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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.

[i.imgur.com image 307x464]


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.

[i.imgur.com image 307x464]


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
 
2012-06-10 05:25:51 PM
Pig Stand
 
2012-06-10 05:32:25 PM

Charlie Freak: 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.


Yeah... I was there. All these years, and I still have no words to adequately describe it

/firefighter at the time
//explorer program
 
2012-06-10 05:38:29 PM
I miss the Hot 'n Now burger joints. Drive-thru only. Not sure if they were anywhere besides West Michigan or not.
 
2012-06-10 05:40:41 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Charlie Freak: 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.

Yeah... I was there. All these years, and I still have no words to adequately describe it

/firefighter at the time
//explorer program


No shiat? Wow. I feel for you - that must have been tough. Creeped your profile and saw you're in Georgetown - we used to drive up there to cut down our Christmas trees. When I was just old enough to drive, I'd head down Mosquito Road just to see how far I could get after the pavement ran out.
 
2012-06-10 05:43:36 PM
I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.
 
2012-06-10 05:44:57 PM
I'd love to see a real Showbiz Pizza too, with the actual pneumatic Rock-A-Fire Explosion. I don't know what Chuck E Cheese is these days but it's sure as hell not that. The pizza always sucked but who cared.
 
2012-06-10 05:50:01 PM
Another vote for Victoria Station.

bigpeeler: Naugles.

[i.imgur.com image 307x464]


We brown folks always called that place Nalgas. :) I never went there.

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


The Farrell's in Downey was my high school's main Friday night post-football game hangout way back when. Good times, good times.

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." :)
 
2012-06-10 05:52:52 PM

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.
 
2012-06-10 05:54:31 PM

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


www.examiner.com

RIP Boobs Rodriguez
 
2012-06-10 05:57:52 PM
i90.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-10 06:03:21 PM

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


They were also in Toledo. The entire purpose of that chain was to test the dual drive-through concept.
 
2012-06-10 06:03:51 PM
The Chuck Wagon. It was a local drive-in restaurant, the building looked like a giant chuck wagon(imagine that). Had really good chili burgers. Been gone since the late '70s or there about.
 
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2012-06-10 06:05:04 PM

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


We had one in Monroe. It was ok. I think my dad really liked it.
 
2012-06-10 06:07:20 PM
I have fond memories of Lum's when I was a kid. Parents would take me there for dinner after evening church. It's where I learned my dad had a vasectomy. They had good burgers.
 
2012-06-10 06:08:42 PM
I miss having A&W' drive-ins around here, and to a lesser extent Roy Rogers.

*sigh*
 
2012-06-10 06:35:34 PM
hollywood.pdx.edu

I'll bet it was a wonderful place.
 
2012-06-10 06:41:04 PM
Shakey's Pizza back when they had player pianos and silent movies.www.valcomnews.com
 
2012-06-10 06:41:24 PM
A&W is up there on the list, but there's two that pop into mind that used to be around *here* but aren't anymore.

There used to be a place called B.B. Binks in southeastern Massachusetts that was absolutely kickass. The one I went to got replaced by a Ruby Tuesday, which is how I learned how much Ruby Tuesday sucks.

And it's only mostly dead, but the one I truly miss is Ground Round. They just closed the only one within a couple hundred miles of me in April, and no matter how bad for you they were, they were still damned tasty to me.
 
2012-06-10 06:48:46 PM
Barth's Burgers, however their special sauce was absolutely the worst.
 
2012-06-10 06:50:17 PM
Planet Hollywood? There isn't even one in Hollywood anymore. The one at Disney is still there but they used to have the Alien Queen and Ripley in her mecha suit but they must have sold it.
 
2012-06-10 06:51:35 PM
Roy Rogers isn't dead, but they're few and far between. Their biscuits were fast food crack and the fix ins bar was worth the gamble to pile up the pickles.
 
2012-06-10 06:58:02 PM
Another vote for the not-quite-dead-but-demands-a-revival A&W chain.
 
2012-06-10 06:59:02 PM

Earguy: I have fond memories of Lum's when I was a kid. Parents would take me there for dinner after evening church. It's where I learned my dad had a vasectomy. They had good burgers.


Was Lum's the place that had hot dogs steamed in beer?
 
2012-06-10 06:59:18 PM

notmtwain: Shakey's Pizza back when they had player pianos and silent movies.[www.valcomnews.com image 247x300]


Man... some good memories there

/thanks!
 
2012-06-10 07:05:14 PM
Chi-Chi's, Ground Round, but most of all, Sizzlers.
 
2012-06-10 07:06:06 PM

CruiserTwelve: Was Lum's the place that had hot dogs steamed in beer?


i162.photobucket.com

I guess so...
 
2012-06-10 07:18:15 PM
www.examiner.com

These were good back in the day, raise the flag at your table and they would bring more chips salsa or sopapillas.
 
2012-06-10 07:40:00 PM
Winky Dinky Dog.

Home of the famous Ho Cake.
 
2012-06-10 07:55:19 PM
Happy Joe's Pizza (Vincennes Indiana) The waitresses wore skirts that stopped well above their frilly panties.


/Good lord I haven't even thought of Shakeys for 30+ years
 
2012-06-10 08:12:51 PM

Charlie Freak: 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.


Holy crap.
 
2012-06-10 08:21:16 PM

lohphat: Charlie Freak: 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.

Holy crap.


I hadn't thought about that for a long time

/I think I'm going to try to forget about it again
 
2012-06-10 08:38:21 PM
Pioneer Chicken. Never ate at one, not much of a fried chicken guy. In honor of Warren Zevon.
 
2012-06-10 08:38:24 PM

basemetal: [scottbblog.files.wordpress.com image 450x347]

Really, this far in and no one trolled this out?


Y kant basemetal read?
 
2012-06-10 08:39:45 PM
York Steak House... When I was a kid we used to go to the one at the old Natick Mall in Natick, MA. You got your tray and silverware and put the tray on metal bars along the wall, and then slid it down the hall and around the corner, placed your order, got a colored tag with numbers and letters to indicate your order, slid your tray down the line a bit more, picked up your food and then took it to the register to pay, then walked your tray to a table to eat. I always remember the food was pretty good...
 
2012-06-10 08:39:47 PM

basemetal: [Sambos.jpg]

Really, this far in and no one trolled this out?


Man, I used to dig their fruit and whipped cream-covered waffles.
 
2012-06-10 08:40:05 PM

Earguy: I have fond memories of Lum's when I was a kid. Parents would take me there for dinner after evening church. It's where I learned my dad had a vasectomy. They had good burgers.


Lum's! Hot dogs steamed in beer!
 
2012-06-10 08:40:36 PM
None of them.

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2012-06-10 08:41:12 PM
Bill Knapps' bean soup
 
2012-06-10 08:41:24 PM

Bathia_Mapes: 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.


Bob it tonight
 
2012-06-10 08:41:26 PM
Howard Johnson's. (The restaurant, not the hotel chain part)
 
2012-06-10 08:43:06 PM
jsfburgerchef.homestead.com

I was going to mention Druthers too but apparently there is still one in existence.
 
2012-06-10 08:43:36 PM
Horn and Hardart, aka the Automat.
 
2012-06-10 08:44:06 PM
I miss Chi Chi's with a passion. No fun trying to recreate their twice grilled bbq burrito :-(
 
2012-06-10 08:44:28 PM

basemetal: These were good back in the day, raise the flag at your table and they would bring more chips salsa or sopapillas.


Casa Bonita still exists in Colorado. Even Cartman has been there!

i162.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-10 08:44:39 PM
Roy Rogers is still sort of around but not nearly to the same degree. It was way back in my childhood, but still.
 
2012-06-10 08:45:15 PM
Blue Boar Cafeteria...man my grandma used to take me there and let me eat ice cream, jello, and roast beef all the time. You know all the things her daughter wouldn't let me have as a kid. After they closed it switched to 99 cent happy meals. Miss my grandma now.
 
2012-06-10 08:45:38 PM
Ferralls Ice Cream and Sambos. Not necessarily in that order.
 
2012-06-10 08:45:49 PM
The Roland Restaurant, at the corner of Elm Ave. and 36th St. in Baltimore. (I always thought it was odd to call it that when Roland Avenue was a block farther up 36th, but oh well.)
 
2012-06-10 08:46:17 PM

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



Sambo's Rocked!
 
2012-06-10 08:46:22 PM
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!
 
2012-06-10 08:46:25 PM
Ray's Kingburger. Little North Carolina/Virginia burger chain. It was the only burger shack in Blacksburg, VA in the early 1970s... we didn't even have McDonald's or Burger King. And Richard Petty would periodically come through town and make appearances.

Good times.
 
2012-06-10 08:46:38 PM
Burger Chef!
 
2012-06-10 08:46:41 PM
I was going to say "Zantigo's," but they're evidently still alive. Huzzah!

\wonders if death by chilito is covered by the life insurance
 
2012-06-10 08:46:43 PM
i46.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-10 08:47:04 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Chi-Chi's, Ground Round, but most of all, Sizzlers.


Sizzler is still around here in Cali.

Was going to say Roy Rogers (noted above, and for the same reasons that JerseyTim said.
 
2012-06-10 08:47:38 PM
Montana's isn't defunct, we have one here in Halifax. Apparently it's only a Canadian chain now, however, and this list is referring to chains in the U.S.
 
2012-06-10 08:48:42 PM

The One True TheDavid: The Roland Restaurant, at the corner of Elm Ave. and 36th St. in Baltimore. (I always thought it was odd to call it that when Roland Avenue was a block farther up 36th, but oh well.)


I recently went to a really good restaurant that I think is right near there. It's called Dogwood.

/girlfriend's originally from Baltimore
 
2012-06-10 08:48:46 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.


They reallllllly did themselves in.

We used to go every year a few times (Sunday dinner with Grandma every week). Free cake on your birthday, decent enough ordinary food.

Then they decided to get hip or aim for the young families or whatever and started having stupid toys to trip over, magnetic letters, TVs playing nonsense, etc. They were done not too long after that. They had a steady crowd before that - maybe not blowup but reliable. After that you just saw the dining room empty.

Anyway, I do kind of miss the chicken/veggie/potatoes au gratin/wild rice dinner I always got there. Au gratin potatoes especially, damn. Horrible for you but the once every few months fix was enough.

But other than that, chains, eh.

Awesome affordable Ethiopian restaurant that used to be just 10 minutes down the road, now THAT I miss. Only other Ethiopian restaurant in town sucks. And I've been told uses white flour for their injera. Lame.
 
2012-06-10 08:48:57 PM
McDonald's, I want to revive them from back when they still used beef tallow as the main component of their fry oil....
 
2012-06-10 08:50:00 PM

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.


Damn. Sixteen seconds from a Burger Chef simulpost.

(That was the place that let you order "with" or "without", and you could add your own toppings.)

Also, Grandy's
 
2012-06-10 08:50:11 PM

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


I was a cook for Sambo's briefly. I'm glad it's gone.

And yes, there would be riots if it came back under that name!
 
2012-06-10 08:50:28 PM

Gough: McDonald's, I want to revive them from back when they still used beef tallow as the main component of their fry oil....


and the fried apple (and cherry) pies!
 
2012-06-10 08:50:48 PM

buckeyebrain: Sizzlers



There are Sizzlers in 14 states
 
2012-06-10 08:50:59 PM

lohphat: Charlie Freak: 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.

Holy crap.


Damn, the pilot survived that?! Holy hell.
 
2012-06-10 08:51:06 PM

MorrisBird: Vallee's Steak House. I trotted tray there for 10 years. The lobster thermidor was to die for.


My Dad loved that place. I always looked for the sign heading south on I75.
 
2012-06-10 08:51:17 PM
Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

Arthur Treacher's - fish

Church's Fried Chicken
 
2012-06-10 08:51:23 PM

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!


My girlfriend and her boss were just talking about this last night! Her boss worked at a Ponderosa a long time ago and wondered if any were around. There had been one in South Attleboro, MA, which is about 30 minutes from us, but we looked it up online and it's closed... There are none in MA or RI now...
 
2012-06-10 08:51:41 PM
Burger Chef is the only one I remember from that list.
 
2012-06-10 08:51:43 PM
Pioneer Chicken.
 
2012-06-10 08:51:55 PM
The One True TheDavid:

The Roland Restaurant, at the corner of Elm Ave. and 36th St. in Baltimore. (I always thought it was odd to call it that when Roland Avenue was a block farther up 36th, but oh well.)

Oh, I misread: it said defunct restaurant chain.

Some of the all-you-can-eat chain restaurants I recall have closed. It was great to go there and see that for a glutton I'm not THAT bad, like it's fun to go to Wal-Mart and congratulate myself for my superior taste in clothing.
 
2012-06-10 08:51:58 PM

Gough: McDonald's, I want to revive them from back when they still used beef tallow as the main component of their fry oil....


.... and blatantly lied to Hindus about it!

They could have been upfront the entire time and it wouldn't have been as big a deal, but DAMN do I remember my friend's mom being *pissed* about that. Not the fact that it wasn't vegetarian, they were used to that (and that's why they cooked at home 95% of the time) but the blatant lying.
 
2012-06-10 08:52:03 PM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.



I heard that the A&Ws in Canada are owned by a different company, and they're doing well, so even if we lose them complete in the US, the canucks will still have them.

Came across an A&W in an airport of all places last year. Root beer float, fries, cheeseburger brought back memories of my youth.
 
2012-06-10 08:52:37 PM

itsfullofstars: buckeyebrain: Sizzlers

There are Sizzlers in 14 states


13 states and Puerto Rico, actually.
 
2012-06-10 08:52:39 PM
Flakey Jake's
 
2012-06-10 08:53:22 PM
Bonanza! I remember there being one in Milford, MA when I was a kid... Must have been 30 years ago now... It didn't last long, maybe 3 years... Have not seen any others in MA or RI either... And now there are no Ponderosas in MA or RI either...
 
2012-06-10 08:53:35 PM
Boll weevil in Encinitas.
Best burgers ever.
 
2012-06-10 08:53:35 PM

GAT_00: 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.


There's still one with root beer on tap and served in glass (if you do the park the car order thing) by my boyfriend's dad's house. One of the very, very few perks of having to go to his dad's house.
 
2012-06-10 08:53:44 PM

rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs


1) Wienerschnitzel is all over the place around here.
2) [indigomontoya.jpg]
 
2012-06-10 08:53:44 PM

RobertBruce: Oh, and another vote for Shakey's. Good memories when i was litttle.


We have a Shakey's.
 
2012-06-10 08:53:57 PM

Favoritemonster: Also, not sure if Ponderosa is still around?


I believe there's still one, but nobody can find it. They burned the map.
 
2012-06-10 08:54:10 PM

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


Sambo's Rocked!


Sambo's rocked. Seriously though, with the slave pics along the wall? That's not happening today
 
2012-06-10 08:54:42 PM

basemetal: [scottbblog.files.wordpress.com image 450x347]

Really, this far in and no one trolled this out?


Stopped by for some Sambos. I see it's been covered.
 
2012-06-10 08:54:54 PM
I know Grandy's isn't dead, but they're hard to find.

Also, I want LJS to bring back the 'you're dining in the hold of a pirate ship' motif.
 
2012-06-10 08:55:12 PM

poonesfarm: [hollywood.pdx.edu image 544x443]

I'll bet it was a wonderful place.


www.peterga.com
Yep, sure looks like fun!

Not yet defunct restaurant that actually exists in Beijing, China: Obama Fried Chicken

static01.mediaite.com
 
2012-06-10 08:55:14 PM
shakey's pizza in denver. good pizza with a very thin crispy crust.

then there was an awesome all you can eat pizza place in loveland.. forgot the name. Sadly, the gluttons ate them out of business.

// all you can eat is a bad business model peeps.
 
2012-06-10 08:55:47 PM
Burger Chef, and bring back the Star Wars posters and floppy records too.
 
2012-06-10 08:56:04 PM

rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

Arthur Treacher's - fish

Church's Fried Chicken


Der Weinerschnitzel, still out there, if you're in the right place.

Arthur Treacher's seems to still be out there, too, but I didn't find a site.

Church's Chicken is downright ubiquitous in Tulsa.
 
2012-06-10 08:56:12 PM
i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-10 08:56:47 PM

Peekachicka: I miss Chi Chi's with a passion. No fun trying to recreate their twice grilled bbq burrito :-(


Chi Chi's seafood chimichanga and their fried ice cream.
 
2012-06-10 08:56:51 PM

downstairs: I don't really have any nostalga for any chain restauraunts. But then again, we rarely ate out as kids.

/Cheap-ass parents


yup. *spits*
 
2012-06-10 08:57:01 PM
Beefsteak Charlie's this was the best place to go underage drinking.

