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SOHOPEDIA: Our Favorite Places to Eat

AUGUST MOON RESTAURANT, 1418 Spencer, 946-8553

Popular Chinese restaurant between K-Mart and Pasadena Plaza. Owned by the family of Dominic Ng, SoHo Class of 1968.


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BASKIN-ROBBINS, 1011 Edgebrook, 946-9847, Houston
Favorite ice cream spot on Edgebrook and after-school employer for many Trojans. One of the very few SoHo eateries from the Sixties still in business.


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BOB HOLCOMB'S BAR-B-Q, 1114 Spencer, HU 6-9924, South Houston
Perhaps the most popular BBQ restaurant in southeast Houston. Favorite family and date spot. Catered to Trojan football team's pre-game meal needs. Owned by the Holcomb family. Twin Brothers Donnie and Ronnie Holcomb, Class of 1965, played for the Trojans and worked there.


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BURGER KING, 1211 Spencer, 946-5728
Thought to be one of the first Burger Kings in the Houston area. Located right across the street from K-Mart and very close to Pasadena Plaza. Hamburgers and hots dogs were inexpensive popular treats. Hot spot on the cruise scene in the last Sixties. Cars with surfboards on top in constant motion. Closed and the property redeveloped.


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BURGER MART, 1062 Edgebrook, 944-4410, Houston
Favorite to multiple generations of Trojans. Opened in the early Sixties, it lasted into the 21st Century. Great bike destination for kids growing up in Freeway Manor. Adjoining game room made it a popular stop for kids in high school and beyond. Many SoHo students worked there, including the fabulous Gooch sisters. Great food. Teen-friendly environment. As of 2014, only the sign remains.


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CARNATION ICE CREAMLAND, 826 Edgebrook, HU 6-9987
A popular alternative to Baskin-Robbins on Edgebrook.


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CITY CAFE, 513 College, South Houston
Popular coffee shop near the corner of Old Galveston and College. Still in operation.


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CORRAL DRIVE-IN, 1400 West Sterling, Pasadena

A favorite (along with Trainer's) of SoHo students in the late Fifties and early Sixties. Sterling, no longer on the map, is now the northside frontage road for Hwy. 225. The Corral was located just outside of the old Sinclair Refinery (now Lyondell-Basell), about one-half mile west of Richey. High school students from Pasadena and South Houston would cruise Sterling from the Corral on the west end to Trainer's on the east end, which was right next to the Capitan Theatre, a favorite date destination for those who still had date money after cheeseburgers and cherry Cokes. 
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GROVE DRIVE-IN, 2013 S. Shaver, GR 2-9565

"We Specialize in 5-Cent Root Beer." Favorite root beer stand for Pasadena and early SoHo students. Located about midway between the two schools.


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J&S ROOT BEER #5, 1015 College, 946-7440

Located across the street from South Houston Junior High (Intermediate). Good food, but limited parking and seating made it more of a grab-and-go place. Owned by the father of Gary Moss, SoHo Class of 1970. Building is now home to Magic Burger.


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JIMMY WALKER'S RESTAURANT, Kemah

Popular dining on the water. A date staple for Trojan couples. Frequent and extended closings because of storm damage. Now part of Landry's on the Kemah Boardwalk.


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PIZZA YOINT, 1900 Houston Ave. (Old Galveston Rd.), 944-3844

Ad slogan: "A favorite for dates and that after-game meal." Wildly popular destination for post-game eats. Packed with Trojans within 30 minutes after each game in the Sixties and into the Seventies. Football players in red blazers were always the most special guests. Jukebox played all the latest Top 40 tunes. Pizza was superb. "The Yoint" was just as well known for its black lights and fluorescent frescoes of Italian landscapes. Popular first-date diner for young SoHo teens. Younger and older students blended perfectly. Lasted into the Eighties.


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RITZEE (No. 5), 1500 College, HU 6-5454

Advertising the "Snack That Brings You Back." SoHo's first great hangout, the Ritzee was known for fine food, family fare in the afternoon and early evening -- and a somewhat notorious reputation as a raucous teen hangout after dark. A celebrated cruise spot and the scene of many rumbles. Under almost constant surveillance by SoHo police. Pasadena and South Houston's first drive-in outlet on the Gulf Fwy. Drive-in limped into the Seventies. Later, an equipment rental store. Various structures have been erected on its foundation.


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SAN JACINTO INN, next to the Battleship Texas, Wayside 1181

A Houston dining tradition for four decades. Popular spot for family dining. Closed in 1987.


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THREE GABLES DRIVE-IN, 3406 South Shaver, HU 6-9971

Quieter alternative to many of the "crusing" spots in the Sixties. Known for good service and excellent food. Popular "to-go" spot for residents in the Avenues and Arlington Heights. Building has housed many used-car dealers since the final burger was flipped, probably in the early Eighties.


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TOM'S TREAT, 702 Spencer, HU 6-9833

Favorite burger and ice cream stop for kids living in old South Houston and the Avenues. Part of the tradition of South Houston Little League and the community pool located on 7th Street, just a couple of blocks south. Kids would flock to Tom's for post-game treats or after a day at the pool. Popular refreshment stop for high-schoolers, as well.


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TRAINER'S DRIVE-IN, East Sterling, Pasadena

Located close to the intersection of Tatar (now Pasadena Blvd.) and Hwy 225, adjacent to the Capitan Theatre. Sterling is now the northside frontage road for 225. Trainer's was the eastern anchor for the Sterling cruise trip. The Corral Drive-In was on the west end.


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VICKI'S DRIVE-IN, Old Galveston Road at Winkler, HU 6-2090

Vicki's Drive-in and adjacent La Fronda Motel were owned by the Vickery family, whose kids went to SoHo. A favorite stop on Old Galveston, about halfway between old Pasadena and the growing SoHo stomping grounds. Famous and much admired for its "Martian and flying saucer" outer space motif. This was one of two Vicki's. The other one was at the corner of Spencer and Shaver.


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