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2012-06-11 12:39:05 AM

AtlanticCoast63: ...Wow....Definitely Red Barn, we had a shiatload of them in the Cleveland area, and they were consistently good. Trouble was they were a bit on the expensive side compared to McDs - and in Northern Ohio, until the mid seventies, McDs was only open about 5-6 months out of the year, and there were no tables - you walked up to the window, got your food, and left. Red Barn had full interior seating, with all its attendant overhead. We also had a Sandy's a couple blocks away from our house - really cheap food, and you got what you paid for.

One I thought was defunct but is definitely circling the drain:

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Nir-freaking-vana.


Dog n Suds Findlay, Ohio: we'd think it was closed for about two years and they'd be opened.
We kinda had to stop and get a gallon of root beer (like a milk jug).
I have no idea if it's still there.
 
2012-06-11 12:39:08 AM

rickycal78: I honestly didn't know Rocky Rococco's was more than just a chain in the WI area.


I didn't either. As long as it sticks around I don't care, though. Screw everybody else. :)
 
2012-06-11 12:40:09 AM

clowncar on fire: Chucky Cheese, back in the day, use to cater more to the teen crowd and video junkies back in the day. They used to have half decent cooks who could grill up a decent burger with all the works. I'm not even sure if they served pizza at that time. I used to hang out there to get a quick meal before hittin' the local nightclubs (Tucson circa 1984)


There was definitely pizza back then, but yes, it was more of a cool place for teens to hang out back then. I went to a birthday party when I was 13 or so. May even have been my birthday party. But there were a fair number of kids older than me playing video games; I remember that much. It was like heaven if you were the sort of kid who liked video games.
 
2012-06-11 12:40:13 AM

verbaltoxin: Any St. Louisans remember Pantera's?


First few albums were good. They went downhill from there imo.
 
2012-06-11 12:40:34 AM
butt-farkers


/ima time traveler, you see...
 
2012-06-11 12:43:38 AM

elffster: butt-farkers


/ima time traveler, you see...


My balls are surprisingly un-kicked.
 
2012-06-11 12:43:39 AM
Shakey's
Farrell's
Victoria Station

The Sambos building is still a restaurant here. It's been a cafe, chinese, mongolian, and more.
do they still have Ponderosa steak houses in the midwest?
 
2012-06-11 12:43:59 AM

la_cyberchicana: Farrell's and Shakey's were awesome. Glad to see someone's trying to resurrect Farrell's.

I have some distinct childhood memories of eating at Sambo's in San Jose, CA, whenever my family would visit my grandparents. I also remember the pictures over the dining counter of a distinctly Indian-looking kid with turban and tiger. I never could figure out why people thought it was offensive to blacks; I also had "Little Black Sambo" in book form, and he looked Indian to me then, too. I understand NOW, but no-one could explain the matter to me back then, at least not to my satisfaction.

Here's what the restaurant pictures looked like:

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And here's the book I had as a kid:

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I miss breakfasts at Sambo's in particular.


That's still the Sambo restaurant logo.
I think what you posted and what they use now are cleaned up, modern "PC" versions.

The version from the 1920's and 1930's was very different; I saw it in a diner in Japan and blushed.

Do a Google Image search.
 
2012-06-11 12:45:05 AM

Benjamin Orr: verbaltoxin: Any St. Louisans remember Pantera's?

First few albums were good. They went downhill from there imo.


They had one great album and This Love says everything that needs to be said in any situation.
 
2012-06-11 12:46:14 AM
Burger Chef was good, and I miss Kenny Rogers' Roasters, too.
 
2012-06-11 12:46:33 AM
Fragment of the NBC news coverage of the Sabre Jet pilot testifying in front of the NTSB. I haven't found the full transcript yet.
 
2012-06-11 12:46:59 AM

eggrolls: Vodka Zombie: Victoria Station

The original Victoria Station is still alive and well in Salem, MA

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/Still miss Ground Round's cinnamon dippers.
//Not defunct, but the nearest one to me is +/-150 miles away


I've never seen a Victoria Station in the U.S.; there were a few in the Tokyo area of Japan.
Known for the best steaks and the only salad bars (outside of military bases). Nobody else in Japan had a choice of salad dressings; these guys had about seven, and this is still the only place where the salad bar had hard boiled quail eggs.
 
