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We used to go all the time when I was a kid to Pizza Inn buffets - first on Crosstimbers and Airline, then on Dyna. To this day, everytime I hear the Bee Gee's song "Jive Talking" I think of being a kid and going to Pizza Hut.

I used to go to the Pizza Inn on Dyna too, but when I think of pizza places on that street, the one I went to more often was Square Pan Pizza. It was at the far end of the strip center on the right as you approached Airline on Dyna from I-45.

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Pe-Te's BBQ, across from Ellington Field.

http://www.houstonpress.com/2005-03-17/new...of-a-cajun-era/

My wife used to work at San Jac and we'd eat there three or four times a week. Chopped beef sandwhich, cajun potatos, orange soda. We bought some jars of sauce when they shut down.

And from my late 80s/early 90s childhood, Lone Wolf Cafe on Spencer and Corndog 7 in Pasadena Town Square.

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I used to go to the Pizza Inn on Dyna too, but when I think of pizza places on that street, the one I went to more often was Square Pan Pizza. It was at the far end of the strip center on the right as you approached Airline on Dyna from I-45.

I only went to Square Pan twice, and it was quite good. Pretty chewy and cheesy if I remember. I usually like my crust very thin and crunchy, but I was quite impressed with Square Pan. Which, of course, was the kiss of doom. I think they went out of business soon thereafter. Oh well...

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I remember that restaurant. I was 15, my first boyfriend, the Preacher's son, took me there. That's where I had my first drink, and some really good seafood with some type of tomato concotion on it.

I think that the disco in the hotel was called "Twinkles". Ruggles is (was?) a kind of big-deal restaurant on Montrose.

That 's it!!!!!!!!!!

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I remember Villiage Inn Pizza they were all over town all owned by the same group. I worked and hung out at the one on Beltway 8 and Sabo. The English Brothers played a lot there as did Paul Buskirk, who was somewhat of a legend among musicians. They also had one at the much discussed Westbury Square.

Does anyone remember Subway Pizza. There were two in town. One off Westheimer across the street from what is now Caligula XXI. They had another location but I don't remember where I just remember it was in the 59 Hillcroft area near some rr tracks, the 70s are a big blurr to me.

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They just opened one down in Pearland (288 & 518).........making a comeback perhaps?

In addition to the one there & in Rosenberg, I think I recall seeing one up in Humble and maybe one off 290 around the Cypress area. Maybe they're trying to move back toward the city at this point.

I also saw a mention of Panjo's Pizza... A friend of mine took their kid to a birthday party at a Panjo's in Rockport maybe a year or two back, so was Panjo's a chain at one point or was the place down there somewhere that just decided to use the old name?

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In addition to the one there & in Rosenberg, I think I recall seeing one up in Humble and maybe one off 290 around the Cypress area. Maybe they're trying to move back toward the city at this point.

I also saw a mention of Panjo's Pizza... A friend of mine took their kid to a birthday party at a Panjo's in Rockport maybe a year or two back, so was Panjo's a chain at one point or was the place down there somewhere that just decided to use the old name?

Panjo's was definitely a chain...but I never knew they were outside of Houston until very recently. Next to Valian's, this was some of the best pizza in Houston history...

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Just a few corrections to your (quite extensive!) list:

Here is my working list of restaurants and clubs:

Cardet's Cafe (Cuban) - 1927 Fairview

Actually, that's 1972 Fairview. it's now the Latina Cafe. Maybe still the same place, different name?

The Hobbit Hole - 1715 S. Shepherd

Still exists, but moved and has a slight name change: Hobbit Cafe, 2243 Richmond.

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Just a few corrections to your (quite extensive!) list:

Actually, that's 1972 Fairview. it's now the Latina Cafe. Maybe still the same place, different name?

Yep. I think Cardet's became the Latina Cafe when it changed ownership - at some point it was sold it to an Asian family who pretty much kept the menu (and some of the cooks) the same as it had been previously. I haven't been there in ages, but it used to be a favorite haunt - a friend lived within walking distance of it for several years. I can't remember when the name change happened, but I believe it was sometime in the late 80s or early 90s.

