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The Hostage Special was a menu item forcefully suggested by the Ayatollah Khomeini video simulacrum at the Cafe 80's in Hill Valley in 2015. It is uncertain what this menu item contained, though it has been implied that tofu is the main ingredient.
Behind the scenes
- The name of the dish apparently referred to the Iran Hostage Crisis, during which 52 Americans were held hostage in Iran for over a year from 1979 to 1981.
- In the novelization, the Ayatollah simulacrum demanded that the customer order tofu, and the dish is called the Hot Satan Special, most likely because of how the word hostage in the Hostage Special was pronounced (hah-stah-jee). This name either refers to the Ayatollah having called the United States the "Great Satan" on several occasions, or to the 1988 novel The Satanic Verses for which the Ayatollah called for the death of its author, Salman Rushdie.
- A Matter of Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Lexicon (As Hostage Special)