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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/03 21:43:25 (permalink)
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Does anybody remember a chain called King's? You placed your order from your booth by telephone. Kind of different, but the food was nothing to write home (or here) about.

I think this was King's Food Host, a regional chain out of Lincoln NE. I still think the Cheese Frenchies were unique and quite tasty. PS, I'd prefer Cyclone to Hawkeye!


Exactly, they also had a Tuna Frenchie, a Hot Dog Frenchie.

Sorry about the Cyclone thing, but friends don't let friends go to Iowa State.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/03 21:55:18 (permalink)
You can get King's-style cheese frenchies in Lincoln at Jimmy Ace's, on South Street near 10th.


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Does anybody remember a chain called King's? You placed your order from your booth by telephone. Kind of different, but the food was nothing to write home (or here) about.

I think this was King's Food Host, a regional chain out of Lincoln NE. I still think the Cheese Frenchies were unique and quite tasty. PS, I'd prefer Cyclone to Hawkeye!
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/05 17:19:47 (permalink)
How about Wimpy's? I used to eat in one just off State Street in Chicago in the early eighties. I don't know how many there were.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/05 17:28:09 (permalink)
I still get cravings for Arthur Treachers' greasy fish and plank-style chips. As a small child, I learned to love malt vinegar in a Treachers'; to this day I still douse my seafood in it.

This native Ohioan also wants to know: do Ground Round restaurants still exist anywhere in the US?
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/05 17:44:37 (permalink)
I loved the hush puppies at Arthur Treacher's. The Chock Full O'Nuts used to be so good in NYC. Orange drink with pulp in it. Tuna sandwiches. What fast food chain would have a tuna sandwich today? The one on 5th and 47th turned into a Sbarro's. So sad.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/05 18:02:06 (permalink)
They just closed down the great HoJo's in Times Square, the last vestige of Times Square's not so glorious past. This place had a beautiful sign out front, a dog salivating over a portly chef's pie. It also had a nice bar in the back that gave out savory snack mix at happy hour. It was the only reason to go to Times Square. Where have all the orange booths gone?
I think I remember the order of Sambo's name change, at least in the Valley-- Sambo's>Four Season's>Baker's Square. This one was in the Vons parking lot on Ventura Blvd. and Reseda Blvd.(?).
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/05 21:32:43 (permalink)
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I still get cravings for Arthur Treachers' greasy fish and plank-style chips. As a small child, I learned to love malt vinegar in a Treachers'; to this day I still douse my seafood in it.

This native Ohioan also wants to know: do Ground Round restaurants still exist anywhere in the US?


Hi Kristi,

Yes Ground Rounds still exist here in Wisconsin(Peanut shells on the floor and all!) a couple of locations in Milwaukee.

I miss Arthur Treacher's as well. My sister wroked at one for almost 6 hours one time. Unfortunately, she was unable to steal any secret recipes.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/06 12:29:57 (permalink)
Their website claims over 100 locations...mostly in the east/midwest...
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/06 12:34:04 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Kristi Siegel

I still get cravings for Arthur Treachers' greasy fish and plank-style chips. As a small child, I learned to love malt vinegar in a Treachers'; to this day I still douse my seafood in it.

This native Ohioan also wants to know: do Ground Round restaurants still exist anywhere in the US?


According to the Arthur Treachers website,there is one near you in Tampa [Columbus Drive]....
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/07 19:00:03 (permalink)
Wimpy's! I believe they were a British chain. I remeber eating at them in Paris and Tel Aviv. Not great-----but when you've been without a burger for six months they were fantastic!
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/07 23:29:14 (permalink)
There's an Orange Julius in Montreal.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 16:04:25 (permalink)
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There are Ground Rounds here and there. There is about twenty here in MA if I remember correctly...


At least that many -- it seems like there's a Ground Round at every rotary!
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 16:40:06 (permalink)
Bishop... by Rotary, you mean what the rest of the world calls a Traffic Circle?? hehehe Another 'Tonic and Frappe' kind of specialized definition.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 17:00:14 (permalink)
Shakey's in California can be found as far north as San Jose. Apparently those Mojo potatoes go over well with tourists - some of their locations market themselves to tour bus operators. (The chain is now owned by some off-shore conglomerate - a long ways off from Sacramento in the '50s....)
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 17:12:55 (permalink)


In San Diego we once had a chain called Oscar's drive-ins. The first one opened after WWII. The same guy started Jack-in-the-Box in the early 1950s. Great local coffee shops that I remember as a kid. The last one closed around the late 1970's I think....
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 17:36:17 (permalink)
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Shakeys Pizza is alive and not so well here in the Los Angles Area. A few of the remaining ones have a good "Bunch A Lunch" the rest, well I don't know how they stay in Business?


While living in Seattle in the early-mid 90's, Shakeys was present there too. Fortunately I never ate there because I truthfully I thought the Pizza in Seattle was absolutely disgusting.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 18:13:07 (permalink)
The last Shakey's I recall was in Chattanooga in the mid 60's. It was unique then cause there were very few pizza places.

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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 18:25:05 (permalink)
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Bishop... by Rotary, you mean what the rest of the world calls a Traffic Circle?? hehehe Another 'Tonic and Frappe' kind of specialized definition.


