Interesting article today in the Times about Automats: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/revisiting-the-era-of-automatic-dining/?ref=nyregion
When I was a kid, my grandmother took me to the US’s very first Automat, on Chestnut Street in Phila. She taught me to make Depression Soup, with the free hot water, ketchup, salt and pepper (Grandmom was never poor, but she *was *really cheap).
And after I moved to NY in 1980, I frequently ate at what became the nation’s last Automat, on Third Avenue near the Chrysler Building. I remember the baked beans and apple pie being delish. I felt just like Ruby Keeler, and kept hoping Lyle Talbot or Jimmy Cagney would try to pick me up!
Any other Automatons here?