Childhood Memories Friday: Eating Out


Since I do love food, I thought I would write about my memories of eating out as a child.

I don’t remember us eating out a lot.  Mainly, I remember my dad getting food from McDonald’s on Sunday nights and bringing it home.  Sundays were busy, with church in the morning and again in the evening.  My mom always had a big meal at noon on Sunday, which seems like it would be hard to pull off (I am thankful that we now eat out each Sunday at noon).  I remember her setting the oven timer so things would be ready when we got home from church.

Anyway, on Sunday nights Dad would bring home sandwiches and fries.  We shared the fries, which were the (now) smaller size, in the white paper sleeve.  I loved Filet O Fish (I remember having one of those the night I got baptized, but I was so nervous I had to eat it after church, heating it up in the double broiler).  I had awhile where I was really into McRibs, too.

Prior to McDonald’s, I remember our town having a “Burger Chef” and a “Burger Queen.”

We had Queenie Bee stickers, one of which was pasted on a little table we used a lot.  I also remember meeting the Queenie Bee mascot.  Woo hoo!

We would actually eat at a restaurant sometimes on Wednesday nights (again, probably because we had church on Wednesday nights).  For awhile we went to Long John Silver’s, and we had other years where we went to Cow Town.  Cow Town (locally owned, I think) was awesome because there was a large fake cow out front.

For a treat, we loved to go to Dairy Queen (so great was our love that my dad later bought the local DQ with some friends and owned it for several years) or the locally-owned Dairy Delight near our church.

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood.  ~Sam Ewing


8 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Eating Out

  1. It’s funny, I think of McDonald’s as comfort food. When my parents were divorcing, they would treat us to McDonald’s and it was a big deal! I would get the regular hamburger, that ‘white sleeve’ of fries and all was good in my world. When I left the U.S. I would find myself at McDonald’s ordering that meal just so I could be ‘home again’. It is true, no matter where you are in the world…it does taste exactly the same. Except for the mayo with the fries, yum!

  2. I remember Cow Town – the cow – and that they had the crinkle-y kind of fries. Good times. 🙂

  3. Oh this is cute! We didn’t eat out much as a family when I was young either. I do remember McDonalds once in a while. And we had a drive-in called Dog N Suds that was so much fun…the whole drive-in thing I thought was so cool. That and Mr. Donut, were my favorites.

  4. Those are fun memories. I can remember how much I loved McDonald’s, but my father loved a place called Taylor Burgers. It was a local hamburger place, and they were good!


    Sheila 🙂

  5. Eating out in the late 40s and early 50s was a rare thing in our farm family. Once in awhile we ate at a diner in Huntingburg. I recall we once had a pregnant waitress and my dad commented how in appropriate it was for her to be working while in that condition.
    It was a total treat when we got to go to Giltners’ Rexall Drugstore after Sunday night church for hot chocolate.
    Huntingburg got a Dog n Suds. That was a fun stop.

  6. Nice memories. When I was a young girl, my father would say, “get ready” but he’d never tell me where we were going. I’d get so excited just knowing it was Bob’s Big Boy!! There was still mystery about it since we could have just as easily hit Omega burgers. There was something special to this young girl about Bob’s that thrilled me. Thanks for bringing back a good memory from my childhood!!

  7. My Mom would put a roast or ham, with veggies, in a large Guardian Service pot and it would cook while we were at church, on Sunday mornings. Sunday evenings, my step-dad would make homemade pizza. Yum!

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