Inspired as usual by a Google search gone rouge, I'm taking it back to the restaurants of old Austin today. Only a few of these have survived the test of time but the ones that have are definitely atmospheric (and sometime culinary) gems. If you're from Austin, chances are you'll recognize a few of these spots from the photos alone. Take a look and comment away if you have any memories of these spots!
The Night Hawk, 1907 Guadalupe Street
Staff at the Night Hawk No. 2 taken on October 8, 1935. Can they please bring back those uniforms!? This photo was snapped when they were located at 1907 Guadalupe Street in Austin. Although they're not at that location anymore, you can still dine at their Burnet Rd. diner, The Frisco.
Hickory House, 1002 Congress Avenue
Folks hanging out at The Hickory House, a small restaurant that was near the state capital right on Congress Avenue. Take a look at those menu prices...Chopped beef for 26 cents, french fries and potato salad for 15 cents, sliced meats for 35 cents and a barbecue plate for 85 cents! Things were a bit cheaper back in September of 1957 when this photo was taken...
Youngblood's Fried Chicken, South Lamar
Customers lined up outside of Youngblood's Fried Chicken restaurant on South Lamar and Barton Springs in 1958. This photo was taken looking north so I'm guessing what exists there now is that crazy car wash on the corner, Barton Springs Car Wash. That's just a guess though, don't quote me on that! Reminds me of lines I've seen outside a certain hamburger joint on South Congress...
Kentucky Fried Chicken Hamburgers, Unknown
The first Kentucky Fried Chicken stand in Austin taken on August 10, 1960. I never realized they served up hamburgers. Not sure where this was located. Anybody out there know?
Blue Bird Coffee Shop, Unknown
This one is my favorite of the ones I've found but I can't seem to find any information on it! I recognize the church in the first photo but can't place it. And that second photo, love the waitress's dress, so darling!
Villa Capri, 2300 North Interregional Highway (Now I-35)
Folks dining at the Villa Capri restaurant in 1960. The Villa Capri was actually a motel on I-35 near the University of Texas with an attached restaurant. Check out this kitschy commercial from the 1960s!
Victor's Italian Village Restaurant, 409 West 23rd Street
The staff of Victor's Italian Village Restaurant behind the bar in the 1940's. Wish there were more spots in Austin with counter dining!
La Fiesta Mexican Food, Unknown
La Fiesta Mexican Food Dining Room in 1962. I feel like I know this building but can't identify it, any help!?
Non-Commissioned Officers Mess, Bergstrom Air Force Base
The bar at the non-commissioned officers mess at Bergstrom's Air Force Base in 1956. Wish I could tell what was on tap!
The Austin History Center and Austin Public Library has a great collection of historical photos available to browse on their online archive. I'd recommend taking a peek if you're into glimpses of the past.