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RE: Burger Chef 2007/10/07 19:54:25 (permalink)
They were all over St. Louis Used to be one up at Belle Park Plaza that became a CWP pizza until recently but it never had a drive thru. There was one at 12087 Bellefontaine Road next to a Dairy Queen that only serves ice cream stuff it got converted into a Hardees and closed later because it didn't have a drive thru. I used to have the red monster record from Burger Chef and remember getting the star wars funmeals. Why did they let Hardees ruin everything. Everyone I meet has fond memories of Burger Chef.
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/19 10:19:31 (permalink)
Ok I also worked for Burger Chef for 14 years. We were the First restaurant built. And it was only built as a test market to sell the Chain CharBroilers. It did so well that they decided to expand. Just a note I managed to save all recipes and for the menu and there was no TARTAR SAUCE on a Big Shef, In the early days we made our own sauce which was ketchup and tartar mixed, it was very much like a 1000 island dressing. And it was also on a triple bun with to 10/1 patties and chees and shredded lettuce. As an employee, I moved up from the age of 14 and was the youngest Store manager in the Indiana area at 17. Trained by John Grider The King of the Restaurant managers in Indiana and a !@%& to work for. I later went on to ready stores they had that were mis-managed and get them ready for new management to take over. In my opinion Burger Chef was alot better than McDonald's which at the time was our competition. Then Burger King came along and we had even more. But even by the time that Burger Chef was acquired by Hardee's they had top sales. Unfortunately that all changed when Hardee's bought them out.
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/19 13:49:13 (permalink)
gingerpcurry,

This Burger Chef?



BTW, Welcome to Roadfood.com
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/19 16:28:30 (permalink)
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Originally posted by gingerpcurry

Ok Just a note I managed to save all recipes and for the menu and there was no TARTAR SAUCE on a Big Shef, In the early days we made our own sauce which was ketchup and tartar mixed, it was very much like a 1000 island dressing. And it was also on a triple bun with to 10/1 patties and chees and shredded lettuce.


Things must have changed by the mid 60's because when Burger Chef came to our town (Grand Rapids, MI) my favorite sandwich over the Whopper was the Big Shef and it never had a single drop of ketchup on it or in the sauce which was a very oniony-dill pickle tartar sauce the same as was on their fish sandwich and every one I had till the day the chain shut down did not either.
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/19 17:28:23 (permalink)
As I said the sauce was like a Thousand Island dressing. In the beginning we made our own and it was TARTAR SAUCE with ketchup but we made it from scratch until it was no longer feasible to do so because of cost. So they had it shipped in.........lol..........anyways no biggy.........everyone has thier own opinion of what the secret sauce really was................hahahhahha
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/19 21:20:03 (permalink)
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Originally posted by gingerpcurry

As I said the sauce was like a Thousand Island dressing. In the beginning we made our own and it was TARTAR SAUCE with ketchup but we made it from scratch until it was no longer feasible to do so because of cost. So they had it shipped in.........lol..........anyways no biggy.........everyone has thier own opinion of what the secret sauce really was................hahahhahha
Didn't want to imply you were wrong. Me and some friends used to kill about 90 minutes each school day in our senior year at a B/C between classes around 10:30 am downing 25 cent fried pies and coffee as they set up for the lunch crowd and with the big glass windows on the sides of the kitchen you saw everything. I remember them filling the stainless tubs with condiments including a very white tartar sauce. Back then Hardees used to use thousand island dressing on their Big Twin sandwich as did our local Big Boy's on their triple decker burger
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/19 22:06:41 (permalink)
The previously-mentioned Burger Chef in Cookeville, TN was apparently the last one to close- close to the TN Tech University campus, next door to the Junior High. And Hardee's has actually made good on their purchase... the current Mushroom-Swiss Thickburger (while, well, thicker) uses the original Burger Chef recipe for the mushroom sauce. In fact, you'll sometimes even see the Burger Chef logo hidden in the corner of advertisements for that burger. Go grab one- it'll bring back the memories.
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/21 11:22:36 (permalink)
In st. louis on my way to STL University there was one on north grand ave. i ate there many times. as a student on limited funds, i used to go to the condiment bar and make a salad out of all the fixinx and then blend catsup & mayo for a quickie dressing. i remember that the burgers used to bagged in plastic...buns would be all soggy and steamy.
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/04/28 23:31:04 (permalink)
Ahhh! My personal favorite Burger from Burger Chef

The incomparable "Big Shef".

Click this link for a photo of a true classic
http://www.flickr.com/photos/87362701@N00/391714921/sizes/o/

In my younger days would always order 2 of them and at 49 cents a piece when first introduced they were a great value.

