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I found '76 listings at:

-5240 Bellaire (bank)

-1951 Cullen (the one Gonzo mentioned)

-6215 Harrisburg (strip mall)

-9409 Jensen

-4950 Lehigh

-8101 S Main (Taco Cabana - the one Rob mentioned)

-815 Pierce

-1500 N Shepherd (car lot - the on rps mentioned)

-2316 S Shepherd (old Red Lion)

-1610 San Jacinto

-702 Travis

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I would suspect the one on Travis was in the tunnel system.

I found '76 listings at:

-5240 Bellaire (bank)

-1951 Cullen (the one Gonzo mentioned)

-6215 Harrisburg (strip mall)

-9409 Jensen

-4950 Lehigh

-8101 S Main (Taco Cabana - the one Rob mentioned)

-815 Pierce

-1500 N Shepherd (car lot - the on rps mentioned)

-2316 S Shepherd (old Red Lion)

-1610 San Jacinto

-702 Travis

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The one behind Sears on Main was either on or next to Ruth street. I recall seeing the name as we exited from eating our burgers. Yummmmmm. :D

You can still see a tiny piece of Ruth street there. Never will forget the classic car club meets they used to have there on Friday or Saturday nights? I often wondered where those awesome bunch of people went to? -_-

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1955 Locations...

8101 S. Main St.

4509 S. Main St.

2101 S. Main St.

3523 N. Main St.

2101 Wayside

3600 Washington Ave.

6215 Harrisburg Blvd.

9409 Humble Rd.

Gulf Freeway and Cullen Blvd.

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OK HELP!!! What was the Drive In on the SW corner of Cullen and I-45 directly South of the FWY from Fingers and Buff Stadium and entrance to UH ? For the life of me I can't remember its name.

It may have been a MacDonalds.

Long before our present day McDonalds fastfood came along, there was a string of car-hop drive-ins in Houston named MacDonalds.

They looked and operated just like Prince's. They were all over town, but my favorite was the one on Main Street across the street from 2016 Main. Almost directly under the Pierce Elevated.

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The one at 4509 S. Main was the last one in operation but isn't shown on the 1976 list above. I had an aunt who was one of the roller-skating carhops in the 30s (?) and I believe she told me once she worked at that one.

Neither list shows the one at Montrose and Westheimer (not sure which street would have been the address) but I'm sure it was in operation ca. 1968-71; not sure when it closed but later than '76 I think?

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OK HELP!!! What was the Drive In on the SW corner of Cullen and I-45 directly South of the FWY from Fingers and Buff Stadium and entrance to UH ? For the life of me I can't remember its name.

That was Prince's. I still have one of the plastic menus from the order window. When they tore it down around 1987? I immediately pulled in and grabbed what I could since it was all in shambles and was headed for the city dump. I really wanted the giant metal hamburger over the door entry but it was already gone. -_-

PS, anyone that loves the Drive In legend should buy this book:

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Unless my memory is shot, I thought the Prince's was on the corner where the Catholic Charismatic Center is today, just east of Finger's. There was another drive in on the other side of the freeway on Cullen as an entrance to UH. That's the one I'm lookin for.

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Unless my memory is shot, I thought the Prince's was on the corner where the Catholic Charismatic Center is today, just east of Finger's. There was another drive in on the other side of the freeway on Cullen as an entrance to UH. That's the one I'm lookin for.

Nope. It has always been smack on that sharp corner.

I cannot recall what was on the now Charasmatic spot but it definetly was not Prince's. If you go there today you can still (sadly) see the stubs where the order menus stood. When cars pulled in they would face North towards the (now) Charasmatic CTR. The restaurant itself was facing South directly at Gulf Frwy and U of H. You always had a great view of it as you passed over on 45 especially when the striped canopes on the poles were rolled. Remember they would roll them up in high winds?

FYI: The Orange Tommy's were those little bottles of spirits that would give you a light buzz. I can still picture the carhops bringing grown up's an ice cold beer wrapped in that transparent tissue paper. :blush:

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PS, anyone that loves the Drive In legend should buy this book:

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Agreed. The author, Jim Heimann, has written extensively on a variety of topics that would be of interest to HAIFers. I have many of the books he's authored and recommend them unreservedly, particularly the All-American Ads series, California Crazy (roadside vernacular architecture), Out With The Stars (golden-age Hollywood nightlife), and May I Take Your Order? (American menu design).

