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Getting Hungry on "History Street"
"You seem to be lost and on the most interesting road. This area seems to be a blend of all that is American history in the 20th Century! But you're hungry for a quick lunch. Let's drive around for a little fast food! Have fun!"
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The sky, you notice, is doing very strange things. Quite sunny one minute and in the light of the moon the next! Over on the left you notice a sign that has a familiar name on it (although it doesn't look like the ones back in your neighborhood). You pull in. Upon checking your wristwatch, which is spinning around wildly, you notice the year it reports is 1954, which could explain why both hamburgers and milkshakes are a mere 18 cents each. The weather has changed and gotten a bit muggy. All of this combined convinces you that you're at the first restaurant that later became a huge fast food conglomerate. Which one?
You pass a fellow delivering this HUGE block of ice and nearby is a worker hauling this big and strange looking thing up to an eager housewife. Did TVs ever really look so odd? Anyway, you find another quick fix restaurant. The first thing you see is a rather goofy looking clown-like thing emerging out of a crate. Your now surely magical watch says it is 1951 but this place does have a rather primitive intercom system with a drive-thru window just ahead. But you just can't get too eager for an 18 cent hamburger (if you wait long enough you can get a much bigger sandwich for just less than twice that). The climate here is warm and quite pleasing. You are at the original site of which now famous chain of fast food places?
Jack In The Box
A glance at the watch tells you it is now 1921. You pull into this next place. You don't get a glimpse of any "flappers" doing The Charleston. Not here in Wichita, Kansas. Yikes, you feel so lost! It certainly is clean in here, though. Which classic fast food restaurant have you found the very first one of? (And, by the way, it just stinks of onions in here).
Damon's "On The Way" (later a full-service restaurant)
Ugh. Where is that Dramamine? Your suddenly adventurous car has not only crossed a century but flew over the ocean! You see a sign saying "Malin's Of Bow" and this is London in the 1860's. You decide to have an ale to calm your nerves before you warily return to the driver's seat. Your knowledge seems to increase as time flashes before you and you realize that "Malin's" menu became which American fast food franchise? And, if one dares to ask, what does Merv Griffin have to do with it?
Malin's Catch Of The Day
Long John Silvers
Arthur Treacher's Fish And Chips
Joe's Crab Shack
Whew! We're back on "History Street" and everybody is driving on the side of the road you're used to (but that quick skip to England was a lot of fun ...). You check your watch and it's Ohio in 1969. Lots of hippies mulling around and a few protests going on at the Universities. But you're still hungry and will leave all the potent politics to them. ("History Street" is a very colorful road, indeed!) The next place you steer into seems to be colorful, too. A red-haired girl on the menu board, blue and white stripes on the person who greets you at the window. But, oops, that cashier there is you! Two questions: Exactly how can there be two of me at the same time and was I ever REALLY that young? But the square hamburgers are much bigger here than they were in that last place and you can get one or two or three of them stacked on each other with any number of condiments. But you've eaten your share of these and decide to keep exploring. Which restaurant do you exit after being rather aghast that you were at the first of them to open that year?
Max & Erma's
Where are we now? Oh, OK, it's 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. No drive-thru windows here. Instead you pull under a roof and speak into a device and order your food, with other 'parkers' doing the same. A person, generally a young lady, delivers your order with these prongs on your tray and hooks it to your window on the driver's side. You and I decide to just get coffee. What is that greasy stuff on that guy's hair over there? And wrapping his pack of cigarettes up in his T-shirt sleeve? I don't get it. My car radio, now as confused as my watch and general direction, starts playing a song called "Ghost Riders in the Sky". But we're here at the first location of what restaurant! Which one?
Frisch's Big Boy
A & W's Root Beer Stand
We've drifted into 1964. Mini-skirts? Flower power? Not to mention the recent death of JFK. As you go down "History Street" you recognize a small restaurant with a rounded yellow roof. Yay! Back at home they have all kinds of food to order, but here the menu is quite limitted. But you'll step in. You're back in Ohio, a town called Boardman. This was the first of which now well-recognized franchise?
The car flips forward and the time seems indistinct. 1964-now the time seems recognizable again. You decide to step in (but, in this case, you're only 7 years old...). As a smart young person you are shocked to learn that this restaurant was formed by someone just 10 years your senior! His name was Fred DeLuca. How one is permitted to drive at such a young age just minutes ago is a mystery but we are all confused now about who is what. We have found Bridgeport, Connecticut. Where are we at?
Ah, here we go again. A little misplacement in your belly as you shift. Shifting times zones and speed areas are pretty stressful. Your car lands here. It is yet another temperate and exciting place in the U.S.A.. We're in San Bernadino in California. And it's 1946, already! We have just gotten over a war and want some easy food. Mexican, Maybe?
When in doubt, consume that which you know best. It's nice to be off "History Street" now. I think I'll have an Egg Mcmuffin and and a hash brown. It should be easy to see where you have finally decided to eat. Where are we?
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Compiled Jun 28 12