Try all you want. Search Yelp, Open Table, Zagat…you won’t find them. They exist to serve a story, a scene, an actor. Their intangibility, however, doesn’t make them any less appetizing. This is why for years I’ve salivated over the pastries Bill Murray stuffs into his mouth at the Tip Top Cafe in Groundhog Day. Why I’ve dreamt about ordering tequila shots with George Clooney at From Dusk Til Dawn’s Titty Twister. Or why I would totally eat the other half of Steve Guttenberg’s sandwich at whatever diner they spent all that time at in Diner. So, let’s begin with the countdown of 10 Classic Fictional Movie Eateries.
- Be an Eatery. Serve food — the loosest of the bullet points as you’ll see.
- Be Fictional. So don’t exist in the real world.
- Be somewhere I’d actually want to go for one reason or another. Sorry, Office Space’s Chotchkie’s, but there is no amount of flair that would lure me into your restaurant. I’ve been to TGI Friday’s, and I’ll pass.