Rustler Steak House was popular when I was a kid for a second

Wetson's barely remember the place, but my older siblings still talk about the place.

Two Pesos the best fast food Tex-Mex in Texas period. Too bad they copied Taco Cabana and lost the lawsuit.
 
2012-06-10 08:57:03 PM
Pappy's. Good memories as a kid. (heavy sigh)

lostlaurel.files.wordpress.com
 
Rie
2012-06-10 08:57:21 PM
Honestly, be careful what you wish for. For instance, Little Caesars exited the market I live in when I was 9, so I grew up with this idealized version of their cheesy breadsticks and pizza in my head. They recently came back in, and I was greeted with some sort of cardboard-tasting monstrosity and shame.

Mind you, it could be part of the reason they managed to come back, but I'm sure my 9-year-old taste buds weren't exactly the pickiest in the world, either.
 
2012-06-10 08:57:22 PM

Earguy: I have fond memories of Lum's when I was a kid. Parents would take me there for dinner after evening church. It's where I learned my dad had a vasectomy. They had good burgers.


Wow. Haven't thought of Lum's in forever. I think there was one near Falls Church, VA. Or maybe it was Ft. Sill, OK. When I was a wee Army brat, that was "dining out in style."
 
2012-06-10 08:57:29 PM

Cornelius Dribble: Yep, sure looks like fun!


Ah, yes, right there in Brothell...
 
2012-06-10 08:57:42 PM
McDonalds
 
2012-06-10 08:57:48 PM

assjuice: Burger Chef, and bring back the Star Wars posters and floppy records too.


My first "kids meal" was a 1977 Star Wars tie-in at Burger Chef.
 
2012-06-10 08:57:58 PM
Oh and Morrisons!
 
2012-06-10 08:58:15 PM
This thread makes me crave a burger and fries so badly that i'm probably going to jog to and from school tomorrow just to have the room later in the week. Holy friggin' crap i think i feel a little dizzy.
 
2012-06-10 08:58:41 PM
...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:

upload.wikimedia.org

Nir-freaking-vana.
 
2012-06-10 08:58:50 PM
MCDONALDS
 
2012-06-10 08:59:05 PM

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


Came here to say this...
 
2012-06-10 08:59:10 PM

Lafiel: Boll weevil in Encinitas.
Best burgers ever.


Just Encinitas? They are still around San Diego.
 
2012-06-10 08:59:20 PM
Whataburger
 
2012-06-10 08:59:38 PM
Quincy's. Not sure if it was actually any good or if it was the fact that you could start with dessert, but I loved it as a kid.
 
2012-06-10 08:59:56 PM

love_alice: shakey's pizza in denver. good pizza with a very thin crispy crust.

then there was an awesome all you can eat pizza place in loveland.. forgot the name. Sadly, the gluttons ate them out of business.

// all you can eat is a bad business model peeps.


God I loved shakey's in CA. all you can eat mediocre thin crust with potato wedges burnt just right and ranch... picnic table seating.
shiat, Shakey's...
 
2012-06-10 09:00:19 PM
Showbiz Pizza Place

You keep that f*ckin' rat away from my pizza! I want Billy Bob, dammit!
 
2012-06-10 09:00:33 PM
Howard Johnson's - great fired clams and club sandwiches....although after a google I see there are three still in operation.
 
2012-06-10 09:00:48 PM

SwiftFox: Bill Knapps' bean soup


Okay, so we've had at least four different Bill Knapp food pining posts (bean soup, pot pie, au gratin from me, chocolate cake)...

I'm serious: does anyone know if they study that as a case study in how-to-completely-f--k-up-a-business case study in business schools? You know, breaking what isn't necessarily *broken* in trying to make a quick buck?

Because damn, if not, they should.

Bill Knapp "was interested in providing decent food for a reasonable price with friendly service." The target clientele of his restaurants, often from rural areas, were white and lower-middle class. As the decades passed, the clientele remained nearly the same as it had when the chain first opened in 1948. By the 1980s and 1990s, the clientele was predominantly senior citizens, causing the chain to be mocked with titles such as "God's waiting room."

In 1998, in reaction to this aspect of their reputation, Bill Knapp's instituted a "That was then, this is WOW" marketing campaign, as well as an overall revamp of the chain's image. The changes included revising old building exteriors with newer, hipper color schemes, and further changes, including the installation of televisions and video games in restaurants.[4][5]

The "That was then, this is WOW" campaign not only changed the interior and exterior décor, but the menu as well. Prior to 1996, Bill Knapp's relied on a commissary system which supplied all of its restaurants daily or every other day. In an effort to cut costs, the commissary model was abandoned in favor of purchasing food from food services local to each restaurant


Yeah, the funny thing about old people, there are usually younger ones who love them too. Could've struck a nice balance at accommodating whole families instead of screwing the seniors (and anyone who kind of likes the quiet save Happy Birthday now and then + less-crazy-crap-on-the-walls + decent enough family restaurant prices like my dad). But nope.

C'est la vie.

/now I have a craving for au gratin potatoes and wild rice dammit
 
2012-06-10 09:00:54 PM
Kip's Big Boy in D/FW. Ate a lot of hamburger streak and eggs growing up there. Also where I started drinking coffee.
 
2012-06-10 09:01:10 PM
Magic Pan! They had crepes, but they also had a Monte Cristo like the one Bennigan's had. Bennigan's is also gone now! Not many places for deep fried ham and cheese goodness. The last one I had was in St. Maarten four years ago.

Lum's I remember being amazing from when I was a kid, but it could have been that as a kid I liked things I don't now (like McD's) xD.
 
Rie
2012-06-10 09:01:10 PM
Also, my submission -- Port City Java. Not quite a restaurant, I know, but here on the SC coast they've essentially gone extinct after a brief push to franchise out of the Wilmington, NC area. All that's left are the ones floating around their home stomping ground up on Cape Fear, which is a shame -- they got here before Starbucks really dominated and could have been an East Coast bastion of "Bugger off, giant chain -- we've got this".

Also also -- Cook-Out should totally be a national chain. They put even Mickey D's to shame in terms of quality and pricing.
 
2012-06-10 09:01:16 PM

JerseyTim: Roy Rogers isn't dead, but they're few and far between. Their biscuits were fast food crack and the fix ins bar was worth the gamble to pile up the pickles.


They seem to be pretty popular on the Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway...
 
2012-06-10 09:01:21 PM
Brigham's.

It's a Boston thing.
 
2012-06-10 09:01:26 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

All the Tastee Freeze in my area had closed down many years ago but I see they are still chain. This gives me more motivation to go book a weekend trip in Asheville for me and the Mrs.
 
2012-06-10 09:02:00 PM

dustman81: 2xhelix: Kenny Rogers Roasters, how I miss their chicken!

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 300x260]

Kramer agrees


It's the wood that makes it good.
 
2012-06-10 09:02:07 PM

titwrench: Lafiel: Boll weevil in Encinitas.
Best burgers ever.

Just Encinitas? They are still around San Diego.


Ah. I had thought they all went out of business in 2008(?)
 
2012-06-10 09:02:18 PM

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


Pepsi bought the chain. That's when it went from burgers/fries to "We have everything McDonald's does!!" It tanked hard and they got out. The original company bought it back. I was a GM at one of the corporate locations until I showed up for work one day and the District Manager was there passing out paychecks. "Sorry, closed" You can still find a few privately owned ones in the Saginaw-Bay city area. Flint too I think.
 
2012-06-10 09:02:27 PM
Four places come to mind, all from childhood memories:

1. Arthur Treacher's. Loved their battered chicken. (I hear some still exist, and hope to find one in my travels some day.)

2. Lum's. Mmmm hot dogs.

3. Howard Johnson's. We'd always visit one on our way from FL to NY to see family.

4. Second that Roy Rogers nod. Arby's just isn't the same.
 
2012-06-10 09:02:42 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Howard Johnson's. (The restaurant, not the hotel chain part)


THIS.

I must admit, though, that the first (and only) time I went was in the mid 1990s (in CT or NY), at which point they already had one foot on the grave and the other on the banana peel. But their ice cream was spectacular
 
2012-06-10 09:02:49 PM
Rustler Steak House. Haven't seen one of those since I was a kid.
 
2012-06-10 09:03:02 PM
McDonald's didn't use beef tallow. They used sheep fat.

BEHIND THE ARCHES by John Love

Excellent corporate biography.
 
2012-06-10 09:03:10 PM
Of the list, I only recognized Steak & Ale and Showbiz, so... Showbiz?

(I liked their robot band better than the Chuck E Cheese thing)

House of Pies, we still have those here, not great not terrible... rather go there than IHOP, but only just.

We have A&W here too (and since they began that two-in-one thing with Long John Silver's, KFC, Taco Bell, A&W, and Pizza Hut, there have been more than I remember there being before).
 
2012-06-10 09:03:21 PM
pioneer chicken or pixie kitchen
 
2012-06-10 09:03:28 PM

RealityChuck: Horn and Hardart, aka the Automat.


I would have loved to experience one of these. I visited the short-lived new version in St. Mark's Place a few years ago, and got a hint of Automat fun, but not nearly as stylin' as from what I've read.
 
2012-06-10 09:03:35 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: lohphat: Charlie Freak: 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.

Holy crap.

I hadn't thought about that for a long time

/I think I'm going to try to forget about it again


just read the story. there is something fark-worthy to read in it.

"Moments after the crash, a 61-year-old woman and her 62-year-old husband were both struck by a truck as they attempted to cross Freeport Boulevard on foot to reach the crash site; the woman, Billie Irwin, died of her injuries."

idiots
 
2012-06-10 09:04:09 PM

hillary: I just came in here to say Bill Knapp's, but the version of Bill Knapp's before they got all stupid and tried to be a Chucky Cheese for the kiddies. Worked there as a teen. Didn't RTFA.


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)
 
2012-06-10 09:04:48 PM
Does anyone else remember 'Round the Corner restaurants? They served hamburgers and milk shakes, and you had to order your food by calling from the phone that was at your table.
/I kind of miss the 80s
 
2012-06-10 09:04:59 PM

Majick Thise: Taco-Tico ... it was taco bell before there was taco bell


OMG, their mild sauce tacos were sooooo good. I think there are still some of them in Kansas, but nothing like the 1970s.
 
2012-06-10 09:05:05 PM

Hand Banana: [jsfburgerchef.homestead.com image 640x395]

I was going to mention Druthers too but apparently there is still one in existence.


Wow! I was thinking about this place as I was reading through the comments. There use to be a couple in Lake Charles, La. where I grew up. They use to have 5 cheeseburgers for 1.15 Wasn't half bad. After I moved away they went under. McDonald's came to Lake Charles I believe in in the early 70s if I recall and I would imagine that's why they went under.
 
2012-06-10 09:05:14 PM
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...
 
2012-06-10 09:05:21 PM
How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C
 
2012-06-10 09:05:23 PM

Confabulat: I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.


There are two Po Folks here in Panama City. I used to eat there all the time until I saw inside the kitchen. Yuck.

I miss Del Taco. They put Taco Bell to shame.
 
2012-06-10 09:05:27 PM
Hmmm. I always thought Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese were the same thing, but named differently depending on geography. Like Carl's Jr. and Hardees.

Not quite sure what I can do with that information but it's good to know. I guess.
 
2012-06-10 09:05:32 PM
Chi-Chi's
 
2012-06-10 09:06:17 PM

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:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x331]

Nir-freaking-vana.


I had to GIS Dog n' Suds, 'cause I was sure that they were long gone. We used to get growlers of RB to take home. Tastee Freez was the only other chain within 15 miles, and I thought they were gone as well, but I see there are still a few around.
 
2012-06-10 09:06:36 PM

MaxSupernova: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x171]

All the Tastee Freeze in my area had closed down many years ago but I see they are still chain. This gives me more motivation to go book a weekend trip in Asheville for me and the Mrs.


Not sure how close to Salisbury, MD you are IRL, but I think the one on the main strip is still alive. Make damn sure you're wearing kevlar though. Not a good area for casual dining.

MIGHT be one still active in Laurel, MD too but that's not a place I've visited in a long time.
 
2012-06-10 09:06:50 PM
Pizza Inn. At least I haven't seen one in a long time. From the linked list, Steak and Ale wasn't horrible, and Showbiz was the original animatronic pizza joint in my neck of the woods. S&W Cafeteria wasn't bad either.

/Earl and Abel is listed, but there is one a mile from my house.
 
2012-06-10 09:08:13 PM

Confabulat: I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.


Damn you! My Po Folks in Buena Park got taken away from me. And not a Cracker Barrel in sight!

I do miss Pioneer Chicken, the batter was pure MSG, the G stands for GooodGawdItsSalty!!!
 
2012-06-10 09:08:30 PM

rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C


When they opened the first one on Long Island about a year ago, there were half-mile drive-thru lines. But to be fair, they had advertised here for years before and had become this huge curiosity.
 
2012-06-10 09:08:38 PM

JerseyTim: Roy Rogers isn't dead, but they're few and far between. Their biscuits were fast food crack and the fix ins bar was worth the gamble to pile up the pickles.



I came here to say that...except about the pickles.

When I visit my parents in Virginia we drive out to the one in Leesburg. Roy's was also my first job.
 
2012-06-10 09:08:44 PM
I liked Red Barn.
But I was like 5, so what the hell did I know.
 
2012-06-10 09:09:00 PM

DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: Brigham's.

It's a Boston thing.


Oh, wow, forget it. Brigham's is still around. D'oh.

Not the same as the original place in downtown boston though. Sigh. That's where I'd get my jimmies rustled.
 
2012-06-10 09:09:02 PM

Confabulat: I'd love to see a real Showbiz Pizza too, with the actual pneumatic Rock-A-Fire Explosion. I don't know what Chuck E Cheese is these days but it's sure as hell not that. The pizza always sucked but who cared.


I went to a Showbiz once as a kid, then it changed over to Chuck E Cheese. Chuck E Cheese sucks. Give me back Showbiz so I can take my kids there someday.
 
2012-06-10 09:09:11 PM

rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C


Five Guys. There's exactly one in my area, but I don't drive. The one location is an hour+ on buses and an hour walk. Not worth the trip.
 
2012-06-10 09:09:11 PM
Pioneer Chicken because chickens don't have three breasts. Do they?
 
2012-06-10 09:09:12 PM

Confabulat: I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.


Oh, man.. I remember going to Po'Folks in Tallahassee when I was going to college there. I lived near the Po'Folks. For a chain, it had decent Southern food. But then, I'm a Yankee and didn't grow up with the stuff.
 
zez
2012-06-10 09:09:17 PM
This is NOT an A&W

defoenet.com



THIS is an A&W!

farm3.staticflickr.com

/A&W is dead
 
2012-06-10 09:09:59 PM

findthefish: Howard Johnson's


WTF? Three?

Link
 
2012-06-10 09:10:06 PM

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?


Let me be the THIRD vote for Burger Chef.

Poderosa had rolls that tasted exactly like ones I ate in the Azores.

Plus Farrell's

Chi-Chi's for over-priced bland Mexican food.

And while I know they are still in business my fair city lost all it's 'Steak & Shakes' with the recession. :(
 
2012-06-10 09:10:17 PM
A few mentions of Tastee Freez in the comments. Here in Sacto, they're co-branded in the same restaurants as Wienerschnitzel.
 
2012-06-10 09:10:23 PM

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

[www.examiner.com image 200x300]

RIP Boobs Rodriguez


You referring to "Chi-Chi's"? That is also japanese slang for boobies as well
 
2012-06-10 09:10:24 PM
I was gonna say Penguin Point, but I did a GIS first and found they still have 13 locations. I know where I'm eating next weekend.
 
2012-06-10 09:10:50 PM

bigpeeler: Naugles.

[i.imgur.com image 307x464]


YES!!!

 
2012-06-10 09:11:07 PM
I am not reading all this crap, but in case no one mentioned it, the answer is Zantigo.
 
2012-06-10 09:11:21 PM

rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C


Culver's. Closest one is a 12-hour drive. Maybe I should look into opening a franchise down here...
 
2012-06-10 09:11:26 PM

Hawnkee: Pappy's. Good memories as a kid. (heavy sigh)


We had one for a while in Blacksburg. Hadn't thought about them in decades.
 
2012-06-10 09:12:05 PM
The Upper Crust (original deep-dish pizza)
 
2012-06-10 09:12:14 PM

buckeyebrain: itsfullofstars: buckeyebrain: Sizzlers

There are Sizzlers in 14 states

13 states and Puerto Rico, actually.


You are fun at parties, aren't you?
 
2012-06-10 09:12:40 PM

Sneakytoes: Also, Grandy's


rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs


rtyfx: Church's Fried Chicken


All three are still here, in Texas.

