We had the restaurant joints with car-hops, but never on skates, and they always closed when the snow began to fall. Then came Big Boy, with the same kind of food, but open all year because of indoor seating. Now that was something special to us. We didn't get a McDonald's in my home town until the eighties, and that was for me, a source of pride. I still avoid McDonalds as the food is substandard to me. It just doesn't compare with the burgers I got at 60's and 70's A&W stands, or especially Cyde's Drive-In, with the famous Big C, a 3/4 lb. burger topped with oozing Velveeta and made with fresh hamburger. The fries were made fresh, from whole spuds, and the strawberry shakes and malts, well it was enough to drive a teen-age boy to desperation. The only thing better than Clyde's was eating at the West Pier Drive-In, with their incredible cold-cut sub (no chain sub shops around back then), and the one bar-hop that worked there, well we all went just because she was there, let alone the great burgers, subs, and fries. West Pier is still a local favorite around here. They still make the same sub, using the same recipe. But sadly, the butcher shops that supplied the cold cuts used are long gone. And the quality is no longer available. But for what is available, it's still a dynamite sub. You will occasionally talk to a summer tourist who makes it a point to hit Sault Ste. Marie just because of that submarine sandwich. It has its place in culinary history.
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