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What TV/movie/book restaurant would you want to go to? What place would you avoid?

Lots of threads about cooking shows and dream restaurants. But I have not seen this questions asked, but what restaurant that existed only in a TV show, movie or book would you want to go to? Lots of people want to go to the Italian place in the Godfather which was a real restaurant. I'm actually thinking about a place that only existed in the TV show, movie or book. My nomination is Le Chateau Anglais from the BBC show Chef. Given the maniacal focus of Gareth Blackstock, the food must be fabulous there. Expensive I'm sure, but something that would be an experience. Close second would be Paradise from Big Night.

I wouldn't go near the diner from Two Broke Girls. Some what amusing show, but eat the food there?

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  1. I want to be free to spend a couple of hours in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, especially that big room with the mushrooms with whipped cream and the edible teacups. I am SO not a sweets person but I could really get behind that.

    I'd also like to eat at Gasteau's, from Ratatouille.

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    1. re: rockandroller1

      The restaurant from Ratatouille was the first thing that came to my mind as well. My daughter was six when we first saw it and it opened up a whole new way of looking at food for her, which has been a joy for me as well.

      1. re: rockandroller1

        I'd like to eat, not at Gasteau's, but at the little bistro they open at the end of the movie. That'd be right up my alley.

      2. The Harmonia Gardens Restaurant from "Hello Dolly" because I love that era in NYC history and the menus from restaurants of that time are amazing!

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        1. re: ttoommyy

          Or the little donut shop in the train station (only mentioned, not actually shown) :) That's one of my favorite movies.

          Also along the same lines, and not entirely fictional, but DelMonico's as shown in the movie Life with Father. I'm sure it was shown in many other movies as well.

        2. I would like to eat at the Whistle Stop Cafe from the book/movie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. good old fashioned country cookin, although I would be a little wary of eating the barbecue.

          the place I would avoid is Ed's eat and dogs from the Stephen King and Peter Straub book Black House. if you read the book you understand why.

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          1. re: PotatoHouse

            I agree with the Whistle Stop Cafe, but would probably avoid it on barbecue day...

              1. re: melpy

                Ahhhh. 'Long pig'.
                Ever seen a bear shinned out? Now that'll give you pause.

              2. re: Bivalve88

                "I agree with the Whistle Stop Cafe, but would probably avoid it on barbecue day..."

                Spolier alert!

                I had never seen that movie or read the book it is based on so I had no idea that cannibalism existed in that move. (I just read the wikipeidia entry."

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  They only fed him to the cop that was investigating his disappearance.

                  1. re: PotatoHouse

                    Yes. Still, I had no idea all these years.

            1. I think I'd like to visit (but not necessarily eat at) Paul and Mary's Country Kitchen, from "Eating Raoul". I hate to admit it, but one place where I'd like to eat is Luke's Diner in "Gilmore Girls", because the cook (Cesar) always seemed to be cranking out really good comfort food.

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              1. re: ricepad

                I'd hang out at Luke's too and not just to flirt with the owner.

                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                    Flirt with the owner all you like; I'll take the opportunity to flirt with Lorelai. If I can get a word in edgewise... :)

                1. The coffee shop at the Best Western the guys like to go to in "Swingers". It's probably actually a real place since everywhere they filmed was a real LA location but that breakfast food shown in the movie looked delicious.

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                  1. re: juliejulez

                    It's a real place, I live about 2 miles away. It's typical diner fare, but always pretty good :) It's also pretty cute inside--LA mid-century.

                    1. re: juliejulez

                      The Dresden in Los Feliz was never the same after that movie, cool and empty except for old guys in pinkie rings before. buncha hipster douchebags after.

                      1. re: hill food

                        It took me a loooong time to like that movie, I thought it was so douchey when it came out. Now I love it and think it's hilarious. And I love seeing all those shots of '90's LA-and seeing everyone smoke in bars! Ahh...the good old days...Now everything is bottle service, TMZ, Bentleys and reality "stars". Sigh. I miss old LA.

                        1. re: schrutefarms

                          that response is SO money.

                          yeah I hate most things after they've become popular, but I come back around when they've become somewhat lost along the road. (ok so I'm a pop culture snob, maybe my sort is the douchiest)

                          who knows maybe after 15 years it's not annoying anymore. frankly next time I'm in SoCal I'm heading for Bakersfield or the Salton Sea, Quartz Hill anyone?. unless I have the self-indulgent funds to act on whim.

                    2. I would also love to eat at the Gull Reef Club from Herman Wouk's "Don't Stop the Carnival". I would love to try Sheila's Callalou!

