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Posted: 4/17/2017 9:33:19 AM EDT



The fried clams and burgers were awesome from what I remember.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:34:21 AM EDT
We had one for the longest time
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:35:46 AM EDT
I remember.
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I remember the one in Yonkers on the Deegan
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:39:19 AM EDT
Sure do
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:44:08 AM EDT
Yep, there is a fucking Sprint store at the location now.

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Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:47:05 AM EDT
When dad took the family to Florida for spring break we always stayed at a Ho Jo in Tampa.

Edit - location was South Dale Mabry Highway, looks like the place is still there 
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:47:24 AM EDT
Parents would take us there every now and then.  Always looked forward to it.  Hot dog and ice cream.

Simpler times.  Good memories.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:48:28 AM EDT
Fried Clam rolls.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:49:31 AM EDT
There seems to be one still in business in Warrenton, VA.  At least it appeared so when I drove past it a couple days ago.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:51:23 AM EDT
Howard Johnson took hospitality and food quality very seriously.  Jacque Pepin was their corporate chef for many years.

Howard D. Johnson:
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:51:57 AM EDT
Oh yes, I spent many a late evening eating at Ho Jos during my college years.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:55:57 AM EDT
Yup.
This ad featured the one by me in the 1960's
Howard Johnson's Restaurants
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:56:37 AM EDT
Loved that place. The fried clams were beyond awesome. The cheeseburgers were right there with them.

I've searched in vain for the last 40 some odd years to find clams as good.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:57:04 AM EDT
I have one down the street from me.

They just repainted the outside orange.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:58:03 AM EDT
Fried clam strips FTMW!
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:58:37 AM EDT
The area which I grew up in was filthy with Howard Johnson's.

Stucky's too. 
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:58:55 AM EDT
Ah, yes. The good days. If I ever find a Genie Magic Lamp; one of my 3 wishes will be to travel back to the 50s thru the 70s for a few days at a time, any time I want to go.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 9:59:09 AM EDT
Ate at the NYC Times Square HO-JO's around 2001. Good times.
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Me too.
Sunday lunch they had an organist playing elevator music (a term that didn't exist then).
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Fried Clam rolls.
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Oh yeah; every time I went there.
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forgot about that one
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Applebees where ours used to be. Part of the old lot was wiped out when they changed the intersection from an at grade crossing to an overpass
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:06:52 AM EDT
Yes.  The highlight of my week was when Dad would take us there for ice cream. I loved the peppermint stick.  Now it's in every store, but then it was exotic.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:06:56 AM EDT
I ate many a meal with my grandparents at a HoJo. Always ate the clams. 

True story: One evening sitting there (now an adult) the subject of my grandfathers smoking pipes came up. I was smoking Marlboro's at the time and asked if inhaling from a pipe was at all harsh.
Before he could respond my grandmother replied rather tartly "He doesn't inhale. The doctors told him after his heart attack that he couldn't do that any more." I immediately informed her that in fact he did inhale and that you could tell from the stream of smoke the difference between a puff and an inhale. She turned and inquired "That isn't true is it?" and not being one to even tell the smallest of fibs he told her in fact I was right. The look on his face as he stared across the table at me told me that I really needed to have a cup of STFU.

Im pretty sure he was mentally pulling my tongue out of my mouth that night... 
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:07:28 AM EDT
Now the El Rodeo in Speedway, IN.

We used to go there after Wednesday night church meetings. Their Vanilla shakes were the best!

Some of the Indy 500 drivers stayed there in the '60's and you could always snag a few autographs when they were having breakfast (nursing their hangovers...).

Good memories.

TC
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:07:58 AM EDT
They had a hell of a cocktail menu as well!
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:10:04 AM EDT
I remember there being one around when I was very small but I don't recall ever going inside.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:10:25 AM EDT
Loved them
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:10:51 AM EDT
I used to love going to Howard Johnson's with my folks.

The food was good and it was consistent regardless of which location you went to.

They were most famous for how long it took to get your food.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:14:19 AM EDT
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I ate many a meal with my grandparents at a HoJo. Always ate the clams. 

True story: One evening sitting there (now an adult) the subject of my grandfathers smoking pipes came up. I was smoking Marlboro's at the time and asked if inhaling from a pipe was at all harsh.
Before he could respond my grandmother replied rather tartly "He doesn't inhale. The doctors told him after his heart attack that he couldn't do that any more." I immediately informed her that in fact he did inhale and that you could tell from the stream of smoke the difference between a puff and an inhale. She turned and inquired "That isn't true is it?" and not being one to even tell the smallest of fibs he told her in fact I was right. The look on his face as he stared across the table at me told me that I really needed to have a cup of STFU.

Im pretty sure he was mentally pulling my tongue out of my mouth that night... 
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I would love to have met your grandpa. I know damn well he would have been cool to hang out with.    
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:14:27 AM EDT
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Nope - closed in '75 or '76 and became the Crosstown Inn shortly thereafter, but it's gone now too.
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When dad took the family to Florida for spring break we always stayed at a Ho Jo in Tampa.

Edit - location was South Dale Mabry Highway, looks like the place is still there 
Nope - closed in '75 or '76 and became the Crosstown Inn shortly thereafter, but it's gone now too.
Huh, found a listing for it on a hotel booking site. Must be a zombie page 
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:24:20 AM EDT
I remember seeing a HoJo when I was a kid in the 80s and thinking they were all owned by Howard Johnson the ball player.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:24:48 AM EDT
My first job as a teenager was washing dishes and cooking at a HoJos  Restaurant. It was one of the best experiences in my life as far as learning how to work and get along with other people in  the workplace.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:26:07 AM EDT
Every Friday for the fish sticks and clam strips!  All thanks to the no meat on Friday rule back then!
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:39:12 AM EDT
I Member!
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:40:49 AM EDT
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Make mine a double
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:46:06 AM EDT
There's only one left.....sort of; in Lake George.

I've eaten there many times when they were still all over the place and the Lake George restaurant was only one of them.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:46:19 AM EDT
There was one in town where I grew up. They have gone the route of Stuckey's. 
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:48:34 AM EDT
Yep,
growing up in Washington Pa.

on the same route were HoJo's ,Burger Chef ,Eat n Park,(where the chicks brought the food to the car on trays that hung off your car window).
Mikky D's and Pizza Hut

Route 19
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Damn!
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:51:26 AM EDT
From 2015
The last Howard Johnson's restaurant
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:58:11 AM EDT
Yes, but I've never been in one.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 11:02:32 AM EDT
Back in the mid-60's, all, or many, of the rest stops on the NJ Turnpike were HoJo's. . .  . . Every Saturday, my dad and I made the trek from E. Brunswick to Indian Mills for horesback riding (lessons for me, trail ride for my dad). . on the way back we'd stop, and I would have the NE clam chowder---which was very good, not full of corn-starch. . . . 
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 11:03:07 AM EDT
We went to the HoJo bar so much that the barmaid kept copies of our blank time sheets for us.  We'd fill em out while we drank a few beers after work.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 11:06:01 AM EDT
I remember taking a road trip with my Grandparents when I was a kid in the early 80s. Utah, California, Arizona, Nevada and I'm sure some other States I can't remember. We were gone for a couple of weeks and I think we ate at Ho Jos and Cracker Barrel almost exclusively.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 11:08:50 AM EDT
Howard Johnson is right!
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While I can not recall eating from one, I do recall using their bathroom.  I was into RC cars, and at the time stores were not open on Sundays.  We raced in a parking lot near one, it was the nearest bathroom..  that said, in Texas they were known as hotels more than resutursnts.  
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