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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." :)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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/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?


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