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legsdiamond12 | Mar 29, 201509:22 AM

Came across a discussion on another board about Cracker Barrel (which I've never tried) which got me to thinking about my childhood in the late 60's/early 70's. We used to drive from NJ down to Florida and one of the few respites we kids in the back seat got (apart from the "South of the Border" signs) was an occasional stop at a Stuckey's, a chain which seemed to extend all along Rt 95. Not a restaurant, as such, but I think my father was able to gas up the car, rest rooms were available (if I remember right), and we kids could buy candy, drinks and toys. I remember they sold a pecan log, a cold "coconut milk" drink that I loved (I'm sure it was more sugar and flavorings than it was actual coconut, but maybe I'm wrong), and toys/trinkets (I'm remembering in particular a cheap puzzle game based on the "Courageous Cat" cartoon that I always wanted to buy but never did-- I guess that's what ebay's for). Do they still exist? Were they ever any good, or am I looking back at them through a child's "rose colored glasses" version of memory? Did they serve any other food besides candy?

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