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Anybody Remember these Chicago Places?

I like to sit and reminisce sometimes on a cool autumn day...my thoughts often revolve around food and drink. I'm thinking about these Chicago places that I remember from my youth...anybody else remember these places and want to share their memories?

MATH IGLER'S...Our high school German Club would eat here once a year. They had "singing waiters". I remember one waiter chugging a whole stein of beer and then leading us in a round of "Schnitzelbank".

THE BROWN BEAR...Another German restaurant that the German Club visited just once. They had "singing waiters", too.

SHERLOCK'S HOME...Can't remember the address of this place, but "Jacque's" (now defunct) was in the same building. They served British pub fare. The decor reminded one of...well...Sherlock Holmes' flat. Wingback chairs, dark wood paneling, and so on. Their menu was printed on a faux British pound note.

A BAR THAT SPECIALIZED IN "COHASSET PUNCH"...Can't remember the name of the bar, but we'd see this place near the train station. There was a big neon sign in the shape of a lighthouse, if I'm not mistaken. My friend's mom (a native Chicagoan) told me once that they put a fresh peach in the bottom of the punch glass?

AN ASSEMBLY LINE TYPE OF STEAK PLACE...Our class stopped at this place for lunch once when I was in junior high. All I can remember is that you got this pretty big steak dinner for very little money. I remember T-bone steak, baked potato, corn on the cob were on the plate. It wasn't really a cafeteria, though. Does this place ring a bell with anybody? I don't know its name or whether it's even there anymore.

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    jlobough
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/26 15:14:14 (permalink)
    I could be wrong, but I think the "assembly-line steak place" was Ponderosa. I don't think there are any in the Chicagoland area anymore, but I know there's still one in Manitowoc, WI (close to the Roadfood reviewed Penguin Drive Inn).

    As for the other places you mentioned, I have no recollection of them. Hope that helps.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/26 15:26:08 (permalink)
    How about George Diamond's Steak House, where the steak was brought to the table on a charcoal grill? Or the Pickle Barrel on Wells where a crock of great dill pickles and a bowl of popcorn was set on the table as you sat down. They had great open face reuben sandwiches.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/26 16:36:59 (permalink)
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    How about George Diamond's Steak House, where the steak was brought to the table on a charcoal grill? Or the Pickle Barrel on Wells where a crock of great dill pickles and a bowl of popcorn was set on the table as you sat down. They had great open face reuben sandwiches.


    HAWKEYEJOHN: I don't think that the steak place was George Diamond's, because the steak wasn't brought to the table on a charcoal grill. A server brought the steak, but it was on a platter. I don't recall dill pickles or popcorn on the tables, so it couldn't have been the Pickle Barrel.

    JLOBOUGH: Definitely wasn't a Ponderosa, because the decor didn't have a western theme. The restaurant I remember was right downtown in the Loop somewhere.

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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/26 16:39:53 (permalink)
    Had forgotten that George Diamond's ever existed, as much as used to enjoy it. Know I must be getting old! Assume that it has long been gone.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/26 16:50:09 (permalink)
    Did Chicago ever have Tad's?? That sounds exactly like the Tad's Steak Houses that were in [I believe] NYC and Philly...You got that steak, tater, corn in the late 60's for like $1.79!
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/26 18:42:23 (permalink)
    ConeyIslandLou, I know there were Tads in New York City in the summer of 1960 with food exactly as you describe -as best I remember, it was just walk down a line and pick up platter at line's end. Not certain about this, but don't believe there was much, if any, choice of how steaks were cooked. Seems all were about medium (fine with me since that's the way I like a steak). While that meal surely wouldn't win any awards, it was not that bad and was a godsend to me what with my budget at that time. Price was $1.79 at most; seems like most basic dinner was $1.49 with certain extra cost options available.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/26 21:05:46 (permalink)
    the assembly line steak place could have been ronny's steak house which i understand still exists.can remember the cohassett punch place but can still see the sign in my mind and always wondered what cohassett punch was.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/27 02:12:46 (permalink)
    Assembly line steak? Nope, don't remember. But what happened to the Cafeteria style Harmony House? Used to be one in Winston Park,(Melrose park subdivision) in the 60's and 70's. You went through the line, everything was al-a-carte.
    Skips Drive-In on North avenue right down from Polk Brothers
    Dumpling House,(someone told me it was still there) on Archer and Harlem ave??? Or somewhere around there.
    Kon Tiki Ports in some big Hotel, Michigan ave. (they let me order and drink Mai Tais as a teen (Prom)
    Chicken House, North ave in Melrose Park
    And a million beef and dog joints that ain't where they use to be anymore
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/27 03:37:20 (permalink)
    What I miss most in Chicago(land) are:

