Monday, November 13, 2006
Childhood Memories

When I was a child my favorite fast food restaurant wasn't McDonald's or Burger King or even Kentucky Fried Chicken. My favorite place to eat was Burger Chef. At one time Burger Chef was the second largest hamburger chain in the United States. Unfortunately, their parent company fell on hard times and had to liquidate its most valuable assets, their restaurants. Most Burger Chefs closed in the '80s, with the very last one closing for good in 1996.

This picture, which I found on the internets, is of a sign for the very Burger Chef I used to frequent, located on Eastern Parkway in Louisville. The White Castle restaurant in the background is still open.

I loved Burger Chef. They had their Fun Meal years before McDonald's had the Happy Meal. Apparently the Fun Meal toys that promoted the first Star Wars movie are worth a small fortune.

This isn't a great post but this picture brought back a flood of pleasant memories. What are the places that remind you of your childhood? Come on, share with us...

Yes, that is an employee in a Snoopy outfit standing by the side of the road, waving at passing cars.


Blogger Nick said...

I think you needed a happy memory afte rLouisville got raped by the BCS.

Blogger Flounder said...

I think that Roy Rogers was the bombay! Not too many of them around anymore either.

Is that the Burger Chef on Eastern Parkway? I remember that place.

Unfortunately for me, the Blue Boar Cafeteria is the restaurant I remember the most as a kid. We must have eaten there twice a week. Unless you were a 100, the food there tasted like ass.

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Blogger Cincysundevil said...

I completely remember Burger Chef!! When I was younger, I lived in Ohio and I distinctly remember getting Fun Meals. For so long, I thought I must've been crazy remembering something that didn't exist ... you've saved my sanity.

Blogger miss kendra said...

one time i ate mcdonalds as a kid and got really sick and threw it up all over my floor and bed and walls.

then the dog ate it.

also, the stains were on the walls till my parents sold the house.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked at a Burger Chef in Indianapolis -- my first job! I actually liked working there, and thought the quality of the food was slightly better than the usual fast-food grub.

Did you ever witness the Snoopy in the flesh??

My favorite haunt as a child was an indoor amusement park/birthday place called PennyWhistle Park. Clowns painted on the front of the building and everything. Now that I think back, it was fuckin' scary, but to my 6 year old self, it was a little slice of heaven.

Blogger JJ said...

For me it was the old A&W drive-ins with the girls on roller skates who gave you lap dances... I mean brought you frosted mugs of that out of this world rootbeer before it came in cans and sucked. Don't look. I'm not crying. Just have something in my eye.

Blogger Tits McGee said...


My brother and I were just being teased yesterday by my hubby and my sister-in-law about how every time we visit our hometown and drive past the place where the Burger Chef used to be, my brother and I always point out, "That's where the Burger Chef used to be!" and then proceed to wax nostalgic about how Burger Chef was the fucking tits.

Holy crap, I loved Burger Chef. For me, it was always the hamburger Fun Meal with a strawberry shake. Mmmmmmmmm.

Blogger Burr-ee-toe said...

I think its safe to say that Burger Chef never made it to Southern California because I've never heard of it before. How sad. One more cool thing I'll never get to go to. :(

Blogger Melissa said...

Burger Chef never made it here to Cheeseland, so I guess I'll remain a deprived child in that department. Our local Mc N Slob's used to have a "kids day" every month, and my aunt used to drag me to it because "it would be fun!" Even then, I hated crowds of people and clowns, so you can probably see where this is going. Let's just say, if Stewie Griffin had a female counterpart I'd have been it.

In NY we had Wetsons Hamburgers, like your Burger Chef and Nathan's. It was the second one to open after Coney Island opened. They have great frankfurters and even chow mein or frog leg sandwich.

Yesterday I went to a Green Bay Packer bar on the other side of Vegas and for the first time tasted breaded fried cheesecurds. My mouth came!! Another thing to push me closer to an angioplast. But i did take lipitor before the meal.

I think I bought kendra's house !

Blogger Monkey said...

We had a Burger Chef where I grew up in Florida! Oh my. And we loved it so.

