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In our Famous Eats series we look at celebrity-owned restaurants we’d like to visit, but there are lots of fictional TV restaurants we wish we could check out too. 

Here’s a look at five fictional diners we want to make our real-life hangouts.

Arnold’s/Al’s Drive-In

Arnold’s and Al’s Drive-in was a staple on Happy Days. The diner was originally owned by Arnold but after he got married and moved away the diner was sold to Al Delvecchio who changed the name to Al’s. The Milwaukee drive-in was also where The Fonz controlled the jukebox with a simple pound of his fist.

The diner only existed in a studio but legend has it the set was based on The Milky Way diner at 5373 N. Port Washington Rd in Glendale, WI which is now Kopp’s Frozen Custard.

Luke’s

Luke’s Diner was a favorite breakfast spot for the residents of Stars Hollows, especially regulars Lorelai and Rory Gilmore who just couldn’t start their day without a cup of Luke’s joe. Gilmore Girls fans will be disappointed to know the diner doesn’t exist in real life, but you can see where the set once stood on a VIP tour of Warner Brothers studio in Los Angeles.

Monk’s

Monk’s might be the most famous coffee shop in TV history. This was the spot where Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer discussed their gripes, their dates, and other “nothings” from their everyday life on Seinfeld. Monk’s is based on Tom’s Restaurant, located at 2880 Broadway, NYC.

The Peach Pit

The Peach Pit was the main hangout for the kids of West Bev on Beverly Hills 90210. It was also where Nat dished up some supportive words with a burger on the side.  The Peach Pit’s interior was located on a soundstage in Van Nuys, CA, but the exterior establishing shots were of a building located at 45 S. Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena.

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godzillafilming

Just because a movie is set in one location, that doesn’t mean it was actually filmed there. Movie filming locations tend to be chosen for tax incentives, rather than authenticity.

With this in mind, here’s a look at 10 of this summer’s most highly anticipated films, where they are suppose to take place, and where they were actually filmed.

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underthetuscansun

Few would argue that Under The Tuscan Sun is one of the most travel-inspiring movies of all time.

In the 2003 rom-com, Diane Lane stars as Frances, a woman who impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany after learning her husband has cheated on her. It’s the ultimate fantasy, starting over and finding happiness is one of the world’s most beautiful locations.

Not all of us can pick up and move to Tuscany permanently, but all of us can stay in the movie’s gorgeous villa – for a price.

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bradandangelinasnolahouse

Seeing this video of Brad Pitt throwing Matthew McConaughey a beer from the balcony of his New Orleans home made us wonder, where exactly is Brad Pitt’s NOLA house?

After some internet sleuthing we found Brad and Angie’s French Quarter residence located on Governor Nicholls St, near Decatur St.

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darkknightrisesheartspittburgh

The Dark Knight Rises, The Perks of Being A Wall Flower, The Fault In Our Stars, Abduction and Jack Reacher are just a few of the movies that have been shot in Pittsburgh in the past few years and now you can see all of their locations in one tour.

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soulkitchenvolunteerswithjbj
Jon Bon Jovi is one of many celebrities who own a restaurant but his also does lots of good for the local community.

The vision of JBJ Soul Kitchen is to serve healthy, delicious and, when possible, organic meals. Soul Kitchen has no prices on the menu so customers can pay a minimum donation or volunteer at the restaurant to earn a dining certificate if they can’t afford it on their own.

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mysterygirls

One of the best FREE things to do in Los Angeles is to watch the taping of a TV show as part of a studio audience.

Being a part of a studio audience gives you a unique peek behind-the-scenes while you visit one of L.A.’s many studios, watch the actors rehearse and tape upcoming episodes of your favorite shows, and, sometimes, you even get a free meal!

Here are three shows you can check out filming in L.A. right now:

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