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From poodle skirts and bright yellow kitchens to Adam’s Family pin ball and boy bands, if you’re looking to enjoy a little nostalgia there are plenty of places in Surprise to take a walk down memory lane.

Kick your day off right by playing some Elvis, Johnny Cash or Patsy Cline while taking a drive to the cheery atmosphere and 50’s diner styling of Over Easy. Expect to enjoy a down-home breakfast just like Wally and the Beaver used to get from June Cleaver. The menu here boasts of Banana-Nut French Toast and Chicken-Fried Steak… just two of the delicious menu items featured on the Food Network’s show Diners, Dive-in’s & Dives. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., you’ll find this gem at 14345 W Bell Rd. Check it out at eatatovereasy.com.


Remember when music artists like Madonna and Prince only needed one name, and hair bands led to boy bands until Nirvana seemed to change music all together? If you’re thinking “YES!”… then hello there Sweet Child of Mine from the 80’s and 90’s. Rock out to the hits of era and try to remember the pure joy of a roll of quarters in your pocket as you head to the arcade. At Player One Arcade you can enjoy the fun of your childhood with an amazing collection of retro arcade games and pinball machines. The upside of playing these games as a grown-up is that you can now celebrate a high score with more than a high five! Offering a rotating menu of draft beer options you can sip and play while fulfilling all your nostalgia needs. The arcade opens at 12 p.m. and closes 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and is open until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Closed Tuesdays. Check them out at 17239 N Litchfield Rd, Suite 60 or on their website p1arcade.com.


Arcade games and comic books go hand in hand, like the Police and Sting or Genesis and Phil Collins. So keep rocking out to the best hits of the era and head over to Surprise Comics. Here you can re-read the antics of Archie and Jughead or relive the best hero and villain rivalries of DC Comics. Plus, enjoy some new titles that are sure to be classics in the decades ahead. Located at 14763 W Cactus Rd. #107, they are open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can check out their inventory and exclusives on surprisecomics.com.


Nothing says “good ole days” quite like ruining your dinner with dessert first! So pick your favorite band of the mid-60’s British Invasion and make your next stop the Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop. This local fill-up-your-bag style shop is the mecca of sweets galore. This place is literally what your childhood fantasies were based on, plus nothing can transport you back in time more than their 5-cent cola reminiscent drink selection.  The store is open most days 1-7 p.m., closed Wednesdays and located at 13681 N Litchfield Rd, Suite 122. You can learn more about their huge selection at rocketfizz.com


We know “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” If you are Boyz II Men, you can do it with a hit song, but for the rest of us… we can at least end our walk down memory lane at 50’s style fast food restaurant In-N-Out Burger. Located at 14321 W. Bell Rd, you can stop by every day from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. But, what fun would it be to just order from the menu? Like, no way Shaggy! For this final nostalgic moment, we fire up the Mystery Machine and check out the restaurant’s famous secret menu. Order your burger “animal style” for a mustard cooked beef patty, extra spread and grilled onions. Zoinks!