Food of the Seventies, Sandy's Hamburgers

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This was a hamburger place back in the '60's that was headquartered in the midwest. They were a lot like McDonald's, only better, we used to go to one in Tucson, AZ and it was my favourite place as a kid. They had a dancing Scottish girl as their logo on their signs. Their motto was "Come as you are". Hardees bought them out in the early to mid '70's and shut them down, what a shame as they were better than McDonald's.
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Vicki - November 06, 2009 - Report this comment
They had the best tenderloins!!!! they were huge!
Lori - January 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Sandy's had the best milkshakes! Those kind that you can't get up the straw!
Sharon - March 06, 2012 - Report this comment
There was a Sandy's in Evansville, IN - my babysitter used to drive me down to it in her '67 Ford Mustang convertible - Sandy's had the BEST French fries!
Rob Lambert - March 16, 2012 - Report this comment
My hometown (Racine, WI) had a SANDY's drive-in restaurant, where Hwy 20 intersected Hwy 31. This Sandy's opened in 1965 and closed in 1972. It was demolished and replaced by a Hardees the following year. This SANDY's had limited indoor seating. It was small, and most customers preferred to eat in their cars. SANDY's mascot was a Scottish woman sporting a plaid beret. Their slogan was, "Come As You Are...Hungry!" We dined there seldomly, but I do recall it. Food was a little pricey, but a step above McDonald's.
Roger Strout - July 23, 2012 - Report this comment
My future wife and I spent a lot of time just setting in the parking lot of the Sandy's in Lawrence Kansas having a burger, frys, and a soft drink while making future plans for after we got married. We have been married for 44 years, and Sandy's was a large part of it. The burgers were great.
Drew Elsner - November 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I was an assistant manager at sandys in St. Louis, Mo. before Hardees swallowed them up !
Keith Mays - April 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Evansville, IN Lived there in my early years in the 60's! I think we went there the week they opened! Sandy's was always great to go have a burger, shake and fries! Thinking of how good they were back in the day! I was wondering if they were still around! Thanks for the info!
Beth Jones - June 06, 2013 - Report this comment
They started in central IL - Peoria and Decatur. Their fries blew McDonald's away. I always thought McDonald's shut 'em down or bought 'em out, but they were bought and merged into Hardee's - real shame. Sandy's and Dog n'Suds - that was good, fun fast food!
Cea - June 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember Sandy's. My father use to walk late at night and get us all some tenderloins and burgers. Those days were awesome. You could walk late at night and now worry.
Bruce Whitney - July 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I wroked at Sandy's East in Decatur, IL. during my High Schools days ... and loved it. I remember making up the Big Scott sauce and tarter sauce for the fish sandwich. I loved the Big Scott it puts the Big Mac to shame. The cabbage was the difference it gave it a crunch. Then I remember the HiLo .. two patties and a piece of cheese. I worked there for about 4 years !!!
Jim Christie - September 02, 2013 - Report this comment
I worked at Sandy's West in Decatur in the mid 70's. Yes Bruce-I remember making the Big Scot sauce too-in a garbage can!
Bonnie D - October 22, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved that sauce. What's the recipe???
Diane DM - December 13, 2013 - Report this comment
Jim Christie and Bonnie D. Do you remember the recipe for the Big Scott sauce? I would love to make Big Scott's at home. Thanks!
Kenneth E. Rgaes Jr - March 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked at Sandy'd in decatur il . i started when i was 15 and worked until i was 19 02 20. it was a great time i remember george rother who hired me and i meet "buc" nickname of one the founders
Don born - July 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked there in the early 70s,met my wife there,we have been married 42yrs. Loved that place, wish it would come back. Remember the super Scott? Worked there on Good Friday in 1971 and we sold fish sandwiches for 4 for 1 dollar,we were packed
Erica - October 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I lived in Kankakee from 1968 to 1971 and everyone I knew loved the big Scott burgers. Does anyone know the recipe for that sweet yellow sauce and chopped cabbage goop they slathered on top? Anyone? Please?
