When I was 16 the very first Arby's
was a "destination" for my family. Once a month or so we'd make the 20 mile trip from New Wilmington, Pa to Boardman, OH (a shopping-area suburb of Youngstown, OH (which then was the center of a prosperous metro-area of 250,000+) to enjoy their fresh-sliced roast beef sandwiches and Jamocha shakes. And, it was an expensive meal in those days: $0.79 for the sandwich and $0.49 for the shake at a time when you could get a three piece fried chicken dinner w/ fries & slaw at Red Barn
for $0.59 and two burgers, fries, and a 'shake' at McD
's for $0.61. And it was truly wonderful, even though we had to eat in the car and fries weren't even on the menu.
Some time in the early 1980's Arby's switched from roast beef to some sort of pre-digested, salt, MSG, and binder laden faux
(I am as sad for them as I am for their birthplace, Youngstown: http://money.cnn.com/2008/04/08/real_estate/radical_city_plan/index.htm
. That said, if you are ever in the Pittsburgh/Cleveland corridor you should really check out Mill Creek Park
: 36 golf holes designed in 1928 by Donald Ross
himself and landscape design by the fabled Frederick Law Olmsted
. In fact, if you ever want a great golf vacation 'on the cheap' I really cannot think of anything better than visiting Mill Creek in Youngstown and Oglebay Park in fairly nearby Wheeling, WVA with a stop for Broasted Chicken at The Breezy Heights
in Avella, PA on your way in-between).
Today, Mrs. Metro and I still on rare occasion visit their McKinney, TX location. I order their BLT (which is really pretty good for "fast food") and a Jamocha shake.
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