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Anyone know if the Steak 'n' Shake on College Park in the Woodlands is open, or nearly so, yet? Interestingly, in searching the city's permit database I saw permits issued for two more, in ?Cypress? and ?Stafford? Anyone know anything else?

Marty

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Anyone know if the Steak 'n' Shake on College Park in the Woodlands is open, or nearly so, yet? Interestingly, in searching the city's permit database I saw permits issued for two more, in ?Cypress? and ?Stafford? Anyone know anything else?

Marty

Sounds cheesy, like Shake 'n Bake.

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haha no kidding

it should be interesting to see how they do here - always liked going to them in the midwest

Yeah, me too. There are now several in the Dallas area. I remember them when they were here in the 70's, one in Webster in particular. But, to get back on topic, what's going on with the Woodlands one? It was announced back in February.

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Anyone know if the Steak 'n' Shake on College Park in the Woodlands is open, or nearly so, yet? Interestingly, in searching the city's permit database I saw permits issued for two more, in ?Cypress? and ?Stafford? Anyone know anything else?

Marty

Cypress Town Center (Target Center) has had a Steak 'n' Shake on its master plan for two years now, but no movement on the ground yet.

http://www.propertycommerce.com/content-prlist.htm has a map of the property.

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Gotta love the shakes there, and those skinny little fries of theirs!

SnS has been in a major expansion mode for some time now, primarily in the Southeast. Speaking of which, I'd love to see some of these Southeastern restaurants come out this way:

Hardee's (yes, they've gotten MUCH better)

Zaxby's (a chicken finger chain)

Bojangles (a Carolina version of Popeyes)

Krystals (I hope I need not explain this one...)

I'm thrilled that Wild Wing Cafe has made its way out here!

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Ya know, I rode up & down that friggin road looking for it, and I never found it! I was so dang mad!

That's a bummer. I am really unfamiliar with the area, but coming from Houston proper I just took 45N, exited 1960 and took a left, and it was on the left a few miles down the road.

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Yeah, yeah, Krystals this, Hardees that, blah blah blah. And I know that some people think that SnS is total crap cooked by Satan and served by surly apprentice demons. Please, please, please, someone just tell me what's going on with the one in the Woodlands that was announced in Feb '06!

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Yeah, yeah, Krystals this, Hardees that, blah blah blah. And I know that some people think that SnS is total crap cooked by Satan and served by surly apprentice demons. Please, please, please, someone just tell me what's going on with the one in the Woodlands that was announced in Feb '06!

aww! well...according to MCAD, Steak n Shake still owns the property...but that might not mean much

http://orion.mcad-tx.org/appraisal/publica...yOwnerID=590898

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That's a bummer. I am really unfamiliar with the area, but coming from Houston proper I just took 45N, exited 1960 and took a left, and it was on the left a few miles down the road.

According to b4-u-eat.com, it's at 1623 FM 1960 W. Krystal's website also has a store locator, but I can't seem to get it to work right now.

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According to b4-u-eat.com, it's at 1623 FM 1960 W. Krystal's website also has a store locator, but I can't seem to get it to work right now.

Krystal is like a beacon on 1960, which is a scary road to me - i can get there with no problem :D

It's useful that there is a traffic light where you turn in the driveway...

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Krystal is like a beacon on 1960, which is a scary road to me - i can get there with no problem :D

It's useful that there is a traffic light where you turn in the driveway...

Last time I ate at Steak n Shake was in Little Rock, Ark. But I remember there being one on FM 1960 near Champions when I was in Jr. High...used to eat at that one too.

I remember they had a Sonic-like drive in.

I think that location became a Grandy's later on.

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Last time I ate at Steak n Shake was in Little Rock, Ark. But I remember there being one on FM 1960 near Champions when I was in Jr. High...used to eat at that one too.

I remember they had a Sonic-like drive in.

I think that location became a Grandy's later on.

Steak N Shake is going in - for real - at the southeast corner of Eldridge and 1960 (between a car wash and a strip center in front of Target). The corp traded the land with the developer for the Cypress location to this one (about 5miles away). The structure is standing and the sign is in-place. It should be complete early summer.

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Steak N Shake is going in - for real - at the southeast corner of Eldridge and 1960 (between a car wash and a strip center in front of Target). The corp traded the land with the developer for the Cypress location to this one (about 5miles away). The structure is standing and the sign is in-place. It should be complete early summer.

-Chris

Great news! Thanks!

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http://www.hcnonline.com/site/news.cfm?new...35447&rfi=6

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After a three-decade break from the market, one American staple of fast-dining is ready to give the Bayou City another shake.

Famous for their Steakburger sandwiches and hand-dipped milk shakes available 24 hours a day, the Illinois-based diner-style chain restaurant Steak n Shake is firing up its grills again in Houston.

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Hmmm...IMO, Steak n Shake's burgers aren't really any better than what you get at Burger King (Whataburger is better, IMO). And, as I recall from having eaten at a Steak n Shake in the past, it's not exactly "fast" food--I've typically had to wait a good 10-15 minutes after placing my order at the counter (the drive thru is even more excruciatingly slooooooooooooooooooow).