2012-06-11 12:48:23 AM

Sabyen91: Bathia_Mapes: Coelacanth: Bathia_Mapes: WorthNoting: Woolworth's Cafeteria

*sigh*

So much this.

Woolworth's & Newberry's were side by side in downtown Eugene. Used to love getting a club sandwich & chocolate milkshake at Woolworth's. I'm thankful they were still there for part of my son's childhood. While I favored Woolworth's, he preferred Newberry's & their tulip sundaes.

Face it sweetie, we're old farts. :-)

What a Woolworth's lunch counter looks like Link

We might be old farts, but we're also quality control. If the young'uns hear us calling something crap, they better pay attention.

Heh! Yep.

Except we did NOT call the wonderful A&W skater waitresses crap!


Our A&W carhops were never on skates, but that was probably a good thing. The asphalt parking lot & stalls always seemed to have a lot of small pot holes in them, plus the frequent rains that our area gets would have made skating doubly hazardous. I imagine the level of breakage would have been high had they been on skates.
 
2012-06-11 12:49:16 AM
Then:

www.outsidelands.org

Now:

img254.imageshack.us

Also the Hippo (an upscale burger "Chain" (I think that there were 2 of them when I was a kid)..
 
2012-06-11 12:49:50 AM

Sugarpuss O'Shea: Galaxie500: Not a national chain, but I really miss Darryl's in North Carolina.

Steak and Ale was always good, too.

I remember a chain that I think was called Darryl's. Did it have unique seating areas? You could eat dinner in a jail cell, or in an elevator, or a double-decker bus?


Sounds about right. There was one in Raleigh that was doing well until the fire. Good food.
 
2012-06-11 12:50:00 AM
Organ Power Pizza
 
2012-06-11 12:50:41 AM

ciberido: Donnchadha: Chi-Chi's

Mexican food just tastes better with Hepatitis A

Chi-Chi's' food was the most gringo-ified mexican food I've ever tasted, but damn if it wasn't delicious. I miss Chi-Chi's.


Chi-Chi's almost killed my Mother.
 
2012-06-11 12:52:13 AM
List fails without listing Sir George's Smorgasbord/Royal Buffet.

i19.photobucket.com

columbiaclosings.com
 
2012-06-11 12:52:18 AM
Well, I can't think of a defunct "chain" that I would mourn the passing of but I fondly remember an individual burger joint called "Luckyburger".

Damned fine 6" diameter burgers made from a mix of ground beef, ground salami & pepperoni served in standard form with tomato, lettuce and lashings of grilled onion & garlic and optional toppings of just about anything you could imagine and all at a reasonable price.

Sadly it disappeared into history when they sold the site to Burger King but I still recreate their burgers for special BBQ occasions and they are always a huge hit.
 
2012-06-11 12:53:41 AM
Taco Tico, too, dammit. I came across one while travelling to the coast from Texas, an had to stop. I was a big fan of the Sanchos with Volcano sauce, until I was told how they were made.
 
2012-06-11 12:54:28 AM
Renebaums. I'm sure I'm not spelling that right. It was a lunch counter type place in a dime store that my mom used to take me to in the late 60's early 70's in Madison.
 
2012-06-11 12:58:24 AM

Sabyen91: lohphat: Hermione_Granger: I know a lot of you Farkers are racist farks but what's with all you white bastards who want to bring back Sambo's?

Because it was named after the owners Sam and Bo and had no racial overtones until someone made it one.

Manufactured outrage.

Who made it one? The people that had slaves on the wall? farking seriously? Jesus.


Sabyen,
I was two blocks from Sambo's in Santa Barbara, I went there and got breakfast.
The kid on the wall with the umbrella and a complex relationship with the tiger looked like he was from Bangalore, India.
I didn't see a thing in there that would offend anybody (Calvin and Hobbes, maybe).
Like the rest of Santa Barbara, the clientele and employees looked like they came from every corner of the world.
The breakfast was wonderful, there was this hot drink that was like liquid pumpkin pie that was worth the price of the meal. It is a two block walk from a hotel I like staying at, and I don't think it would hurt the world a bit if there was a Sambo's in every county today.

