Let's share memories of long-gone cafes

Let's share memories of long-gone cafes

There are 56 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Aug 3, 2008, titled Let's share memories of long-gone cafes. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

BEST OF THE PAST: We remember going to Hubert's Cafeteria on Fourth Street and telling our mom, "If you could cut Jell-O into perfect little cubes like this, we'd enjoy it a lot more.

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Tammy Henson

Long Beach, CA

#1 Aug 4, 2008
How about remembering Valentines on Anahiem St in Long beach they had the best prime rib
and crab legs ever. And of couse Mr. J's on Anahiem st near Wilson High School that was
a all time favorite
Donna Martin

AOL

#2 Aug 4, 2008
Here's Another Great restaurant of bygone days
it was located on longbeach blvd called "Prince Of Wales"

It was a sad day when they closed there doors

Thank you.
YUM

Anaheim, CA

#3 Aug 4, 2008
"Prince Of Wales" yes!!- authenitic Fish and Chips

Acropolis - North of Milliken - peanut-butter shakes

Clock Restaurant - North of Jordan - great burgers - ultimately closed for drug-dealing

For players in the "Saturday Night Bridge Game" (cruising Long Beach Blvd over the LA River between NLM and Compton) the terminis was "Jerry's BBQ" - cute carhops, great chicken and shakes...also Cy's Pizza...

The Cow Parlor on Viking Way (what a Sundae)
Carl Hughes

United States

#4 Aug 4, 2008
I grew up in the 1100 block of Bennett Avenue in the 50s as kind of a latchkey kid. My parents gave me $1.00 for breakfast,$0.25 for a school lunch at Bryant Elementary School, and $1.25 for dinner. My four haunts as far as restaurants as a pre-teen were these:

STELLA'S CAFE was next to Art's Barber Shop in the 4200 block on E. Anaheim. With the exception of the Club Steak [$1.09] and T-bone Steak [$1.29], every entre on the menu was $0.99 or less. And soup or salad, garlic cheese toast, and dessert was included in every meal.

STEAK N' STOKER was on the southwest corner of Bennett and Anaheim across Bennett from the ABC Liquor Store. That's where I ate my breakfast every weekday morning for years. And nothing was more than a dollar unless you substituted ham in for the bacon or sausage.

WHAT NOT CAFE was on the south side of Anaheim Street at approximately Mira Mar Avenue. The Wednesday night specials of spaghetti and meatballs or ravioli and meatballs was always a treat for $0.99.

NIC NAC CAFE was almost directly across Anaheim Street from the What Not. Although this later became first an Indonesian restaurant, and then an Italian restaurant, it was here that I developed a love for a good steak and baked potato.
Mike Kerr

Pomona, CA

#5 May 10, 2011
I am 61 years old and remember Mom taking me to the Nic Nac when I was just a kid. Only place in town with a T-Bone steak that we could afford. Loved it!

Also, I have never found fish in chips that were as good as the Prince of Whales.

Does anyone remember Sally's across the street from Wilson. Seriloin Tips and Milk Shakes served along with the metal blender container with lots left to refill your glass. We drove their in our 1950 Plymoth stationwagon.

