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Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 8:55 pm    
Here's mine : Earl's Hot Biscuits (mainly the Memphis one)
Berretta's BBQ at Park & Highland
What-A-Burger -Frayser AND Whitehaven
Little Italy (70's-early 80's Frayser)
Two Brothers Pizza on Summer -early 80's
Hi-Boy hamburger joint
Pat's Pizza but not for the food
Shakey's Pizza
Windy
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 9:05 pm    
Anderton's
Mike's (Front and Monroe)
Alisa
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 9:16 pm    
Giovanni's
andria
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 9:19 pm    
Buntyns
Earl's
Anderton's
Hattley's Garage
Kwik Chek during Harry's regime
61 on Teur when Shaggy was cooking
Alisa
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 9:19 pm    
the original Shanti (used to be out near Putt Putt, but I don't think Putt Putt was there yet)
the Pappy and Jimmy's in Overton Square
Western Steak House and Lounge
Alisa
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 9:20 pm    
that tiki joint across from East High School

And, ones y'all have named:
Anderton's (of course)
Shakey's
Mike's

There are a ton of them. I'll think of more, I'm sure.
andria
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 9:52 pm    
Fortune's Jungle Garden!!!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 10:25 pm | Edited by: saispas    
Burkle's Bakery
Shakey's Pizza
Shoney's Big Boy on Avalon (during the Zayre era--actually all of these were during the Zayre era)
The Knickerbocker
Golightly
Member
Posted: Aug 2, 2007 10:53 pm    
that tiki joint across from East High School

LUAU!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 12:59 am    
Oh my god. That Tiki joint!!! I would stare at those faux Easter Island heads with such longing as a kid. Right next to The Dive Shop...which I actually got to buy swimsuits from once I began my shortlived competitive swimming career in 1976.
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 1:00 am    
Wasn't there a Whataburger on Poplar across from the Tilman's Nursery (or whatever it was called--the one behind JB Hunter)?
Jack Stands
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 1:01 am    
I can't believe no one has mentioned 'Round the Corner.
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 1:08 am    
'Round the Corner.

This brings back abusive ex boyfriend vibes. Didn't this place have a liquid cheese pump for your burgers on the condiment stand?
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 1:11 am    
Da Wah
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 1:20 am    
Formosa!!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 1:33 am    
I remember being introduced to Formosa as "good" Chinese after years of Da Wah by the kind people of East Memphis. Whatever.
Golightly
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 1:59 am    
Da Wah!
The BEST won ton soup I ever ate
robin
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 2:00 am    
Golden Garden in Bartlett!!!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 2:11 am    
I saw a roach crawling on the wall while eating there one night...we kept coming back.
robin
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 2:20 am    
golden garden had vegan "rainbow trout". i always regret that i never tried it.
Jack Stands
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 4:00 am    
Didn't this place have a liquid cheese pump for your burgers on the condiment stand?

Studio G will explain everything.
Jack Stands
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 4:02 am    
golden garden had vegan "rainbow trout".

Bartlett had it's share of hardline vegans, too in the late 80's. Probably only to be outdone by Germantown.

YOU CHANGED THE WORLD, KIDS!!!
BullyRook
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:13 am    
Golden/Royal Dragon on Cleveland. It was so hot, and I did cry silently.
dag
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:31 am    
The Frost Top on Getwell
Earles
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 6:00 am    
I seem to remember my parents taking me to a seafood restaurant called "The Moonraker"

Am I dreaming?

Lots of fish tanks, if I remember correctly. And let's not forget The Hungry Fisherman, one of the many Shoney's umbrella eateries (you would know this by which ever one was advertised when you called JamJam1). Carp and catfish feeding on the back dock, and a weird long hallway of payphones.
andria
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 6:14 am    
It was so hot, and I did cry silently.
larb!!!

does anyone remember the bomb squadron restaurant at the memphis airport? there was one in atlanta too, and my brother ALWAYS wanted to go there for his birthday or whatever. the whole thing was like snoopy as the red baron -- an old french farmhouse with WWI-era ambulances parked outside, foxholes, and audio tapes of machine guns. lots of sandbags inside. here's a link to the chain: http://www.100thbgrestaurant.com/
BullyRook
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 7:30 am    
The Frost Top on Getwell

Damn, that root beer was so cold and so good. Good burger, too. Tried the Chinese there once. Big trouble.
Theresa K
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 7:38 am    
does anyone remember the bomb squadron restaurant

i've been to the one in ATL! because it looked so goofy
uleeshuh
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 7:47 am    
went to Pho Vietnam on Poplar near Cleveland, great Pho!

Okay, once again, Miss Ellen's was closed today at noon, thursday. so is it down for the count?
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 9:25 am    
audio tapes of machine guns
and the whistling of dropping bombs played loudly in the men's room. No lie!
ChicoHarris
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 2:00 pm    
Lamb's Eat Shop
White House Cafe
old versions of Dyer's and Four Way
eric o
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 2:41 pm    
2 way inn's wings for monday night football... WING KING CHRIS!
Studio G
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 2:58 pm    
HOT FIIIISH!
terry parkway
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 3:05 pm    
kwik chek the harry year's.. bleeding heart and a knaughty forty...
Studio G
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 3:10 pm | Edited by: Studio G    
Pat's
Rally's
Anderton's
Chicago Pizza Factory
Buntyn (on Southern)
Godfathers
Swensen's
Polar Bear Ice Cream on East Parkway (last seen parading as Happy Hocker)
sixelsix
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 3:27 pm    
I remember being introduced to Formosa as "good" Chinese after years of Da Wah by the kind people of East Memphis. Whatever.

I didn't think it was that great, either.
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:06 pm    
I seem to remember my parents taking me to a seafood restaurant called "The Moonraker"

You are definitely not mistaken...Where was this? Perkins near Wimbledon Racquet Club or after the I-240 interchange near the Hyatt? Can't place it.

