The 5 Best Restaurants on TV

Monk'sMonk'sWhen it comes to food, people are funny. No matter how willing you are to try a new restaurant, eat the strangest street food, or travel for a delicacy, we guarantee you have a favorite place. You may not eat dinner there every day, or heck, maybe not even every month, but you still have that one fail-safe spot where you know you can get the best version of your favorite dish.


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On TV there is no shortage of favorite hangout spots on and off the air. But there is something about classic characters and their classic spots that make us feel like we hung our hat there every week with them. For this round of voting, we pitted classic restaurants from all forms of TV shows against each other to see who would reign as a place so great that we wished it were real.

From spots like Sam's Butcher Shop on The Brady Bunch to Goodburger on All That, we collected results and narrowed it down to the top 21 for a tripdown memory lane that will make you nostalgic and slightly hungry.

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We asked readers to take our four-part survey to let us know what hangouts they would frequent if they were real. We divided our survey into different categories - shows on air now, classic TV shows, bars, and iconic coffee shops- and chose places that characters consistently revisit. Take a look to see where our readers wish they could go to be a part of their favorite TV show's action.

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Mel's DinerMel's DinerMel's Diner

In the reader's top five is Mel's Diner, home to three sassy waitresses and one cheap cook. While Alice had only planned to stay a bit while passing through on her way to a singing career, she ended up giving us five seasons' worth of memories. Though, we doubt the readers wish this place were real for the food.



Lukes Lukes Luke's Diner

Where else can you get a great cup of coffee in the sleepy town of Stars Hollow? The Gilmore ladies frequented this fine establishment daily for the great breakfast and even better service from the broody diner owner. We would definitely be happy to eat at Luke's, especially if Luke himself was there to, ahem, serve us.


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Monk's (Pictured at top of page)

A place must be good if a gang goes there literally every day of their lives. The world of Seinfeld always comes back to this classic eatery. While there is a real restaurant that Monk's is based off of, we just wish we could visit the fictional Monk's for a cup of coffee (or soup).


The MaxThe MaxThe Max

What is cooler than an after-school hot spot that has a waiter who moonlights as a magician? Coming in at the second spot on our list is The Max: the ultimate spot to hang out with your friends and eat a ton of great fries. The best schemes were cooked up at The Max and gave us a place to watch our favorite teenagers get into everything from dance-offs to dates!


Glory Days ArnoldsGlory Days ArnoldsArnold's

At the number-one spot is the classic teen hang out, Arnold's of Happy Days. There is something comforting about the fact that this hip joint made the top of the list, that after all of these years we still remember the Fonz hitting that jukebox with more swag than any modern hip-hop star. Not only did this show pave the way for ultimate hangout spots, taking a look at the food they served alone is enough to make you wish it were real.

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-Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal