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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.

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.

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.

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.

Enough for now.

We loved Monterrey House. Yep, our first experience of Tex Mex.

Gallagher's rings a bell - competitor to Steak 'n Ale? Where on earth was it - I can't place it.

Dobb's House/Toddle House - all over town - all over the country from about the 30s. Loved the steakburger and hash browns.

Andros is still there. I think the last time I drove down that street a banner proclaimed the original owner is back? Used to be an import foods store as well as deli, competing with Antone's which had only one location. I had my first sample of mortadella there and bought imported pasta, cheeses, biscotti, and olive oil in 2 gallon tins. Now it's just a deli, competing with the likes of Antone's and Niko Niko's. Skinny boy, Fatboy, gyro - all tend to have more meat than the competition. Also some good soups.

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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:

Thanks for the post! I grew up in Friendswood and when we went out for seafood it was to the Clear Creek Inn. My dad taught me how to eat a whole broiled fish there when I was maybe 7 years old. Had many happy memories there. Back when you got a stuffed crab that was full of fresh picked crab in the summer, yum.

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

Ouisie's Table is now on San Felipe. It shut down for 6 years (according to the web site). I've only been to the San Felipe location once, and it seemed way over-priced for what it is.

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We loved Monterrey House. Yep, our first experience of Tex Mex.

Gallagher's rings a bell - competitor to Steak 'n Ale? Where on earth was it - I can't place it.

Dobb's House/Toddle House - all over town - all over the country from about the 30s. Loved the steakburger and hash browns.

Andros is still there. I think the last time I drove down that street a banner proclaimed the original owner is back? Used to be an import foods store as well as deli, competing with Antone's which had only one location. I had my first sample of mortadella there and bought imported pasta, cheeses, biscotti, and olive oil in 2 gallon tins. Now it's just a deli, competing with the likes of Antone's and Niko Niko's. Skinny boy, Fatboy, gyro - all tend to have more meat than the competition. Also some good soups.

Welcome to HAIF.

There was a Gallagher's on 290 near Pinemont. It's been defunct for about 20 years and is now the Gold Cup "gentlemen's club".

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i loved clear creek inn. could get full just on the garlic toast. i moved to dallas after college in the early 80's and on one of my visits home my family decided to go to clear creek inn. it had been several years and my dad drove to where he thought it should be and we couldn't find it. we drove all around kemah looking for it. ended up at the flying dutchman (??) and asked them where it was because we were lost. they said it got washed away during alicia and pointed to an empty lot across the way. of course, it would be gone now anyway because it wouldn't fit in the style of the kemah boardwalk. tillman would do good if he brought back that good home cooked food (and the garlic toast) instead of the boring food he serves. still the best fried shrimp.

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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monterrey house had the best refried beans. my mom would make her own tacos, but always served beans from monterrey house. i loved those little candies (not the pralines, but the soft ones - two in a package joined together with walnuts on top). would love to find those again. there was a monterrey house on willowbend near the railroad tracks. i remember when it closed and my dad had to go further just to bring us those beans.

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.

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Thanks for jogging my memory with "The Enchanted Cup" one of my favorites back in the day on Westheimer. Many dates at that small coffee house back in the early 60's, what a great place. Born in 1949, southwest Houston, and moved to Fort Worth in early 70's...Eric

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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The place I miss the most is the Mexicatessen on Crosstimbers. Absolutely the best Mexican food hands down. It was family tradition to eat there on Saturday nights for all of my life and it closed at the end of '06 because of family squabbling or something like that. We were crushed, as many people were.

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Even after mentioning the old Lockwood Inn Barbecue place on Lockwood at 610 several times on Haif, its like losing a family member. That bad!

Even when I seldom drive past, all thats left is the sign and post but the place burned to the ground decades ago. The links were killer and the sauce they poured over them was undescribeable. I am crying now. :(

This place was just a few blocks from McReynold's Jr High (Indian territory) as some long time Houstonians may have called it. The competition barbecue place Cozy Kitchen was across the street but never could compare to Lockwood, never.

Ok now I am really hungry!

