Worst Seafood Restaurant in Addison, Texas
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
We love this place!! Definitely NOT a chain! The staff is always great and the food perfectly on point. Great down to earth seafood and wonderful people who serve. Please support local businesses!
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
My favorite seafood restaurant in Dallas Area. Always friendly staff and fresh food makes for a great evening out. 35 years means they are doing something right!
overall 4 food 4 service 4 ambience 4
Always good, consistent seafood. Always feel like family when we drop in. We've been customers for 20+ years!
overall 5 food 4 service 5 ambience 4
Normally have a wonderful meal here. One person in our party wasn't thrilled with their meal, but was OK with it. Didn't send it back or request something different. GREAT service. Really attentive waiter and super pleasant.
overall 4 food 3 service 4 ambience 3
It was ok. Very slow in seating, 30 minute delay . Food average and not a great value.
overall 3 food 3 service 2 ambience 2
This place seems tired. It has a loyal clientele of very senior citizens. Portions are small (which is probably good with the old folks). My dish of stuffed shrimp was nothing memorable. Nothing seemed very fresh or hot off the grill. My wife thought her clam chowder was very bland (also likely good with the seniors who often don't like spices anymore). Even my Manhattan was unremarkable. Its not bad food but its not great food either. And for the money not much of a bargain.
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
The CRAB/SHRIMP PORTABELLA MUSHROOM is worth the trip! The service and food are exceptional. Thank you! Bob
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
The staff was great! They offered my parents FREE dessert or wine for their 54th wedding anniversary. We really enjoyed the food. Staff very attentive and informative about the menu. This was our first time there. We will visit again soon.
Dined on 25 February 2020
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
Another great dining experience at Remingtons. One of my most favorite restaurants in the Metroplex and my most favorite seafood place. The service was great and the food was, as always, fantastic. One of the great things about Remingtons is that it’s a rarity, a restaurant where you can eat and have a conversation. Love Remingtons!
Dined on 23 February 2020
overall 4 food 5 service 3 ambience 3
Everything went well until at the end of dinner we asked for decaf coffee and the wait person brought out instant decaf coffee. For such a fine establishment, why should we not expect fresh brewed decaf? If the wait person had told us it was only available in instant we would have declined.
Dined on 23 February 2020
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
First time to dine here — and won’t be the last! Exceptional service & food. Best Lemon Drop martini in Dallas! My husband & I could actually have a conversation without having to yell. Most restaurants are so LOUD it make the dining experience unenjoyable, not matter how good the food is. Love this place.
Dined on 23 February 2020
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
This restaurant is always great. We dine here about 4-5 times a year, and I’ve never had a bad meal. The service is always great, and this restaurant is a great place to dine for the money. They’ve been open for 39 years I believe, and I know why. consistency in both great food and service.
Dined on 23 February 2020
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
Our friends had not been to Remington’s for several years, and after a scrumptious meal they agreed that this is a place to dine often.
Dined on 23 February 2020
overall 4 food 5 service 5 ambience 3
I have written reviews before on Remington's. This is a place where you can get very good seafood. The side dishes are also very good. Prices are extremely reasonable. A very good feature of Remington's is that you can have a conversation without yelling. So many restaurants today do not have adequate sound quenching and you literally have to yell to talk to the person across the table. We have been going here for many years and have always enjoyed it. The only reason I don't give the overall five stars is that there are always blackboard specials but there is very little creativity in the items. But I do want to repeat if you are looking a very good, solid seafood meal this is a great place to come.
Dined on 16 February 2020
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
Delicious food and excellent, professional service. I love seafood and your menu is extensive. Have been there several times and Remington’s is one of my favorite restaurants
Dined on 15 February 2020
overall 5 food 5 service 4 ambience 5
Amazing! This restaurant has great ambiance with great creole cuisine to match!
Dined on 15 February 2020
overall 5 food 5 service 5 ambience 5
Remington's is a favorite of ours. The food and service is always great and we love supporting a neighborhood restaurant. Joyce is always a sweetheart when we come in.
Dined on 15 February 2020
overall 1 food 1 service 1 ambience 1
The waitress initially came to the table and didn’t say a word. I would expect that from a person bussing tables or a food runner. The bread was very plain at best. And the food, for the price, was not worth it one bit. I am one and done with this place
Dined on 15 February 2020
overall 1 food 1 service 1 ambience 1
Okay, so I gave them one star, if I could give them zero, I would have. My partner and I chose Remington's for our Valentine's Day dinner, as it had pretty decent reviews, and actually had a reservations available that wasn't at some obscure hour like 9 pm. We arrived 15 minutes prior to our 7:45 pm reservation, and the host promptly acknowledged us and sat us shortly thereafter. I do have to say he was extremely courteous and welcoming. We sat down and decided to order the Oysters Rockefeller - the menu described them as being baked with spinach and slab bacon with parmesan cheese. We also ordered the steamed Prince Edward Island mussels for our second appetizer. We both ordered the Blackened Redfish with sides of rice and we substituted green beans for the coleslaw that normally comes with the dinner entrees. The waitress returned with two glasses of water, and a small bread basket. We waited for what seemed like an eternity, and at one point I overheard our waitress telling the table next to us the kitchen was backed up due to some training issue - to have training on a super busy night like Valentine's eve is absurd. I asked the waitress the status of our appetizer order, and she stated it was being plated as we speak. Soon thereafter, the two appetizers we ordered are delivered to our table, and what a disaster! The oysters were mounded with a literal hill of spinach on each one, with no slab bacon, and no oysters, just the spinach and the shells. Half the mussels came with shells and no meat on the inside, very disappointing. I advised the gracious host what had happened, he was appalled, and I advised that we chose not to complete our meal and we were going to leave. Because of this bad experience, I will never set foot in this restaurant ever again.
Dined on 15 February 2020
overall 4 food 4 service 3 ambience 3
Very busy on Valentine’s Day. Food and wine were very good, coffee a little too strong Waitstaff were good, especially when one considers the volume of customers being served Overall a nice experience for my family We always recommend this restaurant for its variety of seafood and homey feel
Master list of every Dallas restaurant and bar that closed in 2020
It's a gloomy CultureMap tradition to do an annual list of restaurant closures although it's usually framed as more as an homage to what came and went.
But the 2020 version is more brutal than usual, since so many restaurants and bars closed due to COVID-19. Of all the fields to suffer during the virus, the food and beverage industry suffered the worst.
In alphabetical order, here's the list:
Ascension Coffee - Local chain closed their Thanksgiving Tower location in downtown Dallas on August 10, and the Willow Bend location in Plano in May.
Barbec's - Breakfast favorite closed after suffering a devastating fire in October.
Barnes & Noble - One-of-a-kind bookstore-cafe in Plano closed in March, due to the coronavirus.
Bartaco - Upscale taco chain based in Connecticut closed its two DFW locations, at Preston Center in Dallas, and at West Bend in Fort Worth.
Beauty Bar - Dallas dance club debuted on Henderson Avenue a decade ago before moving to Deep Ellum, which it never really survived.
Black Swan Saloon — November closure of bar from acclaimed bartender Gabe Sanchez was a major loss for Deep Ellum.
Boi Na Braza - Las Colinas location of this locally-owned Brazilian steakhouse closed in May after two years.
Bolsa - Landmark farm-to-table Oak Cliff restaurant closed in January, but the space has been revived as Encina by chef Matt Balke.
Bullion - Downtown fine-dining spot was done in by the pandemic. They hung on with Bullion To Go, but that closed as of December 31. They hope to reopen the restaurant in 2021.
Burger Street - The Mockingbird Lane location of this small chain made a big dent when it closed in February after 26 years.
