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I grew up on the East End of Houston and after high school we moved to the Tanglewood area. We ate out a lot and here are some memories of long gone restaurants and cafes:

Derrick Drive Inn-on Winkler near South Houston

Holt's Drive Inn-on Evergreen in Pecan Park

Aunt Bea's Cafe-on Broadway

Las Vegas Inn-on Telephone

The Wishing Well-on Telephone

Tomek's Steakhouse-on Old Galveston Rd.

Bertha's Mexican Restaurant-Pasadena,South Main,Downtown and lastly on Montrose

Charlie Lung's Mexican Restaurant-Post Oak Rd. and lastly on Hillcroft

Petty's Steakhouse-on Post Oak Rd. and lastly on Richmond Ave.

Elliott's Steakhouse-on Almeda Rd.

Chicken in the Skillet-on West Gray

Clear Creek Inn-in Kemah

Robinson's Cafe-in Kemah

Salina's Seafood-in Seabrook

Eric's Restaurant-in Seabrook

Kibby's Hamburgers-on South Richey in Pasadena

Ship Ahoy Restaurant-on South Main

Youngblood's Fried Chicken-South Main and other locations

Simpson's Diner-on Main St.

Dudley's Hamburgers-on Holcombe Blvd.

Chuck Wagon Hamburger's-on Broadway and other locations

Chicken Shak-on North Shepherd

Tinsley's Fried Chicken and Roll's-various locations

Later in college at UT-Austin:

Bag of CHicken-on South Lamar

Lung's Cocina del Sol-on Burnet Rd.

Hank's Grill-on "the Drag"

Hamburger Bar-near S.W.Bell Bldg. downtown

Casaraghi's Italian Food-west of Lamar off W. 6th St.

Lung's Chinese Food-on San Jacinto

Mi Casa es Su Casa-downtown(near the Capitol)

Matt's Big Four Mexican Restaurants-various locations

The Red Barn-in northwest Austin(a Jack Ray concept-he later started Texas Tumbleweeds and other concepts)

Night Hawk Restaurants-various locations

G.M. Steakhouse-on "the Drag"

The Bierstube Restaurant-on Riverside Dr.

Holiday House Hamburgers-on "the Drag" and other locations

Villa Capri Restaurant-at the Hotel on I-35

The Gondolier-at the Hotel on I-35 and Riverside

The Summer House Restaurant-on South Congress at The Terrace Motel

Chicken Delight-Near the campus

Burger Chef-on South Lamar

Toddle House-on 19th Street

Big Daddy Pizza-in Goodall Wooten Dorm on "the Drag"

Mooreburger-on 19th Street

Yes, lots of memories!

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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.

Attached are photos when my brother visited some years ago I think in 2007 and him with my father in front of Cardet's Cafe in the 70's.

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 -

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Phil's has been 59 Diner for years now and there are several locations.

Was the steakhouse Texas Tumbleweed? When the chain went belly up that location continued to operate as Pecos Grill until just a year or so ago.

I always heard of Roznovsky's at that location but never got to go - too far from work.

thanks bruce...yes, it was texas tumbleweeds

phil's had good cfs

the best cfs i had was at tomball at goodsons when mrs goodson was still cooking in the the little white building on the backside of tomball

one of those would sure be good right now :rolleyes:

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thanks bruce...yes, it was texas tumbleweeds

phil's had good cfs

the best cfs i had was at tomball at goodsons when mrs goodson was still cooking in the the little white building on the backside of tomball

one of those would sure be good right now :rolleyes:

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Champs, does anyone remember this place that was located on Braeswood in the SW part of Houston during the 1980's? It was right next door to where Beldons is today? This location of Champs is now a Mexican food pub like eatery.

Champs was more like a diner like place that served breakfast and hamburgers and randomness. Plus I liked the place because I was able to play the arcade games that were in the front of the cafe as my parents ate the rest of their meal. Plus the waitress would always ask us if our food and everything okay at the end of the meal.

Plus there was another Champs on Fondren and West Bellfort which is now a Shell Gas Station.

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Champs, does anyone remember this place that was located on Braeswood in the SW part of Houston during the 1980's? It was right next door to where Beldons is today? This location of Champs is now a Mexican food pub like eatery.

