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History of the Hot Dog – Part 1 - Fast Food History

A brief history of the Frankfurter, Weiner, Hot Dog, Coney, Pisa and about 100 other names for the good old Hot Dog. This is part one covering (sort of) the invention of the hot dog as we know it, the Icelandic Hot dog, the world record hotdogs and more. Next week, Col. Sanders and KFC on Fast Food History.


Big Boy History - Fast Food History

How was the Double-Decker Hambuger born? Today we talk about Big Boy, in all it's different regional chains. Not exactly fast food but, as you will hear, they may be getting back to that. Find out how a 10 stool hamburger stand turned in to a National brand and even international. (279 in Japan Still). Also, how "Big Boy" has two completely separate companies today that hold the trademark for Big Boy. Making of the Big Boy in different "Big Boy" Restaurants You shouldn't have fast food for...


History of Coney Island Hotdogs - Fast Food History

The Coney Island Dog is NOT the Coney Island dogs sold by Nathan's and others on Coney Island in New York, but the hotdogs sold across Michigan and other places by Greek and Macedonian immigrants. Chili (or coney sauce) on a quality hotdog with Onions and Yellow Mustard (Catchup is for Fries!) Coney Island Hotdogs are available Mostly in Michigan, but also in Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas mostly. Also in Vegas at the D Casino (American Coney). Next week we will go over the...


Halo Burger / Kewpee Burger - Fast Food History

Anyone remember the Kewpee Hotel Hamburger Chain? Me either, but it turned into a great local chain in the SE Michigan (Flint) area. Today on Fast Food History, we learn about the Halo Burger chain and how it came from the Kewpee Burger chain.


History of the Hamburger - Fast Food History

Ground Beef and Bread, put it together and you get a fast food staple. Find out who claims to have invented the hamburger, some famous burgers and the world's most expensive burger. The word hamburger comes from Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city. In German, Burg means "castle". The word HAM in hamburger is from the old German word hamma, which is a bend in a river. The word Hamburger in German is someone from Hamburg, similar to frankfurter and wiener, names for other meat-based foods...


White Castle History - Fast Food History

The subject of a movie and the place that was responsible for the popularization of the Hamburger. Voted Time Magazine's most influential burger joint, America's first fast food place, White Castle. Today on Fast food history. White Castle is privately held, debt-free and has been run by the same family for nearly 100 years. Starting in 1921, White Castle has grown to around 420 stores in the Midwest, Greater New York City area, and Las Vegas. Next week: The History of the Hamburger. Find...


Little Caesars Pizza History - Fast Food History

What do Car Factories, Hockey, Baseball, mushrooms and the Civil Rights movement have to do with Little Caesars Pizza? Find out today on Fast Food History. Today we go over the history of the fastest growing pizza chain in the world. We also talk about Mike Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars and how Little Caesars Pizza and Ilitch Holdings Inc. are a very giving company. Ilitch Holdings owns (privately held) Little Caesars, The Detroit Red Wings, Detriot Tigers, Blue Line Foodservice,...


McDonald’s History - Fast Food History

Of course, we are starting with the big one… With 36,900 McDonald's locations is by far the king of fast food in the world. Only Subway has more locations, but McDonald’s is a much bigger brand with much larger sales than Subway. McDonald’s is the quintessential fast food place. It might not have been the first and it may not be the best, but if you grew up anytime in the last 60 years, you have grown up with McDonald’s in one way or another and we talk about it’s history today on Fast...


Fast Food History Podcast – 000 - Fast Food History

I'm thinking I am going to do a podcast about Fast Food History. As a fast food connoisseur, I really like digging into the history of these places (past and present). This will likely be a side-project. In other words, don't expect a TON of episodes or any kind of schedule.


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