Cafe Express - Houston-bred chain withdrew from North Texas when it closed its final DFW location on Lovers Lane in June.
Cafe Izmir - Local Mediterranean concept closed its downtown Dallas location in August.
California Pizza Kitchen - Iconic pizza chain from the West Coast closed its Preston Center location in June, after nearly 30 years.
Cantina Laredo - Two notable locations of this longtime Tex-Mex chain closed: Preston-Royal, which closed on December 20, a victim of both COVID-19 and the 2019 tornado and Fort Worth, which closed in June.
Captain Nemo's - Sub shop in Irving closed due to the virus, after 47-plus years in business.
Casa Komali - Upscale Mexican eatery which served as a platform for many gifted chefs closed in January. Originally founded by chef Abraham Salum, it changed owners in 2016.
Cheese and Chutney - Oak Cliff boutique specializing in two food groups, cheese and chutney, closed in January after nearly three years.
Chicken Scratch/The Foundry - This restaurant-combo-live music venue that closed in May was a pioneer in West Dallas, and a pioneer in fried chicken, which went on to become a huge trend.
Coconut Thai Grill in Carrollton closed due to landlord issues.
Common Table - Pioneering craft beer temple in Uptown was facing a lease renewal when it decided to close in January.
Cool River Cafe — Southwest restaurant and cigar bar in Irving closed in May after 20-plus years. It had a major bar scene and was a favored hangout during the annual Byron Nelson golf tournament.
Christie's - Uptown's quintessential sports bar for decades and one of the neighborhood's most enduring watering holes closed in July.
Crossroads Diner — home to chef Tom Fleming's sticky buns, the breakfast and lunch spot closed in November.
Dallas Comedy House - Revered spot in Deep Ellum which hosted performances by and classes for comedians closed in August.
Da Mario - Upscale Italian restaurant at The Star in Frisco closed in May.
Daphne’s Mediterranean - California chain took over Austin-based Noon Mediterranean (formerly Verts Kebap), then shuttered all its Texas locations in July, including two in DFW.
Dakota’s Steakhouse — Subterranean downtown steakhouse that was home to many culinary rock stars closed in May after 36 years.
Digg's Tacos - Taco concept founded by members of the Cousin's BBQ chain closed its two Dallas-area locations in May.
Eastbound And Down Ice House - Ross Avenue bar with the Smokey & the Bandit theme closed in the fall.
Eastside Social - Greenville Ave bar from Laurel Concepts, the same California company that opened Laurel Tavern, seemed doomed from the get-go.
El Fenix - Two high-profile locations of this Tex-Mex chain closed: The one on Lemmon Avenue closed on September 25 after 60 years, and the Oak Cliff location on Colorado Boulevard, which was built in 1948, closed in July.
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck - Cool Asian restaurant atop Reunion Tower from celebrity chef closed in May due to the coronavirus it had occupied the city's most distinctive dining room since 2009.
Flying Saucer Addison - closed after 25 years. Only three DFW locations of this beer chain are left.
Foxyco - Design District restaurant from chef Jon Stevens closed in the spring location is now home to Oak Lawn favorite Bellini's Cafe.
Friend & Foe - Charming board game cafe in Plano closed in late October.
Grassroots Kitchen - Oak Cliff mom-and-pop restaurant with chef-driven food closed in February.
Green Truck Cafe - Cute Lewisville cafe with actual green truck inside closed in November.
Grill on the Alley - Galleria Dallas restaurant closed in the spring it was the only Texas location of this long-standing California-based chain. A message on their website recommends diners visit Public 972, its sibling restaurant in Addison.
Gung Ho - Short-lived "Chinese" restaurant on Greenville Ave from Elias Pope quietly closed over the summer.
Hattie's - Oak Cliff longtimer closed in February after 18 years the restaurant never quite recovered after chef Estevan Galindo passed away in 2017.
Highland Park Cafeteria — Beloved cafeteria closed in May, after nearly a century in business, first on Knox Street, then at Casa Linda Plaza.
Houston's — Addison location of this uber-popular chain closed in June, likely due to the coronavirus. (The Dallas location at Preston Center, called Hillstone, is still open.)
Ivy Kitchen - Restaurant at Look Cinemas in North Dallas closed in March it had previously been a Nick & Sam's.
The Keeper - High-end Plano seafood restaurant from the FrontBurner restaurant group closed in August.
Kobe Steaks — Addison hibachi-style restaurant closed on October 2, after 40 years.
Laurel Tavern - Burger joint on Greenville Avenue had a rocky start, even before COVID-19 it finally shuttered in May.
Lizard Lounge — Goth HQ near Deep Ellum closed in May.
The Lot - Family-friendly spot off Santa Fe Trail closed in the spring due to the virus.
Macellaio - Casual charcuterie-driven Bishop Arts restaurant will close at the end of 2020 the space will become the new home to its acclaimed sibling, Lucia.
Mercy Wine Bar - Addison original closed after 17 years, due to COVID-19, parking, and construction woes.
Mille Lire — Italian newcomer in the Oak Lawn neighborhood never recovered from untimely death of chef-owner Brian Ellard, and closed in June.
Nazca Kitchen — Popular Latin-American spot at Walnut Hill and US-75 closed in August after eight years.
Neighborhood Services. Preston Royal location of popular concept from chef Nick Badovinus shuttered in May it was in the intersection badly hit by the October 2019 tornado.
Nosh Bistro - Latest revival at Northwest Highway and Hillcrest from chef Avner Samuel didn't even last a year. The space is now home to a Primo's MX, the Tex-Mex concept from Mehrdad Moayedi/Refined Hospitality.
Off-Site Kitchen - Burger restaurant in Trinity Groves from chef Nick Badovinus closed in May.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom - Chicago-style chain closed its only two Dallas restaurants, one at Mockingbird Station and the other in Cedar Hill, in February.
Paul Martin's - California chain co-founded by Paul Fleming (the "P.F." in P.F. Chang's) closed its only Dallas location in August, due to the virus.
Pearl Cup Coffee - Local coffee house chain closed its Richardson location in October, leaving University Park and Preston Hollow.
Peggy Sue BBQ — University Park standby for 31 years sputtered out after it was sold by original owners to an operator who was never able to get it up and running.
Penne Pomodoro - Italian restaurant had been in the heart of Lakewood for 11 years when it closed in July, with the final nail being the coronavirus.
Perfect Union Pizza Company - Nick Badovinus' return to pizza got crushed by the virus the Highland Park space is now home to his lobster roll concept, Yo! Lobster.
The Poké Point Poke place in Carrollton closed in December.
Punch Bowl Social - After lengthy management upheaval, this Colorado-based dining and entertainment chain filed for bankruptcy in December and shuttered a number of locations including Deep Ellum.
Remington's Seafood Grill - Addison restaurant known for great seafood closed in June after 42 years, due to the financial hardships of COVID-19 it had been open since 1979.
Ross & Hall - Deeply troubled Ross Avenue bar that took over Little Woody's space closed in May.
Salaryman — Ramen jewel from Justin Holt closed after the chef was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in early October.
Sassetta - Tim Headington's great pizza entry in Design District closed very quietly in March. In good news, it will resurface once again in the former Americano space at the Joule Dallas hotel.
Savor — Gastropub at Klyde Warren Park closed on August 23, along with Relish, its companion burger stand, due to the virus.
Snap Kitchen - "Healthy" chain from Austin closed 14 stores in Texas in November — including six in Dallas-Fort Worth. Two remain open: 4115 Skillman St. in Dallas and 2828 W. Seventh St. in Fort Worth.
Start - "Healthy" fast-food chain shut down in May after eight years, with the virus being the cause.
Stonedeck Pizza Pub - Deep Ellum pizzeria closed in January after six years of slinging pies.