TheMaskedArmadillo: Kip's Big Boy in D/FW. Ate a lot of hamburger streak and eggs growing up there. Also where I started drinking coffee.


We used to go to the one in Hurst, right across the freeway from North East Mall, all the time when I was a kid. They had really good burgers and pancakes.
 
2012-06-10 09:13:47 PM

bigpeeler: Naugles.

[i.imgur.com image 307x464]


Perfect, wholesome food for a night of Crusin' the Mag, catchin' a flick at the De Anza, and trying to avoid getting killed by palm tree while drag racing on Victoria Ave.
 
2012-06-10 09:13:54 PM

clowncar on fire: hillary: I just came in here to say Bill Knapp's, but the version of Bill Knapp's before they got all stupid and tried to be a Chucky Cheese for the kiddies. Worked there as a teen. Didn't RTFA.

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)


redundancy is so redundant! and too much beer drinnking gets one thoroughly pissed!
 
2012-06-10 09:14:06 PM
Fuddruckers
 
2012-06-10 09:14:47 PM
Another vote for Hot 'n' Now. Ate those burgers religiously as a child.
 
2012-06-10 09:15:02 PM

itsfullofstars: You are fun at parties, aren't you?


What are these "parties" you speak of?
 
2012-06-10 09:15:02 PM
This was just a Chicago suburbs thing, but Cock Robin Ice Cream. There was nothing quite like cube shaped scoops of ice cream.
 
2012-06-10 09:15:03 PM
I have no idea about any of these, I feel young.
 
2012-06-10 09:15:43 PM

libranoelrose: Fuddruckers


Fuddruckers is still around, just very scattered.
 
2012-06-10 09:15:51 PM

Benjamin Stone: Hmmm. I always thought Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese were the same thing, but named differently depending on geography. Like Carl's Jr. and Hardees.

Not quite sure what I can do with that information but it's good to know. I guess.


CEC bought out Showbiz a long time ago. They made it worse by stealing their theme song.
 
2012-06-10 09:16:00 PM

CruiserTwelve: basemetal: These were good back in the day, raise the flag at your table and they would bring more chips salsa or sopapillas.

Casa Bonita still exists in Colorado. Even Cartman has been there!

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Casa Bonita was my favorite on that list.
 
2012-06-10 09:16:10 PM

titwrench: Lafiel: Boll weevil in Encinitas.
Best burgers ever.

Just Encinitas? They are still around San Diego.


That's good to hear. I was disappointed when I saw Boll Weevil on the Wikipedia list, since it was one of our favorite restaurants when we used to live in San Diego.
 
2012-06-10 09:16:30 PM

finnished: JerseyTim: Roy Rogers isn't dead, but they're few and far between. Their biscuits were fast food crack and the fix ins bar was worth the gamble to pile up the pickles.

They seem to be pretty popular on the Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway...


There's a few on the NY State Thurway between Westchester and Albany too - the Ulster one has it i know - more then once I got a serious case of jonsing for it and we'd ride up to Catskill from Saugerties just to stop at the Ulster Rest Stop to get chicken and biscuits.
 
2012-06-10 09:17:06 PM
Bill Knapps. I still remember their Au Gratin Potatoes. :D Yummy.
 
2012-06-10 09:18:04 PM
There is a Sambos in Lincoln city Oregon
 
2012-06-10 09:18:39 PM
There used to be a place in Stillwater called Taco Dispatch. I wish that was around just because the name's funny.
 
2012-06-10 09:19:03 PM
Burger Chef
 
2012-06-10 09:19:44 PM
www.roadkilltshirts.com
 
2012-06-10 09:20:08 PM

BroVinny: findthefish: Howard Johnson's

WTF? Three?

Link


Oh, never mind, those are HoJo hotels. I'd assumed they were still using the combined restaurant/hotel model.

/haven't been in one since the 1970s
 
2012-06-10 09:20:41 PM

bmihura: CruiserTwelve: basemetal: These were good back in the day, raise the flag at your table and they would bring more chips salsa or sopapillas.

Casa Bonita still exists in Colorado. Even Cartman has been there!

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Casa Bonita was my favorite on that list.


Panchos in Albuquerque still has the flags.
 
2012-06-10 09:20:48 PM

finnished: JerseyTim: Roy Rogers isn't dead, but they're few and far between. Their biscuits were fast food crack and the fix ins bar was worth the gamble to pile up the pickles.

They seem to be pretty popular on the Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway...


Yeah, that seems to be about the only place that I see them and I very rarely take those roads. It feels weird paying a toll just to go to the rest stop, but I'm sure there are some gluttons out there who do that.
 
2012-06-10 09:21:17 PM

McManus_brothers: Damn, the pilot survived that?! Holy hell.


FTFA:

William Penn Patrick, the owner of the F-86 and successful entrepreneur, did not hang around for too much longer. On the morning of June 9th, 1973, he took when his P-51 Mustang out for a flight, during which he made a series of low passes, the plane entered into a steep dive, and crashed on the grounds of his High Valley Ranch.

Also killed aboard the aircraft was Christian George Hagert, Penn's Managing Director from Finland.
 
2012-06-10 09:21:43 PM

rtyfx: McDonald's didn't use beef tallow. They used sheep fat.

BEHIND THE ARCHES by John Love

Excellent corporate biography.


I don't think so. Until 1990, they used 93% beef tallow and 7% cottonseed oil.

http://www.rense.com/general7/whyy.htm

After that, they used a small amount of beef tallow for flavoring.


They settled a lawsuit in in 2002 about their use of beef tallow.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/09/us/mcdonald-s-to-settle-suits-on-be e f-tallow-in-french-fries.html
 
2012-06-10 09:22:00 PM
Bongo Java. Before they put the porch on, early 90's. Still technically there, but ever since Belmont destroyed the hill and parking lot across the street it is dead to me.
 
2012-06-10 09:22:26 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!


Brand unification video for converting the ShowBiz stuff over to CEC.

Featuring the most depressing music ever.
 
2012-06-10 09:22:38 PM

teto85: 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.


The one here in Glendale, AZ went unused for several years before being turned into night club. I'm not sure who thought that was a good idea but it and the building are long gone now.
 
2012-06-10 09:22:46 PM
The Unicorn Tavern on University Way in Seattle.
Not a chain -- but they had Barley Wine, Pasties and Scotch Eggs year around.
And for that alone they deserve to live forever.
Because they need to live forever
Because they want to live forever.
Because I want them to live forever
And we need them to live forever.

In the name of the Highlander I command ye back to life oh ye Sottish shrine to beer and grease!
 
2012-06-10 09:22:46 PM

clevernamehere: I liked their robot band better than the Chuck E Cheese thing


When Chuck E. Cheese first came to my hometown, you didn't go there for the bland pizza or idiotic animatronics, you went there because they had more video games than anyone else around, including the major arcades at the malls. I don't know how many tokens my nine-year-old hands pumped into Vanguard, Tempest, Red Baron, Pooyan, Space Fury, Berzerk and Defender/Stargate. Man, that place was great.

Then Showbiz came and ran everything into the ground. Showbiz and Chuck E. Cheese soon became places you took small children and the most exciting game they had was ski-ball.
 
2012-06-10 09:23:02 PM
Is Shaky's still around? Mojos!
 
2012-06-10 09:23:29 PM

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


So I live in Canada where A&W is a completely different company. I haven't seen the old drive-ins for years and I don't know if they still offer milk shakes with whipped cream on top. There are two near, relatively, to where I live and their greatest downfall is that they don't offer whistledogs. The rootbeer is still good.

I miss the whistledogs.
 
2012-06-10 09:23:37 PM
From the list, I'll go with the Brown Derby, if only so you can eat in a gigantic bowler hat.

Agrees that more A&W's would be nice.

Only other place on that list I ever ate in was Chi-Chi's, and every other taco stand in LA can produce the same quality so I'll pass on it.
 
2012-06-10 09:23:39 PM
Sizzler's the only place on this list I ever went to. Some places I used to love that I haven't seen in ages aren't on the list here.

I'd sure love me a Bongo double cheeseburger and one of their one quart milkshakes right now.
 
2012-06-10 09:23:47 PM

BroVinny: Oh, never mind, those are HoJo hotels. I'd assumed they were still using the combined restaurant/hotel model.

/haven't been in one since the 1970s


Yeah, only three restaurants left.
I went to one about 6-7 years ago. It was one of the last 5. (It's now shut down.)
But once I found out it was one of the last ones, I wanted to go.

Decent but definitely not the HoJo's of yesteryear. They had clam strips but it wasn't the same. Or maybe I'm just not the same.
 
2012-06-10 09:23:55 PM
Not listed but still pretty much dead and missed;

Bennigan's. Man, I know it was a heart attack on a plate but I missed how they cooked their Monte Cristo sandwiches. They were so huge and thick you make three or four meals out of a single sandwich.

Pargo's. If only for their cheesy bubble bread.

When I was a little kid, I used to love Showbiz Pizza not because of their food. Frankly, no one went to Showbiz for their food. No, people went because they had the best arcade and latest games.
 
2012-06-10 09:23:55 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk: Wow! I was supposed to have my birthday party at that Farrell's the day after the crash! Put me off ice cream for days...
 
2012-06-10 09:24:30 PM
Jim Dandy's Fried Chicken. The best spicy chicken ever, and the corn fritters were the greatest.

Carl's Jr isn't defunct, but the french fries they had in the '70s I loved. I wish they'd bring those back.
 
2012-06-10 09:24:42 PM
Rax and Red Barn.

Rax is dead, right?
 
2012-06-10 09:24:43 PM
Hot Dog on a Stick!

Not sure if they are totally gone but all I know is there is no where within 500 miles of here to get a fresh batter dipped corn dog unless you wait around for the county fair in September.
 
2012-06-10 09:25:00 PM
Sambo's, mainly because it was destroyed by a perjured lawsuit.
 
2012-06-10 09:25:14 PM

lohphat: McManus_brothers: Damn, the pilot survived that?! Holy hell.

FTFA:

William Penn Patrick, the owner of the F-86 and successful entrepreneur, did not hang around for too much longer. On the morning of June 9th, 1973, he took when his P-51 Mustang out for a flight, during which he made a series of low passes, the plane entered into a steep dive, and crashed on the grounds of his High Valley Ranch.

Also killed aboard the aircraft was Christian George Hagert, Penn's Managing Director from Finland.



No, that was the owner. The pilot survived: The 36-year-old pilot and general manager of Spectrum Air, Richard Bingham, was helped from the wreckage by bystanders, saying "I'm sorry...I'm sorry. Get the people out!" He survived the crash with a broken arm and facial cuts after being taken to the Sacramento Medical Center.
 
2012-06-10 09:25:41 PM

rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?


i46.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-10 09:25:55 PM

zez: This is NOT an A&W





THIS is an A&W!



/A&W is dead


Not quite. There's an old school in Yuma, AZ that I hit on my way to SD. check out the yelp reviews, which amount to "OMG these people are so rude!"
They skate up to your ride and deal with farkwits all day, few of which are local and it's 1 oh farking 8 outside.
godddam right they're cranky and i freaking dig that place
 
2012-06-10 09:26:40 PM
Steve's Ice Cream had a "Praline Perfect Parfait" flavor that was unfarking-believably good. I'm sure it was responsible for part of my Freshman 15.

(It was responsible. I certainly wasn't responsible. Yay America!)

Victoria Station was one of the only places around where you could get beef ribs. Dang tasty.

/nom
 
2012-06-10 09:27:16 PM

rcain: The Unicorn Tavern on University Way in Seattle.
Not a chain -- but they had Barley Wine, Pasties and Scotch Eggs year around.
And for that alone they deserve to live forever.
Because they need to live forever
Because they want to live forever.
Because I want them to live forever
And we need them to live forever.

In the name of the Highlander I command ye back to life oh ye Sottish shrine to beer and grease!


And because a buddy of mine was the piano man -- and they paid him well.
But mainly because they had barley wine and scotch eggs, pasties and toad in the hole.

They been gone 20 years now, never seen anything like it since.
 
2012-06-10 09:28:05 PM
I still have an Orange Julius in my local mall, right next to the JC Penny. I go there when I get confused by the 21st century.
 
2012-06-10 09:28:27 PM

RobertBruce: Oh, and another vote for Shakey's. Good memories when i was litttle.


Heck yes, good old Shakey's! Strawhat Pizza Parlor too.
 
2012-06-10 09:28:28 PM
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.
 
2012-06-10 09:28:37 PM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.


Yeah, I stopped at one a couple of years ago (they still have a few in my neck of the woods). The only thing they have to drink is root beer. Kinda bad if you loathe root beer. :(
 
2012-06-10 09:28:46 PM
Dairy Queen.

If you claim that it's still around, you've forgotten what it was like in its glory days.
 
2012-06-10 09:29:10 PM
I don't want to resurrect any restaurant chain from the dead. I want to resurrect a restaurant that was murdered by a chain.

Back in the dark ages, when I was an undergraduate in Blacksburg, Va, there was a pizza restaurant just off-campus. It wasn't the best location for on-campus students, but it was close to a couple of apartment complexes, and they did well. Excellent pizza, cheap beer, and lots of fond, if fuzzy, memories. It was well worth the hike past Pizza Slut and McArby King.

There was just one problem: the restaurant's name -- Little Caesar's. It may not have predated the founding restaurant of the chain by the same name, but I had been eating there for a year or two before I ever heard of a "Little Caesar's" chain. No matter; LC's chain gang decided they wanted to move into southwestern VA, and an established mom-and-pop restaurant wasn't going to stand in their way.

I'm not sure exactly how it went down, or why the established restaurant couldn't just change its name, but I got the impression that they weren't allowed that alternative. Life as a restaurant operator in Blacksburg is pretty precarious anyway -- for ever restaurant in the town, I probably saw four or five others open and close during the time I was there. I guess the extra pressure from a large, well-lawyered chain was enough to push them over the edge.

I sure miss their pizza. And to this day, I'll buy a bake-your-own from Wal-Mart before I'll call a Little C's chain shop.
 
2012-06-10 09:29:41 PM
Dairy Queen was awesome.
Piccadilly cafeteria, S& S cafeteria, Duffs' Smorgasbord...
I know they're still around, but I miss that they don't have a Der Weinerschnitzel left down in Tampa.
 
2012-06-10 09:29:49 PM

peeledpeas: Hot Dog on a Stick!

Not sure if they are totally gone but all I know is there is no where within 500 miles of here to get a fresh batter dipped corn dog unless you wait around for the county fair in September.


All over the place in California, at least.
 
2012-06-10 09:29:52 PM
bigboy.com
Please sub O-rings for fries on my Big Boy combo, blue cheese dressing on the side salad, and a chocolate malt.
A standard 2 AM feast after finishing the night shift washing dishes at Charley Brown's Steak House.
 
2012-06-10 09:30:11 PM
It's too bad Quark's wasn't a chain Link
 
2012-06-10 09:30:34 PM
Hawnkee

Supernova: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 200x171]

All the Tastee Freeze in my area had closed down many years ago but I see they are still chain. This gives me more motivation to go book a weekend trip in Asheville for me and the Mrs.

Not sure how close to Salisbury, MD you are IRL, but I think the one on the main strip is still alive. Make damn sure you're wearing kevlar though. Not a good area for casual dining.

MIGHT be one still active in Laurel, MD too but that's not a place I've visited in a long time.


The one in Salisbury is long gone. Not sure about the one in Laurel, but I don't recall seeing one anywhere, and I used to drive through pretty regularly.
 
2012-06-10 09:30:37 PM

The Muthaship: I am not reading all this crap, but in case no one mentioned it, the answer is Zantigo.


Locations in MN

I finally ate at one. I wasn't crazy about it, but can see the appeal. Maybe I'm too spoiled by many of the really good sit down Mexican places these days.
 
2012-06-10 09:31:22 PM
There is a ponderosa in lavale MD. It's one of the dirtiest places you will ever see
 
2012-06-10 09:31:41 PM

douchebag/hater: And while I know they are still in business my fair city lost all it's 'Steak & Shakes' with the recession.


Let me rub it in by saying I had a Cheesy Cheddar last week.

KarolinhaRosebud: Perfect, wholesome food for a night of Crusin' the Mag, catchin' a flick at the De Anza, and trying to avoid getting killed by palm tree while drag racing on Victoria Ave.


Then this is the song for you.
 
2012-06-10 09:32:38 PM
Burger Chef.

I miss the classic antics of Burger Chef and Jeff.
 
2012-06-10 09:32:54 PM
There hasn't been a defunct restaurant thread in awhile, so I'm getting a kick out of this. I worked at Sandy's in Waco, TX back in '72 and and Naugles in Victorville, CA in '75. And yes, Dick Naugle did stop by each store and met with all the employees. I still dream about Naugle Burgers, and who can forget cheap taco night on Wednesdays?

