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Jun 21, 2013 12:12 PM

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.

        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.