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Our Final Retro Roadmap Video! The Fisherman Restaurant Phoenixville PA

Our Final Retro Roadmap Video! The Fisherman Restaurant Phoenixville PA

Mod Betty often remembers when she and Retro Roadhusband moved to Phoenixville, PA and were just getting to know the town. We had no idea what to expect when we opened the door to the Fisherman Restaurant, but as soon as we stepped in, we stepped back in time – and loved it! So it […]

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Rare Vintage Diner For Sale! Phoenixville Pennsylvania’s Vale-Rio [Update: SOLD!]

Rare Vintage Diner For Sale! Phoenixville Pennsylvania’s Vale-Rio [Update: SOLD!]

SOLD! UPDATE: April 2017 – Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline is the new owner of the vintage diner, which has been hauled out of Phoenixville. Thank you Mr. Kline for saving it! Details here. http://6abc.com/news/rare-vintage-diner-moves-to-new-home-after-restoration/1840642/ January 1, 2017 – a good way to start the new year! Mod Betty has been informed that the diner has been […]

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Marshmallow Fluff – Made in Massachusetts for almost 100 Years. [Sweet!]

Marshmallow Fluff – Made in Massachusetts for almost 100 Years. [Sweet!]

Mod Betty isn’t much of a cook, but once a year she’s all about the Fluff.  You see, she’s a Massachusetts gal, so many a holiday season she makes Never Fail Fudge and Marshmallow Treats from this locally made marshmallow creme creation. Heck, her recipes even come from the Fluff Yummy Book that she sent away for years ago! Since […]

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Latest Retro Roadmap video at Delaware’s Historic Diner!

Latest Retro Roadmap video at Delaware’s Historic Diner!

Retro Roadmappers! As some of you may know, our Kickstarter campaign was so successful we raised more support than our original goal, so there are a few more Retro Roadmap videos coming your way. This one – Doyle’s Diner in Selbyville, Delaware is extra special to me,  having moved to Delaware from Mass (when Retro […]

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The Lum’s OllieBurger Lives On – A Culinary Timeline

The Lum’s OllieBurger Lives On – A Culinary Timeline

Retro Roadmap Reporter Keith Valcourt spied Ollie’s Trolley on his recent jaunt to Washington DC and suggested it as a possible addition to Retro Roadmap, based on the date on their sign. Alas, Mod B can be quite the stickler (or stinker, say some) when it comes to what graces these fair pages, and when […]

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Mod Betty and The Hukilau 2014 – BFF! [Photo Gallery]

Mod Betty and The Hukilau 2014 – BFF! [Photo Gallery]

OH the fun we had! OH the vintage dresses and outfits we finally got to wear! YES, Mod Betty and Retro Roadhusband had an absolute BLAST at The Hukilau 2014! This was our first, but you would not know it from the amount of swell folks who made us feel like a part of the […]

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Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

It’s a chilly weekend here in Delaware, making Mod Betty want to stay inside where it’s not so blustery, instead of heading out doing some Retro Roadmap discoverin’. Luckily I’ve got some vintage Delaware places and spaces tucked away in my archives, just ready for sharing, like this “Before and After” shot of the Bridgeville […]

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Prime Burger NYC to Close After 74 Years – Get There Now

Prime Burger NYC to Close After 74 Years – Get There Now

Get there before it’s too late! After being in business since 1938 PrimeBurger in New York City is closing because the building is being sold. I posted a bit about this on the RetroRoadmap Facebook Page yesterday, but wanted to make sure everyone knew about this, as the Huffington Post is reporting: While the exact […]

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Retro Roadmapping up to the Very End

A perfect stop en route to or from LAX. Pann’s is our fave! Such a fun trip to California, we hate to leave! At least a tasty meal at Pann’s makes getting to the airport not so bad.

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Kentucky Derby Sandwich – The Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel, Louisville KY

Kentucky Derby Sandwich – The Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel, Louisville KY

Ever since someone at work mentioned that this is Derby Weekend all I could think of was this delicious sandwich. But to call it a sandwich doesn’t do it justice. I mean, just look at that: That’s the mouthwatering, completely decadent and totally worth it “Hot Brown” from the historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville […]

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The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

Finally tried the famous strawberry pie at the Kumm Esse Diner- nom! Retro Roadhusband was pleased with his turkey croquettes (their Own Make). PA Dutch comfort food at its best! Also wanted to point out to the diner fans out there that they have the cantilevered counter seats here and some interesting architectural details. Read […]

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Maryland Fried Chicken? I thought we were in Florida?!

