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Rumpleforeskin:

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:

Anderton's
Mike's (Front and Monroe)
Alisa:

Giovanni's
andria:

Buntyns
Earl's
Anderton's
Hattley's Garage
Kwik Chek during Harry's regime
61 on Teur when Shaggy was cooking
Alisa:

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:

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:

Fortune's Jungle Garden!!!
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:

that tiki joint across from East High School

LUAU!
saispas:

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:

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:

I can't believe no one has mentioned 'Round the Corner.
saispas:

'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:

Da Wah
Rumpleforeskin:

Formosa!!
saispas:

I remember being introduced to Formosa as "good" Chinese after years of Da Wah by the kind people of East Memphis. Whatever.
Golightly:

Da Wah!
The BEST won ton soup I ever ate
robin:

Golden Garden in Bartlett!!!
saispas:

I saw a roach crawling on the wall while eating there one night...we kept coming back.
robin:

golden garden had vegan "rainbow trout". i always regret that i never tried it.
Jack Stands:

Didn't this place have a liquid cheese pump for your burgers on the condiment stand?

Studio G will explain everything.
Jack Stands:

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:

Golden/Royal Dragon on Cleveland. It was so hot, and I did cry silently.
dag:

The Frost Top on Getwell
Earles:

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:

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:

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:

does anyone remember the bomb squadron restaurant

i've been to the one in ATL! because it looked so goofy
uleeshuh:

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:

audio tapes of machine guns
and the whistling of dropping bombs played loudly in the men's room. No lie!
ChicoHarris:

Lamb's Eat Shop
White House Cafe
old versions of Dyer's and Four Way
eric o:

2 way inn's wings for monday night football... WING KING CHRIS!
Studio G:

HOT FIIIISH!
terry parkway:

kwik chek the harry year's.. bleeding heart and a knaughty forty...
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:

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:

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:

how about the worlds fair. over by skateland.

it was like a giant food court.
Alisa:

the Food Fare...
spent a lot of time in there when I was a kid.
Rumpleforeskin:

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:

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:

the original Shanti

Is that the place that had the little yellow submarine out front?
andria:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

fillerburger,whataburger and frostops in frayser

andertons
pappy and jimmys on hollywood and poplar
the gridleys of the 80s
miss linda:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

I miss the old Burger King on Cleveland!
It was always scairy walking through that neighborhood.
Good times!
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:

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:

candy shoppe in Goldsmith's? (and the TOY dept???)

Heaven!!!
robin:

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:

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:

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:

Pancake Shop out Summer.right b4 the Market Basket.
had neon lights that did this<OoOoOo>back and forth.
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:

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:

How about J. P. Longneckers, or something like that?

Po' Folks for sure.
Rumpleforeskin:

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:

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:

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:

Britlings -NAAAAAAASSSSSSSSTY!! Poplar Plaza?

there was a britling's in laurelwood, wasn't there?
Windy:

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:

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:

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:

Kwik Chek during Harry's regime


WORD!
saispas:

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:

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:

what about the hungry fisherman?

loved that place as a kid

also the old krystals on summer. all chromed out
Earles:

I mentioned the Hungry Fisherman up there. I won.
timmyjinx:

opps
Rose Dale:

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:

And Mr. Bulky's.


So much candy. . .
andria:

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:

Remember Captain Bilbo's? Don't miss it, but glad they let me drink there as a teen.
robin:

There was this drive-thru hamburger place at Lamar and Pendleton in the mid-to-late eighties that had really good shakes.
Rumpleforeskin:

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:

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:

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:

Audubon Cafe. Buiscuits & gravy slung up by retired strippers!
Miss Faye:

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:

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:

(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:

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:

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:

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:

Jeez, no one else is going to mention Lamb's Eat Shop?
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:

I ate frequently at G&G's, and The Pubic Eye- The list is just too long...
Earles:

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:

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:

Earles - reading that with an esophagus full of warm Icehouse, I almost gave my ceiling a gift from the Plank Road Brewery.
dtrain:

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:

What were the other big cafeterias of the 70's?

Lest we forget Morrison's...
Jack Stands:

Actually, yeah. Forget Morrison's...
ChicoHarris:

Already mentioned up there.

I know, I mentioned it. I was hoping someone had Lamb's Eat Shop memories to offer.
Alisa:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

Did anyone ever eat at Bombay Bicycle Club or was that just a fern bar?
heyradio:

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:

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:

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:

Is it wrong that I'm weeping while I laugh hysterically?

I am SOOOO GLAD that you can laugh at my childhood trauma.
dtrain:

Buntyns


mmmmmmmm grew up on that stuff. My favorite place to eat. Didn't they move out east?
Studio G:

I am SOOOO GLAD that you can laugh at my childhood trauma.

me too. downright made my day.
Wire:

dtrain - There was a Buntyns at Park and Mendenhall, but now it's Patrick's. I don't know of any functioning Buntyns.
Windy:

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:

I miss Burger King
son of vom:

Chris Bell's Christwich Shoppe
tigergreen:

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:

Miss Becky's Tea Room on Vinton!
dtrain:

Panchos east. mmmmm Panchos. Still open?
Mark Rochambeaux:

Panchos. Still open?

The one downtown is closed. The one out east is a Starbucks.
saispas:

West Memphis' original Panchos MUST still be open, right?
Alisa:

YEP!! And I would LOVE to go there.
violet:

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:

YEP!! And I would LOVE to go there.

Is someone fishing for a date????
miss linda:

I'll meet you ay Burger King Kristen

xxx-ooo-xxx
saispas:

You only wish I'd allow you to buy me some of those FANTASTIC onion rings, Jeffrey deah.
indiepop:

i'm putting in another vote for Round The Corner. i used to love it there when i was a kid.
miss linda:

You only wish I'd allow you to buy me some of those FANTASTIC onion rings, Jeffrey deah.



its true.....
miss linda:

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:

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:

I miss Vince's Place. Best pizza in town, for real.
saispas:

Man, I miss Shakeys on Poplar probably more than any restaurant ever.
jerryd:

I see Marys on Cleveland is finally open. Anybody been yet?
miss linda:

I miss Burger King.
MrsRealEstate:

The Hungry Fisherman with the paddle boats and hand fed fish
pebis:

po folks on summer ave (Berclair/"Nutbush")

Ed's Country Catfish on Austin Peay! it was near cat's/blockbuster!
pebis:

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:

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:

Anybody remember Mario's on Park between Getwell/Highland?
Excellent Spagetti/meatballs

Sawmill out by airport...great hangout
eric o:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

the "angry old man" was named Lev and he served a "rainbow of the meats!"
sixelsix:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

did i mention MIKES?

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

crusty FLO-esque waitresses


wasn't that hatley's?
Windy:

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:

Mikes was great for getting your act together before those hungover, early afternoon Finch and Tic Price Tigers games.
Nigel:

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:

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:

Threshold Montessori on Ellsworth by Southern/Highland. :)
Nigel:

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:

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:

Buntyn's on Southern! My first Memphis restaurant memory.... RIP. I also had a thing for La Montagne on Park.
BHa:

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:

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:

Ooh, and The Loft.... which of course later became the Purple Church, aka Mt Moriah Performing Arts Center, aka Platinum Plus.
jeff pope:

PAT'S PIZZA, WESTERN STEAKHOUSE< MARK TWAINS CAFETERIA!!
sean:

the pizza place that was located where sidestreet is now. vinces maybe?
colin:

It was Vinces Place and he owns Little Italy on Union now..or did.
Joe Buddha:

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:

Yet another vote for Round the Corner. I loved those phones.
rocknrollnurse:

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:

Cafe Samovar RIP. Amazing food.
tigergreen:

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:

I miss Pie in the Sky on Young. They had the best root beer floats
rocknrollnurse:

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:

what about Coletta's on Summer?
tigergreen:

lotus on summer was pretty good, too. only went there once, though.
saispas:

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:

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:

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:

HOW ABOUT CAFE ST. CLAIR?
Possum:

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:

HOW ABOUT CAFE ST. CLAIR?

