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 Posted:   Apr 9, 2003 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

That's it, Dana!
RAX was the place for Roast Beef Sandwiches...but what they did the very BEST was a truly generous SALAD BAR!

Their sandwiches were OK, but their salads were THE VERY BEST!

"Beefsteak Charlie's had a salad bar with MOUNTAINS of COLD BOILED SHRIMP!!! I cried when they went away..."

God Bless You, Dana!
I also wept when our Beefsteak Charlie's was shut down!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2003 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

I"M HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2003 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

ME TOO!

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2003 - 11:15 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Deviating a bit from the actual topic (the following are not what you would call "fast food" restaurants), I feel compelled to mention a few of the "restaurants which had to go away because my wife and I loved them so much." I include here only the chains, and I know some of these exist in other places still:

The Good Earth -- the tastiest, most appealingly seasoned and yet healthiest food ever prepared (disappeared without warning)

Marie Callendar's -- Great food and the best selection of pies anywhere -- had REAL rhubarb pie, not that mess with strawberries in it (disappeared without warning)

Luther's -- Real honest-to-God Texas barbecue, including sliced brisket (and anyone who has sampled this earthly delight knows that Texas barbecue is something special) (disappeared without warning)

Cooker's -- Great food, some interesting regional items such as fried green tomatoes, and terrific, tender and meaty babyback ribs (disappeared without notice)

Red, Hot & Blue -- Memphis barbecue is ALMOST as good as Texas barbecue, and this place (which still exists in Memphis, Washington DC and Savannah) kept us in barbecue heaven for a couple of years before...you guessed it...disappearing without notice! frown

Pardon the tear stains on the page....

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2003 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

Dana, I have a couple of "restaurants which had to go away because my wife and I loved them so much" TOO!

ALASKALAND was THE place to go for ice cream sundaes, and I'm talking about truly Spectacular Ice Cream Sundaes...I've never seen anything like these before or since. The "Alutian Volcano" was a sundae for two; you chose your favorite ice cream flavors, and toppings. The dish was served with a flame on top.
The "Mt. McKinley" was a sundae for six to eight, made to order, with flags all over.(disappeared without warning)

LA CREPE made the crepe into any and every kind of dish imaginable. From appetizer through dessert, everything crepe. It may be hard to imagine, but this place was the greatest. (disappeared without warning)

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2003 - 1:13 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

The restaurant I miss most that's now gone would be Wolf's Deli at about 53rd Street and 6th Avenue in New York. Great "overstuffed" sandwiches and delicious chicken matzoh ball soup.

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2003 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

A few comments:

There's an Arthur Treacher's shop within walking distance of my apartment complex. If I got in my car and drove, I'd be there in a minute, tops.

Dana: There's a Red, Hot, and Blue in Fairfax, VA, only a couple of miles from me on Rte. 123. I haven't tried it yet, though; would you recommend it?

Burger Chef? I've never heard of that. But Fuddruckers? Now that place serves the best hamburger I've ever eaten, and it has a massive fixins bar to put whatever you could possibly want on it. So good, and so messy!

Mike

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2003 - 1:48 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Which means I'd avoid the fixin's bar since I'm one of those who holds up a line by insisting on having my burgers served plain. smile The nice thing about restaurants that do have a fixin's bar though is that at least I know I'll be served a plain burger to begin with!

 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2003 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

A few comments:

There's an Arthur Treacher's shop within walking distance of my apartment complex. If I got in my car and drove, I'd be there in a minute, tops.

Dana: There's a Red, Hot, and Blue in Fairfax, VA, only a couple of miles from me on Rte. 123. I haven't tried it yet, though; would you recommend it?

Burger Chef? I've never heard of that. But Fuddruckers? Now that place serves the best hamburger I've ever eaten, and it has a massive fixins bar to put whatever you could possibly want on it. So good, and so messy!

Mike


I'm always hesitant to recommend a restaurant to people, given the multitude of tastes. I would say, that (a) if you like good barbecue (not that sliced shoe leather served at places with names like "Sonny's"), (b) if the terms "pulled pork" and "pulled chicken" and barbecue brisket cause your mouth to water, and (c) if you might enjoy a casual "Memphis blues" motif, I think there's a good chance you would like Red, Hot & Blue. The prices are quite reasonable and you can stuff yourself to whatever extent you desire. My wife and I loved the place, and are still in mourning that it deserted South Florida.

We also had a Fuddruckers at one time, and no question, it is the gumpy hamburger experience king! Great stuff, don't wear anything you mind having ketchup, mustard and grease stains all over. I also miss Burger Chef (though at a different level -- not in the same league as Fuddruckers) and its massive condiment bar. That's probably why they went belly-up!

