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Most memorable cafeteria food

We've all had bad memories of cafeterias (as this topic was inspired by entries on the "We are so spoiled" post), but entering an establishment, picking up a bakelite tray and sliding it along three parallel stainless steel pipes while selecting our fare has not always been a dismal experience. Yes, let's dispense with any mention of the school lunchroom. That was dismal.

From early childhood, I recall the ubiquitous Horn and Hardart (known only to the New York/ Philadelphia crowd) had quality fare that is sorely missed to this day. It was fresh, unembellished and embodied the simplicity of a grandmotherly kitchen. Great stuff!

More recently, I had the pleasure of being invited by a former ambassador friend of mine to lunch with him at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. YIKES! A cafeteria like I've never seen. With the same tray-on-rails format, the array of appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, grilled-to-order items, fresh vegetarian and vegan dishes and serving areas for dozens of warm, room temp and chilled desserts blew me away. Every imaginable beverage followed - teas, fresh juices, coffees, you name it. It was all-encompassing. And all was delectable. I guess with the influx of highbrow intellects from a gazillion cultures, you have to be good. And it is.

Are any others worth mentioning here?

CP

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  1. BOTH of the cafeterias at Hong Kong Baptist University when I was there in 2002 had GREAT food. BBQ pork and rice, roasted chicken and rice. Sweet iced lemon tea. Noodle bowls with every imaginable combination of add-ins, for pennies. Set lunches (app, main, dessert) for under $4. Real dishes and flatware. Yum. Western specialities too, and pastries...

    I think it operated on the same principle as the Princeton caf you mention, Chefpaulo -- their international program was large and well-established, and when you add the ubiquity of cheap good eats in Hong Kong... the cafeterias had to be great, just from a competition standpoint!

    I've heard tales (of Eldorado-myth proportions) of the mind-blowingly great cafeterias at the Google headquarters but have never gotten an inside perspective.

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    1. re: LauraGrace

      I have heard this as well. And its free and unlimited to their stock-rich employees.

      I've also been to the touted employee restaurant on the 47th floor of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. Supposedly the culinary sky icon of Philly, it is not. I'll take Princeton any day.

      CP

      1. re: Chefpaulo

        The employee cafeteria at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach fed about 1000 people a day. The food was fabulous. Roasted meats and fish, fresh produce and salads. The desserts and baked good were exquisite. Most of the food was the same served to the hotel guests. I put on 15 pounds over a 2 month period while doing some restoration work there in the early 90's. At the time, employees ate free and contractors were charged $4.00.

    2. The AutoStrada grills in Italy, who says roadfood has to be HoJo bad?

      1. This is a bad, not good memory... I was a freshman at Mt. Holyoke College in the fall of 1976, there was no central cafeteria, each dorm had its own cooks and dining room. I can eat almost anything - a lot of the food was inedible... I'm talking REAL green eggs and ham. Ramen noodles became a staple. At the usual all-college welcome-back meeting at the beginning of my second year the college president announced, very uncomfortably, that the food-service manager had been found guilty of embezzlement and had been fired. Followed by the most enthusiastic standing ovation I've ever seen.

        And yes, the food improved drastically.

        1. When I was in college, back in the Jurassic era, there was a lunch item folks liked to make fun of, but many of us secretly liked it. We called it "dog biscuit". It was a biscuit-dough pinwheel containing a filling of mystery meat. It came covered with brown gravy. It NEEDED that gravy.

          One of my prize possessions is a 1950's cookbook from Sunset Magazine - a real time capsule - and there is a recipe for a similar thing. It has a fancy name, and they do not call it "dog biscuit".

          1. The Forum cafeteria in Kansas City back in the late 40's and early 50's was awesome! All of us kids remember our grandmothers taking us shopping or to a show downtown and then lunch at the Forum. The desserts were special. There was seating on the main floor and also up a flight of stairs. They even had waitresses that would carry your tray if you had to eat on the upper level! Real class.
            Bob

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            1. re: SonyBob

              Wow! I remember the Forum too. In fact one of the best dishes I still remember today and tried to duplicate was their creamy coleslaw. Do you remember it? It was fabulous. Thanks for writing your article.

