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2012-06-10 01:37:19 PM
Didn't realize Bill Knapp's were dead, although, guess I haven't really thought about them for 20 years either. But, was a place we frequently stopped on family trips between Chicago and Detroit. I remember they had good pot pies.
 
2012-06-10 01:45:42 PM
Just Rite
 
2012-06-10 01:47:07 PM
1.) Coon Chicken Inn

2.) Doggie Diner

3.) Victoria Station

4.) Zim's (Best Burger/Shake combo in the world)
 
2012-06-10 01:50:07 PM

teto85: 1.) Coon Chicken Inn

2.) Doggie Diner

3.) Victoria Station

4.) Zim's (Best Burger/Shake combo in the world)


Coon Chicken Inn was before my time but I heard stories about it. Great food but "decor" like one would not believe. My aunt said she felt like it was the Twilight Zone.
 
2012-06-10 01:51:59 PM
I think if they brought back Sambo's it would be a riot!
 
2012-06-10 01:53:05 PM
Naugles.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-10 02:00:19 PM

bigpeeler: Naugles.

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Oh Naugles. Yum.
 
2012-06-10 02:08:13 PM
Farrell's was a great place

/unless a frikkin F-86 flew in the front door
 
2012-06-10 02:08:43 PM

dletter: Didn't realize Bill Knapp's were dead, although, guess I haven't really thought about them for 20 years either. But, was a place we frequently stopped on family trips between Chicago and Detroit. I remember they had good pot pies.


Still miss their choclate cake for my birthday
 
2012-06-10 02:10:43 PM
Agree with Victoria Station. I'm on the fence about Arthur Treacher's. I did like their signs when I was a wee tot.
 
2012-06-10 02:14:42 PM

Vodka Zombie: Arthur Treacher's.


They're still around, combined with A&W restaurants now. Not many of them, but there are a couple in the DFW area.

My vote would be for the old-school original Shakey's pizza place. Not the crappy buffet version, but the original, with long plank tables, and Three Stooges playing on a projector screen.
 
2012-06-10 02:18:08 PM

markie_farkie: Vodka Zombie: Arthur Treacher's.

They're still around, combined with A&W restaurants now. Not many of them, but there are a couple in the DFW area.

My vote would be for the old-school original Shakey's pizza place. Not the crappy buffet version, but the original, with long plank tables, and Three Stooges playing on a projector screen.


Heh... the ORIGINAL original Shakey's was in Sacramento. That was a great place

/I'd vote for that one, too
 
2012-06-10 02:23:55 PM

hillary: Arthur Treacher's is still in business.


Indeed. There's one in Alexandria VA I go to sometimes.
 
2012-06-10 02:33:09 PM

Heraclitus: I think if they brought back Sambo's it would be a riot!


That's the one I was thinking of too. I vaguely remember one in the town I grew up in but it was gone/renamed by the time I was 10 or so.

/I told my kids about it a while ago when something brought inappropriate names up. The looks of amazement I got from them were that shiat could be piled so high as I must be full of it....
 
2012-06-10 02:39:22 PM
I remember going to Red Barn as a kid-great burgers and fried chicken, and a salad bar (almost unheard of in the 60's) for Mom. Plus the building was a red barn, which was kind of cool.
 
2012-06-10 02:41:41 PM

Recoil Therapy: Heraclitus: I think if they brought back Sambo's it would be a riot!

That's the one I was thinking of too. I vaguely remember one in the town I grew up in but it was gone/renamed by the time I was 10 or so.

/I told my kids about it a while ago when something brought inappropriate names up. The looks of amazement I got from them were that shiat could be piled so high as I must be full of it....


Huh, apparently the original restaurant is still around. And even though it was named after it's owners (Sam & Bo) that little fact would be sure to get lost in the uproar these days (not that I knew that myself until a minute or two ago...).
 
2012-06-10 02:43:30 PM
A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.
 
2012-06-10 02:45:54 PM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.


The root beer sure isn't the same

/doesn't taste different from any other now
 
2012-06-10 02:47:25 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.

The root beer sure isn't the same

/doesn't taste different from any other now


A&W had the best fries bar none. McDonalds is considered to be the best by most, but that is only because of geography; far more McDonalds than A&Ws
 
2012-06-10 02:48:26 PM

bigpeeler: Naugles.

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Bless you.
 
2012-06-10 02:51:57 PM
Holy crap almost forgot my favorite from being a kid
Farrell's ice cram parlor
I guess two still exist but they used to be all over the midwest
 
2012-06-10 02:56:07 PM
Belisle's in Anaheim near Disneyland.
 
2012-06-10 03:01:01 PM

robmilmel: I remember going to Red Barn as a kid-great burgers and fried chicken, and a salad bar (almost unheard of in the 60's) for Mom. Plus the building was a red barn, which was kind of cool.


There are still a few of the Red Barn buildings around the SF Bay Area and most of them are still restaurants. Just not Red Barn. I could go for a Big Barney and a shake right now. Urp.
 
