There’s something relaxing about a cafeteria. You take your tray, fill it with the food you want, and you pay at the end. Clifton’s Cafeteria in LA follows this style, but this isn’t the high school lunchroom – this place has multi-story fake redwood trees, plenty of stuffed animals like lions, neon plants, and a petrified wood bar.
It opened in 1931, and many people have called it a precursor to the spectacle of the tiki bar. Clifford Clinton, the original owner, eventually went on to devote his attention to Meals for Millions, which gave food to malnourished people around the world in the wake of World War II.
The Airplane Restaurant of Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Boeing KC-97 tanker that makes up the exterior of this restaurant was built in 1953 and refueled aircraft mid-flight around the world. When it landed for the last time in May 2002, it began a new life as an aviation-themed restaurant in Colorado. There is much to see for the flight fan, including hundreds of pictures, memorabilia, and interesting artifacts.
It might not be actually touching the clouds anymore, but this plane is still an exciting experience. Classic American fare like burgers means you can get a nice meal out of the event at the same time.
Hello Kitty Dream Restaurant in Beijing, China
We hope you like the color pink if you're interested in visiting this next restaurant. The Hello Kitty Dreams Restaurant in Beijing opened in 2011, saying that it was a place where dreams come true, as long as those dreams involve Hello Kitty.
Dolls are everywhere and despite Hello Kitty being a Japanese creation, it's just as popular in China. We also hope that you have some kids to take with you when you visit, or it might get even more awkward. Especially if you're a guy.
Trailer Park Lounge and Grill in Chelsea, New York
A trailer park isn't where you would normally go to get your fill of tasty grub, but there's still a place in New York City that specializes in that sort of vibe. Eclectic, kitschy decorations and classic looks fill the walls and ceiling of this establishment.
Calling itself a good-natured parody, the Trailer Park Lounge and Grill serves food, cocktails, and souvenirs, and it has plenty of good reviews. And look, it's right next to a professional tae kwon do place, too. You can work up an appetite and then head downstairs for a burger.
The Amadeo Restaurant near Kathelijne Square in Brussels
All-you-can-eat spare ribs, wood-paneled walls, bookshelves, and hanging lamps? Sign us up! The Amadeo Restaurant in Brussels is the place for ribs in this European city – if you don't want ribs, you might just have to leave.
It's a dark and dingy place that nevertheless draws in a crowd every day and night it's open. Could you possibly walk past a restaurant that just has a stuffed cow chilling outside the front, in front of a big shelf of books that, we hope, are available to read while you wait for your food?