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I miss Pino's the most. I go to their place in Bryan when I can but is not the same.

One of the oddest places we used to frequent as a kid was Western Travellers BBQ on hwy 90 in Sheldon. The front half of the place was a typical western BBQ place with wagon wheels and john wayne pictures and clunky wooden floor. The back restaurant was a seafood place you went to a 2 story back room that was themed with polynesian huts and an artifical creek fed by a water fall and the walls and ceiling had glowin the dark stars. My dad would get us the shrimp platter and it was all you could eat. It burned down in the early 80's.

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I miss Pino's the most. I go to their place in Bryan when I can but is not the same.

One of the oddest places we used to frequent as a kid was Western Travellers BBQ on hwy 90 in Sheldon. The front half of the place was a typical western BBQ place with wagon wheels and john wayne pictures and clunky wooden floor. The back restaurant was a seafood place you went to a 2 story back room that was themed with polynesian huts and an artifical creek fed by a water fall and the walls and ceiling had glowin the dark stars. My dad would get us the shrimp platter and it was all you could eat. It burned down in the early 80's.

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Hi everybody -

It took me two days to read through all these posts, bringing back such wonderful memories. I was born at St. Joseph's in 1951, lived in Houston until 1960, came back "home" a few times, last visit was in 1977. You are only the second person who has mentioned "Mexico City" on S. Main. I remember their steamed tortillas kept warm between two hot white plates. My parents were married at South Main Baptist. Mom was a Houston native, graduated from San Jacinto High (Magna cum Laude, Captain of the Pep Squad), and she had lots of friends who were "well-off" - people like Glenn McCarthy, William O. Bartle (Brewster-Bartle Drilling), and other tycoon types.

Anyway, we ate out quite often. Bill Williams, Gaido's (didn't they have some giant sailfish mounted on the walls?), One's-A-Meal, Prince's (those poppy seed buns!), and, of course, James' Coney Island (we always took our dogs upstairs, sat on the school chairs). We also went to Spanish Village many times, my personal favorite (I have a "society page" clipping of my parents at Spanish Village, will upload it soon).

One restaurant not mentioned yet was the China Clipper, downtown (think it was near James'Coney Island). Everytime I see a picture of one of those old PanAm seaplanes, I remember that restaurant.

But I've been saving the best for last. One night my mom's best friend took us to the Green Parrott. It was a special occasion, so we were all dressed up. Since I absolutely LOVED fried chicken, my parents figured this would be a perfect evening. But evidently things didn't go as planned (I was only 4 or 5, and they told me this story many years later). It seems that when the waiter asked what I wanted for dinner, I said, "Pancakes!" When he tried to explain that they didn't have pancakes on the menu, I got upset and insisted I wanted pancakes! Then the lady who owned the Parrott (somebody mentioned her name in an earlier post - "Miss Vera") came to the table and asked what the problem was. When they told her, she said, "If the young man wants pancakes, he shall have pancakes." Then, while our orders were being prepared, she went down the street to some store, bought a box of Aunt Jemima mix and a bottle of "Bud" syrup (does anybody else remember that Anheuser-Busch used to make pancake syrup?), came back to the restaurant and fixed me those pancakes herself!

My parents were mortified, but grateful.

Thanks so much for all of these great postings!

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That would be Kahn's Deli on Rice Blvd. Unfortunately, Mike Kahn sold it a couple of months ago and my understanding is that he's no longer affiliated with the business at all. Supposedly the new owner did a complete new buildout of the interior as well, but I haven't been by there to confirm that.

I miss Alfred's. Best potato soup I've ever tasted.

What's changed most is the food.

Does anyone remember an Italian market called, Zampieri's.... or something like that. It was a god-send to my Sicilian grandmother who transplanted herself in Texas in 1970. I thought it was where Mandola's Deli is on Telephone Rd./Leeland.

that was Samperi's

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It is a shame to hear about the fate of Kahn's Deli. My father worked as a pharmacist for the old Jones' Apothecary back in the 60's. There were periodic meetings of all the store managers (once every two months or so if I remember correctly) that took place in the evenings after the drug stores closed. Dinner was served at the meetings and it consisted (almost always) of sandwiches from Alfred's. They were set out on large trays and the Jones employees were invited to take the leftovers home. That is how I was introduced to what a proper deli sandwich should be.