Jim Heimann books at Amazon

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Agreed. The author, Jim Heimann, has written extensively on a variety of topics that would be of interest to HAIFers. I have many of the books he's authored and recommend them unreservedly, particularly the All-American Ads series, California Crazy (roadside vernacular architecture), Out With The Stars (golden-age Hollywood nightlife), and May I Take Your Order? (American menu design).

Jim Heimann books at Amazon

Sounds fantastic!

Funny how the mind works and starts to bring back fond memories of Prince's Drive In's. We often talk about the food, etc but what really was good was the valued time you had to share with family and pal's as you sat in the car waiting for your order. We often laughed, gossiped, whatever with everyone while we watched the carhops prepare the tray with the food and drink. They prepared with the utmost care while writing out the tickets and grabbing the big NUMBER cards they placed under your windshield.

While you waited for the meal you could get out and go place coins in the juke box and take your time picking out a good 45 to play while all the other cars were watching others play around playing fav songs. The crowds that pulled up were always interesting. You would see car loads of teens, couples, family with children, some people dressed to-the-nines after coming from a dance. I just hated when cars would honk for the carhop to hurry up and we hated when some smart alec's would get into brawls. Some teens would drive off without paying as a prank, not too funny for the carhop.

Now I am thinking about a Fried Fish Basket and strawberry malt. :P

PS, it's the artwork on the little billboards on the property that I miss the most. These were advertisments of the Shrimp Basket's, Hamburger's, etc. When illuminated at night they were dazzling!

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I have a list from the 50s and another from the 60s that I can add (if I can remember). :D

Also have an early menu to post....

Yep, I would have to scan the approx 1 ft x 2ft plastic menu I have too.

We kids often wondered how the carhops could quickly (and swiftly) prop up the food tray so easily and trust that it could hold all of the yummies on top? And most older cars had such large dashboard you could fit the whole meal on it too.

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1964 Prince's Drive-In Locations:

Stand No. 5: 1951 Cullen

Stand No. 7: 1500 N Shepherd

Stand No. 8: 9409 Humble Rd

Stand No. 9: 5240 Bellaire Blvd

Stand No. 10: 4509 Main

Stand No. 15: 6215 Hsbg

Stand No. 25: 3600 Washington

Stand No. 30: 8101 Main

Stand No. 36: 2101 Wayside

1966 Prince's Drive-In Locations:

Same as 1964 except for the addition of Stand No. 26, 1303 Fed Rd.

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1957 Prince's Drive-In locations:

Stand No. 5: 2112 Cullen

Stand No. 7: 1500 N Shepherd

Stand No. 8: 9407 Humble Rd

Stand No. 10: 4509 Main

Stand No. 15: 6215 Hsbg

Stand No. 20: 2101 Main

Stand No. 25: 3600 Washington

Stand No. 30: 8101 Main

Stand No. 35: 3523 N Main

Stand No. 36: 2101 Wayside

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Sounds fantastic!

Funny how the mind works and starts to bring back fond memories of Prince's Drive In's. We often talk about the food, etc but what really was good was the valued time you had to share with family and pal's as you sat in the car waiting for your order. We often laughed, gossiped, whatever with everyone while we watched the carhops prepare the tray with the food and drink. They prepared with the utmost care while writing out the tickets and grabbing the big NUMBER cards they placed under your windshield.

While you waited for the meal you could get out and go place coins in the juke box and take your time picking out a good 45 to play while all the other cars were watching others play around playing fav songs. The crowds that pulled up were always interesting. You would see car loads of teens, couples, family with children, some people dressed to-the-nines after coming from a dance. I just hated when cars would honk for the carhop to hurry up and we hated when some smart alec's would get into brawls. Some teens would drive off without paying as a prank, not too funny for the carhop.

Now I am thinking about a Fried Fish Basket and strawberry malt. :P

PS, it's the artwork on the little billboards on the property that I miss the most. These were advertisments of the Shrimp Basket's, Hamburger's, etc. When illuminated at night they were dazzling!

Now you've got me craving the shrimp basket with the fries and Texas toast and of course the strawberry malt! We always went to the one on Wayside just blocks from my house. I believe the building is still there but its not an eating place anymore. After it was Princes it was renamed Stephens but still had the same menu. My brother and I ate under the striped canopy for the last time in 1997. Even though the name had changed it was still like being at our childhood Princes.