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In addition to the one there & in Rosenberg, I think I recall seeing one up in Humble and maybe one off 290 around the Cypress area. Maybe they're trying to move back toward the city at this point.

I also saw a mention of Panjo's Pizza... A friend of mine took their kid to a birthday party at a Panjo's in Rockport maybe a year or two back, so was Panjo's a chain at one point or was the place down there somewhere that just decided to use the old name?

I was a Panjite in the mid-to-late seventies. Worked at the Town & Country location while in High School and beyond. I could write a book about what went on there. We had loads of fun. Panjos was originated in Corpus Christi, TX by two men; Paul Fair and Gus Deere. (I'm not positive of the spelling of these names). Their first expansion to Houston was the Town and Country store, then they added the others. Gus passed away in the early 70's. Paul continued the business until he retired, to Rockport. There is a Panjo's there in Rockport, but I don't think Paul Fair owns it anymore.

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I was a Panjite in the mid-to-late seventies. Worked at the Town & Country location while in High School and beyond. I could write a book about what went on there. We had loads of fun. Panjos was originated in Corpus Christi, TX by two men; Paul Fair and Gus Deere. (I'm not positive of the spelling of these names). Their first expansion to Houston was the Town and Country store, then they added the others. Gus passed away in the early 70's. Paul continued the business until he retired, to Rockport. There is a Panjo's there in Rockport, but I don't think Paul Fair owns it anymore.

I remember going to that Town and Country location a couple times...probably around 1975 or so as I used to live out near Katy and that would've been the one to go to back then. I can't believe they have a Panjos in Rockport...wow...I was just there a couple of years ago and would have definitely gone there had I known. Does the pizza still taste the same?

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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.

while searching for something unrelated i found a TABC record for a place owned by Hamburgers by Gourmet, Inc. called Ethel's Southern Cafe. this was located at 1712 Bissonnet, which now seems to be a parking area for the Hillel Foundation, and way back when might have been an auto repair place...

anyone remember Ethel's, or know of other (maybe current) ventures by Hamburgers by Gourmet?

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A couple of old favorites

My posting is number 414 in this thread, and I'm not about to scroll through 6 pages of posts to see if these two places have already been mentioned. So, at the risk of repeating someone, does anybody remember Bill Bennett's Steakhouse in the Sky? It was on the top floor of the Saint Joseph's Professional Building tower, on the other side of Pierce from St. Joseph's Hospital. I don't think the Pierce elevated had been built yet.

In the early and mid 60s when I and my college buddies were rampaging around it was one very great place for dinner, breakfast, and late night stops and drinks on the way home from a show or whatever. The professional building is still there but the restaurant has been gone for a very long time.

When One Shell Plaza opened sometime around 1970 -- don't know the exact year -- it had a great restaurant and club on the 50th floor. It was called The Top, and it took up the entire floor. Among other niceties, it had a long continuous row of tables stretching around the club at the outside windows, going all the way around the building. What a view! Especially at sunset and at night.

It was a great place for early dinner and drinks before a concert, opera or play, or drinks afterward, but it's not hard to see why it failed. To get to it you had to find a place to park nearby in downtown, take one elevator halfway up and change to another elevator to get the rest of the way up. And then do all that in reverse when you left. Ease of access was not one of its selling points, and a lot of people decided it wasn't worth the hassle. You really had to "want" to go there.

I think that's probably the reason restaurants catering to the public on the top floors of downtown buildings have a history of not doing well, at least in Houston. I'm not including the private Petroleum Club at the Exxon Building in that generalization.

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Dont live in Houston anymore but Is Ming Yen on !960 by Greenwood Forest still around? Was my first job around 1975. Believe one of the owners names was Peter Pee. Also worked at the old Panjo's by Champions golf course. Remember the big window where everybody could watch you make the pizzas.

