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RE: The Toddle House 2006/01/30 00:01:31 (permalink)
THANK YOU! For more years than I care to admit I have been trying to remember the little place I frequented when I attended the University of KY. It was a Toddle House. And I always got the steak and hash browns. I agree with everyone who says they were the best hash browns they ever had!

I believe the one I went to only had counter service.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/02/11 11:24:01 (permalink)
I worked at several Toddle House restaurants in Atlanta in the late fifties/early sixties. They were small green and white buildings with vestibule doorways. Served almost exactly the same menu as Waffle House. Their hash browns were made up in a commissary and packaged in small white bags and yes they sprinkled paprika on them. Some unique ways of identifying orders were as follows: Order over medium brook=2 eggs over medium w/sausage
Order over medium strip= same with bacon
Steaks were: Filet, Tenderloin (Bacon wrapped) and Chop
All food was provided from a local Toddle House commissary. Some good memories, wish they were still around...
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/05/20 10:07:49 (permalink)
I'm just bringing this post on the Toddle House by Geoff back because I thought it was a particularly good piece of writing. And perhaps some folks who haven't seen it might enjoy it.
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During the late 1960's and early 70's the Albuquerque Toddle House was located on the south side of Central Avenue, 1/2 block east of Hermosa Street and a couple blocks from the Nob Hill shopping center at Central and Girard. It was, of course, tiny, with no more than 6 stools and no booths. The jukebox was decent.

Because it was open 24 hours and as we lived practically behind the place, I ended up there many late nights and early mornings, usually for coffee and eggs. To be honest, I do not remember much distinguishing about the food.

The sign on the wall advertising the "steak and eggs" special always intrigued me (steak for breakfast!) until I finally ordered it and discovered that it was really "burger and eggs". It was not bad and certainly not too costly.

What I DO remember (and what was most noteworthy to my friends and I) was the sideshow freakishness of the counter men and women who worked there. Every last employee(there was only one working at any given time)had some bizarre distinguishing feature: an alarming tattoo, enormous girth, advanced hirsutism, a vague air of criminality... Some, I remember, were ex-cons, not that long out of the Joint. I guess it was a fairly easy (and probably not very rewarding) place to get employment, and east Central Ave was peppered with cheap motels for transients and other people living close the outer margins.
One of the countermen would regularly read pornographic magazines at the counter, oblivious to the customers. One poor woman, who must have weighed in excess of 350 lbs worked many nights, and had only inches of clearance in her tiny workplace behind the counter. The saddest was a young guy whose right bicep tattoo read "Born Dead". The story behind the tattoo - he told it willingly -was too depressing to repeat here.

Despite the tiny size, I do not remember that there was ever more than one other customer when I was in there. Late on a rainy night, as I recovered from an evening of drinking at Okie's with my coffee and eggs, Dylan's "Desolation Row" seemed the appropriate theme song there. Years later, when I first heard a Tom Waits song, I knew that he was singing about the Albuquerque Toddle House.

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RE: The Toddle House 2006/05/23 22:58:16 (permalink)
Apparently there was some disparities among restaurants in the Toddle House organization.

The one that I used to frequent in the 60s was located in Kansas City on the Brookside Plaza shopping area--I believe it was on 63rd Street. It was very small--open grill, counter and maybe 6-8 stools and no tables. You were almost close enough to the grill to serve yourself. Although I remember the burgers being good, the breakfasts were the real star. Flats of eggs sat near the grill (unrefrigerated, which would bring down the Health Department's wrath today, but which is the only way to keep from having to overcook them) and the eggs were cooked in butter in small aluminum saute pans (skillets) which were never washed, but just wiped out with a terry cloth towel. Those little pans were more stickfree than any Teflon-coated pan could aspire to be.

