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Misc. Giant Food

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The Tamale
Montebello, CA
The Tamale has been here since at least the 1920s. The tamale-shaped design was originally conceived of by Samuel C. Wilhite as tamale stand on wheels. Wilhite decided to build this permanent building instead. The tamale-shaped building was built as The Tamale, a Mexican Restaurant. I believe the building was still operating as a restaurant until at least the 1980s. The building has housed Charley's Beauty Salon since at least 2001. In 2013, it was announced that the building was endangered. However, the building is still there as of 2016 and Charley's is still open. For more, see this website. [map]

The Clam Box
Ipswich, MA
The Clam Box seafood restaurant was built in the shape of a take-out container. It was built in 1938 by Dick Greenleaf. The sign says "since 1935" so I assume there was a different building or location for the first three years. Originally, the building was just the giant box itself with a kitchen and takeout windows. The upper floor was used for storage. In 1961, the dining room addition was made. There was a second location built in 1980 in Salisbury but I don't think it's there anymore. I don't believe it was shaped like this. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Pizza Slice [gone]
Boston, MA
Pizza Slice
Dallas, TX
Jendy's Pizzeria [gone]
Austin, IN
Giant Pizza
Akron, OH
The Pizza Slice in Boston was created for Jessica's Deli. The business was Sam & Anne's Deli when this 2008 photo was taken. Both the business and pizza slice were gone by 2014.

The Pizza Slice in Dallas is located at Serious Pizza. The abstract metal shape had been there for many years when the building below housed July Alley. In 2017, Serious Pizza expanded into that space and had the shape painted as a slice. For more, see this website. [map]

Jendy's Pizzeria featured a giant wedge of pizza installed on the roof. This photo is from 2009. By 2013, the business and pizza slice were gone.

This Giant Pizza in Akron is located at Luigi's Restaurant. It has been here since at least 2003. [map]

More Giant Pizza:
former Gino's East Pizzeria (Chicago, IL) [gone]

Oatmeal
Carton
Oatmeal, TX
Magic Noodle
Joplin, MO
French Fries
& Soft Drink
Los Angeles, CA
Mammoth Cheese
Perth, ON
Giant Cheese
Poynette, WI
This giant Oatmeal Carton functions as a water tower and welcome sign. [map]

This giant bowl of food with chopsticks is located at the Magic Noodle restaurant. [map]

The giant French Fries & Soft Drink are installed on the roof of a McDonald's. [map]

The Mammoth Cheese is a monumental tribute to the giant cheese that was produced in Perth for the Chicago Fair of 1893. The original, real cheddar cheese wheel was six feet tall, 28 feet around, and weighed 22,000 pounds. This full-sized monument was produced in 1943. This photo is from 2007. In 2009, a second monument was built. For more, this website. [1943 Cheese map]; [2009 Cheese map]

The Giant Cheese in Poynette is located at the Curd & Whey Cheese House. [map]

Cheese House
Wells, ME
Cheese House
Arlington, VT

former Cheese House
Fiskdale, MA
The Cheese House chain consisted of 17 cheese-shaped locations in New England. There was also a location in Pennsylvania. I believe there are only five of these buildings left: the three shown here and another in Trenton, ME. The stores were built in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. They were constructed of wood with a cut-out wedge for the entrance and windows. They are nine feet tall and forty feet in diameter. In the late 1970s, the chain disbanded due to financial problems.

The Cheese House in Wells became The Cheese Wheel. New owners added a kitchen in 1982 and the business became Sparky's Take Out. It is now called the Wine and Cheese Shop. The store sells gourmet food, cheese and wine. The original "Chucky", a six foot tall mouse, is still on the roof of the building. According to some sources, his name might have originally been "Tony" or "Chunky". The statue was still holding his wedge of cheese around 2002. However, that's gone now. In 2003, he lost an ear in a storm. In 2004, he was "roughed up badly" by some vandals who broke his legs. By 2009, he was repaired and put back on the roof. [map]

The Cheese House in Arlington was built in 1965 as the first location for the chain. The building now barely resembles a wheel of cheese with its roof and addition. It appears from the postcard that Chucky, now gone, possibly had a bluebird on his right shoulder. [map]

The Cheese House in Fiskdale now houses Bonardi's Formal Wear. The peaked structure above the door is not original. [map]

This round building in Lanesborough, MA originally housed a Cheese House. The wedge shape has been filled in with an addition and the building now houses Krispy Cones Soft Serve Ice Cream. For more, see this website.

There was another location in Wiscasset, ME.

For more giant mice, see this page.

former dairy store
Brokaw, WI
This former dairy store is shaped like a wheel of cheese with a slice removed. It has been abandoned for years but the dairy plant behind it still appears to be in operation. [map]

Egg Water Tower
Newberry, SC
Giant Egg
Mentone, IN
Giant Egg
Winlock, WA
The Egg Water Tower proclaims "Newberry County, Milk and Egg Capital". [map]

The Mentone Egg was created in 1946 for the local egg festival. It is made of concrete over a steel frame and is approximately 10 feet tall. [map]

The Winlock Egg is 14 feet long and 7 1/2 feet tall. Winlock's first giant egg was created in 1923 from canvas. A plastic one was made in 1944. In the 1960s, a fiberglass egg was made, lasting until the early 1990s. This one was produced in 1993 from plastic and plywood. It was painted like an American flag for many years but has been plain white since 2006. Winlock was considered the Egg Capital of the World at one time and still celebrates with an annual Egg Days festival. There are also several Giant Chickens around town. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More Giant Egg Statues:
Czechoslovakian Egg (Wilson, KS)
Easter Egg (Vegreville, AB)
Giant Egg (Barnevald, Holland)
Golden Egg (Barnevald, Holland)

Loaves of Bread
Urbana, OH
There are two giant Loaves of Bread at the American Pan building. They are made of fiberglass over wood, steel, and wire mesh. These photos are from 2010. In 2016, the Loaf shown in the bottom row had been repainted with a Bundy Baking logo. For more, see this website.

The Loaf
Elysburg, PA
The Loaf appears to be a former concession stand at Knoebels Amusement Park. The building looks like it is used only for storage now but there seems to be bread-making equipment inside as well.

More Giant Bread Statues:
Lafayette, LA
Portland, OR
Manaia, New Zealand

More Giant Food Statues:
Submarine Sandwich (Austin, TX)
Pinto MacBean (Bow Island, AB)
Pyrogy (Glendon, AB)
Sausage (Mundare, AB)

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