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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.

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/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  
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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:

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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.
 
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

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THIS is an A&W!

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/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.

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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?

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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  
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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:

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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!
 
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