              1. re: Chiefers

                The Forum was in St. Louis, too, with the upstairs and the tray-carriers. I learned to bone fish there, eating their jack salmon (which is actually whiting). Great biscuit shortcakes, too.

                1. re: lemons

                  I remember The Forum in downtown St. Louis. I ate chop suey there. I also remember the seeming infinity of appetizing choices. I was really quite young! I ate there a couple of times in the very early '70s and I don't remember it well at all.

                  1. re: sueatmo

                    Oh, the Forum in downtown Oklahoma City. Like Bob, I went with my grandmother. I loved it so much, and she let us get anything we wanted. I seem to recall great salads and desserts. Like any child, I loved the mashed potatoes and brown gravy.

              2. re: SonyBob

                KC was a great Cafeteria town. We were Myron Green fans because we lived in Roeland Park,and would hit the Mission one, but my mom loved them all, Forum included.
                Putch's and The Carousel at about 62nd and Troost stand out 40 some years later. :)

                1. re: bbqboy

                  One of my earliest jobs was at the Putsch's cafeteria at 83rd and Mission. I have many fond memories of my time there - and some are even about the food! I also worked for EBT, which had its roots with Myron Green. Gosh, that was a long time ago...

              3. Every other Thursdays, 5th grade cafeteria, salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Now THAT brings back some good memories. My gradeschool cafeteria ladies, God bless their be-hair-netted coifs, made every last blasted thing from scratch. Their chili and especially their cinnamon rolls were legendary. Oh... those cinnamon rolls... puffy, gooey, perfectly sweet, yeasty. I would cheerfully cut off a finger (OK, maybe a toe) to have one of those on my desk riiiiight.... NOW!

                  Damn. Didn't work.

                  1. re: LauraGrace

                    We had a great elementary school cafeteria as well. It was mostly run by the moms. The baking was excellent, especially the rolls. The lasagna, spaghetti, even the tuna casserole, were all excellent. The best was the pizza, which was right up there with the best Chicago style I ever had. This was in Falls Church, VA in the mid 60's. I also miss the S&Ws and Scholl's Cafeteria in downtown DC with the automat desserts.

                    1. re: LauraGrace

                      In junior high school (now PC "middle school") in SoCal in the mid 60's I worked in the careteria. Two good reasons: I got out of class 30 minutes early before lunch and I got a free lunch (which was an astronomical 40 cents at the time, including milk). I got to watch those cafeteria ladies do their stuff. I'd never seen so much lasagna cooked in trays before, and it was great with gooey cheese and surprisingly good red sauce made by the ladies. We also had cinnamon rolls, sticky with sap and when you pulled them apart you always got a piece of the roll next to yours. Of course, as a worker I had to perform quality control duties so not only did I get the free lunch, I got tastes of everything else that looked good. Pizza was not so good, IIRC, but the salisbury steak with gravey was a killer. I have a good memory of the mashed potatoes but I bet they were not up to my current standards. Perhaps that's where I began to grow my CH roots.

                      1. re: TomSwift

                        Indeed. I joined the Safety Patrols in elementary school because we got fresh-made donuts (!) and either hot chocolate or hot cider when we got to school, which only the Patrols were allowed to have. I wanted in.

                        1. re: flavrmeistr

                          I was a Safety as well in elementary school but we didn't get any grub. Meistr, you wanted in for the grub, and I was in the cafeteria for the same thing. I wonder if our respective motivations have changed all that much since?

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      The cafeteria at my high school in Toronto was amazing, not that teenage boys are the most discerning of food critics. But at least two or three times a term, one of the offerings would be this awesome roast lamb with mint sauce. Since my only previous exposure to lamb had been my grandmother's shoe leather mutton with brown gravy, this was a revelation.

                      1. re: FrankD

                        Your high school cafeteria served roast lamb??!!!???

                        Did it also have veal every other Friday and maybe prime rib every first monday of the month??

                        1. re: FrankD

                          I'm as astonished as ipse. Roast lamb!! When were the truffles served over the pizza, and how many days a month did they serve osso bucco? Since it was high school you probably didn't get D'Yquem with your cheese course. I was lucky to get in line in time to get the 60 cent pastrami sandwich which, when I was flush, I'd get 3 of them. Here in SoCal, the pastrami was a clone of Johnnies or the Hat, nothing evenly remotely resembling Langer's. Bear in mind that time I'd never heard of D'Yquem, truffles or cheese plates.

