Today is National Burger Day. Hamburgers are as American as hot rods and baseball. It's no wonder that fast food joints play such a prominent part in classic, nostalgic TV shows like Happy Days and The Andy Griffith Show. Though it would be an insult to Ricky Ricardo to call his restaurants a fast food joint, how bad do you want to spend an evening at Club Babalu when watching I Love Lucy?
Here are our top seven diners and burger spots from television. We wish we could visit them all. Did we miss any of your favorites?
7. JJ's Diner – Parks and Recreation
We hear the waffles are amazing. Though they probably would make a waffle-bun burger if you asked.
6. The Max – Saved by the Bell
With neon and arcade games, this place is an '80s dream. What other diners have a dance floor? Personally, we don't feel like a boogie after a burger, but watching Slater do the splits would be amusing.
5. Monk's Cafe – Seinfeld
Naturally, we would want to eat with Elaine or Jerry over George and Kramer.
4. Alamo Freeze – Friday Night Lights
Ideally, Matt Saracen would be serving us.
3. The Snappy Lunch – The Andy Griffith Show
In the episode "Andy the Matchmaker," Sheriff Taylor tells Deputy Fife that the Snappy Lunch is a nice place to take a date. Turns out, it's a real diner
in Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, the inspiration for Mayberry. We image it's just down the street from Floyd's.
2. Mel's Diner – Alice
The owner/chef might be a little brusque, but the waitresses are wonderful. You come for the service — and those pink uniforms. Hopefully, the burger comes with a side of grits.
1. Arnold's Drive-In – Happy Days
We would attempt to start the jukebox with a whack of the elbow, but something tells us we don't have Fonzie's magic touch. From the pennants to the orange vinyl booths, this place is the picture-perfect American diner.