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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/07 19:16:24 (permalink)
Locatelli's in Boulder Creek, California opened its doors in 1915 and had been in business 21 years before Duncan Hines wrote his first restaurant guide.  It was very popular with Hines throughout the 1930s and early 1940s.  After 40 years the Locatelli family sold the restaurant to the Scopazzi family, and they've had it ever since, offering just as high quality food as the Locatelli family did.
 
So, while it changed ownership and its name, it's essentially the same restaurant with the same sort of clientele it had when Duncan Hines visited here.  As this list is being compiled, the restaurant will be in its 101st year of operation, and its 61st year under the Scopazzi management.
 
The current restaurant has something I've never seen before: Pepper Linguini – Prawns, Cilantro, Ginger, Cream Sauce.  Sounds good!
 
http://www.scopazzisrestaurant.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/07 19:36:40 (permalink)
In the early 1940s one place that was mentioned was The Pines Cafe at Cambria Lodge in Cambria, California.  It is no longer called that; it is now the Cambria Pines Lodge.  Duncan Hines said of it, "Nice meals, lovely surroundings."  From the photographs in the link below, that can still be said.
 
http://www.cambriapineslodge.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/07 19:59:21 (permalink)
It was called The Twin Inns when Duncan Hines first came to Carlsbad, California in the 1930s.  It was built in 1887 and went through several owners until 1919 when it became The Twin Inns when the Kentner family purchased it.  Mr. Kentner began expanding it . . . and expanding it until it took on the look that it has today.  The restaurant lasted until 1984 when it became Neiman's.  That incarnation lasted until 2003 when it became The Ocean House.  That lasted until November 2013 when it became The Land and Water Company.
 
While the restaurant no longer specializes in the "real chicken dinners" that Duncan Hines enjoyed, it does specialize in seafood, and high quality seafood at that.  If he were still around, I think he would recommend it.  If nothing else, though, I think it would be neat just to dine in a house that looks like this.
 
http://www.landandwaterco.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/07 20:22:42 (permalink)
The Normandy Inn in Carmel, California was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant and inn.  (Remember, he recommended places to sleep as well, in an annual guidebook called "Lodging For a Night.")  Aside from a continental breakfast, current management has done away with the restaurant, probably because it cannot compete with the many fine dining options very close by.  So this one doesn't make the list.
 
http://www.normandyinncarmel.com/
 
But you can go to the Highland Inn in Carmel, which Hines also recommended and dine in one of their two restaurants; the view from either competes with the food.  Here's a review for one of them.
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-market-restaurant-carmel
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/07 21:50:36 (permalink)
After one week of effort, I count 94 surviving restaurants on the list. That's is about 1% of the restaurants Duncan Hines approved over a period of 25 years that remain in operation in some form 55 years later.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/08 13:45:32 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2016/05/13 16:57:49
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I’ve been investigating what exists at the locations of some of the Milwaukee restaurants listed in the 1959 edition of Adventures in Good Eating. I found a diversity of results.
 
John Ernst Café was one of the Big 3 German restaurants in Milwaukee when I moved here in 1992. It closed in 2001. There is now a Chipotle Mexican Grille at its former location. This may say something about the city’s changing ethnicity (or hipster dining habits).
 
I used to walk through the former location of George Diamond Charcoal-Broiled Steak House going from my car to my office in Milwaukee. The restaurant building was razed and the land became a city park honoring one of Milwaukee’s Communist mayors. This may say something about the never changing nature of Milwaukee politicians.
 
Fleur de Lis is long gone, but an exceptional restaurant remains in this location. Bacchus is one of the Bartolotta Restaurants family, which I consider to be our finest local restaurant group. Duncan Hines would definitely approve of Bacchus. I have put Fleur de Lis on the survivors list, because this says something about the never changing dining standards of certain restaurant locations.


I was fortunate to have eaten at all three. George Diamond, was my standard for steaks for years, just as Larry & Ed's was for Prime Rib. Milwaukee's mayors have been the gold standard for American big city mayors and I'm sure he would have been too modest and humble to ever want a park named after him.
 
My son, when he very young, ordered coq au vin at Fleur de Lis and was told by his waitress that "you know that's not fried chicken". To which he replied without missing a beat, "Oh I know. I like the sauce."
Of Milwaukee's top 4 German restaurants (DH seems to have missed The Golden Zither) John Ernst Café was imho the prettiest but #4 when it came to food. Here's a 1984 review https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19840217&id=Y4FQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OBIEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5759,3745759&hl=en
 
 
I think the OP was teasing you as Milwaukee was known for having the prettiest parks, cleanest drinking water, and best mass transit (street cars criss-crossed Milwaukee). Our mayors were known as Sewer Socialists (and were very anti-communist, just as they are now). Frank Zeidler was our last and he lived until his 90's and never owned a car or moved form his home. His declined to run in 1960 and our city has never been the same. They also insured that nothing private was ever built along Lake Michigan.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/08 14:07:34 (permalink)
One of the hotels with a restaurant that Duncan Hines recommended was The Claremont Inn in Claremont, California.  The hotel was sold and in 2006, after an extensive renovation, became The Doubletree Hotel Claremont, a member of the Hilton hotel chain.  The hotel has the Orchard Restaurant and Lounge.  So this is one with a name change but still has a restaurant.  Looks like a pretty good one, judging by the menu.
 
