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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.

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