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Old 02-05-2013, 08:39 PM
 
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During the 70's, it was commonly required in CC to have a chest x~ray to screen for TB in order to obtain a food handler's permit. [every time it was renewed]
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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Default Don't tell my heart, my achey breaky heart...

Who was out & about one day when the rodeo was in town & a radio station played only one song repeatedly for 24 hours? Yep; it was 'Achey Breaky Heart' by Billy Ray Cyrus. Was it annoying? Only for some of those who did not participate; in hanging out of the car windows while going down the road singing at the top of our lungs, "Don't tell my heart; my achey Breaky heart... I just don't think id understannnn...
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:30 AM
 
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My family went to Snapka's; the drive~in cafe' for unruly children. What about the Chat~N~Chew on Staples, near the music store? It was a popular hangout long before Floyd's all~night restaurant where we put gravy covered French fries in our noses, for laughs. There were some little Mexican curandera herb stores, near Chat~N~Chew, which my mother liked to explore. My Aunt DeeDee worked at Parr's Drug Store at 6 points. [where that many roads converge] The A & W Root beer stand wasn't near as cool as the old~fashioned truly~frosted~mug root beer we used to get somewhere near downtown. Shakey's Pizza Parlor was loads of fun with whole pitchers of rootbeer & sing~a~longs with a guy at the piano wearing red & white stripes, a bow~tie, & a straw hat. We went to the other Burger Chef [on Staples?] by the Padre Staples Mall. Yes, for 18 cents you got a char~broiled burger to fill at the salad bar. It then became about six inches tall! Another favorite was messy chalupas at Tia's, where the chili went great on top of the salad. There was a pharmacy or dime store at Parkdale Plaza with a great soda fountain cafe' where Mama always took us. It was next to the Hallmark Store. We always went to Parkdale to see Santa Claus. [Oh, why did they have to lie to us about him?] Many eateries in CC have featured Mariachi bands. They were very good. Old Nueces Town was a kick, out by the Nueces River. There was an antique player piano with numerous old brass scrolls. They staged a mock 'shootout' every night. The kids liked it. I had a deja~vu experience there. I was next to a hearth, possibly in a cave, sharing food & talking. I miss the smell of the old hickory smokehouses with huge ceiling fans & picnic tables. Black Diamond Oyster Bar was known for the huge seafood platter on a heavy oval plate. Pelican's Wharf was a close second. They achieved 'atmosphere'. I had friends who worked at Gallaghers Irish Restaurant who got to sing at work & act out Monty Python movies on their off~time. They liked going 'floundering' in Flour Bluff. Up to their chests in wading boots, waiting to spear the fish with both eyes on one side. We used to go 'scalloping' near there; finding these with our feet & picking them up with our toes, or diving in. Later on, I worked at the Friendly Fruitarian Natural Food Bar Co~op Grocery at the corner of Alameda, Ennis Joslin, & Ocean Drive. [6101 Ocean Drive] I'll have to find the story of my major 15 year deja~vu there, since I've already written on that account. I dated the proprietor, Denis Jon Kwolek. We had dances on the castle~top roof; then raised bees up there. The cash refister was on a parade float. I worked at Sprouts Alive Cafe' & ate at the little Brown Bag Sandwich Shop & real Trolley~Car Salad Bar on the mezzanine of the Mercado Del Mar at Peoples' Alley on people's Street, near the T~head where we used to roller~skate. I worked at The Embers Restaurant & Bar on Everhart. It was a small dance floor, but always hoppin'. I worked at Browning's Higher Court Restaurant & Bar next to the 'new' courthouse. The Judge Hamilton Sandwich, with sliced avocado, tomato, & mushrooms under melted cheese & alfalfa sprouts was the top seller. I saved my change from tips to buy a guitar. I worked at Cooper's Alley in Gaslight Square, where the entertainment was good, like the food. It was wonderfully quaint in decor. I also worked at Grandaddy's Old Town Restaurant & Dance Club. I played Putt~Putt Golf, too; winning many a free game from sinking a hole~in~one on the last spot. I played at Lichenstein's, as a child, hiding & seeking in the clothing racks. I got lots of toys from Woolco: troll dolls, dolls with long, colorful scented hair, colored clay, models of the Nina, Pinta, & Santa Maria, etcetera. I felt like a big girl at their garden center with my grandpa. Sears was memorable for the ding~ding sound of elevators & the powerful fragrance & sound of corn popping. What was the name of that oriental food restaurant with the huge ornate doors & even bigger fish tank? Chun King? Wasn't it in Parkdale Plaza, also? Picadilly's Cafeteria was popular. We went there after a Disney movie. I stirred my tea too hard, putting a hole in the glass. As the tea disappeared under the tablecloth, I said, "Blackbeard's ghost is drinking my tea!"

