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UNH Alums, et al---Karl's, Catnip Pub, Tin Palace--Durham NH?

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gbean Aug 25, 2009 08:48 AM

I know Murphy's Tin Palace is still there. Anybody remember Karls Truck in the Quad. Oh how I still long for his cheeseburger subs and snotty fries! Catnip is long gone but was the coolest bar a long, long time ago. What's good around there anymore--I'll be in the area in a couple of months. Portsmouth too!

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    RandyL Aug 25, 2009 10:09 AM

    I remember Karls! $2 for a cheeseburg sub and the only time he wasn't there was when he went deer hunting! Can't remember Catnip Pub though. How about that small cookie shop inside the downtown laundromat?

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      gbean Aug 26, 2009 08:34 AM

      If I recall correctly they sold the Catnip my senior yr. It may have been called the Down Under before that. I'm not familiar w/ the laundramat cookie place --thank God Karl's was bad enough for my diet! EMC yes, the pizza w/ the cheese on top. My friend and I used to split the small broccoli, cheap and heavenly for us poor students. Anybody remember Bread N Butter store?

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      RandyL Aug 25, 2009 10:09 AM

      And how about the ol' MUB Pub??

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        gbean Aug 26, 2009 08:36 AM

        I didn't frequent the MUB Pub except for lunch (after I had moved off campus jr. yr). At night I did go see a Grateful Dead copy band once.

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        emc Aug 25, 2009 02:05 PM

        Oh boy!! Karls also had the best chicken salad subs.. and those fries! YUM. Also Tin Palace had great pizza withthe cheese on top of the "toppings" which I still do today when I make pizza.

        Can't help with recommendations. I was there this past winter on the way to a ski weekend and did not find any of the old haunts or even a good college town meal.

        1. Passadumkeg Aug 25, 2009 02:38 PM

          Mrs. Dumkeg is still a Wildcat. She wants to know what years. She remembers Fritz's Yruck in the Quad. She used to ride around in his Porche. Also the Down Under Pub on Main St. She should have graduated in '73, but extra curricular activities and too much Sunshine lengthened it to '74. The famous tourist trap lobster place , just before the bridge to Portsmiouth, of which we can not remember the name, is still there. So is the hot dog wagon in Portsmouth.

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            RandyL Aug 25, 2009 03:51 PM

            I think it was called Newick's. I was there in the mid 80's......Lambda Chi Alpha.

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              Passadumkeg Aug 25, 2009 04:48 PM

              The bow! Yes Newick's.

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                unh84 Aug 25, 2009 09:25 PM

                Newicks had the best lobster , fried clams and onion rings.
                Did anyone ever hit a happy hour at the New England Center?

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                  gbean Aug 26, 2009 09:00 AM

                  I went to NEC hh w/ some friends once but there once but not many people there.

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              Lee Gordon Aug 26, 2009 12:48 AM

              Newick's is still there. Back in the early 70s we used to enjoy a trip to Rosa in Portsmouth (also still there). Some of the other places we frequented are long gone: Yoken's in Portsmouth, the Seagull Diner in Kittery, the Dragon Seed in Kittery. We also used to go to a little place in Dover called the Spartan, but I have no idea if that still exists.
              There's a Facebook group dedicated to Karl's. Nothing like one of Karl's cheeseburgers made with a thick slab of Velveeta.

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                gbean Aug 26, 2009 09:02 AM

                I lived in Dover Jr and Sr year but I don't recall the Spartan. Where was it? There's also some stuff on Karl's on UNH alum site. I think he set up a booth at one of the homecoming games.

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                  A253835 Sep 5, 2011 02:13 PM

                  What is the name of the Facebook group dedicated to Karl's!???

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                    Lee Gordon Sep 5, 2011 10:29 PM

                    It's called Ode to Karl's Lunch Truck - UNH
                    https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...

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                  gbean Aug 26, 2009 08:40 AM

                  I graduated in '86. Fritz is Karl's brother--he must've run the truck before him? As for Newick's --it's still there. It was a stand when my Dad went to UNH as well. My roomies and I went to quite a few of those Lamba parties as Freshman and Sophs!

                3. JoanN Aug 25, 2009 05:09 PM

                  Well, that grabbed my attention. Class of '65 here. Never heard of a single one of the places any of you are talking about, although there was a "grinder" shop in town. And a coffee shop/diner that served real food. No idea what the names were. Any other Wildcat altacockers out there?

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                    chuck s Aug 26, 2009 03:12 AM

                    Class of 68. Newicks was a much smaller seafood shack, same locarion. How about the Cat in Dover. $.25 beer and a meatball sandwich smothered in tomato sauce. The $,99 cheesburger special at the truck stop at the Lee traffic circle. The hot dog truck in Portsmouth was Gilley's and is now a national historic site.

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                      JoanN Aug 26, 2009 07:27 AM

                      Oh, yes. Was that the Cat with the .99 beers? Now THAT I remember. And if I recall correctly, it was illegal (state law--at least at that time) to carry your own beer from one table to another. You had to call over a server to carry it for you. Great sport watching all the servers carrying beers from one table to another all night long with patrons following behind with their meatball sandwiches.

                      Was Newicks called Newicks then? Remember the shack, but not the name. Also remember that we could buy live lobsters for less money than chopped beef--at least my first two years. Prices went up considerably after that. We poor students ate lobster all the time. It was one of the cheapest foods we could buy.

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                        gbean Aug 26, 2009 09:05 AM

                        I remember my father talking about the beer carrying thing at a bar in Dover which turned out to be this little dive bar that was still open and next to my apt on 3rd St.? Was it a small place?