Leslie Owen - January 29, 2015 - Report this comment
So the Big Scott burgers were what compared to the Big Macs. I seem to have like it better.
Roy S - May 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I worked in one in Cedar Rapids. That Big Scott sauce reminds me of thousand Island dressing or some what. I think it was the only quick food place that had pork tenderloins.Hardies came in and bought them all out around here. Sad day!!
Tom Olejniczak - August 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Erica, are you still 'lurking'? I put my sweet leaning, homemade cole-slaw on burgers and it tastes and feels very much like the Big Scott! It's just shredded cabbage, Miracle Whip, a little granulated sugar and a dash of vinegar. Stir together until well-mixed and you're good to go!
Roger Knapp - September 13, 2015 - Report this comment
If I remember correctly, Big Scot sauce had mayo, mustard, sugar, sweet pickle relish, finely chopped onions. From Cedar Rapids Sandy's West, 1970!
Kat Schneider-Clark - October 05, 2015 - Report this comment
We had one in St. Louis that I just loved as a child! Almost every Saturday, I would make my Mom take me there on the way home from swimming lessons at the YMCA. :-)
Greg - October 14, 2015 - Report this comment
U of A student 1969, Sandy's was just down the street, and great fast food.
John F. - October 09, 2016 - Report this comment
I remember walking to Sandy's in Topeka, near Washburn University, with my childhood friend, getting whatever we could afford for a couple of bucks. I recall when they were bought out by Hardee's. There is still an original Sandy's "Shell" of a building in West Central Topeka on 17th Street, just west of Fairlawn, near the Taco-Tico. It was a "Cat Rescue shelter" for a long, long time. The building was still there as of late 2015, looking for a new tenant, as I recall. You could see the plaid markings on the exterior tiles.
Greg G. - November 30, 2016 - Report this comment
Roger Knapp you are correct on the Big Scot sauce. I worked at Sandy's West of Decatur, IL in the middle 1970's. Did short stints at the East and North stores. West and East stores anchored the two ends for the cruising crowd on Eldorado in Decatur. The West store also did ice cream. Cones, sundaes, splits, and dipped cones.
Lee G - March 29, 2017 - Report this comment
I worked at a Sandy's in Rochester MN. Big Scot Sauce: 1 quart real Mayonnaise; 3/4 cup Sugar; 1/8 cup Mustard; 1 pint Sweet Relish and 1 cup dehydrated chopped onions. The dehydrated onions are key as they set the sauce consistency so it was thick. Be sure to use chopped/shredded cabbage and amarican cheese! This is 1/8th the original recipe...enjoy!!
Rick S - April 03, 2017 - Report this comment
Miss the Sandy's in Ft Worth. Nothing compares to the Big Scott. Not the Bonus Jack and not the Big Mac. NOTHING! Did I mention that I miss Sandy's?
Paul Beachman - April 21, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember the Sandy's in Wantagh, NY after a day of fishing. In addition to the amazing burgers and fries that were made and wrapped like McDonalds, they offered zeppolas and pizza burgers. Great stuff!
Frank K. - July 01, 2017 - Report this comment
Ditto the comment about Sandy's in Wantagh, NY by Merrick Rd. I absolutely loved those Zeppolas. A find memory from 40 years ago coming back from the beach or fishing.
Larry - July 17, 2017 - Report this comment
BEST french fries ever! What I wouldn't give to have a sack of them again. Any trip to Rochester MN wasn't complete without a stop there.
Helen R - July 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Double ditto about the Wantagh Ny comment! I grew up there. My Dad would stop there after a day at Jones Beach with the family. It was Wantagh's "All American"
Howard R - July 25, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember the Sandy's in St. Paul fondly from the 60's when I was quite young. They were so much better and more flavorful than McDonald's burgers. It the only burger place that could lure me away from White Castle sliders, mainly because their fries were so much better.
Dena E - August 02, 2017 - Report this comment
Born and raised in Peoria, Il. Every Friday night after grocery shopping at Kroger with mom we stopped at Sandy's to take home. I remember being the baby of the family and couldn't wait till I was old enough to get the Big Scott like my two big brothers. They were awesome! I remember them being on prospect Rd.
