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Vaporman87
So, here in my area, there used to be a Burger Chef. That chain was memorable in many ways (including inventing the "kid'smeal" among other things), but I remember very little about Burger Chef when it was here.

Now, when Burger Chef went out of business, the restaurant here was not converted to a Hardee's (as most were). Instead, it took on the name Pleasers (which several other Burger Chefs did as well). 


One thing I can remember about Pleasers in it's short existence, was the Taco Salad. Not because I personally liked it, but my Grandmother did. It's all she ever ordered there. It was a typical taco salad on the inside, but the shell was MASSIVE. It was a giant, bowl-shaped taco shell. I'll never forget it.

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Mr Magic
I think we had a Burger Chef here in town years back.
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shakin steak
Wow, I have never heard of any of those places, except Hardee's. Regional chains are interesting to me. Sad when they go out of business.
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Fulton4V
What about Rax?? Anybody have those in their towns? I liked Rax much more than Hardees by far.
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Vaporman87
We had a few Rax in this area. I enjoyed their food also, though I don't feel like there is that much difference between Rax and Hardee's to actually "miss" Rax.

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shakin steak
I never heard of Rax.

Some other regional chains I like are Jack in the Box and Carl's Jr. Of course, my favorite would be...




As for ones that have gone out of business. Hot Sam's Pretzels is the only one I can think of that I really liked.


I thought Ground Round was closed, but I just haven't seen one in about 20 years. Apparently they still operate. Now in those horrible skim-coated stucco buildings.
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Vaporman87
Were Hot Sam's or The Ground Round regional or national? I've not heard of either. I'm sure Rax was a regional chain.
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shakin steak
I am pretty sure they were just regional. I can't find anything about Hot Sam locations, except that they were in malls. But I never heard about them anywhere but east coast.

Ground Round still being in business, I looked at their website and they have 30 locations mostly along the northern US coast from North Dakota to Maine. What was cool about them was 'pay what you weigh' for kids (a penny a pound), they had a projection screen with Laurel & Hardy and cartoon shorts, free popcorn, and free peanuts and you were supposed to throw the shells on the floor. They stopped with the peanuts after one location had a fire and the shells caused a problem. Not sure why they stopped the other stuff except it just wasn't profitable any more?
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vkimo
Leon's BBQ in SF. Had a natiomalized sauce and a few now defunct shops.

I believe I've just committed the first necrobump in RD history. 
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comic_book_fan
we had a rax but i always compared it more to arbys than to hardees.
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jkatz
Woah. TIL that Jack in the Box is a regional chain. 
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