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Michael Stern

What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 6:50 AM (permalink)
Looking over a bunch of 35mm slides from Roadfood's early days, I realized just how compelling (and how much fun) restaurant signs are. Here is one of my favorites, from Lighting's Bar-B-Q, which I believe was in Arkansas. The pitmaster made some wickedly good sauce which we took away in a Jack Daniel's bottle (the only container he had on hand; and, I believe, one of the sauce's secret ingredients). The sauce, alas, was lost when our car was tail-ended by a gravel truck, splattering a whole trip's worth of great sauces across the highway.
 
If you have a favorite Roadfood sign, please post it here. We would love to see it.
 
BTW, I recently digitized several hundred vintage Roadfood slides and will be posting them in the forums (or with restaurant reviews, if the slides are still apropos). Next up: I will supplement the Arthur Bryant's review with a shot of legendary barbecue master Arthur Bryant at work in the kitchen of what he used to call his "Grease House."
 

 

 
#1
    buffetbuster

    Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 8:29 AM (permalink)
    Michael, I think you told the story about the guy filling up a not so clean Jack Daniel's bottle in Two For The Road.  I know it is one of my favorite moments in the book.  It is great to see the photo of where that took place and what a great sign they have.  The guy tackling that pig (it is a pig, isn't it?) is absolutely priceless!  Can we assume Lighting's BBQ is long gone?
     
    So glad that you digitalized your photos and I can't wait to see them.  I have a couple of favorite sign candidates and will look for the photos.
     
    #2
      porkbeaks

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      Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 8:55 AM (permalink)
       
      #3
        buffetbuster

        Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 9:04 AM (permalink)
        porkbeaks-
        Leonard's was one of the first ones I thought of.  And as good as it looks during the day, it looks even better at night!
         
        #4
          Tony Bad

          Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 9:39 AM (permalink)
          A few personal favorites:















           
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            porkbeaks

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            Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 9:46 AM (permalink)
            That last one is interesting. Must be a pretty classy place to have a couple condom dispensers next to the menu-board.
             
            #6
              MiamiDon

              Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 10:10 AM (permalink)
              I bet that Coney Island sign looks great at night.
               
              #7
                1bbqboy

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                Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 10:29 AM (permalink)


                Psssst.


                That's Tony's Living Room.
                 
                #8
                  Michael Stern

                  Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 10:40 AM (permalink)
                  Cliff, I am assuming Lighting's indeed is long gone. That was about 30 years ago. Here's another sign from that era from a BBQ we found in Front Royal, Virginia. Earl's was in the original edition of Roadfood.
                   

                   
                  #9
                    Michael Stern

                    Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 10:41 AM (permalink)
                    One of the all-time greats, for sure!
                    porkbeaks





                     
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                      wanderingjew

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                      Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 10:54 AM (permalink)
                      This has to be one of my favorites

                      My visit to Bruce's Bar in Severance Colorado this past summer.

                       
                      #11
                        Tony Bad

                        Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 10:57 AM (permalink)
                        bill voss


                        Psssst.


                        That's Tony's Living Room.



                        No, we have a cigarette machine and charge for the knuckle sandwich
                         
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                          Michael Hoffman

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                          Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 11:22 AM (permalink)
                          My favorite was a sign on an East Columbus place that is now a used tire shop. It read:
                                          GRACES TAVRN
                                       HOME COOK FOOD
                           
                          And no, I did not leave out any punctuation marks or letters.
                          <message edited by Michael Hoffman on Fri, 04/9/10 11:24 AM>
                           
                          #13
                            Ralph Melton

                            Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 12:01 PM (permalink)
                            I'm very fond of this one, particularly because it was a childhood favorite of Lori's on her trips to Cook Forest. Unfortunately, the food isn't quite as splendid as the sign.



