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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3 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. 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.

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