Get mad at bigots; I do! But this is a great place to get breakfast or lunch, no matter who you are. Target your rage wisely, please.
 
2012-06-11 01:03:32 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Warchild: I miss having A&W' drive-ins around here, and to a lesser extent Roy Rogers.

*sigh*

There's at least one A&W drive-in left in Lane County. It's in Florence, Oregon. There's also an Arctic Circle near Newport, Oregon.


There's an Arctic Circle in Prineville. I drive over there for lunch every few years. They put one of those gas station A&Ws in a mile down the road from the original A&W building here in bend a few years ago. It didn't last. The original building is still a burger place, a good one.
 
2012-06-11 01:04:09 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Nightmaretony: pioneer chicken or pixie kitchen

Are you talking about The Pixie Kitchen that used to be in Lincoln City, Oregon?

Even more pictures of Pixie Kitchen/Pixieland.


THAT PLACE WAS GREAT!11!11!!11
 
2012-06-11 01:04:39 AM

Benjamin Orr: Bathia_Mapes:
What did you do?

A woman's the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.


OK, now I'm picturing you hiding in the women's change room wanking-it while drilling peeping holes.
 
2012-06-11 01:06:01 AM
Taco Man -fried burritos were the best.
 
2012-06-11 01:07:18 AM

maelstrom0370: Always thougt it was the weakest of the BenniFridaysChiliBee's chains.


Bennigans was far older than TGI Fridays and the rest. And at least the Chicago locations had vastly superior food.

Benjamin Orr: First few albums were good. They went downhill from there imo.


Didn't you die a few years ago? ;)
 
2012-06-11 01:07:50 AM

Country Member: Well, I can't think of a defunct "chain" that I would mourn the passing of but I fondly remember an individual burger joint called "Luckyburger".

Damned fine 6" diameter burgers made from a mix of ground beef, ground salami & pepperoni served in standard form with tomato, lettuce and lashings of grilled onion & garlic and optional toppings of just about anything you could imagine and all at a reasonable price.

Sadly it disappeared into history when they sold the site to Burger King but I still recreate their burgers for special BBQ occasions and they are always a huge hit.


I got to write that down.
 
2012-06-11 01:09:02 AM

Charlie Freak: Pizza and Pipes.


I loved that place, I even remember the pipe organ, it was straight out of Phantom of the Opera.
 
2012-06-11 01:10:28 AM

WhyteRaven74: Sabyen91: I occasionally make the 15 minute drive to Whitewater for the Motherload. I love that shiat.

Awesome! I haven't had any Rococo's pizza in probably 20 years plus now. What's funny is the original one was just a few blocks from my dorm in Madison. Alas by the time I was there it was gone.


There's still one on Regent Street next to Greenbush Bakery
 
2012-06-11 01:10:32 AM

Country Member: Well, I can't think of a defunct "chain" that I would mourn the passing of but I fondly remember an individual burger joint called "Luckyburger".

Damned fine 6" diameter burgers made from a mix of ground beef, ground salami & pepperoni served in standard form with tomato, lettuce and lashings of grilled onion & garlic and optional toppings of just about anything you could imagine and all at a reasonable price.

Sadly it disappeared into history when they sold the site to Burger King but I still recreate their burgers for special BBQ occasions and they are always a huge hit.


That sound amazing! I'm going to try it at my next barbecue.
 
2012-06-11 01:10:33 AM

WhyteRaven74: Didn't you die a few years ago? ;)


As far as I know I am immortal.

/Almost 12 years now :-(
 
2012-06-11 01:11:32 AM

Max Awesome: Benjamin Orr: Bathia_Mapes:
What did you do?

A woman's the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.

OK, now I'm picturing you hiding in the women's change room wanking-it while drilling peeping holes.


Every day I lose more and more faith in humanity
 
2012-06-11 01:12:22 AM
Ponderosa and Bonanza restaurants used the same concept, and later merged. They still operate under either one of the two names, and there are still 225 of them open. I ate at a Ponderosa just in the last year (good salad bar).
 
2012-06-11 01:14:02 AM

verbaltoxin: Any St. Louisans remember Pantera's?


www.panerabread.com

Of course.
 