Ed H - August 02, 2017 - Report this comment
Worked at Sandy's in Decatur IL in the early 60s. 15 cent burgers and 10 cent fries when I started. I grabbed the sauce recipe from the post above. Since I worked the grill and handled the fries, I always loved making a personal 3-patty Hi-Lo burger.
DG Anderson - December 01, 2017 - Report this comment
Went to a couple in Peoria, IL all the time as a kid and teen - does anyone remember their Hi-Lo burger? It was my favorite and I just can't remember what kind of cheese it had on it - best burger around!
Daniel H - December 15, 2017 - Report this comment
Loved the Sandy's in Duluth, MN. For Lee G:. Tried the recipe, very good although relish a little pungent. Wondering if salt and pepper was ever added. Embarrassed to admit I no longer recall if it was served with anything besides the cabbage sauce. Would appreciate your assistance. Thanks.
Doug T - January 21, 2018 - Report this comment
Agee re. Sandy's in Wantagh ! How about their Chow Mein on a bun ? Zeps were the best anywhere to date !!!
Sandy Fan - May 23, 2018 - Report this comment
The Sandy's came to Hays, Ks around 1970. I used to go there with my buddy on our bikes. The HiLo burger was our favorite. Seems like it was 15 cents. Fries were thin, just the right consistency.
Dave Walker - July 03, 2018 - Report this comment
Triple or quadruple ditto about Sandy's in Wantagh. I loved their pizza burgers--hamburger with pizza sauce and melted mozzarella cheese and the zeppoles were to die for. (I recently moved my daughter to a new apartment in Park Slope on a day when there was a neighborhood fair on 5th Ave and vendors were selling zeppoles and I bought a half dozen just to remember those wonderful hot, sweet, sticky treats we got at Sandy's when I was a kid. And they were wonderful and hot and sweet and sticky. Just as I remembered them!)
Ron G - July 20, 2018 - Report this comment
Anyone have a picture of Sandy's in Wantagh?
Matt Capo - April 26, 2019 - Report this comment
We had a Sandy's in North Versailles, PA. It was fantastic.
Rob Lambert - October 01, 2019 - Report this comment
Found a photo of Sandy's in the 1973 Park High School yearbook (Racine, WI). The book had an advertising section, which Park students who worked at these sponsors posed for pictures. An interior shot showing counter and menu board. Pepsi was their main beverage. A Sandee Deluxe was 65 cents, a Junior Sandee was 50 cents. Sandy's (1235 S. Green Bay Rd.) closed in summer 1973. A Hardees would replace it a year later (and still in business). Old high school yearbooks are a great source in gathering info on local businesses, no matter what town you're in.
Rob Lambert - October 03, 2019 - Report this comment
In the 1976 J I Case High School yearbook (Racine, WI), a photo of the Hardees restaurant which moved into the former Sandy's building (from 1965) in 1974. Lots of glass with weird angles and sharp curves (i.e. expensive to replace if broken). After several acts of vandalism (around 1978) rendered several broken windows, Hardees removed the old Sandy's front edifice, adding more brick and smaller, sturdier windows.
Rob Lambert - October 22, 2019 - Report this comment
Found an interior photo of the Racine (WI) Sandy's from 1971. Few tables, lots of chairs in the small dining area surrounding the grill and ordering counter. After Hardees took over the place, it took several years to expand the dining area, plus remove the fancy windows which were expensive to replace.
Rob Lambert - November 07, 2019 - Report this comment
A Sandy's ad in the 1970 Case High School (Racine, WI) yearbook has a good photo showing service counter and partial menu board. Big Scot burger was 45 cents, fries 20 cents. Also shown, two students seated in the dining area.
