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On 8/11/2017 at 6:18 AM, brucesw said:

Cattle Rustlers Steak Buffet - mentioned earlier in this thread.  I was thinking it had the word cattle in the name but maybe it was just called Cattle Rustlers?  I went only once, really no memories.  It was right at the first entrance to the mall parking lot on the SB feeder, where the Gaylynn theater was.

 

I remember that place too!! It was called Cattle Rustlers Steakhouse and it was BIG when "Urban Cowboy" and Willie Nelson's "Red Headed Stranger" came out. I remember being really impressed because they served their tea in Mason jars!! That was a good place to eat...it was right next to that hotel that was built to look like a castle (the one near Sharpstown Mall). 

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On 9/22/2014 at 2:34 PM, Subdude said:

You know what Mexican restaurant I miss?  Las Alamedas on the Katy Freeway.  Going there always seemed like a special occasion.

 

We even had a special Las Alamedas song (to the tune of Guantanamera):

"Las Alamedas

We ate at Las Alamedas!

Las Alameeeeedas!

We ate at Las Alamedas.."

 

Actually I believe there is a Las Alamedas in La Centerra in Katy off the Grand Parkway. 

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7 hours ago, ThisKindredSpirit said:

Oh visiting this site and this thread has brought back so many memories!! I was born in Houston, but grew up in Richmond, but like any Houstonian family, going out to eat every week in Houston was part of the culture here in the 60s/70s/80s. It was such a part of my life to go to one Houston restaurant or another that when I moved away from home to go to school (San Marcos) I was suddenly astonished and dismayed that the rest of the world didnt have the variety and "foodie" culture that Houston had! I was so disappointed.

 

Going through everyone's lists reminded me of so much! I remember The Boston Sea Party and Nantucket Inn, where I celebrated my birthday because I love seafood, but I remember eating my first raw oysters with my Dad at the Blue Oyster Club.

 

We also went to the Mason Jar and the Strawberry Patch quite a lot - Mom and Dad liked the omelets at the latter place. They would also spend their anniversaries at places like The Great Caruso and Vargos. 

 

I remember when Good Times Charlie opened up at Sharpstown and hearing the music there.  I also remember Piper Pizza, Atchafalaya (that came out in the 90s, I remember as well as Ralph & Kacoos). There used to be a restaurant where the Town & Country Mall used to be - I'd never been in it but my husband had and he loved it, saying it had a big tree in the middle. It reminded him of some of the fantasy books he used to read. Anyway, all that's long gone now, including the Mall. 

 

Someone else mentioned Westwood Mall - I trolled that place a lot myself in my teenage years! I remember there used to be a little restaurant in the food court there called "Olga's" and it served gyros. 

 

Does anyone remember a seafood restaurant called "Christie's"? It used to be in the Braeswood area I think - its where i had my first taste of broiled flouder and it was for the longest while considered to be one of the best seafood restaurants in the area...

 

I think Christie's is still there, at Westheimer and Greenridge.  They also used to have a location on South Main.  

 

The Strawberry Patch was on Westheimer as I recall.  Good place.  

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There was a Christie's at 5911 Bellaire @ Renwick; according to the website in must've opened in the 1960s.  I went there a couple of times.  According to the website there also was a smaller, mostly take-out place on S. Post Oak.  That's a new one on me.

 

I was told back in the 70s by a native Houstonian who introduced me to Christie's that the Bellaire location was by a different branch of the family and not co-owned with the S. Main and eventual Westheimer locations.  Maybe he had it wrong since it's on the website.

 

Scroll down for some timeline photos and down at the bottom click on the About Us link for more history.

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3 hours ago, Subdude said:

 

I think Christie's is still there, at Westheimer and Greenridge.

 

Christie's is still there. Not a bad place. Sort of stuck in a time warp, but I don't mind. The food was more than good enough both times I've gone. I will say that someone earlier mentioned having broiled flounder once at another Christie's location. I do not remember seeing that at the one on Westheimer. That could be simply because both times I've gone were for lunch and it just wasn't on the lunch menu.