Champs was more like a diner like place that served breakfast and hamburgers and randomness. Plus I liked the place because I was able to play the arcade games that were in the front of the cafe as my parents ate the rest of their meal. Plus the waitress would always ask us if our food and everything okay at the end of the meal.

Plus there was another Champs on Fondren and West Bellfort which is now a Shell Gas Station.

Did Jim's become Champs? Very similar, kind of a Denny's. I remember/or not many late night pig out sessions at Champs and Jim's. :P

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OK, I got a new oldie that hasn't been mentioned:

Huber's Seafood on Travis near Allen's Landing.

I mentioned upthread an oyster bar/seafood restaurant that had live Jazz, but could not remember

the effin' name.

I just talked to my friend Joe a '73 Bellaire grad, living in Portland OR now, and he remembered it

straight away.

Thank God for friends cuz at 53 I'm finding my memory is already not what it used to be.

As far as the restaurant, I remember it mostly for the cold, fresh oysters on the half shell

and the sweet tunes of saxophonist Arnett Cobb.

Maybe some other 'oldtimers' can chime in with their memories of this colorful downtown restaurant.

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Did Jim's become Champs? Very similar, kind of a Denny's. I remember/or not many late night pig out sessions at Champs and Jim's. :P

Yes they did, as well as most of the JoJo's.

There was also the Champ's at 59 & Gessner, and 59 & Murphy. I spent many a 3:00am at that Murphy location.

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Yes they did, as well as most of the JoJo's.

There was also the Champ's at 59 & Gessner, and 59 & Murphy. I spent many a 3:00am at that Murphy location.

I had forgotten all about Jim's. Was there a connection between Jim's, Champ's and JoJo's?

There was also a Jim's/Champ's on Hillcroft @ Westward?, where there's a Conoco station and strip center now. I was in that one several times with friends, otherwise would never have been there. Went to the one on Murphy @ 59 once for breakfast when it was JoJo's, once for dinner when it was Champ's.

The only one of those buildings still standing is the one on N. Braeswood @ Chimney Rock which was Pastine's, an Italian place, for a while and is now El Ranchero.

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I had forgotten all about Jim's. Was there a connection between Jim's, Champ's and JoJo's?

There was also a Jim's/Champ's on Hillcroft @ Westward?, where there's a Conoco station and strip center now. I was in that one several times with friends, otherwise would never have been there. Went to the one on Murphy @ 59 once for breakfast when it was JoJo's, once for dinner when it was Champ's.

The only one of those buildings still standing is the one on N. Braeswood @ Chimney Rock which was Pastine's, an Italian place, for a while and is now El Ranchero.

There was a Champ's on I-45 between West Rd. and Aldine Bender (FM 525). Had many a drunken breakfast there, once saw two waitresses get into a food fight. Last time I was in the area, there was a Mexican Seafood restaurant on the site (the building was completely remodeled and was painted Taco Cabana pink).

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In cleaning out a bookshelf I found an old book from my college days: Houston Epicure from 1981. It was a collection of menus. Here are a few scans, if you'd like to see any others please let me know.

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Wow. Thanks for posting that. It was a little before my time here, but I do remember some of those places: Ouisies on Sunset,

Cattle Guard in Midtown was a trendy place for "yuppies" (this was the 1980s) for five minutes or so. There was another restaurant nearby that was nice the name of which escapes me. It was between Brazos and Bagby, and it had kind of turquoise painted metal work. Paradise maybe?

Wasn't Armandos the Mexican place on Louisiana near the Pierce Elevated and then at Mercado?

Uncle Tais on Post Oak I remember thinking was way overrated.

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as someone who has been away almost 40 years and is now back, can anyone say what happened to these?

albritton's cafeteria on waugh dr close to dallas? great twice baked potatoes

Jetton's cafeteria on richmond maybe at buffalo speedway? close to greenway plaza

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I've never found anyone else - besides my siblings - who remembers Jaton's (wasn't it spelled that way?) My family rarely ate out, but this was a favorite cafeteria. I remember huge lines going out the door on Mother's Day or Father's Day. I asked my brother about it recently - he said it is now one of those medical buildings on Richmond behind Greenway.

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Marmer, thanks a bunch for saving and sharing your booklet. I would dearly love scans of menus for Hobbit Hole and Ouisie's as keepsakes and to share with my family. We were recently dining at the "new" Hobbit and I was trying to explain how different the menu was way back at the original place. We did Ouisie's not just for the food, but for the great name, "Ouisie's Table and Brown Bag Traveling Company."

