Things to eat that never should have gone away
Over the course of my life there have been various food products that I grew to love. Things I spent good money on. Things I supported with real cash. Things that aren’t made anymore. Dang it.
In no particular order, here is a list of things I really wish would come back.
1. Tuna Twist -
Let’s start with a biggie. Tuna Twist was a box of dried seasonings and veggies and who knows what that you would mix with a can of tuna and create the fastest serving of wonderful tuna salad you ever saw. “I’m Sir Celery. I’m Miss Parsley. We’re the Onion Twins. Oh, Tuna Twist, Tuna Twist, fresh from the garden.” You remember. It was thirty years ago but it was great.
2. Hillshire Farm’s Beef Hot Links (this one is so long gone I can’t even find a photo of it) – I know they still make the stuff, but they changed it. I used to be able to buy these hot links at a meat market in ten pound bags. You could grill these guys up and slap them in a bun and there was nothing better on Earth. Then they changed the recipe and now they are just OK. I have tried about a dozen hot links from other manufacturers and none of them are the same as the original Hillshire Farm’s version. I’m still pissed.
3. Roman Meal Honey Split Top Bread -
I live in Dallas and this is the greatest tasting bread ever and many years ago they stopped making it in our area. In fact they stopped making it in our state. Wait a minute, now they don’t make it anywhere. Dang it! This stuff was cut thick, slightly sweet, dense, and wonderful. Kelly introduced me to the stuff. As they say, first taste is free…
4. The Jack-in-the-Box Chicken Supreme Sandwich -
Man do I miss this guy. Deep fried chicken patty between two slices of cheese, slice of tomato, lettuce, mayo and a whole wheat bun. I once heard it said that the popularity of the Chicken Supreme sandwich was what saved Jack-in-the-Box from financial ruin in the 1980’s. I would buy one or two of these every time I left A&M to drive home. Nothing JB has ever made before or since beats it. The Jack Burrito almost made the list but it will have to wait for another day.
5. All the food joints at A&M that are now gone – This is a long list. From 1978 to 1982 we were blessed by the absence of big city chain restaurants who eventually showed up and drove all the local joints out of business. Places like Tinsleys (fantastic fried chicken), Peppers (amazing burgers and even better fries), Danvers (first burger joint where you could substitute a salad bar for fries), Youngbloods (home of the Aggie Special Chicken Friend Steak to die for), Farmer’s Market (lovely little sub shop right across the street from the campus), The Underground Burger (sold at the Sbisa Underground, which is still there but the burger isn’t). The Underground Burger was Beef, Canadian Bacon, Swiss Cheese, and heaven. The Commons Cafeteria (yes, this school cafeteria was amazing with all you can eat pizza, hamburgers, subs, and salad bar), and Fort Shiloh (western themed steak house with good steaks and a great salad bar). My wife and I ate our way through college here and all of them are now gone.
6. The Chili’s Terlingua Pride and the Rojo Burger – I know you can kind of make them if you try but why bother these days? The Terlingua Pride was a chili burger with tomato, lettuce, pickles and onions (both of which I left off) and mustard. I probably ate my body weight in those over a ten-year period starting in the late 1970’s. The Rojo Burger was a simple burger with BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles. You now know what my wife and I ordered at Chili’s for about 15 years.
I’m pretty sure I could think of a few more and I may update this list at a later date but as for this is a good start.
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