 

Every place under the sun has fried seafood, and if they offer alternatives, the only ones are blackened (which I like) or grilled (which I hate). So very few have broiled, (outside of shrimp scampi). I love broiled fish. The best seafood meal  was the broiled seafood platter at a place called the Sea Ranch in South Padre Island. But that was 20 years ago and I don't think they have it any more. 

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I remember most of those places, too.  The Boston Sea Party was great, but I tend to doubt that an all-you-eat buffet with similar choices could operate today without having to charge exorbitant prices. 

 

At Good Time Charlie's (a better-than-average food court), I vaguely recall several good places ... one was a shwarma place.   The giant antique music player (can't recall what it was called) was a gem.  After they sold it, I hope it went to some place where they maintain it and people can still enjoy it. 

 

There is still a Christies at 6029 Westheimer, by the way.

 

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About Las Alamedas:  the one in La Centerra is owned by the same man who had the one on Katy @ Voss.   His son (I think) has a similar restaurant, called Las Ventanas, in the old district of Addicks on Katy and Hwy 6.

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34 minutes ago, ArchFan said:

 His son (I think) has a similar restaurant, called Las Ventanas, in the old district of Addicks on Katy and Hwy 6.

 

I went to Las Ventanas a few years back. It had one - ONE - waiter for the entire restaurant. And you know what, that was the GREATEST waiter I'd ever seen in my life. Even with a full house in a fair sized restaurant, we never had to wait on drink refills, our food came out quickly and correctly, the waiter even chatted for a bit. I've never seen anything like it. Totally amazing. And I don't think he ever broke a sweat or appeared rushed or harried in any way. LOL! So I left a 25 percent tip (I'm sure other people here have left bigger tips, but I'm not rich, so for me, it meant something to leave a tip like that). 

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On 8/17/2017 at 8:55 AM, Subdude said:

 

I think Christie's is still there, at Westheimer and Greenridge.  They also used to have a location on South Main.  

 

The Strawberry Patch was on Westheimer as I recall.  Good place.  

 

I believe Pappas Steakhouse on Westheimer occupies the former Strawberry Patch.

 

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Does anyone remember a place on lower Westheimer named The Happy Buddha. I discovered tempura there and it changed my culinary life!!

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Let's take a moment to comment on Don's Seafood, one of the first Landry joints. Great food. Between Hillcroft and Post Oak, or thereabouts. In the early 80s, I was running late to work my dinner shift- couldn't get to work from the Gessner area, where l lived- Intersections were all flooded, cars just kind-of floated thru till tires got traction again. Of course no one had brakes going thru that much water. The underpasses were 4-5 feet deep. I didn't realize that till l looked at the stop the sign, and it was only about a foot above the water level. I gunned my little Firebird in reverse, (no brakes) and luckily didn't wind up underwater, or stalling out. They fired me for not covering my shift. 

Yall stay safe, Houston. 

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12 hours ago, JoJo said:

Does anyone remember a place on lower Westheimer named The Happy Buddha. I discovered tempura there and it changed my culinary life!!

Right at the corner of Westheimer and Whitney, 500?  And there was a Moroccan place there at one time,  now Dolce Vita (Pizza).  I worked a block from there but was never in the neighborhood at night by that time and never went to any of those.

 

ETA:  Or was Happy Buddha a Moroccan place?

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Don's Seafood - on Post Oak, east side of the street, between Alabama and Hidalgo or Hidalgo and Richmond, not sure which.  That was a hot place.  Landry's was still comprised of the original four families from Opelousas.  Was that or Magnolia Bar their first place?  I went only once and got frustrated by the long wait and left.  Bad move on my part.

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Yes. It was still a family run business back then, and they were from LA.  You probably did not get good service because they were short staffed, due to firing servers for stupid reasons. Lol. They never had enough servers on the floor, front of the house was very poorly managed. The kitchen, however, was run like a well oiled machine. Only the the finest equipment and ingredients-the food was excellent, and a bit pricey. Then it's hurriedly dropped off at your table by a stressed out, sweaty waiter in green polyester. 

