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TheDailyMeal: Fast Food Menus: A Look Back

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1) Nathan’s Famous

No fast-food chain has changed so much over the years as Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. It got its start in 1916 as a simple hot dog stand in Coney Island, and by the time it expanded out to Long Island in 1959, the menu included a mind-rattling assortment of items: pizza, corn on the cob, lobster and shrimp rolls, clams both on the half-shell and fried, burgers, soups, chow mein on a bun, and even frog’s legs. In the years that followed, as it enjoyed a national expansion, the menu evened out a bit, and while some of the more exotic offerings (like seafood including soft-shell crab) is still available at the original Coney Island location, the menu you’ll find today tends to stick to hot dogs, chicken, fries, and cheesesteaks. Back in 1916 a plain hot dog cost $0.05; today it’ll run you a whopping $3.42.

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