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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/07/30 18:07:13 (permalink)
The Mimslym Inn, which has been around since 1931, in Luray, Virginia is as elegant as ever.
 
https://mimslyninn.com/
 
Duncan Hines dined here in the early 1950s.  He wrote that it had an "early American" decor.  As to the food he said they offered, "country ham, fried chicken and apple pies."  He also said that it had "70 attractive guest rooms."  It was, in his opinion, a very nice place to stay and dine.  It still is.
 
There are several dining options available.  One is to enjoy their Friday and Sunday buffets.  Another is to dine on their front porch when the weather permits.  Yet another is to have a meal in the Speakeasy, their casual dining room, or, for special occasions, their Circa 1931 dining room, where they serve breakfast and lunch.
 
Here is what one of their special occasion dinners looks like.
 
http://mimslyninn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Champagne-Brunch-Menu-2017.pdf
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/09 15:49:44 (permalink)
In the 1950s Duncan Hines visited the Hotel Virginian (now known--and maybe then--as The Virginian) in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He said that it "specializes in Smithfield Virginia ham, southern spoon bread and fried chicken."  The hotel has been around since 1913--well, sort of.  It was around until 1968, when it underwent a name change and then served as a place for low-income residents to reside.  Last year (2018) it reopened and regained its long-lost luxurious splendor.
 
Today none of the items on the menu that Duncan Hines was familiar with are offered.  There are now three restaurants found on the premises.  There is the Marigold, which is the hotel's coffee shop, which features food for someone who wants breakfast or a light lunch.  The Skyline Grill, which is the hotel's rooftop restaurant; it offers fine dining and a view of the city; it is seasonal and is closed in the winter.  And finally there is the William Henry restaurant.  It offers high quality dishes for the hotel's patrons.
 
I couldn't find a website menu for the William Henry, but there is one for the Skyline.
 
https://www.thevirginianhotel.com/restaurants-bars/skyline
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/09 16:07:48 (permalink)
The Red Fox Tavern in Middleburg, Virginia is still around.  When Duncan Hines ate here he wrote that they specialized "in old Virginia ham, and Southern fried chicken; also pecan pie."
 
I couldn't find much about the restaurant other than it had four dining areas and it looked like a pretty nice place to lodge and dine in.
 
http://www.redfox.com/
 
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/09 16:16:25 (permalink)
The Wayside Inn in Middletown, Virginia is still in business--and has been since 1797.  Duncan Hines said it was "one of those favorite and delightful inns of which Virginia may be proud.  Food is very good."
 
http://www.alongthewayside.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/09 16:29:56 (permalink)
Restaurants can change vastly over the course of 70+ years.  The Carriage House in Norfolk, Virginia is an example.  When Duncan Hines ate here, he wrote that it was "formerly an old carriage house, now lends an air of a Colonial tavern.  Some of their features are curried shrimp, crab Imperial, Brunswick stew, veal paprika, cheese croquettes, waffles and turkey hash, chopped steak platter, beef ragout with burgundy wine, salad bowls, also pecan and lemon pie."
 
Now look at the food items that the Carriage House offers today.
 
http://omarscarriagehouse.com/menus/dinner/
 
I guess Duncan Hines would still eat here.  It sure is a different menu, though.
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/09 16:51:59 (permalink)
When Duncan Hines ate at the Sykes Inn in Smithfield, Virginia in the 1950s he was impressed.  He wrote, "As long ago as 1752 this inn was attracting overnight guests.  And very likely they were offered Smithfield ham, just as the guests are today.  These hams have made this town internationally famous."  The Sykes Inn has now been renamed The Smithfield Inn, and it still serves the hams that have made it and the town famous.
 
http://www.smithfieldinn.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/11 13:59:09 (permalink)
Earl Abel's  was on Broadway and Hildebrand. Tehn the lot they were on got sold, and they moved to a shopping center on Austin Hwy.Now they are down on Broadway, closer I think towards The Pearl complex. Never heard it described as a steakhouse before.  never eaten at the St.Anthony Hotel, but did eat once at the Faust Hotel in New Braunfels. Was  some work function.Both places by the way are supposed to be haunted. haven't had a chance to get to La Fonda on Main yet, nor have I tried  the Original Mexican Restaurant.  
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/11 20:34:49 (permalink)
In the 1950s Duncan Hines dined at the Hotel Monticello, he seemed impressed by it.  He wrote, "when you visit here, you will understand why the hotel loses money on every meal served, for it is as fine as many cities of a hundred-thousand."
 
Today the Hotel Monticello in Longview, Washington is now both a restaurant and a place to live.  Part of the complex is residential, and part of it is the Long-Bell Steakhouse and Seafood.  Of the latter, here is their menu:
 
https://www.long-bell.com/menu
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2019/10/11 20:55:22 (permalink)
When Duncan Hines dined here in the 1950s, it was called The Olympic Hotel.  Now it is known as the Fairmont-Olympic Hotel.  Hines said it was "one of the most famous hotel dining places on the North Pacific coast.  Noted for their seafoods, roast beef and steaks, along with other specialties.  Also French cuisine.  The Georgian Room is open for lunch and dinner."
 
Today the Georgian Room is still open, but only for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
 
https://www.fairmont.com/seattle/dining/thegeorgian/
 
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