OK, on this Funky Food Friday, we have a good old-fashioned food fight: Farrell's vs. Shakey's, pick a side!
You remember Farrell's, the ye olde fashioned ice-cream parlour, right? They had ginormous ice-cream sundae-type treats called The Zoo, The Trough, and other inedible item names. It was screaming booming birthday-party mania, wrapped in barbershop-quartet type design. And then they ... vanished.
But all is not lost! According to this site, there are four working Farrell's left in the U.S. One just opened, in Mission Viejo, California. And company founder Bob Farrell, who opened the first-ever Farrell's in Portland, Oregon in 1963, is planning a new location in the town where it all began.
Now I may be the only one, but I always cross-associate Farrell's with Shakey's Pizza. Come on! Both were everywhere chains, both were noisy as heck, both were beloved by kids for birthdays, and kind of tolerated by parents.
Apparently there are still 50+ Shakey's left in the U.S., with most of them in California. Fun fact: Wikipedia claims the name of the chain came from the malaria-caused nerve damage that gave the founder the nickname "Shakey." Well, way to turn a negative into a positive, no?
Since I liked ice cream better than pizza (still never quite took to pizza, I know, blasphemy!), I preferred Farrell's. But since I was kind of a nerdy kid who didn't really like BOOM BOOM POW loud places, I was not a giant fan of either.
What about you? Shakey's or Farrell's, what's your pleasure? Share any memories of both or either in the comments!