Are There Any Good TV Restaurants?

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Photo: Jed Egan

Anyone who's watched more than fifteen minutes of Food Network knows that food always looks better on TV well, there are some exceptions but it sounds like it's doubly true when the TV is fiction: The Awl visited some restaurants that are well known for once being on television. (Sound familiar?) The verdict at all the stops: The stuff to actually eat and drink is pretty lackluster even the coffee at the caf from Twin Peaks. Obviously all those Hollywood folks pick restaurants like they pick actors: It's all about looks, baby. But aside from Treme, which this season featured places like Le Bernardin, Dooky Chase, and a fictionalized Momofuku (faux-mofuku?), are there any prominent TV-restaurant relationships where both the show and the eatery are actually good? [Awl]