http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-claremont-ONTCLDT/index.html
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/08 14:23:26 (permalink)
This next one is not exactly a restaurant any longer, but since 1974 gives perhaps the best catered weddings in the Los Angeles area.  So the food equation hasn't exactly exited the picture completely.  The Padua Hills Theater In Claremont, California was both a theater and a restaurant from 1932 to 1974 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  Wickipedia has an article on its history.
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/padua-hills-theatre-claremont
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/08 14:45:56 (permalink)
In his 1941 guidebook, Duncan Hines wrote of the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California, which is in the San Diego area, "One of the few old de luxe hotels of the state where you dine in luxurious style, looking out over the ocean.  Such dining . . . is good for your soul."  One look at that dining room (The Crown Room), and I would have to agree.  When you click on the link below, click on The Crown Room and watch the video.  Also check out the menu.
 
http://hoteldel.com/restaurant-coronado/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/08 15:17:38 (permalink)
The El Paseo Inn of Duarte, California, which has been around since 1930 was listed in Hines's guidebook.  It is still around in the Los Angeles area.  He wrote of it, "Mexican in atmosphere, featuring steaks.  Unique cocktail lounge."
 
http://www.elpaseoinn.com/home
 
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/08 15:36:17 (permalink)
Here's a conundrum for JRPfeff to figure out whether to include it or not.
 
In the early 1940s, Duncan Hines listed in his guidebook one outlet of a small chain of high-class Mexican restaurants throughout California that were operated by the Estrada family.  This was Estrada's Spanish Kitchen; he listed the one in Fresno, California.
 
Hines wrote, "True early California food and mighty good, too.  Here you will find Spanish dishes that may not be procurable elsewhere."  At least one outlet of the chain run by the family still exists, being the one in Daly City, California, although they have dropped the "Spanish Kitchen" part.
 
http://estradasrestaurant1917.com/about-us/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/08 21:46:05 (permalink)
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A final Berkeley, California Duncan Hines recommended restaurant that is still around is Spenger's Fish Grotto.  It was sold a few years ago to McCormick & Schmick's, a seafood restaurant chain in Portland, Oregon.  They closed for a year for renovations, primarily due to electrical work that had not been kept up to date since the 1930s, and then reopened.  It's thriving once again.
 
http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/Locations/berkeley-california/FourthSt.aspx
 


This is from a visit by Cousin Johnny and I to Spenger's Fish Grotto in 2013.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 01:45:40 (permalink)
LOVED Spenger's in the 80s when I was there last.
 
No mention of Tadich Grill?  Did I miss it?
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 07:01:13 (permalink)
mar52,

Louis is going through the books page by page and checking online for places that still exist. He may not have made it to Tadich yet. If you know of someplace that you think is a likely candidate, note it here and Louis or I will check for you.

Jim
 
Update: Tadich Grill is in the 1959 edition. Duncan Hines wrote:
Said to be the oldest established restaurant in San Francisco. The
food is good, and sea food is the specialty. The rex sole especially well-
liked.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 08:02:15 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2016/05/13 16:58:26
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I am proud to say that the Griswold Inn in Essex CT is still around and still serves a good solid meal. We were there for my 51st Birthday this past March.
 
Although Cooke's Tavern in Plainville CT is no more, since 1979 it's been known as J Timothy's Tavern  We've been there a few times, even had a Roadfood event there. They are well know for their wings and hearty Yankee fare. We love their Chicken Pie and Shepherd's Pie.



I looked through the 1945 edition.  Surviving CT restaurants from it are:
 
Bee and Thistle Inn, Old Lyme
White Hart Inn, Salisbury
Homestead Inn, New Milford 
 
Skipper's Dock in Stonington closed and reopened as Jetty's Grille, but with a different style of seafood (originally it was "French-inspired").
 
I haven't finished looking through the 1959 edition yet, but so far I've found:
 
Waverly Inn, Cheshire
Griswold Inn, Essex, as WJ mentioned
Cavey's, Manchester
Stonehenge, Ridgefield
Ragamont Inn, Salisbury
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 09:31:41 (permalink)
Since Ketteract has the 1945 edition and JRPfeff is using the 1959 edition, I thought I would use the 1941 edition.  I also have a 1952 and a 1961 edition that I can use later.  Each restaurant takes a while; you don't know if it exists under another name or if it has really gone out of business.  Just to examine two pages yesterday took three hours.  So this will be slow.
 
Cliff, sorry to hear that you didn't like Spenger's.  That's what happens sometimes when a chain takes over.
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 14:39:22 (permalink)
Glad that the Tadich Grill showed up...  deservedly so.
 
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 15:05:59 (permalink)
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Tadich Grill



Dang.  In biz since 1849.  That's a solid run.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 15:14:18 (permalink)
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Glad that the Tadich Grill showed up...  deservedly so.
 



