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2012-06-11 01:31:52 AM

ciberido: 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 image 481x374]

Sat at the lunch counter and ordered coffee?


It just got dusty in here.
 
2012-06-11 01:32:21 AM

ChiWhiteSox_56: 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.


There used to be a few in central WI, but now there's only one that I know of about 40 minutes from where I live.
 
2012-06-11 01:34:06 AM

FuryOfFirestorm: Oh, and I also want Bojangles back. Dear god, those biscuits and the spicy red beans & rice were so damn good.


They are still in business.
 
2012-06-11 01:34:33 AM
I miss me some CHI-CHI'S!
 
2012-06-11 01:37:20 AM

Bathia_Mapes: 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.


We went to lincoln city once a year and stayed at the Dee Sands hotel. at least one meal HAD to be at the Pixie Kitchen or my parents would have faced a mutiny. I only vaguely remember the doll museum.

Our A&W was like the one posted above your pics. It has the round fireplace in the middle of the dining room with booths radiating out from it. I spent a lot of hours in that place in the 70's. A lot.
 
2012-06-11 01:41:02 AM

FarkinAMan: Golden Bear anyone??


CRTL-F and... there we are. We went to the Golden Bear for Sunday brunch every week. I later found out the one we went to was a mob hangout.

A YouTube check for commercials came up empty, but the "Golden Bear, Golden Bear, it's a honey of a (honey of a) place where food is fun, Golden Bear" jingle pops into my head every now and then.
 
2012-06-11 01:44:34 AM

ModernLuddite: Kelsey's?

I live next to a Kelsey's. In Canada, of course. There is no reason for them to exist when Denny's, Red Robin, and 20 other generic 10$ burger and a beer joints do.


Isn't that where Archie Bunker went to drink?
 
2012-06-11 01:46:55 AM
By far, Rax. I don't know what Arby's does to their roast beef, and it's still good, but Rax, to me, was always better.

Further they always had a good salad bar. Often, they would let you use the salad bar to 'upgrade' your sandwiches rather than making the workers do it, so that was better yet.

Not to mention that their menu was a bit more robust (at the time) than Arby's.
 
2012-06-11 01:48:10 AM
Pioneer Chicken. Damn, those chicken strips were like crack.

Also the last Shakeys in Vegas burned down and they never replaced it. I know there are tons in CA, but that doesn't help my mojo potato craving when it's in another state.
 
2012-06-11 01:48:22 AM
McTacos. There were three of them, apparently, but I only remember eating at the one on West Broadway. Their Mexi Fries are still the standard by which I measure all Mexi Fries - Taco Luis come close but none truly compare.

On the other hand I was recently reacquainted with another taste from my youth: Wimpy Burgers! Dear god, it sucked! Just like I remember... I may have to try another one in 30 years' time if they're still around.
 
2012-06-11 01:48:59 AM

WhyteRaven74: I was going to say Rocky Rococo's but they're still in Wisconsin and some other places.


Zomg. The wife said the same thing... We googled Rocky's and found that the chain is still going strong in Maddy.
 
2012-06-11 01:50:00 AM
Biff Burger. There is one left in Florida and one former that changed its name to Beef Burger in North Carolina.
 
2012-06-11 01:51:49 AM

chud21: Bathia_Mapes: 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.

We went to lincoln city once a year and stayed at the Dee Sands hotel. at least one meal HAD to be at the Pixie Kitchen or my parents would have faced a mutiny. I only vaguely remember the doll museum.

Our A&W was like the one posted above your pics. It has the round fireplace in the middle of the dining room with booths radiating out from it. I spent a lot of hours in that place in the 70's. A lot.


It's so nice to be able to share memories like this. :-)
 
2012-06-11 01:52:39 AM
Sizzler.
 
2012-06-11 01:54:24 AM
Black Angus
 
2012-06-11 01:54:26 AM
Farrell's!
Giv'em the pickle!
 
2012-06-11 01:55:24 AM
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Used to be my favorite place in B'ham
 
2012-06-11 01:55:54 AM

chud21: The Rennebohm's lunch counter. Best ham and cheese sandwiches and tapioca pudding ever.

[www.historicmadison.org image 491x320]


before they got devoured by Walgreens....

/friend of the family
 
2012-06-11 01:59:58 AM
I was gonna say El Torito, but they apparently still exist. I thought they went bankrupt and closed. When I was a kid, my family used to eat there on Easter.

I remember eating at Sizzler, too. When I was a kid, Sizzler was considered high-class dining and we only ate there once in a great while.
 