There was also the restaurant in the bottom floor of the Hyatt when it first opened...I will freak out if anyone can recall this; my grandparents took me there for my bday (9th? 11th?) and I got a "Coney Island Chili Dog". It was way too phallic to eat.
timmyjinx
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:08 pm    
how about the worlds fair. over by skateland.

it was like a giant food court.
Alisa
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:13 pm    
the Food Fare...
spent a lot of time in there when I was a kid.
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:47 pm    
Vaguely remembering the Food Fair jingle : " Hi-Ho , it's off to the Fair . The food is great .it's fun in there..........." Jerry Lawler was the spokesman.
theshape
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:50 pm    
Dino's Pizza in the Raleigh Springs Mall. Although, I guess they're not really defunct since they're now called Milano's.

Waldo Pepper's Pizza that was on Covington Pike.

Shakey's Pizza.
theshape
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:52 pm    
the original Shanti

Is that the place that had the little yellow submarine out front?
andria
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:52 pm    
and the whistling of dropping bombs played loudly in the men's room. No lie!
huh, in the ladies room, we just had German officers who did full body inspections. no lie!
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 5:59 pm    
the bomb squadron restaurant at the memphis airport?
That place put some people in the hospital with food poisoning. It never reopened after that.
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 6:11 pm    
Sultana -the hole in the wall Indian place just south of Park on Highland. It wasn't that great but it WAS cheap and the owner was annoying but I liked it. I used to see Jeff Evans in there a lot when he worked at River Records.
eric o
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 6:43 pm    
loved Mayuri (sp?) when it was in the Admiral Benbow on Union while the Benbow was 1/2 destroyed.

That said, i went out there a week ago and the nighttime buffet (i know) was harrible.
Alisa
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 7:37 pm    
Is that the place that had the little yellow submarine out front?

I don't think so. It looked like a shack, inside and out.
GHSONG
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 7:42 pm    
fillerburger,whataburger and frostops in frayser

andertons
pappy and jimmys on hollywood and poplar
the gridleys of the 80s
miss linda
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 8:13 pm    
J-WAG's
They had great food!
and you could get your car's back windshield knocked out all on the same visit!
FUN FUN!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 3, 2007 9:26 pm    
I think I only went to Pappy & Jimmy's once...but who didn't look forward to seeing that sign???

I gotta throw in a West Memphis legend...Spott's Drug.
Johnny Moondog
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 3:59 am    
Lamb's had huge sandwiches. The Frost Top in Frayser was like a temple... a temple with a huge root beer mug on top of the building. The last time I was in the Frayser Maid, they still had the same formica counter and picture of Jesus in the "dining room" that was there in the early, early 70s. But that doesn't count since it's still there... right?
heyradio
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:34 am    
So many to comment on:

-Golden Garden in Bartlett!!!

I grew up out there. Many a memories @ the Garden.

-Bartlett had it's share of hardline vegans, too in the late 80's. Probably only to be outdone by Germantown.

YOU CHANGED THE WORLD, KIDS!!!


Not even close.

-Okay, once again, Miss Ellen's was closed today at noon, thursday. so is it down for the count?

Please tell me Ellen's is still kicking it!

-HOT FIIIISH!
Catfish Cabin, right? That's the first place I ever had Frog Legs and Fried Quail.

-Dino's Pizza in the Raleigh Springs Mall. Although, I guess they're not really defunct since they're now called Milano's.


They're now doing "Napoli's" in Peabody Place. Same Italian guys. Even the one-armed dude. I eat there at least once a week.

-the gridleys of the 80s

That was high-class food court faire.





HOT FIIIISH!
Windy
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 7:31 pm    
Dino's Pizza in the Raleigh Springs Mall. Although, I guess they're not really defunct since they're now called Milano's.


They're now doing "Napoli's" in Peabody Place. Same Italian guys. Even the one-armed dude. I eat there at least once a week.


Don't ask me who I heard from 'cause I can't remember, and I am not sure how accurate the story is, but apparently it is feuding factions of the same family, all opening different places. Disagreements over how things were supposed to be run, etc.

Also, I was always pissed that we weren't allowed to fish outside the hungry fisherman (cum Neon Moon)

Sno-Cream castle, I'm pretty sure is long gone, but that was my favorite ice cream stop after swimming lessons at the Willow Pool. (DCR may remember scraping his face all over the diving boards there)

What about the cafe/candy shoppe in Goldsmith's? (and the TOY dept???)
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 7:54 pm    
What about the cafe/candy shoppe in Goldsmith's? (and the TOY dept???)

That toy dept. Sigh. Hello Kitty in 1978? Whoa.

I personally loved the Sears Eastgate candy counter--I would always get Swedish Raspberries. They had a penny fountain with goldfish outside too.
Studio G
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:04 pm | Edited by: Studio G    
Catfish Cabin, right? I think so...I couldn't remember myself. Just remembered the commercial..."when you hear this sound..."

Gridley's on Jackson was crunk.

Bonanza!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:20 pm    
Bonanza was eaten at quite a bit. That was what "going out for a steak" meant to my Midtown grandmom. Remember getting those little plastic numbers so the correct steak would be delivered to your table?
miss linda
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:32 pm    
I miss the old Burger King on Cleveland!
It was always scairy walking through that neighborhood.
Good times!
miss linda
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:39 pm | Edited by: miss linda    
Remember getting those little plastic numbers so the correct steak would be delivered to your table?

I remember crazy people working there.
Especially towand the end in the 80's.
Every sunday after Belleview Baptist Bullshit, mom & pop Gunn would drag my brother & me to that Bonanza on summer, and almost every time we got back home I'd get a whoopin'. The more time I was forced to spend with my parents, the more I got a belt on my ass.
Fuck You BONANZA!

FUCK YOU IN YOUR BRANDED ASS!
JEFF GUNN
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:50 pm    
Did anybody ever set foot inside the Mark Twain Cafeteria?

Grandparents I would suspect.
That place was Gross!
I don't miss that place at all
JEFF GUNN
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:53 pm    
candy shoppe in Goldsmith's? (and the TOY dept???)

Heaven!!!
robin
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 8:57 pm    
Did anybody ever set foot inside the Mark Twain Cafeteria?

Grandparents I would suspect.



That was my grandmother's favorite restaurant, and she still mourns its demise to this day.

The decor was freaking amazing, if I remember it correctly. Lots of round booths and a big weird centerpiece in the middle; lots of murals of riverboats on the walls.
Sticky Icky Icky
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:08 pm    
Sears Eastgate candy counter

I liked the sour balls

the original swiss chalet style IHOP near Oak Hall, replaced by Johnny Rockets?

