4 Food-Themed Moments From ‘Seinfeld’ That Will Get You Laughing
Seinfeld may have been a show about nothing, but for nine seasons, nothing was interspersed with a lot of food. For a show that wasn’t explicitly about food, the series had a lot of food-themed moments. In fact, some of Seinfeld’s most memorable episodes revolved around food. Do you remember these three famous food moments?
Elaine was ahead of her time with her love of big salads
In season 6, Elaine Benes was obsessed with “the big salad” from Monk’s. In fact, she was so into the salad that she asked George Costanza and his then-girlfriend, Julie, to grab one to go from Monk’s for her. The salad ended up causing a rift between George and Julie when George realized his girlfriend inadvertently took credit for the salad he had paid for.
Elaine was ahead of her time with her love of big salads. In the years since Seinfeld went off the air, fast-casual chains that specialize in big salads have popped up throughout the United States. Chop’t, Sweetgreen, and Fresh and Co. have cornered the salad market in New York. The episode aired as the second episode of season 6 in 1994.
“The Dinner Part” proves every streak must come to an end
Jerry and his friends found themselves in some truly odd situations when it came to ordering food. “The Dinner Party” is no different. In the episode, Elaine and Jerry are on a mission to bring a specific babka to a dinner party, but a crowded bakery proves to be a greater foe than they anticipated.
Not only did the pair have to buy a “lesser babka” after failing to secure their place in line with a number, but a black and white cookie makes Jerry sick. The black and white cookie ends his 16-year “no vomiting” streak. The episode is featured during the show’s fifth season.
“The Soup Nazi” made a small soup stall in New York City famous
“The Soup Nazi” is one of the most beloved episodes of Seinfeld, and it almost instantaneously made a small soup stall in Midtown Manhattan famous. The entire episode was inspired by the incredibly regimented process of ordering soup at The Original Soupman shop on West 55th street. In the episode, Jerry Seinfeld, Cosmo Kramer, and Newman were wild for the soup.
The episode, which aired in 1995, was not without controversy. The man who inspired the storyline, Ali “Al” Yeganeh, absolutely despised the episode and the show’s creators. Spike Feresten told Stephen Colbert that he and Jerry Seinfeld were tossed from the eatery when Yeganeh recognized Seinfeld after the episode aired.
“The Chinese Restaurant” is the Seinfeld episode that is believed to have put the sitcom on the map
During the show’s second season, the crew visits a Chinese restaurant. The crowded eatery takes their name, and they are forced to wait for a table to open up. During the wait, George is also waiting for a call from a woman he is dating. The lengthy wait is problematic for several reasons, but most importantly, the group wants to eat so they can make it to a movie on time.
The episode is unique for a few reasons, but it’s largely celebrated because the entire 30-minute episode takes place in one location, the Chinese restaurant. In fact, “The Chinese Restaurant” is considered the very first “classic” Seinfeld episode. Receiving 8.7 out of 10 stars on IMDb is one of the most cited episodes from the show’s nine-season run.