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Summary ¿ Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food 100 Jon Hein ç 0 Review Characters Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food Errys took on ice cream giant Hagen Dazs in the early s when it started packing pints and the two guys from Vermont prevailed Earthiness oozes out of Ben Jerrys and the company puts its money where its mouth is helping noble causes all over the globeHoneymoon in VermontWhen I first started working in Manhattan in my early twenties my schedule led to a necessary dietary staple for dinnera pint of Ben Jerrys Chocolate Fudge Brownie Free tipput your pint in the microwave for seconds youll thank my wife Debbie for that gem A few years later I got married and decided to make a pilgrimage with my new brideto Ben Jerrys ice cream factory up in Vermont Almost twenty five years later we remember it as one of our favorite trips Our journey was twofold to find the original shop in Burlington and hit the factory tour in Waterbury a reuired rite of ice cream passageAs we drove through the picturesue Vermont landscape I worried that our expectations might be set too high We had our golden ticketwould there be Oompa Loompas Sadly there werent but we did learn firsthand how Ben Jerrys makes its ice cream and how they ecologically practice what they preach I feel good supporting this kind of company and Ben Jerrys keeps creating uniue flavors with plenty of chunks that handsomely support mePut down this book and go get a pint nowIll be here when you get back Grab one for me too BlimpieJersey BoysSaint Peters Prep buddies Tony Conza Peter DeCarlo and Angelo Baldassare knew they wanted to go into business together in Hoboken New Jersey during the mid s The trio heard about submarine sandwiches being sold down the shore and after one visit they knew exactly what line of work they wanted to get into They would bring salad on a sandwich to North Jersey but they didnt want to call them subs or hoagies As they flipped through a dictionary they noticed a blimp that resembled the large size shape of their new sandwich and the name Blimpie was bornBlimpie franchises began to sprout up all over the country during the next few decades as demand for submarine sandwiches skyrocketed Seeking further growth Blimpie started to drift a bit from its core sub business as it expanded its menu and Subway took advantage of this sudden shift and took offKeep in mind that this was all well before the salad and health craze that took over the country Traditional favorites such as ham and cheese or a BLT are on the menu but a BLIMPIE is what keeps customers coming back This uniue combination of fresh meat and vegetables would remain a staple for many years to comeIts a Bird Its a PlaneIts a BlimpieBlimpie offers a variety of different sandwiches but the name of their famous sandwich is BLIMPIE A big Blimpie benefit is its generosity with the fresh sliced deli meat vegetables and toppings Peppers are a particular favoriteThere is also the option to build your own sandwich with uality ingredients at your fingertips That means there is an endless secret menu of subs I mean BLIMPIES that you can createThe Blimpie Way means that your meat is layered with lettuce tomatoes onions oil vinegar and spices stacked between two slices of fresh Italian bread The resulting sandwich actually resembles a big blimp and when youre building a sandwich named after an enormous airship I recommend going HindenburgBojanglesSpice Is NiceIt was the year of disco bell bottoms and the debut of a fast food Cajun style chicken restaurant in Charlotte North Carolina Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas had a spicy chicken recipe fresh made buttermilk biscuits and a formula for success they called Bojangles Fast food chicken was everywhere but Fulk and Thomas added the Cajun spice that was missing In just a few short years no restaurant had a higher sales average than Bojangles did as it began to expand in the United StatesThe Cajun chicken and its spiciness is only part of why Bojangles achieved such early success The biscuits are what put this franchise over the top Its hard to beat a freshly made buttermilk biscuit and soon chicken was being stuffed inside of them to make a tasty sandwich Bojangles special spice was added to the Dirty Rice Cajun Pintos and other sides not previously available at fast food chicken restaurants All of this spice gets washed down with some Legendary Iced Tea to complete the mealBojangles sticks to what works and rarely adds new items to its menu The core menu is not much different from when Bojangles opened back in the s If aint broke dont fix itand thats a credo Bojangles wisely continues to stick toJon and I have been on air partners for ten years We have traveled the country together and I promise youthis man KNOWS fast food Gary Dell Abate New York Times bestselling author of They Call Me Baba Booe.Characters Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food
