End of ADS-L Digest - 22 Nov 1995 to 23 Nov 1995 ************************************************ There are 3 messages totalling 82 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. The Automat 2. AUTOMAT (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 23 Nov 1995 23:49:41 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: The Automat Growing up in the New York of the 'Fifties, I took pride in all those Horn & Hardart's Automats, even if the former was not an actual relation. Nickels only, as I recall. I was especially fond of the pot pies, the franks and beans, the fruit pies, and the way the whole glass and metal swivel contraption worked when you put those nickels in... I also recall the rumor that Philadelphia not only had their own Automats (as Ron Rabin confirms), but that theirs may have been first. I have no idea whether that was true. It was sad indeed to see them close their doors, one by one. As to Russell King's parenthetical comment-- >(And then there are the Korean delis which offer a slightly more >noodle-oriented version of Ponderosa's hot food bar except you pay by >the ounce instead of a set price -- a system that falls outside either >"cafeteria" or "buffet" in my language.) --I've seen them in New York called buffets; I'm not sure why the term wouldn't fit, however the price is determined. They're definitely not cafeterias in my lexicon. Delis, maybe. (There's also a nice Mongolian buffet near Grand Central, somewhere around 44th if anyone wants to do field work.) Larry