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                              dmjordan Dec 5, 2010 09:12 AM

                              Ruby Foo in the song "Betty" by the Lascivious Biddies.

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                                Philly Ray Dec 5, 2010 09:36 AM

                                Does Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones count?

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                                  kattyeyes Dec 5, 2010 12:31 PM

                                  HA HA HA HA! No, 'cause it's a CHAIN...just kidding. That really did make me laugh. :)

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                                    Veggo Dec 5, 2010 12:43 PM

                                    Chains play here-
                                    Aretha, Joe Cocker, Righteous Brothers, Chrissie Hynde...

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                                  yfunk3 Dec 5, 2010 10:20 AM

                                  "Tom's Diner", of course! :o)

                                  1. tequilamockingbird Dec 5, 2010 10:37 AM

                                    The now-defunct Philly's Pizza Company in "Punk Rock Girl" by the Dead Milkmen!

                                    1. kattyeyes Dec 6, 2010 03:49 AM

                                      "Friday night they'll be dressed to kill--down at Dino's Bar & Grill..."
                                      Thin Lizzy - "The Boys are Back in Town"

                                      1. mamachef Dec 6, 2010 04:49 AM

                                        "So meet me at Midnight, baby, beside the Sad Cafe." (Eagles, The Long Run)
                                        "Muriel plays piano, every Friday, at the Hollywood." (Marc Cohn, Walking in Memphis)

                                        1. MGZ Dec 6, 2010 05:07 AM

                                          Robbie Robertson’s Somewhere Down the Crazy River – “Why do you always end up down at Nick’s Café?”

                                          1. coney with everything Dec 6, 2010 05:28 AM

                                            Non-specific: "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel before he sucked :)

                                            A bottle of white, a bottle of red,
                                            Perhaps a bottle of rosé instead.
                                            We'll get a table near the street
                                            In our old familiar place
                                            You and I - face to face hm, hm
                                            A bottle of red, a bottle of white
                                            It all depends upon your appetite
                                            I'll meet you any time you want
                                            In our Italian Restaurant.

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                                            1. re: coney with everything
                                              kattyeyes Dec 6, 2010 05:42 AM

                                              YES! And re "before he sucked," too. :) My mom usedta have "The Stranger" on 8-track when I was a kiddo...this song would fade after the Brenda(r) 'n Eddie part and come back up on the next track. For ol' times sake, here we go--live from Lawn-gIsland ;)

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                                                southernitalian Dec 6, 2010 05:51 AM

                                                And don't forget - Mama Leone left a note on the door. How about Don Henley's Sunset Grille?

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                                                  kattyeyes Dec 6, 2010 06:30 AM

                                                  Right! "Sergeant O'Leary is walkin the beat--at night he becomes a bartender--he works at Mr, Cacciatore's down on Sullivan Street, across from the medical center...and he's tradin' in his Chevy for a Cadilac-ac-ac-ac-ac-ac...you oughta know by now. ;) Another goodie!

                                                  Good call on Sunset Grille, too!

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                                                    southernitalian Dec 6, 2010 07:02 AM

                                                    I am going nuts trying to think of a Springsteen song that mentions a restaurant. He mentions "Wendy's" in Born to Run. Does that count?

                                            2. Sloth Dec 6, 2010 05:57 AM

                                              "Max's Kansas City" by Wayne/Jayne County.

                                              There have to be a ton of cajun/zydeco songs that mention restaurants but its too early on Monday and i just can't think of any right now.

                                              1. Veggo Dec 6, 2010 06:47 AM

                                                Poor, lovelorn Waylon Jennings begins "Gonna write a letter, gonna mail it today", but it ends with:
                                                "Please don't think me underhand
                                                I do believe you could understand me too
                                                I got a bar and a grill with Bill in Kalamazoo."

                                                1. TongoRad Dec 6, 2010 08:31 AM

                                                  Back about 20 years ago I used to hang with some friends at Mooney's Bar on Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. It was right across the street from the Cuban place La Castilla de Jaga. Imagine my surprise, and delight, when both places turned up in Tom Russell's song "The Cuban Sandwich".. Unfortunately I never bumped into TR at either place.

