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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/07 16:38:12 (permalink)
The Colony Hotel in Delray Beach, Florida was built in 1926 and has been owned by the same family since 1935.  Inside was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant.  Hines said of this place that it was "a fine modern hotel with attractive furnishings.  The importance of excellent food and good service is paramount.  The Sunday night buffet suppers by candlelight are famous."
 
Looking at the hotel's website, it seems as if the hotel still has a restaurant, but it doesn't seem to be of much importance to them.  The hotel doesn't says little about it, other than that it exists.
 
http://colonyflorida.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/07 16:55:39 (permalink)
The Patio Delray in Delray Beach, Florida was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant.  In his restaurant guide Hines wrote that it served, "charcoal broiled steaks, chicken, chops and seafood broiled in the patio, also special rosin baked potatoes."
 
Supposedly Patio Delway still exists.  There is a restaurant in Delray Beach by that name.  However, on their website, they say they are a new restaurant.  The website isn't much help if you want to know about their history.  So if anyone knows about this place, let me know.  I am going to assume this is the same place until someone tells me otherwise.
 
http://patiodelray.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/07 17:07:48 (permalink)
The Beachcomber in Fort Lauderdale has expanded into Beachcomber Resorts and Spa.  When Duncan Hines ate here, he said they offered, "steaks, roast prime ribs of beef, steaks and seafood, among other good dishes."
 
Looking over their menu, I'd say that is still the case.  Steaks and seafood are still what they specialize in.
 
Here is their website:
 
https://www.beachcomberresort.com/dining.htm
 
And here is their menu:
 
https://www.beachcomberresort.com/files/3771/Dinner_2016.pdf
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/07 17:23:07 (permalink)
I would like to whole heartily thank you Louis, for your excellent hard work giving us this AWESOME thread. Sincerely, Thanks! 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/08 19:29:14 (permalink)
Homosassa Springs Hotel in Homosassa Springs, Florida is now the Homosassa Springs Resort.  There was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant inside.  He wrote in "Adventures in Good Eating," "all food cooked to order and included on their menu are fish chowder, broiled fish and hush puppies.  Western steaks and chops."
 
Today there doesn't seem to be a website for the resort, but there are quite a few nice recent reviews.  Here is one of them:
 
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34301-d84602-Reviews-Homosassa_Riverside_Resort-Homosassa_Springs_Florida.html
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/08 21:02:05 (permalink)
 
The Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida is now known as The Brazilian Court.  They have a restaurant there now named the Cafe Boulud.  This is the successor to the restaurant where Duncan Hines dined at this location in the early 1950s.  Hines wrote in his restaurant guide about this place, "You may dine inside in the beautiful Bamboo Room, or you may enjoy their dining patio surrounded by luxurious palms and various tropical flowers.  Their specialties are stone crabs, shrimp, and pompano.  Buffet supper on Sunday night."
 
http://www.thebraziliancourt.com/
 
To give you an idea of what the restaurant serves today, here is their menu.  I'll give you a hint: It ain't cheap.  But they still have those stone crabs!:
 
http://www.thebraziliancourt.com/d/braziliancourtresponsive/media/Cafe_Boulud_Menu.pdf
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/08 21:39:38 (permalink)
Louis Pappas Riverside Cafe in Tarpon Springs, Florida began in 1925, and it was a local institution by the time Duncan Hines found his way there.  Here is what Duncan Hines had to say about it in his restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating": "No tour of Florida is complete without a visit to Tarpon Springs, the sponge capital of America.  This cafe is located on the waterfront.  It is famous for miles around for its delicious seafood and Greek specialties.  If you like fried shrimp, here's the place to get it---also suggest that you try their Greek combination salad."
 
