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Burnt down, What a shame. Totally freaked me out the first time I saw the chick swinging. I was about 8yrs. old ,I was concentrating on my hamburger, and all the sudden my Dad goes look. I turn around and thought someone had thrown her across the room or something. Nearly fell out of chair. :D

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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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Burnt down, What a shame. Totally freaked me out the first time I saw the chick swinging. I was about 8yrs. old ,I was concentrating on my hamburger, and all the sudden my Dad goes look. I turn around and thought someone had thrown her across the room or something. Nearly fell out of chair. :D

I thought the property owner sold their land as part of a parcel to build a Super Target there.

They just closed maybe 6 months ago. I think we ate there in March.

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I thought the property owner sold their land as part of a parcel to build a Super Target there.

They just closed maybe 6 months ago. I think we ate there in March.

i drove by just the other day, and there was black soot all over the outside of the windows. Maybe i was seeing things, I'm pretty sure I saw char.

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i drove by just the other day, and there was black soot all over the outside of the windows. Maybe i was seeing things, I'm pretty sure I saw char.

hmmm..probably burned after they closed it....when the property was unsecured.

I believe there was a mention in the chronicle when it closed.

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I've always liked the thick plates, platters and cups that restaurants use. I wish that I could find a store that sells them.

There is a new store/warehouse place at the intersection of 18th/TC Jester/Ella - where K-Mart use to be. Some sort of Restaurant supply place.... anyone know anything about this?

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I've always liked the thick plates, platters and cups that restaurants use. I wish that I could find a store that sells them.

Ebay...and they even ship it to your front door :)

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Ebay...and they even ship it to your front door :)

Thank you. You can get just about anything on Ebay. But continuing our discussion about

restaurants, it's always amazed me that things are manufactured differently. I mean, if you

go into a cafe, the food and drink preparation machines are completely different from the kind

that are found in a home. Few homes have coffee urns, fountain soda dispensers, glass sliding door refrigerators, big flat steel griddles, and like I said earlier, thick plates, platters, and cups.

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Restaurants I miss:

Los Troncos (built in/around a huge tree)

Rice Hotel Coffee Shop and the downstairs cafeteria

Pier 21 near Braeswood and Fannin

The Red Lion on S. Main, north of Braeswood

Kaphan's

The Polyasian on S. Main, south of Braeswood

Alfred's on Stella Link

Trader Vic's on Gessner, near Westheimer

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No, but I did see a photograph of the Round-up room. It didn't look like a terribly appetizing place.

Albertnurick, there is a photo of Los Tronco in one of the Fuermann books that I can post if you want. If you look around we have pictures already in the forum of Pier 21, Red Lion, Kaphans, Poly-Asian, and Alfreds.

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Does anyone know if Rasing Cane's is still open in Houston? I went to the website and they don't have Houston on there.

http://www.raisingcanes.com/main.htm

Drove by it last night on Westheimer. It was open. Don't know how well it is doing though. Do you love chicken fingers that much, that you actually go to their website ? You Sir...........are a Weirdo ! :P:D

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Drove by it last night on Westheimer. It was open. Don't know how well it is doing though. Do you love chicken fingers that much, that you actually go to their website ? You Sir...........are a Weirdo ! :P:D

No the reason I went to the website is kind of crazy. See I came home late one night and decided to see what was on TV since I was up. I looked at the TV Guide Channel and there this show scrolled up on the PBS channel called "RAISING CAIN," So I thought to my self thats a restuarant in Houston so I turned to the channle to see what it was about, but it wasn't about the restuarant was bout boys growing up from childhood. See here is the link: http://www.pbs.org/parents/raisingboys/

I wonder why they named it that???

Does Rasing Canes mean something?

Anyways thats why I looked it up.

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No the reason I went to the website is kind of crazy. See I came home late one night and decided to see what was on TV since I was up. I looked at the TV Guide Channel and there this show scrolled up on the PBS channel called "RAISING CAIN," So I thought to my self thats a restuarant in Houston so I turned to the channle to see what it was about, but it wasn't about the restuarant was bout boys growing up from childhood. See here is the link: http://www.pbs.org/parents/raisingboys/

I wonder why they named it that???

Does Rasing Canes mean something?

Anyways thats why I looked it up.

Generally "Raising Cain" is the same as "Raising Hell" ! I agree, it is a strange name for a restaurant, I'm sure it is a play on words, I just don't know the meaning yet.

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Generally "Raising Cain" is the same as "Raising Hell" ! I agree, it is a strange name for a restaurant, I'm sure it is a play on words, I just don't know the meaning yet.

