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~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 5:23 PM (permalink)
Growing up in Connecticut, I thought Chuck's was a local chain.
Over time they came and went ... I hear they started in Hawaii ... I found some in Florida that call themselves "The Original" ... The web site for the remaining ones in CT make it seem like they are the seamlessly connected to Chuck.
 
Who knows what the real story is?
 
 
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    Michael Hoffman

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    Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 6:19 PM (permalink)
    I don't know what the story is, but back in the mid '60s I used to go to the Chuck's Steak House on the Post Road in Orange. It had this new thing called a salad bar. It was the first salad bar I'd ever seen, and I believe it was the first one in Connecticut.
     
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      Poverty Pete

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      Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 6:27 PM (permalink)
      In the sixties, I used to frequent the one in La Jolla, Ca.  When I moved to Hawaii, the manager there told me the one in Honolulu was the original.
       
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        Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 6:47 PM (permalink)
        I can remember going to one in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.  We went there with friends , many times, who loved the place.  I detest salad bars and did not think their steaks were really good, so those meals were not enjoyable to me.
         
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          Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 6:49 PM (permalink)
          Come to think of it, it was at Chuck's that I found this great wine -- Mateuse.
           
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            Greymo

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            Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 7:11 PM (permalink)
            I had a friend  (very evil) who judged his dates according to what they would say when he ordered Mateus.  He had a date with a gal one night and ordered this poor excuse for a wine.  She said   "Ahhh,  Mateus; that's my juice!"   Last time he ever dated her!
             
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              Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 7:35 PM (permalink)
              We frequented Chuck's in Los Angeles all the time we lived there during the late sixties. Great food!
              Once, when we vacationed in Maui during the early 70's, we usually had lunch at Chucks at least every other day that we were there. Loved it!
               
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                Michael Hoffman

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                Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 7:38 PM (permalink)
                Hey, I thought Mateuse was the bees knees. And then there was Lancers.
                 
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                  Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 7:52 PM (permalink)
                  Let us not forget, for special dinners at Chuck's...............................Andre's "cold duck"!!!!
                   
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                    Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 8:12 PM (permalink)
                    Greymo


                    Let us not forget, for special dinners at Chuck's...............................Andre's "cold duck"!!!!

                     
                    Especially if you wanted to impress that special lady.
                     
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                      Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 8:17 PM (permalink)
                      I forgot about Cold Duck. I guess that's because I never actually tasted any.
                       
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                        Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 8:23 PM (permalink)
                        Michael Hoffman


                        I forgot about Cold Duck. I guess that's because I never actually tasted any.

                        I guess you just did not know how to impress "that special gal".
                         
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                          Poverty Pete

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                          Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 8:29 PM (permalink)
                          If you really wanted to class up the joint, you could always order Champale.
                           
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                            Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 8:31 PM (permalink)
                            Greymo


                            Michael Hoffman


                            I forgot about Cold Duck. I guess that's because I never actually tasted any.

                            I guess you just did not know how to impress "that special gal".

                            That was never one of my strong points.
                             
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                              Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Thu, 02/20/14 10:30 PM (permalink)
                              Chuck's in Marina del Rey.  Long gone but they served a great lobster tail and steak combination.
                               
                              Lancer's wine in California.
                               
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                                ann peeples

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                                Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Fri, 02/21/14 7:33 AM (permalink)
                                Never heard of Chucks, but you all are making me laugh with the " good wine" references!!!
                                 
                                 
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                                  Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Fri, 02/21/14 9:24 AM (permalink)
                                  Like Ann, I had never heard of Chuck's. They must have had trouble infiltrating the Supper Club Belt.
                                   
                                  Why no link? Chuck's Steak Houses are still around. Although Chuck's wine list is seriously degraded from their heyday.
                                   
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                                    Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Fri, 02/21/14 11:44 AM (permalink)
                                    Looks like they never made it to the Delaware Valley area
                                     
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                                      wallhd

                                      Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Fri, 02/21/14 12:00 PM (permalink)
                                      I must say that this thread is the first I time I have ever heard of Chuck's Steak House, but given the fact that Chuck is a Cornell "Hotelie" means that they are probably good places. LOL

                                      Wally
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                                        Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Sat, 02/22/14 9:19 AM (permalink)
                                        Michael Hoffman


                                        Hey, I thought Mateuse was the bees knees. And then there was Lancers.

                                        There you go! When I was in high school in the early 70's I was a bus boy at a Sheraton Motor Lodge. Those two were at the top of our wine list! And this week  playing in the lounge. Danny Mack!
                                         
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                                          Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Sat, 02/22/14 11:20 AM (permalink)
                                          They also used the Lancer's bottles as salt and pepper shakers. Split size.
                                           
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                                            Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Sat, 02/22/14 7:01 PM (permalink)
                                            mar52


                                            They also used the Lancer's bottles as salt and pepper shakers. Split size.

                                            Yes, I remember that now.  I had completely forgotten about those.
                                             
                                            I can't think of a steakhouse chain that fills the niche that Chuck's did.  It wasn't as high-end as Fleming's or Ruth's, but they were better than Outback or similar places.
                                             
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                                              Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Sat, 02/22/14 7:40 PM (permalink)
                                              I think their menu was also printed ( painted ) on a wine bottle.
                                               
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                                                Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Sat, 02/22/14 10:57 PM (permalink)
                                                Greymo


                                                I had a friend  (very evil) who judged his dates according to what they would say when he ordered Mateus.  He had a date with a gal one night and ordered this poor excuse for a wine.  She said   "Ahhh,  Mateus; that's my juice!"   Last time he ever dated her!

                                                What was with your friend. Our saying in the 70's when we used to go to Chuck's in Sherman Oaks (San Fernando Valley) was...."she likes Mateus......maybe she's !!!"
                                                 
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                                                  Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Sun, 02/23/14 1:54 PM (permalink)
                                                  Our saying for that very same Chuck's in Sherman Oaks was... Let's go tip a table.

                                                  The bar there had a window looking out onto the Valley.

                                                  When it was time to get up for our meal, I turned in the chair which rotated with me. It was a rotating chair. When I did, the arm of the chair went under the table, tipping it and all of the drinks on top of it.

                                                  I still to this day say It Wasn't My Fault!
                                                   
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                                                    Re:~ Chuck's Steak Houses Mon, 02/24/14 1:14 AM (permalink)
                                                    mar52


                                                    Our saying for that very same Chuck's in Sherman Oaks was... Let's go tip a table.

                                                    The bar there had a window looking out onto the Valley.


                                                    Unfortunately, it wasn't as good a view as it was from Monty's Steak House in Westwood-----on a clear day you could see Catalina Island from there!
                                                     
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