Where was this? Didn't they bottle their salad dressings?
john a:

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:

Looks like some Facebook postings regarding Old Memphis are about to be made to my dad and uncle; my uncle remembers EVERYTHING.
Alisa:

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:

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:

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:

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:

amazing potato salad

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

It was the Pyrenees. They had a Baked Alaska that was very popular among the fortunate birthday celebrants.
dtrain:

Kwik Chek during Harry's regime

oh totally....mmmmm incredible...and just hangin with Harry and playin pinball was worth the bike ride alone. Good times!
Possum:

What was the restaurant around East High that had the tiki torches and such? I barely remember it in the mid 70s.
GHSONG:

the luau?
Possum:

I think you're right.
colin:

I went to the Luau as a kid a bunch of times...cool place!
Jeanice:

The "Top of the 100" was on the rotating floor of the 100 N. Main Building with the giant "UP" on top. It later housed the Tennessee Club and Diane's.

I think St. Clair's was in the Cloverleaf Shopping Center.

Does anyone remember Joy Young on Union east of Cleveland? It was mystical to me as a little kid. There was later one in Eastgate.

Also, the restaurant in the 70s in Ashler Hall? It was creepy even then, but very elegant.
saispas:

I remember driving past Ashler Hall with my mom circa 1973 and I asked what went on there and she said, "Swingers hang out there."
colin:

Yep...at Joy Young they had a huge turtle with a fountain near the entracnce that you could throw coins into. Im not sure if it was a real turtle or not. It was right there on Union across from the Post Office somewhere...right??
saispas:

My mom brought this up but I have zero recollection of it...was there some sort of breakfast spot in the location where Captain D's is now at Union and Belvedere? This would have been the early 70's...
Possum:

I remember the Joy Young in Eastgate. Would giggle when I saw the Pu-Pu Tray.

I remember CK's by Oak Court Mall being a Dutch Pancake house back in the 70s and early 80s.
Alisa:

Wasn't that an IHOP instead of Dutch Pancakes?

Speaking of...
I really really miss the IHOP on Union across from Methodist Hospital. This was in the early 80s I guess. Went there many a late night after jazz gigs.
I think they turned that building into a "Neil's" for a while...or the guy who ran Neil's ran it too. They had live music in there...used to go hear the Agitators with Lee Baker there. I liked that band because they'd play the Prince song "I Could Never Take the Place (of your man)".

Don't know what happened to that bldg.
saispas:

I think it was IHOP but back when they had a sort of Dutch Pancakes look. Very Hansel and Gretel.

Speaking of, anyone figure out what little breakfast spot was at Union and Belvedere???

And one more thing, what used to be at the SW corner of Peabody and Cooper?
Alisa:

And one more thing, what used to be at the SW corner of Peabody and Cooper?

That was Miss Kitty's.
Right up the street south from High Cotton (which burned).

No clue about Union and Belvedere.
saispas:

What was the pet shop where all the MCA studios are on Poplar? All I remember was Ruby Begonia's which was where the nail salon is now on Cooper.
UV Marky:

what was elvis's favourite restraunt when he got real fat and ate crazy food what was his favourite place to eat in Memphis ? from Marcus
dweil:

I know Mongo's Club was mentioned but I can't believe that nobody mentioned Mongo's Pizza on Highland. It was actually great pizza. There was another bar/restaurant that was almost next door that operated for a while, but I can't remember the name of it. I think they had some interesting pastas and it was a bit of a hole in the wall. I seem to remember a lot of white walls.

People mentioned Pappy and Jimmies at Overton Square. Actually, Pappy and Jimmies was at Poplar and Hollywood and had a great sign with two lobsters that had the faces of the owners on it. Pappy's Lobster Shack was at Overton Square.

I too remember the original Molly's on Lamar. You could smell the cat piss, which made it a great place to go. Her "boyfriend" was the host. And Molly made everything by hand. The food was awesome.

What was the name of the Vietnamese place on Cleveland that was so great? It had the name of the owner (a female). Also, that Burger King on Cleveland was a great Thai place for a while. Don't remember the name (maybe it's been mentioned already).

There was a bistro run by a married couple on Mt. Moriah right before the 240 overpass in the little strip mall there (next to the 7-11). Is it still there?

What was the restaurant that was originally on the curve of the building at Cooper-Young? It was great in the day. I think it was pretty much the first restaurant to open in the renaissance of Cooper Young.

There was a great little Mexican place/hole in the wall on Getwell that had hand-painted murals. I think it might have been the first really "authentic" Mexican place.

I still miss Harry's On Teur.

Did anyone mention the Southwestern Cafe yet? Or is it still there near Rhodes (I've been out of Memphis for quite a while now).

Was Sultana the name of the Indian place on Poplar near the Circuit Playhouse? Is that what people have been talking about?

How about the late Raji Jalipoli's place on Clark Place? Wasn't it named Raji's?

Surprised that nobody has mentioned that 24 hours place near the old Baptist Hospital. It was a California chain that was sort of like a very upscale Denny's. You could actually get a real cheese plate and French onion soup there at 3am. Sorry that I can't remember the name right now.

I don't think I saw The Four Flames or LaTourelle mentioned but maybe those were too obvious. How about The Cockeyed Camel on Poplar? Great burgers. And what about the place near Corky's that was converted from a fast food place? They put big curved windows on the front and served some pretty daring food for the time (mid 70s).

There was a little place that was open for a couple of years on Poplar close to Poplar and McNeil. It was in a nondescript 3-4 story late 50s style office building that might still even be there. I'm ashamed not to remember it because I actually knew the guy who opened it (and can't even remember *his* name now). Anyone remember this one?



And finally, what was the name of the place at Poplar and White Station - Tropical Freeze, right? What a place! It was about as wild a scene as The Luau (the "Polynesian" place that's been mentioned a few times).
Alisa:

Did anyone mention the Southwestern Cafe yet? Or is it still there near Rhodes (I've been out of Memphis for quite a while now).

Think that was called the Southwestern Grill back then, but it's still very much there and called "Dino's Southwestern Grill" or just "Dino's" now. Has been Dino's for a very long time. I still go there all the time. They upscaled their Italian food a little bit, and it's pretty good. Still have the meat and three everyday.

I've got to re-read this long (and great) thread. Anybody mention Justine's yet?
And what was the name of that breakfast joint on Summer near Leahy's?
Alisa:

what was elvis's favourite restraunt when he got real fat and ate crazy food what was his favourite place to eat in Memphis ? from Marcus

I do believe Elvis favored Leonard's BBQ on Bellevue.
dweil:

I wrote:

"Also, that Burger King on Cleveland was a great Thai place for a while. Don't remember the name (maybe it's been mentioned already)".