                      2. The Piccadilly chain of cafeterias in the South made some pretty decent crawfish ettouffe (sp), at least the one here did...

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                        1. re: Clarkafella

                          I was also going to report the Piccadilly cafeterias. I'm not sure if they were truly any good, but we used to go there after we crawled out of bed on Sunday afternoon and get ettoufee, or fried chicken, mashed potatoes and greens, cornbread, bourbon pecan pie, sweet tea... great way to kill a hangover.

                          1. re: happybellynh

                            I belonged to two car clubs my last few years in Nashville, the Alfa Romeo Club and the Falcon Club. The Alfa meetings were often at Italian restaurants, and we'd have cocktails and wine. The Falcon Club met at Piccadilly on Murfreesboro Road, where the strongest drink was iced tea. As long as I avoided the nice-looking but always grossly overcooked fish and the gloppy desserts, everything was amazingly tasty. The fried chicken was great, the baked chicken with dressing phenomenal.

                            The best cafeteria I know of now is Clifton's Cafeteria, the one survivor of a local chain, on Broadway in a very seedy part of downtown L.A. My late pa-in-law wanted to go there because his mother, an incredible snob, refused to allow him to patronize any place that gave free meals to "shiftless layabouts", as she regarded anyone with neither job, house nor servants of his own, and he'd never gotten around to going since then. He was charmed by the oddball forest theme, won over by the simple but quite fresh and well-prepared food, and happiest of all when he paid the check! I had the pot roast plus the usual trimmings, plus salad and tea, and it was better pot roast than I usually make. If you're in the vicinity, it's worth going just to be amazed at the decor, but you might as well eat something while you're in there...

                            1. re: happybellynh

                              As of summer 2014 I have a trip South planned and one of my destinations is a Piccadilly Cafeteria because I hear it is the closest thing to a Morrison's heir. Up North nobody knows how to cook vegetables all day like Grandma did, with a piece of salt meat, but those lovely Southern cafeterias do. Now let us have a moment of silence remembering Morrison's Cafeterias.......oh my lord, their pies, custards, cobblers....

                          2. We also had the little old ladies from the community that were the primary cooks in our school cafeterias growing up. In particular they could bake. Cinnamon rolls were out of this world, I haven't had any like them in years. They also made something I have never had since that they called batter bread. It was absolutely delicious. Of course we are talking years ago, our milk was only 3 cents and the milk guy came by each room in the morning and collected the coins.

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                            1. re: swamp

                              I remember 2-cent milk and nickel ice cream. I think lunch was 30 cents.

                            2. Like Chefpaulo, I recall with great fondness the food at the Horn and Hardart. Their macaroni and cheese was absolutely perfect, the rich, savory gravy, whether on meat loaf or turkey, was great. Horn & Hardart also had the only "large pearl" tapioca pudding I've ever had -- I loved it. I ate at the last one (at 42nd and 3rd Avenue) until they closed.

                              The cafeteria in the Hartford Steam Boiler Building at One State Street in Hartford, Connecticut, called the One State Street Cafe, is open to the public. It's operated by progressive food operator Restaurant Associates. There seem to be a million choices, all staged in a very, very attractive setting. There's always an international/regional specialty offered (by the pound) and a vast salad bar, as well as the usual sandwich, hot meal/grill offerings. The food's great, and not expensive at all. The One State Street Cafe is on the 5th floor of the One State Street (the "Hartford Steam Boiler") Building.

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                              1. re: shaogo

                                Shaogo -
                                So happy to hear from another H&H fan. I recall the last automat as being across from the Chrysler Building, Should have eaten there in September of 1990 before they closed weeks later.

                                My fave in the restaurants was the Salisbury steak (aka fancy burger with mushroom gravy). I liked creamed spinach and au gratin potatoes with that. The mac and cheese was way up there but had to go with the meatloaf and stewed tomatoes. Remember the ham steak with the spiced raisin sauce? And, yes, where does one find the large pearl tapioca these days? The chocolate and butterscotch puddings were great as well. The pies, I recall, could always be warmed before being served a la mode. Great coffee, too.

                                Thanks for remembering.