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Well I am also new here and this is my first post. I made it quickly through the first six pages and don't remember seeing any of these mentioned:

1. Rosnofski's - great hamburger place just east of Westcott, north of Memorial Drive

2. Ruby Red's - another hamburger place famous for allowing you to throw your peanut shells on the floor. If I remember correctly it was on Westheimer inside the loop, near where Sullivan's is now, but I could be wrong

3. River Oaks Burger Joint. Yet another hamburger place, this one in Highland Village near where P F Chang's is located. Note to any restauant developers, we could really use a casual hamburger place near River Oaks. Beck's is good but the interior is too much like a "fast food" place

4. Casa Dominguez - yes there is one on Bissonett (I think it's still open) but the one on the northwest corner of Kirby and Richmond was much better. I think it's now a carpet place

5. Shanghai Red's - fun place on the Houston Ship Channel. Went there for my second anniversary dinner a loooong time ago.

6. Maxim's downtown -I saw mention of the one in Greenway but the downtown location had much more charm

A few other comments, this has been a great thread to read. Hebert's was one of my Dad's favorite places. And my family ate at Jalapenos 2-3 nights a week for many years and were really saddened when it closed. What a pleasant surprise it would be for it to reopen in the new West Ave development, although I'm betting the rents are too high. It's off topic but i really hope that West Ave has good, classy places to eat, not national chains like the Cheescake Factory. Please

And someone mentioned the ice cream parlor in Westbury Square, wasn't that Rumpleheimer's? I have fond memories of that place from when I was very young.

And is there a separate place of bar's that have since closed? Places like U S Disco and Dark Horse come to mind

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2. Ruby Red's - another hamburger place famous for allowing you to throw your peanut shells on the floor. If I remember correctly it was on Westheimer inside the loop, near where Sullivan's is now, but I could be wrong

I would have been very young, but I have really vivid memories of this place. Red curtains. The peanuts on the floor. And there was some sort of electronic device at each table...what was that?????

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My wife remembers that place! She also misses Strawberry Patch, Old San Francisco Steak House, Circus (she thinks that's the name), some "treehouse" restaurant, and also eating at "Romano's" cafeteria, before it changed into Luby's.

Actually I'm 99% certain it was ROMANA (no 's) and not ROMANO'S - though it seemed like the majority of folks pronounced it that way!

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Actually I'm 99% certain it was ROMANA (no 's) and not ROMANO'S - though it seemed like the majority of folks pronounced it that way!

From a history of Luby's:

With Bob Luby as president and Charles Johnston as executive vice-president, Luby's entered the Houston market in 1965 with an upscale cafeteria which offered an expanded menu and more expensive food items. Operating under the Romano name, the cafeteria quickly became a huge money-maker. The modern structure with its rich decor served as a model for revamping efforts at existing Luby's and proved a market existed for cafeterias with a very modern style and design.

Luby's growth in the Houston market was propelled, in part, by the nation's space program, initiated in the early 1960s, with its mission control headquarters in the area. In subsequent years, the oil industry and its attendant financiers in the banking and financial services industries would fuel the economy further.

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from the Luby's web site:

In 1959, driven by Bob Luby's vision, the original partners joined together as shareholders in a new company, Cafeterias, Inc. Cafeterias, Inc. continued to grow, spreading to other Texas cities and locations in contiguous states. The first Houston location opened in 1965, using the name Romana Cafeteria.

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To honor Bob Luby's legacy, vision, and determination, Cafeterias, Inc. was renamed Luby's Cafeterias, Inc. in 1981.

http://www.lubys.com/06aboutusHistory.asp

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did anyone happen to ever go to the Ben Milam coffee shop/cafe, texas state hotel (round-up room?), savoy, or holiday inn-downtown establishments?

No, but I vividly recall many trips to the King George/De George Hotel Grill back in the 'skid row' days in the early 1990s, well before the 'revitalisation' of that area. The hotel is still standing, but the grill has long since closed. You could run into some real characters there, including the staff.

It may have been grungy and run down, but it sure beat the hell out of some 'sports bar'...

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from the Luby's web site:

In 1959, driven by Bob Luby's vision, the original partners joined together as shareholders in a new company, Cafeterias, Inc. Cafeterias, Inc. continued to grow, spreading to other Texas cities and locations in contiguous states. The first Houston location opened in 1965, using the name Romana Cafeteria.

[...]

To honor Bob Luby's legacy, vision, and determination, Cafeterias, Inc. was renamed Luby's Cafeterias, Inc. in 1981.

http://www.lubys.com/06aboutusHistory.asp

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I stand corrected. That's what I get for trusting the web. Great match collection though.