I'm guessing that this is the aformentioned Golden Dragon. What a great place. They served me the hottest Thai dish that I've ever had - so great!

I see The Tropical Freeze was already mentioned. That place was sooooo cool to a 10 year old (pardon the pun!)

I hope that someone else can fill in some of the blanks of my post based on the vague descriptions I offered <g>.
Golightly:

I ate at the Golden Dragon EVERYDAY when I worked downtown.
One time there was a emergency at home and my wife called Golden Dragon looking for me...she tried to describe me and when that didn't work, she said "He orders vegetable fried rice everyday.
The little lady came up to my table and said "Vegetable fried rice...you have phone call"
Alisa:

I just read over all of this, and I'm full!

I also loved the Bon-Ton downtown, my first introduction to Greek food. Super cool place with those at table jukeboxes. Jim and I ate there a lot when he lived downtown in the early 80s. I don't think they've been closed down for very long...I took TK there the first time we met.
Will:

i think the guy who ran that place passed away about 6 months ago and as far as i know it never re-opened.
saispas:

I would give a million dollars to someone who would reopen the Tropical Freeze right where it used to be and then another mil to the person who kicked out Starbucks to replace it with Panchos Express. Yes, I have been drinking already today.
king louie:

Does any one remember BUNTONS??? it was on Southern...That place was killah!
king louie:

The Western steakhouse was an Elvis fave...And a great waggon wheeld joint up on madison!!!
Windy:

I just read over all of this, and I'm full!

I also loved the Bon-Ton downtown, my first introduction to Greek food. Super cool place with those at table jukeboxes. Jim and I ate there a lot when he lived downtown in the early 80s. I don't think they've been closed down for very long...I took TK there the first time we met.



Wait, wait, wait, Bon - Ton is gone???? Shit.
Harry Balzac:

Varsity Inn on Highland, near Mongos
Alisa:

Wait, wait, wait, Bon - Ton is gone???? Shit.

Yep, Bon Ton is gone. I agree...shit.

The "VI" on Highland is the first place I ever was clued into the fact that people got wasted. 10 cent draft for ladies...woo.
saispas:

Was the VI in a different building than Brother Junipers is? I used to go to the VI in the early 70's for burgers with dad but maybe that was called College Inn? Clear this up, those slightly older than me.
midtown reacharound:

I actually enjoyed that place in the upstairs part of Oak Court Mall next to Dillards. I think it was called Micks. I ate there often during my mid 90's U of M days.
Not that it's a restaraunt but I ate many pickeled sausages and pickeled eggs from those giant jars in Charlotte's bar on Cooper. THat lady made me laugh.
Alisa:

Was the VI in a different building than Brother Junipers is?

Yep, it was south of the tracks, pretty near (across the street) from where that Wendy's is now. College Inn was where Bro. Juniper's is now. You may have them confused because, if I remember right, the VI was painted that bright blue too.
Shawn T:

what was elvis\'s favourite restraunt when he got real fat and ate crazy food what was his favourite place to eat in Memphis ? from Marcus

He was a big fan of Marlowe\'s too. It was down the street from his gate. I also remember J.P. Seafield's at G\'twn Village Sqaure. I think there was a Shoney\'s nearby that got burned down. Wilmoth\'s Restaurant at Pkwy Village on Perkins.
saispas:

Marlowe's! Bishop Byrne and Memphis Prep cruise hang.
Alisa:

Hell, I miss SHONEY'S.
When I was little it was still "The Big Boy" and I just loved those statues.
First job I had I was 15 and a hostess at the Shoney's at Sycamore View and Hwy 70. The boss was a scary grown up man with a handlebar mustache who listened to WEVL. I don't think these two things were related but...He looked kind of like Steve Buscemi.

When I got out of high school and moved to midtown I used to eat at Shoney's in the "Mid City Center" (is that what they call where Zayre's was?) most every Sunday morning.
Sad how Shoney's did not translate to the new millenium.
T Mar:

What was the name of the Cajun restaurant on Front St.? There was also one on Dexter Rd. (now a Corky's) in cordova, and one on Winchester. I didn't really like this place per se --- it's just killing me that I can't remember the name.
Alisa:

Was it Cajun Moon, or something like that?
Joe Buddha:

Was it Cayenne Moon?
robin:

Captain Bilbo's? They used to have commercials for that place all the time on Rock 103 when I was a kid.
Alisa:

Yeah, I think it was Cayenne Moon.
Captain Bilbo's? That place was great!

There's finally another good seafood place downtown. I like that restaurant across from the Peabody. Blue Fish, Blue Fin, Flying Fish...? All the seafood places have almost the same name!
tennthomas:

Maybe not Cayenne Moon, but Cafe' Roux? Cayenne Moon was on Front Street, but the location mentioned at Dexter and G'town Pkwy was Cafe' Roux. There was also another Cafe' Roux on Winchester near Old G'town Road.
MemphisMusicFoundation:

Im sure someone has already brought up JC and the "Big S Lounge" on Dunavant or was it Dunlap?

Best BBQ sandwich in Memphis. JC - the former owner who has since passed also was one of the founders of Paynes, but I like his sandwiches more than Paynes.
Wes Memphis:

and the whistling of dropping bombs played loudly in the men's room. No lie!

I bet that went over well with the PTSD crowd. I can just see some 'ol vet missing the urinal every time a bomb drops.

Pat's Pizza
The Pancho's fast food joint at Poplar and White Station (now Starbucks)
Earl's Hot Biscuits in West Memphis
saispas:

I was reading that Vance Lauderdale blog and was reminded we had a Sambo's! Yes we did. Problem is, I cannot for the life of me remember where it was located. I want to say it was way out on Summer, but so much goodness was " way out on Summer" (Summer Twin drive in, Skateland, Lipsey's Fish, Hungry Fisherman--off Summer, but you know--, Dot's Shoes, Market Basket...)
Wire:

Heavenly Hoagie. On Union, just a parking lot away from the Buc. The sandwiches were great, the guy was great. If you had plenty of time to kill, it was the best sandwich shop around.
Golightly:

There was a Sambo's on Winchester just east of Millbranch
kol 1945:

the biggest question is how is Dinos still open? they've not only outlasted all the other grissantis but are probably the oldest restaurant in midtown. the food tastes like Italian day at my former city school cafeteria. they use bottom of the barrel canned sauces, sam's club precooked meats, frozen veggies. the final punishment begins about an hour into digestion. the folks there are so nice though. do people just return their kindness with compliments on the food? i wonder if anyone who works there has ever tried the food. how could they be alright with it?? and of course it's incredibly expensive. ok got that out...however there's some chicken parmesean from a month ago i feel haunting my insides.
kol 1945:

+ has anyone mentioned Cafe Samovar. that place ruled till the owner's daughter took over.
heyradio:

+ has anyone mentioned Cafe Samovar. that place ruled till the owner's daughter took over.