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1955 Locations...

8101 S. Main St.

4509 S. Main St.

2101 S. Main St.

3523 N. Main St.

2101 Wayside

3600 Washington Ave.

6215 Harrisburg Blvd.

9409 Humble Rd.

Gulf Freeway and Cullen Blvd.

The Harrisburg Prince's (vaguely recall seeing) was right next to the RR tracks and I think it became an Icehouse later or was next door to an Icehouse? That spot today has become a nice new shopping center.

The one that was in downtown is still there but is a cajun restaurant now? The Prince's sign is still on top and is kind of 1950's googie style but has been painted over with the new cajun place name. I think it is right behind the new Sacred Heart Co cathedral? Only went to that Princes on rare ocassions. We practically lived at the Cullen/Gulf Frwy local. :blush:

Here...I will treat everyone to a good old fashioned Prince's Shrimp Basket!

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The Harrisburg Prince's (vaguely recall seeing) was right next to the RR tracks and I think it became an Icehouse later or was next door to an Icehouse? That spot today has become a nice new shopping center. The one that was in downtown is still there but is a cajun restaurant now? The Prince's sign is still on top and is kind of 1950's googie style but has been painted over with the new cajun place name. I think it is right behind the new Sacred Heart Co cathedral? Only went to that Princes on rare ocassions. We practically lived at the Cullen/Gulf Frwy local.

Hey Vertigo. I grew up on Houston's east side and I'm embarrassed to say I can't visualize a Prince's on the north side of the Gulf Fwy at Cullen.

I can't even spot it on an aerial photo of that intersection on the Houston Freeways website. Here's a link to that site. Can you spot the Prince's on the northbound feeder road?

The only thing I see that resembles an old drive-in cafe is on the other side of the Fwy, the southbound side, on the southwest corner of Cullen and the feeder road. I see what looks like the old covered parking spaces lined up on three sides of a small building.

http://www.oscarmail.net/houstonfreeways/e...eeway_72ppi.pdf

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The Harrisburg Prince's (vaguely recall seeing) was right next to the RR tracks and I think it became an Icehouse later or was next door to an Icehouse? That spot today has become a nice new shopping center.

The one that was in downtown is still there but is a cajun restaurant now? The Prince's sign is still on top and is kind of 1950's googie style but has been painted over with the new cajun place name. I think it is right behind the new Sacred Heart Co cathedral? Only went to that Princes on rare ocassions. We practically lived at the Cullen/Gulf Frwy local. :blush:

Here...I will treat everyone to a good old fashioned Prince's Shrimp Basket!

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2 hours til luchtime. Vertigo, You are evil!

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Hey Vertigo. I grew up on Houston's east side and I'm embarrassed to say I can't visualize a Prince's on the north side of the Gulf Fwy at Cullen.

I can't even spot it on an aerial photo of that intersection on the Houston Freeways website. Here's a link to that site. Can you spot the Prince's on the northbound feeder road?

The only thing I see that resembles an old drive-in cafe is on the other side of the Fwy, the southbound side, on the southwest corner of Cullen and the feeder road. I see what looks like the old covered parking spaces lined up on three sides of a small building.

http://www.oscarmail.net/houstonfreeways/e...eeway_72ppi.pdf

If you go to windows live local you can do a birdseye view of the corner of gulf frwy and Cullen and see the foundation of the old princes right on the corner across from Fingers furniture.

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If you go to windows live local you can do a birdseye view of the corner of gulf frwy and Cullen and see the foundation of the old princes right on the corner across from Fingers furniture.

Yep! The stubs of the Prince's sign are presently there now and are about 5 inches off the ground plus several of the concrete little menu islands. (This is funny, like trying to find a lost Pyramid or excavation of somekind). :D

I will describe the view looking straight into the front door. The cooking area was smack in the middle and the lady who took your order "inside" would walk up to that swinging 1/2 door write your order from the menu above your head. The eating area was to the right as you entered. The juke box was on the right wall next to the restrooms. When you sat inside you could see all of the cars and Gulf Frwy feeder to the south. Let's see...there were always pigeons munching on left over onion rings on the ground. :blush:

PS, if you drove in from Cullen you could park facing East right next to the tall Princes sign which by the way you would always see as you passed above on the Gulf Frwy. The same lady that worked the window presently works at Mandola's Deli down the street near Kroger. My mom knew her and she lived on the corner of Ernestine and Leeland across from the present Cage Elementary. She was really cool had a red/orange beehive hairdo compete with those 60's cat eye glass frames. Even sounded and chewed gum like Flo on "Alice". Ja!