2012-06-11 02:00:29 AM
Definitely Chi-Chi's. It's a shame that one of their produce vendors destroyed them. It was one of my favorite places to eat out with friends, one of whom always referred to it as "Tits". Not many options for Tex/Mex here in Pennsylvania, now the closest we get is Chili's or Don Pablo's. Haven't eaten in either in 5-6 years or more.
 
2012-06-11 02:02:14 AM

Bathia_Mapes: It's so nice to be able to share memories like this. :-)


I heartily concur.
 
2012-06-11 02:04:17 AM

sleeper2995: Paramount Pizza Palace!
If You lived anywhere near Indianapolis in the 80's and had kids or were a kid I hope you remember this place.
The Wurlizter


I'll see your The Wurlizter and raise you... The Organ Grinder.
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No, it wasn't a chain restaurant, but no one who spent time there ever forgot it.
 
2012-06-11 02:07:39 AM
i.imgur.com

/loved that place
 
2012-06-11 02:13:09 AM

bessyglass: libra


I just checked Yelp, the last review was in 2010, but yep, it says it's closed.

Been eating there on and off for over 20 years. :(
 
2012-06-11 02:14:33 AM

basemetal: [farm2.static.flickr.com image 500x292]

Any of these places still open? They were actually pretty decent back in the 80's.


I swear I went to one on a school trip waayyy back in the fall of 1988. Made Showbiz and Chuck E. Cheese look like a wet cardboard box under a highway.
 
2012-06-11 02:15:12 AM

Buffet: Sizzler.


Sizzler is still around.

In fact, there's one in my area, plus a number of them in different parts of Oregon.
 
2012-06-11 02:18:19 AM

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

That was another place that made us brown people laugh...it's Spanish slang for "boobs." :)


We white people have Hooters for that. But I suppose it's not funny if you know that it's slang for tits because you speak the language.
 
2012-06-11 02:24:46 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-11 02:30:34 AM

whitecorporatemaleoppressor: Not a chain but damn I would have loved to visit "The Gobbler":


Someone tried to revive it, but it was up for sale again the last I saw.
I talked to a co-worker who knew it in the hey-day and he said that it was a great pick up joint.

I don't get the love for Rocky Rococo's. Awful pizza.

The (now two?) Sprecher places just iicensed the same - they sell the products but aren't related. I was told that the food is "meh".

Tumbleweeds closed by us. I'm sorry that the chain was never as good as the origional in Louisville. at least once a week I'd go there for the all you could eat chicken wings on the buffet.
 
2012-06-11 02:34:19 AM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Tubby's Drive-in

/Obscure?


Hey, I know that Tubbys! It's on the I-75 service drive just north of 9 Mile, right? I used to go there all the time when I lived in Ferndale.
 
2012-06-11 02:34:28 AM

dbrunker: sleeper2995: Paramount Pizza Palace!
If You lived anywhere near Indianapolis in the 80's and had kids or were a kid I hope you remember this place.
The Wurlizter

I'll see your The Wurlizter and raise you... The Organ Grinder.
[farm6.staticflickr.com image 375x500]
No, it wasn't a chain restaurant, but no one who spent time there ever forgot it.


Hells, yeah! The organist they had there was superb!
 
2012-06-11 02:38:13 AM
Also, Herfy's and G. D. Ritzy's.
 
2012-06-11 02:39:25 AM

wookiemonster:


I still miss them, have a shirt too.
 
2012-06-11 02:44:42 AM
Solty Dog

Porky's bar and grill is in Midway, Tx right before you get to Cut and Shoot, Tx.


/Have you been porked lately is on the shirts with a picture of two pigs doing it.
//also have topless tuesday
///sadly never been
 
2012-06-11 02:48:37 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Farrell's was a great place

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


Mission Viejo. Yup.

/not as good as I remember
//Some childhood memories are best left as memories
 
2012-06-11 02:54:32 AM
A&W must hold some nostalgic value for over-30's. I've been to a couple of non-integrated ones. Just seemed like a fast food burger to me. I ordered a root beer float - I got a cup of root beer with a piece of turd-like vanilla soft serve floating in it.
 
2012-06-11 02:57:08 AM
Roy Rogers's crave a roast beef sandwich and their apple crisp
 
2012-06-11 02:58:35 AM

ZipSplat: A&W must hold some nostalgic value for over-30's. I've been to a couple of non-integrated ones. Just seemed like a fast food burger to me. I ordered a root beer float - I got a cup of root beer with a piece of turd-like vanilla soft serve floating in it.