Cain was the first murderer, according to biblical accounts. If you make trouble you are raising the spirit of Cain.

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I miss Tony Mandola's Blue Oyster Bar on the Gulf Freeway near Park Place. That was me and my wife's favorite place...especially during their lunchtime happy hour: $2.00 beers, $0.25 oysters and $0.10 boiled shrimp!

I also miss the old Fusion Cafe at Main and Alabama. After it moved to Rice Village, it seemed to lose some flavor....and some "flava". It wasn't the right setting for soul food.

If you like seafood AND are old enough, you might remember:

1. Jimmy Walkers (now Landry's in Kemah)

2. The San Jacinto Inn (near Battleship Texas)

3. Tomek's (we'll make the location a trivia question).

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I like those places in malls that sell those big pretzels with mustard.

Still missing:

Sunset Tea Room

DISH

Driscoll Street Cafe

The Spud-U-Like

Cookies, Goodies, and More

Empanada House

the original La Strada

Frenchy's on Shepherd

Sabine

Armandos

Quilted Toque

Sierra

The Magic Pan Crepery

and many more

Heights... Where have you been? Moving? Haven't seen anything from you for awhile.

Yes, those stores in the malls that sell those big pretzels with mustard. Also those restaurants that sell "gourmet" hamburgers with lots of toppings on them (mushrooms, jalapenos, etc.).

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A couple of very nice restaurants, that I doubt any here would remember, were Hebert's (pronounced A-bear's) and the Green Parrot. I'm talking 40's - 50's time-frame. Hebert's was in an old house, built in 1904, and was located at the southeast corner of San Jacinto and McGowen. Hebert's food specialty was French, New Orleans style cooking, along with excellent steaks and fresh seafood prepared a variety of ways. The Green Parrot was also in an old house located a few blocks east of Almeda in the MacGregor/Riverside area. Its specialty was southern style, home-cooking. They served delicious fried chicken, cat fish, shrimp, meat loaf, etc., along with beans, green beans, turnip greens, and salads. Dessert fare was homemade pies and cakes.

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A couple of very nice restaurants, that I doubt any here would remember, were Hebert's (pronounced A-bear's) and the Green Parrot. I'm talking 40's - 50's time-frame. Hebert's was in an old house, built in 1904, and was located at the southeast corner of San Jacinto and McGowen. Hebert's food specialty was French, New Orleans style cooking, along with excellent steaks and fresh seafood prepared a variety of ways. The Green Parrot was also in an old house located a few blocks east of Almeda in the MacGregor/Riverside area. Its specialty was southern style, home-cooking. They served delicious fried chicken, cat fish, shrimp, meat loaf, etc., along with beans, green beans, turnip greens, and salads. Dessert fare was homemade pies and cakes.

Green Parrot:

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They were a popular restaurant out of Kansas City with a location there, St. Louis, and Houston.

Very famous for their fried chicken.

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A couple of very nice restaurants, that I doubt any here would remember, were Hebert's (pronounced A-bear's) and the Green Parrot. I'm talking 40's - 50's time-frame. Hebert's was in an old house, built in 1904, and was located at the southeast corner of San Jacinto and McGowen. Hebert's food specialty was French, New Orleans style cooking, along with excellent steaks and fresh seafood prepared a variety of ways. The Green Parrot was also in an old house located a few blocks east of Almeda in the MacGregor/Riverside area. Its specialty was southern style, home-cooking. They served delicious fried chicken, cat fish, shrimp, meat loaf, etc., along with beans, green beans, turnip greens, and salads. Dessert fare was homemade pies and cakes.

Hebert's was still in operation thru the mid 70's. I used to take clients there for lunch. There was a private dining room in the basement with a well-stocked wine cellar. Loved their corned beef & cabbage or red beans & rice. The Hebert family is still in the food business. They have Hebert's Speciality Meats on Richmond and another on 45 N in the Pavillion Mall in the Woodlands area. Another not-so-well known restaruant that operated from an old house was Mama Galli's (sp) located near Gulfgate.

I guess nobody ever heard of or knows where Tomek's is/was. (see Post #70).

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I miss "Oxford's, A Civilized Restaurant" in downtown Houston. It lasted almost two years. The downfall came when the City of Houston decided to erect a bus stop directly in front of the restaurant. You'd think that would be good, but it killed the business almost overnight. Weird...

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Does anyone remember a restaurant in The Galleria called "Shucker's", at least I think that's what it was called. The all you could eat boiled shrimpfor $5.99 was awesome, but you had to peel'em yourself. It was a nice little "sportsbar" type of place.

