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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/21 20:11:15 (permalink)
The Skipper in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts has been serving meals for many years.  Duncan Hines was here, and this is what he had to say about it: "This restaurant is connected with Yarmouth seaside village.  There are six daily seafood specials, and about as many steak and meat entrees."
 
Just looking over the menu, it seems that there are very few steak and meat entrees today.  The offerings now consist primarily of seafood.
 
https://skipperrestaurant.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/21 20:26:01 (permalink)
In the 1952 edition of "Adventures in Good Eating," Duncan Hines said this about The Publick House in Sturbridge, Massachusetts:  "They have done a wonderful job "restoring" here.  The old inn of 1771 still remains, the long dining room, tap room with hand-hewn beams, great fireplaces--and with it air-conditioning and other modern comforts. . . . Typical baked beans and boiled dinners but roast and game of old old New England, also their stuffed baked lobster Rosa."
 
http://www.publickhouse.com/dining/menus#sub_navigation
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/21 20:40:18 (permalink)
The Old Yarmouth Inn in Yarmouth, Massachusetts is still going strong.  When Duncan Hines dined here he wrote of it: "Established in 1696.  Feature lobster thermidor, stuffed baked lobster a la Maison, lobster patty, curried lobster and seafood; native duckling a la Bigarrade or nature, braised beef in Port wine, steaks, chops and a real Quahog clam chowder."
 
It was a high-class place to eat then, and it still is.
 
http://oldyarmouthinn.com/
 
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/26 15:56:16 (permalink)
The Bay View Inn in Bay View, Michigan, is now called Stafford's Bay View Inn.  Duncan Hines said about it in his restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating" that it served: "Mackinaw trout, steaks, fried chicken and fresh vegetables.  Hot breads and homemade pies."
 
Today it only serves meals regularly on Saturday evenings.
 
https://www.staffords.com/bay-view-inn/dine-bay-view/dining-features-events/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/26 16:05:55 (permalink)
When Duncan Hines dined here it was known as "Dormey's Blue Water Inn" in Caseville, Michigan.  He said, "The specialties here are white fish and tenderloin steak dinners."  Now it is known as The Blue Water Inn.  I don't know about white fish, but they have perch and pollack.
 
http://www.thebluewaterinn.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/26 16:17:46 (permalink)
Grey Gables Inn in Charlevoix, Michigan looks as elegant as it did when Duncan Hines first came here well over a half-century ago.  He wrote that it had "generous helpings of home-cooked food served in a cordial home atmosphere."
 
The menu today serves a odd mixture of bar food, elegant food and sushi.  Check out the menu on their website.
 
http://www.greygablesinn.com/
 
But also check out the interior and exterior of this restaurant.  Duncan Hines would have loved a place like this.
 
http://www.greygablesinn.com/gallery
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/26 16:46:46 (permalink)
The Cherie Inn in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been around since 1924.  When Duncan Hines ate here, he said that it had "a variety of dishes, among which are baked sugar-cured ham with sweet potatoes, filet mignon and fresh fish; also homemade rolls, pies and cakes."
 
Today it serves a variety of elegantly served foods, all moderately priced.  It looks as if they only serve breakfast and lunch.  But if you go, check first.
 
http://www.cherieinn.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 17:51:50 (permalink)
When Duncan Hines ate at the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana this is what he had to say about it: "This is a fine, new modern hotel which affords the highest of accommodation for the discriminating traveler.  Decorated and furnished in good taste.  Coffee shop, dining room, cocktail lounge.  Their specialties are roast beef and steaks."
 
Today it is a pretty fancy restaurant.  Steaks can still be found on the menu, if not roast beef.  The dessert menu had one interesting item: Strawberry Shortcake, which, according to the menu consists of "strawberry ice cream, angel food cake, Chantilly, and "vanilla bean bubble sugar."
 
What is the last ingredient, do you suppose?
 
http://www.northernhotel.com/dining/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 18:02:48 (permalink)
When Duncan Hines ate at Gamers Restaurant in Butte, Montana, he said that it had "satisfactory food and they have a candy department where you can buy your own homemade candies."  Today it is known as Gamers Cafe.  The candies are gone, but the food is still there.
 
http://www.butteamerica.com/gamer.htm
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 18:25:55 (permalink)
The Murray Hotel Cafe in Livingston, Montana was one of the places that Duncan Hines recommended.  He wrote in "Adventures in Good Eating that "this is an exceptionally clean and attractive dining room where in summer you can partake of brook trout, chicken; and in winter, Ravioli dinners."
 