2012-06-11 01:15:30 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Benjamin Orr: A long time ago I was banished from Woolworth's. Not sure if it was just that branch or all of them.

What did you do?


americanhistory.si.edu

Sat at the lunch counter and ordered coffee?
 
2012-06-11 01:17:47 AM
The Flying Lady in Morgan Hill, CA
 
2012-06-11 01:18:22 AM
Tossing in another vote for Shakey's.
 
2012-06-11 01:19:49 AM

Professor Science: jbuist: I miss the Hot 'n Now burger joints. Drive-thru only. Not sure if they were anywhere besides West Michigan or not.

There were at least a couple of them around the Detroit area, but I don't think they ever did very well.


There was at least one in the south Chicago burbs, but it's been gone for ages.
 
2012-06-11 01:21:08 AM

Max Awesome: Chi-Chi's almost killed my Mother.


How? Is there a story to this? Did the owner of the Chi-Chi's have six fingers on his right hand?
 
2012-06-11 01:22:20 AM

zez: This is NOT an A&W

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THIS is an A&W!

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/A&W is dead


Not true. I work a few blocks from this one..

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Logan, UT
 
2012-06-11 01:23:10 AM

chud21: Bathia_Mapes: Warchild: I miss having A&W' drive-ins around here, and to a lesser extent Roy Rogers.

*sigh*

There's at least one A&W drive-in left in Lane County. It's in Florence, Oregon. There's also an Arctic Circle near Newport, Oregon.

There's an Arctic Circle in Prineville. I drive over there for lunch every few years. They put one of those gas station A&Ws in a mile down the road from the original A&W building here in bend a few years ago. It didn't last. The original building is still a burger place, a good one.


The A&W I went to in Springfield, Oregon is now a place called Fins. They still offer carhop service plus dining inside the restaurant. They still use the A&W glass mugs for drinks & shakes.

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Drive-in portion of Fins (picture taken after local Classic Car Cruz)

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Part of the dining room area of Fins. There are booths in addition to the counter seats.
 
2012-06-11 01:23:43 AM

Favoritemonster: Burger Chef. Just because I can't really remember if it was good or not, and it couldn't be any worse that the competition.

Also, not sure if Ponderosa is still around? We don't have one around here anymore, but I used to love the sauteed sirloin tips!

/and no one cares!


Oh yeah! I forgot about Ponderosa! That was another good one!
 
2012-06-11 01:26:30 AM
Morrison's Cafeteria
Steak and Ale
 
2012-06-11 01:26:46 AM

chud21: Bathia_Mapes: Nightmaretony: pioneer chicken or pixie kitchen

Are you talking about The Pixie Kitchen that used to be in Lincoln City, Oregon?

Even more pictures of Pixie Kitchen/Pixieland.

THAT PLACE WAS GREAT!11!11!!11


It was indeed. We didn't get to go there all that often because eating out was considered a special treat back when I was growing up, but I loved that place. IIRC, there was a doll museum across the road, or at least near The Pixie Kitchen. A creepy old woman ran it.
 
2012-06-11 01:26:48 AM
Chi Chi's: There is one in Luxembourg....no crap...in Luxembourg City on Place D'Armes. Yes it is the same chain, with same logos.

I miss Sambo's...as a kid in El Paso they were better than Denny's and the other similar chains. The Race Warlords had a problem with the name...though the name had nothing to do with that book the Race Baiters refer to

Burger Chef: They were doomed when they started the Works Bar....unlimited lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, etc. When I had little money and going to school....for about a dollar I could get a small hamburger and stuff it with globs of lettuce and tomatoes....that was dinner
 
2012-06-11 01:27:40 AM
Easy choice - Taco Viva. They were all over South Florida in the 80s, and was way better than Taco Bell IMO.
 
2012-06-11 01:30:09 AM
The Rennebohm's lunch counter. Best ham and cheese sandwiches and tapioca pudding ever.

www.historicmadison.org
 
2012-06-11 01:31:07 AM

zez: This is NOT an A&W

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THIS is an A&W!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead


farm5.staticflickr.com

A&W in Florence, Oregon
 
2012-06-11 01:31:34 AM
Oh, and I also want Bojangles back. Dear god, those biscuits and the spicy red beans & rice were so damn good.
 
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