The burger family (Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Teen Burger, Baby Burger) were a far cry from the burgers that A&W serves nowadays.
 
2012-06-11 02:59:34 AM
Everything was better when we were young / stoned.
 
2012-06-11 03:02:54 AM
What defunct restaurant chain would you want to resurrect from the dead?

Ramseys....
 
2012-06-11 03:15:57 AM

SCUBA_Archer: I'm sure it's been mentioned but that Wikipedia list of "defunct" restaurants sure has a lot of currently in-business restaurants on it.

Is Friendly's still around? I heard they went bankrupt but did they shut everything down?


There was one near me that shut down a few months ago. Such a shame, since the food was good and the staff lived up to the restaurant's name.
 
2012-06-11 03:18:20 AM

The Dogs of War: I'm not sure if this one is around, but what about Big Boy? I used to stop by the one in Fairlawn, Ohio when I was in the area. There's actually an old Big Boy mascot rotting away about 10 miles from my place. Every time I drive by it, I get really depressed. That place was amazing!

Also, Bennigan's. Once again, the one in Fairlawn went under a while ago.

Last one, East Side Mario's. Nice Italian place, really friendly. There was also one in Fairlawn. I think I see a pattern now...


swampysflorida.coml.yimg.com

LOL now he's a Fallout 3 perk!

I remember the Big Boy in DFW- very faintly. I was really young, it's just one of those traces of memory where you're like "dude, was that thing real, or some weird children's book or a dream or something?"

I don't think it was until Austin Powers did the Big Boy-rocketship thing that I was like "oh, THAT'S what that thing was!"
 
2012-06-11 03:26:16 AM
Eds Mammoth Ribs

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2012-06-11 03:36:37 AM

whitecorporatemaleoppressor: Not a chain but damn I would have loved to visit "The Gobbler":

Link


I just spent a much of my evening travelling down the shag-covered halls of that long-dead groovy place. Thanks for the link.

I would have loved to spend a night in the bridal suite with the round waterbed surrounded in red shag walls and fake rock trim, with leopard print velour bedspread, black satin sheets, sunken whirlpool bath and built-in 8 track stereo.
 
2012-06-11 03:38:06 AM
The Naugles in my home town became a Del Taco, so we had two Del Tacos for a town of 20k. It was lame. I want my Naugles back. :(
 
2012-06-11 03:43:46 AM
A&W started in Lodi, CA, and they're still there, Different location, but they're still in the same place they've been the last 40 years (since I can remember). And they have darn good root beer
 
2012-06-11 03:44:29 AM

Moonfisher: The Naugles in my home town became a Del Taco, so we had two Del Tacos for a town of 20k. It was lame. I want my Naugles back. :(


I remember the Senor Naugles radio commercials. They were too funny. My brother and I were on a roadtrip once, and a Senor Naugles commercial came on and it was so hysterically funny, we had to pull over to the side of the road to laugh our guts out.
 
2012-06-11 03:47:53 AM
Chains:
Big Boy - nobly a couple left in So Cal
Hungry Hunter
Cliftons Cafeteria
Loves BBQ - before it was sold
Hamburger Hamlet
Will Wrights Ice Cream
Trader Vic's - When the namesake was alive.
Swensons Ice Crean
Victoria Station
Chart House - almost gone
Rusty Scupper

Individual
Kelbos
The Lobster-Original at the entrance to Santa Monica Pier
Top's Pastrami - Santa Monica, CA
Phinias - Rockville, Md
Peter Pan, Gathersburg, Md
Don The Beachcomber
Nut Tree Restaurant - Vacaville
Big Foot Diner - Fremont, Ca
Willy's BBQ, Newark, Ca
 
2012-06-11 03:51:45 AM

ciberido: 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?


Naw, she just didn't have much tolerance for spicy foods, and a tendency to be a bit melodramatic.

I'm not sure why she wanted to eat at a faux-Mexican restaurant, as she was veeeery careful to avoid anything with spice or flavour, and grilled the poor waiter mercilessly to make sure her entree consisted only of beef, flour, lettuce and tomato paste.

Meanwhile her husband two sons were having a blast gobbling down hot sauce and relatively mild salsa and chips. Mom thought she was safe with a plain chip, but didn't realize that a jalepeno pepper had been sitting on it. She started choking and sputtering just from the juice left on the chip. It was quite the scene.

Of course, now she loves spicy food, and has a higher tolerance for it than I do. As long as she's got some wine on hand.
 
2012-06-11 03:55:29 AM
Royal Castle, anyone?
 
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