What was your most favorite now defunct restaurant?

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What was your most favorite now defunct restaurant?


By eggbert52

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    And why? Mine is/was ESPN Zone. Granted, it's more of a bar than it is a restaurant but I had so many good times at the one in Vegas and New York City. Also, I do know there is actually one ESPN Zone left in Anaheim so it's not quite extinct. But for all practical purposes, the franchise itself is defunct.

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    #2 3 years ago

    Pizza Hut. It's all pickup or home delivery now (in Sydney at least) but I used to love going to their all you can eat restaurants. I always took the all you can eat thing too literally though- without fail I would eat until I was sick.

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    #3 3 years ago

    Kerry Simon's Simon Kitchen & Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas; we had a couple of spectacular New Year's Eve dinners there, and then our wedding reception.

    A close second...

    #5 3 years ago

    The Hilltop Steakhouse - route 1, Saugus Massachusetts.
    Died a painfully slow death over 20 years.

    RIP

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    #6 3 years ago

    RAX!

    #7 3 years ago

    Local to me [Columbia, MO] but Pasta Presto! had THE MOST amazing chicken alfredo EVER.
    Also, Everette's had the best French Dip I'd ever eaten.
    Miss them.

    #8 3 years ago

    So many to choose from but here are two of my old favorites:

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    #9 3 years ago

    Naugles and Nickerson Farms.

    #10 3 years ago

    The Western Sizzler!!!

    #11 3 years ago

    Ponderosa, cafeteria style, walk in Steak place. Opened in Canada in 1971 lasted until 1984. Most locations were bought by another company and converted them to Red Lobster.
    In British Columbia there were Bino's Family Restaurants, 1 in almost every city, like a Dennys but nicer.
    In Vancouver, Fogg & Suds, they might still have 2 locations, they used to have many restaurants.

    #12 3 years ago

    Ground Round was the first one to come to my mind too. I used to love that place as a kid.

    #13 3 years ago

    Zantigo's. Tho I hear there are a few in MN

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Naugles and Nickerson Farms.

    I concur with Naugles. Lots of fond memories and cheap meals there. Sigh!

    #15 3 years ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Ponderosa, cafeteria style, walk in Steak place.

    Still quite a few around Orlando.

    A lot of these places still have a restaurant or two around. Most are a regional thing.

    Two more that I miss but are still around in the Cleveland area:

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    I would kill for a Romanburger from Mr. Hero.

    #16 3 years ago
    Quoted from chuckwurt:

    The Ground Round.
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    Quoted from SealClubber:

    Ground Round was the first one to come to my mind too. I used to love that place as a kid.

    Did your Ground Round bring every table a basket of popcorn, or was that exclusive to the one that was local to me?

    #18 3 years ago
    Quoted from PinB:

    Did your Ground Round bring every table a basket of popcorn, or was that exclusive to the one that was local to me?

    Popcorn & peanuts... and you threw the peanut shells on the floor. (which would never fly in today's litigious society)

    #19 3 years ago

    Mission Trujillo! The best Mexican restaurant ever in Denver area. It will never be topped!

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    #20 3 years ago

    throwing shells on the floor was what I remember about the ground round. As a kid that was special

    #21 3 years ago
    Quoted from Jjsmooth:

    Zantigo's. Tho I hear there are a few in MN

    There are still 5 here. One right in my hometown. I've never been there.

    I miss Rax and Jungle Jim's in Orlando.

    #22 3 years ago
    Quoted from SealClubber:

    Ground Round was the first one to come to my mind too. I used to love that place as a kid.

    There are still Ground Round's in Fargo and Grand Forks, ND. My old lady loves that place.

    #23 3 years ago

    Circus Restaurant in Cary, NC....Closed down 3 years ago I grew up across the street from it when it was originally a Dairy Queen. Best hamburgers ever!

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    #24 3 years ago

    Another vote for Naugles!

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    #25 3 years ago

    Wag's. Would spend hours there.
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    #26 3 years ago

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    #27 3 years ago

    Place I loved to go to as a kid in Portland.

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    #28 3 years ago

    Farrell's re-opened down here.

    http://www.farrellsusa.com/

    #29 3 years ago
    Quoted from He-Man40:

    Wag's. Would spend hours there.
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    The one by the old St. Charles Mall?

