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2012-06-10 11:21:07 PM
Nataraj, not a chain, but my favourite Indian Restaurant of all time on Bloor at Brunswick in Toronto.
I ate there weekly for fifteen years. Their roasted eggplant (Baingan Ka Bharta) was teh bomb.
 
2012-06-10 11:21:21 PM
Carl's Malt and Burger

/or was it Karl's. It was a long time ago. Definitely was not Carl's Jr.
 
2012-06-10 11:21:26 PM

peeledpeas: Hot Dog on a Stick!


There's one beach-front in Santa Monica, CA. Fresh-dipped and everything.
 
2012-06-10 11:22:21 PM
Paramount Pizza Palace!
If You lived anywhere near Indianapolis in the 80's and had kids or were a kid I hope you remember this place.

encrypted-tbn0.google.com
The Wurlizter
 
2012-06-10 11:23:11 PM

fn129: 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.


Please, come and take ours. Or as we call it, "Yack in the Box". I think I still have part of an Ultimate Cheeseburger lodged in my gut from 2005....
 
2012-06-10 11:23:39 PM


Confabulat 2012-06-10 05:43:36 PM


I have one of the last remaining Po Folks about a half mile from my house. All the rest are in lower Alabama and North Florida.

I am a blessed man, and there's a Long John Silvers across the street, too.


Damn. I spent a few weeks in Warner Robins, GA, and ate at Po Folks all the time. I loved that place, thought it would take over the world. Sweet tea, black-eyed peas, some kind of shredded pork - what's wrong with people? That's good food!
 
2012-06-10 11:25:11 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


There are three drive-in A&Ws in my area, one in walking distance. The third and farthest is actually dual-mode, sit-in in front- drive-in in back, but they are definitely alive and kicking.

/The nearest one is now open in winter to compete with Sonic.
//I owe Sonic for that.
///Footlongs w/chili & Root Beer.
 
2012-06-10 11:27:52 PM

Unhip1: Love's
Steak, chicken, ribs...good atmosphere and a sandwich called "(he Porker"


Unhip1: Love's
Steak, chicken, ribs...good atmosphere and a sandwich called "(he Porker"


I remember the little finger-bowls they used to give you.
 
2012-06-10 11:29:12 PM
Farrell's. That place rocked.
 
2012-06-10 11:29:39 PM
The Jacks or Better restaurant chain in the St. Louis area. My parents used to take us there for our birthdays. They had big buckets of peanuts on the tables and there were always peanut shells all over the floor.
 
2012-06-10 11:30:45 PM

DanInKansas: 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.


You're ten minutes late.
 
2012-06-10 11:31:09 PM

MikeVx: 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 are three drive-in A&Ws in my area, one in walking distance. The third and farthest is actually dual-mode, sit-in in front- drive-in in back, but they are definitely alive and kicking.

/The nearest one is now open in winter to compete with Sonic.
//I owe Sonic for that.
///Footlongs w/chili & Root Beer.


The Sonic that opened outside Wildwood NJ is only open for the summer season (like the Rita's.)
 
2012-06-10 11:31:28 PM
Chis chis and of course sambos
 
2012-06-10 11:31:37 PM

sleeper2995: Paramount Pizza Palace!
If You lived anywhere near Indianapolis in the 80's and had kids or were a kid I hope you remember this place.

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The Wurlizter


We had Pied Piper Pizza Peddler here in Metro Detroit. That was a great place, too.
 
2012-06-10 11:31:49 PM
www.retrocom.com

Purportedly the best onion rings ever, but I loved the place because going there meant that Uncle John and Aunt Carol were in town... I still notice old repurposed Dutchland Dairy carcasses all over Milwaukee.
 
2012-06-10 11:31:53 PM
I didn't see Rax on the list. They had the best roast beef sandwiches and cookies! :)
 
2012-06-10 11:32:47 PM

AllUpInYa: 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.


Now, that's what I'm talkin' about!
 