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                          JoanN Aug 26, 2009 10:42 AM

                          My (somewhat fuzzy) recollection is of a large, rectangular bar in the center of the room with wooden booths that could seat six (comfortably) along the side walls. The bar itself was somewhat reminiscent of the "Cheers" bar, with the bartenders in the center and stools all around the perimeter. Not that small, as I remember it.

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                            gbean Aug 26, 2009 11:00 AM

                            That's great about the moving of the mugs (or glasses)....LOL...my father described a similar story but he had graduated aroung '55 I think --may have been a different place.

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                        Lee Gordon Aug 27, 2009 02:23 AM

                        Even as late as '72 the Down Under and the Wildcat sold draught beers for a quarter -- 30 cents if you wanted a frosted mug.
                        That joint at the Lee traffic circle (the name escapes me) had an item on the menu called a "gizmo." It was two thin hambuger patties mashed together with some chopped raw onion between them and then grilled. Their other notable specialty was coffee jello.

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                          chuck s Aug 27, 2009 03:31 AM

                          Was it Harley's?

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                            Lee Gordon Aug 28, 2009 01:12 AM

                            Harley's it was! Home of the gizmo and coffee jello.

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                      jackbauer Aug 26, 2009 08:13 AM

                      Class of '93 here. Man I used to love Karl's. He must have been on amphetamines or something, with those lines in the front and out the back door, he was just powering through, all herky-jerky like. Nothing like a big guy with baby sh** and load and a big ol' snotty after many hours of partying.

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                        gbean Aug 26, 2009 09:08 AM

                        Yah, I agree, something besides coffee had to be aiding him! What was the big guy w/ baby sh--? I lived in the quad and the smell was torture...luckily Karl accepted checks.

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                          jackbauer Aug 27, 2009 12:10 PM

                          Large steak and cheese with mustard and mayo. I lived in Hubbard, so it wasn't a terrible stumble home.

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                            gbean Aug 28, 2009 06:42 AM

                            I'm drooling....

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                        oddcouple1 Aug 26, 2009 03:27 PM

                        Actually, there was a fire at the Tin Palace a while back. It was sold and has reopened as Ballards.I live in Durham... NEC is slated to close next June due to budget constraints. That and Newicks are all that remains of what everyone mentioned... there are a couple good pizza and burger joints now, and Pauly's Pockets (mediterranean takeout, cheap and pretty damn good), The Bagelry, and a Chinese buffet.

                        1. mcel215 Aug 28, 2009 02:02 AM

                          I'm always up in Portsmouth, Dover and really love Portsmouth Brewery.
                          Their spicey Mussels are great and so is the Salmon Sandwich, great beer as well..

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                            bewley Aug 28, 2009 05:03 AM

                            So, here’s an update on the Durham scene. Karl’s brother, Franz, owns Franz's Food which is located in a little box in the launderette (that was probably the cookie place). The place has egg sandwhixhes, burgers and whatnot. He’s been rated on the Phantom Gourmet “Hidden Jewel,” and, for what it’s worth, he still drives the Porche. Across the street is Paulie’s Pockets, which serves ok Middle Eastern food. After the Tin Palace fire, the aged landlord decided he knew best how to run a restaurant, so he gave his niece title of manager and they’re together running the place into the ground. There’s also the Bagelry, Wings Your Way, Young’s Family Restaurant (been there for years), a Chinese buffet (that I’ve heard is not worth the time) and a load of Pizza places. Acorns in the NEC used to be good, but (as noted above) is dying and the food/service is is subpar.

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                              gbean Aug 28, 2009 06:44 AM

                              That's too bad about the TP. Portsmouth Brewery sounds promising!

                            2. Passadumkeg Oct 5, 2009 06:22 AM

                              What about young's donut shop? Great breakfast too!

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                                bewley Oct 5, 2009 07:03 AM

                                Young's is now Young's Family Restaurant and is still there. They removed the dine-at counter and have made the place look more "upscale," but the menu's pretty much the same.

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                                  RREED4949 Nov 25, 2010 08:42 AM

                                  I was one of the owners of the Catnip back in the 80's I'd be glad to hear from any of my old customers....

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                                    RREED4949 Sep 10, 2011 03:40 PM

                                    I remember a customer of ours lost a few Hop Skips in front of the building. The next morning the pavment had melted slightly. Good stuff in those drinks.

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                                    KazamaSmokers Sep 8, 2011 08:39 AM

                                    Oh boy - the holy trinity of mid-80's UNH. Karl's, the Catnip and the TP! You know what made The Catnip cool? 16-oz Hop-Skips and the fact that, not only did they have "Classical Gas" on the jukebox... it was also the MOST PLAYED song on the jukebox. Also great was Poco Diablo's in Portsmouth and Pop's Pub and Bowling Alley in Newmarket. Boy that brings back memories.

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                                      RREED4949 Sep 10, 2011 03:46 PM

                                      I seem to remember "My Shirona" being played alot also.

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                                        RREED4949 Sep 14, 2011 11:21 AM

                                        https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...

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                                        RREED4949 Mar 10, 2012 03:13 PM

                                        The HOP SKIP AND GO NAKED made at the Catnip was made with equal parts of vodka, gin, rum, tequila then some lemon mix and dash of grenadine. There were two schools of thought when it came to the beer part. One school preferred the beer added before it was shaken and the other group wanted it added after it was shaken. After losing a few customers off the back of the barstools, we took the tequila out of the mix. I DONT THINK IT MADE ANY DIFFERENCE.

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