7 more fast food chains we wish we could eat at again

Arthur Treacher's and Hamburger Hamlet will forever have a place in our hearts... and stomachs.

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Don't you wish you could go back in time and have one last meal at your favorite fast food joint of yore? Let's look at some more defunct restaurants from back in the day that we can no longer visit. 

1. Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips

Don't tell the Brits, but this fast food joint had the best fish and chips on the planet! In the late 1970s, there were about 800 locations across the country. Today, there are only eight remaining in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. If you live near one, we seriously envy you. 

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2. Mister Donut

Before there was Dunkin' Donuts, there was Mister Donut. The fast food chain opened its doors in 1956 and opened hundreds of locations across the country, but most converted to Dunkin' Donuts in the 1980s after the parent company bought them out. Today there are still 1,300 Mister Donut locations — but you'll have to travel to East Asia to visit. 

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3. Royal Castle

Not to be confused with White Castle — or even White Tower for that matter — the Miami-based Royal Castle was also famous for serving some delicious sliders. Once Burger King and McDonald's arrived, Royal Castle began to lose ground, and the chain's 175 quickly began to disappear. 

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4. Naugles

Before people were obsessed with Chipotle, there was Naugles. Founded by a former Del Taco partner in 1970, Naugles had about 200 locations before it actually merged with Del Taco in 1988. 

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5. All-American Burgers

Speaking of Chipotle, that's exactly what replaced the last location for All-American Burgers in 2010. The regional chain, opened in 1968, was made famous for being featured in the '80s classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. 

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6. Big Boy

In the 1970s, Big Boy has just over 1,000 restaurants that were franchised across the United States. Of course, the chain was distinguishable by its jovial mascot. However, Big Boy eventually went into decline, and if you live outside Michigan, you might have a hard time finding a location near you. Just 10 remain outside the Great Lakes State.

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7. Hamburger Hamlet

The legendary hamburger chain once hosted the country's biggest stars, and Oprah and Roger Ebert even went on a date at one of their locations in the 1980s. The West Hollywood based chain went nationwide, but closed a bunch of locations in the 1990s. Today, only one remains in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles.  

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Faffs 30 days ago
Big Boy is known as Frisch's here in Ohio, and still uses Big Boy as the logo, and is thriving. We got delivery from there at least once a month during the pandemic lockdowns, and now pick up from there every couple of weeks.
RedSamRackham 4 months ago
* British style fish & chips never impressed me! I prefer McDonald's Filet O Fish with fries! ☺ Big Boy near us has been Kappy's family restaurant for years ☺ Burger Chef did bizarre TV ad with secret service in POTUS limo stopping at a highway Burger Chef to get burgers, fries and soft drinks from nerdy teen counter guy. ☺
frances3agape 6 months ago
Hmmmmmmmm
Here in the South, we still have some SHONEYS.
If my memory is correct, some had that BIG BOY sign and a Big Boy sandwich.
Martin 6 months ago
All American Burger was one of the few fast food places that served beer. That's one thing I liked about it.

There's still a Bob's Big Boy in Burbank. It's a traditional drive in restaurant.
EdCaf 19 months ago
Long Island still has two Arthur Treacher's and we still have an All American Burger in Massapequa although I don't think it was part of the chain famous in California.
PaulMinturn 22 months ago
Treacher's still licenses out its fish & chips business. Here in Rochester, NY we have a local pizza chain called Salvatores. At several of their restaurants you can get Treacher's food!
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