Amen to that sister!  I love Tadich Grill!
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 15:20:56 (permalink)
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Cliff, sorry to hear that you didn't like Spenger's.  That's what happens sometimes when a chain takes over.
Me too, Louis.  And this isn't a matter of chain bashing, since I enjoy the McCormick and Schmick's here in Pittsburgh. 
 
This also makes me wonder if Jake's Original Crawfish in Portland, around since 1892, is in the Adventures in Good Eating books.  The McCormick and Schmick's chain sprung from Jake's.  I had Thanksgiving dinner there last year and it was terrific.  


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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 15:47:15 (permalink)
buffetbuster,

Jake's is in the 1948 edition.
"A famous fish place. Rough but good."

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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 22:23:11 (permalink)
In the 1939 guidebook, Duncan Hines wrote of the restaurant Victor Hugo's in Laguna Beach, California.  He said that it had been open about a year (it opened in 1938), and that it was beautiful.  It was sold in 1979 and became Las Brisas.  Despite the name change, it still remains a beautiful world class restaurant.  Just a look at the menu and its gallery of pictures will attest to that.
 
http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 22:37:25 (permalink)
The Laguna Vista Cafe in Laguna, California was in the 1941 guidebook of Adventures in Good Eating.  They finally closed their doors in December 2012, and soon reopened as The Urth Caffe at the Cottage.  More than three years later, it seems to be just as popular as ever.
 
When the restaurant closed, it was still doing good business.  An article on its closing reported what it sold during its last year of operation.
 
Items sold in 2012
 78,000 eggs
34,869 cups of coffee
13,476 pancakes
6,630 pounds of bacon
3,200 waffles
2,130 Eggs Benedicts
3,892 mimosas
 
On an average Sunday
400 cups of coffee
110 pancakes
35 bacon and egg breakfasts
24 waffles
22 Eggs Benedicts
 
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32588-d8652053-Reviews-Urth_Cafe-Laguna_Beach_California.html
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 22:57:31 (permalink)
Duncan Hines said of The Little River Inn in Little River, California, which opened in 1939, "maybe you'll be up on the coast fishing or just loafing.  If so, you'll find simple, homelike meals."  It does seem like a nice place to spend a two-week vacation doing nothing.
 
http://www.littleriverinn.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/09 23:14:24 (permalink)
The area of Lone Pine, California is something of a culinary wasteland.  It was that way 80 years ago, and it still is.  Duncan Hines said of The Mt. Whitney Cafe (now The Mt. Whitney Restaurant) "Towns and satisfactory eating spots are few and far between on this popular scenic route.  It is more than likely that you will welcome" their culinary offerings of "flannel cakes, steaks, and fried chicken."
 
I couldn't find a website for it, but from what I can tell from the reviews, it seems to seems to suit those looking for a good independent restaurant.
 
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32646-d1770094-Reviews-Mt_Whitney_Restaurant-Lone_Pine_California.html
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/10 03:11:02 (permalink)
It's been quite a few years since I've been in Lone Pine, but I remember dining in a carousel-shaped restaurant (called The Merry-Go-Round, I believe), which at that time was a white-tablecloth restaurant and served reasonably good but not terribly distinguished food. It was fun sitting in the restaurant, though.  I checked online, and it looks like it has turned into a combination Chinese-American, "American" and "South of the Border" place. http://merrygornd.com/
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/10 07:09:19 (permalink)
You can rule out the Tomahawk Restaurant in Ahoskie, NC. The motel is still extant. It was from the online 1959 edition WarToad shared.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/10 07:40:39 (permalink)
Here is one that might still exist, in Tryon, NC: 
  • "…NORTHCAROLINA TRYON, N. C. (Pop. 1,985) 42 Mi. S. of Asheville. Rt. 176 176—Melrose Lodge. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tryon is noted for its beautiful scenery and delightful climate. Melrose Lodge is looked after by its charming proprietor, Mrs. Theodore D. Jervey, who s…" Quoted from WarToad's link.Marilyn's Melrose Inn. There are current highly rated reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor, that seem to focus on the hotel, but there's a page on the inn's website that says there's a private chef's club for $1 a year membership.
     
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    Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/10 11:33:32 (permalink)
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    buffetbuster,

    Jake's is in the 1948 edition.
    "A famous fish place. Rough but good."

    Jim

    Thanks Jim!  I noticed in the online book that Dan & Louis Oyster Bar and Huber's, also both from Portland, were in the book.  I have eaten in all three in the last couple of years and are all still Roadfood and Duncan Hines worthy.
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    Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/10 20:28:30 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ThanksfortheCrepes 2016/05/11 06:13:56
    Hey folks. I just went through and tried to add all the new additions to the list. I noticed that I missed a few along the way. If I happen to miss a restaurant that you identify, please send me a PM to get my attention.
     
    I am purposely adding all suggestions at this time. It is always easier to delete them later. So if you see a listing and have a reason to eliminate it, make your case here.
     
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