Taco Cabana - This chain closed 19 locations in January, but the location on Greenville Ave was a legend of sorts, due mostly to the "Tango" frogs on its roof.
Tacos Mariachi - Acclaimed Greenville Avenue taqueria from chef Jesus Carmona closed in March. (He has since opened Chimichurri, an Argentinian restaurant in Bishop Arts, in the former Tillman's space.)
Taco Stop - Design District taqueria known for giving away coats during the winter closed in August after nine years the owner blamed reduced foot traffic.
TGI Friday's - Chain closed its high-profile location in Dallas' West End in April it had been there since 1992.
Tomo Sushi - Doting little sushi restaurant in Frisco closed in May.
Top Pot - Doughnut chain pulled out of Dallas, closing three locations - North Dallas, Greenville Ave., and City Line in Richardson - in October.
Trinity Groves - Phil Romano's "incubator" saw numerous closures in 2020 including Luck Kitchen which closed in January, Chino Chinatown which closed in February, Amberjax Fish Market & Grille which closed July 27, and The Hall Bar & Grill which closed July 31. The concept is no longer an incubator, and will instead be all Phil concepts.
Water Grill - California-based upscale seafood concept that opened on McKinney Avenue in 2017 closed suddenly in February after three years.
Wheelhouse — Tim Headington brewpub in Design District adjacent to his pizzeria Sassetta was brought down by the virus and closed in March.
5 Fast Food Restaurants Where You Can Eat Low Sodium on Buzzfeed
I write guides for you for many restaurants, where I hack the salt on their menu and report back the findings to you my fellow low sodium sojourners, so we can make better choices when we dine out. I was a bit excited that I got to have 5 Fast Food Restaurants Where You Can Eat Low Sodium on Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed is one of those sites that aggregates news and information that may be useful to you.
They are famous for their lists. So I was thrilled to help provide the information for the top 5 Fast Food Restaurants where we can eat low sodium. We cover McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Subway, Chipotle, and Panera Bread. There are a lot of people who stop going out to eat on a low sodium diet. I am here to report that it does not have to be that way.
The USDA recommends that a person with a healthy heart only consumes 2300 mg of sodium per day. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Mayo Clinic only recommend 1500 mg to protect heart health and to reduce high blood pressure. The problem is that the average American consumes over 4000 mg of sodium per day. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in this country. We have to start controlling our salt intake.
Here is a link to the article. As always, thanks for reading, and let me know in the comments what restaurants I should tackle next.
Father-son duo climb ranks at Chamberlain’s restaurant in Addison
They say you can have too many cooks in a kitchen, but don’t tell that to Florentino Echeverria and his son, Valentin.
The two may have stumbled upon careers in cooking, but they have made the most of their opportunities. Father and son have climbed their way up at Chamberlain’s steak and seafood restaurants in Addison.
The 53-year-old Florentino is lead broiler chef at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House. Valentin, 28, is executive chef at Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill.
Though they don’t work under the same roof, the Echeverria family tries to gather, cook and eat together every Sunday at Florentino’s northwest Dallas home, near Royal Lane and Webb Chapel Road.
Paving the way
Florentino Echeverria knew little English when he started working at Vie de France as a dishwasher.
He moved to Dallas, along with his family, in 1989. Then 29, Florentino moved from California, while his children and wife, Maria Cruz Echeverria, ventured north from Santiago Maravatío, Mexico.
“I didn’t speak … little bit of English, I learned word by word,” he said. “And then, I jumped to the line and jumped to the kitchen [in] about six months I was making more money than the people that was there for five years.”
During his career in the kitchen, Florentino said he learned the names of spices in English and would ask his wife how to say them in Spanish.
“I learned all the spices in English, I learned how to say ‘basil,’ but I cannot say it in Spanish,” Florentino said, though he has since learned how to translate the word.
In 1996, after working in several jobs, he got his next shot in the kitchen when a fellow chef told him about an open position at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House.
Florentino started at Chamberlain’s “working in the middle,” where he helped in various areas of the kitchen, including ordering food for the chef.
Richard Chamberlain, owner of the restaurants that bear his name, has high praise for Florentino, adding that his former position as the chef tournant was a “real key position.”
“That’s the guy that works the middle, who helps to expedite,” he said. “And he coordinates between the saucier and the grillardin, which is the broiler, so it’s a very important position.”
Chamberlain marveled that as lead broiler chef, Florentino now cooks 75 percent of the entrees served in a given evening.
“If you can imagine, he’s cooking perfectly 150 to 200 steaks a night,” Chamberlain said.
Working in the restaurant has provided a continuous education for Florentino, whose grandfather worked in a carniceria or butcher shop.
“Everything I do, I do because I want to be not the best,” Florentino said. “[I want] to do the best for the restaurant.”
Chain of command
Valentin Echeverria didn’t intend to follow in his father’s culinary footsteps.
Valentin received his bachelor’s degree in business from DeVry University and was originally planning to find an office job and work up from there.
But within 12 years of starting work in the prep station at Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill, he’s advanced to executive chef.
The restaurant continued to supply him opportunities and he “just kept taking them,” he said.
Chamberlain said the restaurant saw promise in Valentin but was not sure where he would go with the industry. But as the young chef continued to progress, Chamberlain saw he was outperforming some senior employees.
He said it was a “simple decision” to promote him.
Chamberlain added that Valentin was very young at the time of his promotion. When the average age of the executive chefs prior was 38, Valentin was a fresh 22.
Father and son finally got the chance to work in the same kitchen four or five years ago, Valentin said. His father was looking for work during lunch. And Valentin sought a grill cook. He hired him, and the two worked together for nearly eight months.
“I was 22 or 23 when that was when that happened and it felt a little weird just having to tell him or to train him on that station on how stuff went and you know make sure everything came out perfectly,” Valentin said. “He did a great job. He took care of everything, so he made it easy for me.”
The father and son have also considered opening a family restaurant, but it’s an idea that is still in discussion.
Though Valentin did not intend to follow in his father’s culinary footsteps, he said he has taught him to work well at what he does.
“He has taught me to work hard and … just to do my best,” Valentin said “and he gave me the shot or he knew the chef, and got me into the business and ever since then, I have been just trying my best.”
Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison neighborsgo editor Elizabeth Knighten can be reached at 214-977-2264.
Bawarchi Signature(Clay pit) (Reported Closed)
Stay Away! – We thought this restaurant was affiliated with Clay Pit in Austin, TX. It was originally owned and operated by the same owner, however, it has changed hands twice since then. My husband and I gave it a try last night and ordered the exact entrees we order at the Austin Clay Pit. Much to our dismay, our "Indian" food was swimming in some sort of bland gravy sauce and had no flavor whatsoever. We have eaten lots of Indian food in many cities and have never had Indian food that tasted like this. The rice was Minute Rice and was room temperature and tasteless. On top of this, our tablecloth had not been changed since the last guest, and had food and a few hairs on it. We ate only one bite of our food and told the manager that we were leaving. he kindly told us not to worry about the bill. That is the only good thing I can say about our experience.
Not worth being Indian food. or food for that matter – let me begin by saying, do not eat here. We ordered delivery from Clay Pit in order to impress a couple of our Indian friends. The food looked like baby poo and even though we ordered a variety of dishes, they all looked and tasted the same. Our Indian friends said, "blah" after trying the food and that Clay Pit is NOT Indian food. I hope that no one eats from here. The naan was the only thing I ended up semi enjoying. To wrap this up, I read the reviews from this site quite often, but never commented on restaurants before. The only reason I created an account is to warn people to stay away from this place. I hope I and the others who share the same feelings are heard by you, do not eat here.