Perhaps it is possible to buy a restaurant and copy its recipies but it would appear that there is an intangible element in play also. It is a further shame that the reputation of Kahn's may be diminished if the new owners can not maintain that which made it so memorable in the first place - the goodness of the food.

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I'll bet none of you remembers Vicky's Drive-In on Old Galveston Road.

It was a classic '50's drive-in with a giant Martian on the roof. Next to

the drive-in was the La Fonda Motel, which Vicky and her husband also

owned. (Don't know their last name.) I wish I could find a picture of the

drive-in, cos that Martian was a sight to see!

They had another location in Pasadena next to a Shakey's where my dad

used to play with his buddies. (Shakey's was a pizza restaurant that had

"family" entertainment thru the '70's.) When the family went there with him,

we would go next door to Vicky's to get me a hamburger, cos I didn't like pizza

when I was little!

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I'll bet none of you remembers Vicky's Drive-In on Old Galveston Road.

It was a classic '50's drive-in with a giant Martian on the roof. Next to

the drive-in was the La Fonda Motel, which Vicky and her husband also

owned. (Don't know their last name.) I wish I could find a picture of the

drive-in, cos that Martian was a sight to see!

They had another location in Pasadena next to a Shakey's where my dad

used to play with his buddies. (Shakey's was a pizza restaurant that had

"family" entertainment thru the '70's.) When the family went there with him,

we would go next door to Vicky's to get me a hamburger, cos I didn't like pizza

when I was little!

That was the 666th post...

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I'll bet none of you remembers Vicky's Drive-In on Old Galveston Road.

It was a classic '50's drive-in with a giant Martian on the roof. Next to

the drive-in was the La Fonda Motel, which Vicky and her husband also

owned. (Don't know their last name.) I wish I could find a picture of the

drive-in, cos that Martian was a sight to see!

They had another location in Pasadena next to a Shakey's where my dad

used to play with his buddies. (Shakey's was a pizza restaurant that had

"family" entertainment thru the '70's.) When the family went there with him,

we would go next door to Vicky's to get me a hamburger, cos I didn't like pizza

when I was little!

Oh....I do, I do...wonder what happened to that martian & his spaceship...I think the bldg. is still there, in some incarnation. That Shakey's was probably the first place I had pizza. The big treat was watching them make it, thru that big window.

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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.

Just joined and this my 1st post. I am trying to find the name of a pretty exclusive and expensive restaurant near Post Oak and Post Oak Park, behind thw "TwinTowers" (one is now Cooper-Cameron), just east of the West Loop and Post Oak. As I recall, it was in a big one-story mansion and was run by a big name chef. There are townhouses there now.

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was this @ winkler?

Yes, Winkler Dr. at Old Galveston Rd. (Note: Winkler changes to S. Richey after OLG). That restaurant was of the style (layout wise) of the Princes Restaurants. (from what I can remember) It was run-down in later yrs. but I figure from the looks of it that carhops waited on you at one time, also remember the main dining area (inside) having those white or green, frosted, square tile blocks (like seen in ice cream parlors from the same time period). I never went in it, as a kid. Sat on the southwest side of intersection, corner lot.

PS Welcome to HAIF mwest & ronniejay!

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That was the 666th post...

Not quite, 667, I think! :D

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"Missed it by THAT MUCH!"

Yes, Winkler Dr. at Old Galveston Rd. (Note: Winkler changes to S. Richey after OLG). That restaurant was of the style (layout wise) of the Princes Restaurants. (from what I can remember) It was run-down in later yrs. but I figure from the looks of it that carhops waited on you at one time, also remember the main dining area (inside) having those white or green, frosted, square tile blocks (like seen in ice cream parlors from the same time period). I never went in it, as a kid. Sat on the southwest side of intersection, corner lot.

PS Welcome to HAIF mwest & ronniejay!

