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Did anyone mention Poor Folks? I believe Burt Reynolds had a share in it? It was a theme family style with cutesy suthern sayings & spellings on the menu.
Doatsie, I don’t know for sure about NJ, but they’re all over the place here in Florida. There must be at least 5 or 6 right here in the Naples/Ft Myers/Bonita Spgs area and they advertise on TV a lot.
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When I turned 16 and got my drivers license, a whole new world opened up. There are 2 places which stick in my mind. One was the Toot & Tell. You drove in, tooted, and a car hop came out and took your order. My favorite was a 1# hamburger, on a 12" bun. The burger covered all the bun, and had the works, bacon, lettuce, tomatoe, mayo, dill pickles and a thick slice of bermuda onion. They sold for a buck each. Their "american" fries were served extra crispy, salty, and about 3 handfulls for 29 cents. Ketchup was free. The fries weren’t like the "wavey", 1/2 fried or quick fried potatos of todays ilk.
The other place was the Circus Drive-in, just across the highway from T&T. For a buck, you could get a 12" cone of fried clams and all the seafood sauce you wanted. We would stop there and get a half a dozen cones and scads of sauce and go to the 51 drive in theater. What a night.
Circus is still there, but not like the old days. The Toot & Tell is now called the Honk & Holler and doesn’t have the car hops or the burger.
The owner’s of the trademark and logo of the Big Boy have done some creative marketing over the years. In the mid-nineties a "Retro-styled" 50’s burger joint opened at the Hesperia exit of the I-15 It used the Big Boy logo, menu and Name !!(Bob’s Big Boy). Next time you do the Vegas Run, take a look as you enter the High Desert !!!
Lum’s in Burlington closed many years ago–it is now the location of Hooters…
Hi, I read (well skimmed) all 36 pages of this thread. Wow. Talk about crazy memories.
Anyway, just wanted to let the Farrells fans know that the last one in San Diego county closed down last month. It was the one previously refered to just north of Mirimar MCAS. A big deal was made of it in the local news just before it closed. Lines were out the door for days. It was mentioned that there was only one other in SO/CA, of course I now forget the location.
Okay. So here’s my question. I left northern NJ in 1988. Does Perkins Pancake House still exist?
This is indeed a long thread and we have covered many of the long gone CHAINS. And it is ironic that we are honoring chains when now we at times revile them. I think that we had nascient tastes back then. I’m 50 and I think that I have matured a little since the time when I was a teenager. Who knows maybe not. I will tell you the places that I miss the most and they do go back to my teenage years. I miss:
1. The Red Barn
4. Sambo’s, (not at all politicaly correct but great patty melts.)
5. Your Host, ( a local Western NY place that was open 24/7. It was like Mom’s cooking. Maybe even better).
I know there is at least 2 more Bob’s Big Boys in Southern California, although only the one in Glendale CA on Glenoaks is what it once was.
I recall Dipper Dan’s from the same time period. Early 70’s at South Dekalb Mall, (metro Atlanta). Being the kid I was, I thought the "Pink Bubble Gum" was a great flavor. [xx(] These days, I am lucky if I do a fat-free yogurt, or a sugar-free popcicle.
Wonder if they were nationwide, or just the South>[?] Being in your 20’s, might you recall when they disappeared?
[:D]yeah they are still around.They had one in New Braufels which i guess is something else now,and one in Seguin 20miles from me.Didn’t they used to be also called the Copper Kettle?or am i thinking of another chain.
Donna, it was Paoletti’s on Third next to the Dispatch. I’d go there occasionally for lunch.I don’t remember Fritsche’s, but then, I’ve only been in the Columbus area since 1971.
This thread has had me thinking about White Coffee Pots. They were in shopping centers & were frequented by the ladies doing their shopping. I remember going to lunch with my mom on shopping day. They did sandwhiches both hot & cold as well as hot meals. I remember my favorite was a club sandwhich.
Living in MI having your B"day party at Farrells was the best, the volcano, 30scoops of ice cream, every mothers sugar shock fear, good times. Olgas kitchen for a Gyro and fresh cut fries. Whitecastle, nothing is better than a bag of sliders for a 3am snack. Grandparents always dragging you to Bill Knapps, we called then nappy bills. Tastee Freeze cones double dipped in chocolate. Elias brothers for a "slim jim" or a "brawney lad". Great memories, great link.
[:D]Yes I can recall Chicken George’s Chicken,though we didn’t have any here.There used to be a Sambo’s in Universal City years ago.
In Boerne they used to have a Hamby’s which served burgers and such.We ate there several times.I believe it was a chain of some sort.
We used to have here a Captin Gus ‘s Seafood here.It was started by the guy who played Capt’n Gus on a local tv show for kids.We got fried fish from there which was excellent,but the closeiest one to us was on Austin Hwy.It’s long gone as is the TeePee Motel and restaraunt which was part of the TeePee Motel chain.And yes the cabins you slept in looked exactly like big indian teepees.
In Maryland there were the Hot Shoppes and we liked to eat there. I also remember Chicken Delight too.
Michael H…..please excuse my old memory, which failed me. I worked at State and Third (in the old Hartman Bldg., for the Home Insurance Company), and the Toddle House was on N. Third Street, not Fourth. That was over 59 years ago, so I should have looked at the city map instead of relying on my recall. At any rate, we did enjoy our lunches there, among many other places. State and Fourth was a great place also. And there used to be a great Italian place there closeby the Dispatch bldg., where, when we would have to work overtime due to windstorms somewhere, or some such reason, we would all go over there for a great Italian dinner. Can’t recall the name but it began with "P."
Remember Fritsche’s (I think that was just a local chain, not nationwide). They were on State Street.
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