Route 50. Winter Garden FL

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Rosedale Diner Postcard Print Mystery Gift at Work – Mystery Solved!

Lookit what was waiting for me this morning at my Corporate Cube- how cool! Now I just have to find out what swell coworker left it there for me…! Mystery Solved! Work pal and all around good guy Paul Altobelli dropped this at my desk as a Thank You for hepping him to the fascinating […]

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Sad News – Papoo’s Hot Dog Show Since 1949 – Closed

Sad News – Papoo’s Hot Dog Show Since 1949 – Closed

Well you find things out in the darndest of ways sometimes, case in point that I learned about the closing of Papoo’s Hot Dog Show when I saw photos of the sign being dismantled in my Flickr pal jericl cat’s photo stream. Regular Retro Roadmap readers may remember that our intrepid California reporter Anna told […]

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Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

When in Rome…or State College PA for that matter – do what the locals do! Get a Sticky Bun, split and grilled with a side of vanilla ice cream! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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Louie’s Pizza Rehoboth DE – Mod Betty’s Fave Pizza at The Beach!

Louie’s Pizza Rehoboth DE – Mod Betty’s Fave Pizza at The Beach!

Best slices on the boardwalk. OK technically on Rehoboth Avenue (since 1974). Yum! (I just got the story of this Alfred E. Newman painting from Tim Gouvas – as we’d say at home it’s wicked interesting! But typing it on my phone won’t do it justice – stay tuned!)   Louie’s Pizza www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Diners of Pennsylvania 2nd Edition Now Out!

I got mine at Sled Fest but it’s available online through Stackpole Books. http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=0676 Will keep you posted about any book signings ad I hear of them! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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American Dream Diner Harrisburg PA

No, I did not get the Rope! (sausage) Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Skip’s Burgers Merrimac MA – Open for 64th Season Today!

Home of the famous Suzy Q fries (nom) tasty burgers and vintage car nights, Skip’s in Merrimac opens today for the season! Harbinger of spring for sure [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEBJrBX5i_s&feature=player_embedded] Read all about our adventures at Skips here and become a fan of Skip’s on Facebook!

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Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches and Hot Dogs – as Good as Ever!

Happy to report that Jimmy John’s in West Chester PA has bounced back after the tragic fire on the eve of their 70th anniversary and it’s just like it used to be- trains and everything!

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Denny’s is So Behind The Times – RetroRoadmap Did Bacon Sundaes Last Summer! Photographic Proof!

Denny’s is all over the news for their new bacon-centric menu, however RetroRoadmap Readers may remember that yours truly – Mod Betty – was eating bacon and ice cream sundaes way back last summer, for breakfast at The Goldenrod in York Beach, ME – and here’s the photographic proof! It’s a bummy weather day here […]

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Burger Week on RetroRoadmap! Droolworthy Cheeseburger Photos and More

We had some great hamburgers and cheeseburgers on our Retro Roadtrip and I’ll be featuring them all this week, so you folks will know where to get a tasty burger in a vintage setting when you’re on the road. I get hungry just looking at these photos! My Pimento Cheese Burger at the Northgate Soda […]

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Soft Serve Shaped Ice Cream Stand – Canonsburg PA

My folks took a bunch of photos for me of these twisty treats down in Florida years ago and I think they’re a wicked cute addition to the roadside. Turtle Twist – opens April 1. Wait, how did next week become April already?! We HAVE been on the road for a while! Sent from the […]

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Mmm… Lemon Icebox Pie at Goal Post BBQ Anniston AL

Always good to sample the local specialties when on a road trip! Tangy and light as air. Retro Roadhusband got BBQ. Yum too! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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World’s Largest Drive In – The Varsity Atlanta GA

“What’ll Ya Have?” More photos to come! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Hildebrandt’s Restaurant To Be Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives March 28!

