Saturday, April 21, 2012

Roadside Oddity: The Original Shoney's Resturant

Like most "original" restaurants, I suspect you wouldn't know where to find them unless you did a little research.   I love roadside oddities and all things peculiar.  Diving along the eastern bank of the Kanawha River on route 60 in Charleston, West Virginia you will find this memorial to a restaurant that has become a staple of the South and Mid Atlantic states. 

Growing up in Iowa I never heard of Shoney's.  It wasn't until I went into the army and went to a base in Alabama did I learn about Shoney's, or how popular they are.  They are the Denny's of the East Coast and South.  


4 comments:

  1. So I've heard of Big Boy, and we used to have a Shoney's in my town, but I didn't realize they were related....

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  2. We had Big Boy where I grew up, but not Shoney's. Who knew? I love stuff like this!

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  3. We used to go to Bobs Big Boy all the time in the West.

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  4. At the age of 18, before being drafted, I managed the first and only Parkett baseball team (13 to 15 year olds) in Charleston. The Parkett had the best 'big boy' hamburgers in the world. Later it became 'Shoney's'. I'm now 80 and can still taste that double hamburger. The sauce and cheese combination has never been matched.

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