Old Hamburger Resturants!

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slade1955
Junior Burger
2006/10/14 11:34:00
I would like more info on any of the following old fast food resturants no longer in business. Steer Inn Hamburgers,Jiffy Hamburgers,Kelly's Hamburgers,Geri's Hamburger's and Weston's.
HollyDolly
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/18 10:38:10
Have you tried to search ask.com or google.com? Jiffy kind of sounds familiar,but maybe I'm confusing it with Griff's Hamburgers which they did have around San Antonio.
Top
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/18 10:58:02
Is that the Kelly's that used to be in Providence, RI?
Top
caratzas
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/20 05:08:23
Don't know about the other places but Googling "Wetson's"* returns a bunch of sites: http://www.google.com/search?q=wetson%27s&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

To the best of my knowledge they were a regional chain in the Northeast that ran into problems in the mid-70's. Nathan's Famous bought a bunch of the stores ~1975 as part of a push into the 'burbs.

*Not "Weston's," though it's easy to make that mistake. It's an unusual name.
Ashphalt
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/20 11:55:51
quote:
Originally posted by Top

Is that the Kelly's that used to be in Providence, RI?
Top


Someone else remembers the Kelly's chain in RI? I never got a nibble when I mentioned it in another forum. The Warwick location was one of the few places we could ride our bikes to in elementary school. Replaced with a People's Bank by 1972.

Jingle was "You get so much at Kelly's, for so little and oh, so good!" On the logo the "K" was composed of a drink cup with a burger as the arm and a fry as the leg. Besides burgers, famous for R.I. clam cakes, essentially a ball of fried dough with some rubbery sea clam pieces - tasty, greasy, guaranteed heartburn.

I assumed it was a R.I. only chain. Anyone know differently?
rongmtek
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/24 11:23:06
Growing up in Nassau County (Long Island, NY) in the 60's, the very first fast food burger joint to appear was called "Burger 'N' Shake". It opened across the street from the New Hyde Park town pool, around '64 or '65, I think. The location could not have been better for business, and parents back then did not quake at the idea of their kids (in bathing suits and flip-flops) running across 4 lanes of speeding traffic.
Burgers were 19 cents, and a shake was 10 cents.
It may have become a Wetson's eventually, I don't quite recall.
GCD1962
Hamburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/29 20:57:25
A place called "Lou's" in Cos Cob, CT in the 60s. It was better known to all as "Dirty Lou's" Lou wasn't the neatest looking guy, but he did know how to make hamburgs and such. His chili on the burgers was the best. He grilled everything on a charcoal grill. He didn't use cheap meat. He mostly bought his meat from Manaro's which had the best butcher shop (next to it's restaurant) in Greenwich. Land prices finally caught up and on the property now is a Toyota dealership. I would prefer one of Dirty Lou;s burgers over a Toyota any day of the week
californyguy
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/29 21:42:48
was there a chain called goody's in the nj area in the sixties?
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/30 10:49:52
There was a butcher shop in Jersey City called Goody's (Goody's Meat Market on Central Ave)
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/30 14:40:49
You can find some Geri's information in this thread:
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=479&whichpage=19.

Brad
Big Sausage
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/30 15:32:23
Speaking of burgers, does anyone out there consider the maid rite loose meat sandwich a burger ?
pmrkr2
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/30 16:22:13
wow burger n' shake i haven't heard that name in years. i grew up just down the road, we used to cut school and go there and hang in the parking lot. i know there was a wetsons on northern blvd on the manhasset/ roslyn border i used to go to and when i went to college there was on on hempstead turnpike just west of the sam ash in hempstead. there ya go
rongmtek
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/31 14:32:29
Hey, pmrkr2--
That was the only Burger'N'Shake I ever remember seeing; I wonder if it was a chain that never had any other links.
If you grew up in that neighborhood, you must remember the Deli King and Dairy King, at the Lake Success shopping center. Had a pastrami sandwich at Deli King 6 months ago, it was still pretty good. About 4 times the price I remembered, though.
pmrkr2
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/10/31 22:03:46
lots of food memories from that area. squires deli and kriegels ice cream parlor in great neck and ray's italian resturant in little neck to name a few. i only remember the one burger n' shake.
Trebor K
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/11/01 00:23:13
Wetson's was a greater NY City burger fast food chain like McDonald's, but actually came onto the scene in the mid 60's before McD's took over (at least as I remember, being about 8 0r 9 in the mid 60's. It was not bad and actually a novelty in the beginning. The guy who now runs Nathan's is a member of the family that started Wetsons.
big g in joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/11/07 00:25:39
I think there used to be a Wetson's on rt.46 east in Pine Brook,NJ back in the 70's,I think it is a Wendy's now.
Sfreader
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/11/16 10:30:32
"Speaking of burgers, does anyone out there consider the maid rite loose meat sandwich a burger ?"


