Saturday, July 25, 2009

Morrison's Cafeteria - A Eulogy


When my parents started packing up our house, and I knew it was for real, we were really moving to Florida, the first positive thought I had about the whole thing was that at least we could eat at Morrison's Cafeteria whenever we wanted.

Before we moved to South Florida, we'd drive down at least once a year. I made the drive down 95 so many times I began to measure our progress towards the Sunshine State by landmarks. There was the bridge tunnel and Aunt Sarah's Pancake House in Virginia where we always stopped for breakfast for dinner. Then there was South of the Border; first the miles of ridiculous neon billboards and then the actual giant sombrero itself. Next came the stench of methane rich swamps and paper mills outside of Savannah, which woke me up in the wee small hours of the morning when everyone else, save whomever was driving that shift, slept though Georgia. Spanish moss appeared, bearding the trees along the highway by the "Welcome to Florida" sign just before Jacksonville. Right after that I'd start to count the armadillos crushed in the highway's shoulders and by then everyone would be blinking awake, wanting coffee, so it would be time to stop at a rest area where we kids would have the first of many freshly squeezed orange juices. My grandfather would sling a red net sack of grapefruits over his shoulder and maybe pick up a Goo-Goo Cluster for later and we'd keep on heading South, almost until the road ended, unless we were lucky enough to be stopping at Disney first, which was rare. We usually made it to Broward County in time for lunch and the first place we'd have to go was Morrison's Cafeteria. We would have been planning this lunch from the time the car pulled out of the driveway, asking one another halfway through North Carolina what we were going to have. I'd pray that when we got there they'd just be pulling a tray of apple dumplings out of the oven. My mother always hoped for chicken and dumplings, but the turkey and dressing was just as good and so was the hand carved roast beef. My sister held a firm commitment to their batter fried shrimp, which she called "skrimp" because she was the littlest. But really, everything at Morrison's was good. You couldn't stick to one favorite.

You'll have to take my word for it though because Morrison's closed in the 90s. Some of them were bought up by the inferior Piccadilly Cafeteria and others were torn down or remodeled into Best Buys or Pier Ones. Many of our favorite Morrison's were in malls which had once thrived; the same types of malls that had had Woolworth's with old fashioned lunch counters right in the stores. These were the malls of my childhood where it always felt so glamorous to stroll over the terrazzo floors, past fountains where people tossed pennies, to shop at J.C. Penney's or Burdines, another Florida institution now history. Burdines always seemed so fancy. When I was little I used to dream about one day buying a prom dress there, straight off the racks of pastel taffeta.

While we usually couldn't afford shopping sprees in high-end department stores, we could always get whatever we wanted at Morrison's. Even if you got everything: desserts, a salad, three sides instead of two with your entree - it never added up to more than about seven dollars a person, if even that. And when you stepped into that cafeteria line and grabbed your tray, still warm and a little damp from the dishwasher, you got the sense that you could have things. Morrison's meant accessible abundance. Plucking plastic wrapped slices of triple-layer coconut cake, monkey dishes of potato salad and jewel-toned cubes of Jell-o off the line made you feel exactly like you'd won a shopping spree on a game show. As I pointed to the crispy, cob shaped sticks of corn bread, the well-done end of the prime rib I wanted and having these things handed to me, with an unquestioning smile by the aproned, hair-netted servers behind the plexi-glass shield guarding the food, I was a young queen. No matter who you were, at Morrison's you were royalty. If you wanted something special, like a breast portion when there were only thighs left, they'd get it for you and actually deliver it to your table when it was ready.

