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Mon Jan 28, 2019, 10:13 PM

Restaurants 50 years ago ( memory lane, anyone?)

https://www.delish.com/restaurants/g19577116/what-eating-at-restaurants-was-like-50-years-ago/


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Reply Restaurants 50 years ago ( memory lane, anyone?) (Original post)
SoCalDem Jan 2019 OP
bottomofthehill Jan 2019 #1
sprinkleeninow Jan 2019 #2
elleng Jan 2019 #8
sprinkleeninow Jan 2019 #14
Yavin4 Jan 2019 #3
geardaddy Jan 2019 #6
Ohiogal Jan 2019 #4
geardaddy Jan 2019 #7
Fla Dem Jan 2019 #5
onethatcares Jan 2019 #9
SCantiGOP Jan 2019 #10
lillypaddle Jan 2019 #11
sprinkleeninow Jan 2019 #12
LAS14 Jan 2019 #13

Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 10:27 PM

1. Old School New England

I miss the Red Coach Grill

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 10:36 PM

2. Stonehenge--Ridgefield, CT n/t

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 12:57 PM

8. YES!

(At least we passed by it, traveling from summer camp and to aunt and uncle's house in New Milford. Thanks for the memory!)

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Response to elleng (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:47 PM

14. My step-dad treated us several times dining there. Mom and I felt like

we were "puttin' on the ritz". 😄 Hi-falutin'. 😆

'I' [the mischievous one] signed the guest register as having our actual residency and then one out of state at a fashionable ski resort town. Where we vacationed. 😱 🤣

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 10:48 PM

3. I remember when major Dept. Stores had a huge restaurant inside of them

Woodies in DC had one.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 12:52 PM

6. Yep, Dayton's in Minneapolis had the Oak Grill.

Red leather chairs and wood paneling.

When Marshall Field's, and then Macy's took over, they kept it going. Now Macy's closed the store.

They served warm popovers to everyone as a starter. They were delicious!

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 10:50 PM

4. When we kids were small

My dad would order us each a Shirley Temple while he had his Manhattan.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 12:56 PM

7. I remember those days!

All of us kids got Shirley Temples and my parents got whatever booze they were drinking.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 12:21 PM

5. Those were the days. My small town had a Woolworth's Resturant.

I wasn't very big, mostly just counter service. Similar to this:


The big restaurant was the Hazelwood Cottage Restaurant, right in the downtown on Main Street. Gone for many years. Then there was the Red Coach Grill out on Rt 1 and in later years the Hilltop Steak house.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 01:55 PM

9. I washed dishes and bussed tables

at the Whitners in Reading PA. a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggg time ago

my wife waited counter at Woolworths, Anchorage AK, she waited tables at Robinsons in St Petersburg FL and then went on to clerical work.

My tipping habits are really good, but they can be really bad if the server has an attitude.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:24 PM

10. In the late 60s

I would stop at a Drug Store counter on the way home from Jr High and get their special - a small hamburger (kind of like Krystal sells now) and small Coke for 24 cents - priced that way so the 1 cent sales tax would make the cost an even quarter.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:25 PM

11. John A. Brown's had a big restaurant

in Penn Square, Okla. City, and a beauty salon!

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:26 PM

12. Another: Howland's Dept. Store had a restaurant in their basement level.

It was not a really brightly lighted atmosphere and I called it Fernando's Hideaway. 😆

They had exquisite hot fudge sundaes. Always got one after shopping. A Friendly's ice cream parlor came close way later. What up with commercial hot fudge after that. Blah.

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Response to SoCalDem (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:34 PM

13. Nine Knox Street in Boston.

We had one memorable meal there in the mid sixties. It was a fixed menu, with two seatings in an old Boston residence. We had filet mignon, zucchini, and riced potatoes. Melon, flown in from Spain for dessert. How could such simple food be memorable? It was! Everything was explosively tasty. The meal was served on a colonial era set of pewter plates.

It changed hands and the next time we went we were served paella and tramisu.... Sigh.... It remained a bell weather for us. Really good restaurants were compared against "Nine Knox Street." Only a handful over the years have measured up. And now, with the trend to noise and no table cloths, etc., we may never find another one. Were very sad when Les Sablons in Cambridge closed after little more than a year.

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