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Eat Out with the Simpsons

List O VisionAt the end of August, FX ran an epic marathon of “The Simpsons” that included every episode ever broadcasted over the course of nearly two weeks. That reminded us of all of our favorite characters, cameos, scenes and places ever to appear on the legendary cartoon. Luckily, we just got another refresher thanks to the Uncle John’s TV Trivia Challenge Page-A-Day® calendar 

In today’s “list-o-vision” we have six hilariously-named restaurants seen on “The Simpsons.” Let’s take a little stroll down memory lane and revisit the episodes in which these restaurants appeared. 

Hillside Wrangler Steakhouse

This steakhouse appears in Episode 2 of Season 17: “The Girl Who Slept Too Little.” Lisa can’t sleep when a graveyard is relocated next door to the Simpsons’ home. Ultimately, she conquers her fears in true Lisa fashion by sleeping in the graveyard itself. The name of the steakhouse is a dark reference to the real-life homicidal Hillside Stranglers from the ‘70s in LA.

This Springfield-based restaurant makes it on to Chief Wiggum’s “guide to where to eat for free in Springfield.” He recommends the “Lone Gunman Special” with extra garlic. This is another dark take on The Texas School Book Depository, the building from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy. 

Much ado about muffins

If you’re a diehard Simpsons fan, you may have played the video game. If you have played, then you may be familiar with the Squidport Quests, in which you build a Squidport. After building the entrance, you build up a boardwalk of buildings that include Much Ado About Muffins, a Shakespearean muffin stand worth $48,500. 

Simpsons Ride

(Photo from Flickr, credit: Stefano Chiarelli)

Taj Mah-All-You-Can-Eat

In an episode entitled “Dial ‘N’ for Nerder,” Marge hires the producers of a TV ad to investigate whether Homer is cheating on his diet. He is caught red-handed strolling into this Springifled establishment. 

Homer eating a donut

(Photo from Flickr, credit: JD Hancock)

Pudding on the Ritz

This is another restaurant from the Homer diet cheat episode, and a reference to the 1930 song “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin. 

TGI Fried Eggs

In “The Homer of Seville,” the Simpson family visits church and then drives around looking for a place to eat lunch. T.G.I. Fried Eggs is one of the places they pass.

What's your favorite episode of the Simpsons? Anyone out there that's seen them all?!

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