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2012-06-10 11:57:22 PM

Sabyen91: 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.


I have a vague recollection of there being one in Stockton Ca. It has been a number of years since I was there though.
 
2012-06-10 11:57:50 PM

Sugarpuss O'Shea: Galaxie500: Not a national chain, but I really miss Darryl's in North Carolina.

Steak and Ale was always good, too.

I remember a chain that I think was called Darryl's. Did it have unique seating areas? You could eat dinner in a jail cell, or in an elevator, or a double-decker bus?

That sounds very similar to descriptions I've heard of the original decor in the Darryl's on Hillsborough Street. In later years, they trended more towards the "nail stuff to the walls" style, though most of the stuff was N.C. State-themed. They had a brief stint with an ugly "Cajun"-style decor in the early '90s.
 
2012-06-10 11:59:53 PM
Olive Garden

/It's long dead up here in Canada.
//They closed the Canadian locations because the US locations were losing money.
///Yeah, it made no sense to me either when they made that decision.
 
2012-06-11 12:01:34 AM
 
2012-06-11 12:02:01 AM

Galaxie500: Sugarpuss O'Shea: Galaxie500: Not a national chain, but I really miss Darryl's in North Carolina.

Steak and Ale was always good, too.

I remember a chain that I think was called Darryl's. Did it have unique seating areas? You could eat dinner in a jail cell, or in an elevator, or a double-decker bus?
That sounds very similar to descriptions I've heard of the original decor in the Darryl's on Hillsborough Street. In later years, they trended more towards the "nail stuff to the walls" style, though most of the stuff was N.C. State-themed. They had a brief stint with an ugly "Cajun"-style decor in the early '90s.


I remember Darryl's from when I lived in Charlotte in 1990. Fairly decent barbecue as I recall.
 
2012-06-11 12:02:03 AM
There's one Lum's left. I live about 15 min. from it. It sucks.
 
2012-06-11 12:02:10 AM
Carroll's restaurants morphed into Burger Kings, but I vaguely remember going to one as a kid. No clue about the food there. More of a "curiosity" thing than a "nostalgia" thing.

Sooo, I'll vote for "Chicken Unlimited." We ate there a lot. Well, I guess it's like Carroll's, except my memories were slightly fonder(?)

If there's one still around, it's not near me, so "it's dead to me."
 
2012-06-11 12:03:08 AM
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour

Used to go here from time to time. It was a popular San Diego thing. Nothing like getting a mountain of a dozen ice cream flavors.
 
2012-06-11 12:03:52 AM
Also, for all you Burger Chef fans, they were assimilated by Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Our local Hardee's even has Burger Chef memorabilia on display.

When I was a kid, the Big Shef burger was WAY better than a Big Mac.
 
2012-06-11 12:04:04 AM
I'd take a cafeteria style place like Gray Bros. out in Indiana. I like coming in, picking out what I want, paying and sitting down without having someone come by to take my order. I've eaten in some good chow halls from my service days so it'd by like that, but with more consistently good food.
 
2012-06-11 12:04:08 AM
The first fast food restaurant we ever went to as kids was a Henry's somewhere in the Mpls area. I believe they arrived before McDonalds. Pretty much the same fare. Apparently there is one left.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry's_Hamburgers
 
2012-06-11 12:04:29 AM

Bathia_Mapes: 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. :-)


A long time ago I was banished from Woolworth's. Not sure if it was just that branch or all of them.
 
2012-06-11 12:09:50 AM
They're not dead - just not around me any more - but I've been craving Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits for 20 years.
 
2012-06-11 12:11:02 AM
I am not old enough for this thread
 
2012-06-11 12:12:00 AM

Lernaeus: They're not dead - just not around me any more - but I've been craving Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits for 20 years.


Their fried chicken is terrible and their biscuits are bland and hard
 
2012-06-11 12:12:18 AM

Favoritemonster: Burger Chef. Just because I can't really remember if it was good or not, and it couldn't be any worse that the competition.

