Thursday, February 11, 2010

Contest: Name the vanished restaurants!

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM

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Name this restaurant!
​The news that The Corner Restaurant in Westport had closed -- on the cusp of its 30th anniversary -- sent many Fat City readers into a tizzy of nostalgia for a place that bore little resemblance to the wildly popular venue it had been back in the 1980s. By the time the Corner closed, it was downright terrible.

But memories are funny things. I still have fond recollections of a family-owned fried chicken restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas, called Mrs. Peters Fried Chicken. But not everyone loved the place as much as I did. "The side dishes and biscuits were good," says my friend Ed, "but the chicken was lousy."

Lousy? It was great! Of course, I missed out on a lot of iconic restaurants that people are still talking about, including the legendary Gold Buffet! So in honor of The Corner Restaurant, the Gold Buffet and all the other once-famous places that have disappeared into the mists of time, here's a culinary quiz to test your memory.

The first Fat City reader that lists all five correct answers in the Comments section below this post wins a fabulous collectible prize!

That's right, the winner will receive the 1954 edition of Pillsbury's 100 Grand National Recipes, a trove of culinary treasures including such celebrated recipes as Prune Whip Spice Cake, Blueberry Boy-Bait and Ye Old Saffron Braids!

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​1) Name the Italian restaurant pictured on the vintage postcard before the jump. Clue: It wasn't within walking distance from most of the hotels, but boasted that it was "three minutes from downtown."

2) What was the name of the French restaurant that once operated at 6th and Washington, listing crepes Suzette, cherries Jubilee, Bananas Foster and baked Alaska on its dessert menu?

3) What popular Westport restaurant of the 1980s served sardines with Wheat Thins as an appetizer and was famous for its Welsh Rarebit and Sunday pasta buffet?

4) What was the name of the restaurant on the Country Club Plaza -- where Bo Lings is today -- that served "our famous crock of cheese and assorted breads" with every dinner entree?

5) What was the name of the late-'70s restaurant at Union Station that served "Pot-Likker" soup with all the dinner entrees? Clue: No, it wasn't The Colony or The Lobster Pot ... but close.

Only one prize will be awarded and there are no substitutions (not that anyone would want one). The contest ends at midnight tonight.

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