I did back on the first page. The daughter never took over. Mr. and Mrs. Sadetsky just decided to retire to Miami, as Jews in their golden years often do.
Lester Jepsen:

Frozen Custard on Mt Moriah (now a Dixie Queen)
Chelsea Street at Mall of Memphis
ZwickyBox:

Harry's on Teur and the Babylon. Also Squash Blossom. I lived down the street on Belvedere and would stagger to the SB for carrot juice, my personal favorite hangover cure. Also, the original Dyer's. (I didn't know any better).
kathyshy:

The resturant on the bottom floor of the Hyatt was the Garden Terrace Cafe. In highschool (germantown) we would skip the class before lunch, take an extra long lunch and all pile up and go there to eat.
kathyshy:

My Most Missed Resturants:
The Luau, Joy Young, Tops, Cafe St. Clair.
Haven't been back to Memphis for years, but I grew up in Whitehaven and then in the early 70's moved with the masses out to Germantown. There was a great bar P.O.E.T.S. ( piss on everything tommorrows saturday) in Clark tower, that tolerated us highshcool brats. Fun times. It was a standing joke to go "eat our way down Summer ave". This thread brought back a lot of memories.
kathyshy:

The Spaghetti Store, for the bread mostly. The Magic Pan for good crepes. I worked at Shoneys in Germantown, still miss the food.
kathyshy:

EL CHICO"S come back!!
tonymemphis:

Mark Twain Cafeteria. Went there every Sunday after Church.
The "Minute Man" on Summer where the Taco bell is now located.
The Grid Iron restaurant Now a shopping center where Aldi is.
Pat's Pizza
Lois' BarBQ on Wells Station road
Brads BarBQ on Waring
The "Shanti steak house" in front of Putt putt looked like an old gas station .
To many others long gone
Nocturnal Underground:

Vanouchi's (sp) on south belview across from liberty market back in the 70s for Great late night steaks.
Knickerbocker on Poplar
Ray Gammons on Summer
Ruths for lunch at winchester and Tulahoma
Gridiron summer and national
I cannot remember the name of the restruant that was where walgreens sits now at summer and parkway but it was a favorite place back in the 60's and 70s
All time favorite Pies came from Famous Pie Co. Alot of restaurants in Memphis served them and advertised them as homemade. Think they closed in 1989 after 33 yrs here.
Wes:

Anybody remember Irelands? I loved the steak biscuits.
Beef and Liberty. Right across from Graceland. Give me death or give me Beef and Liberty. Used to go there most Sundays after church unless my dad wanted to play golf, in which case it was lunch at Whitehaven Country Club.
Shakey's for the only place I truely loved canadian bacon pizza.
Coletta's for BBQ pizza.
Piccadilly in the Southland Mall.
Are there any Coleman's BBQs left?
Joe Buddha:

Shakey's

Man, I would kill for some Shakeys.
I think they are still around on the west coast.
tigergreen:

I have no idea if it's already been mentioned, but Pepper's Pizza in Raleigh was some good stuff...used to go there almost every Saturday night with my parents.
Alisa:

I grew up in Bartlett, and loved the Shanti. Went there on "special" dates. They relocated to Summer Ave. (now a pawn shop) for several years. It was still good and weird, but not like being in the original shack.
Speaking of...has anyone mentioned the old Pappy and Jimmy's at the Square? Before it was at Hollywood and Poplar? That was an incredible place!

Shakey's on Summer has a special place in my heart. My MYF leader played guitar there, and we'd go there on Sunday nights. Boy, did I ever have a crush on him! He and his wife took us church youth on a trip to some cabin he had access to in Paris, TN. Me and my gf did some mind altering on that trip, and almost got run over by a car coming over a hill on a bumfuck country road. Ahhh...great memories...
That pizza at Shakey's was mind altering in itself. What was in it? It was SO good.
anchor:

There is a Coleman's Barbecue left on Millbranch which belonged to Bob Coleman's son Gene who recently died of heart problems.The original resturant owned by Bob Coleman is still open in Senatobia and used to have a pool table arcade game room.The franchises are all long gone or have changed names.They boil the meat instead of smoking it.Bob and his wife used to look like Wayne Newton and Dolly Parton and would often wear clothes when they went out that looked like Wayne and
Dolly's Vegas stage clothes and had big gangster whitewalls on his Lincoln Continental.The female workers used to wear You can't beat our meat t-shirts.Bob also had a record label with the Coleman's crown logo that put out some country rockers by ex rockabilly artists.
Alisa:

anchor, thanks for all that. I used to work in a Fox Photo booth at Hwy 70 and Sycamore View. There was a Coleman's in the parking lot.
Wes:

Anyone have a memory of Vanucci's, them having great Italian food and having those at your table jukebox selections that you could page through. I don't remember the exact location but I thought it was near the airport by one of the old style Holiday Inns. Had to have been in the 70's.
Golightly:

The Coleman's people were a spin off from the Leonards BBQ folks....great Q and the hamburgers were killer
colin:

I had a memory of Bonanza that used to be on Union kinda where that Blockbuster and Exlines is. It was a crappy, cheapo, chain steakhouse similar to Logans or Outback, but long before that.
tigergreen:

I had a memory of Bonanza

we had one of those growing up out in frayser, too....and it was crappy out there.
Wes:

Had one in Whitehaven too...crappy down there as well, but I liked it as a kid.
robin:

When I was a kid we used to drive up from Mississippi to go to the Bonanza in Hickory Hill. One time we saw this really big guy hit up the ice cream bar- he got like a tiny squirt of soft serve vanilla, then lifted the tub of sprinkles out of the buffet and dumped it into his bowl. He was promptly ejected from the premises. Long live crappy Bonanza!
jakeleg:

From the '70s: Ollie's Trolley, a burger joint, one across from city hall, the other somewhere near Poplar/Mendenhall.
Nocturnal Underground:

Anyone have a memory of Vanucci's, them having great Italian food and having those at your table jukebox selections that you could page through. I don't remember the exact location but I thought it was near the airport by one of the old style Holiday Inns. Had to have been in the 70's.
the Vanuccci's I remember was on belevue just north of the bellevue drive in. It also had great steaks and there was a motel across the street but dont remember the name of it .
Wes:

That must have been it because, now that you mention it, I do remember my dad ordering steaks and occasionally giving me a bite.
gillis:

did anyone mention "Pat's Pizza"?
elsid:

Fat Jimmy's Pizza on Summer
Bojangles on Poplar
Swensen's at Overton Square
Wink Martindale's at Overton Square
Public Eye at Overton Square
Squash Blossom
Whataburger in Frayser (glad we have them in TX)

Trying to remember a deli near the airport. Used to make great sandwiches and home-made Russian Dressing. Can't remember the name though
ldscop:

Anyone recall the name of the place that threw rolls at you back in the 80's? It was near Winchester and Ridgeway across from the old Montesi/Service Merch. And no, it wasn't Lamberts!
Tommy Trouble:

Big S Lounge. Only ate there once, but it was a GREAT experience.
bruce:

it's still open,
bruce:

i think you just have to be andria to have any idea of the hours that they are open
Tommy Trouble:

Yeah, but didn't the proprietor die?
I heard it wasn't the same there after.

Andria?
andria:

Tommy -- the chef died, JC (we're convinced it stood for Jesus Christ) Hardaway. RIP to the best barbecue in Memphis!

Big Sam, the proprietor, is very much alive, although his gout flares up every now and then. I have his cell phone number, and call him when I wanna go by!
bruce:

ha, secret weapon, can i call you? friend from oz in town next week, is the food still great?
Tommy Trouble:

If you go, can I join you guys?
bruce:

sure
eric o:

i'd say it's fun to get beers there!
andria:

no food, other than a bag of potato chips if you're lucky. beer is cold! excellent DJs on the weekends.
Wes Memphis:

Hurricane Earl's Hot Biscuits
KY Crusader 75:

New to the board--came upon it while trying to think of a name of a restaurant that my wife and her family used to go to in the 1970's. It was a chain and located right near Mall of Memphis--- American Way and Perkins, perhaps. If anyone could remember it I'd appreciate the info. My wife grew up in Memphis and I lived there for a couple of years n early 1980's.