Check out the Sandy's Fan Page
 
2012-06-10 09:33:07 PM
there was a Naugles on hwy 50 in Carson City. it was exactly the same menu and everything as the Del Tacos everywhere in Ca. otherwise bring back Doggie Diner, the hot pastrami sandwiches were the bomb, as well as the chili dogs. wienerschnitzel sucked butt after they dropped the "der"
 
2012-06-10 09:33:26 PM

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.
 
2012-06-10 09:33:37 PM

Confabulat: I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.


Hmmm. There's a Po Folks and a Long John Silvers right down the street from me.
 
2012-06-10 09:33:45 PM
The original Oasis restaurants on the Chicago Tollway. Man, those pancakes were awesome.
 
2012-06-10 09:33:50 PM
Deli Haus.

The best, absolute best dive diner in Boston. Where the waitress' would wear stuff like: "Tipping is not a city in China" and "Stop staring at my tits.".

The punk rock place where anyone could come in, jocks mixing with punks mixing with geeks mixing with goths. Guinness Floats with Hershey's vanilla Ice Cream. Velvet Elvis paintings on the wall.

s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com

/Technically not a chain
//A place you truly felt safe and welcome in, while being told to go fark yourself at the same time.
 
2012-06-10 09:35:38 PM
Kenny Rogers Roasters
 
2012-06-10 09:36:06 PM
One classic sandwich shop, still open, I wish would catch on elsewhere again: Beefy King. Steamed sandwiches that are crack on a bun. Used to be a chain, scaled down to just the Orlando one. Every now and then they try to open a second store again (north of Orlando a while ago, then in PA), but it just doesn't last. Pity. Y'all should have this bliss down the road from you too.
 
2012-06-10 09:36:12 PM

buckeyebrain: peeledpeas: Hot Dog on a Stick!

Not sure if they are totally gone but all I know is there is no where within 500 miles of here to get a fresh batter dipped corn dog unless you wait around for the county fair in September.

All over the place in California, at least.


Packin' my shiat!
 
2012-06-10 09:36:14 PM
Picnic N' Chicken
 
2012-06-10 09:36:26 PM

cman: 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


I wouldn't know about the fries because the onion rings are so good that I never got the fries. My mom used to bring home the gallon milk jugs of root beer. That stuff was incredible.
 
2012-06-10 09:37:09 PM
I used to love this place now they only exist in Canada...ironic.


www.brampton.com
 
2012-06-10 09:37:23 PM

buckeyebrain: Gough: McDonald's, I want to revive them from back when they still used beef tallow as the main component of their fry oil....

and the fried apple (and cherry) pies!


Those were good. I had forgotten about those.
 
2012-06-10 09:37:52 PM
I miss Victoria Station, Burger Chef, and to a lesser degree Howard Johnson's.

I just learned that Gino's has made a small comeback around Chicago, and am quite glad. Not only was the food great, they were apparently very good to their employees as well. Now if we can just get them to spread franchises into New England again...
 
2012-06-10 09:38:00 PM

GAT_00: 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.


It sure did taste a lot better from the tap..
 
2012-06-10 09:38:22 PM

Sugarpuss O'Shea: Confabulat: I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.

Hmmm. There's a Po Folks and a Long John Silvers right down the street from me.


My condolences :-)

/ to both of you
 
2012-06-10 09:38:48 PM
H.Salt Esquire Fish & Chips
 
2012-06-10 09:40:12 PM

notmtwain: Shakey's Pizza back when they had player pianos and silent movies.[www.valcomnews.com image 247x300]


Good lord... for a minute there I was 8 again.
 
2012-06-10 09:40:17 PM

Hawnkee: Pappy's. Good memories as a kid. (heavy sigh)

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I used to always have my birthday parties there, with the player piano, and the greasy cheese pizza, used to be right next to SSC on 13.

Good Times!
 
2012-06-10 09:40:34 PM
I was going to say Rocky Rococo's but they're still in Wisconsin and some other places.
 
2012-06-10 09:40:53 PM
Not a national chain, but I really miss Darryl's in North Carolina.

Steak and Ale was always good, too.
 
2012-06-10 09:41:42 PM
Burger Chef. When I was a kid, my class took a field trip there, and I swear I can still smell the place if I think hard enough. A trip to the mall was not complete with dinner at Morrison's Cafeteria. But I really miss Wag's - lots of late nights spent there in high school after Rocky Horror Picture Show.
 
2012-06-10 09:42:16 PM
Kinda miss these, are they still around?


www.chicagonow.com
 
2012-06-10 09:42:53 PM

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


They had them as far as Oregon (We had one when I lived in Medford as a kid). It was pretty good for what it was. Do they have any left anywhere? Last I heard they still had some in Michigan.
 
2012-06-10 09:43:45 PM
www.zantigo.com

I know they aren't completely gone but they've been gone as far as Im concerned since the late 80's.

Oh how I would love me an original Chilito.
 
2012-06-10 09:44:11 PM
I suggest everyone read about the Great Canadian Pancake House chain. Extremely popular right up to the last day. LIneups to get in! Then BOOM!

Done in completely by financial mismanagement.
 
2012-06-10 09:44:25 PM

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?
 
2012-06-10 09:44:52 PM

Pinnacle Point: The Muthaship: I am not reading all this crap, but in case no one mentioned it, the answer is Zantigo.

Locations in MN

I finally ate at one. I wasn't crazy about it, but can see the appeal. Maybe I'm too spoiled by many of the really good sit down Mexican places these days.


I am planning a road trip.
 
2012-06-10 09:44:59 PM

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.
 
2012-06-10 09:45:13 PM

libranoelrose: Panchos in Albuquerque still has the flags.


Unless there is another one, the location on San Mateo is closed.
 
2012-06-10 09:45:24 PM

rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs


I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas
 
2012-06-10 09:45:39 PM

GirlScoutSniper: Magic Pan! They had crepes, but they also had a Monte Cristo like the one Bennigan's had. Bennigan's is also gone now! Not many places for deep fried ham and cheese goodness. The last one I had was in St. Maarten four years ago.

Lum's I remember being amazing from when I was a kid, but it could have been that as a kid I liked things I don't now (like McD's) xD.


They still have a few Bennigans around. They have a few in the Chicago area and I think maybe a few other places (they are independently owned, but still have the same menu I believe). Never curious enough to try it though. Is it something I should try?
 
2012-06-10 09:45:44 PM
Roy Rogers. I know they were bought out by Hardees, but they used to have great Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, and coleslaw and Hardees never replicated it.
 
2012-06-10 09:46:01 PM
Hardee's. The way it used to be.
 
2012-06-10 09:46:02 PM
So many other restaurants named here digging up memories. Darryl's. Big Boy. Taco Tico. (Not all good, mind you.) Steak and Ale. Pappy's.
 
2012-06-10 09:46:19 PM
olddinosaur 2012-06-10 09:25:00 PM

Sambo's, mainly because it was destroyed by a perjured lawsuit.


Really? REALLY?!

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?

Go to hell all of you.
 
2012-06-10 09:46:39 PM

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


That's more than a Firesign Theatre reference? Sweet.
 
2012-06-10 09:47:00 PM

NewportBarGuy: You know, that one with all the wacky sh*t on the wall. What was the name of it?


Freddie's Fecal Fiesta??
 
2012-06-10 09:47:36 PM
Doesn't Sambos = Denny's?


And while this list includes "dead" chains there's lots of pretty much dead chains that I'd find interesting to be back in their heydays.

//now that i think about it, it involves many pizza chains from the early 90's as a kid
///TMNT to thank
 
2012-06-10 09:47:39 PM
Sub Station II
 
2012-06-10 09:48:04 PM
I don't know if you'd call it a "chain", as they only had two locations, but I'd haul back out to the left coast quick for some Leon's BBQ in SF.

/The original location on Sloat, if you please..
 
2012-06-10 09:48:16 PM

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:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x331]

Nir-freaking-vana.


It's still going strong near my home town, Lorain. The place is always bustling, and the last time I had the root beer, it was as good as I remembered it being (which is very delicious).
 
2012-06-10 09:48:22 PM

zez: This is NOT an A&W

[defoenet.com image 554x313]



THIS is an A&W!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead


There is one about 15 miles from my house that is still going strong.
 
2012-06-10 09:48:22 PM

bmr68: Rustler Steak House was popular when I was a kid for a second


black_knight: Rustler Steak House. Haven't seen one of those since I was a kid.


Thirded!
 
2012-06-10 09:48:37 PM
Rio Bravo.
 
2012-06-10 09:49:16 PM
Oh, here's a CSB joint:

I'm manning the register at my Radio Shack, and this guy comes in in a faux-Boy-Scout uniform, all sorts of "flair". Guy made Richard Simmons look like your average Republican Senator. He was very proud to be a "Bubble Scout" and was letting everyone in the store know. Hey, good on you, mate. Want a free battery?

A couple months later, took my family out to dinner on the north end of town, and found this was an entire restaurant. Made a lot more sense then.
 
2012-06-10 09:49:57 PM
Not a national chain, but there was a local chain called Pumps in OKC/Edmond back in the '70s and '80s. Fried artichoke hearts and the best farking fries in the OKC area.
 
2012-06-10 09:50:00 PM
by the way, i thought Mountain Jacks was gone, but i moved to indiana, and lo and behold there is one here and it is open.
 
2012-06-10 09:50:48 PM

zez: This is NOT an A&W





THIS is an A&W!



/A&W is dead


Again, at least one of those exists. Either Farmington or Farmington Hills MI.
 
2012-06-10 09:51:00 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
Tubby's Drive-in

/Obscure?

//Lawrence. Lawrence of Arabia.
 
2012-06-10 09:51:21 PM
Burger Queen in Tampa was cool back in the day.
 
2012-06-10 09:51:44 PM
They only had three locations and the second two killed it, but I miss Hymie's Hot Subs just on campus at Ohio State.
 
2012-06-10 09:51:56 PM

McManus_brothers: rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C

Culver's. Closest one is a 12-hour drive. Maybe I should look into opening a franchise down here...


The Pot Roast sandwiches are great.
 
2012-06-10 09:52:02 PM

Hermione_Granger: Really? REALLY?!

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?

Go to hell all of you.


You might want to do a little research before you get on your high-horse.
 
2012-06-10 09:52:07 PM

imapirate: This one's the only original left:



But there's apparently a real nice, sit-down type one in DC.


It's a dump, unfortunately.
 
2012-06-10 09:52:12 PM

tonguedepressor: Kinda miss these, are they still around?


Look upthread. There are three HoJo's restaurants left.
 
2012-06-10 09:53:02 PM

Hermione_Granger: olddinosaur 2012-06-10 09:25:00 PM

Sambo's, mainly because it was destroyed by a perjured lawsuit.

Really? REALLY?!

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?

Go to hell all of you.You go to hell and you die!


FTFY,,, also holy shiat snacks there is actually one left (the original location) and they have an online catalog... with the actual farking Little Black Sambo book for sale

Link
 
2012-06-10 09:53:25 PM
(CSB)
Farrell's in Ford City (Chicago) was our go-to spot for our kids' birthdays when they were tiny. We were in there on a Sunday night a few weeks before Easter, and they'd had an appearance by the 'Easter Bunny'. Said bunny happened to be one of the female servers, who'd they'd conned into donning the white bunny costume...which showed off her hot pink bra and panty set wonderfully due to the thin material. Every father in the place (including me) had fractured ribs from their wives'/sigother's elbow. I miss Farrell's.
(end CSB)
 
2012-06-10 09:53:41 PM

GirlScoutSniper: Bennigan's is also gone now!


It's not gone, but I stopped going there after they gave me raw chicken three times over three months in three states. Just something systemic there.

I notice that most of these wishes are for places that serve burgers and tex-mex. I've been trying to do new places and tastes, but most restaurants seem to be a) Burger b)Tacos c)Fried meat. I've been trying to expand my variety.

How about we have a thread about local places we'd like to see go full on franchise?
 
2012-06-10 09:53:43 PM

Thisbymaster: I have no idea about any of these, I feel young.


I think a lot of them are regional or even local. I don't recognize most of them either.
 
2012-06-10 09:54:04 PM
Not a chain but I want The Patio reataurant back in Downtown Wisconsin Dells. Best cinnamon rolls I've ever had.
 
2012-06-10 09:54:07 PM
Two Pesos...fresh, cheap, and pretty decent Mexican food. Cheap margaritas, too. RIP.
 
2012-06-10 09:54:21 PM
Joplin, MO. From Mickey's Hall of Fame induction speech: "There is a man and a woman here that were really nice to me all through the years, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Youngman. I don't know if all of you have ever heard about any of my business endeavors or not, but some of 'em weren't too good. Probably the worst thing I ever did was movin' away from Mr. Youngman. We went and moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1957, but Mr. Youngman built a Holiday Inn in Joplin, Missouri, and called it Mickey Mantle's Holiday Inn. And we were doin' pretty good there, and Mr. Youngman said, 'You know, you're half of this thing, so why don't you do something for it.' So we had real good chicken there and I made up a slogan. Merlyn doesn't want me to tell this, but I'm going to tell it anyway. I made up the slogan for our chicken and I said, 'To get a better piece of chicken, you'd have to be a rooster, and I don't know if that's what closed up our Holiday Inn or not, but we didn't do too good after that. No, actually, it was really a good deal".
 
2012-06-10 09:55:05 PM
The Pie Plate.

/no? anyone go to Westfarms in the 80's?
 
2012-06-10 09:55:15 PM

teto85: 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.


Its been 10 years, but last count I had there was ONE lone Arthur Treachers somewhere in western PA. I was driving back from DC with an ex GF and saw the name on one of those highway dept info signs that tell you what is at that exit. I about shat myself. Unfortunately it was nowhere near meal time and we had to keep going otherwise I would have stopped. :(

Been meaning to get back there ever since.

OOOH! looky looky! there may be many more! (unless all 45 remaining stores have closed since 2008) Link
 
2012-06-10 09:55:36 PM
Naugle's, Farrell's, and York Steakhouse.
 
2012-06-10 09:56:44 PM

CruJones: Pizza Inn. At least I haven't seen one in a long time.


There's a Pizza Inn in Paducah, KY. It's a buffet; don't remember if the originals were, but the mascot is pretty much the same as the old PI. Not great, not terrible.
 
2012-06-10 09:56:56 PM
Thinks to self, "Hrm, I liked Molly Murphy's as a kid. Is it still out there?" Googles. Nope, doesn't look like it.
 
2012-06-10 09:57:18 PM
There used to be two in Nashua, NH that I remember as a kid. Kemp's and Howdy's. Both had about the same menu, burgers and skinny fries. I don't know if they were as great as I remember because of the food or because it was a treat to go to a place to sit in the car and eat greasy fries out of a paper envelope.

It was longer ago than I care to admit.
 
2012-06-10 09:57:28 PM
Victoria Station was moved to Tokyo. Box cars and all.
http://www.planettokyo.com/places/index.cfm/fuseaction/detail/ID/441/

I miss the Billy Goat. On lower Michigan between the Trib and sun times building.
What is there now, with the same name, is nothing like it.
 
2012-06-10 09:57:45 PM
Hot Dog on a Stick. I was sitting on the bench with two high school softball players. I think I was invisible to one of them. One says to the other 'I heard you quit your job." The other one says "Yeah, Hot Dog on a Stick wasn't satisfying me anymore." Out of the corner of my eye I saw the first girl nearly die of embarrassment.

Burger Chef. Two days ago I was trying to remember what place was on the corner of 19th and Minnesota. Thanks, fark.

I remember when Hardee's was Sandy's. One of my favorite places was Bucky's in Lawrence, KS. I just learned from wiki that Bucky's was a Sandy's that didn't want to change it's name to Hardee's. Last time I went to Lawrence it was gone.
 
2012-06-10 09:57:47 PM
irreleventmusic.com
I remember the one in Northside ATL, was always a treat when I got to go with parents. Cool decor and rockin' croutons.
 
2012-06-10 09:58:18 PM
Sambo's just to piss people off.
 
2012-06-10 09:58:51 PM
No one wants a Bess Eaton's?? They're the best!
 
2012-06-10 09:59:13 PM

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


I occasionally make the 15 minute drive to Whitewater for the Motherload. I love that shiat.
 
2012-06-10 09:59:17 PM

chuckufarlie: zez: This is NOT an A&W

[defoenet.com image 554x313]



THIS is an A&W!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead

There is one about 15 miles from my house that is still going strong.


There are two locations not far from me. One in Flint Township and one in Birch Run and both do very well. The Birch Run location still serve A&W rootbeer in frosted mugs. Everytime they ask what I would like to drink, I give them a funny look because their food don't taste right without rootbeer.