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Hey, T-Bird, thanks for the welcome back!

Yeah, it has taken a while to get settled into a routine here in Bastrop, and then for one reason or another, I kept putting off posting here again. Of course, it was nice to take a break from some of the Leftist attacks I was experiencing. Who knows; maybe in time I will pi$$ off the Right, and they will start in on me! I am an equal opportunity offender, after all.

Meanwhile, some of the downtown restaurants I remember are L&C, Santa Anita, The Cock and Bull and Massa

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As one who is possibly the most senior contributor to this forum I'm tossing out these names which might have been mentioned previously in some old thread...

Valian's Pizza - which I believe was on Main near the old Shamrock Hotel. THE place to go after a UH home football game in the 1950's and one of the first pizza places in Houston.

Bud Bigelow's - a steakhouse "way out" on Westheimer, possibly near Hillcroft.

Weldon's Cafeteria on Main - a rather upscale cafeteria in a Mod-looking brick building near the present Museum District. I think that the building is still there but may have had the facade altered.

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An old favorite from way back when was The Log Cabin out on Attascosita or Old Humble Road, and later on US 59 near Lee Rd. It was an all-you-could-eat, family-style restaurant. Some of the vegetables were so fresh that you would swear they grew them right outside. That

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As one who is possibly the most senior contributor to this forum I'm tossing out these names which might have been mentioned previously in some old thread...

Valian's Pizza - which I believe was on Main near the old Shamrock Hotel. THE place to go after a UH home football game in the 1950's and one of the first pizza places in Houston.

Bud Bigelow's - a steakhouse "way out" on Westheimer, possibly near Hillcroft.

Weldon's Cafeteria on Main - a rather upscale cafeteria in a Mod-looking brick building near the present Museum District. I think that the building is still there but may have had the facade altered.

Welcome Silver, As you may be reigning "elder" I'm sure your library of stored info of Geographical Houston will be invaluable to the Forum. We want to know all about it, so cough it up ! Glad you are here, ENJOY ! :D

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As one who is possibly the most senior contributor to this forum I'm tossing out these names which might have been mentioned previously in some old thread...

Valian's Pizza - which I believe was on Main near the old Shamrock Hotel. THE place to go after a UH home football game in the 1950's and one of the first pizza places in Houston.

Bud Bigelow's - a steakhouse "way out" on Westheimer, possibly near Hillcroft.

Weldon's Cafeteria on Main - a rather upscale cafeteria in a Mod-looking brick building near the present Museum District. I think that the building is still there but may have had the facade altered.

Well, silverartfox....Looks like I have some competition for the Old F*** title around here. Good to have someone to help me with 40's-60's Houston memories and other assorted items of interest.

I went to Valian's often in the 50's after Rice home games and on other occasions. It has been discussed here often. It was across Main from the Shamrock. I also remember Bud Bigelow's and Weldon's...located as you mentioned.

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Well, silverartfox....Looks like I have some competition for the Old F*** title around here. Good to have someone to help me with 40's-60's Houston memories and other assorted items of interest.

I went to Valian's often in the 50's after Rice home games and on other occasions. It has been discussed here often. It was across Main from the Shamrock. I also remember Bud Bigelow's and Weldon's...located as you mentioned.

MEEEEEOOOOOOOOWWWWWW !!! :lol: Hey 57, how are you doing ? Haven't seen you around for awhile, glad to see you post, I miss your wisdom and knowledge of all things Houston. We need to start a new thread about some other Houston landmarks.

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Hebert's was still in operation thru the mid 70's. I used to take clients there for lunch. There was a private dining room in the basement with a well-stocked wine cellar. Loved their corned beef & cabbage or red beans & rice. The Hebert family is still in the food business. They have Hebert's Speciality Meats on Richmond and another on 45 N in the Pavillion Mall in the Woodlands area. Another not-so-well known restaruant that operated from an old house was Mama Galli's (sp) located near Gulfgate.

I am acquainted with the husband of the daughter of the Hebert who owned the Hebert's on McGowen, so I forwarded your comments to him. His reply:

The Hebert family associated with Hebert's Ritz on McGowen is not related to the Hebert now in business with the meat markets. The corned beef and red beans and rice were served for lunch only. We closed the restaurant in 1987, and the building was demolished shortly thereafter. The economic crunch of the times gave us an excuse to close it and get out of an increasingly competitive business. We had inherited the business and were not content in the operation of it. We are are now happily retired and living in contentment overlooking the shores of Galveston Bay.