I am lucky to have been underweight until my mid-twenties, when Morrison's finally went under. This way, I never had to worry about calories, fat or carbs as I pushed my tray along the three, parallel metal bars towards the cash register at the end of the line. Desserts were first. I guess they did this to tempt you and to get you to spend more, though desserts were all only about a dollar. Maybe if they put them at the end, people would look at their already loaded trays and opt out, but at the beginning, when you're starving, you're more likely to reach out and grab the first items offered. I never skipped dessert at Morrison's. I lived for their apple dumplings, but their thick, moist slices of cake and hot peach cobbler were just as good. Often I'd agonize over which to choose. Did I want yellow cake with chocolate frosting or that yummy spice cake? And oh my goodness they have blueberry pie today too! A lot of times my mother and I would agree to each get a different dessert so we could split them and try both.

Salads were second, and typical to Southern home cooking, a salad could mean anything as long as it was cold. I stuck with the coleslaw before the line meandered towards the entrees, dished out or sliced by hand. We had several favorites. At one point we went to Morrison's so much that we knew which specials they made on which days of the week. If we felt like fried fish we had to go on Fridays. Saturday afternoons were for fried chicken, which was also good. I was particularly fond of their baked chicken, smothered in an orange-scented gravy that went unbelievably well with Morrison's unrivaled macaroni and cheese. Though I've tried a million recipes, I've never replicated Morrison's perfect combination of soft elbows in mild white sauce hidden under a carpet of browned cheddar. There is nothing better, period. And then, looking down at my tray of frosting, mayonnaise, gravy and cheese, I'd feel suddenly guilty and ask for a dish of stewed green beans just to say I ate my vegetables, but I didn't enjoy them any less. I think they boiled them with ham hocks and lots of black pepper.

Breads were next. Looking back on this, it seems sort of strange to me that once people regularly ate bread with meals. Now, in a carb-phobic world, bread with a meal feels decadent, gluttonous and flat out insane. There was a time though when a meal without bread was unheard of. I certainly didn't skip it at Morrison's where a two-inch thick plank of grilled (on both sides) garlic toast was thirty five cents. It was soaked in salty butter and cooked like a grilled cheese sandwich, minus cheese; crunchy, greasy heaven, especially when you dragged it around your plate, mopping up the citrusy gravy from the baked chicken. But there were steamy, blueberry muffins, corn sticks, parker house rolls dusted with flour and drizzled with melted butter and pillowy slices of warm cinnamon raisin bread too. How could a person choose? It was almost unfair. Luckily, you always knew you could go back soon, tomorrow even if you really wanted to, so you never really felt like you had to miss out on anything. Morrison's wasn't like Christmas, only coming once a year. It made every day into a holiday.

I have so many memories of Morrison's. Even the drink station, where I could hold my amber, plastic cup up to a lever, unleashing an avalanche of crushed ice before serving myself unlimited refills of sweet tea, gave me a thrill. I remember the employees, who worked there for years until they dished out the last dishes of glazed carrots and topped the last slices of rare roast beef with golf-ball shaped potatoes, paprika orange in au jus. After we moved here permanently, we knew them by name. They knew our favorites. They even knew when to wish us a Happy Birthday and they didn't forget. I've always wondered what happened to them and where they went when the building, whose ornate port-de-cochere gave it a wonderful illusion of grandeur, was bulldozed.

I drive by the old location a lot. It's near where the Whole Foods is now. I think there's some kind of electronics store, maybe a jewelers there now. I've never been to any of these places. I've never needed them.

53 comments:

Tamarillicent said...

My family used to go to a place just like that in my hometown in Massachusetts. It was called York Steak House, though. I remember pushing my hot tray along the three railed track thinking it was some sort of maze. I even remember the amber plastic cups! I used to get orange soda in mine because to me it was exotic!

KT said...

This entry made me so hungry and so nostalgic! Thanks for writing it :D

Emily said...

You will be thrilled to know that South of the Border is still there. We just drove out to North Carolina from Texas and it is still tacky as ever.

This post made me very nostalgic for K&W Cafeteria in South Carolina. When I was little and my grandpa was still alive, they rented a condo in South Carolina over the winter and we would always visit for Winter break. It was a wonderful change from Michigan winter to come down and see the ocean and while we were there we always had to eat at K&W at least once.

