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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.

Me, too. I have googled them, to see if anybody has posted any of their recipes, but no luck.

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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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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.

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.

Wait, there's still an Antone's at OST and Main. At least, it's close by -- it's in the middle of the Fiesta parking lot, there between Main, OST and Kirby. I've always wondered about that standalone building; it seems so out of place. Is it an original, or a replica??

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What I remember most about Gourmet Hamburgers was their little chocolate mouse desert in a cup. God those were good. Great burgers to. Absinthe 1900 is right about the correct location of the one on Kirby. And I remember the one on Alabama also. Lived right down the street from it.

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What I remember most about Gourmet Hamburgers was their little chocolate mouse desert in a cup. God those were good. Great burgers to. Absinthe 1900 is right about the correct location of the one on Kirby. And I remember the one on Alabama also. Lived right down the street from it.

I also remember the Gourmet location on Alabama, near UST....great burgers. I used to live on West Main.

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Not sure if any one has asked about Gaido's Seafood on South Main. I can swear we used to drive past it everytime we would go to the McClendon Triple Theater.

Gaido's had that giant shrimp packing 2 pistols and a cowboy hat right? There must be a photo of it somewhere, if someone has can you please post? and what were the cross streets?

It was so cool I always wanted to take it home. Only in Texas!

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Not sure if any one has asked about Gaido's Seafood on South Main. I can swear we used to drive past it everytime we would go to the McClendon Triple Theater.

Gaido's had that giant shrimp packing 2 pistols and a cowboy hat right? There must be a photo of it somewhere, if someone has can you please post? and what were the cross streets?

It was so cool I always wanted to take it home. Only in Texas!

That wasnt Gaidos . It was Christie's . it closed in the late 90's . I think the big shrimp was auctioned off .

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Not sure if any one has asked about Gaido's Seafood on South Main. I can swear we used to drive past it everytime we would go to the McClendon Triple Theater.

Gaido's had that giant shrimp packing 2 pistols and a cowboy hat right? There must be a photo of it somewhere, if someone has can you please post? and what were the cross streets?

It was so cool I always wanted to take it home. Only in Texas!

I am pretty sure Gaido's Seafood has always been in Galveston. All of my life time I am sure. Seems like they talk about being there nearly 100 years. Great food, pricey for some people's standards, but always good.

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I remeber Gaido's on South Main. The one in Galveston has been there for what seems like forever. My son played YMCA basketball with Casey Gaido when he was in the 1st grade. His father was Paulie Gaido who was still running the Galveston location at that time. The resturant they opened right next to it was named for the little Gaido my son played basketball with. At that time they lived in Bay Oaks in Clear Lake and Paulie drove to Galveston to work every day.

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My family shares a funny story about Gaido's.

One Sunday afternoon in the late 50s, we took a drive to Galveston. Once we got there, my dad decided that it would be nice to eat at Gaido's. After we were seated, he discovered that he only had $10 in his wallet. This was before the days of the credit card, except for Diner's club, and he didn't have one.

We looked at the menu and he decided that we could just make it. Children's dinners were a dollar and regular dinners were about $2.50 or $3. So the five of us were able to eat for under $10 and he could still leave a tip.

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When i was a kid my parents use to take me to a polynesian restaurant in woodlake square. It was kick ass, had a suspension bridge and tiki's torches everywhere. I cannot remember the name for the life of me though. ahhh memories.

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The Restaurant was called "Don The Beachcomer" I went there for my High School Prom Date in 1977. The chain went out of business and the building was torn down, it was replaced by a new Restaurant called......Marco's Mexican Food. I believe that building is still there and now it houses a "Hooters" restaurant.

Clyde :D

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I lived in the Ella, T.C. Jester, W. 18th area back in the middle 70's and there was a very exclusive and secluded restaurant somewhere around there. I can't remember the name but I think it was a French restaurant. (I know that the Rainbow Lodge has moved to Ella and T.C. Jester but that is more recent.) Does anyone know what restaurant was there?

And, how about the original Goodson's out in Huffmiester (sp?). The chicken fried steak overlapped the large oval plate and supposedly, Mrs. Goodson herself chose the steaks. The place was so small that folks had to wait for a table out in the parking lot.

The Log Cabin out 59N around the Lee Road exit was the first place I'd ever eaten 'family style' meals. And the food kept coming as long as folks kept eating. Southern fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, the works.