Stay Away! – Everything tasted like cream. All dishes are oily and cold. The dishes are not made to the right Indian recipe, esp fish chilli, dal,etc., chicken(s) are the meat available most of the times. Not much verities. It is not worth to pay $13/ adult for their crap. They rip you off if you are not pay attention on your bill. The advertised menu will not be available when you make it there.They will charge for kids even under 4 (unlike the ad). they "automatically' charge your tip (18%) for your convenience. Very poor service!
Pros: good location, okay with the inside looks,
Cons: bad food, expensive, not much verities, poor service.
Cons: bad food, not worth my money
DIDN'T BOTHER TO STICK AROUND – WORST SERVICE EVER EXPERIENCED.
My husband and I had made reservations for Valentine's weekend to try out Indian food for the first time. When we arrived the hostess was away from the podium helping the staff which should've been our first red flag. She finally approaches us to tell us that our "table isn't ready" even though we had reservations. We waited in the bar for 10 minutes and then finally got seated. We sat in a dark corner next to the kitchen where a hand full of servers were running around like chickens without heads. The HOSTESS brought us our water and bread. My husband and I sat unattended for 25 minutes! Nobody came by to take our orders or to even introduce themselves as our waiter. I looked around and realized many other couples that had been seated long before us were still sitting with their menus. My husband decided to get up and leave to eat elsewhere because we wanted to eat before midnight! We walked passed a couple of staff and the hostess and nobody tried to stop us or at least apologize. Worst Valentine's experience EVER.
Not at all authentic! – the food was bland. and there was a belly dancer all over the customers! not a place i wanted to be with my parents and kids. not somewhere i'm returning!
HORRIBLE – Horrible food. DIRTY place. BAD SERVICE.
everything tasted the same. UNHEALTHY AND FULL OF CREAM couldnt even taste the masala because my mouth was full of cream.
other indian restaurants are better.
unhygienic, poor service – We found a hair in our food. To add to that when we mentioned that to the person serving the food..he told us he can assure us it's not his for sure and then when we returned the entree we were left with bill on our table without any replacement of the ordered item. indeed *Professional..Thank God we still have multiple Indian restaurants in dallas area to decide which ones to avoid next time..
My first Lunch here, left me lacking. – I have read many favorable/highly rated reviews for the Clay Pit before however, I think they were primarily for the dinner. I took a friend here for lunch about two weeks ago. They had never tried Indian cuisine before, and I thought it would be a great introduction. Although the lunch was ok, it was just that?.ok. It was not bad it just was not very good. Many of the dishes lacked the distinct seasoning that make Indian cuisine such a treat.
Again, this was lunch. Their dinner entree?s could be spectacular, or I may have come on an off day. I am going to try the Clay Pit again and will let you know. If you are in Addison and have an insatiable desire for Indian (based on my first encounter), Clay Pit will fit the bill.
Not Bad – I went to this restaurent on tuesday night with my buddies. My first impression was it is a restaurent like Tabla in manhattan but once i open menu it proved wrong. We ordered some vegitarian and non veggie food and quantities are adiquate for asingle person. Vegitarian tastes good but Non-Veg they may need to improve. Over all clean environment and food is pricey for that quality and quantity. Service is just ordinary.
A great surprise – We ate at the restaurant for lunch on day and they had a buffet. It was killer. The seasoning was nice and not over done, the food on the buffet was fresh and cook just right, not like some where it sits and overcooks. The staff was very pleasent and the place was packed.
The restaurant that turned me on to Indian cuisine – My first visit to Clay Pit was their location in Austin. I was thrilled to see I was living so near their Dallas location.
The chicken tikka masala is my favorite - I wish I could recommend other dishes but this is my favorite and the only one I order.
The restaurant is so pretty, service has been inconsistent on my visits but normally the service is good. The prices are reasonable.
Wholly Unremarkable – Neat Atomsphere and the option to dine outdoors. After that, wholly average. While the chutney's were good with pita chips, everything else was fairly bland. The Saag was ok with a good heat, however the Tikka Masala reminded me of tomato soup with cumin, and the Naan seemed more like toasted tortillas. Overall, if you're looking for authentic Indian cuisine.. best to go elsewhere.
Wonderful Indian Food – Everytime I go to the Clay Pit, I'm so glad that I did. . .I'm always greeted with a smile, seated promptly, treated wonderful and I love the food. The staff is always very helpful with the menu and wine list. I have tried a variety of items and have always been pleased.
Indian restaurant from Austin offers quality Indian cuisine in an elegant, sophisticated space. – In Short
A glass waterfall is among the first sights customers see at this sleek restaurant in Addison, and it sets the stylish and colorful tone of the decor. Waiters bring all entrees in separate bowls or platters, which makes the restaurant a great destination for groups who enjoy sharing. The Indian menu consists of traditional dishes, plus a few newer twists. Grilled Tandoori chicken is marinated the night before in yogurt, garlic, ginger and spices.
thank goodness for Clay Pit – I finally have a place to cure my Indian cuisine cravings. Favorite dishes are Khuroos-E-Tursh, Curried Mussels and Vindaloo. Can you tell I eat there quite a bit? Need I say more, tehn? YES - great wine list and try the Ginger Peach Mango Ice Tea.
Excellent cuisine, upscale setting – Super buffet with varied selection of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Great selection of soups, salad offering, delicious desserts. A definite for lovers of Indian cuisine.
Great Memories of New England Restaurants That Are No Longer With Us
Part 1 Read New England Restaurant memories, Part 2 here
Chef Wilhelm's Hofbrahaus was a German restaurant located in Ogunquit, ME. We ate there a few times in the 1970s. It was always great eating German food in a coastal town when everyone else was eating lobster and chowder.
by Eric Hurwitz. Updated 12/19/16.
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While peers of mine in the 1970s were mourning the deaths of rock icons Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, I focused my respects on the passing of restaurants like Angelo's in Arlington, MA, and Jack and Marions deli in Brookline, MA. A great pizza and corn beef sandwich rang more true than an amplified guitar riff, I thought.
Restaurants leave us all the time. You thought that special place would last forever because no one would ever close a place so near and dear to your heart. Then you see that "For Sale" sign one day and your childhood temporarily goes right down the drain. You think, "How could they close this place when I liked it so much? Why didn't they contact me first before closing?"
You get cynical. A new restaurant opens and you promise not to get too attached because of past heartbreaks. Then, you break down and fall for a new place. Then, one day, they close and it's time to search for a new love.
The key is to enjoy restaurants when they're around and not get too down when they close. Restaurants like Angelo's and Jack and Marion's struck such a strong emotional chord to this writer because of joyful family experiences and the excitment of trying food that we had never eaten before (or old favorites that were done especially well). Perhaps if Angelo's and Jack and Marion's were around today, they would just be "another restaurant," but back then they were worshiped.
The following is a list of New England restaurants, gone but not forgotten in many of our native New England hearts and minds:
Fontaine's, West Roxbury, MA Fontaine's was one of the only dining spots where I was perfectly content to stay outside the restaurant. Nothing against the very good, family-style chicken dishes inside, but the main attraction was the exterior neon, waving chicken sign. For more than 50 years, this kitschy, nostalgic sign with the animated, spastic chicken brought happiness to passing drivers. Maybe since so many people today are driving and talking on their cell phones, looking at themselves in the mirror, or just trying to fit into the Boston lifestyle by driving recklessly and feeling self-entitled, perhaps the happy neon waving chicken sign became sad and lonely. It seemed pretty lonely inside, too, inside Fontaine's the last few years, as the quality slipped and families chose fast-food chicken places that reflected their always-on-the-go lifestyles. Fontaine's makes some of us long, however, for the innocent age coupled with a more relaxed, leisurely dining pace tailor-made for families that ate together and loved neon waving chicken signs.
