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  1. Don't know if this is new or just new to me, but Google Books now has full-issue copies of Texas Monthly from 1973 to 1992. Very cool to see articles like the April 1973 (p.56) article on Montrose with photos, as well as the old advertisements. You can search all the issues using a search function on the left-hand side of the screen when you have any individual issue open.
  2. Looks like there were two pickle plants in this area - the Price-Booker plant and the Adam Bros. plant - though the Price-Booker plant looks like it was bigger. Saw elsewhere that there was a fire at a Price-Booker facility at the 2400 block of what is now Center Street in December 1919 - maybe the company rebuilt in the Heights? Anne Sloan's photo book on the Heights has a picture of a Price-Booker advertisement listing some of their products. Note the "Mission" trade name. I saw here that the Texas Price-Booker company got into a fight with the California Del Monte people over that trade name. From here and there, I got the sense that Price-Booker was based in San Antonio, in which case the Mission name makes more sense. The Heights photo book also has pictures of some of the other places I listed. I'm interested in checking out sometime if there's anything left of the Price-Booker facility. I know I got a photo a while back of something on that block that looks newish, but I don't recall the entire block. Based on Google street view, I think there is an old facility on that block, and I think I took a photo of what looked to be its office (below). Would be neat if it was the same building from the 1920's.
  3. As Sevfiv recently posted, pdf's of some of the HMRC's city directories are now available on the Houston Public Library's website. (They are Houston city directories, and so don't have pre-annexation Heights information, but do have post-annexation Heights information.) If you've got a valid library card number to enter, you can also access old Sanborn maps for Houston that include Heights-area locations on the library's website. (For example, if you go to the "1924-1950" maps, and then select "vol. 6-8, 1925", and click on key sheet "0c", you'll see 1925 map sheet numbers covering Heights-area locations.) With just these two online resources, you can do some fairly in-depth Heights historic research, which is pretty cool. Or you can do some quick and dirty Heights historic research, which is more my style. Below is a map I made this morning taking a current Google map of the area that was the Houston Heights commercial district in the 1920's, and adding to it the locations of some 1920's points of interest (key at the bottom). The information comes from the 1925 Sanborn map and/or the 1922 city directory. If you can't read the below, the original is here. Again, it's pretty slapdash in many ways, including the following: (1) Where there was a large concentration of small businesses, I often just bunched them together under a single number, and in such cases the number on the map may not match the physical location of all businesses listed for that number - but you should be able to tell from the addresses approximately where they were on the block. (2) There were a lot of grocery stores and auto repair shops in this area - some are noted, some are not. (3) Where the map and city directory diverged, I just made a random choice between one or the other. (4) I also didn't try to include every commercial/public building I saw listed in this area, though I think I got most or all listed in concentrated areas of commercial/public buildings. (5) The only private residences I included were the Cooley house and some Foyt family houses, for whatever reason. (6) Add to that all my very limited graphic skills/tools. Still, though y'all might find it interesting as an example of the kind of Heights-related information you can pull together quickly using the Sanborn maps and city directories.
  4. Happy birthday! Big Top is great. The newish full backyard set-up makes it even better. I can't make it this time, but I know y'all will have lots of fun!
  5. Saw an update on this location this morning: http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2010/04/05/daily44.html
  6. Sure thing. I don't know anything about independent pharmacies, and for all I know it could be a great one. But they need a good proofreader for that website.
