It's amazing what dreadful food Seinfeld eats. Elaine likes the Big Salad just because it's big. Food is often used as a proxy for something else. Everyone wants to be given a free meal at Mendy's, not because it's good but because it's expensive. Bread from a good bakery is given as a status gift. But it's amazing how often food comes up. Chinese takeout, Chinese food at a restaurant with a sadistic, churlish owner, lobster (which makes repeat appearances -- in Long Island, as bisque, etc) , lots of scenes at restaurants. And there's some true food wisdom there. Seinfeld befriends a Pakistani who runs a wildly successful restaurant offering ecletic crowd-pleasers. He persuades him to change to rigorously authentic Pakistani food. No one wants it and the restaurant tanks. George wonders how a restaurant with 200 items on the menu manages to keep everything fresh. "Look at that. They got lobster on the menu. Who would order a lobster here. I mean, do they bring a lobster in everyday hoping *todays* the day?"
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