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13 hours ago, JoJo said:

Does anyone remember a place on lower Westheimer named The Happy Buddha. I discovered tempura there and it changed my culinary life!!

The Happy Budda was owned and operated by the late Beverly Wren. She had operated several other Houston restaurants before. She was married to a wealthy Oilman and had traveled the World. The Happy Budda was a Teppanyaki style Japanese restaurant similar to Benihana. In the 70's I took clients there when I worked in the Shipping Industry. My employer was the US Gulf Agent for NYK Line of Japan. The menu was similar to Benihana with better and cheaper prices. It later had a fire and did not reopen. The food, ambience, and service were great. Beverly Wren passed away several years ago.

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4 hours ago, dmil said:

The Happy Budda was owned and operated by the late Beverly Wren. She had operated several other Houston restaurants before. She was married to a wealthy Oilman and had traveled the World. The Happy Budda was a Teppanyaki style Japanese restaurant similar to Benihana. In the 70's I took clients there when I worked in the Shipping Industry. My employer was the US Gulf Agent for NYK Line of Japan. The menu was similar to Benihana with better and cheaper prices. It later had a fire and did not reopen. The food, ambience, and service were great. Beverly Wren passed away several years ago.

 

It had two fires, in 1985 and 1986. I don't think it ever reopened after the first one. Don't recall what caused the fires, but at least one of them was rumored to be arson. 

 

There was a recent auction on eBay for a photo of the second fire from the Chronicle's library: 

 

1986 Press Photo Fireman Put of Fire that Damaged the Happy Buddha at Restaurant

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OMG! 45 pages and counting on this topic! Please forgive my repetitions; I need to not get fired from spending all my time reading everything that has gone before.

 

I lived in Houston 1967-92, so these are from that era, and I'm going to take the liberty of expanding the geographic area for some notable memories. Since I haven't lived there in so long, some of these may still exist.

 

San Jacinto Inn, near the Battleship Texas, for all-you-can-eat shrimp, crab and sherbet (everything else was forgettable), in a cavernous building with linen tablecloths and impossibly efficient waiters, who would write cryptic hieroglyphs on the tablecloths. I never figured out what they meant.

 

Athens Bar & Grill, especially when a Greek ship was in port and all the sailors came there. Belly dancing and breaking plates! Opa!

 

Shanghai Red's, perched above the Turning Basin. Mediocre food, but spectacular views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

Cottonwood Inn, in LaGrange, just across 71 from the county airport. I used to rent a Cessna and fly there from Hobby for dinner, and *always* planned my drives to Austin to include a stop there for a great steak dinner. I remember the amateurish mural of the patriarch roping a sheep(?). Both the airport and the Inn are long gone.

 

Los Troncos on Westheimer. Paella in a tree! The ideal place for a "snow date" (to snow = to impress a girl).

 

Jamie's Hamburgers on South Main. Linen tablecloths and big copper chargers that they took away before serving your "gourmet" hamburger.

 

The Ninfa's somewhere around Kirby & Richmond, where I developed my lifelong addiction to Tex-Mex. Tacos al carbon, queso a la parilla, sopapillas, and even chile con queso dip. All completely unheard of here in Silicon Valley. All my friends liked Spanish Village, but I much preferred Ninfa's.

 

There was a Der Wienerschnitzel, also near Kirby and Richmond, and the woman who owned it would violate her franchise agreement to make spectacular hamburgers for us. If you wanted one, you had to be college age (we were all Rice students) and order a "Joe" (the name of her son). If some other customer saw it and wanted one without knowing the secret word, she would just tell them, "Sorry; can't do it. I just make these for my son and his friends."

 

I wish I could remember the name of the place in the Montrose that was run by a Greek family and served the best friend shrimp I've ever eaten, to this day.

 

Brenner's steakhouse out off I-10, with that lovely manicured back yard. I'm remembering a water wheel?