    Mary's Cupboard (for ribs and chicken) on Green Bay Road in Winnetka
    Toddle House (for hash browns at midnight) in Hubbard Woods
    The personality-plus State Street branch of Gold Coast Dogs
    Spinning Salad Bowl at Don Roth's Blackhawk Restaurant in the Loop (there's still one in Wheeling, I believe)
    That place in the old Stockyards where they used to brand your steak (I think ... this is going WAY back)
    The Indian Trail in Winnetka -- a real old-fashioned tea room
    The OLD Lou Mitchell's, when Lou greeted you
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/27 13:16:55 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by jbburn

    the assembly line steak place could have been ronny's steak house which i understand still exists.can remember the cohassett punch place but can still see the sign in my mind and always wondered what cohassett punch was.


    JBBURN: I checked out Ronny's Steak House online. They don't have a website, but I gathered enough info to be pretty certain that the "assembly line steak place" of my youth was Ronny's. Thank you so much!!
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/27 20:19:55 (permalink)
    quote:
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    quote:
    Originally posted by jbburn

    the assembly line steak place could have been ronny's steak house which i understand still exists.can remember the cohassett punch place but can still see the sign in my mind and always wondered what cohassett punch was.


    JBBURN: I checked out Ronny's Steak House online. They don't have a website, but I gathered enough info to be pretty certain that the "assembly line steak place" of my youth was Ronny's. Thank you so much!!

    Where was Ronny's?
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/27 20:44:56 (permalink)
    SPADOMAN: I learned that Ronny's is still in business! The address is 340 S. Wabash Avenue.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/28 08:56:01 (permalink)
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    SPADOMAN: I learned that Ronny's is still in business! The address is 340 S. Wabash Avenue.


    Thanks. Going to Chicago in a week or two to visit Mom. If she lets me eat anywhere else but home, I'll wander over and take a picture!
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/28 11:40:31 (permalink)
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    quote:
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    SPADOMAN: I learned that Ronny's is still in business! The address is 340 S. Wabash Avenue.


    Thanks. Going to Chicago in a week or two to visit Mom. If she lets me eat anywhere else but home, I'll wander over and take a picture!


    SPADOMAN: Don't just stop at taking a picture of Ronny's. Go on inside, have one of those steak dinners, and share your experience with the rest of us!
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/28 19:51:49 (permalink)
    I chowed down lots of steaks at George Diamonds as a kid, but my favorite steak joint was Joe Steins on Roosevelt Road (12th Street back then) on the west side of Chicago. The ultra thin Romainan skirt steaks were a slice of heaven and on each table was a bottle of orange Old Colony pop. In the late 60's, Joe Steins moved to the north side of Chicago, but the food and the service never matched the original. My favorite baby back ribs were served at the Cork on Dempster in Skokie and Fanny's in Evanston gave you all the spaghetti you could eat. On the west side, Helen & Millies had wonderful french fried shrimp and Sam & Hy's was the deli for corned beef & lox. The Ranch on Devon, Super Dawg, and Johnny's Original (on Maxwell Street) were my first hot dog haunts. By the way, I can still find Bosco and Green River, but it looks like Kayo is gone forever.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/29 12:26:25 (permalink)
    Wow Chicago style dog, I don't remember any of those joints. Good call.
    I did go to school with a kid named Jody Stein and his folks owned Stein's on Roosevelt road in suburban Broadview. It was right near 1st ave(river road).
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/29 13:37:44 (permalink)
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    I chowed down lots of steaks at George Diamonds as a kid, but my favorite steak joint was Joe Steins on Roosevelt Road (12th Street back then) on the west side of Chicago. The ultra thin Romainan skirt steaks were a slice of heaven and on each table was a bottle of orange Old Colony pop. In the late 60's, Joe Steins moved to the north side of Chicago, but the food and the service never matched the original. My favorite baby back ribs were served at the Cork on Dempster in Skokie and Fanny's in Evanston gave you all the spaghetti you could eat. On the west side, Helen & Millies had wonderful french fried shrimp and Sam & Hy's was the deli for corned beef & lox. The Ranch on Devon, Super Dawg, and Johnny's Original (on Maxwell Street) were my first hot dog haunts. By the way, I can still find Bosco and Green River, but it looks like Kayo is gone forever.