  7. I assume it's this place: Health Fit Pharmacy
  8. Running tally so far... 8 - El Rey (ceviche, Cuban tacos, El Rey tacos, carnitas tacos, fish torta, tacos al pastor, fish tacos, fajita tacos) 7 - Berryhill (fish tacos) 5 - Onion Creek 5 - Lola 3 - Stella Sola (brunch) 3 - Dacapos (sandwiches, custom cakes, cakes, pie by slice) 3 - Star Pizza 3 - Dry Creek (chicken tender salad) 3 - Chilosos (breakfast tacos) 3 - Beaver’s (Nacho Mamma’s oysters) 3 - Someburger 3 - Teotihuacan (fajitas) 3 - Hickory Hollow (chicken-fried steak) 3 - Pink’s (pizza, the Mediterranean) 3 - Big Mamou (hot roast-beef po-boy N.O. style) 3 - JAX Grill 2 - King Biscuit (spicy fries, outdoor grill) 2 - Empire Seafood 2 - Carter and Cooley (sandwiches, honey ham and brie sandwich) 2 - El Tiempo 2 - Chicago Pizza (deep dish) 2 - Pie in the Sky 2 - Mission Burrito 2 - Dragon Bowl 2 - Antidote 2 - Shade 2 - Chatter’s Café 2 - Crickets Creamery (coffee, gelato, vegetarian food) 2 - Jenni’s Noodle House 1 - El Gallo de Jalisco (tacos al pastor) 1 - Sweet Temptation 1 - Patrenellas (lasagna) 1 - Spanish Flowers 1 - Andy’s (“regular” breakfast) 1 - Queen Burger (shakes with stuff in them) 1 - 11th St. Café 1 - Laredo Taqueria 1 - Pizzitola’s 1 - Candelari’s 1 - Glass Wall 1 - Porch Swing 1 - Boom Boom Room 1 - Cedar Creek 1 - Freebirds 1 - Jus’ Mac 1 - Nundini (paninis, Italian cold cuts) 1 - House of Mam 1 - Otto’s (BBQ) 1 - Bibas Greek Pizza (gyros) 1 - Zoe’s Kitchen Recapping, the question is which Heights-area places do you eat at or order from most frequently? And: (1) "Most frequently" - For this purpose, places at which you eat (or from which you order) at least 12 or more times a year (2) "Heights area" - For this purpose, let's broadly call it the area bounded by Memorial to the south, 610 to the west and north, and 45 to the east (3) If a place is new, or somewhere you've just discovered, go ahead and include it if your best guess is that you'll easily eat there at least 12 times in the next 12 months Thanks all!
  9. Running tally so far... 7 - El Rey (ceviche, Cuban tacos, El Rey tacos, carnitas tacos, fish torta) 6 - Berryhill (fish tacos) 5 - Onion Creek 4 - Lola 3 - Stella Sola (brunch) 3 - Dacapos (sandwiches, custom cakes, cakes, pie by slice) 3 - Star Pizza 3 - Dry Creek (chicken tender salad) 3 - Chilosos (breakfast tacos) 3 - Beaver’s (Nacho Mamma’s oysters) 3 - Someburger 2 - King Biscuit (spicy fries, outdoor grill) 2 - Empire Seafood 2 - Carter and Cooley (sandwiches, honey ham and brie sandwich) 2 - Pink’s (Mediterranean) 2 - El Tiempo 2 - Chicago Pizza (deep dish) 2 - Pie in the Sky 2 - Mission Burrito 2 - JAX Grill 2 - Dragon Bowl 2 - Antidote 2 - Hickory Hollow 2 - Shade 2 - Teotihuacan 2 - Chatter’s Café 2 - Big Mamou 1 - El Gallo de Jalisco (tacos al pastor) 1 - Sweet Temptation 1 - Patrenellas (lasagna) 1 - Spanish Flowers 1 - Andy’s (“regular” breakfast) 1 - Queen Burger (shakes with stuff in them) 1 - 11th St. Café 1 - Laredo Taqueria 1 - Pizzitola’s 1 - Candelari’s 1 - Jenni’s Noodle House 1 - Crickets Creamery (coffee, gelato, vegetarian food) 1 - Glass Wall 1 - Porch Swing 1 - Boom Boom Room 1 - Cedar Creek 1 - Freebirds 1 - Jus’ Mac I'm guessing Jus' Mac will be eating at/from Jus' Mac at least 12x! [side musings: It's a question beyond my skill set, but I think it would be interesting to find out more about what puts certain places on our "most-frequented" lists when they might not make our "best in the area" lists. Convenience obviously plays into it to some extent - places close to us, delivery and drive-thru places. Where we socialize is likely another factor (I think it's behind a number of these). The food has to pretty good, I'm sure, even if it's not the best around (if it's the best around, then it's obvious why we're regulars - I'm more interested in the other places we're regulars). Predictability/consistency helps. Perceived value. Habit. Kid-friendly for those with kids (and kid-light for some people without). Dietary issues/preferences. Can I get a much-needed adult beverage there, in some cases. It's a pretty day, where's a nice patio - that's got to be one. Wanting to support