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Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes.

I grew up in Davenport, Iowa.  Born 1980, left for college in 1998.
 
At the corner of Division and Kimberly was a local burger joint called BG's Charbroiled Burgers.
 
I haven't had them since I was in grade school, and all I can remember is that they did indeed have a charbroiled taste, completely different from the McDonald's and Wendy's that I had far more often, and were greasy as hell.  Shiny silver wrappers that said "HAMBURGER" or "CHEESEBURGER" in a very '80s font (I believe the font name is "Frankfurter Plain", look it up).
 
They closed so long ago that no amount of Googling turns up any record of them at all.  The only proof I have of their existence is that a friend of my sister's used to work there as a cook.
 
What places do you have like this, in your memory?
 
 
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/10 07:52:18 (permalink)
    I would say Ruth and Jimmie's Sporting Goods and Cafe in Abbeville, MS.  It was one of my favorite stops during my visits to Oxford.
     
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/11 15:24:31 (permalink)
    Thomas's Diner on East Washington Street in Indy. Best breakfast ever. I think they opened at 5am.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/11 16:58:07 (permalink)
    Jimmie's was a family run Italian joint in Dobbs Ferry, NY. I fondly remember their baked stuffed clams & pasta fagoili.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/12 01:18:06 (permalink)
    The Kreme King in Wellsburg WV. It was a small little burger shack that got torn down in the late 70's or early 80's for the arrival of a Pizza Hut (*sigh*). You got your burger and fries in a little red basket and the dining room consisted of about 12 wooden school desks that you sat in. Also used to order the Monster Shake which came in a plastic cup about the size of a thermos. Good stuff.
     
    Also remember a little shack called RBJ's that a bunch of my friends worked at in high school. The owners were Rose and Bill and they offered pizza, subs, and sandwiches, but everything was homemade and top notch. The hot roast beef sandwich with fries was to die for. Roast beef carved straight from the oven piled on french bread, with fresh cut fries and then smothered with gravy made from the pan drippings. I cant describe how good and how large the portions were. Gambling joint took over that spot.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/12 12:07:03 (permalink)
    From Clarksdale MS I remember the Elite (pronounced ee'lite). This was a Greek run place  that had the best ever grilled redfish and a chicken soup (only on Sunday) that was to die for. The owners (Polles was the name) later had a place called Polles' that was good, but not nearly as good as the original Elite. It, too, is long gone. 
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/12 13:30:37 (permalink)
    I took a cruise out of Port Canaveral last week with PieDiva.  Having worked for four years at the Cape, on the way to cruise ship I remembered a place we used to go for lunch but I could not remember the name. It was a typical Florida beach bar as I recalled, open air with lots of fried food and beer. Nothing special except the atmosphere.
     
    I asked the shuttle bus driver about it and he said it was Sailor's Choice, and called it a really rough place.  Probably so, being near a Naval base and having a biker-type feel to it.  He said that it had gone out of business within the last five years.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/13 16:13:31 (permalink)
    THE MARBLE PILLAR IN HARTFORD
    I posted about it once before and nobody, even the Sterns, posted that they remembered.
     
     
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/14 09:32:18 (permalink)
    There was a prime rib restaurant named Selen's that had absolutely fantastic food. Very retro supper club, where you got soup and salad, a relish tray and your entree with potato. Last time Bob and I were there was New Years Eve after a Packer play off game( before Favre and the Packers won the super bowl)
    They were not too far from the airport, and had a booming business.Unfortunately, all the chain restaurants built around them caused their demise.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/22 08:54:34 (permalink)
    In downtown Iowa City, on Washington Street I think, there was a Chinese restaurant called Easy Place.  Burned down shortly after I arrived for college in 1998.  It was everything it should have been: small, cheap, and just a liiiittle shifty-looking. There were other Chinese places around - Yen Ching, Taste of China - but Easy Place was the most convenient.  Oh, and Panda Express was nowhere to be seen.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/22 12:22:16 (permalink)
    Ketteract

    In downtown Iowa City, on Washington Street I think, there was a Chinese restaurant called Easy Place.  Burned down shortly after I arrived for college in 1998.

