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Remember the Chuck Wagon Hamburger place in Houston?


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At one time there were 16 Chuc Waguns in Houston. My daddy and his brother ran 3 of them at one time. My cousins ran others. I have fond memories of working there. I guess Chuc Wagun followers know that the Wheel Burger, Hub Burger and Spoke (hot dog) were the components of the contestoga wagon.

Each location had a number. My daddy's CW at Crosstimbers and Yale was #5. He also had on at Bissonet and Kirby...that was #2. In reading this blog I saw lots of familiar names...Richard Warren was my first cousin. My uncle was Marshall Warren. I grew up with the Derr children and if any of them see this blog I would love to get in touch with them. Alas my mother/daddy, Richard and Uncle Marshall has all passed into memory now but I have wonderful memories and stories to tell.

Someone mentioned the plastic box that the money was dropped into the box and change was made with a change machine. I learned to make change at an early age working there.

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There was a Chuck Wagon on W. 34th st. next door to Waltrip High School, about the 1300 block. I know that it was in operation from the mid 50's until around 1968, likely longer than that.

Wheel Burgers were $.35, Hub Brurgrs were $.25 and Spokes were $.25. They had the best tater tots ever made. When you called to place an order, they answered the phone Chuck Wagon #9. The location is now an abandoned auto repair.

The only better hamburger I ever had as a kid was at Linder Lake. Now that goes back a long, long time.

There is still an old building on Broadway that has the wagon top. I'll see if I can get a pic.

Best hamburgers/steakburgers ever is still in operation in the East End.......CHAMP BURGER on Sampson a block N. of Harrisburg. Always service with a smile, quick & price is right! Been in business @ 50 yrs by same family. I use every excuse imaginable to swing by for breakfast sandwich [bacon for mine]. Chuck Wagon on 34th was good also. Still remember the tall slim man who was there every time. Next door was the convenice store ?Brennens? which had a great meat dept. Another long time business is the Aztec Tool rental. Owner has made a fortune. Was small building & now has half the block & some down in next block near TC Jester. Always nice, knowledgeable people there......Walking memory lane.

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Wasn't Roy Rogers restaurant kind of popular for a while?

and I wonder if the real actor gave his ok to use his name? I understand you just cant grab a famous name and use it without consent, etc. mellow.gif

I imagine Roy Rogers had a hand in the creation said restaurant and use of the namesake. There's no way they could've ran with his name without his approval.

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Hello all, I stumbled across this fourum by searching for "Chuc Wagun".

Richard Warren was my uncle. He was one of the co-owners of the place along with my dad Ken Whetzel, and his friend, Tony.

My dad built the building on the Bissonett location. My grandfather, Marshal Warren, ran the location with the old Wagon top on OST. My mom worked there while she was going to school.

I spent much time there in my teens working jobs around there and making onion rings, which we made fresh each day by hand. Luckly, we had an automatic, "manual" onion slicer that made part of that process a lot quicker. Intresting to hear of so many people that remember the old places. smile.gif

I stumbled across this also.(I love this forum)... On my seventh birthday, back in '56, was one of my best birthday presents I remember.All I wanted was all the Wheel Burgers I could eat ! It was the one on OST I think they were 35 cents and to die for.

My whole family loaded in the car and went out for dinner. I ate two and started on the third when I found out what glutton I was. Lesson never learned! :D

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I used to also get Wheel Burgers at the one on OST and huge drinks.....the Hub Burger was the small one and the hot dog was called the Spoke Dog.

4:30ish PM after football and basketball practice at BHS, the Chuck Wagon on Bellaire just west of Chimney Rock and later the one on Bissonnet & Beechnut (now El Pupusadromo Numero Dos), for a Wheel with Cheese, Fries, and a Tub o' Coke (a quart I think)

then home for mom's big dinner at 7PM...

it was good to be a teenager in the mid-60s :-)

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I was thinking of the one we used to go to in the early 60's. I found a photo online...I'm not sure where this one was.

 

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I was trying to remember the name of these short-lived 'novelty' round corn chips. We were living in Houston in the early 60's and I remember these round corn chips coming out. I'm pretty sure they were from Frito-Lay and they were hyping the novelty of them being round and coin-like. That's I why I seem to recall them having a name like PESOS or CENTAVOS, but I see nothing online.  
  
I can literally picture myself at Chuck Wagon (or Chuc Wagun) eating a bag of them with my hot dog. I don't think they lasted long and maybe they were just testing them in that region. 

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A nice person answered me on another forum and they WERE called PESOS! If I had Google'd Frito-Lay and PESOS I would have found a couple of things about the trademark. I kept trying Frito-Lay and 'round corn chips', 'early 60's.' Would still love to see an image of an old bag or the logo.

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At one time there were 16 Chuc Waguns in Houston. My daddy and his brother ran 3 of them at one time. My cousins ran others. I have fond memories of working there. I guess Chuc Wagun followers know that the Wheel Burger, Hub Burger and Spoke (hot dog) were the components of the contestoga wagon.

