I just reviewed the 4 pages of notes here and am amazed at how many names ring a bell...be it a faint and time-removed bell!!
1. In SoCal- We used to go to the Hyatt House
, the coffee shop/restaurant attached to what was the Hyatt Hotel/Motel on Century in front of the OLD LAX
terminal. Great hot fudge sundaes for the after the dance treat on Saturday nite (1950's)...then go across to the terminal to sit on Mike Lyman's Flight Deck
to watch the action at the airport.
When it was special dinner time the family would go to 'CHALON'S"--
I think I have the Spelling right(?), on Manchester between Crenshaw and Western Ave. I doubt that it is still at that location (now a combat zone!). It was the place where even I (preteen) would wear my sunday best when we went to dinner. I don't recall the menu, except for the server who would wheel a huge soup tureen around on a cart and serve the soup course directly at the table. Funny what makes a lasting impression on a kid.
What about the Velvet Turtle
?? Several in the L A area used to have a great Sunday Brunch? Are they still around?
Lastly for SoCal- We would go to the Helen Grace's Ice Cream Parlor
in the South Bay Shopping Center for some really special ice cream treats. Long gone now.
We still see Big Boys
all around the country on our road trips.
I worked at a HoJo's
on rt 95 north of Boston (Rowley) in the 60's. Good memories of the ice cream..and I too loved the fish fry. Those stores --one on each side of the highway with a gas station linked to it-- are no more. When they rebuilt 95 they bulldozed the rest stops there.
We lived in that area when the Hilltop Steak House
was built in Saugas,MA...and shortly after Valle's
built almost next door. It was a big deal then to go to the Hilltop and get the 1 lb Sirloin for $3.49.
OK Brain drained.. But the list goes on.....