                                CP

                                1. re: Chefpaulo

                                  Ditto CP, the Salisbury Steak was mmmmm! And they did very, very good creamed spinach -- you could taste the homemade Bechamel sauce. My dad got stewed tomatoes with everything. Don't remember the ham steak you mention. About the large-pearl tapioca, I can't even find large pearls with which to make my *own* tapioca pudding, much less already-made large-pearl pudding.

                                  There was something magical about putting a quarter "in the wall," twisting a lever, and opening the window that a piece of pie would come out of. For those not familiar with it, Horn and Hardart was the innovator of the "automat:" coin-op dining.

                                  Coffee? grab a mug and put a quarter in the wall and it'd pour out of a gargoyle's mouth. If all one wanted was dessert and coffee, or salad/sandwich, coffee, etc., you didn't even have to line up in the cafeteria line... just walk to the "wall" and buy your meal.

                                  The one on 42nd and Third Avenue -- a block away from the Chrysler building -- was where I ate for a couple of years. Breakfast and lunch, many days. At breakfast, they had the best grits, and the oatmeal was the creamiest, most flavorful I've ever had (must be the NYC water).

                                  1. re: shaogo

                                    My very first H&H visit as a kid from the boonies of Missouri was the 42nd and 3rd one. I was enchanted. Later married a Brookyn guy wo reminds me that their slogan when he was growing up was, "Less work for Mother", which I find absolutely endearing.

                                    1. re: lemons

                                      The cafeterias were, of course, called the automats. The stores were called the "less work for Mother Retail Shops".

                                2. re: shaogo

                                  I don't recall the food at H&H as being all that wonderful. It was decent plain food, though. I did enjoy the mac & cheese and creamed spinach, but my main reason for begging to go there was to get hot chocolate from the gargoyles....

                                3. Scholl's Cafeteria was a Washington DC institution for 30+ years. Good and cheap. Best liver and onions in town. Always a crowd in the old days, until old Mr. Scholl passed on and things just went downhill. Many of the employees had been there forever, and IIRC everybody got a Xmas bonus of $1000 times the number of years of employment. No wonder they hung around.

                                  My wife worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute for a few years. Now there was an employee cafeteria. Amazing what can be done if there is money available.

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                                  1. re: johnb

                                    I have happy memories of Scholl's. When we moved to DC in 1966 a lot of items cost ten cents (coleslaw, custard, applesauce etc) and there were toasters on the tables so you could make your own hot toast. But the signature thing was Mr Scholl's juxtaposition of menu announcements and religious messages eg a sign atop the cafeteria line saying "Pray for us Sacred Heart of Jesus Spaghetti & Meatballs $1.25". Homemade desserts, pies. I would give a lot today for a meal at Scholl's. Mr Scholl was a decent man who ran a wonderful restaurant (several of them, actually).

                                  2. 1. Any of the two or three cafeterias of the World Bank, Washington, DC

                                    2. Cafeteria at the Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome

                                    3. Cafeteria at the Internaitonal Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome

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                                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                      Shhhhh.......CIA Headquarters Langley Virginia.
                                      Amazing........

                                      1. re: EAH

                                        I guess everything there has a secret sauce.

                                        CP

                                      2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                                        I have eaten at the FAO cafeteria. Agree.

                                        There are even some decent university cafeterias in Italy, but La Sapienza in Rome is not among them. When I ate there it was greasy and dreadful.

                                      3. I went to high school in Lubbock, Texas, the corporate home of Furr's Cafeterias. Up until about 20 years ago, they were a consistently satisfying experience: to this day, the best meatloaf I have ever had. But they went to an AYCE format and the quality plummeted. My very last Furr's experience ever happened about 10 years ago, when I got a plate of the meatloaf and discovered that someone had managed to dump the creole sauce onto a pan of COMPLETELY UNCOOKED meatloaf slices and send that out to the serving line. I don't mean underdone, I mean pink and refrigerator-cold.

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                                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                          I too remember Furrs Cafeteria, but the one we went to as a kid was in OKC. I remember nearly choking to death, literally, on the best chicken fried steak I have ever had to date. I was about 10 or 11 years old, and I probably took to big a bite. They served it with fried potatoes and onions. I always got this meal when we went there. It was a big deal to go there in those times, cause we did not have a lot of money. I remember the live piano player in the dining room, he would do requests. The cashier would strike the xylophone to get someone to carry your tray if you couldn't. Those were good times. Too bad the quality went downhill after time. They closed the OKC site long ago.