Also, not sure if Ponderosa is still around? We don't have one around here anymore, but I used to love the sauteed sirloin tips!

/and no one cares!


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Ponderosa! Whoo!! I've always wondered if that was just a fake memory my addled brain conjured up to fill-in the blanks in my recollection of my childhood. I don't remember much about being a kid, but I do remember the magical and bizarre western-themed buffet-style restaurants in Winnipeg that were practically side-by-side on Portage Ave.

I couldn't figure out why they would build two restaurants with faux Cowboy junk crammed all over the walls, but when I was a kid I didn't really care. For some reason I actually thought we were stepping back in time into an old-timey Western town. I guess the fact that the exteriors were built to look like authentic saloons right out of Gunsmoke, or say, Bonanza, helped spur my eight-year old imagination. I used to have epic debates in my head over which was more authentically old-timey westerny.

I don't remember the food at all, but I guess there were steaks and an all-you-can-eat buffet of some sort.

They still exist in the US, and are owned by the same company, which might explain why they were built side-by-side in Winnipeg. Sort of? Still don't know why they would do that. Maybe we were a test-market of some kind?

Whenever I visit Winnipeg now and go by that stretch of Portage Ave I kind of hope to see their ghosts floating where they used to be. The whole block is a parking lot for Lowes or Candian Tire now.
 
2012-06-11 12:12:40 AM

drnugget: 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.


Glad I'm not the only person who remembers that place! I used to go to the Round The Corner in Littleton, CO. I still live in the Denver metro area, and wasn't aware of the connection with Good Times (pretty much the only fast food place I ever go to).
 
2012-06-11 12:13:08 AM

Favoritemonster: Also, not sure if Ponderosa is still around? We don't have one around here anymore, but I used to love the sauteed sirloin tips!

/and no one cares!


Used to go to the Ponderosa when I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Florida. One time my grandfather spotted a roach there. From that moment on, everyone in our family referred to it as "the Ponderoacha." Maybe that was unfair, but it was hilarious to me at the time.
 
2012-06-11 12:14:47 AM

Sabyen91: 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.


Slaves? Really?

Next up: Bashing Aunt Jemima

Followed by how Mr. Magoo insults the visually impaired and Lucky Charms promotes Irish stereotypes.

But embracing and glorifying gangsta behavior, saggy pants, misogyny, rejection of education, work ethic, violence as a solution, and shallow materialism is A-OK!
 
2012-06-11 12:15:19 AM

Benjamin Orr: Bathia_Mapes: 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. :-)

A long time ago I was banished from Woolworth's. Not sure if it was just that branch or all of them.


This. The Woolworth's, not the banishment. I was insanely little, like 5 or 6 when my Mom would bring me into the Woolworth's in Ossining, and I'd get a nice tasty red hotdog and a shake.

Also, anyone else remember the dining room / Cafeteria in Sears? The one I used to go to (again with Mom) was in White Plains, NY. Dark, dimly lit, and had this crazy ambiance. Fish and Chips there were to die for.

/Sigh
//Why do all the cool places have to disappear....
 
2012-06-11 12:15:38 AM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.


Tell me about it. That used to be one of my all-time favorites before they started mutating them into sorry little hybrid add-ons for other fast food shops.
 
2012-06-11 12:15:45 AM
I'm sure it's been mentioned but that Wikipedia list of "defunct" restaurants sure has a lot of currently in-business restaurants on it.

Is Friendly's still around? I heard they went bankrupt but did they shut everything down?

I'll go local with my choices, but if you're from Fairfield County CT (mid-1980's), how about Farm Shop or Pie Plate?
 
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2012-06-11 12:16:06 AM

MikeVx: 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.


There used to be one within walking distance of my house, until a new one opened up in another part of town, and then both shut down.

/still misses the teen burger and coney dog Tuesdays
 
2012-06-11 12:18:38 AM

Benjamin Orr: Bathia_Mapes: 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. :-)

A long time ago I was banished from Woolworth's. Not sure if it was just that branch or all of them.


What did you do?
 