Yes, Big Sausage. Nuways, also.

Keith
GCD1962
Hamburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2006/11/18 15:24:32
The one thing I remember about Wetson's is that they had to worst hamburger of all the chains of the time - it's no wonder it died a quick death
eggsactley
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/02/04 11:25:06
I don't recall Wetson's being any better or worse than other chains. I was a young when they were around and fast food was still a relatively new concept. I never touch the stuff now.
ShenB
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/02/11 21:35:26
Does anybody here remember an old hamburger chain in NYC called "Prexy's?

This would have been in the late 50'S into the 60's

Their slogan was "The Hamburger With A College Education"

If so, what do you remember about it?



Uminert
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/01 10:38:58
Hello Slade55,

I recall aKelly's Hamburger on Route 44 in East Providence, which is now a Burger King. As a youth I ate there several times and recall one particular gentlemen who was always there. I do not know if he was the owner or the store manager, but his pleasant demeanor and mannerisms remain with me.

[orange]Mick R.[/orange
Bedsty228
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/17 12:51:46


I remember Wetsons Hamburgers. I recall a Wetsons being near a bus stop in Brooklyn, NY near Flatbush Ave. When I was young, after church on Sunday, my family and I would stop at Wetsons. We would get their cheese burgers with fries. I loved their vanilla milk shakes. They were so thick, you couldn't even sip it through the straw. Normally you would have to let it sit for a while, and melt.

I live in Georgia now, and they have Krystals...Nothing like Wetsons or White Castles. I think though, Krystals would be considered White Castles. I'm not to fond of Krystals.
Uminert
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/18 14:54:18
Not to get off subjectBig Sausage...

but I consider Steak-Umms a delicacy when it's fried with butter or margarine, placed between two pieces of the big easy of Sunbeam or Wonder, and slapped silly with a few tomatoes, and maybe some lettuce for road fill.

"Slade1955" I've heard of Weston's, but I don't recall if it was a fast food restaurant, possibly bmt (before my time), or maybe it turned into a Subway bmt (bigger, meatier and tastier).

There was a Pink Pony Restaurant in Arizona that possibly had affiliation with the Steer Inn, or there was a Steer Place located in North Eastern Massachusetts, but I'm not sure if either is still in business (depends which mobs were ruining Ye' Olde Thyme Dixie queen Mom/Pop joints).

Possibly a knockoff that led to Circle K on the Ashphalt memory jog, and sounds like what is Rocky Point Chowder House now, or Kelly was possibly doing "2 munch", with "2 littles of Skittles Ked 'L' Corn".

Alf, somebody say Barf please...

<- El Diablahhhhhh

U Minert le`Pour





nicolem
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/25 12:07:15
This reminds me of my two favorite burger joints when I was a kid in the 1970's and 1980's growing up at the Jersey shore. My favorite was Burger Chef- I was devistated when they closed. I used to go to the one on RT 37 in Toms River mostly but sometimes the one in Beachwood on RT 9. I absolutely loved Burger Chef. I loved their milk shakes-yummy.

My second favorite was Geno's. I went to the one on 37 in Toms River. I remember that this chain was started by Geno Marchetti of the Baltimore Colts.

I remember the Genos became a Roy Rogers because I think Marriott bought them and closed them. I think Burger Chef was sold to Hardees and also closed.

Does anyone remember these places? I have such fond memories- I mean when I was a kid it was a big deal to eat out-even if it was fast food.If you had fast food once a month that was a big deal.
Uminert
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/26 11:04:53
Hi nicolem,

We had a Burger Chef here in R.I. which is long gone. I DO remember their chocolate shakes. We had Hardees and Roy Rogers, but I can't recall if Burger Chef evolved into, or became one of them.

