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Forgotten Fast Foods

I know these discussions have been had over-and-over, but this was a good list from Thrillist. It's 12 "forgotten" fast foods that should/should not return.


(By the way, I TOTALLY agree about the McDLT! Bring it back!)


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    1. re: jpr54_1

      Horn & Hardart mac & cheese, cod cakes, beef pot pie & huckleberry pie. Linton's ( a Philadelphia chain) & Ho Jo's.

      1. re: jpr54_1

        There is a Horn and Hardart's operating in Philadelphia today. Its more like a starbucks than an automat. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horn-H...

        1. re: PHREDDY

          There's still a Chicken Delight near me, Two others transformed into Chicken Galore after a franchise dispute if not mistaken, using basically the same method and recipe.

          1. re: PHREDDY

            A little weird...In the CT there used to be a chain called Wetson's (weston, wetson, odd, huh?)

              1. re: BiscuitBoy

                Weston's ruled! I lived in Stamford and there was one on Hope Street and also one in Norwalk on the Post Road across the street from what is now Sports Authority. This was in the mid 1960's, my high school years. It was a hangout @ night and after games. It was the first fast food hamburger place in our area, even before McDonald's arrived. $.15 cents for hamburgers or great fries cooked in suet or lard back then. Nostalgic memories for me of warm summer nights filled with that wonderful fast food aroma mixed with Shalimar perfume, very popular with young girls of that era.

              2. I only miss Burger Chef's Big Chef, Howard Johnson hot dogs & Long John Silver's peg legs.

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                1. re: Clams047

                  I loved Burger Chef when I was a kid. Check this out, make sure you're speakers are on:


                  1. re: Clams047

                    Howard Johnson - completely forgot about that one. Loved them - particularly on road trips!

                    1. re: Clams047

                      Howard Johnson's was not fast food. It was a regular, sit down restaurant. At least the ones where I lived were. I loved HoJo's!

                      1. re: ttoommyy

                        Good point. It was like Friendly's. I guess we could call it a Forgotten Chain?

                        1. re: jbsiegel

                          " I guess we could call it a Forgotten Chain?"

                          Agree! I used to love Friendly's too. Haven't been to one in years. It was the first place that i ever had a grilled corn muffin with butter for breakfast. The things we remember!

                          1. re: jbsiegel

                            They're still around in Western New York. Quality, IMHO, is not what it used to be: I remember it as mainly an ice cream place, but sometime in the last couple of decades it morphed into a Denny's-like place.

                            1. re: jbsiegel

                              Friendly's and Hojo's are still around, though not in profusion.

                              1. re: flavrmeistr

                                Alive and well on the Space Coast. Corner of Eau Gallie Causeway and US A1A.

                            2. re: ttoommyy

                              They had a takeout business, especially for their ice cream. I thought they were almost a franchised diner. Those clam strips were good though.

                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                Loved them also when on the road. Always had the fried clams. Delicious at all the different locations I visited. Never ordered anything else. I

                              2. re: Clams047

                                I worked (very briefly) at Burger Chef way back when in high school :-) The ugliest uniforms you've ever seen, but the burgers weren't too bad. Of course, we traded orders that somehow went wrong out the drivethrough window with the kids from Pizza Hut who also had an order mysteriously go wrong...

                                1. re: Clams047

                                  Re: HoJo's ;Of course we all know that Jaques Pepin ,was once their executive chef!

                                2. I miss Big Bite -- it was a local chain in the Columbus OH area that served "pita wraps", aka gyros, in the early '80s.

                                  And seconding the vote for Horn & Hardart. Or any Automat.

                                  1. I would kill for some Sonic Pickle-Os. Those things were delicious.

                                    1. I miss:

                                      1. Howard Johnson's deep fried clam strips. I've had them elsewhere, but they are usually all breading. Howard Johnson's actually had clam them, at least until the last few years that Howard Johnson's was in existence, when the quality of the food went downhill.

                                      2. McDonald's deep fried apple and cherry "pies" that looked more like burritos. They were salty and crunchy on the outside and sweet on the inside and actually tasted like apple or cherry.

                                      3. McDonald's low cal hamburger. (I've forgotten the name.) They used some sort of steaming process to remove fat from the ground beef before grilling it. I liked it because if you loaded it up with condiments, you could barely tell the difference from a regular McDonald's burger. (And I am NOT a fan of diet food.)

                                      4. Wendy's salad bar. I think that this was a lot of work for management, and that is why they got rid of it, but it was a very extensive and generous salad bar and a real change of pace from burgers all the time.

                                      5. McDonald's french fries fried in beef fat (tallow). These were incredible and much, much better than what they serve today. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The fact that McDonald's had strict rules about how long fries could sit out of the fryer also helped. Many was the time that I saw a manager dump a bunch of fries because the alarm had gone off, indicating that the fries were more than ten minutes old (or whatever was the rule).

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                                      1. re: gfr1111

                                        The Wendy's Super Bar was a staple for my college swim & track team away meets because it was as vegetarian-friendly fast food as you could find for our $5 meal money at the time, and we always seemed to have at least a 20% vegetarian team. IIRC, the chocolate pudding was also quite good.

                                        I miss the original Taco Bell cinnamon crunchies- back when the base starch for them was tortilla and not styrofoam.

                                        1. re: beachmouse

                                          I loved the Wendy's salad bar/potato bar! After they got rid of that I pretty much got rid of Wendy's.

                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                            Same here. The salad bar was a cheap hit to me but the rest of the menu is just OK. I don't go often anymore.

                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                              One thing I remember that applies both to the Wendy's SuperBar and all of the salad bars during the 'fast food buffet' trend of the 80s is that I remember them all having cold pepperoni on the salad bar as a salad topping. I loved that as a kid. There's still some salad bars around these days, but I haven't seen cold pepperoni on one for a very long time.

                                              1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                Last place I've seen cold pepperoni on a salad bar was in a pizza chain in Oklahoma called Mazzio's. They did have a damn tasty salad bar.

                                            2. re: beachmouse

                                              There used to be a salad bar at the Carl's Jr. by my house growing up that was really good. We used to go at least once a week.

                                              1. re: beachmouse

                                                The chocolate pudding is pretty much the only distinct thing I remember about the Wendy's salad bar - funny the things that come back to you!

                                                1. re: beachmouse

                                                  I worked at Wendy's back in the day and the salad bar was my responsibility. I can't speak for other Wendy's but it was a money loser at our store because people would come in, pay for one salad bar and two people would eat. I could not understand at the time why my manager didn't crack down but maybe he assumed that if people were hungry or had that little money, he wasn't going to embarrass them. Eventually the salad bar just went away.

