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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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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/27 17:45:19 (permalink)
The L. S. Ayres Tea Room in Indianapolis, Indiana is still open.  Duncan Hines described it as an"air-conditioned tea room on the 8th floor of this department store."  He said it had "Georgian decorations and" that it was "attractive in every way."  He went on to say that "the food is delicious."  Among the specialties are chicken velvet soup [and] crabmeat "smug harbor."   Excellent desserts include Ayres' fudge cake, Tom and Jerry pie, frozen pecan ball with Ayres' fudge sauce.
 
Today the restaurant is in the Indiana State Museum, and the restaurant still has the chicken velvet soup, according to the reviews in the reviews in the link below:
 
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g37209-d3296924-Reviews-L_S_Ayres_Tea_Room-Indianapolis_Indiana.html
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/30 19:52:29 (permalink)
The Brookville Hotel in Kansas is still going strong.  It is not in Brookville any longer, but no matter.  People still come here from miles around to eat their fried chicken, the meal that has made their name since their introduction in 1915.
 
Duncan Hines had quiet a bit to say about this place.  "Originally named Central Hotel, it is an historical landmark.  Built in 1870, soon after the old Kansas Pacific Railroad reached this "cowtown."  Early Kansas type building, red and white tablecloths, family style meals and anyone is welcome to inspect their kitchen at any time.  When in this vicinity, you may wish to visit this place which has received so much publicity and enthusiastic praise.  In addition to the country style fried chicken, they serve cole slaw, cottage cheese, hot biscuits, homemade jelly, pickles, ice cream, cakes."
 
In 2000 the Brookville Hotel relocated to Abilene, Kansas to be closer to the interstate.  The hotel has been refurbished inside and out to approximate the original.  I think Duncan Hines would come here again.  And I hope that people can still inspect the kitchen.  To get in his guidebook, every restaurant had to meet that criteria.
 
http://www.brookvillehotel.com/
 
Also, the Brookville Hotel has long been a Roadfood.com staple:

https://roadfood.com/restaurants/brookville-hotel/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/10/30 20:09:49 (permalink)
Harry's Cafe in Pittsburg, Kansas has been around for decades, and was once a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant.  Hines said of it, "No specialties, but a variety of well-prepared foods efficiently served in clean and pleasant surroundings."  That is still the case today as the reviews in the link below attest:
 
https://www.tripadvisor.c...-Pittsburg_Kansas.html
 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/harrys-cafe-pittsburg
 
 
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/11 16:59:11 (permalink)
Brennan's in New Orleans, Louisiana is world famous, and Duncan Hines helped a little with his restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating."  In it, he wrote, "Here is a paradox, a French restaurant run by an Irishman, who is doing an excellent job.  He has reinstated the famous French breakfast.  You will find lots of atmosphere and good food to go with it."
 
That still seems to be the case, as this beautiful restaurant offers all sorts of good things to eat, such as vanilla scented French toast, blackened redfish and, or course, bananas foster.
 
http://www.brennansneworleans.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/11 17:05:26 (permalink)
The Court of Two Sisters in New Orleans, Louisiana was in Duncan Hines restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating."  Hines said it had a "large outdoor patio lighted with old-fashioned gas lights.  Orchestra the year-round.  Specialties are Creole and French dishes."
 
http://www.courtoftwosisters.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/11 17:17:45 (permalink)
One of the places that Duncan Hines recommended in the 1952 edition of "Adventures in Good Eating" was the Morning Call Coffee Stand in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It's still around after all these years.  Hines wrote, "Visitors enjoy coffee and doughnuts at [this place] in the French Market."
 
