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4 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Der Wienerschnitzel (Houston) 1303 Westheimer Rd

That was the Doc's location and I thought that salad place was going there? This article is from December so maybe things have changed, i haven't been by in a while...

https://houston.eater.com/2018/12/19/18148653/sweetgreen-salads-bowls-montrose-houston

 

Edit: I misread Crockpot's post, and thought the list of "previous locations" were all new upcoming locations! Disregard the Doc's/Sweetgreen comment...

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I’ve eaten at the Wienerschnitzel in College Station and it was terrible. My mother in law lives in New Caney so I pass the new one twice a week. Haven’t been tempted to try it but it has some large crowds checking the new place out. 

As for defunct Houston restaurants: I miss Fiesta Loma Linda and the JCI at Woodridge/Gulf Fwy. Yes, I could drive to the nearest one off I-10 or even Shepherd but that’s not the point. I miss the specific one right by my house. That place was my first job back in 1994 to 1996. 

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On 5/29/2019 at 10:32 AM, Reefmonkey said:

Never eaten at one, how do they measure up to James Coney Island?

I lived in Pasadena and remember the E. Southmore one, recall eating at it a couple of times but that was in the '78 - early '80's. Can't compare the taste. The thing that bothers me about the JCI buildings is their building's design looks like they're closed, at least the S.Shephard one and the now closed one on IH 45 S.

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I just stumbled across a House of Pies on 45 south

https://www.google.com/maps/place/House+of+Pies/@29.6146063,-95.2187061,18.08z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x864099e7aefef195:0x34f8715554b01f0!8m2!3d29.6147289!4d-95.2183624

 

I thought the only two left were on Westheimer?  Is this one part of the remaining chain, or is it a separate former franchise?

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3 minutes ago, cspwal said:

I just stumbled across a House of Pies on 45 south

https://www.google.com/maps/place/House+of+Pies/@29.6146063,-95.2187061,18.08z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x864099e7aefef195:0x34f8715554b01f0!8m2!3d29.6147289!4d-95.2183624

 

I thought the only two left were on Westheimer?  Is this one part of the remaining chain, or is it a separate former franchise?

It used to be part of a larger chain but they started expanding locally in the last few years. For example, a location opened in The Woodlands in a former Black Eyed Pea.

 

By the way, in terms of Wienerschnitzel, there is a separate topic:

 

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On 5/17/2018 at 10:40 AM, uncsig said:

Cortes Deli--Started out on Alabama in a strip center off of Revere. Opened a second location in the "jinxed" location further east on Alabama across from the Menil parking lot (Jenny's Hideaway, Michaeline's, etc.). Then moved to corner of Feagan and Shepherd closing about a dozen years ago. I would kill to be able to eat their migas again.

Shakey's--I've seen a lot of references to pizza places, but don't think I've seen this one mentioned.

The Anchorage--best seafood restaurant in town in the 1970s. Located adjacent to what was the Hilton on 610 at TC Jester. Simply spectacular fried shrimp and fresh seafood flown in from all over the country.

Rainbo Bakery at Astroworld--Mini loaves. Enough said.

Western Kitchen--BBQ at the corner of Greenbriar and Richmond 

Burgerville#2--Times and Kelvin. Had totally forgotten about that one until I was almost through with this list.

And would second the mentions of the Green Parrot, Hebert's Ritz, Kaphan's and Sonny Look's.

We never left Astroworld without one of those mini-loaves of bread!!!

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Someone said Velvet Turtle?  I worked there in 81. I don't think I've ever seen a place quite like it to this day. The chilled bowls in ice for gazpacho and cucumber soup, the presentation of chilled salad forks at the tables, and tableside tossed salad in green goddess dressing, and I have never had anyone remove the shell from a lobster tail like we did there. But let me tell you, the managers were a unique kind of crazy!  I remember an older lady, head waitress named BJ with the old fashioned hair "do" sitting on the end barstool drinking till she slurred her words. And Gordon was the very flamboyant bartender/manager he was hilarious and fun, but pretty strict.  And Marvin Ziegler saw a mouse in the kitchen but didn't even care because he enjoyed dinner so much. Wait.... I may have mentioned that before. If so, sorry. Fun times there!

