Day 407

Mine is the Golden Arcs

February 9th, 2013

This Wendy's (at 85-07 Queens Boulevard) was the real-life location of the McDowell's restaurant in Coming to America:

Me and the McDonald's people, we... we've got this little... misunderstanding. See, they're MacDonald's. I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches; mine is the Golden Arcs. Now see, they got the Big Mac; I got the Big Mc. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions, but— they use a sesame-seed bun. My buns have no seeds.

(Listen above. Is it just me, or does John Amos sound an awful lot like Barack Obama by the time he gets to the "no seeds" line?)


  1. Bill Willsie says:

    I would agree…John Amos does sound like BHO. Maybe that’s a clue as to what type of job BHO should actually be doing!

    • Matt Green says:

      Wow, you think Mr. Obama has the dramatic chops to make it as a star of stage and screen like John Amos? That’s quite a compliment.

      • Bill Willsie says:

        You are kidding, right? Obviously, I was suggesting the BHO MIGHT be qualified (on a really good day) to work in a fast rood restaurant….but that might be an insult to those hard working individuals who regularly ask me if I’d like fried that my order.

  2. CHEFTONY says:

    I never noticed,but he does.That makes me want to watch the movie again.

  3. Gigi says:

    I love that movie! I used to live in this area (Reeder Street) and it’s so cool to see the sign for Harbor City and part of its structure in the movie. Harbor City used to be a chinese restaurant, the structure was torn down about 3 years ago but its sign is still standing. You can see it right there in Matt’s pic, in orange and blue ..


    The sign is different but you can see that Chinese characters for Harbor City are the same as in the movie.

    • Gigi says:

      This is so cool, thanks for the link to the pic! I can see the top floor of the apartment I used to live in, it’s across Wendy’s in the pic. Harbor City is on the left, the one with the dark brown roof.

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