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(LAist)   Southern California food franchises of yore compiled in a book. Pioneer Chicken, Del Taco, and many others. Subby wants Love's barbecue beans and brown bread   (laist.com) divider line
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2021-09-12 2:53:17 AM  
Hey, I liked going to Farrells. Do you even zotz, bro?
 
2021-09-12 3:18:49 AM  
Del Taco is still a thing
 
2021-09-12 3:30:38 AM  
Warren Zevon - Carmelita
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2021-09-12 3:44:31 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Hey, I liked going to Farrells. Do you even zotz, bro?


He ate the pig, thus proving that his is a ZYGGIE PIGGIE
 
2021-09-12 4:52:10 AM  
I remember going to Sambo's (est. 1957) For the Tiger Tamer Special after church where we learned everyone was equal, to be nice and not be racists...

The walls of the restaurants were decorated with scenes from the book The Story of Little Black Sambo,including a dark-skinned boy, tigers, and a pale, magical unicycle-riding man called "The Treefriend.

My fetishes now make sense.
 
2021-09-12 5:37:05 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing


I think there's a couple of them in the St. Louis area, though I'll admit I've never been to one.
 
2021-09-12 7:04:18 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing


Just had one open about 10 minutes from my house last summer. Not only is it still around, they're opening new locations.

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2021-09-12 8:10:50 AM  
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Late night egg, bean & cheese burritos for the win.
 
2021-09-12 8:26:45 AM  
Never tried Pioneer Chicken, because whenever I walked into the place I lost my appetite. Del Taco was a different story.
 
2021-09-12 8:41:09 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing


Is that the chain that had amazing fish tacos in their locations around San Diego?
 
2021-09-12 9:14:46 AM  
Subby, your blog sucks.

What a horrible article and a worse advertisement. I would love to discuss California restaurant chains but I got lost in some persons nastalgic wankery on ice cream.
 
2021-09-12 9:25:37 AM  

Alphax: Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing

I think there's a couple of them in the St. Louis area, though I'll admit I've never been to one.


They built a couple in the Dallas area about 10 years ago, but they've all closed now.
 
2021-09-12 10:00:22 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing


Yup. There's one less than a mile from my home.

I live near two Piss & Chrit's restaurants. The one in Downey made national headlines a few years ago when a dude took hostages there and was killed by police.

I worked across the street from the Pioneer Chicken on Sunset Blvd. from 2001 until 2010.

I miss Orange Julius and Fosters Freeze. There was also a Tastee Freez nearby, but I rarely went there.

My older brother worked at the local Pup 'n' Taco when he was in high school.

Farrell's was a fun place to go after Friday night high school football games.

The first boy I dated once took me to Swensen's.

My dad occasionally took my family to the Sambo's restaurant across from the Sears store in the Boyle Heights area of L.A. It had good pancakes.

I don't recall going to Love's when I was a kid, but I do remember its red heart sign.

We brown people used to call Naugles "Nalgas."
 
2021-09-12 10:10:53 AM  
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley and then southern Orange County, so the article and the comments are a walk down memory lane.

Love's baked beans. Being from Texas we didn't care much for the bbq, but we frequently ordered just the beans to-go.
Farrell's, yes. The hot fudge for sundaes came on the side in small tin cups.
Loved Swenson's ice-cream and went three frequently with friends.
I didn't love Pioneer Chicken but we frequently went there because my dad loved their fried chicken livers (hoark).
We never went to Van Kamp's but I remember driving by often. Clifton's cafeteria, though, was a regular stop.
Marie Callender's was also a regular dinner outing.
No love for See's Candies though? It's still my favorite chocolate and I frequently order it online or go to a shop when I'm in California. Nothing like breathing in the aroma of chocolate when walking into a store.
 
2021-09-12 10:59:20 AM  

fragMasterFlash: Hey, I liked going to Farrells. Do you even zotz, bro?


Their zoo sundae and the show they put on bringing it to the table were a buncha fun
 
2021-09-12 11:27:47 AM  
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The food in southern California really is something.
 
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2021-09-12 11:44:49 AM  

Winterlight: Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing

Just had one open about 10 minutes from my house last summer. Not only is it still around, they're opening new locations.

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Yep, there's at least 3 I can think of in SE Michigan. Tried em a couple times, shells were stale, meat was bland. If I want crappy tacos, taco bell is right down the road.
 
2021-09-12 11:48:52 AM  
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2021-09-12 12:33:16 PM  

Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing


I wish they were more of a thing. The 2 in Orlando are easily 30m from me.

If I'm near either I will certainly stop in. But they're too far for impromptu meals.
 
2021-09-12 12:47:43 PM  

jclaggett: Ass_Master_Flash: Del Taco is still a thing

I wish they were more of a thing. The 2 in Orlando are easily 30m from me.

If I'm near either I will certainly stop in. But they're too far for impromptu meals.