                                                  Also, some words to live by from NRBQ: "Howard Johnson's Got His HoJo Working".

                                                  1. Veggo Dec 6, 2010 08:41 AM

                                                    Expresso coffee tastes might good at the Sugar Shack
                                                    but that's not the reason why I got to go back

                                                    1. southernitalian Dec 6, 2010 08:45 AM

                                                      Brought me back to that McDonalds
                                                      Took it to my stash spot
                                                      560 State street
                                                      Catch me in the kitchen like a Simmons whipping pastry

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                                                        kattyeyes Dec 6, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                        Perfect--that's so cool! I *am* a Simmons whipping pastry (sorta). ;) Still thinkin' on your Bruce request...even dug up Southside and came up short so far...

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                                                          southernitalian Dec 6, 2010 10:33 AM

                                                          Interestingly enough, despite a plethora of songs that reference "hungry", Mr. Springsteen's nod to restaurants is almost non-existant. Here's what some of the most die-hard Bruce fans could come up with:
                                                          "Saw him the other night at this roadside bar, I was walking in, he was walking out..."
                                                          "I met her in a Kingstown bar"

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                                                            Philly Ray Dec 6, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                            From his later stuff there is "Mary's Place"

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                                                              southernitalian Dec 6, 2010 11:17 AM

                                                              i thought about that but that's a reference to her house, not a restaurant.

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                                                              MGZ Dec 7, 2010 03:50 AM

                                                              I don’t think there are many, but I believe the girl works at Bob’s Big Boy in Open All Night.

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                                                                TroyTempest Jan 7, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                Well here's an unnamed place that the boss references.
                                                                I'm paraphrasing here.
                                                                "There is a little place in Southern California down San Diego way.
                                                                There's a little cafe, where they play guitars all night and all day"

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                                                                  southernitalian Jan 7, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                                  You can hear them in the back room strummin'. Nice job TT!

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                                                                    WildBilly Sep 24, 2012 08:28 PM

                                                                    Bruce sings about Al's Barbecue in the great Nothing Man.
                                                                    And he sings about Frankie's Diner in Girls In Their Summer Clothes.
                                                                    In case you haven't guessed.....yeah, I'm obsessed with Bruce!

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                                                                      TroyTempest Sep 25, 2012 07:53 AM

                                                                      WildBilly, you're a crazy cat.

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                                                                        MGZ Sep 25, 2012 07:58 AM

                                                                        Coonskin cap and all . . . .

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                                                                          WildBilly Sep 25, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                          Hey Troy!
                                                                          Trust some of this it'll show you where you're at!

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                                                                            WildBilly Sep 25, 2012 12:39 PM

                                                                            And MGZ,
                                                                            it'll help ya really feel it!

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                                                                              MGZ Sep 25, 2012 12:53 PM

                                                                              "And Circus Boy dances like a monkey on barbed wire
                                                                              And the barker romances with a junkie, she's got a flat tire
                                                                              And now the elephants dance real funky and the band plays like a jungle fire
                                                                              Circus town's on the live wire"

                                                                              I'm sure you're a much bigger fan, but I've always been impressed by the man, his music, and the places our lives have shared. Having spoken with him a couple times, I started to appreciate him more time and again.

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                                                                                WildBilly Sep 25, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                                                Hey! That's MY Circus Story! ;)

                                                                                And now I am HUGELY jealous!
                                                                                You actually got to speak with Bruce a couple times?
                                                                                I would love to meet the man someday and thank him for his music.
                                                                                I missed my one golden opportunity a couple years ago when I found out that we were at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at the same time. He was there by himself - no press- but we must have been on different floors the entire time!

                                                                                1. re: WildBilly
                                                                                  MGZ Sep 25, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                                  It's kinda funny how life's paths intertwine I s'pose. Always been somewhere that was raising money for a good cause, to be honest. I've spent more time talking with Vini, I'm afraid. A buddy of mine plays in a band with him.

                                                                                  BTW, ever hear the Circus Story from Max's in '73? http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/bruce-s...

