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  1. Leo's yes, Pino's went once, another yes. More, Bill Williams Chicken in the Rough, San Jacinto Inn, Angelo's Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 21, The Stables for prime rib, and mostly, the original Ninfa's on Navigation, not the current occupant gravy training the name. Also, the snack bar at Loew's Drive In Theater where I learned to juggle many kitchen orders at age 15.

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    1. re: James Cristinian

      Valian's on S. Main. Vargo's in the 70's. Rumpleheimer's in Westbury Square. Gallagher's Steakhouses. Timmy Chan's at Greenway Plaza.

    2. Awww Pino's! (*single tear dripping*) Strawberry Patch on Westheimer, Lalo's Argentinian Pizza on Bob White, Old San Francisco Steakhouse, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor in the Galleria. Of the old restaurants I recall enjoying, it still amazes me that Los Tios and Pancho's have survived.

      1. Ruby Red's Steakburgers on I-10 where Pappy's is now. Perfect medium-rare steakburgers, peanut shells on the floor, a better burger than Pappy's.

        1. Zorba the Greek and Mykonos Island. I have an old circa 70's Houston City magazine and it says of Zorbas the day we can no longer get the fried shrimp and cold retsina would be a sad day. Indeed. The disco club ads are hilarious.

          1. Louie's on the Lake. Just past Johnson Space Center. Every time Dad would inspect the US Steel mill in Baytown, I would try to get free from Ft. Polk and we would visit for the weekend.

            A seafood buffet that still brings back wonderful memories.

            1. Down here in Clear Lake area we seriously miss Sonny's Crazy Cajun and South Shore Beer Garden. Use to love the breakfast at El Nopolitas in Galveston.

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              1. re: Cookie Baker

                Yes to Crazy Cajun. As far as Galveston, I'll call your El Nopolitas, lunch for me, and raise you the Seafood Depot on 61'st and Stewart, run by cantankerous Sonny Martini. Turtle like service, but the key was to call in the double fish basket ahead. It's now occupied by the Cajun Greek.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  Either of yal remember La Palmita on the Eastern end of the Strand in Galveston. I think it probably closed down in the late 80's early 90's shortly after i moved away. It was on par with el nopalito.

                  1. re: TroyTempest

                    I do not remember La Palmita, but I do remember Christie's the Beachcomber, down on the beach. They had a buffet at lunch with some really good fried fish, which I'm a sucker for, especially all you can eat.

                    1. re: James Cristinian

                      I remember Christie's well. BTW, you may know this, but Christie was George Mitchell's brother.
                      George mitchell, of Michell Energy and development, the woodlands, The San Luis, Wentletrap, and lots of other stuff.

                      1. re: TroyTempest

                        Yep, well aware. We used to see George Mitchell in the bar/lounge at the Tremont House frequently, he had a special table, ya think. I also used run into him at Marcos Mexican Restaurant in The Woodlands when I lived up there in the 80's. This is before it exploded and there were limited dining options. I used to say if you run into Mr. Mitchell at Marcos, there was no place to eat in The Woodlands. It was below average Tex-Mex, but the margaritas gave you a buzz and the beef fajitas were decent, plus it was right around the corner.

                    2. re: TroyTempest

                      For many years La Palmita was our go to place after the bars closed. Not sure if the food was really that great, or if everything just tasted good at 2 a.m. In particular I remember La Palmita as being the place where I first had gorditas, one of my favorite Mexican dishes. Of course outside the building, which is still there, was a little work of folk art.

                2. Yes on Crazy Cajun (he wouldn't give out the recipe for his awesome thin and rich gumbo!), Louie's was great fun with fried frog legs and the entire buffet and I also miss Leo's - dinner picture in the Tres Hombres album is all we have left!

                  Missing several other great Clear Lake area places - The Shrimp Hut ($1 doz oysters then down to Crazy Cajun for gumbo), Delasandri's (behind Classic Café), Cesar's Cantina on I-45 and the original Clifton's By the Sea...

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                  1. re: specktaker

                    I miss the entire original Kemah Boardwalk, not the roller coaster, parking garage, souvenir stand behemoth there now. Joe Lee's had 99 cent oysters in the winter, there was Jimmie Walker, original Flying Dutchman, a place that sold boiled crabs served on picnic tables, and others I forgot. Anybody remember the crab place name. Check out these old Kemah photos.

                    http://www.kemahhistoricalsociety.net...