Dave Wong's China Sails, Chestnut Hill, MA , and various eastern Massachusetts locations A great advertising campaign goes a long way. China Sail's advertised on television and radio frequently, to the point where it eventually became a household name. While the food was good, it wasn't better than many other places struggling to stay in business. China Sails usually seemed to attract a senior set convinced that the agreeable, mouthwatering advertisements were true. China Sails also attracted, it always seemed, inexplicably, very attractive women paired with goofy looking, socially inept men. Dave Wong seemed like a really nice guy, and that is probably why -- along with the familiar Chinese comfort dishes -- so many people went to China Sails. It was a true dining legend for many, many years.
Chef Wilhelm's Hofbrahaus, Ogunquit, ME Opening a German restaurant in a coastal town known for its seaside lobster dinners seemed a bit odd, but for those preferring wiener schnitzel to lobster, Chef Wilhelm's made a ton of sense. Outside, the big barrel with the smiling German man and woman wooden cutouts standing on top (they looked more Dutch than German) was a classic memory. Inside, Chef Wilhelm's looked more like a steak house chain with its red tablecloths, cheesy wagon wheel chandelier and drab drop ceiling.
Finnerty's Country Squire, Cochituate, MA Finnerty's Country Squire recently closed, leaving behind wonderful dining memories of a large, traditional New England restaurant that pleased many for generations. Finnerty's was the type of place where one could feel good to dress in their Sunday best for a family meal or larger function and never walk away disappointed at the straightforward chicken, steak and seafood selections. Now that Finnerty's is closed, it brings up the retrospective question, "Why didn't we go there more?" The food was consistently solid, management ran a tight ship, and the slightly out-of-date country decor, too-long hallway, the spacious dining rooms, wall-to-wall carpeting and relaxed New England country feel brought one back to simpler times. The current "business closed" sign in front of the door reads like an indication of "It's a Wonderful Life," where cold Pottersville has taken over charming Bailey Falls. Although we didn't dine there much, Finnerty's will always have a place in our hearts as an integral part of New England dining. We hope that if a restaurant takes over, it will be in the tradition of Finnerty's and not some overpriced, self-conscious gourmet restaurant. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but old-time tradition seems to slipping away from the New England dining scene, and that's sad.
The Old Oaken Bucket, Westford, MA The Old Oaken Bucket is a prime example of how a cool name and atmosphere can make one overlook the offerings of dried out meat and surly service. During a childhood stage where we aimed to be rural hicks despite living in urban Arlington, Mass. (perhaps by watching too much Andy Griffith, Green Acres and Gomer Pyle) , the Old Oaken Bucket delivered the goods in its rural Westford location in a frayed, rough-around-the-edges dining room that seemed on the verge of needing a huge facelift (the rundown feel, however, had a great charm). All was forgiven, however, as we could picture Gomer Pyle eating some home cooked food here (this quickly-passing rural stage perhaps reflected the lack of girls we met during this time). One day, many years later, after telling a friend about the Old Oaken Bucket , we enthusiastically drove out there and, sadly, found it closed. Many years later, however, the Old Oaken Bucket reopened and was, to our surprise, of much better quality, thanks to building upgrades and an innovative chef who implemented a nice combination of down-home, and upscale flourishes to meats that weren't dried out. The "new" Old Oaken Bucket didn't last more than a few years, however, as The 99, a very good local chain, bought them out. The good and bad versions of the Old Oaken Bucket will always remain with us, however, especially the bad version.
Longhorn Barbecue, North Woodstock, NH Childhood favored the Longhorn Barbecue over touring the stunning, beautiful nearby Mt. Washington and viewing some of the most spectacular scenery in New England, courtesy of White Mountain National Forest. The barbecue chicken and blueberry pie were amazing and the knotty pine, cowboy-like atmosphere was the closest we ever came to experiencing the "west," since we never went beyond Rochester, N.Y. The elongated gift shop was great, too, with cowboy belts, that had the novel distinction of having the beads fall off once out in the parking lot. The Longhorn faded one day at sundown as the barbecue chicken was drier than Pat Paulsen, they were all out of blueberry pie, and a waitress had her head down on a dining room table crying. Suddenly, the spectacular New Hampshire scenery seemed like a pretty good option. The Longhorn has resurfaced, however, as a good breakfast place, according to some sources who favor breakfast over the spectacular New Hampshire scenery.
Angelo's, Arlington, MA With dim lighting and a circular dining room that appealingly ended up where you started, Angelo's made the cheesiest, chewiest, tastiest pizzas and Italian-American food that was on par with the best Italian Boston North End restaurants. The staff, which seemed to work there 24 straight hours, seven days a week, was always pleasant by striking up conversation, remembering names of customers and always saying "Thank-you." This is quite a contrast to modern day Arlington, where the pace is much faster and thoughtfulness sometimes takes a back seat to adults who love their toys -- SUVs, cell phones and laptops. Angelo's, on the other hand, seemed well integrated into the thoughtfulness of earlier-day Arlington, the classic local business that emphsized "local" while bringing a viable business to hungry Arlingtonians on a low budget and a big appetite.
Jack and Marion's, Brookline, MA Why a household name-caliber restaurant closed, we'll never know, but Jack and Marion's served as the local leader of what some say was New York City quality deli food, with service and urban panache to match. While some other delis had surly service and didn't always give it their best effort, Jack and Marion's seemed like a model of hard-working consistency -- even to a then eight-year-old like me. One could fill up on great soups, a main meal and huge dessert in a bustling atmosphere. Jack and Marion's proved that running a restaurant as efficiently as a machine didn't mean dining in a charmless, sterile environment it just meant you could enjoy the great food and be taken care of in a really nice, pleasant dining room with deli aromas that seemed to extend a mile to our parking space in urban Brookline.
Bishop's, Lawrence, MA During its heyday, Bishop's served the best Middle Eastern food and french fries in New England. That's right, Middle Eastern food and french fries. The lamb kabobs, hummus, babba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves and, yes, perfectly cooked, shoestring french fries had no rival. The atmosphere was memorable too, with, as someone described, a dining room that resembled an aircraft carrier. Bishop's always had amazing service, with many "career" waiters -- the professionalism showed. We never thought Bishop's would close, but it did, and we had to find another restaurant to call a tradition for a revered annual family birthday celebration.
Gianelli's, Burlington, MA Easily a place where Richie Cunningham from Happy Days could have been spotted, the family-owned, family-oriented Gianelli's offered homemade Italian food in a remarkably informal, unaffected setting on a part of Route 3A in Burlington that mall shoppers probably never knew existed. Gianelli's didn't win any prizes for being pretentious and stuffy, which accounts for why they were in business for generations. The fact Gianelli's closed took away a part of many people happy childhood memories, as well as some adults who loved this timeless restaurant where food, family and service mattered most.
Green Ridge Turkey Farm, Nashua, NH We never found the Green Ridge nor the Turkey Farm on the incredibly congested Daniel Webster Highway, but the Green Ridge Turkey Farm always delivered the freshest turkey along with all the requisite sides -- stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. The quality slipped in the early 1990s and suddenly the charming old house-like structure morphed into a Barnes and Noble. We like to read books and Barnes and Noble satisfies that craving very much, but at that location we wish that great turkey could have remained forever.
Willow Pond Kitchen, Concord, MA Somehow, a redneck bar with stuffed moose on the wall and catfish and frog legs on the menu seemed out of place in Concord, one of the most affluent towns in Massachusetts. The cow stench across the street always had an endearing quality, sometimes serving as the warmest greeting at this dining spot. Short on manners and low on prices, the Willow Pond Kitchen wasn't all that great -- especially the turgid pizza -- but it was a place to return because it was so different from the rest of the vanilla restaurant pack. Admittedly, they had great lobster deals and an endless supply of oysters. When I heard about the Willow Pond closing, I had to go back one more time. I left disappointed in the food and the impending closure. Sometimes, we like things that aren't that great Willow Pond Kitchen expertly tapped into this pathetic human condition.