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                                                                                    WildBilly Sep 25, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                                    Thanks a LOT for that link!
                                                                                    I just signed up for the free 14 day trial just to listen to that show! ;)
                                                                                    I have seen the video of that performance at the Rock Hall but they only had 2 songs so I am thoroughly enjoying this!
                                                                                    That is so cool that you get to talk to Vini!
                                                                                    I "talk" to him from time to time over on BTX - the Springsteen website.
                                                                                    He seems like a great guy!

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                                                                                      TroyTempest Sep 25, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                      Wow, I'm just a lonely acrobat, the high wire is my trade. Actually just a simple fan. I've never had any brushes with greatness that you both have had, though i do run into some of the local celebrities in the grocery store here in Austin, though i tend to leave them alone. But Wild Billy, you have inspired me to go listen to the Wild, the Innocent, ... I only have it on LP and haven't heard it in over a year. So, thanks for that.
                                                                                      BTW, have you heard his keynote address for SXSW last year? It was great, great.

                                                                                      1. re: TroyTempest
                                                                                        WildBilly Sep 25, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                                        I'm very glad that I have inspired you to listen to that awesome album again.
                                                                                        As you know it is a wonderful collection of great story songs containing plenty of zany, colorful characters.
                                                                                        And yes, that keynote address was amazing!

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                                                            film_score Dec 6, 2010 09:53 AM

                                                            Beck's "Debra" mentions Zankou (an L.A. Based Armenian Chicken fast food joint)

                                                            "I wouldn't do you like that Zankou Chicken"

                                                            1. cookie monster Dec 6, 2010 10:59 AM

                                                              Blink 182 - "Josie" - "She laughs at my dumb jokes when no one does; she brings me Mexican food from Sombrero just because."

                                                              film-score already hit my all-time favorite, "Debra" by Beck.

                                                              1. roxlet Dec 6, 2010 11:30 AM

                                                                Mr. Jones, by Counting Crows:
                                                                I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this
                                                                yellow-haired girl

                                                                1. TroyTempest Dec 6, 2010 11:50 AM

                                                                  from Guy Clark's Dublin Blues

                                                                  I wish I was in Austin
                                                                  In the Chili Parlour Bar
                                                                  Drinkin' Mad Dog Margaritas
                                                                  And not carin' where you are

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                                                                    smartie Dec 6, 2010 02:03 PM

                                                                    'come on down to the Mermaid Cafe and I will buy you a bottle of wine
                                                                    and we'll laugh and toast to nothing and smash our empty glasses down...

                                                                    Carey by Joni Mitchell

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                                                                      smartie Dec 6, 2010 02:06 PM

                                                                      I was cutting the rug at a place called the Jug with a girl named Linda Lou

                                                                      Gimme 3 Steps Lynyrd Skynyrd

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                                                                        smartie Dec 7, 2010 04:17 AM

                                                                        Neil Young has a new song called You Never Call - it mentions In and Out with reference to their fries. The song has not been released but he played it this summer on his tour (man he was fantastic here in Hollywood Fl) and it's on YouTube.

                                                                        1. Bob W Dec 8, 2010 07:22 AM

                                                                          Since the late lamented Twist and Shout in Bethesda MD served food..."Down at the Twist and Shout" by Mary Chapin Carpenter...great song!

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                                                                            akq Dec 8, 2010 05:44 PM

                                                                            Sir Mix-a-lot, My Posse's on Broadway - Dick's Drive in:"Dick's is the place where the cool hang out..." Also gives a shout out to the scary Taco Bell that used to be at the North end of Broadway (in Seattle).


                                                                            1. mickie44 Jan 7, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                                              Diana Krall "Departure Bay" -- going to the Dairy Queen at dusk.

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                                                                                boingo2000 Jan 7, 2011 12:09 PM

                                                                                Surprised that nobody mentioned the Tenacious D classic "**** Her Gently" (that's the most discreet I can be with the title), which includes the lines:

                                                                                What's your favorite dish?
                                                                                I'm not gonna cook it
                                                                                But I'll order it from Zanzibar

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                                                                                  kubasd23 Nov 5, 2011 05:50 PM

                                                                                  Love that song!