                    1. re: James Cristinian

                      My late husband and I had our first date (a Saturday lunch) at Joe Lee's -- the food was good, fresh and cheap. You could sit there as long as you wanted and watch the boats come and go in and out to Galveston Bay. He would be horrified to see the Disneyfication of that land now.

                  2. Alfred's in the Village or on Weslayan
                    Kahn's Deli in the Village when it was still run by Mike, Alfred's son.
                    Hamburgers by Gourmet - local chain (2 or 3 locations?)
                    Jaime's - hamburger joint on S. Main @ Braeswood, famous for a complimentary bowl of ranch beans that accompanied each order plus curly fries.
                    Gaido's on S. Main
                    Valian's on S. Shepherd
                    Yamin's/Stefano's pizza
                    San Jacinto Inn
                    The Night Hawk - short lived location of the Austin/SA steakhouse on Westheimer. TNH on the Drag was my fav restaurant during my years in Austin and I was thrilled to have one here but it didn't last.

                    There are undoubtedly others but memory fails me.

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                    1. re: brucesw

                      Old reply, when I'd go to lunch late 70's Memorial City area everyone asked where I was going and I invariably said Gourmet, nobody wanted me to bring any back. The all wanted McWhatever or Wendy's. Fools! Wendy's was actually pretty good back then, cooked to order, hot and juicy, alas no more.

                    2. Felix's Mexican Restaurant. Although El Patio has the recipes, it just is not the same.

                      Gugenheim's Deli. I miss the blintzes and french toast. To me Kenny and Ziggy's does not hold a candle to it (Neither does Katz's). And before that, Alfred's.

                      Agree with Ruby Reds. Big thick juicy burgers. And also Joe Lee's. They had the best stuffed jalapenos. The boardwalk will never be the same.

                      Piatta di Santi. It was a great italian restaurant.

                      Panjo's Pizza.

                      Maxim's for a nice meal. Loved the dip and the lobster bisque.

                      Tokyo Gardens was always such a good and fun restaurant to go to.

                      Original Harlow's on Hilcroft. ONe of the first after hours restaurant in Houston.

                      Otto's on Memorial Drive. New locations don't hold a candle to the original.

                      Hebert's Ritz. Good steakhouse.

                      Bud Bigelow's. Another great steakhouse. At one time it was on the edge of town.

                      Green Parrot. Great family style southern restaurant.

                      Hamburgers by Gourmet. Yum!!!

                      Jo Jo's. My 24 hour hangout.

                      Cellar Door. Good BBQ and even better burgers.

                      Rudy's on Post Oak Blvd. Always had a mafia feel to it thanks to Joe Lucia, the owner.

                      Bo Bo's on Westheimer. One of our Sunday night rituals. Before that, it was Lee's Den on S. Main.

                      Across the Street on Westheimer. You used the phone to place your order. And Rumpleheimers in Westbury Sq.

                      Roy Rogers Roast Beef.

                      Sonny Looks.

                      The Magic Pan in the Galleria.

                      Nighthawk. Still miss their chopped steak.

                      Lukes. The burgers weren't so good, but their breakfast tacos were great and cheap.

                      Trader Vic's and Don the Beachcomber.

                      The 1st Chili's on Richmond. Great place to take a date. Nothing over $2. And they offered free refills. It is NOT the same so I consider it vanished.

                      Farrell's in the Galleria. I had my I don't remember how old I was birthday party there and got the "zoo."

                      Boston Sea Party. Good seafood buffet. Went crazy on the snow crab and got my moneys worth.

                      End it with the best pizza anywhere...Vallian's. Enough said.

                      Wow. I have a nostalgia headache. And for some reason I'm hungry.

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                      1. re: rondl

                        Your mention of Bud Bigelow's reminded me of The Courtyard on the Katy Fwy, another of the Steakhouse Associates restaurants (along with the Stables, I think), CY was known for prime rib, king crab legs and margaritas.

                        +1 on your comments on Otto's and Boston Sea Party.

                        Never got to go to Guggenheim's or Tokyo Gardens.

                        1. re: rondl

                          Panjo's Pizza lives with locations in Corpus Christi and Rockport, with the black spotted crispy thin crust. Resist the urge to pile on toppings, the crust won't hold up. I usually get just cheese or 1/2 cheese one topping. No trip to Rockport is complete without a stop at Panjo's.