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In 1963 there was a Luby's opened in Dallas at what was then called Lochwood Mall (Jupiter Rd and Garland Rd.) And they had another one at Easton Rd and NW Hwy. My Aunt Melba worked there (Lochwood) for 30 years as a hostess. Mr. Luby drove a big Oldsmobile when he visited that location, I met him a couple of times.

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And my family ate at Jalapenos 2-3 nights a week for many years and were really saddened when it closed. What a pleasant surprise it would be for it to reopen in the new West Ave development, although I'm betting the rents are too high.

Well, the chef from Jalapeno's has now opened Seco's at 2536 Nottingham & Kirby with a lot of the Jalapeno's menu favorites intact. Smaller space, obviously, but I believe Alison Cook in the Chronicle recently raved about it in her Cook's Blog (not a full review).

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Another place a friend mentioned the other day was The Filling Station, at Richmond and Greenridge. The building is still there, it's jutst not a hamburger place any longer

That is a strip joint now. There was one on the corner of NASA 1 and Hwy 3 that was later The Hop, it still may be I don't drive over there much anymore, too much construction I go the back way.

joe

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Are you talking about Hamburgers by Gourmet? They had a mushroom for a sign. They had one in the old Roy Rogers (which I remember as a kid) at the Galleria. My all time favorite restaurant is Pino's. I go to College Station to eat at the brother's place. But nothing beats Pino's.

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What happened to HUNAN on Post Oak? Did they move due to the construction or have they closed for good. That place is like Galleria Icon.

I used to love that place. Great food and some of the best service around. They had a sister restaurant on Westheimer near Greenridge - approximately the same menu, but not quite as nice inside.

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I liked going to Bill Williams restaurant on OST right before Southpark, across the street from MacGregor Park.

I have one of the fiberglass Indians from atop Bill Williams Restaurant (the skillet holder). I would like to refurbish him if anyone has a photo or info on how he looked. The restaurant was supposedly on South Main near the present day Medical Center, and I would like to keep him as authentic as possible since he is on public display. Thank You.

My contact info

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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!

Forgive my babbling here, but I'm having way too much fun with all the memories this site is bringing back for me. I hope that I'm not breaking any of the rules or anything....

How weird, I just recently told someone about that giant shrimp with the pistols. I don't remember if it was the same restaurant, or another one near that one, but there was a giant crab over a doorway around there also. I remember seeing them whenever my parents drove me down S. Main, and those things just creeped me out! I think they were gone by the time I was old enough to face my fears and actually go eat there.

I had a nightmare or few about those giants on S. Main. but I remember I would get nervous whenever I realized the car was being turned to go down "that road" and would hope for a greenlight so we could just keep going. My parents thought it was cute and were all smiles and giggles while trying to convince me, while laughing, that they weren't real. I also vaguely remember something about one, or both, of them changing at one point, just don't remember what the change was (didn't the shrimp get, or lose, a cowboy hat?), but seeing that they had changed since the last time I'd seen them, really worried me at the time.

Years later, I forgot all about my fear of being killed on the way to the zoo by the giant crab and shrimp when I went to Chuck E Cheese for the first time and saw, out of the corner of my eye...a HUGE rat walking, on two legs, towards me!

A few years ago, while breathing into the paper bag provided to me by the haunted house medical staff after I turned a corner and found myself face to shin with the enormous, escaped from Hollywood, Predator, (my choking and immediate backing away from the thing, I now know, was more like my begging to be chased by the totally amused person, or persons, inside the hideous and too well done, costume), it was determined that I'm just a dork, with some "issues" when it comes to oversized creepy things. I'm sure, for the rest of my life, that every time I come across a giant and have to restart my heart.....I will think of that crab and shrimp. :blink:

Oh, and one of my favorite restaurants that vanished was a place called The Lone Star Cafe. I haven't been able to remember the name of the road it was on yet, but want to say it was somewhere near the Yammin's Pizza (used to go there a lot) that was on S Gessner at the 51 (this place being on Gessner just doesn't seem right to me though), but it was on the Stafford side of the 51, and I think it was in the same center that the Shakey's Pizza used to be in.