Thanks for the memories. Great post.

UmmFarouq said...

Just today I commented about the absence of the "cafeteria"-style lunch offerings that I loved as a kid. My picks at Morrison's were usually fried chicken or trout amandine, mac & cheese, some sort of green as you mentioned with hot pepper sauce sprinkled on top, and pecan pie. The counter ladies were always so nice. It was a comforting place, with a quiet dining room. (Piccadilly was inferior!)

Anonymous said...

I was born and raised in Atlanta and ate at Morrison's more times than I can count. Always with Grandaddy and Memaw. When it disapeared they started going to Piccadily. When they wanted more upscale it was Po' Folks. Thanks for the flashback.

Melanie said...

You take something as mundane as a cafeteria and turn it into a magical wonderland. Now that's TALENT.

Thanks for your blog; it helps me make it thru the week!

LegalMist said...

My grandmother & grandfather always took me to Morrison's at least once every time I visited them. I, too, loved the endless delicious selections and the sense that I could fill my tray with whatever I liked best and know that it would all be wonderful, and that my grandparents would never say, "oh, no, that is too expensive."

They truly had the best mac and cheese ever made. I've never been able to find or make any as good as they made.

I was so sad when they closed. None of the other cafeterias were as good, and they were more expensive, besides.

Thanks for the memories.

Signed Elsie said...

I don't know if this is the same franchise as it's a UK site but it has lots of yummy recipes.

http://www.morrisons.co.uk/

Keep up the great posting Wide Lawns.

monica said...

Excellent post, so poetic and nostalgic. There was a place like that up in Erie, PA, called Hoss's. Although it is still open, they remodeled a few years back- DOWNSIZING the 4 bars into one wee thing with some sort of limp salad and psuedo bread pudding. Sadly most places like Morrison's and Hoss's are extinct, or if they exist, not up to par, There is always Ryan's though, Not bad but,,,,
Oh and thank you- You brought up my own memories of traveling to FL from OH. Valdosta, GA was the worst and then the Jesus IS Lord signs came along with orange juice, pecans praline and lizards. My granny stays in New Port Richey as a snow bird. I am so going this Christmas!

Claire said...

I know of two or three Morrison's that became Outback Steakhouses.

I have many family Morrison's memories too. Thanks for heading down memory lane for me.

Anonymous said...

You get your money's worth at Morrison's
There's someone in the kitchen we know we know...

EvylFashionista said...

I grew up in RI and, like Tamarillicent, remember going to York Steak House when I was a kid. My parents and I would go on payday Fridays. Dad would cash his paycheck at Hospital Trust Bank in the mall and afterwards we would have dinner at York. It was always such a treat because, just like you WL, I could get whatever I wanted. Thank you so much for posting about this. It's been ages since I thought about that place, but your post brought all those wonderful family memories rushing back.

Nancy said...

Ah...I remember Morrison's at the Hollywood Mall in Broward County. You describe it perfectly. It was demolished and now a Target is there.

Another era gone bye.

Anonymous said...

Morrison's brings back lovely memories of my youth. It's been 20 years since I set foot in S. FL and I'm sad to hear that Morrison's is no more.

My favorite was the roast turkey with dressing and those fluffy mashed potatoes & gravy.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

~Maureen~

Matt said...

Thanks! That really brought back some childhood memories for me. Whenever we went to St Louis during the summer we would go to Grone's Cafeteria where my grandfather ran the carving station from the war until he passed in 1984. It was always fun to go and do exactly what you described and we always looked forward to it.

Missicat said...

Aunt Sarah's Pancake House!! I lived on the other side of the 301 bridge in MD for a while, used to pass that on the way down to the Outer Banks. Never got to stop there...wah.

Claudia said...

Wow. You totally took me back with that. I could actually see the macaroni and cheese as you described it. We went to the one in International Mall. Ah memories.

rckstarchk said...

