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What Was It Like Eating At Restaurants 50 Years Ago? 70-Cent Meals And Jukeboxes

This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.

Eating out at restaurants was very different compared to how it is today. Every restaurant has their own niche that makes it stand out from others. Or, if we’re lucky, we get to experience vintage, old-fashioned diners that give us just a glimpse into what restaurants were like way back when.

From the food being much cheaper back then to the table checks being written by hand, there was a lot of differences in restaurants back in the day. Do you remember any of these experiences when you went to a restaurant 50 years ago? We bet you do!

1. It was a big deal if you had a telephone at the table

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While dining out with your cell phone right next to you nowadays is considered rude, back in the day, it was pretty awesome if you had telephone access at your table. It was usually a thing at high-end restaurants or VIP diners.

2. Checks for the table were hand-written

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Back in the day, everything was written onto a pad of paper along with the price right next to it and the total below. There are some diners out there that still go by hand-written checks, but they are very few and far between with the rise of the digital age.

3. Drive-ins were becoming increasingly popular

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Drive-ins were becoming popular, which started featuring the first car-side services by “carhop” waiters and waitresses.

4. McDonald’s was on the rise

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The fast-food chain was really on the rise by incorporating some of the newest fads on the market, which included drive-in services. This was also when they began implementing the Big Mac on their menus!

5. Takeout was brand new

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It was not until 1966 that places like KFC began popularizing their takeaway services. Their advertisements for takeaway began saying, “We fix Sunday dinner seven days a week.”

Read onto the NEXT page for more facts about dining out 50 years ago…

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