                                        2. When I was in nursing school in St. Louis, the hospital cafeteria made their own doughnuts and eating before we went on the floors at 6:45 a.m., a warm doughnut is almost enough to make the alarm clock less awful. But then there was the lunch that I picked up a dish that I thought was deep-fried scallops. Sat down to eat it and an upperclassman said, "Why are you salting that? It's pineapple!"

                                          1. Garfield's in Brooklyn, 1950s - 1960s. A several storey high ceiling and walls covered with mosaic art (probably done as a WPA project in the thirties). It was enormous, open 24/7, and the food was all fresh (though I never understood their "consomme" flavoured mainly with - I realized years later - MSG).

                                            Every day they put out an entire roast hip of beef, a couple of feet high, almost as wide, and always perfectly cooked. Skirt steak sandwiches. Fresh fish, smoked fish, salads, and lots of daily specials. Some good Jewish style food. Strawberry shortcake with huge strawberries and loads of real whipped cream.

                                            I also remember being very impressed with Furr's Cafeteria in Denver in the early seventies. Carpeting, chandeliers, a pianist, and the trays carried to your table. As with Garfield's, it seemed that pretty much everything was fresh. The southern and southwestern style dishes were especially good.

                                            I wasn't around to witness the decline of either place, probably a good thing.

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                                            1. re: embee

                                              Oh, gosh, my husband tells stories about gathering at Garfield's while he was in high school in the '40's. Erasmus Hall forever, and all that.

                                            2. as a kid here in south Florida i remember a place called Morrisons that my mema liked all i remember is the mashed potatoes and turkey gravy a food group unto itself... i want to go to Google's cafeteria http://googlemenus.blogspot.com/ this place sounds great

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                                              1. re: pikiliz

                                                I think Morrisons cafeterias are a thing of the past, at least the last time we were in Florida we drove for half a day looking for one and they all seemed to have changed into something else. They were all over the South and sold absolutely wonderful homemade-tasting southern food including homemade desserts like apple dumplings and chess pie. We actually used to route our travel according to the location of a Morrison and if we flew we would pick up a car at the airport and head for a Morrisons even before going to our hotel.

                                              2. This is a little late, but Wyatt's Cafeteria made a Baked Eggplant dish that was one of my grandmother's favourite foods. Is Wyatt's even still around? We used to go there (DFW locations) in the 1960s--70s just to eat the eggplant. There are several versions of the supposed recipe floating about on the net. I tried one of them a couple of years ago and it wasn't like what I remembered. Once the eggplants start coming in our veggie box, I'm going to try the others.

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                                                1. re: decolady

                                                  That Wyatts was in the now defunct Northtown Mall.

                                                  I believe that only cafeterias are legally able to make and sell pea salad.

                                                  1. re: decolady

                                                    How odd that you mentioned the Wyatt's Eggplant Casserole. I have been craving it also. We used to go every Sunday after church and that was my favorite dish. I did some searching and found the recipe and am making it right now. I have the eggplant cut up and soaking in the refrigerator now and will be finishing it up tonight to serve my staff. Wyatt's has been out of business for several years in all locations as far as I know. Here is their recipe for the eggplant and I hope you enjoy it. It seems pretty complicated based on what I expected so wish me luck with mine. Hope to hear how you did with yours.

                                                    http://www.recipezaar.com/Wyatt-Cafet...

                                                     
                                                  2. Can't believe no one has mentioned Bryce's in Texarkana, TX. Everything there is made from scratch and is excellent.

                                                    http://www.brycescafeteria.com/

                                                    1. My grandfather had a Jewish-style cafeteria in the Bronx in the 40's, 50's and 60's on Jerome and Mosholu. I remember the fresh-carved meats and the rice pudding.

                                                      1. As a kid, when my family came to NYC from the Midwest, it was the Automat that entranced me. Food was secreted in glass-fronted lock boxes that looked like postal boxes. You put in a coin and got what you wanted. I thought it was the bomb. I even wrote a short story about the cashier who "made change" to give you coins. I guess these were owned by Horn and Hardart.

