I’m a big fan of Food History and Pop Culture. Some people discuss the Avengers or Spider-Man in real terms, me? I discuss fictional eating establishments and with that being said, here are my Top 5 Burger Joints from Film & TV.
5) WhammyBurger from Falling Down:
“Double Whaymmyburger w/Cheese, Whammy Fries and a Choco Wham Shake” is what Michael Douglas’ character in Falling Down ends up ordering after causing a scene when they’ve stopped serving breakfast. The truth is that Burger did not look appetizing at all but the scene was shot at Angelo’s Burgers in Lynwood, California which means I could possibly actually eat there.
4) Dante’s Inferno from Dumb & Dumber:
Dumb & Dumber ranks up there with my favorite comedies of all time like Animal House & the Blues Brothers. Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are absolutely ridiculous and when they stop at Dante’s Inferno, the “hottest food east of the Mississippi” things get deadly.
3) Jack Rabbit Slim’s from Pulp Fiction:
The obvious choice from the Quentin Tarantino masterpiece is Big Kahuna Burger because everyone knows it’s a Hawaiian Burger Joint with a tasty Burger. Something about the whole Jack Rabbit Slim’s decor intrigued/intrigues me. I love a really well thought out themed restaurant. Plus, the Durward Kirby Burger cooked bloody as hell with a $5 Shake would hit the spot.
2) Barth’s Burger from You Can’t Do That On Television:
As a kid of the 80s, I would watch Nickelodeon religiously and I loved the Barth’s Burgers skits. “Who/What do you think is in the burgers?” punchline, which was used quite often should give you a good idea what direction these segments were taking.
1) Buster Burger from Hamburger the Motion Picture:
Here’s another gem from the ’80s, Hamburger The Motion Picture which shows the trials and tribulations of a bunch of folks who want to be Buster Burger managers. All I wanted to be was a Buster Burger customer.
*The idea for this post came out of a conversation with Steve Simon from Food Truck Invasion.