Maybe I should give em another try. But, suffice it to say that my Steak n Shake experience has been less than stellar in the past.

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Hmmm...IMO, Steak n Shake's burgers aren't really any better than what you get at Burger King (Whataburger is better, IMO). And, as I recall from having eaten at a Steak n Shake in the past, it's not exactly "fast" food--I've typically had to wait a good 10-15 minutes after placing my order at the counter (the drive thru is even more excruciatingly slooooooooooooooooooow).

Maybe I should give em another try. But, suffice it to say that my Steak n Shake experience has been less than stellar in the past.

The Steak-n-Shake in Austin is vastly superior to Burger King or Whataburger. It's a real hamburger and real french fries. It isn't fast food, but that's OK.

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The Steak-n-Shake in Austin is vastly superior to Burger King or Whataburger. It's a real hamburger and real french fries. It isn't fast food, but that's OK.

Is the Steak-n-Shake in Austin new?? I lived there through 2005 and thought I had had every burger in town (Players, Huts, Frans, Dans, Dirty's, BurgerTex, etc....)

I welcome a new burger place in NW Harris...P.O.'s is great, but it is really dirty in there (not just old character dirty, but actually kinda filthy...even the walls feel greasy) and after that it is chainsville for burger joints...

Edit:::of course this is another chain....oh well...

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I can't say for sure about the Austin SnS, but I thought they came back to Texas in the early 2000's, in the DFW suburbs first. My guess is that it is fairly new, and memebag either went when it had just opened, or he went in the '70s during SnS's first abortive foray into Texas markets.

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I can't say for sure about the Austin SnS, but I thought they came back to Texas in the early 2000's, in the DFW suburbs first. My guess is that it is fairly new, and memebag either went when it had just opened, or he went in the '70s during SnS's first abortive foray into Texas markets.

I think I went in the late 90s. I found a blog saying they were coming to Austin in 2007, so maybe they shut down since I was there. Or maybe I dreamed it.

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There was one in Clear Lake/Webster, on Bay Area Blvd, I believe. Also one on Westheimer, I think. I was pretty young at the time and not very cognizant of Houston geography. Others can probably answer with more accuracy.

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I remember going to the one in Webster in the late 70s.

Ate at one in Tennessee a few months ago. Eh, so so. It had table service/waiters. I liked that you could get a wider selection of sides. But that whole spaghetti/chili thing. Ick. Is that a midwestern taste-treat?

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But that whole spaghetti/chili thing. Ick. Is that a midwestern taste-treat?

Yes, exactly. My wife, who grew up in Iowa and spent some time in Cincinnati, always gets chili when I drag her to SnS on long car trips.

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I remember going to the one in Webster in the late 70s.

Ate at one in Tennessee a few months ago. Eh, so so. It had table service/waiters. I liked that you could get a wider selection of sides. But that whole spaghetti/chili thing. Ick. Is that a midwestern taste-treat?

The last one I went to was in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and I had the chili 5-way...never had spaghetti + chili (+ "special sauce," onions, and cheese), but it was okay...definitely seemed like a middle america thing, though

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Great news. When traveling in known Steak 'n Shake territory (central US) I have been known to plan meals around nearby, and not so nearby, locations. Another old location in Houston was on Westheimer at Bering. The building was razed circa 1980 and eventually replaced with the current James Coney Island.

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There was one in Clear Lake/Webster, on Bay Area Blvd, I believe. Also one on Westheimer, I think. I was pretty young at the time and not very cognizant of Houston geography. Others can probably answer with more accuracy.

In the mid 70s, there was one on kirby-perhaps thats the Westheimer one, but I entered it from kirby.

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In the mid 70s, there was one on kirby-perhaps thats the Westheimer one, but I entered it from kirby.

No, I was thinking of the one at Bering and Westheimer when I said that. I don't remember one on Kirby but I was just a kid then and didn't know my way around Houston very much. Where on Kirby was it?

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No, I was thinking of the one at Bering and Westheimer when I said that. I don't remember one on Kirby but I was just a kid then and didn't know my way around Houston very much. Where on Kirby was it?

I agree with marmer. West/Kirby in that era: SW corner - Shell station; NW corner, Avalon Drug, Buffalo Hdwe, the Groove, etc.; NE corner - Demontrond (?)/Hub Buick; SE corner - can't place it but pretty sure it wasn't SnS. I lived in Montrose for most of the 70s and went by that intersection several times a week.

There was a Steak 'n Egg/Toddle House on Westheimer, just west of Buffalo Speedway, either at Edloe or Joana as I recall. Maybe that?

The link says all the planned locations are on the far NW side - that's not going to do me any good. The only one (in Houston) I ever went to was Westheimer @ Bering - I didn't get it, didn't think the burgers were anything special, but a co-worker from St. Louis loved 'em and insisted on going there.

I seek them out when I'm traveling but at $3.50 a gallon for gas, a drive up to the 1960 area for a burger isn't on the agenda.

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I remember going to the one in Webster in the late 70s.

Ate at one in Tennessee a few months ago. Eh, so so. It had table service/waiters. I liked that you could get a wider selection of sides. But that whole spaghetti/chili thing. Ick. Is that a midwestern taste-treat?