I lived in Orlando but gave up on Del Taco when they stopped serving beer at the drive thru.
That was when we got Reagan, the drinking age went from 18 to 21, there were no more quaaludes, and the cops lost their sense of humor over the 'Arrive Stoned' license plates.
 
2021-09-12 1:14:11 PM  
Lets see, we had taco bell, mc d's, bob's big boy, kfc, h.salt fish and chips, del taco hadnt been invented yet, this is all from the seventies. In the eighties a late night fosters freeze run for strawberry donuts was absolutely essential for all nigh5 study sessions. Pioneer chicken was two doors down from the frat house, church's was a block south, pup n taco was block west, shakeys pizza to the north, naugles was there too and pomona had quite a few really good mom n pop restaurants, bbq, chinese, korean, japanese, all sorts of good stuff to eat.

Nowadays taco bell wont make me an enchirito even though they have all the ingredients right there and they made them for what, 50 years? so im refusing to eat there anymore. No enchirito, no patronage.
 
2021-09-12 1:19:11 PM  
Oh, wow.  Memory lane.

Farrell's opened near us just before my sixth birthday, I think it was.  Mom took me and my best friend there to celebrate and I hid under the table--all the clanging and drumming and singing, yikes.  The principal took us there in elementary school for tin roof sundaes and sarsaparillas when our fifth grade Brainstorm team defeated every other school.  And its "rowdy room" was our regular post-game stop during high school football season.

Swensen's at Del Amo Mall had the best ice cream.  Hot Dog on a Stick had the best lemonade.  We used to go to the Red Onion for dinner where Dad would always order a #4 (he said he always ordered the #4 at every Mexican restaurant).  Shakey's just down the hill from home was our regular pizza place and I played a million games of Kangaroo there on the walk home from high school--it's a Starbuck's drive-through now.  Cheerleading banquets at El Torito on the pier.  The A&W drive-in where the carhops put the tray in the car's window--it later was the site of Taco Bell where I stopped to buy Enchiritos on my bike ride to the beach.

And that Love's Barbecue Pit on PCH!  Thanks for the memories, subby.
 
2021-09-12 1:23:09 PM  

skiinstructor: Lets see, we had taco bell, mc d's, bob's big boy, kfc, h.salt fish and chips, del taco hadnt been invented yet, this is all from the seventies. In the eighties a late night fosters freeze run for strawberry donuts was absolutely essential for all nigh5 study sessions. Pioneer chicken was two doors down from the frat house, church's was a block south, pup n taco was block west, shakeys pizza to the north, naugles was there too and pomona had quite a few really good mom n pop restaurants, bbq, chinese, korean, japanese, all sorts of good stuff to eat.

Nowadays taco bell wont make me an enchirito even though they have all the ingredients right there and they made them for what, 50 years? so im refusing to eat there anymore. No enchirito, no patronage.


RIGHT?  And when they temporarily brought it back it was not the Enchirito I knew and loved.  If you never had a real Enchirito you never really lived--they were so good.

My childhood best friend moved from southern California to Maryland in 1976 and they didn't have Taco Bell there.  When they came back to visit in the next couple of years they went to our local Taco Bell and explained that they missed the taco sauce and could they buy some, and the manager gave them a case of it to take back with them.
 
2021-09-12 7:45:22 PM  
Pup 'n' Taco was my favorite as a kid. It was on the same property as a Luckys supermarket, and assorted smaller shops like a bakery and barbershop. I can't remember what exactly it was about the food there but I could eat a hot dog and a taco from there with no problem. Unfortunately there was a McDonalds across the street and everyone else would always want to eat there so I only got to eat those tacos and hot dogs on rare occasions.

Looking at the area on Gmaps I see a supermarket still there(not Luckys of course), and the barber shop(now a beauty salon), and the Pup 'n' Taco building is still there but it's an Alfredo's Mexican food place now. McDonalds is still there across the street. It's weird to see the same buildings there selling the same kinds of things with only the names changed. The McDonalds sign says "Billions served". When I was kid I used to get excited when we passed by and I saw that they had changed the numbers. ..another joy today's kids will never experience in life.
 
2021-09-13 12:07:37 PM  

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Late night egg, bean & cheese burritos for the win.


Naugle's nachos were great (They used actual real cheddar cheese, not sauce like everyone else does, and had jalapenos on them), and their cheese burrito was also good. The guys that fought Del Taco for the trademark and tried to bring them back missed the mark completely, it's nothing like it used to be.

Also, Green Burrito was great, before Carl's bought and destroyed them.

/Couldn't read the article, it's farked for me
 
2021-09-13 12:14:26 PM  
Also, what's up with Chris & Pitt's sour cream that they use on their baked potatoes? It was always tangier than sour cream usually is, and had a slightly different texture. But it was good. As was their bleu cheese dressing, which was always a little better than Bob's Big Boy's bleu cheese.
 
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