My best friend, Lori, dated Tommy Dobson. I went to night school at Ray, taking government class there. My mother graduated from Ray, after transferring from Miller. I was a 'Mighty Mustang' from King, where we had numerous hilarious 'streakers'. That was when the song was popular... "Yes, they call him The Streak; Fastest thing on two feet... Don't look at the... Too late; she's already been hornswoggled..." That was funnier than watching people dance to 'Disco, Disco Duck... Try your luck; don't be a duck; disco, disco disco disco disco disco duck" at Godfather's; or had it changed into the Windjammer, where I also worked as a 'floater', due to standing room only. Was it Hurricane Beulah that took down Mammy's Cafeteria? All the photos I could find of it are of a broken sign & some match~book covers. What happened to the Creole mural covering the large interior wall? It was so beautiful, with intricate beach scenes of fishing, cooking, & dancing. Wasn't it a painting... or was it fabric? That was on Ayers Street next to the Ayers Theater.

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Old 03-16-2013, 07:56 AM
 
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What was the name of that oriental food restaurant with the huge ornate doors & even bigger fish tank? Chun King? Wasn't it in Parkdale Plaza, also?
The restaurant was Chung Mei - located on Alameda.
I think it was probably the first Chinese restaurant in Corpus, very popular with the ladies while the men (I knew) mostly ate the American food.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:24 AM
 
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The restaurant was Chung Mei - located on Alameda.
I think it was probably the first Chinese restaurant in Corpus, very popular with the ladies while the men (I knew) mostly ate the American food.

My Mother loved Chung Mei, I still remember the long walk down the breezeway to the entrance. Very exotic for Corpus in the 60s and not bad food for its day. Mother, Sister, and I always went for the Chinese food but Daddy only ate the Eggrolls and a steak.

Please someone has to have the Ship Ahoy fried Shrimp and 1000 Island salad dressing recipes. Anyone?
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:50 AM
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How about Burger Chalet off of Everhart and Price's Homeade Ice Cream on SPID ... what happened to all these places? I can answer that ... sadly we all decided to shop and eat in the new chains and the independent business that supported our schools, our baseball teams and sometimes put food on our table while holding a tab fell by the wayside. It would do us all well to search out those independent local businesses and support them whenever we can ... when we lose local businesses we lose a little part of our South Texas Culture and hometown flavor.
I can clearly remember eating those fried fish sandwiches at Burger Chalet and Price's ice cream, too! FOnd memories with my Mom
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:54 AM
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Does anyone have any photos of Padre Staples Mall from the 70's? I remember that there used to be a little place behind where the Orange Julius was for years, that used to sell pigs in a blanket. I vaguely remember a Banjo or banjo player there, too. I was a kid...fuzzy memories.
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:52 PM
 
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Default Shep's Little Chicken Shack

The Original Shep's was located near the Ford Dealership on Leopard street. Near the stadium all the schools used for football. It was owned by Roger Shepard. It eventually moved across and down the street. I worked there in the 70's, when it was co-owned by Roger and his son Dale Shepard. I believe it closed sometime in the early 90's. There was a branch owned by Lee Shepard in Kingsville, another owned by Steve Shepard in Portland. Also branchs on Staples and one other street that i cannot remember. One was managed by Jack Bell. Hope this information brings back some memories.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:14 AM
 
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Does anyone have the recipe for Ship Ahoy's fried shrimp?
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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I am looking for a recipe from the old Corpus Christi Robert Driscoll Hotel. This was for the deviled crab served in the Morocco room. Does any one know where I might look?
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