Some chains need to expand. I miss Bojangles' chicken and their biscuits. They are the only restaurant that can really compete with Popeye's.
 
2012-06-10 09:59:31 PM
And if you grew up in the DFW area during the '70s and '80s, this was the place to go for pizza and subs. And video games. There should be a law that states that if you sell pizza, you have to have classic video games in the restaurant.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-10 09:59:43 PM
farm2.static.flickr.com

Any of these places still open? They were actually pretty decent back in the 80's.
 
2012-06-10 09:59:44 PM
static.ddmcdn.com

Hobo Joe's. My dad loved the Frisco Burger.
 
2012-06-10 09:59:48 PM
I don't know about restaurant chains, but I'd kill to have back O'Grady's potato chips, particularly the au gratin variety.
 
2012-06-10 10:00:03 PM

Buzzerguy: Majick Thise: Taco-Tico ... it was taco bell before there was taco bell

OMG, their mild sauce tacos were sooooo good. I think there are still some of them in Kansas, but nothing like the 1970s.


Yesh. The Stoner Special: a bag stuffed with their hard-shell tacos.

/They were terrible
//Too stoned to care
 
2012-06-10 10:00:09 PM

TomD9938: Rax and Red Barn.

Rax is dead, right?


Apparently not http://www.raxroastbeef.com/
 
2012-06-10 10:00:13 PM

fustanella: That's more than a Firesign Theatre reference? Sweet.


Yep. It's a pizza place, roughly similar to Sbarro's. Used to be all over during the 80s.
 
2012-06-10 10:00:24 PM

PacManDreaming: Hermione_Granger: Really? REALLY?!

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?

Go to hell all of you.

You might want to do a little research before you get on your high-horse.


You might want to keep reading a little further (like the part where they started using Little Black Sambo in the marketing and decor) and maybe check out the online gift shop.
 
2012-06-10 10:00:35 PM

BroVinny: Thinks to self, "Hrm, I liked Molly Murphy's as a kid. Is it still out there?" Googles. Nope, doesn't look like it.


Those were fun to go to.
 
2012-06-10 10:02:43 PM

hershy799: DarkSoulNoHope: Howard Johnson's. (The restaurant, not the hotel chain part)

THIS.

I must admit, though, that the first (and only) time I went was in the mid 1990s (in CT or NY), at which point they already had one foot on the grave and the other on the banana peel. But their ice cream was spectacular


QT. Their ice cream is the only reason to bring them back.

Cornelius Dribble: poonesfarm: [hollywood.pdx.edu image 544x443]

I'll bet it was a wonderful place.

www.peterga.com

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Yep, sure looks like fun!

That place was located at Lake City Way and 20th Ave. NE where Ying's Drive-In now is. It actually was in business until the late 1950s. I drove by that location many times before I found that out.
 
2012-06-10 10:02:58 PM

bmihura: CruiserTwelve: basemetal: These were good back in the day, raise the flag at your table and they would bring more chips salsa or sopapillas.

Casa Bonita still exists in Colorado. Even Cartman has been there!

[i162.photobucket.com image 375x281]

Casa Bonita was my favorite on that list.


Now I have to watch the Casa Bonita episode
 
2012-06-10 10:03:27 PM
Holy sh*t there's a Sprecher's restaurant and pub in the dells...almost makes up for the loss of the Patio
 
2012-06-10 10:03:43 PM

semi-ok: Does anyone else remember 'Round the Corner restaurants? They served hamburgers and milk shakes, and you had to order your food by calling from the phone that was at your table.
/I kind of miss the 80s


Worked there with friends. Still have menu's and make that shiat all the time. Side note, Good Times was started by Round The Corner, lots of the stuff is the same.
 
2012-06-10 10:04:09 PM
Shakey's still exists...
 
2012-06-10 10:04:34 PM
Gridiron. Best hash browns ever!
 
2012-06-10 10:04:39 PM
Carroll's.

If only for the googly eyes logo they used just before they closed for good.
 
2012-06-10 10:04:57 PM
Growing up in Houston in the '70's and '80's, I vaguely remember seeing Victoria Station and Boston Sea Party. Ate at Sambo's as a kid; I liked it because they gave me a nice set of crayons in a big plastic case with stickers. Steak and Ale was our family's idea of a "fancy" restaurant. Mom used to ask, "Would you do that at Steak and Ale?" when our manners were lacking. Embarrassed myself mightily at one at a family dinner after college once and never went back.

But the only two on the list I truly miss are:

Two Pesos: Awesome for midnight junk-Mex food runs in college. Taco Cabana, its successor, just ain't the same.

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour: Loved the turn-of-the-century vibe even as a young 'un. Also the hullabaloo that accompanied someone ordering their Pig Trough (huge amount of ice cream carried by four waiters to the sounds of sirens and bass drum). Great place.
 
2012-06-10 10:05:00 PM

TheMaskedArmadillo: Kip's Big Boy in D/FW. Ate a lot of hamburger streak and eggs growing up there. Also where I started drinking coffee.


Spent a lot of time at the one on Forest & Marsh... before during and after cruising Forest Lane. I also worked at the Goffs Hamburgers across the street in the Triple Town Office Supply parking lot. I know there is still 1 in Dallas, but man those were good burgers. Had the opportunity to serve Coach Landry once when he came in.
Good times good times!
 
2012-06-10 10:05:14 PM

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.
 
2012-06-10 10:05:19 PM
there used to be a dog-n-suds drive in on alt19 in dunedin,fl......
they made a breaded, deep fried pork tenderloin sandwich that stuck out all the way around the bun....my version of heaven.
put it with a frosted mug of root beer, and send it out via carhop in shorty-shorts....

now its some yuppie place thats all screened off, with tables....


i hate change

/and get the fark off my lawn
 
2012-06-10 10:05:33 PM

Sugarpuss O'Shea: TomD9938: Rax and Red Barn.

Rax is dead, right?

Apparently not http://www.raxroastbeef.com/


That place was all over I-80 back in the 90's. Horrible, horrible place.
 
2012-06-10 10:05:46 PM

Baz the Spaz: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x353]
Tubby's Drive-in

/Obscure?

//Lawrence. Lawrence of Arabia.


farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-10 10:06:18 PM

Forsythe P. Jones: Burger Queen in Tampa was cool back in the day.


There used to be both a Burger Queen and a Burger Chef in Portland, Oregon. Of course this was in the early 1970s so I doubt they exist any longer.
 
2012-06-10 10:07:06 PM

Gough: McDonald's, I want to revive them from back when they still used beef tallow as the main component of their fry oil....


Yeah, (sigh)....The health nazi's took care of that :(
 
2012-06-10 10:07:18 PM
I used to get kicked out of Sambo's a lot because the friends I would go with in the middle of the night were idiots. Not that it was really any different than Denny's. In fact all the Sambo's around here became additional Denny's diners. I think they just changed from one shade of orange and brown decor to a different shade of orange and brown.

There is a Shakey's Pizza in Culver CIty, CA. No piano player or old timey movies, their TVs are on ESPN and instead of pinball there's video games. Still long tables and the pizza sauce is as sweet as I remembered from the 70s.

Numero Uno's was a chain with great pizza. Romano bread puffs, MMMM, good. I only know of one left now, in west L.A.

I would resurrect Bob's Big Boy just in thanks for all the time I spent there with certain friends when I was in college. Great seasoning salt too. One of my friends set a goal to sleep with every waitress there. Difficulty factor was they all thought I was his girlfriend, even though we both constantly denied it. He finally did collect the whole set. **RIP Paul**

"Water and a toothpick, please"
 
2012-06-10 10:07:27 PM

Benjamin Orr: You might want to keep reading a little further (like the part where they started using Little Black Sambo in the marketing and decor) and maybe check out the online gift shop.


Um, I know this might come as a surprise, but Little Black Sambo is actually Indian and not African.
 
2012-06-10 10:07:50 PM

PacManDreaming: And if you grew up in the DFW area during the '70s and '80s, this was the place to go for pizza and subs


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


The one off the Tollway just S of 635 has been gone for years. Not sure about the one off 183...
 
2012-06-10 10:08:12 PM
Not sure if Houlihan's counts since it still exists, sorta, but the gold old Houlihan's is gone, so that's what I'm casting my vote for. They had awesome nachos and cheese fries, and if you timed it right and hit them when they were on special, you could get them very cheap.

Maybe that was what killed them, people kept taking advantage of all their specials?

Anyway, I used to go to Houlihan's waaaaay too much. I still miss that place.
 
2012-06-10 10:08:36 PM

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.


I used to work on Science Drive so it was a short drive for lunch to Mineral Point Rd.. Talk about putting on weight. Unfortunately still having it here also means I still have to hear the obnoxious commercials.
 
2012-06-10 10:09:27 PM

markie_farkie: The one off the Tollway just S of 635 has been gone for years. Not sure about the one off 183...


I think I saw the one on Hwy183 a few years back. We always went to the one on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth, when I was a kid.
 
2012-06-10 10:09:41 PM

PacManDreaming: And if you grew up in the DFW area during the '70s and '80s, this was the place to go for pizza and subs. And video games. There should be a law that states that if you sell pizza, you have to have classic video games in the restaurant.

[i.imgur.com image 537x360]


Man, we would go there, wolf down a plate of spaghetti and spend the next 60 minutes playing video games. (Yes we took long lunch breaks!) We were definitely regulars at the one on Inwood.
 
2012-06-10 10:09:49 PM

Baz the Spaz: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x353]
Tubby's Drive-in

/Obscure?

//Lawrence. Lawrence of Arabia.


Lots and lots of future stars in that movie.

/Turk.... did you come?
//Volare!
///Sasha Dabinsky the one armed violinist
 
2012-06-10 10:10:05 PM

Sabyen91: Unfortunately still having it here also means I still have to hear the obnoxious commercials.


hehe so the commercials are still obnoxious? Well at least some things don't change.
 
2012-06-10 10:10:29 PM

Hermione_Granger: olddinosaur 2012-06-10 09:25:00 PM

Sambo's, mainly because it was destroyed by a perjured lawsuit.

Really? REALLY?!

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?

Go to hell all of you.


They had an awesome breakfast. Like I said up-thread, there's no way you could have that place today due to the blatant subservient pics all over the place.
But, I bet Lo Lo's Chicken & waffles could pull it off.

Aftrr all, they did soulfood before it was a "thing" and white business folk got enough numbers to show up there and not trip
 
2012-06-10 10:10:44 PM
None?

If they were chains, they were predictably mediocre. We have plenty of places that are already just as mediocre. Pass.
 
2012-06-10 10:10:56 PM

Owangotang: Holy sh*t there's a Sprecher's restaurant and pub in the dells...almost makes up for the loss of the Patio


That is pretty cool. I like the sodas more than the beers. I wonder how the food is. Probably typical pub food but worth it for the drinks.
 
2012-06-10 10:11:12 PM

bessyglass: libranoelrose: Panchos in Albuquerque still has the flags.

Unless there is another one, the location on San Mateo is closed.


of course. Am a Pixieland fan :D
 
2012-06-10 10:11:23 PM
Nedick's
 
2012-06-10 10:12:21 PM
I'll just sit over here in the corner.
 
2012-06-10 10:12:51 PM

WhyteRaven74: Sabyen91: Unfortunately still having it here also means I still have to hear the obnoxious commercials.

hehe so the commercials are still obnoxious? Well at least some things don't change.


I think it is the same guy. If it isn't they found his younger doppelganger to replace him. Yep, they are exactly like you remember. :)
 
2012-06-10 10:12:56 PM

Vodka Zombie: Victoria Station


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

pics3.city-data.com
/Still miss Ground Round's cinnamon dippers.
//Not defunct, but the nearest one to me is +/-150 miles away
 
2012-06-10 10:13:03 PM
I'll just sit over here in the corner.

You are not allowed to post comments at the moment.
Try again in 33 seconds. (Flood protection.)
Previewing comment...

huh??
 
2012-06-10 10:13:06 PM

Sabyen91: Sugarpuss O'Shea: TomD9938: Rax and Red Barn.

Rax is dead, right?

Apparently not http://www.raxroastbeef.com/

That place was all over I-80 back in the 90's. Horrible, horrible place.


I only remember them from around the mid-80s. They had a much larger selection of food than the average fast food restaurant, and a killer salad bar.
 
2012-06-10 10:14:03 PM

PacManDreaming: Benjamin Orr: You might want to keep reading a little further (like the part where they started using Little Black Sambo in the marketing and decor) and maybe check out the online gift shop.

Um, I know this might come as a surprise, but Little Black Sambo is actually Indian and not African.


According to the original book yes. I am pretty sure that you can tell from the illustrations and all of the spin offs why everybody got upset though... right?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-06-10 10:14:20 PM
Skunk Burger


i.ytimg.com
 
2012-06-10 10:15:10 PM

markie_farkie: PacManDreaming: And if you grew up in the DFW area during the '70s and '80s, this was the place to go for pizza and subs

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

The one off the Tollway just S of 635 has been gone for years. Not sure about the one off 183...


The one in Irving is still there as far as I know, but it was sold some years back and is now apparently a sad, disgusting shadow of its former self.
 
2012-06-10 10:15:19 PM
Dunkin Donuts is extinct in Ontario. I miss it. I am unable to procure strawberry-frosted donuts unless I go to Montreal or Buffalo.
 
2012-06-10 10:15:39 PM

PacManDreaming: And if you grew up in the DFW area during the '70s and '80s, this was the place to go for pizza and subs. And video games. There should be a law that states that if you sell pizza, you have to have classic video games in the restaurant.

[i.imgur.com image 537x360]


Totally agree! I have no clue why more pizza places aren't snapping up 80's era arcade games! They would be swimming in quarters!
 
2012-06-10 10:16:19 PM

Confabulat: I still have an Orange Julius in my local mall, right next to the JC Penny. I go there when I get confused by the 21st century.


My dad owns an Orange Julius/Dairy Queen combo store.
 
2012-06-10 10:16:43 PM
in no particular order, dining establishments I'd like to see re-open in my area:
Carlos O'kelly's....Not so much for me, but for my daughter. Their Fajita Cheese crisp was her most favoritest dish ever,
Dog N Suds
A & W....(or maybe I'm better with just the memories of it being around in the '70s
Naugles
Shakey's...It was the ONLY pizza p[lace in town for a long time...i guess all the way into the mid late '70s
Rocky Rococos(sp?)..... I thought it was pretty good pizza
Burger Chef
 
2012-06-10 10:16:58 PM

Eshkar: Oh and Morrisons!


Oh yea, I remember them (Morrisons). I recall the food as just ok, but lots of it.

I loved Steak & Shake (cute girls on roller skates). Frisches Big Boy, what was the restaurant/motel with the big orange roof?
 
2012-06-10 10:17:08 PM
Good news for Showbiz and Rockafire Explosion fans. Aaron Fechter is on Youtube. He is the man behind the RAE.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Rockafiremovie

http://www.youtube.com/user/fanprograms
http://www.youtube.com/user/christhrash
 
2012-06-10 10:17:33 PM
I can't think of a single one. That's generally not the kind of food I get nostalgic for.
 
2012-06-10 10:17:44 PM

rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

Arthur Treacher's - fish

Church's Fried Chicken


Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips was wonderful. I have seen 1 or 2 old Treacher's still run as Fish Food restaurants but with generic names.

A Marketing 101 instructor once told me AT'sF&C was the first large fast food franchise to fail in america. His claim to fame was having once worked for the company that set Michael Jackson on fire.
 
2012-06-10 10:17:58 PM

Sugarpuss O'Shea: Sabyen91: Sugarpuss O'Shea: TomD9938: Rax and Red Barn.

Rax is dead, right?

Apparently not http://www.raxroastbeef.com/

That place was all over I-80 back in the 90's. Horrible, horrible place.

I only remember them from around the mid-80s. They had a much larger selection of food than the average fast food restaurant, and a killer salad bar.


I was driving semi back then so I rarely ate in so I didn't get the full exposure. The food was inferior to Arby's, I thought.
 
2012-06-10 10:18:10 PM

Benjamin Orr: According to the original book yes. I am pretty sure that you can tell from the illustrations and all of the spin offs why everybody got upset though... right?


Yep, I heard all about it when I was a kid.

They didn't last long, here. Maybe a couple of years at the most. That was the late '70s.
 
2012-06-10 10:18:23 PM

Stile4aly: Roy Rogers. I know they were bought out by Hardees, but they used to have great Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, and coleslaw and Hardees never replicated it.


I'll second this one.

I remember driving home from Spring Break in 1988, almost flat broke, and stopping at a rest area somewhere on I-95 that had a Roy Rogers. My best friend and I had enough money left for one hamburger. So we split it, went over to the "Fixin's Bar", and basically made a giant salad out of the lettuce and tomatoes and onions that were there for the hamburgers.
 