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                                                                                  Fydeaux Jan 9, 2011 10:17 AM

                                                                                  Lonnie Mack recorded a song called 'Camp Washington Chili', but if I remember correctly, it is an instrumental.

                                                                                  Amos Milburn sang the 'Chicken Shack Boogie' where "every piece costs five or ten cents, & you can even get the last part that went over the fence."

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                                                                                    Jenny Ondioline Jan 9, 2011 07:31 PM

                                                                                    Some that haven't been mentioned yet:

                                                                                    L.A. punks Lawndale had an instrumental called "The Days of Pup 'n' Taco." Similarly, Youth Gone Mad had a song called "Oki Dog" about the L.A. dog stand, and the almighty Descendants had a legendary nine-second song called "Weinerschnitzel" about the western hot dog chain:

                                                                                    Spoken: "Welcome to Der Wienerschnitzel
                                                                                    May I take your order?"

                                                                                    Sung: Yeah, I want:
                                                                                    Two large Cokes, two large fries
                                                                                    Chili-cheese dog, large Dr. Pepper
                                                                                    Super deluxe with cheese and tomato

                                                                                    Spoken: "You want [redacted] with that?"

                                                                                    Sung: NO!

                                                                                    Also, Barenaked Ladies name-drop Swiss Chalet (Canadian fast-food chain) in one of the raps on "One Week."

                                                                                    1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 9, 2011 07:57 PM

                                                                                      does Copacabana count? they do banquets/catering ;)

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                                                                                        southernitalian Jan 10, 2011 07:04 AM

                                                                                        Copacabana totally counts! The hottest spot north of Havana!

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                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Jan 10, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                                          good, because all the others i'd normally throw out there - and there were many because i'm a music nut - had already been mentioned by the time i saw this thread!

                                                                                      2. Davwud Jan 10, 2011 07:46 AM

                                                                                        Marc Cohn ~ Walking in Memphis

                                                                                        "Now Muriel, plays piano
                                                                                        Every Friday at the Hollywood"

                                                                                        Bruce Springsteen ~ Open all Night

                                                                                        "I met Wanda when she was employed behind the counter at route 60 Bob's Big Boy"


                                                                                        1. Veggo Jan 10, 2011 08:02 AM

                                                                                          I guess instrumentals are ruled out here for lack of lyrics, but anyone remember "No matter what shape (your stomach's in)" by the T-bones, from the 60's?

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                                                                                            buttertart Jan 10, 2011 09:20 AM

                                                                                            Used as the theme for an excellent Alka-Seltzer commercial and sampled by Leonard Cohen in one of his later songs. But of course.

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                                                                                              Tripeler Jan 10, 2011 07:07 PM

                                                                                              Oh, yes. Old "Laughin' Lennie." I once had a roommate that was a real Cohen-head.

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                                                                                                buttertart Jan 11, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                                                                "I can't forget" (but I don't remember what).

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                                                                                                guilty Jan 11, 2011 04:16 PM

                                                                                                Wait, where was it sampled by Leonard Cohen? I gotta know . . .

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                                                                                                  buttertart Jan 13, 2011 05:54 AM

                                                                                                  "I can't forget" (...but I don't remember what).
                                                                                                  From "I'm Your Man" - just an instrumenta snippet in it.

                                                                                            2. mickie44 Jan 11, 2011 07:55 AM

                                                                                              There must be one or more Tom Waits songs about certain diners in LA but I can't come up with them. Anyone?

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                                                                                                Tripeler Jan 11, 2011 07:45 PM

                                                                                                On the album Nighthawks there is a live sketch where Waits mentions Norm's and The Copper Penny.

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                                                                                                  mickie44 Jan 15, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                  Thank you.

                                                                                              2. Akitist Jan 11, 2011 08:31 AM

                                                                                                Smokey Joe's Cafe by the Coasters. Dunno if it's a real place or not.

