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2019-03-15 11:23:37 AM  
Not enough paying customers.
 
2019-03-15 11:26:53 AM  

whereisian: Not enough paying customers.


... and we're done, could somebody get the lights at the last Howard Johnson's?
 
2019-03-15 11:27:06 AM  
Damn I miss Chi-Chi's

/come at me, bro
 
2019-03-15 11:37:27 AM  
The only thing I learned from this list is New Yorkers will never stop trying to suck their own dicks.
 
2019-03-15 11:40:07 AM  
Chi-Chi's is hilarious. Semi-Mexican semi-food for people so far up the Midwest any countries south of the border were just vague rumors.
 
2019-03-15 11:41:08 AM  
Meh
 
2019-03-15 11:41:45 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Chi-Chi's is hilarious. Semi-Mexican semi-food for people so far up the Midwest any countries south of the border were just vague rumors.


Which is dumb as hell, because we have a ton of immigrants working at hog slaughter houses. There's some really good real Mexican food around the Midwest.
 
2019-03-15 11:54:14 AM  
The only one on the list that had been in my area was Chi Chi's.  And it can stay dead and buried.

There's a pretty vibrant Mexican food scene near me, so I'll take that instead.
 
2019-03-15 11:54:42 AM  

whereisian: Not enough paying customers.


Not necessarily true, a restaurant can be mismanaged to bankruptcy even while pulling in decent business. Here in Seattle a popular restaurant shut down because the owner was cheating on the business's taxes (although his sons later reopened it).
 
2019-03-15 11:59:19 AM  
No brown derby?
 
2019-03-15 12:00:16 PM  
Being a movie geek, I'd like to see Planet Hollywood again. Sure it's $10 for a burger but you got to eat it next to the Queen Alien and Ripley's power loader.
 
2019-03-15 12:00:48 PM  

bittermang: Which is dumb as hell, because we have a ton of immigrants working at hog slaughter houses. There's some really good real Mexican food around the Midwest.


Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.  Tex-Mex basically.

I like the way they season their meat, but guacamole can go ahead and scamper itself right the hell off my plate.

The spiciness of Mexican food doesn't bother me, I've been learning to love the heat of a good hot sauce, yet the actual flavor of most peppers in an authentic salsa offends me personally and I have texture issues with onions... no food should be both slimy and crunchy!
 
2019-03-15 12:08:21 PM  

electricjebus: bittermang: Which is dumb as hell, because we have a ton of immigrants working at hog slaughter houses. There's some really good real Mexican food around the Midwest.

Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.  Tex-Mex basically.

I like the way they season their meat, but guacamole can go ahead and scamper itself right the hell off my plate.

The spiciness of Mexican food doesn't bother me, I've been learning to love the heat of a good hot sauce, yet the actual flavor of most peppers in an authentic salsa offends me personally and I have texture issues with onions... no food should be both slimy and crunchy!


We've got a friend who swore the best chilaquiles she's ever had was in Flagstaff, AZ.

So on a visit to AZ, my wife and I went out of our way to try the place. It was generic tex-mex nonsense.

We learned after the fact that our friend prefers Tex-mex over any authentic Mexican cooking. Completely crazy to me and we now realize we can't trust any of her food recommendations. Lots of great Mexican options in Maryland, but she doesn't like any of them.
 
2019-03-15 12:09:40 PM  

electricjebus: no food should be both slimy and crunchy!


1) you're doing onions wrong
2) stay away from okra, then
 
2019-03-15 12:09:41 PM  
Chi-Chi's still exists as a food supply company. I see their chips and salsa in grocery stores.
 
2019-03-15 12:13:44 PM  

kevlar51: We learned after the fact that our friend prefers Tex-mex over any authentic Mexican cooking.


Which parts of Mexico are "authentic Mexican"?

Because clearly it's not Tejano, Coahuiltecan, Sonoran, or Neuvo Leonen.
 
2019-03-15 12:14:37 PM  

electricjebus: Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.


Aren't you from St. Louis?
 
2019-03-15 12:15:18 PM  
While I admit Chi Chi's was totally bogus as far as Mexican food goes, I sure do miss their seafood enchiladas...real crab meat (not the fake stuff so prevalent now) and melted cheese in a delicious cream based enchilada sauce. Damn, it was tasty.
 
2019-03-15 12:15:27 PM  

The Bestest: 1) you're doing onions wrong
2) stay away from okra, then


I love the taste of onions, I put onion powder in almost everything I cook, but the texture of onions, fried/baked/grilled/raw/microwaved just makes me gag.  I hate that about me.

Way ahead of you on okra.
 
2019-03-15 12:18:19 PM  

This text is now purple: electricjebus: Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.

Aren't you from St. Louis?


Yes.  Missouri is at the lower end of the Midwest.
 