2012-06-10 03:02:44 PM

lohphat: Belisle's in Anaheim near Disneyland.


Huh. Never thought it was actually in Garden Grove but city boundaries in developed SoCal are invisible; crossing the street or traveling a few blocks can result in traversing several city boundaries.
 
2012-06-10 03:10:40 PM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.


I couldn't think of any defunct restaurants, but this. The one by me when I lived in Huntsville had root beer on tap. Tasted better there than any other root beer I've ever had.
 
2012-06-10 03:11:08 PM
scottbblog.files.wordpress.com

Really, this far in and no one trolled this out?
 
2012-06-10 03:15:08 PM

markie_farkie: My vote would be for the old-school original Shakey's pizza place. Not the crappy buffet version, but the original, with long plank tables, and Three Stooges playing on a projector screen.


The one I remember going to as a kid is now a strip club and has been for years.
 
2012-06-10 03:22:17 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Farrell's was a great place

/unless a frikkin F-86 flew in the front door


Farrell's is making a comeback. There are now four in southern California.

Farrell's

The place is just as much fun as I remember from being a kid, and now my son gets to enjoy it.
 
2012-06-10 03:28:53 PM

Kilthan: Farrell's is making a comeback. There are now four in southern California.

Farrell's

The place is just as much fun as I remember from being a kid, and now my son gets to enjoy it.


Oh cool! And they still serve The Zoo

/tried to eat one by myself in my youth
//sweet, sweet failure
 
2012-06-10 03:36:53 PM
I didn't know Chi-chi's was dead, I thought I just moved away from them all.

Also, I thought Showbiz Pizza turned into Chuck-E-Cheese... But they were competitors in the "bad pizza and worse animatronics" segment of the market.

/and after further reading, I was right. Showbiz locations were transformed into C-E-C. TMYK!
 
2012-06-10 03:48:40 PM
www.christianziebarth.com

/jk
//most of their food offerings qualified as culinary depth charges
 
2012-06-10 03:48:57 PM
Taco-Tico ... it was taco bell before there was taco bell
 
2012-06-10 04:01:46 PM
You know, that one with all the wacky sh*t on the wall. What was the name of it?
 
2012-06-10 04:04:03 PM

NewportBarGuy: You know, that one with all the wacky sh*t on the wall.


blog.jetwolf.com
 
2012-06-10 04:20:14 PM
Colonel Angus' Fried Chicken.
 
2012-06-10 04:37:47 PM
They remembered Wetson's - yay!

(there was one next to the drive-in movie my parents used to take us to)
 
2012-06-10 04:44:03 PM
San Francisco entry: Doggie Diner
 
2012-06-10 04:48:10 PM
Kenny Rogers Roasters, how I miss their chicken!
 
2012-06-10 05:00:07 PM
This one's the only original left:

www.louisvillehotbytes.com

But there's apparently a real nice, sit-down type one in DC.
 
2012-06-10 05:01:45 PM
Chi-Chi's

Mexican food just tastes better with Hepatitis A
 
2012-06-10 05:07:08 PM

Kredal: I didn't know Chi-chi's was dead, I thought I just moved away from them all.

Also, I thought Showbiz Pizza turned into Chuck-E-Cheese... But they were competitors in the "bad pizza and worse animatronics" segment of the market.

/and after further reading, I was right. Showbiz locations were transformed into C-E-C. TMYK!


I remember going to a CEC for some party in elementary school and some of my classmates were all excited because they supposedly had the greatest pizza ever. I informed a couple of them that the pizza was awful and they were clearly thinking of some other place, to which I got the usual 8-year-old "Nuh-uh!" response.

5 minutes later they came back to me and apologized. To this day, I think it was the only unforced elementary school apology in the history of ever.
 
2012-06-10 05:08:11 PM
Bob's Burger Express, an Oregon based fast food company. It pre-dated McDonald's in my area by quite a few years and even after we got our first McDonald's, it was far superior.
 
2012-06-10 05:09:59 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Farrell's was a great place

/unless a frikkin F-86 flew in the front door


Ooh, my dad used to drive me by that site and tell me that story. Chilling.
 
2012-06-10 05:13:33 PM
I don't really have any nostalga for any chain restauraunts. But then again, we rarely ate out as kids.

/Cheap-ass parents
 
2012-06-10 05:14:26 PM
Pizza and Pipes.
 
2012-06-10 05:17:51 PM
Vallee's Steak House. I trotted tray there for 10 years. The lobster thermidor was to die for.
 
2012-06-10 05:18:12 PM
We had the first, and last.... Sambos. I think it's gone now.
 
2012-06-10 05:18:54 PM
Oh, and another vote for Shakey's. Good memories when i was litttle.
 
2012-06-10 05:19:02 PM

2xhelix: Kenny Rogers Roasters, how I miss their chicken!


3.bp.blogspot.com

Kramer agrees
 
2012-06-10 05:21:35 PM
www.i-mockery.com

To die for, GINO!!

www.wwe.com
 
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