                                                                                                1. monpetitescargot Jan 11, 2011 08:56 AM

                                                                                                  "i don't want to grow up,
                                                                                                  i just want my taco bell.
                                                                                                  i dont wanna wanna go to school no more...
                                                                                                  gimme that cheeba!"
                                                                                                  the donnas, i don't wanna go to school : D
                                                                                                  sort of mirrors my mentality at that time...

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                                                                                                    barryg Jan 11, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                                                    "Do you even know what a Wawa is?"
                                                                                                    Bloodhound Gang - Pennsylvania

                                                                                                    The song name is misleading, though; Wawa is a regional convenience store chain in Southeastern Penn., New Jersey, and Maryland. Maybe a few other farther out locations along the east coast, but definitely not central or western Pennsylvania.

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                                                                                                      monpetitescargot Jan 11, 2011 02:32 PM

                                                                                                      they originated from pennsylvania and their headquarters is there.

                                                                                                      they used to get their hoagie rolls from a reputable philadelphia bakery and they had a cult following. now, a bakery in new jersey. owned, i believe, by the same people? everyone says theyre not the same. i havent had one in years, but i used to like their italian hoagie some time ago.

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                                                                                                        barryg Jan 12, 2011 09:09 AM

                                                                                                        I know, but Wawas do not exist in most of the state--just the eastern portion. I agree about the bread, there is a thread about this on the Chains board.

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                                                                                                      Jenny Ondioline Jan 11, 2011 03:37 PM

                                                                                                      Just thought of another one that I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned: last year's great hip-hop novelty "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" by Brooklyn hipsters Das Racist.

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                                                                                                        guilty Jan 11, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                                                                        Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Stagger Lee:
                                                                                                        "He walked through the rain and he walked through the mud/
                                                                                                        Till he came to a bar called The Bucket O'Blood"
                                                                                                        And the NCTBS song "O'Malley's Bar" (fictional, but so are many mentioned here)

                                                                                                        I know that Sinatra (or is it Dean Martin?) mentions Gillie's in a song; anyone know?

                                                                                                        Hootie and the Blowfish did a song about Waffle House's hash browns (Scattered, Smothered, and Covered). This was before Hootie's monumental sell-out to Burger King (sure to offend all humans): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UI0WZkuyXg

                                                                                                        The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) in "Parents Just Don't Understand" talks about going to McDonald's and getting "Two Big Macs, two large fries/and Cokes": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW3PFC...

                                                                                                        I may come up with more . . .

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                                                                                                        1. re: guilty
                                                                                                          kubasd23 Nov 5, 2011 05:58 PM

                                                                                                          That wasn't Hootie and the Blowfish, it was the Barenaked Ladies

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                                                                                                            guilty Nov 16, 2011 06:20 PM

                                                                                                            yikes; sorry.

                                                                                                        2. Davwud Jan 11, 2011 04:43 PM

                                                                                                          Don Henley

                                                                                                          Sunset Grill


                                                                                                          1. Veggo Jan 11, 2011 05:48 PM

                                                                                                            Jerry Jeff Walker ( remember Mr. Bojangles?) mentions Victoria House, the best resto on Ambergris Caye in Belize, in his "Cowboy Boots and Bathin' Suits" CD.

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                                                                                                              Bigrayok Jan 12, 2011 12:59 PM

                                                                                                              Yes's "Love Will Find A Way" from the Big Generator album has the line "Here is my heart, waiting for you, here is my soul, I eat at Chez Nous". The Kentucky Headhunters had a big hit about Dumas Walker where you could get a "slaw, burger, fries and a bottle of Skeet".

                                                                                                              Bigray in Ok

                                                                                                            2. DrBruin Jan 13, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                                                                              "I like the girls with the boom
                                                                                                              I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom" - The Humpty Dance by Digital Underground

                                                                                                              "(One) day when I was chillin' in Kentucky Fried Chicken
                                                                                                              Just mindin' my business, eatin' food and finger lickin'" - You Be Illin' by Run DMC

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                                                                                                                Jenny Ondioline Jan 13, 2011 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                "Bitties in the BK Lounge" from De La Soul's underrated second album: song about an experience with an obnoxious Burger King employee.