 

The Brownstone, with their wildly mixed patterns of china and utensils, no two the same. Mile High Pie! My most memorable meal there was when they were playing Barbra Streisand's "Classical Barbra" album, which I was hearing for the first time, and loved. So that must have been 1976.

 

James Original Coney Island, who made their own buns with slits that left the ends closed so the chili wouldn't run out.

 

Nick's Fish Market, in the basement of some bank downtown; the best seafood meal I've ever had, and the best lounge piano player, Ariel, who was Russian, I believe. I heard they had to close when Exxon management sent a memo around that they would no longer reimburse business meals at Nick's, since it was so expensive.

 

I spent the summer of 1969 learning, at the Steak & Ale on OST near the Astrodome, that I am, hands down, the world's *worst* waiter. Menus printed on meat cleavers! Ever since that disastrous summer, I have always tipped at least 20%, since I have a clue what it takes to give even minimally competent service.

 

Antone's poor boys, of course.

 

Youngblood's fried chicken! KFC put all those old great chicken restaurants out of business, and we're the poorer for it.

 

So many more! But I have a doctor's appointment I have to get to.

 

Thanks for the memories!

 

Dan

 

 

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Dan H.

1 hour ago, DanH said:

OMG! 45 pages and counting on this topic! Please forgive my repetitions; I need to not get fired from spending all my time reading everything that has gone before.

 

I lived in Houston 1967-92, so these are from that era, and I'm going to take the liberty of expanding the geographic area for some notable memories. Since I haven't lived there in so long, some of these may still exist.

 

San Jacinto Inn, near the Battleship Texas, for all-you-can-eat shrimp, crab and sherbet (everything else was forgettable), in a cavernous building with linen tablecloths and impossibly efficient waiters, who would write cryptic hieroglyphs on the tablecloths. I never figured out what they meant.

 

Athens Bar & Grill, especially when a Greek ship was in port and all the sailors came there. Belly dancing and breaking plates! Opa!

 

Shanghai Red's, perched above the Turning Basin. Mediocre food, but spectacular views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

Cottonwood Inn, in LaGrange, just across 71 from the county airport. I used to rent a Cessna and fly there from Hobby for dinner, and *always* planned my drives to Austin to include a stop there for a great steak dinner. I remember the amateurish mural of the patriarch roping a sheep(?). Both the airport and the Inn are long gone.

 

Los Troncos on Westheimer. Paella in a tree! The ideal place for a "snow date" (to snow = to impress a girl).

 

Jamie's Hamburgers on South Main. Linen tablecloths and big copper chargers that they took away before serving your "gourmet" hamburger.

 

The Ninfa's somewhere around Kirby & Richmond, where I developed my lifelong addiction to Tex-Mex. Tacos al carbon, queso a la parilla, sopapillas, and even chile con queso dip. All completely unheard of here in Silicon Valley. All my friends liked Spanish Village, but I much preferred Ninfa's.

 

There was a Der Wienerschnitzel, also near Kirby and Richmond, and the woman who owned it would violate her franchise agreement to make spectacular hamburgers for us. If you wanted one, you had to be college age (we were all Rice students) and order a "Joe" (the name of her son). If some other customer saw it and wanted one without knowing the secret word, she would just tell them, "Sorry; can't do it. I just make these for my son and his friends."

 

I wish I could remember the name of the place in the Montrose that was run by a Greek family and served the best friend shrimp I've ever eaten, to this day.

 

Brenner's steakhouse out off I-10, with that lovely manicured back yard. I'm remembering a water wheel?

 

The Brownstone, with their wildly mixed patterns of china and utensils, no two the same. Mile High Pie! My most memorable meal there was when they were playing Barbra Streisand's "Classical Barbra" album, which I was hearing for the first time, and loved. So that must have been 1976.

 

James Original Coney Island, who made their own buns with slits that left the ends closed so the chili wouldn't run out.

