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2006/10/03 17:24:59 (permalink)

Arthur Treacher's

Was this a national chain? I seem to recall a few in New York City in the '70s.
In my area (Northern VA), there are only two remaining--Fairfax and Alexandria.

For those who've heard of this place, the menu has not changed since 1976. Fish, chicken, shrimp, clams, chips, and....the crunch pup!
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    seafarer john
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/03 20:52:18 (permalink)
    The chain was lousy in the 70s,80s,90s,- why bring it up now?

    cheers, John
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/03 22:01:50 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by frogger67

    Was this a national chain? I seem to recall a few in New York City in the '70s.
    In my area (Northern VA), there are only two remaining--Fairfax and Alexandria.

    For those who've heard of this place, the menu has not changed since 1976. Fish, chicken, shrimp, clams, chips, and....the crunch pup!

    Yes, it was a national chain, but they sure didn't have chicken, shrimp or clams when they began.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/03 23:21:56 (permalink)
    My recollection is they opened up in the late 60's.Arthur himself was pretty well known at the time for his work on the Merv Griffin show.My favorite item wasnt on the menu.It was the little pieces of fried batter that were served underneath the fish and chips.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/04 10:29:21 (permalink)
    Arthur Treacher's blew. Their fish & chips was really crappy.
    I cooked for their competiton, H. Salt Fish & Chips, in high school, and that was quality fish & chips. No chicken, shrimp, clams, fish sandwiches, or ketchup.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/04 10:54:01 (permalink)
    I liked AT's--not much seafood in Jersey City growing up. I tried it recently (they serve treacher's fish N chips at some Nathan's here in NJ), but it wasn't as good as back in the day. As a kid I remember them hand dipping the fish in the batter--today its just pre dipped frozen fish.

    I also remember they had Lemon Pie!
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/04 12:53:51 (permalink)
    Joisey-
    I remember being the one who hand dipped the fish, after I had cuit it into fillets. We had to lay the fillets into the hot oil, not just drop them in, so the batter wouldn't come off. I had burns all over both forearms all summer from the grease splatters.

    We also made the chips from real potatoes we peeled and slices - no frozen fries.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/04 13:08:45 (permalink)
    Niagara--thanks for the info. i remember a cook in our local one (Union City NJ), with batter up to his arms. Sounded like a pain to cook.

    the chips were good--nice big ones with grooves.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/04 13:15:59 (permalink)
    As a kid, Dad would sometimes bring us there when they had a special. I remember liking it.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/04 14:21:10 (permalink)
    Joisey-

    Exactly! We dipped our arms into the batter so we wouldn't get burned as badly when the hot oil splattered. The worst thing about it was that my clothes smelled like fish all summer, and I couldn't go anywhere after work until I went home and showered and changed clothes. And went through two pairs of sneakers that disintegrated from the grease.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/04 20:09:37 (permalink)
    My ex worked in their corporate office in the early 80s.
    What killed the product was that the chain was bought by Mrs Paul's,and they started using inferior ingredients.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/05 00:23:17 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Billfish

    My recollection is they opened up in the late 60's.Arthur himself was pretty well known at the time for his work on the Merv Griffin show.My favorite item wasnt on the menu.It was the little pieces of fried batter that were served underneath the fish and chips.

    They had the little batter crumbs underneath the fish at Captain D's the last time I was there.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/05 05:00:31 (permalink)
    First time I saw malt vinegar on fish.
    How young are you to mention this chain?
    Uh........ It came out in the 60's.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/05 09:22:11 (permalink)
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    First time I saw malt vinegar on fish.


    Same here, it seemed so exotic and British! We loved the vinegar on the fries. In the late 70s my best friend really liked their chicken. It was real, large pieces of breast with a fairly light batter that was just mildly spiced. I thought the fish was pretty good, too. But the locations were few and far between, and they never seemed to take off.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/05 09:40:05 (permalink)
    I was 18 in the summer of 1970 when I cooked at H. Salt.

    Malt vinegar wasn't exactly exotic in Niagara Falls, NY, since that's how the chips came across the river in Ontario.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/07 16:44:29 (permalink)
    When I was a kid I LOVED AT's chicken. The chips were good too.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/07 22:23:26 (permalink)
    I miss them so much...they used to be in quite a few malls in Cincinnati, but all disappeared relatively quickly...

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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/08 10:54:12 (permalink)
    There was an Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips fast food place in Bayonne, NJ for a number of years. Back in the '70s, I remember trying their fare and becoming quite ill afterward with horrendous stomach cramps that lasted for a few hours.

    Chalking it up to happenstance, I did trying AT's again a few months later. Once again, the after-effect was really bad abdominal pain and cramping. I suspect that the reason was old, rancid oil, but then again, it could have been poor food handling practices at that place.