                             
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                              The Travelin Man

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                              Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 12:31 PM (permalink)
                              Maybe it's just me, but I have always been partial to this sign:


                               
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                                buffetbuster

                                Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 1:01 PM (permalink)
                                Two classics from out West.

                                The bucking bronco at The Mint Bar

                                and the spinning, futuristic design at Maddox Ranch House.
                                 
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                                  Michael Stern

                                  Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 1:44 PM (permalink)
                                  I suppose 3-D statues should be a whole other category, but my two favorite top-of-the-roof characters, Maurie and Flaurie, are Roadfood signs par excellence:
                                   

                                   
                                  #17
                                    Tony Bad

                                    Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 1:51 PM (permalink)
                                    I love those dogs!

                                    Here is another classy sign...and no Bill...this one isn't in my living room either...



                                     
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                                      DocChuck

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                                      Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 2:41 PM (permalink)
                                      WOW!
                                       
                                      What a super thread this could be (or ALREADY is) for us old-timer road warriors.  I, for one, will copy and paste EVERY photo into a 'special album' on my computer (whether, or not, that is legal --- LOL).
                                       
                                      During our travels, my wife and I have collected hundreds of photos of vintage eateries from coast to coast (and in Europe --- where there are some REAL doozies, especially of some of the pubs in Ireland and Scotland). 
                                       
                                      I look forward to viewing and collecting copies of YOUR photos.
                                       
                                      Thanks for the effort.
                                       
                                       
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                                        mimicooks

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                                        Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 2:48 PM (permalink)
                                        Seen on a diner menu in Arkansas years ago: Special today - Salad Bowel
                                         
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                                          mayor al

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                                          Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 4:10 PM (permalink)
                                          In a Nashville BBQ Brew Pub in 2006 Poverty Pete pointed out this poster for a 'Charity Walk' to raise funds for training 'Sight dogs'. While a bit on the risque theme, It certainly attracted our attention while we ate !

                                           
                                          #21
                                            Tony Bad

                                            Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 4:47 PM (permalink)
                                            buffetbuster


                                            Two classics from out West.

                                            The bucking bronco at The Mint Bar
                                             






                                            This one reminds me of this place in Wyoming...
                                             






                                            <message edited by Tony Bad on Fri, 04/9/10 4:49 PM>
                                             
                                            #22
                                              Michael Stern

                                              Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 4:53 PM (permalink)
                                              You know you are not in Kansas any more when you see this sign on a buckwheat farm at the northernmost end of Route 1 in Fort Kent, Maine:
                                               

                                               
                                              #23
                                                Michael Stern

                                                Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 4:55 PM (permalink)
                                                The Mint Bar at night:
                                                 

                                                 
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                                                  carolina bob

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                                                  Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 6:01 PM (permalink)
                                                  Here's a Milwaukee classic...


                                                   
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                                                    carolina bob

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                                                    Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 6:09 PM (permalink)
                                                    ... and a classic in Toledo.




                                                     
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                                                      Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 7:09 PM (permalink)
                                                      I LIKE THE WOODEN PAINTED PRETZELS ON THE ENDS OF SMITTIES PRETZEL LIGHTHOUSE AND THEY HAVE A BLUE NEON PRETZEL IN THE TOP OF THE LIGHTHOUSE ROADSIDE STAND- YOU CAN SEE IT GOOD AT NITE CAUSE ITS LITE ALL NITE. JUDYJACOBS
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                                                        Michael Hoffman

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                                                        Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 7:13 PM (permalink)
                                                        How long have you been flacking for Smitties?
                                                         
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                                                          buffetbuster

                                                          Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 8:09 PM (permalink)
                                                          Everything is bigger in Texas!

                                                           

                                                           
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                                                            Twinwillow

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                                                            Re:What's Your Favorite Roadfood Sign? (all across the USA) Fri, 04/9/10 8:13 PM (permalink)
                                                            All these signs are an absolute, hoot! Please, keep 'em coming!
                                                             
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