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I lived in the Ella, T.C. Jester, W. 18th area back in the middle 70's and there was a very exclusive and secluded restaurant somewhere around there. I can't remember the name but I think it was a French restaurant. (I know that the Rainbow Lodge has moved to Ella and T.C. Jester but that is more recent.) Does anyone know what restaurant was there?

I believe that would be La Tour d'Argent. The Rainbow Lodge moved to the same location.

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I lived in the Ella, T.C. Jester, W. 18th area back in the middle 70's and there was a very exclusive and secluded restaurant somewhere around there. I can't remember the name but I think it was a French restaurant. (I know that the Rainbow Lodge has moved to Ella and T.C. Jester but that is more recent.) Does anyone know what restaurant was there?

I think you're referring to L'Tour d'Argent, but I stand to be corrected.

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I don't post a lot, but this is one of my favorite forums. Having a dad for a city councilman for 30 years, I got to hit a lot of Houston's best (not necessarily expensive) restaurants with him and my family, and I always love it when we get to recall some of the great places to eat in Houston:

Kaphan's(one of the first restaurants to integrate, according to my father). Pete Tomac and George(the host, Greek gentleman, if I remember right) always greeted us on Sunday's, and had the best, old school waiters and waitresses, not to mention, some of dad's(and others) sports memorabilia in the front.

Chesterfield's-this was(is?) in the basement of the Bank One(?), and was run by Gus Kanakis, I believe, and had excellent lamb shanks-does anyone remember it?

Hickory Stick-on Winkler near Gulfgate. Another after-church stop.

Guy's Meat Market-always went with dad to get meat & bbq-is it still around?

Uncle John's Pancake House-was on OST, I think.

Rudy's-owned by Rudy and Joe Lucia, and it was across the street from the original Tony's on Post Oak, and had better Lobster Bisque than Tony's, imo.

Joe Matranga's-on Irvington. Best southern Italian in town. Joe is still kicking at St. Dominic's. He used to give away jars of his homemade pasta sauce at Christmas.

Polynesian- Albert Gee's place if I remember right, and perhaps the first Asian food of any kind for me, 5-6 yrs old.

Bobo's-another Chinese restaurant owned by on of dad's friends, Bobo Lang. It was out Westheimer, maybe around Gessner?

I don't think we ever looked at a menu here-he would just start bringing stuff out.

Tokyo Gardens-Is this place still there? I went to many a prom/homecoming/high school dinner here( 1977).

Monterrey House-probably pretty crappy when compared to today's Tex-Mex, but at least it got me hooked on Tex-Mex. I still have not seen the brown sugar candy that was at the bottom of the chip basket anywhere as good. I think they evolved into Monterrey's for a while, but, hopefully, they are gone for good.

Wyatt's Cafeteria-breaded veal cutlet w/brown gravy. No salad, thanks. (Remember those cool conveyor belts that took away the dirty dishes?)

I'm sure I've got more, but that's all for now!

Frank

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Having a dad for a city councilman for 30 years, .........

Frank

I'm betting that would be Frank M-------, former major league ballplayer and brother of Gus (both catchers, I think). I remember them from my youth, when St. Louis had an AL and an NL team.

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I'm betting that would be Frank M-------, former major league ballplayer and brother of Gus (both catchers, I think). I remember them from my youth, when St. Louis had an AL and an NL team.

wow - if that's so, then there's also a local branch library named after him

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That's him. Last time I was around the library on Bellfort it was getting a face lift.

Dad played with The Houston Buffs, St. Louis Browns (44 World Series-he's only one of two still alive from that team!), and the Senators, and Gus played from 1928-1945 with St. Louis, Cubs, NY Giants, Brooklyn, and Philly, and was in 5 World Series.

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I believe that would be La Tour d'Argent. The Rainbow Lodge moved to the same location.

That's it! I knew someone here would know it. I had not been back in that area for some time and a few weeks ago I found myself driving down T.C.Jester towards 610. I saw the Rainbow Lodge and thought that the place looked a bit familiar but honestly, I thought La Tour d'Argent was more "off the road".

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My family and I used to eat at a place called Bill Williams. I think it was on OST and also a place called Bill Bennets in downtown Houston. I guess they had a thing for Bill places. I myself liked nothing better than a cheese burger from Reddigs Ice Cream Shop on Wayside. Or the shrimp basket from Princes on Wayside.

