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Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? #4634036
01/13/18 10:15 PM
01/13/18 10:15 PM
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Nashville, TN via Memphis
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The department store thread got me thinking about another type of establishment thatís going away - the cafeteria.

I grew up in the 80s and 90s, and even then, they were dying out. In Memphis, there used to be several different cafeterias - both chains with several locations (Piccadilly, Lubyís, S&S) and independent ones.

The only one Iím aware of thatís still around is Piccadilly. There are a few locations in Memphis and 1 in Nashville.

Still love them. I always get the same thing - jumbo hamburger steak platter with mashed potatoes & gravy, turnip greens or green beans, corn, and a roll or Mexican cornbread and a broccoli salad. Sometimes a slice of pie for dessert.

Not real sure why they fell out of favor, but I know the parking lot is always full of Lincolns, Crown Vics, Buicks and Chryslers. And Iím usually the youngest person in there (Iím in my late 30s).

Itís not a cheap meal but itís good quality food - like home cooking. And faster than a traditional restaurant.

I like cafeterias. Wish there were more around these days.


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634040
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Still got plenty of Lubys down here


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: Insertcoolname] #4634043
01/13/18 10:20 PM
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john_pifer Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Insertcoolname
Still got plenty of Lubys down here


Good ole Texas!


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634046
01/13/18 10:22 PM
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We have a variation on that. Itís called Marcellos and has really good food, chicken, beef, potatoes etc, but get this; itís self serve and all sold by the pound.


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634047
01/13/18 10:23 PM
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Danville, Indiana
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We've got several within a half hour's drive, or so, and they are all good. The closest to me is MCL, about 10 minutes away. It isn't cheap, but the food is very good, and the place is new. Then, in Mooresville, IN is Gray Brothers, and just up the road from that is Poe Brothers. Both of those are great, too, although I prefer Gray Brothers. Gray's is probably the best of the three. All three appear to be thriving. I'm pretty sure MCL has other stores in and around Indianapolis, too.

Edit...I just checked and there are 6 MCL cafeterias around Indianapolis, and there is also Jonathan Byrd's, north of Indy, which is legendary.

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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634052
01/13/18 10:31 PM
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I haven't seen one in a while

Even our urban equivalent of the cafeteria, the Automat, has died out


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634053
01/13/18 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: john_pifer

Not real sure why they fell out of favor, but I know the parking lot is always full of Lincolns, Crown Vics, Buicks and Chryslers. And Iím usually the youngest person in there (Iím in my late 30s).


As the Baby Boomers die off, so will the cafeterias.


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634061
01/13/18 10:43 PM
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There is a real cafeteria in the local VA hospital. Everything else around here is either full service, fast food, or all-you-can-eat buffets.


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634083
01/13/18 11:14 PM
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missouri
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The local Price Chopper grocery store has an embedded cafeteria. It is reasonable $7-8 for a dinner. Inside the store it does very well, you can have a balanced home style meal. Salad bar by the pound. Starbucks too if you just have to spend for a coffee.

Rod

Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634085
01/13/18 11:19 PM
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160 miles to Alb., NM and we have a Furrs. Sometimes good, others, not so.


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634086
01/13/18 11:22 PM
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Kansas
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Once or twice a year, my wife and I will hit a Golden Corral about an hour north of us.
About the only thing the servers have to do is refill your drinks.

Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: pkunk] #4634100
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Originally Posted By: pkunk
160 miles to Alb., NM and we have a Furrs. Sometimes good, others, not so.
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Grew up on Furrs! We've been contemplating riding the Cumbres and Toltec and hitting up Furrs in Farmington this summer.

Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634101
01/13/18 11:51 PM
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Not really something we had here, cafeterias were usually places in large organisasions where they provided meals for employees. I've only worked at one place that had a cafeteria.

In the motorcycle world there is a British custom bike called a cafe racer, people mostly pronounce it the Fench way, with a little mark above the E in cafe. But it comes from the cafeterias they used to race to, and is pronouced caf...it's a caf racer, not cafe racer, although these days riders seem to hang out at cafes drinking latte.


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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634114
01/14/18 12:20 AM
01/14/18 12:20 AM
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St. Charles County, Missouri
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My father in law died in OKC in 1989. My mother in law had been trapped in the apartment with him while he slowly died over a couple of years. After the funeral her biggest wish was to go to Luby's. My kids, who were five and eight got ahead of me in line and thinking they were in an Old Country Buffet or Golden Corral got ahead of me and stocked up. I think each of them topped $20 in worthless food which they didn't eat.

Cafeterias are completely gone here and buffets slowly disappearing--only a couple of Chinese places and a Golden Corral in this county of 400,000.

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Re: Any Cafeterias Left In Your Area? [Re: john_pifer] #4634115
01/14/18 12:22 AM
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TX
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TX
Originally Posted By: john_pifer
Itís not a cheap meal but itís good quality food - like home cooking. And faster than a traditional restaurant.

I like cafeterias. Wish there were more around these days.


You do go to Arnolds don't you?

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