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5832 mlk, 77033; was a house as 5163 browncroft, which razed to jack in the box, lasted in 80's, razed to exxon

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4801 almeda, 77004; empty

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8327 long point, 77055; taqueria

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1902 north main, 77002; razed to dollars & deals

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3410 ost, 77021; razed; texaco

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2709 hillcroft, 77057; moved to 2763 hillcroft in 91 now www.jackinthebox.com/locations/3625, razed in 93, with dunkin donuts and taco bell, for pino's from 93-04, cvs pharamcy

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527 west southmore, 77505; remodeled in 85

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5302 west bellfort, 77035; razed in 86 to auto zone, renumbered to 5328 west bellfort

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1270 spencer, 77587; razed in 99 to bbav bank

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5302 airline, 77022; razed in 93 to a strip center

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12310 kingsride; was papa joe's, razed in 12, coming soon to starbucks

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4302 westheimer, 77027; razed in 03,

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9310 stella link, 77025; was bellaire cafe, razed in 0 to make room for the discount tire company building

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6109 kirby, 77005; remodeled in 93 for west university plant house

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2602 south shepherd, 77098; razed in 93 for a strip center, the enter and exit intact

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1041 uvalde, 77015; lone star title loans

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2249 strawberry, 77502; * old fashioned hamburgers, renumbered to 2247

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902 decker, 77520; pineapple express

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3409 ella, 77018; coming soon prince's hamburgers

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7251 fondren, 77036; closing soon

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6901 east bellfort, 77087; coming soon miss charity's diner

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somewhere out of town

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763 11th, 77706; was baskin robbins, now lone star title loans

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14502 memorial, 77079; was chopstix, razed in 09 for burger king

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18041 el camino real, 77058; razed in 15 for exxon

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5127 gulfway, 77642; m&b automotive

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1104 jefferson, 77002; razed in 03

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2200 east little york, 77093; closing soon

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5410 cavalcade, 77026; razed in 86 for auto zone, renumbered to 4318 lockwood

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10804 beamer, 77089; razed for domino's

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11602 bellaire, 77072; was jmk auto, razed in 03 to smarty pants school

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1410 netherland, 77657; remodeled to cook's nursery

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163 west highway 6 south, 77079; razed to exclusive auto sales

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3327 red bluff, 77505; lone star title loans

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2222 south navaro, 77901; texas cafeteria

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2804 north, 75965; was marzano cafe, then rita's eaterie & cantina, razed to chick fil-a

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1190 west dallas, 77301; empty

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20251 katy, 77450; razed to ntb

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1601 west main, 77573; title max

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801 main, 77002; underground location

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5602 richmond, 77057; closed in 11, build as roy rogers, then luke's, now title max

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5104 kirby, 77098; closed in 99, build as roy rogers, then luke's, remodeled in 2 for amazon grill

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5804 east freeway, 77708; remodeled for mattress firm

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10901 bellaire, 77072; closing soon

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15804 northwest, 77040; razed in 12 for widing

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7247 east, 77630; homie's

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17203 channelview, 77530; was franklin motors, now empty

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2527 clinton, 77547; bbq

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631 bayport, 77565; nautic

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108 allen, 77657; empty

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2327 texas, 77611; empty

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203 northeast georgia, 79556; dickey's

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2709 north bryant, 76901; chicken express

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2002 east overland, 79601; empty

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Does anyone remember El Yucatan on Hwy 6, about a block or two south of I-10? It was just south of Grisby on the west side of 6. It closed around 2002-2004.

They had hundreds of photos of Pancho Villa on the walls. Tucked away on one of these walls was a small print of what looked like somebody in a panda suit "wrestling" with a nun in a sort of nature scene. It was quite magnificent!

I really wish I had a camera phone back then, because I have yet to find this image anywhere on the internet.

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On 4/6/2016 at 2:24 PM, Zenjive said:

Does anyone remember El Yucatan on Hwy 6, about a block or two south of I-10? It was just south of Grisby on the west side of 6. It closed around 2002-2004.

