Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Nifty Fifty's (Philadelphia)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I worked at a 50's-themed restaurant called Nifty Fifty's in Philadelphia. They have five locations in the Philadelphia area but the one I worked at was on Grant Avenue in the northeast:

It's basically a hamburger joint that's decorated in the 50's style and has 50's music playing on a jukebox. Here's one interior shot:

and one more:

Nifty Fifty's is a fun, family restaurant. They have burgers, fries, shakes, and a decent breakfast among other things. My typical order when I go is a cheese burger, spicy cheese fries (with Cheez Whiz), and a peanut butter and jelly milkshake (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and grape syrup added - trust me - it's amazing).

What makes Nifty's particularly special for me is that my brother, sister, sister-in-law, and I all worked there at some point. We all still share the common lingo and can give each other that "Nifty's look". I remember it as being a pretty fun place to work. It was relatively easy too because the food is served in baskets (light weight), people are generally there to have fun (fewer cranky people), and the tables turn over quickly (more people - more tips). Here's a shot of my dad, brother Kevin, sister-in-law Zahra, and their son Rory on our recent visit:

Since I don't the chance to be in too many family photos, we stopped and took this one of me with my brother and his happy family as we left:

Thanks again to all the Philly folks for making my latest visit lots of fun. It was great to hang out with everyone and I can't wait to come back and do it again soon.

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