We have a Marchetti's restaurant in Cranston, R.I. that usually has a long wait because it's PDG (pretty darn good), but I don't know if it has any affiliation with Geno's. I've never heard of that chain around here.

When I earned paper route money I use to go to the burger joints, and then not eat at home (and get punished) because I despised canned peas, frozen fish sticks, and flake bud potatoes. [|)]
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/26 11:39:44
My dad used to take me to the "Little Tavern" on Wisconsin Ave. in DC. It was a chain, but were they ever good. Sit on a little stool and watch the grill man cook 'em for you. I always got 2 "jumbos" which were basically just a regular size burger. My dad was a cool dude....if it wasn't there we'd go down and BS the oyster captains and sample a few dozen. The winner always came out selling us a bushel.
Buddy Dek
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/26 18:55:30
My first job was at pancake cottage a 3 or 4 store chain on Long Island. They had a dining room that sat about 80 people and a take-out window which sold a wetsons type hamburger for 15cents, chicken, fish sandwich and french fries.The hamburgers were kept warm under heat lamps and damp clothes. At the time McDonalds was doing very well, but this store on veterans hwy at exit 57E was unbelieveable for its volume of fast food. The L I expressway at the time ended there and that was all that was needed. The other branches in Hauppauge 347 and the original in centereach (middle country road) didnot compare and all faded in the early 70's with proably so many other good, or not so good small chains.
ann peeples
Sirloin
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/26 18:57:01
Sollys in Milwaukee is still the best burger in town...
acer2x
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/29 17:23:29
Fast food burger places:

Burger Chef(the one across from NE High School on Cottman Ave in Philly)
Gino's in Philly and Baltimore
Ronnie's ( on Castor Ave in Oxford Circle in Philly)
Greyghost
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/29 19:57:55
I don't know if they are completely dead, but the Ground Round restaurants around here have disappeared. They started out rather good, huge burgers cooked to order, a good selection of sides and for the adults they had a bar.

They did go downhill fast though, the burgers became less digestible to the point of despicable to a burger fan. In their heyday, the Ground Round was a pretty good place for a burger fan.

Something did go wrong though. I think they tried to cater to too diverse a crowd. They did not know who they were. Were they a family place, a sports bar, a chain caught up in corporate greed, or a combination of all?

What do you think, or better yet what do you know.
jvsmom
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/29 20:45:47
I would have replied sooner, but this is the first time I've seen this thread.

I recall Kelly's hamburgers; they were in Massachusetts as well as RI. I remember the drink cup-hamburger-fry "K" sign as well. I remember going to one in Fall River, and there is a seafood restaurant on Route 53 in Weymouth that I'm pretty sure used to be a Kelly's. I know there were at least a few in the Boston area.
californyguy
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/29 20:52:03
toms river 37- I went to the very same places on 37 in nj- I think somehow genos got hooked up with kfc at one point ..I rememeber an early mcdondalds there had two restrooms out around back--one for mcmen and one for mcwomen
nicolem
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/30 12:42:01
quote:
Originally posted by Greyghost

I don't know if they are completely dead, but the Ground Round restaurants around here have disappeared. They started out rather good, huge burgers cooked to order, a good selection of sides and for the adults they had a bar.

They did go downhill fast though, the burgers became less digestible to the point of despicable to a burger fan. In their heyday, the Ground Round was a pretty good place for a burger fan.

Something did go wrong though. I think they tried to cater to too diverse a crowd. They did not know who they were. Were they a family place, a sports bar, a chain caught up in corporate greed, or a combination of all?

What do you think, or better yet what do you know.


Ground Round was great when it started but toward the end it had gone down hill. In the late 70's and 80's my mom worked at one in Toms River NJ and I loved going there. I believe they were either sold or went bankrupt. They had them in Manchester and Nashua NH until a few years ago. They were ok, but not as good as when they first arrived.
Foxyfishy14
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/30 12:51:25
Greyghost and NicoleM:

