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 Posted:   Nov 5, 2007 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Geez, people, don't you know this food is bad for you. Ever read "Fast Food Nation"? I would not mind if all these fast food restaurants went the way of the dodo.

Reminds me of the guy who went on a 1-month trial period of eating nothing but McDonalds food. If asked if he wanted to supersize it, he had to say yes. Had to eat everything. After a while, his doctor told him to quit because his body was going through organ failure. No lie!


Lighten up, Nietzsche. Besides, I haven't eaten fast food in many, many years, but I enjoy the remisniscences of those long-gone days, and the way things were...nostalgia, my friend, nostalgia.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

When you say Taco...say Viva.

I remember this ad playing often in South Florida in the 1970s. The Clint-esque Man with No Name mascot was classic. It was the only taco joint I ever ate in. The "El Scorcho sauce" was a delight. The last time I ate at a Taco Viva was around 1991-92. I still see the former Taco Viva restaurants around town, only now they're used car offices or Latin food joints.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Little Ceasar's is still around, Hardees is still here ( in the Carolinas, I know elsewhere it is the exact same as Carl's Jr ).



I miss Checker's burgers and fries. There are still some Checker's drive thru's I think mainly to the north, but man they had some tasty cheeseburgers. We had one Checker's in town but the employees sold more drugs than burgers sooooooooo it closed down. I believe Rally's is pretty much the same as Checker's, but we don't have one of those either big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Nice thread, I always tell people don't assume something is out of business because they closed in your area. Often people do assume this, but now do to the computer , one can find that answer quick.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Nice thread, I always tell people don't assume something is out of business because they closed in your area. Often people do assume this, but now do to the computer , one can find that answer quick.

True, but if said restaurant leaves one region of the country, it might as well be gone, unless one's job allows travel on a regular basis.

As I mentioned earlier in this thread (I think), I thought that Godfather's Pizza was dead and gone, only to find it alive and well in Idaho of all places. This was twenty years ago but it was nice to know they still existed.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Here in the UK, neither Wendy's or Taco Bell took off.

Both had branches in ear London's Piccadilly in the 80s and I loved them both - Wendy's burgers were much meatier and juicier than McDonalds or Burger King (and square too is that right, of am I just imagining it?) whilst Taco Bell introduced me to Mexican food, for which I'm eternally grateful.

Taco Bell has recently re-opened a single branch at the Lakeside shopping mall but it is very small. Alas, Wendy's are totally defunct here and no sign of them returning.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Little Ceasar's is still around, Hardees is still here ( in the Carolinas, I know elsewhere it is the exact same as Carl's Jr ).



I miss Checker's burgers and fries. There are still some Checker's drive thru's I think mainly to the north, but man they had some tasty cheeseburgers. We had one Checker's in town but the employees sold more drugs than burgers sooooooooo it closed down. I believe Rally's is pretty much the same as Checker's, but we don't have one of those either big grin



No Hardee's left around SE Michigan that I am aware of. Little Ceasar's is alive and well and is owned by Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers owner Mike Illitch


I ate at one of the local Fuddruckers 2 weeks ago and will be headed back again soon. Bottomless soft drinks, hot cheese to dip your fries in and a wide assortment of sandwiches (Ostrich or Buffalo Burgers anyone?)

All the local Burger Chef's were bought out by Hardee's then Hardee's faded away. I don't believe Roy Rogers or RAX ever made it to SE Michigan.



I miss Uncle John's Pancake House and Howard Johnson's (Not drive throughs but still kinda fast foodish)


I can remember my brother and I embarrassing our parents at Uncle Johns on the all you can eat pancake deal. ("Don't you think you have had enough?")

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

I didn't realize Hardee's was disappearing in so many parts of the country. We have one here in the town where I live in western Illinois and there are others int he surrounding communities.

As regards the topic, I would love to find a King's Food Host that still serves Cheese Frenchees.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

ROYAL FORK was a good all you can eat restaurant in the Midwest in America. They seem to close many locations the past 10 years.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 7:55 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

I come not to bury Quiznos, but to praise it.