Cincinnati style chili is really a Greek gravy over spaghetti with very different spices than Texas chili and there's very little meat in the gravy. A 5-way includes spaghetti, 'chili,' kidney beans and onions layered with tons of grated cheese on top. You can get the chili in the freezer section of Kroger stores and see stories about the chili parlors in Cincinnati on FoodTV showing how it's served. I like to bake it until the cheese is melted and crisped a little on top (and I omit the beans, like any good Texan). A Cincinnati style chili flavored mac 'n cheese.

The chili served at SnS is really just a very bland, very tomatoe-y Texas chili, like Hormel, served over spaghetti - not really the same thing.

Chili spaghetti, Mexican spaghetti, espagheti mexicano used to be on the menus of old-style Tex-Mex restaurants like Felix and Larry's in Richmond.

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Cincinnati style chili is really a Greek gravy over spaghetti with very different spices than Texas chili and there's very little meat in the gravy. A 5-way includes spaghetti, 'chili,' kidney beans and onions layered with tons of grated cheese on top. You can get the chili in the freezer section of Kroger stores and see stories about the chili parlors in Cincinnati on FoodTV showing how it's served. I like to bake it until the cheese is melted and crisped a little on top (and I omit the beans, like any good Texan). A Cincinnati style chili flavored mac 'n cheese.

It sounds like classic diner food, courtesy of Greek immigrant restauranteurs?

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Brucesw:

Yes, Cincy chili is a completely different animal. One of the predominant flavors is cinnamon. My wife likes it, as she does Wendy's and SnS chili (which are different.) Basically, if it's got vegetables and is slightly spicy she likes it. Most Texas chili is a little (or a lot) too hot for her.

On the SE corner of Westheimer/Kirby back in the day, I'm thinkin... Lincoln/Mercury dealer?

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No, I was thinking of the one at Bering and Westheimer when I said that. I don't remember one on Kirby but I was just a kid then and didn't know my way around Houston very much. Where on Kirby was it?

This would have been in the mid 70s, and at the time I worked at Hobbit Hole on shepard between san felipe and west gray. The meateaters that worked there would sometimes go to steak and shake after shift. We would go down san felipe, and take a left, and it was on the west side of kirby, and the entrance was from kirby, but I dont remember the cross street. It was a 10-15 minute drive in the mid 70s from shepard and san felipe. It closed at some point in the 1970s, and I did not see another one till I moved to florida in 1990. I remember the burgers being remarkably good.

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This would have been in the mid 70s, and at the time I worked at Hobbit Hole on shepard between san felipe and west gray. The meateaters that worked there would sometimes go to steak and shake after shift. We would go down san felipe, and take a left, and it was on the west side of kirby, and the entrance was from kirby, but I dont remember the cross street. It was a 10-15 minute drive in the mid 70s from shepard and san felipe. It closed at some point in the 1970s, and I did not see another one till I moved to florida in 1990. I remember the burgers being remarkably good.

Interesting. Just guessing but I'd think 10 mins would get you to Alabama and beyond - along where Jamail's was and House of Pies is now, maybe to Richmond. 15 mins would get you south of 59, between Westpark down to Bissonnet? I don't remember an SnS along there but I wouldn't have driven that way much, particularly S of 59 - my route to the Village would have been via Shepherd/Greenbrier. If I get to the Texas Room I'll look in some old phone books - now I want to know. The only one I ever went to (or knew about) was Westheimer @ Bering.

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Interesting. Just guessing but I'd think 10 mins would get you to Alabama and beyond - along where Jamail's was and House of Pies is now, maybe to Richmond. 15 mins would get you south of 59, between Westpark down to Bissonnet? I don't remember an SnS along there but I wouldn't have driven that way much, particularly S of 59 - my route to the Village would have been via Shepherd/Greenbrier. If I get to the Texas Room I'll look in some old phone books - now I want to know. The only one I ever went to (or knew about) was Westheimer @ Bering.

End of shift would be during rush hour, around 5:15

Yes, I remember Jamails and House of Pies being along there somewhere- actually my fuzzy memory puts it between the two. but I have not been on those streets in decades. It was definately around there somewhere, because it was my first encounter with the chain- and only one for 20 years. The only other place where I could imagine it would be on buffalo speedway, between 59 and san felipe. But that would only be on the assumption that it was never on kirby which it where I remember it being.

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End of shift would be during rush hour, around 5:15

Yes, I remember Jamails and House of Pies being along there somewhere- actually my fuzzy memory puts it between the two. but I have not been on those streets in decades. It was definately around there somewhere, because it was my first encounter with the chain- and only one for 20 years. The only other place where I could imagine it would be on buffalo speedway, between 59 and san felipe. But that would only be on the assumption that it was never on kirby which it where I remember it being.

Maybe it was where Beck's Prime is now.

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I can't believe this hasn't been posted yet but Steak and Shake is finally opening a restaurant here...and it's right on 1960 just before Eldridge in front of the Target, next to the car wash. Looks like it should be open in the next month! My husband is beyond excited! They have the best burgers and shakes!! Love the Frisco Melt!

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