I used to go with my parents just about every Friday to Morrison's. My fav was the Salisbury Steak. We would always go early so my mom could be home in time to watch Dallas, which started at 8:00. I don't know what became of the building after they closed it down. Thanks for the great memory.

Miss Kitty said...

Damn. Now you've got me missing Morrison's, too. Ahhh, that coconut cream pie. *sniffle*

And a big YAY! for South of the Border. That wonderful Mecca of tackiness was my sister's and my favorite place to stop on South Carolina road trips with our dad. How he stood the place, I'll never know.

Anonymous said...

Did you ever go to the Sweden House in S FL? I think it was a notch up from Morrison's..

Whiskeymarie said...

Mmmm...I love this post.

Old-school cafeteria-style places are the best, yet sadly there aren't many left that do it RIGHT.
Now I want roast turkey & macaroni and cheese.

Heather said...

My family went to Morrison's for my birthday one year when I was a kid (in a mall that I am sure has failed by now, on the outskirts of Charlotte, NC) and I was giddy over the fact that one poor soul's job was to ask every single person who entered the line, "May I serve you bread?" in her deep drawl.

Sarah663 said...

gawd, you just brought back my whole childhood! This was my grandpa's favorite place to go when he came to visit us. I always got the fried chicken (that big quarter of a chicken sitting on your plate) Jello salad, macaroni and cheese, and cream pie. Yum yum!! I would love some of their mac-n-cheese right now!

redb said...

I just got back from visiting my mom in Mississippi and one of my favorite things about the drive is reading out loud the South of the Border signs. I'm sure my husband thinks it's just as funny as I do! *coughcough*

My absolute favorite signs are the ones for the Cafe Risque. Who doesn't want their food served by a topless waitress? (Yes I think that's the most disgusting thing ever.)

Great post, I never had a cafeteria type place growing up but I still remember the crispy hamburger buns at the Woolworths counter. Nothing better.

Mary said...

I lived in Central and South Florida for Fifty years and Morrison's was always a favorite. From the time I was old enough to be taken out to eat, my family went to Morrison's. I haven't travelled the world but have been in most of the continental US and either menu or taste-wise, there are no competitors. Too bad. Picadilly was a later-day competitor that eventually bought Morrison's, but neither its menu or food compares with the restaurant it acquired. No other cafeteria or buffet restaurant has the quality of food that was found in Morrison's. No one makes chicken and dumplings like Morrison's and their broiled chicken was second to none. Their roast beef was always succulent and the vegetables were never over-cooked. Can you imagine broccoli and cabbage at any current buffet or cafeteria that isn't so overcooked as to make it inedble? I returned to Florida for a visit after having moved away and was devastated to find that Morrison's no longer existed. What a loss!

Anonymous said...

Just to let you know that I had an unexpected surprise last month when I was in Charlotte NC.at the Carolina Medical Center for my second grandchilds birth. Morrisons Cafeteria still exists as one of the food choices there. In fact it had the metal rails too. The only difference was less choices much smaller. I found this out by speaking to one of the cashiers and she told me they were her employer. Don't know if there are still more hidden elsewhere. Tried to find a website and found yours instead.

jetaylor said...

Wonderful memories! In the 1950's my family lived in Luling, LA, and drove often to New Orleans, stopping at Morrison's for lunch. We kids couldn't have just anything - the rule was you had to eat all of whatever you picked. Sometimes our eyes wer bigger than our tummies. With grandkids that age, I now live in Baton Rouge, home of the inferior, but pretty darned good, Piccadilly chain. Can't get enough of their boiled cabbage, red beans, and "Mexican" cornbread.

Anonymous said...

There was nothing better than a Morrison's lunch or dinner. You couldn't have described it any better. I miss the homemade pies! You can't get anything like it in a restaurant now. There is still a Morrisons Cafeteria open in Mobile Alabama in the Springdale Plaza. It was the mother ship of the Morrisons and was left open. I don't know how good the food is now we live in NC and don't make it.