2019-03-15 12:18:47 PM  

Mugato: Being a movie geek, I'd like to see Planet Hollywood again. Sure it's $10 for a burger but you got to eat it next to the Queen Alien and Ripley's power loader.


You ordered a $10 burger?

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2019-03-15 12:19:03 PM  

bittermang: The only thing I learned from this list is New Yorkers will never stop trying to suck their own dicks.


They're probably sitting around right now thinking about how much better they are than you!
 
2019-03-15 12:28:45 PM  
No Brown Derby? No Chasens?
 
2019-03-15 12:34:56 PM  

Slide10000: Damn I miss Chi-Chi's

/come at me, bro


Chi-chis was pretty good, but they went downhill quick at the end.
 
2019-03-15 12:35:16 PM  
No, I don't need Chi-Chi's any more because we have Chevy's now. Howard Johnsons would be cool to go to again but every time I've been I was under 10 years old so I knew nothing about everything.
 
2019-03-15 12:35:48 PM  
Never been to any of them. There was a Kenny Rogers about 3 miles from where I lived in Phoenix, but it's location in Scottsdale was so laughably bad. It was right where Drinkwater Blvd splits from Scottsdale Rd just before it turns into Goldwater. You had to make this series of convoluted turns and U-ies just to get there, and they didn't have a drive-thru, if I remember correctly.

"It'll be faster to make a chicken if we go home now and start incubating the egg."
 
2019-03-15 12:50:07 PM  

Slide10000: Damn I miss Chi-Chi's

/come at me, bro


I miss the deep fried ice cream. Mind you, I was 12 so what did I know.
 
2019-03-15 12:55:12 PM  

Slide10000: Damn I miss Chi-Chi's

/come at me, bro


Chi-Chis is what introduced me to Mexican/American food. When  I moved to an area where you can get the real deal, I fell in love with Mexican food.
 
2019-03-15 12:58:01 PM  

electricjebus: This text is now purple: electricjebus: Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.

Aren't you from St. Louis?

Yes.  Missouri is at the lower end of the Midwest.


The Midwest does not include slave states. Missouri is a Plains state.
 
2019-03-15 01:04:01 PM  
I'll take Casa Gallardo in St. Louis and surrounding areas to come back.

Burger Chef?  Really?  That was like if we lost Jack in the Box.  Meh.
 
2019-03-15 01:24:22 PM  
No mention of Friendly's?
My wife did a Burger Chef commercial when she was a kid.
 
2019-03-15 01:25:41 PM  

Rapmaster2000: bittermang: The only thing I learned from this list is New Yorkers will never stop trying to suck their own dicks.

They're probably sitting around right now thinking about how much better they are than you!


You joke, but...

.

This text is now purple: kevlar51: We learned after the fact that our friend prefers Tex-mex over any authentic Mexican cooking.

Which parts of Mexico are "authentic Mexican"?

Because clearly it's not Tejano, Coahuiltecan, Sonoran, or Neuvo Leonen.


The part that the one Mexican guy he talks to is from
 
2019-03-15 01:49:44 PM  
Other than HoJos and Burger Chef, I've never hear of any of them.  Do miss the all you can eat fried clams.
 
2019-03-15 02:12:31 PM  
The HoJos at I-8 and Waring had the best Philly Cheesesteak I've ever eaten in San Diego.  Sadly, they closed 15-20 years ago.

Never heard of any of the others.
 
2019-03-15 02:15:45 PM  

Bob Falfa: No mention of Friendly's?


They are still in business, are they not?
 
2019-03-15 02:18:47 PM  

This text is now purple: electricjebus: This text is now purple: electricjebus: Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.

Aren't you from St. Louis?

Yes.  Missouri is at the lower end of the Midwest.

The Midwest does not include slave states. Missouri is a Plains state.


Yet it's also above the Mason Dixon line.  Missouri didn't choose to be a slave state, the federal government made it one as a compromise to the south.

Later, during the civil war, our confederate sympathetic governor tried to secede, then St. Louisans went to Jeff City and ran his ass out on a rail... his government in exile is the last star on the confederate flag and our state sent four times as many boys to the Army of the North as it did to the Confederacy.

We're also #3 in civil war battlefields.  Granted, none of the great ones were fought here, but we had a lot of them.  My state paid the gold price for the sins thrust upon us, but we are Midwestern in nature and geography.
 
2019-03-15 02:37:28 PM  
The Carnegie Deli closed?
 
2019-03-15 02:50:54 PM  

This text is now purple: Bob Falfa: No mention of Friendly's?

They are still in business, are they not?


Are they? I hope so. I heard they went bankrupt and closed a bunch of locations. I'll check next time I'm back east.
 
2019-03-15 02:54:28 PM  

natazha: Other than HoJos and Burger Chef, I've never hear of any of them.  Do miss the all you can eat fried clams.


