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Week 16: Restaurants
May 7, 2011, 12:51 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 16: Restaurants. What was your favorite local restaurant as a child? Where was it located, and what was your favorite meal? Did you know the staff personally? What is your favorite restaurant now?

Restaurants –

Living in rural Kansas, in the 50’s & 60’s restaurants were what would now be considered greasy spoons. We did not have the chains in the area. The café downtown is where I got to go during my kindergarten year and get my hamburger and fries.  Also during harvest, we would eat our evening meal at the restaurant on the highway. The other eating establishment in town was the Sweden Crème, our answer to the Dairy Queen.  On a summer day after swimming, their banana split was the perfect topper for the day.

During my college years, we lived in Manhattan, Ks and I attend KSU.  Our favorite eating place was Vista.  It was a small restaurant, set in the side of the hill.  On Sunday nights after Square Dancing, a bunch of us would head out to Vista for a Vista Burger and fries, topped with an Icee.  The Burger was topped with lettuce and tomato and cheese if you wanted.

They were the home of the Icee, and they had a lot of different flavors during the time I was in college. It was a place for good food and good time.

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to return to Manhattan for a visit, stopped in and had a Vista Burger and it tasted just a good as I remembered. Even last week when I was in Manahttan, Kansas with a friend, it still tasted good.

Today I enjoy a variety of foods, so I don’t have a favorite restaurant.  In town we have a café, a deli, it serves soup and sandwiches, a Mexican restaurant, a couple of shops down town that serve lunches, Wendy’s, Sonic, Pizza Hut and Subway.  So if I am out of town I will try something different than what is available.

Eating out is for when I am out of town or meet friends for a meal.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (


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