2012-06-10 11:33:11 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.



The interweb indicates they are only in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington. Looks like out of the 40 locations they have left, 38 are in Wisconsin. Numerous ones in Madison.
 
2012-06-10 11:33:41 PM
Chi-Chis was my family's introduction to Mexican food (even though they were more properly Tex-Mex.) They had wonderful Mexican food...better than a chain had any right to be, honestly.

And Blue Boar...I didn't realize was a chain until I saw this. They were always solidly good. I had a craving for their turkey dinner a few months back...nothing like a craving for something you'd need a time machine to get.

Also...no Howard Johnson's? Didn't they all close?
 
2012-06-10 11:33:44 PM

notmtwain: Shakey's Pizza back when they had player pianos and silent movies.


That was good are old babysitter use to take us
 
2012-06-10 11:33:45 PM

Gough: fn129: 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.

Please, come and take ours. Or as we call it, "Yack in the Box". I think I still have part of an Ultimate Cheeseburger lodged in my gut from 2005....


Man, how can you hate that place? They make everything there, and it is all good!

/or my palette is bad, whatever.
 
2012-06-10 11:34:13 PM
Before is was Hardee's, Jr., it was just plain ol' Hardee's... I has a sad.

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2012-06-10 11:35:42 PM
Jesus Christ Drew, do you think you could upgrade your farking servers?i

I was going to say Arthur Treatures, but apparently they are still in business-still miss AT.
Chi-Chi's and Little Tavern are definately missed.
 
2012-06-10 11:36:49 PM

Sqrxz: I didn't see Rax on the list. They had the best roast beef sandwiches and cookies! :)


Rax is still around, but there are very few left. I haven't eaten there in 25 years. I recently found out there is one about an hour south of where I live. I may have to go there for the lulz.
 
2012-06-10 11:36:54 PM

Hand Banana: I was going to mention Druthers too but apparently there is still one in existence.


Cool we use to call them burger nose
 
2012-06-10 11:37:19 PM

emersonbiggins: Have no idea if these were any good, but the buildings all remain decades later. (mostly repurposed into porno shops)

[www.millercountymuseum.org image 500x308]


I was racking my brain trying to come up with that name......

/good job
//we stopped at a few of those on long band trips
 
2012-06-10 11:37:25 PM

luddite v2.0: Branniff...i LOVE airline food.


Hehe, you just love pink tacos.

/Had the Playboy with the Women of Braniff.
//Ok, I was a kid so I stole the Playboy with the Women of Braniff from my stepdad.
 
2012-06-10 11:38:12 PM
Roy Rogers
 
2012-06-10 11:38:12 PM

elffster: mmm, Stuckey's...


/vomits



Peanut Brittle! (Ewww)
But they had great shakes (since it's hard to screw up a shake) and lots of time waster toys
 
2012-06-10 11:38:39 PM

fn129: Gough: fn129: 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.

Please, come and take ours. Or as we call it, "Yack in the Box". I think I still have part of an Ultimate Cheeseburger lodged in my gut from 2005....

Man, how can you hate that place? They make everything there, and it is all good!

/or my palette is bad, whatever.


I enjoy Jack every so often. I recall when they first came back after "the incident" people were afraid to eat there. I saw it as a guarantee that they would have the cleanest, safest food NOW, since if they killed any more people it would be the end for sure.
 
2012-06-10 11:39:04 PM
Mr. Steak. I remember eating there as a kid and it was delicious. Even for Kansas City.
 
2012-06-10 11:39:18 PM
Farkin' Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour!!!!! Why is this question even asked? I want a time machine to go to that place now on a hot day with 10 bucks and just get ice cream loopy ( don't drink booze, that's the stuff ). And the candy. THE CANDY! That place was insane.

Though, in 1972, I also remember an F-86 crashing into one. Seems after that, stupidly, Farrell's became cursed.