^^^ This ^^^  Ate a ton of the AYCE fried clams as a teen. Fried fish was AYCE too.  Plus it was a good drunk meal place to go in the wee hours for eggs, bacon, toast and coffee.

I had a buddy that easily was 6'6' and 300 to 325 bills.  We were drunk or high (maybe both) and went to an AYCE night at HoJo's. He kept downing filet after filet and soon the cooks all came out to meet him.  Said they never had someone each so much fish. We were laughing our asses off.
 
2019-03-15 03:27:11 PM  

Richard Saunders: Mugato: Being a movie geek, I'd like to see Planet Hollywood again. Sure it's $10 for a burger but you got to eat it next to the Queen Alien and Ripley's power loader.

You ordered a $10 burger?

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Well it's no $5 shake but yeah, a hamburger and fries is usually about $10 at  most franchise restaurants.
 
2019-03-15 03:27:50 PM  

Bob Falfa: No mention of Friendly's?
My wife did a Burger Chef commercial when she was a kid.


"Friendly's? Not to your taste buds, no." - restaurant review from 1980's Philadelphia Magazine
 
2019-03-15 04:09:22 PM  

electricjebus: This text is now purple: electricjebus: This text is now purple: electricjebus: Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.

Aren't you from St. Louis?

Yes.  Missouri is at the lower end of the Midwest.

The Midwest does not include slave states. Missouri is a Plains state.

Yet it's also above the Mason Dixon line.  Missouri didn't choose to be a slave state, the federal government made it one as a compromise to the south.

Later, during the civil war, our confederate sympathetic governor tried to secede, then St. Louisans went to Jeff City and ran his ass out on a rail... his government in exile is the last star on the confederate flag and our state sent four times as many boys to the Army of the North as it did to the Confederacy.

We're also #3 in civil war battlefields.  Granted, none of the great ones were fought here, but we had a lot of them.  My state paid the gold price for the sins thrust upon us, but we are Midwestern in nature and geography.


You are ether in denial or stupid
 
2019-03-15 04:33:22 PM  

CptnSpldng: Bob Falfa: No mention of Friendly's?
My wife did a Burger Chef commercial when she was a kid.

"Friendly's? Not to your taste buds, no." - restaurant review from 1980's Philadelphia Magazine


I remember the food being pretty good and the service being pretty bad.
 
2019-03-15 05:32:52 PM  

chitownmike: electricjebus: This text is now purple: electricjebus: This text is now purple: electricjebus: Yeah, but plenty of Americans, particularly in the Midwest, don't really like real Mexican food.  We tend to prefer the US/Mexican fusion foods that have way more meat, beans and cheese.

Aren't you from St. Louis?

Yes.  Missouri is at the lower end of the Midwest.

The Midwest does not include slave states. Missouri is a Plains state.

Yet it's also above the Mason Dixon line.  Missouri didn't choose to be a slave state, the federal government made it one as a compromise to the south.

Later, during the civil war, our confederate sympathetic governor tried to secede, then St. Louisans went to Jeff City and ran his ass out on a rail... his government in exile is the last star on the confederate flag and our state sent four times as many boys to the Army of the North as it did to the Confederacy.

We're also #3 in civil war battlefields.  Granted, none of the great ones were fought here, but we had a lot of them.  My state paid the gold price for the sins thrust upon us, but we are Midwestern in nature and geography.

You are ether in denial or stupid


Neither, I'm a third shift worker, and this is roughly 2 in the morning on a Friday night for me.

You forgot "drunk" as an option, which makes you ignorant, or at least inconsiderate.
 
2019-03-15 05:41:41 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Chi-Chi's is hilarious. Semi-Mexican semi-food for people so far up the Midwest any countries south of the border were just vague rumors.


Some of the best Mexican food I've ever eaten was in Chicago and Washington state. There are lots of Mexicans in both places.
 
2019-03-15 05:43:36 PM  

Tad_Waxpole: The Carnegie Deli closed?


Nobody ate the Danny Rose sandwich.
 
2019-03-15 05:46:24 PM  
How farking dare you mention Carnegie Deli in the same breath as Kenny Rogers Roasters and Chi-Chi's?
 
2019-03-15 05:49:49 PM  

Tad_Waxpole: The Carnegie Deli closed?


I think the got busted illegally tapping the gas line and stealing gas. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/​28/nyr​egion/closing-of-famedcarnegie-deli-am​id-coned-investigation-disappoints-din​ers.html
 
2019-03-15 05:57:55 PM  
Glad I was able to eat at Carnegie a few times...touristy yeah..but still a pretty cool place.
 
2019-03-15 06:12:25 PM  
Nobody goes there anymore, it was always so busy.  Uh, wait.

Thanks Yogi.
 
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