They had them all over Massachusetts too...I LOVED Ground Round as a kid...they had the best birthday parties...and I loved the kids menu too! I remember when I was really small they used to have days where a kid could get on a scale and how ever much the kid weighed, that's how much the parent got to pay...it was the cheapest thing! Anyway..I think most of them have gone out of business...which is too bad..I miss them!
ConeyIslandLou
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/30 12:57:02
quote:
Originally posted by hosseini

toms river 37- I went to the very same places on 37 in nj- I think somehow genos got hooked up with kfc at one point ..I rememeber an early mcdondalds there had two restrooms out around back--one for mcmen and one for mcwomen


Back in the pre-John Brown days, when the Colonel was selling the recipe/fryers to individual restaurtants, Geno's was one of the first to buy territorial rights to KFC...and when Marriott bought them out, and put up Roy Rogers or wahtever, KFC was left with a very big hole in their system.
Ashphalt
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/30 13:07:50
quote:
Originally posted by Greyghost

I don't know if they are completely dead, but the Ground Round restaurants around here have disappeared. They started out rather good, huge burgers cooked to order, a good selection of sides and for the adults they had a bar.

They did go downhill fast though, the burgers became less digestible to the point of despicable to a burger fan. In their heyday, the Ground Round was a pretty good place for a burger fan.

Something did go wrong though. I think they tried to cater to too diverse a crowd. They did not know who they were. Were they a family place, a sports bar, a chain caught up in corporate greed, or a combination of all?

What do you think, or better yet what do you know.


I agree that Ground Round suffered from a personality conflict. It may be the result of changing corporate ownership and changing times.

Ground Round was started by Howard Johnson's in the very early 70s or even late 60s. I believe the concept was a response to HoJo's losing market share of the travelling public to McD's and the other burger chains. The first Ground Round was on North Main Street in Providence. It opened at a time when downtowns in New England were pretty much dead, bars were not appropriate for "ladies" (and many didn't admit unescorted women) and the restaurant scene pretty much consisted of your parents' favorite steak house or family spaghetti joint. Originally, Ground Round seemed pretty popular with the twenty-seomethings I knew.

What happened, I'm not sure. Maybe all those 20-somethings bought strollers at the ToysRUs Grand Opening Sale. Certainly the model was a cliche by the late 70s with TGIFridays and independent clone fern bars popping up in every strip mall.

But I do agree about the burgers. Last time I had one, probably around '92, it was horrible.
nicolem
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/07/30 17:01:12
quote:
Originally posted by Foxyfishy14

Greyghost and NicoleM:

They had them all over Massachusetts too...I LOVED Ground Round as a kid...they had the best birthday parties...and I loved the kids menu too! I remember when I was really small they used to have days where a kid could get on a scale and how ever much the kid weighed, that's how much the parent got to pay...it was the cheapest thing! Anyway..I think most of them have gone out of business...which is too bad..I miss them!


You are right- they did have great birthday parties! I forgot about that.
RWacker
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/12 19:24:07
I used to live in Beatice,Nebraska & we had several restraunts I remember I was just wondering if anyone else remembers them & if they still exist somewhere eles - Bike's Burger, Rancho chicken, Croy's & up until last year the only reason left for me to go back to Beatrice - Artic Circle last year they sold out to a pharmacy to make a parking lot I don't know about anyone else but I LOOOVVVed their Bounty Burgers with its special bounty sauce!!! And what happened to Shakey's Pizza & Christiano's Pizza that was as big as a table!!!
Legran22
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/15 12:29:06
There was a Burger Chef a couple of blocks from my dorm room in college in Beaumont Texas and we used to walk over and frequent it often for a late night meal. They flamed broiled their burgers. They cost fifteen cents in the late 60's as did their shakes and fries. For forty five cents you could get a meal. McDonalds came into town about 1970 and Burger Chef went out of business not long after. Burger Chef burgers had a unique taste that I've not had since.
chickenwingking
Hamburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/20 16:44:47
quote:
Originally posted by rongmtek

Growing up in Nassau County (Long Island, NY) in the 60's, the very first fast food burger joint to appear was called "Burger 'N' Shake". It opened across the street from the New Hyde Park town pool, around '64 or '65, I think. The location could not have been better for business, and parents back then did not quake at the idea of their kids (in bathing suits and flip-flops) running across 4 lanes of speeding traffic.
Burgers were 19 cents, and a shake was 10 cents.
It may have become a Wetson's eventually, I don't quite recall.

