While surfing the web I read someones blog describing a place once called Hamburger Choo Choo? Anyone every hear of it? Ill post some of the blog.
There was a great little Hamburger Choo-Choo located
in Hewlett, Long Island, they also made a great coffe
freeze, are you familiar with that location?
Hamburger Choo Choo was my favorite place when I was little too, But you had to sit at the counter. Otherwise, it was just like any other hamburger joint. My mom, used to take me after my ballet lessons.
This is YEARS late in coming, but the place referred to in the earliest post was called the "Hamburger Local" run by an African-American gentleman, Mr. Wilson, in Hewlett, N.Y.
Your burgers and fries arrived in front of you on a toy railroad track that wound around the dining room. They were awesome, with a very steaky taste that was curiously light rather than dense, and the only similar tasting burgers I've ever had since then (the 1960s) are made by the Wisconsin-based Culver's chain called "butterburgers" (the roll is buttered, there's no butter in the burger itself).
But what I most remember about the Hamburger Local were those delicious "orangeades" the Wilson family used to serve. The owners had a huge, glass-front bin of oranges in front, and they would cut and pulp them fresh for each "ade," always putting a marischino cherry in.
To this day, whenever I order a screwdriver, I ask the bartender to put a cherry in it, my silly but sincere homage to a truly cherished childhood restaurant memory.
God bless you and keep you, Mr. Wilson.
In Huntington aka "the Paris of all suburbs" Hamburger Choo Choo was one of the top three tourist attractions, along with the Columbus statue and the two-headed cat at Snyder's. The cat, too, is greatly missed.