Today the Murray Hotel Cafe has a new name; it is known as 2nd Bistro Street.  It looks like a top of the line restaurant and, interestingly, they have a ravioli of the day.
 
http://secondstreetbistro.com/bistro/2bistro/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 18:33:11 (permalink)
The Red Lodge Cafe in Red Lodge, Montana was one of the restaurants that Duncan Hines recommended.  He wrote that the specialties were: "K.C. Steaks, fried chicken, ravioli, spaghetti."
 
I couldn't find a website, but I did find something on Yelp.com.  The reviews look pretty good.
 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/red-lodge-cafe-and-lounge-red-lodge
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 19:09:05 (permalink)
Here's an interesting one.  Garden Center in Alexandria, Minnesota was a restaurant that was recommended by Duncan Hines in his restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating."  Hines said that it had a "pleasant atmosphere" and that its specialties were, "seafood, steaks and chicken."
 
Today, it is known as Garden Center Lanes.  It is a bowling alley that has a restaurant attached to it known as Fat Daddy's Bar and Grill.  The restaurant serves primarily bar food, but they do have one item that stands out: a jalapeno peanut butter burger.
 
http://www.gardencenterlanes.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 19:24:23 (permalink)
Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge in Bemidji, Minnesota was one of the restaurants that Duncan Hines recommended.  I think he still would.  In his 1952 guidebook he wrote about this restaurant that it consisted of a "large hotel and cottages on Lake Bemidji.  Beautiful beach, golf, fishing.  One of Minnesota's fine American Plan family resorts.  Fried chicken, frest pike, homemade pastries.  Smorgasbord Sunday evenings."
 
They still have some of these entrees, but an appetizer that caught my eye was Homemade Stuffed Dill Pickles.   The menu describes it as "Three dill pickle spears, dill cream cheese and pork shoulder bacon wrapped in an egg roll and fried."  That's a little different.
 
http://ruttger.com/facilities-rates/dining/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 19:32:33 (permalink)
Fair Hills Resort in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota was popular in Duncan Hines's day and it still is.  Hines wrote that it had "wholesome food, tastily prepared and pleasantly served.  Their fish and chicken dinners are especially good.  Smorgasbord on Thursday."
 
Just looking over the resort's website, it looks like very little has changed.
 
https://fairhillsresort.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 19:36:33 (permalink)
The Flame in Duluth, Minnesota was recommended by Duncan Hines in the 1950s, but times have changed and it is now a gay bar.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flame-Duluth/485173844829010
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/11/27 19:44:31 (permalink)
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The Flame in Duluth, Minnesota was recommended by Duncan Hines but is now a gay bar.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flame-Duluth/485173844829010
 


I guess he would not be happy eating there now.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/08 16:49:49 (permalink)
I imagine Duncan Hines would still like to dine at The Normandy Kitchen in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  They serve rather high-class cuisine for quite reasonable prices.  In his restaurant guide Hines wrote that it was "favorably known as 'the steak house without liquor' which attracts both young and old, family groups and the traveling public.  You will like their baked chicken and cream, "Henry the Eighth" hamburger and premium aged steaks."  As you will see when you examine the menu, they still have the Henry the Eighth hamburger, which is described as "A Kitchen Specialty Since 1941."
 
http://www.normandykitchen.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/08 17:34:14 (permalink)
The Steak Shop in Winona, Minnesota was recommended by Duncan Hines.  It closed in 1976 due to urban renewal.  However, it still serves meals.  It is now a large catering operation.  I don't know how this fits into the criteria for it being on this list, but they are still in the food business.
 
http://www.steakshopcatering.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/08 18:00:30 (permalink)
Joplin, Missouri is one of the cities that Route 66 runs through, and Wilder's Restaurant has been a frequent stop.  Duncan Hines recommended this place.  He said, "They serve the usual steaks and chicken; also homemade cakes and pies."
 
http://wilderssteakhouse.com/
 
Here is a "Recommended by Duncan Hines" sign that he rented to them each year.  You can see it on the lower portion of the restaurant sign.
 