There was a "Burger n Shake" in Hicksville on Broadway, pretty much right across the street from Mid Island Bowling Alley (also long gone). Incidentally the bowling alley snack bar had good food and made an excellent egg cream!
Big Ugly Mich
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/20 16:56:47
quote:
Originally posted by annpeeples Sollys in Milwaukee is still the best burger in town...
Better than Kopp's? I highly doubt it.
rumsongirl
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/25 13:29:01
my friend and i use to take our 80 min lunch break on fridays while a sr. in h.s. and drive from rumson to hazlet to the burger chef....loved them and yes the choc shakes were the best!
fbradjr
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/26 22:39:37
quote:
Originally posted by ConeyIslandLou

quote:
Originally posted by hosseini

toms river 37- I went to the very same places on 37 in nj- I think somehow genos got hooked up with kfc at one point ..I rememeber an early mcdondalds there had two restrooms out around back--one for mcmen and one for mcwomen


Back in the pre-John Brown days, when the Colonel was selling the recipe/fryers to individual restaurtants, Geno's was one of the first to buy territorial rights to KFC...and when Marriott bought them out, and put up Roy Rogers or wahtever, KFC was left with a very big hole in their system.
fbradjr
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/26 22:41:59
quote:
Originally posted by ConeyIslandLou

quote:
Originally posted by hosseini

toms river 37- I went to the very same places on 37 in nj- I think somehow genos got hooked up with kfc at one point ..I rememeber an early mcdondalds there had two restrooms out around back--one for mcmen and one for mcwomen


Back in the pre-John Brown days, when the Colonel was selling the recipe/fryers to individual restaurtants, Geno's was one of the first to buy territorial rights to KFC...and when Marriott bought them out, and put up Roy Rogers or wahtever, KFC was left with a very big hole in their system.


ConeyIslandLou

Well that is a story but not the right one. Some facts are right. It was before John Y Brown and Frank Massey took over KFC.
Col Sanders did sell his recipe to restaurants across the country.
He charged a royalty of 5 cents per order of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

James J Matthews has a chain of drive in restaurants called top’s drive in, located in northern VA.
He acquired the rights to KFC for 8 states and added the chicken to his menu and started opening KFC restaurants from then on. He was also added to the KFC Board.

When Top’s had 18 restaurants Gino Marchetti asked Matthews to merged with Geno’s to expand. Geno’s added the sirloiner hamburger to their menu along with KFC.

Marriott bought out the Geno’s chain only for their assets and locations after the Geno’s corp. sold the KFC equipment and right back to KFC.
Marriott also sold Rustle steak house chain to their President and Curly garage Bar b q restaurant.


ConeyIslandLou

Well that is a story but not the right one. Some facts are right. It was before John Y Brown and Frank Massey took over KFC.
Col Sanders did sell his recipe to restaurants across the country.
He charged a royalty of 5 cents per order of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

James J Matthews has a chain of drive in restaurants called top’s drive in, located in northern VA.
He acquired the rights to KFC for 8 states and added the chicken to his menu and started opening KFC restaurants from then on. He was also added to the KFC Board.

When Top’s had 18 restaurants Gino Marchetti asked Matthews to merged with Geno’s to expand. Geno’s added the sirloiner hamburger to their menu along with KFC.

Marriott bought out the Geno’s chain only for their assets and locations after the Geno’s corp. sold the KFC equipment and right back to KFC.
Marriott also sold Rustle steak house chain to their President and Curly garage Bar b q restaurant.
santacruz
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/29 15:11:06
My favorite old fashioned Hamburger joint is Val's in Hayward Ca. I went there this last weekend and it was packed, had to sit at the old fashioned counter which I like anyway. I ordered a Mama burger with cheese and an order of French Frys wife ordered a baby burger with swiss, they came out broiled and juicy smokey fresh, mine was huge and it is not even the papa burger, all the condiments are right there, pickels,fresh onion rings, relish mayo etc. Then the fry's we could not finish them all and they were done to a succulent golden yellow.

A first timer sat next to us from New York and asked what he should order, I suggested a Milk shake with mama burger. He ordered just that but he had never seen a real milk shake done the old fashioned way in a steel container it filled a full glass and I swear there was about another full glass in the container he was pleased.