                        2. Rusty Pelican (For the bar mainly)
                          Boston Sea Party
                          Hot Dogs by Harlan
                          Charlie's Hamburgers
                          Las Casuelas
                          Sonny Look's
                          Rotisserie For Beef and Bird

                          1. Mid 70's Sharpstown

                            Henry's BBQ and Massey's BBQ both on Bissonnett, a sad day when runaway inflation raised sandwich prices to 1.25 from a buck and beer to 2 bucks. Tough on the 18 year old budget, remember the WIN buttons. Whip Inflation Now.

                            Zinnante's Deli

                            60's way back machine

                            Wyatt's Cafeteria and Walgreens, which had a restaurant, both at Sharpstown Mall
                            Corn Fed Catfish
                            Burger Chef
                            Youngbloods Fried Chicken
                            Sacco's Grocery Store, sawdust on the floor in the meat market, and the freshest shrimp, red snapper, and speckled trout

                            1. Early 60's but too young to go, Sorrento's on Bissonnett where the FBI neighbor looked in on the back room and brought back lobster and my first pizza, pre Pizza Hut.

                              1. Regarding the old Kemah boardwalk, yes, it was quite different and better. The Clear Creek Inn was a place (now the parking lot) that we went to. We were friends with a waiter at Jimmy Walker's which really made it special when we would take out of town guests and was even the place the company I signed on with out of college took me to during my interview day lunch. Agree original Flying Dutchman was pretty good. Alicia changed it all for good.

                                1. Forgot to mention that the crab place I remember was across the channel and called the Crab Shack. Also, those are some great photos of Kemah.

                                  1. Lee's Den...Chinese, cannot even remember where it was, but I had my first marriage's wedding dinner there. Have the
                                    photos, somewhere, but not the husband.

                                    What was that "English" place on South Main....something like the Lion and the Rose, but can't remember it's name.
                                    Heck, I'm old.

                                    Sonny Look's Steak House
                                    San Jacinto Inn
                                    Maxim's downtown, used to eat lunch there when I worked at Foley's...had the Crab Louie every time.
                                    The Azalea Dining Room at Foley's...Chaud et Froid delicious
                                    Edgewater Inn in Kemah...absolutely loathe that boardwalk

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                                    1. re: amazinc

                                      Red Lion was the English place, with an English Ford taxi and red call box out front. That's a little before my time. I think Lee's Den was also on S. Main, between Holcombe and the Loop (which wasn't there then) but I'm not sure where. There were a lot of famous restaurants on S. Main - Sonny Look's, Kaphan's, Gaido's, Angelos Fisherman's Wharf, and more.

                                      1. re: amazinc

                                        Red Lion..I think. Near by, I really miss The Stables..esp when HLSR is going on.Great service, food & cocktails. Are there any comparable places..besides chain restaurants on 610..in that area ?

                                        1. Denis' Seafood on Westheimer. Ate there many dozens of times and only once or twice was it not absolutely excellent fish, perfectly cooked. (Still miss that Louisiana-style crawfish bisque).

                                          Which reminds me: any recommendations for a comparable place - what's the best seafood restaurant in Houston?

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                                          1. re: kolasu

                                            I'll wager lambowner will have a suggestion but I won't steal her thunder (since I still haven't been). Hint: it also begins with a D.

                                            1. re: kolasu

                                              I am not sure if it is the same ownership but there is a Denis' Seafood on the Katy Fwy. between Gessner and Bunker Hill.

                                              1. re: kolasu

                                                Haha! Yes, I am at Denis's on the Katy Freeway about once a week. Twice last weekend. It's corporate owned, but consistently good. Have had few visits with hiccups. My favorites are the rainbow trout and red beans & rice with catfish or sausage (delicious sausage). They have a lunch menu 7 days with good deals and mix an outstanding martini. I think they are better than the original Denis's. As I recall, they cooked over wood which I found overpowering at times. You can order your selection of fresh fish off the chalk board grilled, fried, sauteed or blackened. Many to choose from.

                                                1. re: Lambowner

                                                  I wish!!! It's unfortunately not the same ownership, not quite sure of the story but Denis sold his restaurant and name to a corporation (Babin's?), I've been to the Katy Freeway one and I don't think it's up to par with the original. I am pretty sure that Denis' did not cook over wood. That's my pet peeve with Goode Co Seafood, they do the mesquite-grilled thing and it is very overpowering, totally ruins the fish IMHO. I never had that experience at Denis' and I am not exaggerating when I say we ate there a lot! Probably every other week for years! After Denis' closed, his next venture was the short-lived Jimmy Wilson's in the Galleria area (which was also great) I did just hear he has a new restaurant in Missouri City, need to find out the name and check it out.