In any case--here's a few defunct Memphis restaurants that I recall, either from personal experience or from hearing my in-laws talk about them most are out East:

Schielke's Delicatessen--outstanding food, irascible owner

The Jolly Ox

Fred Gang's--near my Father-In-Law's plant near EP Blvd

The Village Squire-G'town

Palazzino & Cafe Max

Louie's--think it was an offshoot of Huey's--great red beans & rice
sherman:

Schielke's old tyme deli--last good deli in memphis!
Wes Memphis:

"New to the board--came upon it while trying to think of a name of a restaurant that my wife and her family used to go to in the 1970's. It was a chain and located right near Mall of Memphis--- American Way and Perkins"

There was an Olive Garden there. May still be I'm not sure. Probably not what you're talking about I don't think it was around in the seventies but I could be wrong.
greg O:

Just starting to get a little cool weather up here in NC and it feels good, but I immediately want to eat about six pronto pups, and there is no comparable corn dog in this region. I loved the whataburger which was pronounced waterburger by everyone I grew up with in frayser. Not far down the street was the frayser Danvers. We ate there a lot. There was a stand up piano in the eating area, where you sat on big picnic tables. It didn't look or feel like a chain, though it was only a small chain at the time. Also, I'm not sure how many Frosty Tops there were in Memphis, but I only ever remember the one in Frayser and the one over on getwell. My dad used to take me to the one by us. Big round building with a giant mug of root beer on top. Impala motors bought and turned it into a car lot.
Kissy:

What was the old pizza joint that was on poplar @ belvedere? I can't remember what it was. Its a taco bell now I think
Alisa:

It wasn't a Shakey's was it? This thread has gotten so long I'm not even going back to find out if someone has talked about Shakey's. I went to the one at Mendenhall and Summer. My MYF leader played there, and we all thought it was the height of sophistication to go to a place where they served beer and you could hear sweet singer/songwriter guitar at the same time!

Plus, my little young teen brain thought the pizza was AWESOME!
Dignan:

Schielke's old tyme deli--last good deli in memphis!

Agreed! Used to love their patty melt with smothered onions.

In a much lesser way, I also miss Kelly's Deli on Poplar west of White Station (in the little strip on land bordering the rr).

Also:

John Wills on Central
Leonards on S Parkway/Bellevue
Round the Corner (loved those phones)
The old Cockeyed Camel on Poplar (back in the 80s)
KY Crusader 75:

I always liked the Cockeyed Camel. The story I heard was that it was illegal to have a "Pub" in Memphis, so the place changed its name to Cockeyed Camel Bup.......
Thomas OBrien:

Man you guy's bring back many memories. I remember all these restaurants and really have nothing to add in that category, but do you remember Lipsey's seafood store? There were a couple of locations but I am thinking of the one on Summer Ave near White Station. Great selections of fresh seafood to purchase. I miss that store very much. Hungry Fisherman made me laugh, I even worked there for a whole 2 weeks when I was 18. They had a Sangria wine punch I use to love, but I bet it would be too sweet for my taste now. This is my first post, as I just found this message board, but you guys seem interesting and I hope to participate more.
CreMike:

There used to be this place called burger junction (or alternately burger depot at some point) way out on summer. It was like subway with burgers, but waaay more awesome than that actually sounds. Basically it was burgers topped with anything you wanted selected from a subway type line setup, stocked with an impressive variety of fresh veggies, cheeses, sauces etc... Plus the staff and owners were super friendly and immediately learned my name and favorite toppings. I went out there one week and enjoyed a delicious burger, came back the next week to find the place completely shut down and cleared out. RIP Burger Junction, you are deeply missed
KY Crusader 75:

I think Coco's was the name of the place I was looking for....
SnowDog:

Well now...I don't think it's been too long since the last post to not keep this thread going...

I'm lucky to have found this forum. I was doing a Google search for Memphis restaurants from the 1970s, and this was the number one, and only relevant, result. There was a particular restaurant I was looking for, from my childhood, whose name had escaped me.

Reading all these posts over the past couple of days has really brought back so many memories, mostly of my early childhood. As a matter of fact, the very restaurant I was looking for was mentioned later on in this thread...it was the Beef & Liberty on Elvis Presley Blvd (E.P.B.) My grandfather used to take our family there for special occasions when I was very young.

Some other restaurants I hadn't thought about in a while, but that brought back fond memories, were Shakey's Pizza (hellza yeah...the Laurel & Hardy shorts were the best, and the player piano with the music on the paper scrolls), Fred Gangs on Airways (best salad bar that I've known to date), the Public Eye at Overton Square, Coletta's on Summer (if you asked, they would bake your pizza in the old stone oven...it would make the crust so crisp, and just so much better), The Jolly Ox (with all the glass-bottle bottoms in the walls), Sambo's (just loved their patty melt sandwich as a child - never ate at any in Memphis, though...the one I ate at, again and again, was in Arkansas, and we always stopped there on our road trips between Memphis and Shreveport, LA), Harry's on Teur (5-star food in a 2-star hole in the wall in Midtown), Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips, the 91st Bomb Squadron (there was also a 94th Aero Squadron restaurant when I lived in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in 1987 - 1988), and the original Grisanti's (only ate there once...the food was nothing to write home about, but John Grisanti was somewhat of a Memphis character; he once paid a very large sum of money for an old bottle of wine. When we ate there, John was declining in health, but he was there, making the rounds. He passed away soon thereafter, so I was glad that I had the opportunity to eat at the original Grisanti's while John was still around).

As for defunct Memphis restaurants that I don't recall seeing posted here, well, here are my submissions. Let me know what you think:

Victoria Station: was a steak restaurant built in two converted train cars. It was located in the bend in the road on Mendenhall, between Cottonwood and Mt. Moriah (in the Parkway Village area). I remember that they had really great barbeque ribs. As a kid, though, it was the attraction to the train cars that did it for me. LOL!

China Star: was a Chinese restaurant on E.P.B. in Whitehaven, near Marlowe's (mentioned here previously). I used to work at Brooks and Airways (for FedEx, thank you; not as a pimp, prostitute, or drug dealer), and, at different times, we would hit the China Star lunch buffet 2 - 3 times a week. There was something about this Chinese food that was / still is different than any other Chinese buffet food I have ever eaten in Memphis. There were little added touches that just set their offerings apart from everyone else. But the crowning achievement of China Star was the hibachi chicken. The preparation of this dish was unique to this restaurant. Many other Chinese restaurants have hibachi chicken, but none of their preparations have come close to China Star's. Flame grilled chicken that was continually basted in some kind of soy sauce / oyster sauce concoction. The chicken was cut into bite-sized pieces, was tender and juicy, and it was sweet and salty at the same time. And there were bits of green onions, garlic, and spices in the sweet & salty sauce that the chicken sat in (in) the serving dish. I used to like to take that salty & sweet sauce, with the good bits it contained, and put it in my egg drop soup. I think that's where the term "kick it up a notch" originated. LMAO!

