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    Places in Austin You Miss

    Got any favorite Austin restaurants / eating places that have closed and you miss?

    I was sitting here at lunch thinking about a place that used to be downtown (I think it was on the corner of 1st and Congress). It was a tiny little building on the corner where this guy had a walk up eating place. He eventually sold that tiny corner and prob made a fortune (at least at the time when he sold it). I can't remember the name of the place and couldn't find it online.

    But it made me think of other places I miss, like:

    1. Ted's Greek
    2. Original Jorges.
    3. Original El Arroyo
    4. Mikes Pub - Small pub/bar in the building across the street from the Driscoll Hotel on 7th where we used to order burgers as kids when we were downtown at our dads office. The burgers were pretty good and as a kid, getting to go into the pub/bar to pick up the burger was pretty cool.(just found out it might still be around).
    5. Wyatts Cafeterias.
    6. Picadilly Restaurant.
    7. Original Schlotsky's (the sandwiches now, don't taste anything like they used to before they became commercialized).
    8. Woolworth Lunch Counter Downtown.
    9. A&W Drive-In (on Manchaca where Dan's is now). As a kid, we loved the frosty mugs of fresh rootbeer.

    I will probably think of some others, but do any of the long time Austinite friends remember any others?

    Also miss a couple old stores like the bargain basement in Scarboroughs and Gibsons....
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    Wow.... you were Austin when Austin wasn't cool... I remember some, not all of these places - Gibsons on Burnet Road was our regular sporting goods/general store. We were regulars at the Top Notch, which is still there of course. The old Academy on Burnet was a real Army/Navy surplus store... I don't miss the old stores so much as I miss the open space west of town. I left Austin for most of 18 years starting in 1981, and when I returned, the rooftops that extend for miles west of 360 made me sad. We hunted, fished, drank, parked, and went mudding all over the area around Spicewood springs road and 360 when Spicewood Springs was a 2 lane road to nowhere and north and south 360 weren't connected by a bridge. I shot my first deer near what is now St Eds park. Good times.

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    Yep. Gibsons on Ben White was the store where we went. There was also a Whites Automotive on Ben White where dad went. They were like Western Auto which is another place.

    Everything West of lamar was heavy woods. I remember sitting in our trucks up on the hill where toyrus is now hanging out drinking beer as teenagers. Hell Broken Spoke was just about the only thing in the area til you got up a little closer to Manchaca.

    We used to go out to what is now abat sanctuary park out off Davis and we would climb down int the bat sink hole on a dare and there wasnt anything out there. Thats where we took out girlfriends...


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    I havn't been around as long, but I was born and raised here.

    I miss the Leander Rehab Center that we used to go camping at for Boy Scouts. I miss the woods where National Instruments is currently. I miss the original form of the Oasis. I miss the view from County Line BBQ on the hill before it a bunch of rooftops. I also missed the opportunity to see a show out at South Park Meadows before it became a shopping center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    Got any favorite Austin restaurants / eating places that have closed and you miss?

    I was sitting here at lunch thinking about a place that used to be downtown (I think it was on the corner of 1st and Congress). It was a tiny little building on the corner where this guy had a walk up eating place. He eventually sold that tiny corner and prob made a fortune (at least at the time when he sold it). I can't remember the name of the place and couldn't find it online.

    But it made me think of other places I miss, like:

    1. Ted's Greek
    2. Original Jorges.
    3. Original El Arroyo
    4. Mikes Pub - Small pub/bar in the building across the street from the Driscoll Hotel on 7th where we used to order burgers as kids when we were downtown at our dads office. The burgers were pretty good and as a kid, getting to go into the pub/bar to pick up the burger was pretty cool.(just found out it might still be around).
    5. Wyatts Cafeterias.
    6. Picadilly Restaurant.
    7. Original Schlotsky's (the sandwiches now, don't taste anything like they used to before they became commercialized).
    8. Woolworth Lunch Counter Downtown.
    9. A&W Drive-In (on Manchaca where Dan's is now). As a kid, we loved the frosty mugs of fresh rootbeer.

    I will probably think of some others, but do any of the long time Austinite friends remember any others?