What a nice roadfood experience they only take cash no credit or checks and are closed Sun. and Mon.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/08/29 15:50:32
I'm not sure if they are still in business but, when I lived in Los Angeles many years ago, I used to go to "Hambuger Hamlet".
They had a few places in the LA area if I'm not mistaken. Great, very large burgers made with top quality ground sirloin.
Milt
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/09/30 17:13:30
For about thirty years, Geo.-John's in Farmington, New Mexico served the BEST hamburgers. George Hazen opened in a former used car lot - Hon. John's - and kept costs down by painting "Geo" over "Hon" on the sign. He even kept the period after Hon. It was years before the entire sign was repainted. Having ten to fifteen people in line ahead of you was not unusual in what was then a town of 20,000 people. Quite a tribute to the burgers. Each burger was cooked to order, with whatever else the customer wanted on the burger. Always fresh and always exactly what the customer chose to have on the burger. The half pound burger and fries was meal enough for most oilfield workers and construction workers - even for the high school football players.

I have often wondered if I would feel the same about a Geo. John's burger today. My awareness of health issues has increased dramatically and I generally avoid burgers and, especially, fries now. But the taste from the 1960s to the 1980s was exceptional.
mland520
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/09/30 17:58:29
Growing up in Kingston, NY the best hamburger was from Uncle Chic's Hamburger Heaven- take out only! You called ahead and ordered, then dropped in to pick it up- great, juicy burger- cheese and all the fixin's, cole slaw and fries- then they moved to a small, strip shopping mall in the late 60's early 70's- dressed up the restaurant and just called it Uncle Chic's- but their burger was still the best-they expanded their menu to include some Italian specialties- don't know if they are still around or not- I would think that Uncle Chic (he was a real person) is long gone to that big take out in the sky.
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/09/30 19:20:16
quote:
Originally posted by ShenB

Does anybody here remember an old hamburger chain in NYC called "Prexy's?

This would have been in the late 50'S into the 60's

Their slogan was "The Hamburger With A College Education"

If so, what do you remember about it?





Yes! I definitely remember Prexy's! I recall going to their location on the Upper West Side, circa 1962 (??). It was located on the west side of Broadway, somewhere around 105th St. to 106th St. It was a typical NYC coffee shop-type interior, with small booths on the right side, and a counter on the left.

What made me fall in love with Prexy's was the presence of a bowl of raw onion rings on the tables and on the counter. Since anything spicy was verboten in my mother's kitchen, this was my chance to have a hamburger with some kick to it, and I loved it! I think that I probably ate there twice, or perhaps three times, circa the early '60s, but I have not forgotten the taste of those burgers.

While I am not positive about it, I am under the impression that Prexy's had a few other locations in Manhattan, but I can only vouch for the one on the UWS.
mjambro
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/10/02 09:25:48
I recall a chain called Kemp's (I think that's the spelling) in the southeastern Mass area.
RIDEANDSLIDEFOOD
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/10/02 10:26:16
Tops, Oh that brings back memoris.When i was a kid growing up in Wash. D.C. we would visit my sister in Fairfax Va.On the was home we would stop at Tops which i believe was in Arlington Va.

They had a burger called the Sirloiner is like the pre Big Mac and also had the first KFC dinner in a bucket. Those were the days!!!


Jim
beerbarrel
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/12/18 23:29:28
Went to school in Cape Canaveral area in late 60's. Any one remember "The Moon Hut" on A1A ?? OK, there was another place that I believe was a chain down near the Merritt Island causeway that I believe went
by the name "Royal Burger", they had a menu with royalty names "King burger", etc. I can't find any references to this place on the web, was I dreaming, or did such a place really exist?

If by chance you remember these post here, I'm really curious..

TKS,
Beerbarrel
beerbarrel
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2007/12/18 23:47:16
Went to school around Cape Caneveral Fla during the late 60's. Any one remember "The Moon Hut"? Greatest hamburgers, and you could buy a deed to a plot on the moon as the same time. I remember another hamburger place down by the Merritt Island causeway, and I thing it's name was Royal Castle or Royal Burger... The burgers were named something like "King burger", "Queen burger", ... etc.
Prices were reasonable, and the burgers tasted pretty good. I just can't find any thing on the web, and I'm sure I wasn't dreaming.. Anyone else remember this place ??