They had hundreds of photos of Pancho Villa on the walls. Tucked away on one of these walls was a small print of what looked like somebody in a panda suit "wrestling" with a nun in a sort of nature scene. It was quite magnificent!

I really wish I had a camera phone back then, because I have yet to find this image anywhere on the internet.

The restaurant closed in 2005, from what I've heard due to the Highway 6/I-10 project. No luck on the panda suit guy vs. nun battle, but I did find this photo of the exterior courtesy of John Williams (no, not the one who created all those great movie scores) of WestHoustonArchives.org...

 

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I sure miss El Yucatan.  It was one of the few places I could take my otherwise gracefully aging mother where one could get food mild enough for her system and flavorful enough for everyone else's that was also reasonably close to her house.

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On 4/20/2016 at 6:52 PM, Robin Jeambert said:

Does anyone remember the name and have pics of the Polynesian restaurant that was off of South Main, down from Sonny Look's? It had tiki torches all the way up the drive to the restaurant. It was a stand alone restaurant, so I'm pretty sure it was not Trader Vic's. But I could be wrong.

 

 

Probably Albert Gee's Poly-Asian at 9530 South Main.

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Longtime Northside institution Triple A Restaurant has closed, apparently due to a combination of a lease renewal impasse and the owners' desire to retire. 

 

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I was thinking about going to eat lunch there on Monday, before remembering that they were closed on Mondays. Little did I know that the closure would be permanent. :(

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On June 8, 2008 at 7:27 AM, brucesw said:

I don't remember that at all and I can't think of anything along there that would have been a building it was in, but I don't think W. Bellfort went all the way through to 59 back then and I seldom got over there on Fondren. I do remember the Champs, later an Antone's at the next cross street (now a Subway?).

Later in the decade and into the early 80s there was a Texas Tumbleweed further north on Fondren, at the southern end of that big strip center at Fondren and S. Braeswood - that would be close to a mile north of W. Bellfort.

I remember that one on Fondren because I used to pass by it on the way to my girlfriends house off of Gessner. They used to go there a lot, her dad hung out there quite a bit too. 

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On 6/8/2008 at 6:27 AM, brucesw said:

Later in the decade and into the early 80s there was a Texas Tumbleweed further north on Fondren, at the southern end of that big strip center at Fondren and S. Braeswood - that would be close to a mile north of W. Bellfort.

Ha ha!  I remember Texas Tumbleweed on Fondren at S. Braeswood because I worked there. In fact, it was my first job. I helped it get prepped to open, then stayed another month or two. That must have been about Summer 1979. 

 

The restaurant wasn't quite at the southern end though. I was fairly centered in the middle of the side facing Fondren.

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There was a large upscale restaurant and facility, maybe in the Memorial area, that my family occasionally went to in the 70s and 80s. I want to say it was called Valdo's or something. It was a big place, with lots of landscaping, and water near it - a pond or lake - with maybe swans. It was always the fanciest place we ever went to, for special occasions. It was definitely more than just a restaurant. It was a place for weddings, etc.

 

Wait a second.... I think it was Vargo's. That sounds right...

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13 minutes ago, Gurgis said:

There was a large upscale restaurant and facility, maybe in the Memorial area, that my family occasionally went to in the 70s and 80s. I want to say it was called Valdo's or something. It was a big place, with lots of landscaping, and water near it - a pond or lake - with maybe swans. It was always the fanciest place we ever went to, for special occasions. It was definitely more than just a restaurant. It was a place for weddings, etc.

 

Wait a second.... I think it was Vargo's. That sounds right...

Vargo's has been discussed here (including someone here who paddled in from behind to find a wonderful landscape, then shooed off the property), it closed in 2012 and was demolished for an apartment complex named after the restaurant.

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On Monday, September 13, 2004 at 8:23 PM, groovehouse said:

Even though it's only been gone a short time, I miss the original Antone's on Taft. The chain Antone's pale in comparison to the original locations. I don't even know how many 'original' stores exist.

I also miss ZuZu, which was on Shepherd near Fairview. It was Mexican fast food and I remember a salsa bar or something... it was quaint with good food.