Nick's Beef and Beer House, Cambridge, MA The double cheeseburger plate for under 2.95, cheap beer, wisecracking waitresses and that unforgettable phony fireplace with the multi-colored logs pleased everyone from Harvard students to construction workers. No one ever admitted to truly liking Nick's Beef and Beer House, but that was disproved by the endless crowds eating foods bad for the cardiovascular system in this dark, cavernous eatery. Why Nick's had to go, we'll never know. It was like taking away from a baby his favorite toy.
Shakey's Pizza, Nashua, NH Hmmm, let's open up a restaurant that plays Laurel and Hardy movies, has a player piano and serves great pizza and root beer-- and nothing else worthwhile. Oh, and let's call this place Shakey's! This brilliant and visionary marketing strategy pleased parents and kids, alike. Shakey's is long gone, which is a tragedy. The combination of going to beautiful Silver Lake State Park in nearby Hollis and then having a grand time at Shakey's is the stuff that created great childhood memories.
The Wursthaus, Cambridge, MA The great thing about the Wursthaus was that everyone could wear a plaid jacket, horn-rimmed glasses, smoke a pipe and not get beat up. This long-time Harvard Square hangout proved popular with professors,students and phony intellectuals, as well as high school graduates who wanted to feel smart while drinking beer. The Wursthaus featured an enormous variety of beer and OK German food in a rather charming upstairs dining room. Here was a restaurant with personality, personalities and a presence that makes you wonder why so many restaurants in the once unique Harvard Square had to go generic.
Red Coach Grill, Hyannis, MA This place was like Howard Johnson's with some fancy rugs and more comfortable seats. Come to think of it, Howard Johnson's did own the Red Coach Grill, which operated in many New England locations and inexplicably, a place somewhere north of Lake George, N.Y. Our only Red Coach Grill experience was at the Hyannis rotary. As kids, we were somewhat nervous about going in the restaurant -- what if one of those crazy drivers missed the rotary and drove right into the restaurant? The steaks were OK, the chicken a bit dry and most of peas and mashed potatoes we didn't like ended up stuck under the table. On top of that, the Red Coach Grill didn't have Howard Johnson's 28 ice cream flavors. We'll always remember, however, those great black booths and the cool red rugs, although that didn't do one thing for our hunger.
Chadwick's, Waltham, MA Chadwick's was a wildly popular ice cream parlor that also served pretty good sandwiches. Chadwick's most memorable moments occurred on customers' birthdays when ear-splitting drums and singing shook the small dining room, and most likely, the entire Metrowest Boston region. A perennial kid's favorite, Chadwick's left a lot of great memories including some of the biggest sundaes encountered in the Western world and fun, fun, fun anytime during business hours.
The Acropolis, Cambridge, MA The repetitive playing of "Never on Sunday" on eight-track tape, that really nice, stoic bald Greek host with the twinkle in his eye, and some fabulous baked lamb with too-good-to-be true rice pilaf were just a few highlights that made the Acropolis a beloved Cambridge dining establishment. The Acropolis staff always made the diner feel at home at this small, dark, informal place that catered to families, Harvard University professors, romantic couples and poor college students (usually the romantic couples). That incredible Greek lamb -- so tender and abundant -- has never been duplicated, to our knowledge, even at some great local Greek restaurants. We'll never know why the Acropolis closed (actually we're journalists and could find out, but we won't because it feels better to not know and eternally be depressed and outraged about its unexpected closing).
Yoken's, Portsmouth, NH I was so excited I could barely contain myself. We were headed to Yoken's, a legendary Portsmouth, N.H., seafood restaurant famous for everything fried under the sun, a gift shop with nothing good, and the huge, amazing smiling whale sign.
It had been nearly 30 years since my last visit. Now, I could pass on my Yoken's-fueled childhood joy to our children. Instantly bringing back memories, I could see the esteemed Yoken's sign ahead. Eagerly awaiting the return of something so dear to my heart, we signaled left, drove into the parking lot, and found that Yoken's was gone. It was just a parking lot and a sign with the huge, amazing smiling whale. I was crushed. It was sort of like Homer Simpson driving his car into beyond-rural Spittle County, and seeing several appetizing billboard ads for Flaming Pete's barbecue restaurant -- only to heartbreakingly find out when arriving at the newly-beloved destination that Flaming Pete's had burned to the ground.
Nate's Deli, Arlington, MA I always loved Nate's Deli because every luncheon meat they served seemed to taste better than its competitors. Nate's also offered larger potions of deli meats than others. It was also a five minute's walk from home, located in what is now Camera's Inc. The atmosphere: a plain-looking, pure, classic small town community storefront with a staff that was most welcoming and prided itself on getting to know the customer. But what I liked most about Nate's was that the owner reminded me a lot of Inspector Fenwick from the Dudley Do-Right cartoon series.
As a college student in the 'sixties I spent several great summers working at a boys' camp on Lake Winnepesaukee, which thrives to this day. While the camp dining room has improved radically in recent years, in the sixties the camp food was, well, camp food, and my colleagues and I used to count the days until we could get to Wolfeboro to do some laundry and eat at Bailey's. On a sabbatical trip detour I visited Bailey's on the last day of their season in 1999, never imagining they might close one day, and they graciously let me take a menu. What a wonderful place, what lovely folks and really good food, and what what happy memories.
From Gary N.:
What a great article about restaurants we miss, sure brought back some memories and stirred up some more…..
Red Coach Grille…never went to the Hyannis branch but the ones in Framingham, and the original in Wayland were “big night out” for my parents, as well as an occasional Sunday dinner where a Filet Mignon was a big deal. Framingham had a nice view of the water. Other special meals in Framingham were at Armand’s Beacon Terrace and The Maridor, the latter being more for atmosphere than food, Spanish in design (along with the 60’s design Fonda del Corro Motor Inn adjacent), but all I remember was American food the place looked more like you’d dream of in Las Vegas or Hollywood…sort of a “Rat Pack” hangout. Framingham’s most romantic spot might have been La Rotisserie Normandie, at the Framingham Motor Inn, where you could get flaming food!
Bishops, Lawrence, MA…agree it was a destination spot but I think those great shoestring fries is what made the Lebanese food memorable, but for me the El Morocco, Worcester, MA was hands-down the best for Middle Eastern food. From when it actually was an after-hours hang-out for the “Rat Pack” crowd – it was fun looking at the celebrity photos in all the nooks and crannies of the old Worcester triple-decker where you dined in the first floor or basement in crowded booths or long tables where there was always a party going on to the “Bishop’s like” palace the Aboody family built across the street where once the sun went down, the twinkling lights of the city below, and the tinkling of the piano keys in the dining room let you imagine you were in some rooftop NY night club. Filled with couples, extended families, and crowds being served by tuxedoed wait staff , the El had the best Baba Ganoush, lemon-mint dressed salads, shish kabob, and my favorite – a variety platter of! (This was) the tastiest Lebanese food (and I compared Bishop’s, the old Red Fez in Boston’s South End, Lander’s in Lebanon, NH, but nobody could match the El!), ending with the best rice pudding anywhere…oh, how I miss the El!