    I've seen some of "Fanny's" products at Dominick's (a Chicagoland supermarket chain) in their freezer section. The meat sauce comes immediately to mind, but I know that there were other products for sale. I'm pretty sure I saw Kayo there, too, but I'll have to doublecheck. I used to like Kayo when I was little.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/09/30 00:26:32 (permalink)
    I was going to suggest that it was Ronny's, but I see others already have. The "new" Ronny's is in the modern State of Illinois Thompson Center. So, it's not the same location you remember. I hear the food's about the same, though.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/10/16 18:40:56 (permalink)
    I remember most of these places. Math Igler's "Casino" was one of the many great German restaurants in Chicago in those days. Remember Heidelberger Fass on Lincoln Avenue? Sherlock's Home was on Lincoln Avenue just across the street from the Biograph (scene of John Dillinger's last movie).

    My wife remembers many Cohasset Punch drinks, but can't recall the name of the place. Was a great stop on the way from work to the train.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/10/16 18:44:56 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Michael Stern

    What I miss most in Chicago(land) are:

    Mary's Cupboard (for ribs and chicken) on Green Bay Road in Winnetka
    Toddle House (for hash browns at midnight) in Hubbard Woods
    The personality-plus State Street branch of Gold Coast Dogs
    Spinning Salad Bowl at Don Roth's Blackhawk Restaurant in the Loop (there's still one in Wheeling, I believe)
    That place in the old Stockyards where they used to brand your steak (I think ... this is going WAY back)
    The Indian Trail in Winnetka -- a real old-fashioned tea room
    The OLD Lou Mitchell's, when Lou greeted you

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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/10/23 19:07:35 (permalink)
    Getting back to Skip's Drive in. Used to go there every Friday night (back in the late 50's) with all the "guys" piled into either my Dad's 57 Ford or my cousins Dad's Buick. Drive out North Avenue to Skip's and cruise the lot. I wonder how they made any money there because all we went there for was to drag race Eastbound on North for a quarter mile or try and pick up chicks in other cars.

    If you went to watch you parked in the Polk Bros. lot on the South side of North Avenue and sat on your hood. Some of the guys would actually bring checkered flags with and get out onto North Avenue and start races. I think the Police ignored that a lot in those days and infrequently showed up.

    We also went up to the "Pie Pan" which I think was at Cicero Avenue and maybe Touhy or Dempster. Hang out for people that wanted to race on the Edens Exway.

    As for other Memories ....

    Rainbow Cones on the South Side. (Still there I believe)North of 95th and Western I think. On Western.
    White Castles at 3AM after many beers or you did not like your date. Min 6 of them (the WC).
    Top of the Rock at the Prudential Building for great romantic dinners
    The Playboy Club and dancing with the bunnies at 5AM.
    The Cave on the West Side for the greatest burgers and place to eat (Still there I think)
    Lake Front to watch "submarine races" with your favorite date. Montrose Harbor.
    Edgewater Beach Hotel - Prom night from Lane Tech HS. 1956.
    Villa Venice for a great dinner and a boat ride.
    The HUB on Harlem Avenue for some great roller skating. (Gone)
    Henry's the Mc Donalds alternative.
    Russels on North Avenue near the old Skip's where we used to turn around to go back. This place is still there and great Ribs and BBQ Pork Sandwiches. Corner North and 1st Avenue or River Road.
    The ARC out on Milwaukee Ave that had the greatest chicken dinners. (Gone)
    Carsons for Ribs. Great!
    Stock Yards Inn - Many years ago with my parents! Now gone but the downside was we lived on the Northwest side and when the wind blew from the South, Whew!

    Still there:

    Lukes Hot Dogs on Harlem near Addison.
    THE GREATEST ITALIAN FOOD on the South Side - JC's Pub, 127th and Cicero. When we go to Chicago we always go there! Say hello to Joe for us. He is always there to welcome diners. Nice bar also! Food is all home cooked and excellent. Go on Thursday night for Lamb Shanks, out of this world!

