“The Walking Dead” isn’t the kind of TV series that makes people hungry. Chances are the grotesque AMC zombie drama has the opposite effect, not counting the delicious-looking applesauce cookies Carol made for the Alexandria dinner party. This is the same show where poor Noah had his face chewed apart by zombies and Bob watched cannibals dine on his detached leg.
And yet, it appears “The Walking Dead,” as morbid and unappetizing as it is, has inspired more than a few restaurants since it debuted in 2010.
Zombies became popular again thanks, in large part, to one of the highest rated shows on television. And because the restaurant industry loves a good trend, that popularity carried over into zombie-themed eateries.
Here’s a look at the restaurants where fans of “The Walking Dead” can get their zombie fix, from an Iowa burger chain with post-apocalyptic decor and a Southern California doughnut shop with morbid pastries to a Georgia cafe co-owned by the creator of the comic that the TV series is based on.
The Zombie Pub Crawl has been reppin’ the living dead since before it was even cool.
Members of the pH Comedy Theater started the tradition in 2007 – that’s three years before AMC’s “The Walking Dead” premiered, for the record – as a fundraiser for their show season and educational programs. The Zombie Pub Crawl caught on because people like day drinking and dressing up in costumes and now the annual bar-hop is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary April 29 in the Andersonville neighborhood.
“It’s grown since the early days,” said ph Comedy Theater executive director Brett Mannes, by email. “… I do think ‘The Walking Dead’ gave it a bit of an energy boost for a few years. It certainly inspired some costumes.”
Zombie Run is giving you the opportunity to run The Kingdom, so to speak.
The 5K race that pits runners against zombies will take place April 29 at Atlanta’s Fort McPherson, which is where “The Walking Dead” films its Kingdom scenes. The Kingdom, for those who don’t watch AMC’s zombie drama, is a community of survivors led by King Ezekiel that found shelter in an abandoned school.
In real life, Fort McPherson was an active U.S. Army military base from 1885 to 2011. Tyler Perry bought 330 acres of land on the property in 2015 and turned it into a film studio, which is used by “The Walking Dead.”
PLZ Survival is offering a 13-hour, overnight experience in Southwest England called VacanZ that places you in the zombie apocalypse. The interactive competition takes place nightly April 14-16 in Plymouth, Devon and is set in a future where good and bad communities have formed in the fight for survival, just like in the hit AMC zombie drama.
Participants are placed in groups from the very beginning with friends and/or strangers. The goal is to make it until the end without being infected (touched on the arm).