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“If you're choking in a restaurant you can just say the magic words, 'Heimlich maneuver,' and all will be well. Trouble is, it's difficult to say 'Heimlich maneuver' when you're choking to death.”
 Eddie Izzard, British comedian. ‘Dress to Kill’ (1998)
 

"Never eat at a place called 'Moms', but if the only other place in town has a sign that says 'Eats', go back to Moms."
W. C. Fields (1920s)
 

"The finest landscape in the world is improved by a good inn in the foreground."
Samuel Johnson
 

"I eat at this German-Chinese restaurant and the food is delicious. The only problem is that an hour later you're hungry for power."
Dick Cavett
 

"The best fame is a writer's fame. It's enough to get a table at a good restaurant, but not enough to get you interrupted when you eat."
Fran Lebowitz, journalist
 

“Bistromathics.....The first nonabsolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or to the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig, or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has turned up.”
Douglas Adams, 'Life, The Universe and Everything' (1982)


“'Hey, Earthman? You hungry kid?' said Zaphod's voice.
'Er, well, yes, a little peckish, I suppose,' said Arthur.
'Okay, baby, hold tight,' said Zaphod. 'We'll take in a quick bit at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.'”
Douglas Adams, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (1979)


“Numbers written on restaurant checks within the confines of restaurants do not follow the same mathematical laws as numbers written on any other pieces of paper in any other parts of the Universe.”
Douglas Adams, 'Life, The Universe and Everything' (1982)


“The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is one of the most extraordinary ventures in the entire history of catering. It has been built on the fragmented remains of...it will be built on the fragmented..that is to say it will have been built by this time, and indeed has been --"
Douglas Adams
'The Restaurant at the End of the Universe' (1980)
 

“Eating at fast food outlets and other restaurants is simply a manifestation of the commodification of time coupled with the relatively low value many Americans have placed on the food they eat.”
Andrew F. Smith, ‘Encyclopedia of Junk food and Fast Food’ (2006)
 

"The age of your children is a key factor in how quickly you are served in a restaurant. We once had a waiter in Canada who said, 'Could I get you your check?' and we answered, 'How about the menu first?'"
Erma Bombeck
 

"I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast at any time'. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance."
Steven Wright
 

"I went to this restaurant last night that was set up like a big buffet in the shape of an Ouija board. You'd think about what kind of food you want, and the table would move across the floor to it."
Steven Wright
 

"Come unto me, all ye that labor in the stomach, and I will restore you"
M. Boulanger, 1765, Motto over door of first restaurant
 

"In the United States all business not transacted over the telephone is accomplished in conjunction with alcohol or food, often under conditions of advanced intoxication.  This is a fact of the utmost importance for the visitor of limited funds . . . for it means that the most expensive restaurants are, with rare exceptions, the worst."
John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
 

"Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one's belt buckled."
Frederic Raphael, (1931- ) British author
 

“I met a keen observer who gave me a tip: 'If you run across a restaurant where you often see priests eating with priests, or sporting girls with sporting girls, you may be confident that it is good. Those are two classes of people who like to eat well and get their money's worth.'”
A.J. Liebling (columnist)
 

“Never trust the food in a restaurant on top of the tallest building in town that spends a lot of time folding napkins.”
Andy Rooney
 

“I never eat in a restaurant that's over a hundred feet off the ground and won't stand still.”
Calvin Trillin, American writer (New Yorker magazine)
 

“Anybody who doesn't think that the best hamburger place in teh world is in his home town is a sissy.”
Calvin Trillin
 

“The highway is replete with culinary land mines disguised as quaint local restaurants that carry such reassuring names as Millie's, Pop's and Capt'n Dick's.”
Bryan Miller (NY Times Restaurant Critic)
 

“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I’m halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God....I could be eating a slow learner.”
Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States (1908-1973)
 

“Avoid restaurants with names that are improbable descriptions, such as the Purple Goose, the Blue Kangaroo or the Quilted Orangutan.”
Calvin Trillin, American writer (New Yorker magazine)
 

“I'm in favor of liberalizing immigration because of the effect it would have on restaurants. I'd let just about everybody in except the English.”
Calvin Trillin, American writer (New Yorker magazine)
 

“Restaurants with peppermills the size of fire extinguishers and big red menus with the entries spelled with f's instead of s's are always expensive.”
Miss Piggy, 'Miss Piggy's Guide to Life' (1981)
 

 

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