Leonards Pit BBQ on Mendenhall

I remember the Moonraker, but not where it was, somewhere near the raquet club seems right though.
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:09 pm    
What were the other big cafeterias of the 70's? I recall going to more than a few; totally depressing, but thrilling at the same time b/c at least I wasn't eating more Kraft Mac n Cheese or my mom's Chicken Divan recipe.
Studio G
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:12 pm    
Pancake Shop out Summer.right b4 the Market Basket.
had neon lights that did this<OoOoOo>back and forth.
Windy
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:16 pm | Edited by: Windy    

the original swiss chalet style IHOP near Oak Hall,


I can't believe that I didn't mention that place! The Dutch Pancake House was the name. My aunt used to take me there for "secret" one on one outings when I was 7 or 8. I almost cried the first time I drove back over there and saw it mid-demolition. I always got blueberry blintzes.

I thought Pancake Shop on Summer was still there?
Studio G
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:16 pm    
no wait! weird.
Seems I mashed up 2 memories.

Pancake Shop was indeed on Summer but
there was a Donut Shoppe on Mendenhall(?) across from
the magazine shop...uh um tabocconist... something.
anywho that's where the OoOoOo was at
heyradio
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:24 pm    
How about J. P. Longneckers, or something like that?

Po' Folks for sure.
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:30 pm    
What were the other big cafeterias of the 70's?
Britlings -NAAAAAAASSSSSSSSTY!! Poplar Plaza?
Wilmott's- Parkway village - Everybody there was 99 years old but the food wasn't so bad.
S&S -American Way and Perkins
Studio G
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:31 pm    
Every sunday after Belleview Baptist Bullshit, mom & pop Gunn would drag my brother & me to that Bonanza on summer, and almost every time we got back home I'd get a whoopin'. The more time I was forced to spend with my parents, the more I got a belt on my ass.
Fuck You BONANZA!

FUCK YOU IN YOUR BRANDED ASS!






Is it wrong that I'm weeping while I laugh hysterically?
robin
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:32 pm    
What were the other big cafeterias of the 70's?

S&S Cafeteria on american way across from the mall o' memphis comes to mind- in the 80's, anyway.



About five or six years ago that revolving door-space on overton park just off of cleveland was a fried pies bakery/restaurant. i went there once and it was gooooood.



Po' Folks for sure.

Oh man!!! My mom always made me order milk instead of cokes, and it came in those glass barrel mugs. they always smelled so, so bad when you drank out of them.
robin
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:33 pm    
Britlings -NAAAAAAASSSSSSSSTY!! Poplar Plaza?

there was a britling's in laurelwood, wasn't there?
Windy
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 9:49 pm    
the magazine shop...uh um tabocconist...

Tobacco Ltd. or Tobacco Corner LTd. or something like that.

What about the howard's doughnuts on Berclair?? before it moved to the corner.

and what about the BBQ place a shop or two over - closer to the tutwiler side - was that Bryant's ? three little pigs?
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 10:02 pm    
Pete And Sam's- YACK!!!- I got dragged there twice and both times it was awful . My dinner companions swore it was the greatest Italian ever and a sacred shrine of their childhood. The second visit was highlighted a few tables over when a woman screamed as a mouse ran across her plate. Giovanni's was really good in the late 70's (Sinatra had even dined there)but a few years later it was absolute shit.
Alisa
Member
Posted: Aug 4, 2007 10:30 pm    
Giovanni's was really good in the late 70's (Sinatra had even dined there)but a few years later it was absolute shit.

I spent most of my "big celebrations" there when I was a child, and into high school. I even had one of my wedding receptions there! Oh how I loved that tree in the middle, and the food was good.
dtrain
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 12:17 am    
Kwik Chek during Harry's regime


WORD!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 1:21 am    
Pete And Sam's- YACK!!!- I got dragged there twice and both times it was awful .

Was also dragged here for the 4th grade bday party of Miss Sheryl Lazarov; my very first toasted ravioli; to the shock of all the Jewish young ladies of Lausanne.

Grisanti's in the the Hood (the hill off Lamar?)--went here once with Abusive Boyfriend circa 1984 and had some killah Pollo e Carciofi. It was cheap ass bullshit, but comfort food deluxe.

Oh, there is still a Po Folks in operation down here!
Wire
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 2:46 am | Edited by: Wire    
Donut shop, magazine purveyor, and tobacco store are all still in business at or near the corner of Mendenhall and Poplar. As are Bogie's, New Hunan, the Little Caeser's with MEAT (the sign kid), Half Shell, Belmont Grill
timmyjinx
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 4:52 am    
what about the hungry fisherman?

loved that place as a kid

also the old krystals on summer. all chromed out
Earles
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 5:39 am    
I mentioned the Hungry Fisherman up there. I won.
timmyjinx
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 6:11 am    
opps
Rose Dale
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 3:20 pm    
The place with the submarine out front was the Aquarium. I went there on a CLUE trip when I was a kid. The submarine was used by the owner on trips to find the Loch Ness monster. He was Justine's son.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20050810/ai_n14857344

My parents always promised to take me to The Loft on my 16th birthday, but by that time it was closed (and later became Platinum Plus).

Jade East in Raleigh.

And Mr. Bulky's.
heyradio
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 7:00 pm    
And Mr. Bulky's.