Looking back through this discussion in itself , the posters have created some excellent history since 2004.  Preserving some fond memories and naming places that have gone to the big Boulevard in the sky,  long gone but will never be forgotten thanks to all contributions here.   I sure do remember many of these places.  Speaking of,  who remember Georges!  Iranian guy who cooked Soul Food .  I never had some of the dishes until we stopped here for lunch one day.  Every since then all i ste was soul-food.  George's is long-gone now but it was open still back in 2003-4

 

 

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On 6/17/2016 at 10:03 PM, Gurgis said:

Ha ha!  I remember Texas Tumbleweed on Fondren at S. Braeswood because I worked there. In fact, it was my first job. I helped it get prepped to open, then stayed another month or two. That must have been about Summer 1979. 

 

The restaurant wasn't quite at the southern end though. I was fairly centered in the middle of the side facing Fondren.

I'm trying without luck to remember that restaurant. I lived in Maplewood at the time, and do recall a pizza joint in that strip mall. Wish I could remember the name. They had one of the first video games back around 1974.....Pong! 

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Alfred's Deli, my Mom went to the one near St. Thomas when she was a student there in the 50's and I "found' the Alfred's on Stella Link when I moved to Willowbend in the 90's.  The buffet there was incredible.  Also miss the Shakie's Pizza in Bellaire.   And the Cattle Rustlers Steak Buffet near Sharpstown.  Lee's Den on South Main and the middle eastern restaurant at Kirby and South Main that was housed in the train cars (don't remember the name).   And who could forget Po' Folks (another buffet) off of 45N.  Or the Boston Sea Party on Westhiemer (pricey but worth every penny).  I moved to Houston right out of college, poor and hungry.  Houston eateries got me through those lean years.

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On 8/28/2016 at 6:34 PM, aggieengineer said:

I'm trying without luck to remember that restaurant. I lived in Maplewood at the time, and do recall a pizza joint in that strip mall. Wish I could remember the name. They had one of the first video games back around 1974.....Pong! 

 

Straw Hat Pizza? It was on Fondren just south of South Btaeswood around that time.

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On 9/2/2016 at 4:11 PM, FilioScotia said:

Am I the only one here who remembers the Pizza Yoint on Spencer Hwy in South Houston? I think I remember I set a record for chugging a mug of beer one night in the sixties when i was a student at San Jac College just down the road.

 

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Does anyone remember The Rustic Oak? There is currently another restaurant by the same name in midtown, apparently unrelated. The old one was in a large, late 60s / early 70s era house, in the southern quadrant of the SW freeway/Beltway 8 interchange. I think the address was technically on Thurleigh street at Dover. Thurleigh ran parallel to Keegan's bayou a short way, between Dover and Bedford, but now has the Beltway crossing and covering most of it.

The restaurant was kind of a fancy and expensive place, reservation only, I believe, and had a nice comfortable atmosphere. I had only been two or three times, but I can still taste the filet minon!

I think they closed in the early 2000's... maybe later, not sure. The house is still there and doesn't appear to be abandoned.

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Does anyone remember the Log Cabin off US 59 north? I think it was close to the Aldine Mail Route exit. It was great.

I loved Quasimodo on Welch----long gone and now Mockingbird Bistro.

Also, I moved to Houston in 1979 and was introduced to Mexican or TexMex as many say is more correct. There was a great play that was open late, east of I45 in the Fulton/North Main area. It was not Donaraki's. I am so trying to remember the name. Any help would be appreciated.

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On 6/17/2016 at 10:03 PM, Gurgis said:

Ha ha!  I remember Texas Tumbleweed on Fondren at S. Braeswood because I worked there. In fact, it was my first job. I helped it get prepped to open, then stayed another month or two. That must have been about Summer 1979. 

 

The restaurant wasn't quite at the southern end though. I was fairly centered in the middle of the side facing Fondren.

Is that the place that used to have free margaritas and nachos at happy hour?

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On 9/22/2014 at 1:37 PM, FilioScotia said:

Iron Tiger:  MOST of Houston's Tex-Mex restaurants are unremarkable. They're adequate for a meal out, and you probably won't come home with food poisoning, but they're nothing to write home about. There are some that are better than adequate, and a small few that are simply great, even "remarkable, but I'm keeping their names to myself.