                                                        1. On occasion we used to take us and out kids to eat at Pope's at NW Plaza in St. Louis County. I'm not saying it was fabulous food, but the fried chicken was quite good and I always got it. It seemed to me that our kids enjoyed choosing their meal that way. Afterward, we walked over to Sees Chocolates, and each of us got one piece of candy for dessert.

                                                          This was long ago in the faraway time of the early 1980s.

                                                          I hadn't thought of Pope's in years.

                                                          1. That would have to be the Baked Eggplant Casserole from the famous old (now out of business) Wyatt's Cafeterias here in Dallas/Fort Worth. I was able to google up the recipe and had flashbacks to my childhood! This stuff is heaven on earth. It looked like Cornbread dressing at a glance which is the only reason I ate it as a kid otherwise would have never touched the stuff. I have made it again and have all the fond euphoria I remembered as a kid so many years ago.

                                                             
                                                             
                                                             
                                                            1. Can anyone explain why cafeterias have become unfashionable? I remember delicious home-cooked-style food in St Louis at The Forum and Miss Hulling's, in New York at Dubrow's in the Garment District, in Washington DC at Scholl's and Hot Shoppes and in suburban Virginia at the S&W, all over the South at Morrison's...this trip down Memory Lane has taken from 1940 to 1990---and then all the cafeterias disappeared within the next decade. Now people come to Chowhound's Chicago board asking for cafeterias in downtown Chicago and about all we can offer is the one at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which is about 50% chef stations anyway. I truly think all the others have disappeared. Does this even make sense in a city full of young singles who work? There's more to life than sushi. I wish they'd bring back cafeterias.

                                                              1. I was so fortunate to go to a nice Catholic grade school with wonderful little Italian and other grandmothers cooking our lunches! As opposed to these days, when many schools serve primarily frozen foods, we ate freshly prepared great lunches. These ladies worked all morning making salads with actual vegetables in them like red cabbage and others, not just lettuce, with homemade vinegar and oil dressing. Excellent! They made real macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, the best pizza you ever ate in your life (the lines went out the door on pizza day), and I can't remember what else right now, but the Italian stuff sticks out in my mind. The next day, you could buy a bowl of mac and cheese for 10 cents. Those were the days when you could buy two pretzel rods for 5 cents with the nickel you had leftover after buying milk for 20. Of course, school lunches at public schools are free for all students. I suppose their budgets may not allow for both the purchase of fresh foods and the salaries to pay a bunch of cooks to prepare it. But this is something of great importance. I wish my daughter attended a school where the food was fresh and organic. The behavior of the kids at school and at home might improve if they ate healthier, more satisfying foods. The ladies who cooked our lunches at school when I was growing up I think put love into the food, as well as care. There was some stuff like pork n' beans and canned vegetables probably, that didn't taste the best, but we had a menu in advance, so we could pack sometimes if we wanted to. Kids these days seem averse to packing lunch, or maybe as they get older it isn't 'cool', so it's very important to try to improve school lunches for all our kids. These kids are growing up to be the majority of the country- we better feed them as best we can.
                                                                I agree that cafeterias are neat. I've always thought having a restaurant with a bunch of hot side dishes and a couple vegetable dishes served on cafeteria trays would be fun!

                                                                1. Spanish rice, hot dogs, Yankee Doodles and milk. Nutrionally unbeatable.

                                                                  1. You must have been at Barnes, where they deep-fried all the fruits and vegetables?

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                                                                    1. re: Querencia

                                                                      There are the J & S cafeterias at Asheville Airport, High Point and Hickory: http://www.jandscafeteria.com/ - we've eaten at the Asheville one twice. And at Wright's in Knoxville a couple of years ago.
                                                                      Doug

                                                                      1. re: Querencia

                                                                        At the risk of quoting movies, you talkin' to me? Yes, indeed, I was at BHSN. And survived to nurse another day.

                                                                      2. I remember the Marion Cafeteria in Marion, Indiana. They had the best cinnamon rolls - homemade right there. Not the swirled, frosted things of today, but more like a monkey bread, made in individual giant muffin-sized rolls.

                                                                        They also had the best roast beef and fried chicken. And I won't forget the tapioca pudding - YUM!