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View Poll Results: Which was the best?
Woolworth’s 23 82.14%
K-Mart 5 17.86%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-01-2024, 07:56 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I said K-Mart only because I don't remember ever eating at a Woolworth's lunch counter when I was a kid.


I ate at a Woolworth's counter a number of times when I was a kid and it was pretty good, never saw a K-Mart Cafe but my favorite was always the Horn & Hardart Automat.
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Old 03-01-2024, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Woolworth's used to have ballons you could pick, to get a discount on a banana split or black cow float (aka root beer float). Inside the balloon was a price from 1-55 cents or 1-45 cents. 55 cents and 45 cents being the regular price for banana split and root beer float, respectively. I thought I was really lucky because on 2 occasions I got the 1 cent prize (one of each).

We didn't have a K-Mart near us where I grew up (suburban Essex County NJ) so I only visited their restaurant as an adult. Not as impressive as when you're a kid winning prizes!
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Old 03-01-2024, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Why would someone start a poll on this? Neither have been around for many, many years.
Because it's fun reminiscing about the old days
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Old 03-01-2024, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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My mom remembers barrels of potato chips, you would scoop them into a brown bag. Not sure if they weighed it. My mom and her friend would get the chips and the bag was soaked in grease. I remember when I was 2 and I sat on the horse outside wool worth's and my Grandma would put a dime in and it would rock back and forth. I have a picture somewhere of that. The last thing I ate at wool worth's before they closed on LI in the early 1990's was a cheeseburger and fries.
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Old 03-01-2024, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I said Woolworths, but we also had Grants and Kresge’s. All had yummy lunch counters.
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Old 03-01-2024, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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Woolworth's lunch counters I recall were pretty much basic burgers, sandwiches, and ice cream. Kmart where I grew up had a full meal cafeteria. Couple choices of meats/chicken, 3-4 vegetables, salad, and desert.
Woolworths had the old timey soda fountain ice cream confections - shakes, malteds, floats, sundaes and banana splits, plus they had a slice of pie or cake... savory things were like burgers, grilled cheese, tuna sandwich, egg salad sandwich, BLT sandwich, simple chicken, turkey or meat loaf hot plates with mashed potato and steamed veggie sides... the offerings were similar to the food at an old timey diner plus an old timey soda fountain. It was simple food, but decent and affordable.
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Old 03-01-2024, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Woolworth's lunch counters I recall were pretty much basic burgers, sandwiches, and ice cream. Kmart where I grew up had a full meal cafeteria. Couple choices of meats/chicken, 3-4 vegetables, salad, and desert.
Burger, fries, and ice cream. What more does a kid need?
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Old 03-01-2024, 02:50 PM
 
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Why would someone start a poll on this? Neither have been around for many, many years.
2022 is not thast many years, is it?
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Old 03-01-2024, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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I used to work next to a Woolworths in downtown San Francisco, and I visited K Marts, but I don't think I ever ate at either.
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Old 03-01-2024, 03:57 PM
 
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They're already on Reddit. That's why most everyone here is of a certain age.
Interesting how these sites/platforms shift in membership. I was a member here in the early years of CD when I was young, like pre-2010, and it didn't seem like an 'old people' site. I doubt Reddit even existed back then, and MySpace was where it was at.
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