Once upon a time, there were four locations in Western New York. After a while, the number shrank to one, but I ate there all the time (favorite: Turkey Bacon Guacamole). I liked their food more than Subway.

Then that was replaced by some pita joint. A couple months ago, I found out that it filed for bankruptcy. This was real and not one of God's cruelest jokes yet. Life ain't fair.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

GOLDEN CORRAL- Still around but they closed in certain areas.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Does anyone remember WETSONS, a burger chain back in the 60's and 70's. long gone. A friend of mine years ago caught hepatitis from one of their restaurant's. He almost died , but he survived. At least it was not run by hoods where you feel you don't know when they give you a dish of meatballs ans spaghetti they are not balls from a criminal.

 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

GOLDEN CORAL- Still around but they closed in certain areas.

GOLDEN CORRAL is the ultimate pig-out buffet. For about $10, it's all you can eat, and of course one must get their money's worth at a buffet, mustn't one? Quite a variety of stuff, but best imo is the good old fashioned meat-and-potatoes items -- pot roast with roasted potatoes and carrots and onions, and also the best meat loaf your dear ol' mom didn't cook, with perfect mashed potatoes and a very tasty brown gravy. Although they have a huge dessert bar, most of it (the pies and carrot cake and frozen soft-serve ice cream) is just so so. Disappointingly un-flakey crust on the pies, pecan pie with that wobbly gelatinous filling... Stick with the comfort food and you'll do okay.

Since this thread originally posted, we've relocated from West Palm Beach FL to Austin TX, and re-connected with a few of the restaurants that had disappeared from Florida (Marie Callender's, Red Robin, Fuddruckers) and become acquainted with some of the fast food pavilions mentioned earlier (like In 'N' Out Burgers, which has taken the town by storm) by others. Sadly, there are no Beefsteak Charlies here either, so I guess they are gone altogether from the planet. Lots of good Tex Mex and barbecue around here, I have to say.

Just to keep this thing going, anybody here cry a tear (as I did) with the departure of Bennigan's? I had three heart attacks directly attributable to their deep-fried Monte Cristo (they should have called it the Monte Crisco) sandwich... They seem to have all closed down everywhere.

Also, a nickel to anyone out there who has sampled a glorious bacon cheese Whataburger...

So whatever happened to Ed Kattak anyway?

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 7:06 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Chesapeake Bay Seafood House was my favorite place. All-You-Can-Eat Alaskan crab legs for $12.00. They're all but extinct now (The restaurant. Not the crabs.).

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I do not know this for a fact, maybe someone has info on this. But it seems to me there are not as many all you can eat restaurant's as there was back in the 70's 80's 90's. Could it be part of the health craze movement. We do know there is less tobacco smoking then years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO SBD- Sorry to hear about QUIZNOS, my girlfriend likes it better then SUBWAYS, I think it is on par with SUBWAYS. There are 2 of them in my town , but now with the bankruptcy issue, who knows, better go there more often and at least have more memories if it goes under soon. It's interesting, food is something you can't really keep with memories [well wine and beer etc etc] unless you want to stink up your house. I am glad this thread was brought back. Another thing that I really indulge in is food. I thank God my taste buds dislike vey few things and I have made it my business in life to try as many different food items and drinks as possible. WHO REMEMBERS MAMA LEONE'S FROM NEW YORK?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

delete.

 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

So whatever happened to Ed Kattak anyway?

IIRC he's negotiating the release of the Allen Fivehouse "Brown Box" CD set of scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

When my kids were little (early 1980's), we often went for a deluxe Sunday breakfast to SAMBO's after church.

At it's peak, there were over 1,100 of them. Now there is just one left in California.

Here's the story:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo%27s

Here's some nostalgia:
http://www.retrothing.com/2010/03/vintage-sambos-restaurant-photos.html
http://www.oldlarestaurants.com/sambos/

Here's the LAST ONE:
http://sambosrestaurant.com/

I still have a very cute pulsh toy tiger from the restaurant that says "Sambo's" across his chest:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-SAMBOS-RESTAURANT-Plush-Tiger-1977-/321393170412?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ad48697ec

Nice bit of nostalgia.

Ron Burbella

 
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