The justly famous hash browns were not cooked in skillets. These were made from par-boiled (not baked) potatoes, grated (not diced) in julienne style. The most fascinating aspect was the device used in frying them. The cook took a handful of these grated potatoes and put them inside a metal ring in the grill. These rings were sort of two semi-circles held together with a clamp arrangement that made a circle about 3" in diameter and were about an inch thick. Once the grated potatoes were inside the ring, the cook took a metal pot with a spout (like a coffee pot) that was always sitting on a warm part of the grill and was filled with melted butter. This he poured generously over the potatoes. (This same pot provided the butter for frying eggs.) The potatoes fried until the side sitting on the griddle was crisp, then he flipped the entire ring over on the other side with his spatula. After a few more minutes of frying, he would rap on the top of the ring with the edge of his spatula--the ring would unclamp and spring open, and be moved off to the side while the hash browns continued to fry in a neat little circular patty--gold and crispy on the top and bottom, soft and buttery in the middle. I've never seen this way of making hash browns used anywhere else, and those hash browns were, to my own taste, the standard to which all potatoes should aspire--but never do.

The toast was good, the pancakes wonderful (I don't remember 6 flavors of syrup, but I do remember in addition to maple-flavored syrup, they had good ole white Karo), the eggs fluffy and the consistency of custard (I only ate scrambled), and that I was amazed once when another customer ordered poached eggs and the cook cracked them into a saucepan of steaming water--not into the little egg cups in a water bath my mother used for poaching eggs.

I don't know if this Toddle House was different from all the others, but I remember that it was my favorite breakfast restaurant in Kansas City for many years, and although I have had good breakfast experiences since, none has surpassed the Toddle House and very few have measured up to its standard.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/05/23 23:19:11 (permalink)
Thanks for that post rsraven. It made me feel like I was there enjoying their good food again.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/05/24 07:27:42 (permalink)
rsraven's post is excellent. I remember eating at many Toddle House's years ago (as mentioned in my above post), but the mechanics of the process is not part of my memory. Thank you!

The process for eggs and hash browns is almost identical to what is currently being done in Huddle House restaurants here in the Atlanta area. The ring does not spring open, but is a fixed diameter. Otherwise, the flats of eggs, the wiped out skillets, the grill and the hash browns are done exactly the same way.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/06/30 16:10:56 (permalink)
I always ate at the a Toddle House in Dallas/Ft Worth whenever I visited there on business... and I was there like every other month when I worked for Ross Perot's EDS company back in the late 60's and early 70's. Also during the 70's and 80's when I worked for American Software in Atlanta. Since I traveled a lot throughout the nation, I always looked for a convenient Toddle House... I didn't always find one but I looked nonetheless. I also liked the Huddle Houses, and even the Waffle Houses. Since I worked part-time as a short-order cook when I was working my way through college, I always enjoyed watching the action behind the counter. Toddle House chocolate pies were a favorite. I liked the double-bacon lettuce tomato two-fried-egg sandwich with mayo on one side and butter on the other. Maybe that's why my cholesterol and trigliceride levels got so high? LOL

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RE: The Toddle House 2006/07/01 07:10:20 (permalink)
Thanks to 419venable and rsraven and all the others for bringing back some great memories. I don't recall ever being in a Toddle House with only stools at the counter, but some were larger than others. Some had only 4 booths along the front wall; later the buildings got bigger and there were booths along the front and side walls, maybe as many as 12 or so.

I saw the hash browns cooked in skillets occasionally and remember the rings but I didn't remember they had springs. Sometimes a cook would throw a mess of potatoes on the grill without a ring, sometimes dipping the tin cup in the bag a second time for a little bit more. I always liked that because I knew I was getting a larger serving. I have a lingering fantasy of a plate-sized serving of Toddle House hash browns . I only remember maple syrup but maybe because that would have always been my choice.

