We didn't go out to eat alot when I was a kid. My Dad usually worked 7 days a week on 2nd shift, but once in a while he did get a day off. We didn't always go to the same restaurant, but there was a little restaurant in Otter Lake, Michigan that we would go to sometimes. It was by the railroad tracks. I don't remember the name of it. It was an old building.
The meals there were fantastic big servings. My Mom usually had Deep Fried Shrimp and French Fries, Dad had various meals and us 2 girls was always Hamburger and French Fries. That was what us girls ordered almost all the time. Dad would always say "Don't you kids ever get tired of Hamburger and French Fries?" Us girls would respond with "No!!!"
You could order any kind of potatoes with your meal and you always got salad. We usually picked coleslaw. But whatever meal you got it usually involved getting a doggie bag to take home.
We didn't know the staff personally but they were always very friendly.
I wonder if that restaurant is still there? That was back in 1960's I think.
Today we rarely go out to eat with the economy the way it is. But we do like Country Buffet, unfortunately they closed the one we used to stop at in Muskeon when we would go to Sam's Club or some of the other stores in that area. Now when we are on the road traveling it's usually a quick stop at Burger King. That's a rare occasion now, but used to be almost every Friday evening and Sunday afternoon when we were doing craft shows around our great state of Michigan.
Can't wait to read about some of your great restaurant stories.