Thanks,
Beerbarrel
FearTheDodo
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2008/01/22 00:18:44
quote:
Originally posted by Pancho

My dad used to take me to the "Little Tavern" on Wisconsin Ave. in DC. It was a chain, but were they ever good. Sit on a little stool and watch the grill man cook 'em for you. I always got 2 "jumbos" which were basically just a regular size burger. My dad was a cool dude....if it wasn't there we'd go down and BS the oyster captains and sample a few dozen. The winner always came out selling us a bushel.


There's still one or two in Dundalk around Baltimore. We went to one down by the docks this past December. Little burgers had a surprisingly large patty, probably more so than any McD's burger you get now.
RedGreene
Junior Burger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2008/02/04 22:40:47
Kewpee hamburger in Lima Ohio is still my favorite. Good burger for 1.50.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2008/02/04 22:58:46
quote:
Originally posted by Big Sausage
Speaking of burgers, does anyone out there consider the maid rite loose meat sandwich a burger ?


Big Sausage; Dearfolk,
No, but a Maid Rite, a Loosemeats, a Tavern, or even a Sloppy Joe are the first cousins to hamburgers from the "looser" side of the family, maybe... sort of like the relation of Scrapple to Goetta and Livermush.
Unhungrily, Ort. Carlton in Unsloppy (Except During Football Weekends!) Athens, Georgia.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2008/02/04 23:07:19
quote:
Originally posted by RWacker
And what happened to Shakey's Pizza & Christiano's Pizza that was as big as a table!!!


RWacker,
There is a Shakey's Pizza in Warner Robins, Georgia, still operating as of last Christmastime (thriving). If you are ever on I-75 to Florida, it's about 15 minutes east of there, if that far... you can Goodle it up easily enough.
Unshakeyly, Ort. Carlton in Burger-Chef-Less Athens, Georgia.
P. S. If I really thought about it, I could post the entire Burger Chef radio jingle. A Dairy Science professor here named Sheuring invented their milkshake formula.
P. P. S. The second portion of the jingle (I've forgotten the lead-in to this) went:
"Yes, it will -- at Burger Chef!
A nickel and a dime will get...
French fried potatoes, big thick shake, or the greatest, tastiest hamburget yet!" Tag: Burger Chef -- now open on Alps Road in Athens! (It's a liquor store now.)
Holly Moore
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2008/02/07 19:53:43
Anthony Wayne, on Route 46 in Jersey, may it rest in peace. Char broiled burgers, red pickle relish and sliced raw onion on the counter all chased down with a dutch apple ice cream cone.

Wetsons - I quite my job washing dishes at the Five Star Diner in Parsippany to work the counter and grill at Wetsons in Pine Brook. Lived on California Cokes - half coke, half orange drink. I still miss the Five Star Diner.
Mack184
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2008/02/08 14:53:35
quote:
Originally posted by Greyghost

I don't know if they are completely dead, but the Ground Round restaurants around here have disappeared. They started out rather good, huge burgers cooked to order, a good selection of sides and for the adults they had a bar.

They did go downhill fast though, the burgers became less digestible to the point of despicable to a burger fan. In their heyday, the Ground Round was a pretty good place for a burger fan.

Something did go wrong though. I think they tried to cater to too diverse a crowd. They did not know who they were. Were they a family place, a sports bar, a chain caught up in corporate greed, or a combination of all?

What do you think, or better yet what do you know.

Here in northeast PA there are 3 Ground Rounds that I know of. One in Scranton, one in Wilkes-Barre and one in Hazleton which are all owned by the same group. There used to be one in Binghamton, NY but it closed and then re-opened as a Hooters and then that closed and is now vacant. The place itself was originally a Howard Johnson's.
Mack184
Cheeseburger
RE: Old Hamburger Resturants! 2008/02/08 14:56:14
quote:
Originally posted by californyguy

toms river 37- I went to the very same places on 37 in nj- I think somehow genos got hooked up with kfc at one point ..I rememeber an early mcdondalds there had two restrooms out around back--one for mcmen and one for mcwomen

Geno's was one of the original franchises of KFC. Back in the day, the Colonel used to go around and sell his chicken not as a stand alone store, but a menu item on an independent restaurants offerings.
Ameche's in Baltimore was also a Kentucky Fried outlet back in the very early 60's.
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