https://i.pinimg.com/474x/fa/4e/0d/fa4e0de6ee0a36cf02d9e385fcc2d5a8--duncan-hines-building-signs.jpg
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/08 18:55:27 (permalink)
The Hotel Mayfair in St. Louis, Missouri had a Duncan Hines recommended inside.  This is what he had to say about it--and it was quite a lot:
 
"I have many enjoyed many good meals in their air-conditioned restaurant.  The Mayfair Room offers a wide assortment of foods.  Hofbrau has a selection of dishes that are mainly appropriate with beer, wine and liquor.  The Coffee Grill specializes on days named: Mondays, corned beef and cabbage; Tuesdays, chicken pot pie; Wednesdays, bratwurst and sauerkraut; Thursdays, chicken chow mein Singapore; Fridays, fish fillets of genuine sole, tartar sauce; Saturdays, chicken a la king; Sundays, roast Mayfair chicken, baked tender ham.  Onion soup au gratin a favorite of many regular patrons.   Cheese, eggnog, strawberry, and other chiffon pies are delicious dessert features.  Also a deservedly popular dessert is the Mayfair strawberry ice cream pie."
 
Despite several changes of ownership over the years, it is now know as the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, and they have a restaurant inside known as Robie's.  The menu is rather limited, but you can look over their menus in the link below and notice the difference between then and now.
 
https://magnoliahotels.com/stlouis/dining/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/09 15:35:24 (permalink)
When Duncan Hines ate at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, he wrote "Much larger cities than Lincoln could well be proud of this outstanding hotel.  Trained staff prepares sea food and delicacies of every nature procured from all parts of the country.  Elegant pastries.  Coffee shop (24 hour service); Pastry Shop featuring light foods, Danish pastry.  Also fountain service."
 
Inside the hotel today, the restaurant is the Miller Time Pub and Grill.  It may not be as elegant as it was in Hines' day, but it seems like a restaurant to investigate.
 
http://lincoln.millertimepub.com/
 
And this is the website for the hotel:
 
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lnkfs-the-lincoln-marriott-cornhusker-hotel/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/09 15:57:30 (permalink)
Johnny's Cafe in Omaha, Nebraska opened its doors in 1922, and if Duncan Hines revisited this place today, one of his recommended restaurants, he would be very pleased that everything was still the same.  In his restaurant guide he wrote, "The specialties here are big steaks (they are mighty good), fish, and chicken dinners.  Try some of their properly aged corn-fed baby beef."
 
https://www.johnnyscafe.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/09 16:37:58 (permalink)
The Stockmen's Hotel in Elko, Nevada was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant.  He didn't have a lot to say about the food.  This is what he wrote: "No specialties, but usual Nevada food.  If interested, the Casino (and I believe you know what that means) is open 24 hrs. a day.  Yes, they serve liquor."
 
Today it is about the same, and the menu is extensive.  Go down to the bottom of this link to get an idea of what they serve.
 
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g45937-d2219994-Reviews-Stockmen_s_Hotel_and_Casino_Restaurant-Elko_Nevada.html
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/09 16:57:25 (permalink)
Duncan Hines went to Las Vegas, Nevada, and in the 1952 edition of his restaurant guide, "Adventures in Good Eating," he listed five hotels with restaurants in them.  In it he wrote, "We have had good food at all these deluxe hotel."
 
Of those that are still around are the Thunderbird Hotel (now the Thunderbird Boutique Hotel) which doesn't serve food, and The Flamingo Hotel, which does.
 
https://www.caesars.com/flamingo-las-vegas?utm_campaign=GMB&utm_source=google&utm_medium=local&utm_term=Flamingo%20Las%20Vegas&utm_content=hotel
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/09 17:28:35 (permalink)
The Christmas Farm Inn in Jackson, New Hampshire is still around, and I'm sure Duncan Hines would visit here again if he could.  Of this place, he wrote in his restaurant guide, "No specialties here, but a wide variety of wholesome food, well seasoned and nicely served."
 
http://christmasfarminn.com/
 
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2017/12/13 19:52:00 (permalink)
The Lambert House in Lambertville, New Jersey has been around since 1812 and shows no sign of slowing down.  It's as much of an upscale restaurant as when Duncan Hines dined here in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  In his guidebook, Hines wrote that "Home-style cooking is featured here---miniature loaves of hot, homemade bread, tossed salad with their own oil dressing, homemade pies and cakes."
 
http://www.lambertvillehouse.com/
 
This is their menu:
 
http://www.lambertvillehouse.com/en-us/eat-drink
 
 
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