                      1. The restaurant in Scent of a Woman with Al Pacino. I tried to find out if it was a real restaurant or not. Can't remember what I found out.

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                        1. re: conniemcd

                          That was the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel. A real place, though not sure if it exists in the same way today since the Plaza was bought and completely remodeled.

                          1. re: iluvcookies

                            Oh my gosh. If that is so, than I already ate there, about 15 years ago, but I don't remember if there was a dance floor. Thanks for replying.

                            1. re: conniemcd

                              The room was called The Oak Room, which is a resto in The Plaza, but it was actually filmed in a ballroom in the Pierre Hotel

                          2. re: conniemcd

                            While I am very fond of that tango scene (the one that pretty much saves this movie -- one of the sexiest dance scenes in a movie, ever), I don't recall a single dish being served? Were you intrigued by the atmosphere? Did I maybe miss the food?

                            I'm honestly curious.

                            1. re: linguafood

                              Yeah, I don't remember them eating anything there. Just Chris O'Donnell blabbing about a $24 burger - that was a big deal back then, wasn't it? Like "1 million dollars" back in the 60's.

                              If you like the tango scene, don't take any tango lessons. I took just 4 introductory lessons with my wife a few years back - watching the movie after that shows how silly their "tango" was. They were essentially walking forwards and backwards, but the camera made them look good.

                                1. re: linus


                                  oh but what a world it would be if we all had post-production and Foley crews?!? didn't Shakespeare say something like that in "The Tempest"?

                          3. The house in Like Water for Chocolate, or any of the (real) places from the PBS series Spain on the Road Again, except without Mario and Gwenyth. Claudia Basoles and Bitty can definitely come. I especially pine for the Calcotada or any of the seafood places.

                            1. Not sure if I would want to eat at the restaurant from The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.

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                              1. re: Philly Ray

                                Philly Ray: was going to say I WOULD want to eat at that place in Peter Greenaway's movie but it would have to be on a night the "Thief" was not there. unless I wanted a floorshow.

                                1. re: hill food

                                  I was referring to the night when "The Lover" was on the menu.

                                2. re: Philly Ray

                                  This was my first thought as well! But of course, not on that final night..

                                3. Would want to go to : As it's been mentioned, the WW's Chocolate Factory inside garden with chocolate river and the Whistle Stop Cafe.
                                  Also wouldn't mind having The Cookie Jar (cookie bakery) from the Hannah Swenson series (author Joanne Fluke). Love the idea of sitting around with a plate of cookies and a mug of coffee while gossiping with neighbors.

                                  Would avoid: Mrs. Lovett's pie shop

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                                  1. re: viperlush

                                    Also want to add to my list of want to go to tv restaurants :Cafe Diem from the TV show Eureka. It's free for all and Vicent seems able to cook anything and everything.

                                  2. I want to go to Amy's Baking Company, sheerly for the entertainment value... But I second the vote for The Whistlestop Cafe.

                                    1. The bar from Star Wars complete with the nose flute player.

                                      The restaurant from Ferris Buhlers Day off, only if the matre' d from the movie is working.

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                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        Oh, this just reminded me. I'd like a replicator from Star Trek TNG in my kitchen, just for those nights when I don't feel like doing prep work. "200 grams of carrots, small dice." Yeah, that would be very helpful.

                                      2. Mel's Diner, but only if Flo is my waitress.

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                                        1. re: Reston

                                          Reston: Dianne Ladd 'Flo' or Polly Holliday 'Flo'? Polly's niece was my babysitter and Dianne was friends with my ex's mom. (so either answer is good!)

                                          1. re: hill food

                                            Polly Holliday. I used to watch Alice on tv when i was a teenager. She always seemed like she'd be fun to hang out with.

                                            1. re: Reston

                                              Polly's family was cool, Mr. Holliday had the weirdest multi-media conceptual Halloween give-out ever (well in 1975 anyway) and Wendy was one of my favorite sitters.

                                              but if you liked the TV show - see the movie "Alice Doesn't Live Here
                                              Anymore" different but great.

                                        2. I swear this exact thread exists somewhere but can't find.

                                          Dinner with Travis McGee on his boat

                                          The bar from the Kinsey Millhone series

                                          the malt shop from 90210

                                          The place in Ratatouille

                                          The Whistle Stop Cafe

                                          Dinner with Kay Scarpetta in her home

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                                          1. re: foodieX2

                                            "I swear this exact thread exists somewhere but can't find."
                                            Pretty much:
                                            Although it was favorites only. As long as we're talking musts to avoid, I guess I'd have to go with the bar where Tralala hangs out in Last Exit to Brooklyn.