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On 8/8/2011 at 9:42 AM, blueskyseattle said:

I happened upon your post as I was searching to see if there were any old pictures posted of the Del Rio Inn in Houston. Lena Murrel was my Aunt and she owned the Del Rio Inn and ran it until the early 70's until her brother Joe took over. I finally closed in 1975. Lena was murdered in Conroe that same year.

It made me smile to know someone still remembered her. She was a character for sure. I attached a picture of her and Mae Ethel ( her long time friend and employee)The baby is my son born in 1970. The picture was taken in the kitchen of the Del Rio Inn. I was living with her in Conroe when he was born, My husband was in the Air Force and I'll never forget that harried ride to the hospital in Houston. We had to go to Jacinto City but because she didn't want to go alone we made a detour to pick up her friend at the Del Rio Inn. she was so scared I was going to give birth in the back of her new Cadillac!

She was an angel here on earth.

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My first job was working at the Del Rio Inn as a busboy around 1972 or 1973. Then I was a dishwasher, then the steam table. I worked there when Joe took the place over. My grandmother, Ruth, was a waitress there for many years and I was in and out of that restaurant from the time I was a young kid. I knew both Lena Murrel and her ex-husband, OC Murrel. Funny to run across this post after all these years. There were some fun characters that worked in that place. 

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On 4/6/2016 at 2:24 PM, Zenjive said:

Does anyone remember El Yucatan on Hwy 6, about a block or two south of I-10? It was just south of Grisby on the west side of 6. It closed around 2002-2004.

They had hundreds of photos of Pancho Villa on the walls. Tucked away on one of these walls was a small print of what looked like somebody in a panda suit "wrestling" with a nun in a sort of nature scene. It was quite magnificent!

I really wish I had a camera phone back then, because I have yet to find this image anywhere on the internet.

Yeah I do remember that place.  Used to eat there in the late '90s.  Since that whole area was torn down, it's hard to remember what it even looked like.  Don't remember the picture, though.  

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The picture was taken at Leo's, and takes up the entire inner gate fold of ZZ Top's Tres Hombres album.

 

I would occasionally look at it, drool, and whimper while in college in a foreign state.

 

Edit:  There is one big inaccuracy, though... the beer is in a tall glass and has a head on it.  In reality they gave you a short water glass that couldn't build a head for God or green stamps.  Lord knows we tried.  Still stayed cold and tasted good, though.

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On 6/26/2019 at 10:59 AM, mollusk said:

The picture was taken at Leo's, and takes up the entire inner gate fold of ZZ Top's Tres Hombres album.

 

I would occasionally look at it, drool, and whimper while in college in a foreign state.

 

Edit:  There is one big inaccuracy, though... the beer is in a tall glass and has a head on it.  In reality they gave you a short water glass that couldn't build a head for God or green stamps.  Lord knows we tried.  Still stayed cold and tasted good, though.

 

I may have mentioned this here before, but several years ago Austin barbecue purveyor Tom Micklethwait made a film documenting his recreation and subsequent consumption of the meal in the photo. Texas Monthly ran an interview with Billy Gibbons discussing the film that also contained some great behind-the-scenes anecdotes of what went into capturing the original gatefold photo:

 

https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/381129/

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On 3/4/2007 at 12:55 PM, mkultra25 said:

I suspect you're thinking of a different restaurant, but this made me think of Ta Hua, which used to be in the strip center on the east side of Post Oak just north of Westheimer (the one anchored by Container Store on one end and Oshman's superstore on the other). Ta Hua wasn't exactly upscale, but they had dependably good Americanized Chinese food, and I have many fond memories of it as my wife and I used to be semi-frequent diners there when we were first dating. They moved to a much larger location way out on Memorial a few years ago. We went there once, but it was simply too far to drive when there are plenty of other Chinese restaurants that are much closer, and the new location didn't have the funky charm of the old one, which always seemed to be fairly dark and a bit cramped inside.

 

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Recently my husband and I revisited Houston after being gone for nearly 37 years. Yes ....so much has changed! We found ourselves looking for one particular restaurant but couldn't exactly  remember where it was. We believe "The Best Little Steak House in Texas" was on Wirt Rd. Anyone remember this place?