 

Nothing ruins a great restaurant quicker than spreading the word about how great they are. As Yogi Berra once said about a certain New York City restaurant he once frequented: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too popular."

 

Just kidding. I will share the name of the single finest Mexican Restaurant I ever went to when we lived in Houston. Notice I said "Mexican." It isn't strictly Tex-Mex. It serves real Mexican food found in the southern region of Mexico's interior. On any given evening you will find most of the people eating there are Latinos.

 

The name is Romero's Las Brazas Mexican Kitchen. It's at Hwy 6 and Longenbaugh in Copperfield, about 2 miles south of 290.

 

http://romeroslasbrazas.com/

 

Check it out. It's worth the drive to Copperfield. I promise you won't be disappointed. When our son got married in 2006 we held the rehearsal dinner there. It was fantastic.

My favorite is LA Hacienda on Memorial, near Dairy Ashford. The cheese enchiladas have not changed in 35 years. And in my opinion, are second to none!

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On 6/20/2015 at 8:17 AM, Ann Cain said:
On 9/13/2004 at 2:46 PM, ssullivan said:

Several from long ago in my childhood when we used to come to Houston to see my grandparents:

-Kapan's on South Main at Kirby (where the Eckerd's is now), our usual Sunday after church lunch place - good steaks and seafood, and those excellent crab ball appetizers that the guy in the white suit used to bring around to all the tables

-Angelo's, another long gone seafood restuarant

-The Strawberry Patch on Westheimer, the Pappas family's country/home cooking concept (Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is there now)

-Tokyo Gardens, the first place I ever had Japanese ssullivan, I know you penned this 11 years ago but my heart skipped a beat when I saw you not only loved the BEST& classiest seafood restaurant in Houston, Kaphans, but you also appreciated the magnificent dining experience my sister & I loved at Tokyo Gardens!  So long ago, but my palette learned to appreciate the best and it's literally gone from Houston!   No lumb crab meat au gratin, oysters with sherry sauce, which Peter also took to tables as toothpick appetizers, and then there was the traditional and almost sacred ritual of dining at Tokyo Gardens with our shoes off, seated on the floor and a regal & graceful Japanese lady in Kumono serving us 4 course meals with the delicacy of a butterfly!   Thank you.  I just moved back home after living out of state for 30 years.  I miss the Appalachian foothills of Cincinnati, my horse and my home.....I sure wish these 2 stellar restaurants were around to soothe my soul.  

Oooooooohhhhh  Tokyo Gardens, sat on the floor.....so good. Such awesome decor. 

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This thread is the pick me up I needed!! Can someone please tell me the name of the Chinese restaurant on the 3rd floor Galleria 2 in the 1980s?? I always wanted to eat there but when I finally grew up and got my first job I went and it was on the verge of closing down.. To help out with the location it's was where the Abercrombie and Fitch store is.. 

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On 12/24/2016 at 10:59 PM, Rexster314 said:

I don't remember seeing it, but does anyone remember getting dressed up and going to El Chico on South Main to sit on the second level to people watch? Used to really enjoy that place.

 

For a while didn't El Chico have a happy hour buffet thing?  

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On 1/3/2017 at 10:07 PM, LaraAvelina said:

This thread is the pick me up I needed!! Can someone please tell me the name of the Chinese restaurant on the 3rd floor Galleria 2 in the 1980s?? I always wanted to eat there but when I finally grew up and got my first job I went and it was on the verge of closing down.. To help out with the location it's was where the Abercrombie and Fitch store is.. 

Szechuan East. I can still smell the sesame oil odor when I walk by that area of the Galleria. It was a hopping place back in the 80's, don't know what happened why it closed

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On 9/13/2004 at 11:59 PM, Montrose1100 said:

I miss that drive threw only burger place, and they where cheap, but the BEST! Does anyone remember? I think they had like 3 around Uptown-Westchase... I remember the color yellow, there where generally in parking lots, ONLY drive threw...

and CHECKERS!!! They had the BEST fries!!