    #30 3 years ago

    Still one in Joliet, IL dunno how many are left.

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    #31 3 years ago

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    #32 3 years ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Ponderosa, cafeteria style, walk in Steak place. .

    We had one in Burnsville, and the food was outstanding. Sadly, it is gone. There was a Rax near it, that was also good. There were good & bad Rax places. It all depended on how thin the roast beef was sliced.

    Near it was an oddball location of a Robin's Donuts, which had great sandwiches(and donuts).

    All 3 places I mentioned in Burnsville were almost within walking distance of each other.

    #33 3 years ago
    Quoted from Jjsmooth:

    Zantigo's. Tho I hear there are a few in MN

    There used to be a Zantigo's within walking distance of where I live now. Turned into a Taco Bell at around the late 80s(?). But Zantigo came back a few years ago with few locations & the food is darn good. Sadly, they discontinued my favorite chili bowl.

    #34 3 years ago

    The Pine Room in Pine City MN, great porter house steak, The Chinese Lantern in Duluth MN, great prime rib.

    LTG : )

    #35 3 years ago

    Bonanza Steakhouse and Buffet

    #36 3 years ago

    The Captains Steak Joynt in Milwaukee, WI. I don't know what I miss more, that amazing cheese fondue appetizer or rummaging through the treasure chest at the end of the meal for some crappy trinkets!

    #37 3 years ago

    Mars 2112.. there was one in woodfield mall in Schaumburg, IL and a couple in New York. Not so much for it's food, but its was the coolest themed restaurant I've ever been in. If I ever theme a basement, it's going to be themed after it
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    #38 3 years ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Naugles and Nickerson Farms.

    +1 on Naugles. One opened near my home in the early '80s and then Del Taco bought them out. Now the place is a Starbucks (urp). Sorry, I threw up a little there.

    #39 3 years ago
    Quoted from RobT:

    Farrell's re-opened down here.
    http://www.farrellsusa.com/

    Have you tried it since the came back? I keep meaning to try the one in Buena park, but I never seem to have an opportunity to.
    A new one is supposed to open in Los Cerritos Mall next year, which is funny because there was one there in the '70s and early eighties.

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    #40 3 years ago

    Showbiz Pizza!

    If you were a fan there is a pretty good documentary on its rise and decline that used to be on Netflix -

    http://www.rockafiremovie.com/home.php
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    #41 3 years ago
    Quoted from girloveswaffles:

    Have you tried it since the came back? I keep meaning to try the one in Buena park, but I never seem to have an opportunity to.
    A new one is supposed to open in Los Cerritos Mall next year, which is funny because there was one there in the '70s and early eighties.

    Yep. It was crowded like crazy when we went. Was pretty good too. Prices are high. But it was good and fun. It's hard to make a comparison to what it was like before, because it was almost 30 years ago that I was there last.

    #43 3 years ago
    Quoted from karmalord:

    Place I loved to go to as a kid in Portland.

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    That was my pick. Used to go to one when I was very young - they had a candy selection in the waiting area and during birthdays they would do the sing/band thing but some dude would come out with a big ass bass drum and wack the hell out of it. Scared me to death!

    #44 3 years ago
    Quoted from Cornelius:

    The Captains Steak Joynt in Milwaukee, WI. I don't know what I miss more, that amazing cheese fondue appetizer or rummaging through the treasure chest at the end of the meal for some crappy trinkets!

    There was on the south side of Milwaukee - by Southgate that we used to go through. Great place.

    #45 3 years ago

    Something unique to my area and they have been closed a long time: Milligan's
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    #47 3 years ago

    Are all the Cici's pizzas gone? I made it through college on their $1.99 buffet. Two bucks to take care of both lunch and dinner (lunner?) A few games in the back. Could not be beat!

    #48 3 years ago

    That's the first thing that comes to my mind as well. The hepatitis outbreak near Pittsburgh was the last nail in their coffin.

    #49 3 years ago

    Wyatts cafeteria

    #50 3 years ago
    Quoted from Erik:

    Are all the Cici's pizzas gone? I made it through college on their $1.99 buffet. Two bucks to take care of both lunch and dinner (lunner?) A few games in the back. Could not be beat!

    They still advertise and exist in KY

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