As for the cafeteria in question, Apollopride, I remember it spelled as Jetton's.

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As for the cafeteria in question, Apollopride, I remember it spelled as Jetton's.

Yes, it was Jetton's. I was familiar with the name because I lived in Ft. Worth briefly before moving here in 1970 and the name was big up there.

From Robb Walsh's Legends of Texas Barbecue: 'Walter Jetton of Fort Worth was the last of the open pit barbecuers and probably the most influential pit boss in Texas barbecue history. In the 1950s, Jetton held the record for barbecue catering, having fed twelve thousand people at one event. He also enjoyed considerable prestige as LBJs favorite caterer. In 1963, Pocket Books published his LBJ Barbecue Cookbook.'

His foray onto the Houston restaurant scene didn't last long, I think. I went there just once, remember the long lines. I think the building was on the NW corner of Richmond and Buffalo Speedway but I'm not sure if it's still there or what it houses now.

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Yes, it was Jetton's. I was familiar with the name because I lived in Ft. Worth briefly before moving here in 1970 and the name was big up there.

From Robb Walsh's Legends of Texas Barbecue: 'Walter Jetton of Fort Worth was the last of the open pit barbecuers and probably the most influential pit boss in Texas barbecue history. In the 1950s, Jetton held the record for barbecue catering, having fed twelve thousand people at one event. He also enjoyed considerable prestige as LBJs favorite caterer. In 1963, Pocket Books published his LBJ Barbecue Cookbook.'

His foray onto the Houston restaurant scene didn't last long, I think. I went there just once, remember the long lines. I think the building was on the NW corner of Richmond and Buffalo Speedway but I'm not sure if it's still there or what it houses now.

Did anyone mention Tasca in this thread? It was downtown on Congress. It had phenomenal food & great ambiance. I was so sad to see it close, as I live downtown and walked there quite often. However, Charles Clark, who was the chef of Tasca has gone on to launch two of his very own successful ventures: Ibiza and Catalan.

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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.

Very Dew originals are left, I heard the one of Loop 610 is one of THEM belonging to the wife. The kids took their and went a different way..so many wonderfil lost place.. Felix's

is now gone!

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Never ate there, but if nothing else they should have saved the giant shrimp with six-shooters!

My family ate out every Friday night.. I remember so many wonderful place that are still near to my heart.. Sonny Looks, The Polynesian Room, Bill Williams, Gudios, Lee's Den, Massis, Kelly's, John Bar-B-Que on Sheperd, Triple A on Airline, Bar-B-Que Inn on Yale, Navarro's, the Ding-A-Ling, Bud Bilgow on Westheimers. The Pig Stand..Some are still in business today and I still enjoy them!

Blue Bell is great ice cream but I would give 199 bucks for a Redding Vanilla Frosted Flip

John H Reagan is having the 1958 class 50th reunion.. . I can't believe it and it has us all taking a stroll now Memory Lane. Come on along!

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Wow. Thanks for posting that. It was a little before my time here, but I do remember some of those places: Ouisies on Sunset,

Cattle Guard in Midtown was a trendy place for "yuppies" (this was the 1980s) for five minutes or so. There was another restaurant nearby that was nice the name of which escapes me. It was between Brazos and Bagby, and it had kind of turquoise painted metal work. Paradise maybe?

Wasn't Armandos the Mexican place on Louisiana near the Pierce Elevated and then at Mercado?

Uncle Tais on Post Oak I remember thinking was way overrated.

'K. I'll post some more in the next few days. Yes, Paradise Bar and Grill was at Smith and McGowen, approximately. Not far from Cattle Guard. Basirah, the jazz pianist, used to play there and it was one of my favorite post-theatre dessert places back in my dating days. (girls like chocolate cheesecake! ;-) ) Armando's was on Shepherd near the Hobbit Hole. Never went to Uncle Tai's, there were a lot of closer cheaper Chinese places when I lived in Montrose.

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I believe the restaurant by the Pierce Elevated that went to Mercado was Adrian's. Thie first location was in a remodeled older Mexican restaurant that I think was the Santa Rosa. Never went to it as the Santa Rosa but always kind of liked the building.