                                                  1. re: kolasu

                                                    After the sell-off of the Denis' Seafood House name, the place on Westheimer became Jimmy Wilson's for a while before it moved to San Felipe. I ate at the Westheimer branch once and wasn't too impressed, so I never tried the Galleria area one. Sounds like I should have given him another chance.

                                                    1. re: FarleyFlavors

                                                      The one by the Galleria was upscale (including the prices) but the food was quite good, with a similar selection to the old Denis. We didn't go there often, maybe half a dozen times before it closed. The one on Westheimer that replaced the Denis was pretty much the same as Denis but I admittedly did not go there with the same frequency, so it could have slipped.

                                                    2. re: kolasu

                                                      Robb Walsh's original report:

                                                      http://robbwalsh.com/2011/11/denis-wi...

                                                      There was a second location in Missouri City that I almost went to once but according to b4 they are both closed:

                                                      http://www.b4-u-eat.com/eat002.asp?Z=...

                                                      1. re: brucesw

                                                        I can't believe I never heard of this but it sounds like I didn't miss anything!

                                                      2. re: kolasu

                                                        Babin's is a Fertitta (Landry's) establishment. Let's not go there. Denis on Katy Freeway is corporate owned but not by Landry's. Sorry you don't like it, but it is my current hands down favorite seafood place. To each!

                                                        Do let me know though if you are aware of any other places in Houston where you can choose from a list of 15 or so fish options and have it cooked to your preference. I love Danton's and like Reef, but as with most other seafood restaurants in town you can order catfish or red fish, except on weekends, when you can order red fish or catfish, and you can always order the ubiquitous salmon. I only jest a little. I really would like to hear of other places like Denis.

                                                        I am considering the lifestyle of a pescatarian. :)

                                                        1. re: Lambowner

                                                          Pescatarian?

                                                          Heck, you don't look a day over 35!

                                                            1. re: Lambowner

                                                              The original Denis' had a mesquite grill. Saw it every time through the windows that were open to the kitchen. Never got anything grilled there so can't judge it. My favorite was usually the catch of the day, broiled, with the Pontchartrain sauce with shrimp and crab. I still drool over that dish. Used all the French bread and would wipe the plate clean!. Loved the men's restroom with the ice cubes in the old style urinals.

                                                                1. re: rexster314

                                                                  Well, i guess i should just shut up, because i would swear they did not use mesquite, but then i guess i always ordered broiled. At least they asked, unlike Goode Co!

                                                                  My favorite was also the catch but with that lemon butter caper sauce with lump crab! And the crawfish bisque, Louisiana style, I haven't found that anywhere! Now I am drooling!

                                                            2. re: Lambowner

                                                              Well, maybe we should give it another chance, may have caught them on a bad day or two....

                                                            3. re: Lambowner

                                                              So Denis' Seafood House on I-10 @ Bunker Hill closed this weekend. MetroNational Corp is bringing in another establishment. Hoping all the best for the crew there, good people.

                                                              Is Doobs still here? Haven't seen much in a while from him.

                                                              1. re: Lambowner

                                                                That's a shame, we went there quite a few times and always enjoyed it. Other closed places I miss, Magnolia Bar and Grill for half shell oysters, oyster toast, gumbo, and crawfish before it got ridiculously expensive everywhere. I cook my own now, much to the Wifeacita's chagrin. King Fish Market had all you can eat lobster plus other treats. I maxed out at six. Doobs' plane is overdue but I'm not ready to declare him missing in action. Maybe he ditched in the Gulf and is enjoying seafood, or crash landed in the Polonia parking lot, the only place I've seen him and Jaymes.

                                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                  Haha!! King Fish was GREAT! Miss it! Now appearing, in that same spot, uh, Twin Peaks? Now under attack by angry neighborhood parents of elementary and high school kids adjacent, and rightfully so, google it. As to Doobs plane, check the sushi places nearby. Surely crash landed there.

                                                                    1. re: Jaymes

                                                                      Thanks, I've been hanging out at Sushi Jin trying to catch a glimpse. Come back soon! And bring OBD.

                                                            4. West Lafayette, IN. Crain Family had a few joints in the 1950's-80's on Rt-52. The Knife and Fork was a fancy place with a Pizza King around the back. I worked at Morris-Bryant Smorgasbord, both places Rocked, until I-65 was built and took all interstate traffic away. Also a Park and Eat (drive in) down on the (Wabash) Levy, we called it the Squat and Gobble. yeah.... Go Boilers!