a place because it's local or helped save an historic building or puts forth an ideology we like or something. Knowing the owner/chef/bartender is important to some people. And some people will intentionally become a "regular" at a certain place because being a regular there fits in with a notion they have of where they'd like to say they're a regular (and hey, why not). Maybe I'm over-complicating it, or maybe our reasons are even more complex. Like I said - beyond my skill set. But I'm guessing that many of those factors have a role to play in whether a restaurant is a success b/c, while people raving about your restaurant is great, at the end of the day, what makes most restaurants successful will be those 12x regulars. I think. Am guessing.] Thanks again for the input! If y'all keep listing, I'll keep tallying. Recapping, the question is which Heights-area places do you eat at or order from most frequently? And: (1) "Most frequently" - For this purpose, places at which you eat (or from which you order) at least 12 or more times a year (2) "Heights area" - For this purpose, let's broadly call it the area bounded by Memorial to the south, 610 to the west and north, and 45 to the east (3) If a place is new, or somewhere you've just discovered, go ahead and include it if your best guess is that you'll easily eat there at least 12 times in the next 12 months
  10. I don't see any building permit suggesting this is happening, at least not at a Heights Blvd. address. Even checking by zip code, I didn't see anything. I know the poster was just asking, but I'd have to hear more to give the rumor any credence.
  11. I got some additional independent confirmation since I last posted. (Though of course this kind of thing is never 100% until the doors are open.) Yeah, I'm pretty pleased, too. Unless people were hoping the place wouldn't reopen as a bar, I think this is about as good an outcome as possible for a number of reasons. And I think they will do really well there.
  12. Running tally so far... 6 - El Rey (ceviche, Cuban tacos, El Rey tacos, carnitas tacos, fish torta) 5 - Berryhill (fish tacos) 4 - Lola 4 - Onion Creek 3 - Stella Sola (brunch) 3 - Dacapos (sandwiches, custom cakes, cakes, pie by slice) 3 - Star Pizza 3 - Dry Creek (chicken tender salad) 2 - King Biscuit (spicy fries, outdoor grill) 2 - Empire Seafood 2 - Chilosos (breakfast tacos) 2 - Carter and Cooley (sandwiches, honey ham and brie sandwich) 2 - Beaver’s (Nacho Mamma’s oysters) 2 - Pink’s (Mediterranean) 2 - El Tiempo 2 - Chicago Pizza (deep dish) 2 - Pie in the Sky 2 - Mission Burrito 2 - JAX Grill 2 - Dragon Bowl 2 - Antidote 2 - Hickory Hollow 2 - Someburger 2 - Shade 2 - Teotihuacan 2 - Chatter’s Café 1 - El Gallo de Jalisco (tacos al pastor) 1 - Sweet Temptation 1 - Patrenellas (lasagna) 1 - Spanish Flowers 1 - Andy’s (“regular” breakfast) 1 - Queen Burger (shakes with stuff in them) 1 - 11th St. Café 1 - Laredo Taqueria 1 - Pizzitola’s 1 - Big Mamou 1 - Candelari’s 1 - Jenni’s Noodle House 1 - Crickets Creamery (coffee, gelato, vegetarian food) 1 - Glass Wall Recapping, the question is which Heights-area places do you eat at or order from most frequently? And: (1) "Most frequently" - For this purpose, places at which you eat (or from which you order) at least 12 or more times a year (2) "Heights area" - For this purpose, let's broadly call it the area bounded by Memorial to the south, 610 to the west and north, and 45 to the east (3) If a place is new, or somewhere you've just discovered, go ahead and include it if your best guess is that you'll easily eat there at least 12 times in the next 12 months Cheers, y'all. Pretty interesting stuff! I counted 5+ places I haven't even tried...
  13. I forgot to check the permits - thanks!
  14. I don't have any information other than this: Roeders Pub was granted a liquor license in February for the White Oak location just east of Studewood that used to be the Heights Sports and Social Lounge. Does anyone know anything else? I've been to Roeders Pub in Montrose a handful of times over the years. It always seemed like a nice neighborhood place, with friendly people behind the bar.