Anonymous said...

When Picadilly bought Morrison's
Cafeteria Chain, they not only ruined the food, but also the old Morrison's employees. I believe there is still one Cafateria in Mobile, AL that is still called Morrison's. There will never be another like the old Morrison's where all recipe's were made from scratch.

Anonymous said...

The original Morrison's Cafeteria is open in Mobile, AL. It's the only one that wasn't closed or sold to Piccadilly.

Anonymous said...

I worked as a manager with Morrison"s Cafeteria for 5 wonderful years in Flordia and Norht Carolina. I still dream about it and I mean good dreams.
I miss the food and the wonderful staffs thatI worked with in various locations. Good Old Days...

fiestyfelix said...

I have to jump in. I miss the chicken tampico, mac and cheese, fudge pie, and mexican corn bread. On the day I got married, my mother and I went to the one at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga Tn. to have my "last meal" as a single girl. We had been there so many times. It was special. I had the fried chicken breast, mashed potatoes with gravy, mac-n-cheese, a dinner roll (the one with flour and butter on top), and fudge pie for dessert. Sweet tea to drink. It was perfect. Oh, sweet memories. And yes Piccadilly sucks.

Anonymous said...

We have a new hospital about to open in Harrisonburg, Va and in talking to one of the hospital employees was told that Morrisons will be the food service provider that she will be working for when it opens in mid June. I am sure as a health facility, the calories have been toned down but I am sure it is still good food. But!! I dont' want to make my reaquaintance the hard way. Smile.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I was just telling my 10 year-old about Morrison's and decided to go internet hunting for their Macaroni and Cheese recipe. So sad Morrison's is not longer. My favorite meal: the roast beef, macaroni and cheese, green beans, chocolate pie, corn stick and iced tea. Although the fish almondine was pretty darn good... so was the turkey and dressing, oh wait, how about.. you get the picture. Nothing better!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I got so into this that I came up with a couple of my own memories. I live in florida and Morrisons was an after church treat on Sundays. And other than all those delicious things to eat the Sweet Potato Pie was the best in the world. Since they closed I have been looking for that recipe everywhere. Infact here I am finding this eulogy 4 days befor christmas in search of that recipe once again trying to bring back those good old days of family get togethers and ending it with a piece of morrison's pie.... We cant go back but where ever that recipe is it sure would do us all good to sit back and have a slice to remember thos days.

Joan said...

Had lunch at Morrison's today in Mobile, Alabama - liver and onions, carrot soufflé, green beans and, of course, macaroni and cheese. Got liver although the fish almandine looked yummy. Anyone longing for the simple life of the past should come on down (or up) and eat at Morrison's - or you can wander to the other mall across the street and eat at Picadilly's.

Derrick said...

And I thought I was the only one that had such memories at Morrison's. My favorite location was in Sarasota, Florida, at the Sarasota Square Mall. We vacationed from NC there each summer, and eating at Morrison's was such a great time. Now when I walk by where it used to be in that mall, I get a very sad feeling. I got the shrimp coctail, Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, and the BEST Apple Dumpling in the world for dessert. Does anyone know where I can find that recipe?

Anonymous said...

I was just telling my husband about Morrison's last night! He only go to eat at one once, right after we moved to Nothern VA in the mid-80's...we were driving to VA Beach and ate at one off the highway. The fried shrimp were still pretty good.
The Morrison's of my childhood was in South Pasadena, FL. I can still see those corn sticks, the carrot salad, those SHRIMP (or trout almondine), the green beans, the macaroni and cheese...I am not sure dessert was my favorite. I remember coconut cream pie and banana pudding (or was it pie?) and once, beign disappointed by Boston cream pie. All that food is all gone down there. And here, too, in Northern Virginia.
Thanks for writing this and letting me comment.

Ray said...