                                                              1. Ravin Cajun, not Ragin, on Richmond in an old house west of Mandell in the 70's. Nothing better after a day at the beach with the very limited menu of gumbo, shrimp creole, beef tips, and French bread all high quality at very low prices. Do people still go to the beach? I go to fish but am out of there early. There used to be massive traffic jams at Surfside and West Beach.

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                                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                  we love the gumbo & seafood, casual atmosphere @ Floyds Cajun Seafood.It looks like a boat on Gulf Frwy League City..also one in Houston..not a chain.

                                                                  1. re: tgail

                                                                    Went to the one when it was on 1960 quite a few times. Never a bad meal and Floyd was always pressing the flesh.

                                                                2. Been so long ago, but I remember Lee's Den. Went to school with his son Donald in the early 60s. I'd get extra stuff cos I was Donald's classmate in elementary school. Miss that food! Antone's po-boys, and Hobbit Hole (!!!) were really good in the 70s. And BoBo's... Boy oh boy, Jimmie Walker's in Kemah...best seafood around back in the 60s and 70s! Don't live in Houston anymore, but I remember the tastes! My son is in the restaurant industry there now.

                                                                  1. Jim's on South Braeswood next to what is now Belden's. There's a Mexican place there now. Jim's was a much better local version of Denny's, still soldiering on in San Antonio, but I've never been there.

                                                                    http://www.jimsrestaurants.com/

                                                                    1. The Cellar Door, The Strawberry Patch on Westheimer, Ignacio's in Bellaire, Hunan on Post Oak, La Rosa's Pizza for pizza and calzones, Yamin's for poboys.

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                                                                      1. re: robinjd

                                                                        I really liked the pizza at Papa La Rosa at the Sugar Land ice rink whenever I was in the area.

                                                                      2. I've been reminiscing about the classic San Jacinto Inn recently.

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                                                                          1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                            I really enjoyed that article and remember the meals at SJI. About the time it closed due in part to changing eating habits, I recall low fat was the prevailing mindset and steak houses all but disappeared from the landscape. Thank goodness low carb is now the rage and steak has returned bigger and better!

                                                                            1. re: Lambowner

                                                                              Thanks. I mentioned Angelo's Fisherman's Wharf upstream. The original burned and the re-opened in a trailer. We went one night, Charlie A. was presiding over endless platters of huge, salty oysters, plus all the other good stuff SJI had, all you can eat plus delicious oysters Rockefeller. I have the original put out by the Texas Department of Agriculture, a fantastic booklet the state put out years ago featuring seafood dishes from restaurants around the state. The recipe is easy and surprising and tastes like the original. If anyone cares I'll post.

                                                                              1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                Sure! I recall the name Angelo's but can't place the location.

                                                                                1. re: Lambowner

                                                                                  South Main just south of 610. The original burned and they re-opened in a trailer while it was being rebuilt. After this one closed they were at Murphy Rd. and SW Freeway but it didn't last long, a shame.

                                                                        1. Prince's Drive-Inn, the open face fish sandwich was the best I've ever had. A real, thick filet fried perfectly with those great onion rings, a cold Bud and 60's-70's tunes on the car radio. Simple pleasures in a simpler time.

                                                                          1. Aries French restaurant -- If i remember correctly, there were two locations. One on Memorial near Dairy Ashford and one on Gessner near Westheimer.
                                                                            Confederate House -- on Westheimer in Highland Village
                                                                            Neal's Ice Cream -- Montrose area. Great place to go after cruising up and down Westheimer with a carload of friends in the mid 80's.
                                                                            Sakowitz -- My grandmother would take us there for lunch in the mid 70's. They made a delicious remoulade.ppoppopp
                                                                            Albritton's Cafeteria -- Waugh near Allen Parkway
                                                                            Steak and Ale -- This place was sooooo cool to me as a kid in the 70's. All those cozy little dimly lit rooms were a trip. Great salad bar too.
                                                                            Carousel Hamburgers -- My mom took us here a lot when we were little kids in the early seventies. Located on Kingsride near Memorial City Mall.
                                                                            Houlihan's -- Fun place to go in the 80's. It was on Post Oak near the Galleria.
                                                                            Monterey House -- Great Mexican food on Memorial near the beltway.
                                                                            Old Windmill Dinner Theater -- located in Town and Country in the 70's.
                                                                            Bonanza's -- Located in Town and Country. We ate here a lot in the early 70's. Great jello and pudding!
                                                                            Spoon's -- A great place to go with friends to share a basket of fries and hang out in the mid 80's. Located on Gessner at I-10.