Was the stuff in the spouted pot melted butter? I thought it was just butter flavored oil.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/07/01 11:13:48 (permalink)
I grew up eating in Tennessee-based Toddle House (originally Hull-Dobbs) restaurants in Connecticut, and even worked in a Toddle House in Texas. At no time in all the years I ate and worked -- cooking -- in Toddle House restaurants did I ever see shredded potatoes. The potatoes were always cut in a large dice and were cut from par-cooked potatoes. They were scooped onto the flat griddle were they were cooked with salt, pepper and paprika, although sometimes, if there was an extra skillet handy and the griddle was full, they'd be cooked in the pan. There were no rings of any sort used at any Toddle House in which I ever ate or worked.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/07/04 10:42:13 (permalink)
Basically I agree with all the good memories recited above. I am surprised that redoubtable Mr. Hoffman never experienced the packaged diced precooked potatoes that were made into hash browns in a ring with oil or butter added from a can as described by others. The hash browns were super! The chocolate ice box pie was very good.

I grew up in Dallas and ate a lot at the Toddle House across from SMU on the west side of Hillcrest. In addition to the hash browns and pie, the hamburgers were a standard for my judgement for a long time. We gave up a lot with the acceptance of the Golden Arches, no matter how convenient!
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/07/04 15:08:29 (permalink)
I remember my aunt working at The Toddle House,in Birmingham,Al in the 1960's.I remember the good food and it seamed that everyone knew everyone else.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/07/11 12:47:19 (permalink)
The Toddle House in Utica, New York was the second smallest Toddle House. Anybody know where the samllest one was? I loved this place!! There food was always great and they were always open (24/7). The Toddle House was a classic as was the Kuppie Hamberger! I will never eating at both of these great restaurants.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/07/12 20:42:57 (permalink)
I had to jump in on this one. The last Toddle House I knew of was in Memphis, and there were several of them. This was in the mid-1980's. They were also a few other places in the south, as I recall. This was an attempt at a revival of the chain, but apparently it did not pay off as all the "new" Toddle Houses are now either closed or converted to something else.

Dobbs Houses mentioned here were also a chain in the south, and were started in Memphis by a man named Johnny Dobbs. I think the Toddle Houses and Dobbs Houses were connected at the corporate level in the 1960's. Dobbs Houses operated those restaurants like we are discussing here, and also had airport restaurants, as well as at least one other restaurant in Memphis, the Luau, which served great Polynesian food in an upscale-casual sit-down restaurant setting. Dobbs is out of the retail restaurant business now, but the company lives on as Dobbs International, and they prepare and deliver meals to the airlines for in-flight meals. They are still based in Memphis.

The good news here is the Dobbs/Toddle House type restaurants (in Memphis, anyway) are still in operation as CK's Coffee Shops, but no longer owned by Dobbs. They have the same great hash browns talked about here, and they still fry them in the same metal circles decribed! They are great. They also have good burgers and patty melts. Alas, the pies are not good anymore -- the days of Toddle/Dobbs Houses having their own commissaries where they made their own pies are long gone. Krystal restaurants also had their own commissaries in the cities where they operated and they made their own pies (almost the same as Toddle/Dobbs House pies), cake doughnuts and waffle mix. As a high-school student in the 1970's, I worked at Krystal, and have taken delivery from the commissary man on many evenings. I'd love to grab myself a couple of those fresh doughnuts when they came in! Bopth Krystal and CK's now use Edwards pies, which in no way compare to the ones they used to have.

Too bad these restaurants are no loger in operation; there would seem to be a market for them.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/07/13 02:05:48 (permalink)
Okay~~
I just talked with a friend who remembers three Toddle Houses in Cincinnati. One on Victory Parkway, and one on Calhoun. Both with no booths. The one on Clifton Ave., near Ludlow had booths. This is the one I remember as "The Steak & Egg Kitchen".

Excellent place to frequent at 2:30am. Only one, maybe two, employees. If you acted up, no food for you. The one or two employees kept the "crowd" under control.