Thanks for the memories. We used to eat at Morrison's all the time, in Chattanooga or Knoxville TN. I would love a big dish of their macaroni & Cheese. Morrison's Cafeteria, the only place to eat!

Anonymous said...

I recently had two meals at the original and only remaining Morrisons(in Mobile), and it was as good as ever. Many of the same employees are still there today and even though piccadilly owns this store, it's the only one where piccadilly allows things to be done like they always were in Morrisons ways. It is my understanding that this store grosses more than any single piccadilly store. I hate piccadilly so much that I couldn't even capitalize it.

Anonymous said...

I was a manager at morrison in new orleans.we had the best food ,best employees in the food business.i worked from louiville,ky. to new orleans. i just lost one of my waiters.MR. ACE WALKER,He waited on guest for 45 years.I would like to get all the the employees that worked for Morrison togethher. i would like to say Morrison was the best company that i ever worked with.I still have a lot of the recepies in my head. thanks for the comments.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a wonderful post. Unsuccessfully I was searching for the Morrison's cafeteria carrot & raisin salad recipe (sweet dressing, plump sultanas and celery slices in oodles of shredded carrot); instead I found this. Your description makes it tangible, as with my trips to Fla from age 4 yrs (I'm now 34), The welcome sign at Jackonsville, and the shiny terrazzo floored-shopping malls with their fountains and music.

Choosing desssert first was the toughest - you got me thinking of the pumpkin pie, the gorgeous custard pie (whether to have with/without shredded cocoanut on top). The sweet as anything warm miniature beets in syrupy goodness with my 2-piece white fried chicken and mac & cheese. The blue-plate specials. The starlight mint, (or, for a real treat) a 5cent York peppermint pattie at the cash register, before leaving and being allowed a precious hour before mall closing time at 9 to clip clop in sandals over the polished floors of Maas Brothers, JCPenney, the musical box store... the year-round Christmas Shoppe, and Davidson's Drugs for gifts & postcards.

Anonymous said...

Being born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Morrison's was one of the places that the family would frequent for dinner. So much to choose from and at a price that was affordable! Mac & cheese always made it to my tray. Another great cafeteria of the past was located on the second floor of the Belk's Department Store in Southpark Mall. Sadly, it, too, has closed. It was always a huge treat to go shopping then top it of with a trip to the Belk's Cafeteria. The desserts were amazing. My grandmother's fav was the S & W Cafeteria in Charlotte. My dad was in a nursing home last year and the food was catered by Morrison's. Of course, it wasn't quite the same but still pretty good. Today, in Cary, NC there is a J & S Cafeteria that is still pretty good. The chicken and dressing is awesome, the mac & cheese is pretty good, but the best thing there is the Buttered Coconut Pie. It is off the charts! Try it is you're in the neighborhood.

Dave said...

Today I'm thinking of Morrison's because it's almost Thanksgiving. For years I had lunch at Morrison's (WPB), but Thanksgiving was extra special - the day they went all out. Like a hundred angels in the kitchen till everything came out perfect.

(And I haven't had a decent meal since!)

On the oft chance a man named "Penny" is reading this, you were the best manager Morrison's had. We often shared notes about the business (I managed a popular steak house in the area) - and I must say that I learned a thing or two during those conversations. I enjoyed your intelligence, your friendship, and your cafeteria.

Sadly, that now seems ages ago. And a fond farewell to Morrison's.

Chris said...

As a kid growing up in central Florida, dinner on Sundays, and the occasional holiday was often at Morrison's. The day after my 16th birthday I applied for a job there and got hired on the spot. My first responsibility was the bread station. I don't think I had ever stood in one place for that long before. Four hours with a 5 minute break about half-way through. It sucked out loud.

I worked there off-and-on for the next 3 1/2 years in a variety of posts. Drink station, dish washer, line runner, store room, bread baker, etc. It was an interesting job with a lot of interesting people that took several years of separation to really begin to appreciate.