So much candy. . .
andria
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 7:15 pm    
mom & pop Gunn would drag my brother & me
Jeff, you have a brother???

donut shop on mendenhall and pancake shop on summer still open... I did a story on the pancake house for the business journal last year -- man, is that place smoky!!!
saispas
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 8:40 pm    
Remember Captain Bilbo's? Don't miss it, but glad they let me drink there as a teen.
robin
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 9:20 pm    
There was this drive-thru hamburger place at Lamar and Pendleton in the mid-to-late eighties that had really good shakes.
Rumpleforeskin
Member
Posted: Aug 5, 2007 11:52 pm    
There used to be a great catfish restaurant waaay out on Summer called Shelby Motel or Shelby Lodge restaurant . They had an awesome all you could eat catfish fillets but it all came crashing down when the owner tried to hire a hitman (which turned out to be an undercover sheriff's deputy) to kill his wife. This was late 70's, early 80's. So if you have a restaurant in Memphis that you love ,better spend as much time and money there as possible because it might not be around forever.
monsieur
Member
Posted: Aug 6, 2007 2:43 am    
Babylon Cafe--1989 version with $1.00 beans n rice, not the later Automatic Slim's version with the $25.00 per person breakfast buffet prepared by the visiting San Francisco chef. Somehow they thought it would translate. Now a parking lot.
GHSONG
Member
Posted: Aug 6, 2007 4:50 am    
fergusons or the cottage on summer for the hangover breakfast special on saturday morning

pantaze drug store counter downtown when i was a kid after a movie at the lowes state
joel
Member
Posted: Aug 6, 2007 7:48 am    
Audubon Cafe. Buiscuits & gravy slung up by retired strippers!
Miss Faye
Member
Posted: Aug 6, 2007 1:08 pm    
Golden/Royal Dragon on Cleveland
Yes. That place was awesome. Garlic beef and broccoli. Pad Thai. Mmm. Best decor too.

Sultana
Man, I miss that place too--for the food. But annoying yes. He would come sit with me (I tend to eat by myself a lot) and try to get me to come work for him. No thanks. He used to tell me that the woman in the pictures all over the walls was his intended, not the poor beleaguered woman he was actually married to. A couple friends of mine were in there one day when he smacked the shit out of her back in the kitchen. They didn't go back.

Da Wah
We used to eat there all the time when I was in High School. My favorite visit was probably when the bathrooms were out but they were still serving. As we sat at our table (were they seperated by curtains?) water from the overflowing toilets slowly creeped across the floor of the dining room. I always wondered why they didn't just turn the valves off.
Studio G
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Posted: Aug 6, 2007 2:37 pm    
pancake shop on summer still open... --just assumed that was gone. Used to love that place. They had a jukebox in the early 90's that was all 45's. country songs from what I remember.

fergusons I remember being roughly 7 and with my grandmother @ Ferguson's while she ordered pigbrains and eggs. That alone was probably why I wouldn't eat breakfast food for the next 15 years.
saispas
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Posted: Aug 6, 2007 3:04 pm    
(were they seperated by curtains?)

I believe they were in some parts of the place; there was something vaguely romantic about Da Wah, toilet water, roaches and all.
Windy
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Posted: Aug 6, 2007 3:14 pm    
So if you have a restaurant in Memphis that you love ,better spend as much time and money there as possible because it might not be around forever.

no shit. I'm very upset to keep hearing that Ellen's is closed at random times. I want to be able to eat there when i am in town again!
theshape
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Posted: Aug 6, 2007 4:17 pm    
The place with the submarine out front was the Aquarium.

Thanx for the info and the link! I never made it there but sure passed by it enough times in the late 70's.
Toad
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 1:31 am    
Lupe N' Bea's- loved the red snapper enchiladas, the black bean soup, and the Cuban coffee. Surprised no one has mentioned that one, with the loud arguments in Spanish coming from the back during lunch, and the existential service....
ChicoHarris
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 1:43 am    
Jeez, no one else is going to mention Lamb's Eat Shop?
Alisa
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 1:57 am | Edited by: Alisa    
Already mentioned up there.

As for Mexican, I actually miss Molly's on Lamar when you could sit on the patio and watch the rats lurk.
And, Gertrude and Gonzales had some really great food. And such large portions!

I'm surprised about the omission of The Public Eye, though. But, I guess no one really ATE there.

Oh yeah, that link about the yellow submarine guy was totally fascinating. Thanks!
Toad
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 2:16 am    
I ate frequently at G&G's, and The Pubic Eye- The list is just too long...
Earles
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 3:48 am    
Over ten years ago, Dave and I were trying to come down from a multi-chemical evening and decided to eat at the Pancake Shop on Summer. It was very early in the morning and neither one of us had slept. We were fortunate enough to sit next to a family that was displaying a horrific scene to the rest of the place. They had a baby with them, and had lifted the baby's shirt to show the mass of scar tissue from "when the baby had been born with half his organs on the outside....he's a gift from god!!" I promptly went into the restroom and gave the toilet a gift from the Pancake Shop. I've been there several times since, and the place always feels like I'm on Jupiter as opposed to the middle of Memphis.

Once, after a yard sale run with some friends (Dave included again), we ate at Bryants and attracted the attention of some other patrons. It was cold outside, so I was wearing a scarf. And I think that Dale was wearing a peacoat or something. The family next to us asked, "Are you from Europe?"

The Wells Station intersection in Nutbush looks like someone airlifted a tiny town into the middle of Memphis. It has everything, a motel, a BBQ place, a mechanic, etc.
jerryd
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 3:57 am    
It has everything, a motel, a BBQ place, a mechanic, etc.

Is that the mechanic shop that has the busty latino women painted on the front? If it is it's very close to the place that sets up for Santa at Christmas. It's the jankiest looking nativity set I've ever seen.
Wire
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:07 am | Edited by: Wire    
Earles - reading that with an esophagus full of warm Icehouse, I almost gave my ceiling a gift from the Plank Road Brewery.
dtrain
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:19 am    
Lupe N' Bea's

Greg Oblivian got me a job there once. I lasted only a couple days cause I couldn't speak speak spanish and the ladies in the kitchen only spoke spanish. So I was pretty useless......as usual.
Jack Stands
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:24 am    
What were the other big cafeterias of the 70's?

Lest we forget Morrison's...
Jack Stands
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:25 am    
Actually, yeah. Forget Morrison's...
ChicoHarris
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:35 am    
Already mentioned up there.

I know, I mentioned it. I was hoping someone had Lamb's Eat Shop memories to offer.
Alisa
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 7:02 am    
I know, I mentioned it.
Oh, sorry...duh.

we ate at Bryants and attracted the attention of some other patrons. It was cold outside, so I was wearing a scarf. And I think that Dale was wearing a peacoat or something. The family next to us asked, "Are you from Europe?"

I'm trying to fall asleep, but keep thinking about this and laughing so hard that I'm waking myself up!
heyradio
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 8:43 am    
Toad
Member Posted: Aug 6, 2007, 7:31 pm Quote Lupe N' Bea's- loved the red snapper enchiladas, the black bean soup, and the Cuban coffee. Surprised no one has mentioned that one, with the loud arguments in Spanish coming from the back during lunch, and the existential service....