2012-06-10 10:18:32 PM
I remember bringing plastic gallon jugs into the A&W and filling them bring them home, and having them home. Really really good root beer.
 
2012-06-10 10:18:39 PM

Znuh: Deli Haus.

The best, absolute best dive diner in Boston. Where the waitress' would wear stuff like: "Tipping is not a city in China" and "Stop staring at my tits.".

The punk rock place where anyone could come in, jocks mixing with punks mixing with geeks mixing with goths. Guinness Floats with Hershey's vanilla Ice Cream. Velvet Elvis paintings on the wall.

[s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com image 266x400]

/Technically not a chain
//A place you truly felt safe and welcome in, while being told to go fark yourself at the same time.


Fark yes.

I used to go to Haus after closing, back when I worked at the clubs on Lansdowne (spit/city/whatever). Back when there was a music scene and a gigantic Tower Records. Drippy cheeseburgers and waistline-ruining ice cream at 2AM. I was freaking ravenous by the time I got there. Lots of laughs. The Rat was still around.

Blah.
 
2012-06-10 10:18:42 PM

Sabyen91: Yep, they are exactly like you remember. :)


awesome! :D

Ignorant McNugget: strawberry-frosted donuts


As a kid those were my favorite donuts at Dunkin' Donuts. And I still love them.
 
2012-06-10 10:20:24 PM

Eshkar: Peekachicka: I miss Chi Chi's with a passion. No fun trying to recreate their twice grilled bbq burrito :-(

Chi Chi's seafood chimichanga and their fried ice cream.


Third on that delicious, delicious boat.

Hepatitis A be damned!
 
2012-06-10 10:20:26 PM

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

That's more than a Firesign Theatre reference? Sweet.


Suddenly, it all came back to me like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist....
 
2012-06-10 10:20:29 PM
Another vote for York Steakhouse. #4 medium rare, one of the best burgers served with baked steak fries.
 
2012-06-10 10:20:33 PM

brap: I can't think of a single one. That's generally not the kind of food I get nostalgic for.


Thanks for the info, bro.
 
2012-06-10 10:20:38 PM
Bennigan's. Was the head host at the one in Pensacola. Many fine memories of that place.
 
2012-06-10 10:21:55 PM

kimwim: I remember bringing plastic gallon jugs into the A&W and filling them bring them home, and having them home. Really really good root beer.


If I remember correctly they had the milk jugs available at my A&W (of course I was 8 so I could be wrong).
 
2012-06-10 10:22:03 PM
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-10 10:22:04 PM

kibblesnbits: I would resurrect Bob's Big Boy just in thanks for all the time I spent there with certain friends when I was in college. Great seasoning salt too.


Okay, what do you mean resurrect something that is still around. Again, another restaurant that is still around with much success. Three Big Boy's restaurants in Genesee county and one in Birch Run. The Grand Blanc location burned twice, repaired and is packed most days.

I guess we have a lot more folks eating out. Well, maybe that isn't something to brag about.
 
2012-06-10 10:22:05 PM
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:

muertoderisa.typepad.com

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

ny-image1.etsy.com

I miss breakfasts at Sambo's in particular.
 
2012-06-10 10:22:39 PM
I have memories of gatherings with the extended family at a place on Long Island called Cooky's Steak Pub (we used to go to the one at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington).
 
2012-06-10 10:23:04 PM

zez: This is NOT an A&W

[defoenet.com image 554x313]



THIS is an A&W!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead


No. The one in Logan, Utah looks like that and has the root beer on tap.
 
2012-06-10 10:23:07 PM

madpiper: Bennigan's. Was the head host at the one in Pensacola. Many fine memories of that place.


There's still one Bennigan's. It's here in Chicago, turns out it was the one franchise location they had and when the chain locations went under the franchise owner just kept going. And it's still awesome.
 
2012-06-10 10:23:37 PM
Old school Ground Round.

/peanuts everywhere
//pay what you weigh
///Battletoads in the lobby
 
2012-06-10 10:23:38 PM
There used to be a Red Barn in Jamestown, NY, where I grew up, but it went defunct so long ago (around 1980) that I do not remember it. Other than that the only one that I had ever been to was Chi-Chi's in Erie, PA. And quite frankly they were good, but not great. So, they can all stay closed. That being said, I would much rather see the Salad Creations franchise re-open in downtown Chicago.
 
2012-06-10 10:23:55 PM
Burger Chef.

/eff Hadee's
 
2012-06-10 10:24:05 PM

Majick Thise: Happy Joe's Pizza (Vincennes Indiana) The waitresses wore skirts that stopped well above their frilly panties.


/Good lord I haven't even thought of Shakeys for 30+ years


Happy Joe's taco pizza - damn good stuff. Shakey's, that takes me back, too.
 
2012-06-10 10:24:06 PM

clevernamehere: Of the list, I only recognized Steak & Ale and Showbiz, so... Showbiz?

(I liked their robot band better than the Chuck E Cheese thing)

House of Pies, we still have those here, not great not terrible... rather go there than IHOP, but only just.

We have A&W here too (and since they began that two-in-one thing with Long John Silver's, KFC, Taco Bell, A&W, and Pizza Hut, there have been more than I remember there being before).


I don't like the two in one thing. Here in Las Vegas we have a Long John Silver's and kfc in one place. You don't get the crispies anymore under the fish, and they give you kfc's coleslaw...not what Long Johns had. I liked Long Johns slaw.
 
2012-06-10 10:24:36 PM

CaptSS: Man, we would go there, wolf down a plate of spaghetti and spend the next 60 minutes playing video games. (Yes we took long lunch breaks!) We were definitely regulars at the one on Inwood.


Oh yeah, we would eat in the theater room(where they showed old B&W shows and cartoons) and then hit the game room. I remember we went on my birthday and got to sit at the aquarium table(It looked something like this).

peeledpeas: Totally agree! I have no clue why more pizza places aren't snapping up 80's era arcade games! They would be swimming in quarters!


No doubt! That was the main thing for me when I was a kid. Didn't care about the food or any other stuff, I just wanted to hit the arcade games.
 
2012-06-10 10:24:48 PM

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

Came here to say this...


There used to be one in Springfield, OR. I miss it as well...
 
2012-06-10 10:25:42 PM
I meant Hardee's.
 
2012-06-10 10:25:45 PM
If I had my Druthers'.....
 
2012-06-10 10:26:01 PM
Golden Bear anyone??
 
2012-06-10 10:26:08 PM
zez: This is NOT an A&W

[defoenet.com image 554x313]



THIS is an A&W!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead


There is a proper A&W in Madisonville, TN
 
2012-06-10 10:26:30 PM

PacManDreaming: The Chuck Wagon. It was a local drive-in restaurant, the building looked like a giant chuck wagon(imagine that). Had really good chili burgers. Been gone since the late '70s or there about.


When I lived in Chatham, NB, Canada, there was a Chuckwagon there, and that was 2004
 
2012-06-10 10:27:08 PM
Also Max & Erma's with telephones.
 
2012-06-10 10:27:49 PM

PacManDreaming: And if you grew up in the DFW area during the '70s and '80s, this was the place to go for pizza and subs. And video games. There should be a law that states that if you sell pizza, you have to have classic video games in the restaurant.

[i.imgur.com image 537x360]


Yeah I loved this place!
 
2012-06-10 10:27:56 PM

Oldiron_79: zez: This is NOT an A&W

[defoenet.com image 554x313]



THIS is an A&W!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead

There is a proper A&W in Madisonville, TN


Do they still go out and take your order?
 
2012-06-10 10:28:34 PM

WhyteRaven74: madpiper: Bennigan's. Was the head host at the one in Pensacola. Many fine memories of that place.

There's still one Bennigan's. It's here in Chicago, turns out it was the one franchise location they had and when the chain locations went under the franchise owner just kept going. And it's still awesome.


A new Bennigan's is just about to open by my house in Houston
 
2012-06-10 10:29:13 PM

zez: This is NOT an A&W

[defoenet.com image 554x313]



THIS is an A&W!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead


Shiat....

www.dennygibson.com
 
2012-06-10 10:29:28 PM

madpiper: Bennigan's. Was the head host at the one in Pensacola. Many fine memories of that place.


I think there are a few still around, but none anywhere around here (Orlando). I have fond memories of Broccoli Bites.

I think that was also the first place where I ever tried a Monte Cristo sandwich.
 
2012-06-10 10:29:38 PM

CruiserTwelve: CruiserTwelve: Was Lum's the place that had hot dogs steamed in beer?

[i162.photobucket.com image 360x244]

I guess so...


Lum's is still in Bellevue NE
 
2012-06-10 10:30:19 PM

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 also an A&W drive-in in Sweet Home, OR. I'm pretty sure the decor hasn't changed much from the 50's; they even have telephones at every indoor table so you can "call" your order in...
 
2012-06-10 10:30:22 PM
I slammed my finger in the car door at Bill Knapp's in about 1983, when I was 6. My finger never really recovered. Around the same time, I threw up on the table at the Bob Evans next store. I still hate driving down that part of US 31.
 
2012-06-10 10:31:09 PM

Bhags: A & W....(or maybe I'm better with just the memories of it being around in the '70s


These are still around. I know of two within half an hour of my house.
 
2012-06-10 10:31:42 PM
Alphakronik Smartest
Funniest
2012-06-10 10:14:20 PM


Skunk Burger


D'ahhhh, I heard that!
 
2012-06-10 10:31:54 PM
Steak & Ale. They had this mushroom stuffed fillet that was incredible. And the price was beyond belief. We used to eat there on holidays. Sucked to be the staff, but for the patrons, it was excellent.
 
2012-06-10 10:32:43 PM
Does anyone remember Drummer Boy?
farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2012-06-10 10:33:30 PM

Lectrik: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas


There is one in Champaign, IL. As far as I know, it is the only one this side of the Mississippi River.
 
2012-06-10 10:33:33 PM
Squire Jacks Fish n' Chips.

/TIGHT!
 
2012-06-10 10:34:06 PM
Wow, came here for the Bill Knapp's and very satisfied to see others did too. And thanks to whoever just mentioned their birthday cake. My grandma LOVED that place and did probably everybody over 65. Mmmmm.. the birthday cake.
 
2012-06-10 10:34:09 PM

havana_joe: York


You betcha! I loved this place, and have great memories of my parents taking me there, in the Altamonte Mall in central Florida. One good memory is that without fail I got the "chopped steak," aka large hamburger - until I tried real steak once at my dad's bidding. I was hooked.
 
2012-06-10 10:34:09 PM
Worked at one of these from the day I turned 16 until graduating high school. Became night manager at 18 while still in high school , hired my friends and girlfriend. Had a great time. Earned $1000 a month as a high school senior in 1980. Great weed money.

CSB
 
2012-06-10 10:34:37 PM
We've had Sonic Drive-In commercials for the last year or so, but... alas, no Sonic. Why do they tease so?
And all of the Boston Chicken restaurants left the area years ago. Doubt they're coming back.

I have fond memories of Ponderosa, Shakeys, Hot and Now and, of course, the original A&W (no longer the same).

Definitely do NOT miss Steak 'n Shake.... it's the only place where a salad could have greasy lettuce.
 
2012-06-10 10:35:03 PM
This is a picture of the old Red Barn from Jamestown, NY:

img.photobucket.com

It has had ban businesses in it over the years and that ugly edition was put on sometime after 1996 when I moved away.
 
2012-06-10 10:35:34 PM
Clinkerdagger, Bickerstaff and Petts
 
2012-06-10 10:36:01 PM
There was a Pancho's on Forest Lane at Webb Chappel. When you needed a refill, you raised a little flag at your table. Nasty food at the right price!
 
2012-06-10 10:36:40 PM

CaptSS: There was a Pancho's on Forest Lane at Webb Chappel. When you needed a refill, you raised a little flag at your table. Nasty food at the right price!


In Dallas.
 
2012-06-10 10:37:04 PM
Sambo's is alive and well in Santa Barbara. I was there in January. We actually drove from Simi Valley to Santa Barbara just to hit up Sambo's. Great memories from our local Sambo's as a kid.
 
2012-06-10 10:38:18 PM

ertznay: Picnic N' Chicken


God yes
 
2012-06-10 10:39:53 PM
I know there are still a couple of these in Fark's favorite state, but I don't know of any others. When I was a kid in Connecticut, we used to go to Maryland's Fried Chicken instead of KFC. Really great chicken, and not greasy. Then they closed and we didn't go out for chicken much anymore.
 
2012-06-10 10:40:07 PM
Meant to post this:


www.graphicdesignblog.org
 
2012-06-10 10:40:12 PM
None of these are familiar to me here in Connecticut, we must not have had them. Does Ponderosa still exist?
 
2012-06-10 10:40:48 PM

cold_war_relic: Lectrik: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas

There is one in Champaign, IL. As far as I know, it is the only one this side of the Mississippi River.


I had to check and you're right. OTOH, there IS one on Guam!
 
2012-06-10 10:41:57 PM

spman: None of these are familiar to me here in Connecticut, we must not have had them. Does Ponderosa still exist?


Yup, we have one here that has been around forever.
 
2012-06-10 10:42:14 PM

spman: None of these are familiar to me here in Connecticut, we must not have had them. Does Ponderosa still exist?


Yep, especially in Western New York and Michigan.
 
2012-06-10 10:44:05 PM

Gough: cold_war_relic: Lectrik: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas

There is one in Champaign, IL. As far as I know, it is the only one this side of the Mississippi River.

I had to check and you're right. OTOH, there IS one on Guam!


You would think such a place would be a hit in my state (WI) but now that I think of it there aren't any places like that.

/Maybe in Milwaukee there is a Sausage place.
 
2012-06-10 10:46:54 PM

rikdanger: Hobo Joe's. My dad loved the Frisco Burger.


I thought Hobo Joe's was just a local place. We used to go there all of the time.
 
2012-06-10 10:47:01 PM
What gets me is that so many of these burger joints, far and away, were so much better than McD's, but it's McD's is the one that grows and pops up everywhere, why the other ones die.
Why?
 
2012-06-10 10:47:22 PM

rcain: The Unicorn Tavern on University Way in Seattle.
Not a chain -- but they had Barley Wine, Pasties and Scotch Eggs year around.
And for that alone they deserve to live forever.
Because they need to live forever
Because they want to live forever.
Because I want them to live forever
And we need them to live forever.

In the name of the Highlander I command ye back to life oh ye Sottish shrine to beer and grease!


You're Scottish, fry something!
corvusonline.net
 
2012-06-10 10:48:39 PM
By the way, this entire thread sounds fat.

/Somebody had to
 
2012-06-10 10:49:16 PM

Lafiel: Boll weevil in Encinitas.
Best burgers ever.


I ate there in the 80's and 90's,I lived a mile away.There was also a bar
across the way called The Galvanized Pig.Great burgers also.

/there motto was The Galvanized Pig.the swine won't rust
 
2012-06-10 10:49:23 PM

AllUpInYa: What gets me is that so many of these burger joints, far and away, were so much better than McD's, but it's McD's is the one that grows and pops up everywhere, why the other ones die.
Why?


Price.
 
2012-06-10 10:50:23 PM

zez: This is NOT an A&W

THIS is an A&W!

/A&W is dead


When I was a kid the local A&W had car hops on roller skates. Yeah, I'm that old, now give me a Pappy burger and a large root beer, dagnabit.
 
2012-06-10 10:51:04 PM

basemetal: [scottbblog.files.wordpress.com image 450x347]

Really, this far in and no one trolled this out?


I soooo remember that place. The only one I've heard of in this thread or the list.
 
2012-06-10 10:52:07 PM

buckeyebrain: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

1) Wienerschnitzel is all over the place around here.
2) [indigomontoya.jpg]


Seconding Inigo Montoya -- I don't get what Vienna style Schnitzel has to do with any form of sausage like meat.
 
2012-06-10 10:53:10 PM

Gough: cold_war_relic: Lectrik: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas

There is one in Champaign, IL. As far as I know, it is the only one this side of the Mississippi River.

I had to check and you're right. OTOH, there IS one on Guam!


I worked at there in the late 70s while in High School. It has closed, reopened, closed and reopened again a few times but it still has great chilli cheese dogs. When I finally move out of Illinois for the last time, my destination will be determined by whether a Wienerschnitzel is located in that town or not.
 
2012-06-10 10:56:59 PM

madpiper: Bennigan's. Was the head host at the one in Pensacola. Many fine memories of that place.


It lives.

i53.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-10 10:58:00 PM
I know they exist but not in San Diego, Dunkin Donuts. We need one bad if just for the coffee.
 
2012-06-10 10:58:24 PM
Pre-Chew Charlies?

I miss that place..
 
2012-06-10 10:59:20 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.