I  love it when the mainstream media folks do their part to champion the vintage, retro and cool old places I love so much here on RetroRoadmap –  that’s why I’m so psyched to let you know that the episode of Food Network’s Diner’s Drive Ins and Dives that features Hildebrandt’s Restaurant in Williston Park […]

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Boehringer’s Ice Cream Adamstown PA – 75th Season Starts March 11

You can tell spring is a’coming when Boehringer’s Ice Cream in Adamstown PA opens for the season- put a big circle around Friday March 11 on your RetroRoad calendar! I just received this missive from The Boehringer’s Icecream Facebook Page: We’re very excited about this season as it marks our 75th year of food, family […]

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Kowloon Chinese Restaurant Now Has A Free App For Your iPhone!

Just found out my favorite chinese restaurant / tiki mecca up in Saugus MA -the Kowloon Restaurant, now has a free app for your iphone. Now you can place your order directly from your phone and have it waiting when you get there! Now I haven’t used it – I don’t think they deliver to […]

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Roney’s Restaurant Route 130 Collingswood NJ Closed For Good – Bummer

I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, so I’ll just consider this a heads up for those of you who might be hankering for a small greasy hamburger or cheeseburger in the Collingswood NJ area – Roney’s Restaurant – a landmark on Route 130 is now officially closed. Originally opened as a […]

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Boston Braves and Diners – Thinking of My Dad

Boston Braves and Diners – Thinking of My Dad

We joke in my family that you could do anything with my dad, as long as it was something he wanted to do 🙂 So we girls went to many a field trial, old book store and decoy shop. There were some times however where our interests intersected, and this picture of a diner is […]

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Another Mystery Boston Diner! Was it Real?

Mod Betty will be busy being the Hostess with The Mostess this weekend, but here’s something for the diner sleuths in the audience to chew on while I am unable to post. Is this diner real, or just a figment of the artist’s imagination? All I can tell you is that this was painted in […]

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Diner Presentation by Larry Cultrera Monday 12/6 Quincy MA

Hey everyone, don’t forget about the slide presentation and talk that Larry Cultrera’s giving at the Thomas Crane Public Library, in Quincy, MA this  Monday December 6 at 7pm! “The Evolution of Diners – From Lunch Carts to Mega Restaurants” Larry Cultrera of DinerHotline.com will be giving a slide show and talk about the ever […]

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Greenport NY- Long Island’s Vintage / Retro Goldmine Part 1

Greenport NY- Long Island’s Vintage / Retro Goldmine Part 1

Greenport NY is so chock-a-block full of cool vintage and retro finds that I’ve been wrestling for over 2 months now with how to tell you all about it. You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words? Well here are my photos that will illustrate what an absolute FIND Greenport […]

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What Vintage Boston Diner Is This? The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

I had always wanted to see the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle again because I remember there being a scene filmed in a diner, but I wasn’t sure what diner it was? My geographic brain thought it might be the Apple Tree Diner because that was still in Dedham when many of the scenes […]

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Abandoned Vintage New Jersey Diners – A Cautionary Tale

Thanks to Diner Man Spencer Stewart and his blog Diner Hunter for sharing this great post from Kevin Patrick about the neglected / closed / abandoned vintage diners of New Jersey. Using the same Preservation New Jersey list of the top 10 endangered historic sites that I did as inspiration for my New Jersey diner […]

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Vale Rio Diner in Phoenixville PA on Blocks and on eBay

Just read in the local paper here in Phoenixville that the vintage Paramount diner up on blocks around the corner from us, the former Vale Rio Diner, is on sale on eBay. (for $225,000 yowza!) (10/8/10 update – The Val went on eBay again this week for $175,000 but there were no takers) (this is […]

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List of Vintage Diners in Southern New Jersey – Check ’em Out!

Here’s a quick list of the diners featured in my RetroRoadmap.com / Doo Wop Preservation League / Preservation New Jersey  diner photo exhibit in Wildwood NJ this month. Can’t see the photo show? Check out the actual diner! That’s what Retro Roadmap is all about– giving you easy access to the great vintage, retro and […]

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Franklin Fountain – Some Sweet Vintage Candy News!

Franklin Fountain – Some Sweet Vintage Candy News!

You may remember Franklin Fountain here in Philadelphia from the post I did over the holidays about their Clear Toy Candy and I know I’m due to visit them for some of their tasty home made ice cream now that the warm weather has finally arrived. Well I just learned of a couple of developments […]

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Diner Fans – Diner Updates from Retro Roadmap Roadtrips!

