Ford’s Drive In – Great Falls, Montana

Ford’s Drive In opened in 1954.  The radial design, with its central pylon and cable supported overhang of this one reminds me of late ’30s designs like Wayne McAllister’s Herbert’s or Simon’s, but the straight car awning and parking pattern negates that design.  Maybe it was added later.  Cheeseburger. Fries. Milkshake.  I appreciated that the milkshake at this one was a proper consistency. I like a thick milkshake as much as the next guy, but I’ve been on a streak where I’ve been getting what seems like straight soft serve with a straw. photo DSCF5553.jpg
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Yankee Clipper Diner- Beacon, NY

The current Yankee Clipper diner replaced a 1946 “Arrow” model O’Mahony. Pretty standard 1990s diner design, but on a smaller, more manageable scale. Still looks brand new, condition-wise. Enormous menu, and a great chili cheese burger.
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White Oak Bowling Lanes

I stopped in here yesterday for a few games. They are celebrating their fiftieth year in business. I’ve been going to these lanes for as long as I can remember.

Duckpin lanes are disappearing all the time. Tuffy Leeman Glenmont Lanes used to be just down the road, but they closed several years back, and I’ve heard reports that the location is now being used to dump garbage.
How To Play

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While there, we had a quick bite to eat at the snack bar, a half smoke, fries and a burger for dad.

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Suburban Trust Bank. Founded in 1951.
Suburban Trust Building – Rockville.

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Entryway mat. The bowling alley is in the basement of the shopping center
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Loitering
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The shopping center’s had many new facades over the years
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For more, see:
Duckpin Bowling @ Boomer Twilight
“Duckpin” – a documentary

South End Diner – Halifax Nova Scotia

I ate lunch here today. The interior of the diner features a horseshoe shaped counter, with a grill in back, and padded bongo stools. Every inch of the walls are covered in commemorative and souvenir plates.

I had the cheeseburger, which came topped with grilled onions, relish and mustard, and an order of french fries. The burger had that wonderful lunch counter taste, juicy on the inside, a little crispy on the outside.

South End Diner – Eat in – Take Out
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Here it is, showing how close it is to the Olympic Confectionary. Both are across the street from the rail station and the bus terminal.
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The Olympic
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The South End Diner is located at:
1128 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3H 2R2

March 1, 2010
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