Golden Wok: was a Thai / Chinese restaurant on American Way, near Getwell. The entire time I frequented this place, I always ate the same two things; the Thai egg rolls (when the rice egg-roll wrappers were available...not the flour wrappers), and the Tom Yum soup with Chicken. The owners, Sam and Lina, were just the sweetest people, and we used to drive from Brooks and Airways to have lunch at their Golden Wok. There was something very special about Sam and Lina's Tom Yum soup, so much so that people still frequently speak about it to this very day, even though this place closed, like, in the very early 2000s. When FedEx moved many of our departments from the airport area to Collierville in 1999, a good portion of Sam and Lina's business went with us, and Golden Wok didn't make it. We always joked that they put opium in the soup in order to keep us coming back (two of my co-workers and a I once at there 21 business days in a row). If you ever had the chance to have this unique Tom Yum soup, then you know what I'm talking about.

Woolsworth's: was a department store in Memphis when I was a boy. The one that I remember was in Whitehaven (on E.P.B. near Raines Rd), and it had a small grill / restaurant inside. My grandmother used to frequently take me there when we would spend quality time together. There was nothing special about the food...it's the memories that are most special to me. At one time, though, they served ice cream sundaes in plastic miniature baseball helmets. I was into baseball as a boy, so getting to take these little helmets home, wash them out, and then display them in my room was hog heaven for me <smile>.

Catfish King: was a Collierville catfish joint that came and went fairly quickly in the mid 2000s. It was on Byhalia Rd, about a quarter mile north of Poplar. The catfish was always good, but it was their honey biscuits that made me mention them. They always brought them out as an appetizer, and they were hot, fresh biscuits, straight from the oven, with a butter & honey drizzle on the top. We frequently had to request an additional order of four biscuits.

Eden's: was another 5-star restaurant that was first located, of all places, at the Sheffield Antique Mall in Collierville. They started in the very back of this antique mall, but they killed! We would eat lunch there, but you always had to arrive early or wait a long time (they had, like, five or six cheap plastic tables with chairs, and there would often be 8 - 10 people waiting for a spot). The crab bisque was to die for. They closed at this location, and ended up moving to another antique store on Summer Ave (the name of that store escapes me - I want to say it is in the Berclair area). The food was just as good at this new location, but I believe they ultimately closed down again, even though the antique store is still in business.

Morocco Cafe: was a great Middle Eastern restaurant on Echles, near the University of Memphis. The food here was awesome, everything that I tried, at least. I'm not certain if this is true or not, but a family member who frequented this establishment told me that some folks started acting a little more negatively towards the proprietors after the events of 9-11. I do know that the restaurant closed down at some point soon thereafter. If this is true, it's tragic. Either way, how tragic to lose such a great establishment. The claim to fame of the Morocco Cafe, though, and of any business that occupies that location, is the building. If you'll remember, this is where the original Freewheelin' Frank's (head shop) was located. Ah, that first wide-eyed foray into paraphernalia.

Johnny Rockets: The Dutch Pancake House / CK's, near the Oak Court Mall, was, for a time, a Johnny Rockets hamburger joint. The food was always fresh, hot, and good, the shakes were awesome, and the cherry and vanilla cokes were lip-smackin' sweet. They also had the old school nickel juke boxes at every table. Talk about uptown! It was worth the nickels to hear "Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry, or "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons...I think there was even some old Queen on those things. They closed that location and opened up one in the Wolfchase Galleria mall, but they didn't make it there for very long.

Bennigan's: Really, nothing much out of the ordinary here. Another restaurant in the Appleby's / Chili's vein. But, back in the day, they had the best Monte Cristo sandwich going, with this awesome raspberry jam to accompany it. They used to have a killer Death by Chocolate dessert as well. I mean, Lord...chocolate cake with chocolate icing, topped with chocolate ice cream, chocolate shavings, and chocolate syrup. I've always been a chocoholic, but c'mon!

Pizza Inn / The Inn One: Pizza Inn has been mentioned here previously. We used to frequent the Pizza Inn at Winchester & Mendenhall when I was in high school in the early to mid-1980s (let me hear it from all of my fellow Sheffield High alums!) We enjoyed the pizza well enough. The Inn One was a bar adjacent to this Pizza Inn; they were connected in the back. In the mid 80's, we loved to hang out at the Inn One, have a few cocktails, and watch <then> Memphis State basketball on the big screen. If we got hungry, we just ordered from the Pizza Inn menu. Nice! Oh, and if you did some elementary math there, you would arrive at the conclusion that we were doing under-aged drinking here. We felt so grown.

The Billiards Club: was a pool hall on Mt. Moriah at Ridgeway. Friends and I hung out there for a few years in the mid-1990s. A nice crowd, good pool tables, and a great juke box were always the norm; but it was the kitchen that made this place stand out. Kelly, and her husband, John, were the mainstays there, and Kelly really tore it up in the kitchen. Freshly made pizzas, sandwiches (cold or grilled), hot dogs, and cold, cold beer; quasi-pub grub, if you will, but it was always so delicious. For a time, this was the very best place to spend a long, enjoyable Friday or Saturday evening with my best bud, Pie
SnowDog:

rre. We closed this place down so many times.

Ho Wan: was an Chinese restaurant in Cordova, on Germantown Rd near Macon. It was only there a few years, oh, but what a few years. They had a Chicken Corn Chowder that was killer. I believe it was an egg drop soup base, with fresh chicken, whole kernel corn, and fresh mushrooms. They always brought freshly fried egg noodles to put in the soup. Those, and a splash of soy sauce, rounded this chowder out nicely. The dish that really always did it for us, though, was their Singapore Noodles with chicken. Extremely thin noodles, with slivers of pork, onions, and mushrooms, all pan fried with a curry powder. You could order it as mild or as spicy as you wanted. This dish was always fresh, and always spicy and delicious...it never, ever disappointed. This establishment, and it's proprietor, Eva, are sorely missed.

Conestoga Steak House: was a steak place in Southaven, MS (close enough to Memphis, I think). It was a dive of a place, and had been known as a biker hang out at one time. It could be a rough place, but it had quite a reputation as having been a long-standing establishment in that Bullfrog Corner area of Southaven. We ate there towards the end, before it changed hands (I assume), and changed from Conestoga Steak House to the two or three things it has been since then. Conestoga had a steak place in the front of the restaurant, and a seafood place in the back. I ate there three times and enjoyed it each time. The food was OK, but the steak was particularly great on one occasion. I mention this place more because it was a reputable mainstay in this location for a long time, and I'm glad I got to eat at Conestoga Steak House before it closed down.

I think that's about it for now. I'll think of more, I'm certain. I'll post another update when I do.

Happy reflecting...

SnowDog
eric o:

Zinnies East Closed ... not my favorite joint, but it had been there a while.
mattsparks:

some folks started acting a little more negatively towards the proprietors after the events of 9-11. I do know that the restaurant closed down at some point soon thereafter. If this is true, it's tragic. Either way, how tragic to lose such a great establishment.

This is true. "Go home sandni**ers" was spraypainted on the building at one point.

Very sad that people can't look at a map.
eric o:

Morocco Cafe
... was run by Amir, Casablanca fellow, right?
Freeflyur:

I always liked the Cockeyed Camel. The story I heard was that it was illegal to have a "Pub" in Memphis, so the place changed its name to Cockeyed Camel Bup.......

