Archive for the ‘Fast Food’ Category

Growing up in the early 80s, our local burger joint was Gino’s. It was literally 3 blocks from my parents house. I remember walking there on Saturday afternoons with my grandfather for burgers.

Being 4 or 5 years old when they closed, I can’t say I remember the food. But I definitely kept the memories.

Two years ago, discussing old restaurants with Jake, we both recalled the Gino’s franchise. Googling the restaurant yielded good news.

They were making a comeback.

… and today was the opening day.


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A new book we must get here at the Hungry Pilgrims is The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book. ($10.85 from Amazon.com).  This Philadelphia Inquirer write up includes 25 interesting little facts about Philadelphia’s signature sandwich.

The most surprising to me was that the Cheese Whiz we get at the store is inferior to the Cheese Whiz sold to restaurants.

What the eff?

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Traveling along the White Horse Pike (Route 30) in South Jersey is a bit like getting in a time machine.  You see what travel was like before the interstates existed, with kitschy roadside attractions and dining establishments galore who counted on the traffic to bring them customers.

It’s a little sad to ride down Route 30 now.  Entire stretches of shopping centers, diners, fast food restaurants and other business lie abandoned.  The for sale or lease signs outnumber the functioning businesses on the stretch from Collingswood through Berlin.  This is a new development in the last half dozen years and a sad one at that. (more…)

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As the summer weather fast approaches ice cream sales begin to soar.  Is there anything that beats that cool, creamy treat?  One scoop, two scoops or those monster sundaes I will sadly admit to finishing by myself at times over the years.

Irvine Robbins, co-founder of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream stores, died on Monday.  A little part of our childhoods died with him.

I remember the Baskin Robbins that was near my house in Roxborough by the Ivy Ridge shopping center.  I tried Pralines and Cream there.  I have never tried it again, but hey, I tried it.  They also sold “momos” which were frozen cherry Kool-Aid treats.  Good stuff, my friends.

More about Mr. Robbins below.  I salute your 31 flavors, Mr. Robbins and will resist a joke about melting.


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(05-06) 13:52 PDT Los Angeles, CA (AP) —

Irvine Robbins, who as co-founder of Baskin-Robbins brought Rocky Road, Pralines ‘n Cream and other exotic ice cream concoctions to every corner of America, has died at age 90.


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Perhaps the most enigmatic (and best) sandwich ever made at Wawa.

The Hot Turkey Shortie.

Strangely, the hot turkey sandwich, simmered all day in a nicely peppered gravy is not available at all locations. Indeed, it doesn’t even show up on the menu at Wawa.com.

It’s partner on the menu the “Open Faced Hot Turkey Bowl” doesn’t show up on the website either.

It is present above with lettuce and cheese only, and a few Doritos’ Ranch style chips. The beauty of the sandwich is the gravy… as the sandwich sits, the gravy melts the cheese and slowly starts soaking its way into the bun…. so that by the time you’re ready to eat, the sandwich is helpfully warmed all the way through…. and the ends make perfect gravy mops, to sop up the drippings.

The sandwich has been spotted at Wawas in Upper Providence and Limerick Townships in Montgomery County, enjoy.

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I didn’t think our first food post would be about tragedy.

It is a sad week in breakfast history. On Tuesday, the inventor of the Egg McMuffin died in his Santa Barbara home. Herb Peterson was 89. He died peacefully.

He was a franchisee and former vice president of the advertising company owned by McDonald’s, but will be best remembered for his innovative notion that an entire breakfast piled into your hand is tasty.

He was very right. The Egg McMuffin has been with us so long I hasten to say I was surprised to hear someone invented it. I have not known a world without the Egg McMuffin. Peterson is responsible, I say, for generations of children assuming English muffins should taste slightly soggy — and that the perfect ham should be round and small and that the fluorescent cheese in McDonald’s breakfast foods is unlike any creation on Earth.

Man, I love those things. Thank you Mr Peterson.

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