One of the job's greatest perks was easy access to the best mac & cheese ever. Morrison's had a ton of great dishes, but it's their unparalleled baked macaroni and cheese that everyone remembers best and still pines for. Though I never made it myself, as a store room clerk I put the parts together for the chef more times than I care to remember.

10# cheese
10# macaroni
1/4# powdered milk
1# oleo margarine

Nothing fancy that I recall. No eggs, no bread crumbs, no paprika, and certainly no hot sauce. Unless the chef kept his own secret stash of stuff (which was highly unlikely), it was just those four ingredients.

This is the closest recipe I've found so far on the web.

Oven Baked Mac & Cheese

Just need to add an extra cup or so of cheese for the top.

I had lost that link when my computer died a few weeks ago and was looking for it when I found this gem of an article. Thanks for sparking some old memories.

mindj said...

Thanks for the memories! It brought back memories of eating at Morrison's as a child and also of dressing up to ride the bus downtown to shop and then order the hamburger basket at the lunch counter in Woolworth's. This was a special treat for me and my little sister. I haven't thought about that in years.

Karen Symes said...

I can close my eyes and see myself, my husband and three children standing in the line at Morrison's. My kids would have roast beef and both sides were mashed potatoes and jello for dessert. They couldn't eat the jello until all their food was gone. We ate there every Sunday afternoon. I live in Australia now and there is not anything like that here. I miss the food in the States and those great places where eating out was a night to be injoyed by by the whole family.

Anonymous said...

This IS a comment on our times. The many things that those of us in our 50s or older remember from childhood are long gone along with reading the bible in public school. Someone will ask how could I equate such diverse concepts as Morrisons Cafeteria and God in public school. Well, for those who know and understand, there is no need to go further, it's like an ESP between us, we were there and know how much better life was for us when things were right. For the others, shaking your head at me, in disdain, I really feel sorry for you. You are incomplete and never will be whole.

Anonymous said...

As a kid growing up in Tallahassee, Fl,we would go to morrisons every thursday after mom had her hair done. My daddy always made me get a childs plate. But the food was the Best!! Mac and cheese was my fav just like most people. When mom and I moved to Atlanta, there was a Morrisons near the airport. No matter which Morrisons you went to, the food was always wonderful. And in tallahassee, the bathroom was down a curved set of stairs. Miss Morrisons....

Anonymous said...

I worked at a Morrisons Cafe in southern Indiana In the late 80's & the food was awesome!! So many people miss that place. It was always good & always busy. Piccadillys bought it & thenCLOSED it. It never became a Piccadilly . Now an old navy takes up that space in the mall. Once I asked the head cook Johnny what his secret was & he said he put all his love in the food! :) he was a cook I the army. Some of my favs were the carrot & raisen salad, the seven layer salad. Boston cream pie, sweet potatoe pie, coconut cream pie, chocolate cream pie.. Roast beef with new potatoes fried chicken, of course the Mac n cheese, Mexican corn bread, batter fried shrimp...I'm hungry!!

Carl Veal said...

is this the same morrisons bros cafeteria chain that i worked at in 70's--if so i worked at the one on I-85 in commerce ga.--great food --i was line a line server--the best dish i loved was the veal smothered in sauce and topped with meltrd cheddar cheese with yellow rice--it was great--can anyone get that recipe

Ray Lance said...

Morrison's had the best food in the world.The mac & cheese and the fudge pie. I always visited the one at Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, TN.

Maril1130 said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful description of Morrisons Cafeteria. I worked there when I was 16/17 about 38 years ago in Largo Florida. We had waiters back then that delivered your trays to the tables and removed each item from the tray and made sure you were all set. They made good tips too! I miss those guys. And I miss the cafeteria.. I was fortunate to get a job(In Illinois) for an office building of 800 people that had a cafeteria and it was owned by Morrison's Hospitality Group!!! I was so excited 'cause that was 20 years after my first experience with them. It was a great Company to work for.

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