And speaking of Worcester, another city landmark was Putnam and Thurston’s. Started in the late 1800’s, Put’s for years was Worcester’s version of Locke-Ober. When downtown was the region’s shopping hub, on Saturdays or on the nights the stores were open, it was a treat to go to Put’s which had two dining rooms, more casual on the left, an old time restaurant/coffee shop with counter and booth service and a menu with changing daily specials. You couldn’t go wrong, however when my Mom felt flush, she could be persuaded at the entrance to go right to the main dining room where Worcester’s power brokers, elite ladies, couples out on the town were welcomed by an older hostess who my mother got a kick out of how she gave big bear hugs to the old men who enjoyed traditional food with a few exotic twists like Lobster Newburgh or Beef Stroganoff served on silver and white tablecloths, all surrounded by masculine dark paneling. Once downtown deteriorated, so went Put’s.
Loved Jack and Marian’s. also missed deli food while in college in Boston at Ken’s at Copley and Deli Haus in Kenmore Sq. And speaking of Brookline, a favorite was the Hungarian restaurant Chardas, great food and much less expensive than the wonderful Café Budapest under the Copley Sq. Hotel.
Eastern European cuisine reminds me of the wonderful meals at the much missed Hofbrauhaus in Ogunquit when the extended family arrived in York Beach for summer vacations, for a few years Chef Wilhelm also operated a wonderful French restaurant high atop Isreal’s Head and the Marginal Way called Chateaubriand….first time I had sweetbreads! Other York/Ogunquit by-gone favorites….Spiller’s on Short Sands (for before beach breakfast, or family priced seafood dishes for lunch or supper – they closed early), Poor Richard’s (located in a number of spots in Ogunquit), and old resort style table d’hote breakfasts at York Beach’s Ocean House. Lastly, for a few seasons actress Julia Meade operated The Fan Club in the pagoda style former Dan Sing Fan tea room overlooking Perkins Cove her venue was Broadway comes to the Ogunquit Playhouse with the sparkling lights illuminating the white washed walls making a lovely summer setting, particularly for pre-matinee lunches that featured ite!
ms like Quiche Me Kate and items originating at NYC’s ‘21’ (i.e. ‘21’ Burger).
Other memorable vacation spots included Hickory Stick Farm near Laconia, NH for the best roast duck we had ever eaten Woodbine Cottage near Lake Sunapee, where I overheard a woman at the next table state that the food here was better than the Ritz (I only made it to the Café, never to the upstairs dining room of the Boston landmark) – it was good, especially the homemade tomato soup with a dollop of sour cream (why do I remember that?) the German food at North Conway’s Hoffmann House, later at the same location Scotch cuisine (if there is such a thing, other than the unusual oat cakes) at the Scottish Lion and “gourmet” food at The Springs in New Ashford or Le Jardin in Williamstown in the Berkshires.
China Sails reminded me of the days that Chinese restaurants were few and far between, as a youngster, we travelled about 20 miles for Egg Foo Young, and Shrimp with Lobster Sauce (was many years before we learned Lobster Sauce was actually pork!) at Wellesley’s Chin’s Village on the Natick line.
I did not know of Hartwell Farm until after the fire, but for country fare we headed further west to Phillipston’s Fox Run, a drafty old barn with stalls and an inside well, down a long country road, and up a hill with a view of Monadnock. The atmosphere was more memorable than the food, though. Another destination spot, famed for its Roast Beef with popovers was the Black Lantern on the road to Keene, NH.
My folks had a number of banquets and we had some Sunday dinners at Alphonse’s in Maynard, but I fondly remember meals at La Petite Auberge. Only around the corner from the Powder Mill, this cozy, romantic, recreated French auberge quickly transcended you to the French countryside. And the table d’hote meals, including a wonderful hors d’oeuvres tray with every meal, classics like Coq au Vin and Boeuf Bourguignon with those fried mashed potato dumplings (yum!), often served by the owner/chef’s wife, who would light the waxy wine bottle candles, made you forget you were in some eastern Mass. mill town.
Ah, the good old days before Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday’s, Cheesecake Factory, and PF Changs took over the restaurant world.
Chadwick's Ice Cream Parlor (and fine foods) was located in Lexington, not Waltham as you list it (it was near the Waltham line a Bright Horizons is now on that site). I worked at Chadwicks from '78 to '82, off and on, flipping burgers and carrying bellybuster sundays on the stretcher to the unwitting customer. And though they were after my time, Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch (of Saturday Night Live and more) worked there as well.
Addendum to missing restaurants from Harvard Square: Cardells, the Zum Zum, and the Underdog (best hot dogs in Boston, 1974 or so). Steve
From Bruce B.:
I was just reading your list of restaurants that are no longer in business. (By Eric H. ) Sadly, I remember many on that list, and some others.( I liked the Wursthaus in Cambridge. A good knockwurst platter, and a good beer was all I asked. ) At my age now, I have grown to accept the fact that time passes andthings do indeed change. Still, it "stings" just a little, when I find that these places are no longer with us. On my list:
Ritcey's Seafood Kitchen, Waltham MA In business for a long, long time, Ritcey's was the place to go for seafood, and home made french fries that I believe were the best on the planet. It was so popular, that on Friday's during the traditional "Supper Time", they suspended dining room service for about two hours, to give full attention to their take out service. If there was/is any restaurant that does broiled haddock any better, I'd like to know about it. I was taken there as a youngster back in the 60's, and had my last meal there about five years ago. It closed about three years ago, and some sort of yuppie italian place stands on the property now.
Tasty Tower Pizza, Dennisport MA This pizza place was the place to go during my late teen summers. After days spent water skiing, "cruisin" and just helling around with like-minded teenaged male friends, those pizzas hit the spot. It was located at the intersection of Shad Hole Rd. and Lower County Rd. It boasted huge garage doors, that they would open during the summer months. It was almost like eating outside, and lots of people, mostly young, would come and go. The interior tables were seriously heavy duty picnic table, arranged in a haphazard fashion. They sold one size of pizza only. Good times. I'm told the
Tasty Tower in neighboring Yarmouth is still there, but under different ownership now.
Pizza Pad / Kenmore Deli, Kenmore Square, Boston, MA As a college student in Kenmore Square in the mid-70's, I spent a lot of time (and cash!) at the Kenmore Deli. Good, basic food, and portions designed with young males in mind. I probably did more studying there than anyplace else.
Frankenstein's, Boston MA This was an unusual beer joint. The gimmick was that they served huge, gourmet hot dogs, had reasonable beer selections, and. the showed feature movies! Nothing first run mind you, but plenty of science fiction stuff, and movies for the artsy-craftsy crowd. Oh yea, the beer was
inexpensive. Definitely designed for the college crowd, of which boston has plenty. I think only a few folks, say, those of us 45 years of age and up, will remember Frankenstein's. Not sure when it closed or why. I could not believe it was due to a lack of
The Italian Moose, Lincoln, NH It was located right in Lincoln, near the end of the Kancamagus Highway. This restaurant had delicious food. The sauces were quite thick and zesty, and the pasta was definitely homemade. The garlic bread was some of the best I've had anywhere. The building itself was like someone's
house. The dining room was small, and decorated with
little cartoonish mooses everywhere, sort of like Bullwinkle. A huge stuffed Moose was suspended over the small bar. It seemed popular, with a line for a table on summer evenings. Most of the clientele consisted of families on vacation.
Not sure when it closed, or why. I just recall taking a ride up there in the mid 80's, and it was just gone. Alas. No one seemed to know anything.
Bailey's Ice Cream, Boston and Cambridge, Mass.
Schrafft's Tea Room, Boston, MA
With fond memories of my Boston University days in the late 1960s, I recall Bailey's Ice Cream Parlor where peppermint ice cream was served in old-fashioned silver dishes, set on silver plates, dripping with hot fudge that spilled over plenteously onto the silver plates. While there was a Bailey's in Harvard Square, my favorite was the Bailey's located on the street that led down from the Park Street Station to the now defunct Jordan Marsh and Filene's Department Stores. Those were the good old days. Innocent and sweet yet not forgotten.
