Even though my favorite sandwich was and is the classic Philadelphia cheese steak, I used to really like the Arby's steak sandwich. And the barbeque sauce Arby's had was fantastic. Every time I entered Arby's and saw the large chunk of meat roasting, I would start salivating. Agda and I got married in Santa Monica City Hall many years ago and afterwards she, I and Sergio, Agda's brother, who was our Best Man, took my jeep for service at the Toyota place in Santa Monica and went across the street to Arby's for our honeymoon lunch. Those were the days!
And growing up in Upper Darby, a suburb of Philadelphia, I loved going to the pre-MacDonald White Castle at 69th St. for their tiny little burgers. You could eat 5-10 of them and not get filled up.
But then the unthinkable happened - Arby's stopped using real meat and (I think) began using "pink slime" molded to look like real meat. And White Castles essentially disappeared and their tiny little burgers became known as "sliders", which are these days available at every bar for Happy Hour. What an ugly word for a divine little hamburger.
But all was not lost - the Arby's barbeque sauce has remained! And so did the only thing I like at MacDonald's - the HiC orange drink. And the White Castle restaurant was immortalized in the 2004 mind-bending movie, "Howard and Kumar go to White Castle".
Yes, those were the days!