Rob Lambert - November 08, 2019 - Report this comment
More Sandy's ads in local high school yearbooks, J.I. Case. From 1971, eight student employees pose for photo at service counter. All wore plaid berets, and the guys wore ties. A remodeling took place, with strips of plaid wallpaper added. From 1972, student workers pose behind counter, and menu board displayed. Prices went up slightly. Hamburger 39 cents, cheeseburger 49c, fish & chips, 61c, Big Scot up to 55c, pork tenderloin remained 45c. Drinks were 15, 25 and 35c. Shakes, a quarter, grilled cheese a quarter. Male and female workers wore plaid ties and berets among uniforms.
Rob Lambert - November 09, 2019 - Report this comment
Another great ad in the 1973 Case High School (Racine) yearbook. The final months of Sandy's. By then, the girls outnumbered the boys in employment. Photos show the girls in poses similar to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Girls wore plaid ties, berets and tunics resembling kilts. Photo of big outdoor sign with the often used phrase, "Seven Days Without a Hamburger Makes One Weak." When the 1974 yearbook came out, Hardees occupied the building, and teen employees posed around a cutout figure of Marshal Hardee and the crook who swiped burgers. In its brief history, Sandy's used better quality meat, and burger prices averaged a dime higher than McDonald's.
Rob Lambert - November 09, 2019 - Report this comment
Another note on fast-food uniforms. In the early 1970s, color-schemed smocks were worn (except managers) at McDonald's and Burger King, while at Sandy's, males and female crew workers wore white, button-down short sleeve shirts with plaid ties, plus dark slacks (during winter, sweaters or long sleeve undershirts were allowed). When Hardees took over, females wore smocks, guys wore shirts, ties and slacks. Today, off-color polo shirts are still trendy.
Rob Lambert - November 09, 2019 - Report this comment
Looks can be deceiving. Finally able to zoom in on the online version of the 1973 Case High yearbook, the female student employees pictured had on dress-length white uniforms, with plaid tunics and ties. The girls may've been allowed to wear slacks in cold weather. In a counter photo, the girls are shown holding up drink cups. Others pose around the big outdoor sign. The berets worn appear to be paper, similar to McDonald's. Ad also has the female Sandy head surrounded by a globe. When Hardees took over the property, the Sandy menu board was retained, minus the Sandy head logo, plus minor cosmetic work on the walls (all plaid removed, replaced with Marshal Hardee pictures).
Rob Lambert - November 16, 2019 - Report this comment
Went through the few other local high school yearbooks. The first year 1967 Case yearbook had no ads. The 1968 one had a smaller Sandy's ad with a line drawing of the building. Horlick High, the North siders, had no yearbook ads until after Sandy's closed. Kids who went to Horlick only had McDonald's (starting 1962) or Burger King (opened 1973).
Rob Lambert - November 24, 2019 - Report this comment
During a second look at the online 1973 Park High yearbook ad for Sandy's, zoomed in, shows greater detail of the 65 cent Deluxe Sandee burger. Similar to a Whopper. On the same page, a photo ad of the Woolworth store at Racine's Shorecrest Plaza, which operated from 1960 to 1993. Today, half the old store is vacant. Other half, a fitness center (waste of space).
Willie Hines - January 03, 2020 - Report this comment
Grew up in Iowa and Illinois (near Peoria), 60s and 70s. Ate at Sandy's a lot. Definitely better than MacDonalds. It was right up there with Steak 'n' Shake and Maid-Rite for a good Midwestern chain. Felt betrayed when they sold out to Hardees (of course I was a kid).
Rob Lambert - February 15, 2020 - Report this comment
Another look at the Sandy ad in the 1973 Racine Park H.S. yearbook, the 85 cent Sandee Jumbo, essentially a half-pound (pre cooked) double cheeseburger with all the junk. Also zoomed in, the Woolworth store ad photo, showing the south half of store. Too bad the Luncheonette (lunch counter) wasn't pictured. The lunch counter closed in 1979, but the bumps in floor (where grill was placed) still exist in the vacant portion of building.
Another Sandy's Fan - April 16, 2020 - Report this comment
The original Hays, Ks Sandy's Fan that left a previous comment must have been the friend I rode with on my bicycle to get Hi-Lo Burgers for 15 cents circa 1969-1970. Great memories.

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