Well, I saw over 400 posts in this thread. Took all of a dozen or so posts.
I would also like to mention Dig-Dug, Mario Brothers, Galaga...
Pizza+movies+arcade games=kid heaven.
And now that I'm an adult, I want to go to one now.
 
2012-06-10 11:00:00 PM
I dont think Reginald Denny's would be happy to bring back Sambo's
 
2012-06-10 11:00:02 PM

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

We had one in Monroe. It was ok. I think my dad really liked it.


I had been to that one and I recall it tasted just like McDonald's only cheaper.
 
2012-06-10 11:03:07 PM
Branniff...i LOVE airline food.
 
2012-06-10 11:03:38 PM
Have no idea if these were any good, but the buildings all remain decades later. (mostly repurposed into porno shops)

www.millercountymuseum.org
 
2012-06-10 11:03:59 PM

AllUpInYa: What gets me is that so many of these burger joints, far and away, were so much better than McD's, but it's McD's is the one that grows and pops up everywhere, why the other ones die.
Why?


It's kind of a Gresham's Law for Food: Bad food drives out good.

But seriously, I think what helped get the Golden Haunches where they are today is the consistency. Unlike so many other places, the food is dependably second rate. It's never first rate, but it's almost never awful (I'm looking at you, the Kingsway store in Sudbury, ON). A lot of other chains weren't so rabid about having their local operators do everything a certain way. As a result, McD became the default place for travelers, since they knew what they were getting.
 
2012-06-10 11:04:06 PM
I was gonna say Mother's Pizza, but they are apparently re-launching!

Link
 
2012-06-10 11:05:06 PM

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

Came here to say this...


Still going strong, just not in the USA. Check out Malaysia.
 
2012-06-10 11:05:50 PM

TheMysticS: 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.

Well, I saw over 400 posts in this thread. Took all of a dozen or so posts.
I would also like to mention Dig-Dug, Mario Brothers, Galaga...
Pizza+movies+arcade games=kid heaven.
And now that I'm an adult, I want to go to one now.


Went here with the kid yesterday : mountasiafuncenter.com ...
Farrell's + arcade + lazer tag + go-karts + bumper boats (that squirt water) + miniature golf = kid heaven.
 
2012-06-10 11:06:54 PM

Nightmaretony: bessyglass: libranoelrose: Panchos in Albuquerque still has the flags.

Unless there is another one, the location on San Mateo is closed.

of course. Am a Pixieland fan :D


When did it close? I was just there 5 years ago. :(

What is pixieland?
 
2012-06-10 11:07:04 PM
Shatzkin's.
 
2012-06-10 11:08:45 PM
I swear there was a Red Barn Restaurant in Saskatchewan when we passed through. And Kelsey's is still alive and kicking north of the border here.
 
2012-06-10 11:08:48 PM
Oh yeah. Stephensons Family restaurant in Independence, Mo.
 
2012-06-10 11:09:02 PM

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.
 
2012-06-10 11:09:12 PM
mmm, Stuckey's...


/vomits
 
2012-06-10 11:09:45 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Carroll's.


Carrols as a corporation is not quite defunct. An offshoot of Tastee Freze, they eventually morphed into Burger King, and is now the largest franchisee of BK.

/Carrols was my 1st real job, way back when
 
2012-06-10 11:11:07 PM
I think I ate at a Farelley's when I was a kid. People in Old Tymie straw hats and a player piano that had stuffed felt mice on the keys that actually played. It was somewhere around Detroit Michigan Suburbs in the mid 70's
 
2012-06-10 11:11:30 PM

Bathia_Mapes: 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.


Yes, but the Big Bang Burger Bar pre-dates Bob's Burger Express by quite a bit more.

You may, however, need to spend a year dead for tax reasons in order to be able to afford it.
 
2012-06-10 11:13:07 PM
500 posts in and I'm the only one to mention Nickerson Farms????

Come on, really? Try and think back with me here, people: big tall red buildings. Each one had a beehive so they could make their own honey on site. Gift shops filled out the wazoo with the coolest crap a 6-year old could want, including boomerangs, bow and arrow sets, Chippy Chipmunk pencil erasers, whistles, etc., etc.

Plus burgers. And gas. Place was the shiznit.
 
Rat
2012-06-10 11:13:31 PM

CruJones: Pizza Inn. At least I haven't seen one in a long time. From the linked list, Steak and Ale wasn't horrible, and Showbiz was the original animatronic pizza joint in my neck of the woods. S&W Cafeteria wasn't bad either.

/Earl and Abel is listed, but there is one a mile from my house.


Wow...me too! And Aunt Patty still works there two hours a day, for the last 50 years.

©
 
2012-06-10 11:15:17 PM

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.


When I saw someone mention Chi-chi's, I thought, "surely not THAT horriffic mexican chain, they must mean some other place"

Their "salsa" must've been tomato soup, with onions and jalapenos thrown in.
 
2012-06-10 11:15:58 PM
Love's
Steak, chicken, ribs...good atmosphere and a sandwich called "(he Porker"
 
2012-06-10 11:18:33 PM

rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C


JACK IN THE BOX. The closest one is in Indianapolis... 3 damn hours away. The only ones in Illinois are in the suburbs next to St. Louis, which are 5+ hours away (which I suppose makes St. Louis a more bearable place to live). I am not going to drive that far out of my way for a burger, but when I happen across a town that has one I always gotta make a pilgrimage to one.
 
2012-06-10 11:19:13 PM
naugles +100
 
2012-06-10 11:19:37 PM
Not a chain but damn I would have loved to visit "The Gobbler":

Link
 
2012-06-10 11:20:40 PM

W.C.fields forever: Lafiel: Boll weevil in Encinitas.
Best burgers ever.

I ate there in the 80's and 90's,I lived a mile away.There was also a bar
across the way called The Galvanized Pig.Great burgers also.

/there motto was The Galvanized Pig.the swine won't rust


The one in Kearney Mesa is still open, we go there for lunch from time to time. Must be one of the "independently owned franchises" mentioned in the Wikipedia article.
 
2012-06-10 11:20:51 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Carroll's.

If only for the googly eyes logo they used just before they closed for good.


Came here to say this.

farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2012-06-10 11:21:07 PM
Nataraj, not a chain, but my favourite Indian Restaurant of all time on Bloor at Brunswick in Toronto.
I ate there weekly for fifteen years. Their roasted eggplant (Baingan Ka Bharta) was teh bomb.
 
2012-06-10 11:21:21 PM
Carl's Malt and Burger

/or was it Karl's. It was a long time ago. Definitely was not Carl's Jr.
 
2012-06-10 11:21:26 PM

peeledpeas: Hot Dog on a Stick!


There's one beach-front in Santa Monica, CA. Fresh-dipped and everything.
 
2012-06-10 11:22:21 PM
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.

encrypted-tbn0.google.com
The Wurlizter
 
2012-06-10 11:23:11 PM

fn129: rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C

JACK IN THE BOX. The closest one is in Indianapolis... 3 damn hours away. The only ones in Illinois are in the suburbs next to St. Louis, which are 5+ hours away (which I suppose makes St. Louis a more bearable place to live). I am not going to drive that far out of my way for a burger, but when I happen across a town that has one I always gotta make a pilgrimage to one.


Please, come and take ours. Or as we call it, "Yack in the Box". I think I still have part of an Ultimate Cheeseburger lodged in my gut from 2005....
 
2012-06-10 11:23:39 PM


Confabulat 2012-06-10 05:43:36 PM


I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.


Damn. I spent a few weeks in Warner Robins, GA, and ate at Po Folks all the time. I loved that place, thought it would take over the world. Sweet tea, black-eyed peas, some kind of shredded pork - what's wrong with people? That's good food!
 
2012-06-10 11:25:11 PM

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


There are three drive-in A&Ws in my area, one in walking distance. The third and farthest is actually dual-mode, sit-in in front- drive-in in back, but they are definitely alive and kicking.

/The nearest one is now open in winter to compete with Sonic.
//I owe Sonic for that.
///Footlongs w/chili & Root Beer.
 
2012-06-10 11:27:52 PM

Unhip1: Love's
Steak, chicken, ribs...good atmosphere and a sandwich called "(he Porker"


Unhip1: Love's
Steak, chicken, ribs...good atmosphere and a sandwich called "(he Porker"


I remember the little finger-bowls they used to give you.
 
2012-06-10 11:29:12 PM
Farrell's. That place rocked.
 
2012-06-10 11:29:39 PM
The Jacks or Better restaurant chain in the St. Louis area. My parents used to take us there for our birthdays. They had big buckets of peanuts on the tables and there were always peanut shells all over the floor.
 
2012-06-10 11:30:45 PM

DanInKansas: 500 posts in and I'm the only one to mention Nickerson Farms????

Come on, really? Try and think back with me here, people: big tall red buildings. Each one had a beehive so they could make their own honey on site. Gift shops filled out the wazoo with the coolest crap a 6-year old could want, including boomerangs, bow and arrow sets, Chippy Chipmunk pencil erasers, whistles, etc., etc.

Plus burgers. And gas. Place was the shiznit.


You're ten minutes late.
 
2012-06-10 11:31:09 PM

MikeVx: 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

There are three drive-in A&Ws in my area, one in walking distance. The third and farthest is actually dual-mode, sit-in in front- drive-in in back, but they are definitely alive and kicking.

/The nearest one is now open in winter to compete with Sonic.
//I owe Sonic for that.
///Footlongs w/chili & Root Beer.


The Sonic that opened outside Wildwood NJ is only open for the summer season (like the Rita's.)
 
2012-06-10 11:31:28 PM
Chis chis and of course sambos
 
2012-06-10 11:31:37 PM

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.

[encrypted-tbn0.google.com image 259x194]
The Wurlizter


We had Pied Piper Pizza Peddler here in Metro Detroit. That was a great place, too.
 
2012-06-10 11:31:49 PM
www.retrocom.com

Purportedly the best onion rings ever, but I loved the place because going there meant that Uncle John and Aunt Carol were in town... I still notice old repurposed Dutchland Dairy carcasses all over Milwaukee.
 
2012-06-10 11:31:53 PM
I didn't see Rax on the list. They had the best roast beef sandwiches and cookies! :)
 
2012-06-10 11:32:47 PM

AllUpInYa: TheMysticS: 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.

Well, I saw over 400 posts in this thread. Took all of a dozen or so posts.
I would also like to mention Dig-Dug, Mario Brothers, Galaga...
Pizza+movies+arcade games=kid heaven.
And now that I'm an adult, I want to go to one now.

Went here with the kid yesterday : mountasiafuncenter.com ...
Farrell's + arcade + lazer tag + go-karts + bumper boats (that squirt water) + miniature golf = kid heaven.


Now, that's what I'm talkin' about!
 
2012-06-10 11:33:11 PM

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.



The interweb indicates they are only in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington. Looks like out of the 40 locations they have left, 38 are in Wisconsin. Numerous ones in Madison.
 
2012-06-10 11:33:41 PM
Chi-Chis was my family's introduction to Mexican food (even though they were more properly Tex-Mex.) They had wonderful Mexican food...better than a chain had any right to be, honestly.

And Blue Boar...I didn't realize was a chain until I saw this. They were always solidly good. I had a craving for their turkey dinner a few months back...nothing like a craving for something you'd need a time machine to get.

Also...no Howard Johnson's? Didn't they all close?
 
2012-06-10 11:33:44 PM

notmtwain: Shakey's Pizza back when they had player pianos and silent movies.


That was good are old babysitter use to take us
 
2012-06-10 11:33:45 PM

Gough: fn129: rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C

JACK IN THE BOX. The closest one is in Indianapolis... 3 damn hours away. The only ones in Illinois are in the suburbs next to St. Louis, which are 5+ hours away (which I suppose makes St. Louis a more bearable place to live). I am not going to drive that far out of my way for a burger, but when I happen across a town that has one I always gotta make a pilgrimage to one.

Please, come and take ours. Or as we call it, "Yack in the Box". I think I still have part of an Ultimate Cheeseburger lodged in my gut from 2005....


Man, how can you hate that place? They make everything there, and it is all good!

/or my palette is bad, whatever.
 
2012-06-10 11:34:13 PM
Before is was Hardee's, Jr., it was just plain ol' Hardee's... I has a sad.

s16.postimage.org
 
2012-06-10 11:35:42 PM
Jesus Christ Drew, do you think you could upgrade your farking servers?i

I was going to say Arthur Treatures, but apparently they are still in business-still miss AT.
Chi-Chi's and Little Tavern are definately missed.
 
2012-06-10 11:36:49 PM

Sqrxz: I didn't see Rax on the list. They had the best roast beef sandwiches and cookies! :)


Rax is still around, but there are very few left. I haven't eaten there in 25 years. I recently found out there is one about an hour south of where I live. I may have to go there for the lulz.
 
2012-06-10 11:36:54 PM

Hand Banana: I was going to mention Druthers too but apparently there is still one in existence.


Cool we use to call them burger nose
 
2012-06-10 11:37:19 PM

emersonbiggins: Have no idea if these were any good, but the buildings all remain decades later. (mostly repurposed into porno shops)

[www.millercountymuseum.org image 500x308]


I was racking my brain trying to come up with that name......

/good job
//we stopped at a few of those on long band trips
 
2012-06-10 11:37:25 PM

luddite v2.0: Branniff...i LOVE airline food.


Hehe, you just love pink tacos.

/Had the Playboy with the Women of Braniff.
//Ok, I was a kid so I stole the Playboy with the Women of Braniff from my stepdad.
 
2012-06-10 11:38:12 PM
Roy Rogers
 
2012-06-10 11:38:12 PM

elffster: mmm, Stuckey's...


/vomits



Peanut Brittle! (Ewww)
But they had great shakes (since it's hard to screw up a shake) and lots of time waster toys
 
2012-06-10 11:38:39 PM

fn129: Gough: fn129: rtyfx: How about places you WISH you had in your town?

S O N I C

JACK IN THE BOX. The closest one is in Indianapolis... 3 damn hours away. The only ones in Illinois are in the suburbs next to St. Louis, which are 5+ hours away (which I suppose makes St. Louis a more bearable place to live). I am not going to drive that far out of my way for a burger, but when I happen across a town that has one I always gotta make a pilgrimage to one.

Please, come and take ours. Or as we call it, "Yack in the Box". I think I still have part of an Ultimate Cheeseburger lodged in my gut from 2005....

Man, how can you hate that place? They make everything there, and it is all good!

/or my palette is bad, whatever.


I enjoy Jack every so often. I recall when they first came back after "the incident" people were afraid to eat there. I saw it as a guarantee that they would have the cleanest, safest food NOW, since if they killed any more people it would be the end for sure.
 
2012-06-10 11:39:04 PM
Mr. Steak. I remember eating there as a kid and it was delicious. Even for Kansas City.
 
2012-06-10 11:39:18 PM
Farkin' Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour!!!!! Why is this question even asked? I want a time machine to go to that place now on a hot day with 10 bucks and just get ice cream loopy ( don't drink booze, that's the stuff ). And the candy. THE CANDY! That place was insane.

Though, in 1972, I also remember an F-86 crashing into one. Seems after that, stupidly, Farrell's became cursed.

/ stupid grumpy cloud rabbi and his hatred for kids parties with giant ice cream tubs
 
2012-06-10 11:40:35 PM
Sandy's Hamburgers.
 
2012-06-10 11:41:20 PM

OOBE Juan Kenobi: Before is was Hardee's, Jr., it was just plain ol' Hardee's... I has a sad.

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Hasn't it always been Hardee's and Carl's Jr. depending on the location? Haven't heard of Hardee's Jr.
 
2012-06-10 11:41:35 PM
 
2012-06-10 11:41:37 PM
When I was at Ball State in Muncie, IN (late 80s), there was a pizza joint called Flying Tomato Brothers. At the time that was the best pizza I'd ever tasted. Stuffed crust, before the big chains picked up the idea.
 
2012-06-10 11:41:51 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Oh cool! And they still serve The Zoo


I bet I can eat more Zotz than you.
 
2012-06-10 11:42:04 PM

peeledpeas: Hot Dog on a Stick!

Not sure if they are totally gone but all I know is there is no where within 500 miles of here to get a fresh batter dipped corn dog unless you wait around for the county fair in September.


It wasn't the food, it was all about watching young women dressed in mod 60's miniskirts making lemonade.
 
2012-06-10 11:42:33 PM
Woolworth's Cafeteria
 
2012-06-10 11:44:44 PM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: H.Salt Esquire Fish & Chips


They seem to still be all over SoCal.
 
2012-06-10 11:46:26 PM
Otis Spunkmeyer Burritos. God I loved those in highschool. We'd drive into Stockton to get those on the weekend, great hangover food.
 
2012-06-10 11:47:56 PM

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.
 