That place was FANTASTIC!
makeshifty
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:10 pm    
Anybody remember the Bombay Cafe? 1st place I ever ate Indian food. They had great dum aloo.

And, going back a few posts - hell yes I remember the Mark Twain. Slays Piccadilly.
Alisa
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 5:58 pm    
Anyone remember Abraham's Deli that was in the Pinch? It was there forever, and then the building fell down. I scavenged a lot of those old bricks for my patio. I used to eat salmon croquette sandwiches there.

Also, in the late 70s, early 80s there was a fantastic coffee shop downtown called "Rogers". The proprietors were from Russia, an old man and his wife, and they had a huge samovar behind the counter. It was on Monroe...one of the few businesses that stayed open after downtown became a ghost town after King was shot.
sixelsix
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 6:08 pm    
Pete And Sam's- YACK!!!- I got dragged there twice and both times it was awful . My dinner companions swore it was the greatest Italian ever and a sacred shrine of their childhood.

Yikes. Pam's father used to love that place. Why, I'll never know. Got sick everytime I ate there.
Golightly
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 6:09 pm    
Does anyone remember Lerma's on Park? Between Getwell and Highland?
It's a garden nursery or something now but it had the BEST mexican food I ever ate in this city.
anchor
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 6:27 pm    
The Mark Twain Cafeteria got my business several times a month.It was kind like going into the twilight zone.I know of someone who examined the books for cost analysis for a potential buyer and she said they never filed or paid any taxes and the employees were all paid in cash just like the owner was still in the old country.

Krystal Fried Chicken They had a second drive up window located toward the back just for chicken at I think Getwell and Summer for a brief time.

Minnie Pearls Fried Chicken
Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips
Loebs
Harlows Donuts
The Rendevouz before it burned and reopened
Restaurants not mentioned that I do not miss.
Sambos
La Montagne
Magaritas Place on Southern
Squash Blossom
Little Pigs on Highland
saispas
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 7:18 pm    
Ooh!

The hot n fresh donut place on Lamar! What was that place? Thorntons? Had the huge donut shaped neon sign.

Not to mention--Grisantis in the Hood (Lamar/Airways)...feel like I mentioned it already, but am too tired to look through this thread right now.
Studio G
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 7:36 pm    
Grisanti's in the Hood had the worst pasta ever. 2nd only to Pete and Sam's.

both had unforgettable decor/ambiance.

is there a name for the yellowed plastic furniture cover look?
saispas
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 7:48 pm    
I miss it only for its bizarre nature. They did have a really "good" dish that was similar to Chicken Picatta called Pollo e Carciofi...so crass, with canned mushrooms and canned artichoke hearts. Still...it was really good to a 15 year old on a date.

The building that Grisantis in the Hood was in was priceless--Ye Olde Cottage Inn.
saispas
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Posted: Aug 7, 2007 7:53 pm    
Did anyone ever eat at Bombay Bicycle Club or was that just a fern bar?
heyradio
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Posted: Aug 8, 2007 4:59 pm    
Also, in the late 70s, early 80s there was a fantastic coffee shop downtown called "Rogers". The proprietors were from Russia, an old man and his wife, and they had a huge samovar behind the counter. It was on Monroe...one of the few businesses that stayed open after downtown became a ghost town after King was shot.


Fuck! After reading this, how could I forget Cafe Samovar?!?! Working downtown, I miss this place everyday.
mattpendleton
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Posted: Aug 8, 2007 7:27 pm    
Buntyns on southern by the railroad tracks was perhaps one of the top ten best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure to eat at. when we used to come to memphis it would be the highlight of the trip. actually there may have been a time or two we drove to memphis JUST to go to buntyn. it was just the best. southern style plate lunches done exactly the right way. I really miss it so, and it\'s moving/closing(?) has left a big void still in the memphis chow-down scene that has never been filled as far as I know.
Windy
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Posted: Aug 8, 2007 7:47 pm    
how could I forget Cafe Samovar?!?!

ah! i forgot about it too. I loved having lunch there when I worked downtown. Loved the sleigh mural.
miss linda
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Posted: Aug 8, 2007 10:52 pm | Edited by: miss linda    
Is it wrong that I'm weeping while I laugh hysterically?

I am SOOOO GLAD that you can laugh at my childhood trauma.
dtrain
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Posted: Aug 8, 2007 10:58 pm    
Buntyns


mmmmmmmm grew up on that stuff. My favorite place to eat. Didn't they move out east?
Studio G
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Posted: Aug 9, 2007 4:34 pm    
I am SOOOO GLAD that you can laugh at my childhood trauma.

me too. downright made my day.
Wire
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Posted: Aug 10, 2007 3:21 am    
dtrain - There was a Buntyns at Park and Mendenhall, but now it's Patrick's. I don't know of any functioning Buntyns.
Windy
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Posted: Aug 10, 2007 3:43 am    
I don't know of any functioning Buntyns.
the last one I knew of was at Appling and Macon/Dexter but that was probably three restaurants ago.
miss linda
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Posted: Aug 11, 2007 7:55 pm    
I miss Burger King
son of vom
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Posted: Aug 11, 2007 10:18 pm    
Chris Bell's Christwich Shoppe
tigergreen
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Posted: Aug 13, 2007 9:36 pm    
Buntyn's is gone, unfortunately....oh, those rolls.....

Sno Cream Castle
Whataburger in Frayser
Anyone remember Taco Rock in Overton Square?

I just thought it was okay at the time, but now I miss being able to get some good shrimp tacos....
Cezary Trybanski
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Posted: Aug 16, 2007 6:07 pm    
Miss Becky's Tea Room on Vinton!
dtrain
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Posted: Aug 16, 2007 6:55 pm    
Panchos east. mmmmm Panchos. Still open?
Mark Rochambeaux
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 1:28 am    
Panchos. Still open?

The one downtown is closed. The one out east is a Starbucks.
saispas
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 1:35 am    
West Memphis' original Panchos MUST still be open, right?
Alisa
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 1:54 am    
YEP!! And I would LOVE to go there.
violet
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 2:32 am    
Woody's--- It was a lot like Danver's. I know there was one on Winchester. also Pizza Inn, they had the best pizza, or maybe my 6 year old self thought so.
saispas
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 2:42 am    
YEP!! And I would LOVE to go there.