Since I know not everyone can be everywhere at once I thought I’d do a quick post on some of the diners I’ve seen and visited during the past couple of weeks while on the road. Always good to keep tabs on the status of these great stainless steel roadside icons! Trolley Car Diner Mt. […]

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Jimmy John’s West Chester PA Burns on 70th Birthday But OPEN AGAIN!

Update 12/4/2010 – Good News!!  folks over at the Jimmy John’s Pipin’ Hot Sanwiches Facebook Page indicate that the restaurant officially re-opened and is ready for business!! Through the power of Twitter this morning I just found out some awful news, that Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches in West Chester PA, known for their hot […]

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Neptune Diner Lancaster PA – nothing could be finer!

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Boehringher’s Ice Cream – Open For The Season!

A sure sign of spring! Boehringer’s Ice Cream in Adamstown, PA is open for the season- wheeee! Here’s a link to the write up I did on it last year: Boehringer’s Drive In Adamstown PA – Home Made Ice Cream! and now you can show your love of  Boehringer’s on Facebook Now get on out […]

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Diners of the Worcester Lunch Car Co. – Thanks Boston Globe!

Diners of the Worcester Lunch Car Co. – Thanks Boston Globe!

While reading the virtual Sunday Paper this morning I noticed my old broadsheet the Boston “Glob” had a swell article on something near and dear to my Retro Roadmap heart – diners – of the Worcester Lunch Car variety! The 10 Worcester Lunch Car diners (not necessarily in Worcester, just built there by this famous […]

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My Toy Candy From Franklin Fountain

A frog riding a penny farthing bike! Whoops, I just ate his head. Tasty! 🙂

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MSN Top Diners – Is Your Fave on The List?

MSN.com recently posted a list of 15 diners that we should not hit the road without checking out. While not all of them are 100% Retro Roadmap worthy diners, it’s an interesting list. What is most interesting to me is that I’ve only been to 2 of the diners! Sunny Day Diner – Lincoln, New […]

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Skip’s Burgers Closed for Season

Just got word via their Facebook page that Skips in Merrimac Ma, home of great burgers and Suzie Q fries, has closed for the season. I’ll let you know when they’re open for business- c’mon Spring! Read about Skips here on Retro Roadmap!

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Boehringer’s Closing Day 2009

It is too nice of a day to stay home and clean, so we took a ride out to Boehringer’s for some cheeseburgers and Zerbe’s chips! I’m checking out posting things from my cell phone, and so far so good. I think we have room for ice cream- yep, we did! And all of our […]

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Top 10 Diners of Massachusetts – Thanks, Diner Hotline!

Top 10 Diners of Massachusetts – Thanks, Diner Hotline!

Heading to Massachusetts and excited to visit  as many of my fave Retro Roadmappy places as I could, the first thing I realized was, “Dang! That’s a lot of eating!” Luckily I was able to call on Larry Cultrera of Diner Hotline to chronicle some of the many fine diners in my home state. He’s […]

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Flickr Friday – Old Real Diners

This week’s Flickr Friday gives us a feast for the eyes,  the wonderful group of photos collected in  Old “Real” Diners! This group is for photos of old diners (not the super chrome modern ones). The photos can be exterior shots, details, and interiors as long as they feature predominantly the design (not the food […]

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LaPlace Frostop is The PLACE for Root Beer! La Place LA

“Home of the Lot-O-Burger and Frosted Mug Root Beer” Well if their web title tag doesn’t make you want to head directly there, this photo sure will: Dang that’s pretty! And,  be-still my beating heart…the mug (renovated for its 50th birthday) even ROTATES! Built by Morris Terry in 1958, the Frostop is still in the […]

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LaPlace Frostop is The PLACE for Root Beer! La Place LA

“Home of the Lot-O-Burger and Frosted Mug Root Beer” Well if their web title tag doesn’t make you want to head directly there, this photo sure will: Dang that’s pretty! And,  be-still my beating heart…the mug (renovated for its 50th birthday) even ROTATES! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYR-GgoOpqs&hl=en&fs=1&] Built by Morris Terry in 1958, the Frostop is still in […]

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