 

Nick's Fish Market, in the basement of some bank downtown; the best seafood meal I've ever had, and the best lounge piano player, Ariel, who was Russian, I believe. I heard they had to close when Exxon management sent a memo around that they would no longer reimburse business meals at Nick's, since it was so expensive.

 

I spent the summer of 1969 learning, at the Steak & Ale on OST near the Astrodome, that I am, hands down, the world's *worst* waiter. Menus printed on meat cleavers! Ever since that disastrous summer, I have always tipped at least 20%, since I have a clue what it takes to give even minimally competent service.

 

Antone's poor boys, of course.

 

Youngblood's fried chicken! KFC put all those old great chicken restaurants out of business, and we're the poorer for it.

 

So many more! But I have a doctor's appointment I have to get to.

 

Thanks for the memories!

 

Dan

 

1 hour ago, DanH said:

I wish I could remember the name of the place in the Montrose that was run by a Greek family and served the best friend shrimp I've ever eaten, to this day.

 

Dan, the place in Montrose run by the Greek family was on Yoakum and the name was...Zorba The Greek

 

 

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Nikos Nikos is the Greek family-owned restaurant on Montrose just north of Westheimer. Brenner's Steak House is now owned by Tilman Fertitta and has 2 locations: the original on Katy Frwy and the 2nd on Buffalo Bayou where the Rainbow Lodge was. The Rainbow Lodge is now on Ella Blvd.where the French Place was in the log cabin structure.

 

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Many moons ago---1979 or 1980, there was a small place on Lower Westheimer operated by two women. I think it was named Udder Delight. It has the best ice cream I ever tasted. Till this day, nothing compares. Any one remembers?

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Yes!! Zorba's on Yoakum! That was definitely it! *Thank* you!!

 

More memories that came to me:

 

Red Pepper Chinese restaurant, in a strip center on Richmond @ Chimney Rock, if memory serves. They had wonderful, fresh food. My favorite was their cashew shrimp & chicken.

 

Cafe Annie, the first really high-end restaurant I ever went to. I went for lunch and got a simple BLT with fries, but the chef made his own ketchup! I had never heard of such a thing! And it was *wonderful*! I saw the chef standing in the kitchen door, looking at the diners and seeming to be worried about something. I had no idea what he could have been worried about; the food was spectacular. I liked it better than Tony's.

 

T.J. Cinnamon's, my first cinnamon roll shop, next door to the River Oaks Theater. I'm convinced that the number of cinnamon rolls I ate there pushed me over the edge into diabetes!

 

Was there an Asian restaurant, maybe Vietnamese or Chinese, in or near the Rice Village, maybe called The Green Door? I remember they served deep-fried whole fish, arranged in a curve standing up on the plate, head, fins, tail and everything, and that seemed wonderfully exotic to me.

 

I remember back in the day, Kemah was 3 or 4 great seafood restaurants surrounding an oyster shell parking lot. I went back there this past March and was stunned at all the development. It was hard to find The Flying Dutchman amidst all the clutter, but it was still there.

 

Roznofsky's hamburgers, with the disgusting mass of grease and dirt that collected on the fan over the grill, but, man, the burgers were to die for.

 

Speaking of hamburgers, some guy opened a hamburger restaurant in the garage of his house, somewhere off Chimney Rock south of 59. Those burgers were great, too! A repertory comedy troupe that performed in a theater on Kirby north of 59 picked up on that for their show, The Two-Bit Opera. The premise was to explain Houston to a Yankee. One guy said to the Yankee, "There's no zoning in Houston! I have a restaurant in may garage!" The incredulous Yankee said, "Wow! That's amazing! How is it doing?" The Houstonian said, "I have no idea! It isn't mine! I couldn't stop the guy! No zoning!"

 

The Pappas family had an Italian restaurant for a while, called Pappa Mia's, out west past 610 off of I-10 somewhere. I have no idea why it didn't survive; it was as well done as all the Pappas properties.

 

There was some restaurant not too far from Rice, on the north side of 59 somewhere (Richmond? Alabama? Westheimer? Memorial?) which duplicated Babette's Feast while that movie was in theaters. I couldn't afford to go, but I thought it was a wonderful idea.