                                                2. re: gfr1111

                                                  I have such fond memories of Wendy's SuperBar, though looking back at it, it's sort of a model of how to lose money. "Hey boss, I've got a great idea! How about a huge buffet that takes up lots of seating space, requires constant maintenance and cooking, and barely turns a profit on a good day?"

                                                  Try the apple pies at Popeyes. They still deep-fry them and they're awesome.

                                                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                    Do tell! Now I have an excuse to try Popeyes. I tried the fried pie at KFC, but it was NOT like Mickey D's back in the day. NOTHING like a fried pie. And thanks, I was already starving...

                                                  2. re: gfr1111

                                                    My brother and I used to love the spaghetti in meat sauce and the tacos from the Wendy's Superbar when we were kids -- two clever reuses of old/broken burgers, along with the chili. I also fondly remember the "garlic bread" made from grilled, buttered, seasoned hamburger buns.

                                                    1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                      And the neon orange cheese gloop to top off my taco salad. I would still eat that superbar today. Yum

                                                    2. re: gfr1111

                                                      In Wilmington Delaware there's a place that used to be a Howard Johnsons that sells Clam Strips that are pretty darn good. Maybe not HJ's in their prime, but at the same time it could just be that nothing lives up to Memory. They serve big portions too - the Sandwich is a mountain of em on a roll, and the dinner...wow. They usually manage to cook them to a decent shade - not over or under done, although its a diner so I try to order them off-peak when they fryer isn't in heavy demand and thus being rushed. They're pretty meaty too, as clam strips go. Place is called the Hollywood Grill. It is otherwise a half-decent but not necessarily superb diner, favoured by the older set perhaps. But when I get the urge for some fried clams, it hits the spot. Soups are good too.

                                                      1. re: gfr1111

                                                        Wholeheartedly second those fried pies! I can't believe they weren't on the list in the article.

                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                          McDonald's fried pies are still available in some markets (including Hawaii.) If I'm not mistaken there is a website someplace showing where you can get them.

                                                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                            I haven't been to Hawaii since I was 17. Now I have one more reason to go back. :)

                                                            1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                              I swear I had pumpkin fried pies in the fall from McDonald's in our area, but employees look at me like I have 2 heads when I mention it. Maybe we were in a test-market area? They were actually pretty good.

                                                              1. re: pine time

                                                                Rest assured, you are not crazy @pine time, though it looks like they were baked.


                                                                Mmmmmm... pumpkin pie... mmmmmmm...

                                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                  I'm with you--they do sound good! ;)

                                                                  But what does this photo denote?!

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    Not sure what you mean. The photos on that page look good to me!

                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                      Maybe the one on the pie package? Especially in combination with "Caution I'm Hot" and "...I'm Lovin' It!

                                                                      1. re: Jeri L

                                                                        Ha! That is funny. I skipped the package and went right to the pies... Mmmmmmmmm

                                                                        1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                          Jeri L nailed it. The couple muggin' it up in the middle and the wording is just too funny. But you, no, you were all about the pie and I was all about the packaging. Maybe my day job gets in the way of my vision, HA HA!. ;)

                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                            I'm in advertising, I should have caught that. But the pumpkinliciousness was blinding me to it!

                                                                            1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                              HA HA HA, pumpkinliciousness! Brand management here--my eyes are always on the scan.

                                                                  2. re: ttoommyy

                                                                    Bless you, ttoommyy! My sanity remains intact.

                                                            2. re: gfr1111

                                                              Totally remember the Wendy's salad bar. I'll be in the outer limits of somewhere in NE where the only options are a convenience store or a Pizza Hut, and when I go to the Pizza Hut "salad bar" I cringe and remember the Wendy's. Our local one was meticulously maintained and well stocked, and something I would hit on a hot night when I was single and didn't want to cook.

                                                              1. re: gfr1111

                                                                HoJos did so well with the clam strips/clams they sold them in the frozen food section of the grocery.

                                                                1. re: cwdonald

                                                                  They used to sell their "toastees" there, too. I miss those. Corn freakin' toastees. There is no substitute, and I don't have enough elves to keep baking multiple batches to figure it out. :)

                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                    Loved them Toastees! They came in blueberry, too.

                                                                    Also loved their peppermint ice cream with real pieces of peppermint candy in it waaaay before anyone else was doing it. I first had it on a road trip to Florida with my family as a kid back in the very early 70s.

                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                      "KIDS LOVE THEM!" The box even says so. Wish they'd bring 'em back!

                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                        "Wish they'd bring 'em back!"

                                                                        Me too!
                                                                        You know, I just realized that it was the corn Toastees that started my lifelong love of all things cornmeal based: corn muffins, corn bread, corn tamales, corn pudding, etc.

                                                                2. re: gfr1111

                                                                  That hamburger was the McLean. And it was good. I agree on the fries, beef tallow is wonderful for making them.

                                                                3. Long John Silvers needs to bring back Budweiser dark on draft. Houston hot summers in the 1970's, ice cold mugs, flash forward 2013, hot again, gimme some Bud dark and I'll drown the fish in malt vinegar to make it palatable.

                                                                  1. Kenny Roger's Roasters. I recall walking by one in Midtown Manhattan many years ago, and since then, I've only seen them in SE Asia. Are they still around in the US? Has anyone tried them?


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                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                      I would always imagine Kenny Rogers dropping by and singing "I just dropped in to see what condition my chicken was in..."

                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                        "Found my wings in a brown paper bag within....."

                                                                      2. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                        There was one I recall in suburban Detroit but it's been closed for years.

                                                                        "Keeennnyyy" (was the one in Manhattan the Seinfeld one?)

                                                                        1. I would love to go back in time and visit an Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips. I mean the free-standing ones, not these little rinky-dinky ones you see in a food court now and then.

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                                                                          1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                            COMPLETELY agree on this one. I was thinking the same thing, but figured they weren't really "forgotten" since they're with Nathan's in food courts. Loved their fish & chips!

                                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                              "but figured they weren't really "forgotten" since they're with Nathan's in food courts."

                                                                              I don't even consider that the same thing. It's so generic compared to what they used to offer. I am very fond of AT's F&C since I worked at one for my first job when I was 16-18. Great memories!

                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                Let us not forget Roy Rodger's. The only one I remember eating at was when visiting friends at Penn State. Totally forgettable. The food I mean.

                                                                                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                  I loved the "Fixin's Bar" at Roy Rogers. They had the best pickles. And you could mix ketchup and BBQ sauce to dip your fries in.

                                                                                  1. re: AmyH

                                                                                    "I loved the "Fixin's Bar" at Roy Rogers. They had the best pickles. And you could mix ketchup and BBQ sauce to dip your fries in.'

                                                                                    Are we the same person? Me too, on both!