    Also miss a couple old stores like the bargain basement in Scarboroughs and Gibsons....
    Was that Las Manitas at the corner of First and Congress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teamsloan View Post
    I havn't been around as long, but I was born and raised here.

    I miss the Leander Rehab Center that we used to go camping at for Boy Scouts. I miss the woods where National Instruments is currently. I miss the original form of the Oasis. I miss the view from County Line BBQ on the hill before it a bunch of rooftops. I also missed the opportunity to see a show out at South Park Meadows before it became a shopping center.
    I graduated HS in San Antone in '83 and came up here for summer semester of UT. Went to South Park Meadows for the U2 War show with the Alarm opening. Was in the very front by the stage for Bono getting in the crowd and also waving the white flag. Afterwards I got a ride back to the downtown area from a couple girls in nursing school - they took me to a party and then to the Ritz to see the Dicks. What a night!

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    I miss the damn Taco Bell that was at William Cannon and 290/71.
    They torn that thing down maybe six years ago now to make room for the highway expansion. Still no shovels in the ground.

    It's not that I am super nostalgic for it. But it was the closest one to the house and every time I drive by I think how dumb it was to force that business to close. Also the little diner that was next door that I have already forgotten it's name.

    Same thing happened with the Jim's that was at Ben White and 35. They torn that thing down probably three years before they needed to. I just don't understand why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Bernardo View Post
    Was that Las Manitas at the corner of First and Congress?
    It might have been. I was young and can't remember the name, but it was a tiny little walk up taco place. I just remember my dad getting tacos from there and they were good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post

    Same thing happened with the Jim's that was at Ben White and 35. They torn that thing down probably three years before they needed to. I just don't understand why.
    Haaa, I can't believe I didn't think of this one. Jims on BW was my first job at 14 (maybe why I forgot, lol).. I was a busboy and dishwasher and that job helped me buy my first car (68 Torino).

    And yeah, I miss the gator at holiday house too. As a kid, it was awesome to go there and see a gator. They had pretty good burgers and chicken fry too if I remember correctly. I remember our parents taking us to Bonanza on BW for dinner too.

    I miss midnight Kung Fu movies at Southwood Theatre. It was one of the happening places to be on weekends with your girlfriend.

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    The Stallion on Lamar. The Armadillo. Riding at Forest Ridge!

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    I miss Aqua Fest & skipper pins, as well as that Mexican food trailer on the corner of 1st and Congress mentioned above. Saw some great acts at Liberty Lunch and some good movies at the drive-in theater north of 183 on Cameron Road. Oh, I also miss the golden days of Bike MoJo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    It might have been. I was young and can't remember the name, but it was a tiny little walk up taco place. I just remember my dad getting tacos from there and they were good.
    Great tacos!
    Last edited by trailbrain; 12-12-2013 at 09:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryp View Post
    I was sitting here at lunch thinking about a place that used to be downtown (I think it was on the corner of 1st and Congress). It was a tiny little building on the corner where this guy had a walk up eating place. He eventually sold that tiny corner and prob made a fortune (at least at the time when he sold it).
    How old are you? I'm about to turn 50, born and raised here. Northwest corner of 1st & Congress? Waaaaaaay back? If the answer is yes, it was the Tamale House, maybe Tamale House #1. What do you think?

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    And Las Manitas was in the middle of the block, east side of Congress between 2nd & 3rd. The Holiday House gator's name was Charlie . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurronnicane View Post
    The Stallion on Lamar. The Armadillo.
    Wondered if anyone would mention the Stallion on Lamar: $1.99 for chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, limp salad and a biscuit. Obit for Violet, the long time waitress there.
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    So much unfettered road riding back in the day. Even since I returned to Austin, all my old rides in "the country" out by Manor have gone to hell with traffic and subdivisions.
    The Quarry off Braker, currently affiliated with Pure Austin Fitness, I'm pretty sure is where we used to drive out 183 into the country forever, and then jump off the cliffs into the cold, clear water. Great in the summer time. There used to be a billboard on 183 that simply stated in big letters, "Real Estate is the Only Form of True Wealth."
    Deep Eddy and Zilker have not changed for the most part, nor has the Shoal Creek Hiking Trail.

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    Hurronnicane perrty much covered it......

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