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RE: The Toddle House 2006/08/27 18:30:41 (permalink)
I used to hang out at Toddle Houses in Indianapolis when I drove taxi cabs, and an ex-wife worked at the one on North Pennsylvania. I have been trying to find out how I can replicate their signature egg dish, with no success. I have seen some call it scrambled eggs, but to call them that would be like calling Chicken Kiev breaded chicken breasts. They covered the plate, were an inch and a half thick, and tasted like eating an egg-flavored cloud.

I know they mixed it on one of those malt mixing machines, but it seems like I remember that they added some milk and maybe a bit of sugar to the eggs. If anyone knows the recipe to this glorious dish,please let me know. So far, my attempts to make them have failed miserably.

As an aside, the Toddle House on North Meridian Street had a witress on the night shift who was a dead ringer for Dolly Parton. One of the other cabbies who hung out there looked just like Porter Waggoner. We said we were going to dress them up in spangled outfits, take their picture, and sell them, with the writing on them, "With Love, P&D". Someone said that would be forgery, to which I replied, "Not necessarily. In this case it stands for Patsy and Delbert, not Porter and Dolly.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/08/29 20:49:15 (permalink)
Hello Roy51/Toddle House Friends

The only Toddle House my city had just closed its doors, several months ago.

The sentimental tide that rushed this restaraunt took its owners completely by surprise-the place was swamped for about a month prior to closing. Too bad they didn't anticipate this, as I heard the service/food were really lousy.

During the 60s/70s, whenever my mom would drive us by the Toddle House, several Amish would always be hanging around, thus giving this restaraunt an exotic appeal to my 10-year old mind. ("oooooo, Amish...")[|)]
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/08 11:30:54 (permalink)
I just found a great article about the history of Toddle House and its relationship to Dobbs. Apparently Dobbs aquired TH in 1962 but never did anything with them. Then in the 80's they tried to revive the concept with a small, fast food version. That went nowhere.

I got interested in this with an annoucement today that Huddle House is expanding into Cincinnati with the same concept.

Here's a link to the article - http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_v18/ai_3367412

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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/08 11:46:02 (permalink)
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Originally posted by csuper

I just found a great article about the history of Toddle House and its relationship to Dobbs. Apparently Dobbs aquired TH in 1962 but never did anything with them. Then in the 80's they tried to revive the concept with a small, fast food version. That went nowhere.

I got interested in this with an annoucement today that Huddle House is expanding into Cincinnati with the same concept.

Here's a link to the article - http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_v18/ai_3367412



The thing I find interesting is the fact that Dobbs acquired the Toddle House name in 1962. Toddle House used to be Hull-Dobbs before that company sold it and the name was changed in the late '40s. Dobbs used to be Hull-Dobbs.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/09 01:08:49 (permalink)
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Originally posted by csuper

I just found a great article about the history of Toddle House and its relationship to Dobbs. Apparently Dobbs aquired TH in 1962 but never did anything with them. Then in the 80's they tried to revive the concept with a small, fast food version. That went nowhere.

I got interested in this with an annoucement today that Huddle House is expanding into Cincinnati with the same concept.

Here's a link to the article - http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_v18/ai_3367412



The think I findinteresting is the fact that Dobbs acquired the Toddle House name in 1962. Toddle House used to be Hull-Dobbs before that company sold it and the name was changed in the late '40s. Dobbs used to be Hull-Dobbs.


And where does it say they are expanding into Cincinnati? Huddle House? When and where? Same concept? Do tell~~ Inquiring minds want to know.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/09 15:57:30 (permalink)
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There have been lots of comments on Toddle House here, roy51. Try the search feature and pull some up. The chain was based in Lexington, KY, I think and was very widespread.

I ate at the Toddle Houses on 19 and 29th streets in Austin regularly in the 60s, driven there by the wretched food service at UT. One of our posters worked at the Toddle House on 19th, about 10 years before I got to town, I think.