I also loved that one of a kind tartar sauce they were famous for! Yum, yum!

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Prince's Menu

ROYM you deserve an award for best scanned photo of the YEAR! :D

Here is an excerpt that indicates just how much Prince's had pride in their beautiful carhops. There is a famous photo of the event and I will dig around for it, but see the news article for now:

The attention car hops received outside of Hollywood could he a bit more genuine. Capitalizing on the publicity generated by Life magazine's car hop article, the city of Galveston, Texas, initiated a car hop contest in conjunction with its Splash Days festival opening their resort season. A statewide gathering of car hops paraded on the sea wall and performed a series of restaurant maneuvers while judges sat in an open convertible. Contestants were judged on their charm, figure, courtesy, technique, and quickness of repartee. Balancing a tray filled with bottles of Coke, Seven-Up, Dr. Pepper, and beer, car hops were cheered on by thousands of onlookers celebrating "this newest and most popular of modern institutions."

Here are some of the gal's. :P

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ROYM you deserve an award for best scanned photo of the YEAR! :D

Thanks, glad you liked it! :)

I didn't know they started in Dallas either, or had locations in other cities. I guess that explains why the store numbers in Houston are not sequential.

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Thanks, glad you liked it! :)

I didn't know they started in Dallas either, or had locations in other cities. I guess that explains why the store numbers in Houston are not sequential.

The original Prince's was on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas and it actually was still in operation a couple of years ago, then closed and was torn down.

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PS - I found a picture of the Dallas one......

Now I am salivating. But first, I was so regional within our fair city of old Houston, I didn't know there were ANY other Prince's beyond ours, which was at 8101 S. Main. I find it so amusing to learn that they didn't start in Houston and when they arrived were scattered all over the place. The food:

Every single Friday night for dinner, my mother and step-father took us out to Prince's. Their favorite was the open Trout Sandwich, which is only 65 cents of the menu above, wow. I loved that item as well, but sometimes had the scrumtuous hamburger. But, always I ordered the Root Beer. I am a died in the wool Coca Cola devotee, but those weighed a ton glass mugs, frozen and frosty with the special ice and great root beer was not to be passed up, especially on a stifling summer night.

I always found it strange that Stuart's was directly across the street, talk about competition. However, the only times we went there, we ventured inside for their excellent seafood gumbo.

One more thing about carhops. They were not as portrayed in movies, gum-smacking, wise cracking broads. Very polite, big smiles and extremely good at their jobs. The info about the contest says it all.

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Now I am salivating. But first, I was so regional within our fair city of old Houston, I didn't know there were ANY other Prince's beyond ours, which was at 8101 S. Main. I find it so amusing to learn that they didn't start in Houston and when they arrived were scattered all over the place. The food:

Every single Friday night for dinner, my mother and step-father took us out to Prince's. Their favorite was the open Trout Sandwich, which is only 65 cents of the menu above, wow. I loved that item as well, but sometimes had the scrumtuous hamburger. But, always I ordered the Root Beer. I am a died in the wool Coca Cola devotee, but those weighed a ton glass mugs, frozen and frosty with the special ice and great root beer was not to be passed up, especially on a stifling summer night.

I always found it strange that Stuart's was directly across the street, talk about competition. However, the only times we went there, we ventured inside for their excellent seafood gumbo.

One more thing about carhops. They were not as portrayed in movies, gum-smacking, wise cracking broads. Very polite, big smiles and extremely good at their jobs. The info about the contest says it all.

I remember the big splurge was the shrimp basket!!

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PS - I found a picture of the Dallas one......

That's a great photo of the candy striped awning! :D

I imagine myself dipping my onion rings in that delicious tartar sauce now!

It's delightful, it's delicious, it's delictible.

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Just had to cave in and get some onion rings the other day.

FYI, the Prince's at is it Kirby and 59? Be sure to view the great pics of the old locations. There is a really good one of the classic car meets they used to have on Friday nights at the Main street location (now metro station). :D

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Just had to cave in and get some onion rings the other day.