And to think I've only lived here a year! Yes, a rotary -- and there are millions of them here -- is what I called a traffic circle when I lived in Texas. My wife points out that the Brits call them roundabouts.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 18:28:53 (permalink)
I thought he was talking about the "Rotary Club" Seriously

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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/09 20:59:40 (permalink)
You call them Rotaries, around here where they are just starting to make themselves felt they are known by other names....none of which I can type here!!
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/12 16:55:44 (permalink)
How about Sandy's? They were a McRestaurant with a plaid theme in Wisconsin in the 60's. Main claim to fame was their signature burger, the Big Scot, which supposedly was the first with a secret mayo-type sauce. I kind of think that it had a middle bread layer, too. In the end, they all became Hardee's.

Or perhaps Happy Chef, a Big Boy/Country Kitchen type place? My high school girlfriend loved their chow mein.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/16 13:20:21 (permalink)
Anybody remember "Biff Burger", sort of a Burger Chef type-place which char-broiled the burgers? Tasted better than the griddle-fried McD burgers. Also, there was a small drive-in only place w/ car hops in PA called Hickey's (no lie). Seems alot of the submarine racers used to go to Hickey's then go get hickeys, if you get the drift.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/18 15:10:26 (permalink)
Ground Round - There is one in Solon, OH - suburb of Cleveland.

Big Boy - In Cleveland they were called Manners and had a different sauce for the Big Boy burger. Manners sold the chain to Frischs and Frischs sold it to Elias Bros. But, in both cases they still kept the original Cleveland sauce.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/18 16:48:37 (permalink)
I remember Wimpy's from when we lived in Kuwait. We had a Wimpy's day once a week at school when they would deliver burgers and fries and we would eat them at our desks. They were nothing like Burger chef, but to an American kid, it was heaven.

We also had a "Kentucky Fright Chicken" ( no kidding, that's what the sign said!) place, but they sold some kind of Tandoori like chicken that would take the hide off your tongue.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/18 20:11:22 (permalink)
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From my Philadelphia childhood: Hot Shoppes (Drive-In) and Hot Shoppes Jr. Burger Chef, And a small chain - I remember the Chuckwagon (delis) downtown. Also, the White Tower coffee shops (kind of a White Castle knockoff?) Can anyone remember the Nedick's-like restaurants selling hot dogs, orange juice, etc. ah- Deweys! - all counters, I think - I remember one at 17th and Market... also King of Pizza. And what about the cheap steak place - Tad's - maybe $3.95 for a steak and salad, they had a grill in the window.


In the world of Wonder Bread, I remember how exotic it was to have a sandwich on a bagel at the Bagel Nosh on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Also remember going one suburban Phila. restaurant that later became a chain - Winston's in Bryn Mawr for very good hamburgers with cutesy names that depended on their toppings.

(I think I finally got the quote posting thing conquered.)
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/27 11:49:16 (permalink)
My name is Walt Uotinen, and I'm trying to find out if Lum's had a location somewhere within a 10-mile radius of Belleville, NJ around the late 1970's.

From 1974 until 1981, I worked as a mechanic at Bigelow Motors on Washington Ave in Bellevile, NJ.

I recall from time to time a few of us driving to some not-to-distant place where we enjoyed hot dogs steamed in beer. I can't remember much more than that, but from the recent searching I've done, I'm assuming it must have been one of the Lum's places.

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with any more info on where this might have been. The geographic area that my 10-mile radius includes are the following cities in New Jersey: Belleville, Bloomfield, Montclair, Nutley, Clifton, Newark, Lyndhurst, North Arlington, Kearny, East Rutherford and Harrison.

I hope to hear some news! The best, Walt
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/27 11:59:29 (permalink)
Yes, I do indeed remember Roy Roger's! My name is Walt Uotinen, and I grew up in West Orange, NJ. My Mom and Dad used to drive to the nearest Roy Roger's (which I think was on State Route 10 in Livingston, or maybe East Hanover, NJ).

They had the BEST roast beef. I loved their Double R Burgers, too. I still make Double R's on my backyard grill (hamburger topped with a slice of american cheese and a slice of smoked Virginia ham and dressed with BBQ sauce).

There are still a few Roy Roger's, mostly in highway rest stops and midtown Manhattan, but it's not the same. The roast beef is overcooked and dry... In "the good old days", Roy's roast beef was rare and tender and served on a buttered bun!
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/27 15:31:15 (permalink)
There seem to be so many different ones to respond to here. I work in Wilkes-Barre PA, and there's an Orange Julius in the Wyoming Valley mall there. I live in Binghamton, NY, and we had at one time 3 Carrol's that are now all Burger Kings, and I definately agree that the Club Burger beats the Whopper, Big Mac or Wendy's. I remember that Cosmos mentioned the A&W in Cortland NY, and it's still a real, true drive-in & a great place to eat if you every get up that way. I never was at a Wetson's, but back in the 70's when WABC was the rock-n-roll station of record on the east coast, I remember Wetson's running lots of commercials on the station.
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/28 00:27:53 (permalink)
Rocky: You realize you have an A&W that is co-branded with Long John Silvers up in Dickson City,don't you? Not a drive-in..but when you order any value meal,you get a FROSTY A&W mug,with a genuine A&W tap to pour from...and it tastes 110x better than the A&W in a bottle/can!
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RE: Long Gone Regional Chains 2003/06/28 09:29:02 (permalink)
Lou
The Long John Silver's and A&W marriage is here in the Louisville area also. I had to chuckle when we stopped in the first time. The Frostie Mug was for the Root Beer customers, If you asked for Coke or Sprite, you got a paper cup !!! A&W had a beer-tap like spigot, while all other soda came from one of those "common" multi-button dispensers.
I am not much of a Long John Silver's fan, but getting the frosty mug of A&W will be a draw I am sure.
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