When the Big Mac came around a few years later they never matched the unique flavor of the Big Shef with the sweet flavor of the Mac sauce.
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/05/09 01:48:01 (permalink)
i'm not old enough to remember eating at burger chef, but i do remember the place in philly.
in fact there is still at least one building still standing.

right on oregon near front street.


google "70 w oregon ave 19148"
then google maps then use street view.
the building is right at the back of the bus.

it looks like a food market in that shot.
here is the google map link.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=70++w+oregon+ave+19148&sll=39.915102,-75.149043&sspn=0.001876,0.004581&layer=ct&ie=UTF8&ll=39.918657,-75.146849&spn=0.007504,0.018325&t=h&z=16&cbll=39.913916,-75.148905&panoid=Mkm-WORV_kYY751REd_4tg


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RE: Burger Chef 2008/05/26 05:26:28 (permalink)
I hear Burger Chef first time. I will try it once i have chance.
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RE: Burger Chef 2008/05/26 05:39:25 (permalink)
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Originally posted by thomasz

I hear Burger Chef first time. I will try it once i have chance.


Get a SuperShef. It's the best item.
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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/10 19:42:53 (permalink)
I just came across these:







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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/10 20:07:41 (permalink)
At the same time that General Foods purchased Burger Chef, McDonald's bought back the Washington DC territory and stores from their franchisee.  McD paid more for Washington DC than General Foods paid for the entire Burger Chef corporation.
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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/14 09:59:18 (permalink)
I just found this awesome photo of a Burger Chef location. Anyone know where it was?


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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/16 08:20:53 (permalink)
It appears to be one of the last locations - In the Lynn Garden  district of Kingsport, TN.


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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/16 19:25:49 (permalink)
We had a Burger Chef in Kenosha, WI. I was very little at the time & don't remember eating there, they closed in the early 80's I think.

The building stayed empty for a lonnnng time. Not sure if there is anything there even now. They were on Sheridan Road near 7th Avenue, very near the lake. There is a nursing home across the street, and next to that another restaurant that was open when I was little but then was just an empty building for a long time, like 20+ years.

Thanks for posting the pic, it's interesting to see what it would have looked like when it was open.
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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/17 01:36:50 (permalink)
SD: There is a Burger Chef fan site which has a picture of the site:
http://www.agilitynut.com/eateries/bchef.html
http://www.agilitynut.com/06/7/kenbc.jpg

Google Maps has a street view, but I don't know what I am looking for.  I do see the nursing home.
Go to
http://maps.google.com/
Put in this address:
3480 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI
Click on the 3480 hyperlink next to the letter A, then click on street view. By use of zoom and rotate, you can see the neighborhood. Change the street address by 20 or so at a time and you will see different portions of the street.
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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/17 08:24:49 (permalink)
Here's a direct link

John Riordan
 Kenosha, Wi My dad open 4 Burger Chef. I grew up working behide the cook counter since 1967 when I am 3 yrs old till 1985, We were very successful, the customers love it. During early 80's My dad was forced to do costly all store remodels and left us idle, the Corp.who bought "burger chef", was not experience in fast ...food business, begun to neglected us, force us to give up Burger Chef names I don't know why my dad didn't converse into Hardee or carljr?{will ask my dad} Instead he had to come up with his own name "Burger Unlimited" Served same of everything but it didnt work out the customer assumed under different name, the debts grew, dad lost everything, family lost everything from home to personal effects. I had to give up college education during 80's ever since My family are still struggle financial hardship to this day Burger Chef was our best memories, alot of people missed it as much as I missed it too. I would love to bring it Burger chef back in business myself!!


Craig Hey, I remember the BC on Sheridan Rd, it's all boarded up now...very sad. I'm a vegetarian now, but I had real fond memories of going there with my folks....


http://vi-vn.facebook.com...tory_fbid=206382845353



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RE: Burger Chef 2009/11/17 09:04:54 (permalink)
David_NYC

SD: There is a Burger Chef fan site which has a picture of the site:
http://www.agilitynut.com/eateries/bchef.html
http://www.agilitynut.com/06/7/kenbc.jpg


That building didn't have brown bricks, so I'm not sure that pic is from our actual BC.

Google Maps has a street view, but I don't know what I am looking for.  I do see the nursing home.
Go to
http://maps.google.com/
Put in this address:
3480 Sheridan Rd, Kenosha, WI
Click on the 3480 hyperlink next to the letter A, then click on street view. By use of zoom and rotate, you can see the neighborhood. Change the street address by 20 or so at a time and you will see different portions of the street.


You're looking for the one story building. The two story one is the nursing home. I remember that now. The small one story building has been there since 1993-1994? Some kind of medical clinic, word on the street at the time it was built was that it might be a Planned Parenthood type of place? Anyway, the BC was not as far back as the medical clinic is, it was closer to the street.
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RE: Burger Chef 2009/12/17 23:17:29 (permalink)
I used to order the burger without and just pile on ANYTHING I wanted.  Sure did love doing it that way.
EatingTheRoad

I just came across these:









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