Every last single place I loved as a child is now GONE. Where I grew up has been paved over and covered with shopping malls and Comfort Inns. It pisses me off.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Yum Yum donut shop on Clark and Addison in the shadow of Wrigley Field.

They had the greasiest nastiest mystery meat tacos but for some reason i loved those fuckers.

Blogger Brookelina said...

We had one of those too!

Best memory, Storybook Land! All the cool kids had their birthday parties under the giant birthday cake.

Blogger Bobby said...

they dont; have Sonic here. i miss sonic. and there is no white castle either.

Blogger katarina said...

Never had one of those.
My favorite place as a kid was the arcade at Hills Dept Store. I remember spending a lot of time at Chicken Lickin' when I was a kid, but I couldn't tell you about the food.

Blogger Spinning Girl said...

I'm about to post some nostalgia of my own.

That SNoopy suit is priceless.

I loved being a kid.

Blogger Shannon said...

The old A&Ws...not that new drive through with Long John silver's crap.

Big Boy's will take me back, and I don't even like them very much.

Blogger Cold Hands said...

I remember being obsessed with Stuckey's when I was a kid... my sister and brother and I would start chanting its name when we would see the gabled roof appear in the horizon and my parents would always give in and pull over.

Ahhhhhh- good times, good times.

Blogger Übermilf said...

No one but Tracy would understand mine.

My grandma used to take me to State Street back when there were Woolworth's and wig shops and no one knew what a "theatre district" was.

Stop n Shop was there. And the Woolworth's lunch counters. And the restaurant in Carson Pirie Scott.

I remember when department stores all used to have candy counters and popcorn and stuff.

That is the 3rd time this week that someone mentioned Woolworths. Do you remember having to pop a baloon to pay a discouted price for a sundea or banana split. Every once in a while it would be for a panny

Blogger yournamehere said...

they got no vaseline.

it reminded me of a horse. I couldn't eat there.

The Blue Boar was BRUTAL! Every item on the menu tasted of prunes.


Remember Burger Chef and Jeff, those cartoon characters in the commercials? I think they were "longtime companions".

miss kendra,
that is a pleasant childhood memory. Thanks.

The very first Burger Chef was in Indianapolis, according to the Burger Chef memories website.

yeah, I lived pretty close to that place as a small child. I saw Snoopy a lot. And clowns just freak me out.

there's still an A&W like that in the boonies of Louisville. They no longer wear skates, but they just brought back car service after a long absence.

I always got the Big Shef, which was like a Big Mac only a million times better.

but you have In n Out. That makes up for it.

I wish I could have seen that. Hilarious.

Blogger yournamehere said...

it was nice of you to buy the puke house.

nothing is sacred.

tacos at a donut shop? Hmmm.

then where did you have your birthday?

Sonic and White Castle are pretty close to where I live. They're both tasty, in completely different ways.

no one goes to Chicken Lickin' for the food. It's all about the ambience.

spinning girl,
I loved life until age thirteen. Then it all went terribly wrong.

the Big Boy restaurants in Vegas have a different special sauce than the ones in Louisville. The ones here are better because of that.

cold hands,
Stuckey's was the greatest. My grandfather, however, would never stop. He also knew how to drive the back roads from Louisville to South Florida. Seriously, we never saw a highway.

I kind of understand. There were Woolworth's in Louisville with counters (the one downtown was surrounded by wig shops, too).

that I don't remember.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OHMYGOD Ubermilf,

We most certainly must have sat next to each other at the Woolworths on State Street.

Did you ever see the obese homeless woman pee on State in broad daylight? She was an added bonus to any mother/daughter shopping day.

Blogger Tits McGee said...

My hometown Woolworth's had a lunch counter and their grilled cheese with bacon was the bomb, yo. Extra greasy, plus the added bonus of getting to sit next to the crazy, chain-smoking Vietnam War vet who walked funny and used to hang out there all day drinking coffee. I used to get a sandwich, then shoplift some Wet & Wild eyeliner.

Oh, and lookie what I found, Todd!

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