                                                                                    1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                      Wow! Did you also take a little cup of their pickles as a side dish when you ordered the roast beef sandwich?

                                                                                      1. re: AmyH

                                                                                        "Wow! Did you also take a little cup of their pickles as a side dish when you ordered the roast beef sandwich?"

                                                                                        Of course!!! How funny!

                                                                                        1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                          Clearly we were separated at birth!

                                                                                      2. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                        Roys had great BBQ sauce! As a kid I used to pilfer it <hangs head in shame>

                                                                                        1. re: kimeats

                                                                                          You'd bring a jar and fill it up?

                                                                                          1. re: AmyH

                                                                                            I put it in those paper cups they provided for takeout, used to take it home and dip everything in it. I remember the bbq sauce being very sweet.

                                                                                            1. re: kimeats

                                                                                              I'm impressed you could get it all the way home in those little paper cups without getting it all over yourself and your (or your parents') car!

                                                                                              1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                No car! I walked home with it in my hands or i put it in a bigger cup and into a backpack and biked home

                                                                                                1. re: kimeats

                                                                                                  That is true devotion to a BBQ sauce!

                                                                                      3. re: AmyH

                                                                                        There are no less than 5 Roy Rogers in Frederick, MD alone and a few more around the state.

                                                                                      4. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                        When I was a student a Penn State, I always stopped at Roy Roger's on the way into football games for some biscuits with butter and honey.

                                                                                  2. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                    There's an Arthur Treachers in Washington, DC. The fish is pretty lousy, but they serve eally good bulgogi.

                                                                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                      "There's an Arthur Treachers in Washington, DC. The fish is pretty lousy, but they serve eally good bulgogi."

                                                                                      This one? That's crazy! Cool, but crazy!

                                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                        Yeah, it really puts the "Treachers" in Treacherous.

                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                          HA HA, yes, the bars on the windows are NEVER a good sign...

                                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                            I hadn't noticed the ghettoized windows, so thanks for pointing it out. Looks like a Treacherous area...

                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                              Actually, the neighborhood is pretty nice and not nearly as stabby as it used to be. 


                                                                                              And four stars on Yelp, for what that's worth.


                                                                                            2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                              You're kidding, right? Some of the best fried chicken wings on the planet come out of bulletproof Chinese carryouts. And if you're looking for proper soul food and fried fish, you're not going to find it in upscale neighborhoods that are trying to keep the riffraff out.

                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                No, not kidding--lucky for me, I don't care for fried chicken wings, proper soul food or fried fish. However, I drove through a neighborhood much like that one and would frequently stop for Jamaican beef patties back on my college commute, long, long ago.

                                                                                                "Not nearly as stabby" is not selling me! "To die for" is just one of those annoying expressions...not supposed to be literal! ;)

                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                  For me, those sketchy places are the vanishing fast food of my misspent youth. After club shows in DC in the 1980s, we'd hit divey places like Shrimp Boat and Yum's for late night greasy fried fare. Many of those places have folded as neighborhoods gentrify. Now they're $8 pour wine bars and upscale small plates eateries and $5 cupcakeries and gourmet dog biscuit bakeries. Yessir, both money and time behave like loose quicksilver in a nest of cracks. Once they're gone, you wonder where they went! And what the devil you did with them!

                                                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                    I hear you loud and clear and it reminds me of something Steve Miller said best, "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin...into the future!"

                                                                                                    ETA: Tick, tock, tick, doot-doot-doo-doo...

                                                                                      2. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                        I'm not a fish lover, but I used to love their chicken sandwich. That was one of my favorites when I was a kiddo!

                                                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                          As I remember ( I made 1000s of them) they had thousand island dressing and coleslaw on them. I loved them.

                                                                                          1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                            Was it thousand island? I remember it was some kinda bright orange sauce, and YES, the slaw! I just ate lunch and I am STILL HUNGRY at the very thought of this sandwich.

                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                              I misspoke. It was Catalina dressing. I want one too!

                                                                                              btw... when I worked at AT's we would make them for ourselves and add a slice of cheese as well. Mmmmmm...

                                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                I wish I had been your friend then. And that sounds right--Catalina--in all its bright orange-y glory! Mmmmmmmm. I am still hungry for this thing, esp. with cheese!

                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                  So I'll make you wish you were my friend even more...

                                                                                                  When I worked at AT's, we were allowed to eat all the fish and fish sandwiches we wanted for free, but we had to pay for the chicken. So, clever younguns that we were, someone came up with a way to disguise the chicken as fish and work around paying for it. If you remember, the fish were cut into those very identifiable triangular shapes, while the chicken was formed into a sort of oval shape. We would cut the frozen chicken patties to resemble the triangular piece of fish. After it was battered and fried, no one was the wiser! And we had our free chicken sandwiches... with cheese, I might add!

                                                                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                    It worked! I do wish I were your friend even more! I am drawn to clever people, particularly those with an appreciation for AT's chicken sandwiches! :D

                                                                                        2. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                          oh man I didn't see this post and just replied with Arthur Treacher's myself. I miss it. There was an old one on 15 in Pennsylvania for years but it closed finally.

                                                                                          1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                            There is a perfectly safe, free-standing Arthur Treacher's on Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA. Great hushpuppies, bad fish.

                                                                                            1. re: Trixie Too

                                                                                              It's been there over 40 years. The fish used to be great, especially with the malt vinegar. The "chips" were good, too.

                                                                                          2. I remember when McDonalds used to serve Chicken Fajitas. I used to really like them. They were marinated chicken strips , green peppers, onions..rolled into a small tortilla and wrapped in paper..sort of like the sausage burritos are now. They just disappeared. Can't remember if they had cheese on them ..or salsa. Quite tasty

                                                                                            1. Here's what I remember as a kid that fast food places no longer serve:

                                                                                              1. Wendy's Hot Dogs - yes, Wendy's used to serve hot dogs and I loved the buttered, toasted hot dog buns that accompanied them.

                                                                                              2. Burger King's Spooners - Oreo Cookie Spooners were soft served ice cream served in a bowl with crushed oreo cookies on top.

                                                                                              3. Hardee's Frozen Yogurt Twist Cones - Chocolate/Vanilla twist cones made with frozen yogurt that were so good it fooled you into thinking you were eating ice cream.

                                                                                              4. Burger King's Original Chicken Tenders - these were delicious and were actually shaped like tenders. I especially miss the seasoning they used in the breading. I used to love ordering an 8 pc. of those with fries.

                                                                                              5. Burger King, Wendy's, Hardee's, and McDonald's Old French Fries - out of these, I especially miss the ones at Burger King. They ruined their fries when they changed to a crispy coated fry.