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                                                                                                                  bronwen Jan 17, 2011 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                  Interesting subject. I've been racking my brain thinking about New Orleans restaurants, surely with their great tradition of food and music there must be songs about restaurants, but I can't for the life of me think of any.

                                                                                                              2. Boudleaux Nov 6, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                John Hiatt's "Memphis in the Meantime" sprang immediately to mind when I saw this topic.

                                                                                                                At least we can get ourselves a decent meal
                                                                                                                Down at the Rendezvous.

                                                                                                                1. josquared Nov 7, 2011 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                  The Smithereens - "White Castle Blues"

                                                                                                                  "Saturday night and it's gettin' late
                                                                                                                  I'm gettin' hungry, I just can't wait
                                                                                                                  Not just any kind of burger will do
                                                                                                                  I'm being hit by those
                                                                                                                  White Castle blues
                                                                                                                  White Castle blues"

                                                                                                                  1. Motosport Nov 7, 2011 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                    Simon and Garfunkel mentioned Lins Garden (NYC Chinatown) in "The only living boy in NY"

                                                                                                                    1. Sloth Nov 15, 2011 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                      For your pleasure, the Noshville Katz (Katz' Deli in NYC)

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                                                                                                                        magic Nov 15, 2011 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                        Ben Folds Five had a single called 'Army', mentioning Chick-fil-A in the lyrics.

                                                                                                                        "Grew a moustache and a mullet,
                                                                                                                        Got a job at Chick-fil-A...."

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                                                                                                                          magic Nov 15, 2011 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                          Also Creeque Alley by The Mamas & The Papas mentions the Night Owl Cafe in New York City:

                                                                                                                          "Zal, Denny, and Sebastian sat (at the Night Owl)"

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                                                                                                                            magic Nov 15, 2011 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                            Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z:

                                                                                                                            "Right there up on Broadway, brought me back to that McDonald's."

                                                                                                                            (southernitalian already posted the lyrics and artist, but I thought I'd add the song's name....)

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                                                                                                                          amazinc Nov 16, 2011 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                          Billy & the Beaters .."I Can Take Care of Myself" Circa 1986

                                                                                                                          I saw you last night dinin' at Ma Maison,
                                                                                                                          Stumblin' downstairs tuggin' your clothes on,

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                                                                                                                            Fydeaux Nov 16, 2011 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                            Excellent catch! I love that song!

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                                                                                                                              magic Nov 16, 2011 06:15 AM

                                                                                                                              Are you sure about this?? I don't think these lyrics are in that song. Are you thinking of another song?

                                                                                                                              Sigh, I have far too much time on my hands.

                                                                                                                              Great song though!

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                                                                                                                              amazinc Nov 16, 2011 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                              oops...forgot to mention Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant".

                                                                                                                              Does it have to be a real place? Hope not!!

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                                                                                                                                guilty Nov 16, 2011 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                Invitation to the Blues mentions Schwab's Drugstore--does that count? Not quite a restaurant, but I understand they had ice cream . . .

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                                                                                                                                  dingey Nov 22, 2011 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                  The Gories (of Detroit) have an ode to a Ypsilanti landmark: The Chick-Inn!

                                                                                                                                  "Well, I'm goin' there baby, can't miss it, all right!
                                                                                                                                  It's got a chicken on the sign and a neon hotdog!
                                                                                                                                  Whoo! Hammy sammy! Strawberry banana milkshake!
                                                                                                                                  You can get it in chocolate, too!
                                                                                                                                  CHICK-INN WHOO HOO!
                                                                                                                                  Chick-Inn, WHOO HOO!
                                                                                                                                  It's just a little drive in AAAAAAAAAAH!"

                                                                                                                                  1. DuchessNukem Sep 25, 2012 08:36 PM

                                                                                                                                    Here's a tiny blast from the past... never knew that the cafe actually existed: C.W. McCall's "Old Home Filler-up an' Keep on a-Truckin' Cafe".

                                                                                                                                    Say hi to Mavis.

                                                                                                                                    ( http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/6016 )

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