                                            1. re: ratgirlagogo

                                              thank you! I thought I must have been mistaken!

                                          2. The Restaurant at the End of The Universe

                                            Rick's Cabaret

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                                            1. re: DoobieWah

                                              Uhmmmm, that should be Rick's Cafe, from Casablanca.

                                              (I've been in Houston tooooo long.)

                                              1. re: DoobieWah

                                                Yeah but you spent some time in Austin. Ever been to Chotckie's or Flinger's? By the way, I've been to Rick's, but nobody mentioned the Blue Parrot.

                                            2. Would definitely avoid Central Perk.

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                                              1. re: cronker

                                                me too. I don't know why but i never connected with that group.

                                              2. I would avoid the diner that is featured towards the end of the movie Giant, where the proprietor is racist.

                                                1. I'd avoid the dining room at Faulty Towers. Ditto the one at Hogwarts. You might get a fabulous meal, or something really horrid. Too iffy for me. Also would avoid the dining room in the Temple of Doom. I like my meat killed and cooked, thanks, unless it's sushi.

                                                  Gasteau's sounds good, but I'm not sure I want rodents cooking for me.

                                                  I would like to eat the meal from Babette's Feast. Oh, and the pastries from kitchen in the 2006 Marie Antoinette movie. Movie was widely panned, but oh my, the whipped cream! The teas served in Rebecca (the book) also sound delicious.

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                                                  1. re: Isolda

                                                    I forgot about the Marie Antoinette movie. Champagne, pastries, candied fruits, etc. Corsets and panniers be damned, I would have suffered for those foods.

                                                    1. re: Isolda

                                                      Ohhh those pastries, forgot about those.

                                                    2. The diner in Pulp Fiction. It seems like a very entertaining place.

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                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                          well, there's two diners.
                                                          jack rabbit slim's is one, where uma and travolta get their chuck berry on.
                                                          then there's the diner that bookends the movie, where tim roth and amanda plummer rob the place, and travolta and sam jackson show up.

                                                          1. re: linus

                                                            The robbery diner is likely not the one deemed "entertaining" by fld. But perhaps I'm wrong.

                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                              you may be right. then again, i am entertained by samuel l. jackson getting the drop on a pair o' idiots, and of john travolta offering to "shoot them on general principle."

                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                I dunno, being all lovey-dovey and calling each other "Honey-Bunny" right as ready to commit random homicide is sort of entertaining when one looks at Amanda Plummer's past career choices. it fits. just psycho.

                                                                I still wonder if that diner is in Silverlake. just looks too familiar.

                                                                1. re: hill food

                                                                  i believe it was in hawthorne.

                                                                  myself, i don't think they had any intention of committing random homicide.

                                                                  1. re: linus

                                                                    I ate at that diner in Hawthorne in the mid-70s, I think I read recently that it no longer exists.

                                                        2. Bronto Burger (The Flintstones)

                                                          Krusty Burger (The Simpsons)

                                                          Monk's Cafe (Seinfeld)

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                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                            I wouldn't mind a big salad right now, but I'll skip the Krusty Burger ("mmm, I don't mind the taste!")

                                                          2. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Paradise restaurant from Big Night.

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                                                            1. Any visual or literary references to railway dining cars spins me like a top.

                                                              1. I would love to have a cookout/barbecue with Ron Swanson of Parks and Rec. "I had two calves. My dad said I had to kill one of them to eat. I couldn't choose between them so I killed 'em both. And they were delicious".

                                                                1. I definitely wanna eat at "where Harry met Sally".............but I don't need to spend time in Rick's Bar

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                                                                  1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                    If you're talking about the "I'll have what she's having" place, the interior shots of that scene were filmed at Katz's in NYC -- you can even eat at the same table.

                                                                    For me (all already mentioned):
                                                                    1. Gareth's restaurant from BBC's "Chef!"
                                                                    2. The shop in "Chocolat"
                                                                    3. Bistro at end of "Ratatouille"
                                                                    4. Rick's Cafe Americain, as long as I possessed the "letters of transit"
                                                                    5. The ramen place in "Tampopo"

                                                                  2. I'd want to go to the Blue Bistro. (Elin Hilderbrand)

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                                                                    1. re: Njchicaa

                                                                      Oh yes, me too! Loved that book! I still think about those crackers.....

                                                                    2. For me it would be the Olympia Cafe,"Cheezborger,cheezborger,cheezborger. No coke! Pepsi !"
                                                                      From SNL.

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                                                                      1. re: emglow101

                                                                        That was taken from the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, back in the day when there was just one.