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I am acquainted with the husband of the daughter of the Hebert who owned the Hebert's on McGowen, so I forwarded your comments to him. His reply:

The Hebert family associated with Hebert's Ritz on McGowen is not related to the Hebert now in business with the meat markets. The corned beef and red beans and rice were served for lunch only. We closed the restaurant in 1987, and the building was demolished shortly thereafter. The economic crunch of the times gave us an excuse to close it and get out of an increasingly competitive business. We had inherited the business and were not content in the operation of it. We are are now happily retired and living in contentment overlooking the shores of Galveston Bay.

Here is Hebert's Ritz:

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On the back it says

"We Invite You to Visit the Ritz Dining Room

Where Good Food Is Cooked and Served Under the Personal Supervision of the Owners

Mr and Mrs CLIFTON P HEBERT

and Where You Can Eat and Feel

You are Among Friends"

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Here is Hebert's Ritz:

RitzRest.jpg

On the back it says

"We Invite You to Visit the Ritz Dining Room

Where Good Food Is Cooked and Served Under the Personal Supervision of the Owners

Mr and Mrs CLIFTON P HEBERT

and Where You Can Eat and Feel

You are Among Friends"

Wow!! Subdude...You continue to impress me with your collection, or expertise, on where to find things like this. I will forward this piece of memorabilia to the former owners. I am sure they will be most appreciative. Thanks! I have them looking for an old menu from their establishment. They said they have a bunch of them stored away in a box somewhere. I will post, if I get one. Hebert's Ritz was a fine dining establishment in its time. Would be interesting to compare prices with today's menus of comparable restaurants. I am curious about the spelling of McGowen. On the card, it is McGowan. I thought it was spelled with an "e".

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Does anyone remember the Asian Restaurant (or Asian Kitchen, depending on who you talk to) that was at the corner of Richmond/Weslayan? It's been gone since '98 or '99 - whenever it was that they redid that whole strip center. MAN, I miss that place.

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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.

Did you ever go to Tila's? Good food, wish it was still there. Used to be very close to the last of Felix Mexican Restaraunts. Still fighting to keep Felix's open!

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Shuckers is still open in the Galleria.

Does anyone recall the Windswept Inn? It was a home cooking/family style restaurant on a side street off of 45 North, south of BW 8 area. I remember going there as a kid in the mid 70's with my grandparents. They would bring huge (huge to a 5 year old) bowls of mashed potatoes, greens, beans, and platters of fried chicken and chicken fried steaks.

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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

I used to live in Houston and we ate out about every Friday or Saturday nite. I remember Kapan's, Angelo's (We would watch the fireworks at Astroworld from there!) I also remember going to Pipe Organ Pizza. I hope it is still there....I have not been back to Houston in many years. They had great pizza and nice atmosphere. I also remember a Chinese food place called Western Steak Ranch. They still had the best egg rolls I have ever eaten.....even to this day....wish I could find them now! We also visited a place called Don The Beach Comber.....Hawaiian food.....really neat restaurant. The Old Hickory Stick had good BBQ.

Bonnie's Beef and Barrell (Beef and Brew) I think is still operating.....I liked that place alot.

Hope you remember these......if so tell me what you know about it.

Rollergirl gone.....

If you like seafood AND are old enough, you might remember:

1. Jimmy Walkers (now Landry's in Kemah)

2. The San Jacinto Inn (near Battleship Texas)

3. Tomek's (we'll make the location a trivia question).

Yep......remember the first two well. I did not like seafood....but loved the homeade biscuits, jam and atmosphere of San Jacinto Inn. Jimmy Walkers was good....liked watching the ship channel.

Do you remember Pipe Organ Pizza? Is it still in Houston. I live in Dallas and have not visited Houston area in a long time.

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..... I have them looking for an old menu from their establishment. They said they have a bunch of them stored away in a box somewhere. I will post, if I get one. Hebert's Ritz was a fine dining establishment in its time. Would be interesting to compare prices with today's menus of comparable restaurants.

They sent me a copy of one of their old menus. Please pardon the quality.

Hebert's Ritz Menu from 1941

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There use to be an area that was upstairs at Sharpstown Mall that had bars and resturants. Anyone remember that? Names of any of them? I use to go see live music there sometimes.

Chelsea Street Pub was the only bar. I can't tell you how many times I heard "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother" while we were closing up the Chick-fil-a. That's funny - I had forgotten about that "fancy" restaurant lowspark mentioned...no one went there. (It was across the way from the See's Candies...yum!)

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