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Chow Mein-On-A-Bun at Nathan's in Coney Island

Warrengwhiz Jul 10, 2006 03:56 PM

I noticed yesterday that one of my childhood favorites, the chow mein sandwich, is still served at the original Nathan's in Coney Island, currently priced at $2.99. Has anyone tried it recently? The chow mein is also sold by the bowl for $3.49. I wonder where it comes from?

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    kernel RE: Warrengwhiz Jul 10, 2006 06:20 PM

    My wife insisted on trying it last year when we were there to also relive a childhood memory-although I strongly urged her not to at the ridiculous price they're getting for this. She did enjoy it but I still don't get it. By the way do you remember the roast pork sandwich they sold? I miss the delicious clam BROTH they used to sell-I'm going back, but I paid a dime for it.

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      Scagnetti RE: kernel Jul 10, 2006 09:26 PM

      I remember the roast pork sandwiches but do you remember the orange drinks that they sold in real glasses next to the hot dog grill?

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        kernel RE: Scagnetti Jul 11, 2006 02:42 AM

        Yes and before the outdoor seating was put in, there was a separate free-standing vending area which sold hot butttered corn, watermelon and custard. The best hot dogs in those days,however, were ON the boardwalk at Hebrew National. I can still hear the guy screaming "a doggy, a doggy!"

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      MoxieBoy RE: Warrengwhiz Jul 10, 2006 07:30 PM

      Remember CHOW CHOW CUP on Coney Island Ave where Big Daddy's was (at Btwn Aves X and Y)? They had chow mein in a fried noodle cup you ate after the chow mein was finished. Did Nathan's ever have a similar cup?

      Also, a fave of my mother's during the mid '60 was Nathan's frog legs. I had them but was not thrilled as she was. Do you know of any fast food places still serving them?

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        scooter RE: MoxieBoy Jul 11, 2006 03:00 AM

        I believe frogs legs are still up on the board at the Coney Island Nathan's.

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        inane RE: Warrengwhiz Jul 10, 2006 09:17 PM

        I had the chow mein sandwich about 2 years ago on a (faux) nostalgia (I'm not old enough for this to be authentic nostalgia) trip to Coney Island.

        Yuck. Your childhood can keep it.

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          Warrengwhiz RE: Warrengwhiz Jul 11, 2006 01:31 PM

          Yes, frog legs are still on the menu at the Nathan's in Coney Island, $6.99 for a standard portion and $8.99 for a larger one. There is also a frog leg platter at $7.99. Two other longtime favorites that remain are the lobster sandwich, now $5.99, and the soft-shell crab sandwich, also $5.99.

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            IrinaD RE: Warrengwhiz Dec 4, 2006 06:14 PM

            The lobster sandwich is my favorite Nathan's item, well worth the $5.99. I have never been able to bring myself to order the chow mein on a bun.

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              zacfi RE: Warrengwhiz Dec 5, 2006 01:45 AM

              I remember those, but I don't think I ever had one. My sister always liked the lobster roll. I always just ate dogs and fries back in the 60s. I still do, as do my kids.

              Do they still also have a clam bar? As many times as I've been there recently I haven't noticed.

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                meatme RE: zacfi Dec 5, 2006 03:35 AM


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                obob96 RE: Warrengwhiz Dec 5, 2006 02:01 PM

                Wherever the chow mein came from--Who was brave enough back then even to consider such a question?--its natural (and some said protective) complement was, for us, another Nathan's speciality, the pineapple drink: acid yellow, full chemical aroma, and magical shards resembling actual fruit afloat in the cup. But those franks, those fries, that cold watermelon.

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