Skip to comments.Here's a Real Blast from the Past: 1957 Woolworth's Lunch Menu
Posted on 04/08/2011 2:57:25 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
Wow...thanks for posting this. I remember going to the movies and Woolworth’s was across the street. We’d go there for a cherry coke and fries.
They were genius... not too many could shop there long without succombing to the smells, imo that’s why the counter ran down the side of the store, not separated like Target or IKEA’s, for instance... they know what they were doing for a while, but time passed them by- I think K-Mart did them in in the 70s
There was a Woolworth’s in Big Town mall in Mesquite. I spent many a happy moment at their counter as a kid.
I looked at that menu and wondered, what ever happened to ham salad? Not enough ham salad these days.
I heard that Isaly’s chipped chopped ham is still available? But is it a regional brand?
Ben Franklin in Pompton Lakes, NJ, used to have a lunch counter. Well, before the fire.
It originated in Pittsburgh... and I just found where you can get it:
Yes, you can still get it in Ohio, Western Pa and WV.
I think it is also avail online, but not prechopped.
Its that fine fine chopped ham and BBQ that is just irresistible.
Here is a menu from isalys. date unknown
I remember being there as a kid! My town (Gillette) had a McCrory’s with a lunch counter and those greasey cheeseburger’s with fries were the best!
Thanks, that explains why the name sounds familiar to me. I get that whole “food from home” thing.
When I left my vacation in Cleveland to return to St. George, UT, I had a half-dozen or so packages of frozen Kahn’s All Beef hotdogs in my carry on luggage.
I was just about to post that.
There are still a few of the old restaurants around, and I often find the ham/BBQ sauce in the local grocery’s
I saw it in an IGA in Ohio I know, but that link is to a list of stores, some states have it all over the place
Oh Lord! the food back there!
My mom lives there still, I had a couple Khan’s dogs not that long ago- she made her pigs in a blanket with em
I know I have bought it at Giant Eagle
Pimento cheese spread has disappeared too.
‘Goose liver’ is the sort of thing you’d see more in England, I think I missed it’s time here completely.
I sure miss the food from Cleveland. In that same carry on bag, I had 8 loaves of Orlando Italian Twist bread. I am hoarding 1/2 loaf of it in my freezer.
Here is how you know you have a REALLY GOOD FRIEND:
On Christmas Eve, as I returned from our family celebration at my sister’s house, I nearly broke my neck tripping on a box that was left by the USPS on my porch.
When I raced inside to open it (from one of my best friends back in Ohio), it contained Orlando bread & rolls! Double and triple packed, without a scratch on them. I have no idea how they survived a 2,500 trip cross country without resembling pita bread.
THAT is how you know you picked out really good friends. I was in absolute hog heaven (breadwise) right through Valentine’s Day. :)
Meanwhile people scream and howl as if inflation is something new.
If anyone wants the recipe for the tuna salad recipe that they used to sell at the Kresge lunch counter, FReepmail me.
Something tells me this is going to become a “all food all the time” thread.
If anyone knows the Kenny King’s onion ring recipe, holler! My sister and I have been looking for it for 20 years.
When I was growing up, we went to the most famous Woolworth’s in the world. My kids read about it in school.
Actually I have pimento cheese in my refrigerator right now!
I grew up in Ridgewood, NY (right on the border between Brooklyn and Queens). The “main street” in our neighborhood was Myrtle Avenue, and there was a Woolworth’s and an S.S. Kresge right next to each other; we called them the “five and ten” (”Mom I’m going to the five and ten.” “Which one?” “Kresge’s.” “OK, but be home for dinner!”). The Woolworth’s had a better diner, as I recall.
Oh, I remember the fantastic glass candy counter islands and the periodic “bong bong” signals to the staff.
I really only had it at home growing up too—rather than out at a restaurant, but I remember it having a nice sweet-piquant flavor.
I look back on Woolworth’s with nostalgia.
Well, make some. All you need is some grated sharp cheddar cheese. a jar of pimento and some mayonaise. Must have spelled that wrong; got the underline thing!
Funny, I just picked up a pound of the stuff at the grocery yesterday. Incidentally, if you add up everything on that menu, it basically equals what I paid for that pound of ham salad.
Is that depressing or what.
Each silver dime today is worth $2.85-2.90. So 30 cents is now over $8.50; 50 cents over $14; and 60 cents over $17.
You ain’t seen nothing yet, AFB- just wait till Helicopter Ben’s finished lol
You were being underpaid. In 1971, working at a Plywood Plant, which didn't pay all that well, I made $2.50 per hour, which was below the median wage at the time, but still fairly good pay. Which means I could have purchased 6 1/4 sands at .40 per for one hours wage, plus many places I knew sold hamburgers for .25 per burger which means I could have purchased 10 of them. Price to wage ratio was better back then, all the way around. I owned a house and TWO(used) cars in 1970 and my wife didn't work or need to work. In fact most of the couples I knew only had one wage earner.
Things were better and money went further. Also I remember gas being about .40 per gal then also, actually I looked it up on the internet and the median price for gas was .36 per gal.
I could buy 7 gals of gas for one hours work.
With Gas in my area at 4.10 I can now buy 4 gals of gas per hours wage and it will only get worse.
Ha ha ha
Hey, on Friday... everybody’s thinking for the weekend maybe
And I LOVED Kenny King’s- but sure don’t know the recipe for those. But I’ve ate plenty, that’s for sure DJ-
If we are talking Ohio, (I am from Medina County) I get to hankering for Troyers Trail Bologna and baby swiss cheese! Found in Amish country, these products always make the return journey home to Connecticut with me. Now, a BBQ chipped chopped ham sammitch, or pimento cheese on white is something I have not thought about for a long, long time. Thanks freepers for making me drool and my stomach rumble this early in the A.M.
You should see how I eat at Mr. Hero when my plane lands in Ohio!
BTW, if you do a comparative study you will discover the ratio of prices between various items haven't changed - just the inflation charged by the government critters at all levels.
I’m a Roman Burger man myself lol
Burger fries and a Cole was less than 50 cents.
You can still buy that menu with the same amount of silver as in 1957.
Back when our “change” was real silver, and not silver-painted slugs.
I call my visit back home a “ten pound trip.” LOL
Oh, how I miss the family owned corner bar/restaurants that serve meatball sandwiches, or a Friday fish fry, or Tuesday burger specials.
These things are completely foreign out west. While I love the weather here, I miss those things very much.
Oh, one more thing....there is NO SUCH THING as Italian bread here.
If you, like, mowed lawns for, like, $3 during the sixties, you like, were moving lawns, in, like, Hollywood, because like in the sixties, the minimum wage was, like .90/hour.
I really like the word like it's, like so, like descriptive, know what I mean?
The going rate in the Philly burbs in the early 1970's was 5 bucks a lawn.
I did an acre of grass -but on my dad’s Ford riding mower- for 3 bucks each, so same time as pushing over an LA yard I guess
Poor moles lol
In a lot of ways, it was like the last clinging vestiges of a Norman Rockwell world...
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