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So, I'm youngish and there's some places I've been going to for my twenties that shut down recently and I'm sad about it and want to share here. One would be Happy Fatz on White Oak, they did a fancy hot dog and baked goods (cakes and cake balls and interesting pies), Italian sodas, fancy coffees and the like, and surprisingly good salads. I miss it. I also miss Pop & Pan the well reviewed and liked panini and popcorn place that shut down mysteriously a month or two ago. 

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On 5/12/2018 at 9:55 AM, Jose Torres said:

 

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.

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On 5/12/2018 at 9:43 AM, Jose Torres said:

 

Lived there from 1975 -80, I was 10 years old when we left back to Miami. My mother Josefa was one cooking in the kitchen during that time. We lived upstairs. Hector Cardet and his family lived above the Market on the corner. Chances are that I was running around the front of the restaurant during that time. 

You wouldn't happen to have the recipe for the garlic sauce and the fried pork chunks served at Latina Cafe would you?  I think it was a pineapple based mojo sauce?

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On 7/21/2019 at 9:15 AM, Huy Le said:

I love Ta Hua dumpling. Just found a dumpling place named Dumpling King on Westheimer, serving dumpling, dipping ginger sauce and its menu exactly like the old Ta Hua on Post Oak. Not sure its relationship with Ta Hua

Ah, Dumpling King, when I first moved back to Houston from college in '98, I lived on Westheimer at Fondren, picked up takeout from Dumpling King all the time, I probably had everything on their menu. Can't believe it's now been 20 years (moved downtown in January 2000) since I ate there. Glad to hear they're still around.

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On 12/18/2019 at 12:50 PM, Reefmonkey said:

Ah, Dumpling King, when I first moved back to Houston from college in '98, I lived on Westheimer at Fondren, picked up takeout from Dumpling King all the time, I probably had everything on their menu. Can't believe it's now been 20 years (moved downtown in January 2000) since I ate there. Glad to hear they're still around.

It's been there longer than that...records indicate it's been there since at least 1990.

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On 7/16/2009 at 9:31 AM, spiderroller said:

I remember a "Lee's Den" on South Main.... some of the best Chinese Food ever in Houston.... ate there many times as a child with my parents.

I haven't read this whole thread... but... will always remember the Shakey's Pizza on Bellaire Blvd. (now Enterprise Car Rental, and next to Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts which are STILL there!)...... and...... Alfie's Fish & Chips... there were many Alfie's all over town, but we spent many a childhood asking for extra "chips" at the one in the strip center behind the Dunkin Donuts on Bellaire Blvd. Come to think of it.. right across the street where there is a big bank (in front of Bellaire Post Office)... was... Kip's Big Boy!

Was there an Alfie's Fish-N-Chips on South Shepherd?

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Please!!! There was a steakhouse/bar-b-que place on Stella Link right before Bellaire Blvd back in the 60's that I think began with a C (but I wouldn't swear to that). They served an amazing cheese spread at each table to spread on your crackers. Help me remember!!!

 

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On 8/7/2020 at 7:42 AM, gnu said:

Corn Dog 7?

i used to love the corn dog 7 at the woodlands mall!!!! dang i forgot about that place and pretty much went there every mall visit haha!

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17 hours ago, rcseptemple@gmail. said:

Any memories of Bill Miller Steakhouse on OST?

That would be something interesting to learn about. Your wrote "OST" so I take it you are not confusing the restaurant with Bill Williams that was on Main Street. There is a Bill Miller's chain of bar-b-que restaurants in and around San Antonio. I believe the closest one to Houston is in Seguin at Interstate 10 and Texas 46.

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On 8/4/2005 at 7:50 PM, BayouCityGirl said:

Mr. Gatti's (their still around somewhere)

Showbiz Pizza (AKA Chuck E. Cheese)

Del Taco (their still around!)

JoJo's (breakfast house...y'all know what I am talking about right?)

Champs

I remembered going to Chuck E. Cheese back in the day.

