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Lifer
Oct 16, 2020
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Iowa
Lived in a pretty small town until age 15, so whether there or near where my grandparents lived family celebrations that involved a restaurant were at family owned restaurants so to speak vs. franchises. Doubt if any would have been highly rated in general, but very much so by the customers in the town/area they served. Ponderosa and Wendy's were up there as favorite spots when in the "big city", lol, along with Pizza Hut back in the day, but I still gravitated to the non-franchise and still do, but rarely eat out.
 
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mso489

Lifer
Feb 21, 2013
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Though my dad was intensely thrifty, he would occasionally spend on upscale restaurants for family occasions. He also had some pretty good instincts finding unique restaurants with great food that weren't particularly expensive.

However, I do remember how intensely I enjoyed a hamburger, fries, and a milkshake at Robin Hood's Barn, with a neon sign which was Robin Hood firing an arrow at a bullseye. It was strictly burger joint, but my pleasure was unbounded.

Incidentally, my dad was the cook in the family. Mom dutifully had supper for the family after school and work, but Dad did Sunday dinner, and as he got older and had more time, he got even better. He could take a simple dish and make the ingredients sing. He had an old double boiler that went back to my folks' first household that he seemed to use for everything. After he died, my brother-in-law flattened out the bottom again, it had become so rounded with use. Dad had little kitchenware -- it was all knowhow.
 
Dec 11, 2021
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Fort Collins, CO
Oh man, I remember my grandparents taking both me and my sister to Ponderosa and Sizzler when we were kids.

With my parents, it was always Pizza Hut with the salad bar, Pac-man/Donkey Kong Table video games and the red plastic cups.
Pizza Hut. Definitely Pizza Hut. Throw a fist full of quarters in the juke box and play arcade games till your personal pan ‘za dropped. We were kings.
 

AJL67

Lifer
May 26, 2022
5,028
26,113
Florida - Space Coast
For the Sizzler folk there are still a couple of them left in California, at least there was, but there was one by a dispensary i would use in SD back in the day and it was right there so i'd hit them up for Malibu chicken and steak and their cheesy toast. Freaking fried chicken breast and and a sizzler sirloin steak was pretty much at 20 bucks lol
 
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jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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Carmel Valley, CA
You said it, though until my sisters passed into bitchdom, outings were a treat. Also a family owned restaurant, single floor, unknown outside a fifty mile radius, but it had good food, tablecloths and real ceramic plates!!

There were no Mickey D's, Ponderosi, Pizza Huts, Wendy's etc. back when I was young enough to be ok with family outings.
 
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tfdickson

Lifer
May 15, 2014
2,170
42,257
East End of Long Island
I've never dined at a one star let alone a five star. But, no one here would have heard of either of the places my family often held celebratory meals in. The were both a bit pricey and rightly so though.

I‘m in the same boat, no one here (except you and @alaskanpiper ) would have heard of the places my family enjoyed a celebratory meal. For us it was The Corsair, The Quarter Deck, or The Crow’s Nest.
 
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sablebrush52

The Bard Of Barlings
Jun 15, 2013
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The folks were extremely careful with money, having been through the Great Depression. So celebrations were held at home. Occasionally they would order pizza and spaghetti from Donofrio’s, which is still around, or burgers from Fabulous Eddies on a weekly special night when the price on burgers was 50% of normal. Maybe twice a year we went to a restaurant, and when we did it was pretty damned nice, like the Sea Lion, in Malibu, or Moskva Cliff in Studio City.
They didn’t piss away money on crap unless it was highly discounted crap, which was quite possible 60 years ago. They didn’t believe in debt, which, with a very few exceptions, like a mortgage, they considered a trap built for imbeciles.
So celebration dinners in restaurants? Didn’t happen.
 

Sidehatch

Part of the Furniture Now
Jan 30, 2022
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Colorado
Our place was a Mexican place where I always ordered a smothered burrito as big as my leg. Always ate it. Always had a stomach ache trying to eat the whole thing. That whole finish your plate thing I took very seriously. Despite physical pain and discomfort.
 
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