/ stupid grumpy cloud rabbi and his hatred for kids parties with giant ice cream tubs
 
2012-06-10 11:40:35 PM
Sandy's Hamburgers.
 
2012-06-10 11:41:20 PM

OOBE Juan Kenobi: Before is was Hardee's, Jr., it was just plain ol' Hardee's... I has a sad.

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Hasn't it always been Hardee's and Carl's Jr. depending on the location? Haven't heard of Hardee's Jr.
 
2012-06-10 11:41:35 PM
 
2012-06-10 11:41:37 PM
When I was at Ball State in Muncie, IN (late 80s), there was a pizza joint called Flying Tomato Brothers. At the time that was the best pizza I'd ever tasted. Stuffed crust, before the big chains picked up the idea.
 
2012-06-10 11:41:51 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Oh cool! And they still serve The Zoo


I bet I can eat more Zotz than you.
 
2012-06-10 11:42:04 PM

peeledpeas: 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.


It wasn't the food, it was all about watching young women dressed in mod 60's miniskirts making lemonade.
 
2012-06-10 11:42:33 PM
Woolworth's Cafeteria
 
2012-06-10 11:44:44 PM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: H.Salt Esquire Fish & Chips


They seem to still be all over SoCal.
 
2012-06-10 11:46:26 PM
Otis Spunkmeyer Burritos. God I loved those in highschool. We'd drive into Stockton to get those on the weekend, great hangover food.
 
2012-06-10 11:47:56 PM

Hermione_Granger: 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?


Because it was named after the owners Sam and Bo and had no racial overtones until someone made it one.

Manufactured outrage.
 
2012-06-10 11:48:57 PM

basemetal: emersonbiggins: Have no idea if these were any good, but the buildings all remain decades later. (mostly repurposed into porno shops)

[www.millercountymuseum.org image 500x308]

I was racking my brain trying to come up with that name......

/good job
//we stopped at a few of those on long band trips


As long as we're wasting time ;)

/there a list of all the locations on the second page
 
2012-06-10 11:48:59 PM

lohphat: Hermione_Granger: 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?

Because it was named after the owners Sam and Bo and had no racial overtones until someone made it one.

Manufactured outrage.


Who made it one? The people that had slaves on the wall? farking seriously? Jesus.
 
2012-06-10 11:51:19 PM

sleeper2995: Paramount Pizza Palace!
If You lived anywhere near Indianapolis in the 80's and had kids or were a kid I hope you remember this place.


The Wurlizter


Org from castleton but went to lawrence centrel i remember those
 
2012-06-10 11:52:41 PM

cold_war_relic: 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.


I have always been rather curious about Wienerschnitzel. I see them very rarely, and wonder how that is one of the only hot dog chains around. How have hot dogs never really taken off? They are popular enough. I kinda wish we had a Nathan's around here. I know NY style hot dogs are not terribly popular in the Chicago area, but dammit, I like them.

/NY Pizza also rocks! Sbarro's FTW!
 
2012-06-10 11:52:42 PM
Cat on a hot tin plate.
 
2012-06-10 11:53:30 PM

cybrwzrd: How about Sir Beef? I loved their salad bar with the beets. Maybe it was only an Evansville IN thing.


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I totally forgotten about Sir Beef! Even after you jogged my memory, I can't remember where I'd encountered one....
 
2012-06-10 11:54:05 PM

TheMysticS: AllUpInYa: 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.

Now, that's what I'm talkin' about!


Between the sugar crash and all of the running around,
that kid has NEVER been so tired.
 
2012-06-10 11:57:12 PM

WorthNoting: Woolworth's Cafeteria


*sigh*

So much this.

Woolworth's & Newberry's were side by side in downtown Eugene. Used to love getting a club sandwich & chocolate milkshake at Woolworth's. I'm thankful they were still there for part of my son's childhood. While I favored Woolworth's, he preferred Newberry's & their tulip sundaes.

Face it sweetie, we're old farts. :-)
 
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