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Old 12-20-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
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How many of you remember Bob's Burger Express? It was very sad to see their decline under new ownership, and eventual demise. At one time they had been very, very good. I worked for them for a period of time, and they were top notch in the 80's, at least the one I worked at.

Anyway, I was in the store with my wife today, and

they had Bob's Secret Sauce!

Julia and I were tickled pink about that, and got a bottle. I have no idea who is making it or if it's the original recipe. But it was a nice blast from the past.


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Old 12-20-2008, 03:43 PM   #2
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Oh man. Talk about a blast from the past! Does the sauce taste the same?
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Oh man. Talk about a blast from the past! Does the sauce taste the same?
Haven't tried it yet. We're saving it for the next time we make hamburgers.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:45 PM   #4
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i totally remember that sauce. dangit i used to eat about 3 of their little burgers on high school lunch breaks with fries and sauce.
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I see that you're from Salem, hb. Do you remember when the kids used to "cruise the gut" in their cars? Bob's on Portland Road was the central hub of that.
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I see that you're from Salem, hb. Do you remember when the kids used to "cruise the gut" in their cars? Bob's on Portland Road was the central hub of that.
No, I didn't live in Salem back then.
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Down S Commerical and Browning. Bank there now. When they got kicked off Portland rd. the gut moved out S Commerical past Freddys up towards Skate Land an Cherry City Bowl. Has it really been that long ago??
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I see that you're from Salem, hb. Do you remember when the kids used to "cruise the gut" in their cars? Bob's on Portland Road was the central hub of that.

Yeah! I was one of those kids!!!!

Bob's was the best!!!
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:46 PM   #9
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BOBS!

Oh yeah, those days of 49 cent hamburgers.......Having one right across from my High School (McNary in Salem) didnt help my weight back then, thats for sure.

I didnt know any of them were left......where did u find the one with the sauce??
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Oh yeah, those days of 49 cent hamburgers.......Having one right across from my High School (McNary in Salem) didnt help my weight back then, thats for sure.

I didnt know any of them were left......where did u find the one with the sauce??
It was in a grocery store. The last Bob's died years ago.
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It was in a grocery store. The last Bob's died years ago.

And what a sad day that was!!!
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And what a sad day that was!!!
We used to have cars going through the drive through window at a pace of one every 15 seconds all day long. From 10 AM when we opened to 5 PM when I went home. Talk about a money making machine!

My typical lunch was

1 Ham Brute
2 cheeseburgers
1 corndog
1 large onion ring
1 large fries
a cup of coffee
a small chocolate shake.

We had this one customer who came in every day, worked at a shoe repair place we could see from the drive through window. It was a special order. We'd see him leave his workplace and start cooking it. We kept trying to have it ready when he walked in the door, but he walked pretty fast and we were always just a little behind him. One day he stopped to tie his shoe or something, and so we had it ready and in the bag when he walked in the door.... And he ordered something else instead...
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:59 PM   #13
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Is this the same as Bob's 19 Cent hamburgers from the '70's???? I remember them in Springfield as a kid....
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Yes, You must be over or nearly fifty.
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44, thank you very much!
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:01 PM   #16
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I lived in Salem in 1968 and Remember Bob's Burgers.
It was the sauce that made the burgers. Might have had a fry dip as well???

That was a big night out! I remember burgers being 49cents

Edit....
Old Coot jogged my memory.
Burgers were 19 cents
Cheese Burgers 29 cents
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:05 PM   #17
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Each trip to Salem...Bob's Burgers!!!

Loved those trips in the 80's...early 90's? When did they leave us?

