Couple’s Dallas retro diner tour adds 5 stops from readers
Sometimes we are not aware of the obvious.
It was done in search of every restaurant and bar that after at least four decades still stands in a city known for its volatility.
Hot one day, closed the next.
Last month I told you about Randy and Paige Flink’s goal of going to every restaurant in Dallas that is in exactly the right place and paying the same price they got when they went their separate ways to Big D in 1977 .
Randy, President of Championship Financial Advisors and list-loving sentimentalist, came up with the idea as a tribute to the couple’s journey together. Paige, the CEO of The Family Place, is there.
We invited you to add to the list and received dozens of suggestions.
The first retro dining tour included 36 facilities. That grew to 41. You plan to eat or drink by the end of the year – without gaining too many pounds.
Good luck with it.
Some of you pointed to a blatant omission. The original Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been on the corner of North Central Expressway and Henderson Avenue for 76 years, making it the oldest local eatery in the same location. It even replaces downtown El Fenix, which started on McKinney Avenue 99 years ago and crossed the street in 1965.
Roland Dickey (left) and Travis “TD” Dickey Jr. stood in 1976 with their mother, Ollie Dickey, in front of the original Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on North Central Expressway and Henderson Avenue.(Dickey’s grill restaurants)
Roland Dickey Sr. was usually homemade because of inadvertent carelessness.
“Well, I’ve been left out of things all my life,” jokes Dickey. “That’s why I got married – that’s why someone is legally obliged to remember me. As far as Dickey can be remembered, I am only grateful that our customers know that we have been smoking quality breastpieces since 1941. “
Randy and I spent hours devising other suggestions to find four Guardians: Bo Bo China on Church Road, Circle Grill on North Buckner Boulevard, Hickory House Barbecue on South Riverfront Boulevard, and Gonzalez on Bruton Road.
They were added to the Retro Diner Tour menu along with Dickey’s.
We honored Snuffer’s on Greenville Avenue and Tachito’s in West Illinois – even though both opened their doors in 1978 – and found that Snuffers cheese fries and Tachitos queso and its spicy kick-butt sauce deserve asterisks.
The Honorable Discards – including Odoms Bar-B-Que, Al’s Pizzeria, Adair’s, Casita Tex Mex Bar, Wingfield’s Breakfast & Burgers, the Original Market Diner, Pete’s Cafe, and Tolbert’s – failed for one or more reasons. Some weren’t old enough, had moved, changed names or concepts, or weren’t in Dallas.
The original chillies on Greenville Avenue have long since disappeared. Herrera’s on Maple Avenue opened in 1975 but closed in 2014 and reopened on Sylvan Avenue.
Chelsea’s Corner is in its original McKinney location in the 1970s. But it’s in return for the funky bar and grill.
The Fair Park’s stone restaurant with water wheel used to be an El Chico before becoming the Old Mill Inn in 1981.(File photo / employee)
One reader suggested the Old Mill Inn in Fair Park. The stone building with water wheel turned out to be an El Chico from 1965 to 1975 before becoming the Old Mill Inn in 1981.
Paige and Randy have bloated up to more than a dozen spots.
“The highlight so far has been controlling the shuffleboard table in the Inwood Tavern,” he says. “We suppressed our urge to criticize these places. We’re much more interested in enjoying the ride with friends. In a way, it’s like driving Route 66. “
Keller’s drive-in on the Northwest Highway was packed on a Wednesday night – with half a dozen cars with their hoods jacked up.
“We took a double shot while we ate our double hamburgers and tater tots,” says Randy, who believes it’s a hot rod group showing off engines or marking territory in a crowded lot.
He also notes that the outdoor menu card includes # 1, # 3, # 5 and # 8 as specials. “I have no idea what became of # 2, # 4, # 6 and # 7.”
The dearly deceased lament
Readers shared personal moments with their lists of long-lost favorites. Among them: Prince of Hamburgers, Goff’s on Lover’s Lane, The Hungry Jockey, Arthur’s on Central and Lucas B & B.
Dallas-based Thomas Johnston has kept a diary of every place – about 2,000 facilities – he has patronized since arriving in 1979. He has attached an appendix of over 70 pages. Too much for this column to digest.
Dallas wealth manager Robert Cooksey, married to public relations manager Gail Cooksey, recalled their first date 35 years ago at St. Martin’s Wine Bistro in Greenville. They will celebrate their 33rd birthday there later this month.
“Gail reminded me of those cinnamon rolls in Southern Kitchen, and I remembered Club Schmitz (11-napkin cheeseburgers, long-necks, and Patsy Cline) and the Mecca café,” wrote Cooksey.
Sue Miller was referring to the loss of the Ports O ‘Call on the Southland Life Building, once the tallest in town and now a Sheraton Hotel.
“It was romantic and mystical,” says Miller. “The facility was like Polynesian ports. The tables had great views of the city in all directions. Wonderful and magical place. “
There are undoubtedly overlooked places, but nominations are closed.
Randy and Paige have more than they can say.