Yankee Doodle Dandy – They Were More Than Just Hamburgers


I love a good fast food hamburger and I will go out of my way to try one from a chain or independent I have never tried before. So wherever I have lived, I tend to be a connoisseur of the local fast food eateries.

My passion for all things retro crosses over with this when I look for the remnants of chains I never had the opportunity to enjoy. Sometimes you find print material like ads or in some cases commercials that will give you clues as to what sort of stuff they were serving.

Someone mentioned a Chicago area chain to be the other day called Yankee Doodle Dandy that went out of business at some point in the 1980s. I had never heard of them, so I did a quick search and found this gem of a commercial. They have some pretty tasty looking food, but from the way they are trying to show that they are more than hamburgers, I am led to believe that trouble from the larger burger chains might have been putting pressure on them to expand their niche.

Anyone ever eat at one? Was it any good?

“Hey Kid, did you know you could even have the best birthday ever at Yankee Doodle Dandy.”


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8 thoughts on “Yankee Doodle Dandy – They Were More Than Just Hamburgers

  1. Tim says:

    Yankee Doodle was awesome. I lived a block away from one growing up in Des Plaines, Illinois. They were a mix of McDonald’s and Burger King. They flame broiled everything so the burgers had a nice char taste. That location closed in the early 80’s sad to say. If they were around today, Yankee Doodle would be my first choice for fast food.

  2. We had two Yankee Doodle Dandy restaurants near where I grew up. One in Wheaton and one in Glen Ellyn. They were pretty good.

  3. Joe says:

    There was one in downtown Mt Prospect, right on Northwest Highway. I used to talk my mom into taking me there if we were going to the public library.

    Like Tim says, flame-broiled everything, which made it excellent. They also had crinkle-cut fries that were cooked in beef fat (like most fast food places back then) that were amazing.

  4. This was the best place for burgers ,I went as far as to special order a triple burger with extra cheese ,fantastic. .I miss it..any chance of bringing back this restaurant?

  5. As I recall, they had fried chicken, roast beef and burgers. They had a wide range of foods to choose from. I recall thinking that they competed against Arbys with their roast beef, burger king with their burgers and KFC with their chicken.

  6. Joe says:

    Dandy burger was the best. In grade school I cut lawns, shoveled snow and delivered new papers. Me reward
    was riding my bike to get a Dandy burger. I still have mayo on my burgers.

  7. Fernando L Delgado says:

    Had one in my hometown of Waukegan, IL. Loved the Yankee Steak Sandwich and the BBQ chicken. Definately a better choice than McDonalds or Burger King. Burger Chef was also a favorite back then too.

  8. Ryan says:

    We had one in Munster, IN. It closed, I think, in the late 70’s early 80’s. There is a restaurant there now called “Commander Family Restaurant” and it still has a small Yankee Doodle Dandy red, white, and blue sign by the entrance to the parking lot.

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