Thank you NenaE!

Glad someone remembers Vicky's AND "Dark Shadows!" smileythumbu1.gif

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Does anyone remember a hamburger joint on S. Gessner between Harwin and Bellaire? It was about 1/2 way down on the east side of the street in a little strip center.

Also Montery House was my fav growing up and the closes I have found to it is El Burrito in Livingston Texas.

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I remember Monterey House well, but aren't there still some of those around? I thought they just changed names to Monterey's TexMex cafe. I guess though, that those could be closed too now.

Wasn't it Monterey House that had the chili con queso puff's, or am I thinking of Los Tios?

BTW- welcome to the board slmintx

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I remember Monterey House well, but aren't there still some of those around? I thought they just changed names to Monterey's TexMex cafe. I guess though, that those could be closed too now.

Wasn't it Monterey House that had the chili con queso puff's, or am I thinking of Los Tios?

BTW- welcome to the board slmintx

I believe both had the puffs.....they were great

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Here is a link that has a brief history of MH. The thing I liked the best was the queso dip, not sure if the current ones still have the same queso, but the last time I ate at one I didn't like it as much as the old one.

http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/haif/l...hp/t2777-0.html

I do not remember the puffs at the old one...

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There was one on OST and main, the Taft store, and another one around 390 and voss or bingle, somewhere. The OST and Taft stores were around for a long time, one of them since the 1940s. Antones blues club in Austin was another family venture, and the original restaurant is I believe the oldest one in the French Quarter, around since the 1840s. I make the poorboys myself, have for years, but I really miss the original stores.

Their bread was the best for poboys. I use to go there and buy it to make my own as well. My favorite of theirs was the ham salad, with the jalapeno cheese - called the "Piggy", that "end piece" of the bread was the bomb!

I have been going thru this thread for sometime so many fabulous old places. Alfreds was sort of in my hood...Heberts, our parents use to take us there, it was my Dad's favorite. I can only remember small memories of the inside, dark and brocade like wallpaper. Vallians...that was an institution!! Sonny Look's...my brother worked a summer or two there, kinda tacky of him, but he kypted one of those Gold coffee cups and gave it to Mom...I think they still have it! :rolleyes: I saw Yamins brought up. Man that brought back memories, when I was a teenager, I use to work in the clothing/jewelry shop inside Goofy's on Buffalo Spdwy back in the day. My parents would swing by and pick me up to go to Romana cafeteria (now Luby's) which was right behind Goofy's on Fridays, (I use to always run into one of my teachers while standing in line, so it made for interesting times let me tell ya :o ) that place was so good. You guys mentioned Pappas took it over too, which explains the change in their food quality (what is the deal with Pappas wanting to own everything, and running alot of restuarants out of business here)? Anyway - Yamins was there in that strip mall (along with the original Buffalo Pharmacy lunch counter - yum!!), but Yamins had this sandwich, which was basic....hamburger, with pizza sauce...toasted with a bit of mozzarella. Nothing to it, but I guess it was their combination of ingredients that was so good. Can't remember their pizza being all that, just this one sandwich? I haven't seen anyone mention Old Mexico so far....they were on W. Gray close to the mid-town area now, actually right on the curve. That dude was German from what my parents say. anyway, you walked thru an area reminiscent of being in Mexico, with all these things you could buy at market. They had cool toys for kids. This kept you occupied waiting for your table. They had some awesome food! Place caught on fire, and they never rebuilt it. :(

I guess I'll finish reading this thread...I had to post, I couldn't help myself...thanks for the memories y'all!

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I think you're confusing two different places here - the building that housed Hamburgers by Gourmet on Alabama (at Yoakum, I believe) is long gone; the barrel-shaped burger joint is Lucky Burger, on Richmond at Mandell, and it is indeed still in business. I used to eat at the Alabama HBG regularly, as I lived only a few blocks away from it for most of the 80s. Wish they were still around.

HBG, had the best burger, and onion rings!