2012-06-11 12:20:26 AM

Galaxie500: Sugarpuss O'Shea: Galaxie500: Not a national chain, but I really miss Darryl's in North Carolina.

Steak and Ale was always good, too.

I remember a chain that I think was called Darryl's. Did it have unique seating areas? You could eat dinner in a jail cell, or in an elevator, or a double-decker bus?
That sounds very similar to descriptions I've heard of the original decor in the Darryl's on Hillsborough Street. In later years, they trended more towards the "nail stuff to the walls" style, though most of the stuff was N.C. State-themed. They had a brief stint with an ugly "Cajun"-style decor in the early '90s.


The one in Winston-Salem became a used car dealership. It still looked like Darryls on the outside. I always wondered what it looked like inside.
 
2012-06-11 12:21:48 AM
blog.nola.com
 
2012-06-11 12:22:58 AM
Kenny Rodgers Restaurants are overseas...just like all your jobs Ameriduh!
 
2012-06-11 12:23:35 AM
I used to have both a Bonanza and a Ponderosa in my home town. TIL Hoss actually had a stake in the Bonanza restaurants.

/My dad watched Bonanza reruns a lot when I was a kid.
 
2012-06-11 12:25:06 AM

Znuh: Benjamin Orr: Bathia_Mapes: 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. :-)

A long time ago I was banished from Woolworth's. Not sure if it was just that branch or all of them.

This. The Woolworth's, not the banishment. I was insanely little, like 5 or 6 when my Mom would bring me into the Woolworth's in Ossining, and I'd get a nice tasty red hotdog and a shake.

Also, anyone else remember the dining room / Cafeteria in Sears? The one I used to go to (again with Mom) was in White Plains, NY. Dark, dimly lit, and had this crazy ambiance. Fish and Chips there were to die for.

/Sigh
//Why do all the cool places have to disappear....


Our Sears didn't have a cafeteria, but they did have an area of the store where they sold candy & cookies by the pound.

However, another department store nearby, Grants (aka W.T. Grants), had a cafeteria. Their iced tea was very popular.
 
2012-06-11 12:25:41 AM

cman: A&W

Not totally dead yet, but nearly there.


There are tons of A&W's in the Vancouver area. It's my favourite fast food. Totally different quality compared to the US version, which I've ate at two different locations and it was freaking gross.
 
2012-06-11 12:26:24 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Farrell's was a great place

/unless a frikkin F-86 flew in the front door


Actually, it didn't fly. That was the problem.
 
2012-06-11 12:27:23 AM
#2349 for Naugles...

Great, now I have a reason to visit Visalia...
 
2012-06-11 12:27:47 AM
Turns out there are nearly a dozen Arthur Treacher's restaurants still in Greater Cleveland (OH)--who knew?

Link


*************

I'l nominate Red Steer: couldn't quite compete with McD's on price, but the burgers and fries had that salty, traditional lunch-counter kind of taste about 'em--yum!
 
2012-06-11 12:28:01 AM

Warchild: I miss having A&W' drive-ins around here, and to a lesser extent Roy Rogers.

*sigh*


We have a regular A&W drive in here in Bay City, a drive in dine in A&W in Standish (to dine in you pick up a phone at your table and order), and a A&W/ KFC combo at the I-75 bay road exit (have not tried this but you can get combos with food from both chains). I take my kids to the drive-in in Bay City (but I borrow my dad's cargo van because i won't let them eat in my truck).
 
2012-06-11 12:29:52 AM

Bathia_Mapes: 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. :-)


What a Woolworth's lunch counter looks like Link

We might be old farts, but we're also quality control. If the young'uns hear us calling something crap, they better pay attention.
 
2012-06-11 12:30:40 AM

Heraclitus: I think if they brought back Sambo's it would be a riot!


The remaining Sambo's is at Santa Barbara harbor.

I had breakfast there within the past year; chili verde omelet was wonderful.

Their current advertising isn't as offensive as the name might suggest.
 