                                                                            1. The original Capt. Benny's on South Main had great fried catfish and the fresh-shucked oysters were amazing! I also miss the gumbo and jumbo lump crabmeat cocktail with remoulade sauce at Gaido's, also on South Main.

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                                                                              1. re: NoPunyNerd

                                                                                I used to elbow my way into that tiny boat. At one time they were serving Matagorda Bay oysters, fantastic as was that catfish. South Main makes me think of Kaphan's fried shrimp and great Houston baseball memoriobila.

                                                                              2. Ninfa's, when Ninfa was still alive and running it. Loved her Enchiladas Verde. Went to hell after she died and her sons took over.

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                                                                                1. re: Houcasey

                                                                                  Went to hell after it got bought out. The Navigation location was my favorite, and I refuse to go there anymore after getting an order of fajitas that appeared to be leftovers from the day before; dried out and stringy

                                                                                  1. re: rexster314

                                                                                    I go back to that Ninfa's when they first opened. In the 70's they had an off the menu special enchiladas de jaiba. Fresh crab in a wickedly rich cream sauce. I miss it, I do miss it.

                                                                                  1. Three fried chicken places in order of preference: Ron's Krispy Fried Chicken, Tinsley's Chicken and Roll's, and Grandy's. It seems Church's bought out Ron's and Tinsley's, and Grandy's just disappeared from the market, but is still around in parts of Texas and other states. I always thought Grandy's was way underrated.

                                                                                    1. John's Oyster Resort in Galveston and Chuc Wagon on Bissonett near Fondren, not a great burger, but I miss it. It's a papusaderia now, ya think.

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                                                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                        Chuc Wagon ... is it just my imagination or did they have a big ol' neon sign of a chuck wagon? (I might be thinking of a diner on Colfax in Denver. Probably gone by now.)

                                                                                        1. re: NoPunyNerd

                                                                                          I don't remember the sign but I do remember the wheel burger, hub burger, and spoke dog. The wheel burger was the biggest of the two.

                                                                                        2. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                          I'm from Galveston, and remember many meals at John's. I remember not only the seafood, but they also served fried chicken and spaghetti (together).

                                                                                          1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                            Stop it Troy, fried chicken and spaghetti together at John's, so miss that place.

                                                                                        3. Must add Lalo's Argentinean Pizza, used to be on or near Bob White in SW Houston and had the best pizza. Still think fondly of of it. Last visited about 1980.

                                                                                          1. Bud Bigalow's
                                                                                            Sonny Look's
                                                                                            Pier 21
                                                                                            Cellar Door
                                                                                            Boardman's
                                                                                            Ye Old College Inn
                                                                                            Kapan's
                                                                                            Alfred's
                                                                                            Charlie's 519
                                                                                            James Coney Isand (new ones aren't the same)
                                                                                            The Foundry
                                                                                            Steak & Ale
                                                                                            Hofbrau (Landry's isn't the same)
                                                                                            Texas Tumbleweed
                                                                                            Dirty's
                                                                                            Angleo's Fisherman's Wharf
                                                                                            Otto's
                                                                                            Jimmy Walker's (Kemah)
                                                                                            Joe Lee's(Kemah)
                                                                                            Pier 8(Kemah)
                                                                                            Hillman's (Dickenson)
                                                                                            Hill's (Galveston)
                                                                                            Lockwood Inn BBQ
                                                                                            Simipson's BBQ
                                                                                            Zorba the Greek's
                                                                                            Pino's
                                                                                            Rudy's
                                                                                            Hamburger's by Jamie
                                                                                            Boston Sea Party

                                                                                            1. Slow round here again so here goes. Fresh out of high school with fresh high school girlfriend with expensive tastes, mid 70's. She got a hankering for abalone on several occasions and The Anchorage on the NW corner of 610 in a Hilton I believe was the only place in town that had it. Good stuff. Then we went to Courtlandts once in what I believe is now mid-town. Though I had a tie on and dressed nicely they stuck a cheap sports jacket on me. I'd call it Continental cuisine. One more at least I'm saving for the next inevitable yawn time.

                                                                                              1. This was in Minneapolis in downtown about 30 years ago. We ate at the Leamington Hotel in Downtown. The hotel went south after
                                                                                                this and it was torn down years ago. Thirty years aqo
                                                                                                their food was excellent