                                                                        1. re: marcia

                                                                          Can I get a shot of Malort then?

                                                                      2. John Clasky's restaurant from Spanglish.

                                                                        Freddy's from House of Cards.

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                                                                        1. re: roundfigure

                                                                          Ever notice that there are never any other customers at Freddy's? I guess that's why Frank has to over pay every time.

                                                                          1. re: Bkeats

                                                                            We were recently speculating as to why no one has opened a Freddy's and tried to capitalize on that name recognition. Probably a lot of people would like to eat there.

                                                                            1. re: Bkeats

                                                                              You're right. Frank probably plotted to get rid of them all so he could have the place to himself. They're all at an inferior BBQ joint down the street, planning revenge.

                                                                          2. A LOT less chic-fliky - The sandwich shop from Point Break, "Utah, get me 2!"

                                                                            More chic-fliky - Bills, having a frog dog with James Woods (a bit of irony there, hot dogs, James Woods, HA!)

                                                                            And Vesuvio - no brooding chef, molecular bullshit, just good honest food from the hardest working cook on TV, Artie Bucco

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                                                                            1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                              Vesuvio! Especially on the night that he cooked his dad's rabbit recipe. Nice call.

                                                                            2. More than a few have mentioned the Whistle Stop Cafe. Didn't they serve the bad guy? Like as in human meat? I think I'd avoid, no matter how good the ribs are.

                                                                              I'd like to eat at the Beast's castle in Beauty & The Beast, Hogwart's great hall, Vesuvio's, the shop from Chocolat, the Spanglish restaurant (good call on that one!), the prison cell from Goodfella's, the restaurant where Ma worked on Little House on the Prairie (Nellie's, Olson's, or Caroline's? Regardless they were always serving awesome looking fried chicken) and Meryl Streep's bakery in It's Complicated.

                                                                              Edit: Also Janine's restaurant on Treme!

                                                                              I'd avoid the Whistle Stop (as previously mentioned), Miss Havisham's reception, the restaurant in Waiting, and the place on that episode of the Simpsons where you picked out your cow and they killed it for you.

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                                                                              1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                "and the place on that episode of the Simpsons where you picked out your cow and they killed it for you."

                                                                                Oh, I'd eat there!

                                                                                1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                  Oh, Hogwart's great hall. Forgot that! Yes!

                                                                                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                    +1 to the shop from Chocolat... yum.

                                                                                    I also want to go to the vineyard from Bottle Shock. I know it's a real place, but I want to go to the movie version and witness the final tasting.

                                                                                    I definitely do NOT want to eat anything from the Auto-Chef in JD Robb's "xxx in Death" book series (with Eve Dallas). Or from the similar "presto, here's your food!" machine on the Jetsons.

                                                                                    1. re: truman

                                                                                      I've always wanted to try the Auto-Chef just for shits and giggles. However, I would want to be wealthy enough to be able ot buy real meat and real coffee.

                                                                                  2. Also what about that diner that was in the first few seasons of ER. It was a little silver trailer type diner across the street from the hospital. Name slips my mind. Was that Doc McGee's? Or was that a bar.

                                                                                    1. I would like to eat at Mystic Pizza. Actually I think it exists but I want to eat at the one in the movie, with Leona back there slinging the pizzas.

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                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                        It does exist and you right to continue dreaming of the one in the movie, LOL. Not horrible but nothing great either. And you are surrounded by multiple screens playing the movie in a giant loop. There are some things you don't want your 6 year old to hear and see.

                                                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                          I was going to put that too, but since it does exist, I wasn't sure it would count. But I'm with you- I want the movie version, not the real version.

                                                                                        2. The restaurant called "Paradise" in The Big Night. The brothers are from Abruzzo, the region my paternal grandparents came from. Their food looks magnificent and since Primo, one of he brothers, is a perfectionist, I'd bet the food tasted magnificent as well...

                                                                                          The restaurants - don't know the names- in Tortilla Soup. Both the father's and the daughter's. But I'd definitely stay away from the pie shop next to the barber shop in Sweeney Todd. J/S

                                                                                            1. Mario's, from the TV show "Taxi"
                                                                                              Bluth's banana stand from "Arrested Development"
                                                                                              The Hong Kong Garden from "The Honeymooners"... for "lobster cantaneeeze"

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                                                                                              1. re: iluvcookies

                                                                                                "The Hong Kong Garden from "The Honeymooners"... for "lobster cantaneeeze""


                                                                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                  But they don't give you any bread there, so how do you push the food onto your fork?

