Max & Erma's
I don't eat there very often, but every once in a while I get a craving for their chicken tortilla soup. I've also have a few pretty decent burgers there, and I'm not sure if they still do this, but they used to bring cookies straight from the oven on the baking sheet to your table with a tall glass of milk. When I was in college, I loved going there for these!
In prehistoric times, as a college student in Columbus, OH, I worked at the (then) one and only original Max & Erma's. It was quirky and charming for its decor - antique slot machines and music boxes that you could actually play (using tokens) - and their fabulously huge homemade burgers. The burgers were top quality meat from a local purveyor, and we added egg to each burger to give it extra body. You could get M&M (mushroom and mozzarella), pizza, blue cheese, cheese, cheese & bacon, on your burger.
We also made our own o-rings from scratch using raw egg batter and flour, slicing the onions ourselves. We made homemade apple pies from scratch, and we had a milkshake bar - that you could add liquor to! Kirsch shakes! Yummy!
The Max & Erma's chain today is not even a faint echo of the original place, and the two that I have been to were indistinguishable from most of the other chains that feature striped awnings on their corporate architecture buildings - TGIRubyFridayBennies.
So much for progress.