    Whatever the reason, I did not feel like pressing my luck with another visit. Since the fish & chips were not that good to begin with, there was no reason to return and take a chance of a third bout of abdominal distress.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/08 17:00:29 (permalink)
    We had an AT's in Kenosha, Wisconsin when I was growing up, I remember eating there as a kid with my grandmother & her sister. I don't remember the food quality, as this was a good 25 years ago. The building where they used to be has been a KFC since the early 80's.

    I have a friend who's been asking about if there are any AT's lft in America, I will have to tell her Virginia.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/09 17:01:39 (permalink)

    There is one in Danville Pa. It's funny but even though I think the food is really bad... I still can't pass by without stopping in and trying it again. It's like maybe they got better and I have to see if they really did or not!
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/09 19:21:13 (permalink)
    There is also one on I-95 in Delaware, just before the Maryland border
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/17 17:42:37 (permalink)
    Hey, there's one in Battle Ground, WA, tucked away in a strip mall.

    I haven't been there yet, I'll check it out some time, AT's used to be all over PA.

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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/25 16:52:02 (permalink)
    There's one on State Street in Sharon/Hermitage PA, and one on Belmont Avenue, just east of the I-80 exit, on Youngstown's north side.

    I always liked 'em as a kid. Haven't eaten there since.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/10/26 11:14:02 (permalink)
    Awesome food. Their fish, chicken and shrimp were just fantastic and ALWAYS piping hot. I never had a bad meal in one and they were by far my favorite FF chain when I was growing up in MD. The last one I ate at was in Fairmont, NJ about 8 years ago - not sure if they're still around or not.

    Here's a link to all their locations:
    http://www.arthurtreachers.com/locations.htm
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/12/03 01:34:32 (permalink)
    we had about a dozen arthur treacher's in the seattle area in the 1980s, they all closed up and the buildings were bought by ivar's (a local seafood resturant) and became ivar's resturants but kept the rotating arthur treacher's signs..
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/12/12 10:45:27 (permalink)
    Arthur Treacher was a British character actor from the 30s through the 50s. He was also the original model for "Alfred", Batman's butler (David Niven later replaced him as model). He semi-retired to act as Merv Griffin's sidekick on the 60s daytime chat show.
    About 1968 the trend in fastfood franchising turned to Fish&Chips chains. Arthur leased his name and likeness to the chain in question. The distinctive aspect of the AT recipe was the use of CLUB SODA in the batter. When the batter-dipped fish hit the oil, the carbonation produced small explosions, resulting in a spikier fried filet. The final produce also had a harder crust than the competing chains.

    I'd never heard of the chain until my parents moved to Marion OH. Mom was taken with it. She also said they had the best 7-Up there.

    And I agree that platter full of batter crumbs was very tasty!

    In Milwaukee on 27th Street just south of Wisconsin Avenue. there is the shell of an AT, long ago converted to a daycare center.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/12/12 22:13:14 (permalink)
    I went to one in East Hartford, CT two years ago (looks like it's gone now, according to the website). I was a fan of their fish and chips in the 70s/80s (and I never pass up the chance for fish and chips), so I decided to go out of curiosity. I wish I hadn't, for nostalgia's sake. Limp, soggy chips. Stale hush puppies. Overcooked fish sitting in a puddle of oil. Everything tasted rancid. I've had a lot of fish and chips from questionable places in my day, but this was the worst I can remember. Oh well, I'll always have the memories. :)
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2006/12/18 07:41:27 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by frogger67

    For those who've heard of this place, the menu has not changed since 1976. Fish, chicken, shrimp, clams, chips, and....the crunch pup!


    I was a stubborn kid and wouldn't eat fish as a child, but I remember loving Arthur Treacher's chicken (battered to look almost identical to the fish). They're all gone now in my area. The only thing close to it these days is Long John Silvers and even those are a long drive practically into another state & I'm in the 4th largest market in the country! And sadly, every Arthur Treachers I have been to while travelling is not carrying the chicken anymore (and they don't even list it on their website either) so there's not much reason for me to check it out again as an adult. This co-branding craze may be keeping some of these old names around, but with hardly the same glory. I recently went to a Long John Silvers co-branded with another chain, and they didn't have their chicken either! Also recently went to a Kenny Rogers Roasters and you won't believe this, I swear to god, they had NO ROASTERS because it was co-branded with another chain, Miami Subs, so they only had Kenny Rogers famous, ummmm, sandwiches?!? Geez, co-branding really sucks. IMHO, the only thing saving these famous fast food names is the cost-savings from co-branding, certainly not the food or food choices.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2008/08/07 06:24:44 (permalink)
    I loved Arthur Treachers! There were quite a few here in the Chicago area. One on Montrose and California and one in Niles, IL right by Lutheran General Hospital. Thank god they still have Long John Silvers which is kind of the same but Treachers was better.
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    RE: Arthur Treacher's 2008/08/12 21:34:46 (permalink)
    The Treacher's in Danville, PA. is now closed & for sale. It's at RT. 54 & US 11. I took this photo back in May 2008.
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