Posts Tagged ‘Family Owned’

McMenamy’s Hamburger House in North Easton, MA has been on of my fave roadside hamburger destinations long before RetroRoadmap was even invented. And since we were just talking about Hilliards Candy further down Route 138, I thought I’d share it with you, so you can eat something savory before getting a sweet treat!

McMenamy's Hamburger House

According to their menu:

The McMenamy family has been providing food in North Easton for over 70 years. Frank McMenamy started his butcher shop in this location in 1954, grinding the leanest, finest beef available. From Frank’s hands to his son-in-law, Al Carter, who started here as a part time cook then taking over the restaurant. He was here for 50 years. Now Al’s son, Steven Carter, keeps the dream alive to produce the same quality hamburgers as the generations before him.

And when they say hamburger HOUSE, they’re not kidding!

McMenamy's Great All Beef Hamburgers

Here’s a peek through the window at the counter where I like to sit and the Retro Roadkids like to spin. The house itself is pretty small, with less than a dozen small tables and few more counter stools than that, but I’ve never had a problem finding somewhere to sit.

McMenamys Hamburgers Hamburger House Photos by Burt Lewis TV Digg ( Photo by Burt Lewis)

For all the years I’ve been going to McMenamy’s the one thing I’m absolutely consistent with is never remembering whether I like the steakburger or the cheeseburger better! I’ve been tolkd that their clam chowder is very good, but when in a burger house, I like to stick with the burgers.

Coca - Cola Menu

Here’s what I got the last time I was there – it’s the plate version, with fries and “salad” tomato and iceberg.


Here’s the “other kind” of burger – RetroRoadsis ordered this one, sans fries and accoutrements, but proclaimed it tasty as could be.

CheeseburgerThe retro roadkids bucked the system, but I’m cool with that. RetroRoadgirl got a hot dog (frankfurter!) on a nicely grilled New England Style roll. Which means the only kind of hot dog roll in my book, always made more delicious with the fact that you can get them buttered and tosted right on the grill. Takes what’s basically a folded up piece of bread and brings it to new heights!

Frankfurter on New England Style Roll (Photo by RetroRoadgirl. Not pictured, RetroRoadboy’s grilled cheese sandwich)

We sat at the counter and were delighted to be able to chat with our waitress, who was darling with the kids, and they loved seeing the cook’s head occasionally poke out of the window below the menu. It was a special treat for the kids to get a tootsie pop after their meal, but to me, a burger at the Hamburger House was treat enough!

McMenamy’s Hamburger House
181 Washington Street
North Easton, MA 02356-1118
(508) 238-9051
Open 11-6:30, closed Sundays.


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When in Columbia PA do yourself a favor and check out Hinkle’s Pharmacy and lunch counter on Locust Street – still family owned and operated since 1893. For a more modern looking surprise, drive just past their big blue awning on the corner of Locust S. 3rd  and check out their mid century modern mosaic on the side of the building!

Hinkle's Pharmacy Columbia PA
OK so you may not need to fill a prescription, but I’m sure there’s something you can find to buy at Hinkle’s!

Need a greeting card? Head to the Thoughtfulness Shop:

Thoughtfulness Shop

How about a box of chocolates? Everybody loves a box of chocolates!

Russell Stover Candies

Or something for the man in your life?

Clubman, Dry Look, Bay Rum( Retro Roadhusband was relieved when I came home with just a can of  shaving cream for him!)

Or, if you are feeling hungry, sit down at the counter and have a snack or a meal. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and specials daily!

Hinkle's Lunch CounterThey also have all your standard health and beauty items, pain relievers, gifts for every occasion, local brand snacks, toys for the kiddies and a bunch more. No excuse not to check out Hinkle’s!

Hinkle’s Pharmacy & Lunch Counter
261 Locust Street
Columbia, PA 17512
(717) 684-2551

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For some reason I love getting oranges right from the grove when we visit Florida. It makes me think of that time not too long ago when you couldn’t get fruit year ’round, and Florida citrus was a special treat- especially in the dead of winter. My favorite orange destination is Nokomis Groves – celebrating their 61st year in business!

Orange Memorabilia

Still family owned and operated, the fact that the store is only open during the season -which appears to be November to April according to the Citrus Calendar -reminds me of the farm stands that crop up (ha!) on the roadsides here in PA during the summer. And we all know that nothing tastes better than fruits and vegetables in season. And this isn’t some slick gift shop, but more like an indoor citrus stand where real work happens just on the other side of the table.

Sorting Stations
We’ve become partial to their honeybells, sometimes called Minneola Tangelos, with their outie belly buttons and their sweet flavor. Our pals T&P always make sure to load up on them before heading back up north!

Taking Some Home (more…)

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It’s easy to rationalize a souvenir purchase when it’s actually something useful, so Retro Roadhusband and I have gotten into the habit of picking up a Tervis Tumbler or two any time we’re in the Osprey FL area. Never heard of a Tervis Tumbler? Well neither had we, until we visited our pals T&P who told us all about these insulated drinking glasses with their HQ right down the road from their Florida place.

Retro Tervis Tumblers(Tervis = the last 3 letters of the 2 inventors’ last names, CotTER and DaVIS)

At first I was dubious about what was so great about these tumblers, but had to admit I liked the almost deco looking concentric ring design and the fact that I could get them with palm trees and flamingos on them (to name but two of their gajillion designs):

Two Tervis Tumblers
It doesn’t hurt that drinking out of our tumblers at home bring us fond memories of sitting outside in T&P’s Florida back yard on a warm morning, drinking fresh squeezed orange juice from the grove down the road, in the middle of what is technically winter.  But here are a few things that I think make Tervis Tumblers noteworthy on the Retro Roadmap scale of coolness:

+ The company has been in business since 1946 and had been owned by the same family since the 1950’s
+ The tumblers are all hand assembled and made in the USA (except for a few emblem designs)
+ They are guaranteed for life- no matter how long you’ve had your tumbler! “Should your Tervis Tumbler become defective in any way, simply send it to Tervis for free replacement, even if it has been over 40 years since you purchased it! No proof of purchase required – If it says Tervis on the bottom, that’s proof enough for us!” what a cool customer friendly policy, huh?
+ Microwave, Freezer & Dishwasher Safe
+ Keeps Hot Drinks Hotter & Cold Drinks Colder Longer

And they also come in Retro Roadmap friendly designs like this:

Tiki Tervis Tumblers (Mai Tai, anyone?)

One last thing of note is that the company headquarters, has  a distinctive entrance that I thought was going to look like a  “Giant Plastic Tumbler”, according to Roadside America . Well I took a drive out there to see this myself, and was a little disappointed that it was not a clear plastic cylinder, but a somewhat conservative looking stucco entrance. I mean c’mon, where’s the straw I was expecting to see sticking out of the top?
Tall Tervis Tumbler

After my initial disappointment at this roadside “programmatic architecture” I realized it kinda reminded me of the Guggenheim Museum, and again had those lovely deco concentric rings that I’m so fond of. And art deco always reminds me of that deco mecca just a few hours away, Miami Beach.

We could buy our tumblers at many a fine retail store, so I’m sure you can check them out near you, but if you’re in the Osprey FL area stop by their company store, and tell ’em Retro Roadmap sentcha!

Tervis Tumblers Factory Store

Tervis Tumbler
928 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 966-2114

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