                                                                                              6. McDonald's Chocolatey Chip Cookies and McDonaldland Cookies in the boxes - wish they would bring these back!

                                                                                              7. Kentucky Fried Chicken "Extra Tasty Crispy" chicken and their French Fries - the recipe for the ETC chicken was outstanding and the french fries were similar in taste to their potato wedges but a lot better and actually shaped like a french fry.

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                                                                                              1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                Back in 60's KFC had tater tots. You're darn tootin.

                                                                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                  The best fried chicken and tater tots I can recall was from ...

                                                                                                  Granny's Carolina Chicken.

                                                                                                  It was located in Teaneck NJ...along with a Weston's and Arthur Treachers mentioned elsewhere in this thread by others.

                                                                                                2. re: littleflower

                                                                                                  Back in the '80's Wendy's had a country fried steak sandwich that was dang tasty.

                                                                                                  1. re: littleflower

                                                                                                    I do remember those very tasty Burger King chicken tenders as well as the original chicken sandwich which was delicious!

                                                                                                  2. Yumbo in... BK, 1977. I was 16, working at Burger King in my super cute orange and yellow polyester uniform, and it was a great sandwich to a 16 year old palate. Steamy ham and cheese on a VERY soft (soggy microwaved) bun. Microwave ovens were up and coming and pricey then. Good memory.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Rene

                                                                                                        Like you, I was working at BK around that time.

                                                                                                        Funny you should mention the Yumbo though, because just this past weekend I took some leftover T'giving ham, (Honeybaked actually), put it in a hamburger bun, and added some American cheese, wrapped it all in a paper towel and microwaved it for that Yumbo effect.

                                                                                                        It wasn't a perfect Yumbo, but it hit the spot.

                                                                                                      2. I miss Wendy's in the Dave Thomas days. Back then it was the best fast food out there, and cheaper than McDonalds to boot. Then they started messing with the menu items, then the menu, then the prices. Now I just don't go at all.

                                                                                                        I also fondly remember Roy Rogers - they had barrels with saddles on them for kids to sit on when they ate. I remember nothing about the food. But I was probably only 5 last time I at at one.

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                                                                                                        1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                          Roy's was one of the better chains. We especially liked the Fixins (sic) Bar, as everyone in the family wanted their burgers done up differently. And as the only chicken lover in the family, I was able to get pretty good fried chicken there. So sad when Hardee's bought them out and ultimately shut them down.

                                                                                                          1. re: rockycat

                                                                                                            Roy Rogers is still around. They're opening stores every year or so. Fortunate to live near THREE of them. One of the better run chains. And their Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich is the best fastfood chicken sandwich on the market. Makes Chik-Fil-A look like a pile of puke.


                                                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                              There are a number of Roy's in Maryland. During Lent, I
                                                                                                              think their fish sandwich and platter were the best of the
                                                                                                              fast food options now that Treachers are hard to find.

                                                                                                              Also loved HoJo's clam strips.

                                                                                                              1. re: ferventfoodie

                                                                                                                I was just at a rest stop on the NY Thruway, and there was a Roy's and an Arthur Treachers (Although the AT was with a Nathan's). Are there still Bob's Big Boys in rest stops anywhere?

                                                                                                          2. re: NonnieMuss

                                                                                                            I loved Roy Rogers. Tasty (processed, I believe) roast beef sandwiches, burgers with slices of ham on them (this was "exotic" to me as a kid), a "holster" of fries, the "fixin's bar." It was all good!

                                                                                                            1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                              Roy's Real Roast Beef isn't the injection-molded beef-style bologna that they peddle at Arby's. There's real beef muscle and sinew. A little salt, pepper, and horseradish sauce is all it needs. 

                                                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                Are you talking about now? I was talking about in the 1970s. I remember it being more of a cold-cut type of roast beef then. I loved it!

                                                                                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                  I had friends who worked at Arby's back in the day, even though I usually ate at Roy Rogers. Roy Rogers used the real roast beef as opposed to the processed version, but Arby's had a horseradish sauce with some real bite to it, as opposed the Roy's version, which was essentially mayonaise.

                                                                                                                  I'd get my friends to give me Arby's sauce in packets that I would then take to RR for a sandwich.

                                                                                                          3. Natural casing pepperoni, the kind that curled up into little cups of searing hot spicy fat. I'll always associate that flavor with afterschool meals at Shakeys.

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                                                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                              Margherita brand is the best Natural Casing Pepperoni around. Easy to find in the Northeast. I have seen it in some Italian shops in Fla also.

                                                                                                              1. re: awm922

                                                                                                                I find Margherita pepperoni (as well as their genoa salami) to be too fatty. Highly recommend you try Citterio pepperoni (as well as their salamis) - less fatty (11 vs. 13 gm/oz) and its also made with natural casings.

                                                                                                                Boars Head also makes an excellent natural casing pepperoni that's also far superior to Margherita, but my preference is Citterio.

                                                                                                                1. re: Clams047

                                                                                                                  Citterio Pepperoni? Never seen it. Citterio is hard to find as their market share is very small.
                                                                                                                  The Boar's Head pepperoni is made in the same plant as the Margherita pepperoni, but with a proprietary recipe. Their Natural casing Genoa Salami is also made by the same people that make Margherita Salami. That would be Armour-Eckrich Meats, a division of Smithfield Foods.

                                                                                                                  Also, "fat if flavor" when it comes to this type of item. Same principal as making a hamburger with too little fat.
                                                                                                                  Bottom line is if you look at the Fresh Scan info, Margherita NC pepperoni is number one and no one comes close to it.

                                                                                                                2. re: awm922

                                                                                                                  I buy Margherita pepperoni at a local butcher/convenience store/gas station. It's available there because the owner loves it.

                                                                                                                3. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                  I've been using the Molinari for a long time from iGourmet. Good stuff!

                                                                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                    "Natural casing pepperoni, the kind that curled up into little cups of searing hot spicy fat."

                                                                                                                    There may be more to the creation of these little "grease chalices" than the casing. Read this.


                                                                                                                    1. re: grampart

                                                                                                                      There is also "fine" grind and "coarse" grind pepperoni. Margherita makes both with natural casing. The majority of people get the "fine" grind, but if you find yourself on Federal Hill in Providence, RI, they only use the "coarse" ground NC pepperoni and slice it themselves for pizza topping. "Coarse" grind is similar to fresh Italian sausage or Sopressata. If you cut into the tow different type, the coarse grind would look to be fattier, in reality, it not because it's made from a leaner meat block.
                                                                                                                      Most pizza places buy pre-sliced pepperoni that is sometimes frozen. It's usually cut very thin and most likely, will not cup up.
                                                                                                                      Pepperoni is regional. If you go to NYC, it's mostly Hormel. New England is Margherita or Carando. California could be Molinari or Columbus.