2012-06-10 11:48:57 PM

basemetal: emersonbiggins: Have no idea if these were any good, but the buildings all remain decades later. (mostly repurposed into porno shops)

[www.millercountymuseum.org image 500x308]

I was racking my brain trying to come up with that name......

/good job
//we stopped at a few of those on long band trips


As long as we're wasting time ;)

/there a list of all the locations on the second page
 
2012-06-10 11:48:59 PM

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.
 
2012-06-10 11:51:19 PM

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


Org from castleton but went to lawrence centrel i remember those
 
2012-06-10 11:52:41 PM

cold_war_relic: Gough: cold_war_relic: Lectrik: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas

There is one in Champaign, IL. As far as I know, it is the only one this side of the Mississippi River.

I had to check and you're right. OTOH, there IS one on Guam!

I worked at there in the late 70s while in High School. It has closed, reopened, closed and reopened again a few times but it still has great chilli cheese dogs. When I finally move out of Illinois for the last time, my destination will be determined by whether a Wienerschnitzel is located in that town or not.


I have always been rather curious about Wienerschnitzel. I see them very rarely, and wonder how that is one of the only hot dog chains around. How have hot dogs never really taken off? They are popular enough. I kinda wish we had a Nathan's around here. I know NY style hot dogs are not terribly popular in the Chicago area, but dammit, I like them.

/NY Pizza also rocks! Sbarro's FTW!
 
2012-06-10 11:52:42 PM
Cat on a hot tin plate.
 
2012-06-10 11:53:30 PM

cybrwzrd: How about Sir Beef? I loved their salad bar with the beets. Maybe it was only an Evansville IN thing.


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I totally forgotten about Sir Beef! Even after you jogged my memory, I can't remember where I'd encountered one....
 
2012-06-10 11:54:05 PM

TheMysticS: AllUpInYa: TheMysticS: 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.

Well, I saw over 400 posts in this thread. Took all of a dozen or so posts.
I would also like to mention Dig-Dug, Mario Brothers, Galaga...
Pizza+movies+arcade games=kid heaven.
And now that I'm an adult, I want to go to one now.

Went here with the kid yesterday : mountasiafuncenter.com ...
Farrell's + arcade + lazer tag + go-karts + bumper boats (that squirt water) + miniature golf = kid heaven.

Now, that's what I'm talkin' about!


Between the sugar crash and all of the running around,
that kid has NEVER been so tired.
 
2012-06-10 11:57:12 PM

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. :-)
 
2012-06-10 11:57:22 PM

Sabyen91: Gough: cold_war_relic: Lectrik: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas

There is one in Champaign, IL. As far as I know, it is the only one this side of the Mississippi River.

I had to check and you're right. OTOH, there IS one on Guam!

You would think such a place would be a hit in my state (WI) but now that I think of it there aren't any places like that.

/Maybe in Milwaukee there is a Sausage place.


I have a vague recollection of there being one in Stockton Ca. It has been a number of years since I was there though.
 
2012-06-10 11:57:50 PM

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?

That sounds very similar to descriptions I've heard of the original decor in the Darryl's on Hillsborough Street. In later years, they trended more towards the "nail stuff to the walls" style, though most of the stuff was N.C. State-themed. They had a brief stint with an ugly "Cajun"-style decor in the early '90s.
 
2012-06-10 11:59:53 PM
Olive Garden

/It's long dead up here in Canada.
//They closed the Canadian locations because the US locations were losing money.
///Yeah, it made no sense to me either when they made that decision.
 
2012-06-11 12:01:34 AM
 
2012-06-11 12:02:01 AM

Galaxie500: 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?
That sounds very similar to descriptions I've heard of the original decor in the Darryl's on Hillsborough Street. In later years, they trended more towards the "nail stuff to the walls" style, though most of the stuff was N.C. State-themed. They had a brief stint with an ugly "Cajun"-style decor in the early '90s.


I remember Darryl's from when I lived in Charlotte in 1990. Fairly decent barbecue as I recall.
 
2012-06-11 12:02:03 AM
There's one Lum's left. I live about 15 min. from it. It sucks.
 
2012-06-11 12:02:10 AM
Carroll's restaurants morphed into Burger Kings, but I vaguely remember going to one as a kid. No clue about the food there. More of a "curiosity" thing than a "nostalgia" thing.

Sooo, I'll vote for "Chicken Unlimited." We ate there a lot. Well, I guess it's like Carroll's, except my memories were slightly fonder(?)

If there's one still around, it's not near me, so "it's dead to me."
 
2012-06-11 12:03:08 AM
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour

Used to go here from time to time. It was a popular San Diego thing. Nothing like getting a mountain of a dozen ice cream flavors.
 
2012-06-11 12:03:52 AM
Also, for all you Burger Chef fans, they were assimilated by Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Our local Hardee's even has Burger Chef memorabilia on display.

When I was a kid, the Big Shef burger was WAY better than a Big Mac.
 
2012-06-11 12:04:04 AM
I'd take a cafeteria style place like Gray Bros. out in Indiana. I like coming in, picking out what I want, paying and sitting down without having someone come by to take my order. I've eaten in some good chow halls from my service days so it'd by like that, but with more consistently good food.
 
2012-06-11 12:04:08 AM
The first fast food restaurant we ever went to as kids was a Henry's somewhere in the Mpls area. I believe they arrived before McDonalds. Pretty much the same fare. Apparently there is one left.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry's_Hamburgers
 
2012-06-11 12:04:29 AM

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. :-)


A long time ago I was banished from Woolworth's. Not sure if it was just that branch or all of them.
 
2012-06-11 12:09:50 AM
They're not dead - just not around me any more - but I've been craving Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits for 20 years.
 
2012-06-11 12:11:02 AM
I am not old enough for this thread
 
2012-06-11 12:12:00 AM

Lernaeus: They're not dead - just not around me any more - but I've been craving Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits for 20 years.


Their fried chicken is terrible and their biscuits are bland and hard
 
2012-06-11 12:12:18 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!


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Ponderosa! Whoo!! I've always wondered if that was just a fake memory my addled brain conjured up to fill-in the blanks in my recollection of my childhood. I don't remember much about being a kid, but I do remember the magical and bizarre western-themed buffet-style restaurants in Winnipeg that were practically side-by-side on Portage Ave.

I couldn't figure out why they would build two restaurants with faux Cowboy junk crammed all over the walls, but when I was a kid I didn't really care. For some reason I actually thought we were stepping back in time into an old-timey Western town. I guess the fact that the exteriors were built to look like authentic saloons right out of Gunsmoke, or say, Bonanza, helped spur my eight-year old imagination. I used to have epic debates in my head over which was more authentically old-timey westerny.

I don't remember the food at all, but I guess there were steaks and an all-you-can-eat buffet of some sort.

They still exist in the US, and are owned by the same company, which might explain why they were built side-by-side in Winnipeg. Sort of? Still don't know why they would do that. Maybe we were a test-market of some kind?

Whenever I visit Winnipeg now and go by that stretch of Portage Ave I kind of hope to see their ghosts floating where they used to be. The whole block is a parking lot for Lowes or Candian Tire now.
 
2012-06-11 12:12:40 AM

drnugget: Worked there with friends. Still have menu's and make that shiat all the time. Side note, Good Times was started by Round The Corner, lots of the stuff is the same.


Glad I'm not the only person who remembers that place! I used to go to the Round The Corner in Littleton, CO. I still live in the Denver metro area, and wasn't aware of the connection with Good Times (pretty much the only fast food place I ever go to).
 
2012-06-11 12:13:08 AM

Favoritemonster: 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!


Used to go to the Ponderosa when I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Florida. One time my grandfather spotted a roach there. From that moment on, everyone in our family referred to it as "the Ponderoacha." Maybe that was unfair, but it was hilarious to me at the time.
 
2012-06-11 12:14:47 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.


Slaves? Really?

Next up: Bashing Aunt Jemima

Followed by how Mr. Magoo insults the visually impaired and Lucky Charms promotes Irish stereotypes.

But embracing and glorifying gangsta behavior, saggy pants, misogyny, rejection of education, work ethic, violence as a solution, and shallow materialism is A-OK!
 
2012-06-11 12:15:19 AM

Benjamin Orr: 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. :-)

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


This. The Woolworth's, not the banishment. I was insanely little, like 5 or 6 when my Mom would bring me into the Woolworth's in Ossining, and I'd get a nice tasty red hotdog and a shake.

Also, anyone else remember the dining room / Cafeteria in Sears? The one I used to go to (again with Mom) was in White Plains, NY. Dark, dimly lit, and had this crazy ambiance. Fish and Chips there were to die for.

/Sigh
//Why do all the cool places have to disappear....
 
2012-06-11 12:15:38 AM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.


Tell me about it. That used to be one of my all-time favorites before they started mutating them into sorry little hybrid add-ons for other fast food shops.
 
2012-06-11 12:15:45 AM
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?

I'll go local with my choices, but if you're from Fairfield County CT (mid-1980's), how about Farm Shop or Pie Plate?
 
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2012-06-11 12:16:06 AM

MikeVx: There are three drive-in A&Ws in my area, one in walking distance. The third and farthest is actually dual-mode, sit-in in front- drive-in in back, but they are definitely alive and kicking.


There used to be one within walking distance of my house, until a new one opened up in another part of town, and then both shut down.

/still misses the teen burger and coney dog Tuesdays
 
2012-06-11 12:18:38 AM

Benjamin Orr: 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. :-)

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?
 
2012-06-11 12:20:26 AM

Galaxie500: 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?
That sounds very similar to descriptions I've heard of the original decor in the Darryl's on Hillsborough Street. In later years, they trended more towards the "nail stuff to the walls" style, though most of the stuff was N.C. State-themed. They had a brief stint with an ugly "Cajun"-style decor in the early '90s.


The one in Winston-Salem became a used car dealership. It still looked like Darryls on the outside. I always wondered what it looked like inside.
 
2012-06-11 12:21:48 AM
blog.nola.com
 
2012-06-11 12:22:58 AM
Kenny Rodgers Restaurants are overseas...just like all your jobs Ameriduh!
 
2012-06-11 12:23:35 AM
I used to have both a Bonanza and a Ponderosa in my home town. TIL Hoss actually had a stake in the Bonanza restaurants.

/My dad watched Bonanza reruns a lot when I was a kid.
 
2012-06-11 12:25:06 AM

Znuh: Benjamin Orr: 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. :-)

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

This. The Woolworth's, not the banishment. I was insanely little, like 5 or 6 when my Mom would bring me into the Woolworth's in Ossining, and I'd get a nice tasty red hotdog and a shake.

Also, anyone else remember the dining room / Cafeteria in Sears? The one I used to go to (again with Mom) was in White Plains, NY. Dark, dimly lit, and had this crazy ambiance. Fish and Chips there were to die for.

/Sigh
//Why do all the cool places have to disappear....


Our Sears didn't have a cafeteria, but they did have an area of the store where they sold candy & cookies by the pound.

However, another department store nearby, Grants (aka W.T. Grants), had a cafeteria. Their iced tea was very popular.
 
2012-06-11 12:25:41 AM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.


There are tons of A&W's in the Vancouver area. It's my favourite fast food. Totally different quality compared to the US version, which I've ate at two different locations and it was freaking gross.
 
2012-06-11 12:26:24 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Farrell's was a great place

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


Actually, it didn't fly. That was the problem.
 
2012-06-11 12:27:23 AM
#2349 for Naugles...

Great, now I have a reason to visit Visalia...
 
2012-06-11 12:27:47 AM
Turns out there are nearly a dozen Arthur Treacher's restaurants still in Greater Cleveland (OH)--who knew?

Link


*************

I'l nominate Red Steer: couldn't quite compete with McD's on price, but the burgers and fries had that salty, traditional lunch-counter kind of taste about 'em--yum!
 
2012-06-11 12:28:01 AM

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

*sigh*


We have a regular A&W drive in here in Bay City, a drive in dine in A&W in Standish (to dine in you pick up a phone at your table and order), and a A&W/ KFC combo at the I-75 bay road exit (have not tried this but you can get combos with food from both chains). I take my kids to the drive-in in Bay City (but I borrow my dad's cargo van because i won't let them eat in my truck).
 
2012-06-11 12:29:52 AM

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.
 
2012-06-11 12:30:40 AM

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


The remaining Sambo's is at Santa Barbara harbor.

I had breakfast there within the past year; chili verde omelet was wonderful.

Their current advertising isn't as offensive as the name might suggest.
 
2012-06-11 12:30:40 AM

Rie: Honestly, be careful what you wish for. For instance, Little Caesars exited the market I live in when I was 9, so I grew up with this idealized version of their cheesy breadsticks and pizza in my head. They recently came back in, and I was greeted with some sort of cardboard-tasting monstrosity and shame.

Mind you, it could be part of the reason they managed to come back, but I'm sure my 9-year-old taste buds weren't exactly the pickiest in the world, either.


Little Caesars pizza was the only pizza I ever had as a kid that I DIDN'T like, but I love their new pizza. Odd.

Laughner's Cafeteria was actually pretty good, for cafeteria style food. There was one in a huge old mansion style building in my hometown. We used to end up there a couple times a month when I was little.
 
2012-06-11 12:30:59 AM

Sabyen91: Gough: cold_war_relic: Lectrik: rtyfx: Der Wienerschnitzel - world's best chili dogs

I know there is one in San Marcos, Texas

There is one in Champaign, IL. As far as I know, it is the only one this side of the Mississippi River.

I had to check and you're right. OTOH, there IS one on Guam!

You would think such a place would be a hit in my state (WI) but now that I think of it there aren't any places like that.

/Maybe in Milwaukee there is a Sausage place.


Once upon a time there was at least one Wienerscnitzel in Milwaukee, at S. 76th & Oklahoma, but it's been closed for at least 20 years.

Closest thing to a ff sausage place I know of is Bunzel's meat market at 84th & Burleigh. Every Saturday from roughly April through October they grill several kinds of sausage and sell them on the front sidewalk. It's very cheap and very very good. It gets busier every year.

Highly recommended.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:15 AM

Buzzerguy: Majick Thise: Taco-Tico ... it was taco bell before there was taco bell

OMG, their mild sauce tacos were sooooo good. I think there are still some of them in Kansas, but nothing like the 1970s.


There's a couple of them in Topeka. It really isn't the same as the 1970s places though.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:17 AM

Bathia_Mapes:
What did you do?


A woman's the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:44 AM
 
2012-06-11 12:32:58 AM

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.
 
2012-06-11 12:34:10 AM

TheHappTroll: Hardee's. The way it used to be.


OOBE Juan Kenobi: Before is was Hardee's, Jr., it was just plain ol' Hardee's... I has a sad.

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Yeah, back when they had more than just those extremely oversized Thickburgers and various forms.

I miss the old A&W's as well. Last one I've been to was at the 4th ID side of Ft Hood when I was stationed there over 10 years ago and even then it wasn't anything like the old ones I remember from my childhood.

I honestly didn't know Rocky Rococco's was more than just a chain in the WI area. There's one not more than 1/2 a mile from where I live, but I haven't been to one since I was a kid.
 
2012-06-11 12:34:28 AM
Not getting all the love for Bennigan's. Always thougt it was the weakest of the BenniFridaysChiliBee's chains.
Add me to the list of Chi-Chi's seafood chimi fans.
I remember Bill Knapp's as popular with the elderly crowd. Parents used to do the Harvest Walk for our church every year and that's where we'd end up afterwards.
Miss Hardee's mushroom/swiss burger
Anyone else have a Duff's Smorgasbord? Huge turntables of endless food.
Also, Sweden House? I think that was where all wedding reception food was born. All you can eat buffet of mashed potatoes, Swedish meatballs, baked chicken, etc
 
2012-06-11 12:34:34 AM
Rusty's in Corpus Christi... Home of the "Honest Hamburger"...
 
2012-06-11 12:36:47 AM

silverjets: Olive Garden

/It's long dead up here in Canada.
//They closed the Canadian locations because the US locations were losing money.
///Yeah, it made no sense to me either when they made that decision.


Heh, thought you were kidding until you said Canada. They still fake the Italian thing here.
 
2012-06-11 12:37:22 AM
www.reuther.wayne.edu

We Swear It's Beef
 
2012-06-11 12:37:56 AM

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!
 
2012-06-11 12:38:09 AM
I Miss Ponderosa Steakhouse.
BTW Monantas Cookhouse And Kelseys are doing fine here in Canada
 
2012-06-11 12:38:25 AM
 
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

[pics3.city-data.com image 480x360]
/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!

[farm3.staticflickr.com image 640x480]

/A&W is dead


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

farm7.staticflickr.com

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.

farm2.staticflickr.com

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

3.bp.blogspot.com

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!

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/A&W is dead


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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.
 
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?

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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.