I loved going to Shakey's because they always showed the old black and white comedies, like The Little Rascals, Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello.

Pipe Organ Pizza was a fun pizza parlor too, with cute, normal sized, harmless, marionettes.......not giant rats, creatures or predators :P

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Forgive my babbling here, but I'm having way too much fun with all the memories this site is bringing back for me. I hope that I'm not breaking any of the rules or anything....

How weird, I just recently told someone about that giant shrimp with the pistols. I don't remember if it was the same restaurant, or another one near that one, but there was a giant crab over a doorway around there also. I remember seeing them whenever my parents drove me down S. Main, and those things just creeped me out! I think they were gone by the time I was old enough to face my fears and actually go eat there.

I had a nightmare or few about those giants on S. Main. but I remember I would get nervous whenever I realized the car was being turned to go down "that road" and would hope for a greenlight so we could just keep going. My parents thought it was cute and were all smiles and giggles while trying to convince me, while laughing, that they weren't real. I also vaguely remember something about one, or both, of them changing at one point, just don't remember what the change was (didn't the shrimp get, or lose, a cowboy hat?), but seeing that they had changed since the last time I'd seen them, really worried me at the time.

Years later, I forgot all about my fear of being killed on the way to the zoo by the giant crab and shrimp when I went to Chuck E Cheese for the first time and saw, out of the corner of my eye...a HUGE rat walking, on two legs, towards me!

A few years ago, while breathing into the paper bag provided to me by the haunted house medical staff after I turned a corner and found myself face to shin with the enormous, escaped from Hollywood, Predator, (my choking and immediate backing away from the thing, I now know, was more like my begging to be chased by the totally amused person, or persons, inside the hideous and too well done, costume), it was determined that I'm just a dork, with some "issues" when it comes to oversized creepy things. I'm sure, for the rest of my life, that every time I come across a giant and have to restart my heart.....I will think of that crab and shrimp. :blink:

Oh, and one of my favorite restaurants that vanished was a place called The Lone Star Cafe. I haven't been able to remember the name of the road it was on yet, but want to say it was somewhere near the Yammin's Pizza (used to go there a lot) that was on S Gessner at the 51 (this place being on Gessner just doesn't seem right to me though), but it was on the Stafford side of the 51, and I think it was in the same center that the Shakey's Pizza used to be in.

I loved going to Shakey's because they always showed the old black and white comedies, like The Little Rascals, Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello.

Pipe Organ Pizza was a fun pizza parlor too, with cute, normal sized, harmless, marionettes.......not giant rats, creatures or predators :P

TexAzGal: Warning! View the following photo with the lights on! :lol:

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OMG!!

That's them!

LMAO! Awesome - now I at least have something to show people so they'll stop lookin' at me suspiciously as I describe the giant, pistol packing - and pointing - shrimp.

LOL - this is great! Thank you, you just made my day......even if ya did fix it so I'll hafta sleep with the light on tonight!

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5. Hamburgers by Gourmet -- They don't make em like this anymore. Parents used to take me to one over on Kirby near the Village. Later on, we had one on 1960 near North Oaks Mall. The chili cheeseburger was excellent...but you paid for it after you ate one..at least I did.

this is an ad for the one in the Village:

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Does anyone remember Jack's Hamburger's on Bissonnet near Rampart.It is now a Taqueria.They closed in the early 80's maybe 82 or 83.They had the flame broiled burgers and also this fried chicken-breast sandwich that was the best. .Also no one has mentioned the Italian Sandwich Shop that was located on Chimney Rock between Evergreen and Bissonnet.

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Finally. someone else who remembers Capri! I've asked other places, but it seems to have had a limited reputation.

I also don't remember exactly where it was, but I have a vague recollection of it being about where Amy's ice cream is (was? I haven't been down there in ages). We used to get it for late-night dinners at Astroworld cash control, and it was the first non-chain pizza I'd ever had - as you said, very tasty, great cheese.

I hope someone comes up with the exact location and/or knows of anything in a similar style.