                                                                                                                  2. I miss A&W rootbeer back when you came in and sat down and ordered from a little phone at the table. You always got a frosty mug! Loved the frosty mug. Something about it sharing kitchens and cooking grease with Long John Silver's has ruined the allure for me. Or getting my own Root Beer out of a tap :(

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                      My local A&W closed 2 years ago. It had been owned by the same family for decades and whoever they had working the fryer always knew what they were doing. It was a drive-in with carhop service and I dearly miss that first-of-the-season frosty mug of rootbeer delivered on the orange plastic matted tray that hooked over my car window. "Open for the season" sign was the first true sign that winter was over. I'd forgotten how much I missed this place until I read your post.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                          I remember the carhop service (and the frosty mugs!) from when I was a kid. We'd often stop at the A&W on Route 28 in Salem, NH on our way home from Canobie Lake or Island Pond.

                                                                                                                          Seems to me there was one on the way to Cape Cod, also, but we didn't often go in that direction.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                            My friends' family wound up going to an A&W one year for Thanksgiving! I always thought that was cool. My mother heard about it and would bring it up every year after on Thanksgiving Day and laugh about it.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                                                              I've said it before, I'll say it again...if someone were to *exactly* recreate an A&W, replete with carhops, the "Burger Family" (Mama, Papa, Teen, and Baby), and a original formula root beer (with *sugar*, dammit, no HFCS), I'd have no problem paying double what the other burger joints charge.

                                                                                                                              And you just *know* it could be done, if someone really tried to get it right...!

                                                                                                                              1. re: annagranfors

                                                                                                                                I don't even care about the car hops (well ok that would be nice) or the burgers, but the non-HFCS root beer I could definitely go for.

                                                                                                                                Last week I had a hankering for some root beer and looked at the grocery store. Even the premium expensive brands had HFCS in them. What the hell is it I'm supposed to be paying extra for?

                                                                                                                                Thank god for Mexican Coke.

                                                                                                                                1. re: JonParker

                                                                                                                                  According to their web site, Boylan root beer is made with cane sugar.


                                                                                                                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                    Abita makes an excellent root beer if you can get your hands on it. I had it on a business trip to Philly and was bummed I didn't have time to buy at least a 6- to take home.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                      Abita root beer is a-mazing. One of our Mellow Mushrooms has it on tap here. Even better that way!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                        Thanks to ttoommyy and kattyeyes for trying to help me. I wasn't able to find those, but I did find TripleAAA Root Beer (is that nine "As?") by Huebert Brewing Co. in Oklahoma City. It's made with all cane sugar, and really hits the spot. Since I severely limit my soda intake I only bought two bottles, but I know where to get them now.

                                                                                                                                        They have a web site that also sells Mexican Coke and Jarritos soda, albeit at fairly high prices.


                                                                                                                                        1. re: JonParker

                                                                                                                                          The local Best Buy sells Mexican Coke, Sprite, and Fanta Orange, but no big deal as I can buy them at the many carnecerias, supermercados, and taco trucks that dot the area, Jarritos as well plus Mexican Pepsi. I prefer the Sprite and Pepsi.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                            I had no idea that Best Buy even sold soda, but I haven't been in one in years. I do most of my shopping at supermercados since I cook mostly Mexican food. I can get the Mexican Sprite and Pepsi, but I never liked Pepsi even before all the bottlers switched to HFCS.

                                                                                                                                            What I really want is Dublin Dr. Pepper. A few years ago they came out with Heritage Dr. Pepper made with cane sugar, but it didn't last.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                              Best Buy, as in the electronics/appliance store, sells soda?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                Yes, and snacks and candy at the checkout lanes.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                  Wow. What do these things have to do with what they really sell? Guess it's been a long time since I've been in a Best Buy! lol

                                                                                                                                      2. re: JonParker

                                                                                                                                        I don't know about their root beer, but Sioux City's sarsaparilla is all cane sugar.


                                                                                                                                      3. re: annagranfors

                                                                                                                                        I totally forgot about the Mama Papa and baby burgers!!!! They don't have those at the one that's shacked up with LJS.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                      Here's the site to search for the A&W's. I went to one in Lake Placid, NY a couple of years ago. It was just like in the 60's, but no car hops. The food and root beer was the same.


                                                                                                                                      1. re: awm922

                                                                                                                                        What is it with Lake Placid?

                                                                                                                                        One of the two remaining Howard Johnsons are there also.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: hyde

                                                                                                                                          I only have some vague notion about Lake Placid....but is it a place where families go a lot for vacations? That is, the sort of traditional, go every year thing? If so...maybe things just stay more frozen in time? There are some places in my town with a college that thrive simply because they're the places everyone goes when they come back to town for events.

                                                                                                                                    3. In recent memory...I miss Fish McBites.

                                                                                                                                      Fish-ay fishayyyyyy

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                                        Damn you and that infectious jingle!!! ;P

                                                                                                                                      2. Helms Bakery trucks in southern California. They brought it to you (kind of like ice cream trucks). They closed in 1969 and took all of their recipes with them.

                                                                                                                                        1. Not fast food but I miss the salad at Pizza Hut. Chopped up veggies in top. The really upsetting part is the Romano cheese dressing that they had. If anyone knows of a copycat recipe I would love it.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                            I miss the Pizza at Pizza Hut. When I was a kid, we ordered it every single Friday and it was awesome, now, not so much.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                              I miss the triple-decker pizza at Pizza Hut. I think it was late 80s early 90s. Delicous, cheesy, calorie bomb.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                  A super short commercial which shows the two crusts and layer of six cheeses.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: lowtone9


                                                                                                                                              There is still a Biffburger at 3939 49th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL. When you mentioned it, it rang a bell and I googled it. It sounded familiar, but I have never eaten there. I take it that it is worth it. I would create a link for you to the website, but my poor computer skills prevent me from doing so.

                                                                                                                                            2. Wuv's Hamburgers. They had the best red skinned potato wedge fries when i was a kid. I remember very little about the restaurant but the drive thru and gleefully eating the fries in the back seat

                                                                                                                                              1. I remember my parents taking me to Happy Chef when I was a little goatlet. The big statue from out front is now a roadside advertisement for a chimney sweep (and also a geocache)

                                                                                                                                                1. Nedicks hot dogs & orange drink.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Jerzeegirl

                                                                                                                                                    No, I think you mean "a double cheeseburger, onion rings and a large orange drink!" ;)

                                                                                                                                                  2. Kentucky Fried Chicken > KFC

                                                                                                                                                    Hardee's Roast Beef Sandwich

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: batmon77

                                                                                                                                                      KFC is still going pretty strong where I live in the NYC metro area.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                        I preferred the original formula. KFC is the "newer" incarnation of the brand. I dont think its even called Kentucky Fried Chicken on the commercials.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: batmon77

                                                                                                                                                        Ooh those were good...they used to sell a Big Roast Beef sandwich that I loved as a kid. I think they still may be sold at some Hardee's across the US just not in our area anymore. I also liked their french fries from way back in the day - they were not crispy in fact kind of soft but they paired well with the roast beef sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                      3. Anybody remember Red Barn Restaurants? I recall going to a few as a child, but I can't for the life of me remember anything I had there. I just remember that big damn barn building.