I believe the restaurant by the Pierce Elevated that went to Mercado was Adrian's. Thie first location was in a remodeled older Mexican restaurant that I think was the Santa Rosa. Never went to it as the Santa Rosa but always kind of liked the building.

I miss Paradise Bar and Grill.

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Wasn't Armandos the Mexican place on Louisiana near the Pierce Elevated and then at Mercado?

Uncle Tais on Post Oak I remember thinking was way overrated.

WOW Marmer! Thanks for the memories. I loved reading the Hebert's Ritz and San Jacinto Inn menus, what a flashback since I used to frequent both of those places.

Subdude: Armando's was on South Shepherd right by San Felipe (east side of Shepherd, next to a Taco Bell that's still there). It was started by Armando Palacios from Harlingen and has reopened as a more upscale restaurant now on Westheimer in River Oaks (at Kirby). Armando's original menu was unbeatable, homestyle Mexican food.

Does anyone remember Leo's Mexican Restaurant on S. Shepherd? It was a small white building with a long green awning almost out to the street. It was fave of ZZ Topp as their photos were all over the walls. I think it was torn down in the mid-80's. Anyone know anything or remember this place?

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Does anyone remember Leo's Mexican Restaurant on S. Shepherd? It was a small white building with a long green awning almost out to the street. It was fave of ZZ Topp as their photos were all over the walls. I think it was torn down in the mid-80's. Anyone know anything or remember this place?

Yes. I went there several times. As I recall the closing of Leo's was strongly lamented at the time. He moved over to Washington near Rockefeller's, but it was never the same. I believe there was also a calendar-style photo of a younger Leo as an ancient Greek warrior.

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My first post. Been reading this thread several weeks - pure fun.

I moved to Houston in 1957 when age 12 and lived there until 2000, so my food

experiences range from the hot dogs at Playland Park to all the Asian places up & down Bellaire.

Here goes a part of my list:

Los Troncos on Westheimer, mentioned earlier. The only place you could get real Spanish Paella.

Ruby Reds Hamburgers just inside the loop. Secret source of beef from Chicago, peanuts on the floor.

Athens Bar & grill on Clinton by the ship channel. Took dates there to impress 'em. They were.

Mandola Bros Deli on Westerland in the 90's. Best muffulatta (sp?) in Houston. Extra toasted, extra olive oil.

Prices 19 cent hamburgers on Wirt in Spring Branch. Teenage hangout in early 60's.

The Balalaika Russian restaurant on Hwy 6 in the 70's. Igor took care of the customers, his mom ran the kitchen, and his dad, who was a Hungarian opera singer, would sometimes come out and sing - the walls would vibrate.

Der Haufbragarten - big German beer hall in Dickenson in the 70's. Live oompa band, picnic tables, open fireplaces to roast your wurst, and of course the beer flowed.

Hamburgers by Gormet in the 70's. My brother was the manager of the one on Kirby. He took care of me.

Nielson's Deli. One is still left maybe, on Richmond. They go back to the 50's and had 4 locations at one

time. Probably the best potato salad on the planet. They make their own mayonnaise.

Roznoski's hamburgers, 1970's and 80's, mentioned earlier. Located in basement of one of Houston's

first elementary schools. Heard they moved when the building was demo'd for townhouses.

Otto's hamburgers on Memorial near Shepherd. Proof that simple and basic is best.

Pancho's Mexican Buffet. The guacamole was actually canned peas ran through a blender and spiced up.

(source - two ex employees).

Schwinn - Your submission was a wow moment. I used to hang out at the Ritzee.

Enough for now.

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The Balalaika Russian restaurant on Hwy 6 in the 70's. Igor took care of the customers, his mom ran the kitchen, and his dad, who was a Hungarian opera singer, would sometimes come out and sing - the walls would vibrate.

It must have lasted until at least the late 1980s, I remember eating there.

Does anyone remember the name of the Lebanese place downtown on Market Square? It didn't last that long.

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Any Pasadena folks remember these burger joints from the 1960's:

'Three Gables' on Shaver?

'Burger Mart' on Edgebrook?

'Mad' Drive-in on Shaver, across from South Houston High School?