I remember the waffles, the MasterBurgers, the hash browns, the bacon wrapped filet, which was probably all of about 3 oz. and cost $1.95 and filled me up in those days (with a side of hash browns). It was awesome food compared to the cafeterias at UT!

I also remember the fascination of sitting at the counter and watching the cooks and I picked which location to eat at by looking inside to see who was on duty. There was and old woman and old man who worked the late shifts. Both a little stoop shouldered, they had each probably been slinging hash for decades and they were artists. They never wrote down an order until they rang you up at the register and I bet they could have served every stool and booth in the place at the same time and never mixed up an order or done anything worse than burn the toast, which the toasters nearly always did.

I tipped lavishly, given my circumstances -- .25 to .35 at least! I learned a real appreciation of folks in the service industry from going there.



Hey Hermitt,
Great post! I remember 2 Toddle Houses in Lexington, KY also, and they were the best. The two favorites we had were the hash browns and their Black Bottom Pie. I've often wondered what happened to this chain, so does anyone know? Those recipes must be hiding somewhere, and lots of people who remember the Toddle House would love to have them! The ones in Lexington may have been tiny, but they were fantastic, and I wish someone would resurrect them.
All the best,
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/11 10:49:55 (permalink)
There used to be one at the corner of East Blvd and Scott in Charlotte. They had a breakfast sandwich of bacon, eggs and cheese on a toasted hot dog bun that I still reproduce today. Great for hangovers. The location is now a Brixx pizza joint.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/11 13:35:32 (permalink)
These Toddle House posts are wonderful to read. I never knew about the all-night drunks at the Toddle Houses, but we all hung out there after school and after the Saturday afternoon matinees from when we were 10-12 years old and on. They were always in safe neighborhoods, so our parents let us go whenever we wanted. We loved all the hash brown-slinging, fluffy eggs, the hamburgers, and the pies. Am I the only one here who remembers the black bottom pie? It had a delicious chocolate wafer cookie crust and was filled with a layer of chocolate pudding, a layer of vanilla pudding, some kind of terrific RUM flavoring in it, then fancied up with whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top. It was incredible!! Doncha wish there were some really authentic Toddle Houses around these days? They had so many signature dishes, and the blandness of most waffle huts, fake nuevo 50s diners, and coffee shops just pale beside the enduring experience of the Toddle Houses. I wonder who owns the name now, and if they'd consider resurrecting them, just as they were.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/11 21:31:13 (permalink)
I am laughing my head off at these posts and some of the posters. I think that many of you should get out your dictionaries and look up the meaning of words. The first one that comes to my mind is the word "opinion"....................and guess what? That is what these forums ARE supposed to be about.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/11 21:43:23 (permalink)
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The thing I find interesting is the fact that Dobbs acquired the Toddle House name in 1962. Toddle House used to be Hull-Dobbs before that company sold it and the name was changed in the late '40s. Dobbs used to be Hull-Dobbs.

I'm curious. What is Hull-Dobbs? And why is it important enough to mention it five times in this thread alone?

Well, let's see. Hull-Dobbs was a restaurant chain, and it also was the name of a Tennessee-based automobile dealership chain that gave birth to a particular method of new-car sales which boiled down to never qualify a customer. As to why it's been mentioned in this thread so often, that's simple: To annoy you.

Not to be nit-picky, Mr. Hoffman, but Hull-Dobbs was not a restaurant chain, but a company owning several interests, including Dobbs Houses restaurants, established in the 1930s under that name. Hull-Dobbs, of course, is better known for its famous Ford dealership and pressure sales tactics, which anyone with Google would easily find.

Toddle House also was established in the 1930s, under that name, and bought by Hull-Dobbs in 1962, with no name change. But Toddle House was sold in 1965, with no name change. Dobbs Houses also was sold in 1965, with no name change.

I'm sure you would have wanted to get those things right.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/11 22:27:31 (permalink)

In fact, my father used to take me to eat at the two Hull Dobbs restaurants in New Haven, Connecticut in the early 1940s. Later, those two restaurants became Toddle House restaurants.