 

Village Inn Pizza Parlor! I used to love to go there when Boyce & Kramer were performing. They were *great* and I have idea why they never had any more national success than they had. For their show around one Halloween they found a guy who must have been nearly 7 feet tall and was so skinny he had to run around in the shower to get wet. They called him The Stick! They put him in a full-body skeleton costume and had him dance around while they played Monster Mash. Hysterical! They called out pizza numbers between songs; you had to go pick up your pizza at the kitchen window when your number was called.

 

The Velvet Turtle! Wonderful place to take a date in my 30s. Brandy Alexanders for dessert!

 

Victoria Station behind the Galleria! Great prime rib in old refurbished railroad box cars.

 

A steakhouse called something like The Denver(?) Mining Company somewhere on the southwest side just outside The Loop. First time I saw alcoholic drinks in a Slurpee machine.

 

The wonderful lunch buffet at Bombay Palace on Westheimer(?) just inside The Loop.

 

I loved The Bounty seafood buffet, too. I got my money's worth on shrimp & crab alone.

 

There was a wonderful soup/salad/sandwich place next to Jamail's on Kirby that I loved to go to. Can't remember the name to save my soul. They had blackcurrant tea; I'd never had it before and loved it.

 

OMG. What memories. I can just feel the cobwebs in my brain as I try to remember more.

 

Dan

 

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11 hours ago, DanH said:

Victoria Station behind the Galleria! Great prime rib in old refurbished railroad box cars.

 

Dan

 

 

Wasn't there another railcar themed restaurant at South Main and OST.  I think they briefly had a kind of rumbling effect to simulate trains.

 

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5 hours ago, Subdude said:

 

Wasn't there another railcar themed restaurant at South Main and OST.  I think they briefly had a kind of rumbling effect to simulate trains.

 

 

Yes! And I remember the rumbling! But I don't remember the name, dangit!

 

Dan

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On 9/7/2017 at 9:19 AM, JoJo said:

Many moons ago---1979 or 1980, there was a small place on Lower Westheimer operated by two women. I think it was named Udder Delight. It has the best ice cream I ever tasted. Till this day, nothing compares. Any one remembers?

 

I *do* remember! I went in there with my college girlfriend, who happened to be, um, prodigiously endowed, and they gave her a free Udder Delight t-shirt and *begged* her to wear it in public. She never was brave enough to do so; she already got enough unwanted attention.

 

Dan

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I believe the Railcar themed place on South Main by OST was originally the Railcar Restaurant. When it closed it became Droubi Imports that had Antone's type Poboys.

Wasn't the Salad/Soup Vegetarian place on Shepherd down from Jamail's Grocery the Hobbit Hole?

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On 9/8/2017 at 11:57 AM, Subdude said:

 

Wasn't there another railcar themed restaurant at South Main and OST.  I think they briefly had a kind of rumbling effect to simulate trains.

 

It was originally a Victoria Station as well.

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3 hours ago, SkyEye said:

It was originally a Victoria Station as well.

Does anyone remember Susanne's or Suzanne's Cafeteria that was upstairs in the Alabama Center at Shepherd and West Alabama. It was operational from the 50's thru 60's, maybe even the 40's. It was in the same center as the Alabama Movie Theater.

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On 9/9/2017 at 10:18 AM, dmil said:

Wasn't the Salad/Soup Vegetarian place on Shepherd down from Jamail's Grocery the Hobbit Hole?

 

No, I remember the Hobbit Hole as being further north, a cozy place mostly of wood (maybe a converted house?). The place I'm thinking about was directly south of Jamail's on Kirby toward Southwest Freeway (essentially right next door), was large and bright and airy, lots of glass, and it was definitely not vegetarian. You ordered and picked up your food at the counter and they gave you a quart-sized plastic tumbler for your drink. I think the drinks station was to the left of the order/pickup counter, and they had blackcurrant iced tea, which I had never had before and thought was delicious. Maybe the name of the place was something like Cafe Jardin? I'm wracking my brain and still can't come up with it for sure! They had really good soups, and my favorite sandwiches of theirs were their chicken salad and BLT's.

