Top 8 Fictional Restaurants We Want to Try

Stop in at one of these fictional restaurants and treat yourself to some of the most scrumptious eats we’ve ever read about. Better make a reservation.


  1. Whistle Stop Cafe from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Proprietors: Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison

Tonight’s special: BBQ by Big George. The secret’s in the sauce.

The buzz: Idgie and Ruth are thick as thieves, and that’s probably what makes the Whistle Stop a must-try whenever you’re passing through this part of Alabama. Cooks Sipsey and her son, Big George, will serve up the best friend green tomatoes in the state while Ruth and Idgie provide the stories—although the most interesting stories are the ones they may not be so quick to tell.

  1. Luella’s from The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Proprietor: Lou Johnson

Tonight’s special: deep-friend cheese curds

The buzz: Luella’s took a bit of a hit when a food critic stopped by on a rough night (we all have them once in a while), but Lou will not be deterred. It helps that she is falling for handsome Brit Al, who may hold the key to Lou’s heart—as well as her success. She just doesn’t know it yet.

  1. Merlotte’s from Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris

Proprietor: Sam Merlotte

Tonight’s special: Fried catfish paired with a True Blood

The buzz: The food is good down-home Louisiana fare, but the place really gets interesting once the sun goes down. Lafayette knows his way around the kitchen, and if you get Sookie as a waitress, your service will be top-notch—that is, unless she is distracted by one of the bloody good-looking regulars, or if it’s shift change.


  1. La Chocolaterie Maya from Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Proprietor: Vianne Rocher

Tonight’s special: Hot chocolate with chili pepper

The buzz: New-comer Rocher is deft with a confection, and her unconventional ways are just what’s needed in this small French village—although not everybody sees it that way. If you’re not beguiled by Vianne and her lovely daughter, surely one of her chocolates will win you over, but don’t take our word for it.

  1. Three Broomsticks from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Proprietor: Madam Rosmerta

Tonight’s special: Butterbeer

The buzz: This storied inn and pub is a warm and jolly place most nights where the locals and visitors sit together to tell stories, have a drink and talk about old times—times as old as the inn itself. A popular place for alumni of Hogwarts and other Hogsmeade residents—do we even have to stipulate the strict “No Muggles” rule?

  1. The Waterfront from Delicious by Susan Mallery

Proprietor: Cal Buchanan

Tonight’s special: Fish and chips (a match made in heaven)

The buzz: The Waterfront is enjoying a renaissance now that Penny Jackson is running the kitchen—hopefully her relationship with her ex, and now boss, is as harmonious as the menu. It’s easy to tell that Penny cooks with love, and it doesn’t look as if she’ll run out anytime soon!


  1. Babylon Café from Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran

Proprietors: Marjan, Bahar and Layla Aminpour

Tonight’s special: Red lentil soup

The buzz: Set deep in the heart of Ireland’s pub-loving countryside, this Persian bistro has taken the town by surprise—and by storm. The Aminpour sisters seem to have the magic touch when it comes to cooking.


  1. Le Saule Pleureur from The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Proprietor: Madame Mallory

Tonight’s special: House omelet

The buzz: Ever since chef Hassan Haji left his family’s restaurant, Maison Mumbai (located just across the street), Le Saule’s food has been elevated way past the usual haute French cuisine. With the fusion Indian-French dishes now being created, Lumiere has proved that it may in fact be big enough for more than one flavor.


Which fictional restaurant would you like a table at? Let us know in the comments!

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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