I didn't really need Google to learn about the Hull-Dobbs dealerships. I worked at one -- Greater-Houston Lincoln Mercury on South Main Street, across from Kelley's Oyster House in Houston, Texas. And, if you consider selling the cars of customers attempting to buy cars in order that they couldn't leave without buying a new car pressure, well ...
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/12 13:15:03 (permalink)
Over 25 posts deleted for flaming or straying WAY off-topic. You guys do know better! If someone offends you please take your gripes to email.
If you had a GOOD post deleted, but had included a quote of a problem post in it...thats why it's gone.
Please just post information relative to THE TOPIC.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/13 12:44:20 (permalink)
There used to be a Dobbs House in the lobby of the old Charlotte airport. The bribe to me was a waffle at the Dobbs House to go to the a/p to meet Daddy after a flight.
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/13 14:33:26 (permalink)
Taken off the net..in addition to johnrf's post....
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Dobbs House


Founded by James K. Dobbs Sr. during the depression, Dobbs House became known as the "sleepy giant of the food industry out in Tennessee." Dobbs Sr. became involoved in the food industry as an investor in the Toddle House chain. His chain of restaurant was a chief competitor of Toddle House, yet he eventually bought them out in 1961. His goal was to create an establishment where good food came first, location and advertising second. The chain was known for fresh pies, veggie soup, and home ground hamburg meat.

In plain English, they wanted the reputation of their food to bring their customers. When Dobbs Sr. died, his sons took over, but eventually sold the company to Beech-Nut Life Savers in 1966.

Dobbs House consisted of three divisions, two in airline and restaurant, one in fast food. The airline division often faced pressure because of flexibility of demand in air traffic, and the fast food division faced problems from investors who collectively thought that the fast food industry was doomed, or as they said it, "shark infested waters."
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John Hull Dobbs family’s original business was automobile dealerships. At one time, the Dobbs dealerships sold 25 % of all Fords sold. Over the years, they have been in the restaurant business (Dobbs House, Toddle House, etc.), the airline catering business, beer distributorships and ranching among other businesses.



At present, John has a beer distribution business in New Mexico and an HMO in Pennsylvania; which he started about 5 yeas ago. He is constantly looking for new opportunities. He is as entrepreneurial as they come and a first class businessman who has ‘hands-on’ involvement in his businesses. Over his lifetime, John has carried on his family’s civic and philanthropic involvement throughout our community.

Description of Business:
Dobbs Management Service is an oversight entity that has sought out, acquired and set policy for the various companies that the Dobbs family has acquired and owned
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Cheryl Biloxi
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/13 23:08:54 (permalink)
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Hello everyone...thanks for all the wonderful memories.......that was fun to read.

I AM on a search for either the receipe books or the receipe for the Chocolate Black Bottom Pie from Dobbs/Toddle House!!!!IF anyone has any ideas where I may locate anything about these receipe PLEASE PLEASE Help......


THANKS
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RE: The Toddle House 2006/09/22 17:41:39 (permalink)
I enjoyed seeing how many others have fond memories of Toddle House like mine. After visiting a Huddle House for the first time the other day (partly to see if it was anything like the old Toddle Houses) I decided to Google "Toodle House" and see if any were left anywhere, and discovered this forum. I discovered Toddle Houses at a location near TCU in Ft. Worth in the late 1950's, when I was a freshman there. I too remember the great burgers and hash browns -- and also (when on a really tight budget) their great BLT's. For dessert (when I could afford it) I had a struggle to choose between the chocolate or the butterscotch pie -- but the butterscotch won out more often; I've never found a butterscotch pie anywhere since the TH days to compare with theirs. By the way, I found Huddle House reminiscent of TH to a certain extent, but not as similar as I had hoped -- AND, they had NO pie!
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