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On 9/13/2004 at 11:59 PM, Montrose1100 said:

I miss that drive threw only burger place, and they where cheap, but the BEST! Does anyone remember? I think they had like 3 around Uptown-Westchase... I remember the color yellow, there where generally in parking lots, ONLY drive threw...

and CHECKERS!!! They had the BEST fries!!

Cinco De Mayo on Holzworth (It burned down to the ground)

Prince's, or Price's? 2 different burger places, early 60s. I liked Price's better.They had a 'secret sauce' that was like ketchup and mayo mixed, 1000 island? Their burgers were thin and crispy 'round the edges.

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On 9/12/2004 at 8:23 PM, groovehouse said:

Even though it's only been gone a short time, I miss the original Antone's on Taft. The chain Antone's pale in comparison to the original locations. I don't even know how many 'original' stores exist.

I also miss ZuZu, which was on Shepherd near Fairview. It was Mexican fast food and I remember a salsa bar or something... it was quaint with good food.

Antone's! Po'boys, and pickles in barrels.

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On 10/5/2005 at 9:32 AM, TJones said:

Over the years many many restaurants have come and gone in out fair city. Houston is known as "The Restaurant Capital of The World". Houston has more restaurants per capita than any other U.S. city. I started this Thread to let people list their all-time favorites, of the ones they miss the most. Does anyone remember The Rail Head and Victoria Station from back in the 70's? These were Rail Road themed restaurants, that's were really popular in the 70's and 80's. As a kid it was wonderful. At the Rail Head, they actually had a stage for music acts, surrounded by open rail cars with dining booths and tables. I used to frequent it alot when The Elliot Walter Band used to play there. My mother is really good friends with them. If you never heard of The Elliot Walter band, you have probably heard a song of their's though, it's called "Slime in the Ice Machine". Marvin Zindler's theme song. :lol:

My last year in Houston, 1972? Saw Michael Martin Murphy play songs from his first album. Calico Silver stays in my mind...

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1 hour ago, CathyLyn said:

Prince's, or Price's? 2 different burger places, early 60s. I liked Price's better.They had a 'secret sauce' that was like ketchup and mayo mixed, 1000 island? Their burgers were thin and crispy 'round the edges.

Price's was like predecessor to Mickey D's. I remember nineteen cent burgers, twelve cent fries & ten cent Cokes. Prince's was more like a "regular" drive-in with car hops & a large menu - including beer.

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7 hours ago, CathyLyn said:

Prince's, or Price's? 2 different burger places, early 60s. I liked Price's better.They had a 'secret sauce' that was like ketchup and mayo mixed, 1000 island? Their burgers were thin and crispy 'round the edges.

Well I wasn't alive much less in Houston at that time. Thinking 96-01.

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Does anyone remember "Hamburgers by Gourmet" that had several Southwest, Montrose, and Downtown locations. They were Flame Broiled and had several combinations. My favorite was with Barbeque Sauce. After they were gone, around 1997,  a former employee opened one on Park Place Blvd. in an old house. It just didn't fit the now Latino neighborhood. Many years before, while growing up in the East End, there was a Hamburger place on South Richey in Pasadena just south of Southmore called Kibbey's or Kibby's. They too had Flame Broiled Burgers and also had one with almost the same Barbeque Taste. Nowadays the only thing close to that taste is Bellaire Broiler Burger(originally one of the Bellaire Broiler Burger locations).

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Sharpstown mall was THE BEST. I do remember Princes and Hamburgers by Gourmet. 

 

Spoons, on Westheimer made good burgers. I worked there. We actually thought we could compete with Chili's. HA.  You see whose still on business and who isnt....

I have vague recollections of Dirtys. BEST burgers, real casual. No one else seems to remember it, though

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I remember at least three Hamburger by Gourmet locations, of which I regularly patronized two, the one on Kirby and the one on Alabama next to Saint Thomas. There was a third one on Fondren (Hillcroft?) maybe more. Don't really remember the one one on Park Place which is odd since I lived and frequented that area until the 1980's, it must not have lasted long. They've been closed for quite a while, however, I read somewhere on this site that they had reopened down south somewhere (Clear Lake?).

 

One of my all time favorites, I always ordered the number one with barbecue and fries.

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It was Ballatori's in the original East End Bank Building on Leeland. Just down the street from Rainbow Bread at Cullen and Leeland. The owner's son is Luigi Ballatori who lives in The Woodlands. He is not a Restauranteur and works in the oil and gas Industry Industry. He is on Facebook and collects and drives Lamborghinis.

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I'm new to the site. It is a treasure trove of history. I am a Houston transplant and I am enjoying learning about the city. I need your help.

 

Does anyone remember a pizza parlor "across the street" from/in close proximity to La Bastille Jazz Club in 1972? What advice do you have for how I can figure out the name of the pizza parlor he remembers playing a gig at across from La Bastille?

 

A couple weeks ago I filmed an interview with a jazz musician who was a student at Texas Southern University in 1971/72. He was a part of the school's jazz band at the time and he remembers playing at a pizza parlor "across the street" from La Bastille jazz club on Congress St. (Market Square in Houston) back in the Spring of 1972. I have done a lot of research online trying to figure out as much info as I can about La Bastille--which led me to this site.

 

Thanks!

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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.

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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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