Burger Mart on Edgebrook . I was raised in Freeway Manor and remember when Edgebrook was extended to the Gulf Freeway .Must have been around 1960 or 61. Burger Mart was the very first business to go up . We kids were so excited . We all wondered what Icees were .

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Athens Bar & grill on Clinton by the ship channel. Took dates there to impress 'em. They were.

My pop took us the family there over 35 years ago, a young teen at the time, I remember the belly dancer more than the food. I got embarassed feeling all tingly with my mom and dad there.

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Does anyone remember Leo's Mexican Restaurant on S. Shepherd? It was a small white building with a long green awning almost out to the street. It was fave of ZZ Topp as their photos were all over the walls. I think it was torn down in the mid-80's. Anyone know anything or remember this place?

Leo's was where the car wash is now, immediately north of Fairview. The spot is used for overflow parking for Kenneally's, and I believe there is a photo of Leo's inside Kenneallys.

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How about Fandango's Fajitas 10000 block of westheimer, Corrillian shopping center. Used to know the owner, Fred......last I heard he hurt his back real bad, then the store shut down, also the one on katy Fwy.

But the westheimer store is when Fred's office was. He never would tell me the seasoning they used, just said it took years to develope and it was a dry marinate. LOVED those translucent hand made flour tortillas.

Coug.

My first post. Been reading this thread several weeks - pure fun.

I moved to Houston in 1957 when age 12 and lived there until 2000, so my food

experiences range from the hot dogs at Playland Park to all the Asian places up & down Bellaire.

Here goes a part of my list:

Roznoski's hamburgers, 1970's and 80's, mentioned earlier. Located in basement of one of Houston's

first elementary schools. Heard they moved when the building was demo'd for townhouses.

If I'm not mistaken, they are now located at 34th and TC Jester. Been there a long time, always packed, but I have never gone in.

Coug

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Is the Great Mining Company or Montana Mining Company still in business near Westheimer and Gessner?

Unfortunately, it is no longer there. It was the first 'upscale date' my husband and I went on and I remember all the wooden interior and mine shaft entrance that supported the whole theme of the restaurant. Initially, you and other guests had to board a small mining car that would whisk you up to the hostess to be seated. They eventually stopped that but kept the mining car on display and removed the tracks. The menu was heavy steakhouse fare and a bit on the San Francisco side; they served a great sourdough bread basket before dinner with fresh butter.

Originally, I believe the restaurant was called Baby Doe's Matchless Mine Restaurant and then it changed names and management.

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You didnt happen to get into any Melba Toast fights did you?

{A JFDHS drama jock thing}

Coug

Mike,

I take it that you may have been a reg there too.

I was one of those that always sat in the booths back by the restroom, with all the rest of the Marlboro mob. :ph34r: Champs was kinda like a Stafford version of an "after hours" club for us. It seemed like we were there every night of the week!

You and I probably know many of the same people, since my folks moved to the Meadows in 72'. Sugar Creek though...... that was where the party was every weekend.

CHS 88'

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Does anyone remember matrangas on w grey? Does anyone know when or why they closed down

and what is there now.

There was a Matranga's on Irvington for many years, in a small building a little north of Collingsworth. Used to walk past it every day on my way home from Davis. I think it closed in the 80s, not sure if the building is still there or not, I keep meaning to look and then I forget. I think Joe Matranga retired due to health problems and age, and may have died shortly after. Not entirely sure though.

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Unfortunately, it is no longer there. It was the first 'upscale date' my husband and I went on and I remember all the wooden interior and mine shaft entrance that supported the whole theme of the restaurant. Initially, you and other guests had to board a small mining car that would whisk you up to the hostess to be seated. They eventually stopped that but kept the mining car on display and removed the tracks. The menu was heavy steakhouse fare and a bit on the San Francisco side; they served a great sourdough bread basket before dinner with fresh butter.

Originally, I believe the restaurant was called Baby Doe's Matchless Mine Restaurant and then it changed names and management.

I remember the one at Gessner & Westheimer being named The Great Mining Company. I ate at Baby Doe's Matchless Mine in Dallas when I was a student at Baylor - in Waco. That was a destination for Baylor Bears in the 70's. Waco hadn't had a restaurant boom yet when I was living there.

Here is a video about Baby Doe's closing in Dallas, and it even mentions that it was a tourist spot. And here is a website actually about Baby Doe, but has a page about the restaurants. Scroll down about halfway.