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Old 12-20-2008, 07:19 PM   #18
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What grocery store? When i was growing up the gut was on landcaster
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:20 PM   #19
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Bobs in Salem was the place in the 70's early 80'.in Go to to movies and eat for well under $20.00 for 2 including gas from Woodburn.Muscle cars at the gut oh ya Those were the days. Bobs was/is my all time favorite.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:52 PM   #20
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Bob Cory was a cook in the military, probably during or just after WW II. When he got out he opened a lunch counter in one of those new-fangled self-serve grocery stores at the corner of Portland Road and Lana Avenue, just north of the underpass. The building is currently some sort of furniture outlet

In the early fifties he opened his first burger joint at the corner of Hood and Capitol streets, about a mile south of the underpass. The building is still there, home to an Arctic Circle. Store number 2 was the Browning and Commercial site.

From opening until at least the mid-60's, burgers were 19 cents. From the age of 9 until I was about 20 I lived on Browning. Bad juxtaposition, oink!

The burgers were great, but those fish sandwiches, especially if they got left in the fryer an extra 20 seconds...oh my!
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:02 PM   #21
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A special treat during the summer when I was a kid would be going to Bob's and getting the 19 cent burgers, french fries, and strawberry shakes and then heading over to Avery Park in Corvallis for a picnic dinner with my family. Afterwards, we would get to play on the train and the jet that were in the park. I would also eat there a lot in high school when I was moving irrigation pipe on a farm on Peoria Road east of Corvallis. SG
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:37 PM   #22
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Crazy thread!! I was just talking with a co-worker tonight about Bob's and how it used to be. I remember driving home to Madras from Bend and stopping at the one in Redmond for burgers. And then after I moved to Salem going to the Bob's on River Rd with a buddy who's g/f worked there. The memories of the burgers...
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I went to work for Bob's in 1986 at the end of my freshman year at the U of O. In 1987 I left for National Guard training and came back in 1988. In 1992 the company was sold when Bob Corey decided to retire. The buyers were not bad people, but they didn't know the restaurant business. They fired all of the store managers, people who had been there 15-30 years and were truly the heart of the business.

I had learned from those outstanding managers that if you focus on quality, the profit will come. The new owners were an investment group and were profit oriented, not quality oriented. My boss was fired. At that time I was the #3 guy. The assistant manager and I were transferred to the slowest restaurant in the chain. I suspected that this was to justify later firing for performance. We turned it into the highest profit store in the chain in 4 months, even though we created the highest average employee wage in the chain.

I left for two weeks of National Guard training and came back to find my boss (former assistant manager of the store I had been at to begin with) had been transferred. My new boss had driven off or fired most of our crew, and he cut my hours so low I couldn't eat or pay my rent, even if I chose between the two. My wife had just given birth to our first child. His justification was that he could pay someone minimum wage to do what I was doing and maximize his bonus. Within a week (in the middle of a recession) I found a job paying 50% more hourly, with opportunities for overtime, and quit. For some reason the jerk got mad when I did so.

I came back about a year later. The guy who cut my hours had driven the restaurant into the ground. He had reversed all of our sales increases in about four weeks and it never recovered. It closed in six months. So I ended up back at the restaurant I had started at. I worked there, along with another job at the same time due to financial need, and finished up college at the same time.

They offered me my own restaurant on the same day I brought in my two weeks notice because I wanted to finish up school with only one job, and try to get into medical school. It was an awkward moment, with the district manager offering me a promotion to general manager, and me responding with handing him my type-written two week notice.

In the next year the Eugene stores all closed, then the rest died a slow death.

My wife and I moved to Salem in the interrim when it became apparent that it would be a bad idea to go to medical school with three children I tried to frequent Bob's in Salem. I have no idea what went on in the Salem stores during all this. Around 1995 or 1996 or so, it was clear to me that they were on their last legs. I'd see garbage on their floors, the windows were filthy, something that NEVER would have been tolerated before. I made one last visit to one in West Salem, and it was pathetic. The staff was slovenly and apathetic. The restaurant was dirty. The food was awful.

