We all want to know what a Krabby Patty tastes like, and that’s just a fact of life. As we binge watch our shows we become attached not only to the main characters, but also to the places they hang out and eat at. I would be lying if I said I don’t get hungry when I watch Ryan Atwood eat lobster at The Bait Shop.
If you’ve ever felt a burning desire to jump into the set of your fav show to taste food from its signature restaurant, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this list of 15 fictional restaurants in t.v. shows that we wish were real (bonus: you might even find a new show to binge watch).
1. Luke’s Diner from Gilmore Girls
Why you want to eat here: It’s the heart of the fictional town of Stars Hollow. It’s a place for regulars to hang out and eat good food (in college terms, Luke’s Diner is “facey”). It’s like any other diner, only you get Luke’s sheer sass with his incredible burgers and breakfast food. Ask Lorelai Gilmore as a reference; Luke’s her main supply of coffee.
2. MacLaren’s Pub from How I Met Your Mother
It’s hard not to want to go here because this is where Barney Stinson hangs out, which means this pub is LEGEND – wait for it – DARY. It’s a great place to grab a few drinks with your gang if you’re looking for convenience and entertainment in New York City.
3. Tric from One Tree Hill
Tric is where all the action happens in Tree Hill, North Carolina. With great live music, theme nights, and, of course, awesome drinks, you can see why every Tree Hill High student parties here on Friday and Saturday nights. Tric is definitely a scene we wish we could check out; the hype is too real.
4. Central Perk from Friends
We all know you can visit the Central Perk set in California, but that just isn’t quite the same as sitting back on the couch and drinking a cup of coffee in this quiet pub with the whole Friends gang. Central Perk is where Rachel temporarily worked in the beginning of the series, where Phoebe occasionally sang “Smelly Cat” live, and where Gunther shadily expressed his ongoing love for Rachel.
Oh what we would give to spend a morning at Central Perk with this gang before work.
5. The Peach Pit from Beverly Hills, 90210
The retro-styled restaurant was first introduced in the original series Beverly Hills, 90210, where Kelly, Brandon, Dylan, Steve, Donna, David, and Brenda (until Season 4) regularly hung out. Brandon Walsh worked here for a majority of the series, and boy was he good at serving Nat’s popular burgers and fries. The Peach Pit was just a regular diner in Beverly Hills, but it was the faciest among those who attended West Beverly Hills High.
The simple diner was re-modeled to look more modern when it reprised its role in Beverly Hills, 90210‘s spin-off, 90210. It was the regular hang out spot for the new gang in the series and Dixon Wilson took on a job there, just like our beloved Brandon Walsh. High school would have been much easier if we had the wise words of Nat Bussichio.
6. Good Burger from Kenan and Kel
“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger, can I take your order?” is forever burned in our Nickolodeon-loving minds (shout out to those 90s shows). Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into Good Burger and have Kel take our order?
7. Alamo Freeze from Friday Night Lights
Alamo Freeze is where jocks serve us ice-cream sundaes and we swoon. Where do we sign up?
8. The Max from Saved By The Bell
The Max is the best place to run into Bayside High School’s most lovable gang. At The Max you can eat a good burger with fries and a milkshake, hear Lisa yell at Screech for being stupid, or see Slater do ballet in spandex. If you’re really lucky, Zack Morris will bring you on a date there.
9. JJ’s Diner from Parks and Recreation
Who needs Sue’s Salads when you can eat heavenly breakfast food at JJ’s Diner? Seeing Ron Swanson stuff a ton of food in his mouth at once is also a plus. JJ’s won’t just give you a lot of bacon and eggs, they will give you all the bacon and eggs they have.
10. Freddy’s BBQ Joint from House of Cards
Freddy’s BBQ Joint is where Frank Underwood does most of his thinking and eating. If you get on Freddy’s good side, you can have ribs delivered to you at your desk any time of the day, but Frank likes the silence and isolation the joint provides.
11. Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand from Arrested Development
The banana-shaped banana stand has been serving frozen bananas to the residents of Balboa Island in Arrested Development since 1953. All we know is that there is always money in the stand and the G.O.B. sounds dank. Their famous G.O.B special contains a frozen banana with double the chocolate, nuts, and two sticks.
12. The Krusty Krab from Spongebob Squarepants
Uh, we want to know the secret formula too Plankton. We would also like to try the Krusty Krab pizza (even though it only made an appearance in one episode) and try a Pretty Patty because those looked…interesting.
13. Omeletteville from Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake dancing and dressed up as a giant egg is something we didn’t know we needed in life. I’m sure they have killer omelettes, but the entertainment alone is enough of a reason to visit this joint.
14. The Bait Shop from The O.C.
Just look at that face. Wouldn’t you want to sit next to Ryan Atwood in a cozy booth while Seth and Summer share a milkshake and fries across from you? The Bait Shop is where this dramatic foursome does most of its eating. It’s also where Ryan threw his first of many punches at the snobby rich kids who hung out there.
15. The Diner from Seinfeld
We never actually find out what this diner is called, but it’s where we get to hear four single adults complain, comically I might add, about their problems.