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While doing a search for one of my old favorites in the mid 60's Los Troncos, I came across your forum. Wow, what great memories. I was raised in Southwest Houston (off Hillcroft and Bissonnett) in the 50's and 60's. Nothing but corn, cotton and watermelon fields back then, it sure looks different now. Below are my favorite restaurants as I recall, may have some to add later. Eric Younkin Los TroncosThe Cellar DoorSonny LooksDer Weinerschnitzel (Hillcroft off Bissonnett)Albrittons CafeteriaThe Chuck Wagon (Beechnut off Fondren)Bellaire Broiler BurgerTaco Bell (Bellfort)The Velvet TurtleThe Lobster KettleMonterrey House (Bissonnett)San Jacinto InnThe Doctors Club Bill BennettsRuby Reds (Old Market Square)Youngblood's Fried ChickenTrader VicsDon the BeachcomberThe Poly-Asian RoomGriffs (Chimney Rock off Bissonnett Next to Holy Ghost Catholic School) Dugans Drug Store (Chimney Rock between Bissonnett and Bellaire)Shakeys Pizza (Bellaire Triangle area)Prince's Drive-InnBritain's Broiler BurgerGaidosKaphansOld Mexico (on Grey)AlfredsRomanos CafeteriaValliansBavarian GardensBud BigelosSteak and EggZappos (Meyerland)Alfies Fish and ChipsLa Carafe (Old market Square)The Black AngusThe Venetian RoomThe WarwickOne's A MealDutch KettleCharlie LungsMaximsBrennansYe Old College InnBill WilliamsKG DrugsThe RailheadVictoria StationJettonsThe Red LionDing HowLumsThe Bellaire Theater (JuJu Bees and Popcorn & the Saturday Matinee)

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I was born in Houston in 1948, grew up in the Heights and Timbergrove before we moved to Dallas in 1965. These are some of the places I remember:

Hamburger House. (2 locations in the Heights, 1 was on 11th a few blocks east of Heights Blvd. I think the other was on 20th)

Prince's Hamburgers on N. Shepherd @ 14th?

Pig Stand on N.Shepherd

Kaphan's (once a year on my parent's anniversary)

Christie's on S.Main (Fired Shrimp!!!)

Albritton's Cafeteria

Clear Creek Inn in Kemah

Doyle's Delicatessan on 34th near Waltrip High. (still the best pizza I ever had)

John's Shephard Drive BBQ. (He closed every year to go to the World Series)

The Enchanted Cup. (A coffe house on Westheimer)

Rettig's Ice Cream Shops

Somebody mentioned J&J Barbecue on Herkimer and 11th. The BBQ was good and one year we had them smoke a turkey for us. Some idiot used pine!!. Have you ever had a turkey that tasted like Pine-Sol? :o

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I know it's not officially a 'restaurant,' but does anyone remember Udder Delight homemade ice cream on the Westheimer curve near Montrose, close to Marini's Empanada House? If I recall, they were the original mix-in kind of ice cream shop with a limited number of flavors made fresh daily. Needless to say, their logo involved a spotted cow. It was very popular in the late 70's, early 80's.

How about Hungry International sandwich shop, also on Westheimer near Montrose? They made a great steak hoagie. :PYUM!

I remember the one at Gessner & Westheimer being named The Great Mining Company. I ate at Baby Doe's Matchless Mine in Dallas when I was a student at Baylor - in Waco. That was a destination for Baylor Bears in the 70's. Waco hadn't had a restaurant boom yet when I was living there.

Here is a video about Baby Doe's closing in Dallas, and it even mentions that it was a tourist spot. And here is a website actually about Baby Doe, but has a page about the restaurants. Scroll down about halfway.

You are absolutely correct, Tiger, it was The Great Mining Company. Thanks for jarring my memory! I've eaten at Baby Doe's in Dallas, as well.
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I know it's not officially a 'restaurant,' but does anyone remember Udder Delight homemade ice cream on the Westheimer curve near Montrose, close to Marini's Empanada House?

Yup. They had the largest White Mountain ice cream freezer I'd ever seen in the middle of the store. It was just like the one we had at home, only super-sized. They made about 6 flavors a day, and every one of them tasted exactly like real homemade ice cream because it was, just made in the store. Some of my greatest dining experiences were based on the proximity of Marini's and Udder Delight.