                                                                                                  1. re: Philly Ray

                                                                                                    You pick up some bread from Krausmeier's bakery on your way there.
                                                                                                    Sheesh, what a grouch!

                                                                                              2. I think I want to try Melville's (the place above Cheers).

                                                                                                1. Ooooh, how about the hotel bar from The Shining?

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                                                                                                  1. re: DoobieWah

                                                                                                    Heeerrrreeee'ssss Johnnnnny. No thanks!

                                                                                                    1. The University cafeteria from Big Bang Theory. The lunches always look yummy, too bad they never eat the food, just push it around.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                        Have you noticed that Sheldon never picks up any food with his chopsticks when they are eating at home?

                                                                                                        1. re: iluvcookies

                                                                                                          Well, they do have a lot of dining scenes on that show. I imagine that if they actually ate the food through take after take they'd start to gain weight. Also I'm sure the food is cold and has been sitting around for a while. Still, would love to have lunch with them in the cafeteria!

                                                                                                          1. re: Jpan99

                                                                                                            Yep. And talk about trains. That would be a hoot.

                                                                                                      2. I would go to the Danish back beyond for "Babette's Feast", definitely. The ramen shop in "Tampopo". +2 for the shop in "Chocolat". Tita's kitchen in "Like Water for Chocolate".

                                                                                                        I would also avoid Mel's Diner (with or without Flo), the French restaurant in "Meaning of Life" as well as the country house and its salmon mousse, and Amy's Baking Company.

                                                                                                        1. Slightly off topic, I have been to the restaurant where Rain Man counted toothpicks. It's a lovely little family-owned Italian joint in Northern KY. The food is average, but I loved it anyway.

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                                                                                                            1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                              It's Pompillio's in Newport, KY. Has been there forever. It was much better in the late 60s/early 70s.

                                                                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                                                                Yup - just a block or two off the main entertainment area. I loved the character. The food? Not so much. But I'd go back or take people just to point to the floor.

                                                                                                            2. I wanna go to Trader Vic's and have a pina colada with a Werewolf of London. KIDDING.

                                                                                                              I, too, would love to eat with Paulie and the boys and the garlic sliced so thin in the prison scene in GoodFellas.
                                                                                                              One day I'm gonna try that razor bit with the garlic.

                                                                                                              Continuing my GoodFellas fantasy, next Ray Liotta makes me meatballs and sauce as he made for his family later in the movie, though I distinctly remember, in that scene he did a bunch of things that made me think "Shouldn't you have washed your hands?"

                                                                                                              I'd like to sit next to Alan Alda and eat with everyone at M*A*S*H 4077 singing, "I don't want no more of Army life--gee, Ma, I wanna go home!" SOS would be fine with me.

                                                                                                              I remember "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" making me VERY hungry even though I don't eat everything they were cookin' up.

                                                                                                              I would love to have fizzy lifting drinks a la Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, fly to the top of the dome, then belch all the way down as a means of self-preservation. :) I would like a Wonka bar, too, and perhaps an Everlasting Gobstopper. And an Oompa Loompa to help with dishes and household chores.

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                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                I also would like a chocolate babka as Elaine and Jerry picked up on Seinfeld in the "look to the cookie" episode. You know, because why would I want to try a lesser babka?

                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                  True dat. I bet the secret ingredient in Ray Liotta's sauce was cocaine. Cross contamination!

                                                                                                                2. A private dinner with Nero Wolfe would be fine, or Rusterman's for a special night out on the town. Vesuvio would be great for a more casual dinner. I'd avoid the Spouter Inn*, though: it's a quaint enough New England B&B, but the waitress tends to bark the rather limited menu at you ("Clam or cod?"), and you may find yourself sharing your room with a total stranger.

                                                                                                                  *Moby Dick

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                                                                                                                  1. re: tardigrade

                                                                                                                    That's me too! Dinner with Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin prepared to Mr. Wolfe's specifications by the incomparable Fritz. I'm sure he'd approve of my hearty appetite.

                                                                                                                    And I'm up for Le Chateau Anglais but only if he is serving le vin de Angleterra.

                                                                                                                  2. I'd probably want to avoid the "Titty Twister", regardless of their fabulous dance routines.

                                                                                                                    1. the dishes of labelled goo in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil" in that post-Orwellian interpretation of an Edwardian dining room (before or even without the explosions).

                                                                                                                      1. Quake from Charmed.
                                                                                                                        I want to try Piper's roast pork with gratin of Florence and penne with a port giblet sauce.