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All,

Although I haven't lived in Houston in over 10 years, here is what I recall (after removing some duplicates made by others in earlier posts):

  • Jenny's Hideaway on W. Alabama (popular spot to recover the day after the night before . . . )
  • Dalt's (located WAY down Westheimer, art deco/stainless steel style cafe)
  • Balaika's (Houston's only Russian restuarant in the '80s. The head waiter was Igor, with a great, twisted sense of humor.)
  • Dentler's (located near the Medical Center. Closed sometime in the late 60's - may be related to the potato chip manufacturer)
  • Butera's (all deli locations and the store - I used to work at the store during my high school/college years)
  • Zimm's Wine Bar on Montrose (original location had stained paneling everyway - great atmosphere!)
  • Old Chicago Pizza Corp. (down the street from what is now the Demenille Gallery)
  • Westcott's Drive In (great burgers!)
  • Roznosky's on Fagan (I still have a series of coupons for free burgers that I won - from 1979!)
  • Casablana's Moroccan Restuarant (belly dancing and no flatware - ah, the memories . . . )
  • One's A Meal in West Gray (great all-night eating. The "fresh fruit in season" was ALWAYS bananas!)
  • The Ale House (I put many a wait-staff through college here . . .)

If any of you had parents that worked in the hospitals in the Medical Center during the 60's and 70's, do you remember:

  • The Faculty Club (located in the old Fannin Bank building (I think). I remember my folks taking my brother and sisters to the "shrimp peel nights" there.
  • The Doctor's Club (closed in the mid-late '90s according to my father. The memberships were then transfered to The Petroleum Club. My father took one look at the membership fees and said something very unprintable. Scratch one membership . . .

In regards to an earlier post on Ethel's Southern Cafe, this was literally around the corner from my parent's house. Before it came into existence, it was a mechanic's garage. After it went under, it re-opened as a greek restuarant. After that folded, the property owners thought a parking lot was more suitable for that location.

All that brings to mind another place that is currently in the news - the apartments on Bissonnet and Ashby. Back in the '60s there was a place called KG Drugs that had a fountain and grill inside. When that closed, a Jones Apothecary opened up, but minus the grill. That closed (along with the other businesses along the strip there - a barbershop is all I recall), and the site was redeveloped as the apartments that are there now. Before "progress" razes it to the ground, be aware that above the front entryway nearest the Ashby/Bissonnett corner, under the stucco, is the ORIGINAL name of the building (either cast or carved) when it was first built. I noticed this when they where redeveloping the property back in the '80s. For all I know, the actual building may date back to the '20s or '30s.

Regards,

Old Guard Guy

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We have been dying to find out what ever happened to that pistol-packing shrimp! :lol:

There was a similar looking (perhaps the same?) shrimp located along 90A along the Brazos River in Richmond at a seafood restaurant there. The restaurant itself has been closed for a while I think and the shrimp may have been removed at around the same time a few years ago. I'll keep an eye out anyway.

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All,

Although I haven't lived in Houston in over 10 years, here is what I recall (after removing some duplicates made by others in earlier posts):

  • Jenny's Hideaway on W. Alabama (popular spot to recover the day after the night before . . . )
  • Dalt's (located WAY down Westheimer, art deco/stainless steel style cafe)
  • Balaika's (Houston's only Russian restuarant in the '80s. The head waiter was Igor, with a great, twisted sense of humor.)
  • Dentler's (located near the Medical Center. Closed sometime in the late 60's - may be related to the potato chip manufacturer)
  • Butera's (all deli locations and the store - I used to work at the store during my high school/college years)
  • Zimm's Wine Bar on Montrose (original location had stained paneling everyway - great atmosphere!)
  • Old Chicago Pizza Corp. (down the street from what is now the Demenille Gallery)
  • Westcott's Drive In (great burgers!)
  • Roznosky's on Fagan (I still have a series of coupons for free burgers that I won - from 1979!)
  • Casablana's Moroccan Restuarant (belly dancing and no flatware - ah, the memories . . . )
  • One's A Meal in West Gray (great all-night eating. The "fresh fruit in season" was ALWAYS bananas!)
  • The Ale House (I put many a wait-staff through college here . . .)