Each location had a number. My daddy's CW at Crosstimbers and Yale was #5. He also had on at Bissonet and Kirby...that was #2. In reading this blog I saw lots of familiar names...Richard Warren was my first cousin. My uncle was Marshall Warren. I grew up with the Derr children and if any of them see this blog I would love to get in touch with them. Alas my mother/daddy, Richard and Uncle Marshall has all passed into memory now but I have wonderful memories and stories to tell.

Someone mentioned the plastic box that the money was dropped into the box and change was made with a change machine. I learned to make change at an early age working there.

 

I just stumbled onto this post some four years late, apparently.  Which Derr children did you work with?  You might remember Mike Winner, too.  

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The Chuc Wagon in Pasadena was a block from my Grandfather's gas station, on lthe southwest corner of Shaver & Harris, across the street from the Catholic School on Main street.

Directly across Shaver was an empty lot that was a big, vegetable and fruit stand with a railroad box car in the middle of it.  I worked there for a couple of summers while I was in Jackson Jr. high school.  The danged thing was open 24/7.  Chuc Wagon had the best burgers, fries and malts that I can remember and ya'll are right, being a teen in the 60's was a great time.

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BigDenTx -- I remember that Pasadena Chuck Wagon too. Got burgers there many times, and I THINK they also sold some Tex-Mex because I also bought tacos there - unless my memory is playing its usual tricks on me.

 

I went to Jackson too. A VERY long time ago. Eisenhower was President. When were you there?

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On 9/16/2007 at 8:02 AM, Disastro said:

Anybody remember the Chuck Wagon restaurant? I think it was over on Airline or somewhere near Garden Oaks. I remember my parents taking me there when I was a little kid...remember the food being good. Can anyone give some details or pictures of the joint?

Dis

 

Actually, i haven't been there yet. But i have been hearing a lot about the tasty burgers of Chuck wagon from my sister in law who lives nearby. She described it as a hamburger which is flavorful with a good kick. If I remember it right, the restaurant serves a good breakfast also.

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On 10/27/2016 at 10:10 AM, Earlydays said:

Used to go to the one on OST in the '60s....Wheel Burgers, Hub Burgers and Spoke Dogs!

 

I was not around for Chuck Wagon, but this makes me wonder if Wheel Burger at  1073 Silber Rd, Houston, TX 77055  took their name, and burger name from Chuck Wagon... Maybe it was a former location?

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On 8/20/2012 at 5:05 PM, Earlydays said:

Chuck Wagon did have good hamburgers, but I think the best Houston hamburger chain was Hamburgers by Gourmet!

 

 

Growing up in Southwest Houston (close to the intersection of South Main & OST)  the best burger joint was Prince's Hamburgers.

 

Chuck wagon had the best onion rings I ever eaten period. Man I miss those onion rings.  

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I remember this restaurant as a kid. at 6817 Bissonett. I remember going there with my Dad and to this day thought they were the most tasty burgers I ever remember. Then in maybe 1977-1978 or around there timeframe it got either new management or became another restaurant and the burgers changed, weren't as good. I remember the patties being thin and well cooked to perfection. My Dad was a connoisseur of burger joints. He loved them. Miss him.

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I remember this restaurant as a kid. at 6817 Bissonett. I remember going there with my Dad and to this day thought they were the most tasty burgers I ever remember. Then in maybe 1977-1978 or around there timeframe it got either new management or became another restaurant and the burgers changed, weren't as good. I remember the patties being thin and well cooked to perfection. My Dad was a connoisseur of burger joints. He loved them. Miss him.

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I sure remember Johnnies Hamburger House. It was run by a fellow named John Glos. He had a couple  of sons named Frankie and Jodie. Nice little family place. The building is / was still there. If you were a good customer, he'd sometimes give you a cigar box. I had a paper route and stopped by there every day. A soft serve ice cream cone was a nickel.

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On 9/16/2007 at 10:02 AM, Disastro said:

Anybody remember the Chuck Wagon restaurant? I think it was over on Airline or somewhere near Garden Oaks. I remember my parents taking me there when I was a little kid...remember the food being good. Can anyone give some details or pictures of the joint?

Dis

The was one on the SE side off of OST as well. We would go there as a kid.

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Hello. I used to manage chuc wagon #14 for Richard warren, A Z and Ken Whetzel. They were the 3 owners in 71. This is Larry. Yep. Those were the days. Mike Bennett great employee.  Great burgers and especially the broasted chicken. Mike and I also owned car corner across the street in the old fina station.

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Hi...My name is Jon Gantenbein and I worked at Chuc Wagun # 1 on O.S.T. for Marshall Warren.  Most times I would close up at night and delivered the 

money to Mr. Warren's home every night. I was about 19 when I first started working there. I had a 60 Corvette for a while and used to park it where I could see it

late at night. I worked with some of the best people. Some of the guys were working there way thru college and went on to have great careers.

We used to have contests to see how many burgers could be wrapped in one minute. Naturally I won most of the time. I think I was about 22 when I stopped

working there. I worked with a guy named Jones and there was Ernie Derr, Richard Warren, Ronnie Seals, Dr. Jack Bridwell,  and several of my younger

cousins later on. It was a wonderful experience in my early life. I'm 82 now and remember it like it was yesterday

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