In the 80s there was an Udder Delight in Austin on Guadalupe. It was beneath a dentist's office.

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Cookies Goodies and More desert shop on Westheimer and maybe Crocker. Also, there was a spud place right along that stretch too. You grabbed a spud and selected from the many toppings. Both of these would have been in the 80's.

Also, remember the Happy Buda? I think the one in Galveston is still there. ...and Houlihans was right across Westheimer from Hungry International.

Oh, Oh, Oh - The Brasserie on Alabama, near Audubon. It was next to Pasternak's Grocery.

I'm done.

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I miss Miami Subs, was on Westheimer, right outside the beltway.

Nena, your not the only one.

We used to go there a couple of times a week for the gyro's. What ever happened to it? I thought this was a chain, but you don't see them anymore.

Rhino

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Here's some more from my 40 + years in Houston:

Monterrey House, started in the 50's and specialized in food to go. Tended to be in the new suburbs. This was many Houstonian's first experience with Tex Mex.

Spanish Village on Almeda. Famous for their enchiladas.

Ghallagers Irish Steakhouse, I think in the 80's. Incredible cream of potato soup and a bar that was bigger than the restaurant. Imagine that.

Ouisies Table on Sunset Blvd. I used to live in the apartments next door. Everything prepared from scratch and different every day.

Der Weinersnitzel. Drive through (literally the building) hot dogs. The polish dog was a complete meal. They are still alive elsewhere.

Bordmans (1980's). Manager was Klaus Elfeldt who later went on his own and opened the Cotton Gin out in Katy.

The Texan drive in on Hempstead Hwy at Long Point. Teenage hangout in the 50's and early 60's. The tough guys would come in from Cy-Fair and show off their hot cars against the Spring Brance dudes. Surprised there weren't more fights.

Ye Olde College Inn, mentioned by several. Class act in the 1950's on Main by Rice U. Ledgendary crab cakes.

Las Casuelas just north of downtown in the bario 1970's & 80's. For awhile, the only place you could find real Mexican other than Tex Mex.

Dobbs House 24 hour diners. All over town in the 50's & 60's. I remember them especially well because it was my first job as a teenager (dishwasher making 90 cents/hr min wage). Surprisingly high quality food, including their "Steakburger Plates". One of the salad dressing choices was remoulade.

2 K's Ice Cream parlor, Post Oak at Westheimer by the old Sakowitz, early 1960's. Could this be the Katz ice cream place mentioned earlier? Only place in town to get a 1920's style cherry phosphate.

Luther's BBQ, great onion rings and ribs.

Jimmy Walkers, sit out on the deck and watch the boats go by in the channel connecting Clear Lake and the bay.

Andros Foreign Foods Deli, Fondren at Westpark. Great poor boy on a real crusty roll. The best seller was called the "skinny". You entered one door, got the sandwich out of the cooler, picked up chips and a drink, paid the cashier and out the other door, often without stopping. I could eat these every day and not get tired of them. Lots of crumbs in the car.

The original Jack in the Box on Long Point in 1958. The assistant principle at Spring Branch Jr. High quit his job and bought a franchise for this new concept of fast food. We all thought he had lost his mind with this strange "drive through" idea, but the rest is history. The original was shaped like a big box and the order was taken by a plastic clown with a loudspeaker in it's mouth. An early TV commercial showed the cops chasing the bad guys past the pickup window, barely slowing down to grab their food.

Enough for now.

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I remember eating "family style" at the Monument Inn next to the Battleship Texas. And my long lamented eatery has been the Clear Creek Inn at Kemah. Ah, the garlic toast and pickled beet relish. Mary was our waitress from the time I was carried in on a pillow and fed crackers until I began dating and taking girls there myself in the 1970s. My usual was the Fisherman's platter and I still recall my grandmother slipping me fried shrimp she didn't want from her plate. On Saturday nights we'd have shrimp cocktails too. Even today when my family goes out for seafood - I always start with saltenes and butter to "set my mouth right."

Alas, one too many storms swept Kemah clean and they never returned. Now there is that goofy mall amusement park convolution there and their food pales in comparison. If you want REAL seafood, there needs to be caudrons of boiling oil in the kitchen and someone like Mary making sure your ice tea glass is always full! :wub:

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