     
    I hope that was merely a coincidence...
     
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/23 11:49:20 (permalink)
    Maggies on Wisconsin Ave. in Washington DC, fantastic pizza, about 1,000,000,000,000 beers consumed by patrons over the years, big Redskin hangout.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/23 17:32:29 (permalink)
    "There was a prime rib restaurant named Selen's that had absolutely fantastic food. Very retro supper club, where you got soup and salad, a relish tray and your entree with potato. Last time Bob and I were there was New Years Eve after a Packer play off game( before Favre and the Packers won the super bowl)
    They were not too far from the airport, and had a booming business.Unfortunately, all the chain restaurants built around them caused their demise."
     
    Awwww, Selens is gone?
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/23 17:45:55 (permalink)
    Yes, my friend!
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/26 14:11:33 (permalink)
    In Howell MI. there was the best buger joint called Anthonys, the Buster burger and Belly Buster were the best burgers we ever ate. Family owned and cooked to order, onion rings that were never too greasy. Sold business/land to a schister (sp) that tore it down for a used car lot then went to prison for fraud. 
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/26 17:03:12 (permalink)
    Dan's Diner, St. Marys, PA.
    It was a railroad caboose converted into a diner.
    Sat next to the RR station.
    Best late night food!
    French Fries smothered in gravy, Chili, Open-faced hot roast beef sandwiches, Breakfast anytime.
    Everyone's favorite place after being out and tipping a few!
    post edited by Foodbme - 2011/10/26 17:04:25
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/10/26 18:30:38 (permalink)
    in buffalo ny we had a rest  called bailo's roast beef on baily ave.was great,much better than scwabls.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/11/18 10:03:56 (permalink)
    dews

    In Howell MI. there was the best buger joint called Anthonys, the Buster burger and Belly Buster were the best burgers we ever ate. Family owned and cooked to order, onion rings that were never too greasy. Sold business/land to a schister (sp) that tore it down for a used car lot then went to prison for fraud. 

     
    I was just telling my wife about this place, sad to hear it is no longer open. Belly Buster was awesome!!!
    Family moved away from Michigan about 20 years ago so its been a long time since I had one, and now it looks like I will never have one again oh well just one more reason not to go back lol
     
    Edit: The whole reason I found this board was that I was searching for Anthony's on Google and found your good review of them and I have to say although they are gone they will not be forgotten.
    post edited by JonathanD - 2011/11/18 10:05:22
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/11/18 15:35:01 (permalink)
    Al Green's Drive-in in Indianapolis was my initiation to the humongous breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. It closed long ago but was a classic that lives on.
     
    Millie's Drive-in in Des Moines, Iowa was the revered equivalent and still gets fondly remembered for its tenderloins. It comes up time and again to this day.
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2011/11/18 15:48:38 (permalink)
    Davydd

    Al Green's Drive-in in Indianapolis was my initiation to the humongous breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. It closed long ago but was a classic that lives on.

    Millie's Drive-in in Des Moines, Iowa was the revered equivalent and still gets fondly remembered for its tenderloins. It comes up time and again to this day.

     
    Davydd, Grew up right around Al Greens. One of the biggest tenderloins I know of to this day. Had the sceen there for movies too. And right across the street. Indiana's first shopping center, Eastgate.

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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2012/03/14 21:53:32 (permalink)
    I'm going to shamelessly bump this because I believe there are more fond memories to be collected!
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    Re:Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2012/03/29 14:42:34 (permalink)
    The Villanova Inn, New Castle, PA.  Great pizza, wonderful bar food, cheap beer.
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/02 16:57:20 (permalink)
    I'll add a few for my college town, Iowa City, where I was from '98 to '02.
     
    EasyPlace - wonderful cheap Chinese joint on Iowa Avenue, destroyed by fire.  I don't think there's been a Chinese place in the heart of the Ped Mall since then, although Taste of China is pretty close.
     