Is someone fishing for a date????
miss linda
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 10:13 pm    
I'll meet you ay Burger King Kristen

xxx-ooo-xxx
saispas
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 10:48 pm    
You only wish I'd allow you to buy me some of those FANTASTIC onion rings, Jeffrey deah.
indiepop
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 10:59 pm    
i'm putting in another vote for Round The Corner. i used to love it there when i was a kid.
miss linda
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 11:03 pm    
You only wish I'd allow you to buy me some of those FANTASTIC onion rings, Jeffrey deah.



its true.....
miss linda
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Posted: Aug 18, 2007 11:05 pm    
i'm putting in another vote for Round The Corner. i used to love it there when i was a kid.

I enjoyed pestering the wait staff, not tipping, and bragging about it.

(my lead singer used to work there)
olberto
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Posted: Sep 26, 2007 6:23 am    
Formosa

Da Wah, but only if you could get a booth

The pub at Southwestern run by the two English ladies who made wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches, circa 1976

The Shakeys on Poplar, but only for the sign that said "Banks don't cash checks, we don't make pizzas"

Halprins on Cleveland (still there?)
Nigel
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Posted: Sep 26, 2007 7:16 pm    
I miss Vince's Place. Best pizza in town, for real.
saispas
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Posted: Sep 26, 2007 9:21 pm    
Man, I miss Shakeys on Poplar probably more than any restaurant ever.
jerryd
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Posted: Sep 26, 2007 9:56 pm    
I see Marys on Cleveland is finally open. Anybody been yet?
miss linda
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Posted: Sep 26, 2007 11:46 pm    
I miss Burger King.
MrsRealEstate
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Posted: Sep 28, 2007 1:31 am    
The Hungry Fisherman with the paddle boats and hand fed fish
pebis
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Posted: Oct 1, 2007 4:20 pm    
po folks on summer ave (Berclair/"Nutbush")

Ed's Country Catfish on Austin Peay! it was near cat's/blockbuster!
pebis
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Posted: Oct 1, 2007 4:21 pm    
Pancho's on Old Summer is still kicking. The one with the most character as far as i'm concerned. i do miss the pancho's express "east"
pebis
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Posted: Oct 1, 2007 4:46 pm    
on a similar but different note, i find it utterly depressing that the market basket finally closed. . i really grew up around that summer strip in the 80s/early 90s. . got gameboy games at the kmart, summer and white station. . all dead. . at least the peanut shoppe is still there. .
bobdog
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Posted: Jan 5, 2009 3:16 pm    
Anybody remember Mario's on Park between Getwell/Highland?
Excellent Spagetti/meatballs

Sawmill out by airport...great hangout
eric o
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Posted: Jan 5, 2009 3:18 pm    
Still miss having Andertons around... must be weird for the Shangri-la'ers to look at the facade every day.

No takers on the Chicago Pizza building on Madison yet?
Windy
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Posted: Jan 5, 2009 3:27 pm    
I finally have my Anderton's menu here!


Now I've gotta figure out a way to display it


(thanks to gma for letting me keep junk in her closet. )
saispas
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Posted: Jan 5, 2009 6:54 pm | Edited by: saispas    
Ok, oldie but goodies, does anyone remember some of these spots?

The Tropical Freeze (Poplar/White Station)
Loebs BBQ
Gridleys
White Spot
Dixie Burger Broil

and the following, as described by my uncle:

the "first" healthy eating place -- tofu, vegetarian, Indian -- in town was south of the tracks off Southern, near the country club, adjacent to Orange Mound. Actually, it was a few blocks up from Spottswood, but I don't remember the cross-street. The restaurant was Patanjalis, and it was a bastion of the hash-smoking free love midtown set, before it had ever been categorized as such.

These were all spots identified by my uncle as much loved in the 60's-70's; I remember Loebs and their pig signs that still remain and Gridleys.
terry parkway
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 10:32 am    
i loved tommy from the greek restaurant next to kwik chek..can't remember the name..maybe not the food as much but watching him walk around his restaurant with shirt off constantly and going into kwik chek to look at the DUDE magazines..he was awesome..that whole strip is gettin kinda creepy..there be a few more shuttered restaurants adding to the list over the next couple of weeks..sucks
midtown reacharound
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 1:27 pm    
What was the name of the Russian style deli on Echles just north of Park (early to mid 90's)? The sandwiches were insane. I loved those 8 inch thich rubens being served by angry old men wearing wife beaters!
andria
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 1:46 pm    
the "angry old man" was named Lev and he served a "rainbow of the meats!"
sixelsix
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 3:16 pm    
the "angry old man" was named Lev and he served a "rainbow of the meats!"

I would call dibs on "Meat Rainbow" as a band name if I thought I could actually utter that phrase without dissolving into hysterical laughter.
Alisa
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Posted: Jan 6, 2009 6:19 pm    
i loved tommy from the greek restaurant next to kwik chek..can't remember the name..maybe not the food as much but watching him walk around his restaurant with shirt off constantly and going into kwik chek to look at the DUDE magazines..he was awesome..that whole strip is gettin kinda creepy..there be a few more shuttered restaurants adding to the list over the next couple of weeks..sucks

Melos - La Taverna (the Windmill)? My favorite restaurant for a long time. We used to order the dinner for two and stuff ourselves senseless. The old guy who used to go to all the tables yelling "OOM PAH!!"?

The Midtown Artist Market and Bonnie's Books were next door to the east for a while. I worked shifts at the MAM a lot. After Melos closed when he died I would always gaze longingly through the windows when I was walking to the Quik Chek for lunch.
pillarofsalt
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Posted: Jan 8, 2009 3:31 pm    
da wah- i remember getting waited on by a 6 year old. totally brilliant.

mojo's on highland. where i lost my falafel and hummus virginity.

kwik chek was the shit back in the late 90s. the yippie kai yai yay motherfucker was bowel meltingly great.
Golightly
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Posted: Jan 8, 2009 3:45 pm    
Anybody remember Wah Yen on Lamar?
Bottom floor of the big high rise on Lamar right at Central?
The pressed duck was amazing.
We ate there the night before my son was born...and when Donna was pregnant with our daughter and she was way past due....we went there and sure enough...the next day Tracy was born.

