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Friday, January 23, 2009

Second best news of the week

Old Miami Subs on Hillsborough Rd. west of 15/501. I ate their the night before i closed on my first house in Durham back in 1993.

Hopefully the food will be better than the graphic design.



  • Being a native Georgian, I was actually hoping that this would be a Zaxby's. A 24-Hour Diner would be cool too.

    By Blogger Allen, at 5:41 PM  

  • I really long time ago, that building housed a Del Taco. Then Pepsico bought the entire chain and closed all the ones in this part of the country. That pissed me off, as I much preferred Del Taco to Taco Bell (owned by Pepsico also). SO they opened that MiamI subs, which really bothered my gut when I ate there. Anyway, I thinking throwing out Del Taco cursed that location, and they deserve whatever they get. :)

    One of the neat things about that Del Taco was that they were in some sort of program where they were experimenting with selling beer -- not exactly de rigueur for a fast food place, and nice with cheap Mexican food.

    By Blogger Joseph H., at 6:15 PM  

  • Maybe it it were a New Jersey-style diner, with 500 menu items and baking-on-premises. If it's going to be like Honey's...well, we've already got Honey's.

    By Blogger toastie, at 7:22 PM  

  • Between that, the Waffle House, and the taco truck trifecta, Hillsboro Road is becoming quite the place to eat late night around here.

    Not that you'd catch me going to WH when the taco trucks are open, but to each his own.

    Also, we're getting a Vietnamese place on the SW corner of Roxboro and Murray (in the building that housed a recently opened and more recently closed tienda, across from the brick Verizon building.)

    By Blogger Brian, at 7:31 PM  

  • Wow. I remember Del Taco. They had the best pico de gallo and Mexican fast food that outpaced Taco Bell.

    I didn't hate on Miami Subs because they had Arthur Treacher's Fish 'n' Chips on the menu.

    A diner? There's already Honey's and to some degree, Elmo's, but I suppose there's room for another one--if it's good.

    I miss the old Broad St. Diner (now Mad Hatter), their fried oyster salad was damn good.

    By Blogger Tony, at 7:33 PM  

  • Mr. D. and I went to a classic greek diner in Virginia this past week: greek and american food, all meals served 24 hours, central entrance with casual dining on one side and more formal dining on the other. I didn't notice if the casual side also had jukeboxes in the booths, but if it did it would be the total real deal. It would be awesome to have something like that around here.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:57 PM  

  • For some reason, Honey's is where i go occasionally for Sunday breakfast when i don't want to wait at Elmo's, but never for a bite late after a night on the town. Elmo's isn't open late at all.

    You can never have too many 24 hour diners, in my book.

    According to this, Del Taco is still around. Looks like management was never really sure if they wanted to make their nut by building a brand and selling it, or by generating solid cash flow from continuing operations.

    Was Del Taco the one that used to lightly fry their burritos on the grill? I used to grab burritos at a to-go place in West Sacramento when i was working late shift at a large printing plant in the early 90s. Can't remember if it was a Del Taco or a more local chain outfit.

    Broad St. Diner had a decent run as the local branch of Owen's, about 10 years ago or so, as i recall. Was the only place around at the time to get a bloody mary with brunch on the weekend, and the prices were reasonable.

    One of the things i remember about Miami Subs, and i don't know if it was that particular store, or the whole franchise, is that they had Dom Perignon on the menu, at $99/bottle. That was weird. We almost bought one the night we were celebrating moving into our first house in Durham, but decided that diapers were a better investment that month.

    By Blogger Barry, at 10:17 AM  

  • Sounds like you went to Amphora.

    By Blogger Adrian, at 10:42 AM  

  • You are correct, sir or madam, Adrian being one of those names equally suited to either gender.

    By Blogger Barry, at 10:51 AM  

  • Barry, it sounds like you went to Jimboy's in Sacramento. Whenever I go back there to visit family we always go pick up a bunch of tacos and burritos (fried on the grill). Yum!

    By Blogger SteveG, at 10:17 PM  

  • You may be right. The West Sacramento location is on Harbor Blvd., and my old shop was on Industrial, less than a mile away. Was it called Jimboy's back in the early 90s?

    The only places i can remember by name are Pescado's, where i had my first fish tacos and which the intertubes tell me no longer exists as such, Weatherstone, which was a pretty good coffee shop and is apparently still there, and Java city, which was a local chain whose 18th street shop, where most of the coffee was roasted, was one of my favorite places in the world.

    There was for a time a very inexpensive Thai restaurant in downtown that was housed in an old luncheonette where my ex and i could get a 5 course dinner for two for under 20 bucks in the early 90s, but they were gone by 93 or 94 as i recall.

    I used to work for a time across the street from the Squeeze Inn on Fruitridge. I could only handle one of those weasel burgers a year, though. Walk back across the street with a burger and fries in a brown paper bag, and you could save the bag to use as a fire starter for your grill for the next two years.

    By Blogger Barry, at 6:31 PM  

  • I couldn't resist commenting on a Durham blog about my hometown:

    Jimboy's has been around since at least the 80's or earlier. They do grill their burritos, and their tacos are greasy and delicious. Pescado's was absorbed by a much-inferior burrito chain in the late 90's or early 00's. I think it is Una Mas now. My downtown Sacramento taco joint of choice was Taco Loco on J Sreet, because I used to live about 3 blocks from there.

    I only ate at the Squeeze Inn once or twice. I used to frequent Willy's on Broadway and Ford's across from William Land Park. And Hamburger Mary's, though technically a chain, was pretty damn good.

    I remember when Java City on 18th Street was the ONLY coffee shop in town. Seriously, there were no others. Kids like me would drive in from the suburbs to hang out there and pretend to be cool. Was there ever a time when there wasn't a Starbucks on every corner?

    Anyway.....thanks for the nostalgia.

    By Blogger matimus, at 10:50 PM  

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