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My family and I used to eat at a place called Bill Williams. I think it was on OST and also a place called Bill Bennets in downtown Houston. I guess they had a thing for Bill places. I myself liked nothing better than a cheese burger from Reddigs Ice Cream Shop on Wayside. Or the shrimp basket from Princes on Wayside.

Look around - there are some pictures on HAIF of Bill Williams on both Main and OST, and I think Reddigs as well.

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The Green Parrot in Houston was owned and run by Vera Fredericks and her sister. When the extension for 59 went in, they lost the property. They were famous for their congelled pear salad, french dressing and fried chicken. They sold the recipes to a Houston restauranteur who opened it up again out on Bellaire Blvd as well as the KC and St. Louis locations. This, too, closed. Ms Fredericks sister started doing the menu again in the late 70s twice a week at the restaurant in the River Oaks. A true Houston institution along with the Confederate House--whose menu was developed by Helen Corbett who went on to the Zodiac Room in Dallas at N-M, as well as Herman Brenner's steakhouse which is still in existence? Does anyone remember Pier 21 and Kapan's?

Many years ago my grandfather talked about a restaurant called the San Jacinto Inn (I think that what it was called). He said that they had big meals and was very popular. If I'm right about the name, is that restaurant still around?

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Before McDonalds came to town there was drive inn hamberger place a lot like Princes off the corner of 610 and South Park(MLK) also called McDonalds. I always heard that is why we did not have the fast food variety of Mcds in Houston. There is a McDs in its spot now.

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I went to a restaurant in Kemah in 1969, but I don't remember the name. It might have had the word captain or club in the name, but I just can't think of it. Does anyone know?

Could it have been Captain Wicks. It is a buffet type seafood place and is still in operation on the Seabrook side of the channel.

joe

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Many years ago my grandfather talked about a restaurant called the San Jacinto Inn (I think that what it was called). He said that they had big meals and was very popular. If I'm right about the name, is that restaurant still around?

No unfortunatly the San Jacinto Inn is long gone. It was located right next to the Battleship Texas across the road from the San Jacinto monument. They were a family style resturant that brought out plates of food as you requested them and would keep bringing it till you were full. They had fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried chicken, the best biscuits in the world and most of the time straberry shortcake for dessert. It was one price for the meal and as I said you ate till you were full. My family loved that place and were sad to see it close.

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Yep, Albert Gee owned the Poly-Asian and sold it to a Mr Chin. There's some discussion about it in the '50s Medcenter topic. Gee also owned another restaurant called Ding How that was on Main north of Holcombe. Oddly enough, there is an Albert Gee restaurant knick-knack in the display case at Hunan Village on Shepherd, so I think that might be connected with his family.

That is the sight of another long gone restaurant Alfies Fish and Chips.

joe

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No unfortunatly the San Jacinto Inn is long gone. It was located right next to the Battleship Texas across the road from the San Jacinto monument. They were a family style resturant that brought out plates of food as you requested them and would keep bringing it till you were full. They had fried shrimp, fried oysters, fried chicken, the best biscuits in the world and most of the time straberry shortcake for dessert. It was one price for the meal and as I said you ate till you were full. My family loved that place and were sad to see it close.

The San Jacinto Inn is gone but the Monument Inn has the same all you can eat deal. Look about half way down the menu.

Monument Inn

joe

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i have been meaning to go to the monument inn - when did the san jacinto inn close?

it's funny how on the menu, under "lighter fare," there's a picture of a cheeseburger :D

I don't remember exactly but its been quit a few years. The old Monument Inn was next to the battleship, it burnt down. The new Monument in is next to the ferry landing where the old San Jacinto Inn used to be. There are tables next to a row of windows that face the channel, its a fun view. They take a beating when I go on the raw oysters alone.

joe

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i have been meaning to go to the monument inn - when did the san jacinto inn close?

it's funny how on the menu, under "lighter fare," there's a picture of a cheeseburger :D

San Jacinto must have closed in very early 80's. Our homeroom teacher took our whole graduating class "79" to have dinner there as a last farewell. I am glad I took my "Pronto" instamatic camera and have great clear photos of us horsing around on the long balcony and in front with the place in the background. Unfortunately shortly after our visit it burned to the ground.

Then later came the Monument Inn if memory serves well. The seafood was out of this world! Yummy! :D

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That was pretty much the first food court in a mall in Houston as far as I know. It was put in when they put the second floor on the mall -- sometime in the mid 70s. The entire food court was called "Good Time Charlie's". And yes, one of the restarants was Chelsea Street Pub which was a sort of a bar/appetizer type of place. I'm pretty sure they had live music at the beginning.