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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                          There was a Red Barn in the KC suburbs when I was a little kid. I don't remember too much about it, but it was our go to fast food joint.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chileheadmike

                                                                                                                                                            Reminds me of the Nickerson Farms that used to dot the Interstate. I loved getting to stop at one as a child. I was always fascinated with the beehive that was glassed in and attached so you could watch the honey bees. The one I used to go to is still there.... but abandoned. Probably will be turned into an adult porn store.....

                                                                                                                                                        2. I also want the McDLT back! It was so yummy! And FRIED apple pies at McDonalds.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: libgirl2

                                                                                                                                                            Yes, IIbgirl2, bring back tdhe McDonald's fried apple pie. It was delicious--the perfect combination of sugar, salt, and crunch. (It was probably horribly unhealthy, being deep fried, but I don't care. It was good!)

                                                                                                                                                          2. The "steak" sandwich at Hardees. I remember having It as a kid and just loving it, especially the sauce. It was similar in size/shape to the McRib.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Arthur Treachers! Haha

                                                                                                                                                              1. McDonald's french fries fried in beef fat (tallow).

                                                                                                                                                                BK's Yumbo and their "Whaler" (fish sandwich)

                                                                                                                                                                A & W Mama Burger

                                                                                                                                                                McDonald's low fat burger was the McLean ~~ I think it had "seaweed" as an ingredient. I liked it, but alas. . .

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                  They were made with carageenan, which is a very common food additive extracted from seaweed. It's also in the milkshakes.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Only Philadelphians will remember the few Dewee's Orange outlets and their 15-cent breakfast special: a small Dewee's orange drink, a 2.5-inch glazed doughnut ball (really good!) and a cup of coffee. The 15-cent price was good through at least 1969 but they were all gone shortly thereafter.

                                                                                                                                                                  While not fast food, I still miss Horn&Hardart.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Arby's used to have three sauces: the Horsey Sauce, same as now, a Barbecue sauce, and Arby's sauce, which was a sort of Russian dressing. Sometime in the 90s or so they renamed the barbecue sauce Arby's sauce and dropped the Russian dressing. I don't like Arby's roast beef anymore (I don't know if it's because my taste improved, or because the quality declined), but I still miss the Arby's Russian dressing sauce. BTW, on the odd occasion I go to Arby's now I always help myself to a few of the Horsey sauce packets.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                                                      Mrs. Bridges, try and find some Woeber's Horseradish Sauce in the condiment aisle at any of your grocers. Horsradish/mayo mix.

                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly the same thing out of Springfield,OH.

                                                                                                                                                                      Trust me. Exactly same as Horsey sauce.



                                                                                                                                                                      Several others make it as well.
                                                                                                                                                                      I think one has a beaver on the label but I buy woebers since local.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jjjrfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                        That is so unusual that you mentioned this right now. One of my clients was just talking about that sauce and the brown horseradish mustard. I had never heard of it in FL but saw it in the grocery store yesterday. I bought her a bottle. Now that you say it tastes just like horsey sauce I will buy some for myself. Thanks for the info

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                                                        Went to one growing up in Ohio.
                                                                                                                                                                        Weekly it seemed.

                                                                                                                                                                        Always had the cheesebuger , which was similar to McD's as well as Burger Chef.

                                                                                                                                                                        It then became a bank and is now a Gold Star Chili.

                                                                                                                                                                        The last old Red Barn in the city downtown is now a laundramat but still, after 45 years has the red barn theme and design of the 70's.


                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                                                          Hi...it's still there, just off menu. Ask for 'Red Ranch' sauce and you will be a happy camper :)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. At Popeye's, they made the best Onion Rings. They battered them fresh with the similar coating as the chicken. They stopped making them about 7 or 8 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                          At McD's, I remember a cheddar melt burger that had grilled onions on it and a whole wheat roll. Not sure if they still do it once in a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: awm922

                                                                                                                                                                            You can still get onion rings at some Popeyes. They're a special order item; they're never held under heat lamps. That's why staff hates having to make them.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, I'll have to see if the local Popeye's still does them. I used to go there just for the rings.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: awm922

                                                                                                                                                                                The fries are great too and not a special order, but best when freshly made.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: awm922

                                                                                                                                                                              My local Popeye's still has onion rings and they are still as good as ever, always piping hot as monkeyrotica is right that they are a special order item.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: awm922

                                                                                                                                                                                IIRC, there was at least one variation of the McDs cheddar melt that came on something like a rye bun instead of whole wheat.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Does anyone else remember The Giant Orange?

                                                                                                                                                                                The one I remember was along highway a little bit south of Davis California on Highway 80. When I was quite young that was still a 4 lane divided road, and it was easy to pull off to the side into what I remember as a gravel parking lot. Grandma and Grandpa used to let us get the shakes and burgers, when we stopped with Mom and Dad it was just for the fresh orange juice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't remember that particular Giant Orange, but there used to be _many_ stands of that type (Mammoth Orange, Giant Orange, etc), all up and down Highway 99, back when it was a highway, but not a freeway. They were a welcome stop on long road trips in cars without A/C. The Mammoth Orange in Chowchilla only closed in 2007, when Caltrans turned that section of 99 into freeway. Here's a thread I started back then:
                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks like it might be restored as sort of a museum piece:

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                    Dairy Queen started carrying the orange julius drinks recently. If you have one near you, go grab one and pretend you are fifteen and at the mall again.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                      Orange Julius still exists, the company was bought a few years ago by Dairy Queen. There aren't many standalone Orange Julius locations left but in 2012 DQ started selling the Orange Juilius drinks at DQ stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't tried one under this new system (and frankly not at all for decades) so no comment if they are still the same

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                        They are still the same to me. Delicious

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                        Half a century ago when I was in high school, there was an Orange Julius place across the street. When I had enough change on me I'd go over there and get a Julius and a chili dog. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                          Orange Julius survives, I think. There used to be a small shop in a mall we would occasionally go to when I was a kid, and I would sometimes enjoy a beverage from there. Alas, the shop closed, and I rarely visit that mall anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                          But, I did recently see an advertisement for orange julius when I was watching baseball a few weeks ago. They had superimposed an orange julius advertisement on to the third base coaching box in, I think it was, Toronto. It actually prompted a discussion amongst the talking heads about superimposing advertisements onto playing fields, which in out-of-bounds areas, as was the case here, has been going on for quite a while in many sports, including baseball.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MonMauler

                                                                                                                                                                                            There is also one in San Diego. I have fond memories of going there in the early 80s.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: jpr54_1

                                                                                                                                                                                            There is an Orange Julius in Christiana Mall in Delaware.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                                                                                              Orange Julius is now owned by Dairy Queen/Berkshire Hathaway. I looked it up and was surprised to find that OJ has been around since the 1920s.

