As decades go by the restaurant industry changes and adapts. Some things like good service will always be a goal, but other things fade away into oblivion. Today The Food Adventures Crew have compiled a list of things you dont see in Dayton restaurants anymore.
— CAR HOPS ON ROLLER SKATES:
Back in the day in Dayton, these waitresses were all over the place. From Frosties Rootbeer Stands in Dayton and Fairborn to Frischs, A & W and others. You just dont see car hops with Roller Skates anymore. We suspect trips falls broken bones and insurance liability to be the culprits. There is also the fact that roller skating seems to be somewhat of a lost art.
— MATCHES AT THE BAR WITH RESTAURANT LOGO:
Nearly every dinner club had them at the bar. The pack or box of matches with the restaurant logo, address and number on the cover. The public smoking ban put an end to those “amenities” years ago. You would be pressed to find a restaurant that sill has them.
Before the days of energy drinks, there was Tang. Billed as the “drink of astronauts,” this was a popular orange powdered drink in the 60’s and 70’s. You hardly see it anywhere today, when it used to be a household item. Oh how the times and Americana have changed.
— PDQ CHOCOLATE DRINK MIX:
This was a sister product of ovaltine and was sold as the “healthy” chocolate milk drink with vitamins, and nutrients. The mix were small chocolate pellets that would dissolve in milk and the taste was fairly good. PDQ stood for “pretty darn quick.” We have not seen one o these mixes in decades.
— CANDY CIGARETTES:
The health boom in America put an end to this politically incorrect candy. Usually sold in a box to mimic cigarettes, these sugar sticks even had a red tip on the end so it looked like your cigarette was lit. We had not seen these in years, but found some in Kettering at K & R Pretzel Bakery along with other vintage candies.
— KIDS DRINKING OUT OF THE BACKYARD HOSE:
Is it us, or do you never see a line of kids playing outside, waiting to get a sip of water from the garden hose anymore? A common site before the turn of the century, this was not an uncommon site. We chalk this one up to cleanliness and the growth in irrigation systems.
— JELLO SALAD / JELLO CAKE:
This was a popular dessert in the 60’s and 70’s but it never seemed loved even then. Sometimes the salad aka jello cake came with fruit embedded inside, sometimes not. Most of us cringed when these items were brought to the table, but we are sure there were a few fans of these out there somewhere.
— AMBROISA DESSERT:
A dessert that was all over the 70’s and early 80s was this coconut, fruit and whipped cream dessert. If you were at a party during this time frame, the percentages were good that you were going to see this dessert come out. Cold, yet creamy and fruity, it was a refreshing lite bite.
— “DOGGIE BAG” or “PEOPLE BAG” for LEFTOVERS:
Remember when restaurants would ask you if you wanted a doggie bag? Many patrons would take bones or leftovers back to their pets, especially from steakhouses. Some steakhouse mocked the trend by offering a “people bag.” Either way, you dont here these terms anymore today.
Fondue was a cheese dip appetizer served in a hot pot that was popular on party tables, especially the early 1970’s. The cheese was hot and melted in a pot, while long thin forks were used to dip meats and other items into the cheese. it was considered “swanky” back in the day. Fondue sets were so popular in the 60’s and 70’s that most every couple had one on their wedding registry. Today, they are almost extinct.
— GUM CIGARS:
Long slabs of chewing gum with a paper cigar ring around them were all the rage with kids in the 70’s. The stigma of smoking and kids, and the politically correct police have made these pretty much non-existent. They usually came is 3 or 4 colors and were huge pieces of gum at a great price.
— TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE:
A source of horror for many kids, this was a popular dish, made by mom or grandma. Whether a holiday or just a family dinner, this dish could strike fear in the hearts of kids everywhere. Most families on a budget with the inflation of the mid 70’s turned to this cheap alternative to feed the massive family. It is dinner time! Bread crumbs, cheese, tuna and noodles anyone ?
— SUGARY KIDS CEREAL BRANDS:
Remember the days of Count Chocula and Boo Berry? How about Cookie Crisp, Honeycombs and Super Sugar Crisp? From Fruit Loops to Waffle-o’s, many 80’s flash in the pan sugar cerals were named after TV shows of movie characters. Thankfully for kid’s teeth. those cereals are not mainstream anymore.
— RESTAURANT CREDIT CARDS:
Go ahead and put it on my account, the suave businessman of 1978 said to the waiter as he passed them a car that said ” The Paragon.” This was no regular credit card, this was a status symbol and popular at the fancy restaurants, including The Pine Club. We don’t see these house accounts much anymore, but there was a time that if you were a somebody if these were in your wallet.
— ROCK CANDY:
These were like a science experiment. Someone taught someone and the next thing you know kids were making this crystal candy at home with their parents or just buying it at candy shops (another thing you don’t see much anymore). This was also typically kids first experience with a “hot spicy ” food as the cinnamon flavor could sometimes come out too hot and light up your mouth.
— THE EASY BAKE OVEN:
It used to be every girl wanted one and every brother wanted to sample the cake or brownie baked in this contraption. It was almost too good to be true. Kids were told you could make your own desserts in this “Easy Bake Oven.” Are you telling me I can make brownies and cake in this little conveyor belt oven that uses heated bulbs to cook with? Other family members usually got involved, especially when it was time to sample the baked goods.
Honorable mention items include : Nestle Quik Chocolate Milk Mix, Pop Rocks, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Kool Aid.
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