Summary ¿ Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food 100 Jon Hein ç 0 Review Characters Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food AWWelcome Home SoldiersOn June there was a citywide party in Lodi California to welcome home World War I heroes and Roy W Allen felt that hot night would be the right time to open a root beer stand A little less than a century later that very same brand of root beer is still satisfying thirsts but not just in LodiTwo years after his initial success Allen partnered with former Lodi employee Frank Wright to expand into the larger city of Sacramento and the duo took the initials from their last names to name their root beer stand AW The name stuck This Sacramento drive in was the first ever franchised fast food restaurant and Allen continued to sell franchises to others as he built the AW chainFranchising is just one of many AW fast food firsts The chain expanded into Canada in the early fifties paving the way for international sales In it introduced the first ever bacon cheeseburger paving the way for many a satisfied stomachIn the s there wereAWs than McDonalds and the company started a beverage division enabling anyone to take home that frosty mug taste And in Rooty the Great Root Bear was born with a frosty mug in hand But the s proved to be tough going and franchises couldnt keep up with the growth AW scaled back its restaurant business and operates approximately locations todayFizz and FrostThe magic of AW is and always has been its root beer which is not surprisingly its best selling item AW Root Beer has been prepared on site at each location since day one and theres nothing better than filling a frosty mug that was kept in the freezer just for you Whether its in a float or alone in your glass you can always taste the freshness I rank both beverages at the top of their respective classesNever underestimate the appeal of those frosty mugs At an Ohio location in a happy couple met as they were swiping mugs from the restaurant I kept one on hand in my freezer for years so I could re create the effect with AW from a canArby sAmericas Roast Beef Yes Sir Finding a fast food burger in the mid s was never a problem but grabbing a uick sandwich on the run was a different story Leroy and Forrest Raffel saw an opportunity and the brothers opened a sandwich shop in Boardman Ohio in to serve hot fresh roast beef to rival those uick burgers They chose the name Arbys based on RB the initials of Raffel Brothers and for their product of Roast BeefThe sandwich shop uickly became a hit and the Raffels franchised Arbys restaurants across the country to those who shared their passion for hot fresh roast beef Arbys initially offered roast beef sandwiches potato cakes and soft drinks to customers And you couldnt miss an Arbys driving down the street with its ten gallon hat beckoning you to come inAs Arbys grew and expanded its menu it innovated products in various categories The Beef N Cheddar became a staple with its classic Roast Beef sandwich Curly fries had their own uniue shape and proprietary seasoned batter on top and dont forget the Horsey Sauce a horseradish mayo blend for dipping When it came to shakes Baskin Robbins was brought in to create a new flavor the legendary Jamocha shakeCustomers appreciated these innovations and dedication to the uality of the food Arbys became the first nationally franchised coast to coast sandwich chain and was ahead of its time Arbys has been bought and sold a few times over the past few decades and its sandwich making competition has grown tremendously But if youre in the mood for a roast beef sandwich just look for the cowboy hat and the curly friesThey Have the MeatsIt always feels comfortable walking into an Arbys like its a step up from rival fast food places Thats intentional and the decor is designed to give customers a down home feelingAll fast food restaurants have a signature item and for Arbys its the roast beef The beef is sliced fresh in the store every single day and you can taste that difference The ultimate compliment is how most customers think of Arbys as just roast beef but theres muchunder its big hatArbys side items are uniue and well worth a taste When I order my Meat Mountain or Big Montana I cant wait for those curly fries with Horsey Sauce of courseI lost a lot of money betting that Arbys originally stood for Americas Roast Beef Yes Sir but the phrase was just a catchy advertising slogan Now you can bet your friends and take their money as wellArthur Treacher sSupercalifragilisticexpialidociousArthur Treacher is a late English actor best known as the perfect butler from Shirley Temple films and as the legendary Constable in the Walt Disney classic Mary Poppins So when National Food Corporation led by Dave Thomas yes that Dave Thomas from Wendys and other fast food mavens was looking for a spokesperson 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Summary ¿ Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food 100 Jon Hein ç 0 Review Characters Fast Food Maniac: From Arby's to White Castle, One Man's Supersized Obsession with America's Favorite Food Bring fish and chips stateside Mr Treacher was the perfect Brit to underscore the character of the food So perfect that they named an entire franchise after the actor Now thats a jolly holidayFish and chips restaurants were opening all across America in the s and Arthur Treachers became a fast food staple for many families The flaky cod and thick fries provided an alternative to the plethora of burger and chicken joints that could be found on any corner Eight hundred locations popped up in the United States and although the menu was limited the fish chips tartar sauce and hush puppies werethan enough for everyoneBut there were rough seas ahead The price of fish shot up and suddenly these moneymaking fish and chips shops began to go under On the strength of its brand name Arthur Treachers stayed afloat during some tough times and now is part of the Nathans Famous familyFishy FishyArthur Treachers was a personal favorite of mine growing up I enjoyed Swanson fish and chips frozen dinners at home so going to Arthur Treachers felt like fine dining The crunchiness of the breading combined with the tenderness of the fish made for a scrumptious meal The original fries were potato wedges another detail that set this spread apart Serving trays were outlined with faux British newsprint to create an authentic fish and chips feeling I never felt like I was in England but it did feel like a royal kind of mealBaskin RobbinsWe Sell Fun Not Ice CreamBaskin Robbins Two names that instantly bring a smile to your face In brothers in law Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins wisely decided to merge their Glendale California ice cream parlors and gave birth to what was to become the worlds largest chain of ice cream specialty stores A variety of flavors has always made Baskin Robbins uniue Sure theres the standard vanilla chocolate and strawberrybut also Rocky Road Pralines n Cream and the best chocolate chip ice cream youll ever devourWhen I was growing up it was always an adventure journeying to Baskin Robbins because a new flavor would be waiting when you arrived derful flavors there are now over meant a new taste every month and as co founder Irv Robbins insisted the store was about fun first ice cream second The Birthday Club of which I am a proud long standing member rewards you with a free ice cream cone on your birthdayClever innovations have always kept Baskin Robbins at the top of its industry The miniature pink taste spoon hand packed uarts the monthly flavor countdown mixing and matching new flavorsits a never ending pursuit of providing the best ice cream experienceOn with the CountdownI vividly remember the first time I entered a Baskin Robbins in Suirrel Hill Pennsylvania I wondered what the heck that meant and once I found out I was hooked I immediately signed up for the Birthday Club to guarantee a free cone every November And an ice cream shop that had a new list each month ranking its flavors Im so thereYou see it wasnt just the great chocolate chip ice cream that kept me coming back It was its position on the monthly flavor chart I could never understand how Gold Medal Ribbon or some other trendy flavor could grab the top spot when steady favorites like mine and Rocky Road couldnt crack the Top TenAnother proud moment in my life was when I got my very own name tag working at a Baskin Robbins location in Commack New York Having this job in high school enabled me to drive at night with my junior license But the real appeal of course was all the chocolate chip ice cream I could stick that little pink flavor spoon into I had my fair share but I also got to learn how the ice cream was made and stored and witnessed all of the smiles it brought to customers except for my friends who wanted in on the free scoopsBen JerrysChildhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield completed an ice cream making correspondence course from Penn States Creamery which is a must visit relying on mouth feel to create uniue flavors The next year the partners opened an ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station in Burlington Vermont and embarked on their uest to change ice cream and the world forever They succeededBen Jerrys has always been about having a good time From its annual free cone day the second Tuesday in April to building the worlds largest sundae or creating flavors like Wavy Gravy and Cherry Garcia there has always been a creative spirit behind the chunky product But that wouldnt mean a thing if the ice cream didnt taste fantasticand it does You will always find uality chunks in any scoop of Ben Jerrys ice cream which makes you feel like youre gettingout of it Couple the uniueness of the ice cream with Woody Jacksons artwork and Ben Jerrys is a brand that cannot be missedBen J.