                                                                                                                        1. Whoopi can serve me a drink in Ten Forward on Star Trek The Next Generation.

                                                                                                                          I love the pies at Joe's Pie Diner in the movie Waitress.

                                                                                                                          Swill champagne served by Pee Wee Herman and throw shrimp into each others' mouths with The Blues Brothers.

                                                                                                                          1. I would like to eat at 'the Soup Nazi's" from Seinfeld (my friends call me the soup nazi...).

                                                                                                                            The diner in 'Pulp Fiction" - that shake looked great...

                                                                                                                            The restaurant in France where Julia and Paul have their first meal after arriving; and I want the sole Meunièr as well:).

                                                                                                                            A big pile of the pastries from Marie Antoniette (kirstin Dunst version), which apparently are from Lauderée. Yum.

                                                                                                                            Paradise, from Big Night, of course!

                                                                                                                            And I would like to eat at the shrimp truck on the new Hawaii-Five O show, since then I would be on the beach in Hawaii. :)

                                                                                                                            Also, I would like a replicator from Star Trek (and also in 'The Fifth Element") - how awesome would that be?

                                                                                                                            1. i like the idea of the fancy old Hollywood movie type of places - those dinner-theater type places you see in those old movies (i don't think i could have stayed up that late - or could i have handled the cigarette smoke! Unless Cary Grant or Bing was there)

                                                                                                                              and - how about Holiday Inn's restaurant - that seemed idyllic (White Christmas, too)

                                                                                                                              and then - Harvey Girls - an old movie - i know that Harvey House restaurants really existed - but I never met anyone who went in one, amazing USA RR history - who was in that movie - Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, et al

                                                                                                                              Alice - Mel's Diner - that sitcom show. Kiss mah grits! I see it mentioned above. Flo.

                                                                                                                              and since we are in Canada - how about the two local diners - one from Corner Gas - the other from the long-running CBC Beachcomber's show - Molly's Reach (which, after the show concluded, really did become a restaurant in Gibsons Landing BC - and is not bad for diner type food - great view, nice service, decent food and prices.

                                                                                                                              there is a movie called La Piscine - kind of eerie Italian-french moody 1960's story - but the lady (Romy Schneider) goes shopping in the market in south of France - makes fab warm weather dinners / lunches at their villa surrounded by olive trees etc - lots of wine, too.

                                                                                                                              AND - finally - a PICNIC ---- i know this is not specifically featuring a restaurant - but i am enthralled every time with the famous movie Picnic (Kim Novak, Bill Holden - some picnic that would have been. the HOT late "Indian" summer evening festival (Hallowe'en spelled backwards?) --- and the dance number - check it out on Youtube (i saw someone earlier mentioned dancing in a movie)

                                                                                                                              1. ps - is it Judy Holliday in "It Should Happen to You" who eats in the Automat - gets some free food daily?

                                                                                                                                i have never seen an automat in person.

                                                                                                                                i think i would also like to have experienced the drive-in featured in George Lucas' American Graffiti (it was filmed in Modesto CA?)

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Georgia Strait

                                                                                                                                  "American Graffiti" was based on Lucas' youth in Modesto, but it was mostly shot in Petaluma.

                                                                                                                                2. i'd like to eat wherever they shot the inside cover of zz top's 'tres hombres' album.

                                                                                                                                  1. You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant (Alice's Restaurant is not the name of the restaurant, that's just the name of the song). Walk right in. It's around the back, just a half a mile from the railroad track.

                                                                                                                                    Do not ask about the story of the twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and the paragraph on the back of each one.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                        "Frank's Place"


                                                                                                                                        Edited: Just Googled it. If you mean the TV show form the 80s, I had forgotten all about that show! Great answer.


                                                                                                                                              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                                                                                                                                Tim Reid? he is a good actor, he underplays his roles (and I can like scenery-chewers).

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                            On the "avoid" end of the scale, that Bennigan's clone from the movie "Waiting".

                                                                                                                                          2. Not a restaurant! The private dining room in the Old Brownstone of Nero Wolfe.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: mwhitmore

                                                                                                                                              A meal prepared by Fritz??? Count me in.

                                                                                                                                            2. Paradise for sure!
                                                                                                                                              place to avoid: the diner in the episode of "West Wing" where Toby asks the cook "what are your specialties" and the reply is "cooking food and serving it to you"
                                                                                                                                              another place to avoid: the diner in "My Cousin Vinny" ("what the hell is a grit?")

                                                                                                                                              1. Anywhere from the film Tampopo, one of my favorite films. Possibly the ramen place from Blade Runner, and in keeping with the dystopian theme, I'll take a couple "red bennies" from the Akira bar.


