Tag Archives: mid-century

Most Iconic and Oldest Restaurants By State

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Thrillist put together what they consider to be the most iconic restaurant in every state and the oldest restaurant in every state.  Some of their selections are off the mark, but it’s interesting to see what they chose and why.

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Nationwide Map of Classic Restaurants Now on Google Maps

By clicking on “Classic Dining Map of America” in my blog’s main menu (above) you will be directed to a Google map containing over 200 classic restaurants found in the appendix of my new book “Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest … Continue reading

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Family Feud: Havana vs. Las Vegas in the 1950s. Part 2

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The great Havana building boom of 1956-1958 saw the completion of the biggest, most extravagant hotel-casinos outside of Las Vegas.  First to be erected was the glittering Hotel Capri, a modern 19-story edifice with the novelty of a rooftop swimming … Continue reading

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Palm Springs’ Congo Room & Cellar at the Tropics Motor Hotel

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The Ken Kimes chain of Tropics Motor Hotels included an outpost in Palm Springs that opened circa 1964.  Scattered amidst the lushly landscaped property were tikis of various sizes that punctuated the tropical theme. Kimes leased the hotel’s food and … Continue reading

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Grand Central Oyster Bar Video

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For my upcoming book on American nightlife I’m including examples of some of the best continental style fine dining restaurants remaining in these United States.  Mr. Sven A. Kirsten (of Book of Tiki fame) is my brilliant photographer and together … Continue reading

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Supercool 1962 Las Vegas Dunes Concept Rendering

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I just found this incredible rendering of the Las Vegas Dunes Hotel from 1962 that shows the original concept by Chicago-based architect Milton M. Schwartz.  Compare this with the actual as-built hotel that I showed in my January 30, 2011 … Continue reading

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Camera Girl Captures Essence of 1950s Nightclubbers

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The girl wandering around with her big camera and flash was a ubiquitous feature of American nightclubs prior to the 1970s.  Generally, people posed stiffly.  But every once in a while the camera captured the essence of a couple, such … Continue reading

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