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I haven't seen anyone mention Old Mexico so far....they were on W. Gray close to the mid-town area now, actually right on the curve. That dude was German from what my parents say. anyway, you walked thru an area reminiscent of being in Mexico, with all these things you could buy at market. They had cool toys for kids. This kept you occupied waiting for your table. They had some awesome food! Place caught on fire, and they never rebuilt it.

I guess I'll finish reading this thread...I had to post, I couldn't help myself...thanks for the memories y'all!

I mentioned Old Mexico in the forum some time ago. I was raised in the Bellaire/Southwest Houston area and in the 50's and 60's Old Mexico was the only place to go for good Mexican food. Do you remember what was at the check out counter? There was a baksket with a large white card that read "Mexican Jumping Beans" and a warm lamp shining down on the basket to keep the beans active. Next to the basket were small maracas, just right for the kids. I still remember my parents buying a painted pop cork gun for me on one trip. What a great restaurant, I rank it up there with my childhood memories from Alfred's Delicassen, Prince's Drive In, Brittons Broiler Burger and JuJubees at the Bellaire Theater...Eric Younkin

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The Windswept Inn - most amazing homecooked food & biscuits ever

I really miss the Windswept Inn. I grew up not too far away from its final location on Airline, and ate there regularly with my parents for years. I've yet to encounter anyone who ate there who doesn't remember it fondly - it's been mentioned a few times in the past in this long-running thread.

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I remember going to a reataurant in the early 70's in Montrose somewhere east of Anderson Street Fair called "Ebenezer's". No one else I know remembers it but I remember eating there a lot. It was in the upstairs part of an old house on a corner and had a 40's theme.. The music was usually poor old dead Judy Garland and items on the menu had clever names like "Marilyn Monroe Cheese plate" . Does anyone else remember it?

I remember hearing the radio ad for Ebenezer's regularly on KLOL (101) in '72. It was kind of funny as I recall. They claimed it was the place where "boozers bedraggle" at night and was located "on Converse between Willard and Welch". Well, we just had to check that out.

So after the Jethro Tull "Thick As A Brick" tour concert that year at the Coliseum, we went to Ebenezer's. It was kind of weird for us suburban Westbury boys to go to a restaurant in an old house in Montrose. Very weird. But I remember that it was upstairs (still weird) and once we sat down, it was OK. Not like your typical restaurant, but OK. I think some hippie chick/patchouli scented/earth mother served us. We had burgers and beer as we allowed our eardrums ample recovery time from the concert onslaught. Can't remember if the food was any good. Didn't matter, it was the experience we were after. I think that's the only time we went there.

P.S. concert trivia - the opening act for Tull was a new group that had just come out called the Eagles. We thought they were pretty good, but kind of a mismatch in genre with Tull.

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Does anyone remember a hamburger joint on S. Gessner between Harwin and Bellaire? 1983-84 time frame, seems like it was called "Things" but not sure about the name.

I seem to recall a burger joint in the center of a strip center (no drive thru) near there called Toby's Old Fashion hambugers.

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Sonny Look's in 1970 or so was a good steak place. I remember it along with Red Lion as one other mentioned. Also how about Swiss chalet, near galleria. Humble Oil took me there on a job visit trip to Houston in 1969.

Third Coast on san felipe at voss was a great restaurant. anyone remember.

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I remember it well. Great place, started as a joint venture between Brennan clan and the guy who owned the Empress on 1960 and had great food. But this location was cursed as difficult to see and turn into the parkin lot from this busy intersection

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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.

Ocean Club Buffet - Does anyone remember the happy hour buffet at Ocean Club? I believe it replaced Elan's. I moved here in 1983 and Ocean Club had a fabulour happy hour buffet. The place was nice with a good crowd, sure it wasnt a restaurant but still had great food<G>

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Ocean Club Buffet - Does anyone remember the happy hour buffet at Ocean Club? I believe it replaced Elan's. I moved here in 1983 and Ocean Club had a fabulour happy hour buffet. The place was nice with a good crowd, sure it wasnt a restaurant but still had great food<G>

Where was the Ocean Club? I almost got it confused with Don the Beachcomer. I thinks that's the name of it. It was out in Woodlake and was a restaurant.