                                                                                                                                                1. I have two.

                                                                                                                                                  One is Rick's Cafe American from Casablanca. If you traveled a lot before the internet, you could come across these type of eclectic ex-pat places, but never of course with the underlying creep of global war. And never with good live music like Sam could provide. And of course no one dresses like that anymore.

                                                                                                                                                  The other is Shinya Shokudou, which is from a short Japanese television drama. It's about a small restaurant opened after midnight until the morning where the owner/chef will make you whatever simple comfort food you'd like and you pretty much share the drama of the evening with the other few interesting late night guests gathered around the counter.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Silverjay

                                                                                                                                                    Oh I absolutely Love Shinya Shokudou. David Appleman first mentioned it here a few years ago. Did you know you can view the entire series on YouTube?


                                                                                                                                                    The characters are so delightful, the setting, the food, everything, especially 'Master" the chef.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                                      It was E Eto who turned me on to it in a lengthy thread about Japanese "guru-dramas" we all had a few years ago. There were some other interesting shows discussed.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Silverjay

                                                                                                                                                      Re: Shinya, just add a ramen counter to a taxi and...similar idea?


                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                        The premise of the show would not work with ramen as ramen is mostly considered a 10-minute meal that men partake in.

                                                                                                                                                        The term "shokudo" evokes a place more like a diner, with a more varied menu, that serves a cross-section of patrons. The charm of this show is that there is practically no fixed menu and the master is called upon in each episode to fix a homey rendition of some dish at the whims of the various types of characters that enter- i.e. yakuza, "mizu shobai" types, OLs, artists, etc.

                                                                                                                                                    3. Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction or other movies in Tarantino-verse. Though you can easily just pretend while going to Wendy's or In-n-Out.

                                                                                                                                                      Amadeus - the scene where the big royal buffet was being set up while Salieri first encounters Mozart.

                                                                                                                                                      Zhang Yimou's To Live - set in 1950's pre-Cultural Revolution China where all the workers ate at a communal kitchen. Those spicy noodles looked pretty tempting - and you know they're hand-pulled and hand-cut!

                                                                                                                                                      Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman - foodsploitation movie if there ever was one.

                                                                                                                                                      The Last Emperor - several scenes with decadent displays of food at the palace.

                                                                                                                                                      The restaurant in the beginning of Schindler's List where Liam Neeson wines and dines the Nazi officers.

                                                                                                                                                      Hard Boiled - the dim sum place where Chow Yun Fat slides down the banister unloading two Berettas into some bad guys. Those old-school dim sum places don't exist much anymore.

                                                                                                                                                      Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love - 60's Hong Kong diners serving localized versions of Western food - well-done steak filets with gravy, chicken cutlets, etc. all served on period-appropriate Bakelite plates.

                                                                                                                                                      Probably would like to avoid the Brazilian place in Bridesmaids.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HungWeiLo

                                                                                                                                                        HungweiLo - oh also in Amadeus, the place where they bring in a whole roasted pig carried on a litter ridden by a gilded 6 YO beating it with palm fronds... sheer decadence.

                                                                                                                                                      2. OK.not really a restaurant.but when Tom Jones eats that chicken with that gal......my kinda meal!

                                                                                                                                                        1. I would love to go to the little bistro at the end of Love Actually where Jamie proposes to Aurelia. Everytime I see that scene, I wish I were there.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. Pie In The Sky from the hard to find gem of a show with the same name. It is run by Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe (played by the wonderful and now sadly missed Richard Griffiths) who, as chef, always turns out the best food. Crabbe has to juggle is job as a police officer with his second job of chef proprietor. and the while having to answer to his doting wife who is also happens to be his accountant.

                                                                                                                                                              If you ever come across the show somewhere is is worth a look.

                                                                                                                                                              1. The restaurant at the end of the universe. I would enjoy discussing my steak with the source.

                                                                                                                                                                okay, not really. that did seem a bit over the top.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RosePearl

                                                                                                                                                                    “The waiter approached.
                                                                                                                                                                    'Would you like to see the menu?' he said. 'Or would you like to meet the Dish of the Day?'
                                                                                                                                                                    'Huh?' said Ford.
                                                                                                                                                                    'Huh?' said Arthur.
                                                                                                                                                                    'Huh?' said Trillian.
                                                                                                                                                                    'That’s cool,' said Zaphod. 'We'll meet the meat.”
                                                                                                                                                                    ― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Oh, and that diner in Five Easy Pieces. I'd tell that beyotch off.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Probably the country club in Caddyshack. Everyone eating steaks, getting blitzed and dancing to a live band, while dressed in tuxes and sequins. Sounds like a good time to me! Also, these have both been mentioned, but for sure Willy Wonkas factory, and also the bar in Star Wars.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                        "...and tell the chef this is low grade dog food. I'll tell ya, this steak still has marks from where the jockey was hitting it!"

