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Jul 5, 2013 06:45 PM

Vanished Restaurant you miss most

Leo's Mexican Restaurant
Pino's Italian

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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.

      1. re: James Cristinian

        Which Loews? My crowd hung at the one on South Main.

        1. re: Lambowner

          Loew's Sharpstown NW corner of Bellaire and Hillcroft across from Globe, think early K-Mart, now the best Fiesta in town is there. It was early 70's and past it's glory days but the snack bar was a great job where I learned timing of multiple orders, none written down.

          There's photos of the snack bar on the second link, but we never had four lanes open except once when they paid extra money for first run movies, that being "Patton" and "Mash" just after "Patton" won a bunch of Academy Awards. Two lanes were good on a busy Friday or Saturday.

        2. re: James Cristinian

          If you were 15 in the 60's
          You're about 10 years behind me.
          We used to save lunch money an have enough for two kids to ride in the front, rest in the trunk.

        3. 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.

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              1. re: James Cristinian

                Oh, I LOVED Zorba the Greek! Miss their shrimp SO, but not necessarily their slanting floor! :) That magazine was so right!
                Also miss The Magic Pan (the only place you could ever get a true made-from-scratch savory crepe - everyone now makes them with ingredients from a jar!) and Lillianne's Maison de Crepes on Westheimer.

                1. re: 3rdGenHoustonNative

                  The slanted floor, that was at the original before they built a fancier one. There was a guy who sat at the bar and used to really belt out the last verse of "I Left
                  My Heart In San Francisco" when anyone played it. Welcome to Chowhound, keep the posts coming.

                2. re: James Cristinian

                  Oh, my gosh! I have been trying to recall the name of Zorba's for 20 years. I thought it was Zorba's but could never get confirmation. Man, those shrimp were sublime. I've had nothing like them since then.

                3. 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.