You're right, KY Crusader. The laws finally changed around the late 70's/early 80's. Before that, we couldn't have a Steak and Ale either. Steak and Ale owned another restaurant chain called The Jolly Ox for areas that wouldn't allow words like "pub" and "ale" in their signage. I remember going to The Jolly Ox as a kid. There was one over in the Southland Mall area, I think. Around Raines or Brooks Rd.

BTW, I loved The Cockeyed Camel. I have a fond memory of skipping school and standing in line at Peaches Records to get tickets for Bob Seger as a birthday gift for my mom. There was a lady in line who couldn't wait any longer, so she gave me her money to buy tickets for her and her boyfriend. I had never seen this woman in my life, but she trusted me. Only in the 70's. We went to the concert at the Mid South Colieseum (where ALL the great concerts were then), and this same lady and her boyfriend kept passing me and my mom one of their home-rolled cigarettes. Afterward, we went to the Camel, ate tons of oysters on the half shell, and laughed ourselves silly. It was such a different world. God, I miss it.

Someone mentioned The Pyrenees as being in the Hyatt Regency. I don't remember that. When we went to The Pyrenees, it was on top of the White Station Tower, that two-toned building dwarfed by the Clark Tower. The building is still there with the UFO shaped top, but I don't think there's been a restaurant there in decades. I believe it was called The Embers before that, and there was a second location (of The Embers) on Park.

Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant bar that was in the other UFO shaped structure that is part of the Mid-City Building at Union and Cleveland next to Methodist Hospital? I remember going there in the mid-70's.
Freeflyur:

I'm really digging this thread and trying to remember some haunts from the past that haven't been mentioned yet.

Gaffers: No, not the guys who toil on movie sets. Gaffers was a bar/restaurant similar to what would now be termed a sports bar. In the 70's and 80's it was located on Perkins Road between Knight Arnold and American Way. In terms of the food, I remember they had the best fried cheese on earth. It wasn't processed, frozen mozarella sticks like we get today. They breaded and deep fried huge hunks of cheddar and mozarella that were bigger than hushpuppies. So good. I was in there with my parents the night that the Perkins Bridge washed out over Nonconnah Creek, a couple of blocks away, sending several cars into the flooded creek and killing MSU star Bill Austin.

The Sawmill: This was another meat and potatoes type restaurant I believe somewhere near Democrat and Airways where we went often circa 1975 and had steaks.

Jefferson Square: I think this one was owned by Jake "The North End" Schorr, and it had similar extensive menu. When I was kid, it seemed like a cool place to hang out because everbody was always younger than my parents.

Berettas: An Italian restaurant in the Park/Highland area. Beretta's had the best barbecue pizzas. Nope, I'm not confusing it with Coletta's. We actually liked the ones at Berettas better.

The Chalet: Super cozy and romantic restaurant bistro type place. Went there a few times circa the early 80's. If I remember correctly it was somewhere around the Summer/Berclair area.

Midtown: So many great places in the Overton Square area which was really alive back then. I'm talking the 70's and early 80's. Soloman Alfred's (best live music & inexpensive steaks), Fantasia, Trader Dick's (where the Blue Monkey is now), and The Bombay Bicycle Club (dismiss it as a fern bar, but the oysters were good, drinks excellent, and high times abundant ;-), and Palm Court.

Eastern Restaurant: This was located in what I think was called Mendenhall Square right by Winchester. It was a Chinese restaurant where we went for years and years as they had the best Chicken Cantonese. The little Asian lady who worked the register was hysterical. She knew two English phrases: "What name?" and "How spell?" It became such a running joke that one time when she asked me my name, I said "Chen" thinking she surely wouldn't ask me how to spell it, but in fact she did!

Mall Restaurants: Like every 70's 80's teen, I worked in two malls. Anybody remember The Sword and the Kilt in Thalheimers? They had a terrific Monte Cristo. In the Hickory Ridge Mall, the first restaurant was called Mondays. I guess it was supposed to be a low-key version of Friday's. Later when I managed a store there, the name had changed to Annabelle's. I spent several Christmas seasons having extremely long liquid lunches there, trying to get away from my staff and the horrible customers.
eric o:

Great stuff! THANKS!... love this. Keep 'em coming folks...
bruce:

man, can you get a decent monte cristo anywhere now?
BHa:

U of M/Highland Area:

What was the Turkish restaurant on Highland in the space where Spice of the Islands was just before it?

Also, what was the Russian restaurant in the otherwise residential neighborhood on Patterson Street? I thinks it's been a bunch of restaurants before and after the Russian place but all I remember is that delicious Chicken Kiev.
Vinyl Ritchie:

man, can you get a decent monte cristo anywhere now?

brother junipers has a great one
andria:

went to Big S last night - whoo!
Scott:

man, can you get a decent monte cristo anywhere now?

Half-Shell!
Rumpleforeskin:

I miss Bruno's , little Italian Restaurant that was briefly in business about 3 years ago at Madison/ Cleveland. Food was really good and prices reasonable.
heyradio:

I miss Bruno's , little Italian Restaurant that was briefly in business about 3 years ago at Madison/ Cleveland. Food was really good and prices reasonable.

Ugh. I went there with my girlfriend at the time and she ordered the Manicotti; it was the exact frozen variety she sometimes bought at Schnucks. My meal wasn't any better.

Anyway, it briefly moved into Cafe Napolen downtown (who has better than decent catfish, by the way). Not sure if it's still there, though.
T Mar:

What was the name of the restaurant from the late 80's on Ridgeway (where Amerigo is now - I think), that had the funny bar stools designed to look like people's legs?
T Mar:

Maybe not Cayenne Moon, but Cafe' Roux? Cayenne Moon was on Front Street, but the location mentioned at Dexter and G'town Pkwy was Cafe' Roux. There was also another Cafe' Roux on Winchester near Old G'town Road.
By the way, this was correct. Though I swear there was also one downtown, maybe not Front street, but on Main or something. I went there for dinner after watching Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones shoot a scene for a movie at The Arcade, this was back in 92' or 93'.
Vinyl Ritchie:

Cafe Max (Poplar and Ridgeway) had some good stuff. They did a big seafood boil and had some other good dishes. Also, the first place in town I remember having fancy ass coffee drinks (pre-Starbucks days)
Dalebob:

Jimmy Tin's Port Shanghai
Dalebob:

Jimmy Tin's Port Shanghai. A standout local Chinese joint in the late 70's.
free plax:

Not gonna look through the entire thread to see if this has been posted.

courtesy of an email from fierydrunk....

Defunct Memphis Restaurants
chiaroscuro:

Does anyone remember a bar in Overton Square, back in the 70's that had a bunch of couches where you could just lie around and drink, lol? I was underage but got in somehow, kept ordering frozen pina coladas cuz I didn't know any better. We were at Pickwick for the summer and this guy I was dating said he'd take me wherever I wanted to go...I said, "Overton Square in Memphis", never imagining he'd really follow through. Wish I could remember the name of the place.
Meowlinda:

Does anyone remember an Italian restaurant called Mando's in the shopping center on Perkins near Knight Arnold? It was near the TG&Y and across from McDonald's and Wilmoths Cafeteria. It was great. There was also a pool hall a few doors down.
Meowlinda:

They had a terrific Monte Cristo. In the Hickory Ridge Mall, the first restaurant was called Mondays. I guess it was supposed to be a low-key version of Friday's.