FYI, the Prince's at is it Kirby and 59? Be sure to view the great pics of the old locations. There is a really good one of the classic car meets they used to have on Friday nights at the Main street location (now metro station). :D

I sure would like to have lived in that "innocent" era. The Wayside location is now a car lot, but most of the structure is still there. I would drive by and hope that it would come back to life. Hey my GF's aunt was telling there's still some drive-ins (movies) in Houston. Anyone know where?

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I wish Sonic or Dairy Queen would build some locations closer to Downtown.

There's a Sonic on Calhoun and one on Durham by the North Loop. You should move to Pearland -- there are at least four Sonics on 518 between 288 and 528 in Friendswood. Plus one on 35. And two Dairy Queens.

Hungry's on Rice Blvd. in the Village useta be a DQ back in the day, maybe until about '81 or so.

I remember the Prince's on Main near Sears lasted a LONG time, maybe 'til '90 or so? I remember too the one where Taco Cabana is seemed like it was halfway to Victoria or something.

I do not remember one at Montrose and Westheimer, and I came to Houston in 1980. If there was one it was gone before then.

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There's a Sonic on Calhoun and one on Durham by the North Loop. You should move to Pearland -- there are at least four Sonics on 518 between 288 and 528 in Friendswood. Plus one on 35. And two Dairy Queens.

Having grown up in the sticks, Friendswood then Katy, I miss DQ, and it's cousin Red Top. That's all we had for fast food in the dark days of the 70s except for fried chicken, and Pizza Inn. When the Sonic came to Katy when I was in high school, it was a gift from the God ---assuming God was a stoner.

I think there's a DQ on Lawndale or Harrisburg close to me. The Sonic at Woodridge sucks. I only go for the very occasional ice cream treat--which is like quik-rete going down and likely, almost as heavy on the toxins. The shakes at the Woodridge Whataburger taste real good, though.

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Having grown up in the sticks, Friendswood then Katy, I miss DQ, and it's cousin Red Top. That's all we had for fast food in the dark days of the 70s except for fried chicken, and Pizza Inn. When the Sonic came to Katy when I was in high school, it was a gift from the God ---assuming God was a stoner.

I think there's a DQ on Lawndale or Harrisburg close to me. The Sonic at Woodridge sucks. I only go for the very occasional ice cream treat--which is like quik-rete going down and likely, almost as heavy on the toxins. The shakes at the Woodridge Whataburger taste real good, though.

I think the red top is still on 2351 in Friendswood as well as its cousin the red cap in Santa Fe

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Why just Prince's?

At one time, there were any number of those great old drive-in cafes all over Houston. Every neighborhood and every suburb had their own. Prince's was probably the biggest chain of drive-ins, followed by Stuart's and MacDonald's. Not the present-day version of McDonald's. Then there were the independents, with just one location.

My own favorites were in Pasadena, South Houston and around the east end. In Pasadena there was Trainer's, on the old La Porte road at Tatar (now Pasadena Blvd.) Generations of Pasadena kids burgered down at Trainer's, or cruised the place looking for a friend or someone to hook up with. If you were really lucky you could do both. Trainer's always filled up after PHS football and basketball games, and on weekend nites after the movies at the Capitan Theater just one block away. Trainer's was popular with the under-21 high school and junior high crowd, even though it couldn't serve beer.

Kids over 21, those with a friend over 21, or kids with fake ID's went to the Corral Drive-in. This one was just over the Pasadena City Limit line in Houston, next door to the Sinclair Refinery. It served beer, and I don't recall them ever being picky about asking for ID. Just looking old enough could get you a beer. Same story at Vicki's, at South Shaver and Spencer Highway in South Houston.

My favorite drive-in outside that area was the Ranger, at Telephone Road and Holmes Road. It's long gone now and paved over by the South Loop 610 and its feeder roads behind Gulfgate. The Ranger was one very fun drive-in, and it had some of the hottest car-hops in town. Well worth the drive from Pasadena. It was always great fun to get out of your own stomping grounds and go prowling around where you didn't know anybody and no one knew you.

You know? I really miss those old drive-ins. They were a part of a culture that's disappeared from our landscape, and I think we are less for their passing. We went there to sit around on the hoods of our cars with our friends, and, hopefully, hook up with some new friends. It was a social atmosphere impossible to describe to today's generation. Today's drive-ins can't even begin to compare with them.

