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I'm not from this part of town...

Much as people not from SoCal wonder about In-N-Out Burgers and, to a lesser degree, Del Taco and The Original Tommy's, I have no comprehension of places like Steak 'n Shake, Skyline and Qdoba. I've seen several comments about these places from y'all in your journals, enough to prompt me to ask ... what's the big deal about these places?

BTW, until the last few years, SoCal didn't even have Krispy Kreme (in Ontario, 2000) or Chic-Fil-A (also in Ontario, this year). *shrug*

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wtf
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm not really that big on Qdoba, so I couldn't tell you. However, I went to school in the town that spawned the very first Steak 'n Shake.

It is a typical burger joint, only with full table service. The burgers are very good, and the shakes are REALLY REALLY good. They have chili and other things, and they are usually open 24 hours. Thus, they have a Denny's-like cult following. It is also similar to Denny's in that people typically good-naturedly harass the waitresses, teenagers are there a lot, and there is much in the way of large groups and lots of coffee. The food is superior to Denny's, though.
wtf
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:10 am (UTC)
Actually, it tastes a lot like In-N-Out. Only with table service.
rialtus
Dec. 31st, 2004 04:48 am (UTC)
Ah. See, with that, I can now understand the fascination.
rialtus
Dec. 31st, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
Denny's has a cult following? Denny's is not a destination, just where you end up, especially at 3 am. =)
gaby723
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
Steak 'n Shake milkshakes = gift from heaven.
mizcrank
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:47 am (UTC)
none of them have anything on White Castle!
drbear
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:51 am (UTC)
Personally I prefer Krystal to WC; just cuz the burgers don't have holes and I don't like as much onion... But you can down TONS of em at a time in either case...
mizcrank
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:52 am (UTC)
i've had krystal...they're good, but WC is just a staple!
drbear
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:50 am (UTC)
What they said about Steak n Shake... and don't forget the really skinny fries.

soulique and I have a rule when we're on the road - no eating at places where we can eat where we're at home.
So instead of McD's, it's Steak n Shake, Sonic and Krystal; Long John Silvers (they pulled out of our area) and, of course, Waffle House. I usually gain about 10 pounds on a one-week trip to see her folks.

I've wondered about I-A-O since I read about it in a guide book on Vegas. Never got there tho.

And we just got Krispy Kreme up here a few months ago....deadly for me, but those hot glazed just melt....
rialtus
Dec. 31st, 2004 04:51 am (UTC)
According to wtf earlier in this thread, In-N-Out (there's no 'and') is similar to Steak 'n Shake. In that case, dems good stuff. If In-N-Out ever goes public, I'm there.
lifewithmikey
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
You're lucky. The closest Chick-fil-A to me is in Redondo Beach, and the closest Long John Silver's are in Pacoima and Hawthorne.

As for hearing about these places, you can blame ESPN, TBS, and all those other cable/satellite channels for showing us ads for places we likely don't even have in SoCal, or at least certain parts of it.
zarchasmpgmr
Dec. 31st, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
Steak n Shake - mmmmmm....

Only had them when we lived in Atlanta. I wish they'd come out west.


Chic-Fil-A is in SoCal??? w00t!

Another chain I'd like to see make a SoCal return is Whataburger. Right now the closest is in Arizona (just like Waffle House).
driley1
Dec. 31st, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
Skyline has a very unique blend of chili that works great on hot dogs -- hence the cheese coney which is one of their staple products, along with three-ways, which is a bed of spaghetti topped with chili and cheese. (Skyline's about the only place you can ask the server for a three-way and not be thrown out of the restaurant for being a pervert.) Gold Star also offers the same type of menu, but I prefer the taste of Skyline over Gold Star.

As others have said, Steak 'n' Shake is a great place to hang out after high school football games, late night movies, etc. I concur that their shakes are liquid heaven. *____*

Cincinnati also is a big White Castle town. White Castle is usually my place to eat as there's one on the way home from Sears.

The midwest is big with Perkins as well. Perkins is very much like Denny's, serving breakfast all day, and most locations being open 24 hours, at least on the weekend.
teppanyaki
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
Skyline's about the only place you can ask the server for a three-way

...or a four-way or a five-way. Don't forget those.

See... the weird part about S&S is that it's the true slider to me. I love WCs to death, and I wish Rockford would get one or two or three.
teppanyaki
Dec. 31st, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC)
Q'doba and Chipotle more or less are the same thing -- the corporate version of the local Mexican restaurant that serves big-ass burritos.

At the same time, though, the said corporatized restaurants serve burritos and maybe a couple other dishes. And that's it.
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