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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
 
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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.
 
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