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RE: Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2009/05/24 15:19:43 (permalink)
Doogies is relatively new.  Previously, it was a Sals who not only made great grinders, but outstanding onion rings.  Sals moved up the street after his original location was destroyed in a fire (between Mertit & McDonalds from what I recall).

Prior to being Sals, it was a small take-out Hot Oven Grinder spot where you'd order grinders by the day of the week.    Sunday was sausage, Monday meatball, etc. In the 50's, they'd line up 10-20 deep to place orders for pickup or dine at outdoor picnic tables.   That was back when they'd line up 10-20 deep at six registers at McDonalds.

Brings back memoroes of my first fast food job at Howdies (West Hartford).  On the first night, I continually poured sodas non stop for two hours trying to keep up with the demand. 


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RE: Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2012/01/08 15:51:00 (permalink)
To resurrect an old thread, some other old eateries on the "pike" I remember, "home of the fingerling sandwich" wasn't it  Dotson's?
Also prior to Doogies hot dogs, it was Sal's Which moved a block south from it's original location, prior to Sal's it was Tom and Pat's....anyone remember Pete. 
How about The Surrey Restaurant, Walton Farms, Freda's Dairy, the Sesame car hop, Tom and Pats, Hardees, Carrols, and Mr. Steak ? 
Anyone remember the "bunny burger" from the Makris Diner?
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RE: Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2012/02/19 05:00:03 (permalink)
Starting from Meriden going north: Amber Lantern (before my time,but found a postcard of it), Silver Diner, Chateau Bianca, Toy Sun, Puritan Maid, Davy Jones Locker, Old Cromwell Inn, Berlin Pizza ("HOT SAUSAGE" in huge red neon letters on the side), Mister Steak, Two Guys (not really a restaurant but it had a coffee shop with "Automat" style self serve compartments).
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RE: Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2012/02/25 09:14:37 (permalink)
Where was Davey Jones Locker?
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RE: Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2012/02/25 21:35:25 (permalink)
I believe it was where the two newer Mickey Finn's stores are now, near the Rt 72, Rt 9 connectors. I found a vague reference to it in an issue of the Berlin Citizen, so at least I can be sure I didn't hallucinate it. Unless this link doesn't take you anywhere ...   
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RE: Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2012/02/25 21:50:45 (permalink)
Wow! Try to imagine my panic when I joked about maybe hallucinating Davy Jone's Locker if the link I provided didn't take you anywhere. Okay, I realize now that I can't include links here, but for a second or two ...
 
The reference was in the 06-11-2009 edition, titled Memories of the Pike - should be pretty easy to find.
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2012/08/16 09:31:34 (permalink)
Does anyone remember Tina's Diner, it was the first diner on the left hand side of the turnpike coming from Hartford. Across the street was Howard Johnson's, further
down was the Italian Kitchen , formerly the Cricket, there was the Jolly Fisherman,it had a large fish on the top of the building & last was Gallo's Terraces, it then became Depasquale's.  The Red Coach is now Carmen Anthony's.  That is all I can remember for now.    
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2013/01/19 12:00:49 (permalink)
New guy here with e few that I haven't seen mentioned. The Hickory Hearth in Berlin and Freda Farms in Newington. They are both long gone. I remember Freda Farms as a truck stop type business located on the northbound side (I think it was where Turnpike Motors is now located).
I also remember Uncle Ezras in a building that was right between A&A Garage and Tom & Pats, on the corner of Kitts Lane and the Berlin Tpke. That building was expanded and is now a little "strip mall" of assorted businesses. I'm guessing that Uncle Ezras was out of business around 1959/1960.(?)
Prior to the opening of Interstate 91 in 1965, the Berlin Turnpike carried a great deal of the north-south traffic through Conn. I remember going out to the pike in June to watch the motorcycles traveling to Laconia, NH. It was quite a show.
I'll have more input later. Thanks for the thread!
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2013/01/20 09:12:21 (permalink)
Oh, the Hickory Hearth...  located on the northbound side of 5/15, just north of what is now Sage Park.(Berlin) Good food. Open late. Open during much of the 1960's.
Another place not many will remember, because it wasn't there very long, is the "Moo Shop". Kinda like Sesame's but no car-hops. It was located just north of rt.175, northbound side. (Wethersfield) I think it came and went in a year(?) early 60's.
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2013/02/06 19:35:18 (permalink)
Great thread for an old Wethersfield boy whose grandparents lived in Kensington.
The only place I haven't seen in the thread was in what is now, Centerfolds..a "chef"owned place called Joseph's...My singular memory was eating there one night when every other possibility was packed or closed...(Must have been a Monday night or we would have been at Verdolini's in Meriden. My father was more loyal to that place than most men are to their wives).
We were the only customers in the joint. Joseph was a very rotund guy in whites with a three-foot chef's hat. He was the only staff....the mediocre entrees are a long faded memory, but his Boston Cream Pie was incredible. Mom asked what his secret was....His reply........"I always make sure it's fully thawed before I serve it."
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2013/02/06 19:43:03 (permalink)
I think the fingerling steak was Dodsons...but was there a competitor on (3)72 named Dotson's?    If memory serves the fingerling seak was a Berlin version of the Philly Cheese steak..with White American Cheese and onions only an option???
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2013/07/05 11:52:23 (permalink)
OK...Does anyone remember "Shish-Ke-Bab & Steak Ranch"?  It was the first restaurant in the building that is now the Blue Lobster.  Open for only a few months in 1985.
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2014/01/26 21:39:53 (permalink)
....and the Lobsterman of course!
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Re:Berlin Turnpike Trivial Resturant Persuit. 2014/02/08 14:56:44 (permalink)
It's not food,but a Disco on the BPike, does anyone remember Emotions Cafe Disco?
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