I have drawn a number of lessons from all this. The search for the almighty dollar is futile. If your pursue quality and excellence, the dollars will follow. If you pursue the dollar, quality and excellence will suffer and the dollar will never come. You can never pursue the dollar because it will be a futile pursuit. Give it up. Be the best at what you do, and all things come then. At one time Bob's really was the best at what they did. When they stopped pursuing quality in search of the dollar, they lost everything.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:03 PM   #24
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Oh, yeah. I found the sauce at Roth's in the condiment section, amid all of the many varieties of mustard and BBQ sauce.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:14 PM   #25
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Thats funny how many of us liked Bobs........me and my wife go to Burgerville every once in a while just because their regular burgers are about the closest thing to the Bobs burgers left out there.

I do remember from a relative that one of the 'secret' ingredients in the burger/fry sauce was pickle juice..
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:33 AM   #26
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Good post Happybrew.

Bob's was the best. I remember hanging out at the Lancaster Mall and walking over to Bob's for a bite to eat. Yes, the mall had food, but it sure wasn't Bob's!
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My orthodontist was in Salem. Stopping at Bob's made the once a month tightening all worthwhile.
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Burgerville does have a very similar sauce. I like them a lot. And they hand-bread their halibut fish and chips and Walla Walla onion rings!
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Old 12-21-2008, 08:07 AM   #29
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Bobs cheeseburgers, an orange bang, and crusin the gut in my 69 coronet r/t..... those were the days
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Yes I go back to the 19 cent burger era, and I spent some hours going 'round and 'round in Kevin's dad's '72 LeMans. I wonder if someone has that car today?

Now it's Arctic Circle, their fry sauce isn't bad.
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Did the bobs over in salem or eugene have ice cream like the redmond one did?
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Did the bobs over in salem or eugene have ice cream like the redmond one did?
When I worked there they had frozen yogurt.
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Old 12-21-2008, 02:32 PM   #33
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Oh man, I remember Bob's and cruising the gut when it was out south commercial. They had the best fry's on the planet, and now I have the biggest craving for a couple Big Brutes and a large fry! I miss that place so bad, I grew up with that place.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:55 PM   #34
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I worked at Herfy's in Corvallis in the mid 70's. For a short time as it happens. They told me walking over two blocks to have lunch at Bob's every day was not "acceptable".
Oh well, wasn't much of a job anyway...
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WOW sounds like I missed out on some good eats.
Being a Portland boy I never got any farther south than Lew's Dairy Freeze between Milwaukie and Gladstone.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:26 PM   #36
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i recall the one in west salem of off the hook....btw my brother is a manager at Roths...they sell the secret sauce for around 3.00 dollars
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WOW sounds like I missed out on some good eats.

You have no idea... I feel bad for anybody that hasn't tasted Bob's
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:12 AM   #38
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Is this the same Bob's that was in Albany? "Bob it up at Bob's" was their slogan. My brother was a manager there in his high school years at West Albany '72 - '75.
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Robert's Steakhouse was one our favorites during the U of O frat days.
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While we're reminiscing does anyone remember Beall Burgers from donw on 8th in vancouver ?
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I'm showing my age here, but I remember us farm boys driving to Salem from Dayton would stop at Sandy's in West Salem for 15 cent hamburgers, throw a sack of burgers in the car and cruise the gut. Started at The Uptown drive in and then wind our way over to Bobs. I remember driving by a statue of a lion along the way (Freddie?). I think we ended up near a drive-in on the north end of town where the waitresses had roller skates.
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My sister bought me some Bob's Secret Sauce for Christmas and mailed it to me on the east coast. I remember it being creamier than it is now but the taste is the same and every bit as delicious and wonderful as it was when I worked there in high school.
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mmmm Bob's. Has anyone tried the store bought sauce yet? Totally craving a few Bob's cheeseburgers in the yellow wrapper.
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Yeah!!!! What memories. Bob's, the Uptown drivein, and the Sand Shop, what a cruise. I wish I had all that gas back in a barrell in my yard. Those were the days. That sauce has a connection to Bob Corey's family I think???. When it first came out Roths couldn't keep it on the shelf. Must be a lot of gutties around yet. Nice to hear. My brother three years younger has a really nice party room in his shop with beer signs all around. My Brother-in-law knew the Corey family and some of the managers and rounded up an old BOB's neon sign, had it restored and gave it to my brother. It now hangs proudly in his game room. Sure brings back a lot of memories. Maybe we can keep this thread going on reminiscents of things allmost forgotten. Till then, see ya!!!! {My brothers name is Bob, I might add**