They don't have a website, but here is one with some reviews:
 
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g60864-d3754696-Reviews-Morning_Call_Coffee_Stand-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/11 17:42:20 (permalink)
Duncan Hines recommended the Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  He didn't say anything about the food, but because he recommended it, that was enough.  In his guidebook, he wrote that it had "fine views of the water and Maine woods from the dining room windows."  He might say the same thing today.  Today, the Spruce Point Inn has three dining options, a somewhat formal restaurant, a casual restaurant and an outdoor venue that is open during the summer.
 
https://www.sprucepointinn.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/11 17:56:40 (permalink)
Duncan Hines didn't say much at all about The Colony in Kennebunkport, Maine.  I have to assume that The Colony is in the Colony Hotel there.  Hines wrote, Their specialties are Maine seafoods."  And that's all he said about it.  If you go to the hotel's website, you find even less about it, except the name of the restaurants there.  However, it's there!
 
http://www.colonymaine.com/index.php/eat-drink
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/11 18:07:26 (permalink)
Warrens Lobster House in Kittery, Maine has been around since 1940, and it represented the best in Duncan Hines' favorite places to eat in the United States: New England.  Hines said of this place in his guidebook that the "dining room overlooks the water."  And that it "Specializes in seafoods."
 
Today it still has all manner of seafood, including some curiosities, such as boneless blueberry chipotle chicken wings and red pepper pomegranate chicken breast.
 
http://www.lobsterhouse.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/11 18:17:58 (permalink)
In the 1952 edition of "Adventures in Good Eating," Duncan Hines recommends the Eastland Hotel in Portland, Maine.  He simply says, "This is a nice place to dine."  I don't think he would recommend this place now.  It might be a nice place to dine, but it is now nothing to crow about.  At this hotel today, there is a restaurant called Top of this East.  It mainly serves bar food.  As you can see on the menu in the link below:
 
http://www.thetopoftheeast.com/menu/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/19 17:56:26 (permalink)
The Tidewater Inn in Easton, Maryland was a Duncan Hines favorite, and it probably would still be if the menu is anything to go by.  Hines wrote in his guidebook about this restaurant that is served "among other appetizing dishes, fresh crab cakes, oysters, fried chicken and baked guinea hen."  And if you look over the various menus today, you will find some of the same dishes.  They are kind of pricey, but very likely worth it.
 
https://tidewaterinn.com/hunters-tavern
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/19 18:59:28 (permalink)
Duncan Hines knew it as Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts; now it is Parker's Restaurant.  Hines said of it in his restaurant guide, "Originator of [the] Parker House roll and famous from coast to coast for more than 80 years.  Specialties: Parker House rolls (of course), broiled tripe, baked lobster, broiled scrod, lobster stew, chocolate cream pie."
 
Today quite a few of those dishes are still there.  It is on the pricey side, but like anything that Duncan Hines recommended, probably worth it and then some.
 
https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/boston-parker-house/dining/parkers-restaurant
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/19 19:08:47 (permalink)
Duncan Hines recommended the restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.  He said in his guidebook, "In the dining room of this excellent hotel, you will find a menu of varied dishes.  The coffee is exceptional, the best I have had for a long time."
 
Today that restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton is known as Artisan Bistro.  It has a more limited menu, but at the prices they charge, you know it had better be good.
 
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/boston/dining/artisan-bistro
 
 
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/19 19:29:04 (permalink)
Ken's Steak House in Framingham, Massachusetts is still around and looks as if it is still going strong.  Duncan Hines recommended this place in his 1952 restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating."  He wrote: "A plain place with informal service.  Emphasis on cleanliness and good food.  Specialties: steaks, salad, onion rolls, pecan pie."
 
This is unusual to find pecan pie this far north.  You don't see it at all north of the Mason-Dixon line.  Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn't serve it any longer.  Maybe they will one day.
 
Looking over their menu, the most unusual thing I discovered on their menu was Baked Alaska.  You rarely see that in a restaurant anywhere in America any longer.  Let's hope they continue serving it.
 
https://www.kenssteakhouse.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/21 19:32:25 (permalink)
The Century Inn in Peabody, Massachusetts is still around.  In his guidebook, Duncan Hines wrote of this restaurant: "An interesting historical background is enhanced by Early American decor.  Among the favorite dishes served are baked stuffed or broiled and sauteed lobster, fried Cape scallops, and appetizing desserts, including lemon chiffon pie and baked Indian pudding."
 
Looking over the menu, I'm sure Duncan Hines would approve of just about everything on it, particularly things like lobster pie.  These days they have baked stuffed shrimp instead of baked stuffed lobster.  They have a rather interesting menu.  I don't think modern day diners will be disappointed.
 
http://www.centuryhousepeabody.com/
 
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