    Baldy's - awesome wraps, and one of the few places I've been to that managed to make a wrap something you actually wanted, instead of something you compromised on while wanting a sandwich instead.  It was a fixture on the Clinton Street forefront.
     
    Sub Shop - on Dubuque Street, where Z'Marik's is now.  Better than Blimpie (also now gone), or Big Mike's (now Milio's), or Jimmy John's.
     
    Home Team Pizza - regional to, well, maybe just Iowa and Nebraska.  Cheap cheap cheap.  Back then it was $5.25 for a large, including tax (I ordered it so many times the price is burned into my memory), and they took personal checks, along with every other IC pizza place. Imagine that happening today!  And, honestly, tastier than pies I'd gotten from national chains.  I had them in Ames too, when I went there for geek camp in the summers of '94 to '96.  They are now Night Flight Pizza, and I think the Omaha location is all that's left.
     
    Top Dogs - on Washington Street, on the second floor of a building between the Whitey's and Zephyr Copies.  Absolutely delicious burgers, hot dogs, and cheese fries, and I think they had bratwurst and other stuff that I never got around to trying.  They had a Donkey Kong arcade machine.
     

     

     

     
    (That last photo comes from the Iowa City Public Library and is the only photographic evidence I've ever found of EasyPlace's existence.)
    post edited by Ketteract - 2014/09/02 17:38:57
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/02 17:30:16 (permalink)
    Steckley's Olde House in Carmel, Indiana -- as the name suggests, it was in an old house. 
    First place I ever had a miniature loaf of bread that had been deep fried. Terrific steaks, onion rings and cocktails, too.  I think it was sold in 1995 or thereabouts, and I suspect the building has been demolished.
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/02 18:23:50 (permalink)
    Al's on Whalley Avenue in New Haven. The Arena Grill, Malone's Three Stein Inn. George & Harry's on Wall Street. And of course Matty and Rays on The Hill.
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/02 19:23:19 (permalink)
    Whitey's, corner of Washington Bv. and Pershing Dr., Arlington, VA. 
     
    It was a true redneck-bar oasis in a sea of pretention and faux-sophistication. 
     
    Wonderful Broasted(c) Chicken, beer-battered onion rings, etc. 
     
    Pinball, pool, darts, and the occasional 'willing waitress'. 
     
    Fan-freaking-tastic!
     
     

    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/09/02 19:27:24
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/02 20:42:17 (permalink)
    The Big Slice at the Ballfields in the center of town in Aspen Colorado
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/03 11:05:38 (permalink)
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    Whitey's, corner of Washington Bv. and Pershing Dr., Arlington, VA. 
     
    It was a true redneck-bar oasis in a sea of pretention and faux-sophistication. 
     
    Wonderful Broasted(c) Chicken, beer-battered onion rings, etc. 
     
    Pinball, pool, darts, and the occasional 'willing waitress'. 
     
    Fan-freaking-tastic!
     
     





    One of my all-time FAVORITE joints! Great live music and food. I particularly miss their "Beer-Steak Sandwich"!!
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/03 11:17:42 (permalink)
    Growing up in Newport News, VA., there were a number of Greek-owned steak houses, my favorite of which was Spiro & Phil's Steak House on Jefferson Ave. Really good and consistent steaks, burgers, Greek salads, etc. Especially good were the shoestring fries cooked in steak drippings.  
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    Re: Local joints that are closed, long-dead, forgotten... but YOU remember. Oh yes. 2014/09/03 12:11:42 (permalink)

     
    The place that got me into hamburgers (and into trouble) was the Hamburger handout on Manchester Avenue in Westchester, CA Only a few blocks from LAX).That was the first hamburger I ever had and it was a splurge at the time for my parents. I got in trouble when I was 6 and took my 4 year old brother for a walk to get hamburgers. My parents panicked, not knowing where we were. We showed up a half hour later at the real estate office that my dad worked at, two blocks from Hamburger Handout. I had some burgers for my dad for his lunch. It was not completely appreciated!
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