2012-06-11 12:30:40 AM

Rie: Honestly, be careful what you wish for. For instance, Little Caesars exited the market I live in when I was 9, so I grew up with this idealized version of their cheesy breadsticks and pizza in my head. They recently came back in, and I was greeted with some sort of cardboard-tasting monstrosity and shame.

Mind you, it could be part of the reason they managed to come back, but I'm sure my 9-year-old taste buds weren't exactly the pickiest in the world, either.


Little Caesars pizza was the only pizza I ever had as a kid that I DIDN'T like, but I love their new pizza. Odd.

Laughner's Cafeteria was actually pretty good, for cafeteria style food. There was one in a huge old mansion style building in my hometown. We used to end up there a couple times a month when I was little.
 
2012-06-11 12:30:59 AM

Sabyen91: 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.


Once upon a time there was at least one Wienerscnitzel in Milwaukee, at S. 76th & Oklahoma, but it's been closed for at least 20 years.

Closest thing to a ff sausage place I know of is Bunzel's meat market at 84th & Burleigh. Every Saturday from roughly April through October they grill several kinds of sausage and sell them on the front sidewalk. It's very cheap and very very good. It gets busier every year.

Highly recommended.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:15 AM

Buzzerguy: Majick Thise: Taco-Tico ... it was taco bell before there was taco bell

OMG, their mild sauce tacos were sooooo good. I think there are still some of them in Kansas, but nothing like the 1970s.


There's a couple of them in Topeka. It really isn't the same as the 1970s places though.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:17 AM

Bathia_Mapes:
What did you do?


A woman's the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:44 AM
 
2012-06-11 12:32:58 AM

Coelacanth: Bathia_Mapes: 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. :-)

What a Woolworth's lunch counter looks like Link

We might be old farts, but we're also quality control. If the young'uns hear us calling something crap, they better pay attention.


Heh! Yep.
 
2012-06-11 12:34:10 AM

TheHappTroll: Hardee's. The way it used to be.


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

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Yeah, back when they had more than just those extremely oversized Thickburgers and various forms.

I miss the old A&W's as well. Last one I've been to was at the 4th ID side of Ft Hood when I was stationed there over 10 years ago and even then it wasn't anything like the old ones I remember from my childhood.

I honestly didn't know Rocky Rococco's was more than just a chain in the WI area. There's one not more than 1/2 a mile from where I live, but I haven't been to one since I was a kid.
 
2012-06-11 12:34:28 AM
Not getting all the love for Bennigan's. Always thougt it was the weakest of the BenniFridaysChiliBee's chains.
Add me to the list of Chi-Chi's seafood chimi fans.
I remember Bill Knapp's as popular with the elderly crowd. Parents used to do the Harvest Walk for our church every year and that's where we'd end up afterwards.
Miss Hardee's mushroom/swiss burger
Anyone else have a Duff's Smorgasbord? Huge turntables of endless food.
Also, Sweden House? I think that was where all wedding reception food was born. All you can eat buffet of mashed potatoes, Swedish meatballs, baked chicken, etc
 
2012-06-11 12:34:34 AM
Rusty's in Corpus Christi... Home of the "Honest Hamburger"...
 
2012-06-11 12:36:47 AM

silverjets: Olive Garden

/It's long dead up here in Canada.
//They closed the Canadian locations because the US locations were losing money.
///Yeah, it made no sense to me either when they made that decision.


Heh, thought you were kidding until you said Canada. They still fake the Italian thing here.
 
2012-06-11 12:37:22 AM
www.reuther.wayne.edu

We Swear It's Beef
 
2012-06-11 12:37:56 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Coelacanth: Bathia_Mapes: 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. :-)

What a Woolworth's lunch counter looks like Link

We might be old farts, but we're also quality control. If the young'uns hear us calling something crap, they better pay attention.

Heh! Yep.


Except we did NOT call the wonderful A&W skater waitresses crap!
 
2012-06-11 12:38:09 AM
I Miss Ponderosa Steakhouse.
BTW Monantas Cookhouse And Kelseys are doing fine here in Canada
 
2012-06-11 12:38:25 AM
 
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