The unique taste that disappeared from Michigan forever

When I was a kid and lived near downtown Flint, my grandparents would drive from Swartz Creek to pick me up and my brother and take us to church with them.

Sunday was usually the only day of the week that we could eat out. Often we went to KFC or McDonald’s, but my favorite times were when we went to Arthur Treacher.

At the height of its popularity in the late 1970s, Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips had over 800 locations nationwide, including one on East Michigan Avenue in Lansing.

via YouTube (Route of Remembrance)

via YouTube (Route of Remembrance)

The mere smell in the air entering the parking lot at the time made me smile. If the breeze was just blowing, you would detect it much sooner. We didn’t order individual meals; we had plenty for the whole family. The cod fillets were lightly breaded and had a crispy crunch unlike anything we’ve ever had at home. The fries seemed more potatoes. I may not have been a big fan of veggies as a kid, but I did love Arthur Treacher’s coleslaw.

Unfortunately, my children may never experience the same pleasure.

According to Kiplinger, the chain ultimately fell victim to soaring cod prices and changing consumer tastes. Individual locations began to close one by one, until very few remained. Today, there is only one independent Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips location left in the United States – if you find yourself in the northern Akron suburb of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, visit you service and stop.

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