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Jamail's was on Shepherd not Kirby and is now a Petco. There have been numerous dining places on the east side of Kirby just north of the Southwest Frwy.

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There were two Jamail's groceries - the larger, better known one was on the west side of Kirby between Alabama and Richmond, near House of Pies.  A smaller one, run by a different branch of the family I was told, was on the west side of Shepherd at Indiana and is now a Petco.  There was a lot of glass on the front of the Kirby store and parking in front and to the south side of the building.  There were few windows on the Shepherd store and parking was on the north side of the building, not on the street side.

 

The original location of the Hobbit Hole was on the east side of Shepherd, just north of Welch, as I recall, so north of the Shepherd Jamail's.  It was originally strictly vegetarian, perhaps macrobiotic?  Years later it moved over on Richmond, between Greenbriar and Kirby, into a former gay bar called the Galleon.  The name now is Hobbit Cafe but I think the original name was Hobbit Hole.  Meat has been added to the menu, possibly long before the move. 

 

I remember the Red Zinger Tea from the early years, but not the Black Currant, which doesn't mean they didn't have it.  HH was table service, not counter service.

 

One place south of the Shepherd Jamail's on the same side of the street was Luke's Burgers but there have been many eateries on both sides of the street along there over the years.  Wish I could remember what was in Luke's place before Luke.

 

A little bit of Hobbit history, from the website.

 

 

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I realize 46 pages is a lot to read but probably all of the places that have been mentioned recently have been mentioned before and the HAIF search feature works pretty good.  Just confine your search to this thread and you'll get links to individual posts.  It may help to jog some memories.

 

And then there's this thread in the Dining, Shopping and Entertainment forum.  It's only 15 pages :D.

 

This Historic Houston forum used to be one of the most active on this board.  I miss those days.  It's good to see some activity.

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Correcting myself (I think) - the original Hobbit Hole was on Shepherd north of Vermont, not Welch, in an old house.  It was not right on the corner.  Best guess is the place now occupied by Who Made The Cake?

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19 hours ago, DanH said:

 

No, I remember the Hobbit Hole as being further north, a cozy place mostly of wood (maybe a converted house?). The place I'm thinking about was directly south of Jamail's on Kirby toward Southwest Freeway (essentially right next door), was large and bright and airy, lots of glass, and it was definitely not vegetarian. You ordered and picked up your food at the counter and they gave you a quart-sized plastic tumbler for your drink. I think the drinks station was to the left of the order/pickup counter, and they had blackcurrant iced tea, which I had never had before and thought was delicious. Maybe the name of the place was something like Cafe Jardin? I'm wracking my brain and still can't come up with it for sure! They had really good soups, and my favorite sandwiches of theirs were their chicken salad and BLT's.

I think I finally figured out what you're talking about.  One of the first locations of Cafe Express was on Kirby; I remember it was the first one I went to.  Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie was part of the ownership and they had (and still have) Black Currant tea.  According to their history they first went into business in 1984.

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On 9/12/2017 at 11:29 AM, brucesw said:

I think I finally figured out what you're talking about.  One of the first locations of Cafe Express was on Kirby; I remember it was the first one I went to.  Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie was part of the ownership and they had (and still have) Black Currant tea.  According to their history they first went into business in 1984.

OMG I think that's it! Cafe Express! And it makes sense that the Cafe Annie owner was involved; the food was really good. Thank you! Huge relief!

 

Dan

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On 9/12/2017 at 5:29 AM, brucesw said:

I realize 46 pages is a lot to read but probably all of the places that have been mentioned recently have been mentioned before and the HAIF search feature works pretty good.  Just confine your search to this thread and you'll get links to individual posts.  It may help to jog some memories.

 

And then there's this thread in the Dining, Shopping and Entertainment forum.  It's only 15 pages :D.

