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On 8/11/2017 at 6:18 AM, brucesw said:

Cattle Rustlers Steak Buffet - mentioned earlier in this thread.  I was thinking it had the word cattle in the name but maybe it was just called Cattle Rustlers?  I went only once, really no memories.  It was right at the first entrance to the mall parking lot on the SB feeder, where the Gaylynn theater was.

 

I remember that place too!! It was called Cattle Rustlers Steakhouse and it was BIG when "Urban Cowboy" and Willie Nelson's "Red Headed Stranger" came out. I remember being really impressed because they served their tea in Mason jars!! That was a good place to eat...it was right next to that hotel that was built to look like a castle (the one near Sharpstown Mall). 

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On 9/22/2014 at 2:34 PM, Subdude said:

You know what Mexican restaurant I miss?  Las Alamedas on the Katy Freeway.  Going there always seemed like a special occasion.

 

We even had a special Las Alamedas song (to the tune of Guantanamera):

"Las Alamedas

We ate at Las Alamedas!

Las Alameeeeedas!

We ate at Las Alamedas.."

 

Actually I believe there is a Las Alamedas in La Centerra in Katy off the Grand Parkway. 

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7 hours ago, ThisKindredSpirit said:

Oh visiting this site and this thread has brought back so many memories!! I was born in Houston, but grew up in Richmond, but like any Houstonian family, going out to eat every week in Houston was part of the culture here in the 60s/70s/80s. It was such a part of my life to go to one Houston restaurant or another that when I moved away from home to go to school (San Marcos) I was suddenly astonished and dismayed that the rest of the world didnt have the variety and "foodie" culture that Houston had! I was so disappointed.

 

Going through everyone's lists reminded me of so much! I remember The Boston Sea Party and Nantucket Inn, where I celebrated my birthday because I love seafood, but I remember eating my first raw oysters with my Dad at the Blue Oyster Club.

 

We also went to the Mason Jar and the Strawberry Patch quite a lot - Mom and Dad liked the omelets at the latter place. They would also spend their anniversaries at places like The Great Caruso and Vargos. 

 

I remember when Good Times Charlie opened up at Sharpstown and hearing the music there.  I also remember Piper Pizza, Atchafalaya (that came out in the 90s, I remember as well as Ralph & Kacoos). There used to be a restaurant where the Town & Country Mall used to be - I'd never been in it but my husband had and he loved it, saying it had a big tree in the middle. It reminded him of some of the fantasy books he used to read. Anyway, all that's long gone now, including the Mall. 

 

Someone else mentioned Westwood Mall - I trolled that place a lot myself in my teenage years! I remember there used to be a little restaurant in the food court there called "Olga's" and it served gyros. 

 

Does anyone remember a seafood restaurant called "Christie's"? It used to be in the Braeswood area I think - its where i had my first taste of broiled flouder and it was for the longest while considered to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the area...

 

I think Christie's is still there, at Westheimer and Greenridge.  They also used to have a location on South Main.  

 

The Strawberry Patch was on Westheimer as I recall.  Good place.  

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brucesw    32

There was a Christie's at 5911 Bellaire @ Renwick; according to the website in must've opened in the 1960s.  I went there a couple of times.  According to the website there also was a smaller, mostly take-out place on S. Post Oak.  That's a new one on me.

 

I was told back in the 70s by a native Houstonian who introduced me to Christie's that the Bellaire location was by a different branch of the family and not co-owned with the S. Main and eventual Westheimer locations.  Maybe he had it wrong since it's on the website.

 

Scroll down for some timeline photos and down at the bottom click on the About Us link for more history.

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Firebird65    49
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3 hours ago, Subdude said:

 

I think Christie's is still there, at Westheimer and Greenridge.

 

Christie's is still there. Not a bad place. Sort of stuck in a time warp, but I don't mind. The food was more than good enough both times I've gone. I will say that someone earlier mentioned having broiled flounder once at another Christie's location. I do not remember seeing that at the one on Westheimer. That could be simply because both times I've gone were for lunch and it just wasn't on the lunch menu.

 

Every place under the sun has fried seafood, and if they offer alternatives, the only ones are blackened (which I like) or grilled (which I hate). So very few have broiled, (outside of shrimp scampi). I love broiled fish. The best seafood meal  was the broiled seafood platter at a place called the Sea Ranch in South Padre Island. But that was 20 years ago and I don't think they have it any more. 

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ArchFan    245
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I remember most of those places, too.  The Boston Sea Party was great, but I tend to doubt that an all-you-eat buffet with similar choices could operate today without having to charge exorbitant prices. 

 

At Good Time Charlie's (a better-than-average food court), I vaguely recall several good places ... one was a shwarma place.   The giant antique music player (can't recall what it was called) was a gem.  After they sold it, I hope it went to some place where they maintain it and people can still enjoy it. 

 

There is still a Christies at 6029 Westheimer, by the way.

 

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ArchFan    245
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About Las Alamedas:  the one in La Centerra is owned by the same man who had the one on Katy @ Voss.   His son (I think) has a similar restaurant, called Las Ventanas, in the old district of Addicks on Katy and Hwy 6.

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Firebird65    49
34 minutes ago, ArchFan said:

 His son (I think) has a similar restaurant, called Las Ventanas, in the old district of Addicks on Katy and Hwy 6.

 

I went to Las Ventanas a few years back. It had one - ONE - waiter for the entire restaurant. And you know what, that was the GREATEST waiter I'd ever seen in my life. Even with a full house in a fair sized restaurant, we never had to wait on drink refills, our food came out quickly and correctly, the waiter even chatted for a bit. I've never seen anything like it. Totally amazing. And I don't think he ever broke a sweat or appeared rushed or harried in any way. LOL! So I left a 25 percent tip (I'm sure other people here have left bigger tips, but I'm not rich, so for me, it meant something to leave a tip like that). 

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On 8/17/2017 at 8:55 AM, Subdude said:

 

I think Christie's is still there, at Westheimer and Greenridge.  They also used to have a location on South Main.  

 

The Strawberry Patch was on Westheimer as I recall.  Good place.  

 

I believe Pappas Steakhouse on Westheimer occupies the former Strawberry Patch.

 

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