                                                                                                                                                                                              And speaking of DQ, they were the subject of a family joke. Their signs used to advertise their non-ice cream selections as "Brazier Foods" which my Sainted Mother corrupted into "Dairy Queen: Brassiere Foods"!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                                                                                My father did that too! Brassiere burgers! My brother and I stll joke about that almost 40 years later, lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now I thought that the double arches in the McD logo need to be enveloped in a brassiere of some kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am sad that DQ changed the name of their Mr. Misty drinks. They still have them, they just don't call them Mr. Mistys any more :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mr. Misty Freeze and Mr. Misty Kiss! I can almost picture the signage.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. KFC used to have "chicken littles" which was a slider sized chicken sandwich, would eat those by the bag full!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Monsterdg

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes....a great little sandwich for 39 cents. Much better than the Snacker they currently sell

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. In the mid 90's Long John Silver's briefly sold seafood wraps. They were *huge*. I could barely finish half of one, and would save the other half for later. They would put a ton of fried shrimp in them and they were only like $5. I don't know how they were making any money off of them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Atomic76

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Back in the 80's, Long John Silver's had a shrimp salad on the menu for a short period of time and it was actually pretty good. It was mayonnaise based and probably didn't keep very well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Pioneer Chicken! God, how I loved that place! Bright orange battered chicken. I would always ask (when I was a kid, although I'd have no shame in doing it now) for extra chunks of coating that would fall off other pieces. This was 1980's Long Beach, I'm now up in LA where a Pioneer still exists, but it's kind of sad and weird and not the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  And if my Dad was on Chowhound, without a doubt he would say Loves BBQ baked beans. He still talks about them frequently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. While not really fast food, here in Arizona I really miss Village Inn. Love the blintzes and the green chile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: my3guys

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm in AZ, and we have Village Inn here - it's similar to Denny's, and they serve lots of pies. Did there used to be a different Village Inn chain?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Village Inn in OK had free pie day on Wednesdays. A free slice of pie with your entree all day. I really tried to avoid eating there on Wednesdays. Beautiful pies, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: my3guys

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was a Village Idiot(aka waitress) for three years. They went under near me and I miss them

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Chock full of nuts-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        chicken salad

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                            And their whole wheat powdered donuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I'd add the Seafood & Crab sub at Subway (aka the Seafood Sensation). Terrific sub when the seafood salad was fresh, but it wasn't the most popular, so it often became a bit of a frightening Russian Roulette game of eyeballing the stuff to see how old it looked. At my local franchise, the owner would often start making me a sub and then sniff it and throw it out, saying "Too old! I can't serve you that!" Good guy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Once upon a time Burger King served a bbq burger on a long bun, same bun they still use for the original chicken sandwich. It was an oblong burger, if I remember right it just had the sauce and onion, maybe there were pickles. But unlike so many other bbq items it wasn't all gloppy and sweet. They have had other bbq burgers (western?) since, but not like those long ones.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. There's a fine fast food chain in the Portland OR area called Burgerville. Way back in the late l960's they had the most wonderful burger-style sandwich I've ever had. It had a shrimp-meat deep fried patty. I don't know when they quit making their famous shrimp burger, but every time I'm in the area I look for it, but it seems gone forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Let's see...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Burger Chef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Shoppes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Shoppes Junior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Little Tavern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                White Tower
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eddie Leonard's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Steak in a Sack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Miles Long Sandwich Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mister Donut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shakey's Pizza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dixie Freez

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i want Miles Long Sandwich Shop to reopen its doors to the Washington DC area residents again i wonder is it possible for Miles Long Sandwich Shop to reopen there Business again i really enjoyed eating Miles Long food back in the sixties and early seventies i really miss Mile Long Sandwich Shop Sincerely from Maurice L Welch of Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mwelch1960

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And how about Eddie Leonard's and Little Tavern?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mister Big

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eddie's is still serving fine SEAFOODSUBSPIZZACHICKENCHINESEFOOD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not the same Eddie. Eddie Leonard's was a DC chain of sub shops that disappeared some time in the early 70's. They were great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There's still one on Georgia Avenue. Also in Suitland, but I have no idea if they still do subs. The one in Waldorf still does. I may have to check them out.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Mister Big

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Who is Eddie Leonard and why are his sandwiches so tasty? (complete with jingle)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Well for one thing, they were HUGE! The cheeseburger sub had like six patties on it. They just had a certain flavor that I can still recall from 45 years ago. EL's was our in-town sub joint. There was one at Thomas Circle and another on 11th down near the Greyhound station.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll have to check out the GA. Av.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OMG, Lum's. Even as a child, I found those places depressing for some reason. I was/am NOT a picky eater, and I remember not caring for their food. The kid's menu offered a hot dog that I remember always tasted suspicious to me. Ha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: team_cake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lum's lasted around here till about 15 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They were depressing. I called it Glum's. Horrid food, badly prepared.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: team_cake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The "kids menu"? I remember hand-carved roast beef sandwiches, hot dogs steamed in beer and huge, frosty schooners of beer, and a few very friendly waitresses. Good times, man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And the Hot Shoppes spin-off, Mighty Mo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mister Big

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mighty Mo was their feature burger, ripped off by McDonalds in later years as a mediocre version in the "Big Mac". Alas, McDonalds endures, whereas Hot Shoppes and the Mighty Mo are no more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But you do know there were dedicated Mighty Mo restaurants (drive-ins)? I frequented the Takoma Park branch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Mister Big

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mighty Mo was the drive thru. When McDonalds started taking over, they started opening Hot Shoppes Jr, but it was too late.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Mister Big

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We had a Hot Shoppes drive-in, but that's what it was called. I just remember they had the Mighty-Mo burger. It was at Arlington Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive. We had a Top's Drive-in at the other end of town, Broad Street and Haycock Road, and later a Hot Shoppes Jr. Across the street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: flavrmeistr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              *grabs a megaphone and starts doing a little dance while shouting* Mister Donut, Mister Donut, Mister Donut! Please bring Mister Donut back to the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Surprised to see TCBY on that list. They opened at least 4 of them in my area in the last couple of years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have fond memories of Ponderosa and Big Boy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: AmyH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here in the DC area, there are still some TCBYs in the malls, but the real growth has been in more newfangled froyo places with names like Tangy Sweet, Pinkberry, Iceberry, KuleYo's, FroZenYo, PistachYo, SweetGreen, Yogiberry, YogenFruz, SweetFrog...you get the idea. 8<D