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It was a sad day when they closed... loved those burgers... you know it's a good burger when the bottom of the bag gives out from all the greese from the burgers and frys... loved those .49 cent burgers and .59 cent cheese burgers.. my all time best was 9 cheese burgers and 2 large frys in one sitting...

let us know how the sauce taste.. becaue i want some
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I think a guy named Jerry Pietrok from Stayton ate something like 18 or 24 or some obscene no. of 19 centers in a unofficial contest amongst friends one night.
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You People Are making me hungry i am Going To Lunch
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Wasn't there a BBE in Redmond? If so, it was open just a few years ago when I lived there.
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I think a guy named Jerry Pietrok from Stayton ate something like 18 or 24 or some obscene no. of 19 centers in a unofficial contest amongst friends one night.

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i could have probably eaten one or two more but i only bought 9 for me and some buddies at a softball tourny.. well they didn't make to the tourney.. i was a fat bloated runner that daybut happy
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I loved Bob's! Great memory's!
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I see that you're from Salem, hb. Do you remember when the kids used to "cruise the gut" in their cars? Bob's on Portland Road was the central hub of that.
I grew up in Canby so we were half way between 82nd or the Gut. The gut was our favorite
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Grew up in Salem and there was nothing better than the Big Brute with Cheese and a side of jo-jo's!!!
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Grew up in Salem and there was nothing better than the Big Brute with Cheese and a side of jo-jo's!!!
now i'm hunger...
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The sauce tastes just like it used to. The reason it doesn't look as creamy is because it separates a bit in the bottle. When we used to open up 5 gal buckets of the stuff it would look like it does in the bottle until we stirred it up really good.

My favorite was the Ham Brute. I nearly quit when they took that off the menu.

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Our "big night out" when I was a kid growing up in corvallis was going to bobs and picking up a bag of 19 cent cheese burgers and head over to central park and eat. Thanks for the memories.
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o.k.!!!!! lISTEN UP HERE. i DON'T KNOW BUT i'VE BEEN TOLD. You guys have stated that the Bob's secret sauce is thicker than the original.
soooooo!!! do this. Get the sauce from Roth's. put a little in a bowl, and stir in a little 7up. don't do the whole bottle because you need the fizz to get the taste, and if you try to keep the mixture, it will go flat. Now go to McDonalds, get a burger or cheese burger with nothing on it. Take it home, nuke it and put this sauce on it. Voila Viola or Violet or Violin or summtin-----"Bob's."
Bob's and Mcdonalds had the same patty and the same thin buns. Now you can replicate them. Enjoy. Don't know if this is going to work, but I've been told that it will. Jerry
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Bob's on Capitol in Salem, or is it Portland Rd...? No matter.....we got away with so much back in the "GUT" days.....late 70's early 80's....then it was shut down....cuz of, well,.............. not me

Many a good time in Bob's parking lot's and great eats too.

I just bought some of the Bob's sause at my local grocery store, and my kid's think it the best thing ever!

My fav was a cheese burger supreme......I think the supreme was 15 cent more, lettuce an tomato.

This has jogged my memory.....at one point and time the little gal at the window had the "HOTS" for my cousin, he and I cruised there often ......we would order our food, and at the drive up.......she would not charge us.....free food!!

I think I was making $2.65 an hour back then..........washing cars

Good times.....

Great thread.....


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OK Bobs experts. What was a Cheesebuger extra, extra?
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I think it was a........frick! I have no clue!

What was it?

I do recall how cool it was that the burgers came in a white wrapper and the cheese burgers came in a yellow wrapper......so....there....take that!!!!!
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P.S.

That is all....."I think" I could be wrong........
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