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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!

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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.

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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


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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  
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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.
 
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