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how about kip's big boy (in some states it was bob's big boy)? i remember as a kid trying to eat that double decker hamburger, which was before mcdonalds came up with their big mac. we would go to the one on westheimer and bellaire.

i googled it and their are still big boys on the west coast, around the great lakes and some other states. nothing near texas.

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Dirty's, used to be located on Durham just south of I-10. Great chicken-fried steak

Strawberry Patch on Westheimer where Pappas Bros Steakhouse is now. Also great chicken fried steak, as well as the best hot blueberry muffins ever created, included free in your bread basket.

Harry's Kenya, a great upscale restaurant downtown.

The San Jacinto Inn - great seafood. Right by the Battleship Texas - NOT to be confused with the Monument Inn.

Tuffy's Seafood down on Galveston

The original Mariposa lunchroom in Neiman's at the Galleria - it used to be on the 1st floor right by the entrance to the mall, now that area is a cosmetics counter

The Sakowitz downtown lunchroom. The Sakowitz Post Oak lunchroom, for that matter. Great orange rolls in the bread basket

The original downtown James Coney Island

Las Brasas mexican restaurant on Kuykendahl just south of FM 1960

Dong Ting's very upscale chinese restaurant, in the same little area as Brennan's (and I'm looking forward to Brennan's reopening)

Cafe Artiste off Mandell and West Main

Hills Pier 19 in Galveston, now a (shudder) Joe's Crab Shack. Also Strand Street Brewery, now a Fuddruckers.

Zan's down in Galveston. I can't remember when this closed. Fortunately, I got a taste of Zan's cooking again in 2004 when he catered my wedding. Oh, yeah, Phoenix bakery down there did my wedding cakes, and now they are closed.

Cafe Miami, a cuban restaurant off Bissonnett at Hilcroft

Dolce and Freddo

Pino's on Westheimer and Hilcroft

Cafe Montrose

I remember it well. Great place, started as a joint venture between Brennan clan and the guy who owned the Empress on 1960 and had great food. But this location was cursed as difficult to see and turn into the parkin lot from this busy intersection

Guy from empress - was that Richard, or Scott Chen?

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Dirty's, used to be located on Durham just south of I-10. Great chicken-fried steak

Strawberry Patch on Westheimer where Pappas Bros Steakhouse is now. Also great chicken fried steak, as well as the best hot blueberry muffins ever created, included free in your bread basket.

Harry's Kenya, a great upscale restaurant downtown.

The San Jacinto Inn - great seafood. Right by the Battleship Texas - NOT to be confused with the Monument Inn.

Tuffy's Seafood down on Galveston

The original Mariposa lunchroom in Neiman's at the Galleria - it used to be on the 1st floor right by the entrance to the mall, now that area is a cosmetics counter

The Sakowitz downtown lunchroom. The Sakowitz Post Oak lunchroom, for that matter. Great orange rolls in the bread basket

The original downtown James Coney Island

Las Brasas mexican restaurant on Kuykendahl just south of FM 1960

Dong Ting's very upscale chinese restaurant, in the same little area as Brennan's (and I'm looking forward to Brennan's reopening)

Cafe Artiste off Mandell and West Main

Hills Pier 19 in Galveston, now a (shudder) Joe's Crab Shack. Also Strand Street Brewery, now a Fuddruckers.

Zan's down in Galveston. I can't remember when this closed. Fortunately, I got a taste of Zan's cooking again in 2004 when he catered my wedding. Oh, yeah, Phoenix bakery down there did my wedding cakes, and now they are closed.

Cafe Miami, a cuban restaurant off Bissonnett at Hilcroft

Dolce and Freddo

Pino's on Westheimer and Hilcroft

Cafe Montrose

Guy from empress - was that Richard, or Scott Chen?

It was Scott Chen.

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Beef and Bird

I miss this restaurant on Wilcrest. It was formal and had an east coast feel to it with great wild game especially the wild boar with plum sauce as well as the salmon pate with the bread as a starter. The more casual french place by the same chef isnt as good for my taste.. le Cep I believe it is called.

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