This week’s idea courtesy of Bob, who originated the Whatever on Bob-Net.
Tell me about five things you liked to eat or drink but can’t because they don’t make them anymore.
1. The McDLT. This was, for quite some time, my flagship fast-food burger. It came in that double polystyrene package with the burger and bottom bun on one side and the top bun with the lettuce and tomatoes and condiments on the other, to keep “the hot side hot and the cool side cool.” This was, of course, environmentally devastating, but we didn’t know everything then that we know now. It was such a good burger. And maybe it was all in my head, but the experience of putting it together yourself really did make it taste better. McDonald’s later tried to replace it with the McLean Deluxe and the Arch Deluxe, but nothing ever matched the McDLT’s greatness. They do have the Big N’ Tasty now, which is good, but it’s just not the same. Not quite. And nothing ever will be.
2. Kroger used to have their generic Big K Cola … with Lime. And it was so good. Now they only have the Lime-flavored cola in Diet. I liked it. I miss it.
3. I know they still exist elsewhere, but I miss having a Boston Market nearby. Good chicken. Good sides. Ooh-la-la.
4. Duffy’s! Duffy’s was a burger joint in downtown New Albany, Indiana. Their burgers were like big White Castles — steamy with lots of onions. Put a little ketchup on there and it was heaven. It’s been closed for a long time.
5. The Royal Burger, from the late, great Druther’s in Corydon, Indiana. My parents got me lots of those on our way home from visiting my grandparents in Ramsey.
You don’t have to do this one if it’s going to make you as sad as it’s made me.
I need a McDLT and a Big K Cola with Lime to wash down my grief.
Oh, wait …