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3802 Bristol Oxford Valley Rd
Levittown, PA 19057
Dr. John DeLeonardis Pediatrician and the owner of Vineland, NJ Delsea Drive-In the only Drive movie Theatre in New Jersey.
If you are diving on the stretch of Route 22 between Somerville and North Plainfied you will have little trouble finding a hot dog joint.
Red Tower has not just one, but two locations along the route. Red Tower II in North Plainfield and Red Tower III in in Somerville.
My personal Favorite is Texas Weiner II in Green Brook.
A smaller and probably newer dog joint named The Dog House also in North Plainfield is just west of Red Tower II
They also opened a Sonic Drive-in in Green Brook a few years ago. I don’t think that counts.
10. Tastee Sub Shop Plainfield Avenue Edison, NJ
In it’s 50th year this family owned business has since opened has since opened two more locations in Franklin Park and Lawrenceville. President Barack Obama visited here in 2010 for what he deemed a small business Summit. Serving what i think are the best sub sandwiches anywhere.
9. Burrito Royale (Now Burrito King) US 1 South Brunswick, Nj
Opened in 1975. This is a place one of my Spanish teachers at South Brunswick High School raved about. Though I have still never tried it. When the original owners retired the new owner expand the menu and renamed it Burrito King.
8. Columbus Farmers Market US 206 Columbus, NJ
The market dates back to 1919 and has been in this location since 1929. At one time farm animals were sold and auctioned here. Some buildings had to be rebuilt in 1968 and 1972 after fires. At one time the site included a diner, a bank and a carnival including a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and train. It now operates Thursday through Sunday as mostly an indoor flee market including restaurants and produce area adjacent to the right side parking lot.
7. Cherokee Trading Post US 46 Budd Lake, NJ
Has been in operation for over 65 years. Sells and cosigns Native American goods along with some name brand western themed apparel.
6. Wild West City Stanhope, NJ
First opened in 1957. Is one of the last reaming western town attractions on the east coast. Opened weekends from May 1st to Columbus Day and daily from mid June to Labor Day.
5. Jersey Freeze US 9 Freehold, NJ
Has become a popular stop on the way to or from the Jersey Shore. One of it’s most loyal customers is Bruce Springsteen himself.
4. Circus Drive-In NJ 35 Wall, NJ
Opened 1954 operates April through the fall. Features Circus Cruse nights with “exotic, funky, special cars”. Another promotion is “A Night To Clown Around” with a troupe of clowns there to entertain the patrons.
3. Hot Dog Johnny’s US 46 Buttzville, NJ
Hot Dog Johnny’s first opened in 1944 in a small shack. By 1947 had expanded to into this bigger building. With a Menu of hotdogs with basic topping such as pickles, onions, relish, ketchup and mustered as well a a selection of Root and Burch Beers as well as buttermilk. Hot Dog Johnny’s has become a popular stop on the way the the Delaware Water Gap.
2. Edison Generator US 1 Edison, NJ
“Does Your Car Turn Over in the Morning?”
The original overturned car rusted away in the 90’s and was replaced by this newer Toyota.
1. Lucy the Elephant Margate, NJ
Built in 1881 at one time served as a Hotel. After being saved from demolition in the 1960’s was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
Clark White Diamond serving up sliders since 1947
When you think sliders, the first name that comes to your mind may be White Castle. What you may not know is that in New Jersey independent slider joints are alive and well.
The Clark White Diamond is one such place. Without the corporate homogenized feel of a White Castle, the Clark White Diamond feels more like a local diner.
Long time customer Bill Schaffer has been going to the White Diamond since 1948. ”it’s like home. I used to walk here from the grammar school.” “There was no houses so we walked through the woods. Hamburgers were 2 for a quarter. We would walk over here for lunch.” Schaffer likes the White Diamond’s menu because it’s “consistent and it’s good”
Schaffer recalls that Jimmy Cox came to New Jersey from North Carolina. “He came up here and built four or five white diamonds and he would take all the boys from North Carolina that were borderline bad boys. He would give them a job. He would give them a place to live. Great man did a lot of good. They were very good people. Then the Collins family took over and they have been here a long time”
Ever wonder what that little shack towards the front of some shopping center parking lot once was? Before the days of one hour photo developing at your local CVS and current day digital photography, there was Fotomat.
Now you can buy your coffee and breakfast from a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru. Back then people could just drive up to their local Fotomat for most their film developing needs. Founded in 1965, it reached its peak in the 1980s. At the time of the circa 1987 video below Fotomat had over 1,700 locations and promoted it’s “Inexpensive same day developing”.
Fotomat kiosks were often found in the parking lots of your local shopping center just as you find Redbox machines in front of your local supermarket nowadays. By the 1990s Fotomat had for the most part disappeared.
Though most of the locations were torn down years ago, a few still stand as reminders of a bygone era.
This Former Fotomat is now a drive-thru watch repair shop located in a shopping center off of Route 9 in Freehold, New Jersey.
This vacant Marlboro location on Route 520 is waiting for a new tenant.
The last freestanding Roy Rogers in New Jersey on US 9 in Pine Beach, NJ
Some Roy Rogers are still open in rest areas on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.
Roy Rogers restaurants were founded in 1968 by Marriott Corporation in cooperation with the famous cowboy star.
In 1990 Marriott sold Roy Rogers to Hardees who wanted to eventually convert the chain to their own banner. When initial conversions proved not to be successful they had to be converted back to Roy Rogers.
By the mid-90s Hardees decided to sell off company-owned Roy Rogers stores to Boston Market, Wendy’s and McDonald’s leaving just franchised stores and highway rest stop locations.