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Long John Silver's/A&W love

So I've been looking at these LJS combo commercials, and just thinking about them made me feel greasy. But we drove past one the other day and DH just HAD to stop, so I resigned myself that maybe I'd find something on the A&W side.

Instead, I got popcorn shrimp and DEVOURED them. They were actually pretty excellent! And the hush puppies, while they could be a bit more crispy, had excellent flavor, not too sweet.

Best of all: a frosted mug for my rootbeer. But where is the rootbeer? Dont' see it with the other sodas. . .oh, HERE it is, on tap! And ice cold! How wonderful.

Our particular location (South Daytona, Fla.) was also actually very nice inside, geometric nautical patterns and very clean. Fries were limp but tasty nonetheless. Lots of food for NOT a lot of money. Seems we have a new fast food alternative!

(BTW, DH loved his fried fish, but it still looked too greasy for me, so I passed. But gimme those shrimp!)

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  1. We used to eat at the A&W drive ins when I was a kid. I remember the Papa/Mama/Kiddie burgers and the rootbeer. The best part was having it served at the car and sitting in the backseat eating.

    There is nothing like rootbeer on tap. YUM.

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    1. re: mamamia

      The 'Burger Family' was Papa Burger, Mama Burger, and Baby Burger. Around 1970 or so, Teen Burger (a Mama Burger w/ bacon)was added.

      The original A&W is still operating in Lodi, CA. I think they even still have car hops.

      1. re: mamamia

        eating a footlong hotdog with a small bag of fries and a rootbeer float in the car when i was a kid was the best.

      2. I'm not a fish person, but every once in awhile, we'll head to a LJS for fish for my hubby and chicken planks for me. And, I always ask for extra crunchies. Yes, it is the most greasy thing on earth I think But, also pure bliss. It's one of those things you can't do often, but when you do - oh yum. And, I love that they still have the bell by the door for you to ring. It cracks me up.

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        1. re: DC Gal

          I remember when they first came out to my area, you would get alot of extra "crunchies", now you don't get many. They also used to have "peg legs" on the menu, chicken wing "legs" And I love the chicken planks!! Always been my favorite.

        2. The LJ chicken planks consistently test higher than any other fried chicken chain -- I think it's their lighter batter, the same that they use for the fish. But my temptation is the fish sandwich. Not a drippy mayo extravanganza like most fast food sandwiches -- just a perfectly crisp filet with the counterpoint of cool lettuce and a warm fresh sesame bun, kissed with mayo. A&W is my stop for a Sunday afternoon root beer float treat, and, as I've posted elsewhere, the fried cheese curds are my perfect PMS food, beating out chocolate-dipped pretzels.

          Full disclaimer -- my sister has been with the Yum Brands family for 18 years, and is currently with LJS. Her recommendation is the parmesan-crusted popcorn fish bites, she swears they're delectable. I've not tried them yet because of my fish sandwich compulsion.

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          1. re: themis

            Fried cheese curds? I saw those and was very skeptical. I've never had real cheese curds, but are these actually fresh?

            1. re: Covert Ops

              Doubtful -- but then I have high standards for fresh, as far as cheese curds. As in, you'd better be standing in the dairy eating them, or just a little ways down the road with a bag that you've just purchased at the dairy. I think any 'squeak' these might have has been nullified by the deep-fry.

              But, they are a little salty, and crispy-hot on the outside and gooey in the middle. If you think of them as a poppable version of a mozzarella stick -- but with fresh, mild cheese curd flavor -- you haven't gone too far wrong.

          2. Long John Silver's with A& W?? I wish I lived in a place with that combo. Or maybe it's better that I don't.

            I remember going there when I'd visit my grandparents in FL. they don't go anymore for some reason.

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            1. re: fara

              It's like the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut/KFC Yum Brands combos. Perfect for when the discerning diner can't decide. . .:-P

              1. re: Covert Ops

                I'm waiting for the day I see all five Yum brands under one roof. "Why yes, I'd like a pepperoni pizza with popcorn shrimp on the side, and a Baja Blast to drink..."

                1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  I grew up Roman Catholic and it was considered a treat to eat at LJS during Lent. I only eat there about 3-4 times a year now, but the fish combo is almost always when I order. My daughter loves the shrimp or chicken strips.

                  BTW, I thought I was the only person to ask for extra "crunchies"

                  I used to own Yum brand stock, and the results were quite good. I would never eat Taco Bell, Pizza hut, KFC and but I was glad others didn't feel the same. I converted all of my YUM stock to Pepsico.

            2. What happens when you're given a full sheet of coupons from Long John Silver's? Only one thing is possible: Using them all at the same time. This is an odyssey of epic proportions told in pictures.

              http://bountyofthesea.blogspot.com

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              1. re: mogis

                That blog entry is hysterical Mogis. Of course, now you are unable to read this board anymore due to myocardial infarction due to too many crunchies at one time.

                Rock on dude!

              2. Here in Eugene, Oregon, we have a location downtown that is a combo A&W / Taco TIME (not Bell). I am nostalgic about A&W and the "family" burgers as my parents ran a franchise A&W in the early-mid 80's. I grew up in a fast-food kitchen.

                On a recent trip, I noticed that in Canada, A&Ws still carry the 1980s family menu.

                1. Here in Northern VA the only A&W I know is paired with a KFC (Chantilly VA)

                  I have worked in Falls Church VA for nearly 16 years. There is a Long John's a few blocks away. It's the only fast foodery for miles around that I have never tried, always thinking that LJ's was just horrible. But, after reading this thread, I'm going to give it a shot next week -- that batter is not Passover-friendly. 8<(

                  1. The A&W burgers and root beer at the combo stores doesn't seem to be as good as at the old-style A&W stores. I also miss the great variety of burgers. I used to frequent the (now closed I believe) A&Ws in Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

                    1. Taco Bell and Long John Silver's are the groupings out here in Western Arizona. Yes, the crunchies are good!
                      -BnF