If any of you had parents that worked in the hospitals in the Medical Center during the 60's and 70's, do you remember:

  • The Faculty Club (located in the old Fannin Bank building (I think). I remember my folks taking my brother and sisters to the "shrimp peel nights" there.
  • The Doctor's Club (closed in the mid-late '90s according to my father. The memberships were then transfered to The Petroleum Club. My father took one look at the membership fees and said something very unprintable. Scratch one membership . . .

Regards,

Old Guard Guy

Was Balaika the Russian place that was on Highway 6 not far from Memorial? The one with the bad food and service?

And was Casablanca the middle-eastern restaurant downtown on (I think) Market Square? The belly-dancing and no flatware rings a bell. They had a "fountain" by the entrance inside that was basically a hose pouring into a bucket.

Butera's I loved. Once I had a bet with a friend to see who would be the first to have one of every single brand of imported beer that Butera's sold. I won! :D

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All,

Although I haven't lived in Houston in over 10 years, here is what I recall (after removing some duplicates made by others in earlier posts):

  • Jenny's Hideaway on W. Alabama (popular spot to recover the day after the night before . . . )
  • Dalt's (located WAY down Westheimer, art deco/stainless steel style cafe)
  • Balaika's (Houston's only Russian restuarant in the '80s. The head waiter was Igor, with a great, twisted sense of humor.)
  • Dentler's (located near the Medical Center. Closed sometime in the late 60's - may be related to the potato chip manufacturer)
  • Butera's (all deli locations and the store - I used to work at the store during my high school/college years)
  • Zimm's Wine Bar on Montrose (original location had stained paneling everyway - great atmosphere!)
  • Old Chicago Pizza Corp. (down the street from what is now the Demenille Gallery)
  • Westcott's Drive In (great burgers!)
  • Roznosky's on Fagan (I still have a series of coupons for free burgers that I won - from 1979!)
  • Casablana's Moroccan Restuarant (belly dancing and no flatware - ah, the memories . . . )
  • One's A Meal in West Gray (great all-night eating. The "fresh fruit in season" was ALWAYS bananas!)
  • The Ale House (I put many a wait-staff through college here . . .)

If any of you had parents that worked in the hospitals in the Medical Center during the 60's and 70's, do you remember:

  • The Faculty Club (located in the old Fannin Bank building (I think). I remember my folks taking my brother and sisters to the "shrimp peel nights" there.
  • The Doctor's Club (closed in the mid-late '90s according to my father. The memberships were then transfered to The Petroleum Club. My father took one look at the membership fees and said something very unprintable. Scratch one membership . . .

In regards to an earlier post on Ethel's Southern Cafe, this was literally around the corner from my parent's house. Before it came into existence, it was a mechanic's garage. After it went under, it re-opened as a greek restuarant. After that folded, the property owners thought a parking lot was more suitable for that location.

All that brings to mind another place that is currently in the news - the apartments on Bissonnet and Ashby. Back in the '60s there was a place called KG Drugs that had a fountain and grill inside. When that closed, a Jones Apothecary opened up, but minus the grill. That closed (along with the other businesses along the strip there - a barbershop is all I recall), and the site was redeveloped as the apartments that are there now. Before "progress" razes it to the ground, be aware that above the front entryway nearest the Ashby/Bissonnett corner, under the stucco, is the ORIGINAL name of the building (either cast or carved) when it was first built. I noticed this when they where redeveloping the property back in the '80s. For all I know, the actual building may date back to the '20s or '30s.

Regards,

Old Guard Guy

I have been trying for a long time to remember the name of the Russian restaurant in an old brick mansion at the corner of Yoakum and Richmond - was that Balaika's? This would have been pre-1978, I think. My first experience of Veal Orloff, butter squirting out of Chicken Kiev, Stoli dispensed tableside from a bottle encased in a block of ice.... A very memorable restaurant.

Butera's - originally a grocery store on Bissonnet, then the deli on Montrose just above the Glassell School of Art, right across from the Plaza. A great place.

Zimm's - still there I think. Earlier that had been a Steak 'n Egg.

There have been several discussions of George Dentler's Pier 21; it was still open in the early 70s because I went there a couple of times and I didn't get here until 1970.