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It was always great fun to get out of your own stomping grounds and go prowling around where you didn't know anybody and no one knew you.

You know? I really miss those old drive-ins. They were a part of a culture that's disappeared from our landscape, and I think we are less for their passing. We went there to sit around on the hoods of our cars with our friends, and, hopefully, hook up with some new friends. It was a social atmosphere impossible to describe to today's generation. Today's drive-ins can't even begin to compare with them.

So true! The fun part was pulling up in a different area drive in and seeing others kids from other nabes/high schools hanging out. Showing off your car was a major part of the ritual too. :P I still remember it was always courteous to simply turn your head lights on & off to get the carhops attention, honking wasn't only rude it was embarassing. It's the outdoor juke box I still miss.

PS, everytime I see a rerun of American Graffiti it makes me want to get in the car and look for a Prince's for a Seafood Basket.

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You know? I really miss those old drive-ins. They were a part of a culture that's disappeared from our landscape, and I think we are less for their passing. We went there to sit around on the hoods of our cars with our friends, and, hopefully, hook up with some new friends. It was a social atmosphere impossible to describe to today's generation. Today's drive-ins can't even begin to compare with them.

Filio... You are so right! In the 50's, when we were without a date, we guys would hop in one of our cars and cruise Main from downtown to Stuart's several times. There was always the impromtu drag race from one light to the other, and occasionally running into some cruisin' gals without dates. After two or three trips up and down Main, we would retire to Stuart's, where we would hang out on the back row and socialize. There was always someone from out of the area who had heard of somebody at Stuart's having a hot car and would come over to issue a challenge. The competitors would then head out S. Main, past the railroad track underpass to around Hiram Clarke and do their 1/4 mile drag race, and then come back to Stuart's to explain why they won or lost. Many times, girls from the Galena Park, South Houston, Pasadena area would come out to the S. Main Stuart's to "socialize". Best, and just about the only good social times were on Friday or Saturday nights.

The Bill Williams Restaurant on S. Main had a good drive-in, and it was the place to take a date after a movie. Seldom was anybody seen at Bill's without a date. Prince's, across from Stuart's, saw mostly couples and not very many singles.... kind of like Bill Williams, but further out Main.

Those were the days, and I still miss them. I was fortunate to be part of it. Hard to explain the experience to today's generation.

American Graffitti, as Vertigo mentioned, came pretty close to a good portrayal of that era, but it took place a little later... in the early 60's, I think.

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The Red Tops have mentioned a few time. The ones in Souther brazoria County started out for aq few years as DQ's but there was a disagrment between the oner and DQ so he changed the name.

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Very interesting stuff. I grew up in the 1960s and 70s and still remember many of the drive-in burger joints particularly as I would travel with my family. You folks know that fast food and chain restaurants were much less common 40 and even 30 years ago than they are today.

I have talked to Pasadena people about Trainer's and The Corral. The guy who owned Trainer's also owned several other drive-ins in Pasadena and Baytown as well (I think one of his Baytown spots was also called Trainer's). I thought the Corral was located around Richey and what is now Highway 225.

As for cruising, I grew up in Baytown where Texas Ave. was the prime cruising location. In the mid-1970s the city embarked on a "beautification" project that turned Texas Ave. into a winding two-lane street for several blocks from Commerce to Pruett that became known as "The Snake." Cars were forced to go very slowly through this bottleneck which enabled you to really look over the passengers in the oncoming lane. The place was packed tight on Friday and Saturday nights. We met people from Port Arthur, Galena Park, Houston, Pearland, Galveston, all over the area. We also had our own circuit that ran from the Quack Shack on Market Street to Texas Ave., down the Snake to Alexander Dr. (Highway 146) to McDonalds and trhen back in reverse. The Quack Shack was a locally owned drive-in joint that approximated the American Graffitti feel of the 1950s in the 1970s. McDonalds was popular as well because it stayed open later and had a bigger parking lot. Cruising Texas was great, there's even a song about it.

I used to hang out with a gearhead that liked to build cars and a Dean Moriarity-like crazy cat. We'd goad out-of-towners into drag races out on Tri-Cities Beach Road, make a couple of bucks off 'em and then blow it on gas, beer and tacos as we drove aimlessly around looking for girls and trouble. Mind you, this was in the late 1970s when gas was pretty damn expensive.

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