Friday, May 21, 2010

Funky Food Friday: Burger Chef Works bar

Burger Chef is gone now, but as a kid, I would rather go there than McDonald's because Burger Chef had the WORKS bar. You could order your burger totally plain (or maybe you had to?) and then trotted over to the condiment bar and did it up yourself.

I hated mustard and never understood why every burger chain put it on as a matter of course, so the Works bar was my saviour. (They also had one of the first salad bars I ever saw, back when they weren't nearly as common.)

Looking back I can still remember thinking Burger Chef's burgers tasted a little funny...I suspect they were flame-broiled a la Burger King, and that always tasted weird to me. But they had Fun Meals even before McDonald's had Happy Meals, and they got REALLY into "Star Wars" and had a ton of movie-related toys. (Also, Monster Fun Records -- who remembers these?)

Here's an ad teaching Americans of the 1970s how to use the Works bar. Incrediburgible!


Anonymous said...

Where I lived (Grand Rapids, MI), we had a McDonald's, Burger King, and Burger Chef, all side-by-side on the main drag. Given a choice I ALWAYS chose Burger Chef! I loved them as a kid. We moved away from Grand Rapids when I was 12, I never saw another Burger Chef again. I didn't realize how much I missed them!

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Farmington Michigan (A suburb of Detroit) and there was a Burger Chef behind the gas station where I worked through high school. I'd always go to BC on my breaks.

Anonymous said...

I don't know why I was thinking about this, but I worked in Farmington Mi way back in 1975 and 76. I loved the Burger Chef across the street, the works bar, build your own!! I loved it. When they closed I started going to the Sanders store/cafe , they had a li
ttle Sandy burger that was pretty good, with steak fries. Those were the days!!