  15. Running tally so far... 6 - El Rey (ceviche, Cuban tacos, El Rey tacos, carnitas tacos, fish torta) 4 - Lola 4 - Berryhill (fish tacos) 3 - Onion Creek 3 - Stella Sola (brunch) 3 - Dacapos (sandwiches, custom cakes, cakes, pie by slice) 2 - King Biscuit (spicy fries, outdoor grill) 2 - Empire Seafood 2 - Chilosos (breakfast tacos) 2 - Carter and Cooley (sandwiches, honey ham and brie sandwich) 2 - Dry Creek 2 - Star Pizza 2 - Beaver’s (Nacho Mamma’s oysters) 2 - Pink’s (Mediterranean) 2 - El Tiempo 1 - El Gallo de Jalisco (tacos al pastor) 1 - Sweet Temptation 1 - Patrenellas (lasagna) 1 - Spanish Flowers 1 - Pie in the Sky 1 - Antidote 1 - Chicago Pizza 1 - Andy’s (“regular” breakfast) 1 - Queen Burger (shakes with stuff in them) 1 - 11th St. Café 1 - Someburger 1 - Laredo Taqueria 1 - Hickory Hollow 1 - Pizzitola’s 1 - Big Mamou 1 - Mission Burrito 1 - JAX Grill 1 - Dragon Bowl 1 - Candelari’s Recapping, the question is which Heights-area places do you eat at or order from most frequently? And: (1) "Most frequently" - For this purpose, places at which you eat (or from which you order) at least 12 or more times a year (2) "Heights area" - For this purpose, let's broadly call it the area bounded by Memorial to the south, 610 to the west and north, and 45 to the east (3) If a place is new, or somewhere you've just discovered, go ahead and include it if your best guess is that you'll easily eat there at least 12 times in the next 12 months Thanks for contributing!
  16. Running tally so far... 3 - Onion Creek 3 - El Rey (ceviche, Cuban tacos, El Rey tacos, carnitas tacos) 3 - Stella Sola (brunch) 3 - Lola 2 - King Biscuit (spicy fries, outdoor grill) 2 - Berryhill (fish tacos) 2 - Empire Seafood 2 - Chilosos (breakfast tacos) 2 - Carter and Cooley (sandwiches, honey ham and brie sandwich) 2 - Dacapos (sandwiches, custom cakes, cakes, pie by slice) 2 - Dry Creek 2 - Star Pizza 2 - Beaver’s (Nacho Mamma’s oysters) 1 - Pink’s (Mediterranean) 1 - El Gallo de Jalisco (tacos al pastor) 1 - Sweet Temptation 1 - Patrenellas (lasagna) 1 - Spanish Flowers 1 - Pie in the Sky 1 - Antidote 1 - Chicago Pizza 1 - Andy’s (“regular” breakfast) 1 - Queen Burger (shakes with stuff in them) 1 - 11th St. Café 1 - El Tiempo Recapping, the question is which Heights-area places do you eat at or order from most frequently? And: (1) "Most frequently" - For this purpose, places at which you eat (or from which you order) at least 12 or more times a year (2) "Heights area" - For this purpose, let's broadly call it the area bounded by Memorial to the south, 610 to the west and north, and 45 to the east (3) If a place is new, or somewhere you've just discovered, go ahead and include it if your best guess is that you'll easily eat there at least 12 times in the next 12 months Thanks for the lists!
  17. Running tally so far... 2 - King Biscuit (spicy fries, outdoor grill) 2 - Berryhill (fish tacos) 2 - Empire Seafood 2 - Chilosos (breakfast tacos) 2 - Carter and Cooley (sandwiches, honey ham and brie sandwich) 2 - El Rey (ceviche, Cuban tacos, El Rey tacos, carnitas tacos) 1 - Beaver’s (Nacho Mamma’s oysters) 1 - Pink’s (Mediterranean) 1 - El Gallo de Jalisco (tacos al pastor) 1 - Sweet Temptation 1 - Patrenellas (lasagna) 1 - Spanish Flowers 1 - Stella Sola 1 - Dacapos (sandwiches, custom cakes) 1 - Onion Creek 1 - Lola 1 - Pie in the Sky 1 - Dry Creek 1 - Antidote 1 - Chicago Pizza 1 - Andy’s (“regular” breakfast) 1 - Queen Burger (shakes with stuff in them) Recapping, the question is which Heights-area places do you eat at or order from most frequently, and: (1) "Most frequently" - For this purpose, places at which you eat (or from which you order) at least 12 or more times a year (2) "Heights area" - For this purpose, let's broadly call it the area bounded by Memorial to the south, 610 to the west and north, and 45 to the east (3) If a place is new, or somewhere you've just discovered, go ahead and include it if your best guess is that you'll easily eat there at least 12 times in the next 12 months It interests me because, at least in my case, there's a difference between my "favorite" local spots food-wise and where I actually eat or order from regularly. 12x per year was a somewhat arbitrary cut-off, but I figured that would keep most people's lists at about 10 places or under. If there are more lists to come, I'll keep up the running tally - thanks!
