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Sunday, January 3, 2010

They're Talking About Lynn - Chopped Ham and A Bag of Fries!!!

Short, but oh so sweet memory of Downtown Lynn from my uncle, John Jackson. General Electric employee, owned and operated the gas station at the fork in the road in Swampscott along the beach for years, and is now back with GE in North Carolina. I'm sure he's laughing at our foot of snow from where he is today.


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From former Lynner, John Jackson
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Going Downtown in the mid to late sixty's was all about getting a chopped ham sandwich at Johnny Joyce's with a huge bag of french fries. The bag would drip of grease before you reached the corner...ooh so good! From there it was off to a movie at either the Warner, Capitol or Paramount theater.
 

I remember it as a clean, safe place where friends met to wander around and visit the candy shop or one of the department stores. And don't forget that dump of a Chicken place my brother worked in! I worked there for one day and couldn't stand the smell.

Good luck, I think if you can get people to care and take an active part in taking back the city it can be a great place. 


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The food item is a recurring theme in this series. Whether it be the tuna sandwich, the ham sandwich, the fries or the chocolate. The Blue Ox burgers fit that bill the best nowadays. Big Belly had one killer Italian sub, but he closed down. What are we missing? What's out there I don't know about? There really is no lunch destination down here. When I want lunch I go to Mino's or Fauci's in Wyoma. Sometimes I'll get a kabob salad from Atha's on Boston Street. George's on Broad has a good roast beef and a great kabob salad. Readers??? What do you eat when you're downtown?


Thanks John for sharing that memory with downtownlynn.com. If any of you have a memory you'd like to share, shoot me an email at cojackso@gmail.com. You can be anonymous or have your 10 seconds of fame. It's up to you.  :-)

-Corey

11 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if the place is still in business, but there was a sub shop way down on Western Ave (next to the GE plant) that made the biggest abd best subs on the planet. I believe it was Sunrise Subs. It's the only place I've ever been that gives you a fork to eat a steak sub! I should probably also add the disclaimer that I haven't been to Sunrise is well over 20 years, so if ownership has changed hands, it may not be the place that it once was.

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  2. If it's still there I'll check it out this week.

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  3. There is a great, new, greek restaurant in downtown lynn. Not being from Lynn, I don't know the name of the street, or the name of the restaurant. But it is next door to an animal hospital, and a few doors down from a veteran social center. I had a wonderful lunch there one day. The greek salad with the entree was the biggest, most beautiful salad I ever ate. Give them business!! These people really went out of their way to make me feel they appreciated my patronage. Unfortunately Corey, that sub shop is now a small brother's deli . I ate at the deli about a year ago. Not sure it is still there though.

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  4. We love Greek food. We'll check it out soon. Are you talking right next to the North Shore Animal Hospital over by Lynn Tech and the YMCA?

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  5. Yes, that is the animal hospital I'm talking about. I hope you enjoy whatever food you get there!!

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  6. have you read the posts on the former lynner's thread? (listed below)

    incredible memories & wishes to come back home to lYnn!

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynn-MA/Former-Lynners/129079334882?ref=mf

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  7. i would like the recipe for johnny joyces ham salad recipe if anyone has it. went there when i was a kid. i liked a slice of onion on mine

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  8. To Corey ..... Don't bother I was there a while ago it was fair at best . But it was years ago . If you want anything from the owner back in the day of sunrise . You have north of Peabody and turn around coming south on the old rt. 1 in a little strip mall ( I think it's just before a bowling alley ) I can't think of the name but it does contain Sun. And looking at the mall it's on the right end . He still makes the greatest food ( try his Pizza ) .. I think half the heart attacks in G. E. came from his shop ...... His omlets were to die for . He bought his eggs by the truck load .

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  9. Johnny Joyce chopped ham sandwich was made with either ham and smoked shoulder or just smoked shoulder and he used cream not mayo. That is as much as I remember from a great guy Bill Dedrick who had worked there. I use to love the fried egg sandwiches and the coffee in those old heavy mugs.

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  10. Johnny Joyces was the absolute best chopped /deviled ham sandwich that ever existed can someone please get the recipe...it was a lynn icon and it would be a shame if it disappeared. Can anyone help.  

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  11. The Western Omelet was another favorite. I think the magic was in that old cast iron skillet.

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