                                                                                                                                                                      2. The place in "When Harry met Sally" so I can have what she ordered

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                          Katz's Delicatessen. They even have the table marked where they sat.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                                                                                                            I know - but just stating Katz's wouldn't have worked.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: acssss

                                                                                                                                                                            Ya know.........I try to keep that on the menu at home, but dealing with the leftovers is always an issue

                                                                                                                                                                          3. I'd avoid anywhere that serves Soylent Green.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                                                                                                I've always proposed that as an internal motivational motto for HR "(insert corporate name) it's made of PEOPLE!"

                                                                                                                                                                              2. the restaurant from Jiro Dreams of Sushi

                                                                                                                                                                                1. I want to go to dinner at Paulie's (Paul Sorvino) in Goodfellas. I would avoid Tommy's mom's house (pasta with ketchup).

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. The diner in "Waitress". Daily. To try all of her pies.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Big Mama's house on Sundays in "Soul Food". Not a restaurant, but damn - Big Mama put out a very nice table full of food!

                                                                                                                                                                                    And the bistro at the end of "Ratatouille."

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                                        I know what a tsatske is? but what is a chotchke?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                          I only know "tchotchke" as a trinket; a cheap bauble.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                            just the spelling of yiddish word is different

                                                                                                                                                                                            yivo institute recently got involved with national spelling bee over the word



                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                                          How many pieces of Flair are you wearing?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                                                                                                            Damn. I knew the names were familiar and couldn't place them!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                              yiddish is a great language-
                                                                                                                                                                                              there r so many great words and expressions that just defy english translation.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                                I know. My mother used to have a Yiddish-to-English dictionary. Would love going through that to find an appropriate word and use it on occasion. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                I was gonna say Chothskie's was where Jennifer Aniston worked in Office Space, but I let it ride. Congrats to GradonCarter for figuring it out, Linda you were close. For the record, I would eat at Flinger's, not having to deal with the flair, pizza shooters, shrimp poppers, and extreme fajitas at Chotchkie's.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I am by no means a Trekie and or a Treker (Whatever the proper term may be.) but have always been curious as to the food that they eat on the Enterprise.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                                                                                                                              Trekkie or Trekker are both correct, with trekkie being the most popular, in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I love when a cheesy scifi show or movie shows people eating in "the future." It's always comprised of "exotic" fruits and vegetables (like dragon fruit, star fruit, romanesco, etc.) and brightly colored liquids served in odd-shaped glassware.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                                                                                                                                Probably WAY more than you wanted to know:


                                                                                                                                                                                                Mostly, they were able to eat whatever they'd have on their home planet. The food replicator would make whatever they wanted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Withnail42

                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the new Star Trek movie, the singular spherical ice cubes in the bar scenes totally caught my attention. I don't know why but I found them extremely cool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I forgot the Pizza In A Cup stand from The Jerk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's a good cup of pizza!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I think most have been mentioned upthread, but here goes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pie in the Sky (I loved that show!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The ramen shop in "Tampopo"
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Restaurant at the End of the of the Universe
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rick's Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nero Wolfe's dining room

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I'd like to go to Louis' Restaurant in the Bronx where Michael Corleone did business with Virgil "the Turk" Sollozzo and corrupt NYPD Captain McCluskey. Looks like a nice red sauce place, and shortly before taking a bullet to the forehead, the Turk himself proclaimed the veal "the best in the city." "I'll have that."

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier, and I know it's a bar, not a restaurant, but...The Regal Beagle!!! To me (as a youngster) THAT was the ultimate in sophistication!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Love the Regal Beagle. I'll get my loud qiana shirt on and meet you there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: schrutefarms

                                                                                                                                                                                                              This doesn't ring a bell at all. Where's the Regal Beagle from?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bkeats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Regal Beagle was the neighborhood pub in the TV show Three's Company...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: swoll50


                                                                                                                                                                                                                let me know if you get a reservation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I know this isn't what you intended, but can I say Ina Garten's kitchen? The food always looks good and she's so welcoming. I would not want to eat with Martha Stewart, Mario Batali(in his company I mean), or Giada.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Someone mentioned the name Lorali earlier which jogged my memories of Gilmore Girls. I would love to eat at Suki's restaurant, and wold happily pass on Sunday dinners at her mom's house :)