    My brains are fried on this subject. Will be back for more once my wife gets home. She remembers things.

    Don and Pat
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/10/28 12:04:19 (permalink)
    There used to be a small shop at the "L" stop at Wrigley Field that made killer roast beef snadwiches. It was a long long time ago, but I remember them being a subsandwich that had the roast beef piled maybe two inches high. My father-in-law lived a couple of blocks from there and we used to get them for dinner every now and then. I haven't been back there in many many years; don't know if the place is still there. But, if it was it would almost be worth the trip.

    I also used to get a great Veal Parmigon (sp?) at the Maxim's in downtown Chicago. I understand there may be two Maxim's. The one I liked was in a sub basement area. I think it was one State street. The amazing thing is I have tried veal since and can't stand it but I loved it there.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/11/14 21:49:29 (permalink)
    Oldfrt, my first car was dad's 57 Ford Tudor(black & white with a gold design down the side). I spent many Friday & Saturday nights at Skips on North & 1st Ave in Melrose Park. The Pie Pan was on the corner of Cicero & Peterson, not far from Lockwood Castle, home of the Giant Killer(Chicago's largest ice cream sundae). As a kid, I worked at Henry's Drive-In on Lincoln Avenue in Lincolnwood and in another life, I worked at Polk's Warehouse, next dooor to Skip's. I was in the store the night it burned down. We could see the smoke all the way into southeastern Wisconsin from that fire. Spent a few nights in Waukegan "scooping the loop" and always raced at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, WI or U.S.30 in Dyer, IN when the weather was warm. Some of the best street racing took place along the railroad tracks that paralleled LSD by the museum on the south side. Food was great, gas was cheap, and cars were fast. What more could a boy ask for?
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/11/17 15:04:05 (permalink)
    Hey ChicagoStyleDog, great memories! We probably raced you on North Avenue a few times. I lived around Fullerton and Cicero in the City and greatest pizza was Leonardo's on Fullerton. The soda fountain at Walgreens after school, the old butcher shop with saw dust on the floor, Good Humor guy on the three wheel bike/cart with the bells, Frank the Peddler (Vegetables) that came down the alley every Saturday ...

    I didn't have my own car till 63 and around 64/65 spent a LOT of time at Union Grove racing. Street racing was rampant back in those days as you well know. Every intersection with a traffic light was a opportunity. I guess people just knew that on a warm Friday or Saturday night to be carefull when crossing the street.

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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2003/11/21 14:06:50 (permalink)
    Man, Chicago, I miss that town. Many days lunch for the Continental Bank bunch was BERGHOFF'S, and the Mrs. and I always loved The Italian Village for a night out. Also visited my first LUM'S in Chi, and had the best pizzas anywhere at UNO's or DUE's. I'm hoping at least some of these places survive. And is the Comeback Inn on the southwest side still there?
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2005/04/04 13:58:42 (permalink)
    I just found your request for information about the "Home of Cohasset Punch" which was Ladner Brothers at 207 West Madison Street.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2005/04/05 15:32:32 (permalink)
    There used to be several cafeteria-style places in the 60's serving a rib eye, baked potato, Texas toast and maybe a small salad for around a dollar, around Chicago. As I recall there was a similar one in Urbana or Champaign.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2005/04/05 15:40:03 (permalink)
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    I just found your request for information about the "Home of Cohasset Punch" which was Ladner Brothers at 207 West Madison Street.



    Yes, that's it! Thanks very much! I'll have to look to see what's at that location now. I wonder how long Ladner Brothers has been gone.
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    RE: Anybody Remember these Chicago Places? 2005/04/05 18:27:04 (permalink)
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    Man, Chicago, I miss that town. Many days lunch for the Continental Bank bunch was BERGHOFF'S, and the Mrs. and I always loved The Italian Village for a night out. Also visited my first LUM'S in Chi, and had the best pizzas anywhere at UNO's or DUE's. I'm hoping at least some of these places survive. And is the Comeback Inn on the southwest side still there?


    Come Back Inn in Melrose park Recently closed it's doors for good. My favorite was Slicker Sam's (right behind Come Back) where folks in jeans sat at long tables next to those in Tuxs to enjoy incredible Italian Food.
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