 

This Historic Houston forum used to be one of the most active on this board.  I miss those days.  It's good to see some activity.

Thank you! I'm a total newbie and it didn't even occur to me that I might be able to limit a search to a single thread. And thanks for the link to the DS&E forum! I'll check it out.

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I miss the old Kapans and Valians Seven Seas Villa.  Mr. Valian was a wonderful host.  When my family would come in to dine, he would always prepare a special small pizza just for my son.

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Does anyone remember Petty's Steakhouse? That was my parents place. Still have my Dad's gavel from when he was president of the Houston Restaurant Association. And the only surviving ashtray plus a ton of pictures.

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Alanda, my family and I ate often at the Post Oak location. The steak dinners were to die for as was the French Onion Soup. Later I had some business lunches at the Richmond Ave. location. Do you have any of the Recipes? Didn't the steaks come with a little pouring cup of steak sauce? I remember the Post Oak location being a hangout for Houston Golf Pros. Thanks for bringing back dining memories. Back then I bet your Dad knew the family that owned The Las Vegas Inn, Sonny Look, Granny Harber, Charlie Lung, Bud Bigalow and Bill Bennett real well. Pls follow up with any more information. I love Nostalgia.

Tks!

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On 6/27/2009 at 3:38 PM, debmartin said:

a few places from my early days:

thornhill cafeteria in palm center, where my dad's record store "harmony hut" was located

albrittan's cafeteria

sky terrace (sakowitz where my mom worked, we would go as a treat)

warwick hotel (few rare dinners with my dad's business associates)

youngbloods (fried chicken family place, now aunt beas on the northside)

gee's (airline @ crosstimbers, chinese my mom & sibs loved where i could get a cheeseburger & jukeboxes on the table:)

princess hamburgers downtown, eat in the car (as a teen drink orange tommy's with my mom)

shakey's pizza by northline mall

piccadily cafeteria in northline mall

windmill dinner theater

howard johnson's I45 & crosstimbers (waitressed as a teen, they made saltwater taffy) its now something of a crackhouse

monterrey house - they put candy at the bottom of the bowl of chips!

antione's on taft

santa anita's (downtown, an elderly gentleman served us who also served my parents in the late 50's)

gallagher's steakhouse (served great bread & wisconsin cheese spread)

mr. bake-a-tater (around the westheimer curve, late 70's)

one's a meal (next to river oaks theater) now by katz's deli

sam's bbq on airline, late 70's, great food & they sponsored my softball team

bennigins (late 80's, my kids loved it, took my son to 59 location every st. patricks on his birthday

old san francisco steakhouse on westheimer

boston sea party also on westheimer

never been here but my parents met at a place called the "buccaneer drive-in, 1955, currently 2016 main residential & sammys

my mom had 4 kids in tow & liked cafeteria dining. we also drove to the country to visit my grandparents often down I45 north outside centerville, stopping at stuckeys in conroe, madisonville & centerville. the corral cafe in madisonville was so good my grandparents drove there many sundays from marquez where they lived, a considerable distance!

 

Mr Bake a Tater was on Shepherd across the street from St Ann school, my Mom used to take me there, it was great!

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On 2/3/2006 at 8:17 PM, 57Tbird said:

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".

Looking through really old memories. I was at Hebert's Ritz a number of times but always at lunch with Dad and business associates. I seem to remember a specialty was a slice of prime rib cooked like a steak ,which was very popular with our group. ALWAYS a pleasant experience.

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The steak at Herert's Ritz was called their Rib Steak. It was actually a Bone-in Ribeye. A late uncle of mine went there often. It was a neat old place.

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I remember the neon sign at Hebert's Ritz, but was unable to find a pic of it online during an admittedly cursory search. In addition to the restaurant name, it depicted a bear standing upright on its hind legs, in keeping with their familiar advertising tagline "pronounced A-Bear".

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I'm thinking it might have been called the Cattle Yard. There was also one on I-45 just north of Greenspoint Mall. I believe it was a Franchise started in Dallas.

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