Good memories.
Morris the Cat

Long Beach, CA

#7 May 11, 2011
Carl Hughes wrote:
I grew up in the 1100 block of Bennett Avenue in the 50s as kind of a latchkey kid. My parents gave me $1.00 for breakfast,$0.25 for a school lunch at Bryant Elementary School, and $1.25 for dinner. My four haunts as far as restaurants as a pre-teen were these:
STELLA'S CAFE was next to Art's Barber Shop in the 4200 block on E. Anaheim. With the exception of the Club Steak [$1.09] and T-bone Steak [$1.29], every entre on the menu was $0.99 or less. And soup or salad, garlic cheese toast, and dessert was included in every meal.
STEAK N' STOKER was on the southwest corner of Bennett and Anaheim across Bennett from the ABC Liquor Store. That's where I ate my breakfast every weekday morning for years. And nothing was more than a dollar unless you substituted ham in for the bacon or sausage.
WHAT NOT CAFE was on the south side of Anaheim Street at approximately Mira Mar Avenue. The Wednesday night specials of spaghetti and meatballs or ravioli and meatballs was always a treat for $0.99.
NIC NAC CAFE was almost directly across Anaheim Street from the What Not. Although this later became first an Indonesian restaurant, and then an Italian restaurant, it was here that I developed a love for a good steak and baked potato.
Well Carl, don't go to Anaheim St. today! It's a third-world country!
Beverly Fike-Evans

Palm Springs, CA

#8 Jun 25, 2011
Donna Martin wrote:
Here's Another Great restaurant of bygone days
it was located on longbeach blvd called "Prince Of Wales"
It was a sad day when they closed there doors
Thank you.
I remember this as a child... thanks Mom for taking us to the best!!!!
Beverly Fike-Evans

Palm Springs, CA

#9 Jun 25, 2011
As far back as I can remember... we didn't like sea food! Until Mom, turned us on to "Prince Of Wales" WOW.. the food was amazing...I really wish it was still around so that I could take my boys to the ONLY place I'd eat fish! Thanks for the memories!
Beverly Fike-Evans

Palm Springs, CA

#10 Jun 25, 2011
Do you remember Clifton's Cafeteria Lakewood CA? Another wonderful childhood memory! The food was actually food I would eat!!! I had my 5th Birthday there.... <G>... I LOVED it! Thanks for the memories! 1960's !
DLTP Long Beach CA

Signal Hill, CA

#11 Aug 11, 2011
I so remember Jerry's BBQ as a little girl, watching from the huge window the food being cooked and shuffling around the floor with the sawdust. Then the Prince of Whales...this was the first place my dad took my mom on a date, I grew up there, the waitresses knew my entire family; when my mom was in the hospital once, my dad took my brother and I, the waitresses were so kind to us inquiring about our mom; they treated you like family...Waht about Cys and Simone Pizza...does anyone remember them? good old Compton boys...I used to play in the kitchens as a little girl...loved it there...
Ronald

Westminster, CA

#12 Aug 13, 2011
Long before revolutionary Long Beach Council began licensing "Gay" bars along the then peaceful Broadway corridor - an accomplishment that has resulted in an explosion of violent "hate crimes" being committed along the street - the Broadway Cocktail Lounge at about Cerritos Avenue was a non-Homosexual piano bar/cocktail lounge. It was a "decent tobacco smokers welcome" bar where everyone had a good time.

During the 60s, the lounge owners employed a wonderful piano player named Howard. Howard could play almost any song his audience would request. He was the only cocktail lounge pianist I knew who could play "Foggy River" on request and to do so extemporaneously.

I heard Howard retired to the high desert after being employed as a pianist by the old Moose Lodge on Pacific Avenue. I don't know if he is still alive now. In the process of time, I have forgotten what Howard's last name was. Does anyone recall what it was?

Does anyone recall The Royal Cuckoo Cocktail lounge later, the now defunct "Royal Club", that was located on Daisy Avenue south of 10th Street?

Ronald
M Hyland

AOL

#13 Aug 22, 2011
I wondering what happened the place called Prince of Wales in Long Beach ? was it out of business or moved to another town ? My whole family loves fish & chip ! anyway pls let me know ... good memories !
john s

Long Beach, CA

#14 Aug 22, 2011
Memories of a time when Long Beach was a great place to raise a family. Why on EARTH did we sacrifice it all to be nothing more than LowenthalLand? You never know how much you love a City until Marxist freaks take control and the City is destroyed. How sad. Our kids will never know what they lost.
homer

