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May 16, 2013 09:42 AM

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.