Cinco De Mayo on Holzworth (It burned down to the ground)

Prince's, or Price's? 2 different burger places, early 60s. I liked Price's better.They had a 'secret sauce' that was like ketchup and mayo mixed, 1000 island? Their burgers were thin and crispy 'round the edges.

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On 9/12/2004 at 8:23 PM, groovehouse said:

Even though it's only been gone a short time, I miss the original Antone's on Taft. The chain Antone's pale in comparison to the original locations. I don't even know how many 'original' stores exist.

I also miss ZuZu, which was on Shepherd near Fairview. It was Mexican fast food and I remember a salsa bar or something... it was quaint with good food.

Antone's! Po'boys, and pickles in barrels.

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On 10/5/2005 at 9:32 AM, TJones said:

Over the years many many restaurants have come and gone in out fair city. Houston is known as "The Restaurant Capital of The World". Houston has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city. I started this Thread to let people list their all-time favorites, of the ones they miss the most. Does anyone remember The Rail Head and Victoria Station from back in the 70's? These were Rail Road themed restaurants, that's were really popular in the 70's and 80's. As a kid it was wonderful. At the Rail Head, they actually had a stage for music acts, surrounded by open rail cars with dining booths and tables. I used to frequent it alot when The Elliot Walter Band used to play there. My mother is really good friends with them. If you never heard of The Elliot Walter band, you have probably heard a song of their's though, it's called "Slime in the Ice Machine". Marvin Zindler's theme song. :lol:

My last year in Houston, 1972? Saw Michael Martin Murphy play songs from his first album. Calico Silver stays in my mind...

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1 hour ago, CathyLyn said:

Prince's, or Price's? 2 different burger places, early 60s. I liked Price's better.They had a 'secret sauce' that was like ketchup and mayo mixed, 1000 island? Their burgers were thin and crispy 'round the edges.

Price's was like predecessor to Mickey D's. I remember nineteen cent burgers, twelve cent fries & ten cent Cokes. Prince's was more like a "regular" drive-in with car hops & a large menu - including beer.

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7 hours ago, CathyLyn said:

Prince's, or Price's? 2 different burger places, early 60s. I liked Price's better.They had a 'secret sauce' that was like ketchup and mayo mixed, 1000 island? Their burgers were thin and crispy 'round the edges.

Well I wasn't alive much less in Houston at that time. Thinking 96-01.

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Does anyone remember "Hamburgers by Gourmet" that had several Southwest, Montrose, and Downtown locations. They were Flame Broiled and had several combinations. My favorite was with Barbeque Sauce. After they were gone, around 1997,  a former employee opened one on Park Place Blvd. in an old house. It just didn't fit the now Latino neighborhood. Many years before, while growing up in the East End, there was a Hamburger place on South Richey in Pasadena just south of Southmore called Kibbey's or Kibby's. They too had Flame Broiled Burgers and also had one with almost the same Barbeque Taste. Nowadays the only thing close to that taste is Bellaire Broiler Burger(originally one of the Bellaire Broiler Burger locations).

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Sharpstown mall was THE BEST. I do remember Princes and Hamburgers by Gourmet. 

 

Spoons, on Westheimer made good burgers. I worked there. We actually thought we could compete with Chili's. HA.  You see whose still on business and who isnt....

I have vague recollections of Dirtys. BEST burgers, real casual. No one else seems to remember it, though

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I remember at least three Hamburger by Gourmet locations, of which I regularly patronized two, the one on Kirby and the one on Alabama next to Saint Thomas. There was a third one on Fondren (Hillcroft?) maybe more. Don't really remember the one one on Park Place which is odd since I lived and frequented that area until the 1980's, it must not have lasted long. They've been closed for quite a while, however, I read somewhere on this site that they had reopened down south somewhere (Clear Lake?).

 

One of my all time favorites, I always ordered the number one with barbecue and fries.

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It was Ballatori's in the original East End Bank Building on Leeland. Just down the street from Rainbow Bread at Cullen and Leeland. The owner's son is Luigi Ballatori who lives in The Woodlands. He is not a Restauranteur and works in the oil and gas Industry Industry. He is on Facebook and collects and drives Lamborghinis.

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