Seal Beach, CA

#15 Aug 22, 2011
Thriftimart Los Altos
Yeah I said T-Mart. Twas Gentry's coffee shop, 1955.
Best Peach/Apple cobbler.....I know, I washed dishes there
that summer for $1 Hour and Cobbler for break. Saw the
1st Los Altos center built across a dirt field.
Pat
Bob

Anaheim, CA

#16 Aug 22, 2011
Anyone remember "the granada heads?" It was down the street from Ripples. Whenever got out of Ripple's and was to drunk to drive home, I'd mosey on over to Ripples for some free sex until I sobered up. A lot of us did. That sure was a long time ago. Wonder what's going on over there these days? Is it still there? Is it still going strong? Madman? What say you?
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#17 Aug 23, 2011
Ronald wrote:
Long before revolutionary Long Beach Council began licensing "Gay" bars along the then peaceful Broadway corridor - an accomplishment that has resulted in an explosion of violent "hate crimes" being committed along the street - the Broadway Cocktail Lounge at about Cerritos Avenue was a non-Homosexual piano bar/cocktail lounge. It was a "decent tobacco smokers welcome" bar where everyone had a good time.
During the 60s, the lounge owners employed a wonderful piano player named Howard. Howard could play almost any song his audience would request. He was the only cocktail lounge pianist I knew who could play "Foggy River" on request and to do so extemporaneously.
I heard Howard retired to the high desert after being employed as a pianist by the old Moose Lodge on Pacific Avenue. I don't know if he is still alive now. In the process of time, I have forgotten what Howard's last name was. Does anyone recall what it was?
Does anyone recall The Royal Cuckoo Cocktail lounge later, the now defunct "Royal Club", that was located on Daisy Avenue south of 10th Street?
Ronald
the Broadway Cocktail Lounge
I used to go to the Broadway Cocktail Lounge back when it was a straight bar. I don't know if the Tadesko's owned it then but it was a good bar. The piano was the whole entertainment. I went back years later and the piano players were still good. Ed Kennedy comes to mind and then Harry Edge. That place has gone from bad to worse over the years. Now if you want a dive bar, that is just one of them. Now I wouldn't dare go anywhere on Broadway now, not because of the hate crimes but because there is NO ENTERTAINMENT value on Broadway except the visual appeal, if your into that. Broadway has followed the path Long Beach has laid down for it and it will not get any better.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#18 Aug 23, 2011
Bob wrote:
Anyone remember "the granada heads?" It was down the street from Ripples. Whenever got out of Ripple's and was to drunk to drive home, I'd mosey on over to Ripples for some free sex until I sobered up. A lot of us did. That sure was a long time ago. Wonder what's going on over there these days? Is it still there? Is it still going strong? Madman? What say you?
Can't say, don't go to any of those places anymore. Used to be fun but Ripples was always a dive. Wish there was a good entertainment bar but that's OK, sooner or later I will move out of Long Beach and look forward to the change of atmosphere.
By the way, Bob, getting free sex from someone at Ripples is not something I would brag about. That's one hell of a way to sober up. Did you ever find out if it was a man or a woman? I think Ripples is still there, I read about it in the police blotters. How they are staying in business is beyond me. Must have something to do with the salty air.
Dane T

Long Beach, CA

#19 Aug 23, 2011
Ripples is doing great. Unattractive queens must have a place to meet for sex too!
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#20 Aug 23, 2011
Dane T wrote:
Ripples is doing great. Unattractive queens must have a place to meet for sex too!
How is that place surviving? There have been police reports all over the scanners about drunks from Ripples going down to the beach etc. They (the police and public) have tried to close down other bars for noise etc., what makes Ripples so special?
Solosport

Riverside, CA

#21 Aug 23, 2011
How about the great hamburger stand "Jims" that was at the corner of Ximeno and Anaheim St. Greatest burgers and large onion rings. The church took over it for parking. Other than that I don't recall great restaurants when we were the town "Iowa by the Sea"

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