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Old 02-13-2011, 02:30 AM   #11
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Grilled cheese, buttery and with dill pickles...yum!
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:50 AM   #12
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...food trends to social-injustice. For me, I have very fond memories of several drive-ins, a couple of diners, and lunch with my grandmother at Woolworths!....and a banana split that I popped a balloon to determine what I would pay.
Yes! I lived in Perkasie just outside Doylestown Pennsylvania and remember looking forward to visiting the Woolworth's lunch counter just so I could pop a balloon and hope for a free Banana Split! Thanks for reminding me! Check out the prices we used to pay (scroll down to menu)...a Jumbo Banana Split was 39 cents and a sandwich was 30 cents!
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:16 AM   #13
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The Lum's, Ollie Burger and Pizza Huts, Priazzo Portofino. I wish I could get a hold of those 5 gallon jars of pickled onions my family used to get in Maryland. They tasted like those little cocktail onion but were the size of medium yellow onions.

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Old 02-13-2011, 07:39 AM   #14
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I remember Woolworth's tuna sandwich on toast.

A&W Root Beer in the frosty mug, Oh yeah! We have an A&W here but you get the root beer in the normal drivethru soda cup. :-(

Growing up we had a lot of neighborhood "mom & pop" stores. One of them was H&H Dairy and in the summer they had an ice cream call Blue Hawaiian that was this intense blue color and had tiny pieces of pineapple in it.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:07 AM   #15
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When I was about 5 in Ft Lauderdale Fla., my grandmother would walk me to the Howard Johnson's lunch counter for a Frosty. It wasn't like the frosty's you get at fast-food chains now. It was the real deal. And the place was clean. Plus, we're talking the Sunshine State...you can't go wrong with ice-cream in the sunshine! It's gone now. Then, I remember one time we walked into the toy store and she told me to pick anything I wanted. I picked a 6" Ginny Doll and still have it. She only had small change but a big heart

I remember Lum's. They served Lumsburgers and Hot Dogs Steamed in Beer.
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Woolworths my God I haven't thought about that in years... We use to call it the "five and dime", I remember having their ham sandwiches (thanks for the link to the recipe Kathleen), and their burgers... I also remember a place called Jahns in Jackson Heights N.Y., it was known for the ice cream, but they had food also... My parents rented the apt. above them and every year on our birthdays my siblings and I would go down and get our free banana split... They were the best... I also remember A&W rootbeer floats in the frosty mugs, and there was a place in Manhatten that was like a cafeteria, where you would put your money in the slot and open the little glass door to retrieve your food... I can't for the life off me remember the name of the place, but as kids we thought that was great fun...
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:37 AM   #18
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Great post!
I re-created the Awrey's Bakery (Detroit) whipped cream cake. It is a delicious cake with whipped cream in the batter. Very light and a crowd-pleaser. I also make pita bread (my own recipe) that is very similar to the bread of a Lebanese bakery I frequented as a child. I make 50 loaves at Christmas. My son helped roll them out as a child. Now, he and his wife do it together. In the Midwest we had BigBoy restaurants. There are still a few around. (Not good.) But, the original sauce they used for the burgers and sandwiches was spectacular. I found a recipe a few years ago, and added a few of my own spices (from my memory). It tastes the same and is great on burgers or sandwiches.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:09 AM   #19
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I remember the banana splits at Woolworth's - I loved the balloon popping thing. For me it was coke and fries at Woolworth's, nothing like them! I bought my first tube of Peppermint Twist lipstick at Woolworths.

I also have a memory of Frosty Malts at the May Company in downtown Cleveland. My friend Jackie and I used to call our parents, say we had a school project to do, hop a bus downtown, have a FM, then hop a bus back home. No one was the wiser. Their Frosty Malts were served in a special glass at a little counter in the corner of the bargain basment, only cost 25 cents back then. What a treat, much like the Wendy's Frosty only maltier (is that word?).

Thanks for walking down Memory Lane - with my memory these days, this was quite an exercise - I think I need a nap. ;)
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:33 AM   #20
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If you ever go back to south Florida, Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor still stands. It is on Federal Highway south of lauderdale. Like walking into a time machine. Floats, shakes, burgers abd a room full of antiques and penny candy. It is in Dania.
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