  18. Interested to hear what Heights-area restaurants y'all eat at (or order from) most frequently, and if you have a standard order there. To keep us on the same page: (1) "Most frequently" - For this purpose, places at which you eat (or from which you order) at least 12 or more times a year (2) "Heights area" - For this purpose, let's broadly call it the area bounded by Memorial to the south, 610 to the west and north, and 45 to the east (3) If a place is new, or somewhere you've just discovered, go ahead and include it if your best guess is that you'll easily eat there at least 12 times in the next 12 months I think that the above criteria narrow my list down to just the below places. If there's something I order more often than not, I've listed it also. - King Biscuit (spicy fries) - Beaver’s (Nacho Mamma’s oysters) - Pink’s (Mediterranean) - El Gallo de Jalisco (tacos al pastor) - El Rey (ceviche) Anyone else want to share their list? If a number of people respond, I'll keep a running tally.
  19. I think the filling station came up once in another thread. In case it helps, looking quickly, I saw the following city directory information for 1402 Oxford (and 1404 Oxford): In 1936-38, in 1940, and in 1942, the listing for that address is the "Oxford Street Service Station". In 1936-38, a Mrs. Frances Schauer is listed as living next door, at 1404 Oxford. In 1940 and 1942, Frederick R. Schauer is listed as living next door, at 1404 Oxford. And it looks from a quick search online that, when it was constructed in 1929, it was known as the "Schauer Filling Station". Someone with the maiden name "Schauer" is mentioned in the acknowledgments section of Ann Sloane's new book of Heights photos. Assuming she's part of the same Schauer family, she might be a good person to contact regarding old photos of the filling station.
  20. The best way to find info on Dowdy online is to make sure you do searches for all permutations of his name: Wilkes Alfred Dowdy; W. Alfred Dowdy; Wilkes A. Dowdy; W.A. Dowdy; Dowdy, Wilkes A.; etc. Though he served as city architect in Houston (and so drafted plans for things like a renovation of the city auditorium), he also designed buildings outside Houston, such as the San Jacinto County Courthouse. Finding blueprints for a city building may require a search of some repositories beyond just those you mention - they're probably somewhere in the city records if the library doesn't have them. Per an old newspaper article, Dowdy presented detailed plans for the hospital (and the nurses home built on the same land - so I'm guessing also the boiler room) to the "hospital board" on March 22, 1923. I'd suggest you start by figuring out what form the city's hospital board took in that time period and where the hospital board's records are kept. Seems like there's a decent chance the blueprints would be with the hospital board records, assuming they haven't been destroyed. I know you said that you'd already checked with the library, but make sure you've checked with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center specifically. Their hours may still be affected by the construction on the Ideson building, but they're the people who would know if the library has the blueprints. Others may have other suggestions for you.
  21. Dowdy did design more than one building, and where you would look for blueprints would depend on the building. I'm assuming you're not referring to Jeff Davis Hospital given it was recently renovated. Can you give us more information?
  22. It was a pretty song. It was the two-note call like you hear a number of times in , but just the two-note call over and over.Looking at some of the invasive species sites earlier, it looked like the European starlings that Niche saw may be the biggest invasive bird concern here in Houston, at least as far as impact on native bird species goes. One of the sites said that the European starling was originally brought to America because someone wanted to introduce into the U.S. every species mentioned in Shakespeare's works. Sounds a bit apocryphal, but it was an interesting story.
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