Old Chicago Pizza - now Cafe Artiste?

I heard a lot about the original Rosnovsky's but never could get away from work long enough to go. Wasn't it in an old church or school gymnasium or something?

Dalt's - by way down Westheimer do you mean lower Westheimer? That one stumps me.

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Was Balaika the Russian place that was on Highway 6 not far from Memorial? The one with the bad food and service?

And was Casablanca the middle-eastern restaurant downtown on (I think) Market Square? The belly-dancing and no flatware rings a bell. They had a "fountain" by the entrance inside that was basically a hose pouring into a bucket.

Butera's I loved. Once I had a bet with a friend to see who would be the first to have one of every single brand of imported beer that Butera's sold. I won! :D

I remember the location being around Hwy 6, but the service and food was always excellent when I went. Off night, new staff?

As for Casablanca's, I do remember a fountain and the tent-like atmosphere, with persian rugs everywhere. The turkish coffee was always the highlight of my meal - on a dare one time, a friend of mine bet me that I wouldn't eat the grounds at the bottom of the cup. I did (winning the bet) and was quite surprised that not only did I like it, but that the consistancy was like pudding (I was a coffeeholic LOOOONG before Starbuck's was even an brief glimmer of an idea - I wan't called "Java Man" for nothing.)

Butera's - I fondley remember one Christmas party we had at the then "new" location on Montrose. This was after the Museum of Art purchased the original Deli location [formerly Jett's Grocery, a very small grocery store that also served as a front for a bookie operation - I'm not making this up]. Anyway, the party was in full swing, but the libations disappeared too quickly. What to do? With the one of the largest selections of imported beers in Houston within a mere 2 feet of the "off limits" sign, the answer was obvious.

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I have been trying for a long time to remember the name of the Russian restaurant in an old brick mansion at the corner of Yoakum and Richmond - was that Balaika's? This would have been pre-1978, I think. My first experience of Veal Orloff, butter squirting out of Chicken Kiev, Stoli dispensed tableside from a bottle encased in a block of ice.... A very memorable restaurant.

Butera's - originally a grocery store on Bissonnet, then the deli on Montrose just above the Glassell School of Art, right across from the Plaza. A great place.

Zimm's - still there I think. Earlier that had been a Steak 'n Egg.

There have been several discussions of George Dentler's Pier 21; it was still open in the early 70s because I went there a couple of times and I didn't get here until 1970.

Old Chicago Pizza - now Cafe Artiste?

I heard a lot about the original Rosnovsky's but never could get away from work long enough to go. Wasn't it in an old church or school gymnasium or something?

Dalt's - by way down Westheimer do you mean lower Westheimer? That one stumps me.

I've forgotten about the Russian restuarant on Richmond and Yoakum! Unfortunately, I forgot the name along with it - though "Rasputian's" lingers in my mind.

Butera's was a great place - especially the Butera family. I am saddened that nothing remains of Mr. Johnny's legacy.

The location that Zimm's is at now isn't the one they had in the '80s. Same strip, but they had the east corner location. I don't recall the food, but it was one of the few establishments that served Belhaven Scottish Ale (resulting in more lost brain cells and GPA points).

Old Chicago Pizza - as I recall the location became Cafe Artiste - I took my wife there on a visit about 5-6 years ago.

The old Roznosky's was an old school house - I think. I was shocked to find that they moved when I tried to show my wife the old location on a visit a few months ago - now its blocks of "luxury" apartments.

As for Dalt's, it was out past Hwy 6. It didn't last too long, but I remember some sort of cinnimon bun desert that was fantastic (and I usually don't like sweets).

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Zimm's - still there I think. Earlier that had been a Steak 'n Egg

Butera's was a great place - especially the Butera family. I am saddened that nothing remains of Mr. Johnny's legacy.

Zimm's on Montrose near Richmond - wine bar now? (but still owned by Mr. Zimmerman)

I used to live across the street from one of Butera's sons - he had opened an Italian restaurant on Bellaire Blvd. called Angelina's (?) after his daughter, I believe (it's now Nick's Pasta Place). I think when he sold it he moved out of the Houston area.

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