Da Wah was really really good too...I lived right around the corner on North Parkway
senor boogie woogie
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Posted: Jan 9, 2009 4:51 am | Edited by: senor boogie woogie    
Some old WHITE-haven memories from my kiddiehood in the 70's........

When I was a kid in the 70s, my parents took me to the "Flaming Hearth" on Brooks Rd, several blocks west of Elvis Presley (HWY 51). This place was in the middle of a light industrial zone. As a kid, I thought that place was fine dining. It was in a way, BBQ ribs, bibs and table cloths. I remember the owner had one of those monkey toys that rolled its eyes and beat the cymbils when wound up. When I see one of those toys, I always think of Flaming Hearth. My parents are not native Memphians and they rarely ate BBQ, but they really liked that place. That area was scary in the 70s, so now its probably long gone.

What ever happened to the "Hong Kong Restaurant" in the Whitehaven shopping mall? It is next to the Piccadilly (which I know is still there, because if there is one thing that whites and blacks agree in Memphis is that Piccadilly is the after chucrch Sunday munchie spot). Anyway, the Hong Kong was a great place, they even did simple dishes wonderfully.

My first exposure however to Chinese food was when my parents would go to the Wai Yen on Lamar in Midtown, near the old Coach and Four and near what was (or is) Prince Mongo's Bar. Wai Yen was in an apartment complex. My parents and I thought that place was cool too. This was about 1975, long before there were Chinese buffets and crap on every corner. The owner of this place was a Chinese-Mississippi American named Jenkins Wong. Jenkins is now in Chinese heaven with Buddha. Great place, lovely ambience. Order from the menu. NOT A BUFFET, eben the rice there kicked ass. I am sure people over 40 whose lived here all their lives remember it.

What is in the old Shakey's building on Brooks? There was actually a Gaslight Dinner Theater next door to it. I never went in there, but it showed that there was culture on Brooks Road. Shakey's had a great business model in the 70s, Laurel and Hardy movies, Dixieland Jazz players, parents getting drunk, the kids dancing, running around those long tables, or if one was lucky, had a few quarters to throw away in the arcade. I even went there for a "field trip" to go into the kitchen to see the pizza made (which kicked ass, not Dominoes, Papa Johns or Cici's shite). Is the Southhaven Shakeys still in operation?

Flaming Hearth, Shakey's on Brooks, Hong Kong on 51, or Wai Yen on Lamar, anyone remember these? Hong Kong is probably there, under their hundreth owner with a cheap buffet, the other places are long, long gone.

Memphis was actually fun in the 70's, I was a kid, but I did enjoy it.
senor boogie woogie
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Posted: Jan 9, 2009 5:07 am    
I seem to remember my parents taking me to a seafood restaurant called "The Moonraker"

I went there once to as a kid, it was in Germantown on Germantown Rd. and Poplar in a shopping complex (which is still there in a different form). I remember that it was a really cool looking place and I enjoyed walking around it. Didn't last.
littlemisslinda
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Posted: Jan 9, 2009 10:02 am    
Da Wah was really really good too...

Especially for under-aged drinking.
I used to take my dates there in my early 20's!
One never knows when those drunk underaged girls are gonna decide to put out.
eric o
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Posted: Jan 10, 2009 7:50 pm    
did i mention MIKES?

best greasy spoon downtown. crusty FLO-esque waitresses... loved it.
bruce
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Posted: Jan 10, 2009 7:53 pm    
crusty FLO-esque waitresses


wasn't that hatley's?
Windy
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Posted: Jan 11, 2009 10:05 am    
did i mention MIKES?

best greasy spoon downtown. crusty FLO-esque waitresses... loved it.


I especially loved "the box" where you could leave your ticket if you didn't want to pay that day.
saispas
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Posted: Jan 11, 2009 12:33 pm    
Mikes was great for getting your act together before those hungover, early afternoon Finch and Tic Price Tigers games.
Nigel
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Posted: Jan 11, 2009 1:52 pm    
Shogun at Poplar/Highland. Good sushi on the cheap, owner drove a 7 series and would drink sake with us and tell us of casino adventures she'd had.

Before that, Britling's Family Buffet. Loved that place in the 80's when the headmaster at our Montessori school would take us there for lunches.
saispas
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Posted: Jan 11, 2009 5:54 pm    
What Montessori school were you in? Ours in the 70s had its own cafeteria with burgers made of soy and little packs of Krafts Salad Dressing they excused as mayonnaise. I want to say toward the end of things there was a salad bar. This was Lausanne and that headmaster lost his job for some serious unmentionables with little girls, among other things!

Anyways, Britlings ruled!
Nigel
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Posted: Jan 11, 2009 5:57 pm    
Threshold Montessori on Ellsworth by Southern/Highland. :)
Nigel
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Posted: Jan 11, 2009 6:07 pm    
Oh, his name was Vincent Lapkin. He was a great man, truly, and loved by all who knew him (except his ex wife in France).
Alisa
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Posted: Jan 11, 2009 8:06 pm    
He went to the Montessori on Poplar...my kid John had him.
I lived three doors down from the school on Ellsworth in the early 80s. Those damned kids made so much noise!

I think I've gone into how my granma used to take me to Britlings when I was little...
Last week at April's estate sale I scored a Britlings matchbook AND sugar packet. I can die, now.
sgtsawzall
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Posted: Jan 12, 2009 4:24 pm    
Buntyn's on Southern! My first Memphis restaurant memory.... RIP. I also had a thing for La Montagne on Park.
BHa
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Posted: Jan 15, 2009 4:34 pm    
The Shakeys on Poplar, but only for the sign that said "Banks don't cash checks, we don't make pizzas"
Did that mean if a customer paid with a check that ended up bouncing then Shakey's would refuse to make a pizza for that customer if they returned and ordered another pizza? Or did it mean that so many customers were paying with bad checks that the business was in danger of failing due to the lost revenue? Or did they just find a different way of saying "Banks cash checks; we make pizzas (and we don't cash checks like banks do)."