They had huge wicker chairs at Monday's.
Meowlinda:

Remember Ireland's and their sausage biscuits and skinny french fries? I loved that place! Where exactly was it? Seems like it was near Union Ave Extended OR near the airport. ????
Jack Stands:

TG&Y?
I know that's not a restaurant, but jesus, that goes way back.
Mr Entropy:

I don't remember Monday's in Hickory Ridge but I remember Annabelle's pretty distinctly. As a 10 year old, I really enjoyed their french onion soup and getting Shirley Temples, which, while a fairly basic drink, I don't remember seeing on too many other menus.
SAMBEAUX:

Shirley Temples, which, while a fairly basic drink, I don't remember seeing on too many other menus

It helps to know your bartender...
Mr Entropy:

It helps to know your bartender...

Well ... I was ten years old. Since I put on my big boy pants I've moved on to Roy Rogers.
bababbqgoat:

Cafe Samavor- O.G. Location in G-town- I mopped floors there when I was 16
Babylon Cafe- Midtown- Drank Cough Syrup There -16- worst buzz eve
John Wills- Sanderlin- worked there for years- best Spag and Pork Plate in the city- Used to drink at the hotel bar across the parket lot and try to shag my coworkers there.
That Dairy Kosher Jewish joint in east memphis by the dougnut shop- worked there for year or so- played Oblivians, The Gories, etc, etc none stop in kitchen
Number One Beale- Downtown- Worked there, smoked crack in the walkin a few times
bababbqgoat:

The vegetarian joint at Park and Highland- Nasty Kitchen- Biggest Rats seen in Mempho- Bad Crank habit then-worked there
RP TRacks-Pills, Pills and black bean tofu nachos- work there
Aurbergene- East Memphis-Garde Marge- I made f-ing salads- alot of beer and weed to deal w/ cHef Gene
Silver SPOON-gTOWN- 80'S YUPPY FOODER- weed, bad beer
bAR -tj Mulligans- hickory hill- ccccoocococococaine and lots of skrillla for bar backing goodtimes- toooo many dui's
happyjack:

Lambs Eat Shop was behind a screened in area in an empty warehouse (picnic tables out in the empty warehouse) and had incredible fried pies, as well as the best bbq sandwich. Lamb would wear a stained white apron and one of those white folded paper hats that food workers used to wear. If you ordered the hot sauce he'd warn you, you'd "have to change your socks."

Buntyns on Southern was the best Southern cafe ever. One of the newspapers did a piece on the magnificent lady who made those rolls. She would never divulge her secrets. The peach cobbler was to die for. I've spoken with a number of famous musicians who, upon discovering I was from Memphis, confessed their bands would always head straight to Buntyns when they hit town.

The Conestoga Steak House in Southaven, MS was a trip. One room was wallpapered with old newspaper. Another room had hundreds of butter pats on the ceiling. One of my dining companions asked the waitress what she would do if he flicked a butter pat onto the ceiling. She said matter-of-factly, " I'll pinch your head off."

Loved the Bon Ton and so many others now gone.
Gerry:

Does anybody remember the Dobbs House restaurants . The best burgers and chocolate ice box pies. They also catered to the airlines ...
Shelley:

Here are a few that come to mind (some have already been mentioned)
The restaurant in Woolworths in the Raleigh Springs Mall
Old Stage in Bartlett that was eventually bought by Danvers
Swiss Manor
Four Flames
Toddle House on Poplar - lots of late night studying there in college
Shoney's in the Raleigh Springs Mall
George & David's - downtown on Jefferson
The cafeteria in the 100 N. Main building
Charlotte's Bar on Cooper
Cooker - Loved that place
Russian deli on Echles
Mark Twain Cafeteria - what childhood memories...
Bennigans
Cafe Espresso at Ridgeway
eric o:

Buntyns on Southern was the best Southern cafe ever.

Buntyns ruled!
Kbllady:

Does anyone remember the restaurant on Poplar in between Ridgeway and Massey where Starbucks is located now? It was an Italian restaurant in a small white cottage type building. They wrapped up leftovers in a foil swan.
senor boogie woogie:

Living outside of Memphis in China, I would love and pay a dear price for a gallon of Panchos cheese dip. That was one of the best cheese dips ever, and they sell (or sold it) in supermarkets.

So I remmeber the Panchos on Poplar which became a freaking Starbucks.
Midtown Bev:

Does anyone remember a bar in Overton Square, back in the 70's that had a bunch of couches where you could just lie around and drink, lol?

That was probably the Looking Glass, the relatively short-lived precursor to Bombay Bicycle Club. It had a bar, and behind it big couches arranged in front of a fireplace.
Edward Delacroix:

Lambs Eat Shop was behind a screened in area in an empty warehouse (picnic tables out in the empty warehouse) and had incredible fried pies, as well as the best bbq sandwich. Lamb would wear a stained white apron and one of those white folded paper hats that food workers used to wear. If you ordered the hot sauce he'd warn you, you'd "have to change your socks."

That was not an empty warehouse; what you were in was Memphis' original indoor shopping mall - built God only knows how many decades before. The nasty Kroger at Poplar and Cleveland is where it was located. You had Mr. Lamb's description spot on, alright. There were two other characters in the play, though. Mrs. Saxon always stood back there chopping pork with a minimum of effort. And Miss Lula - an elderly lady who had one eye bigger than the other who would look at you like she wanted to beat your ass if you tried to order more than one fried pie to go. ("I can only let you have one ... the rest are for our regular customers!") I used to ask her at least once a week - I ate there that often in the early 80's - just to get her riled up. Apparently, Mrs. Saxon got up at some ungodly hour to make those wonderful fried peach pies, and one had to respect the Saxonian effort those things must have taken every day.
Uptight White:

Buntyns ruled!

That it did. Hope Presbyterian in Cordova sells rolls during pledge drives that are almost as good.
pineywoodsfats:

The Cotton Bowl on East Parkway next to Overton Park in the 1950s for after-church Sunday dinner.
Tim Teabag:

"New to the board--came upon it while trying to think of a name of a restaurant that my wife and her family used to go to in the 1970's. It was a chain and located right near Mall of Memphis--- American Way and Perkins"

The Sawmill?
eric o:

Having a Great Meal, Wish You Were Here! Fifty years of dining in Memphis. by Vance Lauderdale


http://www.memphismagazine.com/February-2014/Having-a-Great-Meal-Wish- You-Were-Here/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1#artanc
Sloane Wendell:

Shakey's was nostalgic. The pizza was good but the piano was great.

Morrison's, oh man, I never liked it. Everything on the salad and dessert
bar smelled and tasted like plastic to me.
Alisa:

I just came across a great book in this estate that I'm helping to settle. It's a book that has all the old Memphis restaurant menus in it, and is called...Memphis Menus. Published in 1983 with 50 original menus in it. Justine's, Giovanni's, Jefferson Square, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wink Martindales...and on and on. I'll post a link to it when I put it up on eBay. Very cool!
eric o:

Sounds fantastic.
Ken McNeil:

Went to the Cotton Bowl every Friday till it shut down. Didn't it have a patio covered with vines of some sort - or was that another restaurant on the Parkways back in the late 60's?
Tree1959:

Meowlinda
Mando's was on Mendenhall near Knight Arnold.
Best pizza I have ever had.
There was a second location in Balmoral.
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