In those days, I worked as a dining room waiter at one Boston's few remaining Schrafft's Tea Room Restaurants. There was one on Boylston Street and one on Milk Street. I worked at the Schrafft's in the Prudential Center on the Huntington Avenue Side of the old Pru Center. I was back there last Christmas time. It's a different world.
Albert H. Black, New Haven, Conn.
Original Cafe, Cambridge, MA
I miss "The Original Cafe," Main Street, Cambridge. it was a comfortable place near MIT where one could get a decent meal and a beer on a student's budget.
And then there was "Cronin's" near Harvard Square. Great student hang-out with old comfortable booths with initials carved into them by Harvard and MIT students.
Most of all, how about "The F&T Diner" in Kendall Square? A great shame that it is gone. The old historic diner car was attached to a deli-style restaurant of the same name, so you could have your choice if the limited seating was all taken in the diner. Many world-class mathematical equations were solved by MIT professors and students in the booths of the F&T!
Alphonse's Powder Mill Restaurant, Maynard, MA
Alphonse's Powder Mill Restaurant in Maynard Mass., was in operation by the Alphonse family from 1965-1985. It was the place for dining and dancing during the 60's and 70's and the place for many weddings. Digital Equipment Co., one of the first computer pioneers based in Maynard, put the town on the map before being bought out by Compac . Before the powder mill was Uncle Pete's Twin Tree's. The location is now the Maynard Elk's club.
Editor's note on Alphonse's Powder Mill: Mr. Alphonse:
Thank-you for your great message. A lot of us do indeed miss Alphonse's Powder Mill. I have fond memories of Alphonse's. Growing up in Arlington, our parents took us to a lot of restaurants. Alphonse's Powder Mill stood out for its
great restaurant name, a neat split-level look with big windows, wonderful food and attention to detail. It looked like a restaurant, operated like a restaurant, smelled like a restaurant and
had something on the menu for everyone. Pride of ownership was apparent. How
restaurant today meet all that criteria? To me,
not too many. I'm glad the Elk's have a nice building -- they are a great organization
-- but, selfishly, I wish Alphonse's could have lasted forever. Thanks for the great memories in a great town.
Bailey's, Wolfeboro, NH One must recall Bailey's in Wolfeboro, N.H. They served 29 fresh flavors of hand cranked ice cream and frappes. They had the original pine paneled restaurant off of 109 in Wolfeboro, and an old converted Boston&Maine railroad depot on Wolfeboro Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee. Their lobster rolls gave you a pound of lobster for $6.99, and the cheeseburgers were 1/2 pound of choice sirloin for $2.99. They started in June of 1936 and closed in June of 2004. All the waitresses were from the finest Colleges, Dartmouth, Brown, Smith, Wellsley, Radcliffe, and TCU, Texas Christian University as well as others, and they looked like models out of a LL Bean catalog, tan, tall and lovely. The views of the lake were million dollar views, which is what a 2 bedroom cottage on that lake costs today. One the greatest New England treasures of all time vanishes into eternity.
Joe D.'s, Burlington and Woburn, MA We miss a little pizza shop that was located in Burlington, Mass. It was called Joe Ds Pizza. this restauranat had the best italian pizza in the area, along with great breakfast and dinners. Its specialty was a great pepper steak sub and also had great clam chowder. This restaurant was first located in Woburn, Mass., and relocated to Burlington in 1977.
The White Turkey Inn, New York City The White Turkey Inn was a wonderful New England restaurant in the heart of New York City that I still remember from my boyhood days in the late 1940's and early 1950's. It was my first experience with an assortment of relishes and a dollop of cottage cheese, and interesting breads and rolls, instead of the usual white bread and butter fare most restuarants offered as starters when you first sat down. I remember there being an impeccably clean atmosphere, and excellent service, with what I now know to be an unimaginative menu but which, at the time, felt as though I was dining among kings. Was it the restuarant itself, or a nostalgic longing for youth, that brings a smile to my face when I recall my family's visits to this restaurant, which I believe was part of a chain, that I thought would be there forever.
Thank you for providing the opportunity to reminisce,
The Hartwell Barn, Concord, MA Say there, you MUST include a historic restaurant, which, tragically burned to the ground in 1968 on route 2A, between Lexington and Concord. built in the 1600s, Hartwell Farm. Here was a restaurant, where one could walk into the kitchen, and purchase massive pecan rolls to take home. Service was friendly and prompt. The atmosphere was magnificient the menu extensive the view from the very large main dining room looked toward the east over acres of field. The attached barn had its own intimate, rustic atmosphere. Hartwell Farm was a gem.
Korb's Bakery, somewhere in Rhode Island Hello, I miss Korbs Bakery, in Rhode Island! I would love their old recipes. I can still taste the Russian Tea cakes, giant chocolate chip cookies, cream puffs, and the bread. Unbelievable bread!!
Other New England restaurants that have closed that you might remember (no descriptions):
Hilltop Steak House, Saugus MA
Ma Glockner's, Bellingham, MA
The Kernwood, Lynnfield, MA
The Falstaff Room, Boston, MA (Sheraton Copley)
Jimmy's on the Mall, Burlington Mall, Burlington, MA
Billerica Seafood, Pinehurst, Billerica, MA.
Victoria Station, Burlington, MA
Ararat House of Bar-B-Que, Watertown, MA
Arsenal Diner, Watertown, MA
Bailey's (ice cream), Belmont and Boston, MA
Bamboo Hut, Arlington and Belmont, MA
Porterhouse Cafe, Cambridge, MA
Pewter Pot, various Massachusetts locations
J.B.'s Steak House, Newton, MA
Mel and Murray's Deli, Liberty Tree Mall, Danvers, MA
Pacific Hut, Burlington, MA
Capucino's, Brookline and Newton, MA
The Rib Room (Hotel Sonesta), Cambridge, MA
Igo's, Cambridge and Waltham, MA
Neptune Room (Hyannis, MA, Airport)
The Sizzleboard, Boston, MA (Hippie college waitress yelled at my folks for being indecisive)
The Hot Shoppe (Burlington Mall), Burlington, MA (cafeteria-style food not quite as good as the school lunches)
York's Steak House, Burlington, Mall, Burlington, MA
Royal Hawaiian, Burlington, MA (where ex-JV hockey players from Billerica got in fights, it always seemed)
Buzzy's Roast Beef, Boston, MA
Mills Falls Restaurant, Newton, MA
Harold's Deli, Chestnut Hill Mall, Chestnut Hill, MA
The Chuck Wagon, Walpole, MA
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Customer Ratings and Reviews
Amazing DJ and atmosphere. Great parking and very affordable. Could do better with mixers though.
I very recently moved to Dallas from Minnesota and was looking for a good hookah place. I found it! I was there around 5pm this evening and the place was dead (as to be expected as it stays open until 4:00 am) which was perfect because I had a LONG day at work so I was hoping for less of a crowd. The staff was nice and very attentive. Great music music And their OAKSTAILS, cabbage and rice w/peas is a MUST!! I will most definitely be back to experience their night life. I’m so happy I found this place. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED .
Had a blast with my boys on my birthday. Great food, great DJ, mood was right and watched a great fight fury vs wilder. Place was packed
The food was absolutely delicious. I only eat seafood so it was refreshing to have options to fulfill my needs. I'll definitely be back!!
Goodvibes only . Versatile deejays play everything from Hiphop Afrobeat Soca Gengetone Dancehall. Good Food and Very Good Hookah in town. Spacios and room to Dance . During daytime they have speacials . from 10pm-4:30 it’s a movie especially weekends gets lit.