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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.

          http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2...

          http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/txts...

          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. 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.