There was also a very nice restaurant up there, I can't remember the name of it. It was a reservations only/maitre d' type place -- very hoity toity and high $. It lasted about 5 minutes.

Oh, and you might want to check out this thread which has a ton of memories of long lost houston restaurants.

Houston Restaurants No Longer Here

Does anyone remember when someone ordered this huge organ and had it assembled at the Sharpstown food court? I can still almost see it in my mind. It was very colorful, as I recall. When I say huge, I mean it was probably the size of a goodsized room.

Jeanne

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Not sure if any one has asked about Gaido's Seafood on South Main. I can swear we used to drive past it everytime we would go to the McClendon Triple Theater.

Gaido's had that giant shrimp packing 2 pistols and a cowboy hat right? There must be a photo of it somewhere, if someone has can you please post? and what were the cross streets?

It was so cool I always wanted to take it home. Only in Texas!

Heh, not only in Texas. We have one in Louisiana but it's a crawfish. Can't remember where it is though. I see it on commercials occasionally. Will take notice next time.

Jeanne (Mystkitty)

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That wasnt Gaidos . It was Christie's . it closed in the late 90's . I think the big shrimp was auctioned off .

Christie's closed? Really sorry to hear that. Was the best place to fine non-painfully hot fried seafood back in the day. My ex and I went every time one of use was paid. They made the best seafood gumbo. They'd pour it in a cup and must have dropped a raw oyster into the hot liquid right before it was served cause it was perfectly cooked by the time it got to us. Never overcooked, which is a horrible thing to do to a creature that died so we could eat it.

The sad thing is that now I'm back in La. after 20 years in Houston, there's still no place in the town I live in to get great fried seafood and won't burn you down. I have a very tender tongue and if I ever met Paul Prudhomme (reported to have started this hot-sauce-on-anything-makes-it-Cajum fad) I'd kill him.

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Christie's closed? Really sorry to hear that. Was the best place to fine non-painfully hot fried seafood back in the day. My ex and I went every time one of use was paid. They made the best seafood gumbo. They'd pour it in a cup and must have dropped a raw oyster into the hot liquid right before it was served cause it was perfectly cooked by the time it got to us. Never overcooked, which is a horrible thing to do to a creature that died so we could eat it.

The sad thing is that now I'm back in La. after 20 years in Houston, there's still no place in the town I live in to get great fried seafood and won't burn you down. I have a very tender tongue and if I ever met Paul Prudhomme (reported to have started this hot-sauce-on-anything-makes-it-Cajum fad) I'd kill him.

Christie's on the southside closed. The Christie's on Westheimer is still open.

joe

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Tokyo Gardens-Is this place still there? I went to many a prom/homecoming/high school dinner here( 1977).

Frank

I remember this restaurant quite well. It was on Westheimer just inside the Loop across from what is now the Red Lion hotel. Unfortunately, it's been gone for at least 10 years - there is now an inexpensive chain hotel there. I remember going to a 2nd grade birthday there and sitting on those cushions to eat, crossing the bridge over the pond, and then doing a pinata -lol. I went to 2nd Baptist at that time and they always had "extravagant" kid birthday parties. I do remember it well though - I think I went one other time years later.

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Heh, not only in Texas. We have one in Louisiana but it's a crawfish. Can't remember where it is though. I see it on commercials occasionally. Will take notice next time.

Jeanne (Mystkitty)

I remember going to gaidos on South Main not only to eat but one time we had to go pick my brother up as he had gotten very ill . We asked him exactly where he was and he said he was throwing up under the big six gun toting shrimp. What a lovely adventure.

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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

Do any of you remember Sonny Looks Steak House? There was one on S. Main near the S. Loop and one on Westheimer in the Briargrove shopping center. I remember on weekends they hired a guy to dress in an armored knights suit and sit on a white horse. I thought that had to be the coolest job to have.

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I remember on weekends they hired a guy to dress in an armored knights suit and sit on a white horse. I thought that had to be the coolest job to have.

It would be a cool job but not in our summer heat, wow! and real tough when time to go to the restroom.

Wonder if anyone has already mentioned The Old San Francisco Steak House? The pretty girl would get on a swing and hang around over head as you had dinner.

I always heard of this but was too teenage and hip (at least in my head) to check it out.

Was on Katy Frwy??? anyone have a photo???

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