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Fond memories of  Bavarian Garden, Rosnovsky’s, Mexico City, Alfred’s Deli, Chuckwagon, Sonny Look’s (my first baked potato!), Hillman’s, Dobb’s House, even Monterey House. Original James, Last Concert, Antone’s. Drawing some blanks on my trip down memory lane: all from early 1970s: BBQ joint on Telephone near Hobby; speciality was chopped BBQ brisket baked inside a loaf of bread. Burger joint on Cullen in a new strip mall across Cullen from the main entrance to UH and the student center; had pitchers of beer and local bands on weekends. Burger joint on Washington near downtown in an old schoolhouse (Abbott’s?). Tex-Mex place (Las Cazuelas?) on Quitman near North Main, second floor (recollect a store below); was my place for nachos and beer. 

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You mention two of my all-time favorite eateries. I remember that BBQ place on Telephone near Hobby Airport, especially that incredible chopped beef stuffed into half an unsliced loaf of bread. That was a serious meal. Laz Cazuelas on Quitman was another favorite. My wife and I would drop in there for very late night beer and tacos. Most of its clientele were Hispanics, which is a sure sign that the food is gonna be good. 

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Just this week I was trying to remember a fancy restaurant my parents took me to in the 70's. I was born in '64. It was out of our league, but so exciting. What I recall is elephants, and maybe other African animals, and a spacious stand-alone place (not Harry's Kenya in the base of a downtown building, nor a strip mall) that was maybe east of Spring Branch. The interior was cream and gold. That's pretty much all I have. Does anyone's memory fit that description? African, or Middle-Eastern, or possibly Asian. I was not accustomed to any of those cultures and I just loved the experience. Thanks in advance!

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22 hours ago, celestedawn said:

Just this week I was trying to remember a fancy restaurant my parents took me to in the 70's. I was born in '64. It was out of our league, but so exciting. What I recall is elephants, and maybe other African animals, and a spacious stand-alone place (not Harry's Kenya in the base of a downtown building, nor a strip mall) that was maybe east of Spring Branch. The interior was cream and gold. That's pretty much all I have. Does anyone's memory fit that description? African, or Middle-Eastern, or possibly Asian. I was not accustomed to any of those cultures and I just loved the experience. Thanks in advance!

 

I seem to recall an African-themed restaurant (or possibly bar) on the northeast corner of 610 and Richmond in the late 60s/early 70s. I want to say it was called Safari, but searching for that name proved fruitless as it only turned up much newer establishments with that name. 

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On 10/24/2020 at 1:27 AM, JESS Kalinowsky said:

Anyone remember a 1960's  big private home that was converted into a restaurant, that had a big back yard with Peacocks? Famous for fried chicken family style Sunday brunch. Seems it was in SouthEast Houston, near a bayou. Older mini-mansions.  JESS@FriendsTravel.com if you remember 

 The Green Parrot on MacGregor Way. It was opened in the early 1950s.

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On 10/5/2005 at 1:56 PM, MarthaG said:

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

Chelsea Street Pub

On 8/28/2020 at 8:00 PM, Tumbleweed_Tx said:

Cyclone Anaya's?

Yup.  Best drinks and birthday celebrations ever.  The guy would put a plastic apron on you stand on a chair across the room and shoot tequila/sprite thru this bong looking thing into your mouth (over diners heads)

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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.

haha, let's dredge one up from the beginning. This post is old enough to drive. I wonder if Groovehouse still looks at this forum occasionally... Yo, we're doing shows at HoB again soon, hope to see you around.

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Does anyone remember Old Shucker’s just off of I-45 in Conroe?  Tiny place, good food, (90% crabs), and a rollicking happy hour for folks on their way from Houston to the Woodlands in the early 1980s.  I tended bar there for a time.  

 

Owned by Gerry (Jerry?) and Becky Doyle - great folks and good times!

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A few off the top of my head - Ballatori's on Leeland, Hymie's Burgers (across from Queen of Peace church) on Telephone, Basim Bugers (old Chuck Wagon on Lawndale), Zappo's, ZZ Zamora's, La Hacienda off Braeswood and Main, Moose's - first on Chetwood and later moved to the Bellaire Triangle. 

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