Our Arthur Treacher's restaurants are "embedded" here within another franchise called Miami Subs. Basically one can order from either menu, and Treacher's menu seems unchanged from the deep-fried selection it offered when it first appeared way back when.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2003 - 11:02 PM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

Red Robin anyone?

I never heard of this place, and now BAM! We've got about six of 'em around this area.

$7 hamburgers...

 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2003 - 11:12 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Red Robin anyone?

I never heard of this place, and now BAM! We've got about six of 'em around this area.

$7 hamburgers...


They picked up and moved up there from out of here! I didn't include it on my List of Tears because we didn't go there that often (not close by). Very good hamburgers and chicken sandwiches in a variety of permutations, and I think some salads too. The hamburgers are $7, but you'll waddle out the door, I promise you. Our Red Robin turned into an IHOP (as did our former Wags and Big Boy locations).

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2003 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

"Our Red Robin turned into an IHOP (as did our former Wags and Big Boy locations)."

THEY ALL TURNED INTO "INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES"???

WOW!
That sounds like some kind of conspiracy!

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2003 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

"Our Red Robin turned into an IHOP (as did our former Wags and Big Boy locations)."

THEY ALL TURNED INTO "INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES"???

WOW!
That sounds like some kind of conspiracy!


Can't stuff my face with cold boiled shrimp from Beefsteak Charlie's salad bar, but I can darn sure get a greasy pancake from IHOP any time of the day or night. IS THERE NO JUSTICE IN THE WORLD??!? Did anybody ever hear of a Waffle House or a Dobbs House that went out of business? Noooooooooooooo! Fact of life: No one ever went broke underestimating the public taste!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2003 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Ed Kattak   (Member)

More places. No fast food, but good restaurants:


KANSAS CITY STEAKHOUSE I think this is in Plantation, FL. Not sure of the town. But their Prime Ribs are simply amazing

EL CID Paramus, New Jersey. Spanish/Portugese flavor. When you order the Prime Ribs at $29.95, they literally give you 4 pounds of amazing meat. They have other amazing chicken and shrimp dishes.

ANDREAS Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
Italian. Call for reservations ahead of time, because Friday and Saturday nights are busy. Bring your own bottle of wine. They have excellent dishes including a wonderful Chilean Sea Bass, Escarole soup and other favorite Italian dishes.

CRABTREE's KITTLE HOUSE Chappaqua, New York
Actually, this is a biases choice because I am getting married there. But, not only is the dinner amazing, but the Sunday brunch is beyond description for $24.95. You get amazingly delicious gormet dishes which include baked salmon, roast beef, quiche, and too much to list.

THE SECRET OF SUZANNE Ridgewood, New Jersey
Healthy, organic, home cokked meals. I always get the same Vegetarian platter (I'm no vegetarian) because there is always something different in the mix - from eggplant rollatini, cous-cous, fresh hummus. Also includes soup and salad


Ok that's it. Lunch time!

Truly Gau Jus
Ed

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2003 - 4:06 PM   
 By:   Adam Cousins   (Member)

Is it true that MacDonalds is that much better over there than 'tis here? If so what are the major differences? I speaketh from engerland in case you didn't realise.

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2003 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Is it true that MacDonalds is that much better over there than 'tis here? If so what are the major differences? I speaketh from engerland in case you didn't realise.

I can't imagine MacDonalds being any worse than it is here...ANYWHERE!! But, if tis trueth...stayeth awayeth!!
CAT smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2003 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)



I can't imagine MacDonalds being any worse than it is here...ANYWHERE!! But, if tis trueth...stayeth awayeth!!
CAT smile


Actually, there is a veggie burger (sort of curry flavored) in one of the MacDonald's in London (Heathrow Airport) that was not bad. I was forced to eat there "whilst" on business because we had no time left before our flight. I refuse to eat their "meat", but I must admit I enjoyed the flavor of that veggie burger.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2003 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

"Did anybody ever hear of a Waffle House or a Dobbs House that went out of business?"

...which reminds me of yet another new restaurant chain that has taken over this area by storm: WAFFLE HOUSE.
Almost overnight, there are about a dozen of these all over!
The architecture and decor are the ugliest imaginable...I'm too a'scared to try the menu!

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2003 - 12:21 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

"Did anybody ever hear of a Waffle House or a Dobbs House that went out of business?"

...which reminds me of yet another new restaurant chain that has taken over this area by storm: WAFFLE HOUSE.
Almost overnight, there are about a dozen of these all over!
The architecture and decor are the ugliest imaginable...I'm too a'scared to try the menu!


If you're planning to do McDonald's for lunch, WAFFLE HOUSE is a swell way to start the day! Don't let those arteries rest for a moment!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2003 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   amir   (Member)

I don't do fast... just flash frozen. Is there really a difference?

 
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