Louis Pappas Riverside Cafe is still around---if not in the same location.  Today the Pappas family now have four locations: two in Tampa, one is Lakeland and one in Clearwater.
 
https://www.louispappas.com/
 
The seafood is gone from the menu, but their Greek specialties are what they emphasize today.  Here is their menu:
 
https://www.louispappas.com/regular-menu
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/13 17:34:17 (permalink)
Begun in 1946, Don the Beachcomber's in Honolulu, Hawaii was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant.  Hines wrote about it, saying, "You dine in authentic Polynesian huts set among palm trees.  Decorations are rare old Polynesian pieces which Don has collected in the South Seas.  A Luau (Polynesian feast) every Sunday night, held in the High-Talking Cheif's Long House, and this is something visitors should not miss.  Dinners only served French fried shrimp, egg-roll, barbecued ribs, and many Chinese dishes--all very, very good.  Dancing to Hawaiian orchestra.  Cocktails and Don's inimitable rum punches."
 
Today the restaurant is part of the Royal Kona Resort.
 
http://www.royalkona.com/dining.cfm
 
This will give you an idea of what is on the menu now:
 
http://www.royalkona.com/Forms/DTB_DinnerMenu.pdf
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/13 17:43:24 (permalink)
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii was and still is a luxurious hotel in which to dine.  All that Duncan Hines said about it was this: "The Terrace Dining Room commands and magnificent view of shore and sea.  Excellent cuisine."  After looking over the website, I think you'll agree that he didn't have to say more.  The hotel now has four dining options to choose from.  Go to the link below and explore each one.
 
https://www.royal-hawaiian.com/dining/overview
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/13 17:59:10 (permalink)
The Willows in Honolulu, Hawaii was listed in Duncan Hines restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating."  Hines said that you could "dine outdoors under a Hawaiian thatched pavillion over a miniature lake."  He said that the things to eat there were, "shrimp or chicken curry, Hawaiian chicken, mahi mahi (a popular native fish), frog legs, steak, chops and Hawaiian dishes.  Assorted desserts.  Poi supper on Fridays."
 
It seems that they offer only a buffet today.
 
http://www.willowshawaii.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/13 18:08:16 (permalink)
Duncan Hines dined at the Lanai Restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He wrote in his guidebook, "the day I was there (in June 1949) there were fine salads on the luncheon menu, aside from from a number of Hawaiian entrees.  I particularly enjoyed their French type bread.  I hope by the time you dine here you have temporarily given up your daily yen for apple pie, though you can order it if you insist, but why not try a poha or mango sundae."
 
After all these years the Lanai seems to still be going strong.  Here is one website that mentions it:
 
https://www.opentable.com/r/the-lanai-hyatt-centric-waikiki-beach-honolulu
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/13 18:16:25 (permalink)
The Owyhee Hotel in Boise, Idaho was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant.  At the time of his recommendation, Hines wrote that it had "five air-conditioned dining rooms, serving meals of all types."  That's all he said.
 
Since that time, it seems the hotel has had several restaurants.  The latest one will be opening on October 8, 2017.  Here is the notice:
 
http://www.theowyhee.com/the-owyhee-tavern-opens-soon/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/17 17:43:16 (permalink)
The Town House in Havana, Illinois first came to life in 1950.  It was listed in the 1952 edition of Duncan Hines' restaurant guide "Adventures in Good Eating."  Hines wrote in his guidebook that it was "all modern stainless steel," and that it had an "immaculate kitchen, [and] attractive dining rooms."  It served, "high quality properly aged steaks, fried chicken, channel catfish, seafood plate, sandwiches, salads and desserts."
 
From what I can tell online, it burned down a few years ago, but it is back up and running now.  They don't have a website, but I did find this.
 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-town-house-restaurant-and-lounge-havana
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/17 18:23:22 (permalink)
The Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois was in "Adventures in Good Eating."  Duncan Hines said that it served "full-flavored, home type cooking in [the] "coffee shop and [the] dining room."
 
The Hotel Baker is still in business.  Today the dining room in the hotel is the Rox City Grill.
 
http://www.hotelbaker.com/rox-city-grill/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/17 18:37:25 (permalink)
Mathon's in Waukegan, Illinois is still around.  Duncan Hines said in "Adventures in Good Eating" that it operated "their own fishing boat." and that its specialties were "fresh lake fish, particularly Lake Michigan trout and French fried shrimp."
 
They don't have a website, but they are on Facebook:
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mathons-Seafood-Restaurant/960375390667005
 
 
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