I thought Shakey's were only in California but apparently there's a brand new one in Auburn, Alabama.
Possum
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Posted: Jan 16, 2009 11:15 am    
Ah yeah, the Moonraker. It was in the village shops of G'town. Before that, or after, it was JP Seafield's or something like that. It's a tanning place now, I think.

I miss Shogun at Poplar and Highland too. My first sushi ever. We used to go there on Friday nights for their early bird special, then hit the Dollar Tree.
Possum
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Posted: Jan 16, 2009 11:17 am    
Ooh, and The Loft.... which of course later became the Purple Church, aka Mt Moriah Performing Arts Center, aka Platinum Plus.
jeff pope
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Posted: Jan 20, 2009 1:34 am    
PAT'S PIZZA, WESTERN STEAKHOUSE< MARK TWAINS CAFETERIA!!
sean
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Posted: Jan 20, 2009 2:36 am    
the pizza place that was located where sidestreet is now. vinces maybe?
colin
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Posted: Jan 20, 2009 8:14 am    
It was Vinces Place and he owns Little Italy on Union now..or did.
Joe Buddha
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Posted: Jan 20, 2009 9:30 am    
Did any of you guys eat at ZuZu in Germantown? It is now the MPC in Germantown. First place I ever saw a Salsa Bar. It tanked after one of the workers died in the pool at Westminster Townhomes. One too many shots at the Bottom Line, said the coroner.
BHa
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Posted: Jan 20, 2009 10:29 am    
Yet another vote for Round the Corner. I loved those phones.
rocknrollnurse
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Posted: Jan 22, 2009 10:16 am    
My Mom worked for a while when she was a Humes High teen at the Britling's downtown on Union near Front...it had a grand staircase with upper & lower levels..we went there a few times when I was little & I always thought it was fun as a kid..it was torn down sometime in the 70's I think. Another great one long gone is El Chapo at Summer & Hollywood..great mexican food & a really weird owner who was entertaining to watch while eating(1970's). They even had live Mexicano music occasionally...food was similar to Pancho's,only better.
sgtsawzall
Member
Posted: Jan 22, 2009 10:25 am    
Cafe Samovar RIP. Amazing food.
tigergreen
Member
Posted: Jan 22, 2009 10:53 am    
El Chapo at Summer & Hollywood

my dad used to go eat mexican food by himself whenever he craved it, b/c mom didn't care for it back then...it was always either el chico in raleigh, or el chapo.
Windy
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Posted: Jan 22, 2009 11:19 am    
I miss Pie in the Sky on Young. They had the best root beer floats
rocknrollnurse
Member
Posted: Jan 22, 2009 12:11 pm    
another 1970's hit was Bomarito's at Park & Getwell..great ribs & BBQ..owned by Sam Bomarito & family across the street..some Memphis harmonicats played there frequently & really jammed!!
john a
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Posted: Jan 22, 2009 2:30 pm    
what about Coletta's on Summer?
tigergreen
Member
Posted: Jan 22, 2009 2:53 pm    
lotus on summer was pretty good, too. only went there once, though.
saispas
Member
Posted: Jan 22, 2009 7:51 pm    
It isn't a restaurant, but remember Lipsey's Seafood? The first one was on Summer and then they branched out where the Walgreens is on Union/McLean. Damn, if only they had anything approaching that now.
colin
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Posted: Jan 22, 2009 8:14 pm    
Lotus is still open as far as I know. Went about a year ago and was damn good. I remember Lipseys as well. Had huge fish tanks and we used to drive all the way out there on Summer for shrimp and stuff. They did open one on Union eventually kinda where Wallgreens is now, but not on the corner. I think after Lipseys it was a Chinese joint for a bit.
john a
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Posted: Jan 23, 2009 11:01 am    
I loved Lipsey's on Summer. Could spend an hour in there just looking. Remember the nets on the walls with the starfish and glass floats? It is sorely missed.

Coletta's was great with the staff/owners' kids and grandkids running around, the green cigarette machine with the mirrored front and those motel glasses for wine. Their spinach and bread were sublime.
DANETTE
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 12:13 am    
HOW ABOUT CAFE ST. CLAIR?
Possum
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 1:18 am    
I recall eating at St. Clair when I was a wee Possum. I do know their salad dressings rocked. 1,000 Island!

Wasn\'t there a restaurant on top of the Independent Bank building next to the Clark Tower? It had a rotating floor. I remember going there once when I was really little, like four or five (late 70s). No idea what it was called.
saispas
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 9:15 am    
HOW ABOUT CAFE ST. CLAIR?

Where was this? Didn't they bottle their salad dressings?
john a
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 9:44 am    
I don't remember where it was, but I remember hearing my father saying how good it was. Yes, they did bottle their salad dressing and also packaged other products. There's an article in this month's Memphis magazine about the St. Clair food company!! Oh, and they also had a cafe at one time at Pickwick. I've eaten there.
saispas
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 12:34 pm    
Looks like some Facebook postings regarding Old Memphis are about to be made to my dad and uncle; my uncle remembers EVERYTHING.
Alisa
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 1:01 pm    
Wasn\'t there a restaurant on top of the Independent Bank building next to the Clark Tower? It had a rotating floor. I remember going there once when I was really little, like four or five (late 70s). No idea what it was called.

I ate there. It may have been called "Top of the 100 Club", though that might have been the name of one of them at 100 N. Main downtown. I vaguely recall there was one of those revolving places there too.
colin
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 3:46 pm    
It may have been calld the Pyrenees(sp?)! There was a place on top of some tall building here in town that had a res. at the top named that. I think it rotaed as well.
Windy
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 4:51 pm    
Yes, they did bottle their salad dressing and also packaged other products.

If this is the same St. Clair that still sells stuff in bulk - they have an amazing potato salad made with ranch and bacon. You have to buy it in bulk ( I can't remember which grocery store carries it)
saispas
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 5:13 pm    
The Pyrenees was at the top of the Hyatt when it was new. It was veddddddy swank. I got to eat once at the restaurant in the Hyatt lobby for my 10th birthday and I thought I was going places.
Jack Stands
Member
Posted: Feb 7, 2009 5:23 pm    
amazing potato salad

There is no such thing, nor is there any good reason for potato salad.
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