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The TCBYs here in the Albany NY area have become just like the newfangled froyo places, with a bar of assorted toppings and paying by the ounce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Bob W

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Gosh... I totally forgot about Ponderosa!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ponderosa was great. That's probably the first salad bar I ever saw, circa 1970.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I loved those ridiculous hot rolls they served with everything. They probably tasted like nothing, but were brushed with salty melted butter and served hot. In our home we were only allowed very hippie whole grain bread, and so I thought these hot, buttery, white bread rolls were heaven by comparison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not really fast food, but the chain Mr. Steak's! Old-fashioned cracker basket served at the table while you waited. I loved their fried shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: team_cake

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My wife put herself through college working at a Mr. Steak in CT. To this day, she swears they had the best burgers ever. Never had the pleasure, so I can't confirm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. How about McSalad Shakers? They came out about 10 years ago, and were pretty good fare for a college student that was pretending to eat healthier. I'm sure they weren't healthy at all, but I remember them being tasty! And how handy is the shape of the salad container? I don't eat chicken anymore (and if I did, I probably would still not eat McChicken haha) but dang those things should make a comeback.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Square Pan Pizza. I know I wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much now, but I loved it as a teen in San Diego. Used to get the Square Meal Deal, which was two slices of pizza, a salad, and a drink. Always pepperoni on the pizza and thousand island on the salad for me. Good times. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Boy, do I miss the Breakfast Pita at Jack in the Box. I've never really liked most breakfast offerings at fast food joints, but that pita kept me coming back for more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. About a million years ago, Jack in the Box had a hot lemon pie that was delicious - I still remember that thing and it has probably been over 30 years,.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mamueller

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "About a million years ago, Jack in the Box had a hot lemon pie that was delicious - I still remember that thing and it has probably been over 30 years,."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arthur Treacher's also had a hot lemon pie and I too remember how good it was from all those years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hot Lemon Pie sounds like a good match for fried things like french fries and fish & chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. How about Arby's Roast Beef when they served juicy tasty meat instead of the current mystery product. Also Chicken Unlimited and Taco Viva (How the hell does Taco Bell exist when Viva was 50 times better).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Always LOVED that old Arby's roast beef!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey kinglouix, are you from South Florida? I have very fond memories of going to Chicken Unlimited (which eventually became Chicken Plus) and Taco Viva in Kendall in the '80s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A few years ago, this Taco Viva nostalgia site showed up:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't suppose you remember Rudy's, a Fuddrucker's-style burger joint with a 1950s theme? That's another Miami childhood place I miss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, lived in Broward in the late 70's was there for the Wuv's craze and Taco Viva was my favorite by far. Never got exposed to Rudy's but it sounds great. I do remember when Nathan's Famous opened a big site on Sunrise Blvd. down the street from what then was the biggest Mcdonalds in the world and near the Federal Highway Sunrise Blvd exchange which housed a Neba Roast Beef which later became a Fuddruckers before that went out about ten years ago. Haven't been back there to see what is in that location now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Back in the day before they invented that revolting cheese sauce, they had beef and cheddar with soft cheddar on top - my favorite!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. BellBeefer from Taco Bell -- taco meat, cheese, and veg on a bun. Last I checked, still available in a few Taco Bells around California.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When I was in high school, I had a friend who always ordered the BellBeefer. I have a vague memory of it resembling a sloppy joe loose meat sandwich.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bet they were good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Any idea WHICH SoCal locations might still have it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PasadenaRose

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is old info, but this thread (from 2007 and earlier!) mentions one in El Monte: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/74211 -- and if you read further down that thread, there are others in Ventura and Fillmore. I had one at the TB in Bishop about 5 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can also go to Del Taco and ask for a Bun Taco with onions, and it's pretty much the same thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you, Steve. I'll have to check that thread for the location of that Taco Bell. The only one in El Monte that I know of was at Peck and Dodson, but it's been something else for a very long time. I walked to that Taco Bell many times when I was a kid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll give Del Taco a try also. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Del burger from Del Taco. Mid 1970. It was just taco meat in a bun with some lettue. I'm still waiting for the comeback.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: emglow101

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although it's not on the menu, you can ask for a "Bun Taco", which I think is what you want. However, at $2.00, it isn't exactly their best value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Rochester NY, the 1940's, Dream Steak sandwiches. I think they were shredded frozen beef. They tasted very beefy. I later knew someone who went to school in Rochester in the 1950s and he also remembered Dream Steaks. Do they still exist, I wonder?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Geno's. Hamburgers etc. Big around Philly. Owned by football player Geno Marchetti.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Everybody goes to Geno's cause Geno's is the place to go"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sal_acid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."-- Yogi Berra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."-- Yogi Berra.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you think about it, that statement actualy makes sense! lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: sal_acid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gino's is making a comeback. Or trying to, at least.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. In So. Cal, in shopping centers, there was a place called Hot Dog on a Stick, basically corn dogs, but they also made Fish on a Stick, which i adored. Big pieces of whole cod, not pressed, battered and deep fried, on a stick, served with tartar or malt vinegar. they also had fries, and really good, tart fresh lemonade. the employees were all young teen girls who wore these funky ref-like outfits, striped in bright blue, white and yellow, i think, short shorts, these english-type driving hats, but puffier/taller, and white go-go boots. they also made cheese on a stick, and i can't remember but i'm sure it was battered and fried too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ETA: they're still in existence! but going BK...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and the outfits:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and apparently there is one in San Francisco,where i live! but no fish on the menu anymore. sadz.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The ones in Northern CA malls never served fish. Their lemonade is still great, and they still have cheese-on-a-stick, but IMO the chain jumped the shark some time ago when they switched to turkey dogs. Complete deal-killer for us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Steve Green

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The ones in AZ didn't have fish, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this is back in like 1974-1980-ish....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I can't even begin to imagine how bad these were in the 80s (and how much worse they'd be now) but I was rather partial to Burger King's veal parmigiana sandwiches. (At least when I was 5 years old.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lambretta76

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't remember them being veal parm. Are you perhaps thinking of their chicken parm sandwiches? They still bring them back occasionally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Was definitely veal. Here's some comments about it on an 80s forum: http://www.inthe80s.com/food/burgerki...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and a video from the late 80s (although I don't remember having it then): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMAHXI...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. The Big Deal Veal sandwich a Little Caesar's Pizza Station. Saucy cheesy comfort food goodness.